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Friday, October 28, 2011

After All is Said and Done

and the path seems to come to 

a halt

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you are gently pushed to take

ANOTHER STEP


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But it doesn't happen 

to you alone.

Along the course

someone is watching 

over you

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who reminds you to 

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or rather that 

bewitching and RIDICULOUS

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that tells you it 

COULD NEVER HAPPEN.

But it's bound to.

Because with the  

FAITH of friends 

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disguised 

as fairy godmothers


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you find your way 

back home.

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Thanks to:





Jackie from Nowhere

my fAiRy GOdfAthEr RUBEN

and Penny

I have opened up my Etsy shop

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and I am slowly becoming the artist 

I guess 

I was meant to be.

Funny 

how yellow-paved roads work;

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Halloween in Boston, 1994


Photo Credits for header photos of path:


Pointy Red Shoes:

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149 comments:

  1. Me ha encantado el post. Estos zapatos son super tendencia esta temporada. En mi ultimo outfit llevo unos zapatos parecidos pero en color dorado.

    Un beso
    Ainhoa
    www.losangelestambienvistendeprada.com

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  2. I like this very much; great blog ;-)))

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  3. Yay!!! More ruby slippers!! :)
    Can't wait to see your Etsy site!
    Great post and I love Halloween 1994!!!

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  4. Congratulations on taking a leap in the right direction!!! I will be checking your new shop out!! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend,
    Kathysue

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  5. Such a timely post for me since my granddaughter is living in her "Dorothy" persona through Halloween! Best wishes in your new venture--it's marvelous when dreams come true!

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  6. Congratulations, Anita! :-) Your Etsy Shop has so many beautiful things. Well, I guess I will do some shopping there. ;-)
    I will spread the word about your shop! You have such lovely art pieces!!! Congrats, once again!
    Beijinhos!!
    PS: Your photo in this entry is also amazing and I agree with you: we should go forward with our dreams ;-)!

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  7. Anita! Your posts always touch me and this one is just wonderfu and fun! I was born and raised in Kansas so I am loving the images from the Wizard of Oz. After I moved to Arizona and would tell people I was from Kansas the first question they would ask me was, "Do you know Dorothy?" Just for fun I would tell them Yes, because I am the Wicked Witch from the West!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS on your Etsy shop! I know it will be a huge success! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Linda

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  8. Perfectly timed post. Congratulations on your etsy shoppe opening.
    Ahhh...the yellow brick road is my very favorite way to travel. And with red glittered shoes. Love your 1994 photo. Happy Haunting...

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  9. off to check out your shop - and that last picture is absolutely brilliant!
    fee x

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  10. YIPPY and Congratulations!!! Lovely post, love the picture of y'all in Boston, too cute!!! Loved the music, always exciting over here, love you girl!!

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  11. I'm so very excited for you! You're such a talented artist, and I know that your Etsy Shop will be a HUGE success!
    It would seem we're both about to embark on new journeys! I hope you have a chance to stop by and read about the path I've recently decided to explore...
    Absolutely beautiful post, as always, Anita!
    Have a lovely day,
    ~ Wendi ~ xo

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  12. Dearest Anita
    What a beautiful post! Wishing you great success with your ~shop~.. Your art touches my heart.. I will be there with bell's on...
    Thank you my friend including me..
    I just love this photo of you and Ruben!
    With great admiration and friendship
    Penny

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  13. Dearest Anita,

    Wow, I do know the feeling of opening up your own shop so this is most exciting for you. Great art work from your hands and for sure you will find many customers.
    Love to you and thanks for another great post.

    Mariette

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  14. What a wonderful post, and I LOVE THE RED SHOES!! Yes, there's no place like home. The Wizard of Oz is a favorite in our family, and your pictures were wonderful! You look so cute all dressed up. Happy Halloween my dear friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  15. Today, I also wrote about dreams, but you illustrated it sooo well! When I first went to the Smithsonian years ago, I just could not leave without seeing Dorothy's shoes up close and personal...there is just something about those shoes!! Love the post!

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  16. Mon Ami
    congratulations
    on etsy...
    i will be by
    to see your treasures!
    love this post
    so many wonderful icons!
    BIGGEST BEAR HUGS
    ~victoria~

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  17. Dearest Friend,

    You have brought me to tears yet again :)) with this most touching post. Through your words and images I see a sort of rebirth in this intensely exciting new path, and yes, those voices in our heads are the only ones to look out for!
    You are a beauty, and the purity and goodness of who you are is magnified through the magic of your artistic work.
    Felicitations, ma chere amie, and may your dreams come true. For the home is in our heart, and there's truly no place like it!
    LOVE that picture of you and Ruben...such joy, exuberance, freedom!!! And red shoes! Yipppeee!
    Bisous,
    - Irina

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  18. Congratulations, and I wish you lots of success. Love the photo's. I'm headed over to check out your shop!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

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  20. Hey Dorothy..oops I mean Anita, your yellow brick road is just beginning and I think going to be a long wonderful adventurous one. You captured the spirit beautifully of forging ahead, taking chances, opening ourselves up to new things and new opportunities. You are a hero Anita!

    I think we all have a yellow brick road to follow, its just a matter of gaining the courage, and support of friends and family to follow it.......

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  21. Hi beautiful Anita!!!
    Congrats on your Etsy shop!!!! That's SO cool!!!!!
    Your Audrey Hepburn drawings are AMAZING!!!
    I love "The Wizard Of Oz!" The photo from 1994 is adorable!!! I posted a photo from last Halloween- my husband & I went to a dead celebrities Halloween party. I went as Marilyn Monroe and he went as John Lennon.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!!!
    Sending lots of hugs!!!!
    Shannon :-)

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  22. Dear Anita
    You came to visit! I am so happy you enjoyed the painting.. Thank you so much for your heartfelt words.
    Wishing you all the success possible. Your art speaks for itself dear friend..
    Bisous!
    Penny

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  23. How darling! I'm smiling at that sweet pic of you two posing in your costumes (they were costumes, weren't they? :-)

    I'm glad for you that your art is becoming a bigger part of your life!

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  24. Hello my sweet friend,
    Wonderful post! I'm so happy for you and proud my friend that you have a shop on etsy. One day you are gone be famous with your beautiful art!!!
    I love the picture of you and your husband dressed as the scarecrow and Dorethy.
    Have a nice and scary Halloween weekend AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
    Hugs,
    Liliane

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  25. Anita,
    I am so happy that you are heading on a new path. I would never doubt that you will make a success of your shop, the numbers visiting your site is a simple testament to that. Your goodness, kindness and sould will draw people in. You embody the phrase "build it and they will come". All you have to do is continue to be you and the world is yours!
    Have a splendid weekend dearest one - I love your Dorothy :-)
    Di
    x

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  26. What a wonderful post! I am so happy for you.
    Lovely inspiration for us all!
    ~Tina

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  27. Congratulations again!
    I stepped onto the path about 2 years ago it's been hard work and a wonderful ride at the same time.

    Wishing you all the hopes, and dreams you have come true.

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  28. So happy for you today Anita! I find so much beauty every time I visit here. Thank you for the beauty and inspiration.

    Danielle

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  29. Anita you are such fun!!!! you just Wow as Dorothy! with a fabulous Scarecrow too!
    i love this post sooooooo much! every little bit of it. it is totally magical! and your new header is Wonderful!!!
    i do so like that picture of the little band of friends in the forest, you make the most beautiful finds and put them together in such an exquisite way. that's a talent, my friend! but you are not only clever and talented, you are the kindest, sweetest, most generous being. so supportive of your friends. i can't thank you enough for the warm and supportive words you have left on my post. it is such a difficult time and you are right i should stay in touch! i have an awful habit of hiding when things get tough and it really doesn't help too much. Amy is very sick, but she is hanging on in there. i think the prayers are helping.

    thank you so much xxx

    moriko (forest girl)

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  30. Dearest Anita, i so love that road covered in yellow petals - and the picture of you both - so precious! Have you anything planned for Haloween this year yet? Here, mostly kids celebrate, but maybe i'll cook some pumpkin soup and invite friends. You are indeed developing your artist side, and it's great to see you making such progress! Will surely get something from your sweet shop. Will you add some Miss Mousie stuff too?

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my paintings - it made me happy that you like that one so much. I still have it - and am selling (almost) all my things, since, when you keep making, you can't put it all on your own walls. This one measures 100 cm x 80 cm - have to look up, how many inches that is, but will, if you're interested.

    And - you know what? I've watched "Sabrina" the other evening with my kids - love that film. Have never seen it before, and you put me on to it!
    Enjoy your evening sweet friend! xox

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  31. Dearest Anita

    I am delighted for you and I received my order from your Etsy shop yesterday. Thank you. I love the tags they are even more beautiful in real life! I will be back again soon to shop some more.

    I mailed your winning prize today of our calendar and a copy of the duPont REGISTRY. Hope you like it.

    My best and a wonderful weekend

    Helen Tilston XX

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  32. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yep! You are an artist my dear friend!
    Kristin

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  33. Your posts take my breath away and you always seem to put what I'm feeling or going through in the most perfect way ~

    I absolutely love your blog. :)
    Sarah

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  34. Hi Anita!Im so happy for you.What a gorgeus post, and now Im headed straight to your etsy shop.

    Blessings to you my friend for the best of weekends.

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  35. I really love that image of the yellow leaves on the ground in the city. A very surreal picture and seems to have added a bit of color to this city neighborhood . Richard from Amish Stories.

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  36. Dear Anita,
    What a beautiful photo 1994 of yoursef and Ruben...you guys over the pond certainly know how to halloween!! with fun. Happy days.Idax

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  37. Your writing and photos make me smile! I a great love for the Ruby Red Shoes - I think they beat the glass slipper anyday!
    Your combos and wisdom touches my heart.
    HUGS Lorraine

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  38. My yellow brick road leads to all that I create soulfully. Yours leads us to the heart of a beautiful blogger/lady, a dear friend to so many of us.

    I took a look at your etsy and am swooning over your art, Anita I added you to my circle of etsy sellers and friends and added you to one of my favorites.

    Blessings to your new venture a journey that will add joy to your life!
    xoxo
    Dore

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  39. PS...I am working on some more theatre's and getting excited for the show we will perform, I have commented to our dear one Christel Hutson on joining in on the holiday show so you encourage her as well...See you soon dear friend.
    xoxo
    Dore

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  40. thank you so much for visiting again x
    it was so exciting to visit your magical brand new shop with all the beautiful things you have there, quite heavenly infact. i became quite dizzy with delight at being able to purchase a print of your lovely flying castle, i have always thought it the most charming castle in the clouds i have ever seen and it helps me to dream :)
    i wish you all the best and every success (which i am sure you shall have) xxx

    much love and hugs xxx

    forest fairy

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  41. I see reds and reds and yellow....today....no blues...????...enjoy a happy haloween weekend darling....love from me...xxx....liefs van mij....kusjes...xxx..

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  42. Yes !! i recongnize you !!...you are such a wonderful person...love you.....liefs van mij...xxx..

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  43. Love the red shoes dear Anita...and guess what, I have new red shoes too this week with a flower on top...all ready to celebrate the Melbourne Cup which is a horse race that stops the nation!!! Oh your very own shop...how exciting...and yes, follow your Dreams...they can only take you to very special places!!!
    Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy and have the most fun with the biggest CHEERS...Dzintra

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  44. love, love, LOVE! anita, you and i, are on the same maiden venture....it is hard to believe it is happening and at the same time, surprisingly easy? i love this post especially since i have been dealing HEAD ON with the "man behind the curtain"...i'll try NOT to pay attention to him, but he whispers......
    congratulations on your etsy and love the photo of you and rueben!
    erin
    xxoo

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  45. Anita, mon amie, before i came to visit you i was having a moment... you know, one of those moment when you want to throw everything out the window i mean everything art, computer, hopes.. and here you do it again: such lovely words to give us a little push to keep us moving forward...
    thank you,
    xo sandra

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  46. Oh my dear Anita. Your posts are always, in a word, beautiful. When the best part of a journey is coming home, you know you have truly found happiness.

    Love Ruben

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  47. Always love those red shoes, one of my favorite movies. Laura Cottage and Broome

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  48. Anita!!!! This post is Fabulous! What a way to introduce your Etsy shop!!! And that photo of you and Ruben is hilarious and FUN!

    I love how your mind works!!!

    and how your heart FEELS everything
    so deeply. You are a treasure!!!

    ~ Violet

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  49. Oh dearest Anita... I love this post!... that last picture is wonderful! And yes! we should all follow our dreams! And my dream is to put on my red shoes and ride on Spotty's back along a yellow brick road that would lead straight to your door!! I would bring honey and lemon to help make your cold better, and you could snuggle in to Spotty's neck to keep warm!
    I hope you feel better after a day resting at home...
    take care and have a happy weekend.
    Much love, hugs and fur, Abby and Spot xx

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  50. I am honored you have chosen to include me...again.
    Thank you.
    Another beautiful post from my beautiful friend.
    You & Ruben look fabulous in your costumes!
    (That was the year Francesca was born!)
    Much love to you~
    Lisa xo

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  51. I am soooo happy to be here. I am quite sure you have no idea how I have missed it! I will write more soooon! I can't to see your shop! Love and hugs, Amy

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  52. It's a wonderful celebration Anita...with chicken and champagne traditionally in a lot of places...so i will definitely have one for you...Dzintra

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  53. Anita, no one can make an announcement like you! You have such style! Because of that, I know you will be a grand success in your new venture!~Hugs, Patti

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  54. I love this! It is so perfect!!! You are indeed home my dear, and there is no place like home! YOu have made a successful blog and now you are going to have an unbelievably successful store. You will be exactly what you want. I am so happy that these lovely friends and family were able to help you and encourage on your new journey.

    I am going to be watching you grow and move in the direction of your new life.

    I hope that you are feeling better! I can highly recommend the recipe that I posted today! It is fabulous!Have a wonderful and healthy weekend. We are bracing here for a big storm, I feel sorry for all of the trees!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  55. Wonderful post! Congratulations on opening your Etsy shop!

    I'm having faith for some very positive progress in my own life. Your post is a timely reminder to keep on keeping on! Thank you so much. :)

    -Keri

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  56. Dear Anita,

    Such an enchanting and beautiful post from you today, dear friend.
    The photo of you and Ruben is fabulous, great outfits and you look so happy.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, full of much happiness and doing some gorgeous creative work and painting.

    Sending hugs
    Carolyn

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  57. Dear Anita,
    I am so, so happy for you! Thrilled that you are getting to do what you truly love. With such a kind sweet spirit, God has blessed you with a gift that must be shared. I can't wait to visit your shop. God speed!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  58. Enchanting, as always!
    You are right, dreams are meant to be turned into reality and like you, I experience the magic of making it come true!
    Keep going, what an adventure life is!

    Happy halloween, my friend!

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  59. Beautiful...and just look at you two...love this sweet image..so much JOY in your faces. Don't you wish we could feel this joy everyday my friend...hugs and love as you go about creating joy to send all over the world. xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  60. Another great post Cindy.. You amaze me all the time.. Have a nice weekend

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  61. Dearest Anita,
    I am still smiling as I scroll down to write this comment. Your posts are so healing, and you inspire beyond words...your sweet and vibrant inner being can be felt here every time I visit. Thank you, my friend for being such a healing spirit. I feel like I have sprouted wings after reading this post...that is how profound it was reading it.
    Blessings to you this wonderful fall weekend~
    Teresa in CA

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  62. Congratulations on the new store- how exciting! I wish you great success.

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  63. G'day Anita. HOW ARE YOU??
    I love your latest post and header.
    You certainly do have a knack for putting it altogether.
    I have had serious trouble trying to leave comments on others blogs :(
    So if I may be so cheeky as to do this.... :) if I can.
    Below is a comment that I have tried, and tried again to leave on Fee's blogpost with her beautiful giveaway (Chippernelly) with no luck...so... I am posting it here, hopefully,...would you mind passing it on to her please...if you get a chance??? Thanks Anita...♥
    ~Vicki.

    WOW Fee! ...and your going to GIVE them away!!
    PLEASE please please count me IN !!!!
    I found you thru Anita's Castles Crowns and Cottages....and I will be following you from now on.
    As for 'getting into trouble with the LAW' heeheehee...I have been there and done THAT. You see I have created some Art Dolls for my Etsy shop, and one doll, who I have called 'Paige' has a very 'Moulin Rouge' look to her attire...so...in her description blurb, I mentioned that "she hoped to one day perform at the Moulin Rouge."
    WELL...the LAWYER for Moulin Rouge (yep...they have paid this man to sus out any naughtiness with 'THEIR' name) quickly stomped on that idea!! Thing is...there ARE LOADS and LOADS of things for sale on Etsy with the tag 'Moulin Rouge'...so I am sure he will have his work cut out for him as he comes down heavy on everyone who dares to use the words 'Moulin Rouge'. Such is life!

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  64. Hello my dear friend,
    This is a post as written for me! Yes, my dream came true! I took the other step with Mango!!
    Have a wonderful weekend Anita!
    xx
    Greet

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  65. Life is just one wonderful journey isn't it? So glad your dreams are coming true. I just adore your photo of you as Dorothy! Great ruby slippers. I am off to visit your Etsy shop dear.

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  66. Had to stop by again and soak in the beauty, dear one!!

    A toast of sparkly pink champagne to you!

    Love you,
    - Irina ;)

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  67. Good morning my sweet friend,
    Thanks for asking about my health but I feel good!!!
    But how are you now with the web shop and school that will be hectic?
    I'm really happy for you that you have put this major step to started a shop and sell your art! And you already have your first orders GREAT!!!
    Do not forget to rest and relax our body needs this!!!
    Hugs for you my sweet friend,
    Liliane

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  68. Hi Bug,
    I just wanted to visit your post again, kind of like mug of hot chocolate with cinnamon before I go to bed -- i.e., pleasant indeed.
    Love
    Ruben
    PS, love your music choice. One of my favorite from the '60s.

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  69. Congratulations Anita,

    Your store looks wonderful. Let's see now...

    you learned how to play the harp
    how to speak French
    how to teach French
    how to turn your house into a castle
    how to create magic in the Land of Blog

    and now you have learned that you were an artist all the while.

    Karen

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  70. Jolly Good! I wish you all success in your Shop, and I know you have already made a nice splash...in other words, sales.
    (I treasure my little painting of Hamish that you gifted me, he looks down on me from my wall as I paint.)

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  71. Gorgeous...and you are most definitely an artist...xv

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  72. Another beautiful post to make me smile all day dear Anita! Especially the last photo of you and Ruben!
    I know your etsy shop will be wonderful!!!

    I didn't see your e-mail address anywhere so I thought I would leave this here. For larger sidebar photos I just resized my pictures to 380 (you can play around with the size, but this size worked best for me) then be sure to un-check the shrink to fit box before loading them to your site. I hope this helps :-)sweet friend.
    hugs from here...

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  73. Hi Anita,
    I love all these photos and texts!
    Very nice!
    I love fairy and red shoes!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a good evening!

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  74. pretty, pretty, pretty]
    and yes, we must show
    those children they are
    loved, and they too are
    full of beauty...waiting
    to shine...happy, happy
    autumn my dear friend...
    this post and your blog
    are gorgeously divine!
    xoxo EdenClare

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  75. Hello, dear Anita! I saw your comment on another blog, and it reminded me that it's been too long since I've stopped by this little oasis of loveliness and encouragement!

    I love your Wizard of Oz theme. I am a huge fan of "Wicked," having had the pleasure of seeing it a couple of times in Chicago. I also ADORE Edina Menzel!

    Thanks again for always making your blog a joy to visit!

    Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

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  76. Well, glory be... there is something so enabling about those red slippers. it is a fine metaphor for that magic something we need to take those next steps, isn't it? Thing is, they aren't borrowed... once on they are the owners and they let them do what they are meant to do... like open an etsy shop! How fabulous for you, Anita. I can't wait to visit and see your goodies. All your drawings have such a magic to them. Much luck with your new endeavor!

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  77. Have a happy Sunday dear Anita.
    You and your man look stunning in that outfit !
    Liefs and sweet dreams.
    Mapi

    Happy Halloween

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  78. Mon ami Anita! This is such a wonderful post! Faith is such a powerful piece in travelling along a foreign path ... but like you remind us with a help from our friends, we start to see the shining brilliance ahead and new wonderful chapters wait to be written... many blessing and hugs to you!! xo HHL

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  79. Hello my dear friend!

    I hope you are feeling better today. And that you are either relaxing or busy working on your store!

    Enjoy your night!

    xoxox Elizabeth

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  80. That's fantastic Anits will have to go take a peek at your Etsy store now!! :))

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  81. Dear Anita...you have some magic happening here as well...always a special treat to visit...Cheers, Dzintraj

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  82. Anita! I am so sorry it has taken me extra long to stop by. I am SO happy for you that you have opened up your shop! Your art is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the sea fairy, the gift tags, Audrey, the beautiful castle...oh just everything! You are such a talented artist and I am so glad that you are able to do something you love amongst your busy work schedule! That is exciting that shop seems interested in your art. Have you heard any more about that?

    I haven't been able to work on all my projects in a while. I did start another job, so life has been so busy. I really hope to find that balance so I can do it all. Oh, it is so hard to do it all in this day and age it seems...

    It has been one crazy week, but I would do it all over again if I could. It was my birthday a few days ago and i went out of town to a WONDERFUL museum and saw some Van Gogh, Monet, etc... I might do a post with the pictures I took.

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

    XOXO

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  83. Hi sweet friend..how is your weekend going. Sorry to hear you were sick on Friday...hope you are back on track again...Monday comes sooooo fast. Today I was Miss Sewing Girl...I can't believe it! I hate sewing but kinda had fun...hugs and love to you. xoxoxooxoxxoxoxoxo

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  84. That last picture is one to frame, most definitely. It is fun and beautiful in every way. It screams JOY!
    Do have a relaxing Sunday, dearest, take good care of yourself. I have had my first sore throat of the season, the other week. Drunk tons of warm tea+honey.
    Happiest of hugs to you, dearest sweet amie xo xo xo xo

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  85. Je Nederlands is excellent, dearest Antia. I think you have a language bubble. Thought I had one too until I started my Italian course with two former colleagues five weeks ago. My goodness, I really have to work! Though it has a lot in common with French, it is a very different language. But, today is Sunday, a Fun Day!!
    Here's to a glorious day, raising my cup of tea this very moment to us, Do you see me waving from across the sea? Much love xxx and some more xxx

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  86. OPPORTUNITIES they come and go .
    You are doing well ! You are an example to us .
    I love to read and be inspired by your beautiful blog .
    So happy we have met !
    Have a wonderful sunday my friend

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  87. Congratulations on your new Etsy store, Anita! You are so talented and I'm pleased you have an outlet for your work! Yellow brick roads DO take you home. A new home, but home just the same.
    I adore the photo of you and Ruben in your costumes!

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  88. My dear friend Anita...
    Just stopping by to see how you are feeling. I hope a few days of rest have done you the power of good, and today finds you with more energy.
    I read in the paper that the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland are tipped to fetch £1.9 million at auction in California! Oh my goodness! can you imagine owning those very shoes?!
    I have been helping with a dressage competition for the disabled riders... they were all amazing and had such fun. I be writing a post about it, and with some wonderful pictures too.
    Post is slow here in my part of England, but I shall let you know the moment your cards arrive... can't wait! :) Much love and hugs from me and velvet nose kisses from Spotty! xx

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  89. I never cease to be amazed at your beauties!
    Loved this post and the photo of you and Rueben! Too cute!
    Congrats on your new shop..your creations are exquisite love!

    Deborah xoxoxoxoox

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  90. Congratulations dearest Anita!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will hurry to see your store!!!
    Much much success to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love U!!!
    Bela

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  91. GOOD FOR YOU....yay, your own etsy shop. I have never bought
    anything from an etsy shop????
    I'll have to go visit yours, and perhaps change that eh.
    first your shop
    then you own Gallary

    never close your eyes on a dream
    a dream is a wish your heart makes...(love that)
    Big Hug to you

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  92. Your posts and words are always an inspiration! I love the photo with the road covered in yellow leaves-Such a gorgeous pic--And the picture of you both...Cute! Happy Halloween and Congratulations on the opening of your Etsy Shop, Anita!

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    HUGS <3

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  93. Oh Anita
    congratulations on opening your shop!!! how fabulous.. I know you will be a big hit and your inspiration will just soar from here..

    Sorry I couldn't pop over earlier.. my internet hates me this week...

    Happy Halloween.. and CONGRATULATIONS once again.. I'm going to pop over there now.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

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  94. fairy dust is everywhere... thank you oh so kindly for all the sparkle. wishing you a magical halloween!
    -xok.

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  95. You are indeed an artist Anita, in more ways than one. The etsy shop is off to a great start! I was there already last week, and saw two items had already went to new homes! You have such a great heart, and it shines through in everything you do. This will be yet another sucess for you my dear friend. Your word, your illustrations, your heart and soul..all very desirable! xoxox Christel

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  96. This post made me tear up..in a good way. Thanks, Anita! :)

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  97. Dear, dear Anita, I am so VERY sorry to be so late attending your celebration party here. I have fallen a little behind because, as you well know, REAL life is so engrossing!

    I am overjoyed for you dear, dear ARTIST about your ETSY shop. I shall jump into the Etsy world immediately and dip into your microcosm. I will also do my best to spread the word so that your artistic talent may be embraced worldwide.

    ENJOY the fruits of your efforts. It will pay off.

    Stephanie

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  98. Morning dearest one,
    Why do you ask if I am American living in the UK? The fact is I am a Welsh woman who lived in Colorado for 8 years and then married a wonderful American man who Is now living in Wales. My connection therefore to America is strong. I loved me years in the Rockies and wonder why I ever left, but there is something ethereal in Wales which is called "Hiraeth" and that's what keeps bringing me back, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiraeth
    Have a wonderful day and of course week.
    Love
    Di
    x

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  99. How true ma belle! You two look so adorable, tre bonne! How are you my darling? Congrats on your Etsy... I'm gonna jump over to see what treasures you have there.

    We have to always know the path to home don't we? It's a wonderful place to be. Mine is on Golden Pond at this time and I'm loving it. really loving it!

    Bisous my dear, Sherry

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  100. Morning dear one...thank you for the morning visit. I am sorry you are not feeling well today...sending you some get well prayers to lift you up today. Those students do suck the energy out of you so be careful today.
    My Monday is another busy one...off to a friends to do a photo shoot for my book...she makes the best ice cream snowballs...pure joy!
    Love to you dear one. xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  101. may the spirits be with you...dear creative soul...and i am following your creative journey...for i too am on an artful journey...and yes...amy is a dear...is so many ways...like you! xoxo EdenClare

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  102. Hello my friend-far-away-over-the-ocean .Overhere it is such a beautiful day , the sun is shining pure gold and the colors look amazing and I can have my coffee outside without a coat or even a shawl .
    A perfect last-day-of-october .
    A perfect day for some chocolate !
    I send some beautiful autumn sparkling happiness your way with a soft breeze .
    Hugs and all the best for a good week . Hope your throath is getting better . Lots of tea and honey !

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  103. a voice from the past ... hey friend remember me?
    With all these new comments, maybe not.

    a hearty congrats on the belle feature!!!
    isn't Mimi just the best?

    My daughters' June wedding is coming in the holiday issue ... I'm so honored.

    I was JUST thinking of you as I ramp up
    stuffintheburbs today ...
    looks like you're well on your way to being famous!


    xoxoxo

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  104. Sorry my dear Anita I'm late. I have just come back to house after a short trip. I'm going to visit your shop ... sure it's wonderful!!

    HAve a happy Halloween

    Cecilia

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  105. Congratulations to you, Anita! So excited to head on over and take a look. All best wishes for your new venture! (And LOVE the Wizard of Oz theme! One of my all-time favorites.)
    Bisous, Kirsten

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  106. Anita dearest, I'm so happy that you have opened your Etsy shop! I'll go visit it today! It's true that at times we come full circle with life. I believe that if we listen carefully, we end up doing what we dreamed about when we were children. Have a wonderful day, beautiful Anita! Happy Halloween!

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  107. That photo of you dressed up as Dorothy is so adorable! I hope that you are feeling better, Anita and were able to rest lots this weekend.

    So excited again for you pursuing your God given talents! Best to you my friend!

    Love,
    Heidi

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  108. Sorry to be so late, dear girl, but this post is a blast! Love all the images and the best one is of you and Ruben being SOOO FUN!!! Can you please make a little video of the two of you together and post it on this blog??????? Just have someone do it on an iPhone. I would absolutely love to see you both hammin' it up!!!!!
    I don't know about you becoming the artist you GUESS you were meant to be! I think you're becoming the artist you WERE meant to be!!. You are created in the Creator's image, and imbued with innate creativity, and you're just stirrin' up that gift that is within you!! I know your shop will be a huge success, because everything you do is excellent.
    Much love , and I'll see you in a few weeks. BonVoyage! Oh, wait. You're supposed to say that!!!!!
    Bisous, Anita,
    dawne

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  109. Dearest Anita, have i told you, how much i love these red. glittery shoes up here? I want some like these! Thanks for visiting, i hope you will feel better soon, I'm a bit under the weather too - with headache, stomach ache - OMG, am so happy this is a holiday here and i can be lazy. The leaves look so golden and pretty! Have a lovely day and take care! xoxo

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  110. Dear Anita!!! Thank you sooo much for your sweet birthday wish! I'm sorry for my late visit, but London trip for me took wonderful hours of planning. I did have a great time though...with afternoon tea and other lovely experiences. I will post about it :)It's always uplifting to visit you and I love that you have started your own etsy shop. I will keep visiting and see your new exciting projects. Have a lovely new week and I love your header!

    Hugs, Kristin :)

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  111. Dearest Anita...
    Did you do anything for Halloween?
    My husband & I stayed home this year. I watched some of the classic Halloween flicks on TV... :-)
    I can't believe it's November 1st already!!! Soon the holidays will be here!!!
    Hope you're having a wonderful week!!!!
    Talk to you soon!!! :-)
    Hugs!!!!!
    Shannon

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  112. I am so happy for you my friend, how exciting and I know that it will be amazing for you.
    Ok I love the two of you as Dorothy and the Scarecrow, so fun!!!
    I wish all the best on your journey and I think that you have many friend to see you along the way. :)
    Much Love!
    xoxox

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  113. Thank you, dearest Anita, for visiting me this morning!!
    I cherish your words :)
    Love and prayers of good health to you, treasured friend...
    - Irina

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  114. Happy Tuesday sweet one...hope you are feeling better today...we had only 15 Halloween children! Which was nice as I am not a big fan of this event!
    Off to work I go...must be careful of my back today...I can feel something coming on! Your day has already began...sending you happy vibes! xoxoxoxo

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  115. And a star is born!
    But of course, you
    had the power, all
    along, as the good
    witch so famously
    tells us : ) Can't wait
    to check out your new
    shop. CONGRATS on
    hanging out your
    shingle, my sweet
    friend!
    xx Suzanne

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  116. Hello Dear, it's me again.
    Wishing you a Happy November.
    Veel liefs
    Mapi

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  117. OMGosh! Congrats on your shop. Youll be very busy now for sure. Loved the words of encouragement. needed those today. Much love, Fiona

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  118. oh Sister! I'd love nothing better than to live my days in a pair of FINE Rouge shoes!!!
    V

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  119. You are so inspirational your dreams are sure to come true!! I am so delighted to hear of your new venture, you are a true artist!! X

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  120. Dearest Anita thank you for calling in on the way to work...you have a wonderful day...Dzintra and JoJo xo

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  121. LOVE your costume... you two did such a good job! Love how good friends can be like fairy godmothers to us! xo

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  122. Good Morning Anita,So glad to here about your shop,enjoy your new venture.First photo I've seen of your husband,Very handsome of course,you make a lovely couple.Blessings your way My Dear.--Denise

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  123. One of my favourite all time films. Ah another beautiful post Anita. If my blog was half as pretty as yours, I might get more followers!!!
    You write wonderfully and from the heart and I always think about what you have written for some time afterwards.
    You made a beautiful Dorothy in Boston!
    Hope school is going well.
    x x x x x xx

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  124. Forgot to say congrats on your etsy shop, your artwork is amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Hepburn prints and the touch of glitter is stunning!!! Am a sucker for sparkle.
    x x

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  125. I am so proud of you Nita!!! So proud!!
    I am excited to see your shop busy and knowing that this has brought great excitment to you!!!!
    love you my dear friend...big smiles

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  126. Hello

    Hope that you are having a great week, both at school and your store.

    I cannot wait to hear how it is all going.

    I have missed our " chats" this week. But life just gets so crazy sometimes.

    Be well, and have a great day.
    XO elizabeth

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  127. Hello BEAUTIFUL Anita, aww, your comments are so sweet and make me feel so good! Hope you feel better - i do, a little bit, but am still very tired. My sis was here with 2 small kids that are gorgeous and VERY energetic - whew, i need a quiet day now! I wish you a relaxed and easy time today, take care! xx

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  128. Beautiful post ... your poetry and dreams are keeping mine alive! I love your Etsy shop and congratulate you on continuing to turn your dreams into reality! And encouraging others to do the same all the while!!

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  129. Oh no...you are sick. Dear me and such a busy time ahead with those conferences ... ours are next week too. So much work! All I want to do is slow the days right down to a snails pace. My goal today is not to rush!!!...no rushing I will tell myself all day and what gets done gets down and what doesn't...well too bad!
    Hugs and feel better sweet one soon. xoxoxooxxo

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  130. O my dear..are you sick..We must talk soon sweet sister..I miss you..AND... I'm very proud..you opened a shop..How marvellous..:))

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  131. members..1059....WOW..so glAD
    I AM ONE OF THEM...XOXO

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  132. Hi anita sweet friend, I am getting closer to finishing my theatre's for our holiday productions. How are you coming along with your end of creating for the holiday theatrical show?

    I am sure with all that you are up against with school, home life, postings and planning things out in your head it has your busy brain swimming about right now.

    I am not yet at the point of coming up with a production, I
    am still setting the stage for what I plan to produce ;)

    Have you anymore ideas and how soon you want to promote the holiday show? maybe after Thanks giviing would be great giving time for the thanksgiving posts to settle!

    Let me know what we should be creating around and any theme you may have come up with dear, dear friend.
    xoxo
    Dore
    Off to paint :)

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  133. Oh dearest you are living your dream...and we are overJOYED!
    Your etsy store is perfectly YOU ...CONGRATULATIONS!

    Had a very stressful weekend, with mom arriving back into emerg. I sat on your back porch a few days ago and left you an update...and a hug. Stay well sweet girl...love R

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  134. Hi Anita...
    oh how did I miss this!
    This post ROCKS!
    I love it!
    You are so talented my dear!
    I just visited your etsy shop and I'd better not take too long... things are selling quickly! wow!
    YOU GO GIRL!

    {I hope you feel better soon, Anita! I had my cough for almost a month. Four weeks of an awful sore throat...and cough. Probably something I picked up at school and then the allergies that I normally am able to keep at bay, just go all out when I have a lower respiratory virus. Take care, your vitamins and tea with honey!}
    Bless you always, dear ♥
    Maria

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  135. Happy Friday my sweet Anita! You are so beautiful in and out, through and through!

    Love you...Tracy
    @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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  136. so lets see you very fun character...the one you draw...pot an image of him here on your blog...for us all to see...while listening to Eric...i shall be waiting...happy happy Friday!

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  137. Dearest Anita,
    Love this post! I am a big "wizard" fan. Love the blinging red shoes. Your header is also fabulous!! That photo of you and hubby in costume, is priceless!! What fun that must have been!
    Blessings and hugs always for you my dear!
    Gwendolyn

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  138. HI DEAR ANITA I JUST STOP AT YOUR BLOG TO VISIT AND I LOVE YOUR POST I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THE BEAUTIFUL RED SHOES.YOUR PURE FUN ANITA..XO SANDRA

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  139. Hey Anita i just wanted to see what you were up to. How's your store doing, and i really wish you much success on that. Dreams can come true. Richard from Amish Stories

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  140. A girl simply cannot lose when she's wearin' a pair of gorgeous ruby slippers "my Pretty"!!!!

    Aren't ya'll just too darn cute..."and your little dog too!!!"

    I pray that all your dreams really do come true.

    Now I've gotta check out your Etsy shop. I have a feelin' it's gonna be grand.

    God bless and have a wonderful weekend!!! :o)

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  141. Wow Anita, congratulations on your etsy shop, your illustrations are so charming. And these posts, they take the breath away!!

    much love dear friend!

    Kit

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  142. Hello Anita!
    It seems amazing that another week has gone by...a little too fast! I am excited it is the start of the holidays. Or perhaps it's not exactly, but I like to rush things and have November and December have holiday spirit!
    I actually painted a little today! Oh how glorious to have some time to do fun things like that! You are very inspiring that you have put together your Etsy shop. I have wanted to set up mine again, but It takes so much time to get everything set at first and to get inventory that I am happy with. So, thank you for the inspiration to others that you are through starting your shop!
    I hope this week went well for you. May you have the most relaxing of weekends!
    XOXO

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  143. Bonjour belle Anita
    Halloween est passé, le plaisir de ton blog demeure ...
    Bas de laine ou collants de soie le tout est de ne pas avoir froid aux pieds !
    J'adore la photo avec ton mari.
    Je vais de ce pas cliquer sur ton autre lien.
    Je te souhaite un beau week-end
    Gros bisous
    Marie-Ange

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  144. The things that happen to us
    are not just happening to us alone .
    That is so true and therefore
    comforting too .
    My birthday brought me so many surprises and one of them was : My daughter ANNA came ....all the way from France where she is living now .
    Have a happy weekend Sweet friend !

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  145. Dearest Anita
    Such beautiful images and words..
    You make my heart sing!
    Bisous!
    Penny

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  146. Dear Anita,

    Congratulations on your Etsy shop; may it be most successful! I love the Dorothy and Scarecrow costumes, too; so adorable. :)

    I hope you're having a lovely fall, dear friend.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  147. Anita Bonita I am SO Excited for you and your new store!!!!!!
    I know it will be a BIG hit!!! I know I have my eye on a few things :)
    Everything you do and create is Beautiful!
    I am working on a post about you and your new shop ( with your permission of course.... link included) let me know k!!!
    Hope you are having a super week so far!

    Lots of love
    gi gi

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  148. Oh Anita...I love you and Reuben in the Halloween Pic in Boston in 1994. How fun! I'm SO GLAD you are the ARTIST you are too! Never stop my friend...

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