vacation & guest bloggers

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be away next week, but I'm leaving behind something pretty amazing!  I've lined up a series of guest bloggers for the first time ever, and I'm so excited about it. I'm really happy with my "This is where I live" feature, and four ladies in three other cities were sweet enough to look through their camera lenses as though they were me.  I wish I could have been there to take the pictures; maybe one day.

I won't be responding to comments on those posts, but I'm going to state in advance that yes, the results are so, so good, I agree!

As for me, I'm headed to Portugal again for a week. I'll spend most of the week in the south, where my parents have a little apartment that is covered in fuschia flowers right by the ocean, but I hope to visit Lisbon (my favourite city, pictured above) and possibly Seville as well. I'll be on the lookout for Birkin baskets. I will be eating the best food ever and this time, I'm bringing my running shoes -- it will be so good to run in salty air instead of smog.

While it's probably a crazy idea to head on a trip while I'm preparing for Little Winter, I am not one to turn down a voyage back to summer!  I will, however, be working on an incredible project while I'm away, one that makes me giddy every time I think of it.

Please enjoy my guests! It is an honour to host them.

(Photo via rendez2k)


Jane Flanagan: Thank you! Oh and thanks for the tip -- I'm still trying to find Apartamento.

sew nancy: I wish you could, too! I think it's going to be really fun.

Anna: Thanks so much, Anna! That is so sweet of you to sell. Oh, I'm not confident enough to sell dresses! I wish I were, but I'm not a good enough pattern maker to know how to fit other sizes well. And yes, I'm so happy about the kittens!

kenzie: Thank you! I can't wait to meet you!

alice: Yes, I agree! They remind me of school.

fraisedesbois: Yes, Diane Keaton! I love her! I wish my blouse was silk, but at least it's pretty anyhow!

C: Thank you! I left the selvedge for this fabric but for others I might not, it just depends on the fabric. It's not quite an open tube; I've made them in such a way that they will keep their shape and not shift around.

Marinka: Thank you!

miss sophie: Thanks! Oh yes, this new issue of The Gentlewoman is so good! It's just got the best humour.

Elizabeth: Thank you!

Sarah: That makes me so happy! Please do say hello!

etre-soi: Thank you! Yes, I suppose early 1920s! I do love the juxtaposition of masculine/feminine myself.

CARLY WAITO: Thanks, lady!


  1. Oh Anabela! I'm so glad you're going, though I know you're busy. But, like you said, it's not an opportunity to pass up! Have a smashing time!

  2. your vacation sounds like a dream. have fun!

  3. ooo can't wait to read the guest posts. are they bougainvillea flowers? hope you'll take photos and of course have a relaxing week away! how exciting!

  4. welcome back to Portugal!have fun :)

  5. How exciting. Have a wonderful time.

  6. Sounds like an awesome trip, have a great time, and be safe!

  7. I hope you have so much fun! I can't wait to see the pictures and hear all about it. p.s. I love the new ties and I love the idea of wearing a tie, too.

  8. Have a wonderful vacation, Anabela!

  9. Oh wish I could go with you, plus you are going to where my family is from -the south- and to my town -Lisbon- so beautiful ! Have you checked the beautiful boots from Alentejo ? I think you would love them :)
    Can't wait to hear about your project :)
    Boa viagem !

  10. have a wonderful trip :)

  11. Have an amazing time in Portugal! It holds a special place in my heart.

  12. i studied in seville and it is one of my favorite places, hope you get a chance to visit!

  13. Wonderful :))))


  14. Portugal, wow, so jealous! Have a great trip.

  15. Anonymous4.10.10

    I like the idea of hearing where/how other people live - looking forward to the posts!