Saturday, January 11, 2014

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and there's no doubt

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great beauty in any form



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shapes what I value. 


I know exactly where to go find


what piques my senses



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 Now go hunt in 

  the most unlikely places

that harbor

  what you are yet to value

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what will shape you into someone more


that only courage can see.






133 comments:

  1. A wonderful thought esp.as We age and reach that settled feeling of knowing Ourselves all too well.I take the challenge to heart Anita Love Denise

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  2. I knew you had something gorgeous up your sleeve from your Pinterest boards...this beautiful post did not disappoint (you never do!)...Thanks for bringing beauty into my life, Anita!! xoxo

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  3. Beautiful as always Anita! Just adore that outdoor table setting. Praying you enjoyed the last bit of your holiday break.

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  4. Is someone going to make another exquisite paper dress, my dear? Oh these paper dresses are magnificent! I truly enjoyed the video! One day I would love to attempt such a project.

    Beautiful post dearest! Oh how I love the roses, and that little birdie too!
    BISOUS!

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  5. Anita,
    Beautiful post from a beautiful woman. Exquisite photos and thoughtful inspiring words.
    XOXO,
    Vera

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  6. Hello Anita......just stopping in to say hi! Beautiful as usual and love the piano accompaniment !i am doing well but about to make some life changes for the next chapter of our lives. Hope you are well my friend.
    Hugs, Patti

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  7. Anita, I have enjoyed experiencing this post and your last (I am catching up). Both are exquisite. I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Bonnie

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  8. Hello on Saturday night, dear Anita!

    That was one of the most romantic dining rooms I have ever seen! And those marvelous lavender slippers, the loose leaf tea, the dresses, the formal garden hedge, you evoke such beauty in the images you choose!

    Beauty is where we keep our eyes open, for it is everywhere, thankfully:)
    Being able to see it in all of its myriad varieties is a blessing:)

    *Cyber hugs*

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  9. There's a lot of truth to that statement. Sometimes I am so surprised by finding something or someone beautiful when it was the last thing I thought I was looking for.

    But here, on these pages ... I ALWAYS know I will find 'beautiful' :)

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  10. I practically saved almost every image!!! So lovely but the quote is what I live by. Beautiful, inspiring post from a beautiful kindred spirit. I believe you are most likely creating in your studio this weekend. I do hope you are getting rest to refuel you for the work week ahead. Blessings xxo

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  11. Oh to have the courage to accomplish that! Because it truly takes courage doesn't it?
    Thank you for something to contemplate.....

    This is on the same lines, in a way, I was thinking of how Michelangelo could see a statue when he looked at a block of stone.
    Most of us just see the stone. "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free"

    Today I have been working on something that I hope will be beautiful... if you were to look at the colors on my palette,
    beautiful would probably not be the word that would come to mind. Especially if you were to know it is for painting the
    color of skin in my latest painting.... and yet, these dark shades of grey, black, blue, white and touches of ochre
    will become the colors of skin in shadow.... and of a little boy, not what one would expect I am sure.

    But today I've posted my progress of the Lady Mary painting, which I've shown you in email.
    It's been a dark and stormy day, a day in which to create our own beauty!

    And you know Who creates beauty from ashes. Now that is indeed BEAUTIFUL!

    Love this blog post my dear. Your exquisite message (and those amazing paper dresses.....)
    ~ Violet

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  12. Beautiful Anita! That buck standing, the beautiful dresses, the pretty shoes, and the table settings.. your pictures are always gorgeous. Beauty is so very personal isn't it? As an artist, I imagine you see things in great detail, looking at texture, color, depth, etc.. and begin to think how you might interpret that.

    The paper dresses you make are lovely Anita. There is such a feminine, soft quality about them. Enjoy your day! xx

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  13. A PRETTY COOL Post!
    I Love the 2 quotes...You really made a point here...
    THX for sharing your thoughts...Peace to you in 2014!

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  14. What a beautiful post with a beautiful challenge to readers. I am new to reading your blog, a treasure.

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  15. Anita Dear I am always rewarded with such a peace and calm when I come to visit your exquisite posts. I learn something each time. Thank you for always inspiring my horizons. Happy New Year and Creative Blessings...

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  16. LOVED the video Anita! so wonderful to see someone carrying through their passions, such beautiful work. and POW, what a good thought at the end of your post...so true and lifting. i so look forward to your posts for such wonder you bring us all! Thank you xoxo

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  17. Anita,
    I came back for another visit. The video is really interesting and inspires. I keep thinking about the amazing paper wedding dress you created and the time and love poured into it.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  18. I haven't yet watched the clip, but had to comment on the post. Beauty, when it is right in front of us is one thing - beauty that is obscured or otherwise hard to recognise is special. I love the quote - it spoke right to me and what I believe.

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  19. What an enjoyable clip. Thanks for sharing it Anita.. along with your thoughtful post on beauty. As always, I leave here feeling momentarily transported.

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  20. Those exquisite lavender slippers, the misty image in the magical mirror (I’m sure I could step right in), and the dresses, what can one say about the dresses? I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the images on the clip, and your words are the icing on the cake. You have a beautiful heart Anita and today you are wearing it on your sleeve. Thank you for bringing so much beauty into my life. xx

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  21. Absolutely yes! Which is why I love winter so much - the snowbound type first, of course - but then the challenge found in seeking beauty in the barren soil and grey clouds is simply wonderful!

    Beauty is completely essential to me - that tea is MY kind of tea, and those exquisite gowns - and I love finding it in unexpected places. As I look up from my bedroom window I can see two red squirrels frolicking in the woods!

    Fabulous!

    Stephanie

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  22. Wise words Anita. There is beauty in everything if one wants to see. Hope all is well. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly
    Get some big easy on today.

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  23. It's true Anita...beauty can always be found in the most unexpected places...Ooh, another perfect post for my Sunday morning!...Wishing you a wonderful day dear friend and a magical new week ahead!
    Susan x
    P.S ...and wouldn't it be fun for us to sip afternoon tea in the beautiful house?...Ah, I'm off to dream...

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  24. The most wonderful beauty is within us.....it tell us who we are and what to do for other's ....inner beauty i love the most ...love you my dear friend from for away....beautiful as ever......!!...love from me...xxx !!

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  25. Another inspiring post with beautiful photos! I love the castle with the buck in morning mist! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas vacation. I enjoyed mine with family. Have a wonderful week my dear friend!

    xoxo
    Kerri

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  26. Your search is always intriguing. (P.S. I know exactly which shoes I'll wear when you invite us all to tea!)

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  27. Just gorgeous, my friend. Stunning, in fact. That shot of the urn with. The flowers? Swoon! And the handle of the silver spoon? Sigh. Loved this!

    xo

    Sheila

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  28. Wonderful as always......and I love the sentiment about looking for beauty where you might not expect to find it. Those pictures sent me to another beautiful place..thanks for the mini "getaway"! Enjoy your Sunday!

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  29. My dear ANITA
    Always a pleasure to see such beautiful images and your exquisite taste forever display them.
    I wish you a GOOD SUNDAY!
    Luisa
    XoXo

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  30. Hello Anita... I found your beautiful blog through Kerrie's Sea Cottage... such soft, serene photos... I love the one of the beautiful buck in the mist by the castle... all of God's creatures are so precious to me... I believe my calling in life is to care for and protect them, as much as I can... two mornings ago, in the wee hours of darkness... I looked out our bedroom window, into the back yard where I feed the birds and deer... and the most beautiful buck was out there eating... I was completely mesmerized and could not take my eyes off of him... so innocent and gentle... I got my camera and took a picture of him in the darkness through my window as he slowly ate the apples I had put out... then sauntered off... "Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished" ~Lao Tzu... xoxo Julie Marie

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  31. Thank you, my friend. I'm looking, eyes shut, for true beauty is not seen but perceived ...move acutely when our senses and emotions quiet down so that our spirit may lead.
    You are beautiful.
    xoxo's

    PS-Regarding the animated images you asked about on my page, I responded more specifically underneath your comment but it's automatic through google plus.
    Have a lovely Sunday.

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  32. ... we gather to feel the calming, the comfort...our thoughts and emotions merge here. there is no doubt that there is beauty for a world of hearts here!
    oh...you!
    w/L


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  33. Hi! Nice blog, really like your photos and ispirations so romatics,
    I think we have similar style I also like thar castles and ancient clothes, fairy tales
    maybe you´d like to visit mine
    http://gothicfashionworld.blogspot.com.es/
    xoxo ;)

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  34. Anita.....I love and want everything in every single picture, but the little blue bird elicited a sigh of divine appreciation and awe for what is unspeakably beautiful, alive, natural, breathing, precious and free.....

    Your message is a wonderful meditation for the day or for life, until it becomes a practice or a prayer in challenging moments....to find the beauty in unlikely places. It happens often.

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  35. Yes..I know Courage..and so do you....xoxo

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  36. Awww Auntie Anita you are so wise and So beautiful to me,xxxxxx Speedy

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  37. A beautiful and inspiring collections of photos in this post, and across your blog. So glad I found you, and I look forward to visiting again.

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  38. As with all you write, Anita, this one stirs the mind and soul to think beyond the obvious. Such beauty on this page, but the words, oh the words are so powerful.
    The video was enchanting. Is there soon to be another masterpiece from your studio? ;-)

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  39. If Oldenberg found it in a piece of toast, then I guess he's right. I often want to do a life-sized sculpture of one of those huge bustle dressed women, who is lifting her skirt for a peek of what lies underneath. Maybe someday. Life-sized pieces take up so much room and also a long time to produce. I love your posts. Wish they were more often, but great work does take time.

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  40. Oh Yes, beauty comes in all forms and appearances. We just have to look closer. That is what makes you so special - you see this, my dear. I believe that is what makes a good photographer - not taking the best picture, but finding the perfect scene. You are on your way to becoming a great picture taker because you are aware of this. I wanted to tell you that Jess came over here and saw some of your house pictures, and she said you should take more pictures because the ones you take of your house are always so great!

    You know how much I love birds, so this little blue bird was so sweet to me. And I love the picture of the women with the tea.

    You are beautiful, you are special, and you amaze me with your thoughts and creativeness. That Oscar Wilde is very smart, indeed.

    Have a nice Sunday, doing all the things you love.

    ~Sheri

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  41. Anita, I look forward to your beautiful posts--this one was just lovely and that video is exquisite. Hoping you are enjoying the weekend and soaking in all the joys of January!

    xo Mary Jo

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  42. Indeed, my friend!
    Looking is the true test, isn't it to stretch your senses and see
    that there really is beauty all around us!
    Happy Happy Sunday!
    ps...you might want to take out that advertisement...
    just below the links to this post...its does not seem
    like you....

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  43. So true my friend.
    Your wisdom runs deep.
    Stepping outside our comfort zone helps us grow , and gain character.
    You always manage to ignite wonderment with your words
    and the beautiful photos that accompany them .
    Magnificent.
    Be Well,
    Willow

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  44. Merci dear friend for visiting today.. I hope you are as happy with her in person...
    Oh how I love this post! Your beautiful words and images...The dresses are so beautiful!
    Bisous!

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  45. i find beauty in expected AND especially unexpected places....i have the artists eye i suppose.
    erin
    xoxo

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  46. Simply gorgeous! Wonderful Anita, you have done it again amazed me and made me smile at the same time. How often I have
    found beauty in unexplained places and things.

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  47. What inspiration you have given me for the art class I am beginning next week.. one problem.. I love all the images and I need to pick only one! Have a wonderful week!

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  48. You always get to the core of the soul with your posts my friend. I have learned to see beauty in the most mundane or what others may classify as mundane. I love that bird image. Ever since I feng shuied mg bedroom, I've developed this unusual fascination with bird art :-). Beautiful as always . xx

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  49. Hi There, This is a terrific post with a beautiful title. The shoes are looking gorgeous besides all the pictures ! It's wonderful to see your each and every post. I simply adore your work ! And hope to see more of your creative endeavors soon ! Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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  50. Oh, what a challenge you have given me.

    I have to say, that I can picture you in any of those locations . . . wearing those purple shoes . . . and writing your beautiful words.

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  51. Hello dear friend,

    I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!

    I always love visiting here, your music, images and thoughts take me away like a little holiday from the rest of the day. Everything is beautiful...

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  52. That old verse just came to me Anita...Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder.....How true that is....I think beauty is everywhere and we just have to be open to it sometimes! A lovely post....especially those shoes! Love to you, Dzintra xo

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  53. Oh I love this, Anita! I once read a story about a woman who was under incredible stress because of several tragic events in her life. She wrote about how she started looking for beauty & happiness anywhere, and how she found it in everyday occurrences, like in the way the sun made the concrete sparkle like gemstones. I think this is wonderful.

    Your post is a great reminder for this new year.

    Xo,
    Keri

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  54. ~ Good morning, beautiful, Anita!
    Oh, "They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder"......
    But this post does get me thinking...I will try and look in the most unlikely places, my friend...
    LOVE the picture of the little blue bird...Enchanting as always...
    Kisses xxxx
    Maria .

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  55. Interesting, thought provoking post Anita...I too, thought I knew where to go to for all things beautiful...we must always keep our eyes wide open, for new delights...one thing I know is I can always head to your blog for beauty.
    Have a lovely week xx

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  56. What a thought provoking quote! I have found many beautiful things in very unexpected places in my lifetime. It's so wonderful when that occurs. How are you ma belle? We are fine on 'golden pond' and learning every day wherever God leads us. There's never a dull moment in our lives! Take are my darling, Happy New Year to you and Ruben!!
    Blessings & hugs, Edie Marie

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  57. ton billet est magnifique et de tout "beauté", le travail d'Isabelle est remarquable c'est bien du papier qu'elle utilise pour sa jolie robe....
    C'est tout simplement incroyable et magique, Omniprésence du passé...ça j'aime beaucoup
    Bisous et à bientôt
    French kiss
    Nélinha

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  58. Bonjour Anita, wow did this hit home for me this week! As you know, it's been a life changing week for our family. And after reading your post, I am going to hold onto this as a reminder to always look for the beauty were I least expect it. It is found in so much more than what we see with our eyes. There is good within the bad. And that is my lesson, what I am taking from this... to find that good, no matter how small, and hold onto it. Merci, you truly have many gifts and thank you for sharing them with us. You are such an inspiration my friend! xoxo

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  59. hi Anita! Thank you for brightening my morning with words at my post and for your new and lively post. Your inspiration is wonderful, simply wonderful. This week's weather should be more normal for you I hope. Walking in 35° is so great. I am not interested to be out and about comfortably until it is around 45° here, which is was over the weekend. My ydd is so funny. She was married in January and has moved 2 times now in January (once 4 yrs ago and then this past weekend). I wonder why she doesn't ever hit upon those events on a lovely summer day? But each time the January Thaw has been in place and it has been a wonderful winter day. Winter can have it's loveliness, that is for sure. Thanks for all of your fun words at my post today! Yay! ♥

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  60. La vie rêvée d'un ange ?
    Je t'embrasse
    Marie-Ange

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  61. Good day dear friend.. Thank you so much for coming over to visit! Yes, there they are...
    I think it may be a good idea to have that eye checked...
    Love to you
    Penny

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  62. Such lovely images, I especially like the first, extravagant dress with the gold bodice. Photographed like that on a white ground it becomes the most beautiful art form - delicious!

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  63. Ah, very good advice. I've done that on many occasions and have been rewarded with riches beyond measure. The simplest settings and circumstances are sometimes the most elegant and fascinating if we take time to look closer. Great post, as always!

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  64. You are so right Anita beauty can be found in the most unlikely places and it is all around us if we keep our eyes open.
    Sarah x

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  65. Dear Anita,

    Beautiful post you have shared again - there is beauty all around us even in the most unlikely places.
    Have fun writing your poems - you have such a wonderful way with words.
    Enjoy the week, dear friend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  66. Hello on Monday, Anita. How are you today?

    Back to look at your wonderful photos! Ah, you have created bits and pieces of a castle here, with glossy dresses for the duchess and princess alike, mirrors, chandeliers, bud roses in low vases, an outdoor picnic, deer on the grounds…

    I want to go there!

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  67. Hello dearest Anita!!!!
    This is such a beautiful post!!!!
    Gorgeous photos- I always look forward to the images you share!!!!
    My dad has surgery this Friday so I'm nervous & just want it all to go OK....
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Love & Hugs,
    Shannon

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  68. Oh Anita!!!
    This post brings tears to my eyes! I LOVE this SO much! I was reading along and admiring the beautiful photos and thinking to myself that you have wonderful taste...and then I came to the quote by Claes Oldenburg...and then what you wrote: "Now go hunt in the most unlikely places that harbor what you are yet to value and what will shape you into someone more." That is PROFOUND! Thank you for these words as it's so easy to find the beauty in beautiful things and to not seek out beauty that has potential, is hidden or is lost. LOVE it!

    Heidi

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  69. We know how to find beauty in the most obvious places; I always find it HERE. But I think I have always found beauty in very unlikely places as well, It's all in the way you look at things, and sometimes,you REALLY have to look for a long time.

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  70. What a Profound Quote, Thank you so much for Sharing it. It validates what I've always Believed, that Beauty CAN be found anywhere thru Eyes that seek it diligently and Appreciate it's many forms, some of which aren't mainstream or obvious. Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  71. Dearest Anita … so true! You will find beauty amidst the most horrible of places if you can only just see it …. beauty in sadness as well that brings your heart to life! The simplest things in life are often the most poignant and the most beautiful. Seeing a child smile that has never known happiness is the most beautiful thing of all!
    best wishes
    Frances
    xx

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  72. So sorry to arrive late here Anita. I will look at our world a little differently after this. There is indeed beauty all around, but we really need to look again in the unlikely places. I shall hunt and aim to find it. Thank you for this eye opener.
    Much love.
    Di
    xoxo

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  73. Hi Anita, http://artfulfairytales.blogspot.com/ told me you would be interested in participating in our Women's Circle Traveling Journal adventure. If you want to participate or ask more questions about it, you can email me at tofindana@gmail.com or stop by the blog at http://introvertedart.blogspot.com

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  74. honestly such a defying thing to try...yet how eye opening to seek in those places..I love the surprise and possibility of it

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  75. Hello my dear friend Anita!

    It's always enormous pleasure to see your new post!:)))
    And what I admire always that you have find just this way(via mostly wonderful pictures) to speak with us So wise and So beautiful!

    Wishing you fantastic New Year,filled with love,patience and beauty:)

    Much love,
    ***Violetta***

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  76. Dear Anita, I Hope this sticks with me through out the year and many more to follow....
    I love how you Capture life lessons that resonate and make me think....
    This reminds me of most recently when.....
    I went to see the movie the Book Thief with my daughter , who read the book and wanted company. I'm so glad I did because I wasn't sure I would find the courage to hear such a tale and yet, even through the tears there it was as you mentioned, even in such a place as the story conveyed, beauty grew and my sadness turned to joy. Thank you, for sharing....<3

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  77. This was just fasinating, I could watch that woman all day. It was terrific, what talent.
    Thank you for bringing some beauty into my life Anita.
    yvonne

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  78. Hi Anita, yes! poetry and art is absolutely a yes. Anything your heart desires :)

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  79. Oh my friend I so agree with this quote...beauty is everywhere and it is such a joy to find it in unexpected places.All we need to do is open our eyes to Gods creation...look and we will find...stop rushing like madmen. Hugs to you...hope your week is off to a great start. xoxoxoxo

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  80. Happy Midweek to you too....sending you energy for the day of Finals! What a busy time. You are in my thoughts today friend...no finals in Kindergarten....just assessing sounds..letters and numbers! How fun is my job! xoxoxox

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  81. Oh Anita, ya mid January is always the end of the quarter around her, anyway. Glad you want more scarves. Trip on into the nearest Savers; they won't bite. Go to the back by the shoes (or where ever the shoes are) and you'll see purses then scarves. I betcha you could get 4-5 for $10 easy. (depending on the 50% off weekly color) Have fun with it. Scarves are classic and great any time, any season. ♥

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  82. It's always a delight to discover
    beauty where it is unexpected, isn't it?
    I was cross country skiing over the
    weekend and the gnarly branches
    framed against a bright blue sky
    nearly took my breath away!

    Hope your 2014 is off to a wonderful
    start my friend.

    xo Suzanne

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  83. Wow! So true, so beautiful Anita!
    Ive missed you dear friend.
    Computer will be here soon!
    Love & hugs xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

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  84. Dear Nita, your words are a frequent place for me to find beauty. It is all around us. In ordinary, everyday places, and faces. " It is the light from within, that shines brightest. " Much love, Christel

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  85. I always enjoy your words as well as your gorgeous photos. When I come to visit it is like taking a mini vacation. Those gowns are to die for. Hope you're having a good year at school.

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  86. Happy New Year to you! It's so true that beauty is in so many forms (as you have shown so well in your selection of images) and yes it's often found in the most unusual places and when least expected. That's where the iphone camera comes in handy! A great quote and truly exquisite gowns.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk

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  87. Happy New Year my beautiful friend. I love this post. YOU know I DO SISTER. Just beautiful images. I am like aweeee that girl gets me when I see your blog. YOU don't even have to say anything for me to get it. I just love love love your blog and your spirit. HUGS and a have a blessed week . I was gone from the holidays and I am back at it .. hugs and gods blessings my friend

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  88. Au pays des fées le rêve est à portée de ton blog magique.
    Les images choisies sont la matérialisation de la beauté et du raffinement.
    Merci chère Anita
    Gros bisous
    Marie-Ange

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  89. The most perfect sentiment my dear! My Great Grandmother always used to say that you have only to believe in magic to find it in the most unexpected places. I need those lilac shoes .... and the house ... with the deer of course. x

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  90. I love looking at beautiful things
    they inspire and makes me feel real good inside.
    And I admire people
    who see beauty in even
    the simplest of things
    and still there are some really gifted people
    who can share simple things
    and makes me realize how beautiful this simple things are
    and you are one of them Anita,
    everything you share in this lovely blog
    is appreciated by me.

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com

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  91. Hi Anita,
    I have seen you comment on many of the blogs that I visit so I thought it was high time I came to visit yours and I'm so glad I did!
    What a lovely experience to listen to the music and browse through the stunning images. You truly made my day. I will be back often to visit. Thanks so much.

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  92. Hello, dearest Anita
    I think one place where I would not expect to find value and beauty in is in trials...yet they say beauty arises from ashes. I shrink from trials, but it is in the very trials I have experienced, which have caused me to see visions of beauty not otherwise seen with the human mind, but from the soul. So, I see, and perceive what you are talking about, as who would think to view trials as having hidden beauty within? You definitely got my inner eye to look more closely at what life has to show us, if we get humble and kneel down and peer through the keyhole to the other side where beauty lies hidden in another invisible realm of the heart and aspect of the often, shirked from trials of life, it is there we will find the hidden beauty of the difficult part of Life.
    XO to my dear sister of the Living God
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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  93. For me, such beauty... real, pure, honest, impossible to explain "beauty"... I have found in your friendship.
    LIke your art, there will never be another "Anita" in my world.
    xo

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  94. I am evermore aware that you, dearest, are the perfect life companion to me. In my profession I see much ugliness in the world past and present. But you seemed wired to see beauty almost anywhere, and at times I am panicked by the feeling that I am like a foreign body lodged in the healthy tissue of your universe. It is a glorious feeling.
    Love you.

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  95. Happy Saturday...a day where we can do a bit to catch up and RELAX...though I think on my end it will be more relaxing tomorrow..as I look at my list I just made..very ambitious list I must say. Have a amazing weekend my friend...a new school week will soon be upon us....oh how they ZIP by. The month of LOVE will be here soon! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  96. The name of your blog is just the most beautiful... and your blog is so elegant. Much love from Sara in Sweden

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  97. Dear Anita, always a pleasure to visit and take in the beauty. It really calms me to visit and see such beautiful images and read lovely words. I hope everything is going well for you and you are enjoying the new year. xo

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  98. How late I am, dearest....but I know that there is a sweet reward waiting for me here....chez toi....in this magical portal of beauty, wisdom, and poetry....
    It is all a miracle, isn't it...
    Bless you for helping us find the way... :)
    Love to you, my dear friend....
    Brava for your thought-provoking, inspirational work of art...
    BISOUS!

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  99. I am still laughing from the comment you left.. The post is now up dear friend..
    bisous!

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  100. Yes, Anita, it is me~ lol Glad to work with you here soon!

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  101. Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
    Those dresses are spectacular!!!!! It looks like scenes from Marie Antoinette. So gorgeous & exquisite!!!!
    My dad had his throat surgery Friday afternoon. The doctors discovered some nodules on my dad's throat lining that were NOT there a month ago so those were all removed & sent for biopsy. He didn't even have the procedure he went in for. We are praying all turns out fine and in 8 weeks he can have the procedure he was originally scheduled to have.
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Love & Hugs,
    Shannon

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  102. Thank you so much dear one for your visit and MOST encouraging words... Yes, I know you want a horse. teehee
    I thought I had best see if I could even make a horse head first. I thought a finger puppet was a good place to start.
    Thank you for always being there...
    Merci dear friend
    Penny

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  103. Hello Hello! Beauty......what is beauty? A huge and important question to ponder....and I shall. Thank you for visiting the Lane,may I wish you a belated Happy New Year!
    Sarah --x--

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  104. Dearest Anita, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! It's been so long and i miss you and my other blogfriends so much! We still don't have Internet in the new house and it's very frustrating to talk to those service hotlines all the times ... But otherwise i'm fine and filled with new ideas. Hope your start was deightful and special as you deserve! Soon more and LOVE, M.

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  105. Happy new year, dear Anita. Thanks again for giving us inspiration and thoughts to ponder, too. What IS beauty? Who gets to say?
    It helps us grow and think outside the box, .... and maybe become better people, too!
    Big hugs, keep doing great things!
    Patti

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  106. Hello sweet one! Thank you for coming today and making me smile! Cheers to another year of bloggy fun and discoveries! have you been writing a lot lately? I think winter is a great time for poetry writing and inventing stories... Is it very cold where you are now? Wishing you a lovely evening and until soon, Love, M.

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  107. Hi Anita,
    Thank you for your words today. Finally we are all moved in to a little house that we are renting here in Winston Salem. My daughter Sarah and her finance' Mike just came for the long weekend for a visit. It was fun sharing what we have discovered here with them. I hope the new year brings magical dreams and wonderful beauty.
    Karen

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  108. Dear Anita,
    School will probably be cancelled again - hope you will be okay despite the massive snowstorm today!
    Great day to be inside warm, dry and drinking hot apple cider:)

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  109. These are all amazing inspiration photos! xo Caroline

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  110. Hello, Anita! Thank you so much for coming to The Marmelade Gypsy -- your comments meant more than I can say. I am so very delighted with the beauty in your blog. This frigidly cold day needs a little beauty and I found it right here -- that dazzling blue bird, the wonderful painting, the magnificent stag. Oh, indeed -- these are splendid and just what I needed. Merci beaucoup!

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  111. Thinking of you today dear one. I am home from school....comfy cozies are on and a yummy tea latte beside me...right now life could not be better. Hope you are feeling the same way...love and hugs xoxo

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  112. I have been thinking of you today and hope that you are toasty warm and perhaps enjoying a snow day or two. All is well here, cold but not much snow.

    Have a beautiful week!

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  113. This is beautiful, what a challenge. One that I'm going to try to do- find beautiful in the most unlikely place. :)

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  114. Anita,
    Thank you for your comment on my "sweet" post today. You are one of the sweetest friends there is in blogland. Just ask any of these lovely people - they will tell you the same.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  115. Thank you for coming to visit me today. I wish we could share a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit!
    Keep warm dear friend. xx

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  116. What beautiful images! There is beauty all around isn't there and you seem to magically be able to find the most beautiful things and pictures. Thanks for bringing beauty into all of our lives! I hope you have a lovely week!

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  117. It feels great to be back in blog-land and to visit your blog again and comment freely. Your loving words are so meaningful to me especially now. I was silly to keep the bad info from blog-land. Now it feels so refreshing to be here and open and free. I am going to kick cancer's ugly arss, that is for ding-dang sure! Iloveyou, Anita! ♥

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  118. Yes, indeed! Often times, beauty can be found where you least expect it. You are well, my friend? We are in a deep freeze here, and I'm trying to find beauty as I look around outside. There is something magical about a garden glazed in snow and ice.
    Stay warm,
    Loi

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  119. hi sweet, high pitched, enthusiastic sounding, voiced Anita! hahahahahahahaha. You are so fun and precious. My golly jeepers, I need you in my life more and more each day. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!! ♥

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  120. I am ok my dear, have been very tired here, so much going on with a new puppy, the art of getting orders completed, and keeping up with my esty, as well as design jobs.
    I have admired the beauty you have been creating as well as the repeat visit I make just to visit the photos of your beautiful vanity desk and mirror of gold.
    I am always so amazed at the beautiful photos you post, and admire the ones of your home best. I would move into your home in a minute it's just so me. Your simple beauty stands out, never blending in un-noticed!

    I have sold 6 crowns now from my esty and have 3 left, they are really fun to make but time consuming with all the layers I have to do to them.
    Thank you my French friend who's beauty never fails us.
    Thank you for admiring my crowns in my etsy.
    Chateau Chic was one of my first in the selection of what crown she wanted, and Mary Alice was so beautiful to have posted it and send bloggers my way :)

    I am off to finish up a cross, I will see you and your beauty in all you inspire soon.

    Xoxo
    A weekend that inspires your talents in writing and art.

    Doré

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  121. Hello Dear One!

    I love this post...so nice of you to stop by. Hope you are doing well. You must be racking up a lot of snow days lately. Nice, huh?

    Love to you!
    Heidi

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  122. Dearest Anita, stopped by on my way to work to take in some of the beauty that is always so abundant here.
    Thank you, friend.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    xoxo's

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  123. Dear Anita, Beautiful music, photos and stories! I always know what to expect when I visit you. Such beauty, each of your photographs. I’ll have to stroll through again and enjoy the music. Lovely............May your weekend be as lovely as this post!

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  125. okay, i'll quit saying this pretty soon...but I LOVE LOVE what you have to say...all of it, and ALL of your photos, every bloomin' one Anita! thank you about my sister (and my dad died 2 months after her) it's been a really hard year, but we have a wonderful loving family (huge I might add) that knows how to communicate which adds to healing and understandings. and mom just 2 years ago, adding that in that I understand so much about that for you. it doesn't matter how old we are, mothers are (no words). and I will always be grateful to have had my parents as long as we did. it must have been at a fairly young age for you and EXTREMELY difficult, my love to you Anita.
    and then about the portraits,,,yes do do...you don't even have to show anyone. we learn sooo much from faces, I tell ya'...I am having lots fun and learning tremendous amount of technical and magical things combined, one of the reasons I ADORE painting faces and painting period! hope you are having a GREAT CREATIVE weekend! xo

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  126. Certaines peintures se rapprochent de la photographie, c'est superbe !

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  127. Feb. 16th we have SNOW is it Ubiquitous and 2 feet deep. Hope you are dug out, Renee is so happy and can't wait to ski.

    Happy Valentines Anita.. yvonne

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