Sunday, 11 December 2016

A visit to the Christmas Market

Hi Everybody!

Hope you have a good start in the new week.

For Art Journal Journey, light and darkness, I have another
hybrid piece,  for which I digitally combined a photo of the night sky, an old document, and a window frame and lantern. The moon and stars are from Mischief circus.

And I forgot to show my tag from last Tuesday, so here it is
as it fits very well to the theme:

Today I hopped onto the tram and went to Duisburg, a neighbouring town, to look at the Christmas Market there. The best thing for me were the delicious smells coming from the various booths.
 I was there relatively early,so there were no crowds.

I am glad they didn't dress Nana up for Christmas:

There was even a skating rink:

I loved the silver trees:

I wasn't intending to eat anything, but on the way back
I smelt these delicious 'Reibekuchen' - potato cakes,
and had to eat a portion - yummy!

Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Your journal page is very pretty and rather romantic today.Love the photos from Duisburg, I don't think we have been there at all. Have a good week, hugs Sarah

  2. Gorgeous page and tag and love those market pics, looking really lovely and not something we get over here.
    Fliss xx

  3. Beautiful art and I so enjoyed the stroll around the Christmas Market.

  4. Your page is outstanding today and a beautiful tag. The market looks amazing and I am glad you had the potato cakes, yummy!

  5. Your journal page is very pretty, love the layers and quote. Great photos of Duisburg, I don't think we have ever been there. Have a good new week, hugs Sarah

  6. Loving your light and darkness pieces today. The digital views really are great for showing light. And I also enjoyed the Christmas Market photos. I love the nutcrackers and the holiday cheer. Its so festive! And the potato cakes- yum. I haven't had potato cakes for so long, like maybe over 10 years. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

  7. Your pages are just so lovely. I like your style! Years ago we spent Christnas in Salzburg. We went to many German markets. It was the most magical time ever!!!!

  8. Oh Valerie, I'm so glad you went to Christmas Market and showed the photos. I so want to go to one or more of them! It looks such fun! And yummy, too!

  9. Wonderful page with a beautiful quote Valerie but the star of the show for me is Christmas Market. Not sure if it is the one I went to almost 30 years ago but it certainly looks like the same place. I can smell the air even now if I think about it and the wonderful tasters that we were offered as we walked around. Many places here in the UK try to copy your markets but they don't come close.

    Love Chrissie xx

  10. LOVE spud cakes and these looks so crunchy and yuuum...,mum used to make these for us all the time. Lovely pages love the look and so inviting to visit, but I say that each time I visit here, don't I, love your markets finds.xx{aNNie}

  11. Great artwork, a real glowing warmth to counteract the grey, wind swept ocean outside my studio window.

    We did love German Christmas Markets; Monschau in the Eifel was among our favourites. Ehrenfeld, in Cologne, was our first experience when we lived there in Pius Strasse in 1960/1

  12. Ein fabelhafter Spruch auf der schönen Seite und das Tag ist auch so toll!
    Gut dass so wenige Leute noch da waren auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt! Gut gemacht!
    Sieht einladend aus alles und die Reibekuchen inspirieren mich,werd ich die Woche mal welche machen vielleicht.
    Schönen Start in die neue Woche !

  13. Both pieces have a magical feel and have beautiful quotes.
    Your markets always looks so fascinating and inviting, I would have loved to have walked around this Christmas market. Yummy potatoes cakes! :)
    Thanks for sharing your fab photos.
    Have a great week... Gill xx

  14. I would love to be a mouse in your pocket and visit with you all fascinating places you see. Your artwork is just right for the season. Beautiful post.

  15. Beautiful lantern page Valerie, I love the bright blue accents. Your town looks so festive, how about that giant reindeer, so fun!! hugs :)

  16. Love you hybrid pieces and tag, that is such an amazing colour of blue and it really shows off the gold light, stars and frame beautifully! I also love the blue Christmas trees you have captured in your photos, they look stunning! Thanks for taking me to the Christmas Market too, it was fun seeing all the sights and that potato cake looks so delicious, yum! :-). Wishing you a happy start to the week! J :-)

  17. Stunning AJJ page I recognize that background? *grin*
    Your tag is amazing, such color and contrast. I'm glad I don't have to choose a favorite between the two.
    I adore the market photos, we don't have anything near that in this area of the world, so strolling along with you was a real delight.
    Potato pancakes I have had as a child, when we lived in the norther part of the country. There was a German restaurant here, years ago, and I would get DH to take me just to have them.....but they weren't as good as the ones Sophie made me as a child..............good memories!

  18. Was für eine tolle Journal-Seite! Fabelhafte Komposition! Auch der Anhänger ist klasse!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

  19. Zwei wunderschöne Licht-Werke hast du da wieder kreiert. Die Fotos sind auch wieder sehr gelungen. Toll diese schöne bunte Nana. Den letzten leckeren Reibekuchen hätte ich auch nicht wieder stehen können.
    Liebe Grüße

  20. Your journal page is wonderful - so is your tag.
    What do I love best about your post? The potato cakes - good gosh they look absolutely delicious. I have heard a great deal about the Christmas Markets and would dearly love to visit some. This one looks delightful. Yes Valerie - I am a foodie and love it when you post the things you cook. You make my mouth water.
    Happy Holidays!
    Sandy Claus xx

  21. Your page is stunning Valerie and I love the sentiment x beautiful photographs of your Christmas Market visit

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  22. Catching up on all your beautiful light and darkness pieces, filled with light and dark, twinkling and blending magically together. What a fun Christmas market, it looks like you had a fun and yummy time!

  23. I love the light in the darkness in the piece and tag. Breathtaking.
    And the festival feel from the Christmas Market...Wondrous.

  24. Your page is beautiful and so is the tag ♥ I do love seeing the photos of the Christmas Market. Everything looks so cheerful and I can just smell those wonderful yummy Christmas smells from here :) The potato cakes do look yummy and I probably would have eaten a bunch :-/

  25. Fabulous light from the lamp, beautiful shades of deep blues, another super inspirational page Valerie. Just wish I had time to do more.
    Great photos from the Christmas market, it must be fun to visit them as they all look so wonderful. Liked the look of the snack as well.
    Yvonne xx

  26. Your art page is gorgeous. I love the frame around it and the rays from the lantern. Lovely tag too. You sure do have a lot of beautiful and interesting things in your town. hugs, Teresa

  27. I'm so very glad you said something about the Christmas market, because I totally MISSED this post. I must have slept through it or something.

    At first, I thought there were two carousels, then realized the one has the cars that whirl around. DUH. Everything looked so very festive and your potato cake looked fantastic.

  28. Fabulous journal page Valerie and thanks for sharing the photos of the Christmas Market.
    DD went to Dusseldorf last year and also Essen and Cologne and is still full of talk this year! Like the look of the potatoe cakes.
    Avril xx

  29. Your art is breath taking and wonderful! Love!
    Love the Christmas market! I wish there was something like that around here!
    I want some potato pancakes!! My mom makes amazing ones!! I have to bug her! LOL!

  30. Valerie, your hybrids are Gorgeous!! I especially love the first!
    Oh how I want to visit your home! The festiveness of Christmas time is just wonderful in these photos you share!
    And that potato pancake looks scumdillieishous!!!


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