Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Where to shop: Making Ends Meet

While in Shelbyville, Ky., I took the opportunity to visit Making Ends Meet, a store that carries home decor fabrics, trims, gift items and more. I’m not really into making home decor items, but I love walking around any fabric store and checking out the fabric colors and textures and notions.
And the employees didn’t seem to care. They welcomed me warmly and allowed me to wander around and feel fabric to my heart’s content!
Making Ends Meet is located in an adorable house on Washington Street, Shelbyville, Ky.
If I were to make a whole bunch of pillows and draperies or was in need of fabulous trims, this is the place I’d want to go. And, dude, they have an online store!
I found the store using the visitor center’s shopping directory posted in the center’s yard. Shops are listed by category and a map shows you what street and building to find them. Very helpful!

Here are some photos I shot inside Making Ends Meet:
I love the colors!

This would make excellent curtains, for windows or the shower.

I love the embroidery on these draperies.

The store has trims galore. I bet you’d never have trouble finding a trim to match your project here.
Across the street was a store called Needle Nest, a cross-stitching and needle point store that also offers framing. I didn’t go inside, but I wanted to let you know about it.

So, if you find yourself in the Shelbyville area, stop by and check out the shops!


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Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Fancy Gap, Va.

After walking around Devil’s Den Nature Preserve last weekend, Chris and I went to Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm. It’s located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fancy Gap, Va., across from Milepost 204.

I’ve wanted to visit this farm for quite some time. The farm opened in 2006 and has several alpacas that the family uses to harvest their fiber and spin yarn.

The shop also sells Fair Trade items from Peru and teaches fiber classes.

Alpacas are related to llamas, but are shorter and not as cuddly. They’re more wary of people and don’t readily let you pet them. But they’re gentle animals.

They’re fun to watch and the yarn that’s made from their fiber is soft and wonderful. The little one above is the newest addition. He was only 2 days old when I took this picture!

While at the store, one of the owners gave us a quick tour and introduced us to their alpacas, including some newborns that were up and running around in the maternity pasture with their moms, the males in a barn and other female alpacas out in other fields.

He said that alpacas are pregnant most of the time and are depressed when they’re not pregnant or nursing. Could you imagine being pregnant all the time?

In the store, I picked up two skeins of yarn and a pattern to make into Christmas presents. I also picked up two shawl pins for me.
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Want to learn more about alpacas? Check this book out: