31 March 2014

Whishlist: Green Boots

Lovely. For sale here and here.

Mending experiences on a rainy afternoon

I recently improvised some patches in two favourite cashmere cardigans - inspired by this blog and by many other 'mending experts' who have pinned their mending solutions online and are now a part of my 'mending/darning' board.  It turned out pretty neat!

These cardigans are for 'home use only', worn on a daily basis to avoid freezing in these 'not-so-warm-portuguese-homes'. 

(I dream of central heating every winter day...!)

30 March 2014

Today 3 things caught my attention

1- The grafitty on this wall made me think... why do we need so much? 

2 - Came across a second hand bookstore and went inside for the first time. It sells mostly books and magazines, but also antiques, stamps and other items. A whole world to explore. Will be back with more time to browse carefully through the shelves.

3 - On my way back, these yummy strawberry cookies caught my eye - they looked absolutely divine. Resisted to buy some (so proud).

Whishlist: ladak blanket

I want one. So beautiful. Found here.

28 March 2014

Knitted memories

My grandmother loved to knit. Unfortunatly I never got the chance to learn from her, except for some basic crochet. Recently I found 4 shawls she made and decided to keep them. I remember she'd wear them in winter, while she was at home.

(caught Mia trying to nap ON the pile of shawls and, after being evicted, this was where she chose to lounge...)

27 March 2014

Recently enjoyed things

1 - Getting back to our city walks after months of rain. They were missed. So many new things to explore...

2 - Celebrating a special day with a very special chocolate cake :-) in the best possible company.

3 - Recently developing a 'tiles-addiction' lead me to create a new board (here) dedicated solely to this portuguese art.

4 - Enjoying sunny breaks reading/sketching on the grass with J and friends (I sort of got this 'holiday feeling' for a tiny moment...)

25 March 2014

A beautiful mural in a new place in town

A new restaurant opened in Chiado and J was commissioned to paint a mural there. Its simply beautiful. A lot of work but an awesome result!

Be sure to check it out [here] and to try the vegetarian burger (its deliciiiious).

21 March 2014

How I missed Spring!

A blissful one hour walk downtown was all it took to improve my day. How different  the vibe of this city in Spring... welcome-welcome-welcome!

19 March 2014

Lunch in the vila and walk in "Quinta da Regaleira"

Lovely spinach crepes and sandwiches for lunch (in the famous "Piriquita"), followed by a visit to "Quinta da Regaleira" with its romantic palace and chapel and surrounding park, featuring lakes, wells and fountains - meant to be an iniciatic journey. Quite worth visiting: 

Showing Sintra to a friend

A lovely sunny Saturday, showing beautiful Sintra to a good Canadian friend. No matter how many times I go to this place I always see new details.

It was the first time I noticed this Arts School and it was possible to go in/up and see the view. It was nice to see what the students were working on.