As you may know....I just got back from a big trip, namely to Venice, Istanbul and Athens. Here is my first travel post. I have lots to catch up....I didn't think that I was going to play any challenges any time soon. BUT when I saw the pattern paper (Grand Bazaar) in my craft table, I thought the fox paper will be perfect for the latest Moxie Fab World (see Foxy Foxes Challenge) . I just can't help myself... LOL.
In order to"calm down" the busy and colorful paper, I embossed the fox image in mint on the black card stock. I added a few small strips of paper and vellum to give the design a bit of pizzazz. Lucky that I have the mint sequins! Also, I stitched the white-embossed sentiment in gold thread. And of course, you've got to have GOLD if you are in the Grand Bazaar! I also throw in a cork heart for good measure!
I know it is a super busy pattern paper....just like THE Grand Bazaar. Istanbul was the 4th city that we visited during the Mediterranean cruise two weeks ago. When I bought the pattern paper Grand Bazaar (Basic Grey) more than a year ago, it didn't occur to me that I would actually go to THE Grand Bazaar! Isn't that funny?
So, you must wonder what the Grand Bazaar is like....here are a few photos to give you some ideas.
It was a hot day in Istanbul when we walked from our cruise ship to the famous Spice Market and then to the Grand Bazaar. So many displays and foreign signs. Lots and lots of shops were selling everything from T shirts, purses, handmade laces, tea sets, home decor.... In fact, after walking in the Grand Bazaar for half an hour, we decided that we needed to find our way back to the cruise ship. We don't want to miss the big boat, do we?
David had our trusty Rick Steve's guide book in his hand. Still, there are so many unmarked paths (from the Spice Market) leading to the Grand Bazaar, it is very easy to get totally lost! The Turkish culture is truly foreign and exotic! Surrounding ourselves in these shops and displays, we were absolutely mesmerized and overwhelmed. Thankfully, we didn't have any trouble wandering around!
Stephanie was checking out the famous tulip-shaped tea cups...
The choices of spices, nuts, dried fruit, cheese, sweets and food that I do not recognize/know .... are astounding. I ended up buying some nuts, tea and coffee. They are SAFE!
Alexia at the Spice Market
And now you can see why I have to make a card with the Grand Bazaar pattern paper with the fox?
See those small hanging packets? Those were tea and spices in assorted flavors. We did buy some of those and have yet to sample them.
Thanks for stopping by!