Thursday, November 12, 2020

Amana Part IV - Shopping

We had a lot of time to enjoy the many shops in Amana; everything was within walking distance of our retreat center! The weather was beautiful and there were so many shopping options. I really enjoyed visiting the Antique shops to search for treasures.

These pictures might be a little dark; I waited until this evening to take them. Many of our lamps have been temporarily stashed away. Not to point the finger or anything, but a certain little lady in our house likes to chew on cords when she has the opportunity to do so. I’ve already had to replace the cord to my stitching light! The guilty Miss Lizzie:

But I digress...back to shopping.

One of my favorite purchases (I have several favorites) was this shaker box from the Amana Furniture Store. This will be a great reminder of this trip.

At one of the Antique shops (which also sold soap) I found this old sewing machine drawer. It’s still in its frame and I think I could mount a pice of needlework to the top. The wood is walnut. The jar next to is filled with all kinds of treasures - old buttons, small sea shells, and some wooden spools of thread. Also, a tomato pincushion.

Look at all of these treasures! A child sized rolling pin (think band sampler), a darning egg, more old buttons, a tatting shuttle, an acorn needle holder, and another tomato pincushion. And the doily underneath was also purchased at one of the shops.

The piece de la resistance might be this wooden tray. I found one at a shop but it was over-priced. Then I found this one at a different shop for a third of the price of the first one. I think that Brenda Gervais’ Lessons in Abecedarian will look great in this tray. Now I just need to stitch them. :(

Almost forgot this “save the stitches.” A perfectly stitched and finished Prairie Schooler Santa!

We also made a road trip to the nearby town of Williamsburg where we visited The Woolen Needle. They have some quilting fabric, but mostly they have wool. Lots of kits, all the accoutrements for wool applique. It was such a cute little shop. I wish I had remembered to take a picture! Here’s a picture of my purchases.

On Saturday morning I stopped at the bakery in Middle Amana on my way to the retreat center. I wish I had taken a picture there too. The bakery is in a residential area; it’s an extension off of someone’s house. The little old lady was behind the counter. She had a loaf of white bread and three coffee cakes and an apricot kuchen left. I bought the apricot kuchen - let me tell you, it was delicious! The whole set up reminded me of Austria. I’m glad I made the stop.

This post pretty much wraps up my trip to Amana. I really enjoyed the weekend and will definitely go back again once we are past Covid. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my posts.


Barb said...

Now that looks like a wonderful trip. What can be better than stitching and antiques!!!! That tray and the shaker box are both wonderful.

butterfly said...

Sounds like you had a great time shopping and some lovely finds .
I love finding things useful for displaying our sewing .
We have lock down at the moment and I do miss going out with my friends.
Hopping that soon I will be able to go out again.
Have a fun week.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You have some wonderful purchases, but the wooden tray is by far my favorite!

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed all of your Amana posts.
What great gifts & treasures you've gotten for memories of the retreat.

moosecraft said...

Ahhhhh.....sounds so relaxing and enjoyable! :-)

Robin in Virginia said...

Cathy, what beautiful items you found and purchased! I love the Shaker carrier and the wood tray you came home with along with the wood drawer. It sounded like you had a fantastic weekend!

Diana said...

Great purchases!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Thank you for sharing! Wish I could have been there to enjoy it with you. Great finds on your shopping adventure--the divided carrier is perfect for the Brenda Gervais pieces,

Khristine Doiron said...

I always enjoy your posts! What beautiful purchases you made, the tray is perfect! I'm so looking forward to seeing it filled with your beautiful stitching :)

Robin said...

So nice to get away after we have all been so busy keeping to ourselves. I think I could have been your co pliot as you were on the dirt roads. It sounds like something I would do. We are all braver driving with cell phones and gps so why not take a dirt road. Your class project looks adorable. Part II. I too had a retreat that was supposed to have twice as many people. I understand everyone’s concerns about attending but I found the smaller crowd was a nice change. More intimate. The Show n Tell looks fabulous and just what I am sure all the attendees needed to see.....fellow stitchers works. So much better in person than on a Zoom meeting. Part III. The exchanges are to die for. I am always so intimidated to participate. The stitching and finishing looks awesome. Part IV. Your purchases are awesome. What a great saved stitchy piece. Amana sounds like a lovely place to visit. Stay safe and stay healthy.