Carmel Christkindlmarkt

In the spirit of traditional German Christmas Markets, the city of Carmel has created a lovely outdoor space to bring all the holiday food, music, drink and gifts to Indiana! Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt is open through December 24th, so you still have some time to visit! It’s a perfect spot for families, a girls day with friends or even date night.

I went with my friend Bree and we had a great time watching everyone ice skate, play music and of course we enjoyed their German treats too!

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I tested the peppermint hot chocolate from Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate and a Bavarian pretzel from Das Pretzel Haus. Mine was regular sized, but they have some GIANT pretzels that could probably feed an entire family. Both were delicious! Next year if I am able to go, I want to try the crepes or the famous Raclette sandwiches where they scrape the melted cheese off in front of you.

 

In addition to food, there are several little shops with vendors and you can buy German gifts. And if it’s super cold outside, there are cozy warming stations going all day and night to keep you toasty.

My favorite part of the market is the ice skating rink! We didn’t get to try it out this year, but definitely will next year! I took ice skating lessons as a teen, but it’s been a VERY long time since I put on skates, so I wouldn’t be shocked if I fall down.

 

It also makes a beautiful backdrop for family photos or if you’re feeling like a new profile pic 🙂

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Carmel has done such a great job of bringing this concept to the Indianapolis area! If you are looking for the perfect holiday activity, this is it. Let me know if you go and what you did!

 

 

Hutch Redo

We recently bought our first home! After living in apartments for 15+ years, I am very excited to no longer have noisy neighbors and cramped, boring living spaces. I have a couple of projects on my list to spruce up some of the furniture we already own, including repainting this hutch.

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When my grandmother passed away during my college years, I got some of her furniture: dressers, a cedar chest and this hutch. It took me a while to come to the decision it was ok to paint the pieces she left me – there’s a sense of guilt over changing something that sat in a loved one’s house for years, but I decided she wouldn’t care and it’s still the same piece of furniture, but with a new look.

The hutch was the last piece that I hadn’t painted, but I’ve been itching to do something to it for over a year now. I got on Pinterest for some inspiration, going for something like this:

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I decided on Behr Caribbean Current in a flat finish, picking up a quart from Home Depot. Then it was time to get started!

The glass on the doors to the hutch don’t easily come off, so I taped around them with painters tape to protect them from getting any excess paint on them while painting the rest of the top part of the piece.

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I also took all the hardware off for the painting process but left the hinges to the cabinet doors, mostly because they were stubborn and I was having problems getting them off anyway.

I replaced the old knobs with these gorgeous drawer pulls I got at Anthropologie (they don’t have the exact design online anymore, but these are similar) at the beginning of the year when they were buy one get one half off!

The other hardware came from Home Depot and didn’t quite fit the pre-made holes, so I had to use a wood filler to plug the old holes up so it would look right.

Painting took a couple days – I did the top part first and painted two coats, then did the bottom part, also giving it two coats.

Then the new hardware was installed and we moved it back against the wall and voila!

 

Library Due Date Headwrap with the Lemondime

As many of you know, I’m a librarian. And when it comes to fashion, librarians aren’t always known for their fashion sense, but I’m trying to change that perception! And if you’d like to see some more modern day, rock star librarians, be sure to check out This Is What A Librarian Looks Like – you may be surprised that we don’t all rock the bun and glasses look.

However, being a librarian means I can’t help myself when it comes to literacy inspired looks and when I saw this adorable library due date stamp headscarf, I knew it was right up my alley.

And when Kellie (nice name, by the way 🙂 ), the owner of The Lemondime wanted to partner, I was ecstatic!

Not only is this a GREAT piece that you can wear several different ways in your hair, but by purchasing from The Lemondime’s store, you are helping employ women who are at-risk and survivors of human trafficking.

The fabric from the headwrap comes from a local Indianapolis quilt store called Crimson Tate and they hand stamp each piece. So you’re getting a limited, unique piece that not many others are going to have and was handmade by one of the women The Lemondime works with.

You can buy the fabric from them as well and I’ll let you in on a little secret – they have other library inspired patterns too, so if you sew, go check Crimson Tate out immediately!

For more information on The Lemondime, be sure to watch their YouTube video for what inspired Kellie to start her company and how she’s helping these women with her store.

If you’d like to purchase your own library due date headwrap, here’s a discount code for free shipping! Use RETROREADER (all caps) at checkout.

And special thanks to the amazing Erica Dildine for taking my photos! Go follow her on Instagram if you aren’t already.

 

 

Axe Throwing in Cincinnati

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Last weekend I met up with my friends for a fun girls afternoon/early evening out in Cincinnati. We’re trying to plan more than just getting together around the holidays and after our wine and canvas outing in February, decided it might be fun to go axe throwing!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and was thrilled everyone else was on board. We met up at Urban Axes in Cincinnati and after signing a waiver saying we wouldn’t sue anyone if an axe chopped us in half, plus a short coaching session with our lane coach, it was time to throw!

As someone who is used to shooting, it was kind of hard to get used to not having sights on the ax, so it took some time to figure out how hard to throw, but by the end of the hour, I was hitting the target and would have liked another hour to keep practicing.


Here’s a fun photo with our axe throwing coach, whose name escapes me at the moment.

After our hour was up at Urban Axes, we stopped at a cat mural so me, Jenny and Allison (aka the cat ladies) could get a jumping photo in front of it.

Then we went to The Rook for drinks, board games and appetizers. If you ever find yourself there, order the jumbo tater tots! The pretzel bites were also really delicious.

Finally, our night ended at Senate, where most of us chowed down on gourmet hot dogs, truffle fries and giant potato skins.

I also did some mural hunting earlier that day and will have a post about that coming soon!