With all of the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the Holidays, I never shared the treasures I brought back from our recent trip to Paris. If you remember, we only had carry on luggage, so this is what I could fit in my suitcase!

You have actually seen all of these before, I just never let you know that that is where they were from. So here the are…

This beautiful key

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And the basket it is in

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This beautiful ornament. I actually brought one back for my sister and my Mom as well.

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It was too pretty to get lost on the tree, so I put in on this old mirror in the bathroom where it could really shine.

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I was determined to find an ornament that said Joyeux Noel, but no luck. But I did find this amazing child’s school chalkboard. It is two sided, with lines on one side and you can actually see a name written on the wood. It is actual slate. The guy said it as very old. It already came with the jute string attached.

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Since I couldn’t find the ornament I was looking for, I put Joyeux Noel on the chalkboard and I love how it came out.

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I am off to pick up my Christmas cards, I know I am a bit behind.

Tonight we go on our yearly shopping trip with my Dad. It started when my sister and I were teenagers and we told him he couldn’t pick out presents for us anymore. I know, sounds mean, but if you saw what he was picking out you would understand! Anyway, the tradition began, it has to be close to Christmas, mostly because that is just his way. And it always a late night! A few years ago, my daughters stated joining us which is a very fun time for them with Grandpa. My husband picks them up at a certain point, and then we keep going!

Hope you are well and not getting too stressed. Tomorrow, the wrapping begins! Take care!

December 15, 2010 — Laura Putnam