I am totally normal for buying this puppet because it's a gift for my niece and I have NO plans to buy one for myself. It is handmade by an adorable older couple and the gentlemen just sits there, puppeting (is that a word?), so it's impossible not to get draw into their booth. Actually, the whole market is delightful and chock full of eye candy. But can you believe these artisans will be freezing their tushies off in this outdoor market all December???
Of course we couldn't leave with just a puppet! Mom bought this pair of oil paintings . . .
. . . and bought me one too!
Then I bought a set of four enamel paintings. They are the same landscape in spring, summer, fall and winter. I had to buy the set because, come December 21st, I will have visited Hungary in all four seasons! But I asked for them sans frames (and the price was lower as a result) so they will be easier to bring home and I can frame them to suit the townhouse.
I bought this day timer as well (am I the only person still using these?) and the vintage Budapest map on it features - of all the neighborhoods - my exact apartment! I'm loving these sentimental, made-for-me treats. Maybe this is my karma coming around?
When Hubby comes for a visit, he will have to learn to live without gotch and socks because I am going to need a good chunk of his suitcase space for these treasures.
Have you started hitting any holiday craft shows? Seeing all of the hard work and creativity that went into these 100 or so booths made me really happy, so I highly recommend tracking down a craft show near you.