Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wooly Willy Windmills

I went to Pella last week. Pella, Iowa: founded in 1847 by 800 Dutch immigrants; home to Pella windows; Heritage Lace; the childhood home of Wyatt Earp; and site of the annual Tulip Time. It is also home to Central College - which was the reason for my visit to this fair city - to recruit at a career fair. The town was too charming not to mention in my blog. I guess I think my cards don't stand on their own so they need a little story to make them blog-worthy!

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 complete
without paint-your-own wooden shoes in the craft aisle?
Okay that is enough sharing! On to my card. Thank goodness for card challenges! They keep me motivated! Thank you to the challenge blogs and their dedicated and talented designers!

~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


  1. Sounds like a great trip! Love your honeycomb stenciled background along with all of the other details- thanks for playing with us at Just Us Girls :-)

  2. Wow- I think I need to visit Pella! Thanks for sharing your fun snapshots of a really cool little town. And your card is also very blog-worthy! Thanks for joining us at Crafting With Friends.

  3. OMGoodness!!! I really enjoyed this post! Your card is fabulous and I love the main focal point being on the sentiment! Wonderful card!

    Wow! What an awesome place to visit! Loved looking at that big tree and all the beautiful colors of fall. The town is so interesting and loved the windmill! LOL! I still remember the candy cigarettes! We thought we were so cool when we'd get a pack of those babies. It really is like a time warp at 35 cents a pack too! How fun!

    Loved your wonderful post Nancy!


  4. I love your little tour of Pella ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  5. Lots going on here Nancy with so many things to look at including the hexagons. So glad you joined us this week with your card for our Photo Inspiration challenge at JUGS. THANK YOU.

  6. I loved reading your description of Pella! Never been and now I don't have to go! Ha! Great use of your office punch! So creative!

  7. I sure enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all the photos! Love your card too! So happy you joined us at Just Us Girls for photo week!

  8. You have the best posts! I feel like I went on a little trip - the store you visited reminds me of my childhood - ah the good old days! Your card is great! This one would be great for the guys or a gal! The papers are great together.

  9. Beautiful card and love the papers -fabulous pics and love the beautiful tree --Thank you for joining us at Crafting With Friends
    Carol DT x


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