First you MUST visit Margaret of Alice and Camilla. A British expatriot living in Switzerland with her Swiss husband and 2 adorable children. Her life is beautiful to me, even though it may be status quo to her. Her art is fab!
Next is Lorrie of Fabric, Paper Thread. She sews beautifully, creates lovely things with paper and is a tea drinker so is a woman after my own heart. She lives in Vancouver Island, BC and her blog is an oasis of warmth in the Great White North.
You have to visit Bella McBride, another Canadian who knows how to stay warm in style. She is an absolute master with a crochet hook! She is currently posting lovely, quiet snowy views from her windows, along with her latest snuggly creations, so you will want to buy one of her crochet patterns so you can stay warm in style too!
A recent discovery for me is Christine from Extra Sprinkles. I am the first to tell you that I do not decorate shabby chic, but it's girls like her that remind me to take a break from my sepia brown pool and to enjoy a little white painted furniture and *glitter*. Check out her chandelier and tell her she needs pink shades for it!
Go Down Under, past Australia to New Zealand and you will find Carole of Madness and Mess. She quilts like nobody's business and her home is a little piece of paradise. I currently hate her because she as at the beach without me(waaaaaaa!), but I forgive her. I will be able to live vicariously through her photos when she returns.
Next visit Celita of Days Ease in Italy who makes home schooling her brood of children look positively easy (I could not do it with just my 3) and somehow still has time to create the most wonderful paper cut "drawings". She amazes me on many levels. Her life exudes grace and my heart feels lighter from just visiting her blog. Must be the Italian sunshine. :)
Finally I want to award Viv of Hen's Teeth, because her blog was one of those that "had me at hello". She lives "smack bang in the middle of England" and her blog is where she indulges her love of "all things handmade, vintage and the beautiful." Can you say buttons, paper ephemera and embroidery? *sigh*
Now gentle reader, when you visit each girl's blog, tell her I said hello, so she knows the ripple effect of her postings. I can travel the whole world daily in Bloglandia and now you can too. :)