So what did I buy? Not too much actually! Maybe because I was shopping with my husband (that will do it!) or because the stock in stores was picked over because of Christmas or MAYBE because I really don't need anything! :)
I bought a few things in Cath Kidston in London... Of course, I had to have this pink crossbody purse! I get fresh dish towels every time I go and loved the books on the little zip case.
I bought a couple dresses at COS, my favorite store, including the velvet dress I wore to Highclere Castle and to the theater in Paris. I bought a couple pairs of the SEE glasses I like at Colette in Paris, my favorite lip gloss at Guerlain, and a few little things at the flea market.
There were a lot of vendors with old Nativity figures - I chose this Mary. I think she's very sweet. I love this tiny shoe house - you know, the old lady who lived in a shoe... it's a tiny bit more than an inch long. So cute! There were tons of stamps at different vendors. I've seen a couple stamps here and there at the flea market in the past but never so many. I chose these three stamps - this one of a woman and child is my favorite!
Love this pastoral scene... Mary and her lambs...
And this carriage going to a castle! How cute is that! Maybe they'll make an appearance in a class someday!
I got these two military pins or buttons...
I got the red glittery car at Merci - it represents the little red car that is so iconic for them. I thought it was a Christmas ornament but when I got home and took it out of the box, it turned out to be a candle! I wouldn't want to melt the car, so I cut the wick off the top and am going to use it with the glitter trees that I put out at Christmas. I got the cute little snowman wrapped in ribbon at the ribbon store in Strasbourg AND my floaty pen. :) Another addition to that collection!
My favorite purchase at the flea market was this metal pencil box for my favorite brand of colored pencils. I use the Swiss brand Caran D'Ache for all the coloring I do, so I thought this was a great find. I love the pretty scene on the front!
It came with a few pencils inside...
All I wanted for Christmas this year from my family was a special charm for my Pandora bracelet (that I swore I would never do, but thanks to the girls with me in Italy last spring, I gave in - LOL). I love that every charm on my bracelet is very purposeful and meaningful. With these charms, my bracelet is done. My husband gave me the Eiffel Tower - if you get it in Paris, it has a little gold heart hanging with it - and the Big Ben London charm, Brandon chose the camera for me since we share that love together, Jeremy and Becca gave me the kitty cat since we share that love, and my mom and dad gave me the birthday charm since my mom and I share the same birthday (and I'm the best gift she ever got. Haha!) I love it and them all so much!
It was an awesome trip, filled with really special memories that will be with me for the rest of my life. I'm so thankful for memories and for the ability to remember. I think memories are like nuggets of love that we get to take out and treasure.
We had great weather (we only needed an umbrella one time for a little bit), we were safe, and we got to do awesome things like go to Highclere Castle. I am so grateful! To have twelve days in London and Paris with only a couple hours of rain in December is almost a miracle and made a huge difference in being able to enjoy being outside so much.
I think to compare London and Paris at Christmas... London was much more "decorated" with lots more lights over the streets and on stores and all, but without the elaborate window displays of Paris. Paris didn't have quite as many decorations up as two years ago when we were there, but as you can see from my photos, it is still gorgeous. I felt safe in both places - Paris has more security that you can see, but I know that London has more camera surveillance of every place, so it's there, but just not as visible.
Thank you for following along and for all your sweet comments! I'm off on another adventure today to San Diego for a weekend of classes at Paper Tales and then to Phoenix next week for the craft and hobby trade show and a day of classes in Phoenix. It's not too late to sign up - all the class information is HERE. It's going to be days filled with catching up with friends from all over the world - I can't wait! I'll be sharing lots of photos of new products and all on Facebook, Instagram, and here.