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Thrift Stores can be Magical! – Source

Are you a flea market fanatic? Love a good garage sale? Go gaga over thrift stores? If you can answer YES to any of these questions this post is for you!

Many a wedding or private event can be embellished with items from a thrift or resale shop! If you’re a bride or mother of the bride, don’t be surprised if you find what you’re looking for at a great vintage store. It’s worth taking a look! Incorporating gently used tablecloths, linen napkins, glass, and other barely used treasures can cut your decor budget substantially.

Since we are from the Moon/Airport West area, we’re going to tell you about the awesome choices in our own back yard.

Fenna’s Consignment and Retail Shop- Owner Kelly Cain has re-purposed her former business space into a beautiful vintage and retail shop. Opened just a few short weeks ago, we have stopped in numerous times to ooh and aah over Kelly’s handpicked selections. You will find an amazing assortment of vintage and gently used designer jeans and clothing, housewares, vintage glass, doilies, and much much more. Kelly has partnered with local women artists and offers one of a kind necklaces and other jewelry items as well. Do yourself a favor and stop by Fenna’s Grand Opening this Saturday, February 4th at 10 am. The location is 7051 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA. 15071. Click HERE to get to Fenna’s Facebook page.

Consignment Cottage- Owner Terry Chesky and Joanne Cain of Katherine’s Daughter Events have been friends for many years! This is one of our favorite stops for home decor and a room upstairs is solely devoted to it. There are racks of clothing upstairs and down, a shoe section, designer purses, jewelry, handmade items, and even a maternity section. You owe it to yourself to visit Consignment Cottage on a regular basis to check out the new additions! Click HERE to visit CC’s website.

EcoChic- This is Consignment Cottage’s sister store, also owned by Terry Chesky. We can’t drive into Moon Township without stopping here! There are so many great deals, interesting accessories, shoes, clothing and housewares, you owe it to yourself to make the trip. We bought the cutest purse here not long ago and it never fails to garner big compliments. Click HERE to visit EcoChic’s website.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have a favorite flea market, consignment store, or thrift store. We’d also love to hear your stories of re-purposing gently used items in creative ways!

 

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Come to a Honey of a Party!

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Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain
Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain

“it all comes of liking honey so much.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Katherine’s Daughter Events is proud to announce our Summer 2016 sponsorship of Honey Parties by Beefuddled Farms! Jim and Michelene Cain have just launched their website, BeefuddledFarms.com and it contains lots of information on their honey business. We are bee-yond excited to fill you in on all the details!

Photo by Waldeck Photography
What Does Honey Smell Like? Photo by Waldeck Photography

If you are wondering what the beeswax you will do at a Honey Party, let us tell you! In a safe environment (no rambo bees!) you will learn all about bees, eat the honey you help harvest (atop a dish of vanilla ice cream and honey graham teddy bears- YUM!), and go home with a sample jar of honey. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators!

The cost is $10 per person, payable on the day of the party. You need to rsvp ahead of time as only a limited number of attendees are accepted. If you have multiple children or grandchildren, please tell Michelene in an email and she will work with you on an affordable price. Make reservations or ask Michelene any questions at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com.

There will be four dates available-

June 18, 1-3 pm

July 16, 6-8 pm

August 13, 1-3 pm

September 24, 3-5 pm

All Honey Parties will be held in Clinton Community Park, Clinton, PA.

Map of Clinton Community Park

What a great way to spend a summer day! Learn more about bees and pollination in a family friendly environment. Additional jars of honey will be available that day for purchase. Email Michelene today at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Check out Beefuddled Farms website by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at a Honey Party this summer! To read about last summer’s Honey Party, click HERE.

Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!

 

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Beautiful McConnell’s Farm

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McConnell's Market
McConnell’s Farm Market

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. 

Henry David Thoreau

Don’t you just love this time of year? The leaves are turning golden yellow, orange, and red. There is a chill in the air. Pumpkin everything is available- coffee, donuts, pumpkin pie, you name it.

Love the cornstalks
Love the cornstalks

One of my favorite places to experience the fall season is McConnell’s Farm. Established in 1787, it is one of the oldest farms operated by a single family west of the Allegheny Mountains. If you love rustic, this is the place to visit. It takes a bit of navigation to get there, but only a tad. It’s about five minutes off of the Hopewell exit of 376. There’s good signage and google maps should take you there easily.

When you drive up to the barn, it’s a feast for the eyes. Pumpkins, mums, haybales await. Walk inside and sniff. Right now, it’s all about apples. Lots and lots of apples! Gala, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and on and on. Bags of 1/2 peck, little baskets of ’em, they are everywhere. You could easily get what you need here to make a fantastic pie.

Along the side of the barn are bins of very fresh vegetables. Potatoes, kale, onions, fresh garlic, and numerous squashes. Up on the blackboard was a recipe for spaghetti squash that so inspired me I bought one! I can’t wait to bake it and top with some of my husband’s fresh honey.

McConnell’s Farm is a CSA or Community Shared Agriculture Farm. How it works is you pay them a set amount (their website says $288) before the season and they use this to support the farm. This entitles you weekly visits and $20 free fruit and vegetables per week for seventeen weeks of summer. Visit their website for more information- HERE.

On my most recent visit, I also bought fresh cider, a bundle of kale (5 huge stems for a $1), and some delicious potatoes. That evening, I created a side dish of sauteed sweet onions, kale, and potatoes. I sprinkled fragrant dill from my own herb garden and added a fresh squeeze of lemon. Can I tell you? It. Was. Amazing.

This weekend, consider taking a ride and visiting this wonderful farm. Be prepared to be inspired. You’ll love McConnell’s Farm.

Pumpkins everywhere
Pumpkins everywhere
Sunshine and Pumpkins
Sunshine and Pumpkins
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Contest Giveaway! Cuttings Flower and Garden

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Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!
Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!

We loved this tea towel the moment we laid eyes on it! Katherine’s Daughter Events and Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley Pennsylvania have joined together for a fabulous giveaway. Win this awesome tea towel plus a $50 gift card to purchase anything else you’d like from their beautiful store!

It’s easy to enter. Sign up for our IDEAs! posts by entering your email address along our sidebar. That’s one entry. Comment below and tell us your favorite part of the holiday season. That’s two entries. Follow our Facebook link and comment there. Three entries! So easy to win!

Cross the last gifts off your list by visiting Cuttings. Beautiful ornaments and decorated trees, stylish gift and entertaining ideas, wall hangings, vintage finds you will not see anywhere else. Please go and check them out!

Cuttings Flower and Garden, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley PA. 412-741-7227

Christmas at Cuttings 3

Christmas at Cuttings 2

Cuttings at Christmas The Silver Room

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Shop Local This Christmas

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Cuttings in Sewickley - The Silver Room
Cuttings in Sewickley – The Silver Room

Years ago I owned a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley called Cappuccino City. It competed directly with a national chain only a block away (we were there first) and I tell you, it was tough. We lasted seven years and in the end, sold our business successfully. Since then, I have always had a soft spot for local business.

There is easy attraction to the big box chains- national advertising, sleek displays, lures of deep discounts- especially at the holidays. Honestly, I do shop one or two chain stores at Christmas. But I always stop at my favorite local businesses and complete my shopping there.

Why? Because there are unique finds among the small shops. They carry items that the big boxes will not have. Beautiful items to decorate, to give, and to adorn your packages.

Primitives at Kathleen's in Beaver PA
Primitives at Kathleen’s in Beaver PA

Supporting local business creates and maintains jobs. It helps keep intact those small towns that would not otherwise survive in the wake of big shopping centers and malls. There is a great flavor to small towns where you can walk outdoors and wander in and out of shops.

The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA
The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA

I patronize each of the stores I’m showing here. At Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley I buy unique gift items such as tea towels and ornaments I use to embellish my packages. At The Basket Loft I purchased Root candles for my Christmas table. Grandpa’s Joe’s Candy Shop has two locations- Beaver and the Strip District- where you can indulge your sweet tooth in old favorites such as Mallo Cups and Mike and Ike candies. I buy bacon flavored treats there- including chocolate covered bacon!- for my niece who loves bacon. During a recent shopping trip to Consignment Cottage in Moon Township, I purchased a primitives- style wall hanging for my dining room (for less than $10) during their 20% Thanksgiving weekend sale. Kathleen’s in Beaver PA was a complete surprise. A mecca of primitives (which I love) and a Santa that I may just head back there for.

Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop in Beaver PA.
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in Beaver PA.

Wherever you live, please make a note of what local businesses you can patronize. It is worth the effort to go out of your way just a bit to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Shop local this year and love it.

 

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