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Note from shop owner Hello! Thank you so much for your support of December Caravan throughout 2020. The shop will be on Christmas Holiday through January 15th, 2021. I hope and pray that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Blessings, Rebecca

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello! Thank you so much for your support of December Caravan throughout 2020. The shop will be on Christmas Holiday through January 15th, 2021. I hope and pray that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Blessings, Rebecca

Rebecca VanDeMark

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About DecemberCaravan

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On Etsy since 2013

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boutique collection of bespoke heirloom journals // inspired by color § creating timeless lifetime keepsakes

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 & beautiful. As time continued, as a high school teacher & a college professor both told me that I couldn't make it as an artist, as life got busier with teaching responsibilities, & 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, & traveled across the country to find answers.

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

In the span of of a year 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") & was finally correctly diagnosed in March 2013 (on my birthday) with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease.

Six weeks later I was diagnosed with Skin 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), & found myself walking a long dark hallway with little light & 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. I had no idea just how long though.

In the 6 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 that I am stronger then I ever thought I was & the beauty that can only come from walking through suffering. I have faced the extreme loneliness that comes with any disease & the joy of loving freely. I have experienced the joy that comes when we come to the end of ourselves & face a life that we never imagined. I have also found the beauty that comes in the everyday.

And beyond personally, this has affected my artwork in numerous ways. I am reminded that the smallest gift can be the greatest & 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 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 spent nearly 3 years) 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 specializes in creating bespoke altered books § journals to inspire joy and hope in every part of your life through handmade creations and timeless keepsakes.

I picked the name "December Caravan" because 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.

Thank you so much for joining in and for supporting my shop! Please know that a portion of proceeds from every sale go to supporting soldiers and their families- a cause near and dear to my heart!

With each purchase from the shop we give a portion of our proceeds to creatively and purposefully help foster children and their families.

*Follow my blog or follow the shop on Instagram to connect deeper with the work that December Caravan Company is doing*

**In January 2019 I opened a 2nd Etsy shop (December Lane Company) which is boutique collection of curated travel watercolor prints - you can find the shop here:

Shop members

  • Rebecca VanDeMark

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    | author § blogger | travel writer sharing cozy luxury lifestyle/travel inspiration for the hopeful § adventurous heart | multiple illness survivor

Production partners

  • USPS

    United States

    USPS Shipping

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Hi y'all! I'm Rebecca and I am so thrilled that you stopped by my shop, December Caravan! Please grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and enjoy your time in my shop! I love creating beautiful bespoke heirloom journals to inspire joy in your everyday life and to preserve memories to last a lifetime! I hope you enjoy your time here. I am happy to create a custom order so please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If for some reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase please contact me and I will be happy to work together to come to a wonderful solution for you!
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.
Every order is packaged by me with love and care in order to protect the precious item you ordered. 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, which I am happy to consider) please feel free contact me!

**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.**
Additional policies and FAQs
The proceeds from this shop go to help cover Rebecca's Medical Expenses from the years of her fighting for her health and life. A portion of proceeds also goes to charity.

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

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