Friday morning I headed downtown for an annual local shopping event called Angels After Dark.
It was a gorgeous day and I was happy to have an excuse to walk around downtown St. Pete.
The event was at The Tower at One Progress Plaza, but back in the day when I worked there on the 18th floor it was called Barnett Tower.
I got nostalgic walking into the building.
I got there about 11 a.m. and it was bustling.
The first vendor I stopped at just inside the door had some super cute baby items, but of course the first thing I bought was a bracelet for myself. Bad, selfish, me. I couldn’t resist.
The ladies at the booth were so nice and told me that I really need to check out their cute shop out at the beach.
Complimentary coffee from local brewers Kahwa Coffee!
I did succumb to the holiday spirit with all the holiday decorations everywhere.
By the time I had done one lap around all the vendors the lobby was packed! This is a very popular annual event.
I was really drawn to this spice vendor…
and I came home with a tube of spiced vanilla bean sugar, also for me.
Lest you think that all I did was shop for myself, I did manage to buy about NINE gifts for people while I was there. I just don’t want to spoil them all by posting them on my blog. I may have used the “one for you, one for me” tactic a little, though.
There were so many great jewelry vendors. These are not mardi gras beads:
I loved the large ball-chains, and those may include a couple of partially obscured gifts for some special people. It was a very successful shopping trip and I was happy to be able to support some local vendors!
Afterwards I went by TJMaxx and supported some decidedly NOT local vendors by buying a couple of pairs of shoes and some jeans.
I have been out of my normal blogging rhythm here the past week, so this is just a catch-up post. Hopefully things will be more back to normal soon. I just didn’t want to miss blogging about these fun events!
On Saturday I went to a craft open house hosted by several local ladies including my friend Katie who is a Pampered Chef rep.
I love Pampered Chef and have been collecting it for probably fifteen years. My kitchen is full of their product.
That didn’t keep me from finding a couple of new items that I just had to have, of course. One of those square muffin tins/brownie pans should be arriving at my house soon.
Katie was doing a $150 shopping spree pool. I had high hopes for CaroFINE winning, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten a call about it yet.
Several other ladies were at the open house selling their fun items, like these customizable trivets:
A box of these hand made petite fors (cake balls?) is now in my freezer for the next time I need to take a treat to an event.
I tried a sample and then I couldn’t resist buying some. They were amazing.
Everywhere I turned someone was selling something that I NEEDED. Teacher gifts are now taken care of:
The gift baskets that I got have packages of this awesome coffee, which I also got to sample at the event. Jan of DrinkandBeWell.com was super nice.
My friend Renee was also there selling her whimsical, tropical artwork.
I loved all of her mermaid pieces.
I bought a set of these Christmas cards to send to some of my northern friends.
I can’t wait to rub it in.
And then look at these gorgeous goodies:
Several Warm Fuzzies were purchased as gifts. This little guy helped guard my purchases:
After all of my copious shopping was done I decided to see what smelled so good in the kitchen. This was supposed to be brunch, but I made it my lunch.
The baked French toast was amazing and I asked the host to please share the recipe on their event Facebook page. I’ll let you know if I get it. Seriously, it was divine.
They also had the fixins for mimosas…
but I just stuck to the delicious “healthier coffee”.
Thank you for inviting me to the event Katie! I had so much fun. Look how many gifts I bought:
Between Angels After Dark and the craft open house, I have really made a dent in my holiday shopping. It makes me really happy that so much of it was local and hand made.
And now I’m pretty much caught up to today on the blog, when more fun and fascinating things have already happened.