Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Farmhouse Cafe & Tea Room

On our way to a recent getaway weekend with friends to the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, we decided to see if we could visit some antique shops in the Indiana Antique Guide. Time is running out and I still have many places to visit in the booklet before the end of the year.

We found The Farmhouse Cafe & Tea RoomThe Flower and Herb Barn, and Old Stuff Antiques in Nineveh. They all are on the same grounds on Bean Blossom Road, just north of Nashville, Indiana. If you don't look closely, you might miss this awesome retreat because it is way out in the country and camouflaged by trees and bushes. You don't want to miss it though, in fact, you must go, because it was one of the best places we've been to in a long time and we cannot stop talking about it.

Dan & me in the Farmhouse Cafe & Tea Room - check out that colorful chandelier!

Of course we had to eat first before we could explore the other places. We are always hungry and cannot pass up good food! The first thing our waitress told us about was the Herb Barn Lemonade. It's made with milk and ginger ale. I know that may sound strange but it tastes like an orange creamsicle. It was served in colorful cups and boy was it delicious!! Dan had their tasty chicken salad and I had a BLT. We were very impressed with the food and drink at the Farmhouse Cafe & Tea Room!

Here are some other pretty things I saw while there.

After devouring our lunch and creamsicle lemonade

we walked out to explore the gardens and to see what kind of antiques were in the barn.

Isn't this a cool butterfly bench!

The gardens were lovely and refreshing. Being there made me wish I was a gardener.

And the the Old Stuff Antiques (what a great name!) barn was filled with great vintage things.

I found this elongated picture frame there and couldn't wait to get home to paint it! It's a good size!

We also stopped in Mitchell and Orleans to check out the antique shops in the guide. In Mitchell, several of the shops were no longer in business but I did find a few things in the Past, Present & Future Antique Mall.

We got to Orleans just after 5 PM and the shop had just closed so I only got to peek inside. Across the street we saw preparations for a wedding in the town square.

I have a lot to share about our time in French Lick. We found things there we had never noticed before! Thank you for reading my blog today!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Art Squared September 20th!

Ashleigh and I are excited about having a booth in the Indianapolis Fountain Square art fair called Art Squared that will be held on September 20th from noon to 6 PM. Besides the art fair, there will also be an art parade and an art and writing competition. More information about the activities can be found here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Happy List: Being Creative, Healthy & a Recipe

I was excited to deliver my first custom Patty's Pretty Things order: 3 personalized banners for college students' dorms.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Kirklin, Indiana

Dan took me to Kirklin, Indiana so I could cross more pages off in my Indiana Antique Guide for my 2014 Passport to Pleasure adventure. Since this old Chevy truck was the first thing we saw when we arrived in Kirklin, I knew it would be a fun and interesting visit!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Happy List: A Good Sport & More

Yep, that's me with a dog, Ashleigh's Tangerine to be exact. I've shared with you before that I haven't been an animal lover after getting bitten on my face at the age of five by a German Shepherd. It was very traumatic! But I am going to take this opportunity to overcome my lack of interest in dogs now. It makes me happy to see Ashleigh so happy! I have a grand dog and she is so sweet!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Beauty Bar at Geist Reservoir

I was invited to receive a complimentary manicure and drink at a new salon in town in exchange for a blog review. I realized that it had been too long since I have pampered myself at a full service salon.  The Beauty Bar at Geist is located at 11691 Fall Creek Road, in Indianapolis. Yes, it has a bar that not only serves as a manicure station but it also serves wine, beer and mixed drinks! Now, that's a full service salon! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Frozen Charlotte Head Tree

I mentioned in my last post that I would show you more pictures of my frozen Charlotte head Christmas tree that I made during my visit with Becky. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indiana Christmas

Attending art retreats in my first year of retirement was a very fruitful thing for me to do. I met my friend Becky from Alabama last October at the Sweethearts On The Homefront in Atlanta, Georgia. I also met Jennifer Grenko there, who I will tell you about in a bit. I flew to Alabama in January to visit Becky and now Becky flew to Indianapolis to visit me! At Sweethearts on the Homefront, Becky and I learned that we needed to name our visits because they really are art retreats, so we named the January visit Alabama Holiday. That was because of a Jenny Holiday (of Everyday is a Holiday) project we wanted to make. This time we named our get together, Indiana Christmas, because we wanted to make a Christmas tree created by Jennifer Grenko of Marshmallow Creations.

Leading up to our visit, Becky and I had many ideas that we wanted to make in addition to the top priority, the Christmas tree. We found, however, that good use of creative energy can be very draining and we needed to get out to explore a little and just have fun. Here are the trees we made, Becky's beautiful pink and aqua lady on the left and my white (frozen) Charlotte head on the right.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Southern Indiana

It's been awhile since I have written a post about my visits to Indiana antique shops. This year I've had a goal of visiting all of the shops in this Indiana Antique Guide