Hello readers and happy Friday! TGIF! I hope you have fun things planned for the weekend ahead. I am excited because we are going to the Christmas Candlelight Stroll in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tomorrow. In case you're wondering what it is, here's a little more detail:
Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire.
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.
Doesn't this sound fun?! It's like a real life Hallmark Christmas movie! We always try a new themed event each December similar to this. So far, some of our favorites have been:
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont
Norman Rockwell Christmas in the Berkshires
I have always had a love-hate relationship with Christmas, but I finally discovered I loved it so much more when I am immersed in festive events such as this, and not fighting for a parking spot at a big box store. It really resonates the true spirit of Christmas for me.
Now on to today's beautiful alcohol ink cards! To read more about how I create my alcohol ink backgrounds, please click here. I chose not to make these cards overly Christmas-y, but used simple sentiments such as "JOY" and "NOEL" that evoke a feeling and not celebrating an actual holiday. I didn't try using red inks, but a beautiful red (or green) alcohol ink background and the words "XMAS" would also be stunning. Use a Christmas tree die for the "A" instead of the star I used for my "O!" My Large Letter framelit dies are quite large at 2 5/16", so it wouldn't allow for longer words, but "peace" would also be a great idea if your letters are smaller than mine.
Here is the second card I created using the Large Letters framelit dies "J" and "Y" to spell JOY instead of NOEL. Again to learn more about how I create alcohol ink backgrounds, please click here.
I hope you have enjoyed today's bright and festive alcohol ink cards.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!
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