Happy New Year!

chia park Been frosty cold here in Seattle, but love the sunshine! Chia has to wear her warm coat when it is this cold. Even though she doesn’t like the coat, she really likes her long walks. Keeps both of us in shape for shopping tours in Florence.

Gearing up for the new shopping year, and all excited about seeing the new fashions, shoes, jewelry, handbags and leather jackets. I just spoke with Fabio, and begged him to make me a bag like this in gray nappa lamb. The Bottega Veneta one is $2,300 and I know he will do the same exact bag for SO much less….If you click on it, you can see the one he just made. b.v. bag

One of my darling clients this fall has sent me a photo of her silver florin necklace. So pretty!silver florin necklace A lovely silver start to the New Year!

Five Golden Rings


No French hens or partridges, but five gold rings as Christmas gifts! The rings above were designed for a couple who wanted to update their wedding rings. Others received Pomellato and Buccellati rings. An original design for a client with a beautiful aquamarine, too. emerald ring3 ringsaquamarine ring

Although not gold, here is the ring that I received for Christmas from one of my daughters!key ring

In Praise of Paper!

One of the things that Florence is famous for is handmade paper. Early on in my travels to Florence, I purchased some paper from the market. Now that I know better, I buy it only from select shops! People often ask me how to tell the difference between the real deal and the fakes. florentine paper

So here is a test for you! Which of these is the fake? If you guessed the paper on the upper right, you are correct. I love the little tablets of note paper to give as hostess gifts with a bottle of wine, or as stocking stuffers this time of year. I always come back to Seattle with a big stack of them, and they are always gone by March!

One of my dear friends here in Seattle, Bruce, makes personalized note cards, invitations, etc. He gave me a set of 12 different cards, some of which have Florentine paper incorporated into them. bruce cardsThese make beautiful and unique gifts- my daughters are getting some for Christmas! If you want to have your own personalized cards, you can email me for details. If you click on the photo, you can see them better.

Now I must get on with another paper project: wrapping the Christmas gifts! Happy Holidays to all of you from Chia and me!chi tree

Wintertime in Seattle…

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This is Chia’s comment on the weather in Seattle’s winter – I agree! It is still mostly sunny and in the mid-50’s in Florence…

I celebrated Thanksgiving by having sinus surgery, which did get me out of making the turkey dinner at least! Chia has been with me on the big bed recuperating for several weeks now. chia on bed

The ladies from Houston received their beautiful gold necklaces and matching bracelets. It was a long waiting time, but I think worth it!necklace

Fabio’s son tells me that he is making more bags, and I am excited to see what he has come up with this time. Here in Seattle shopping at the flagship Nordstrom store, I have so many sales people and customers alike compliment me on my Fabio bag. Santa is bringing one to each of my daughters, who will be thrilled!

Must get the energy to put up the Christmas tree, but it is so cold and rainy outside that all I want to do is stay in bed…view Did see a bit of sun the other day between downpours…

Time for Me to Go Back to Seattle…

My time here in Florence is drawing to a close for the fall. Need to get back to Seattle for Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. And just in the nick of time! I was going to forego the tall version of these navy suede and leather boots, but succumbed today. IMG_0014 I plan to wear these with black skinny jeans or leggings and tights paired with a dress. All was good until I thought about which bag I would carry!

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Sure my black cavallino and leather bag would be fine, but Fabio just made some more unbelievable bags! The 3 reversible bags he made a few weeks ago were sold in a matter of days. And now he has a navy/black bag and several other colors too!reversible 1 This bag works 4 ways: as a bucket bag, as a tote, and in the reverse side as a bucket and tote too. Inside is a little leather bag.reversible 2reversible 3reversible 4 The leather is very, very soft and supple. Other combinations of color are brown/chocolate brown, beige/black, chocolate brown/ terracotta and the green one in the photos.

And speaking of green, I tried on some Pomellato Nudo earrings in green…. See what I mean? I need to get out of here and back to Seattle….

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