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Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year Is About To Hatch


and I've been doing a lot 

of thinking in 



 and I still believe that 


is the colour of my dreams

for 2012

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So I'm 

going out on a limb 

this year

and I'm

adding new handmade

items to my 

Etsy shop

such as a paper mâché

bluebird wand

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castles crowns and cottages ©

thank you violet, for the picture!

un oiseau bleu 

in a nest

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with a mini version

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and a Cinderella theatre

that depicts that infamous 


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as well as the midnight hour

when she loses her little 


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and disappears into the pages 

of her past.

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In my shop you will also find 

some cards for 

Valentine's Day 

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or for 

aNy dAy 

you just want 

to tell some one


My newest thrill is fashioning

aqua velvet 

fairy slippers

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that would be perfect for the

grown up

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or child-like fairy 

in you.

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So make the new year 





because that's 

where all the fruit is."

- Mark Twain

Dream big with me





  1. Oh Anita I love your new things.I adore birds you know... the nest is adorable and so is the wand.Best of luck to you with the shop.

    Happy new year!Blessings!

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  3. Hi Anita,
    What a beautiful Post!
    I wish you the best for a happy new year :)

    I send you a NEW YEAR KISS

  4. sweetpie how utterly delightful there are going to be some very happy little girls out there I can see . The fairies shoe is exquisite and the blue cake mmmmm Please wave you lovely wand about and spread more fairy dust Love to tweetie pies too Fay xxx

  5. May this year will be ours darling...thanks for your love and

    Gelukkig Nieuwjaar !!!....ik hoop dat al je dromen mogen uitkomen......Liefs

    Happy New Year !!!...I hope all your dreams may come true....Love

  6. Hello Anita !
    Bonne et Heureuse Année 2012 !je te souhaite joie , bonheur santé et la réalisation de tes rêves les plus fous!
    Je t'embrasse fort , le monde sans toi serait moins beau ton blog n'est que délice ..merci ....

  7. hmmmm Anita , i like your take on the New Year hatching! All such delightful items and amazing blues!

    Happy New Year!


  8. I'm coming here to visit you as my first dance step into 2012... and what a wonderful way to enter the new year, seeing your heartfelt handmade GORGEOUS creations!!!!

    I adore them, ADORE you! And am so blessed by your sweet friendship my dear.

    Your theatres and paper birds are going to become highly prized collectibles, and will bring joy and whimsy with them wherever they go..... SO glad you are going out on a limb and continue to
    D R E A M

    Blessings and Glitter,

  9. Anita...just when I think you cant do better...YOU DO!! Happy New Year to my friend who knows so well how to inspire, put a smile on ones face, bring a happy tear to our eyes and make me laugh out loud!! (case in point that last picture....TOO CUTE)!!
    Seriously I love the idea of "going out on a limb" and I am doing the same thing this year, finally going to go for things I have been putting off. Because as Mark said..that IS where the fruit is!
    Cheers to you and a ridiculously fabulous 2012, my friend!

  10. Happy new year! Anita my dear I love, love, love your beautiful birds, theaters, and fairy shoes. Simply fabulous.

    I am so excited for the New Year, so many possibilities! I hope tat your new year is the best yet! This is going to be an exciting year for you, I can feel it.

    Have a fabulous day!

    Xoxo Elizabeth

  11. Beautiful post! I love blue too! Your newest creations are darling and I am sure will not last long in your shop!
    Happy New Year to you!

  12. Happy New Year Darling Anita

    I wish you all the luck in the world with your stunning Etsy shop such pretty handcrafted treats will be a huge success!

    Best wishes


  13. Dear Anita
    You know I'm your biggest fan of your creations. I love the birds and the theaters. You inspire me. Can I share your branch?


  14. Bonjour ma belle!

    What lovely new items... such a sweet bird wand to wave away the blues!

    Keep dreaming dear one... I am!

    Mille bisous, Sherry

  15. LOVE how you think Anita...yes a party is in order and those french desserts sound heavenly..bring extras for those midnight snacks:)
    BTW those slippers and shadow/theater boxes are INCREDIBLE....I can see them in Bergdorfs window now!

    Thanks for all these beautiful photos!
    Best wishes

  17. Feliz Año Nuevo Anita

    Un gran abrazo para tí


  18. Dearest Anita,

    I think you fairy dust arrived for me....I have not been able to log onto your latest posts...blogger kept saying 'page not available' !!!!!

    Thank you for all the pleasure you have given me in 2011.

    Wishing you a Happy,healthy,prosperous New Year 2012.

    Much fun,laughter and good friends.Ida OOOOXXXX

  19. Sweet dreams and midnight schemes! Have you been up all night dearest spinning and twirling the New Year in? Or have you been like a little mouse downstairs in your house dreaming up theater productions and fine garments for little mice?

    You have inspired me this year, kept me close at heart, never let me go and somehow, out there in Nowhere and beyond, I knew you were alive and kicking and pulling on my heart strings always.

    I love you dearest,
    Happy Newest Year to YOU and RUBEN...
    May love surround us all!

  20. All things made by you are simply adorable....2012 is going to be marvellous..xoxo

  21. Bonne Annee, Anita! Thank you for always being there and all of your inspiring words throughout the year. Wishing you all good things in the new year!
    xoxo~ Kirsten

  22. What gorgeous items!! Your talent always amazes me!!
    Happy New Year, wishing you the very best for 2012 my friend!!

  23. BEAUTIFUL is all I can say. Simply beautiful!

  24. What a talented friend I have...these are amazing! I must get some of your sweet cards...I am sooooo thinking Valentine's Day favourite celebration!!!
    I had to smile when I saw that your post started with some eggs today...we are on the same page Miss Kindred Spirit! I had just finished my wee little post and popped over to visit some sweet friends and came to yours..and had to smile. xoxoxxo
    Happy New Years is all about bakingand cooking in my home today...New Years Dinner is a I go. xoxoxoxo HUGS

  25. Happy New Year!
    Such a lovely post.
    So many words of encouragement and
    great images too!
    Will check out your Etsy shop.
    Looks like you have some wonderful and sweet items.


  26. You leave bits of magic in your wake wherever you go. I must make a blue cake!!! What a lovely idea!
    I like the idea of blue as a color for a year... especially that blue... robin's eggs and Tiffanys... what a perfect combination.

    Have a great 2012!

  27. Happy New Year, Anita! I'm just back from your beautiful Etsy shop. Everything is so lovely and magically artistic! I'm going to have to do a follow-up Art post so that I can write about your beautiful work!

    All the best in the New Year!!


  28. Happy New Year to you, lovely Anita!...I hope it is a wonderful one for you and your family....Best wishes too for your ETSY shop full of all your beautiful makes...It is going to be fabulous!
    Susan x

  29. ANITA! Happy new everthing to you!

    and OMG! those birds are so gorgeous! my Christmas tree was filled with papier mache white birds this year... hope the year is starting well, i too believe the best is yet to come... a tres bientot :)
    xo sandra

    My best whises por 2012

  31. Ma Chere Amie!!!!! I am enchanted...ENCHANTED!! You are just a source of magic, and wonder, and whimsy, and TALENT, and love. For these precious creations come with such love! So beautiful, dearest, you inspire me and make this world such a beautiful place..
    Those slippers!!! Surprises indeed!
    May this year be the year of dreams, sweet sister!!!!!!
    BLESSINGS and FAIRY DUST...*..*..*
    LOVE TO YOU:))))
    - Irina

  32. Bravo Anita. Quelle creativite! J'adore ta petite chaussure de fee (j'ai une vraie passion pour toutes les choses magiques depuis que je suis toute petite.) Je vais rendre visite a ta boutique chez Etsy. En attendant, je te souhaite une excellente annee 2012 et espere te retrouver souvent, sur ton blog, ou sur le mien! Bisous Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  33. Dearest Anita,
    What a beautiful way to start the new year with all these magical creations! And I have a Blue Beanie on the way!!! I am so excited to receive him! Your theatres are SO amazing, and the little fairy slipper is simply adorable!
    I wish you the happiest year my dear friend, and if Ruben is sharing your branch, may Spotty and I join the family tree?! :)
    Much love from A & S xx

  34. Happy New Year Precious Friend! Praying your Christmas was lovely! The precious new additions to your Etsy Shoppe are divine! How fun... My mother is with me for about a month...maybe longer. We had a death in the family over Christmas, my father-in-love from my first marriage. He was 90 and loved the Lord with all his heart. My daughter and I made a 1300 mile round trip in 48 hours to attend the funeral. Life moves on...and it's so amazing how quickly it does after losing someone you love so much. His wife is lost, they would have celebrated 60 years later in the week of his death.

    Looking forward to 2012 as friends, and hoping we can skype soon!

    Love you the moon & back!

  35. I just came over here to wish you a Happy New Years day, and here is Another post this week!!!! And So full of your talent and workmanship!! You certainly have been "stirring up the gift that is within you" these past few months". And my favorite thing, Papier Maché!! How adorable! And to answer your post on FaH, yes I would love to!!!When do we start????
    I know you go back to school really soon, and I know you've had a cold, so I pray for healing of the snifflies and strength for tomorrow, and a refreshing of your spirit. You give so much to all of us, Anita.
    Love to you and Ruben

  36. Mon Ami Anita!! what a wonderful post filled with beautiful photos and inspiring thoughts to start off 2012!!! Your Blue Bird creations and theatre boxes are gorgeous!! I can't wait for another wonderful year of inspiration and motivation from your writing, photo choices and most of all your amazing creative talents... may the year ahead be filled with many blessings, abundance and all that you envision... xo HHL

  37. Happy new year sweet Anita! OMG, your bluebirds are adorable - am feeling blue in the nicest possible way seeing them! Hope your 2012 has started of great and look forward to sharing so many things in 2012! Bises!

  38. beautiful as always - inspirational as ever!
    And your new makes??? you're on fire! LOVE the cindarella one (especially that sillouette on the page)

    Wishing you and Ruben Riviera a happy and healthy 2012 full of laughter and adventure.
    fee ♥

  39. I recognise the photo of the back of the woman in the black dress ( source unknown) as being from The Piano. Thank you for reminding me of that film !
    Your photos and words inspire me and make me smile every day, thank you for that too !
    Feliz Año Nuevo, besitos, Candice

  40. ps the picture of the lady in black reminds me of the film The Piano. Love that film.
    pps the picture of the baby with the ruffled pants...fear that my legs look like that from behind!
    just FYI.

  41. I am in love, love, love with your post. The art of birds on wands and sitting in nests along with theatre's are the best, they have me in awwww! and I am enamored to the MAX!!!

    I must go look at your etsy :)
    I would love a grey bird, I wish I were sitting in your space of creation creating right next to you my sweet cear Anita!!

    A blessed new year for you and yours.

  42. I love it all, Anita, and that was my color the past two years, mainly on the light turquoise side. It is still my favorite but for my blog's fresh look I was inspired for the very first time to dream in pink. :) Too funny when I clicked here and faced my past. ;)
    Lovely new year, love.

  43. I've come back two or three time today, just to listen... I do love blue... It is soothing to my soul.
    You are so talented... I am just amazed. I am off to look at all of your beautiful art~

  44. Hi Anita its me George, mom's let me back on the laptop for a short time so I'm here to wish You, Ruben and Balzac a Very Happy New Year. Thanks for all your visits and comments over the last year, you know I hold you very dear, even when I can't get back to you.
    All that work and love you put into your hand made gifts can be seen.
    I raise a glass to you for this coming year that all your wishes come true.
    Love and Hugs from across the pond
    George, Tess and mom xxxx

  45. Hello Anita...This post is stunning. I especially love the bed... Here's hoping you have a fantastic New Year.

  46. Oh Anita !
    I love beautiful and the post (as always) happy NEW dreamy year //

  47. This is so dreamy! I love blue too! You need to join Sally for Blue Monday at smiling sally! This is a perfect blue New Year post! Happy New Year too you and thanks for sharing.

  48. oh your bluebird is so wonderful!

  49. Happy New Year Dearest Anita!!! Good for you for going out on a limb! I love your creations and it is so wonderful that you can share them with the world. :) This year is going to be full of new adventures and new things to try, taste, touch and smell. :) Many blessings to you and may all your wishes come true!!

  50. Loving my sweet
    Genevieve as she
    sits in her little nest
    on my Christmas tree!
    I'll be posting my first
    Monday Moments of
    the year at 6PM tonight;
    you should link up and
    spread the word about
    your lovely new creations!
    I'm already dreaming about
    our July party, too.....

    Happy New Year!

    xx Suzanne

  51. Good evening dear Anita.
    I do agree with you that blue definitely is your color!!!
    Your new creations are so beautiful I love them all. I like the little theaters they are so enchanted I love the one with the little shoe. That fairy shoe is so cute love it. You are a great artist!!!
    I wish you all the best for 2012!!!

  52. Bonne annee, Anita! Thank you for the magic! Hooray for fairy shoes... xo Anne

  53. What a way to start the new year dear Anita. Look how pretty your blue birds are, and your theatre. OMG these will surely be collector's treasures.
    I'm soooo happy to see your work in your ETSY shoppe. I knew you could do it. It's lovely to have such talented friends in my circle. Lord knows I need talent around me.
    I'm so proud of your work and to be able to call you my friend.
    Happy New Year to you and Ruben. I love that he is your biggest and bestest fan ; )
    Your future looks very very blessed and bright.
    Love You
    Love Me

  54. Your creativity blows me away! Your blog header is gorgeous and so are your pretty blue birds! I'm on my way over to your Etsy shop now. Blue is one of my favorite colors, too. Green is the other! Happy New Year!

  55. Happy New Year Anita! I just ADORE your new items, and am off to your shop to take a peek...
    Unexpected miracles, that is my mantra for 2012!!!
    xo, Nathalie

  56. Gorgeous photos! I love, love your new creations. I must have a bird!


  57. Hi, Anita! Happy New Year! Couldn't resist checking in on you today....

    I'm just going to put this out there...Have you considered adding a "Sneak Peek" link from Etsy to your blog so that people can see more of what is in your Etsy store? It's very easy to do and the pictures will change as you're looking at it.
    I have one on mine if you want to see what they look like. And you can pick any number of "frames" to get your "look".

    Well, here's to a prosperous and successful new year for you and your family. Hope you are all well!

  58. HAPPY NEW YEAR, my wonderful friend!!!!!!!!!!
    What a beautiful post!
    ...and your new designs??
    What more can I possibly say about these fabulous, one-of-a-kind, magical, beautiful creations???
    I just know this year will be the beginning of many more "take your breath away" moments for you... you DESERVE this ~ this is YOUR time to shine!
    I am so excited about our new "adventure" together.
    Cheers to new beginnings!
    Love you! xo

  59. Happy new year to one of my favorite bloggers! I tried to buy something at your etsy shop and couldn't even get an item in my cart. I e-mailed etsy about this because I tried several times.

  60. wow, what amazing stuff you create. You have lots of talents my you MUST develop them and then all of us get to benefit from what you share.
    I have never been on an Etsey shop.
    Don't have the faintest idea how it works. ????
    the slipper......enchanting
    the do you THINK of these fanciful things?

    I must have missed the "talent line" when God was handing them out. I really don't have any to speak of.

    But, I love people, my children, my family, my spouse...(you get it) and so maybe I just need to share LOVE and Serivce,
    maybe that will become my talent

    You are amazing !!!!!

  61. aahhhhh....truely inspired AND inspiring!

  62. Bonne Année Anita!

    Beautiful header and images through your gorgeous blog.

    I soooo want those fairy slippers hanging on my wall - maybe I can even squeeze my toes into them and dance!*#

    Is your Scrappy Boy a wirehaired terrier - he looks like the dog I want???

    Wishing you all the New Year Blessings you're dreaming of - and more - dear Anita!

    Live, laugh, love and "be happy"!
    Shane x

  63. Hello Anita

    Your new creations are just beautiful.
    I love the blue bird. Wishing you success with your Etsy shop.

    To a great New Year Anita and keep "branching out" (pun intended)

    Helen xx

  64. Good evening dearest
    Sooooooo sorry I am late.. Just like Cinderella.... and the year has started off with your beautiful creations... Your Theatre's are YOU... I LOVE IT ALL... I must admit I have a soft spot for the fairy slipper!!!
    Ok, I am ready to dive into the new year with high hopes... Thank you dear friend for always being there for me...
    Bebe sends her love

  65. Happy New Year to you, Anita! It's finally here - 2012!!! And I have a feeling you're going to have an amazing year creating so many fun things for your etsy shop.

    The birds are great! So sweet. I'm really into birds lately...and I'm lovely blue more and more these days. :)

    Have a wonderful New Year!

  66. Your art work is just AMAZING, Anita!!! I love the wand! And yes, I will dream big with you :)
    My new years post was from my home. I love black, gold and silver!!! Thank you for your nice comment and have a LOVELY day!

    Kristin ♥

  67. Anita, you are so creative! How cute is that little bird? LOVE it!! Happy 2012, my dear friend!! xo

  68. You have been very busy .
    I love the things you made ..
    your little birds are truely amazing .
    I hope the new year has a lot of creative time for you .....
    I will try to be more creative too .
    Wish you well my friend .
    Big hug and lots of happy hugs

  69. Morning dearest one....we are both back to school tomorrow...I am feeling tired for the day already. Enjoy have been a busy bee creating so much joy in your sweet little shop! 2011 was a good year wasn't it!?
    Love to you's a new a new year..what more could we ask for. xoxoxoxoxo

  70. Oh. my. goodness. Anita! I am in love with that little bluebird! And Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale!
    You constantly amaze me! Looks like you are beginning the new year in terrific fashion!
    Back to school tomorrow. I'm not quite ready, but it can't be helped!I know when I see the children I'll be surprised by how much I missed them! Happy New Year

  71. Happy HAPPY New Year, sweet friend. Une tres bonne annee pour toi, ma tendre amie.
    May 2012 be full of joy, laughter and lots of beautiful moments. You keep those elegant heels of yours clicking!
    Much love xxx

  72. chère Anita,

    BLau - Blue - Bleu...

    I have a very favourite song ( j `aime beaucoup ) - etwas mehr blau - a little bit more of blue - un petit peu plus bleu... von- from - de Daliah Lavi... un petit peu plus bleu dans les yeux!!!

    Je t `embrasse ta Birgit

  73. Dear Anita,
    That paper mache blue bird wand and nest are so scute...YOU TALENTED ONE YOU! The Cinderella theatre is magical. Do you know that I love Cinderella? And that Valentine Card is the cutest. Red baloon, LOVE, and Valentines - three of my favorite things. This post is so creative. You shoot for the moon with all your endeavors. I know that the New Year will be another glorious one for you because you're so special. I always look forward to seeing your unique and wonderful posts. And yes, let's dream BIG this year. Love you, sweet Anita.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  74. oh anita... you are a fairy godmother bringing out the child-like fairy in me - bless you for the always exquisite inspiration. wishing you a new year that blooms in all things blue and lovely!

  75. Dearest Anita, i hope you will be all healthy and fine when shool starts - this was such a difficult time for both of us! I still feel not really great - but a lot better and hope that things will improve as the new year starts of. No snow here, just rain and more rain. Your beautiful blues here make me smile and dream of sun and blue skies. Have a lovely evening! xx

  76. How charming! Best of luck in your newest endeavor and a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours!

  77. Happy New Year!

  78. Oh my goodness! That bird on a wand is just so sweet. I want one. Im off to visit your store clever girl. Love it and the rest of your post!!! Fiona

  79. H A P P Y N E W Y E A R!!!!!!!!
    Oh dearest you ALWAYS make me
    Thank you dear sweet friend for stopping by for a wee swig of eggnog...daily. I do so LOVE your visits :)
    Well what a perfectly F I N E endeavor!! I am swwwwoooooooning over you eenie little crowned birds...ahhhh ever so pretty.
    You just OOOOZ creativity.
    Well darling the house is emptying out slowly. Mom went home today :(
    What a great visit...even when she was not well, it was still so VERY nice just to sit quietly with her...and when she felt well enough, we did little day trips. Oh it was perfectly wonderful.
    Lizzy will leave at noon to fly home to Alberta and Ryan flies to India at 1:00. My babies are flying the coop tomorrow...and I miss them already. We have had SO MUCH FUN together.
    And Marlene had a nutty day of furniture sales in the shop today, so will be filling a hole tomorrow morning.
    I had attended a few auctions and estate sales during the break and picked up some lovely treasures. Can't wait to do a TOTAL store revamp and spread these new "pretties" about.
    Well dearest so happy to hear you have enjoyed your holiday and are already diving into more classroom fun. Your little birds will be so excited to tell you of all their escapades.
    Have a great day at school tomorrow...xoxox...Rosie

  80. Yea! Let your imagination run wild. Love it all!!


  81. Hello my dear friend!!!
    Happy New Year!!!
    What a beautiful post!!! I adore the Cinderella theatres!!!! How was your New Years Eve?
    We went out to dinner and then back home... I saw the ball drop in Times Square on TV!!! I have this funny memory... I remember watching the ball drop on TV when I was in junior high. I had just had braces put on and they were so painful I couldn't sleep! I was up watching Dick Clark"s Rocking New Years Eve on TV and remember when the ball dropped and it was 1987!!!! I was in 6th grade!!! Memories!!!
    Hope you're having a great start to the New Year!!!
    Love & Hugs,
    Shannon :-)

  82. Such a promising time, isn't it? I have great expectations for the days ahead,and it may take going out on a limb to get there. Love your new little handmade objets d'art! Hope there are more forthcoming!

  83. Thank-you for getting to me about the fact I can't buy the 'Castle in the Sky' print and the 3 Marie Antionette gift tags. Please save for me. Etsy hasn't replied to my e-mail and I tried to buy again today at your shop without success.

  84. Anita, happy new year to you and your blue dreams. Everything looks so beautiful in blue, I agree.

  85. Oh dear sweet Anita...your words to me are just beautiful..thank you so very very much...All is so lovely over here...Your handmade items are just lovely...wishing you all the very best with them all!!! Happy New Year to has been so hot over here, finally...Cheers to the new week for Dzintra xoxo

  86. hey sweets ...a little birdie told me to stop in here!

    the unknown source for the bed is anthro, I believe ...

    ALSO did you hear Angela's BIG news???
    better check her out

    I'm inspired to go further out on my limb, just because of you.

    your etsy items will FLY ... pun intended!
    hugs and love

  87. Hi my dear! It's always marvelous coming here! You don't have a blog. You have a dream factory, dear! Your space is so lovely and so do you! I wish you and your family a great, wonderful, happy and blessed New Year! May Kind God bless you so much and keep you always so lovely like you are! Lots of kisses, Rachel :)))))

  88. What do you not do?!!!! These are such little treasures - I'm heading off to Etsy and I'm so excited! This beautiful post just made my week! Thank you once again for sharing!

    And now, it looks as though I will have to spend all afternoon here for I have been MISSING OUT!
    That's how it goes... we loose track of those blogs we love... but I thought of you yesterday and I am so glad that I did.
    Your work is so lovely and magical. I find myself all warm and fuzzy after reading this post! Those petite Cendrillon scenes... I can hardly handle them!

    Would you send me an email when you get a moment? I have a question to ask you.

    Much affection this new year. PS: I can't get away from blue matter how hard I try!
    the Parisienne Farmgirl
    Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine

  90. This is between etsy and me-not being to buy on etsy. I tried to buy with another seller and couldn't get the items in the cart. The message from etsy starts with 'UH OH..' I'll have to buy direct from the seller until I get it straightened out with etsy. Thanks so much for your help.

  91. It's Me...wondering how your first day back went????? Mine was easy as can be! Happy students...happy staff...what more could one ask for.
    Have a great evening..put up your feet and enjoy! {if possible} xoxoxooxo

  92. Darling, i didn't even know that you had an etsy shop!I'm so behind the times. I love the items you've added/mentioned and blue is always fashionable. It's enigmatic like the ocean which is also blue:-). Yes, we're finally feeling the Winter weather here-brrrr... I go back to work in March and i know the holiday ended too quickly for you. Hopefully the week will go by quickly!. Have a great week too. XX

  93. Hello my friend,

    I am still sick but I wanted to come by and tell you good luck on your first day of school! I hope your semester is fabulous and does not tire you out! Take care of yourself.

    I love all of your fabulous birds, and the little theater.

    Xoxo elizabeth

  94. Hi Dear Anita,

    Love the photo of the little one in heels! Makes me almost want to have a girl. :)

    I hear you about missing the comfort and coziness of your home. BUT, I was just thinking the other day that summer vacation will be here in about 4 or 5 months, right? So, you are almost half way through...It will be here before you know it. I definitely do NOT miss that "dreaded" feeling of going back to work after a nice long break. It can be SO hard getting back into the groove.

    I hope you have a lovely day, my friend!

  95. The Best is yet to Come. From
    your mouth to Gods ears. I hope it is, a better year than last.
    Very sweet fairy shoe. What a great planter it would make.
    Best wishes and a basket of love.

  96. Hi Anita!
    Oh thank you for stopping by my first post of 2012 ~ I am amazed I had the energy last night to begin to play with a photo from last week...
    I came home from work yesterday {first day back} and curled up on my cozy sofa and drifted asleep for almost 2 hours! I was soooo tired from Christmas week ~ and then first day back... sleep was so welcomed!

    How was your week, Anita? Did it linger long or fly by?
    I hope your first day back to school was calm. Sometimes the kids are as tired as we are!
    Yesterday morning, at 7:45, I looked at my class and said, "I think this is one of those moments when we dream about being in school. Do you think we'll wake up and discover we're still home?" What a challenge it was just "being there."
    Today the energy was much better.

    Did I tell you that I shared two of your cards with the 8th grade French teacher. I knew she would just love them and she did!

    I wish you a sweet week... filled with warmth and coziness. Enjoy creating your beautiful treasures. It's a blessing that you share your talents ~ sprinkling smiles and joy all around!
    *blessings always,

  97. hello my sweet friend anita, this post is really wonderful: i love the calm pictures and the shades of light blue. everything looks fantastic. like every post :)
    yes, the most important thing is love. so i wish you for 2012: health, luck and lots of love!!!
    big kiss to you!

    Lovely Greets
    Maren Anita

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  98. Hi~ I just found your blog through Burlap Luxe and I love it. I am your newest follower and look forward to more in 2012.

  99. Hello. I am visiting for the first time and I find this delightful post. I love all of the blue, and all of your advise, especially to go out on a libm. This is the year! :)

  100. Hi Dear,
    My email is on my sidebar... it's printed on a vintage postcard. I can't wait to talk!!!!

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  101. I want to go ahead and purchase those items with you by money order. Do you have a business e-mail that I can e-mail you and get your address?

  102. Dear Anita,

    I love that you are dreaming, in the colour blue. So beautiful and what a lovely start to the year.
    I adore your sweet birdie and nest, Cinderella's shoe, wand and little theater.
    Do hope your new year is off to a wonderful start.

    Sending hugs

  103. Morning sweet friend...hope all is well and the first week of school is flying by for you...2 more days and it is the weekend already...have a good one today. xoxoxo

  104. Wow, some stunning creations, good luck with it and all the happiness for 2012, take care, Doreen x

  105. Happy Thursday Anita Bonita :)
    Oh, I love this very clever post!
    what a awesome qoute from Mark Twain, of course he does have the best!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your creations! If I can rub two nickels together after Christmas, lol, I will be over to make a few purchases!
    I hope your new year is off to a grand start!
    Lots of love
    gi gi

  106. Dear Anita, Love all the new creations! The fairy slippers are fab, these will no doubt be flying off your etsy shelf! The magic within the birds, so subtle, yet screams I am bleu... love the tiny theateres too. You have such a creative soul, it's speaks volumes through your hands. Love and Blessings my friend, xoxoxo Christel

  107. Hi Anita! Your bird is so sweet! I love everything! I wish you the best for this new year!

  108. Hello my dear friend!

    I hope that you are staying warm! My goodness it is chilly here on the midwest, although I see from the news it is colder at home.

    I am starting to mend, although I cannot shake my cough, and runny nose. Thankfully the headaches are gone.

    Thank you for checking in on me, I always love hearing from you. Do tell, how are your new etsy items doing? A new year a new store!

    Have a great night! Xoxo Elizabeth

  109. Hi Anita~~~Thank you so mcuh for your sweet message. I am so thankful I have this blog so I meet great people like you~~

  110. Oh! The baby in the blue shoes! How charming is that???!!!
    You find the most remarkable photos, soothing to the soul.
    And I am soooo thrilled you have so very many lovely items in your Etsy have been a very busy lady!
    I shall have to go visit your shop and Ooooo! and Ahhh!
    This year has already been crazy, but I am taking one hour at a time as I never know what will happen next...but I am available for my family when they need me...and that is the most important aspect of my life at the moment...just being there for others.
    May you have a blessed evening and rest of the week~
    Teresa in California

  111. Happy New Year Anita
    Your little creations are simply wonderful.. love the little theatre productions.. so clever and whimsical

    Love that blueberry cake also!!! yummo

    Have a wonderful new year filled with love and happiness!! ciao xxx Julie

  112. Hello Anita!

    Thanks so much for visiting. I always love seeing your comments. Boy, I was a bit sluggish today. I was going to take Mr. M to Costco, but we never made it. Instead we did a little shopping at Target and then went over to my parents' house and visited a bit.

    I hope you had a good day. You are on the home stretch! YAY! Tomorrow is Friday and I hope you have a fantastic day. And a very relaxing weekend!


  113. I always seem to come late to your parties!!! But they are not to be missed!! Have a wonderful new year in blue!!! Cathy

  114. Adore your fairy shoes, Anita! So clever and charming. (just like you)
    Happy New Year to you and yes, let's make this a year of accomplishments and risks!

  115. Welcome to the new year Anita, and i think the your 5th image down on this post kind of reminds me of a hex sign a little. I may be stretching here but hey I'm on your blog where anything is possible, right! Richard

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  117. ALLERLIEFSTE vriendin ,
    Thank you so so so much for being there for me . Every time such a sweet and supporting comment waiting for me .
    It really means a lot LOT to me .
    Knowing there are friends all over the ocean thinking of me , of us and praying for us.
    Today is not a very good day ....not for Elisabeth She is so nauseous and cries a lot !
    I feel helpless .....and yet I know I have to endure for after today another day will come , hopefully a better day .....
    She sleeps at last and I immediately wanted to blog for a short while . Be with friends !
    hugs and hugs

  118. Hi dearest friend!!!!
    How has your week been?
    My parents visited & it was so nice to see them!!! My mom & I were looking at your blog. She LOVES the pictures you include in your posts as much as I do!!! The baby in the Tiffany blue tulle skirt is absolutely precious!!!
    We went to the art museum on Tuesday; it was SO cold and windy!!!! The only thing missing was snow but the air was biting cold!!! We took photos at the museum entrance; the wind was whipping like crazy & my Mom's hair is blowing straight up in the photos!!! Today- its 65 degrees here!!! Can you believe that?!!! No wonder my sinuses have been acting up!!! I'm sure this is only temporary and the real cold winter air will be back SOON!!! Until then- my husband & I plan to take the Jeep Wrangler out for a fun drive!!! :-)
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!!
    Love & Hugs!!!!!!!! :-)

  119. I have to confess I just wanna crawl through the screen and squeeze Miss Chubby thighs in rumba pants and blue heels! Too precious!

    I've got to go visit your store again, seems like you've expanded you beauties sweet Anita.

    May you and your knight in shinnin' armor have a blessed and beautiful New Year all year through. :o)

  120. Anita how precious!! Now, when you will have time to make these ever so charming items I cannot imagine. Do it you will though!!


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  121. Limbs are good, trust - the branch can hold you - the time it took to grow that branch, will work for us too.

    In some crazy way.

    HUGS and keep dreaming. I'll be dreaming with you.

    I think that one of the hands behind the back is from a movie:
    "The Piano", I will never forget her precious fingers.....

  122. OH and your bird wand is ADORABLE, I love the face, the little crown :-} the slipper !!


  123. Little blue paper mache birds in a nest and fairy slippers, Cinderella theatres? It is so very "Anita like"! Charming and soft as a blue feather, I love them. You are having a wonderful time, aren't you? I think everyone needs at least one fairy slipper for good luck. You had better make a lot of them!

  124. Your creations are just beautiful Anita. What a sweet little velvet slipper. Fit for a princess!
    Looking forward to seeing more in the new year.
    hugs from here...

  125. Just had to come by, dear heart, for my dose of magic today!!!!
    Love it all...I will be back to Etsy in a couple of weeks for birdies...oh yes!!
    - Irina ;)

  126. Hey there sweet girl!
    Oh these are a D E L I C I O U S collection of snappies. YUM!!
    How are you my DEAR, DEAR friend.
    Things here on the home front are just as nutty as ever...but I do LOVE the CONTROLLED chaos. Getting the shop back in order and PAINTING, PAINTING, PAINTING....yippppeeeee!
    Will be spending Sunday revamping the shop...wish you could pop in and share your inspiration with me.
    I'll even supply the lemon cranberry muffins. Does this tempt you??? Oh I hope so :) love you dear kindred...R

  127. Dear Anita

    A very beautiful, loving, happy & healthy 2012!
    That all your dreams and desires can be fulfilled.

    What a wonderful post

    Have a nice weekend

    A warm greeting,

  128. Oh no no no, how did I miss this one. I am so sorry my dear, how could I miss your post!

    A truly magical collection, your skills are growing like you following. Build it and they will come. I love them, so magical. Do you cast a wee spell over each one?

    Will stop by the shop for a visit.
    Great to have an Anita fix!
    Much Love

  129. Dear Anita,

    You are so sweet coming round to visit again. DId you not receive my long-winded I sent over yesterday? :) I will re-send now and we can catch up. You always say the right thing, it is the time that slips by so quickly!
    Hugs to you my friend!

  130. Happy morning dear one...I hope you have a cup of tea beside you and are enjoying the day so far. Always lots to do...even on the weekends. My list is a mile off I go to get started.
    Enjoy your creative time..your creations are stunning. hugs for the day. xoxoxoxo

  131. Thank you for your sweet visit today Anita and the lovely things you said! I hope school started well for you. I still am tired and not in full swing, but somehow, this January has a positive feel to it that makes me hopeful. Your bluebirds will bring on the good times! It's very warm here too, but grey and rainy - real "bed-weather". Have a cozy time and - take it slow and easy. I think i'll cool someting nice later ... xox

  132. Hello Anita, I am a little behind this week due to an unexpected dental problem. You are so talented! I need to go visit your new etsy shop and apologize for not doing so before this. Too much going on the past few weeks! I hope the beginning of 2012 is being good to you!~Hugs, Patti

  133. Dear Anita ,
    I wrote a comment yesterday to say haw happy I am every time I see your creative work , how talented you are to make people believe that miracles happen every day , how enchanting is your collection on Etsy and how I wish you from the bottom of my heart love and success in 2012.
    For some reason the comment was not published and I couldn't find your e- mail. Hope to hear from you .
    Thinking of you and dreaming with you .

  134. Dearest!!
    Knock Knock ... I could not get in yesterday. Your door was closed... I hope this takes.
    Thank you for coming over to visit again... Bebe is almost dressed!!
    Love to you dear friend

  135. My darling, it's always a dream to come here. It's a place to dream because everything is so full of dream and sweetness, as if we entered a land of fairy tales, which I love very, very much. I love fairy tales, romantic things, castles, crowns, clouds and armor, princesses and crystal clear water sources that mirror dreams. Thank you for letting us dream, dear! Lots of kisses, Rachel :)))

  136. Dearest anita - a funeral - oh my! Always hard to digest. I hope it wasn't someone so dear to you. Of course we need to be reminded sometimes, that live is short, to really cherish it, but still this gives a somber note to your weekend. Feel hugged, dear friend, and make yourself a lovely evening with your husband! xx

  137. Hello sweet Anita!

    I am expecting great things for 2012! I am really excited about it actually, and very excited for you too and the direction you are going in with your shop! I LOVE the slipper! How precious! You are so talented and it is always inspiring to see what you have created. I hope 2012 is a very creative year for you and one that you find the time to really follow your dreams!

    How is school going? I know some schools are still on break here, so perhaps you haven't started back up either. 2012 has been like a whirlwind so far. I hope it slows down a bit, but I am enjoying it. There are a lot of changes happening...good changes I think. I just can't wait to see what God has in store this year.

    I hope you are well! Sending much love your way! xoxo

  138. Love your new treasures Anita!!
    oh my goodness, these are so cute!
    What a talent you are!
    That photo of the babe with ruffles and shoes made me giggle out loud!
    Love to you and big hugs!

    Deborah xoxoxoxooxxoox

  139. Happy Friday beautiful Anita!!!
    How has your week been?
    We had a beautiful snowfall the other night but most of it is gone already.
    Our almost 15 year old terrier mix, Riley, had a mild stroke on Monday evening. We rushed him to the ER vet clinic where they ran tests & took X-rays. He was cleared to go home with us that night which made us happy.
    He's stable and doing OK. It's so painful to lose a pet- they are a member of the family!!! We had to put our Jack Russell terrier, Ross, to sleep in 2003 after we discovered he had an aggressive form of stomach cancer. It was so difficult and I miss him all the time!!!
    I was glad Riley was able to come home with us- I know I definitely wasn't ready to say goodbye!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!


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