Darling LA locals, hauled a group of us around before the Downton Affaire began.
The jewelry making side of our group really loaded up. There are vast amounts of charms, beads, dangles and doodads there.
And it is a charming place to shop.
I loved the props used for display!
And of course, the items that were on display too. Who can resist shiny stones?
Or piles of paper?
After, we were invited to the French General for a cute make and take plus shopping and lunch. All elements, including scissors and glue were provided, but I couldn't help shopping in the ephemera stashes and buying some special paper to cover my own box.
Lunch was perfectly wonderful. Kale salad with chopped cabbage, dried fruit and nuts, along with sandwiches and ginger cookies.
There were sweet little embossed name tags for the luncheon, and my pal, Hope, known for her world class journalling skills, wrote karla on mine. Since my handwriting is so bad that when I wrote one, it looked like Harla instead. (by the way, this photo was edited to leave out the sagging neck)
Normally, I'd have just left the name tag as I'd written it and pretended my name was Harla, but Hope was hosting a travel journal make and take at the Downton party and I wanted the name tag for the book.
My friend, Sherry, gave me this bit of ephemera that she found at the French General, it is going in the travel journal too.
A lot of our trip was spent eating. Lunches, and dinners out, many, many, many treats. I loaded up on goods at Louie's to share with everyone, then we were served a ton more at the dessert buffet during our party.
Good friends, good treats, shopping, and projects. And everything around us was simply much prettier than real life.
Just when I thought the trip couldn't be more perfect, it was time to meet Sugarwings to go to Disneyland. Yep, it was a fantastic week. I'll have some pics of that trip too, but for now will leave you with some more scenes from Downton
(that is my vendor night, lace fanny pack. I guess I should have taken it off for pictures, huh?)