The fabric was from Candy Cane Christmas, but I didn't feel like making a Christmas project. Instead, I chose a picture of 'the girls' getting ready to head out to our local Christkindlemarkt. *insert history lesson here* Our surrounding communities were established by German immigrants and continue to have a strong German heritage. A nearby town honors this history by holding a town-wide Christmas market the weekend before Thanksgiving. It marks the beginning of advent as well as following an age old tradition of craftsmen, bakers, and artisans selling their wares in preparation of Christmas gift giving. My Mom, sisters, daughters, and I go every year and have a wonderful time seeing all of the handmade crafts, tasting delicious foods, sampling wine from local wineries, and browsing the antique booths and shops. We spend the entire day shopping and while we don't buy a whole lot, we have a fabulous time together. My oldest DD has an amazing relationship with a milliner that sets up shop every year. DD saves her money to buy a new hat and then spends some quality time trying on the various hats and visiting with the hat maker. The hat she is wearing in the photo is one of Patrica's creations. DD#2 waits patiently for our last stop where she buys a huge bag of kettle corn that is made on site in a HUGE copper kettle. Warm kettle corn is also a bit addictive. I have two downfalls at this annual event...
1. wine tasting (I don't hit every booth (yikes!) but always have such a hard time deciding what to buy)
2. antiques (see story below)
Last year I came across some old printing press letters. I looked and looked at them and talked myself out of the complete alphabet set for $100 and settled for a few individual word blocks. After I got home, I kicked myself for not buying the alphabet. Especially after I actually inked up the word blocks. The effect was so cool! I am sure that somewhere an antique expert is freaking out that I inked up and used them, but what good would they be if I just let them sit?!
I am just as bad at the booth with the vintage post cards! Good thing there are Grandma and Auntie to take the girls as my other sister (and partner in crime) spend an eternity looking at things!!
I hope you enjoyed my little story and learned a little about German history as well! Have a wonderful week!!
Page recipe: Cardstock- real red, whisper white, garden green, Baja breeze, the DSP is SU, but I'm not sure which collection it came from..., Ink-basic black marker, Accessories- Candy Cane Christmas fabric, sticky round, blushing bride ruffled ribbon (ret), bird builder punch, and some letter stickers from my stash that amazingly enough matched the colors. *the large circle was made by tracing a saucer onto whisper white and cutting it out. I drew the journaling lines with a basic black marker.