Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Retail Therapy and more

I managed to visit a few quilt shops on my travels.I didn’t go crazy just collected a few things that appealed to me. The visit to the Krazy Cow in Levin was fun as they were having a shelf delivered by crane!

It was the only way to get the shelf in! The Krazy Cow building used to be the train station in Levin so it is very high on the road side so that it’s level with the train platform. Luckily the shop owners husband, is friends with the crane owner! It's a really nice shop with a cafe at one end, shop in the middle and a sewing area for classes at the other end.


I found this ‘Love’ fabric at the Krazy Cow. And I was pleased to find the silk ribbon at ‘Cherry Pie’ another quilt shop in Levin. For a small town it’s lucky to have two quilt shops.


Also while in Levin (visiting Mum) we were lucky to see a Steam Train coming through town on a special day trip . I had forgotten how loud they are. 


These were bought while visiting Family and Friends in Dannevirke at a shop called Concrete n Crafts. When I lived in Dannevirke years ago it sold concrete garden ornaments, but now is mostly patchwork fabric with only a few concrete ornaments. I got a surprise when behind the counter was the man who used to run the local cinema. We had a great talk as I was one of his regular customers. I loved going to the movies there, as they still had an intermission. I wish they had intermissions at the movies now especially when you see a 3 hour movie!   


This old style ‘traffic cop car’ is parked outside the Police Museum in Dannevirke. Apparently it stops a lot of speeding even though the police haven’t used this type of vehicle in over 20 years! 


This fabric was bought in Arthur Toye’s In Palmerston North. I had good timing shopping there as all fabric was on sale for half price! 


This lot of goodies was purchased at Needlecraft in Palmerston North. They were having a sale too as they are relocating (to College St). I had just started quilting the last time Needlecraft relocated in the early 90’s, and talked to Vallis (owner) about remembering that sale. I’m sure I still have some lace I bought then in my stash. It was the first time I had bought a Quilters Newsletter Magazine too. ( I still get them)


I lived and worked in Palmerston North (when I was young and single) And my favourite takeaway bar from then, is still in going. Their fish burgers are still extremely large!  YUM, and can you believe it, all their burgers were 2 for $5!   


  1. Hi Leeann
    The Crafty Cow is certainly a great shop isn't it, especially as you can get a nice cup of coffee too. I haven't yet checked out Cherry Pie since they have moved from the country into town. And... I didn't even know about the shop in Dannevirke - will have to add that one to the list when we go travelling again. Congratulations on being mentioned on the Selvage Blog!!

  2. Thanks for that I didn't know I was on Selvage Blog, Karen asked about using the block for her quilting group, but I didin't think about her linking to my blog. But it is good!

  3. Making a note of the Krafty Cow - a good coffee shop means DH will be happier for longer and I have more fabric shopping time vbg

  4. Geez, I've been to Dannevirke 3 times over the last month and I never noticed Concrete and Crafts! Where is it? It's great to see the photos.. Glad you had a great holiday with your family.

  5. Concrete n Crafts is approx across the road from KFC, and then a little bit south, hope that makes sense!


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