Listen to the music

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Because



Where you choose to 

DWELL

to make 

your hearth

via

and home

via
 

is all a matter of

choice.

via


via
What

 you choose to 

let your 

heart

LINGER UPON

in thought or speech

is also a 

decision

that can place

the 

fleeting shadows of night

via
 
in right

perspective against 

the steadfast shimmer

of light.

via


via

BELOVED

do not be 

overwrought with 

the silhouette 

of 

obscurity


via
 
but be 

overwhelmed

with the

via
 
and 

BREATH-GIVING BEAUTY

of

life.

via


via


via



Rejoice

for

via






And

the winner of the 
Paris Link Party 

handmade paper shoe

is...

It will be in the post dear 
Fee!
Merci tout le monde!

140 comments:

YONKS said...

Congratulations to Fee! I love her inventive blog, well deserved and a wonderful piece of Anita artwork!

Love your insight dear friend.
Much love!
Di
X

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Congratulations to the "VERY VERY LUCKY LADY" who won your shoe! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE those little shoes you make! They are SO PRETTY.
Your post today is GORGEOUS! I smiled my way through and will have to go back for more!
I bookmarked a few photos. TOO BEAUTIFUL not to want to gaze at them over and over again...
Thank you so much for such a pleasant visit.
Have a fun week,
Hugs to you,
Donna

Peggy said...

Truly beautiful post. You just took me to a fascinating island in a sea of sameness.

Molly The Wally said...

Anita Tres Arty and we loved it , we think it is our most fav yet. Brilliant work as ever.
Best wishes Molly

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Congratulations Fee!!! YAY!!!!

And to you, dearest Anita, encore!!! Perfect words, beautiful music, spectacular images...bravo!

LOVE the black pup with its adorable aqua sweater. Sigh...I want to bring him...or her home.
The eyes beneath his picture are mesmerizing.

Thank you, love.

Joyful day to you!
Marcia

Tara Dillard said...

How you post is the closest I've seen to the magical trinity I call my life. Eco-system of garden-home-me. Patterns, templates, reality, magic, books, music, pets, Nature & more magic.

Kindred spirits are many.

Garden & Be Well, XO T

fee @ chipper nelly said...

HOOOOOOORAY!!!!!! FOR MEEEEEEE!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to win your beautiful shoe - and the colours are going to go perfectly in my boudoir!
Thank you so much lovely blogging friend. And a wonderful post as always. Puppies don't usually do it for me but if I saw that litlle guy I'd pop him in my bag and make off!

And I have my own giveaway posted today...so pop back over to mine in a spare moment....THANK YOU again
fee xxxxx

Ruben Rivera said...

Dearest Anita,
This is a stunning post of beauty that accompanies the thoughts and hopes of life's paths well chosen.

You lifted me up today.
Thank you.
Love
Ruben

PURA VIDA said...

That lucky FEE..and lucky ME to get to read your awesome words!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

So so beautiful! Such a lovely post, and the image of the puppie melted my heart.
Have a wonderful day.
Teresa
xoxo

Jade said...

Oh, what a wonderful post, my dearest Anita.......soooooooo beautiful!!!! Love the great pictures and the message and that´s what i´m thankful for!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

Hugs Jade

Gem said...

Aw well done dear Fee!! Truly deserved.
I love that puppy too, in fact it nearly made me cry. I get all emotional at new born babies and cute pups!!!
Lovely blog post as always and I swooned as always. That turquoise moth is stunning. As is the weird punk rocker pigeon!
Tee hee!
Dear Anita, I hope all is well with you. x x x x x x

kerrie of sea cottage said...

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. I believe it. Love is always near, beauty is everywhere, light shining in the darkness of our days.

wendy said...

Lucky FEE!!!!
Such a pretty post.
There IS always always always something to be thankful for.
Even when I have felt at my LOWEST and in my DEEPEST sorrows, I KNOW, I am not forgotten
and I have much to be thankful for.
It is good to always be reminded of that.

How is your summer going ??
I hope it will be wonderful for you with lots of time to Create Anita.
Hugs today

It's me said...

O wowwwww congratulations !!! Fee......so glad for her....happy summer darling....love love love Ria....xxx..

savvycityfarmer said...

please don't make menchoose .. but if youdo, I'll take dwelling four, horse and all ... just don't forget the chandie!


xoxoxo

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.
Always, always, always.

GardenGirl said...

thank you...this did my soul good today.

love to you <3

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

My dear friend, this post is fabulous. Just what I needed to remind me there is always good to be found if only we open our eyes.

I loved every image and your beautiful music too.

Counting the days...

Xoxo Elizabeth

Victoria Sayer said...

WOW...wouldn't have wanted to miss this for the world!
Breathe-giving beauty INDEED.
How is it then that I am still trying to catch my breathe after your incredible post just TOOK IT AWAY! Hahaha
Truly proof, dear Anita, that you ARE Queen when it comes to putting a post together. So stunning!
Oh,...and thank God for the fantastic items He has put on this earth for us to see!♥

Congratulations to sweet Fee!! (lucky duck!)
I know I could not be in your draw, due to the fact that I hadn't done a Paris post this year. (darn it!)
As you know, I am a bit swamped this year. NEXT year...look out!!
;-)
I am thinking that I should do a giveaway, for all my long suffering followers, seeing as I have been so absent of late.

Here is a link to how I filled my day, yesterday...
http://lilliputloft.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/oodles-of-poodles.html


~Vicki

Angelsdoor * Penny said...
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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh LUCKY, lucky, lucky Fee!!!!!!!
I am so happy for you.. I know when you receive this beautiful piece of art you will be touched with magic and full of joy! Anita's art is simply exquisite.

I love this post dearest... Ohhhh, the birds... such beauty in every image and word. Thank you for having such a giving heart..
Bisous!
Penny

Victoria Sayer said...

Hey, thanks for coming to visit me over at 'Lilliput Loft'. Yes these little canines do take such a lot of effort. They are actually all spoken for, if the sale goes through without a hitch. I'm not holding my breath though, as she wanted 50, and I could only manage 28...and she lives in Greece. (say no more) Still, I will just list them in Etsy, if she cancels, where I will be increasing their price, as I think $20 was too cheap, for the amount of work that goes into them. (Yes, I have made them ALL FROM SCRATCH)
I have just come from a visit with Rattus Scribus. He seems to have Tea Parties on his mind...

GrandmaK said...

Another journey to Wonderland! I'm in awe every time. I guess that's why I keep coming back! Cathy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dearest Anita,
What a gorgeous giveaway, Fee is very lucky! I love all of your fabulous creations.
I hope all is going well for you with the business and life. I am finally getting some time to rest before summer school starts and I'm back at it again.
Another beautiful post, and ahhh...
the music!
Hugs,
Patti

Mary said...

Congrats to Chipper Nelly. Anita, your post is lovely, artistic and inspirational. Thank you, and I agree there is always, always, always something to be grateful for...Mary PS I invite you to come follow me.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Yes, there is always, always, always, always something to be thankful for!

Stunning...as always, Anita!

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

How beautiful and you are so right to always remember being grateful.

I love the story you have woven through your images this week.

Congratulations to Fee. I love the colours of the shoes. No doubt will look adorable in her room

Helen xx

Stephanie said...

Congratulations to the lucky winner! And yes, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

Michelle May said...

Anita,dear friend...I simply adore your blog and your writing. I love the music that you so perfectly put with your posts. I love the beauty that you evoke. I love that blogging has brought us together. Congratulations to a very lucky winner of your beautiful creation.
xx

Debbie said...

Anita, as always, beautiful. Thank you for your calming words and beautiful blog.

XOXDO

Debbie said...

P.S. Saw Marie yesterday and spent time with the family (Rusty and Juliette) - Karina and Donte graduated from high school! Time goes by sooooooo fast. I remember when she was just a tiny baby and Marie and I would sit on a blanket under the big tree at the house in Pico and just stare at her when she was just a baby.

Sending you love my friend!
And say hello to Ruben!

XOXO
Deb

Palomasea said...

Oh Anita...this is one of your absolute best. So beautiful, and this is a thought to dwell on every single day. Gratitude is key to appreciating and seeing that very faith and that very love, n'est-ce pas? It is a choice, albeit we sometimes need dear souls like you to remind us.
Bless you, precious one!
You are a gifted WRITER, my dear, wonderful friend.
The photos are exquisitely curated, and I love that song.
Brava.
And a big WOOOHOOO to Fee...lucky girl!!
The collage is fabulous too ;)
Love you!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Oh yes, she is gathering her things for her next adventure.
Our conversation made my day! It was so good to hear your sweet voice.
That parrot...Is he beautiful or what.
Enjoy your evening dear friend
Bisous!
Penny

"Create Beauty" said...

Magnificent writing my dear!
And the images you chose are exquisite! The cat resting on the horses back, and that white bird with the tilt of the head reminds me of Drifter dog, he looks at me like that when he is trying to understand what I am saying!!!

Congratulations to Fee, she will be absolutely delighted with your artful shoe!!!

Thank you for your words of life.
~ Violet

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my gosh, there are NO words to describe the woman with the aqua eyes. Unbelievable is one that comes close. This post is very special to me when you describe how where we live is in our heart. I am going through this right now. With the kids all raised, we are wondering if we should live in the mountains or stay in the area where I have lived for many years. Such a big decision, and a lot of pros and cons to look at. I will ask God to guide me, as this has been very unsettling for me. The main thing that brought a tear to my eye is when you said there is always something to be grateful for. I think that's why I love ya so much. I am going to have to come back to see that pink bird and the lady in aqua. Such an amazing picture.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Was this written for me??? ;) ;)
Love u xoxo

Denise said...

Fee will love your pretty little slipper.So glad your words still enchant Me and also convey the truth.Hugs and blessings your way-Denise

Michele said...

Dear Anita ~~~ I always look forward to your posts ~ they always touch my heart in a special way ~~ I also really enjoyed the photo of the cute white bird ~~~

Congratulations to you Fee for winning the adorable gift from Anita ~

Blessings to both of you
Michele
Pearl 13.1

Renae said...

I loved the snowy puppy! so cute!
Congrats to Chipper Nelly!!! those shoes are exquisite!

EdenClare said...

that was an
awesome post
Anita...
oooh la la
...journal
is in Iowa...
for 40 days
you are next
for art and
prayer...

SizzleandZoom said...

Gratitude is the secret to a happy life. Gorgeous post.

Mimi said...

THERE is always something to be thankful for and having Gratitude is a Great thing to live by....
CONGRATS to FEE!!!!What an great gift to win for sure!!!
Your post was so charming ....and I loved all the color!!!
Have a Great weekend
hugs and love,
jamie--mimi

francis said...

you are so amazing to have this beautiful give-away .
Congratulations to FEE .
Once ...seems long ago now.... life seemed so easy . Everything was structured with work and family and days became weeks and weeks became months and months became years .
All was clear . SEEMED clear .....
I was a mother of four , my husband left me and I worked a fulltime job as a teacher and I was always making things .... baking things.... surprising people ....
so busy .....
and now ...my children left the house . The rooms are empty .
I am no longer working as a teacher
and so there is less inspiration to make or bake .....
and now it's all about me .
How about me ?
I am so thankful there is BLOGGING
I am so happy I found YOU
I feel we are sisters .....
Happy weekend Anita
I send you an email rightaway when the beautiful postcard arrived .
Thank you so much .
and you know what
the package I send you has come back to me .
I have no idea where it has been around the world
I made a mistake in the address
I am so sorrie but also happy
now I can send it to you for real !
happy weekend my dear

Amish Stories said...

Hi Anita and I wonder how your weather is towards the mid west, we over in the northeast are having some extreme heat. But that looks to be breaking as the weekend approaches. Makes me miss Paris that much more which reminds me I think I left my socks in that hotel room so id better go back to Paris to pick those up! Richard

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Congratulations to Fee!
What a lovely post for me to read first thing this morning. So full of color, power and inspiration.
Thank you :)

EdenClare said...

Art and Prayer
will be coming
first...
then
Art and Letters
comes
next...
what is that
new blog
about...

EdenClare said...

Art and Prayer
will be coming
first...
then
Art and Letters
comes
next...
what is that
new blog
about...

Denise said...

Anita,I would E-mail you with an answer but I don't have your address.I'm having My surgery July 5th.Waiting anxiously for My new baby tummy to arrive ;) My E-mail is knuckled54@yahoo.com Remember Me in prayer that day.Denise

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Oh my GOODNESS! What a truly beautiful post. I love so many of these images. I want to live in that cottage on the water, ride that horse and wear that black velvet coat. (With my bird!) What inspiration, must steal a few of these away to look at frequently. Thank you for sharing. x

C'est moi Claudette said...

Here I am coming to say that you inspire all of us Anita, to make changes if we aren't happy with our situations. There is always room for change, always.
Sister does that to me too. I'm a better person from her love towards humanity. You do that too.
Either pictures or words, you know how to move us.
We adore you my friend.
See, I jumped to Denise's blog to see how you moved her to reflect on Paris. You took her down memory lane, just when she needed it.
You are amazing.
I will come around to see how you are doing throughout the summer.
Enjoy your time with Ruben.
Love you
xoxoxoxo

RobinfromCA said...

Absolutely gorgeous post! You spoil us! I would love to live in that adorable cottage surrounded by roses and wisteria and have that lovely pink retreat in my back garden. True bliss!
Have a magical day!
Robin

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

Everyone should start their day this way. Who would not have peaceful spirit to share with others. I have The Washhouses of Pontrieux in Brittany on my latest post also. Loved the image. Thanks for another lovely experience!

Marie-Ange said...

Félicitations à l'heureuse gagnante.
Mais tu sais Anita, passer sur ton blog est déjà un cadeau !
Gros bisous et très beau week-end
Marie-Ange

Karena said...

Another gorgeous and inspirational post Anita, I love the music! You always give me much to ponder! Congrats to Fee..

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
Artist Series 2012

Michele said...

Hi Anita ~ It is me again. I was thinking about your post and decided to revisit it just because I think your words are so beautiful. May I ask, where do you find your inspiration??? I feel in my heart all inspiration comes from God and am wondering if you feel the same way, because I see the blessing of God within you Anita when you post such life giving words on your posts.

Thank you Anita~
God Bless You,
Michele
Pearl 13.1

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Beautiful images as always, Anita! Congratulations to your winner! My sister is visiting from Florida the past 2 weeks...my everyday life has been on hold until she returns home. Hope you are enjoying your summer!~Hugs, Patti

erin said...

congrats to the winner of your handmade lovely! happy summer, anita!
erin
xxoo

Fete et Fleur said...

Anita, your shoes are so sweet. Fee s a lucky girl!

Wishing you and Ruben a lovely weekend. Thanks so much for leaving Dawnes comment. You're a doll!

xoxo,
Nancy

chateaudelille said...

Stopping to find things Im grateful for is how I got thru some difficult times. Such an important tool for life really. Congrats to Fee. Ill have to check out her blog. Fiona

carolyn bradford said...

I Loved the black lab puppy as well! congrats to your winner! I will definitely have to enter the contest next year! Loved this beautiful post! Thanks so much for all of your kind and encouraging comments…You are always so thoughtful!

June said...

Another gorgeous post dear Anita!!!
Congratulations to Fee!
hugs from here...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are so cute! Well, you may want to ask Rattus to go to the concession stand and buy some popcorn.... It may be awhile..teeee

hi-d said...

Oh how true this is! Sometimes I think "too much" and get myself in a bit of a jam...I have so much to be thankful for indeed! And I am so thankful for you, my dear friend.

Congratulations, Fee! Ohhhh....I bet she's so excited!

Have a lovely weekend, Anita. I think you and I need to take a break from cleaning this weekend...DEAL? haha...

Ivy Clad said...

Fee is so lucky; the shoe is beautiful!

Beautiful thought-provoking post, dear friend. Your photos feed my love of whimsy; your words my mind and soul. "Do not be overwhelmed by the silhouette of obscurity.." How very Important that is. I was thinking the other day how very small my stature to do something truly wonderful. Then I thought of a few people who, despite their relative "insignificant" beginnings, used every ounce of what they DID have to ultimately touch many people in positive ways. Like Mother Teresa & Gladys Aylward. Your post is a great reminder-- gratitude for what I do possess is key to creativity and being a force for good.

I hope your weekend is wonderful!
Keri

The Dutchess said...

This post is so special...thank you..hug from all of us.xoxo

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita...you are too funny! I guess that is a good sign to be thinking about me and painting after your exam!~Hugs, Patti

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

here goes another try! I simply must leave a comment on this beautiful post. I've signed in and out twice again, so lets see...

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh!! It worked!!!! So as I said in my email, Such beautiful thoughts and I really did want to "dwell" in your images. But instead, we shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever, n'est-ce pas, chérie?
xx
dawne

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

here goes another try! I simply must leave a comment on this beautiful post. I've signed in and out twice again, so lets see...

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

That is so weird. My two comments totally changed places, and one posted twice. I'm going off to get coffee and a lobotomy.

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

here goes another try! I simply must leave a comment on this beautiful post. I've signed in and out twice again, so lets see...

Kerri said...

I have chosen to dwell in Paris since you took me on an amazing trip, I haven't departed... Big thanks to you for giving me the inspiration to learn more about France! I will try to post my daydream adventures as often as possible. As soon as I finish school I am considering taking a class to learn to speak French.

Have a blessed weekend my friend!

xoxo
Kerri

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Congrats to Fee and thank you for always lifting our spirits with your beautiful posts! You are a treasure in the blogging world, my friend!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

And I am ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS thankful for you. :)

Thank you for stopping by, love. I'm not surprised about the slippers, kindred spirits, remember? ;) They are so pretty, perfectly suited for you.

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR Saturday. You never know what opportunities to love you'll find along your path. I say even a smile to a store clerk makes a world of difference. Sometimes all that people need is a simple acknowledgment, eyes meeting eyes with warmth. I was reading that in the book I am enjoying (the one I photographed at the beach) and I thought how I've been doing this for so long. It's fun to see the reactions.

K, off to visit with Pinkies now.
MUAH!!!

Tiny Tess said...

Hello Dear Anita, its me Tess, George has let me pop over to visit.
Congratulations to Fee, I think that shoe would fix my tiny paws.
Thanks you for asking about my leg, I'm doing really well, I've just come back from swimming and on Thurday a did a long walk with George and Boomerang in the Mud!!! Mom thought my leg would be to bad this Saturday for my swim but I am fine.
I'm going to be swimming in the Blog olympic games. All about it will be in next months Tess.
The photos are stunning in this post, mom gets her inpration from the photos on your posts.
Sending you a ((hug))) and kiss across the pond Tess XXX

Tiny Tess said...

Opps it could say FIT my tiny paws
Sorry xxx

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Sent you a special email. Let me know if you get it.
XOXO

koralee said...

Morning to you my friend...such a lovely message once again! And congratulations to Fee! She is very blessed to have one of your beautiful shoes. I know she will treasure it.
It is Saturday morning so you know what that means...no more school with students! They are all set free and the staff will be following them next Friday. I have 3 more teacher clean up days! It is almost here that wonderful time called Summer Holidays.
I really can't believe that you have been out for so long already...you school must start up earlier than ours.
Have a great day...I am still working on Christmas over here...but with all this rain the light is so bad for photo taking. Oh well at least I have the ideas....love to you my friend.

Sylvia said...

All this beauty of stunning images, wise words, moving music makes me content, overwhelmed with wonder and thankful for you. Dear Anita, thank you for always visiting me and always making my day special!
Congratulations to the lucky winer!
Much love and wishes for a fabulous Summer !

lostpastremembered said...

Good that the shoe found a new home... how fun it will be to display. A bit of fairytale to catch your eye during the day is a lovely idea.

I could also move in to the first picture of the kitchen in a NY minute... what a beauty!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest
Curtain up! Grab your coat

Sonja said...

I've never 'met' anyone who sees beauty in life the way you do. I am such a realist that it is ALWAYS refreshing to come here and drift on your beautiul clouds. :)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I Thought that might surpirse you!
Oh I am so THRILLED that you enjoyed... Don't you just love that music? Teeeheeee... Yes, I plotted, giggled and giggled some more as I created... Thank you sooooo much for your encouraging words my dear dear friend!!!!
Love,
Penny

EdenClare said...

a dress...
oooh la la...
a must see!

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello my sweet friend,
I'm in away every time I'me visiting your blog!!! You're a master with words and pictures!!!
Have a nice weekend my friend,
Hugs,
Liliane

Vicky said...

Hi Anita Spectacular post, I love the series of photos and music
What a beautiful lovely message!! ♥♥

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous images! Love that boat of flowers. Enjoy the fabulous week ahead, Kellie xx

Martina said...

Congrats to the happy winner Fee! Anita, this weekend has been crazy busy - i had friends over and there was a big meet up with my high-school classmates in a winery here, that was fun! Today is quiet and it rains and i hope i find time to catch up with everyone! Magical pix you've found here and i love the nesssage of your post! Have a lovely sunday my dear friend, sunny greetings from germany!

Rhissanna said...

Many congratulations to Fee! And what a lovely post. Such pictures and music; it's always magical coming here. Thank you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita what a very very moving and inspiring post...I think I will have to go back and read it again...just beautiful! Congratulations to Fee on this giveaway! We have just come back from The Food Show on Sydney...oh my I feel like this past week has been 1 long holiday! A beautiful week to you...Dzintra xo

Victoria Sayer said...

Hey...just checking to see if you had your own etsy mini...and spied your
Les Robes en Papier, in your side bar,
to match your blue shoes!

GORGEOUS! Just GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

And your Garden space...
BEAUTIFUL!!!!

koralee said...

How was your Sunday my friend? We just got back from my Sydney's dance recital...she made a stunning ballerina! Only 3 more days for me my friend...THREE MORE DAYS!!!! Hugs

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Lucky Fee! Stunning photos. I just love your blog!! :)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

WATCH OUT for those RINOS Tea Rat! They don't watch where they are going... I am having a blast here... Oh yes, get that women to sketch you a BIG elephant!

Anita, Yes, it was simply BEAUTIFUL! You know, that is the most timely part of a creation is the thinking process, right?
Thanks for drawing side by side with me today.
LOVE

A Magical Whimsy said...

Ah! These photos are so radiant, Anita! Sweet reminder to be thankful... And I love the song 'Perfect Day'....those Celtic sounding songs as so ethereal...and touch the deepest part of my Scottish heart.
Teresa in California
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogpsot.com/

catkin tales said...

hello dearest

my word.. this is one of your most breathtaking posts yet! so very lovely ❤

our little fairy is deciding to arrive fashionably late and i am spending my time trying to calm a very nervous mummy and daddy who look like they might be facing a c-section in the next day or two.
i shall be looking after my little grandson this and next week so it is unlikely i will be able to post on my blog but i will pop along here and let you know of any news.

sending warmest hugs xxx from lily too, of course xxx

The enchanted home said...

Anita.......breathtaking.....your vision, words and pictures to tell a story take me to a beautiful place that I want to stay in!! I am sure I would have TONS of company when I say that you NEED to do a book....capturing all of these wonderful inspirational thoughts and mini stories.....too beautiful to not share with the world!

Debby Steele said...

Anita,

Thank you for a well timed message this morning that is beautifully delivered, as only you can do. This was EXACTLY what I needed this morning.

Much love,
Deb xoxo

koralee said...

Happy Monday...I am off and runnnnnnning but will soon have lots of time to stay a visit you for a while. xoxoxo

Stacey said...

Congrats to Fee! What a lucky lady to have a creative piece from you in her home! Are you enjoying your Summer? I am, although life hasn't slowed one bit, but I am not complaining:-). XX

Kathie (Krafty Kat) said...

I was asked to pass the Sunshine award on to bloggers that positively and creatively inspire me and you are definitely on that list! I realize that you probably don't "do" blog awards or have time to repost and that is fine but I wanted to let you know that your blog is appreciated! You can read all about it here: http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunshine-award.html

Best Wishes,

Kathie
Krafty Kat

Cindy said...

Your posts always inspire me and make me smile! So, so lovely!

Ann said...

Lovely post...
To be thankful always,
this I will remember always.

maria l. said...

Visitar tu blog es sentir una brisa fresca en la cara una mañana luminosa de verano.
Las fotos son exquisitas.
Gracias por regalarme este momento.
Tu fox terrier se parece mucho a uno que tuve y se llamaba Self. Son adorables

Marydon said...

Congrats tot he lucky winner.
Beautiful share, as always ... I want that darling pooch.

Come join our cause for Zoe, I deeply appreciate this.

TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Amish Stories said...

Thought Id get a second helping of Anita's blog, man look how many comments you have I feel very full. I need to sit down,lol. I really dropped over to re-look at your pictures and that puppy image is my favorite, I'm am a big animal lover after all. Richard formally of Paris now living in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Richard

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Amish Stories said...

Thought Id get a second helping of Anita's blog, man look how many comments you have I feel very full. I need to sit down,lol. I really dropped over to re-look at your pictures and that puppy image is my favorite, I'm am a big animal lover after all. Richard formally of Paris now living in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Richard

Anne said...

Aah, i so love the images you post! They're all gorgeous, but i esp liked the cat on the horse, so sweet!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Congrats to Fee! And merci again for inviting me to such a tres amusant soiree! That was so much fun. I can hardly wait until the next one. And I didn't get to half the names on your attendants list! Maybe we should do that on a regular basis? Like once a month! I know some bloggers who do a Friday night virtual cocktail party and share recipes. Whaddya think?
But for now, a bientot!
Kirsten

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Dearest Anita,
Thank you for this beautiful message...Once again your lovely words fill my heart with joy.Thank you for sharing this :)

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Abrazos <3

And Congratulations to the lucky winner.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello dear friend! How are you? Did you have a wonderful and creative day? I hope that you are making beautiful things.

I wrote a post you may fined interesting, about an artist that makes dresses, shoes out of paper.

Have a great day!

Elizabeth

Kristin said...

Hi Anita!!! Some of these photos really blow me away!! I love the lantern and the bird. Reminds me of Dawne's photos. And yes, it is so important what we choose to think about or say....the key to everything I would say :) Have a beautiful day and week, sweet Anita!!!!!

xx

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Anita, Congrats to your paper slipper winner (Nelly) boy she is going to love your creative beauty in an artful way.

Now I am maybe more shocked then you! so please come by for a visit and see who is my winner!
"Vintage by Nina" (Book)

Can you send me your mailing address via email...My email address is on my sidebar of my site.

Yes, my dear friend you are my winner!

Blessings
xoxo
Dore

jayneonweedstreet said...

As always, love this and love to be taken away with your choices.

KarenSue Farash said...

Hello! I came over to meet who won the Vintage by Nana giveaway from Burlap Luxe.
Give and you shall recieve!! You gave a giveaway and won a giveaway!
And I found a beautiful blog with a post that I needed today!
So thank you and congratulations!

EdenClare said...

Anita...
i started scraping
again...and i am loving
it...it really helps
creatively...and it
is a wonderful place
to visit...those
books of scraps!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Hi there, dear friend, thank you for stopping by. Glad you liked the Gift of Light tags, although they are a little more than a tag. ;) Those were actually made with parchment paper wrapped around tiny tea lights, so what you see is not a battery operated candle all the way to the top, but paper. They are so much fun to make.

I cannot wait for the mad tea party. Have you participated before? I'm more excited for that than for my own. hee...I told you I like being a guest more than a host. ;) Mine is more of an intimate gathering. Must visit Vanessa's page again to see some of the highlights from last year's madness. ;)

Have a beautiful day, love.
MUAH!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Aren't we the blessed ones to have won Burlap Luxe's incredible giveaway? So thrilled and also happy to have found your blog. When we get our books, I would love to compare thoughts and notes with you.
Blessings and Hugs,
Karen

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

Anita,
You always manage to give me goose bumps on my arms. The music the images. Sigh.... the photo of the girl and the tree...amazing.

The house on the river....!! leave me there and pick me up in a year... or never.

Lorraine

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita!!!
How has your summer been going? It's HOT here!!! Whoa!!! We've been staying in the air conditioning the past few days to avoid the scorching heat.
I love your post with all the magical, fairytale looking homes.
That mint green color is stunning!!!! I LOVE it!!!!
I bought a vintage fur coat that has multi colored strips of leather in between the salt & pepper color fur; it's so unique!!! I have never seen anything like it.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
Hugs!!!! Shannon :-)

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, so glad you like the little presentation over at my blog! Just looked at your newest work, really gorgeous and artfully done! We have such humid weather here, it makes me tired. I want to roll on a lawnchair and sip cold tea all day ;)

DolceDreams said...

And I am thankful for you and your sharing of your incredible talents :)
xo,
Nathalie
p.s. are you free?

Nancy said...

Anita,
I came across this blog post about a museum of paper fashions and thought of you:
http://architectdesign.blogspot.com/
They had paper shoes, too!
enjoy.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Beautiful and inspiring post you have shared dear friend and love all the gorgeousness you have shared.
Congratulations to Fee, she will be thrilled.
Also have visited Martina and saw the beautiful creations of yours she had shown.

Hope that you are enjoying the week and having fun creating.
Many thanks for visiting me.

Hugs
Carolyn

Charlene said...

Beautiful!!! The photos, the words & the thoughts... Thanks for sharing.
Charlene

Jeri Landers said...

Congratulations to the winner if THE Shoe!
Ah, isn't life beautiful, just LOOK at that dove!! And the aqua moth, and the PINK parrot. I met a lady this weekend who was walking around with a pet powder-blue parrot on her shoulder. One only has to look around to see what a wondrous world it is, and be content in that. Indeed, happiness is a choice.
Hamish sends you 6 tail feathers and a Honk AND his undying affection!

catkin tales said...

my parcel has arrived! dearest anita, it is more wonderful than words can express. i have cried tears of joy and gratitude and am so very touched by the love, generosity and sheer magic of it.
i want to send you a huge hug and express deepest thanks for all the beauty you create with your fair hands and sweet imagination and for being the kindest and most inuitive friend. you are a wonder, you truly are.
much much love to you xx and may you reap double (at least) the lovely blessings you bestow on others xx

dorothy

koralee said...

Morning dear one...today is meeting day! Not my last day. Friday is my last day...I can make it..I do not have to go in tomorrow.
So what fun have you been up to? I can only image. Wish I could pop over for tea! Love to you today whatever you do. xoxo

Greet Lefèvre said...

Oh dearest Anita, 130 comments already!! Oooooh my goodness! Do you have time to read them all?
How are you my dear? Is summer vacation started already?
I wish you a wonderful and relaxing holliday my friend!
What a wonderful post here today! Yet seeing the first picture I said 'oohh and aahh'!! You always knows to let beat our heart faster my friend!
Anita, thank you for asking about Mango! Oh yes, she is fine! I just love her so much! I try to go riding 3 times a week in the evening when I finished work.
And how are you Anita?
Thank you for always stopping by, I so appreciate it!
Een dikke knuffel (a huge hug)from Belgium!
xx
Greet

Barbara said...

Congratulations to Fee!
And love your post today, Anita. All the lovely links and charming vignettes. Yes, It's the little things we have to take time to look for. So easy to overlook with our busy lives.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you for coming! Oh, i'm so busy these days and wish i had more time for blogging and paintingpromoting your goegeous pretties! Is the heat wave there yet? We have the strangest summer so far, but at least today i was more awake ;) Have a fantastic wednsday, much love from germany! xox

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour Anita, how are you doing on the other side of the pond? I know you finished school work. Perhaps you are working in your garden, reading, walking long walks .. enjoy Summer time to the fullest ma tendre amie
Lots of love xx

EdenClare said...

speaking in french
gosh that sounds fun...
we are camp girls are
working on self portraits
again today along with
creative writing...its
soooo pretty here with
the morning light filtering
in through the trees and
sparkling on pool water...

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Helloooooooo Beautiful Anita!!!
Ooooo, I want to sneak off to these gorgeous places! Let's go asap!

Hope your Summer is off to a grand start! I am sure you are busy creating something beautiful!

I hope your staying cool! Whew, it's sooooo hot in Iowa!

Think of you often!
Much love
gi gi

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hello dear! That was surreal and light! Thanks for the amazing post! Blessings.

Amish Stories said...

I thought id pop-in again Anita, it was either come here or drive down to the Bronx, and you won! Richard

ivana said...

Dear Anita, thank you for making me change direction every once in a while!

p.s. you reminded me of Mark's Twain quote on your other blog Nowhere. I hope you don't mind me using it!

Kristin said...

Thanks for your lovely comment, Anita! Coming here always make me feel like I'm in a wonderful fairytale world! A great new week to you!

xoxo Kristin