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Great New Antique Mall To Visit During Your Next Stay!

 

Elizabeth's Antique Mall

On Route 20 just 15 minutes from our Inn

 

mall name

 

 

This was the old school in Elizabeth.  Part of the facility is being used by Highland Community College and now this part is overflowing with a terrific mix of antiques, reproductions and new vintage items that all work well together.  What a treat!  The owners, Michael and Ashley, are obviously great visionaries and the place shows it from the fresh outside paint colors to the interior where the spaces are divided by wood palettes.  Amazing!  Way to go Michael and Ashley.  Here's to years of thriving business!

 

booth 1

 

Look at this display.  It is charming.  The space is well lit and there is a variety in this mall like none other.  Here are a few images of what you can expect to find!

green lantern

 

Here is a SMALL sampling of the books they have all neatly layed out in book shelves on the second floor.

 

books

 

I've been watching the "Burlap Craze" lately and they have some really cute tablecloths, bows and wreaths here.

 

burlap table cloth 2

 

Piano anyone?  Lots of furntiure here not just pianos.  And they have plenty of space to expand but while you are there, right now, you won't feel like it's half empty.  It feels full!

 

 

pianos two

 

Dave on the throne!  Lots of dressers, hutches, desks, etc.

 

Dave on chair

 

This pic is for my friend Jeff who plays the congas and the djemba.  I think this would be a great addition to our worhsip team!

 

drum

 

See, things like this.  Altered reproductions.  But somehow it all just fits together and works!  I love this cabinet.

 

painted cabinet

 

Beautiful and affordable!  I could go on and on forever!

 

repro lamp

 

Who can resist this white stove.  Lovely isn't it?

 

stove

 

You don't have to wait for the farmers market to open now to get homemade soaps and scents.  I love the soy bean jar candles.  They are wrapped in thing gauze so they look as unique as they smell.  You have to check this out!

 

soaps

 

This wa sour take.  My Dad collected venetian glass clown statues.  Over the years they've been lost or broken.  Mom still has several but she needs this guy to add to her collection.  Can't wait to give it to her.  I'm working on a quilt that is all wool.  I found these yummy bundles at a terrific price.  Can't wait to get started now.  I did leave some behind but not for long...so if you are looking for affordable wool you better get there quickly!  Oh, and of course we had to buy some of their fresh cookies.  When you walk in there is a very comfortable seating area with a TV.  You can buy a great coffee drink and rest between floors!

 

our take home

 

The Owners: Ashley & Michael

Wishing you great success in your new venture.  The place is great and we will be sending our guests to you for sure!

By the way; turns our Ashley and Michael stayed with us a few years ago.  How fun is that?

 

owners

 

This is one of those great "by chance" photos.  There's Ashley working in the background.  Looks like I planned the cool blurred effect but it just happened.  Photo rule #1 - if you take enough photos you are bound to get a few really great ones!

 

owner info

 

Have a great day today!  Keep your chin up and keep running the good race!

 

Bernadine

 

 

The Vintage Torquefest in Dubuque had something for everyone!

 

dave  truck

 

I have to admit right here and right now that I was not interested at all in going to this car show.  I could have been having some "me" time, quilting, painting, sitting and staring at the walls or any other number of fun things.  However, I adore my husband and I wanted to share this experience with him.  After all, he would go to a quilt show with me in a minute if I asked.  So, here we were.  It was a cool windy day and I brought a book and some knitting just in case I found a comfy spot to sit and enjoy some quiet time.

 

car model

 

Much to my surprise I was immediately taken in by the huge variety of vehicles.  Even more interesting were the outfits people had on.  Many of them dressed in the 50's.  But....a little bit grungier perhaps. And don't take that the wrong way.  I tend to like "grunge" painting and scrapbooking pages.  The women and girls had cute hairdoos and outfits with the addition of huge tatoos.  Interesting look.  This one particular model did not have large tatoos but I thought she was very authentic looking.  Quite frankly I was too frightened to ask the ones with large tatoos if I could photograph them.

 

truck with patina

 

There were loads of antique cars, some motorcycles, old bicycles, the scooters that I learned people used to ride around on, vendors, an auction, food, music.....  I was drawn to the trucks.  Love the trucks especially ones with patina.  You can't get that effect if you tried.  Gorgeous!

 

green tinted windows

 

 

Several of the cars had tinted windows.  Now I'm pretty sure this is not a "vintage" thing but they were cool looking.  This one had green tinted windows to match the car.  We also saw red and blue tinted windows.

station wagon

 

 

A Station Wagon?  How cool.  This brought back a lot of memories.  So you see, I was having a great time at the torqufest with my husband!

 

hood ornament

 

This was awesome.  I was surprised that there weren't many fance hood ornaments.  But this one caught my eye as being the best!  Maybe I missed the fact that there were more to look at just because there was soooo much to see!

 

pin stripping

 

Is it pin-stripping or pin-striping.  This was awesome too.  I thought this one was the best so here it is!  pretty awesome right?

 

honk

 

I got a kick out of this one not as it relates to the cars but as it related to my body these days.  Isn't this great.  I want this on my car!  Honk if anything falls off.  Gotta love it!

 

quilts in car

 

And guess what I found?  Quilts, at a car show, go figure!  We saw this at the end of the show.  I think of it as a blessing for being so cooperative with this trip.  I love these old beat up quilts.  They made my day!  All in all I'd rate this a top of the line experience.

 

Marquee

 

AND CHECK THIS OUT!  A Quilt show the following weekend!  THIS weekend!

 

 

 Think Dave will go with me? Of course he would.....if I asked!

 

31 days of devastation - I don't think so!

 

And congrats Amy & Gene wherever you are.  I'm sure your wedding at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds facility was wonderful! Great facility!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what happens when I leave for the Paducah Quilt Show

 

Dave Waiting

 

This is my darling Dave, voted "Best Innkeeper in the Midwest", owner/opeator of Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  This is what he does when I leave to go away for a few days.  How cute is he.  He sat by my car out in the driveway and said "I'll see you right here when you get back"!

 

Stalker: NO

Wonderful Husband: YES

 

Not only is Dave an excellent innkeeper providing the guests with the greatest concierege service in the world but he is also a wonderful husband, father, friend...you name it.  No one tries harder than Dave.

 

When we started dating he would drop in on me at work and just sit in a chair by my desk for a few moments just to "check in".  What a honey!  

 

Anyway, I was able to go on a five day trip with my friends to Paducah Kentucky for their annual quilt show.  Oh my gosh, this show is wonderful, big, tiring, exhausting, exilerating.  We had a blast.  It was six of us girlfriends and you can imagine the laughter!  We learnd so much about quilting and about each other, what fun.  

 

Unfortunately we won't be going back to Paducah next year.  We've decided to try another quilt show.  We've been going to Paducah show for about 6 years now.  Maybe 5.  It's an 8 hour drive for us.  We noticed the Quilt Show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  That would be a 5 hour drive so I believe next year we will be heading there.  One problem: It is in August and that is one of our busiest months here at the Inn.  I got it...I'll fly Dave's brother Tim in to help him!  BAM

 

Enjoy the pics!

 

Quilt 2014quilt 2014 2

 

 

 

 

 

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This is what happens when I leave for the Paducah Quilt Show

 

Dave Waiting

 

This is my darling Dave, voted "Best Innkeeper in the Midwest", owner/opeator of Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  This is what he does when I leave to go away for a few days.  How cute is he.  He sat by my car out in the driveway and said "I'll see you right here when you get back"!

 

Stalker: NO

Wonderful Husband: YES

 

Not only is Dave an excellent innkeeper providing the guests with the greatest concierege service in the world but he is also a wonderful husband, father, friend...you name it.  No one tries harder than Dave.

 

When we started dating he would drop in on me at work and just sit in a chair by my desk for a few moments just to "check in".  What a honey!  

 

Anyway, I was able to go on a five day trip with my friends to Paducah Kentucky for their annual quilt show.  Oh my gosh, this show is wonderful, big, tiring, exhausting, exilerating.  We had a blast.  It was six of us girlfriends and you can imagine the laughter!  We learnd so much about quilting and about each other, what fun.  

 

Unfortunately we won't be going back to Paducah next year.  We've decided to try another quilt show.  We've been going to Paducah show for about 6 years now.  Maybe 5.  It's an 8 hour drive for us.  We noticed the Quilt Show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  That would be a 5 hour drive so I believe next year we will be heading there.  One problem: It is in August and that is one of our busiest months here at the Inn.  I got it...I'll fly Dave's brother Tim in to help him!  BAM

 

Enjoy the pics!

 

 

Easter Sunday we saw Pastor Bill's Barn Bible

 

Barn Bible

 

 

The general rule in customer service is you are never supposed to talk about three things:

Politics

Religion

Guns

 

It used to be just politics and religion but recently there have been some heated discussions at our breakfast table concerning the "right to arms" so I have added that to the list.

 

Since we just celebrated Easter yesterday I am going to take the liberty to mention that yes, we are Christians and yes, we enjoy Church....so that I can share with you this interesting story.  

Many of you will like it.  

 

Our Pastor Bill has an interesting Faith story.  He was in the Army on a  tour in Iraq. When he got on the plane to come home at the end of the tour he and his team members were sent on an extended tour, a second tour.  He lost a good friend during this time and gave up believing there was a God.

 

He comes home, gets in a car accident and ends up in the hospital.  A friend went to visit him and brought him a Bible.  Some time after he started helping another friend out who runs a farm.  When he would go to work in the barn his friend would challenge him to learn a Bible verse with him each day.  This became the "Barn Bible".  

 

It is kept in a paper bag because of the smell but isn't it amazing!  Well worn and more beautiful than any Bible I have ever seen as it is part of what led Bill to be our Pastor and he is an amazing man of God.

 

Thank you to everyone who led him to where he is today!

 

As long as we are on the topic - Faith that is

We were also privleged to have seen a replica of the Shroud of Turen at a local Church here in Galena,

St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Pastor Fred Baltz.

What an excellent presentation.  I've never needed to know much about the shroud for my Faith journey but was I glad I saw and heard about it.

 

If you are in town next Easter be sure to check it out!

 

Shroud of Turen

 

 

Now on a more secular note: If that offended anyone here is the other side of yesterday,

Sunday 4/20/14

 

We took our beautiful granddaughter to the park and played with her!  

Beautiful weather and there are green things popping up out of the ground!

Hope you had a great Sunday!

Here is Miss Lili with Oreo!

 

Lili  Oreo

 

 

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