Colin and I just returned from a trip to London, which is someplace I’ve always thought would be such a special place to visit during the holidays. I really love the classic aesthetic of Christmas decorations throughout Europe and cannot express enough how darling all of the jolly quips I noticed in retail settings around London such as **Ginger-spiced and ever so nice! **   **Parcels of joy**    **Festive Fancies**  It was a lot of fun to take in.

I enjoyed seeing all of the holiday accents added to buildings around the city and bits of Christmas here and there.

We visited cozy British pubs, ate traditional Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies, took in a British soccer game, er “football match”, strolled past Buckingham Palace with nary another human in sight,

Walked about 13 miles a day (seriously!), enjoyed lunch at NOPI, ate Russian Honey Cake at Harrods, shopped the fancy foods at Fortnum & Mason, and visited Christmas markets.

It was a jolly good time. 🙂


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.