It's been quiet around here. I sometimes get down and feel as though I don't have much to contribute; I've even turned down a couple of guest post proposals recently. I decided a while ago that I would try to post my own photographs and my own original content here as much as possible, and I hope it's worth the wait.

Last week I gave myself a bit of an extended holiday that started on Wednesday. I tried to get as much done as possible on my little project with Caitlin, but we're still not quite ready to share that yet. The days have been sunny and bright and energizing, so I feel as though I am finally on a roll. I fought that vintage sailor dress pattern for a second time this weekend, and again I lost (the first time was not last autumn, but the autumn before that). It has good bones but I can't leave it as-is, and apparently I am too impatient to take my time with pattern adjustments.

I tried to stay in to avoid the ATM withdrawals I can't help myself from making every time I go out for a drink, but there were a few ice cream runs and lots of bike rides still. I worked a whole day at Robber, which was nice (I am now official "fill-in girl"), and had a lovely lunch with Sonja (who has graciously lent me the Gocco I used to print the labels above).

I should mention that I donated $50 to the Toronto Cat Rescue with the proceeds, rounded up & with vendor fees subtracted, from the Yard Sale Trunk Show. I had hoped it would have been a bigger donation but considering it was only five hours worth of selling things for $2-5, it's not so bad! Kitties!


Jane Flanagan: Thank you. I hope it works out! I'm looking forward to it.

Kate: You should come! I think everyone should come. It's going to be fun!

kenzie: Aw, it's so funny, I get so sad when other people express the same thing that I express freely all the time. I think you should just do what you always do and it will be great! I'm excited about meeting you!

abby try again: Haha, I'll try to remember that! Maybe I'll make myself a note that says "You can just bring a suitcase full of air." It might end up being the (suit)case! Haha. PARTY!

sn: Oh!! That would be so amazing, Stephanie!

roberta jane: Me too! Can't wait.

shin ae: Aw. Oh the pressure we put on ourselves. I'm sure there will be sneak peeks... and whatever I bring back home with me will probably go up on Etsy! Provided I can get as much done as I hope to.

vanessa joie: Oh wow! That's great news!

ilana kohn: Aw, you should go back!

Victoire: Thank you!

m.bardeaux: That sounds so lovely! I'll probably want to talk cats (just FYI).

yuki: Hello! Thank you so much!

rosalyn: You are such a little ray of sunshine! The best!


  1. You're full of good ideas. I'd rather wait.

  2. Oh so pretty! I love the little ribbon thingers with your fieldguided on them :D

  3. I 100% relate to what you are talking about. I often feel the same. I love these bags! So adorable.

  4. I've been feeling like that lately about blogging too. Actually, I feel that way about blogging often. It takes a special kind of energy and inspiration to blog often and well. I don't know how people do it. The important thing is that we keep on checking in and it is a real treat when you do post! xo
    p.s. I like the new layout!

  5. Anonymous6.7.10

    I mean 'aspire to.' I hate catching typos as your comment is loading!

  6. Anonymous6.7.10

    Your fabric choices are what I aspire too. I always ended up with some bright pink printed thing that's good for nothing but little girl curtains.

  7. well now, that is a familiar feeling. i have a huge list of things i want to do more of/or better and right now, the right mindset is alluding me. i hope it'll come.

    and it's the summer! i think it's better to be out doing things than blogging about them perhaps.

    lovely labels!

  8. I think your photos are great :) Keep up the good work!

  9. I think you make lovely posts. Interesting and original. I only read blogs and so cant comment on how hard it is to keep one going but I have noticed that sometimes blogs become all about finding new things to buy. Whilst they are all great things they draw me back to wanting things I cant afford. I am much more interested in individual creativity and how other people live their life and your blog fits this perfectly.

    Keep up the good work


  10. I like your everyday pictures.
    and I like that you are going to put more of your own photos here (which I already think you do a lot of).
    I love your photos. They are beautiful and stylish.
    still can't wait to see what you and caitlyn are up to!
    and congratulations on little winter!! It is sooo exciting!

  11. ps. quality over quantity! there are some blogs out there I had to unsubscribe from if they posted more than three times a day! too damn much!

  12. lately I'm tired of finding things to post about outside of my own photos twice a week. tired of fueling my own and others shopping addictions. tired of the same shit on blogs. yours is different and I love that. it makes me realize I could cut back on my "buy this shit!" posts and be just fine:)

  13. I'm sure ideas are always more forthcoming after a holiday! I particularly like the way your blog presents a bit of a window into the way you live your life. It's something I would like to work on for my own blog but find quite hard, but is something that seems to come quite naturally with yours. Also, I'm unreasonably looking forward to seeing your new blog header!

  14. I prefer original content. There's only so many times I can see the same blog posts in a day. You definitely contribute something pretty and/or interesting to my life when you do post.

  15. your posts are always pretty great and your fabric selections in that photo above are pretty great as well!

  16. I'm a big fan of the Toronto Cat Rescue, and I'd love to organize an awesome fundraiser for them. It's just a bit of a scary thought. What if no one shows up, etc. etc.

  17. looks lovely! i look forward to it. are you going to make the sailor dress? that's amazing.

    my blog is futzing around. i psych myself out with needing to make a BIG graphic/collage thing and then i take forever. AND i can't get the darn photos off my phone, it's making me nuts! grrr.

    i finally get my new place this weekend! i haven't had a home in 2 months. unreal!

  18. I think your pictures are lovely and I'm sure, as everyone else has said, that whatever's next to come will be absolutely worth the wait. And your little bags are terribly cute!

  19. Just like other commenters have said, I much prefer original content. Sometimes I get "blog overload" with all the pretty clothes and shoes and things posted everywhere. I'm much more interested in what people are actually doing/making/seeing rather than just a catalog of things I can't afford. Not that that's bad either! It just gets overwhelming at times.

    Can't wait to see more of what you're working on!

  20. Man, it's hard to do anything when it's this hot. But your post was really nice! Your photos are always soft and fresh and lovely, and you seem to get so much done!

    I think I know what you mean, though. I sort of have a personal no-reposting (except for art, I guess) and a no-'this is stuff I'd like to buy' policy. I love seeing other people's posts of that kind, but it makes me feel weird. So I'm left with just posting whatever I do whenever I manage to do it, which isn't very often...

  21. I love when you share your own photographs. And, although it makes me want to give you a big hug, I love when you express your insecurity... So many bloggers seem so confident, even cocksure at times, that it can leave the rest of us feeling like the insecure exceptions. It's possible to be both... to keep going and at the same time have self-doubt. That's what I love and admire about you Anabela!

  22. just looking at your photos makes me want to make things. too bad it's way hot & i'm way lazy. thanks for the eye candy though!

  23. Aw I wish that I would have read this post days ago. I've been feeling very similar... maybe it's the summer heat blues. I know that you have tons of support here and lots of lovely readers who can't wait to see what you have to post... original photos or not. Your photos are quite lovely by the way... and this post was especially inspiring.

    Yeah for your Toronto Cat Rescue donation! You're wonderful! I love the your new header too. It's a lot of fun!