First Carriage Corner Sew Camp Recap

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Whew!  That’s a mouthful!  I’m happy to say that I survived the first ever Carriage Corner Sew Camp.  While I wish I had had more time to sew, I actuaBreakfast Items served during the first Carriage Corner Sew Camplly didn’t anticipate having much – but I am so very, very thankful for the time that I did have, the conversations, the laughter and the new friendships that are developing as a result of #CarriageCornerSewCamp.  We are planning another one, very soon.

We had one camper who chose to come a day early and stay until Monday and it was so much fun having you!  We had some other guests on Friday morning, so all the guests were treated to a the typical B&B breakfast – on Friday morning it started with a yummy gluten free coffee cake and was followed by a potato & Gruiere crustless quiche served with sausage and sliced pears drizzled with a dark vanilla balsalmic.  The other attendees timed their arrival just perfect.  Breakfast was mostly done, but because my kitchen cleaning B&B helper had decided to get the flu, I needed to do the kitchen clean up before we left.  So as the other ladies arrived, they joined Carolyn at the dining room table and had coffee & coffee cake.

Fabric Mart's Instagram Pic of Carriage Corner Sew Camp Shoppers

Fabric Mart’s Instagram Pic

A little bit later than anticipate, we all trooped out to the driveway where my better half unloaded sewing machines and projects and carried them into the sewing space while we went to FabricMart.  We arrived right around 11:30 or so.  There were photo ops and while I even put my camera into my purse, I didn’t pull it out once.  We were given the grand tour of FabricMart and I was surprised how big it is!  If you haven’t been there, you should go.  They have patterns and notions too!   I was good and only bought 3 pieces of fabric – each one is big enough to make some tacky matching GG & Eleanor outfits!  (I don’t even want to tell you how excited I am about that prospect.)  Fabric of Dreams purchase by the Sewing Retreat Attendees

As usual, after getting home – I had loads of fabric envy and wished that I had shared fabric with everyone.  At the top is a link to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp hashtag on Instagram and so far both B & S have shared their purchases with the world.

Anyway – once we got back to the B&B, we got sewing machines set up and projects out.  I learned that Friday night we want to cater dinner in – after being out most of the day, everyone wants to just settle down to get to know one another and sew.

It was an absolutely blessing that Carolyn was here.   Saturday started with B getting a serger lesson; saw C ripping, ripping and doing more ripping to a dress she had brought that had fabulous beading on the neckline but needed fit help.  She got loads of fit help and hopefully will translate that to her paper pattern (which she didn’t bring or it would be done already).  S started the morning by transferring her tunic alterations to her tissue, she then picked a piece of fabric from my stash, cut and mostly sewed up a beautifully fitting tunic from The Tunic Bible.  It went home waiting for trim and hems and since S is now on instagram and leaving comments on blogs, I have no doubt we’ll see that finished tunic soon.  (You can find all the Sew Camp attendees through the instagram hashtag link above.)

Saturday evening we all went out for dinner as a group – lesson number 2, make reservations or cater both nights.  Upon getting back, sewing happened until later in the evening.  Sunday morning B was up early, she grabbed a cup of tea and went to sew before breakfast was ready – yea!! this is what I wanted.  I know there are plenty of places where people can go to learn with an ‘expert,’ especially on the East Coast, but sewing can be so solitary and it’s nice to know that there really are other people out there who like fabric and making things.  My goal with hosting CarriageCornerSewCamps is to help create that community; and build friendships and connections.  Each of the ladies who attended our first very intimate Sew Camp are now on instagram, they are all private so request to follow them.  My personal experiences with attending the Sewing Retreats sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of ASG where amazing.  I left with such fond memories and while there wasn’t a dedicated person there to answer questions and help with fitting, we all pitched in.  Fitting books were poured over, darts and excess fabric were pinned out, modifications were transferred to patterns, garments were tried on, great conversations were had, and sewing happened.  As we sat and sewed we learned who would help us with a question and who we could help and that’s my goal – to create a similar experience here.

Friday night sewing - Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat

When you attend Sew Camp at Carriage Corner you get the full Bed & Breakfast experience.  You stay in one of our 5 rooms – 2 of the rooms have pull out beds (one double, one twin) both of them have fabulous memory foam mattresses and you wouldn’t know you were sleeping on a pull out.  You sew in our personal space – there is a kitchen, and powder room available to you.  We provided irons & ironing boards, tables, extension cords with serge protectors and a couple of Ott Lights.  I also have 2 machines I can loan, if you are flying and don’t want to cart your machine.  Also, the Hubby will move your sewing paraphernalia to and from your car so you don’t have to.  The space is separate from our sleeping space so you can feel free to stay up as late as you want or get an early start (this was lesson #3 – I’m so used to closing the office door at night that I didn’t even think about it – won’t happen next time).

There are 10 spaces max for the next Sew Camp happening July 21 – 23, 2017.  Rooms will be filled on a first come/first served basis and the cost remains the same $425 for the weekend.  If you wish to share a room with a friend, please provide their name when you email.  Your registration includes the following:

Friday, July 21st:
~ Arrive at Carriage Corner by 10:00 am.
~ Fabric Shopping at Fabric Mart.  We will plan to leave by 11:00 am.
~ After getting your fabric fix, lunch will be at a charming little cafe called Crave, cost of lunch is not included.
~ Upon our return from FabricMart, we’ll get the sewing area set up and you can sew to your hearts content.  (There are 2 machines available for use, on a first come basis)
~ Friday Dinner will be a happy hour at the B&B with small bites available, we have both the gazebo and the fire pit to allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
~ The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.
Saturday, July 22nd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch & Dinner will be catered.
Sunday, July 23rd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch will be catered in.
~ You need to be checked out of your room by 11:00 am, but can stay and sew until 5:00 pm.
~ All weekend there will be coffee, tea, water, sodas and snacks available.
How to Register:
Please send an email to [email protected]com, with “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” in the subject line indicating that you want to attend.  Please send a number I can reach you at to call and get your details.  Once we have chatted, I will send a reply email confirming your attendance with additional details.

What Happening Around Town?

So – why would you come to Lancaster? I mean, what is there to do? I’ve been doing some research – some of the actual attended it myself and had a great time variety and some of the online variety.

Swing in the front garden of Carriage Corner for relaxing and watching the buggies go byIn the next couple of weeks there are some really, really fun things happening. Seriously – if you’ve never been to a mud sale – get yourself out here. We’ve now been to 3; Strasburg, Gordonville, and Farmersville. Most likely, your first question is what is a mud sale? Well, typically, the mud sales happen in the Spring (check) when the snow is melting (check) and the fields are full of mud. So, bring your boots and come prepared to get dirty. Next, everything at the mud sale is sold auction style, so when you arrive get your bidder number. Also know that everything sold supports the fire department of the city/town/village that is holding the mud sale. Last – know what you are looking for and what your top bid is before you go in. Everything – and I mean literally everything – is available to be bought (won) at the mud sale.

At the Strasburg sale we managed to pick up an Adirondack chair for the yard and a beautiful swing. Jay also added a bunch of birdhouses to the yard and we’re enjoying watching the birds find them. We also found 2 quilts – a beautiful one for Dahlia’s bed and one for the pull out in Log Cabin.

Beautiful antique desk purchase at the Gordonville Mud SaleAt the Gordonsville sale we couldn’t get near the quilts if we tried, and we did try. Gordonsville’s sale was HUGE! We managed to stumble into the yard furniture section just as they were finishing and picked up a couple of candy colored chairs and a table for the back yard. There are plans for a fire pit and you need to be able to sit around it. We also picked up some fabulous furniture which has been cleaned and moved into the B&B. Lancaster Rose has a lovely new dresser and the snack station has a new sideboard that has room to house the table linens.

Finally, at the Farmersville sale – I found the quilt of my dreams and hubby won the bid on it.  We also bought several quilts, some for the B&B and some for resale.  That wasn’t our original intention, but we ended up with many, many beautiful quilts and we don’t need them all.  So, if you are staying here and fall in love with the hand quilted quilt on your bed, ask – it might just be for sale.  Quilt of Dreams, Cathedral Windows Quilt on Carriage Corner Owner's Personal Bed

If you haven’t already figured it out – I had a fabulous time at the mud sales.  I’m going to start a list of the things I need in preparation for next years’ sales and be on the look out for that one just right piece that will complete our vision of the B&B and make that perfect blend of comfort and relaxation.

The mud sales aren’t over yet – the Gap Mud Sale is this coming weekend, Friday, March 24th & Saturday, March 25th .  And there are sales in early April, May, June, August, September & October, the full list of sales can be seen here.  The Gordonville Fall Sale is a another good one for getting a hand-quilted quilt – and it’s not too early to book your room now.

Also happening around town in the near future?  Gardenspot is hosting their annual full & half marathon on April 7.  If you book a room – let us know if you need drop off and pick up service for the race.  We’re happy to provide that to make your race a little bit easier.

That will get us into early April.  May will bring the rhubarb festival at Kitchen Kettle Village – but more will be coming about that soon.  So – talk to me people, the comments are working – what do you want to know about?  Do you want recipes?  Do you want to know what inspires me to try a new breakfast?  Do you want to see more pictures of the B&B?  Or do you just want to know what specials we are offering?  Talk back to me – I want to know and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Sewing Retreat/Camp?

I thought I’d share a little about my desire to host sewing retreats at Carriage Corner.  Before moving to the heart of Amish Farmlands, we lived in Seattle and I belonged to the Great Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I am still a member of ASG, belonging to the Philadelphia Chapter now.

It's a wall of fabric in my family room (sew camp headquarters)

It’s a wall of fabric in my family room (sew camp headquarters)

Anyway – twice a year, the Seattle Chapter would host a sewing retreat or Sew Camp as many people referred to it.  In Seattle it’s held at a church camp property or an old convent.  There is no educational component of Sew Camp, it’s simply a chance to get away from the distractions of home and spend 2 1/2 days with like-minded people working on projects of your choosing.  For me, sew camp appealed for many reasons:
1. I wasn’t at home and couldn’t procrastinate working on my projects. There was no housework to do or dogs to walk. If I procrastinated, it was because I was chatting with another ‘camper,’ looking at their projects, catching up with their lives, etc.
2. No cooking.  All meals were prepared for me – I just had to stand up from my machine and walk into the dining room.  I could spend as much time there as I chose.
I promise - this will be a beautiful clean space to trace or cut during Carriage Corner Sew Camp

I promise – this will be a beautiful clean space to trace or cut during sew camp

3. 2 1/2 glorious days to sew my little heart out.  Are you a morning person?  Want to get up at 5 and start sewing?  Everything is set up, coffee is on so go right ahead, you won’t bother anyone.  Maybe you are a night owl and you get on a roll and you want to keep sewing until 2 or 3 in the morning.  Probably there will be at least one other person there with you.  But if you are the last woman sewing, just make sure the irons are off, flip a couple switches and off you go to bed.

4. Social – sewing can be a very solitary hobby.  Yes, there are blogs and various social events.  Many of them right here on the East Coast – for example:  Workroom SocialCashmerette and Gertie, to name a few.  It’s so nice to spend several days working on projects and have numerous ‘experts’ there to ask questions of or get fitting help.  Because we all know it’s hard to fit your own back!

5. I was sewing on MY machines so there was no learning curve to get started.
My desire is to host sewing camps along those lines.  I have 5 rooms in the B&B with queen sized beds.  Ideally, you would register with a friend that you don’t mind sharing a bed with 😉  Because at this type of sew camp – it really is the more the merrier.
I will prepare and serve a typical B&B breakfast to the sewing retreat attendees on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  I also plan to have cookies, chips, and fruit available all day, along with a coffee pot and kettle set up in the sewing area – so you don’t have to leave the sewing area if you don’t want.  Lunch and Dinner will be catered with requests taken so that we can meet any dietary concerns that the attendees have.
Standing at the back wall looking at my machines

Standing at the back wall looking at my machines

One additional “treat” to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp attendees is a trip to Fabric Mart. We will meet at the B&B on Friday morning. We’ve rented a van so that all of the attendees can travel to Fabric Mart together. The Fabric Mart staff will be waiting to assist us with purchases and will ship your goodies home if you don’t want to carry them.  After the shopping spree, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant (which, other than your fabric, is the only meal not included in the entire weekend). When we get back to the B&B, you can settle in and then join us for a Wine & Cheese reception at the local yarn store which is in walkable distance from the B&B.

Now while I don’t yet have spare sewing machines to offer, the upside of bringing your own is that you know it and have the supplies for it. If it’s inconvenient for you to bring your own, I am willing to loan out either one of my personal sewing machines.  They are regularly serviced and kept in good working order.
I realize that I’m offering another sewing opportunity but I loved the friendships made while attending the Seattle ASG Sew Camps.  The inspiration.  The guidance.  I believe that you will find all of that while attending a Carriage Corner Sew Camp and more.  I hope you’re willing to join us for one this year.
BTW, there’s only 1 double room still available for the March 24th Sew Camp.  I also have 1 room available for part of the retreat weekend. There are still a few daily walk-ins available so if you live locally and only want to come to sew, please contact me so that you can join in. Once these last two rooms are booked, there are a few other B&Bs in the area, if you’re from out-of-state, and want to participate.  Please contact me for additional information.
I can’t wait to see and sew with everyone at Carriage Corner Sew Camp!

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival

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Krystle, Eleanor Leigh & Jessica in the Ice Throne

Krystle, Eleanor Leigh & Jessica in the Ice Throne

Beautiful ice castle. This thing was huge - actual castle proportions ;)

Beautiful ice castle. This thing was huge – actual castle proportions 😉

This is our first Winter in Lancaster County and as I research fun things for you all to do while you stay here, we’re taking advantage of some of them too.

So, on President’s Day Weekend, when our oldest daughter was visiting from Seattle and our youngest daughter (the new Momma) and our beautiful brand new granddaughter (Eleanor Leigh) were in town visiting, we loaded everyone up and headed into Lititz to wander around the Fire & Ice Festival.  Lititz was a short drive, made a bit longer by all the traffic heading to the festival.  We stayed off of the main freeways and enjoyed the driving along the farmroads.

Luckily for us, it was an amazingly warm Spring-like day.  Which had the crowds out in huge numbers – but caused the ice to melt much, much faster than it would have normally in February in Lancaster County.  You can see, except for the baby, we were all walking around in our shirtsleeves.

There was so much to do at the Park where the Fire & Ice Festival was held.  You should check out the “official photos” of the event, because the Ice Sculptures were amazing, but like I said, starting to melt by the time we got there.

There was also a chili cook-off which we really wanted to attend, but not knowing where to purchase the buttons, we decided to grab lunch from the food trucks available at the park. We were amazed to find plenty of gluten free and dairy free options for the girls who have food issues.  And Jay & I had some amazing smoked chili, smoked mac & cheese and nachos.  Other than all the things smoked – there was no rhyme or reason to what we ate.  Also, since Eleanor isn’t really old enough yet, we skipped the carnival this year.  But will take her in a few years.

Eleanor Leigh with the Ice (we've bought her sunnies since then).

Eleanor Leigh with the Ice (we’ve bought her sunnies since then).

After walking all around the park, looking at the all the Ice Sculpture and trying to figure out what they were before they started melting, we headed to main street.  There was a giant chair made of ice.  The girls (mind you, they are our kids, but obviously, they are adults!) wanted to sit in the chair.  They stood in line and waited their turn.  Krystle was wearing the baby, so she stayed warm.  Kystle said, even though there was a pad on the seat that it was COLD!  Jessica was the smart one and just stood behind the chair.

After leaving the park, we crossed the street and headed for Wilbur chocolates.  My first experience with Wilbur was last November when guests brought us a box of milk chocolate buds.   These little buds are darling to look at, but the chocolate is heavenly and they just melt in your mouth.  We came home with both milk & dark chocolate buds, some salted caramels and chocolate covered raisins.  I’m hoping they last a long time, but the buds will most likely end up in a candy dish in the common area.

We felt like the Ice Festival was a lot of fun. It was a short drive along beautiful farmlands and didn’t really get congested until we got very close to the park.  It’s an annual event and we’re looking forward to going again next year!


Hearting It Up

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So, this being our first Valentine’s Day at Carriage Corner, I wanted to do something special for the guests.  Not just a ‘themed’ breakfast for Valentine’s Day, although I did do that.  But I wanted to really add some heartfelt decorations around the B&B.

I am lucky enough to really enjoy sewing and have a fancy embroidery machine.  So – I decided to look for some free standing lace hearts.  I found a great set of designs at Embroidery Library and they were exactly what I wanted and on sale to boot!  So, I bought them, downloaded them and then transferred them to the memory stick for my embroidery machine.

I posted the video to my personal instagram page.  I love watching the embroidery machine work.  The fun part about free standing lace, is just that – it’s free standing.  To make this work, you need the right stabilizers.  About half-way through this project, I ran out of the heavy water soluble that I had been hooping and started having troubles.  So, I thought maybe a little blog post might help others out.  Please excuse my tacky hoops and beat up cutting mat in the following photos.

When I’m doing free standing lace, and honestly many other things with the embroidery unit, it’s not always possible to hoop the thing you are embroidering on.  Sometimes it makes more sense to just hoop the stabilizer and then use the fix function to baste the project to the stabilizer.  However, when doing freestanding lace, there is nothing else to baste to the stabilzer so you need to make sure that what’s in the hoop has enough tension not to pull like it’s starting to in the video above.  When that happens, you get lace that looks like this:

bad lace :(

bad lace 🙁

You can see the foundation stitches outside the satin stitching that forms the outside of the heart.  This heart may not stay together when I soak away the stabilizer.  And honestly – having all the stitching show around the outside doesn’t look very pretty.  You lose the effect.

3 hearts all in a row

3 hearts all in a row

So – how do you counter act that?  There are a couple of options.  Cut pieces of water soluble stabilizer that are big enough to hoop and double it up.  Well – I didn’t want to do that because stabilizer is expensive and a lot of it would just be cut away and then thrown out.  It’s really hard to use up those tiny pieces of stabilizer.

So, I started thinking.  I remembered that one of the hoops I have came with a fleece-like insert that you could hoop with fine fabrics to help protect the fabrics from the hoop AND provide tension so the hoop gets tight enough to keep the fine fabrics stable.  Hmmm, I don’t have any fleece, but I do have some batting lying around.  Also – I think a cotton or wool batting that a bit firmer would have been

lace hearts, stitched & trimmed, but not soaked yet

lace hearts, stitched & trimmed, but not soaked yet

better than what I used, but this worked.

So, I grabbed some batting and cut it bigger than my hoop.  I was using the mega hoop.  I sew and

using batting to create tension in the hoop

using batting to create tension in the hoop

embroider on an Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 SE.  I then proceeded to cut the center out of the embroidery area.  When hooping for the embroidery I would layer the batting first, then some clear water soluble stabilizer that would only fit the center.  At this point, I didn’t have any stabilizer left that was wider than the hoop I was using.  And I didn’t want to change hoops, because I could fit 3 hearts into 1 hooping, thereby saving time and materials.

Once I had the batting and stabilizer hooped up and taught, I would slip it onto the machine and put 3 layers of heavy, soak away stabilizer under that and use the fix function to baste everything together – keeping the stabilizers under all of the embroidery.

I stitched out 5 hearts of 5 different colors.  I knew I wanted to create a bunting type of decoration to

stack of hearts

stack of hearts

hang from the mantle and wasn’t sure how many hearts I would need for that.  Originally, I was only going to make 20 hearts, 5 different hearts from 4 colors, but I posted to instagram again and took a poll.  2 of the color options tied, so 5 colors it was.  Which was good – because I have 5 guest rooms here and I was able to hang one heart on each door.

Once all the hearts had been stitched out, I trimmed the stabilizer close to the stitching.  I then soaked them in a sink of cold water for about 2 hours.   They don’t really need to soak that long, but I run a bed and breakfast and forgot about them.  I will tell you that the longer they soak, they softer and more pliable they get.  Soaking them dissolves the stabilizer, leaving you with nothing but freestanding lace made of thread.

Keep in mind, that while you can definitely tell the back from the front, you want to make sure you use matching thread in your bobbin.

Once they were all stitched out and soaked.  I gave them a quick press with the iron.  For the mantle, I asked Jay to string some fishing line across the mantle, but he didn’t have any.  So he used twine and it gives a lovely rustic touch.  Much better option.  I hit up the Target dollar isle and bought clothespins to hang the hearts with.   I cut pink and white ribbon in various lengths, hot glued one end at the hanging loop and  then just folded the other end over the twine and clipped it in place.

Pretty little hearts - all in a row

Pretty little hearts – all in a row

But – that wasn’t all the hearts.  There were a few left.  I took a pretty crocheted type ribbon trim and cut in into lengths.  I then hot glued the ribbon between the hearts – be very careful with this step – I burned my fingers more times than I want to mention!  The little garland of hearts we hung at the top of the stairs.  I’m so very happy with this project.  It was very time consuming, but worth every minute!

Heart Garland - Valentine's Decor at Carriage Corner

Heart Garland


Upcoming Events – Area Attractions

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Hi everyone – I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority – but I’m really looking forward to snow.  I love snow and honestly, part of the reason we moved to Central Pennsylvania was to experience 4 seasons.  We arrived during a particularly lovely Fall and even had a chance to get out and do some driving through the mountains in early November to really see the colors.  But now, now it’s Winter and Winter means snow.  My understanding is that Seattle is getting all of our snow and we are enjoying beautiful, bright, clear – but incredibly cold days.  Thankfully, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in freshening up the rooms, so other than quick dog walks have been inside.

Ice Sculpture from Lititz Fire & Ice Festival

photo from Lititz Fire & Ice Festival website

Anyway – if you are coming to Lancaster in February, I’ve updated the Area Attractions page with upcoming events.  There are some really fun things happening around the area this month.  Starting with the Fire & Ice Festival in Lititz the 17 – 20, I’ve checked the schedule and there are some fun things happening – I may drag Jay out to view the ice sculptures and maybe for the chili cookoff – that’s his style.

Lititz Springs Park is located just 16 miles from Carriage Corner and it’s an easy drive to enjoy the Fire & Ice Festival and all the fun events.

The next weekend, February 24  – 26, 2017, Downtown Lancaster is celebrating the roots of American Music with their Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival.  A full calendar can be found here:  Roots & Blues Schedule.

And once all that is done – well, then the Mud Sales start.  I’ve been hearing so much about the Mud Sales and I’m really looking forward to attending, as well as donating loads of stuff we’ve decluttered to our local volunteer fire department.  I will keep the Area Attractions page updated monthly and details can be found here.

Also – during the month of February, we are running a Winter Special – Sunday through Thursday, any room just $99 a night.  This includes all of the regular amenities that are available.  We have a coffee/snack station to get you through to dinner time which is stocked with fresh baked cookies and fruit, a large assortment of tea and a keurig if you need coffee or cocoa.  The fireplace in the common area is always ready to be turned on so you can snuggle down into the loveseat with a good book, maybe one about the Amish or one of the mysteries that line the bookshelves of the common area.  We also have a jigsaw puzzle partly done at all times during the cold months – there’s just something about find that one piece, isn’t there?  Or possibly you want to beat the pants off your travelling companion at Scrabble – well we have that too!  The price is already adjust through the booking system so you don’t need to do anything special, and if you booked before the special when live – well, your price has been adjusted because that’s the right thing to do.

I hope you’ll give us a chance when you come to Lancaster County.  We look forward to meeting you.    Gaylen & Jay, your hosts

Spring Fling Sewing Retreat

Gazebo at night

Gazebo at night

I am so thrilled to announce the first sewing retreat at Carriage Corner!  I’ve been thinking about this since before we purchased the Bed & Breakfast, to have quarterly retreats ~ specifically sewing retreats and possibly knitting retreats, also.   So the first ever “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” is happening Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017!  This first one will be a general sew in.  Come bring your projects and sew.  A highlight of this retreat is that Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic will be on hand to work with you on your sewing challenges, developing a TNT, how to take a pattern and to see design changes.  Carolyn and I will also take time to take a full set of measurements if you need them.  Other than that there will be no set sewing agenda. If you just want a weekend away, to sew and spend time with fellow sewists, this is the time and place for that to happen.

The Particulars:
1. If you want to stay at Carriage Corner the cost for the weekend? is $350 per person, double occupancy; $425 single occupancy.
2. There are 5 guest rooms at Carriage Corner with queen beds in every room.  If you are requesting double occupancy,  please give the name of the person you will be rooming with when you register.  Every room has a private bath. 
3. If you live locally or want to participant on a daily “day tripper” basis ~ the daily rate is $125 per person.
4. When registering please state whether you are registering for double or single occupancy.
5. This retreat is open to 15 people ONLY
6. Registrations are taken on a first come basis.
A typical Carriage Corner Breakfast

A typical Carriage Corner Breakfast

Your registration includes the following:
Friday, March 24th:
~ Arrive at Carriage Corner by 10:00 am.
~ Fabric Shopping at Fabric Mart.  The van will leave at 11:00 am.
~ After getting your fabric fix, lunch will be at a charming little cafe called Crave.
~ Friday evening around 5:00 pm, we’ll have a happy hour at Lancaster Yarn Shop.  Wendy, the owner of the yarn shop, will co-host the happy hour with me.  The yarn shop will be open for your shopping pleasure.
~ Dinner will be on your own Friday evening.
~ The sewing area will be available to set up after the reception and you can sew to your hearts content.  (There are 2 machines available for use, on a first come basis)
~ The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.
Saturday, March 25th:
~ Carriage Corner breakfast will be served promptly at 8:30 am to get your sewing day started off right.
~ After breakfast, head into the ‘sewing space’ and work on whatever project you want.
~ Carolyn will be available all day to help with sewing questions.
Log Cabin after it's facelift

Log Cabin after it’s facelift

There will be a make your own sandwich bar available for lunch
We’ll order pizza in from the local pizzeria for dinner.
The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.
Sunday, March 26th:
~ Carriage Corner breakfast will be served promptly at 8:30 am to get your sewing day started off right.
~ Everyone who is staying at Carriage Corner will need to check out of their room by 11 am.
~ After breakfast, head into the ‘sewing space’ and work on whatever project you want.
~ Carolyn will be available all day to help with sewing questions.
Sunday lunch will be on your own.
All weekend there will be coffee, tea, water and sodas available along with treats.
How to Register:
Please send an email to [email protected]com, with “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” in the subject line to confirm that you will be attending.  I will send a reply email confirming your attendance with additional details.  Now I understand that not everyone can come for the entire weekend.  As stated above, there will be day-tripper options available for Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.  Come one, two or all three days. (If you come as a day-tripper for all three days, a discount on the day-tripper rate will be available)  In the event that Carriage Corner is completely booked for the event, and you want to stay over, I can recommend some lovely B&B’s close by.  The day tripper rate will be available, again on a first come basis.
If you would like to arrive on Thursday night or stay over on Sunday, we are offering a discount on the rooms on Thursday and Sunday nights if you want to extend your visit.
I hope you will come out and sew with us in March!


Jay & Gaylen, hosts & owners at Carriage Corner B&BHi – we’re glad you stopped by.  Let me introduce myself and Jay, my husband.

We are the new owners of Carriage Corner Bed and Breakfast and we’re really looking forward to meeting you.  We firmly believe, there are no strangers just friends you haven’t met yet.

A little bit about us, we are:

*dog people ~ we currently have 3 dogs living at the property with us, however, they are now allowed in the Inn, but those missing their own furry friends we provide visitation upon request.

*soon to be grandparents ~ our youngest daughter is expecting our first grandchild at the end of January 2017.  This is really what prompted us to chase the dream make this huge move.

*parents ~ we have 2 daughters.  The oldest still lives in the Seattle area and we miss her loads.  Especially on Sundays when she’d come over to watch football and have dinner with us.  The youngest lives in New Jersey and is about to embark on motherhood.

*Eagles fan ~ at least one of us is.  Jay is a long time Philadelphia Eagles football fan.  90% of the time you’ll find him wearing something Eagles related.  He’s on the waiting list for Season tickets and then he won’t be around on Sundays.

So, why a bed and breakfast?  Well for starters, we are B&B people, we love the ‘homey’ feeling that a bed and breakfast provides and hope that staying with us at Carriage Corner will make you feel like you’re staying with your best friend, just a bit more pampered.

Next – we love working in the kitchen together and trying out new things.  While I’m doing the majority of the cooking and the planning, Jay is right there with me, prepping the morning fruit, making sure things don’t burn and that there is a never-ending supply of coffee.

Finally, we love meeting new friends.  We love the conversations that happen at check in or in the evening.  Then there are always the breakfast table conversations.  Hearing from repeat guests, either to the B&B or the area.  Learning new things.

So – in the spirit of Welcoming.  We’d like to offer a one-nights stay, to be used in 2017 (with some limitations) to one lucky reader.  To enter – do a couple of things:  1.  Like our facebook page; 2.  Follow us on Instagram; 3.  comment below and tell us why you like to stay at Bed & Breakfasts; and 4. make sure we have a way to contact you.  EDITED DUE TO COMMENTING ISSUES.  Contest will remain open through January 9, 2017 and a winner will be drawn on January 10, 2017 and notified via email.