Please listen to the music

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Place Behind The Sun

I do not know what lies behind

the clouds 


or beyond castles in the air


but I do know that  

in all weather

there is 

A Place Behind the Sun

from where I have gathered









and sisterhood




Without Lisa Moran from

Bilancia Designs

lisa moran - bilancia designs ©

I never would have attempted 

to open an

  or to reach beyond 

my own expectations

in 2012.


Here is my latest paper mâché

commission for a

bridal stationary

shop window

that took over 2000 sheets

of tissue paper 


one month to complete.

anita rivera designs ©

anita rivera designs ©

anita rivera designs ©

anita rivera designs ©

anita rivera designs ©

Lisa's fine example

and her faith in me

encouraged me to persist

anita rivera designs ©


In 2013

if there's a place 

where good friends assist


and guide each other


to find 

A Place Behind The Sun



That's Where You'll 

Find Me.



  1. Truly astounding! Wrth waking up for at 6am GMT!

  2. You have created clouds of beauty in that gown and what a joy to see it completed!!! And what a lovely tribute to your friendship with Lisa.

    Happy New Year
    and many blessings to you,
    Oh Creative One!
    ~ Violet

  3. Oh My ! I hadn't realized you did such big work.Amazing how your business has grown.What a gorgeous job you did on the dress.Enjoy the New Year My friend-Denise

  4. Dearest Anita,
    I know how long and hard you have worked on this.. Breathtaking Anita.. I am so proud of your accomplishment here.
    Such a lovely tribute to your friend Lisa.
    Happy New Year,
    Love and blessings,

  5. Bonne et heureuse nouvelle année Anita ,tous mes voeux de santé et bonheur , que tous tes rêves les plus fous ou secrets se réalisent
    Je t'embrasse passe une heureuse année 2013
    PS: j'adore tes choix de photos comme toujours tu nous fais rêver et j'aime .....:) merci

  6. Wow. Beautiful. Your song/photo/art stories always make me happy in some peculiar way.
    They are so special. And they stay with me for a while, which is a good thing. :-)

  7. Anita! It's beautiful! You must be thrilled and such a wonderful tribute to your friend. Behind the clouds.. it's always cloudy where I live and I always say.. the sun is always OUT, it's just BEHIND THE CLOUDS;) You have such a wonderful outlook on life and I admire your perseverance in life.

    Gorgeous header too!!

    Happy New Year;) xxleslie

  8. Très chère Anita je te souhaite une merveilleuse année 2013, remplie de bonheur(s).
    Qu'elle te soit aussi légère que les ailes d'un papillon.
    Le bonheur de te lire n'a d'égal que celui de regarder les images que tu nous offres.
    Je t'embrasse tendrement

  9. i am speechless Anita... But..

    Incredible... Amazing, Stunning, Beautiful,Imaginative,... Just perfection...
    Happy new Year to you... I am so fortunate to have such a talented friend... xv

  10. Oh Anita, I can´t believe what i see.........your creation takes my breath away..........what a great artist you are!!!! I have never seen so much beauty, love, love this dress..........and your wonderful home!!!! Thank you you soooooooooo much sharing this with us. HAPPY NEW YEAR, my dear friend.........what a wonderful start into a new magical year.........thank you so much for this great post!!!!

    Love and hugs, Jade

  11. What an incredible gift to open on this New Year's morn'!
    The song.
    The sentiment.
    Couture that floats like a cloud!
    Absolutely beautiful. Stunning!
    Thank you for inviting me, Anita!
    I look forward to getting acquainted in the new year!
    Happy New Year!

  12. Oh Anita! It is beyond lovely. You have a talent that deserves to be seen and I am so happy that it is happening for you. What a beautiful treasure that bridal shop owner has commissioned!
    Happy New Year darling girl.

  13. Oh Anita you are amazing! What a post...what an imagination....simply stunning! And all the while listening to Mandy Patinkin....oh I will be back here a few times for sure! Perhaps I will have a look 'Over the Rainbow'...wouldn't it be fabulous to sing that! Ha ha I am still learning to breathe...Much Love to you for 2013...Dzintra xo

  14. Oh Anita, I am speechless with wonder and respect for your talent and patience. Your paper gown is a work of magical beauty. You are an enchanteress. How are you going to transport that precious work of art to its final destination? And how did you put it all together? How many hours? Were there any moments of doubt?

    Just look at what you are capable of :-)

    Happy new year to you, wonderful Anita. Let us make it a fabulous one!


  15. Anita
    Wow, Bravo. That is just scrumptious. What a talented person you are. Brilliant.
    To you and all your loved ones
    Happy New Year.
    May 2013 be a good one for you and your loved ones.
    Best Wishes Molly

  16. Be proud my dearest did it..xoxo

  17. Anita !!!!!...what a wonderful post !!..i love you darling.....i feel from now more and more than 2012.....this will be our year darling !!!...your bridal stationary is FAB !!!! you with whole my love love

  18. Een heel goed en vooral gezond 2013 !!!.......

    Bedankt voor je liefde en vriendschap van het afgelopen jaar......

    Ik ben zo blij met je !!......

    Liefs van

    ★ ┊    ★ ┊┊   ★ ┊  ★ ┊    
    ┊   ┊ ☆   ☆┊ ┊     ★┊  
      ★ ┊    ★ ┊ ★ ┊ ★ ┊
    ┊   ┊ ☆   ☆┊    ★┊ ☆ ☆ 
    ☆┊   ☆   ★ ┊    ★ ┊┊ ☆   
    ┊   ┊ ☆   ☆┊    ★┊★┊ ★
    ☆┊ ☆   ★ ┊    ★ ┊ ☆

    A very good and healthy 2013 !!!......

    Thank you for your love and friendship over the past year........

    I'm so happy with you !!..........

    Love from

  19. Wow. I am dumbdounded (again)! Bravo the message and what a poignant and beautiful tribute to a special friend. I too am blessed to have some really special friends in my life and cannot imagine life without them. They make life so much more fun!
    AND THE DRESS!!! OMG....Anita, this is your finest and most exquisite creation yet! I am have arrived and now the world gets to see your talent. Thanks for sharing it, all the best to you in 2013, may it be filled with days and days of creating beautiful things! Cheers!

  20. Oh, Anita... your talent astounds me. This post is stunning. Mandy Patinkin singing one of my favorite versions of Over the Rainbow was simply the icing on the cake.
    Thank you again, for awakening the artist within.
    Happy New Year

  21. Imagine opening your eyes to a brand new year and THIS is what you see...
    I am in tears, overwhelmed beyond words, my friend.
    I KNEW this is what those magical hands were capable of...from the moment we met, I just "knew".
    THIS is what the world has been waiting for, my dear...MAGIC!!! There can be no other word to describe this incredible masterpiece.
    I know the long hours it took for you to create this gown ...I know the moments of self doubt AND pure exhilaration that went into designing this piece of ART...
    I am SO proud of you for never giving up and for realizing that you TRULY have that special "somethin-somethin" we talked about last year. :)
    I have never experienced this "gift" with anyone else.
    2013 is the beginning of a whole new world for you, filled with incredible opportunities!
    I love you with all my heart, Anita.
    This tribute has melted my heart in ways I never thought possible.
    Thank you, my beautiful friend, for being the kind of friend I've waited for all my life.
    Lisa xoxoxox

  22. Wow Anita, I always knew you where talented but that masterpiece has blown me away.
    Sorry its me George, been a long time since I have given you a visit, so sorry, but you where never far from my mind. Just look at the beauty you have made with you hands. I raise a glass, to you, souring to new heights in 2013.
    Love and Hugs George xxx

  23. Ups it should be soaring!!! I knocked back that glass to quick!

  24. Happy New Year my friend! The gown is exquisite...a beautiful work of art! You are so talented...I am so blessed to know you! Sweet Southern hugs, Diane

  25. oh anita...your tissue dress is amazing and oh so inspiring!!
    happy new year to you, my dear.
    p.s i hate to think what my two kitty cats would do around a dress like that.

  26. Happy New Year Pumpkin!!! Love the dress, OMG you are so talented and such an incredible make the magic happen that we only dream of!!!!!
    I wish that it flows and you are blessed with much love and success as you need....congratulations on a job so well done!!!
    I always come away from here so inspired and reenergized, today was no are awesome my dear!!!

  27. Dear Anita, I am starting this bright new year full of promise with an uplifted heart and tears rolling down my cheeks after this amazingly beautiful post. Your images, words and the songs could only be combined by a truly gifted artist. Thank you so much for this start to my day. I wish you the best in the new year. Linda

  28. Anita,
    and speechless for me to see your design
    that's friends for.
    beautiful friendship,beautifulphoto
    Happy New Year Anita!
    May blessing year for you and family
    Warmly hug

  29. Really beautiful tribute to your friend and "encourager" -- happy new year to you -- you inspire me.


  30. Dear Anita, this powder puff of pure beauty is truly stunning....The hours, the angst , the sheer will, to create such a thing of beauty can only come from the hands and heart of a true artist, are on your way! Hugs and congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment, N.xoxo

  31. Anita, Absolutely beautiful dress form and gown, And your home is beautiful too, Anita you are talented indeed. You have inspired me to be persistent in hopes of all my dreams coming true too, thank you,

    Pearl 13.1

  32. Dearest Anita
    I know that you have many fans. But I hope you know that I will always be your biggest fan. I have seen how hard you work and how your vision for the beautiful and for what makes happy always finds its way up from your heart to the things your create. Your artistry always puts a smile on my face and has given me many years of humor, fun and inspiration. As we enter a new year I am grateful to God that I have found a place behind the sun with you.
    Always yours

  33. WOW WOW WOW! I so love Mandy's voice and this song... but the wows are for your brilliant creation -- amazing! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity in 2013. xxoo Anne

  34. Oh, your dress is exquisite, Anita!! It turned out perfect. I know how hard you worked on it, and still had time to send sweet comments and encouragement and love. What is it about these little boys??? I got a tear in my eye when I saw this picture and it melted my heart. And the sisterhood picture reminded me of the girls. Lucy and Ethel cracked me up, as I used to watch them all the time. When I saw the fairy godmothers, I started to smile.....:~)

    I want to thank you for your friendship this year, and I know 2013 will be a wonderful year, I can feel it. I am so happy for you that you completed the dress. You are so talented, expressive, and my shining star always.

    I love you, Anita.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  35. This is beautiful - a tribute to a friend. How lovely. Wishing you a year full of inspiration and dreams that come true. Sharon x

  36. Oh Anita,
    It is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!!
    Now that it is done, the pain from the hot glue has gone, no? They must be overjoyed at the shop, it is exquisite! Merci my friend for another year of fabulous inspiration beauty and blogging friendship...I see great things in store for you in 2013, for you deserve it all!

  37. Sweet Anita, you inspire me so!! The paper mache bridal gown is exquisite..what a phenomenal accomplishment. You are someone who inspires me to attempt more in 2013...I am blessed by you and your work! Happy Joyful New Year to you and your family!

  38. Dearest Anita, How in the world did I manage to miss the post from your beautiful home? I have been so busy, I just somehow didn't see it.

    This newest post is such an elegant tribute to your friend. The dress is absolutely gorgeous, congratulations on being commissioned to create it. Be sure and take a picture of the window to share. Also enjoyed seeing some more of your French home.

    I pray that 2013 is a year full of blessings for you and your family. I am so glad that 2012 brought me a new friend!! Hugs, Lisa

  39. Anita this is so stunning, almost beyond words what you have created! as always your incredible talent inspires.. congratulations the dress is exquisite!

    bisous a vous in 2013!


  40. It bears repeating WOW on the beautiful dress you have created. Thanks for showing us more of your lovely home. What a wonderful escort thru this post, Mandy. From that beautiful voice to 'Homeland'.
    I know you know how much I appreciate you and your uplifting blog-that bears repeating, too.

  41. Anita,
    What a beautiful dress. That window is going to be stunning. Congratulations in creating magic one ruffle at a time.


  42. Oh HAPPY NEW YEARS DAY Anita! Lovely post and gratitude in this newest work you have shared with me. Thank you.

    I neglected to mention before that I also love your chandeliers in your home. They look like they have been there for years. The ribbons are such an fun touch (well done).

    I love the balloons flying at the end. You are tremendously creative, tremendously!

  43. Dearest Anita, your work is truly magical!..Wishing you a most wonderful 2013 and I shall look forward to following your journey through the year...your world is so enchanting!
    Susan x

  44. Bonjour dearest,
    I am in the studio working away.. I had to come up for air to thank you for your visit.. Yes! I did see Lucy and Eth, teee.

    You should be so very proud of yourself Anita.. It was only when you posted here that I was able to see the front of the dress all the way down.. Exquisite!
    Happy New Year dear friend,

  45. Oh Anita I watched quite a few of Mandy's songs through the you tube on your blog...yes 'longing' is the perfect word for his passionate! I love it! And yes we had bubbles here too at midnight...and then a bbq on New Years Day...have a lovely day...Much Love Dzintra xo

  46. Happy 2013 ~

    Absolutely stunning, Anita. A showstopper! A masterpiece! A work of couture!!

    Your piece is truly all of the above. So beautiful. Congratulations!

    Warm wishes,

  47. OMG, Anita, I know it sounds ridiculous, but I am literally tearing up over here. So choked up. I know how hard you worked on this and the sacrifices you made to do what you love. I am beyond thrilled that you are having success doing what you love. That work of art belongs right in the Louvre. It's breathtaking. Thank you for inspiring me that dreams do come true. Actually beginning to bawl a bit. I'm a geek like that. xo

  48. One last thing: I'm so very very proud of you! xo

  49. The DRESS!! No WAY!! It is so unbelievably FABULOUS, Anita. Your work is absolutely remarkable. Wow!
    That's all I can say. WOW!

  50. Oh my GOD! ANITA!!! the Dress! i wish i was a movie star to wear that! it’s incredibly gorgeous. incredible! oh, and yes bonne année à toi ma chère. (amazing. the dress. i can’t stop saying it…) xo bisou

  51. Anita! You have made the most amazing art and that dress is u n b e l i e v a b l e!!! Wow, so impressive and what a labor of love. It is obvious you are passionate about your art, and it oozes romantic dreaminess! I am so happy to have met you and I look forward to another year of inspiration from your lovely posts. If I ever need a shot in the arm of all things French, I can count on you..I love your posts, and your images are divine. Bless you in 2013 and looking forward to seeing you outshine yourself! much love,

  52. The patience it took to do that is amazing. Glorious job. I do hope the shop was terribly grateful. You just keep growing as an artist.

    Best to you in 2013~

  53. Omg! That dress is amazing and so gorgeous! Your business has bloomed! Congratulations Anita! I wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

  54. Hello my dear friend! I am so excited to see your beautiful dress finished!!!! I know how very hard you have been working and I am so lucky to have seen a few of the photos during the process. You are so very talented my dear, and I am so happy that the world sees it each time they come here to read your beautiful words and when ever they visit your etsy shop!

    2013 is going to be a wonderful and exciting year for you! Go forward and live your dreams!!!

    Much love to you! xoxo Elizabeth

  55. O.k.a.y!!!! I am about to drop dead!!, what in the world you can not do with paper? Nita, this is a masterpiece !!! I am astonished !!, you outdid yourself , I mean it!!!
    Even Mark was perplexed when I show it to him and told that you actually sculpted out of paper!!, this should go to a magazine for sure!!!!
    Love you! Tita

  56. Wow, incredible to see it "up close"! What a labor of love. The persistence,imagination, and dedication required to finish a piece such as this is something I truly understand. It is amazing, really.

  57. Your hand made tissue wedding gown is breathtaking! Your creations are so beautiful and fluid. Blessings with Peace and Joy for all of 2013...

  58. Happy New Year dearest, beautiful, Anita!!!!!
    Can you believe 2012 is over? It was a flash!!!!
    I LOVE your beautiful wedding dress!!!! That is a true work of art and needs to be in art display or Tiffany window!!!!!! It's truly amazing!!!!!
    I am so thrilled we met through blogging and are friends. My only sadness is we don't live closer to one another.
    You are such a kind, supportive, amazing, ultra talented, lady who is beautiful inside and out!!!!!
    I am truly blessed to know you!!!!
    Happy New Year!!!!!
    It's going to be a GREAT year!!!!!!!
    Luv & Hugs,

  59. HOLY COW!!! That is jaw dropping! Truly...ANITA!!! This is totally the kind of life size scale that I envisioned you doing. HOW exciting that you had this opportunity and may it bring forth a flood gate of options for you in the future. You have a GIFT! Oh my goodness. Simply exquisite...this is!

    Happy New Year to you my friend. I bet the shop owner was beyond excited to receive this amazing masterpiece.

    And, how great that Lisa was the one that really encouraged you to do this kind of work. Keep it up, girl!

    Love to you,

  60. as sooo many have said, there are no words to express the awe of what we feel when we see this kind of art. Beautiful! hugs, lady

  61. Absolutely stunning followed your dream, I love that! Well done! Best wishes for many creative tissues 2013.

    Jeanne xx

  62. Anita!

    morning or afternoon, when you see this, cuz you are a teacher today again. proud of you.

    Cake! hahahaha, so many have talked about the metaphor and the jokes are still coming in.

    That mountain does look like cake, huh? It is the mountain I see out my front door and my garage door and it faces west. At sunset, it gets the most unusual lighting. I had to snap it up when I saw it.

    many more of those to be shared.

    Take care and good luck on delivering the dress to the store tomorrow!!!!!!!

  63. YOU? on ETSY? Let my year begin with a wonderful happy thought!!! I am so excited to explore!!!

  64. Happy New Year again, my friend. I have now caught up with all of your latest gorgeousness. As I said to you before, the dress belongs in a museum...a true masterpiece. Love all your posts, especially the one where you take us through your home.
    Blessings to you and yours in 2013.

  65. Oh...MY...GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anita!! That gown is drop dead gorgeous and incredible! Wonderful and amazing things are coming your way my friend. I know it in my hear. Your work is simply breathtaking.
    Happy New Year!

  66. Oh Dear Anita, Your gown is stunning! What a beautiful post with the animation and music. My dear, you've found your place with your face shining in the sun!
    Happy New Year.....

    The French Hutch

  67. Oh my dear friend...this is simply amazing...your talents and creativity are endless. You have a gift! Thank you for sharing with us my dear are UNBELIEVABLE!!!I feel honored and blessed to call you my friend. xoxoxoxoxo

  68. Simply stunning, Anita!! Words cannot express the beauty you have created. Congratulations to you! xoxoxox

  69. Ohhhh....I love coming back here and looking at that gorgeous dress!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by...I wanted to do a quick little post yesterday and hope to do more blogging this least I hope to...I have to say that your Paris Party was a huge highlight of my blogging last year. I had so much fun contributing to it. One of my faves.

    I hope you had a good day teaching and perhaps you'll get a little break soon? You are one busy gal. :)

  70. Ma chere amie....
    YOU DID IT!!!
    I cannot wait see La Belle Dame Blanche up close and in person!!
    And especially to see sa creatrice!
    Tears in my eyes here (surprise! hee.)...
    A perfectly beautiful tribute to dear Lisa, and a testament to what one can can achieve with hard work and determination...and DREAMS...big, big dreams!! Of course, having your genius talent and creativity may have a little bit to do with it too.. ;)))
    Oh, dear are such an inspiration...can you believe this masterpiece you have created...the perfect ending to 2012, and an AMAZING, wondrous, magical beginning to 2013....
    May your soar to the heights of your dreams, my dear friend...
    ANYTHING is possible...
    Love you, dear one!!!

  71. Dear Fairy Tissue Princess,

    You have made many a bride dream,
    You have added beauty to the universe in your own special way.
    A beautiful moment in time as you honor Lisa!
    The gown, I'm once again speechless!
    I loved seeing your beautiful home but where are the gnomes? Tee Hee!
    Hiding under the skirt, I'm sure!

  72. You deliver your dress today!!!! Yahoooooooooo
    How will you do that?I would be afraid of destroying it while in transit! Like those cake delivery sharp turn!! I could never deliver I am a very poor driver.
    Oh how lovely it will be to see your creation displayed in a window for all to see.
    I start back to school on I still have a long weekend ahead of me. My goal is to get my home in order...and organize my computer should see how many photos I have..thousands upon thousands! I must find some better way to organize.
    Have a sweet day dear one. xoxo

  73. Simply stunning, creative, magnificent! You AND your lovely creation of art!

    What a glorious way to start the new year and you are an inspiration to many. Never doubt the creative voice. You have excelled beyond imagination... oh, the places you will go.

    Sweet artist, I wish you all the best for this creative year ahead!


  74. Oh Anita, thank you for your beautiful comment today - it made my day. I am so glad you understand what I was trying to say. I always wondered why the artist didn't paint the left ear. Was it a message she wanted to send or did she simply forget? I'll never know, but I knew you would like and appreciate the story because you are an artist yourself. Have a beautiful day today, precious one.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  75. Amazing, my dear friend! This dress is magnificent! I am so impressed and so proud of you! What a wonderful start to the new year! You are an amazing artist with kind and sensitive heart. I am genuinely happy for you and thankful for your friend Lisa has helped you follow your dreams so more people can learn from your devotion and passion for your work.

  76. hi! I miss you. I know you have been busy. Just wondered how the Gown delivery went? Do you have tomorrow off? I can't believe it is Friday already.

    In this post I love the bright colors at the beginning. That is very fresh and new life filled and fun all at the same time.


  77. I am amazed! How much of your time and dedication that gown needed! But, I agree, when have someone special as your friend around, everything is possible!

  78. So PROUD that you
    have followed your
    dream.....whilst still
    substitute teaching.
    Wow! I know that the
    shop is going to flip
    over this and that it
    will draw in customers,
    for sure! Watch out,
    Anthro will be calling,

    Hope to see it in person,
    soon. I have an appt.
    near Edina on the 30th.
    Maybe we can have a
    tea together?

    Happy Friday!

    xo Suzanne

  79. Anita! please see an email from me.

  80. Morning to you...I am on my 2nd cup of tea...must get to Davids tea cupboard is getting bare.
    You are at school! I hope your day is going well and your students are all happy and excited to share their Christmas with you.
    How did the transportation of your sweet creation go...snow and all?? Please snap a photo of your beauty in the window of the store...I so want to see!
    Hugs for a blessed weekend..what will you will feel strange to have no dress you work on. Are you starting something else? xox

  81. This is over-the-rainbow-to-the-moon-and-back-Gorgeous!!
    Anita! Always Always persist, dear step (or ruffle) at a time. It is all the little steps of faith that create the "leap" and propel you to your goal/dream/rainbow:))
    I am sooo very proud of you, and I am so grateful for the connection/bond/friendship you have with Lisa.

    Much love to you, dearest!

  82. Dear Anita, the delivery?? How did it go? I am waiting with bated breath....N.xo

  83. Dear Anita, wish you a wonderful new year, full of health, love, and great moments in family!!!!
    Miss so much your super posts!!!!!
    Much love to you!!!!

  84. Anita, how gorgeous; I know how much you have put into your art....your heart and soul! I know it will be a great year ahead for you and of course your friends all support and encourage you in every way they can!

    All the best!
    Art by Karena

  85. Oh, Anita, I'm in awe! You truly amaze me, my friend. To have this vision and then construct this.....incredible.

    Beautiful post as well........Happy New Year to you. I'm eager to follow your creative wings as you soar in 2013. Thanks for sharing your creative spirit! ~ sarah

  86. It is magnificent! A marvel of grace and beauty personified in every ruffle. Your words about friendship go straight to the heart. Thank you for creating an out of this world post! I am floating. . . .

  87. one ruffle at a time!
    cherio darling!
    you have created
    a masterpiece!!! the night circus...
    it is a wonderful way to
    visit the circus, fall
    in love and enjoy magic!

  88. take pictures
    of your creation
    in the window
    of the shoppe
    its displayed
    at...its really
    read the book
    summit has purchased
    the rights for the

  89. link to the author
    of night circus.
    have fun!!!

  90. Anita, this is beyond spectacular! I am speechless! I see your soul in that gown!
    I am off to celebrate Hobby Lobby Support Day!



  91. My darling Anita -

    what a work of art your have created! Simply stunning!! I'm so happy that you use your talents to bring more beauty to our lives. That shop window will be stopping traffic just to look at your fabulous gown.

    Happy New Year to you and Ruben!!

    Bisous, Sherry

  92. Dearest Anita I am back again...yes Mandy sings so full of feeling that you can't help feeling it also! Your Husband is so perceptive about Mandy's voice ...I must listen to a little more now! I hope you are having a lovely weekend...we are having very warm days and just staying in at the moment...Cheers to you...Dzintra xo

  93. That gown design you did was truly amazing... you must be such a patient lady to be able to do that and a creative one too.
    It is so beautiful Anita.

  94. Hi Anita! Oh my! You made that gown?? It's incredible. Your talent is out of this world, but I'm so inspired by how you fill your life with joy through your creativity. And that's what inspires me most! I just love coming here!

  95. You are really INCREDIBLE!!! I'm SPEECHLESS with this GORGEOUS wedding dress! UAU!FANTASTIC!!! GREAT JOB!! WELL DONE!!

  96. Lovely Lovely LOvely Anita - just like you! I adore your dress, and always your artwork!!!

  97. Anita,

    The dress is stunning! And to persist and work hard to make something so beautiful it looks like it appeared out of thin air! Wishing you the blessing of sucess for your Etsy shop in the coming year. Yes, and that with substitute teaching on top! The very best to you!


  98. You have taken eagle wings to soar far beyond the rainbow, my dearest Anita.
    Wow...and I say that in reverence to what you have accomplished this year, dear heart.
    The tissue paper dress is astounding, words almost can't portray how magnificent and beautiful it is.
    I was on someone's blog today and she said 'One step at a time'...but that was not all she had to say. She completed her sentence with '...all glory to God.'
    ...and you and I know that is what this is all about, our talents which have been so graciously placed into our hands for His glory. Amazing...simply...amazing!
    Blessing to you this New Year and may you be blessed everyday, all year long.

  99. One ruffle at a ballet class at a day at a is all about creating your life as a piece of art and you certainly have!!!! Your dress is exquisite and a joy to behold. The comments show how you inspire so many and the love you give glows through your work.

  100. I just had to come by and see La Dame Blanche again....
    A standing ovation from me to you, dear one!

  101. I am standing right by Irina's side!
    Oh! What a standing ovation it is!!
    I'm certain you're causing quite a traffic jam at the new "home" of this gown!
    I'm soooooooooooooooo incredibly proud of you!!
    Okay, I'm READY!
    WHAT'S NEXT???????? :) :)

    Love you! xo

  102. wOw Anita...this is Spectacular! A true masterpiece! I love it! Very chic & soooo inspirational. I'm blown away by the details in it! I'm sooooo proud of your dedication to your creative journey! Xoxo. Miss you friend! :-)

  103. Happy New Year, may all your wishes come true Anita. I have to say my mouth dropped when I say your work. It is fantastic, I mean awesome, GREAT!!!!
    as usual the post was beautiful.
    Stay safe,healthy,happy and keep
    those creative hands working. You are the best I love your work.

  104. Dear beautiful Anita....oh your heartfelt words had me on the brink of tears! Yes 5 years now...where has it all gone?! You and Irina together...jewellery...dancing...oh fun, fun, fun! I am still doing ma ma and la la in class doesn't start up until the end of the month...I do have to remind myself though to remember to do them! I'm sure your world is beautiful as well! A fun and creative week to you dearest..Much Love, Dzintra xo

  105. Dearest Anita

    The gown has given me goosebumps. It is so incredibly beautiful and what a piece of art. I join you in thanking Lisa for her encouragement. She recognized your talent and so glad she supported you. Wishing you monumental success in 2013

    Helen xx

  106. Morning morning morning my friend!
    It is Monday...and I am off and running in the direction of the school. Excited to go back but feeling that if a snow storm hit I would not be disappointed. Silly me...I will go find something fun to wear and hit the classroom with a smile!
    What are your plans today? Whatever they are..may you find JOY and DO NOT GO FAST..take it slow. Oh and is pink bubble gum ice cream on my of my book images {to hit the stores this spring}. Hugs to you.

  107. I have just showed your beautiful work to my daughter, Anita..
    WOW were her words and mine also, dear friend....
    Thank you for such kind words on mine Anita, you are such a special lady and so talented!!!
    Sending kind regards, Maria x

  108. Dearest Anita,

    You posts have strange consequences. Hubby and I watched Mandy sing, and then spent a cosy morning going through his songs on YouTube. How wonderful. The man has such range.

    And so do you.

    here's to a New Year and continued success in your endeavours.

  109. Anita! My wild and crazy friend! hahahaha. You aren't wild and crazy but in somethings your passion seems as such. See email in about an hour, k? Love to you and yours.

  110. Holy cow! Great, amazing post!!!
    And wow, that dress!!! Amazing Anita!!!

  111. Oh my word, pretty post, but that dress is divine! I'm off to check out your Etsy shop.


  112. That bridal dress is like whipped cream--absolutely luscious! Best wishes in your new venture--no doubt, you'll be a big success!

  113. Dear Anita,
    Happy New Year!

  114. Anita, dearest, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, i have missed you too! WOW and double WOW to your AMZING ruffle dress - so phantastic! Now i know what you have worked no - and you did a GREAT JOB. Am sure the women in the shop wil

  115. Anita this is beyond breath-taking!
    Oh my, what a beautiful, beautiful gown.
    You are so gifted! What a labour of have just overwhelmed me with this!
    How elegant your design will look as it graces that bridal shop!
    Blessings sweet friend and a happy new year to you!
    Keep do it so very well!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxoxoxooxoxoxo

  116. but of course my dear
    you are my inspiration...
    and that dress...i cannot
    keep from seeing it over
    and over in my mind...such
    a lovely, lovely creation...
    how would it look with wings...
    my heart is wondering...
    lets do brave girls truth need one
    more art and letters artist...

  117. Hello friend, your creation is astonishing and beautiful. What a work of art! I'm sure it will catch the attention of many customers in the window.

    I hope your New Year has started well! All the best to you and Ruben this year.

    xo, Keri

  118. Oh! And I meant to say, that wedding gown is sheer ruffled magic and I am in awe of you skill. To reflect my awe, I'e added your Etsy shop to the sidebar of my Blog.

  119. Evening dear one.....I am bushed! Day 2 and I am ready to crawl into bed...what happened to my stamina?? It disappeared into those endless supply of Christmas cookies I ate! EEE gades I hope it returns soon.
    Are you teaching this week my friend?
    If you are I am sending you oodles of energy wishes.
    Hugs and love....your pooped friend.

  120. Lovely..and what a dress. That is a great window decor. Love the rainbow theme and Mandy Patankin is a fave from many years ago. You make such lovely post. I am finally with computer again!!

  121. Anita...I am blown away by your wedding creation...what a talented lady you are it's absolutely FABULOUS...let's both reach beyond our own expectations in 2013...we're ladies going places ;-)
    Have a lovely day.

  122. Anita: these creations are extraordinary! You are absolutely brilliant! One day, when business will treat me a little kinder, I would love to commission a theatrical chair or other furniture...the shoes are divine. i would love to learn your art. Do you ever give workshops?

  123. OMG,this is so amazing,I love the combination!
    Your blog is great hun,If you like take a look on my blog,
    Wish you a nice week! <3

    fashion blog

  124. Anita! my! Well of course you don't see the 40 or so shots that I look awful in. I will for sure only show the best. Did you see my post on Monday? (i know you did) I had to crop those pics cuz my head was weirdly turned and my feet were so odd looking in the other. Hahaha!

    Thanks for your email answers. You are a great friend.

  125. I hope the delivery of the Masterpiece was successful. I would be terrified to move it from it's location. Not only that, it looks so good in your house, you will probably miss it!

  126. Every time I look at this it just takes my breath away... It truly is a masterpiece my dear friend.
    My post is up..

  127. Anita, thank you for your sweet visit! And sorry for the unfinished comment yesterday - the batteries of my keyboard were empty! I had a strange start into the year - the car brole, the washing machine, the computer - and all that after being ill! Now, i hope thngs are getting better. That quote on top of your site is my all tiem fave! Have a sweet evening dearest, blessings and hugs!

  128. Thank you my dear friend for your heartfelt words... I am touched deeply. So happy you enjoyed my Angel.
    I will email... I just read your exciting email!

  129. Hello Dearest Anita!!!!
    The dress looks breathtaking and gorgeous!!!! What an amazing work of art!!!!! I adore it!!!!! Any store would be lucky to have it displayed in their front window!!!!!
    My parents were here for a visit so I JUST completed my latest blog post. My parents go to Arizona from January to April to escape the cold, Midwest winters. They stop to see us on their way to Scottsdale. They left this morning.
    How was your New Years? We stayed in and watched movies. It was snowing here & was SO beautiful!!!!!
    I love snow!!!!!
    I bought a few new vintage treasures: a ice blue colored fur coat, a leopard fur vest with black leather buckles across the front, and my mom brought me a vintage navy blue embroidered mens tie that belonged to our dear family friend. He wore the tie to a dance with his wife in the 1950's.
    I ended up wearing the tie as a sash around my neck with a striped top, long beaded and pearl necklace, black mini, & Diane Von Furstenberg dark blue sparkle knee boots. I love that the tie had a back story and a special memory.
    Hope you're having a splendid week!!!!!
    Luv & Hugs,

  130. Hello Anita

    I have finally found a few minutes to myself and what better way to spend it than time with you and your glorious talents. Anita that is astonishing and ravishing work
    Well done you

  131. Morning my friend...what do you have on your agenda today? Lots of snow happening here today...and a specialist appointment...will let you know whats up!!
    Make it a great not go fast! xoxo

  132. I'm in total AWE and left breathless dear Anita!!!! Your work is exquisite.
    sending love...

  133. Dearest Anita
    That gown is absolutely stunning! Exquisite!!! You are incredible.... you did that all yourself with your imagination and your hands! Well done and it should go in a shop window as the standout display! It truly is a work of art..... I am so proud of you!
    love and best wishes always

  134. As I suspected, my comment didn't make it here. My fault, forgot to sign in and assumed it went through until I tried on another site and realized my mistake. So let me just tell you again that I love love love that ruffle dress! That is an astounding creation of beauty and you should be truly proud! And I love that it was are living the dream! And even if not all the way yet, it's ON THE WAY! Be grateful for every step and know there are so many of us here backing you up! Bisous to you, Anita!

  135. Hi! Thank you for you compliments on my blog! The leather top is from a store in my local mall called Blue Sky. I hope you can find one that's similar!

  136. You must be a very very patient woman. The dress is extraordinary. Yea for you!!!

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