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A 500th post, a birthday. I'm not too happy about how quickly time seems to pass, but my life has been filled with beautiful things lately, and I'm grateful.

I made a BIRTHDAY DANCE PARTY mix to shake off those gettin' older blues!


So happy to provide Stephanie with an image for her beautiful new business cards & get some pretty bracelets in return -- read about it here.


An eyelashes print of my very own. Thank you, Sonja.




Alpaca knit hat from Chasse Gardée (where I got the Dieppa Restrepos above for a steal on Boxing Day), pom pom necklace from The Vamoose won in a giveaway.


Warmth for Christmas! Wool blanket (the label is faded, but it has a maple leaf on it) found for a mere 10 bones at The Public Butter.


My birthday present from Geoff -- a very special Steiff tabby from 1949. The head spins! This came from Narwhal's Unicorn show. I will treasure it always.


And a Christmas present -- a vintage coat with 3/4 length sleeves from 69 Vintage.

Spoiled rotten.




Just a quick note: if you're in Toronto, we have some of our items for sale at Tomorrow Never Knows and Kid Icarus! I'm also working on a special batch of ties for our friends at Robber. Also, Dreamcats calendars are now on sale. Thank you!






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Thank you all for the wishes! I hope you had beautiful holidays. Thanks to those of you who commented on the wrapping! I just used scraps of fabric as ribbon and some boughs -- I was trying to mask the fact that the presents within weren't so great! Ha!

51 comments:

  1. I hope your birthday was completely joyous (& it totally looks like it was!)

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  2. The Steiff cat is so sweet!
    I really love your blog. :)

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  3. happy happy birthday!

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  4. Yay! What a gorgeous knit hat and coat. Your time may pass quickly, but it is full of beauty--hope you had a great birthday!

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  5. I loveee your blog!!!Please visit my blog http://www.fromustwoyou.blogspot.com/ xoxox Fabi =)

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  6. Anonymous27.12.10

    Happy birthday! What a gorgeous journal, where's that from?

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  7. We share the same birthday! So happy birthday to me and you! I'm 25 today, but I can't believe it. I know what you mean about time passing by. It's a bummer!

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  8. happy happy birthday to you! adore your photos, so incredibly fresh :)
    many congrats to your exciting year and blogging too - I'm glad to have found ya!

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  9. happy happy birthday! mine was on the 22nd, so i didn't get to enjoy the massive discounts on my fav stuff, sigh. at least we both have boys to spoil us rotten, no? that coat is gawjus! :)

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  10. Happy birthday lovely! That little cat just warms my heart!

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  11. happy birthday! judging from all these items and your mix, i'm sure it was wonderful :)

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  12. Happy birthday! I have that same Steiff cat - it belonged to my aunt!

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  13. I just went and found my Steiff tabby ... it is, indeed, the exact same one, with the spinning head! I didn't realize it was quite so old.

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  14. Anonymous27.12.10

    I'm sorry, but do you ever stop to consider the materialism?

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  15. Oh yes, that rampant materialism of reusing and loving vintage things otherwise destined for the landfill. Or perhaps our dear Anon is merely trying to help the mainstream economy, and hoping you'll stop with the trades, free or on sale handmade items, and vintage, and become MORE materialistic by shopping at the mall. One never knows. What I do know is that you have some nerve buying a warm hat in winter, that's for sure.

    Anyway, happy birthday!!! We have matching stieff kitties. Mine was my mamas when she was little.

    & your photos are always so dreamy and calming.

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  16. Haha I find the anon's comment rather ridiculous, as perfectly illustrated by Verhext above me.

    Anyway, congratulations on the 500th post and the birthday! Your coat seems absolutely gorgeous, perhaps a full-length post is in order? I also need to congratulate you on the quality of posts you unceasingly spoil us with! It's like drenching your readers in beauty.

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  17. Happy birthday! You're supposed to be spoiled on your birthday :)

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  18. happy belated birthday!

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  19. My birthday was also on the 27th but I am five years older. Many happy returns, I hope your day was as lovely as you are.

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  20. Aw Happy Belated. What a beautiful selection of items. I'm always very happy to see such a lovely mixture of vintage and handmade stuff in your posts... always so inspiring. Happy 500th post as well and wishing you an even greater year in 2011!

    Oh I'm missing Toronto so this holiday season... but we'll be popping over in the spring!! I can't wait!

    Ps. I'm a 78er too!

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  21. haha, I have to agree with every word verhext said - sheesh, how dare you! ;)
    seriously, I'm getting sick of these condescending, "I'm-better-than-you", anonymous comments I've seen popping around on various blogs. I hope you don't take any notice of this comment, you're such a lovely person :)

    Happy birthday!!!

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  22. Happy belated birthday!

    I still rue the day I passed on a pair of peach patent Dieppa's...I was scared off when a friend told me hers were ravaging her feet. Crossing my fingers that your pair is more comfortable! In any case, they're beautiful, and I think it's healthy to spoil yourself every once in a while :)

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  23. happy birthday anabela!
    i love how Stephanie used your photo for her business cards. it looks perfect! the tones are just perfect in that photo!
    those shoes are beautiful.
    I hope you had a really lovely birthday :)

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  24. Um that 40s tabby is amazing. Almost as amazing as YOU. :)

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  25. Happy birthday!!! I'm a capricorn too but an end of january one..xx

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  26. You did such an amazing job with Stephanie's cards!
    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year!

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  27. maybe a bit too late, but still I happy happy birthday to you :-)

    beautiful post!

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  28. beautiful stuff, lucky girl. happy birthday again!

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  29. what a gorgeous coat! and the bracelets are so simple, but pretty. Happy Birthday! BTW: just found ur blog and I love it so I followed. If you get the chance, pass by my blog and say hi.

    reyna
    www.glamglory.blogspot.com

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  30. Happy birthday! I received the same shoes for Christmas. Aren't they beautiful?

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  31. Happy birthday!! Such a lovely collection of beautiful things you have received ... could I borrow that adorable kitty of yours ... pretty please? ;)

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  32. happy birthday, kitten!
    happy 500 posts!
    happy *steiff*! (we have my mom's collection of creepy fabulous amazing steiffs from the 1950s and they're the BOMB DOT COM).

    xo.

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  33. happy birthday! I always enjoy your blogs and beautiful photos even if I don't comment too too often!

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  34. belated Happy Birthday ! :)

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  35. Happy, happy birthday Anabela! I love all the beautiful images in the post - some amazing loot and all so perfectly you, especially the Steiff tabby!

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  36. oh happy happy birthday!!
    and such lovely gifts...
    (nope sorry...i am in montréal...toronto is kinda/sorta far...;))

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  37. Happy belated birthday! What lovely gifts you were given this year. I'm sure you gave wonderful things, too!

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  38. Happy Birthday!!! Looks like you scored some major goodies. I have a pom pom necklace too and luuurve it. Thanks for sharing the goods :)

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  39. Happy belated birthday, Anabela! I hope it was lovely. I love all these lovely non-extravagant gifts that seem so meaningful. I'm eying up the new Restrepos heels that just came out, and I'm on a serious hunt for a blanket like that!

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  40. soooooooo late on this, but I wanted to join the belated crew and wish you a happy birthday! that already happened! and, maaaaan, lucky you, girl! that is some pretty sweet birthday swag

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  41. happy belated birthday, lovely lady!

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  42. happy belated birthday, anabela! i've been offline all week so i'm a bit behind. i love your gifts, which - i might add - are hardly a sign of rampant consumerism but rather a considered focus on supporting handmade wares by artisans. i don't see any chanel or dior in there!

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  43. Happy Birthday!!!!! So nice to meet Geoff the other day. You guys are lovely pair. Happy New Year Anabela!

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  44. happy birthday!! its my last day in toronto tomorrow and youve inspired me to check out 69 vintage...people have recommended it to me after ive shared my obsession with torontos buy the pound!

    FASHIONMADEMEFUNKY
    www.fashionmademefunky.blogspot.com

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  45. Happy birthday! Oh my, are we really the same age? Thanks for sharing beautiful, well made, interesting, funny and fuzzy things through your blog. I have a special soft spot in my heart for Toronto and your tuxedo cat. I hope the cats are getting along.

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  46. LOVE your blog. love your layout, the colors, the good vibes.
    thanks for sharing.
    came across your blog via my friend hearblack.

    keep them coming.
    www.spencerandkylie.blogspot.com

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  47. i wonder where you got the beautiful journal? i would love to further indulge my love affair with squared paper.... :)

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  48. The journal is by the Korean company O-Check and I bought it at the Drake General Store here in Toronto.

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