Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Teddy Bear-- Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go to bed,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, rest your head,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say "good night".

I used to say this poem with my son Alex--who is now almost 24 :)  I have always loved teddy bears-- Whether it be their well loved fur-- with a bare patch or two-- or the sweet expression on their faces, there is just something about them that is so endearing to me.

I recently purchased a wonderful book from Amy Sinibaldi of NANA COMPANY  called Sweetly Stitched Handmades.  It is filled with lovely projects to stitch. I can't wait to try them all.  I started with the project near and dear to my heart--you guessed it---a teddy bear.

This little rattle was so much fun to make--I made two (for now)   Amy also recently shared her pattern to make the sweetest bear softie on her blog.  The pattern  is free and can be found by clicking here.  I think the two together along with a teddy bear onesie  would make the perfect gift to welcome a new baby.  

I made one for Claire, the little girl I babysit, and you can see she loves it.
Stay tuned for more Teddy Bear love--there is a pillow in Amy's book that I am just dying to try :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Favorite Place

Do you have one of those places that you love to visit over and over again.    That place where each time you visit you make more wonderful memories so that when you leave it calls you back time and time again. For me that place is Berlin, Ohio.  After my Dad passed away,  Alex and I just wanted to get away for a few days--away but not too far.  We had heard how beautiful it was in Berlin and because it is only about 2 hours from home we decided to give it a try.   This coming April  marks four years since our first visit.   We have just arrived home from an overnight stay and let me just say it is just as wonderful today as it was on our  first visit.  What makes this place so special you ask?  I think the best way to answer that question is to share with you some of my many photos of this beautiful place.  We have visited during every season so you will be able to see what Berlin is like year round.
Berlin is located in the heart of Amish country.
Exploring is one of our favorite things to do during our visit.  The back roads are dotted with beautiful farms and fields. .  Sometimes the roads cut right through the farm property.  

And of course there is the little town of Berlin.  Filled with wonderful shops where I have found many treasures.  We are always sure to eat at Boyd and Wurthmann.  If you want comfort food this is the place to go--chicken, mashed potatoes, meatloaf, country fried steak, fried mush with homemade sausage gravy, buckwheat pancakes, and too many homemade pies to list. 
 Every town needs a quilt shop and Berlin has a few.  My favorite, Miller's Dry Goods.  Alex usually drops me off and heads to the local coffee shop to wait for my return--always with loads of wonderful fabrics.

After all the exploring and shopping are done for the day,  we head to the most wonderful Inn for the evening--- The Inn at Honey Run

The Inn offers two places for lodging.  You can stay in the main building--which is completely wonderful--or you can stay in their Honeycomb rooms.  These rooms are set apart from the main building built directly into the hillside above the Inn.  The Honeycomb rooms have become my favorite place to stay.  

There is a fireplace in every room and you have your own private patio.  I have never seen stars so bright as when we sit on this patio at night in the Summer.  

The Inn's property is amazing.  There are beautiful walking trails------

and a pond for fishing....

The barn and pasture at Honey Run is home to their very own flock of sheep.  

This is Annie--their first lamb of the year--born January 15.  ( I borrowed these photos from their newsletter as it was much to cold this stay to visit with the sheep.  They were snug inside their little barn)

This is just a small sample of why this place is so special to me and if I could I would be back there in a heartbeat.
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