Driving or walking by ordinary things I usually have on my internal blog-worthy vision. Some people see an autumnal splendiferous tree and "have a moment with nature'. I see a tree bursting with color and ASSUME everyone I share it with will enjoy it as much as I do! Not sure what that says about me....let's just save that discussion for a sofa and a shrinks office or a booth and some drinks!
This is the view visitors are greeted with! Vintage car with potted mums and green space. Well!
Tucked in the middle of town - there is this...Some bergs have alleys...not the Dutch in Pella!
Pretty fancy "alley"! When they boast about "old world charm" they seem to be very serious!
Pella is home to Heritage Lace! I 'discovered' them when I realized they make Downton Abbey goodies! Yes indeedy! Heritage Lace, in Pella, is the proud owner of the Downton Abbey license.
My daughter is the proud owner of one of their Downton products. A gift from my sister. Both are Downton junkies! Who wouldn't want to own
a Violet Crowley quote?
One of several windmill features in town.
I did NOT know Pella sports an Opera House!If you hurry you can catch "Three Men and a Tenor"! Or rent it for your next wedding!
Old town store fronts - well manicured and cared for. Not a Wal-Mart to be seen for miles!
And what do you find in olde-time stores? Olde-time awesomeness! I wandered into an honest to goodness Variety Store - it was so much fun!
Candy buttons! YUM! Except when you get a wad of paper with a button!
So HERE is where you can buy all things Dutch! Souvenir anyone?
I am stunned that you can still buy candy cigarettes! REALLY!? And they are 35 cents! THIRTY FIVE CENTS!?!? Where AM I? Did I drive into a time warp?
How many hair nets can one town POSSIBLY need!? There were TWO racks of these! HAIRNETS!? I didn't know they came in color/size choices!
The toy aisle is filled with good-old fashioned NON-tech selections. No batteries required.
How many of you owned one of these little guys!?
There must be a windmill full of people who knit and crochet in this town! Peg board!
When's that last time you saw sheets of plain peg board?
And what self-respecting Dutch community Variety Store would be completewithout paint-your-own wooden shoes in the craft aisle?
~Base card Kraft card stock stenciled with TCW Mini Chicken Wire Template and Tattered Angels Shimmer Mist
~2 layers of The Paper Studio The Great Rock Island Route paper pack
~Office note book punch; curve punch
~Layer of cream card stock stenciled
~Sentiment stamped on olive card stock using Sizzix Word Labels stamp and die
~Brown and green punched circles
Challenges | Inspirations
Just Us Girls - photo inspiration
Fusion Card - layout
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything no digital
Here's to Old World Charm, appreciating small towns, pondering hair nets, and acerbically wonderful quips from the Dowager Crowley!
Nancy in Iowa