Springtime in Florence

IMG_4016 Chia and I have made the trip back to Florence, and had our first shopping tour the day after we arrived. It was a long seven hour day of shopping, but lots of fun with a darling Canadian family.

orange:brown sandals Sandals galore! I love the small wedge heel which is so comfortable and lovely with dresses. Ricardo has beautiful new patterns of scarves in silk and wool combined- incredibly soft! The fashion, the soft leather jackets, the handbags…..shopper’s paradise!

Cross for Donna A lovely lady from Austin, who was shopping with me last spring, has asked for a cross pendant. She sent some gorgeous diamonds with me and the goldsmith has made a preliminary drawing for us. It will be in yellow gold classic Florentine filagree work with tiny diamonds added in the empty spaces on the drawing. Wow!!!

With the dollar growing stronger each week, I think we will have a very busy shopping season!

Rain, Rain, Won’t Go Away!

Chia and I are at my adult ballet studio a couple days a week while we are here in Seattle. Rainy weather is great for dancing, and The Ballet Studio is full of students this winter. Gary and Chia Chia has a new favorite place to observe classes.

We are just back from a few days in Tucson at the Gem and Jewelry Show. This is the largest gem show in the States, and absolutely overwhelming. I came away with a watermelon tourmaline, which I will have the Florentine goldsmith make into a pendant for me this spring. cactus

My spring calendar in Florence is filling up quickly with shopping clients mostly from Australia, UK, the States and Canada. My two daughters are making requests for themselves: short leather jackets to wear with jeans or over dresses, earrings from the goldsmith and some bright silk scarves so far…

As lovely as the sun and landscape was in Arizona, nothing can compare to Tuscany in my opinion. Raining there too right now, but spring is right around the corner!

Weather forecast is for 90%- 100% chance of rain for the next five days here in Seattle…

Whoo Hoo! Euro vs. Dollar….

euros and dollars
As much as I have pretended that the dollar and euro were equal when I was making purchases in Europe, my credit card bill knocked that fantasy right out of my head. But as of today, the euro is $1.18, and there is talk that it will be equal by spring. What fabulous news for the spring shopping season!

We are here in rainy Seattle for a bit longer, but looking forward to seeing the sun in Florence again soon.IMG_1781 This is the view from my deck. So misty that visibility is very poor.

But this does not deter Chia, who dons her raincoat and goes walking with me every day. We have to stay in good shape for shopping! And with the currency situation so positive, I envision LOTS of shopping! chia raincoat

Happy New Year!

rose gold ring Nothing like a new sparkly piece of jewelry to start off the New Year!

We spent a few days at Willows Lodge after Christmas. Beautiful spot within walking distance of several wineries, and on the property are two great restaurants. Barking Frog

Chia loved the big fireplace in our room.fireplace

Now we are turning our thoughts to the springtime in Florence. Making plane reservations and accepting shopping clients. Have even booked people for next September! Can’t wait to see what is new for spring 2015.

The Anticipation Mounts!

xmas tree
The tree is decorated and the stockings hung by the chimney….stockings

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Christmas gift, which is being made by the goldsmith in Florence. making ring

I took this picture as he was making it. It has been refined and altered several times, and I can’t wait to see the final product.

Meanwhile, here in Seattle, Chia and I walk in the rain and wind. We always find something interesting to see!rudolph

Every evening now, the Christmas ships parade by our house. Sometimes just a few, and at other times as many as 100!boats

I am busy wrapping gifts of Florentine silk scarves, ceramics and a couple of surprises for my daughters from the goldsmith…..and only 4 more days until my new ring arrives!

Chia Loves Christmas

oh boy, dinner!
Chia gets so excited for her dinner, as you can see if you watch this little video.
She gets even more excited for Christmas. She has already went into my closet and took her Christmas gift!

xmas tree chia
Chia really wanted this little tree, but we opted for a taller one.

In Florence, all the streets are decorated with white lights this time of year. Each street has a different design: snowflakes, icicles, even bicycles! The entire front of the Rinascente department store is covered in lights. Rinascente

Even the little back alleys have lights.alley

Such a beautiful time of year to be in Florence!

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy