Thank you very much to all who entered. I wanted each one of you to win. I don't know if I can bear these give-aways, you're all so sweet in your own special ways, and I wish that a contest of this nature didn't mean I had to disappoint those of you who aren't taking the sweater home.
I have a bunch of nieces, but one in particular I'm very close with because I take care of her all the time and she's the baby of the family.
The one who helped me pick the winner:
I'm happy that I get to send a package to Anabela this time, because it can serve as a birthday and Christmas gift as well. And, in my past experiences with her, she's a tasteful, warm, sincere, and generous person. I hope she loves this parcel.
I'm not sure if I should mention this, but I hope that she doesn't mind. She and her fiance are the brains, hearts, and hands behind the blog fieldguided. They are based in Toronto. Their work includes tailored dresses, custom men's ties, cool ceramics, fresh and clean (and simply lovable) drawings, and more. They sell their work on Etsy worldwide and Bakers Dozen (a shop of exclusive limited editions, based in Australia and founded by artist Amy Borrell, an artist whose paintings are in my home).
I own a couple of vintage pieces from Anabela, perhaps you'd like to see. I cannot remember when exactly I obtained them; seems like ages ago.
Here's my vintage beaded collar, again in perfect condition. The tag reads: "Made in Japan, Hand Made, styled exclusively for Segal's Reg'd" and it dates to the 1950s. I owe Anabela thanks - thank you for bringing lovely little items into my home. They're classic yet unique.
I'm peppering this post with stills from A Little Princess, released in 1995.
Have any of you read the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1904) or seen the movies (1917 starring Mary Pickford, 1939 starring Shirley Temple, 1995 starring Liesel Matthews)?
A running theme in the story is exemplified in these lines:
Miss Minchin (the head mistress): "Don't tell me you still fancy yourself a princess? Look around you! Or better yet, look in the mirror."
Sara Crewe: "I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?"
I was reminded of the film in a second way today, because this is how it felt to see the first snow of the season. It glistened, covering the landscape outside my windows:
Now I'll bid goodnight to all of my readers out there, who surely are fit to be princesses, young and old.