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Saturday, May 21, 2011

What Are You Wearing to the Party?

There is a road in the outskirts of the city that 

meanders towards


but what are you wearing for the journey?

Are you planning on getting to Paris for a formal 


a casual sunny tour of the parks that requires the 

perfect chapeau

or are you going to hit the MARCHÉS equipped with the 

perfect French bag

to gather all of your FLEA MARKET

and culinary finds?

Take a stroll and smell the sweet fragrance

 off all the lovely participants who will join us next

week, including my husband, Ruben!

Nancy from Fête et Fleur

Violet from Create Beauty

Rosie with Roses and Rutabagas

Deb at Sparkling Scrapbooks

Penny with Angelsdoor

Gigi from Going Glam with Gigi 

Debi at Romancing the Home

Ruben from Rattus Scribus

Rayanne with A Lovely Thought

Anne from Bird Like

Kristin from Page of Inspiration

Koralee from Bluebird Notes

Deborah with With All My Heart

Stacy with Style Addict Mom

Mimi with Bonjour Romance

Suzanne from Privet and Holly

Sarah with Hyachinths for the Soul

Emily from The French Hutch

Cindy Swanson from Notes From the Keys of Life

Amy from This Wondrous Space This Faerytale Space

Maggie from Normandy Life

Tiff with Mrs. Tiff

Linda from Delight

Julie with Being Ruby

Julie at A Vintage Chic

Karen Harvey Cox from Scrapbook of Inspiration

Fine from Etoiles et Toiles de Fine Bessot

Martina from M'S Art Impressions

Carolyn from Draffin Bears Little Bear Studio

Jenny with Pleasant Places

Bela with Chá de Baunilha

Jo with My Grandma's Soul

Victoria from Green and White Garden

Brenda from Champagne and Macaroons

Maria from Calm Energy

Saskia from Join My Joy

Ann from St. Nicolas and Christmas All Year Long

Francis from By Surprise

Fifi from Fifi Flowers

Mapi from Mapi

Patricia Cabrera from

Fee from Chipper Nelly

Marie from Classic Style in The City

Christie with Three Pixie Lane

Frances from Beautiful Interiors and 18th Century Style

Elaine from Cafe Chatelaine

Jacqueline from Purple Chocolate Home

Marsha at Splendorosa

Denise from Denise's Delights in Her Coffeeberry Cottage 

Spencer at Bellamere Cottage 

Ria from It's Me 

Fay from A Melange et Moi 

Karena from Art by Karena

Yvonne with La Petite Gallery

Jackie with Once Upon a Fairyland

Charlotta Ward at Space for Inspiration

Megan from Once Upon a Canvas

Susan from A Work in Progress

Lynn from The Vintage Nest

Barbara from Moveable Feasts

Dzintra with Queen of the Armchair

Christie from Grammy's House: A Quaint Victorian Cottage 

Sherry from Country Wings in Phoenix 

Heidi from Hi-d's Place 

But in the meantime my friends

find a quiet spot

jump into comfort

get your beauty rest


be ready for the tour of

Paris: Simply Irresistible

Next Saturday May 28

who awaits us all!

All participants' names are automatically thrown into

   un chapeau 

for a chance to win a prize from my

workshop so if you haven't signed up, it's not too


Photo Credits:

Hat with blue ribbon: ROSE MILLE, Stillwater Minnesota
Other photos: The Alternative Wife


  1. Tu me donnes envie d'aller revoir Paris ...
    Paris, un paradis ? Peut-être !
    Bisous du coeur chère Anita

  2. Dearest...this is all so lovely..I wish you a grand day in Paris next week..If possible I;ll visit...xoxo

  3. Hello Anita,
    Loving Paris and wishing to fly there if only a few hours,
    I wish you a happy and springly wekkend.

    Muchos besos,


  4. Always relaxing!!
    Always fun!!
    Always enchanted!!
    Love my comings here, dearest Anita!!
    I am so happy you enjoyed your mini sewing set!!! I made it with much care to you!!!
    Love love love!!!

  5. Oh wow! I can see myself in that pink dress with the devine pink bow and train of roses.... I am looking forward to seeing all things French next week! X

  6. I'm looking forward popping over and seeing all your fellow bloggers posts and of course yours ;) Its just to busy for me next weekend to do a post on Paris, mom says she might just throw a string of onions around my neck! and put me on a bike, very funny Ha ha!!!
    Love and Hugs to you all
    See yea George xxx

  7. Oh, now I remember I wanted to try to participate in this. See how forgetful I've become? I LOVE that first photo! I need to find me some culinary friends! xo

  8. Simply irresistible!! You too have a lovely week-end!

  9. Oh this will be great !
    I was looking through my old photos and find a few beauties.
    Can't wait till Saturday.....
    Have a lovely weekend full of Sunshine.

  10. Lovely post..Happy Pink Saturday...

  11. Good morning, lovely Anita! I'm always so enthralled by your beautiful posts...I sit here...chin in hand...and just gaze at your gorgeous photos paired with the most wonderful words......magic!

    So looking forward to our trip to Paris next week! What a wonderful groups of ladies are participating!

    I just completely fell in love with the first aqua gown...aaahhh! And the pink beribboned bag with the flowers...I MUST HAVE it!

    Wishing you a marvelous weekend, dear friend...


  12. Such eye candy awaiting me when I opened your post this morning--so lovely! I hope to get to Paris in June, but until then, I plan on enjoying your big soireé next weekend.

    Take me away....

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  14. Yippy!!! I'm so excited!!! Love to you and Ruben!!

  15. I think I missed something real special.I have to go back a few post and see whats going on.I don't want to be left out.Are we all flying to Paris?WWWEEE Sign me up for whatever.Good Day to you,now to browse around your blog to see what I missed,but I'll start packing just incase.

  16. Oh my friend...what a party it will be!!!
    Happy day to is raining here as well. Lots to do inside computer will be hummmming...must get my article done. Monday is a holiday in Canada...Queen Victoria it will be extra long for those around I get Monday off anyways.

    Love and hugs to you...your day sounds lovely! xoxoxo

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  18. Hello, I sent an email earlier in the week that I wouldn't be able to participate, but my schedule has changed and I will be able to, so PLEASE leave my name on the list. I can hardly wait to see all the great posts about Paris. Thanks so much!

  19. Oh mon ami Anita .. what a fabulous post I'll join you along the streets of Paris hitting the Marches and of course we'll need to give our feet a rest and enjoy the wonderful patesieres... wishing you a beautiful and blessed day...xo HHL

  20. Will be visiting next weekend all these lovely places. Never haveing been to Paris will be the next best thing I'm sure! Wishing you a grand week! Cathy

  21. This promises to be quite a trip, I will pack my best hat ( I have SO many, it will be difficult to choose) some comfy but stylish shoes, and a lovely sundress. My mouth is watering and my pockets are full. See you in Paris!

  22. ANITA!!!!!
    This post is Simply Irresistible!!!

    And look at all the fun participants! Oh what a trip it will be!!!!! I am SO EXCITED!

    You've really got me dreaming.
    Planning, dancin' to the music....

    ~ Violet

  23. Happy Saturday Anita Love!!! I know you have been so busy with school, I hope you have a very relaxing weekend! Summer is almost here YAY!!!!!!
    I am so so excited about your Paris Party! Wow, what a guest list! How Fantastic!
    And what to wear, that is a good ?, still trying to decide!
    You know I took 4 years of French in high school. Sadly I can't remember much of it. We did go to a Fench camp in Minnesotta ( great food was had :)
    I almost named my going glam blog Fauxever Frenchie ( that was my nickname at a Department store) I work in Lancome!
    Just thought I would share all that with you, he he!
    Much love to you !
    gi gi

  24. I'm signing up Anita.I'll put your button on my sidebar.

  25. Oh my gosh.... I've got to find SOMETHING to bring to the party..... a chance to win a bit of your lovely artwork?? Oh yes....

    So, I supposed I'd better get busy and order the ruffly dress.... I had a very difficult time deciding between the ruffles.........I ADORE ruffles.......and the roses.........yes, love them too....but I believe the ruffly dress wins out. I hope it comes in time....

    I'll be there!

    And, your artwork my dear is wonderful, even with....NO, ESPECIALLY with a 42 year hiatus from God are always there, waiting to be tapped. HE gifted you, for sure.

    Big huggies!


  26. Anita, about those turkeys, they didn't happen to be wearing straw hats and speak with a rich southern accent, did they?? My turkey boys ran away from home a while back, we thought they had gone into the woods, but maybe they decided that way up north was the place to be. Please send them home, we miss their gobbley little voices!

  27. Dearest Anita, I will for sure borrow the nile-green dress you put into your post. The color, the flow of fabric - all this would be very much "me". (except the size, hihi)
    I have already made a note to come and visit next weekend, and see what everybody is posting/talking about.
    Did I tell you that I am hatching an embroidery design with a "Paris" theme? I already have two Marie Antoinette and one Versailles Potager designs, and I am always again drawn to French themes...
    Have a gorgeous weekend with lots of sun and blooming roses !

  28. Yep, count me in.... I'll do just about anything for a chance to win a pressie from YOU! I'll be whipping up my hydrangea and rose hat, this week.... :-)

    I'm sure I can come up with SOME.THING!

    Huggies and lovies too....

  29. Bonjour bonjour, here I come running to you and your gorgeous pocket in the world. I sooo look forward to our trip to Paris. That is quite a list, I have to make sure to wear good shoes, no high heels for me ;)
    How is your Saturday so far, sweet friend, are you enjoying your flowers to the fullest? I did so today, my little ones are covered with flowers and mud all over, off to shower the little monkeys and enjoy a relaxing evening. Lots of love o xx o

  30. Sweet sweet Anita, your comments made me smile inside and outside. You are a very special lady in blogland (and I bet also outside blogland). Thank you for your sweet words on my home. It was built 50 years ago for the veterinarian. Our kitchen and bedrooms upstairs are in the former practice (the right house in the picture) the left house is our living room with void. It is a homy and wonderful place to live.
    You have a loveliest of weekends, my dearest. Lots of love o xx o

  31. Hello darling....i miss my name !! how it is possible ???...i have your button on my blog the whole week...shame on you......the first day of the fair was fantastic !! we will see exciting, post is ready for saturday....i forget what i am wearing darling,......oh la la love van

  32. Hello Anita,
    How are you feeling now you are one year older :)) ?
    I look forword to youre post about Paris next saterday!!!
    Did you know that Paris is only five hours away by car from my home?
    I have visited this city several times and still find them overwhelming!
    Hugs for you my friend,

  33. I will go to the market in the morning with a wonderful bag. Take a stroll in the park with the navy and white straw hat in the early afternoon. A nap amid ruffles before donning a gown for a formal affair.

  34. Soooooo enjoy these pix Anita, i can smell Paris already! These little hats are really something - i'd dress casual, but chic - and i need the big basket for all the fleamarket-finds! Hope your weekend is lovely and full of pretties! Did you have croissant et cafè au lait aujourd hui? Bises :)

  35. Anita sweet pie Ive searched and searched and searched did my invitation get lost in the post Honestly I RSVPd !! id would like to be there fay xx

  36. I hope to be invited and that my touristy attire will be appropriate for the party. Also hope to have some time to visit St. Denis. It was so busy with all the soccer players when I was last there. :)

  37. Bonjour Anita
    What fun we will have next week..
    May I borrow that pretty pink french bag? Oh I can't wait!
    I must go look for something special to wear. Love the photos!!!
    See you Saturday

  38. i have so missed this beauteous place! no
    one presents beauty like you . . . but i look
    forward to next week to see how your
    sweet friends try! i would NEVER! my
    motto: know your limits. :)

  39. Merci BEAUCOUP mon amie I MAY need an extra cake !! just off to dream its its almost 1 am !!! a resto love Fay xxx

  40. I hate to say but i think blogger is at it again Its missed out completely the prevous post 197 it really is a pain grazie tanti and sweet parisian dream s to you too fay xx

  41. You have assembled an amazing group of participants. I am so excited and am thinking day & night to come up with something simply irrestible.

  42. irresistible.
    sorry for the goof!!

  43. hello, i enjoyed my visit to your blog. i will be in Paris next month (all the way from the Philippines) and my visit to your blog makes me even more excited! thanks for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  44. Divine! I will take that pretty French basket and stroll around the markets my eyes peeled for little treasures - hat pins - aged note-papers- crystal bottles! and then sit a while and soak up the ambiance of magical Paris!

  45. Bonjour dear Anita,

    I have my frock picked out and I am getting so excited about coming to your Paris party.
    What a delightful party it is going to be with the lovely guest list.
    Thanks for organizing this.

    Hope that you are having a happy and relaxing weekend

  46. Anita, I'm eager with excitement! Beautiful post of anticipation! ~ Sarah

  47. Dear Anita
    I just love all the ruffles today.. such a cute post to build up to your big event... You know I think that is me in the pink 'frock' with the face of 'shock'!!! hehe.. I don't have a thing to wear... must do something about that!!.. Now please send me that gorgeous turquoise trunk..I'm sure there will be something hidden in there to delight me...

    Ok.. thanks for including me in your list.. I'll have to come up with something now.. oh dear.. what oh what...

    Have a lovely week Anita.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

  48. Anita count me in...not sure of all the details, I will participate gladly!!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my Great Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    You will love it!

  49. A Paris , il y a une rue,
    dans cette rue , il y a une maison,
    dans cette maison , il y a une chambre
    dans cette chambre, il y a une table,
    sur cette table , il y a un tapis,
    sur ce tapis , il y a une cage ,
    dans cette cage, il y a un nid,
    dans ce nid, il y a un oeuf,
    dans cet oeuf, il y a un tout petit canari.

    Le canari renversa l'oeuf,
    l'oeuf renversa le nid,
    le nid renversa la cage,
    la cage renversa le tapis,
    le tapis renversa la table,
    la table renversa la chambre,
    la chambre renversa la maison,
    la maison renversa la rue,
    et la rue renversa la ville de Paris.

    Good morning sweet friend .
    You see I am preparing for soon ....
    I would love to hit the MARCHÉs equipped with the perfect French bag ! and gather all of the flea market ....
    OR ...... hihi
    For now I am SO WAITING and WAITING .....this little princess takes her time .
    Her mother and father are so ready to meet her .......
    Chere amie ..... á bientôt.

  50. oeps forgot to mention a happy-bithday-surprise is on its way to you ...... so you can enjoy look forward to that too !

  51. What fun, I'm going to try to blag a front row seat!

  52. I went to get a cup of coffee while
    I down loaded your site, Then the music came on and I danced back to the computer. Count me in on your post. Thor had a stroke last week , OK now I think.
    Are those jardiniere's along the drive or barrels of wine? If it's wine, I put my hose on correctly and skip over..

  53. Happy Sunday Anita Love! I came over last night to wish you some sunshine, but my computer was being really really slow! I hope the sun shines for you today :) and your having a wonderful weekend!
    Sorry, I forgot to put a link to my tumblr on my post! Sometimes I forget! Oops!
    Have a great day
    Lots of love
    gi gi

  54. Dearest Anita!

    Hello out there! My name is Pippit Priceless and I'm from Nowhere. Perhaps you have heard of the place? It is quite a ways from Paris but I wanted you to know, I will be attending your event. I promise to find something priceless to wear. Please sign me up! I do believe this gal called Barbie will be attending also!
    Thank you, pleased to meet you. I think your beautiful!

    Miss Pippit Priceless
    A living doll...

  55. Oh my... what a party it will be!! I am so looking forward to it!! (Got to get the whimsy in me working!)What to wear??? Humm... how fun! A hat for sure!
    Have a lovely Sunday, dear Anita!

  56. 'Salut' again! I just signed up and would love to be tossed into the chapeau.

    Looking forward to seeing all the other posts. How fun!

    x Charlotta

  57. Darling, thank you for your notes and for adding me to the list.
    I am really looking forward to this.

    Have a lovely week.

    xx Charlotta

  58. I'm in bad need of a fairygod mother right now Anita!!! And I am at a loss of any French inspiration at the moment, but am wishing all of you beautiful girls a great party. I will be looking on from the sidelines, cheering everyone on!
    hugs from here...

  59. Oh I won't beable to sleep all week!!! I am soooo looking forward to it, I will be here, I can't wait ;)

  60. Sounds delightful! I would love to join this Parisian party! I shall bring out my best hat. . .

  61. Can't wait!!!! I will make myself a good cup of tea to go with a fresh chocolate croisant from the bakery!

  62. Look at all of us attending your soiree! This is going to be one fabulous event!!!!!! I can't wait! See you Saturday!! Much love....deb xoxoxo

  63. Hi Anita! I would like to participate by posting about Paris on Saturday, May 28. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am looking forward to it! Thank you for visiting me earlier! ~Megan

  64. Dear Anita, I wasn't sure I'd be able to find anything to wear to the party, but I'm feeling so left out that I cannot bear it! I simply cannot miss your simply irresistible affair! Sign me up! I'll permit myself to be a wallflower no longer! teehee :)

  65. Dear Anita,
    Once again it seems like I have been away forever!! Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment about my son.He is home from school now and singing away! Love it! Love your post too! Always enchanting and always such a joy to visit you!Ezquisite images!And always you are such an inspiration!! I definitely will be attending your wonderful event! Can't wait!I really need to email you!

  66. How exciting, Anita! I think I will wear one of those gorgeous pink dresses and in my handbag I need some macarones so I'll stop by Laduree on my way...See you Saturday :) :)

    Kristin xx

  67. How exciting dearest! Everything looks so beautiful and I love those dresses. I will be out of town next weekend but I will for sure stop by and soak in the beautiful city of Paris when I return.
    I hope you are well, I was thinking about you as the storms were rolling in last night. I hope that you were untouched by them and are safe.
    Love to you!

  68. Definitely a hat! I wish we wore them more here. Every time I've been to France or Great Britain, I come back with hats. Not a prayer that I would ever walk by a hat shop anywhere!

    Can't wait for Saturday to see what everyone does!

    Have a lovely week, my friend!

  69. I was out of
    town this weekend,
    so just catching
    up with you! I
    hope that you came
    out of the terrible
    storms okay?? I
    was worried about
    you, yesterday....
    Lovely post!
    xx Suzanne

  70. Anita, I'll have the little pink Sherrll number for the opera! For the journey I'll grab my Chanel sunglasses to wear to lunch first thing at Les Deux Magots. Can't wait for the party! See you there......

    The French Hutch

  71. Happy Monday, Anita! You always find the most amazing pictures! These dresses and absolutely gorgeous!! I especially love that pink one with all the ruffles. This is going to be some party with so many participants! How fun!
    I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing weekend! I spent the day at the lake. It was so wonderful to spend a nice day surrounded by beauty. I did get quite sunburned though. I am excited summer is fast approaching, and I am sure you are all the more excited! :) I hope contacting all the parents went well.
    Have a wonderful week! xoxo

  72. So much beauty in one post.
    Thank you,
    Have a pretty day!

  73. Dear Anita,
    thank you for being so kind and loyal to me ! I love the idea of having a tour to Paris; unfortunately, I am extremely busy these days , I am not sure if I can join much as I would Love to :(..., but I know It's going to be AWESOME!
    Be happy !

  74. Yes, my friend, add me to the list! :) I would always regret it if I missed out on such a FUN and lavish affair!
    Only five days of school this week, four days next week, and three the week after! The countdown to summer is on! Are you counting the weeks/days?

  75. Oh! I must prepare!
    The party is this weekend!
    I shall take quick photos of all my sweet reminders of France ...
    How wonderful it will all be!
    What a great idea!
    C'est magnifique!
    *A Samedi*

  76. Love those elegant outfits...
    I love everything French and that definitely includes a tour of Paris...

    Can't wait ♥

  77. Dear Anita, Yes please, sign me up for this oh so fun party. I sure hope macarons are being served because I would love to taste a really good one. My three tries at making them have not been exactly all! :) See you on the 28th. Can't wait. xoxo

  78. Dearest Anita
    Thank you for wandering over to my rose garden..
    Follow the birdie over to the HILLTOP... They FOUND Miss Moussie.
    Oh happy day!!!!!
    BISOUS, Penny

  79. So happy Pippit will be joining the fun on Saturday. She just returned from a photo shoot in grand Paris and she is a changed doll because of it for sure!

    I intend to write you a letter. Yep! That is my plan!

    I'm so happy you are almost DONE!!! Don't ya wish you could really be whisked away to Paris? I do!

  80. Is it too late for me to join your Paris party Saturday? If not, count me in!

  81. Hi Anita!
    The weather is very strong lately ~ lots of moisture.
    Very humid last summer
    Very moist winter with lots of snow...
    and now ~ more moisture!
    Saying prayers for those who have had such strong weather*
    ~ A samedi, chère Anita ~

  82. it promises to be so delightful, Anita! Tres gentile!

  83. Bonjour Anita!
    I am taking my time here with a good cup of coffee and indulging in the sweetness of your blog! So much I've all of your carefully selected photos...especially the vintage typewriter with the tiny and adorable little hand!

    Ciao Bella!


  84. Dear Anita,

    Oh what a great party we are going to have... so many people attending.
    Still deciding what outfit I will wear. I love all the little numbers you have shown in your post.
    Many thanks for visiting me and I hope that you are having a wonderful week.


  85. "...jump into comfort, and get your beauty rest..."
    Oh, I don't think that is possible at the moment. Life is CRAZY busy.
    But I have whacked a little something together to participate in your Paris Ponderings. I am hoping that next weekend will sort of slow down a bit, so I CAN enjoy the sights and loves of Paris, with you.
    Much love to you lovely lady.♥
    ps...that pink dress of fabric roses is devine!

  86. Hi sweet friend. I have been far too busy for my sorry I have not popped over sooner.
    This is one busy time...May much to do at school...that magazine article...getting Miss Molly's room already for her....looking for homes....the list goes on and on.

    I think the rest of June will be just as busy...oh bring on sweet JULY!

    Sending you oooooodles of love of a wonderful evening. Hope you are enjoying a cup of tea and a yummy cookie! xoxoxox

  87. Oh Anita,
    What a scary experience! I can not even begin to imagine the terror you must have felt...But God is so very good...and you are safe.
    We girls are exhausted, with this busy month almost done. Soon we will retire to the garden, to sip "Strawberry Smoothies" and exchange gardening ideas...Ahhhh...soon.
    Well, Mr Clean and I worked very hard today, and things are sparklin' once again. Even had time, to catch up on a bit of book work.
    Thanks SO much for those gorgeous snappies of your new candelabra...Oh she IS pretty for sure! Ruben is such a prince :)
    Wow! Your dining room is quite perfect...YOU, My DEAR HAVE A GIFT!
    I love that checkerboard floor. It just makes me smile :)
    Time now for bed...have a lovely day dearest...sweet dreams...Rosie

  88. Hello Anita,

    I have read your comments here and there, but primarily on Cecilias's Desde my Ventana blog and I just met your sister in-law Nancy at Chateau Sonama's annual French Flea mMrket event. She was charming and your name came up. I told her, I am familiar with the name and then I pieced it together. I found out we have another affinity besides all things French: we are both educators. I taught Spanish for 12 years. My respects!


  89. Hello Anita !

    Comment vas tu ?
    Je viens admirer tes jolies photos,c'est toujours un plaisir de se balader par ici.
    Bonne journée ma belle.

  90. Hi Anita!
    Oh I was wondering if people could tell that the black "things" in my little dish pan were my new rubber gloves ;o)
    I tried to take a good photo with one hand in the sink and the other on the shudder... but I gave up and just draped both gloves over the bowl. The are so flat in the photo, you can't really see the fingers!
    heehee! you know and can catch my smile :o)
    à tout à l'heure!

  91. Stillwater Workshop? Quest ce que cest? Goodness I don't know what I will wear? Hmmm... good thing you mentioned it. Thanks for this fun! From Such a Wondrous Place This Faerytalespace, I send you wishes, from Amy

  92. Wow all these marvellous bloggers Anita on Saturday I am away but might manage a peek on beloved's iphone??
    Have fun gals. Ida xxx

  93. Those gowns are to die for, I don't know which I like best... they're all absolutely beautiful!

  94. Dearest has taken me a few days to get here!!! Healing is very very slow...up to 12 months!!! Thank you so much for popping in...always a pleasure to see you here...About the this stage yes I woud love to come and show off some pretty little Eiffel Tower gifts I have received...(I hope this suits?) I may have to dash off to complete some cooking, but always a CHEERS to you my dear sweet Friend...Dzintra

  95. Goodmorning Anita
    What a treat to see you at my door first thing this morning...
    I thought I would take them out on the porch for a photo. Of course Zoe would not look at me. ~smile~.. I was not sure about putting her up on the chair, but she sat quite like a good girl. She is happy anywhere that Jasper is.
    Happy you enjoyed.
    See you Saturday dear friend

  96. Hello Dearest! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far, I am sure that you are busy wrapping things up for school. I am so glad that you were untouched by the storm, but oh my goodness all those people that were hit, there are no words. Enjoy your long weekend my friend and hopefully all this rain will part and we will have nothing but sunshine and warm weather. :)
    Love to you.

  97. Hello Anita...I have been having some problems with getting to my blog and dashboard ever since I upgraded my internet explorer. It has been maddening! I have a sinus infection to boot and I am trying to get ready for a garage sale. It's just not my week! As for you, your post is lovely as usual! I love all the photography that you use! I hope your week is going well and that you didn't have any storm damage there in Minneapolis!~Hugs, Patti

  98. Hi Anita dear!
    getting excited for your Paris party!!
    I posted a button for your party on my sidebar linking it back to you!

    I will be there, maybe late in the evening due to this GiveAway!! I am doing :)
    So much going on creating, painting, orders for the shop to unpack, running my daughter here and there! her schooling (College) Eeeeh! I need a break and go to a fun party!!! see you there :)

    Oh! do I need to bring anything LOL!!!

    Une partie à Paris permet de s'assurer une fille se sente spéciale!


  99. my chic friend...i have prepared a little montage of my paris inspired makes and am going to TRY and do a delayed post for your special day!
    fingers crossed it works - technology is SO not my strong point!
    love fee ♥

  100. I just hit 100 woo hoo. How are you sweet sweet Anita? Running down the school corridors, clicking your heels. Oh, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful midweek, take time for a warm cup of tea every now and then.
    I am so so looking forward to reading all the Paris story next Saturday. It is a big list you have got there my friend.
    Hugs, kisses, cuddles and l o v e to you ma chere amie o xx o

  101. Cher ami Anita
    Je vais vous voir à Paris 5.28.11
    me chercher dans ma robe, je vais porter un sourire pour votre événement qui ravira tous les participants.

    See you in Paris! a party to remember !!

  102. Dear Anita,
    Thank you for visting me my one and only blog friend!!! I would love to be a part of your Paris party!! Please let me know if you need my link. Love your posts as always, you are so talented!!!

  103. Hi Anita,
    I've been swamped with end of the school year madness-administering exams, grading, tons of paperwork... I can't wait for Summer!!! I am super excited about attending the Paris Party on Saturday. I need a getaway:-). Wonderful post!! XX

  104. OH Dearest, are you lounging, with those tired toes elevated, and a feather pillow under your weary head?
    Here I am with a frozen, strawberry smoothie to ease you into SUMMER mode. Your wild and crazy charges, are ready to kick up up their heels, with a little MOTOWN beat. They are SO fortunate to have you dear one :)
    Ahhh... I am tired too, and can't wait for the heat of the sun to ease these cranky bones.
    Managed to get the upstairs done today so am ready for Ry to come home for the weekend. Apparently there is an antique car "flea market"...where they sell car parts and other goodies for those car enthusiasts...I prefer a little more WHITE GOODNESS myself...giggle.
    Tomorrow, I'll be back in the garden and bake a few cookies for my boy's return. It shall be a GRAND day indeed...SMILIN' VERY BIG...I shall leave a few "White Chocolate Chip" cookies and a smooth "Vanilla Latte" out for you, dearest friend.
    See you in the morning...Rosie

  105. Hi Anita, just want to wish you a splendid day! Did you dress in Paris-style today? I'm so in the mood to have a stroll around that lovely city today! xox

  106. Dear Anita, Your blog is always so refreshing and charming. I hope you are having a wonderful spring. Thank you for visiting me. Charli is sending woofs your way :>)
    I hope you have a lovely day ♥

  107. Hi, yes, friend, that is my post for Sat. I hope that will be o.k.? I am so grateful for this chance to daydream. Thanks, friend. Blessings. See you all Sat!

  108. Dearest Anita...yes please do pop over and have a look at that is very easy and quick...and I just love it...I hope you do too!!!
    And yes please...count me in for Saturday... see you then...Dzintra

  109. I find so much magic every time I visit your wonderful world!

    Sending Love,

  110. Bonjour dearest! I'm looking forward to our upcoming trip to Paris!!
    NYC was fun. I did not see where the new Laduree will be. I was never able to get the address. My understanding is that it will be on Madison Avenue.
    I may take another short trip later during the summer.. it depends how much free time I have.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead! xoxo, B

  111. Hi Anita
    I've come back to see if I can comment on your Blog, as blogger will only let me comment as anonymous!!! its me George :) so pleased that you have that setting on your comments nearly all the blogs I follow don't. Alot of folks are having the same problem.

    That's a long list of bloggers you have taking part, See you Saturday
    Love and Hugs to you all
    George xxxx

  112. Hello dear Anita I just pop in to say sweet dreams.
    I was busy preparing for Paris ;-))

  113. Sounds like a fun tour..I will have to dress up in my pink suit and hat...Always so much fun stopping by!

  114. Hey Gorgeous it's a beautiful Friday morning here...I shall do it all on my Queen of the Armchair blog!!! Have a wonderful day...Dzintra

  115. Hello ~ Oh my it's almost Paris Party time!!!!! What fun it will be!!!!

    ~ Violet

  116. Our Tea Time must be kept short my dearest, as I am sprinkling glitter ALL OVER PARIS this evening...OH, HOW I WOULD LOVE TO FLY OFF TO THIS LAND OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS AND RASPBERRY MACAROONS...someday.
    Today was a delicious day of baking, cooking and smiling. Ry arrives tomorrow. and I must have everything in order so that I can enjoy EVERY moment of this very short visit.
    And you my dear are almost "home free"....YIPPEeeeeeee! Just a few more days dearest.
    Oh what fun you have this weekend, digging in the dirt...BLISS pure bliss. I never seem to finish gardening...hallelujah!
    Well back to finish packing...Your right, Bill will most definitely have to SIT on this little suitcase so I can bring ALL that I want to bring...giggle....
    Bonne nuit mon cher ami .... vous voyez le matin ... l'amour Rosie

  117. Hello Dear Anita, Such fun you all will have. I'll try to stop by if I can. I hate to miss it. But if I can't get there, have a marvelous time! And I'll try to catch up!
    A bientot,

  118. See you then Dearest Anita (my post will only be simple, I hope that is okay?!) Dzintra

  119. Je sues hereaux de faire votre conassaince!
    You're sight is the loveliest I believe I have ever, ever seen!!!!
    Please add me to your list....ummm...chapeau;))

  120. Thank you are so sweet!!! Much Love to you, Dzintra

  121. Oh Anita I am in love with this soup (if you can be in love with a soup)...the basil is just outstanding, I aways use heaps more than they's so simple and easy too!!! Enjoy, Bon Appetit...Dzintra

  122. bonjour mon amie Im sure today will fly by en route to gay paris ad all the fun of the fair Im imagining that im eating a croissant !! its difficult
    apresto packing a case now fay xxxx

  123. Dearest Anita, thank you for your sweet comment! Yes, beauty and elegance are not a question of age - i so love to see older women who are well dressed! All the seasons are pretty - and deserve to be seen so. I've been thinking about Paris all week - and hope to come up with thus inspired artwork too soon. Can't wait to see your post coming up tomorrow! Have a splendid day :)

  124. you are a naughty pixie xx

  125. Just found your blog through Fifi Flowers. It's lovely, and I can't wait to see what you discover in Paris! Bon voyage!

  126. Well you've always got to have SOMEONE late to that party! I stopped by 2 days ago and I guess my comment didn't register :( That was the same day I sent several emails that were never received either...hmmmm. Oh well, timing is everything, so apparently there was a higher hand in telling me I wasn't supposed to "speak" that day :) What a lovely idea and quite the blog roll!! My last visit to Paris was 13 years how time flies. Memories never age though :) Fruit, wine, cheese, pastries, flowers, cafe, fashion, museums, it's all so picture taking perfection. It is special because for such a busy place, there is a sense of who cares what time it is. I loved the city of love XX, Kelly

  127. Oh my are up SO early! Oh yes..... I'll be there. I've been on a quest, trying to find something to post. And, I don't have a thing to wear. Yikes!

    Big huggies dear one..

  128. Morning my is Friday...where oh where did the week go?
    Yes..yes..yes...I will be at your Paris Party! I will do my post I have something to look forward too...besides my Molly coming home...we will be off to the airport bright and early tomorrow.
    Hugs and love to you.....hope all is well!

  129. Holy Freaking Smokes ma cher.(?)
    look at all your followers.

    looks like the Paris Party is successful

    I am still in Utah hanging with my family

  130. Dearest New Friend,
    As I am doing a little shimmy in my chair as I listen to Simply Irresistible...huah....
    I must confess I am quite the beginner blogger and "the button transfer" continues to elude me...dear, dear, dear....
    Please take a peek at my last two blogs in the midst of your party prep...and see if my attempt is sufficient:0
    I am quite enamored with your lovely site and have seen the sparkly pretties you give as gifts...
    Thank you ever so much,for your spare minute to join me at "Grammy's House"...dear, fellow girly-girl!

  131. sweet Christie, I cannot leave a comment but I will come back to you later from home! Anita

  132. I am having trouble leaving comments on blogs, ladies!!! How about you all?

  133. I'm all set for your party! Can't wait!

  134. I'm so excited, I've posted already!!
    So looking forward to meeting everyone a Paris!

  135. oui, oui, oui! I'll be there in fashionable form! Can not wait!

  136. Oh Anita Sweetie...
    Simply Irresistible? Oh my word girl you nailed this one. I love it. How exquisite.

    I want to play as well. I can't believe I missed it. Add me, add me. Is there anything better than being simply irresistible?

    My mind is already swimming with ideas, thoughts, colors, words, phrases, and I thought today was going to be restful.

    I will be here for the celebration and thank you so much for the invite.

    Have a glorious weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

  137. I am visiting from Join My Joy. In three weeks I am going to be in Paris, it's my first visit ever.
    Your post makes me very excited.
    I will have about 9 days in France!

  138. Ooh la la!
    My Francophile mind is reeling with all of this sensory gorgeousness.

    Knowing that you love all things French I would like to introduce you to the most wonderful artist whom I think you may enjoy. Her name is Shell Sheree and she paints truly lovely scenes of Pairs. Read about her here

    Happy and warm wishes for a wonderful weekend,

    xx Felicity

  139. Oh My Goodness I have dies and gone to heaven I love Love Paris (and I will get there one day) but alot of my art is influenced by the dream of getting there one day. I will be watching and keeping an eye on this here you can be sure!

    love Dawn xx

  140. Anita,

    Is it too late? I'm in!!! It will be a cute/funny one...of you know who. haha...

    Here's my info:
    hi-d @ hi-d's place (

  141. We look forward to checking out your bloggie on Saturday!! WooWoo!!
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRocketDog and Hootie

  142. So very beautifullove you pictures. J'adore Paris. Here is a painting I did

    and here are so Parisian book marks. take a peek.

    wonderful that you have a giveaway too!

  143. I would love to join you! Just came over from Mimi...will check back tomorrow. Not too late? I will have a "linky" ready to go!

  144. Yayyyy!!!
    Bon Soir, Mon Amie!!!


    P.S. two years of highschool French....loved ...loved my wonderful teacher who insisted we sing the French National Anthem her ...word for word! But guess who still remembers MOST of the words..tee-hee....all these 30 something years later!!
    Sweet Sparkly Dreams, dear!

  145. Oh how I do love Paris. May I borrow that beautiful pink covered in roses frock to wear? This will be such fun...
    Happy and Safe Memorial Weekend.

  146. What a gorgeous post Anita. My post is up and I can't wait to see everything Simply Irresistible.


  147. Hi Anita,
    I just found your gorgeous blog tonight, and I'm over the moon about a Paris party!! I love Paris as much as you all do, try to get over there as often as I can, and hope I'm not to late to get in on this. I'll post your adorable drawing on my blog, and then hope I'm on the adventure!! I'm not sure what else I do because I'm not the best blogger. But I've got a whole page on Paris! Oh, and this has taken me forever to write because I had to dance to your "Simply Irresistible" at least 3 times!
    A bientot, and merci!

  148. Olá querida!
    Estava eu no blog de karolay, e vi o convite para te visitar. amei teu blog.
    Quero adiantar que não vim participar apenas passear conhece-la.
    Voltarei em outra oportunidade, gostei do que vi e quero ver mais.
    Bjos Carinhosos

  149. YES, Dear one I am READY to go! Suitcases are stacked by the door and my shoes are shined :) Can't WAIT!
    Ahhh dearest, you are buying your herbs and will be in your glory tomorrow. What are your favorites, your tried and true? I plant many, but parsley, basil, rosemary, and dill are my favorite. I have a rot iron window box just outside my kitchen window. The only dillema being, that it is under the eaves just far enough, so it does not get watered, unless I do it...which is not an issue, as long as I remember to do it :)
    I will pop a few white geraniums in amongst. Your white impatiens sound charming. I will pick up my herbs tomorrow too, after I visit the vintage market...This is always so much fun! wish you could accompany me...Oh my little "bug" would be piled to the roof with treasures of all sorts. Will let you know how this goes. If you want to go to their site it is
    Well my darling, I shall be in Paris bright and early...we will meet at the outdoor cafe for a steaming vanilla latte and a hand-made crepe rolled with fresh strawberries in a brown sugar glaze, topped with vanilla-scented yogurt and sprinkled with a fresh blueberries.
    If you get there first, save us a good table...see you in the Rosie

  150. Am I too late? Oh, Please don't let me be too late! Love your beautiful blog!
    Hugs from a Minn*sota Friend! ~ Jo

  151. oh i'm so in love with your space! i'm in love with Paris just as much and would have loved to have a party with all of you wonderful ladies! Will you let me know of the next one? Would participate with so much passion! A friend of mine just surprised his wife and flew her there to marry! So romantic! Feel free to see here. I think you'd love <3 :)
    Following you now.

    A bientot!

    B So Chic!

  152. Dear Anita,.
    You have a very beautiful blog with a fantastic selection of photos.
    My name is Valentina and I'm an Italian interior decorator.
    I also love Paris, I'm frequently there for business and I have a lot of secret addresses to share.
    I just come back from New York another city that i love and have some pictures of it on my blog.
    Sian you a nice day.

  153. Oh I am so sad about your FB...I wonder what's up!?
    School was so tiring today ...what a long long day I had! Things are looking up as my girls are taking me out for Bday dinner tonight. Hugs my sweet friend. xoxox

  154. Please remove my original photo from your blog post - it was not used with my permission or credited back to me. It is a licensed photo and my client is not happy seeing it on your blog. It is the photo of the neck of the dress form with the vintage jewelry looped around it. Perhaps if you cannot find the original credit for a photo and/or do not have permission to use it, you shouldn't. That would "be nice". Thanks.


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