Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My visit with Kim!

Well...what can I say?
Kim and I were destined to meet.
I don't think I've ever laughed so much as I did in the nine days we spent together.
Kim is a wonderful, kind, generous and beautiful person.
We have so much in common...there were things in her house that I have in mine on the other side of the world.

Kim took me to so many beautiful bakeries and cafes.
When I saw those macarons in the pretty pink box I just had to buy them!

We did a lot of mini shopping together.
I've never seen so many miniatures to buy in one place!
This was at Peg's house...everything was for sale...we spent a lot of time...and some money here!

 That's Dena in the top left corner (and Peg in the bottom right).
Dena has a vast collection of miniatures...a lot of them made by Kim.
 It was a real treat to be able to meet Dena and see her amazing house and miniature collection.
And I'll never forget senior lunch at Star's with Dena, Peg and Kim, I don't remember what we ate I just remember laughing so much I was crying!

And never, ever in my life have I seen so many antique malls and vintage collectives.

So many beautiful things...

I bought quite a few things here...
then rang my husband and told him I'd be bringing an extra suitcase home!
Kim and I loved this booth!!!
Oh, if only I had more suitcases...and $$$$!!!!

Kim was baking miniature pies while I was there.
I found the 'Dolly Pie' book at an antiques mall and surprised her with it.

This shelf came home with me!
All those minis on the shelf came home with me too!
Most of them were gifts from Kim...we spent some time painting everything in pretty colours.
As you know I got to play in Kim's gorgeous craft room.
Someday I have to go back - we have a lot more collaborating to do!

We fell in love with these bambi's!
A lot of Christmas decorations came home with me too!
Just a few of the treasures that came home with me.
I searched everywhere for the pastel spatulas...pastel coloured kitchenware has become a bit of an obsession with me! I ordered the Miu spatulas on Amazon while I was at Kim's.
I love the vintage moulds and cookie cutters!
I liberated the sugar sachets from an Olive Garden restaurant...they're pastel coloured!!!
And we came across the vintage Tootsie Toy furniture at two different stores.

 The night before I returned home we had a spectacular dinner at Francis Ford Coppola's Winery.
There was a masquerade ball on that night and a ballerina was dancing under the stars in the courtyard as we left...it was like being in a movie.
 There was one place I had to go to on the day I left.
(Well, there were quite a few places we went to on the way to the airport!)
Kim and I went to the  'Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture' store in San Francisco.
It is a tiny shop filled with beautiful (very expensive!) shabby things!
The airline had attached these labels to my bags when I got home (Sylvia, I can hear you laughing!)
I can't wait to go back or (hopefully) have Kim visit me here in New Zealand one day.
Kim and her incredibly lovely family showed me the most fabulous time.
It was a wonderful trip and I feel like the luckiest girl alive to have met a true kindred spirit.


  1. cuanto me alegro de que hayas disfrutado tanto del viaje y las compañias , y muchas gracias por compartirlo
    las compras una maravilla



  2. Wow, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip and a wonderful time with Kim. I am fair drooling over some of the shops and stalls you visited - the likes of which are few and far between in New Zealand. I will have to save my pennies (lots of pennies) and head over there myself one day.

  3. Now that's what I'd call an ADVENTURE!! You sure packed a lot into the time, love the things you brought home - it must have caused some amusement for the Customs staff when they xrayed your bags - not the usual kind of shopping one brings home from abroad :)

    If Kim does make it to NZ to visit you I'd be MIGHTY tempted to take an early flight out of Sydney and a late one out of Auckland and come play with you guys for a day.

  4. I will never forget my time spent with you. I will come to New Zealand. We sure did laugh a lot didn't we? You are a gift my beautiful friend. Thank you for traveling such a long way to spend time with me. Please come back soon. Love always! - Kim

  5. Now that is what I call a vacation! Looks like it was a blast. Good times and great memories.

  6. Lucky ladies!! It sounds like you had an awesomely good time and did some awesomely good things together!!

  7. Hi Mercedes! How Marvelous for both of you and what great treasures you came home with especially those of good times and great memories and heavy suitcases! :D


  8. Tee hee....heavy... I am laughing too my dear.
    We all know what you are capable of when left free to do shopping ;o)
    I am very glad that you had so much fun :o))
    Hugs, Rosanna

  9. Two lovely ladies. So glad you both had a wonderful time. xxx

  10. Oh my goodness, what a lovely holiday to remember...if Kim ever gets to New Zealand It would be so nice if you could join in the fun Norma lol! Terry x

  11. The luggage tags are way too funny! Kim sounds like a wonderful host. So many fun things to do and see!

  12. Hi Mercedes, what a lovely holiday and wonderful time with Kim !
    A very merry Christmas to you and your family !!

  13. Wish you and your family a lovely new year :o) beautiful picktures as always.Greetings from Norway


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