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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Before anyone of us can BLOOM into the blue bird of happiness that we were meant to be


we must endure a state of DORMANCY



until the light begins to shine again


to illuminate our PURPOSE


so that we can flourish.



I have been asleep for a long time


 but for the last two years



every morning and by my side


YOU have called me out from my slumber



with your individual styles



your outlandish humor


your hospitality and point of view. 


This year I will be one year older in body



but many years younger in spirit

because TOGETHER

we strengthen our faith in ourselves and in each other



to come forward

and dare to try what we as little girls



always dreamt of being

but as women 


were afraid to try.

This is finally my year dear friends

what about you

Open up the gift of your minds



and free your talents from the inevitable but temporary period of dormancy, for your Spring is coming.


My beauty sleep is finally over



and this winter I am going to slowly blossom 

 
and come out of the pages of someone else's dreams


 and be the artist and storyteller that I was meant to be.



Photo Credits:

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Oona Patterson Paper Cut Outs






















160 comments:

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

Bravo Anita!
you are an artistic genius my friend as well as the kindest, most beautiful soul and i really do believe it is YOUR year to blossom and flourish. such a heavenly post, as always in your graceful, elegant, inimitable style.
Go Anita!!!!!!!!!
we will be here cheering you on from the sidelines xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

love always

and warmest hugs

millie

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

Vous êtes Extraordinaires

ma Belle Amie de Talent

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Bela said...

Palmas, palmas, uma salva de palmas para a GRANDE ANITA!!!! Most extraordinary friend, that is what I DO enjoy reading!!! Be sure!! You words come directly to my heart, amazing it, making it beat strong and full of will! Wish! Joy! May this year be the best, the greatest, the prettiest for us all! For those who want to dare. For those who make difference. For those who deserve. I truly bet you are shinning more and more darling friend!
All happiness for YOU!
Love! Bela

Marie-Ange said...

Que te dire en 2011 que ne ne t'ai pas encore dit, que t'écrire que je ne t'ai pas encore écrit ?
Peut-être que ton blog est un petit miracle, un arc en ciel de beauté et de joie ...
Magnifique à regarder, à déguster ...
Je t'embrasse tendrement très chère Anita.
Marie-Ange

cityfarmer said...

I do believe there's a hidden message here, darling.

Better yet, I think I know the message.
It's been a pleasure taking this carriage ride with you.

the reveal?

Bonnie said...

I really look forward to seeing your dreams come to life. This is going to be my New Years resolution for myself too. I feel exactly the same way. Thank you for putting it into such lovely words and pictures. It's so inspiring... Happy New Year Anita!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Your journey is taking a beautiful. peaceful and welcoming approach to the "entrance of a dream" Ohhhhhhh I can't wait to see inside. Lovely as always and a honor to visit and share your thoughts. Stay warm this chilly weekend and hugs the ones you love. Kelley

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...this surely is your year!!! You are a magnificent storyteller and artist...YOU GO GIRL...it all awaits you...Dzintra♥x

Ruben Rivera said...

Dearest Anita,
I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals. You know I'm your biggest fan. And the icing on the cake, is that I get to come along for the ride. You inspire me.
Love
Ruben

Ruben Rivera said...

Oh, I forgot to mention. Thank you for your kind words on my blog post Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good, and indeed for starting to blog at all.

Ruben

lostpastremembered said...

What a perfect way to start the year. A feeling of awakening the purpose of one's life. It is thrilling! So many times people chirp "follow your bliss!!!" and we draw back and inward thinking "what is my bliss?" and feel lost. For some the path is obvious, for others it is not.

Julia Child said "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." When you are open to your passions... the rest will come. Here's to the phoenix in all of us... long may we blaze and renew!

desde my ventana said...

Anita ,this will be a great year for you. Your dreams and what you want to be will make true...... new year is a new opportunity to start the changes.
Thank you for ever sharing so inspiring words and images (#1# !!!!)
Big hugs to you
Cecilia

The French Maid said...

How lucky you are to have such a beautiful talent for inspiring others to be the best they can be through your magical blog...and how lucky your readers are to reap the benifits of those lovely words you always leave us with in every post. Your kindness will reap you many benifits this year and many years beyond, my dear!
--Lee Ann

The French Bear said...

Wonderful, lovely post....your story is beautiful and exciting, how I love to journey along with you and read about your adventures as they unfold......
I love the new look and the gorgeous hues of blues that you present!!
Everything is magical and so pretty, the photos are dreamy, I can feel the excitement......
Hugs,
Margaret B

Deborah said...

Ahhh dear Anita..I love this!!!
I say YES!
Lets do this together!!!
As always you are so inspiring
and the beauty that is within you
always flows out with such hope
and tender love.
I am filled with joy to know you and walk beside you on this journey
my dear friend... xo

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxo

Anne Marie said...

I already think you ARE a great storyteller....I love coming here and reading your poetry and seeing the images you pick for that...

some of these Anita are beautiful!

Foxglove said...

Anita, your words are so delightful and full of wisdom and beauty. Your days of the year that lay ahead look marvellous and all your dreams and things you have worked for will turn to shine brightly back on you, bring many unforetold delights and fulfilment of your dreams.

I love your photos they are so wonderful, have a glorious weekend. xxx

Rayanne said...

Wow...did you get into my head? We are on the same page in this story...I'm lovin' it.
I feel the same way, right now...today. Oh boy, here we go!
I love all the pictures and of course your writtings, but that first picture and her eyes...they tell a story.
Great post!!!!!!

Beach Bungalow said...

Fabulous! What are your plans; do tell!

Sue
xo

GrandmaK said...

Blue is my favorite color! For me this was a wonderful journey in the beauty in the cool of blue!!! It is a cheery color for me! It lifts me when I am down and for a very long time I've had to make myself find other colors to wear...Yep, blue is definitely my favorite color!!! Thank you!!! Wishing you a grand weekend! Catya

Denise said...

Oh Anita,You are so talented.Your words and photos blend perfectly.They touched my spirit.One of my favorite things to dream about are those breezy gypsy type tents.you found a prfect one.In fact I have one stored on my comp.waiting for a blog to develope .I would like to worship the Lord in one.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love it! I hope this is my year too! I just read a great quote. It went along the lines of: Your talent is your gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to God.

Grace said...

Oh My Word this is such a beautiful post that touched my heart. What a fabulous talent you have. Have a fabulous 2011 may you blosom and flourish more so than you already are! (Is that possible?) Grace xoo

Ines said...

Wow- a firework of beautiful photos!

Many of them impress me.

It´s not a post- it´s art!

I love that new style of your blog- that color is so fresh and inviting!

Enjoy your weekend, Dear !

Love and hugs- Ines♥

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Yes, you will friend! yes! Thanks for being you! Love and such admiration!

KarenHarveyCox said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!! OMG Anita, this is the most sensational post yet. I love the colors, the photos you have chosen, everything. This post should be submitted to Somerset magazine. Ask your sister-in-law how to submit. I know that she has been in several issues of different ones, I think.

I love love, love your new header. You should keep this one! You know what I see most of all in this post? Confidence, you are finally discovering how amazing you truly are!

Speaking of amazing Anita, I have been spending time designing and opening up my new fabric etsy shop. There is a dedication on my listing for Anita's Inspiration French Script fabric.

If I didn't have you, I wouldn't be the same!

Karen

Pierelantijntjes said...

i love this post so much, because it's so true we all had dreams as little girls, and now we are grown up we're afraid to try what we always dreamed of. I'm happy with your creativity and blog. You're so inspiring and It's so important to do what you realy want.It's my goal to for this year. I hope I become what was always inside me. The photo's are so beautiful and make your story so clear.
Wish you a lovely weekend, lieve Anita!
Hugs Ester

Kathysue said...

Omgosh ANita, this is just beautiful and inspiring and thought provoking. I am intrigued, if you have been asleep I can not even imagine what you will be doing this year, amazing,Kathysue

koralee said...

Oh my friend...this post makes me excited for the possiblities that are coming...not only are your images stunning once again {really where do you find these?...I think I should start looking for some..instead of my old photos all the time} but your words make my heart skip a beat or two. I can't wait to see what is coming your way!

You my dear are the sweetest...your heart is so giving....I must search for a special treat for you !

Have a blessed day and please let us see your new addition once it is all done...happy dance. xoxoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

Perhaps He is singing
into your heart,

"Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.

Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one,
come with me."

Song of Songs 2:10-13

Outside the winter may still be frozen solid but within the streams of living water are flowing! ... And watering the slumbering buds of all the creativity that were so wonderfully created within you.

To share the fragrant (glittering!) blossoming vines of

*** B E A U T Y ***

to bless the world with
~ the LOVE ~ the HOPE ~ the DANCE ~
that only YOU can offer.

The season of singing has come!
Arising from the slumber of winter.

Your d r e a m s taking flight!!!

~ * ~

I shall be posting about you later today my dear dear friend, and what your thoughtful glittering gifts have meant to me.

How I am so blessed each time I visit here and partake of the beauty you offer, and drink of this refreshing water to my soul.

With love,
Violet

Beach Bungalow said...

Writing has been my dream for longer than I care to say! It seems though, that I have no discipline and have been working on a novel on and off; mostly off!

If you have any tips on staying motivated, please share!

Sue
xo

marian said...

You are able to create posts I have to read and look at again and again. There's so much in it!
So glad for you! It must be a great feeling! I look forward to more of this!
Bye,
Marian

dovecote Decor said...

Your header is glorious. This is my year too!! My resolution is to travel to new places and get out of town more.
Best,
Liz

Sue Jack said...

Hi, Anita....you asked how I found you.....I cannot remember, but I'm glad I did! I think it was through another blog who follows and adores you! :)

Another fabulous collection of photograph merely surpassed by your sweet, loving comments....

I SO can't wait to read your blog, Doll....you are incredibly creative and inspire me to no end.

Sue

A Vintage Chic said...

This was absolutely beautiful, Anita! Thanks for the morning inspiration...I wouldn't consider you as being asleep, my friend...you're always creating such beauty here for us all...but I do know what you mean. I felt that way for a very long time, and have been slowly waking up this last year. Feels good, doesn't it?!

Wishing you a glorious weekend...

Julie

Fete et Fleur said...

Dearest Anita,

It is morning here and I slept in for the first time in weeks. What a blessing to come here and find these beautiful words and photos uplifting my spirit. Your writing creates a dream world of possibilities in my heart.

I love you dear sister!
Nancy

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello my dear Anita,
Everytime you have an enchanting post with lots of beautiful pictures. Your words are like music in my ears and touched my heart!! You are such a blessed person!!!

Thank you that you loved my fairy world!
And yes I know "Le jardin de Miss Clara" she is a great artist. I think the medium dat she used is paper.
I look forword to see the sculpture that you work on. If I can help you feel free to ask me.

A big hug,
Liliane

Jacqueline said...

I have no idea what dear Edith is singing but I loved it. Her voice spoke volumes as you wrote your words straight from the heart.

Yes, oh yes dear Anita...we shall uncover the little girls in us and let the whole world see who we are!

Beautiful choice of photo's to describe what was flowing from your mind and heart. In itself, this post was a beautiful masterpiece.

Now, I'm wondering...are we going to hear you play your harp this year? I would love a post on what the harp means to you and where it takes you in spirit, mind and truth.

Love on this Saturday, over the mountains and streams, down a few valleys and up again over the hills and more hills straight to Rabbit Hill where you sit and dream fancy.

My love, always...JJ

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

Well, my dear, you are off to an amazing start. I can relate to this a bit... I have as of late been in dormacy and now I feel it is time to become the best me I can be for who I am now... not the young chicky I used to be , but instead of focusing on that , I am going to be the best midlifer, in the prime of my life.
Blessings and hugs and thanks for all the encouraging , enlightening, positive posts! please keep them coming.
Gwenny

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, What a wonderful, inspiring post! You said it with such eloquence, and elegance! This is just how I have been feeling, a time for dormacy has come to pass, and a new, liberated me is emerging! I will be here my dear, cheering you on with each and every new endeavor, every beautiful and bright idea you will conjour up! I look forward to seeing the blue in you emerge! with love, Christel

It's me said...

Speechless......what a amazing post....this year it is your year but also mine.....shall we do it together ???

Zullen we het samen doen???

Love love love Ria....xxx.....

NicNacManiac said...

Such beauty and thoughtful inspiration! I was so moved...this dug deep and awoke many sleeping sensibilities within myself...thank you!!
Happy Weekend xOxO

mudderbear said...

So AWESOME....Thank you, thank you for your magic.
Rosalie/mudderbear

deb famularo said...

Bonjour Anita!!! Okay, this is one of my all time favorite posts of yours! And that says a lot since they are all so magnificent! I just LOVE this! This is touches my soul. Creating is my "happy place" and you inspire me even more!! We'll do this together! This is our year!!! (How's the homefront going? Thinking of you!!) Love deb xOxO

kerrie of sea cottage said...

This post is beauty indeed. Your thoughts are ours...lets awake and bloom together. But I think I'd rather float away on that canopy bed...pleeeeease!!!! ox`kerrie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Sigh, these pictures show pure softness, I would like to touch them, especially the first few are very touchable. You always come up with unique posts and pictures which make me think. I love that. To think and rethink. How is your Saturday so far, lieve vriendin? Geniet je van je warme koffie? Het is avond en ik ga vroeg naar bed vandaag.
Veel liefs voor een heerlijk weekend, ma chere amie xxxxx

Martina said...

MAGICAL! Wow, Anita you have done it again! I LOVE this post - everything about it. Stunning pix and gorgeous message. Actually: i don't have the feeling you've been asleep much during the last year. so, hold on to your seat people!!!!
Together, we make this winter a beautiful time, dreamy, sunny and inspiring! Thanks for sending over your friend to my blog - she's so nice! Let's celebrate blogland and new beginnings! Enjoy your weekend dearest! xx

BonjourRomance said...

Dear Anita,
You have such a beautiful way with words, and how you inspire us all. I have no doubt whatsoever that 2011 will be your most marvelous year yet. We are on the edge of our seats as you realise reveal your dreams of artistry and storytelling...
Mimi

The Dutchess said...

I am so so happy with this post....SO SO HAPPY....xoxo

Privet and Holly said...

Dear friend, you
know from our heart
to hearts that I
see you reaching
higher summits and
achieving many of
your dreams, this
year! Looking forward
to walking this path
with you and enjoying
the journey!!
xx Suzanne

VictoriaArt said...

! Love the metaphor and I am so happy to come along with you to see you blossom and to get encouraged to do the very same!
A truly happy new year!

Thank you for being so poetic and giving me so much visual delight. I am always in awe to see your images, reflecting your gentle words.

xoxo Victoria

Fay said...

Paradiso Anita
grazie tanti
beyond words on all levels
total delight

thankyou fay I know that all your dreams WILL come true xxxx

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love your ever present imagination Anita! Your photos are eye candy for sure! Hope all your dreams come true in the new year!

cassy said...

My sister stumbled across this blog and recommended it to me, its as if all of my own thoughts, feelings, passions and desires are illustrated on this blog. You have such a way with words and are truly and uniquely artistic. I am a fan.
C

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh dear friend....each post you do is more beautiful than the last.....you are such an inspiration to all of us!!!

Hugs sweet soul,

Jo

Cindy Swanson said...

Yay for you, Anita! You're already impacting many of us with your beautiful creativity..bon voyage as you set out on your journey of making 2011 your best year ever! :)

"Create Beauty" said...

Anita,
I have completed two posts today featuring you and your delightful gifts to me, and I still don't feel like I've done you justice, you are too good for words!!!

Love you dearest,
Violet

wendy said...

got me thinking
Have I been slumbering for these past 59 years....
this year I turn 60
TIME to figure it out.
Yes I know some absolutes about life.
some things remain mysteries to me.

I had many visions as a young girl....what happened to those. LIFE. Hard things. Fairy tales crumpled. I used to think ALL within my grasp was possible.
where did that go.
I need to find it again. the fairy tales....which sometimes DO end in happily ever after.

I will wake from my slumber
I KNOW there are absolutes
and I WILL someday find those mysteries that baffle me. Hold me back.
from the little girl who had all those visions and believed in all things possible.

Jeri Landers said...

Oh Please, Don't give Hamish any ideas of "making his dreams come true". I am playing matchmaker for Fionna, now there is a girl who needs to make her dreams come true! Have fun, I am!

Susan said...

BRAVO, Anita! I can hardly wait to see what this new year brings! You are an inspiration, dear one!
I have had meetings and come home early not feeling well this week, but I will send your little something on Monday, God willing!
Blessings!

erin said...

oh darling...i am right there with you!! my dormancy is over and this year I AM AN ARTIST! in fact i am thrilled to tell you that i just sold my second painting!! whee!! and with inspiration all around me and found here at your guh-or-juss bloggy, i can't fail! and neither can you. we can do this...the time is now. sweet one, thank you for these beautiful images today....
smooches,
erin

we are expecting snow this week...yippie, skippie.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dearest Anita!!
You are already shining..!!! but hope this year your star truly rises!! Such a gorgeous post.. and wonderful images you have arranged into this symphony of positivity!!

You know this post really speaks to me.. many ppl have been posting about what their 'word' was for last year.. and I've not be able to find that perfect word that summed up a not so great year.. but DORMANCY.. that is exactly what it was!! so... now I feel hopeful that I am rested and can break out of the box!!

Much love to you Anita.. xxx Julie

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautifully said (written,) dearest! I am with you! 2011 is the year we will achieve our dreams.
I love the Tiffany Blue inspiration of your post. Great minds think alike! It was the inspiration of my post as well.
I couldn't believe what your instructor said to you ~ unbelievable. I'm thrilled that you showed him. I've had testy instructors in the past but not like the one I had this semester. As you said, WE create our happiness! You're a beautiful person, darling. I'm so happy we're friends.

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!
xoxo, B

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Breathtaking! An explosion of inspiration my dear friend. Yes, this is the year. You truly are a one of a kind...
Bisous!
Penny

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh my dear, I have been desiring to come here but our farm chickens were picked up by Tyson On Thursday and Friday. The normally give us 2 weeks to clean up and prepare but they gave us only 5 days. We have been so busy trying to do eveything well and fast but is not easy. It is 2 am now and I just got up but still too early for me. You know well, my darling, that whenever we get too busy if we don't scrafice some personal time we just won't do our hearts desire and in yours and mine case is always the same- create!*grin*
Love the post as always. I adore this little girl....she is so sweet.
YOU ARE meant to be this amazing artist that you have *discovered* inside yourself. I am wishing for you this year that you will be able to explore even more this delightful gift of yours, afterall, I am the one in gain like many others....I want to hear/see MORE of your stories!!!
Love you!!!!Tita

ABACAXI and HORTELÂ said...

What an eye candy on this blog! And your words... so true, so real, so challenging too!
I'll definitely be back here more often!
Have a wonderful year full of achievements, big & small!
Bisous from Versailles,
Chantal

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

i am calling by to wish you a beautiful Sunday.
the sun is shining here today, in an almost spring-like way :o) the sky is blue and we are all recovering from our colds.
it is a family day today, i will be sharing a lovely meal. not much internet time, but i just had to squeeze in this bit to say hello and send you a Sunday hug xxx

much love to you dearest xxx

millie

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

This post is so amazing, truly beautiful and very inspiring! This is my year too. The last two years of my life, out of pure survival necessity, I have had to live in a little shell, but this year- I am coming out of dormancy and embracing life to its Fullest!
Thanks for the inspiration!!!
Joyce

LiLi M. said...

What a gorgeous and inspiring post my sweet Anita! Well I take your challenge! You'll see! The pictures are beautiful, great finds as always, but they don't distract me Anita. Let the spring begin, I cannot wait!
Thanks for blowing a wind through my sleeping mind, it was just what I needed! Have a great week to start with! Bisous, LiLi

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Popping in to wish a sweet sweet Sunday. I always discover something I did not see yet in your gorgeous pictures when visiting the second, or third or fourth time.
De zon schijnt in Nederland en de lucht is blauw. Ik hou ervan. Een klein beetje Lente!
Veel liefs xxxxx

"Create Beauty" said...

Anita!!! I have added a GIVE-AWAY to my post featuring you.... inspired by your gifts to me...

Ooh La La!!!!

~ Violet

VictoriaArt said...

Dear Anita, thanks for your message. Just wanted to remind you of the second blog part (House and Living) once in a while.
It's just a click away on my top bar.
I reviewed The King's Speech!
Have you seen it yet? It's really good!

Happy Sunday, love!

michelle said...

Oh Dearest Anita, what a beautiful and inspiring post! This year has a good feeling to it for some reason and I hope and pray that we will all be able to become that woman that we dreamt about as a little girl. As each year passes and the further away I get from my childhood, the closer it seems I become to finding me and that little girl who allowed herself to dream and follow what her heart desires. I look so forward to growing with you and seeing you spread your wings and fly! :)

Sweet blessings to you!

shari @ little blue deer said...

So, so gorgeous! I adore blues, am just LOVING the new header! And I agree, blogging has totally changed my life. The new friends like you, the endless inspiration, has totally made life more beautiful! XX!

Martina said...

Anita, i know this will be your year - and mine - to bloom! I mean - you already do, look at your blog! But you have this tremendous energy and if you put it to writing, you will come up with something wonderful! It is difficult holding on to making art in ones spare time, i know this. Yet, with the right balance of discipline and letting go, it can be done. I so look forward to see things unfold! Enjoy looking at your still bare new rooms - this is special. nd it will be room for creative ventures! Bonne nuit, xox

Jeri Landers said...

Anita, A portrait of Hamish?! What a treat! Now both he AND Fionna will be immortalized!

The Gilded Cherub said...

Hello, what a beautiful blog you have. I just found it this afternoon and wanted to say hello. I just love Tiffanys and the color is just amazing. I am having a big surprise give away over at my blog, if you get the time please stop by and join in on the fun.. I will be back often. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Lorene
The Gilded Cherub

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Anita, not only were those lovely images, but lovely words as well. Thank you for this. Made me smile!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rebecca said...

Such a lovely post... something tells me you have blossomed out much more than you think!
Here's to a year of self discovery and much love and joy to you
Rebecca

Rebecca said...

Hi Anita
Just wanted to say that I spend a lot of time in Mn, as my mom is still there and I also have 2 daughters living there. My post of White Christmas was taken in Apple Valley.
Did you go to the the Creative Connection last October?
I had a booth there.
Where do you live in Mn?
Nice to meet a blogger somewhat close.
Blessings
Rebecca

La Petite Gallery said...

I smile everytime I come here.
So many exquisite images. That bed,
gracious, it was so beautiful.
Great post Darling Lady. Stay with the things that make you happy.

yvonne

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

What a wonderful post, loved how you have told your story and with such gorgeous photos to go with it.
I know that 2011 is going to be a marvelous year for us all.
Wishing you all the things in life that make you happy.
Thanks for all you share dear friend.

Hugs & blessings
Carolyn

June said...

My dearest Anita...I bless the day I saw your comment on my dear Nancy's blog that led me here to you. This self-discovery is a wonderful thing, no?
I never get enough of your creativity!
love to you...

myletterstoemily said...

goodness, if you have been asleep, then
the rest of us have been in COMAS!

i can't wait to see what loveliness you
have up your incredible creative and
gifted sleeve.

Rosie said...

Ahhhhh....perfect...once again.

dropped you a wee email my sweet.
xoxo R

A Refocused Life said...

As always, beautiful images, words, and thoughts. I love your dreamy stories - you are such an amazingly talented artist and writer.

A Refocused Life said...

As always, beautiful images, words, and thoughts. I love your dreamy stories - you are such an amazingly talented artist and writer.

georgia~gigi said...

I LOVE your blog! I just found you from Saskia's sidebar! Oh, just so glad I did!
Just beautiful words, images!
I will be following :)
gi gi

Ann Nichols said...

Dear Anita...
This was just so pretty. It's true how sometimes "life" just kind of obliterates our dreams. I've found that simplicity of daily activities helps a long way toward realizing dreams. It's amazing how much time is spent on doing things that don't contribute to our life's work. We must take care of the day to day business of life - making a home for our family being a priority - but there is still time each day to pursue our personal dreams... and doing them will only make our home that much better!!
Many blessings for a fabulous year of dreams coming true!
Ann

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

SO beautiful... SO inspiring... the writing, the photos... you are one very special person! I'm so glad that I recently found your beautiful blog :) I feel as if reading each of your posts is akin to opening a little present! Have a great week!

Melissah said...

I just discovered your blog & loved it. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia & I found it very inspiring. Blogging is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that interests you. Please stop by if you have a spare minute.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
Cheers
Melissah

Victoria Sayer said...

"opening a little present indeed".
Anita, you are such a delight to visit as I wander around in this Land of Blog. Always, you inspire me. I find I have to take deep breaths to take in all the loveliness that you share with us.
Thanks once again, dear one.

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

You have outdone yourself with this post! Always a treat to drop into your blog, but this one has captured my heart and imagination with words so true and images so illustrative of your wisdoms.

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

my dear sweet angel

thank you thank you thank you for your kind words x
i feel so blessed to know you ❤

wishing you the happiest day xxx

warmest hugs

millie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Heel veel succes voor de werkmannen. Wat zal je excited zijn, lieve Anita, het duurt nu niet lang meer.
Enjoy your lunch, dearest!
Grand bisous de moi xxxx

Stacey said...

That blue in your header is just stunning- i am always blown away by it each time i visit! This post has me feeling like i can conquer the world-such inspiration! I can't imagine life without blogging too-the
invaluable friendships(like yours) and just the creative minds that exist in the blogging world. We're having snow day today:-). I hope you have a fabulous Monday sweet Anita! XX

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh my, I am wondering how I have never found your beautiful blog until now. I love your words...you weave them together so beautifully. It sounds like you have a wonderful year coming your way. Best wishes ♥ Tricia

Zuzu said...

I am cheering for you, sweet Anita!!! I cannot wait to see more!
Hugs,
Zuzu

koralee said...

mmg....monday morning hugs

we got our snow...yahoo...but it is a school day today...but not for me ...my day off.

Taking my daughter to get her braces removed!!!! After 3 years they come off today.

Happy dance

Hope your weekend was amazing. xoxox Mine was.
love to you

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Dearheart...... You ARE..... ARE!!!!!! allllll of that! It's all bursting forth! :-) Love to see your posts....how you tell a sweet story with pictures. I love the pictures!... Just like when I was a little chickie and my Mum had to pay me to read....Oh my, did I just tell that secret? Shhhh.... don't tell!

Thanks for the compliments on my new look and for the tip on the bigger pix. I'll do that for sure! I hope they'll fit with that border gizmo. That was so stinking hard to do. I still had my Christmas header and didn't even want to blog because everything seemed so messy. Unfortunately my little fella isn't quite old enough to know all the 'puter stuff yet. Soon, I will have a right hand guy!... Well, hoping.

Hope all is well with you sweet one!!!

Huggies...........and LOVIES!
S

Presépio no Canal said...

Such an inspiring and beautiful post, Anita :-)
I wish you all the luck and happiness!
You are a great storyteller, so I guess you have already start to flourish and make your (and ours) dreams come true!
I wish you all, all de best!!!
Beijinhos, minha querida amiga :-)

Barbara said...

How lovely to start the new year with this inspiring post, Anita! Yes! No matter what age, we should take chances, experiment, find something new, make new friends, find our niche, be enthusiastic, loving and brave.
Most important....bravery.

jade said...

Oh Anita, my sweet friend, what a wonderful post again!!!!! It makes feeling like spring in my heart and all the days brighter!!! Thank you so much, for all the great inspiration and have a wonderful week,

Hugs Jade

Martina said...

Dear Anita, oh, what an exiting week for you! I bet you fly right home after work, and i hope students and colleagues are very kind to you!
Once these rooms are ready, you will be so creative in them!
Here, the weather is very nasty. Cold and humid. Hot soup and a hot bubble-bath tonight. And a good book.
Take care and stay warm! xox

pinkstilettos said...

Cool Blog...lots of gorgeous photos!
Daisy~

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour dearest!
I hope you had a lovely weekend even if it was very busy. Were you able to paint?
As for me, I didn't do much except take Miss Bella to her ice skating lessons and run some errands. She's always so much fun to watch =)
We're awaiting 4"-6" of snow this evening and it has just begun! I was hoping to meet a girlfriend for lunch tomorrow but I'm fine with being snowed in with my little darlings. Snow is better than the tornado that came through on NYE!
Wishing you a wonderful week!
xoxo, B

Velva said...

Wow! I feel rejuvenated, new and fresh after reading and viewing the photos that tell the story.

Cheers to you! Happy New Year.

Velva

Ann said...

First time visitor to your blog and I am so loving every bit of it...

I am a new follower now so that I won't miss a thing you post:)

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

I absolutely love this post and even more so your youthful optimism! You have an enviable joie de vivre and I so look forward to reading what lies ahead in your next chapter. Happy 2011 and happy, happy birthday!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear one
Just wandered over to soak up all this beauty again. May I take a nap on that lovely bed?
Stay warm my friend.
Bisous!
Penny

koralee said...

Hi dear friend...thanks for the visit! Today was the best day ever...my daughter looks amazing with her new teeth and she is soooo greatful...I love greatful children!
I am soooo happy snow...snow..and more snow...maybe a snowday?

love and hugs for a great evening. xoxoxoxo

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita ..... thank-you so much for your kind words. Your post and you, my dear friend, are so beautiful. You are indeed an artist and storyteller of extraordinary talent and I do believe you are about to blossom as the butterfly you are!
My best wishes to you always
love Frances

Kristin said...

Sooooo beutiful, Anita! And so true too, this will be our year! Couldn't agree more! Everything about your post is lovely!!! I have been so busy lately, but so glad I can catch up with you now. Have a LOVELY day!!!

Kristin xoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Thanks for your visit dear friend and your kind words.
When we visited France in 2007 for my 50th birthday we lost my photos when we got back with the computer that crashed. So hoping to get some good photos this time.
It was a shame you lost your photos too.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Kristin said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my photos! That makes me happy! I have Canon Eos 550 D and finally my photos turn out the way I've always wanted:) :) Happy Tuesday!

xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonsoir ma cherie, comment allez-vous? Il est froid mais je prends mon the et c'est chaud, n'est-ce pas? Teehee, that sentence doesn't make sense at all but it's a little Frenchy. How is your dream palace doing? Take lots of pictures, my friend. Je te donne beaucoup de bisous pour een hele fijne avond. Smakelijk eten en welterusten voor straks, lieve Anita xxxx

Martina said...

Anita, how was your day? Did you have time to dream about curtains in Tiffany-blue and chandeliers? I think it's good to take time for the rooms, so much fun to look around for the right things. When i was in CN last year, i so liked the barnsales there! Could have bought tons of stuff!
Loulou is great, isn't she? I so love to see older women who are attractive and well dressed, but without trying to look like girls (nor like old ladies). Every age has it's charm, but we have to learn to adjust. And this woman is a great inspiration!

Jenny said...

Anita, I love the blues. And it must be said you put dreams in images so beautifully on the blog page...thank you for sharing.

Fay said...

Anita as i already said this is EXQUISITE GRAZIE TANTI XX ALSO I would like to award you the STYlISH BLOGGERS AWARD
and thankyou for all the fun and friendship since I started only a few weeks ago

Please go to my Blog for details
May all your dreams come true this year Fay xx

Rosie said...

"Amazing" is just too mundane a word for you dear heart...have dropped you an email and brewed up a cuppa of love...come and join me :)...R

Champagne Macarons said...

Dearest, do not worry about catching up with emails each day. I understand the challenge of finding time but don't worry, we will be here! Spend time with your loving husband and finish your new addition! I'm certain it is amazing!!
xoxo, B

Casa Bella said...
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Casa Bella said...

Oh Anita dearest: I had such a tough day at work today. I feel I am not doing what I'm supposed to be doing and it feels unnatural - for a lack of a better term. Your words put my mind at ease as I believe that somehow, this year, I will have the courage to do what I've been feeling I'm supposed to be doing. Something that makes me truly happy, not just something I'm good at. Thank you so much for this truly inspiring post. Hugs! (I love the window you've chosen for your kitchen!)

Style Attic said...

Dear Anita,

This has to be one of my favorite posts I have ever read. That's complete honesty. There are so many lines in here I can't even begin to re quote! I think your beauty sleep bank is overflowing :) Thank you for sharing the wealth! Mwah XX

luckygirlgifts said...

What a wild ride you will have.
I can't wait!!
I will try and come along for the journey, I will try and wake from my slumber. I want to!! I will try!
xoxo
Cari B.

Rosie said...

Oh dear one soon...so very soon.
Knowing your fabulous taste, it will be nothing short of spectacular. Your wall treatment sounds so very chic...I can't wait to see the finished masterpiece.
oh dear one what a lovely email cuppa we had this morning, thank you dear heart. I hope to be back to my old self soon.
Spent the day placing orders on my lap top today...so am a wee bit sore...but just wanted to give my girlfriend a Huge hug.
So will close with the promise of ANOTHER wonderfilled cuppa tomorrow
Sweet dreams dearest...xoxox...R

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for your beauty Anita!

Inspiring post of who we all are.

Merci
xoxo
Dore

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Goedemorgen, hoe gaat het met u? Ik stuur veel mignon raindrops your way for a terrific Thursday, lieve lieve Anita. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | and some more | | | | | | | |
Have a HAPPY DAY ! xxxx

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, have a lovely day - while your husband is painting at home! So great to see things getting finished soon - this weekend will indeed be special for you! I'm in the midst of the making of another magazine and try to remember every morning about BLOOM! It helps me to get through the nasty rainy season we have here. Bought me a pink umbrella yesterday ;) xx

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

good morning dearest

a big thank you for the Peace Lily love. she does love the attention and is holding a paw to you which is her own gesture of love.

we are both wishing you a wonderful day xxx xxx

warmest hugs

millie and lily

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you dear Anita for calling by...we are fine in our part of the world...yet feel helpless at the same time with all the devastation in Queensland...These people are always in our thoughts...Many Blessings to you Dearest...Dzintra♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest there are casualties...about 10 so far plus people swept away IN their houses...just soooo tragic...HUgs to you, Dzintra♥x

Fay said...

Sweetpie so glad you like the pics looking forward to your next blog Lots of love fay xxxx

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I am thinking of flowers, too. So is Kiki. We need a garden of the mind and an invincible summer. I think I may go post a bit about it if I can. Love and patience to you for your addition, yikes, I hear you, I can see lath in my upper hall, my upper bath is all torn up and my kitchen ceiling is in need of plaster now that we fixed the leak. It never ends, but it will taper off for us someday. We haven't had this house long after we bought it from Grandpa and it needs so much love.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Dearest Anita you truly were meant to be an artist and storyteller. It was God's gift to you and our gift for knowing you. You truly had me at the first amazing photo; fabulous Audrey.

Wishing you nothing but delight for this New Year. I truly feel strongly that it's going to be a great one for us all.

Cheers my dear xo

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Anita!
How delightfully empowering this post was!
You have opened up your heart, shown us your insecurities, told us of your wishes and dreams, shared all of your thoughts freely....all in this post....all on your blog! and I wish for you all that your sweet and kind heart desires!

Go gettum' girl!

ciao bella!

CREATIVE CARMELINA

claudie said...

Ok can the colour blue be any prettier than this post? I don't think so.
SO PRETTY. I want all those pics all over my living room.
This is you, I just know it. Can't wait to see it for myself.
xoxoxoxo

Rosie said...

Oh my darling Anita,
This is a spectacular post! How do come up with this plethora of goodness over and over again...You "ooze" creativity my dear.
Ahhhh, I had such a wonderfully normal day today...and I feel pretty good physically. God is SO good! Thank you for the many prayers that you whispered on my behalf. I still have issues, but the good days are more frequent now.
Spent today placing more orders, mostly home decor at this time of the year. We ladies take down the Christmas and things look a little bare so we shop for home decor to brighten our spaces.
Will stop in at the store in the morning and deliver a few small pieces (tables, stools and things)
In the afternoon I'll clean the house...I hope :)
Well dear one, you are getting so close. Ruben will slap a little primer on those fresh new walls and then you will create a fine new gown for this beautiful ballroom you have dreamed up. Oh dear one I will be dreaming with you every step of the way...but for now, I must wish you a good night and fill the kettle, ready for your early morning visit. Sleep well dear one...love R

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour ma belle,
I'm certain you are excited to get busy decorating your new addition. I cannot wait to see the photos! I love, love, love those floors!! I hope to have the same pattern one day in my home.
As for me, I don't have much on the agenda this weekend. I plan to do some reading and research, and get everything ready to begin school this week.
Like you, we are looking forward to spring break. Not far from then will be summer break! I'm already dreaming of beautiful
blooming tulips of printemps.
xoxo, B

fay said...

My dear Anita ,Goodmorning YOU ARE SPOILING ME! thankyou again for your kind words When I look at our profiles i can see why we like similar things Yo Yo Ma was here in Firenze last year with Katherine Stott THEY WERE FANTASTIQUE of course so my dear cant wait to see this weekend post ie when you have read all thes amazing comments enjoy lots of love Fay xx

Bela said...

Hi, dear FRiend!!! I drop by to wish you the best weekend ever!!!! I love you!! Bela

desde my ventana said...

Have a happy day dear...it's FRIDAY,
Hugs
Cecilia

Martina said...

Whoooooo Hooooo! Hey Anita, you lucky girl!! Have a fantastic day painting, would love to join you there! What color are you going to use for the walls? Can't wait to see some pix! Thanx for visiting dear, so lovely to see your comment come up! And i saw your giveaway at Violets. That magic wand is gorgeous - and so you!
Rainy here today, but unuusaly warm and with some patches of blue in the sky. Have fun, and greetings to Ruben! xx

Fay said...

sweetpie is this theonly way i can contact you ?
Anyway !!! you are too sweet to feature an old bird like me !! im very flattered ok it will subside !! there are some more on the Fay Hart page at the bottom of my blog take your pick !! as you will see Im fond of fashion too not to everyones taste !1 a presto lol xxxx

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend...just came over to say Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend painting...really that is so delightful...I would love to spend mine painting...I so enjoy doing that..I think I have done every room in my home at least twice..maybe some more.

Hugs...and off I go for a wet wet Friday. .....xoxoxo

Martina said...

Oh Anita, creamy white walls sound great! I'd choose the same, because with a neutral shade you can switch the color scheme so easy with curtains, cushions, paintings etc. if you like to. Plus it always looks nice and fresh. Have a super fun day and enjoy the process!
Featuring me in your blog? Wow, how exiting!You can be sure that i'll be hanging on. See you soon! xox

Micki said...

I am excited for you dear Sleeping Beauty. This year will be a year of much creativity and happiness for you..I can see that.Thanks for sharing your visions and beauty.
Micki

George the Lad said...

Hi Antia, you have bunch loads of creativity;) you mean you have more!!!well I look forward to seeing it come alive,and the results. You got me all buzzing I feel a zoomie coming on!
Hugs to Balzac, got to go, got to go.
Love George xxx

Rosie said...

Knock...Knock...Knock...
...CRREEEEK....Is it safe to come in?
I saw the "wet paint" sign on the door, but I just HAD to have a little peek. How does it look sweet one? Is it EVERYTHING you had dreamed up? Oh it is MORE...so much MORE! The light at the end of tunnel is so very B*R*I*G*H*T!!!!!!!! This is going to be a weekend full of surprizes. I will be toasting you and Rabbit Hill with a bit of pink bubbly...well done!
Today was a VERY busy day...I am tired but I made it through.
Tomorrow I will be in the shop, greeting the lovely ladies that happen to stop by.
And now I will put my feet up and finish this perfect cuppa with you...Have so much FUN dear one...xoxo...Rosie

michelle said...

Hello Dear Anita! I just wanted to thank you so much for your beautiful comment on my post! I am so touched by your friendship, you have such a beautiful heart and soul! I will back this weekend and always, you inspire me so! :)

"Create Beauty" said...

Just had to stop by again for beauty and inspiration... I am so excited for you and your new rooms and how you will decorate them... have fun painting this weekend!

Have had many lovely comments about you on my give-away post!!!

~ Violet

Jeri Landers said...

My Gosh, 150 comments! It would take me 150 years to get that many comments on my posts. Any way, good for you!
I am really looking forward to seeing this portrait of Head Goose, how nice of you!. I myself, am sitting here staring once again at a blank page and pondering over HOW to fill it with a wonderful something or other.I'm needing some inspiration at this point and pouring over the work of my favorite illustrators.

Debbie said...

LOVE the blue background! LOVE IT. Have you seen Bunny's new background? i wanna steal it. ok anita, beautiful post. i feel the same way. this year i am going to do WHAT I WANT TO DO EVEN IF IT MEANS NOT DOING SOMETHING SOMEONE ELSE WANTS ME TO DO! love the picture of the beautiful bed on the water -- sooooo dreamy, and can i just say, the hand holding the card about being your own creation ... really needs a manicure LOL! love you so much.
love to Ruben ...

SMOOCHES!
Deb

Fifi Flowers said...

gorgeous posting... Hoping for a fabulous 2011!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Well bonne journee ma cherie, today is D-day! You must be so so sooooo excited. Did you finish all the cleaning up in time? Perhaps a little here and there to do... Your lovely husband and you must be so happy to start moving thing in and around today. Enjoy every single moment, dearest sweet Anita.
I hope the weather is kind to you. We have a dry day, not too cold. We'll probably running and playing outside this afternoon.
Lots of love to YOU, happy happy completing your dream cottage, lieve vriendin xxxxxxx
Did my package arrive yet? It's been way too long traveling the blue blue ocean..

Mystical Gypsy said...

Anita, your blog is so inspiring and restful. I had to quote you this morning at Mystical Gypsy ("...your spring is coming.") Great words! ~regards, MG

Champagne Macarons said...

Oh, a design by a good couturier would be wonderful, wouldn't it?
I haven't taken a photography course since high school. We have a nice camera but I don't feel as if I'm taking advantage of all it's capabilities, and I would like be familiar with Photoshop, etc.
Oh dearest, you have so many talents! I just know you will have your short story published.

Have you moved your furniture into your addition? I'm certain you are over the moon. I can hardly wait to see photos!!

Wishing you a most lovely weekend.
xoxo, B

Anne at Bird/Like said...

Bonjour! It was a treat to find your wonderful comment this morning; with so many comments on your post, I'm pleasantly surprised to have been noticed! You have the most amazing eye for images, its a treat to peruse your blog, and I am going to follow!

~CC Catherine said...

Anita, You truly are a storyteller, and the best I might add! :) I so enjoy your spirit. Hugs friend, xoxo ~CC

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