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Quilt News, Views and Stories from Shipshewana

Introducing Rebecca Haarar: Rebecca Haarer collects quilts, gives Amish Quilt Trunk Show presentations, owns Rebecca Haarer Arts and Antiques in Shipshewana, and loves living and sharing adventures in the Amish-Mennonite community in which she was born and raised. “Quilting in the Ditch” No, as you may wonder, I am not standing in water up to my waist protectively …

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Buy Local at 20 Flea Market Vendors

Yesterday I hung out for a little while with the Shipshewana Flea Market manager Michael Christner. He introduced me to several flea market vendors and allowed me to take a few photos. His patience really impressed me, as he is in charge of the entire market and literally hundreds and hundreds of vendors. If I …

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Bright Morning Star Bed & Breakfast Really Shines

The guys will love this bed and breakfast because of its location out on the rural countryside. They can stretch their legs, pet the cows, or talk to the birds—they’ll listen! The ladies will love this bed and breakfast because of the aesthetics. From fresh flowers that match the hand-sewn quilts, to the cozy sitting …

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Knowledge To Grow – Dealing With Weeds in the Garden

What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullien as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed. My farmer husband however, sees it as a weed growing along …

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Are You A Flea Market Foodie?

I consider myself a Flea Market Foodie. What qualifies me as such? I know not only where to eat, but HOW to eat. “How to eat” refers more than just placing nourishment on tongue, closing mouth, and masticating. “How to eat” also refers to the many different dining experiences at the Flea Market. Do you …

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Songbird Ridge B&B Celebrates 20 Years of Beauty & Business

I wonder what would entice a husband-wife team to run a bed and breakfast for 20 years like Gwen and Gene Newcomer have run Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shipshewana. When I asked Gwen that question, she replied without thinking: “I love the friends we’ve made over the years. It’s fun to have people …

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

Dearest Children, If it were not for you, sweet ones, I wouldn’t be a mother! Then again, if it were not for me, you wouldn’t be well…here. Mothers and children are why we celebrate Mother’s Day, right? I know you’re grateful. After all, I remind you each and every day about all that I do …

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Holiday Inn Express is Pet-Friendly

Meet our 11 year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She’s definitely part of our family. We don’t dress her up in people clothes or let her sleep in our bed, but whenever we go on vacations, making sure she’s cared for is a very big deal. Meet Holiday Inn Express, Howe. They’ve become a home away from …

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Go Chic at a Flea Market Boutique

Several days ago I wrote a blog titled “Go Loco Over Local!” I then listed twenty or more vendors at the Shipshewana Flea Market who either sell locally-made items, or the vendors are local folks trying to squeeze out a living at the Flea Market. What I didn’t focus on is one of my personal …

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