First, join me in congratulating Cookie . . . who won my Travelogue Comment Contest. The St. Petersburg Matryoshka dolls will soon be on their way, Cookie!
Next, I thought I would share a little True Confession.
My sister and I pack very lightly when we go on our trips together. For our 10-day cruise, for example, we each packed just one carry-on sized suitcase. This doesn't leave a whole lot of room for . . . shopping. On our previous trips, we've done a little shopping; a few things here and there, mostly small and packable. But for this trip? We figured we might want to do some Shopping! (I had been planning on finding yarn, of course.)
So. We brought an empty suitcase with us! To fill with goodies we might pick up along the way. We called it our "Treasure Chest."
And. . . fill it, we did!
In my family (and this tradition has now spread to my sister's family as well), we always buy a fridge magnet from every place we visit. (I'll have to do a blog post about our magnet collection someday.) So. . . new additions to our magnet collection went into the Treasure Chest.
I also have a special little cabinet on the wall in my bedroom -- handmade by Brian in his 8th grade woodshop class . . .
and on the middle shelf, I keep minature reminders of my trips with my sister.
What ELSE did I pack in the Treasure Chest to bring home?
Books, also from Sweden. (I usually bring home coffee-table books as a souvenir of my travels. Such lovely reminders of visits -- and very packable! My sister, though seeks out cookbooks to bring home. This time, I followed suit!)
I brought a pair of fulled mittens from Finland. . .
and a wool shawl from Russia.
My sister and I fell hard for the Baltic Amber jewelry, and each of us bought multiple pieces to bring home. Here are my rings (not usually worn together!). They're such delightful reminders of our trip.
I went a little crazy in Estonia. I had been admiring the style of the Scandinavian women we saw on the streets of Sweden and Finland. Linen. Layers. Simple. Lovely. And when I saw things in the shops of Estonia, I had to have them!
I got a long, linen vest (handknit) and a convertible shawl-thing (wool; also handknit).
Lovely. And the closest things to "yarn" I saw!
The kind of Estonian lace. . . that suits my style! Not too fancy; lovely in its simplicity.
I also picked up some scarves . . . because I loved their colors and textures. (The blue wool scarf is from Sweden; the linen scarves are from Estonia.)
I also found this charming linen tote bag in an Estonian shop. The buildings will always remind me of the fairy-tale charm of Estonia!
And in Copenhagen, I bought a pair of Royal Copenhagen coffee mugs.
(Which happens to be sitting on a hand-woven Swedish table runner.)
Let's just say. . . the Treasure Chest was not empty on our way home!