Weekend Adventures

Last weekend Molly and I took a little day-trip to Cumberland MD. Our friend Jessee had posted a photo on instagram of some cake toppers she bought at a little craft supply shop in Cumberland. We decided to go and see what we could find, and maybe check out some antique shops in the area. Molly had been to the crafty supply shop before and remembered that a Hallmark in the same shopping plaza had cake toppers too.
First we went to Plaza Crafts and spent way too much time sifting through the bins. There is no order to anything, its such a hodge podge. Then the gal had to count everything to ring us up, and then we ventured over to the Hallmark…where we hit the mother load.
We knew we wanted to just buy them all, since they were beautiful old stock cake toppers. The bins were all different prices ranging from 10-18¢ per topper (at Plaza Crafts they were just 10¢ each) So we took the bins to the front and waited while the sales lady finished up with customers and then told her we would like to buy them all, and instead of counting them if she could give us a flat price. She told us to make an offer and we froze up, not quite sure what to say. Finally I blurted out $30 and the lady said “SOLD!” right away.
Once we got back to my house we sat sorting all the toppers and splitting them up. Molly is going to make all sorts of awesome things for her shop, and plan of using mine for cakes & future crafternoons. In the end we ended up with over 800 cake toppers and about 20 spent each) I’ve not run across a lot of old stock items so it was quite the thrill!

Exploring Pennsylvania

Back at the beginning of May, Molly took off a Friday so we could do some adventuring. We decided to make our way toward Lancaster, with a few stops along the way.
First up we stopped into the Salvation Army fabric sale so she could see if there was anything left she could use on items for her shop. She ended up loading up a box, so it was great.
Then we headed to Gettysburg so we could stop into a thrift shop there (we didn’t find anything) but then I made sure to stop at the abandoned mini golf so Molly could have a look. I was so sad to see that my favorite pink mini house had been knocked down. The whole place has been pretty destroyed. It was in a lot worse shape then the last time I walked through it. The baseball batting cage area is filled with water and looks like the saddest lake. Most of the houses look like people have been trying to destroy them and there was lots of trash everywhere.
After that we made our way to Lititz for lunch at The Tomato Pie cafe. This is the same place we ate on our last Pennsylvania adventure. Their food is always so good, we both had the tomato soup and agreed it was perfection. I also had the cold brew with milk & honey, goodness it was delicious.
We walked across the street to check out the Wilbur Chocolate company. They have a shop but also a bit of a museum along the walls behind glass, lots of rurally cute chocolate molds.
Last on our trip was the Lancaster area for a few antique shops and to stop in the Craft and Flower marketplace (used to be Craft and Flower Warehouse) It was interesting and we each found some fun things, but I kind of missed the old place even though I had only been there once. Then we made the long drive back home, which of course always seems to feel like it takes forever when you are not making fun stops along the way.


New York City was a blast!
We stayed at Metro Apartments which were awesome, and we would stay at again in a heartbeat. The location was a really quick walk to Time’s Square, and the place was lovely with a living room/kitchen/dining room area, bedroom, and bathroom.
Food stuff…
We had crepes and coffee one afternoon, pomme frites, treats to go from Milk Bar but we both ate the cereal milk soft serve there, dinner at Soy And Sake, we also ate dinner at a place across from Rockefeller center where we had pimento cheese fritters as an appetizer , but I can’t recall the name.
Since Blythecon was all day Sunday we had about a day and a half to explore the city. On Saturday we checked into our hotel at 3pm and were able to walk and hit a lot of things from our list, and then take a cab back to the hotel at the end of the night since we ended the evening near Central Park.
Nintendo World– We were disappointed they didn’t have any Animal Crossing merchandise, but very happy with both had our DS’s with us, so we got lots of new houses in the Happy Home Showcase. Plus we got to see that couple in the amazing Animal Crossing costume!
Sanrio– I wish they had more stickers, and stationary type items…although I did get to squish a penny in their machine.
Toy Tokyo– could of spent quite a bit of money here!
Kinokuniya-This is where we probably spent the most time, in the basement level pouring over the japanese craft books & magazines. It was pure heaven!
We had a lot more items on our list that we just couldn’t get to because of either time or location…
Tinsel Trading Company– We were both so excited to go here, but when we arrived after walking all over (as it was one of our last stops before dinner) we were so sad to see they had moved locations. Next time for sure!
Mimi And Coco– We didn’t make it here because we didn’t have any other plans on the lower east side, but someday!
Pearl River Mart-again just didn’t have any other stops planned near this one, but it’s supposed to be three stories, so I’m sure it would be a lot of fun.
We took the train back home late Monday afternoon, and it was a smooth ride with lots of Animal Crossing to keep us busy. So many houses to explore!
Now that I am back home again, and as far as I know my traveling for 2013 is over, I am ready to just be home for a good long while. I finally finished decorating the inside of the house for Halloween and have a big Halloween party coming up quick. I still have some Halloween goodies to share on the blog, so I’ll be posting those soon as this month just seems to be flying by!