Listen to the music

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Seven Januarys Ago


my 

sister-in-law's blog







via


changed the way I looked at 

my creative 

life.


On New Year's Day 2008

Castles Crowns and Cottages

went live

to

share


anita rivera


and


anita rivera



 But as the walls of my cottage 

narrowed



anita rivera


the outside world grew wider

when I tied on my wings to

fly


top left image dawne polis


and hover over a

gallery

of memories















where I found

you.




are you who

have been with me

through

my experiments 

in 


anita rivera



anita rivera


and 

poetry.

art and quote anita rivera ©


And

while it is impossible 

to reciprocate 

every act of kindness

you have gifted me 

know that


via



So while facing possible

transitions

to come in 2015

hold on to 

the good things 

that never change

and

 will keep you grounded for your

journey above and beyond.






And many thanks to my new readers and friends

who have joined in the last year.

Happy 2015!

Please visit Tina

at

The Enchanted Home

where she has invited me to be a part

of

 New Year's With Friends.

She is so gracious.






146 comments:

Junkchiccottage said...

So beautiful Anita and love love you and your blog. Thank you for another year of beauty and inspiration. May you have a beautiful new year filled with lots of love and inspiration.
Kris

Karena Albert said...

Lovely dear Anita. I have enjoyed you and your site from the start! Thank you for the beauty and inspiration you bring all year long! Here's to a joyful and adventure filled 2015!!
Xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

And how blessed we all are, Anita, that you decided to blog. You bring us beauty, peace, inspiration and encouragement in an often dark and dreary world. I always leave your blog with a smile! Happy New Year and happy blogoversary!

Kim said...

As you know, Anita, I just discovered your blog this year...but my what a discovery! I adore your post, pictures, music and words. I look forward to each new addition and can't wait to see what you have to share with us, to inspire us with in the coming new year! Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! xo

Alison @ The Polohouse said...
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Alison @ The Polohouse said...

blessings! ---- oops. typo.
:D

wanda miller said...

Oh how I love visiting and see just a tiny portion as to how your mind and imagination work Anita. It is so enriching and my imagination just thrives with each of your posts. Big sigh of Peace. And you color your world so exquisitely PLEASING to the eye. Much love to you.

Simply LKJ said...

Dearest Anita, how I love seeing your blog pop up on my reading list! No matter how my day has gone, it gets instantly better reading your beautiful words and listening to the soothing music. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
Happy New Year! May you be richly blessed, as you have blessed us.

Red Rose Alley said...

And I am so thankful for YOU too, Anita. My heart was delighted when I saw the train, as they have so much meaning to me. ;~) The dress form you made is sensational. And your art print is great, along with the quote. Audrey's eyes twinkle as yours do, my friend. Did you make up the "facelift" quote, I LOVE IT! I think my favorite picture on here is the girl frolicking barefoot in the dirt. I guess it's my free spirit taking over.

Thank you for your friendship through the years, and I wish you peace, joy, and love in the new year.

from the bottom of my heart,
~Sheri

Marie said...

Lovely, as always. Wishing you a year filled with blessings my beautiful, beautiful cousin.
You are always in my heart.
Elizabeth

Red Rose Alley said...

by the way, the other day at church the priest was talking about the number 7. It is the most significant number and most powerful in scripture. It means 'perfection.' When I saw the number 7 on your wreath, I thought of that.

love,
~me

A Joyful Cottage said...

Anita, when I read that your sister-in-law's blog changed the way you look at your creative life I could only think how you have paid that forward, and that I am one of the blessed recipients. Though I have only just met you and have read your blog for such a short time, I have been deeply impacted by it and you. For fear of sounding like a broken record (since I think every time I leave a comment it's something along these lines), your beautiful images and words always inspire me. I know 2015 will be a lovely year for you and that what you share here at Castles, Crowns and Cottages will be wonderful, and that you will continue to enrich my life, as well as all who visit. Warmest thoughts ~ Nancy

"Create Beauty" said...

Happy NEW year Anita!!!

I love seeing your photos here, your home and your vision....

Blogging made us friends! What a gift that has been! Co-conspirators in beauty and LIFE!!!!
Laughter, Joy, Sharing of Sorrows, Creativity,
How thankful I am that you
began ~ and continued ~
to blog!!!!!

may Love and Joy surround you in 2015!

~ Violet

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Oh My dearest, I confess I was not "faithful" to you this past year in coming here, but my heart has never left you.
I wish I could give you a warm hug and kiss on your beautiful cheek but instead I will send you my love and wishes of a blessed and prosper New year!!!
love ~

Stephanie said...

You are in one word, my dear Anita, enchanting! When I visit your blog, read your words, and look at your photos I am simply mesmorized. . .

I am a new reader, but already you have welcomed me into your world and extended your hand in sweet friendship - I am so blessed by you, dear one. You inspire me and encourage me. I am so very thankful for you!

Much love to you, Anita! May you have a wonderful New Year filled with God's precious blessings.

Victoria said...

Hi Anita, your blog is always a joy to visit and a beautiful realm to experience ...full of visual poems and dreams! I enjoy all of your magnificent posts..
Blessings and magic in 2015~
Victoria

Seawashed Living said...

We have known each other a long time through our blogs. I still remember the image you had of a castle in France in the fog surrounded by water. I always have that image in my head as belonging to your blog kind of like its your identity. But I also remember your cottage banner with pale pink. Happy Seven years. Cheers to many more. xxo

Deborah Montgomery said...

I'm a new reader this year, but wanted to let you know that I always enjoy stopping by here for your gorgeous photos and inspiring messages. I'm not sure what changes you've made, but it seems we should change and grow. I hope my year-old blog doesn't look the same 7 years from now (if I blog that long!).
Best wishes to you, and congratulations on your journey.

Jeanne said...

I scroll down slowly when I read your posts, always reading one section deliberately and conscientiously, so when I read "You are the fairest of them all" it was the next section, rather all of a sudden-like (if that makes sense) and it made me break into a great big smile. Happy 2015 to you, Fair Lady.

MJH Design Arts said...

Hi Anita, Thank you for writing this amazing blog/tale/experience. You push me to delve. Happy 2015!!
Mary

Marijke said...

Every post of you is an experience and always a beautiful gift from you to us! All best wishes from me to you for 2015!
groetjes van Marijke

Méa Strauß said...

To stay grounded... Anita, thank you for this post, as this is the main mistake I sometimes make. When I want to fly away... and do... especially, if a betrayal of one beloved was about to smashed me... So I will NOT forget to throw my anchor out this time, there are people like you, to make ones heart sing. I will stay a believer, in 2015 as well.
A wonderful transition, my sweet friend, show us more, let us dare, your friend Méa, who will now create new Angel Wings for the wall, as the mirror is... sold :((

Simplement ... said...

Je sais que chez toi l'année 2015 sera aussi belle, sinon plus, si cela est possible, que toutes les autres qui ont enchanté nos coeurs.
Partager le merveilleux est une expérience unique et enchanteresse qui apporte bonheur et joie de vivre.
Alors MERCI chère Anita pour ces moments de grâce.
Je t'embrasse tendrement
Marie-Ange

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

I wish I had your way with words. It has always been a joy visiting your beautiful blog. It's a source of inspiration to me! You know how to combine colours, structures and words and you are one of the kindest bloggers I know. Hope you will continue for a long long time!

Wishing you and your husband a Happy and Magical New Year, with many more beautiful moments!

Love,

Madelief x

* What an elegant house you live in. It really suits you!

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Just read your comment on my blog. Oh please don't be discouraged about your photography. It's superb and so YOU!!! I feel exactly the same when I look at your photographs and beautiful post. Aren't we a pair of fools? :-)

Sending a big smile and a hug your way!

Madelief xox

The Dutchess said...

Blessings my dearest Sister...there's so much more beauty to come...xoxo

It's me said...

Anita !!! 7 years !!...i miss two years of that i think ....i blog 6 years in januarie...congratulations.....may there come many many years !!...love you !!..happy 2015 !!..with heath and a every day smile.....love from me Ria...xxx !

bernadette b said...

Anita je vous souhaite une année aussi belle et douce que vos posts. Bisous

lynn said...

congrats on your 7 years, anita! may the new year bring you health and happiness!

castellar rosa said...

coucou Anita, je te souhaite une bonne nouvelle année plein de bonheur et de joie mais surtout la santé
gros bisous de ton amie catalane
rosa
ps comme d'habitude ton post est bien beau

VM Creation Atelier said...

Good morning,beautiful woman Anita!!!
It's a very,very,very big pleasure to be here by you.....:)))
Thanks a million times for your beyond inspiring me posts,for your kind and beautiful soul!
Wish you absolutely amazing New 2015,dear girlfriend! Year full of love,laugh,joy and creativity!!!
Much love,
Warm hugs,
V.

Robyn said...

Your home is elegant, welcoming, visual stunning - all the words that can be used to describe you, my sweet friend. Your photographs are gorgeous and I will send a note about the macro lens sometime this week when I can have the time write about it properly for you. You would love it! :)
Thank you for opening up the hearts of so many with your creativity. You have created such a special place here, Anita - your friends and new readers flock here because they know it will always be a heartwarming experience. Saying thank you never seems enough! Happy New Year to you and yours! Lots of love to you. xoox

Lady of the Woods said...

It is a pleasure to be on this part of the world. I especially love seeing your home, it inspires me. You inspire us all!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I love the moments I get to spend in your world with you ... the visuals and sounds and words are intoxicating! I will always be thankful that we 'found each other' on the internet.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Victoria! So nice to see you here! I can't leave a comment on your beautiful blog (WOW your photos are outstanding!) but many thanks for a year of experimenting together! HAPPINESS to you in 2015! Anita

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

"Ditto" to what Tristan said. My exact comment dear friend. Light, love and hugs to you!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Anita!

WOW...2008!

To think that I met you ""mid way" through this incredible journey!
Castles Crowns and Cottages is a refuge for all who visit. So many times your posts and music have been my nightcap and lullaby, soothing me to sleep at the end of a challenging day.
You touch so many hearts, Anita!
We are blessed to know you!
~Lynne
w/L.
.

Three Sheep Studio said...

You are a testament to elegance. I completely enjoy your blog
and wish you the best as you move forward in 2015.
Rose

Prince Snow Farm said...

Oh Anita, at times I feel as if you are speaking directly to me! So sorry to have been away. My dad passed 2 weeks ago and it has been a very difficult transition. xo in the New Year!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Quite the journey, Anita! I now wish I hadn't deleted my old blog... but with each new year, I learn more. And I do believe that 2015 is going to be amazing.
Happy New Year!!!
Lin
P.S. I'm working on something fun for my first 2015 post ~ inspired by all those I've met, like YOU, through blogging. xoxo

Christelle said...

Merci pour cette jolie petite part de rève partagée !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Christelle, bonjour! J'ai hâte de vous lire un jour...j'espère que vous recommencerez votre blog en 2015?

Bonne année! Anita

Mary Hone said...

Wonderful and beautiful as always. I imagine your home as being wonderful, inviting, and ever so beautiful. I love your posts and the glimpse into a gorgeous world they bring me. Happy 2015!!

La Contessa said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE.............and that drawing of AUDREY!!!Your quote is THE BEST.........I totally agree.I do not SMILE enough!That shall be my news years resolution........to smile like AUDREY!I do believe I have seen your Sister in laws blog about BLOG TOWN..........must go check in with HER!XO

Marcia Pilar said...

I'm so glad you tied on those wings, love. It has been quite a fantastic flight, hasn't it? I'm looking forward to all the WONDER ahead of us, and I know you're always ready. ;)
Never doubted for one second that you write about each of us. You've made yourself an instrument in the hands of the Gift Giver. He takes your words and presses them against our hearts, and IF we are listening, every syllable becomes a message.
I never click away from your page without pausing to LISTEN.
I look forward to sharing 2015 with you, my friend, and calling you fairest another year ... and ever after.
xoxo

Barbara Fisher said...

Dearest Anita, our Christmas visitors left earlier today, and so I hurried over to see you and lo and behold another wonderful post was waiting. I’ve not been with you from the start of your blog, but I do feel as though we’ve been friends for a very long time. Thank you for being the wonderful person that you are. Happy New Year. Love and hugs Barbara xxxx

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dear sweet Anita,
Mon' amie who inspires us to reach for the stars and create from our hearts and blissfully play. Happy 7th anniversary of gifting us all with your vision of a magical visit to your poetic place in the kingdom of blog land at Castles,Crowns and Cottages.
xoxo,
Vera

Maria Angelique said...

Awww, this is such a sweet post. I remember reading your blog when I started blogging in 2010 and always found it to be a place of peace and calmness. I love that about your blog and your words. Here is to a beautiful and amazing 2015!

Maria

PS. When I move to MN in the summer, we have to get together!

Daniela said...

My dear Anita, you're so Beautiful and I'm so very glad to have met you here and to join you !
Thank you for this gift !!
Have a blessed 2015, filled with Love
Dany

Art and Sand said...

I am not sure how or when I first came across Castles Crowns & Cottages, but I do remember falling in love immediately.

A grin breaks across my face each time I see a post from CC&C. I go through the post once in silence because I am usually at the dining room table across from Steve and music is already playing in the background- this morning the music on the stereo fits quite well with the beautiful words and pictures. A second reading takes place with the lovely music playing. And then, a few more readings are thrown in just to look at the beautiful pictures.

Have a lovely New Year - you are certainly welcome to drop in at our house on Wednesday night. We are hosting the 9:00 to midnight portion of the progressive dinner.

donna baker said...

And thanks to you dear Anita. Your blog is on my top five list and I do so enjoy your posts.

Leslie said...

Good Morning Anita! Well..... I am definitely on board here:) Your poetry, music, and art is lovely and always thought provoking. I'm off to do some photos for the blog and enjoy this glorious cold/sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest.

Have a wonderful day! xxL

speedyrabbit said...

We are simply Blessed by your friendship and art in all shapes and forms,and can't wait to see your journey through next year,Happy Anniversary for seven years of blogging dear friend,and Happy New Year too,xx Rachel and Speedy

Jeanne said...

I know when I come here I will find beauty. Thanks for being there.
May your new year be filled with light.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Anita, this day finds me looking for the beautiful and here I find it within your post. Filled with beauty, peace and inspiration. Love the peeks into your cottage and the wonder in your art pieces. I always felt you gather your ideas and inspiration from all the paths you cross.
Thank you for sharing your talents and friendship. Wishing you all the joys and blessings you can hold in the new year.
Love to you my friend!
Hugs

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Je te remercie pour toutes tes images splendides, toutes tes idées remarquables, tes jolis mots.
Que l'année 2015 soit bénie pour toi...

Je te souhaite
la paix dans ton coeur
une sensation pure
sans nom...
sans expectatives...
l'extase de la beauté ultime
errant entre les collines
d'un pays de rêves parfaits...

http://youtu.be/j7v9aBBq1TU

Suz said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and I got it in my e-mail! I am so happy. I love getting your beautiful posts in my e-mail. It makes my day. Happy New Year!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

It is such a pleasure to be able to come and visit you and see all the beauty and inspiration you share with us all - merci beaucoup!
I just love seeing your writing, poetry and your drawings. Thank you for your kind friendship and visits and words you have left me, appreciate all.
Wishing you a Happy New Year and may you have much peace and happiness, good health and prosperity.
hugs
Carolyn

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère Troebadoer, comme ta poèsie me dit quelque chose distinct, si claire, si pleine de lumière. Moi, je te remercie de ton amitié ici, car tes visites m'enchantent.Tu me laisses toujours des perles,vraiment des étoiles. Et à toi, je te souhaite une année riche en amour. GROS BISOUS! Anita P.S., j'adore le YOU TUBE!

Rhonda said...

My sweet friend, your inner light shines brightly and I am so grateful to have found your blog and it's beauty.
You stir in all of us to our very souls....nobody does it better. Much much love. Rhonda

Denise said...

I'm not sure what Year I started following You,I lose track of time now so easily.I do know it's been several Years and I've loved and could relate to each post.Your wonderful self radiates through Your blog.....home,art,music,teaching,poetry, storytelling.and love for Your Savior and Husband.I'm proud to call You friend. Cheers to 2015. OX Denise

wanda miller said...

Thank you Anita, you just know don't ya? THANK for today. xoxo

Pallavi Puri said...

so wonderful and refreshing to come and read your blog dear Anita :)

PlantPostings said...

Happy New Year, Anita! May the transitions be pleasant, the challenges manageable, and the new opportunities joyful!

Rié Moratto said...

As a new follower I have appreciated and been inspired by your posts, personally and as a new blogger... Thank you! I wish you a happy, healthy, blessed New Year! xx Rié | Portobello Design Blog

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It's such a pleasure to join you in your journey as all your posts are always filled with poetry and charm.

Linda said...

Beautiful post!!! Happy 2015. :)

NotesFromAbroad said...

I'll be here as long as you are ! love you. C

Pura Vida said...

you are so gracious and kind and the kind of class that cannot be duplicated...to make everyone believe you are speaking of them! Happy 2015 Anita...you are a remarkable presence and light in my world!

Heather Lindstrom said...

Your artistry, creativity and heart shine through in every post, my dear Anita. Congratulations on seven years of inspiring others with each evocative post filled with beauty, thoughtfulness and love. YOU are a bright light, generous and kind, in the blogging world and I feel so honored to be your blogging friend. Your level of talent is awe inspiring. So happy for you and the honor of being published in a magazine. I'm excited to hear more of upcoming projects that will, do doubt, continue to inspire and brighten our world. Cheers to you my lovely friend! xx, Heather

Jeanie said...

So beautifully stated, both in words and illustrations! Congratulations, dear Anita!Your photos, your words always bring joy and merriment. I look forward to many more years of visiting you and the friendship we have developed through visiting one anothers' blogs! Happy Blogaversary!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

What a FAVORITE you are.....What a LIFTER you are!!
You make us SMILE...you make us PONDER...... you make us THINK.....
you make us REMEMBER....you make us LAUGH and DANCE and SEE...
and HEAR!!
YOU ARE A GREAT FRIEND!!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
THANK YOU DEAR FOR ALWAYS being a BLESSING!!!!
XXXXX OOOOO Love Linnie

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

P.S. AND PLAY!!!! ;-)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Happy New Year dearest Anita!!!!!!
Your blog is a bright light in my life & I look forward to each new post!!!!!
This is beautiful!!!!!!
I am ringing in the new year with the flu.... I think I caught it from my husband. Never a dull moment....
Do you have have any plans for New Years Eve?
Sending you love, hugs, & many wishes for a fabulous 2015!!!!!!!
Hugs,
Shannon

Carol Z said...

So happy I met you in 2014. Sending wishes for a year of blessings, large and small.

Vicky said...

Feliz Año Nuevo Anita, que el 2015 venga cargado de momentos felices y nos sigas regalando ideas e inspiraciones tan buenas como las que has compartido con nosotros-
Un abrazo Vicky

Catherine Robinson said...

Such a beautiful post to end the year, Anita.
I'm looking forward to another shared year blogging..what fun it is and you are simply one of the best!
I adore your sketch of Audrey ;)
Wishing you the Happiest New Year..with my love xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita....I am so happy I wandered upon Castles, Crowns and Cottages and met you! Your posts are so inspiring.....so much beauty in them and your words are truly special and always heartfelt! Wishing you all the very best to you and your blog in 2015.....I know I will be back for more! Much Love to you, Dzintra xo

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, to my favorite person, Happy 2015. Were you on the orental express? I have dreamed of a trip on that train, even sent away for
info. This was such a beautiful post as always. It touched me so.
I remember seeing those rooftops in Paris, Oh so devine.
Sending love and good wishes for you .
Thanks for the face lift,I am smiling.
Hugs to you
yvonne

designchic said...

I can always be assured to find beauty and inspiration when I visit, Anita. So happy to have found your beautiful blog and wishing you all the best in the new year!!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Happy New Year sweet friend! Love and blessngs to you always, Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

June said...

Beautiful post---again---my dear Anita! Do you know that Nancy beautiful blog was one of the first blogs I stumbled on years ago...and I was in love with everything Fete et Fleur!
I want to wish you so much joy in the New Year my dear!
sending hugs...

Jade said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, dearest Anita! And thank you so much for all this magic, beauty and poetry! To be here is such a joy and you always touch my heart! Have a wonderful time, my dear friend, and a blessed 2015!

With love, Jade

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
A beautiful post, Anita... Thank you for the years of friendship... I have a heart full of wonderful memories we have shared. I can still see your sweet smile when we first met face to face... And all due to this wonderful place called blogland... Here is to a new year packed with laughter and magic .
Love and a big hug!
Penny

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Dearest Anita...thank you for bringing beauty into our lives with each and every post! New Year's blessings to you and Rubin...here's to a happy and healthy 2015 ! xoxo

Pétales de fée said...

Très belle et très heureuse année nouvelle ! Qu'elle t'apporte douceur, sourire, harmonie et paix chaque jour ! Je t'embrasse

"Create Beauty" said...

I am back, savoring your ending words to 2014 and savoring what is to come for the NEW year!!!!

Sweet Blessings, dear friend.
~ Violet

deana sidney said...

Happy New Year to you, lovely Anita. How time flies. I have spent many moments of revery here and look forward to many more.

Stacey said...

This is why I love you so! Beautiful post and a refreshing way to start 2015. Happy New Year beautiful! Blessings and love. xx

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is so lovely, Anita, as you are!

A very Happy 2015 to you, my friend. I look forward to more of your beautiful posts as the year proceeds.

Love to you...

xo

Sheila :-)

millefeuilles said...

Back from my travels, nowhere exotic, I find this exquisite post. You truly are a remarkable lady, dear Anita. A friend to many, across the miles and océans. I wish you a fabulous, peaceful, and magical New Year full of as much inspiration as you gift us, and more!

Stephanie

Karen said...

Anita,
What a lovely 'thank you' note. The music, so carefully selected, comes from my favorite movie. I still want to visit your archives and read more from your early posts. I always leave your site feeling happy and inspired.
Happy New Year, I'm so happy for the link that took me to your blog this past year.
xo,
Karen

Palomasea said...

Dear one, I have finally made my way here...to your beautiful oasis of calm, beauty, and inspiration. Just what I need today after getting to bed at 3:45 a.m.! (Mushroom soup is finally simmering on the stove!)
Thank YOU, thank you for everything that you are, and for introducing me to your ENCHANTED world, and the extraordinary world of blogging. You are magical, my friend...and I cherish and adore you. Here's to a continued blossoming of all that is creative, artistic, poetic.... Happy New Year, and happy new dreams.... :)
Gorgeous photos!
Love you,
- Irina

"Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race."
~ Johann Georg Hamann

Red Rose Alley said...

My precious Anita,
I wanted to wish you a sparkly New Year. May we share another splendid year together, my friend.

Wishing you peace and lots of love in the days ahead.

~Sheri

Jeri Landers said...

Hmmm, I think I have been here through it all, yeah, I have! Bless your ever-lovin heart Anita , i wonder what lovely surprises will unfold in the new year?

Red Rose Alley said...

ANITA, I loved reading about your thoughts of the new year on The Enchanted Home. They were sincere, lovely, and YOU. I didn't know you honeymooned in Carmel! Isn't it beautiful there? Me and husband went there many years ago in the 80's. That will be an incredible vacation for you this year.

Here's to a wonderful 2015!

love,
~me

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

Happy New Year and Blog-versary! Wow! 7 years (my fav number by the way)! That's amazing! So glad that we "met" several years ago. I think it was soon after Maximus was born? Perhaps? Anyway...

LOVE your photography! You must continue taking photos. K? Beautiful. REALLY!

Wishing you the BEST in 2015! Crazy, huh? Time really does fly!

Love to you, sis!
Heidi

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Good morning, dear Anita. Thank you for your sweet visit... you asked about carving paperclay. I love this stuff. I've molded with it wet, but when allowed to dry first (like my wings) it can be carved or sanded. Such a versatile medium!
Enjoy creating,
Lin

Down by the sea said...

Your posts always brighten my day! Congratulations on reaching your 7 year blog anniversary and creating so many magical posts over the years. Wishing you and your husband a very Happy New year. Sarah x

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy New Year dearest!!! I am looking forward to a year of magic with you.
love,
Penny and BEBE

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Happy, Happy New Year, Anita! Congratulations on your blog anniversary!! Seven years - WOW! Thanks for being such an inspiration. Cheers

Sonja Goodson said...

These years fly by, don't they?? Happy New Year Anita, to you and Ruben. May it be the very best year yet!! :)

Love you!

therelishedroost said...

Wishing you a fabulous 2015 and I look forward to your magical posts in the New Year!

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Dearest Anita ... wishing you a blessed 2015! Congratulations on 7 years in BlogLand!!! You are an inspiration and your creative hand a joy to the world. Hugs, Celia M. (HHL)

Botanic Bleu said...

Anita,
Congratulations on your 7th anniversary. I looking forward to seeing your creativity in 2015. May it be your best year yet! Thank you for all your inspiration, both in your blog and in your comments.

Bonne Année, mon ami,

Judith

hi-d said...

Anita!!!
When I commented here yesterday, I didn't watch the video, but I did tonight. Is that you on the piano??? Beautiful! Simply beautiful. Did you take your tree down today? I didn't...but perhaps tomorrow. Part of me doesn't want to, as I just love Christmastime and all the pretty lights and decorations. But at least I can say that I won't have to wait until next year to put it back up. Only 363 more days until Christmas again. haha!!!

Hope you had a wonderful day. Thanks for your sweet friendship!

Heidi

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

My dearest friend, how blessed I was to discover your blog over 5 years ago! I have followed along and cheered for each of your artistic accomplishments. I am in awe of your talent, kindness and seemingly boundless energy. You light up the blog world of so many and your work, words and spirt make us all better people for it.

I wish you a magical, blessed and wonderful year, for it is the least that you deserve. I will continue to follow you on your adventures to France this year and all of the places that you speak of from your heart.

Congratulations on 7 wonderful years! Happy New Year!

xoxo love Elizabeth

P.S loved your guest post at Tinas!

Martina said...

Happy New Year, dearest Anita! Much happiness, health, love and success for the year 2015! I just got back from Austria and try to come out of the golden haze of christmas and new years - into the world again .... it'll take me a few days i guess ;) Hope you had a fantastic end of your year and can't wait to share all the adventures of 2105 with YOU! xox

nélinha said...

que de beauté!!!!, je te souhaite ma chère Anita une belle et heureuse année 2015 qu'elle te comble de joie, de bonheur et de santé pour que tu puisses toi aussi combler tes désirs et tes rêves...Bisous tout plein ma douce amie et merci pour ta ravissante carte virtuelle
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller

Bisous bisous
Nélinha

castellar rosa said...

balader sur tes articles est une vraie bonheur, continue a nous enchanter au long de cette nouvelle année.
Je te souhaite une nouvelle année pleine de joie et bonheur mais surtout avec bonne santé
gros bisous
rosa

Marie-Paule Faure said...

Chère Anita, mille mercis pour votre si gentil message, pour tous vos messages en fait, pour votre fidélité et votre délicatesse.
Je suis heureuse d'avoir découvert votre blog cette année, et au-delà de la distance, d'avoir le sentiment de m'être fait une amie, avec qui je partage le même goût pour la beauté et dont j'aime la vision sensible et romanesque de la vie.

Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse année, pleine de moments magnifiques, je vous souhaite d'être heureuse et en paix.

je vous embrasse,

Marie-Paule

PS : et bravo pour votre français raffiné!! le mot exact est "didascalie", il désigne, dans un texte ou un scénario une indication écrite par exemple par le metteur en scène qui ne fait pas partie du texte. Congratulations!!!

Willow said...

Happy New Year to you Anita ~
my sweet, enchanting ,
ever so clever, superbly creative friend.
May 2015 bring you all your heart desires .
With much fondness and admiration ,
Willow

Marie-Paule Faure said...

Presque... Didascalies, with a D (between I and A)...I wish my english were as sophisticated as your french. bravo!!!

Chatelaine said...

Beautiful post as always. Happy Blogaversary! I have enjoyed your art and poetry and photography. So glad to have found you!

Francine Gardner said...

Dear Anita:
I am always looking forward to read, enjoy your poetry…la poesie…quell belle chose…You add beauty, dream, fantasy to our world.
For this year of sharing beautiful moments, I thank you…Merci

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Anita, my favorite part of your postings are when you post your home, it's warmth is so inviting of a French home of cozy comfort that inspires.
Love your candle lit beauty, and your words of inspiration, keep inspiring us with your home, and all the little inspiring touches you add and take away.
Looking forward to seeing your beams painted.

I have had a rocky start to the holidays and new year, I came down with that terrible virus and am trying to kick it, nothing worst then being sick and not able to get creative around here.

Will see you soon, and all the beauty you will be sharing with us.
Xox
Dore

Pamela said...

Happy New Year Dear Anita!
I am taking your advice about transitions to heart - "hold on to the good things that never change and keep you grounded." You are amazing and a woman of wisdom and grace!
Thank you for speaking to us so personally and making us feel we have you right here listening to our very souls. Congratulations on 7 years of expression and sharing in this style that is all your own and a gift to the world.
Your home and your Audrey drawing send me dreaming with a smile! :)
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Stardust Wishes*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Luisa María Benito said...

Mi querida AMIGA Anita!!!
Wow 7 años!! es un número mágico , like you! you are always magic and every time we can see and read your art about your blog.

Have a very HAPPY 2015!

Luisa
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Gail Peterson said...

Happiest of New Years to you Anita... I L*O*V*E* this post....the time and thought you give to these posts is purely extraordinary!
I'm dedlighted by each eand every visit with you here.
Thank you!
xo,
Gail

Anne said...

BONNE ANNEE, Anita! I've rejoined the world of blogging, and am looking forward to getting caught up with my favorite blog friends like you. I smiled at this post, seeing photos I remember (I love the one of the gull flying over the Paris rooftops.) Am happy to see that you are still posting and creating beauty! xo Anne

L'Elégante said...

Hello chère Anita, que l'année 2015 soit heureuse et t'apporte la satisfaction de tous tes possibles ! Je t'embrasse. Fine Bessot

bea de caracas said...

This time, I late you some words with my bad english (sorry!!!!)
I want to wish you a very nice new year with many lovely posts on your blog!!!!
I enjoy read and see all you show!
Best regards from my little Belgium

Maria said...

Wishing you all the blessings of the new page of this brand new year, Anita.
This post is beautiful , a lot like you !
Hugs Maria x

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, looking at a photo of my Mother and I. She is wearing a Yellow hat so much like the one in post.
Your post brings memories to me and so much beauty. I need my fix of Castles and Crowns today.
love and may God bless you.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!
How was your New Years Eve? I was sick so we stayed at home.
We had a sad start to our year. Our friend's 4 year old daughter passed away. She had been battling an aggressive form of Leukemia since 2012. They had been at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in NYC since June. In mid December it was announced by a team of doctors that no more could be done. The next day the fly home and we are all so grateful she got to spend Christmas Day with her family opening gifts and sharing laughs. She was very weak, taking 29 different medications per day. On New Years Eve she suffered a stroke- probably due to the medication and the beating her body had taken. It was so sad to know a wonderful little girl had passed on. We were grateful she was no longer suffering but sad she couldn't be cured.
My dad has his 4th cancer ablation treatment at Mayo next week.
We always worry waiting for the results from this procedure hoping no additional cancer is detected or spread.
I hope you have a had a wonderful start to 2015. It's a whole New Year....
Sending hugs,
Shannon

Marcia Pilar said...

Good morning, friend. Thank you for visiting.
It was most delicious taking in your post (music too) again. I love the ribbons hanging from your chandelier, and your beautiful harp in the background.
Yes, may we remain grounded as we hold on to the good things that never change.
xoxo

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, it is wonderful, to see all your beautiful artwork in this post - bravo! Thank you for coming to my blog - yes, the simplify theme ... i'm still a bit in hibernation mode and not in my usual quickly moving energy, so i need the slower pace right now. Also, thinking and feeling my way into the year and ploanning takes time. So far, the kids have been here, firends, family, always lots of people. Now, i have my own space and can really start on doing, what i wanted to do after Christmas - like little owl ;) Has school started again for you? Much love for a happy evening!

Elaine Cariglio said...

It is you, who has blessed us!
Blessings My Friend,

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hi Anita,
I remember your sister-in-law's blog and when you started yours. I have been hooked every since. You are still my favorite blog to visit.
Karen

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Anita,
Miss Cordelia said Tea Rat is more than welcome to come take a seat on the bike... There is nothing she would enjoy more than to ride in the sunshine with Tea Rat.
blessings dear one

A Magical Whimsy said...

And all of us who have been with you through your beautiful journey, can only count the blessings we have received from having you as a dearest friend!
The experience goes both ways and has been guided by Providence!
Seven years of a blissful posting we have viewed from your beautifully, enchanted blog, and marvelous creations!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, from the inspiration you received from your sister-in-law. It was not a coincidence, but a gift from God!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Elaine! I don't see a blog for you, but I wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving a word! Blessings back to YOU! Anita

Karena Albert said...

Dear Anita,
I stopped back over for another dose of morning beauty and music.
Please do come and see my New Year's wish to you in 2015!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello Anita, I look forward to another beautiful year, healthy, happy and at peace. This post is so beautiful and gracious. You have a gift, my friend. of course all of your posts are truly lovely and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your lovely gifts. Have a wonderful year ahead. xo

Ines RdP said...

hello sweetie :)
nice post!, great pics so inspiring . . .
love design of your blog ... like everything!
Tell me how about follow each other?
Let me know please, I always follow back :)
Have an inspiring day :**
keep in touch

xoxo
www.thegrisgirl.blogspot.com.es

toves sammensurium said...

Anita!!!!!Anita!!!! Anita!!! I am so in love with your own pictures,your home is beyond beautiful!!! WOW!
And your words are so nice too,hits me right in the heart :)
Aren´t you a sweetheart!!!
Blogging is truly an adventure and I am so glad we´re sharing this adventure together,- being able to visits eachothers worlds,thoughts!What a wonderful adventure it is!!!
Happy weekend in your beautiful home !!
TOve-hugs :)

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Brrrrrrrrrrr!!! It is mighty shivery COLD here in NY!! But it is calm and cozy warm inside! :-D
Sooo glad to see you at the Butt'ry! The Mousiekins and Aunt Tillie are hoping that Tea Rat & Co are staying warm!!
And I am hoping that you are warm and cozy too!!
Blessings and Love Linnie and the Mousies!!

manon 21 said...

Merci pour vos beaux mots sur mon blog,je découvre ainsi le votre....

A bientôt

Manon

deb famularo said...

Hello dear friend! I cannot believe it has been that long that we have all witnessed your talent and light from within! We are so lucky you have shared your beauty with us in the most creative way. You always inspire us with your creative art, your wisdom and your kind heart. Thank you for being in my life, I am so grateful and blessed to have you as a friend! XO

Leslie said...

Hi ANITA! How are you?:) I hope your Saturday is filled with fun and relaxation. Thank you so much for your friendship and sweet comments:) xxleslie

Jade said...

Oh Anita how sad it is!!!!!!! We will miss you soooooooooo much............here on your blog is an island of beauty and love, a magical world created by wonderful person with a big big heart!!!!!!!! But I can understand it. Thank you so much for your lovely words,

with love and hugs, Jade

Jade said...

That´s the reason? I can´t believe it, my dear friend! Your pictures, your art, all the ideas and the words behind........everything is full of beauty and absolutly breathtaking - I love your own pictures, because it is YOUR life........love your beautiful house, your art work and the poetry of your words. Now an then I get some new readers and in the next moment I loose some.........not funny but that´s life..........and I write my blog for me an those who like it ;). Oh Anita, I wish I could tell that in a better english and send you sooooooo much love. Thank´s for all,

Jade

Jade said...

So true Anita.........whatever you will decide, the most important is to BE YOU and to BE HAPPY with everything YOU do.

With love, Jade

Mrs Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

I have been away from blogger for a few weeks now due to illness, and always love how uplifting that your posts are - many times they have taken away the gloom of being housebound. The images which you so carefully chose to share, and those you create yourself are rare glimpses of better places. Happy New year to you - and always. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind and insightful comments there. We do have a lot in common in our lives, and yours has touched mine. x

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
How are you? Did you get hitby the latest snowstorm? Chicago got 18 inches!!!!
We're supposed to get snow tomorrow!!!!
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
Hope you had a lovely weekend!!!!
Love & Hugs,
Shannon

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Anita, missing you and your love and beauty.
Here it is a Sunny day at last. I am going this week for the Cancer check up.
Sweat it everytime. Pray it's not back. Opps Sunday the snow is back.
Hugs to you, remeember, too much on the plate causes heartburn.
Take it easy and smell the roses, even if they are in the market.
yvonne