Wednesday, November 16, 2011


With the weatherman forecasting a beautiful November weekend Jim and I decided to drive down to the panhandle of Florida for a long weekend. Our three year old grandson was playing his last soccer game of the season and all of my favorite haunts were decked out for the holidays. We packed a few things and were out the door early Thursday morning. It's about a six hour drive, so with an early departure there is plenty of time to take in a few of my favorite shopping destinations along the way.
Saturday was all about the last soccer game of the season for my grandson. We watched the game and went to the end of season celebration where all the little team members received a trophy and ate cake.  If you've ever watched three and four year olds play a  game of soccer you know what a treat it is to watch.
Hope you enjoy the shopping, I found several gifts to put under my tree.

Great Game
Connor Wants You To Know His Soccer Team Won

What a great weekend to be in Florida. It was bright and sunny, with cool mornings and hot afternoons. This is the place I love to visit for great seafood. We also happened upon a beautiful sunset. The sea was calm, the colors amazing. The sun set so fast we almost missed it. 

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  1. beautiful post and pictures. The sea in winter! Ah!
    Your Fifi

  2. Hi Emily, what a great post - it looks like you had a fantastic weekend. Connor is just adorable. Love the photos, those shops are just chock full of goodies. xo

  3. Wow, this looks like a fantastic time!! Lovely little shops filled with great things. Beautiful photos. Happy VTT!

  4. What a feast for the eyes! This post totally put me in the holiday spirit.

  5. Emily, I glad you had a great trip. Love seeing all these beautiful photos. Love, love, love the Quimper oyster plate and the puzzle jug. ;-)

  6. What a wonderful shopping place. Thanks for taking us along with you through your lens.

  7. Emily it's always a pleasure to go shopping with you! You're so lucky to live so close to the Florida panhandle AND to have sunshine! We have grey gloomy doomy rain here in Wash.
    I spied so many things I'd love to have like the bamboo box and that gorgeous french hutch.

    Congratulations to little Connor! I bet watching those kiddos was as cute as the dickens!*winks* Vanna

  8. Hard to believe that it is Christmas once again. Your shopping spots look lovely.

    Jocelyn @

  9. We went to Dallas to see our grandsons soccer games. After our 5 year old scored 9 goals in the first half, the coaches pulled him out of the game. He cried the rest of the game! Such fun times. So many treasures/temptations on your shopping trip. Thank you for taking us along for a peak at all the eye candy. Cherry Kay

  10. Looks like you had a great trip! Those shops looked so interesting. No wonder you were able to get a few gifts!

  11. Awesome photos, and it looked like a gorgeous day not to mention the shopping looked fab too.

  12. That Christmas tree is magnificent!
    What a ton of beautiful looks too nice there to be winter:)

  13. Hi Emily, what fun shopping you have there and that sunset is wonderful. hugs♥O

  14. What a great weekend! Beautiful finds!

  15. Fall time at the beach...just can't get any Fall on our coast:) Congrats Conner.


  16. Ahhh...congrats to Connor and his team on winning the last game. Oh, yes, one of our three grandsons played soccer when he was 4 and it was sooo cute.

    If your beautiful photos of shopping won't put us in the Christmas mode, nothing will. Just beautiful. And, the sunset at the beach...oh, my.
    Thanks so much for sharing all this eye candy.:)
    xo bj

  17. Oh, man....I am trying SO hard to stay OUT of the stores, but you are steadily pushing me out there into them with posts like this!!! :-) I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't do anything Christmas-related until after Thanksgiving, but it's getting harder and harder! Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves and your grandson's soccer game. I know he was glad to see you there! They are so especially cute at that age. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  18. Hi Emily
    My favourite is the pretty ballerina with the pink tutu in that classic frame. LOVE the sunset too. We have some pretty amazing ones here at the cottage.
    Yeah for Connor.
    Happy PS and happy weekend
    Love Claudie from Canada

  19. Congrats to Connor and his team for winning the soccer game. I am sure you are proud! I love all the photos, it is hard to believe Christmas is not that far away. I love the sunset capture, a beautiful sky. Have a great weekend!

  20. Oh wow, this is all so gorgeous!!! Truly the "joy of the season!" and I adore the sunset pictures beautiful!!

  21. What a fun shopping trip, emily, and that sunset is spectacular, but your grandson is the cutest. My grandson just started playing soccer too and I can't wait to watch him play and I can't wait to see them all this weekend in FL. Happy Thanksgiving!...Christine

  22. What a great place to shop. I hope you did your fair share of damage!



  23. What a terrific trip to the beach and shopping. Thank you from Potpourri Friday for taking us all along!

  24. Such a fabulous pink!

    My PINK, have a great weekend!

  25. Very pretty! I really love Saturday because my Mom let me blog a little for Pink Saturday.

    Here's my pink share, have a nice weekend!

  26. Well, I can hardly believe it is Thanksgiving already. Seems like we just planted our flowers...I am so very thankful for many ways God has blessed me...I give HIM all the Glory!I ask for many blessings to come your way through this holiday season!

  27. Beautiful Christmas Eye Candy!!! I'm ready to decorate the whole house. Wonderful decorated areas--so neat.

  28. Emily, I am a little envious that you spent the weekend at the beach. Looks like you made a trip to Seaside for some shopping. Even though we sold our beach house a few months ago we will still be visiting our son and his family in the Panhandle. Thanks for linking to my party and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  29. Emily,
    Those last minute trips are always the best!! WOW!! Eye candy!! I would definitly get in trouble shopping at those stores!! This is my favorite time of year! I love to see all the shops dressed up for the holidays!! Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your lovely shopping experience with us as well!!! xoxoxoxo Cheryl;-)

  30. Love the Christmas fun!


  31. Wonderful photos! Looks like my kind of getaway. Visiting from 2805.


  32. Amazing photographs! Thanks so much for becoming a follower of L'Heure Bleue At Home. I appreciate it and am following you back.

  33. Such amazing shopping. Only wish I could be there with you.
    - The Tablescaper

  34. It is such a treat to see the wonderful places you visit. You truly do them justice with your photography! Congratulations to Connor on his team's big win. Your lovely sunset shots were the perfect end to a lovely day. Hugs, Terri




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