Listen to the music

Saturday, December 3, 2011

What's Behind It All

on the other side of 

this dividing curtain

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that weighs on the stage upon 

which we 

PREPARE?


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If all the world 

is truly a stage


castles crowns and cottages


then is every life encounter


a

 REHEARSAL

that 

shapes our agility


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and ability

to produce a certain 

magic


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that casts a legacy of grace


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on those who watch




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our fairytale unfold?







"11:59" by castles crowns and cottages


THEREFORE

when OUR stage lights twinkle

and signal to us

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that the last

DRESS REHEARSAL

is over



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the warm rays of

  the spotlight 

will surely flood in

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to announce the
 
MAGNUM OPUS 

of 

an eternal life time


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that will pull back the 

curtain to reveal

what's been
 

Behind It All.


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This post is linked to Doré from 
whose handcrafted theatres are a wonder to behold! She can make a theatre out of any anything!
Please visit her here for some Christmas twinkle...
and my small theatres will be available in my Etsy shop after the new year for-

"All The World is a Stage." 
-William Shakespeare




Header credits from left to right top photos:
Pinterest
Alfred Einstaedt via pinterest

134 comments:

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Another entirely enchanting post, Anita! You're such a rare and special talent, my friend.
Have a lovely day,
~ Wendi ~

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Your petite theatre is a delight! I love the fanciful design and your creative hand has been hard at work! The colors, the antique portal, the details, and the story... parfait!

Bises,
Genie

Fay said...

hello sweetpie
Love the theatricals! and the sparkly twinkly tour takes me back to days gone by !! thankyou lots of love fay xxx

Burlap Luxe said...

It is so beautiful Chère Anita,

I am so honored to be a part of your "Theatre" production.

I have no words to say...I am speachless, your kindness with including me in your fold of friendships and your many postings.

Your post and words are enchanting.

Thank you dear one.
xoxo
Bisous et câlins à ma chère amie

~Dore

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

You have such a talent with words and an eye for just that right image. I really enjoy visiting your blog.

Ruben Rivera said...

What a lovely post. A poetic addition to the idea that all the world's a stage. The pictures are beautiful, but the words stand completely on their own as thought provoking and encouraging. I also love your little handmade wooden theatre of Cinderella, with the great title: "11:59".

Thanks for the uplift.
Love
Ruben

Amish Stories said...

Just dropping by Anita to what you have posted, and i hope that you and your family had a very nice Thanksgiving. It really is starting to feel a little more like Christmas over here in Pennsylvania as the temps are becoming more cooler and normal for our time of year. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

erin said...

your theatres are divine!! life is a dress rehearsal.

wickedfaerie said...

Breathtaking post Anita. I epecially ador those two little ballerinas in the lineup.

Have a lovely weekend,
Sue

helen tilston said...

Dear Anita

I nominate you "head of the class" for this week's post.

My heart and inner child danced. I held my breath and gazed in awe.

I will do my morning's chores and return for a visit later today to enjoy all over again.

Thank you

Helenxx

"Create Beauty" said...

The HERE and then....
the ETERNAL

Eye has not seen
ear has not heard
the B E A U T Y that awaits there
for those who love God......

and into these things the angels peek and W O N D E R
at His Grace
to us.


Beautiful post, and I so delight in
your twinkling theatres!!!
You are a master of words and love
my dear sparkling friend!

Will go look at the other site when I get back later today...
Love!
Violet

High Heeled Life said...

Mon ami, what beautiful little theatres you are teasing us with ... will wait with anticipation until the new year! Beautiful post, may each day's dress rehearsal, get better and better at giving back, so that on the reveal of it all ... we will be able to see the positive difference we have made in the world, if in in the life of one person! xo HHL

Kim said...

You have the ability to create such beauty with your words and the precious mini-theatres. It taps into my inner child that looks on in awe of what you are doing! By the way I am adoring the music you have been sharing with your posts. Thank you!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

anita, what an elegant and truly inspirational post...thank you... december blessings to you...
-xok.

Palomasea said...

My Dearest, most talented Friend!!!
This is so profound and stunning. The Beethoven piece is one that ALWAYS makes me cry.
Your theatres are exquisite, gorgeous. Your soul is deep and beautiful.
Thank you, dear Anita, for a poetic, artistic, inspirational experience!
Love you,
- Irina

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, love the new header. This
post flood my mind with the night
my Dad took me back stage
after the Ballet. I must have been Ten years old, The Ballerina gave me some ballet shoes and signed them. She looked like a Fairy Princess. What a night that was, Daddy even bought me a corsage
for my wrist.
Thanks for the memories..
yvonne

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Another enchanting post lovely Anita....as are your little theatres...so beautiful...I will look forward to seeing them in your ETSY shop!...
Hope you have a great weekend and I am off to visit Dore now!
Susan x

desde my ventana said...

Wonderful Anita!!! what a beautiful pictures...ohhh I love this post.

Have a happy weekend my friend

Muchos besos

Cecilia

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Quel joli billet, Anita. J'adore ton hommage au theatre. Ma photo preferee est celle des petits garcons a la fin. Elle a ete prise l'annee de ma naissance! ;-) Merci pour ce voyage musical et feerique. Bon weekend, Veronique PS: Pardonne le message "sans accent"

Kathysue said...

How beautiful Anita, thank you for always sharing your talents with us, you make blogland magical,
Merry Christmas♥
Kathysue

Debby said...

Gorgeous in every way. Love little Einstein!

Denise said...

Yes oh yes girl you got it!Perfect thought,Perfectly expressed.My oh my-Denise

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the picture of the 3 little ones so sweet! Laura

The Dutchess said...

I;m in
a hurry..between concerts...You package is on its way dear..I'll will be back later in your mail..A Bientot..xoxo

Presépio no Canal said...

Very beautiful post! What is behiend the curtain? Oh, Life is full of mistery and grace!
Have a wonderful weekend, my dear!

millefeuilles said...

I adore the flurry and scurry of Cinderella at one minute to midnight! You have captured that frenetic last moment of magic perfectly. I look forward to seeing your creations on Etsy, dear Anita.

Part of my Phd thesis is a comparative between garden and theatre design in late seventeenth-century Versailles so theatres speak volumes to me. I am also pondering more and more these days the reality of life and how one should live each moment to its full when life is in actual fact made of of many mundane moments too.

Beautiful Anita.

Anne said...

Tiny theaters, how wonderful! Hope you're having a delightful weekend, sweet girl.

Mariette said...

Dearest Anita,

Very captivating post... What's behind it all.
One thing we know about life's theatre. What's on the other side of the Atlantic ocean? A 'daughter' from Rotterdam on the way over to this side of the Atlantic ocean. We will celebrate the Dutch, meaningful Sinterklaas together.
May you too have a lovely weekend and keep us all enthralled with your poetic posts. They have so much depth!

Love to you,

Mariette

It's me said...

Beautiful my dear dear friend.....love it....have a nice weekend filled with love,,,,,and more......Liefs van mij..........♥.. ♥... ♥....

Blessed Serendipity said...

We only get this one lifetime on this earth for our performance, so we may as well make it the best that it can be. Beautiful post and a beautiful Cinderella made by you.

xo,
Danielle

YONKS said...

Oh Anita, I cannot wait to see the inspiration and love you put into your mini theatres! they look so magical. You are such an artist with great insight and creativity.
Thanks for sharing my trip to Scotland with me, it was great having some friends along :-)
Di
x

Susan said...

You are an artist in every way, my friend. Stunning imagery, enchanting text, and your theaters are magic!
Blessings!

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Saturday Anita Bonita!
Oooo, thanks for the backstage pass! I'll be your groupie.... always!
I love to read your hubbies comments! What a great supporter he is. You to seem so perfect for each other!
What a grand performance!!!! I loved everything about this post ( as always)
I will def. be buying one of your theatres!

I woke up to your oh so sweet comment! Thank you so much, it made my day!
Have a wonderful weekend
lots of love
gi gi

georgia~gigi said...

oops, you TWO , not to!
Should be wearning my glasses!
Smoochies
gi gi

Cobalt Violet said...

I just went on your Etsy! I love your illustrations! That one with your fox terrier is fantastic! Can't wait to explore more of your creations!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Hello, hello, old friend! It's been so very long!
I just adore your "11:59" piece - it's absolutely enchanting! And the shot of the lavish tutus is gorgeous!
I'm so glad to be back and able to check in on my favorite blogs again!
Oh! I love your faery photo in your header - I thought you might like to see what I did with the same photo some time ago!
http://tristanrobinblakeman.com/Faeries.html
Please stop by Enchanted Revelries and say hello!
Fondly,
Tristan

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Oh Anita, stunningly beautiful I really do not know how you do it, so impressive, and the theatres are sumptious and so magical,

All my best

Denise

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a beautiful post Anita, I love the Ballet. Your friend's theaters are beautiful and so are yours. Thank you for linking a print of mine from your last post.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Karen

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This post beautifully spoke volumes to me...for I know there is one behind it all!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
What's behind it all is your talent, creativity, imagination and beautiful heart! I love it!!!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
Bisous, Penny

Marie-Ange said...

Ton petit théâtre est une pure merveille ...
L'enchantement est à la mesure de l'émotion ...
Mille bravos et plein de bisous du coeur.
Marie-Ange

A Magical Whimsy said...

Dearest, sweet Anita
I ADORE this post... especially because it is all about theatres, and ballerinas, and what lies behind the stage curtains...the ultimate universe of our souls. I see the depth to where you are taking us on that voyage to Wonderland, the flowing stars, the vastness of it all. The eternal value we will one day possess. It is in our souls and awaits only to be revealed by the MASTER HIMSELF!
About Los Angeles...yes, some of the filming studios had to be closed for a time because of power outages, and also some public schools were closed due to trees being down everywhere, and possible electrical lines being down and very dangerous...very rare in the city of The Angels.(and I'm not talking about the baseball team, hee, hee~)
Be blessed, take care, rest lots~
hugs,
Teresa

A Magical Whimsy said...

OH! And I LUUVVVV your banner! All of it!!! So full of charm and whimsy, my kind of dream world~
Ta, ta,
Teresa

Fete et Fleur said...

All the world is a stage and your theaters make it an even more beautiful place. I'm off to visit Doré

Have a wonderful week!
Nancy

The enchanted home said...

You managed to leave me breathless once again...and that doesn't happen easily! And of course wtih Beethovens powerful music this is one INTOXICATING post!!!!!!! Total beauty, inspiration and imagination, Anita. LOVE IT!! Your posts are one of those rare ones that truly has the ability to take the reader to some place wonderful, magic and full of dreams and desires. Fabulously done once again:)

Martina said...

Your theatre is so gorgeous Anita - i still smile when i think of miss mousie on stage! And all so lovongly done! What would lofe be without phantasie and play? Hope your weekend is lovely dear one - holidays in sight, more time for creative things, Yay! xx

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Amazingly beautiful! I'm dancing in my heart!

Deborah said...

Absolutely lovely here Anita!
Love your thoughtful and hopeful post!
Love & hugs to you!!!

Much love,
Deborah xoxoxoxooxox

Dovecote Decor said...

What a beautiful post! I normally turn off music on posts, but I am playing your music and dragging it out. Life is all a rehearsal, because everyday we learn and get better. You are a lovely breath of fresh air, come see me if you come South.
Best,
Liz

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dear Anita,
The post is divine! The theatres are just gorgeous. I visted with Dore as well and the two of you are pure delight. Please, don't ever stop inspiring us with your boundless creativity. A feast for the senses!
Hugs and BRAVA!
Patti

wendy said...

Oh my, I am just giddy with this post. Your words are thought provoking and the photos Enchanting.

It reminded me of an excerpt from a book I read...Who Killed My Daughter.
Most times when I read a book, I find the things I like in it most, the quotes etc, and write them in my "thinking book"

The author said this:
Our children had been involved in community theatre, and I had spent many hours rehearsing them in their lines.
Occasionally during a performance, an actor would forget his lines and ad-lib, which would force the Other actors to ad-lib also, and the scene would become SO CHAOTIC, that the story line was LOST.
What if our years on earth were scripted ahead of time, but because we did have free will ,we could write our own scripts, based upon the lessons we needed to learn and the lessons we agreed to help others learn.
Although we had NO concious memory of those commitments each person's script would be imprinted on his or her SOUL. If we forgot our lines, and didn't play the scene as it was scripted, we could blow the whole play, not only for ourselves, but for everybody.

I think of that often. Are MY choices, My actions, MY words "blowing the play" that the Lord originally planned for me and sent me here to act out.

So, I guess we need to be concientious of ACTING in our best possible selves, With integrity, With honesty, With love, ....and if we find ourselves "forgetting our lines", then we better Practice (prayer) HARDER, so there isn't as much ad-libbing going on.

just a thought.
sorry...this got long.
BIG HUG my friend

My Spotty Pony said...

Hello dearest Anita!! what a magical post! Such beautiful pictures and words that inspire, AND OH.. your little theatre is simply wonderful!!! Your talents seem to be never ending, you have such a gift Anita and now I can hardly wait to see what will be in your Etsy shop in the new year... how exciting!!!
Oh it is late again here Anita, but I could not go to sleep without a visit to my lovely friend!
Have a happy Sunday :)
Much love and hugs from Abby and Santa Spotty!! xx

lostpastremembered said...

Lovely Anita, you will go mad for the new film, Hugo. The book was spectacular but the film with the Melias clips in PERFECT condition, well... it is magic pure and simple.

Dreams, lost and found, fabulous set design and the young star is remarkable. I for one have always been in love with the oldest images and recordings. Sneaking a peek at the soul of the past, isn't it?

And performers, they are forever showing us new roads for our own souls to take... to crash or to soar.

And you are soaring with your new site... so many charming things... love the theatre... splendid work, young lady!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

What a beautiful post you have shared again and love the magic and dreams that you weave into your words and photographs.
Your Cinderella is such a sweet piece and look forward to seeing this in the new year.
All the world really is a stage, so we need to make it the best performance everyday.

Sending love & hugs to you dear friend
Carolyn

Elaine said...

I know when i stop by your blog I will lways be surprised and enchanted.. Love the little theater and the music

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Anita. I agree, Doré's stages are amazing. Totally enchanting! Hope you are enjoying the season! ~ Sarah

JBeaudetStudios said...

Your words are so enchanting! You are so talented. I'm truly taken away to another place. Amazing
Have a great weekend!
Jennifer:)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

The most cherished of ingredient of a truly talented writer is to move it's readers soul. To weave magic, shed a tear and to transport us. Anita you never fail to do so. This post another fine example of your many talents & I for one, shed a tear. I often think of that final act.

Your THE best!!

Happy holidays to your and your wonderful husband. xxoo Deb

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love this post - all the little ballerinas, how's the harp going??

Barbara said...

What fun to visit Doré! Her stages are truly magic.
And yours is charming. I can't wait to see what else you come up with, Anita. I am continually in awe of the depth of your artistic talent, your writing and your ability to post so much love week after week. A pleasure to visit you, listen to your music and be inspired to be more, do more.

Julienne said...

This is a weepy one Anita. very moving.

GoNcha GoNcha said...

another inspiring post!
have a Cupcake sweet day!
http://gonchagoncha.blogspot.com/

Mapi said...

Food for thought dearest Anita .
Lovely post.
Love you,
Mapi

Kerri said...

Good Morning! I just had to stop by to see what your latest post was about... as always wonderful!

Now I have to go find your etsy shop :)

Have a blessed day my sweet friend!

xoxo
Kerri

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

The photograph with the three little girls...priceless.
Lovely post, as always.
Lisa xo

scrapbookertink said...

Wow, stunning post and your art work is divine, take care, Doreen x

Ozma of Odds said...

hello dear Anita!
a kindred soul am i, also one who chooses to pull back that curtain, and discover the magical world that awaits...
one of my most beloved life's mantra is this:

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it! It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

Martha Graham


it is my belief, that you and Dore, clearly follow this code whether you know it or not.
such talent, such beauty...
hide it under a bushel ~ NO!!!
but instead, sharing with all who choose to look, your "shine"

i count myself fortunate to be able to visit such places as you and Dore's...two other's who believe in a place of fairies and happy thoughts.
a place that can live inside each and everyone of us, if we only believe and walk through that curtain!

thank you for showing us your point of entry, behind that curtain...

as always ~ pure magic!!

xo, Rosemary

Jeri Landers said...

Anita, For some weird reason, this post reminded me of my high school days in DRAMATICS class. Oh how I love to act in those plays! I had the starring role a few times and was listed in a book entitled "Who's WHO in High School Dramatics". I think I am still a frustrated actress, which is probably why I love to record cds with my storybooks. I get to play the parts! Yes William Shakespeare was right "All the Worlds a Stage"

Martina said...

Oh Anita, you have snow? What a magaical sight this must be, along with the christmas lights and glitter!
I got the flu and, apart from a little walk and hot chocolate in a café. am sitting on the sofa thw whole day - very unusual for me! Enjoy your evening, bises!

BirgitW. said...

chère Anita,

pour toi et ta famille une très bonne troisième semaine á l `Avent... je ne sais pas ( est -ce- correct? )..

Bises - Birgit d`Allemagne

Dentelline said...

Hi Anita,
C'est féérique! J'aime beaucoup la composition des photos et la phrase de Shakespeare!
Je suis même allée visiter le blog de Burlap luxe et elle fait de magnifiques mini théâtres.
Merci pour ce beau partage!
Have a wonderful evening!
XOXO

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I had to come back again and look at your theatres. I've seen them many times before and just stared in awe. The colors are so beautiful...that's what makes them come alive, along with all your magical talents that make them so enchanting. I can't wait until you make them available in your ETSY shop! I'm sure you'll sell out.
As with anything you touch...just beautiful.
xoxo

DolceDreams said...

Anita,
I cannot wait to see your small theatres ~ you are Such a talent!
Fabulous post as always ~
merci!
Nathalie

Charlotta Ward said...

I love how you write Anita. Each post is so well crafted - and this one no different.

The miniature theaters are divine. How fun it must be to make them!

The photos here today are adorable too. Those little kids in the audience.. I melt!

xx Charlotta
Space for Inspiration

RobinfromCA said...

Every time I think you can't out-do yourself you post something wonderful like this! I love the use of the stage as a metaphor for our lives. This is a beautiful post!
Robin

Tiff said...

Stunning imagery and beautiful words! I feel I have missed so much as I have been engrossed in the real world of Christmas concerts and children wanting to be heard and noticed over all their classmates!
I am now ready to allow my focus to shift selfishly to myself to persue things I love to do, and be inspired by dear friends like you and Dore!
Hugs, Tiff! X

Holly Loves Art said...

YOU do it to me every time... the chills! This time even more! I giggled OUT LOUD about jumping over the lava. Oh my goodness did we! My little brother and I played in all sorts of make believe adventures and lava and quicksand was involved. Thank you once again for making me smile.
Hope you're having a fabulous Sunday.
Happy holidays!
Holly

Palomasea said...

My precious friend,
Taking in all of this beauty again..so stunning. And I love those sweet children holding hands..
Thank you so much for your visit chez moi, for your cherished words!

Love to you dearest,
- Irina

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Another lovely post Anita! We are all on the stage of life!~Hugs, Patti

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita..how appropriate!!! My life has been dress rehearsals and stage this last week for my small parts...and even singing along...what fun the theatre is!!! I am loving it...A wonderful post...hope you had an awesome weekend...Dzintra xo

Sonja said...

'what's behind it all'... what a beautiful way to end this whimsical and poetic blog. First you paint a picture, then you end with pointing to the creator of the bigger picture. Loved this Anita!! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Anita,
I had to smile, Nancy is one of my favorites and sooo very creative, too. You all have cornered the market on talent! I will talk you through the linking this week so you can join the fun.
Only 2 more weeks till vacation! I'm as excited as the kids!
Hugs,
Patti

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, I was here twice, and could not get any of the photos to load for me..uuggg darned browser problems I suppose..I deleted 16,071 photos from my computer today..guess what? I can view this post now!! Wonderful theaters..just enchanting. Love 11:59..it is precious, and the guilded look of the other is perfect. I am in love with these from both you, and Dore..soul sisters in art, and life..perfect! xoxox Christel

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, I am back taking in more of you and how you inspire, I need to thank my friend for all you have done to expose the theatres that we have had locked up inside our imaginations.

Thank you my friend for all that you have placed in my path that inspired my drive to create the first theatre.

I am thanking you with all my heart my soul sister.
xoxo
Dore

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita it is so invigorating (the stage)...who ever would've thought 2 years ago that I would even be thinking of doing this...what fun it all is...and a great escape to Ye Old Music Hall...Have a wonderful week...Dzintra xo

koralee said...

Morning dear one..sorry I have not visited for a bit...life has been busy busy and I was away from my computer most of the weekend. Which was very nice! I needed that break.
Your post is lovely..and your images beautiful...must show my dancing daughter them...she will soooooo love to post some to her pintrest wall.
Well 2 weeks to go until Christmas break from school..Do you know how fast those weeks will FLY!!??
Have a great Monday...xoxoxo HUGS

Rebecca said...

Pure delight of all that the stage offers... loved this post! And your petite stage is wonderful, can't wait to see them after the first of the year
Blessings
Rebecca

Jacqueline said...

The wonder of it all-

We look up and see his beauty to come-

We look around and see the majesty of it all-

We look under and feel the firm foundation under it all-

We look behind us and feel the push to the future which is eternal-

We look over at each other and know, we were meant to be-

What is behind it all-
His Grace
His Love
His Peace
His Hope
His Comfort
His Endurance to The End.

Sandra van Doorn said...

quelle belle mise en page... je reve. it’s been a while since i came by, i have been so busy... still, visiting you and reading your words is getting a dose of beauty...
xo sandra

michelle said...

Oh Dearest it has been too long, I have missed you! What a beautiful post, something to make me get off my buns and create! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the holidays and all the magic that comes with them. I so love the saying about the lava floor, I used to do that all the time!!! :) Thank you for the smile.
Much love to you!!
xoxoxoxo

C'est moi Claudette said...

I know I commented yesterday, but knew something was wrong after I went to bed. I come back and poof, nothing there.
I said I went to visit Doré, but it said her shop was closed. She was on vacation. Must go back again tonight.
See how you inspire these ladies? You are magical my dear friend. You truly are.
Those little faces on the kids in b&w?, so precious.
Look at your sweet little chandelier in your theatre.
Let the show begin.
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxoxo

GrandmaK said...

As always beautifully said! My best wishes!! Cathy

BonjourRomance said...

So lovely - as always dear Anita! Your theatres are works of art! Wishing you and your Honey spend an enchanting Holiday!
Bonne semaine,
Mimi

Victoria Sayer said...

Wonderful....*sigh*

Just wonderfully done, Anita.

(I also liked Violet's comments)
One day there really WILL be a 'one day' where we can ALL be together.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmastime and a sensational New Year 2012.

Privet and Holly said...

Loved the quote under
your header : ) !!!

Yes, the big reveal is
something we rehearse
for all of our lives, don't
we? Beautifully stated, Anita.

We attended Cirque Du Soleil's
Christmas Dreams yesterday and
I thought how much you would
LOVE it!

Hope your week is off to a
wonderful start, sweet friend!

xx Suzanne

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

My dear friend Anita!!!
Thank you so much for leaving me such a wonderful comment on my last blog post.
This new post is amazing!!! I love the magical photos and message!!! :-)
My friend Tim's memorial is this week. My mom is putting together a photo board for the service. Tim's mom asked my mom to arrange the pictures. It's been emotional to see all the wonderful memories we've had. Life is so precious!!!
I am so glad I met you; you are a wonderful friend!!!
Hugs Always!!!
Shannon :-)

Ann Nichols said...

This is such a beautiful poem... for the first time I found myself only reading the words... I went and looked at the fabulous pictures afterwards... really lovely dear Anita!
Happy St. Nicholas Day! :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dearest Anita...eat and sleep...just what I feel like...especially with our crazy temperatures, anybody would think it was Autumn not Summer!!! Theatre is such fun...but very tiring...I can't believe the year is nearly over!!!! Dzintra xo

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I am sooo glad to be a player in your blogland theater, sometimes. Thanks for this heart-warming post. You are sooo endearing to me. Blessings.

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Anita

Thank you for such a sweet comment
you are the most thoughtful person in the whole bloggy world I am very flattered that you are putting my blog on your blog roll that is great encouragment for me and is really appreciated

Lots of love

Denise

vicki archer said...

Amazing Anita... Such a stunning post... xv

EdenClareArtfulFairyTales said...

love, love, love your theatre...and this post...peaceful loveliness...

Fay said...

hello again twinkle toes so glad you enjoyed Menton !! Did you also visit Beaulieu sur mer ill be doing part 2 of that soon thinking of you scuttling about in your ballet shoes love fairy fay xx

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Chère Anita,
I thought I had been here! But then realized I came Friday night, before your post!! Then I saw your lovely images, and especially the beautiful, Fanciful theatres!!!!, and I knew I wouldn't have forgotten them! How enchanting!! I wish all my former Mixed Media students could see them. They would love them, too. This was always one of their favorite assignments in that class. You must come here someday and play in the Art Barn. I have so many bibelots that you could have a ball adorning your theatres with! But nothing as cool as that "opera" !! I'm very behind in all, as we're getting ready for the Christmas House Tour, but I'm glad I took time out to enter the Magical World of Miss Anita!!!
Love to you,amie,
dawne

Calico Child said...

Hello Anita so sorry havent stopped by in ages I am so busy in hot & humid QLD at the moment loved the pictures cannot wait to see your mini theatres your making :) & will try & pop across to see th other ladys
Hope your week is full of magic :)

Amish Stories said...

Look at these comments Anita, and folks do love what you do with your blog. I'm thinking maybe when i post my recipe of the week sometime that i should do something from France like a desert. Would you have any suggestions since the only thing close to French that I've come across is during my trips to Montreal in Canada. Richard

Red Rose Alley said...

Dear Anita,
Your Theatre Post is wonderful. You know, I saw a show on T.V. one time, and they were saying that we are all like actors in the theatre, playing our role in life from a very young age. I don't know if it's true or not, but it made a lot of sense at the time. You know, I was thinking about you one day when I made a comment on someone's blog, and I noticed that you also made a comment on the same blog. I thought to myself, "How in the world does she ever manage to be so kind as to comment on everyone's blog, work as a teacher, and create posts as unique as she does?" You remind me alot of my Nel, who does so many beautiful things for so many people. Right now, Nel is on burn-out overload, as I am sure you feel at times, but you keep moving forward, and with such grace. I am sending you holiday blessings, Dear Anita, and I hope that you know how special you really are.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Patricia Cabrera said...

You are AMAZING Nita!!!! So love the pictures and the ballet and music...ahhh... so perfect!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Anita your little stage creations are just beautiful!! so sweet and imaginative...I'm sure they will bring joy to all who adopt them!!

Love that shot of the kids... so fabulous.. their little faces filled with anticipation... and I can so relate to stage theme... i did stage productions as a kid.. both formally and in my parents lounge room. hehehe

Have a wonderful week.. ciao xxx Julie

Fay said...

hello miss fizz
couldnt sleep its too warm !! thinking of you in the snow If shes pregnant Ill eat my hat ! they said 3 months ago that she was !in the uk silly billies
just done another cooler blog !! enjoy your day fay xxx

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

Those small theatres are so amazing that you do! Looking forward to getting your cards. I will let you know when I get them and how they shipped.

Thanks for stopping by. I was hoping to do a Kooky post today, but it just didn't work out.

Hope you have a good week!
Heidi

koralee said...

Evening dear one...just got home from our Christmas concert...it went soooo well and now I am in the Christmas spirit. Nothing like some good Christmas songs to get you going. All I can say is that God is soooo Good!
Our school is truly blessed.
Well it is mid week already...and the Christmas holidays are fast approaching! Hugs for a wonderful day tomorrow. I am off to bed after my cup of warming tea. xo

Casa Bella said...

Anita!!! I´m back again to visit you after a few weeks of absence. I seem to find it very difficult lately to work and do everything else. Blogging was put aside until I can get myself organized, little by little. It is so refreshing to come to your blog and read and enjoy your inspiring posts. I have missed coming!!! Hope your Etsy shop is doing wonderful! Hugs and kisses, my friend!!!

fashion meets art said...

my friend anita, this is a really wonderful post (as always!), but it's perfect for the christmas time. it's so calm and the images are very golden shimmering and everything looks fantastic! i enjoyed this post a lot!
wish you a wonderful week, my lovely friend!
maren anita

www.fashion-meets-art.com

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you dear Anita for popping in...I have had barely enough time lately to much crafting at all with this play on...and now Christmas coming up...Perhaps you will get some time over the break to perhaps do a little...I will try to too...Maybe a new sewing machine for Christmas from Santa this year!!! Dzintra xo

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
Your post reminds me of a quote I love: God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called!
I love this whole concept because some days I truly feel as though God is telling me, "take that step forward, Maria, I'll give you the grace you need one step at a time - one day at a time. I think of what "our daily bread" means.

Well my dear. School is waiting - now there's a
stage, n'est pas?!!!
Have a beautiful day!
-blessings and Grace always,
Maria

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And I bet the rooms are just perfect too..enjoy!!! Dzintra xo

Martina said...

Thanks for looking after me Anita! I got really sick, with fever and all, and felt really week for the last 2 days. Today is better though and i hope that over the next couple of days things will get back to normal. Hope your day is lovely dear, am sending you sparkles! xx

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Hello sweet Anita!

I have missed stopping by! I was sick for Thanksgiving, then there was so much work to catch up on after that.
This beautiful post makes me think of times when I took ballet and the excitement surrounding performing on stage. Your small theater is so creative! It is pure magic.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It was so inspiring. I completely agree with you about art comes out of freedom. I have tried too hard before, and nothing good ever seems to come out of that. It really is finding freedom and letting our soul flow through our work. "Just be" is wonderful advice!

How is your Christmas season coming along? I wish this season could last longer than December! I hope you are well and work is not stressful for you during this wonderful time of year!

xoxo
Shawna

C2 cognitive*creative said...

such a pleasure to behold
i love visiting your blog because it is like an enchanting walk!

your first image of the curtain reminded me of a dream i had of seeing my father in my dream for the first time after his death 2 months ago.... a curtain and he was there happy and smiling and loving !
thanks for this gift!
bethenais
du midi
danncingdocdesign

VictoriaArt said...

This is so wonderful that I look forward to that moment.....
Thank you another lovely moment in time!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hello Anita!
Such sweet words from you and Dore!
I'm hoping you can link this post and the one from last week too. I'd so love to showcase your work!
Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
Patti

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

Anita you seem to guarantee me goose bumps every time I visit! it's seriously rare, you strike the perfect cord, of images and words, that sends off sparks of eternity to every fiber of my being.

I do feel this truly, that one must express while the flames of life fly.

Lorraine

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful day with Irina! Thank you so much for taking time to visit again and leave such a sweet note. How I LOVE this post.. and the music is so moving.. I love it.
Bisous!
Penny

Rosie said...

Hello sweet dreamer,
You my dear had me laughing OUT LOUD with your "lava question"...the answer is YES of course...many times!
What a GREAT post...once again.
Oh those beautiful babies...so delightful.
Well dearest, life has gone from busy to insane in a matter of moments it seems.
Will the "to do" lists EVER all be checked off?? No, I think not.
I have been baking up a storm....(ahhh soooo fun), swimming in wrapping paper and ribbon, decorating and sprinkling Christmas through out our home while TRYING to keep the store well stocked..Tis' the Season :)
Have been painting with a slate grey these days. The ladies desk turned out lovely, and put the base coat on a charming little coffee table today. I would L O V E to put a smattering of grey throughout my living room...maybe in January.
Will finish the coffee table tomorrow.
Hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle that only this time of year brings...making time for a hot cuppa with those you love...savor the season dearest... Love Rosie

designchic said...

What gorgeous theatres...a dreamy post as always!! You can really take me away ~

Christel Hutson said...

hi Anita, please come and visit. xoxox Christel

koralee said...

Morning sweet one...are you as tired as I? All these Christmas events are so making me want to stay in bed an extra hour...and today I have an early morning meeting..too many things to do.
Looking forward to the weekend...just me and my sweetie off to Seattle to enjoy the Christmas sights and a little bit of shopping...the whole weekend...pure joy.
xoxox Hang in there...just a few more days to go!
love to you

Draffin Bears said...
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Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

So lovely to have a sweet visit from you today, merci mon ami.
I hope you are doing well and enjoying all the special times of the season. The holidays are approaching fast and probably like me you have so much to do.

Sending hugs and have a lovely day
Carolyn

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...thank you so much for the Encore (bow to you)...I have loved every minute of Music Hall...who would've thought 2 years ago that I would even try this...just amazing!!! Thank you for visiting and seeing us backstage...wishing you a wonderful week...I can't believe the year is nearly over...Love Dzintra xo

Jeri Landers said...

Anita you are TOO FUNNY! You should get a reward just for making me laugh out loud with the Bean and Cheese Burrito!
Jeri, regarding the "caption this picture"

~CC Catherine said...

Dearest Anita ~ You wrote: "then is every life encounter a REHEARSAL that shapes our agility". That definitely gives me food for thought...and I totally agree that it is...and with each Rehearsal, we get the chance to improve whatever God is working on us at the time. This is a LOVELY post!

Fay said...

oooohhh sorry that you re sooooooooooooo busy hope you saw the one before in Milan it had some shoes for you !! enjoy the non work times and dream a lot a presto Love fay xxxx