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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 …

Buy Local at 20 Flea Market Vendors

This blog was originally posted 5/15/2015. Booth numbers and vendors may have changed. 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Curious About the Amish Culture

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find this answer, …

Twin Mills Camping Resort Has a New Mayor

Folks, there’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Paul Petrulis. He will shake your hand, join you at the campfire, and maybe eat your marshmallows. Once you meet him, though, you won’t mind; he’s witty and kind, and he’s not the mayor of any town…that is, unless Twin Mills Camping Resort is …

LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Lone Star and Flower Basket

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …