Friday, August 25, 2006

Another side of the fair

My dear, craft-loving readers (I'm assuming that's the only kind I have left after this week), I would not be giving you a complete picture of the craft fair if I left you with the impression that this is exclusively about traditional Polish crafts. They play a big part, but there are numerous modern, even kitschy crafts on offer as well.

We've got some very modern pottery, and some odd-looking birds.

We've got some cute little figurines, made of clay, in the style of Wallace and Grommit. They are actually very cute, and this guy makes the most adorable little animals. My girls like to buy the critters that remind them of Redwall characters. (I think a fox and a badger came home with us this year.)

Here are some whimsical bells. I thought the little giraffe was pretty cute. Actually, cartoon-style critters may be seen in abundance, but I didn't take pictures of most of them. Some of them are just too silly.

I have the material to do a post on traditional wood carving, but these cats do not fall into that category. I guess if you like cats, these are kind of cute.

And last (and least), even here at the craft fair you can pick up the touristy stuff, such as mugs with "Krakow" printed on them, and little prints representing some of the characteristic features of the city. At least they don't sell the T-shirts with rude or off-color slogans on them!

As much as I enjoy the fair itself, I have to admit I'm a bit tired of blogging about it every day. It's been a whole week now! I actually have two more posts planned--one on wood carving, and one featuring my very, very favorite artisan. But I'm going to put them on hold for a few days, especially as uploading pictures to blogger has become difficult. I've got all kinds of thoughts seething around in my mind, and I miss having the blog as an outlet for them.

So, with the promise of two more craft fair posts to come soon, and the secure knowledge that I've filled up my quota of "life in Krakow" blogging for the present, I'm going to turn my attention elsewhere for a little while. Nevertheless, I hope you've enjoyed the fair. The only thing better than browsing is a generous pocket-allowance so you can take home a few of the things that really catch your eye!


At 2:18 PM , Blogger Mama Squirrel said...

You like Wallace and Gromit? My kids really liked The Were-rabbit movie, although I wasn't crazy about some of the dumb-vicar humor.

Waiting to hear about all those other things seething in your mind...

At 3:06 PM , Blogger Krakovianka said...

I think Wallace and Grommit are cute. But their shows don't hold my attention. I've never made it through one of the half-hour episodes, and I didn't even try to watch the were-rabbit film. My family was laughing the whole time, but I just didn't have the patience to watch it.

At 12:16 AM , Blogger Zagubiony said...

I've been reading all your post.And thanks for replying to my question.Been looking on Ebay lately thinking about asking my mom to send one to me.Love the Fair pictures they're beautifully.I especially loved this one with all the cute cats and chickens.

At 4:25 PM , Blogger Krakovianka said...

My daughter likes the cats, too. What makes you think those birds are chickens, though???? ;-)

At 12:10 AM , Blogger athenainaminivan said...

I saw a Wallace and Grommit styled nativity. As a collector of nativities, I was drooling.


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