DecemberCaravan

a love for all things beautiful § creative

Burlington, Vermont · 158 Sales

DecemberCaravan

a love for all things beautiful § creative

Burlington, Vermont 158 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(63)

Announcement   DECEMBER CARAVAN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MARCH 15TH THROUGH APRIL 1ST AS REBECCA HAS SURGERY AND RECOVERS FROM THE PROCEDURE. ANY PURCHASES MADE ON MARCH 15TH THROUGH APRIL 1ST WILL SHIP AFTER APRIL 8TH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

December Caravan creates unique & beautiful journals, altered books, scrapbooks, buntings, cards, artwork, memory pieces, and family treasures out of everyday materials to inspire joy and hope in every part of your life through handmade creations! {www.caravansonnet.com}

I am so glad that you have stopped by my shop, which is truly an extension of my heart. Every purchase made here goes to help support my ongoing treatment costs associated with my battle with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease and other health issues. You can read more about my story at my blog (www.caravansonnet.com) or in the "about" section of my shop! In addition a portion of the proceeds goes to help support my work with Adopt-a-Platoon.

I love creating artistic items and beauty to inspire hope and joy in everyone who receives one of my hand made items. I take pride in taking time to craft quality items that will be treasures for generations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or connect with me through the following social media venues:
Instagram: @rebeccaannvandemark
Twitter: @caravansonnet
Pinterest: @caravansonnet
Facebook: /rebeccaannvandemark

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 14, 2017

DECEMBER CARAVAN WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MARCH 15TH THROUGH APRIL 1ST AS REBECCA HAS SURGERY AND RECOVERS FROM THE PROCEDURE. ANY PURCHASES MADE ON MARCH 15TH THROUGH APRIL 1ST WILL SHIP AFTER APRIL 8TH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

December Caravan creates unique & beautiful journals, altered books, scrapbooks, buntings, cards, artwork, memory pieces, and family treasures out of everyday materials to inspire joy and hope in every part of your life through handmade creations! {www.caravansonnet.com}

I am so glad that you have stopped by my shop, which is truly an extension of my heart. Every purchase made here goes to help support my ongoing treatment costs associated with my battle with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease and other health issues. You can read more about my story at my blog (www.caravansonnet.com) or in the "about" section of my shop! In addition a portion of the proceeds goes to help support my work with Adopt-a-Platoon.

I love creating artistic items and beauty to inspire hope and joy in everyone who receives one of my hand made items. I take pride in taking time to craft quality items that will be treasures for generations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or connect with me through the following social media venues:
Instagram: @rebeccaannvandemark
Twitter: @caravansonnet
Pinterest: @caravansonnet
Facebook: /rebeccaannvandemark

Rebecca VanDeMark

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Rebecca VanDeMark

When It Rains Look for Rainbows Altered Journal
$20.00
Psalm 78:4 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Altered Purple Journal
$15.00
Psalm 118:24 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Psalm 18 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Coloring Altered Journal (Purple)
$15.00
Pink, Red, and Green Altered Journal
$15.00
Proverbs 3:26 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Create Your Own Happiness Altered Journal
$18.00
Custom Altered City Journals
$35.00
Orange & Green Altered "Love" Journal
$20.00
Vintage Mini Snap Card Bunting
$8.00
Custom Purple Altered Journal
$30.00
Isaiah 40 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Romans 15:13 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Psalm 90:17 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
Psalm 127:3 Child Mini Scripture Bunting (orange)
$5.00
John 3:16 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
I John 3:18 Mini Scripture Bunting
$5.00
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About

Delight in the Beauty of Ordinary

Ever since I was a young girl I have loved to create things. I have always enjoyed using the things that others might not find as "pretty" or see as a "mistake" to create something new and beautiful. As time continued, as a high school teacher and a college professor both told me that I couldn't make it as an artist, as life got busier and busier with teaching responsibilities, and I half attempted to sell my creations on Etsy I started to believe that maybe those professors were correct.

And then my health started to completely decline. At thirty-three I ended up leaving the career I loved, lost my independence as I had to move back into my parents house, saw my dreams of further education wan, had to use a wheelchair to walk, couldn't get out of bed without help or do the most ordinary things without lots of assistance from my parents, spent almost every waking hour in extreme pain, and traveled across the country (literally) to find answers.

I was diagnosed with numerous conditions and still continued to deteriorate. Life looked incredibly dark with absolutely no joy or color.

I saw over 273 specialists and doctors (many who told me it was "all in my head" or that I was "exaggerating my symptoms to gain attention") and was finally correctly diagnosed in March 2013 (on my birthday) with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease.

Six weeks later I was diagnosed with Cancer along with the Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease.

I was heartbroken that it taken so long to find a correct diagnosis, that my concerns over a mole had been ignored (despite being seen at some of the best hospitals in the United States), and found myself walking a long dark hallway with little light and little joy.

Lyme Disease was a maze of confusion and everything I read told me that I was just beginning a journey that would last a long time.

In the two years since these diagnosis' I have traveled the roller coaster of emotions of moving a couple of steps forward only to take a few giant leaps backwards. I have learned through prayer and my love for the Lord how to answer the question of who I am outside of a job or profession. I have learned that I am stronger then I ever though I was and that with the Lord I can truly face any battle. I have faced the hurt of friends abandoning me in this journey and the extreme loneliness that comes with any disease. I have experienced the joy that comes with learning that there are a precious few that will walk with you not only through the good times but the incredible dark valleys. These people show the light of Christ in the most unthinkable and unimaginable bad days that come with illness. And beyond personally, this has affected my artwork in numerous ways. I am reminded through these people that the smallest gift can be the greatest and so I treasure using tons of small details in my pieces. I have also learned the valuable lesson of delighting in the beauty of ordinary.

I have learned that there truly is light in the dark and that the Lord's light shines despite incredibly difficult circumstances and loss.

And I have learned that despite incredibly painful days there is always joy and color if we look for it- whether that is from a bed (where I spend most of my time right now) or from a corner office doing a job that you love.

And that is the mission and motto of my Etsy shop, December Caravan.

December Caravan creates unique & beautiful scrapbooks, cards, artwork, memory pieces, and family treasures out of everyday materials to inspire joy and hope in every part of your life through handmade creations.

For a tiny bit of time I was convinced to change my shop name (that I chose in the beginning) from December Caravan to The Paper Sonnet. I followed this advice for a little bit of time and while I loved it I realized that I didn't like "limiting" my creations to just "paper" but love using a variety of different unique items to create. I spoke with Etsy and after explaining how I picked the name "December Caravan" they graciously allowed me to change back. I haven't looked back since. The name fits my journey of creating- walking through the "cold month" of December and creating beauty on our "caravan" or "journey" artistically and also was picked because it uses all of the letters of my first and last name (minus the "k") which I also love. The symbolism in the name of seeing joy and something unique beyond first impressions is perfect.

But the name, December Caravan, and the journey of owning my Etsy Shop is not just one for right now. I see the way that the Lord has beautifully scripted this life lesson amidst pain and confusion- of finding joy and contentment no matter the circumstances. And I see a deeper lesson that I think all artists learn in their artistic journey. It is about falling your calling and your God given dreams and abilities.

Want to read more? Check out: http://www.caravansonnet.com/2014/08/december-caravan.html

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  • Rebecca VanDeMark

    Owner

Shop policies

Last updated on January 2, 2017
Hi y'all! I'm Rebecca and I am thrilled that you stopped by December Caravan! Please take some time to look around my shop. I LOVE creating things and am thrilled you stopped by. I am happy to make custom orders so please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
I gladly accept payments through paypal and credit cards through Etsy. Payments must be recieved within 24 hours.

*I enjoy spending time to produce beautiful pictures that showcase details of the product you are purchasing and taking time to create detailed descriptions of each handmade item. If you have any questions please ask BEFORE you purchase an item.
Shipping
Every order is packaged by me with love. I ship via the USPS to the US and Canada only. I am happy to ship expedited for an additional cost. For any special shipping requests (including international shipping) please contact me through the shop.

**If shipping costs are less than what is charged I will give a partial shipping refund for the difference IF the difference is more than $2.00. Please contact me with any questions.**
Refunds and Exchanges
If for some reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase please contact me and I will do my best to work out a solution for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
ALL proceeds will go to help cover Rebecca's Medical Expenses.

Would you like to know more about "December Caravan" or the products listed here? Please take a moment to check out my personal blog at: www.caravansonnet.com.

Would you like a custom order? Please contact me and I would love to work with you!