Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ohio Amish Made Products; Stoves, Windows, Chicken Nests

Many guests visit Ohio's Amish Country to purchase Amish Made products; stoves, windows, chicken nests, and much more.  In this post I am listing some unique Amish-owned businesses.  Our Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast website hosts our Amish Business Directory. Amish businesses do not have websites or a telephone within easy reach.  The best way to contact is to visit in person or write the old-fashioned way.  Some have access to telephones, so leave a message and they will return your call, usually within 24 hours.  All Amish businesses are closed on Sunday.

Pioneer Stove in Amish Home
Winter is a time for wood-burning stoves. For the best price and exceptional advice and service if shopping for a wood-burning cooking and heating stove, visit Troyer's Repair, 7655 SR 241, Millersburg, OH  44654.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 7 am - 7 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.  They carry high quality wood stoves and inserts at lower prices. Some brands are Osburn, PSG, and Drolet. They are located 1 1/2 miles west of Mt. Hope on SR 241.

Coalway, 12001 Dover Road, Applecreek, OH  44606 offers gas heating stoves and nearly every other kind of specialty stove your heart should desire. Their phone 330-857-3098.  They are partnered with Home Traditions located on SR 557 in Charm, Ohio.

County Line Windows and Doors produces custom built vinyl replacement windows.  They carry vinyl shop and basement windows in stock as well as tempered glass barn windows.  With barn windows protection bars are not needed.  They also stock #1 fiberglass entrance doors with composite jambs that carry a 25 year warranty.  Roy A. Swartzentruber offers free estimates and is located at 10800 Fryburg Rd, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.
Maysville Harness and Shoe Store

Maysville Harness Shop also carries a vast selection of family footwear for all Amish family needs. Located at8572 Mt. Hope Rd (Co Rd 77), Apple Creek, OH  44606. Located 4 miles North of Mt. Hope; phone 330-695-9977.  They also carry a large variety of straw hats. Mon - Thurs 6 - 5 pm; Fri 6 am - 8 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.

Yoder Window & Siding has a showroom at 7846 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.  They manufacture their own windows with heavy duty virgin vinyl.  The windows feature welded frames and sashes as well as heavy duty balance system.  They serve Wayne, Holmes, and surrounding counties.  Call 330-695-6960 for a free estimate.

Country Windows and Siding.  John Yoder or Paul Hilty operating at 8194 E Moreland Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627; or leave message at 330-621-3032.  They offer double hung windows with compound tension balance for easy sliding.  All their windows and doors have a lifetime warranty.  They also produce custom screens for shop and/or garage doors.

Are you cutting your own ice this year from ponds?  Well, if you are you can purchase ice house kits and ice boxes from QualitySIPs, 8691 Twp Rd 561, Holmesville, OH  44633.  Contact them for a free information packet; phone 330-279-2345 for Fax at 330-279-2090.  Additionally, they also offer products and solutions for radiant floor heating.

So how are your chickens producing this year? Country Metal Products makes front and rear rollaway nests in two sizes; and will help protect the eggs from breakage. 15709 Jericho Road, Dalton, OH  44618. Call 330-857-0360.  This product is great from homesteaders.

D & R Engine Repair can convert your small engine to natural gas.  They sell engines and kits. 8778 Senff Road, Dundee, OH 44624 (in Mt. Eaton).  They are also a tractor and lawn mower dealer. Mon - Fri 6 am - 5 pm; Sat till noon. 330-359-0671.

Yoder's Sharpening, 14280 Durstine Road, Dundee, OH  44624, phone 330-359-0767 sharpens woodworking blades at competitive prices.  They make solid carbide spiral bits, carry woodworker supplies; insert tooling.

Many Amish are now utilizing compressed air for many applications.  See Yoder Hydraulics, 12317 Dover Road, Apple Creek, OH  44606 for hydraulic and air systems, fabrication, welding and machining needs.  Call 330-857-0001 for catalog and prices.

MHP Flooring, 7598 Twp Rd 652, Millersburg, OH  44654 produces custom hardwood flooring.  They custom hand plane and offer distressing.  Toll Free 888-549-2524.

There are hundreds of small Amish businesses scattered throughout Holmes and Wayne Counties.  If, after checking our Amish Business Directory on our website, you cannot find what you are seeking, give us a call at 330-674-7600 and we will be happy to try to assist you.

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On your next visit to Ohio's Amish Country, plan a stay at our Berlin and Millersburg area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the best in accommodations and hospitality.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 27, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Mittens Made from Upcycled Sweaters at Ohio Bed and Breakfast

One of the featured DIY inspirations for the 2015 Christmas Cookie Tour was mittens made from upcycled sweaters.  In other words, "Smittens".  Our Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast was a featured property showcased on the charity benefit tour.  As chairperson of the tour, I made a sample pair and found myself eternally hooked.  Perhaps it's an addiction, but I can no longer go into a thrift store without looking for wool sweaters, or sweaters with at least some wool content.  It's the love of the "Hunt".

Mittens Made From Repurposed Sweaters
My large inventory of sweaters offers plenty of variety to selectively coordinate pleasing color combinations.  I like to incorporate two or three different sweaters in one pair. I never know just how each pair with turn out.

Pine Branch Mittens

I made this pine branch pair of mittens using a deep purple-brown colored men's 100% wool sweater. With metallic silver thread, I embroidered along lines in the sweater fabric. For more interest, I free-hand embroidered pine branches and pine cones. I sewed a set of antique silver buttons onto the cuffs.  These mittens required several hours of stitching, and the price for these is higher.

Mitten cuffs can be made from the cuffs from the sweater. When I shop for sweaters, I check the sleeve ends to see if they look good good.  If they are tattered, I do not purchase the sweater.  Typically the bottom of the sweater is ribbed and offers enough length for two pairs of mittens.  I've also fashioned cuffs from collars.

Because sweaters come in so many diverse designs, there is no limit to the possibilities.  Embroidery, appliques, and embellishments add additional interest.  The oak leaf mittens shown in the photo above were original with the sweater.  I fashioned the acorns from wool fabric and attached for a nice touch.
Snowman Mittens

The images in the snowman mittens are just as they were in the sweater.  I added no additional elements. This was a sweater that had very little wool content, but I loved the possibilities.  Sometimes I will purchase a sweater with no wool content if the sweater has interesting features or I can see a creative application.

Notice on the left-hand snowman mitten that I pieced more of the sweater fabric under the snowman, as he was positioned near the bottom of the sweater.  The fact that I pieced below the ribbing did not detract from the beauty of the mitten.  In fact, I believe it added interest.

Reverse Side Sweater Mittens

For complete instructions and a pattern for making these mittens, go to our Cookie Tour tutorial link. Now, go have fun!  Ask your friend and family to give you their old sweaters that they no longer need.  Also ask them to collect old buttons for you.  Now let the mitten making begin!

If visiting Ohio's Amish Country, stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast to tour a few rooms.  Experience warm hospitiality, fine accommodations, and a great breakfast, served over great conversation.

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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 7, 2016