749 pieces. That’s what the box should’ve said.
We looked everywhere but we never could find a shoulder for our sheep.
But isn’t it incredible?
Steevenson and I had so much fun pressing it together this weekend…we may never pull it apart! I mean, does this place really exist? This Christmas Market inside of a big, red barn? If not, I may need to create one someday. 😉
Wouldn’t you just love it? A big, fieldstone-anchored barn all wood washed in red…winter white trim and X’s on every door…trimmed in evergreens and frosted with snow?
It’s chilly outside, let’s go in…
Inside it’s lively and warm. Dean Martin’s “Marshmallow World” is floating down from the speakers mounted on top of the chestnut beams above. Can you hear it?
Ooh, let’s look at the vintage ornaments! There’s a whole wall full of them where the chicken coop used to be. German Kugels, glass figurals, indented baubles, dioramas, spun cotton fruit, finial toppers, tiny wooden rocking horses, shiny brites, glass Santas, and bottle brush trees. Can you see them?
And what good are ornaments without a Christmas tree? There are several varieties to choose from here. Look at the Scotch Pine, with its strong, bright green needles. Mmmm, and the dark green ones that smell so good, those are the Balsam Firs. And the White Spruce is so pretty too. Its blue-green needles are sturdy and well suited for all kinds of ornaments. Should we tie one to the top of your car? 😉
There are so many fun things to smell, and taste, and touch, and see! Fuzzy animals at every turn. Fresh evergreen wreaths still wet from this morning. Old-fashioned Christmas lights and stockings made from antique quilts. Thick-handled mason jars full of apple cider that simmered together with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. A whole room devoted to Department 56.
On our way out, we’ll ooh and ahh over tables full of colorful tins and tiered stands stacked high with spicy pumpkin fudge, eggnog creams, pistachio cranberry bark, peanut butter snowballs, peppermint meringues, homemade gingerbread marshmallows, and bite-size mulled wine jellies.
Then, we’ll wander back out into the moonlight and marvel at how the snow looks like from within. (I loved when Susan Branch said that in one of her books!)
I know its nearly New Years Eve now, but I’ve still got 749 Christmas-y puzzle pieces over here and every one of them is whispering, “dream”. 🙂
PS- The 750-piece version of that puzzle is currently out of stock, but here’s a link to the 300-piece version in case you want to give it a whirl: Christmas Barn