Monday, September 28, 2009


My husband and I, just returned from a week in Lancaster, PA. We have been going there twice a year, for the past 17 years, and it's the most wonderful place. I had been there with my parents, as a young child, and always wanted to go back. When the movie "Witness", came out in 1985, and I saw the breathtaking scenery, I knew I had to return. Hubby's response was, "you want to go where?" LOL! After a lot of convincing, we made our first trip in 1992 and something I never expected, happened - my husband fell in love with Lancaster and we have been returning year after year. There is something about it that is very relaxing - the pace is slower, and watching all the Amish horses and buggies, and barefoot children, almost takes you back in time. The quilts and the furniture made by the Amish are just stunning. So, I have taken a kazillion photos and if you have time, grab a cuppa, and join me for a tour.

First stop is Bird in Hand Farmers Market - it's open several days a week and is crammed full of fruits and vegetables, along with the most scrumptious baking, crafts and home made candy - YUM!

There are furniture shops and gift stores, filled with Amish furniture and crafts from local artists.
There is a fabulous Antiques Barn for those who enjoy browsing for things from the past!

Further down the road is a little town called Intercourse, PA. Yes, that's the name, although it was originally called Cross Keys and who knows why they changed it, LOL! One of the tourist attractions is a collection of 30 shops, arranged in a little village, called Kettle Creek Village. A must see, for those who are in the area.

Although we had taken a buggy ride before, we decided to take another one this time. The young man in the picture, Jason, was our driver and we had him all to ourselves for over an hour. He has an Amish grandmother, although he is not Amish - his dad grew up Amish but chose to leave. Jason took us over many gorgeous back country roads and gave us lots of fun information. One thing we learned is that they come to a little Amish community near us, St Jacobs, Ontario, to buy their wagon horses, and they are the best horses they can buy - a cross between a Clydesdale and a Hackney. The taller horse in the back is one they just bought from Ontario - who knew!
The rest of Intercourse is filled with a quilt museum, more quilts and delightful shops, bakeries, soft pretzel stores and on and on and on. It doesn't get much better :)

And of course, there is Zimmerman's hardware store - some of you might recognize it from the movie Witness. It's where the female tourist was asking Harrison Ford if she could take his picture. The phone booth is gone but the coke machines are still there.

Sights like these three children in a pony cart, were common on our drives in the country. The carts and ponies are adorable.

Have I mentioned the food? The restaurants are amazing - Millers is a wonderful place to eat!
Shop window at the Quilt store at Millers.

One of the best parts of the trip is our motel - The Garden Spot Motel on Route 30. It's a darling little motel and we have been staying there for years. It's owned by two sisters, Debbie and Jenny, and we have become friends over the years. It's like visiting family!

The Garden Spot has it's own little coffee shop, that just serves breakfast until 11:00 a.m., but it's fabulous and VERY convenient!
One of the local quilters, that sells quilts from her house, Sylvia Beiler. My niece bought one, when they came on holiday with us one year.

Next stop is Strasburg. Pa. It's a beautiful little town, founded in 1733. It's also full of quaint shops and it has a wonderful ice cream and candy store, where we always seem to spend a fair bit of time. This lovely horse and buggy is a common sight in the area.

The Amish schools are quite small and they are dotted all over the countryside, among the Amish community.
A gorgeous historic Country Inn

Mules, waiting for the owner, so they can get to work.

Harvesting Corn is a lot of work.

Hot air ballooning is a popular activity in Lancaster.

I mentioned the movie, "Witness", with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, earlier. It was filmed entirely on location in Lancaster County. We tried to find the farm but were never successful. Then, a few years ago, on the twentieth anniversary, they offered tours of the farm, so we took it. It was interesting to see it as it is now. The movie had the house and summer kitchen attached, but it was all a facade. It's two separate buildings. They chose the farm because of it's location - it is not visible from the highway. They didn't want a lot of onlookers interrupting the filming. It is owned by an Amish family now - it wasn't when the film was made. Harrison Ford boarded with a local woman, while filming, and apparently did a lot of carpentry jobs for her - she was a widow. Kelly McGillis loved the area so much, she bought a house in Philadelphia, not far away. The bird house that Harrison knocked over with his car, and then repaired, is still there.

The barn was both gorgeous and huge - it's built into a hill. This is the upper part where the dancing scene was filmed. The animals are on the lower level.

Amish buggy in the barn

Almost all of the indoor filming was done in this summer kitchen - only the bedroom scene, when Harrison Ford was shot, was filmed inside the house.

A close-up of the birdhouse, still standing today.

A gorgeous little pond on the property.
That's the end, folks - hope you've enjoyed it and if you ever get the chance, visit Lancaster County. You won't regret it!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I am listing one last teddy on my blog, before we head out on holiday this Sunday.  I am very pleased to present Miss Eliza Jane, a sweet teddy.  Miss Eliza Jane is 4 inches tall and made from a lovely butter yellow, antique mohair.  She is fully disc-jointed and stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with steel shot.  Her mohair has been carefully shaded with permanent heat-set paints, on her face, ears and paws.  This adds to  her vintage look.  Mis Eliza Jane has a sparse nose, that has been lightly waxed and cream, wool felt paw pads amber German glass eyes.  Her paw pads have very tiny holes in them, to allow bits of excelsior to show through.  Miss Eliza Jane is simply adorned with a black, vintage silk ribbon around  her neck.  She comes with her own miniature porcelain teacup, decorated with a tiny rose.  This set is an original, designed and made by me, Brenda Power, and will come with a signed hang-tag.  If  you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

Friday, September 11, 2009


I have one more bear finished and thought I would list her here for now.  I will move her to Ebay tomorow or Sunday.  Lily Bell is a four inch bear, made from German Shulte mohair.   The mohair is longer than I usually use, but it gives her a wonderful feminine look.  

Lily Bell is fully disc-jointed and stuffed with excelsior and steel shot.   She has wool felt paw pads, with tiny holes, which allows the excelsior to show through.  She has a waxed nose and shaded features.  Lily Bell wears a removable, pink pleated dress, made from Swiss Batiste cotton and a tiny mother of pearl heart necklace.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me - I hope you enjoy her and thanks for peeking!