Friday, November 23, 2012

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114 comments:

  1. Yes. I agree. Profit is a verb as well as a noun!

    xo

    Andie

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  2. Typing through tears...bien sur. ;)
    One of my favorites, dear sister.
    What an honor it was to behold you and your magical space at the show...and then to hear the story of these three precious individuals who touched your heart...because YOU touched theirs so deeply...priceless indeed.
    Love you...
    The images are amazing...
    And the music! :))
    BRAVA!

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  3. I was there with you at your first art show and I was so happy to see you in a venue with other artists and to know that your art brought the joy and humor of play to everyone that stopped and gasped at your work, as it always does to me. There were buyers (enough to more than pay for the costs of being in the art show), but in this economy buyers stayed with the least expensive things (e.g. remember the laid-off teacher?) you had like cards and tags. But I saw on many a face the joy and sparkle of beautiful childhood, or childhood memories. I am so proud of you, and believe that this was a good first step. Let's keeping walking.
    Love
    Ruben

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  4. Nice one Anita. Pretty post today. Hope you had a great day yesterday. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. Hi Dear Anita,
    I am so proud of you for having a body of work expansive enough to put together a show. That in and of itself is a testament to your creative genius. Your works of beauty will find their way into the hearts and lives of those who have the vision to embrace the joys they may bring. Like the child, the teenager, and the old man, .... all in due time, all in due time.
    Big hugs,
    Patti
    I believe in you.

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  6. un post molto bello,complimenti!

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  7. ....and this is to me, what blogging is about....touching the spirit and soul of other readers, in the majestic way in which you related your Soulful experience of having the HONOR of reigniting the magic that was forgotten, stolen, or misplaced in those 3 beings...and more I am sure. THIS my dearest Anita, is why we do art....this is indeed...PRICELESS. MUCH LOVE, lady

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  8. Oh Anita, now I have tears in my eyes.........how i wish to have this wonderful post as a book, to read every day in it!!!!! 1000 hugs and kisses for you, my dear friend, and thank you so much for this breathtaking post.........loooooooooove it so much!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

    Hugs Jade & Sheila & Katie (she is sitting beside of me ;)

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  9. Dearest Anita- the pix in this post are once again stuning - ad so is - YOUR ART! It really is a mix of everything you said, plus a dash of magic from you! Have a fun and ctreative weekend, xox

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  10. I don't know any one else who has this gift, of writing a beautiful story {and finding the most amazing photos to tell the story) from the depths of disappointment (an art show with not many sales, been there, several times t!)

    To have been touched by these souls and to see them for who they are and who they became while beholding your creations is divine!

    I love how you have the heart and talent to weave these threads into a glorious tapastry of inspiration.

    Love you dear friend,
    Violet

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  11. Wowwwww so beautiful.....love and more love from Holland my dear friend...love you Ria...xxx...

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  12. Bonjour inspiring Amie, I must re read and re look your pretty post!!
    Enjoy watching sweet snowflakes dancing outside the windows of your cozy home, Anita.
    Keep warm xxx

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  13. All my clients are children again.

    That's what gardening is.

    Countless checks written to me have, "Thank you" at the bottom.

    More amazing is when I lecture and how many people, afterward, must-must-must tell me their garden story while grabbing my hand or arm or both.

    Yes, there is something in what we do from our heart & not the money motivation. Yet, money arrives. I call it 'sideways'.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  14. Dear Anita,

    Congrats on your first Art Show, the first of many, I know that! :-)
    I'm sure all the visitors have loved your Art! :-)
    Keep going with your creativity and beautiful work! :-)
    Beijinhos,
    Sandra

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  15. Truly amazing piece of art in all ways.God has blessed you and may He continue to do so.Wishing you peace-Denise

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  16. magical... as always! Have a special weekend, dear Anita!

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  17. Through my tears too, Anita what beautiful words. I wish I could see one of your Shows, maybe one day! Such true thoughts about creativity and the profound effects it has. So honest and special.. Thank you, Flora

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  18. Well Dearest,
    I did not win any prizes at my first show either.But our day will come.And we did put smeiles on faces.I... like you did notice that my work was getting more attention. They just wasn't buying.Nobody else was selling their art either. Your work is just stunning so it wasn't a failure.Don't even go there.
    Hugs beautiful,
    Marie Antionette

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  19. As you said, profit is subjective. Your profit was there and you realized it and accepted it.

    I know many that have changed paths midstream, myself included. One of the most common expressions is "I've never had less money, nor been happier than during this time". I could not agree more.

    Keep moving forward with your art. The public will catch up with you.

    Bisous,
    Simone

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  20. Oh Anita, you are so sweet, thank you soooo much for all your lovely words!! I know, one day you will create a wonderful book.......follow your dreams and they will come true!!! Here in Bavaria we go to sleep soon, so I say good night ;))!

    Hugs, Jade

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  21. Congratulations on your first show Anita...my first fashion fair was unsuccessful in making a profit...but 3-years on it's a very different story...you are just beginning my friend...enjoy every minute.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Catherine
    xx

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  22. I thought I come here to comment again....those childrens eyes!!! Nothing so precious as that in all the world!! Will copy here what I wrote you: Thank you again, precious one. The "fun challenge" will be to find a way to make a living from it....yes, I've tried several times myself, in both small ways and big ones! One was to pack up and get rid of everything I had, bought a one way ticket to Bali, Indonesia to begin a business which I was totally confident I could do, and find a place to live somewhere out there in the world with no clue and 2 suitcases! OK???
    Days later 9 11 happened and though I had to continue, my plans were thwarted for no one was allowed into Bali at that time. I went to Greece and so much has happened. I even tried a tiny home venture here making my own lotions and organic creams, perfumes and such, again!, but Florida is a very very strange place, and though everyone told me I NEEDED to sell these things, NO one bought them, cheap as I priced them. I know how challenging it is.
    And so in this tragic world, yes, artists are soulful people at heart and what they do they think is for 'money' is really spiritually to keep the magic alive! LOL and so whether or not we make a living, we DO make a difference! I go through this every week, praying to find a way to make a living for myself, my situation is very tough.
    Two days ago, a long time friend told me at the local fair, that I made a big difference in her life, I brought her magic and fun....since we met.....and it was soooo very good to hear this.....almost....almost.....worth living for.
    blessings
    lady

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  23. Dear Anita,

    That is wonderful that you had your first show, congratulations!
    Have been there at shows and it is hard when people are not buying.
    You do feel very disappointed but glad that you were able to see the miracle of the child, teenager and the old man. Such a beautiful post and photos and listened to the music, which I loved. Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you a happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. Anita, so happy to hear that you've participated in your first show. The fact that you have a body of work for a show is success all in itself! Congratulations!
    Your post is as lovely as ever. I also enjoyed the Thanksgiving post below that I've just now viewed. It's been a busy week with little time on the computer.
    All the best for magical holidays. ~ Sarah

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  25. Hello Anita

    A delightful post and I love the images of the old man becoming a young boy. Congratulations on your first show and having such a body of work. You will succeed, keep up your great work

    Helen xx

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  26. Those very encounters brought you profit of immeasurable worth. Sounds like it was magic, my friend. Love the way you shared it with us. You do know you had me at "a child." ;)
    MUAH!
    Marcia

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  27. Dearest Anita,

    My first art show was a great success! My second was a resounding failure and disappointment. But THAT led me on to bigger and better things on my own, because I had to! It's true, disappointment and failure spur us on to become what we are meant to be, through scary hard work and putting ourselves out there. So many people love your stuff, so take heart and keep on going. You can do it!!

    From one business woman to another,

    Love

    Mary

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  28. Dearest Anita,
    This is just the begining and I can only imagine how far your talent will take you if you give it time.. Have faith.
    Your work brings pure joy and magic. Beautiful post my dear friend. I am so proud of you.
    Bisous!
    Penny

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  29. May every art show with you as a participant enhance your experiences as you share your talents with the world. So much beauty in your photos and written word this week. I've been blessed.

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  30. Good morning ma bella, waiving at you as you start your Samedi x fill it up with boundless JOY x

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  31. This is beautiful Anita!!

    Your photographs are just priceless. Sometimes we do things, not because they will create wealth.. but because it's what we NEED to do. Keep looking at the BIG picture and everything will come together :)

    My brother is a wine maker. He doesn't make a lot of money, but he is happy. He surfs, plays the piano, loves art,.. and he enjoys the countryside and watching the grapes vines. It's a peaceful existence and it is part of HIM. So often we allow success to be determined by the what we make rather than having a purpose for what we do.

    Do everything for yourself and follow your passion! You are an amazing artist and writer :)

    xx
    leslie

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  32. Dear Anita what an exquisite post. How sad that your first art exhibit was not successful in monetary terms. Sometimes it takes a while for others to see the ingenuity, they often do not recognise it when they see it for the first time. Have a lovely weekend. Sharon x

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  33. Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you dearest Anita!!!!!
    Did you brave the Black Friday sales? My parents are visiting so we stayed in.... :-)
    This is such a beautiful post- as always!!!! I adore the photo of the back view of the beaded aqua colored dress- so gorgeous!!!!!!
    I've been watching old movies on TCM and working on blog. I just saw on my AOL news feed that actor Larry Hagman passed away Friday afternoon from cancer...
    He played "JR Ewing" on the long running TV series "Dallas".... I watched "Dallas" all the time with my mom when I was younger. I have so many memories of waiting for the season ending cliffhanger episodes!!!! So sad to hear of Larry Hagman's passing....
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!!
    It was warm here until yesterday evening when a big cold front moved in with cold rain & wind. Today it was much colder & very windy!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Shannon :-)
    http://fashiondiarylooks4.blogspot.com

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  34. Oh-la-la ma belle! What a beautiful creation!! I love your work and your words. We learn so much from our experiences don't we? invaluable lessons that cannot be received any other way.
    Thank you for your visits and your all your uplifting kind words. The support we give one another is priceless indeed.

    Bisous, Sherry

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  35. Your post has taken my breath away, brought tears to my eyes and given my heart a smile...thank you! YOU are priceless my dear.

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  36. i have such a soft place for little old men.
    your photos and sentiments are lovely.

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  37. Entre le rêve et la réalité il suffit parfois d'une plume d'ange ...
    Douces pensées chère Anita
    Je t'embrasse
    Marie-Ange

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  38. Merci mon cher ami, c'est toujours un plaisir de lire vos commentaires. Je me rendrai ce soir, vous et votre etsy, en prenant le temps d'admirer de près.
    Simple grise française et le blanc de Joyeux Noël c'est ce que je suis la conception d'ici, je sais combien vous êtes friands de la même chose.

    Beaucoup d'amour et d'inspiration séjour de vacances.

    bisous
    oo
    Doré

    Anita,
    such beauty you create, and words taking my breath away.
    Love Maya Angelou
    You my dear are our Maya :)

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  39. Anita,
    So sorry to hear that your first art show was not as profitable as you hoped, but I'm sure that like your beautiful posts, they will have be touched by your art and will remember it, and come back at another show and buy.
    Sarah x

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  40. Anita,
    You are such a wonderful storyteller! And of course the artiste in you magical creations is encroyable! Building your business, finding your niche, getting comfortable and finding your audience (that buys)...takes a little time, But don't give up! Because all of these little steps will take you where you are meant to be. Keep going! That tutu is just so stunningly beautiful, made with so much love and care. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    bisous,
    Nathalie

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  41. Dear Anita -
    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I would have loved to be at your art show. To see your magical pieces in person.....to be part of your first show....what an an experience that would have been! Congratulations, Anita! I'm so proud of you. And waiting for that future book!
    Take care,
    Loi

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  42. Bonjour!
    Oh my yes! I will count you in dearest.. Thank you so much for the visit and wanting to bring Bei home.
    bisous!
    Penny

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  43. I am happy and proud of you, my dear Anita! I would love one day to be among these lucky people enjoying your art in person. Everything we've experienced in our lives- the good and the bad, is a PRICELESS learning experience and definitely a step ahead. You make people smile, you make them happy, you awaken the inner child in them making it easy for them to sense life- this, my friend, is more than success!
    "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain " is one of my favorite movies of all time and Yann Tiersen's music is brilliant.

    Love to you!

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  44. Anita, while I was staring and staring at your fabulous design, I thought you can create an on-line course or workshop to share your thoughts about art , particularly paper- mâché and paper sculpturing, your process and experience with those who are interested in it. It takes time to prepare videos, create a life discussion and some written tips, but, why not, just give it a thought ...
    Thinking of you!

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  45. My dear friend,

    Indeed you had a successful show, to touch three lives so profoundly makes it all worth while. It think it is as they say, "to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

    You are more talented than you know, that I can attest to, each time you post on of your beautiful messages, or send of one of your creations you touch someones heart, and change their life.

    I am thankful that I found you and that we have become friends for your kindness and spirit make me want to be better.

    Enjoy your weekend dear girl. I cannot wait to hear more about your project that you worked on today!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  46. Through the years of knowing you,
    I have come to the deep realization
    That this post, these thoughts,
    were all of your own...
    My very very favorite post!
    Congrats Anita on your show,
    I had no doubt, it would be stunning.
    Stay magical...love resides deep within those magical moments you create.
    Loving you,
    Jacqueline

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  47. Hi Anita!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    Your post is beautifully expressed... And what an encourager your husband is!
    God bless you both with joy and wonderful days, always,
    ~ Maria

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  48. This is an amazing journey...as I've told you many times.
    You will encounter many generous souls along the way who will compliment your art and touch your heart in ways never imagined.
    I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you and I will always feel "honored" to know I was there for the very first steps...
    Love you. xo

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  49. If we could all be so lucky to see this miracle. We too would shed the tear of the old man. Thnak you for another wounderful post.

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  50. Good Morning lovely lady, have a sweet Sunday x

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  51. Pretty pictures and very inspiring post!!!!!! My favorite pictures, are a dancer always!!! I love a ballet! And you are an artist. This tutu is very beautiful. Good job!

    Kisses and happy day!

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  52. I agree with Ruben dearest ..lets keep walking..and I;m there walking beside you..

    Hugs from the Hilltop...there will be more news in the mail later..xoxo

    T.D

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  53. Toujours aussi féerique. J'adore tes photos.
    Je déménage bientôt ma chère Anita, j'ai trouvé un petit paradis où je vais pouvoir développer mes activités artistiques. Je t'embrasse, à très bientôt. Fine.

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  54. Thank you for your sweet visits dearest! So glad to hear you were having a nice thanksgiving dinner - with snow! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, but had invired friends over for cheese fondue yesterday evning, and it was lots of fun! No snow here though, mild weather, but grey and humid. Am having a quiet day today and just "chill" like the boys say ;) Hugs for a happy sunday!

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  55. Happy after Thanksgiving Anita and I hope that this year was a very good one for you and your family, its pretty cool here now in my neck of the woods in Pennsylvania and I know where you live is always on the cold side during Fall and Winter.


    I have just started-up my blog after a week off so there's a fresh post on from Jean along with a healthy portion of homemade recipe's from Jean herself that you may like to make, so I'm sure there will be something that you might like to try! Richard

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  56. My first visit to your blog.
    What a lovely and inspiring post.
    I think the images that spoke to me are the old man and the boy wearing crowns.
    It made me think of my own father who's anniversary was on Friday.
    He embodied both these images.
    Thank you
    Kirk

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  57. Oh Anita,
    Your posts always make me tearful - tears of joy and love. You know how much I have a soft spot for the sons in the world. They can grow up to be responsible, caring men, but I can see the little boy in them at times too. I think it got me when I saw the old man wearing the crown; such a special picture. I love the teenager with the crown. Teenagers are hard to deal with sometimes, but they are just finding their way I guess. Oh, the little boy at the end.... BE STILL MY HEART! These pictures are just perfect with your story. Did you have a nice Thanksgiving, dear? Me and the girls browsed through your shop and guess what? I couldn't resist the KINDNESS gift tags, so I bought those. I am really thinking about kindness in the world lately, as sometimes it can be very harsh. Jess loved the little red shoe Christmas ornament, so I bought that one too. I can't wait to get them in the mail. You must keep doing your art work, even if it is on the side as a hobby. Have a beautiful Sunday, sweet Anita, and I am off to see your wonderful post one more time. I have to take it all in once again.
    ~Sheri at Red ROse Alley

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  58. My Sweet Anita...

    So happy that you took the leap of faith and began doing your ART as a full time endeavor... you are SPECTACULAR... and the lovers of your beautiful things will begin to pay for the things they enjoy... soon....

    I've missed you... I've been a horrible blogger... time is the problem. Helping homeschool my grandson three-four days a week. Hard work but spending lots of time with him is wonderful.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous...

    xoxoxo
    Spence

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  59. Dear dear dear Anita,
    I am more than excited about your progress. You are such an inspiration, you truly are, my friend! You never stop to amaze me how you find time for everything especially, to visit each and everyone of us!!! Thank you! I wish you success on both upcoming projects!
    Listening to Rod Stewart's new Christmas album, I am slowly getting into the Christmas spirit ...

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  60. Hello lovely Anita,

    I read your husband's words and smiled! They are filled with love and admiration and make perfect sense. Money cannot talk but the flicker of excitement in people's eyes and flushed cheeks speak volumes about your gift of giving joy and spreading beauty.

    I would SO MUCH have loved to have been there to smile and wonder too.

    I have just returned from my first weekend away with my dearest husband in nine years of marriage (can you believe it?) which was perfect. What better way to cushion the return to reality than with a visit to your blog.

    Love from France,

    Stephanie

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  61. Dearest Anita...I have read what Ruben has written...the gasps the people made...That is success in itself...How beautiful that he is walking with you...I just adore that xoxo

    Just read that it snowed while you were having the turkey for Thanksgiving...this conjures up a lovely image...Love and Hugs to you for a lovely week...Dzintra xo

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  62. Anita, Thanks for stopping by! I love your paper tutu. It really evokes such emotion and beautiful remembrances. Lovely work!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  63. Anita, I spent many years,trial and error, countless shows, hit and miss, feelings of rejection(because of a lack of sales), feelings of elation(upon selling a $5000 piece of art), and on and on.Every serious artist goes through this. You either keep on trying until you make yourself successful OR you move on to something else.Artists never stop creating art whether it sells or not, it is simply a part of one's being.It took me 20 years of plugging away until I found my niche in the art world. I am so glad I hung in there! But I am the first person to admit that it can be very daunting and heart wrenching at times.

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  64. Beautiful..your posts are always so moving Anita and honestly leave me in deep thought about your "message". I love coming here and have missed blogland while I was away these last 4 days but it was a wonderful little break. Hope you had a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Bravo once again!

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  65. Dear Anita, I consider your first art show a huge success! Your art touched souls, brought smiles, and tears. Just as your words have done so many times! Your work is beautiful Anita, I am proud of you for taking the first step..it's hard to put yourself out there..be raw so to speak, but well worth it isn't it? This was just a small taste of the many emotions your work will conjour, and for so many yet to come, smile girl, and embrace this new path! Much Love, CXhristel

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  66. Keep plugging away, do what you love, share your soul which is shown in your art and profit will follow. The profit that comes from touching someone's life is what matters most! xo

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  67. Hello my friend, happy Monday to you. Glad you enjoyed the red and aquas. ;) You know how much I love that combo. Your idea of dressing gingerbread those colors sounds perfect.
    By the way, I absolutely LOVE the aqua dress above...the one with the model's back facing the camera. So pretty. I'll take one of those and one Tiffany blue gift box, please. ;)

    Enjoyed the music and video. Amelie...sounds like a good movie.
    XOXO's,
    Marcia

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  68. Dear Anita!! long time.

    Your post was grand and glorious. I love Maya Angelou & Amelie, too. thank you. This post had a great sense of being biographical. thank you. Don't you just love the innocent eye's of a child. omyGOSH!!

    THANK YOU.

    Your kind words to me brought a smile to my face, not just once or twice, but as I read the your entire comments. One of my dearest bloggers is stopping for a while and my heart sunk. That happens huh? Do not leave posting my Anita, please. I know you are feverishly busy. Please never stop posting, k? You are a sheer inspiration - sheer, lovely and FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. Hi Dearest! So great to hear you have an order to prepare - that's good news! Plus working on something quietly so fits to this kind of weather. Am finding it a bit hard to stay awake and motivated here with these grey skies for days and days. but - Chrismas season is about to start and that cheers me up! Hope your week sarts on a lovely, light note - sending you Hugs!

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  70. Thank you so much for popping over and seeing me and for your lovely, sweet comment...you're so very kind, Anita.
    Wishing you a very happy week ;-)
    Catherine
    xx

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  71. Good afternoon mon amie, how did your writing class go? I think you do not need it at all. Your words speak to me and you have the knowledge to create magical stories!
    Keep warm and cozy dearest Anita xx

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  72. I agree, Anita! How wonderful that you had enough work to put a show together. And profit? All part of the process. As long as you enjoyed what you were doing (and I know you do)! You have so many backers cheering from behind, the momentum from all the wings will propel you forward to exactly where you want to be. I hear the cheering and the wind beneath your wings now. Keep loving what you do!
    xoxo, Kirsten

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  73. hahahaha, Anita you always make me giggle and laugh. Your phone is Barking!?! When my Mom would walk too much; shopping, visiting or such she would always exclaim, "my dogs are barking". hahahaha.

    I could get lost in your posts for hours. Did you know that? I click on the 'via' at times and see other similar photos and some I recognize you have used in the past and I just get off into Pinterest and get lost. How do you stay focused to get the post accomplished? I sorely admire you in that. I literally took 25 pics on Saturday for my post and just threw my hands in the air and said, 'phooey! non are focused, just pick one that is funny.' So there ya go. I am glad you like the fuzzy smiley me. LOL

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  74. Oh sweet friend..only you can create such a magical post...these photos are stunning! Now just look at that stunning tutu of yours....words can not describe it's beauty!
    Thank you for your email...you know how I feel about your art show!!! xoxo

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  75. Your display at the art show must have been beautiful. You inspire me with your happy reminiscing despite the disappointing profit. The joy and magic that come out in your work are contagious, and I wish you a loyal following worthy of its beauty.

    I hope your Thanksgiving was happy. Mine was filled with the charms of happy little children. I can really relate to what you have written here.

    Hugs,
    Keri

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  76. You are just at your beginning dear Anita and how Wonderful!!
    This post was just perfect and such a lovely teaching and reflection for us all...
    Sending you kindness as always.
    Love Maria x

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  77. I'm sure if ever there was a person to know that there are other ways to gauge success it would be you dear lady. Your crown is so full of jewels it's probably heavy for your head!

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  78. Hi Anita, did you have your first art-show? How exciting!!!!!!! And thank you for your encouraging comment and yes, I am enjoying myself! I love this time of the year!!!! And I loved that movie from Montmartre, especially because that were the places I recently visited! I wanted to send you a photo, I'll try to do it in a mail :)

    Kristin

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  79. Anita! my friend, how was your day? Here's hoping it went well. I admire your stamina and ambition. I too am ambitious but in a way that is more necessary, to get the tasks accomplished of just everyday life.

    My blog keeps me going, too.

    Rest well this evening, play your harp and read some poems and just relax. aaaawwwhhh.....

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  80. The words....the pictures....your arrangement. It is all priceless.

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  81. hello, this is such a wonderful post

    with a tender and lovely message

    the photos of artful life and the beauty of people was a joy to see

    i am sorry your show was not profitable

    yet happy you found treasures all the same!

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  82. You are truly amazing at touching people's feelings and giving inspiration. That post is so wonderfully done. Have a nice day!

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  83. Hello dearest....a few things have happened on my side...so I've been out of the loop for a while. Just wanted to come over to wish you happy holidays. It's been difficult lately, but coming here always lifts up my spirits. You are a blessed soul, who touches our lives with your inspired writing and magical set of images. A big hug to you.

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  84. Oh dearest Anita...how beautiful to have those childrens' quilts hanging there! They truly are an art form!

    Oh no about your husband's knee...mine is still not healed but certainly much better. Is an ACE bandage like an elastic bandage? And now his ankle is swollen...the poor man....I hope it settles for him soon...I have to watch the stair climbing too...and we have stairs in this home of ours!

    Wishing you a wonderful Thursday Anita...love and hugs to you...Dzintra xo

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  85. How are you doing my friend today...thinking of you as I sip my morning tea....earl grey in the morning. Just looking at that lovely green dress in your banner...so wish I Had that to wear today...now that would make me feel GREAT! Isn't it funny how our mood changes when we feel good in something we wear...our confidence just shoots to the moon! So off I go to find my favourite outfit today...love to you...don't work too hard today...take a tea break with your sweetie. xoxoxo

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  86. Anita,

    I loved this beautiful post and the thoughts it provoked. People are distracted this time of year with buying Christmas presents. February might be lovely time to have another or in Spring. Your work is so gorgeous. It takes time but soon that one special client will arrive and then you will be on your way to making lots of money. Meanwhile, it must have been such a thrill to see all of your work displayed.

    Karen

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  87. yes, Anita! hello! I have a poem in the works. Almost posted it last night but decided to wait a bit longer while more awake to be certain of it. and ...nice you had experience back in your old haunts, as it were. Get busy, stay busy and see you tomorrow, I'm sure. (hug)

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  88. Dear Anita Thank you for visiting me; you know how much it means. When I come to see your posts again it makes my spirits soar!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series & Giveaway

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  89. I am so proud of you for having your first art show. How exciting!! Sounds like you found inspiration and enjoyed yourself even though sales didn't reach your expectation. Your work is amazing so don't be disappointed!

    In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
    Vincent Van Gogh

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  90. A dream of dancing and paper ballerinas all turning in time to the music...

    Your artistry is astounding, Anita, and I applaud your creativity.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  91. Hello Anita!!!

    What a beautiful post. I love how you always find the positive and focus on the things that really matter. It sounds like you had a special time even though it wasn't monetarily as successful as you hoped for. I bet you have some special stories to treasure.

    I am sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. It's been a pretty busy couple of weeks. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

    Love,
    Heidi

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  92. Profit doesn't matter at all in the face of these things. And anything that turns the old back into a child again, even for a moment, is fabulously precious. I'm glad you had this experience. I'm glad they did, too.

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  93. Good morning dear one, off you go for a brand new Day! We have sun and blue skies, pretty cold though..
    are the snowflakes still dancing outside your window?
    Anyways, make it a gorgeous day sweet Anita xx

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  94. You are so talented! The beauty of your poetic posts are so inspiring and touching to me. I wish you the most wonderful day!
    xo
    Sharon

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  95. Oh Anita! Artist! Designer! and Writer, how are you? busy as a little honey bee, i trust!?!

    just letting you know there is a new poem in my repertoire now: "Mom's Fingers". Also I have come across a few more poetry blogs. That's always fun!!!!

    Those large child's eyes in your header are magnificent. I stare back at her for at least a minute each time I come here. THANK YOU.

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  96. Hi, Anita! Thank you for your comment and your visit! You're so sweet!! :)
    I'm celebrating my first giveaway. Do you like to participate??

    Kisses!! Have a nice day!

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  97. You are an artist in many ways indeed my dear friend. I love owning pieces of your art as much as I love reading the art in your words here.
    xx

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  98. Hi Anita, thank you for your encouraging words today, we must encourage one another...I know what you are feeling right now, but your art will prevail!! Your husband's beautiful words ring clear, one step at a time, and how lucky, you have someone who loves you to walk along with! Nothing beats that! N.xo

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  99. Hello beautiful,

    You and Ruben need to pop by for a visit. I have a slideshow up of some pics of the new bathroom. It's almost complete and we are getting to use. it. Thanks again for the camera. I'm slowly but surely learning to work with it. I'm still having issues with low light photos, but I'm getting there.

    Hugs!
    Nancy

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  100. Anita! wow! busy is as busy does. lol.

    let's both have a grand weekend tending to our goals and our talents with each other hoping the best for each.

    so you think i'm a fashionista? no, you are!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL - YOU make me smile all the time.

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  101. Dearest ANita - wow, one big world party would be so cool! In a way - christmas almost is like that, because so many of us around the globe are celebrating. Maybe we should have, right after christmas, a day for all religions and people who do't follow any particular way, to just celebrate LOVE, PEACE and the beautiful planet we live on.
    o good to hear youRe busy - keep it flowing! Hugs for a happy evening!

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  102. A warm hello Anita as I almost start into my semi-blogger retirement mode, I think if you did that to your own readers that would be pretty devastating to them since everyone loves your blog.

    I have been meaning to drop over here the last week so here I am, have you done all of your Christmas shopping, I mean holiday shopping my bad. I'm kidding so I'm sticking with calling it what it is (Christmas).

    Its really sad what its become now, and it seems that certain people are trying to please everyone at the expense of what still is a majority who want to call it Christmas.

    I don’t personally care what others do so I just do my own thing, its their problem.

    Well it looks like I've just had a conversation with myself while writing this comment,lol, what can I say Anita, what can I say................. Rich

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  103. I am sorry that your
    show didn't make a
    profit, but that is the
    nature of an artist's
    life when first starting
    out, right? Even though
    you are an artist celebrity
    in the Blogosphere, the
    real world is still discovering
    you and your talents,
    sweet friend! Hang in
    there and keep making
    beauty!!!

    Happy Saturday,
    xo Suzanne

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  104. I can see in your artwork all the personalities you have been through a lifetime and I think that it why it is so amazing dear Anita and why it will be a joy to behold for all the ages who see it for themselves.

    Think of all the hearts that felt joy when they saw it---priceless indeed!
    sending love...

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  105. Oh Anita do take care of your hip...and yes cold weather doesn't help...I hope your Husband's knee is starting to feel better also...mine too is still swollen but not as bad...We are finally having hot days and we had the most beautiful sea mist last week...the smell was so intoxicating...just pure magic...Here's a Cheers to us all...love Dzintra xo

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  106. Mon Cheri Anita! A nice surprise visit from you today. thank you.

    i've been all over the place today; taking photos of my daughter and her little family at a old train station (for their Christmas cards), getting my hair done an hour away and picking up my husband at his bff's home (he took the train early to help his bff with a plumbing issue in an investment property of the bff's). HM and I drove home together. He is relaxing in front of the tube while i blog a bit. now we are heading to Target to hopefully buy a tripod for $5. Two bloggers have told me to do so.

    Q: Is your wedding dress a full body size dress or is it a miniature of a dress?

    you are so creative with your paper mache art. I love it so.

    Have a lovely Sunday and see you on Monday. I'm posting more thrifty finds!!!!!:D



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  107. Thank you for your visit today dear friend, I hope your evening is magical!
    Bisous, Penny

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  108. Your artwork is beautiful and I know as I own your artwork. Beautiful and charming images in this post. Always thought provoking.

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  109. You came to see ZOE! I had to laugh when Vicky told me what she did at the groomers...
    Have a wonderful day dearest!
    bisous,
    Penny

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  110. Bonjour chere amie!
    Yes, we absolutely must visit it together...
    I purposely placed the portrait of the girl who has our coloring right on top.
    Very unexpected for a Russian painter...since he lived in Taos, he came into contact with many latino and Native American people...he loved painting them...
    Fechin also traveled to Mexico to paint the people and landscapes..
    One writer is quoted as saying of Fechin's paintings..
    "How they shout and sing!"
    I agree, they are so full of LIFE!
    Thank you, dear sister, for your always special visit.
    I wish you a beautiful Sunday...
    Love you!


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  111. love these post beautiful pictures photos and poem of wb yeats
    greetings leon10

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  113. Oh Anita, I so love your ballet tutu!!! So unique and pretty! I have been so busy with custom holiday orders I have not much time for blogging. Today I took vacation day from work and I intend to visit my blogger friends. I have so much catching up to do!

    Hope you have a sweet day!

    xoxo
    Kerri

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  114. Now I missed this one during my blog lag. It is lovely..such beautiful images you collect.

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