Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Art and Heart of the Season

In almost every corner of the world, people will soon be celebrating The Light

through the art

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and heart

of the season.

We will send well wishes to those far away

and savor every moment with those who are near with the beauty of our art and our heart of the season.

Please view this clip from my favorite movie, "Le Chateau de Ma Mère, a magical view into the childhood of Marcel Pagnol. It is in French with a "Southern" Provençal accent, but look for the art of maman's hands and the big heart of Oncle Jules towards his beloved family, and his beau frère gets me every time.

I look forward to sharing my ideas with you this season and embracing the work of your hands and heart as well!

Alors, Joyeux Noël et à la prochaine!


KeKe said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anita~

Chemin des Muguets said...

Oh Anita,

This post so touches the little child in me, the one dreaming of Christmas. It is so full of the joy, the anticipation, and the beauty of the season to come. I will return often to this spot, whenever my spirit needs an uplift.

Thanking you from my heart,


Rita said...

Hello my dear Anita,
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing such stunning pics. That's a true homage to the beauty, charm, luxury and inspiration of the upcoming holiday season.
Thank you again for making me dream!

LiLi M. said...

Ma chère Anita, what a great start of the season up here, with the stars, the beautiful lights, the stunning photos and of course the table in the clip. Mouthwatering those nuts, le nougât mmmmm!
Thanks for taking me into that wonder world!

Tristan Robin said...

oh, how magnifique!

from Paris to Rockefeller Center to the fabulous windows at Bergdorf's to the magical gown of Mother Ginger!

what a exquisite journey around the art and heart of the season - thank you for the enchanting post!

koralee said...

I am so excited to start this Holiday Season off...Christmas is really the best time of the year..your images are so lovely and have really gotten me in the Christmas mood. Blessings to you!

The Dutchess said...

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”

We are going to have a GRAND Holiday season together..

Unknown said...

I anticipate pure enchantment with you over this holiday season. Let the magic of Christmas, around the world but centered in each heart..begin!

FIONA said...

The best way to end a great Thanksgiving is to anticipate a joyful Christmas season.

Thanks you for sharing this, Madame.

Kirsten Steen said...

Another lovely post by you! And Happy Thanksgiving!

The Dutchess said...

Wishing you a wonderful weekend..:)

Barb said...

Happy belated TG dear Anita.
Love the pics, brought some nice memories back. Have a blessed weekend. Now, I get to prepare for hubs Birthday. Oh My....

love ya,

KeKe said...

Anita, I have an award for you. Please pick it up when you get the chance~


Unknown said...

Christmas does ignite the light within all of us. Beautiful Anita!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Anita, you leave me wanting more. Have a joyful weekend. Twyla

Bonnie said...

I love the new holiday look of your blog Anita! It is exciting to anticipate the coming of Christmas. I look forward to celebrating it with you and Ruben!

Joyeux Noel, Bonnie

deb famularo said...

Hello my friend,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your blog looks beautiful! Nothing new on the home front, we have a showing tomorrow morning so cross your fingers- they are far & few between.It's so slow! I finally persuaded my hubby (which I practically had to sell my soul to do!) to have the outdated wallpaper taken out of our kitchen, so maybe that will help! At this point, I don't care how much it costs to get out of here!!!!!!!! Stay well and happy holidays! Love you, deb

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

G'day Anita...thank you so much!!! And I have found your blog tantalizing when I first stumbled upon it♥ Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving...Dzintra♥x
PS Can I ask, where did you get the gold stars from

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello Anita! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Like the rest of us, you are thinking about the beauty of the holidays that are now so close. I love the photos! You always find the most interesting ones!~Hugs, Patti

Anonymous said...

I know I've just recently stumbled upon your blog but I'm SO looking forward to sharing the holiday season with you and viewing all the beautiful images and sentiments you'll share.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour mon amie!

Hope you had a bonne Thanksgiving ma chere!

What an enchanting post. The lights of Christmas are so delightful. It's that warm-hearted time of year. I send my love to you & Ruben through the miles to add to the light of your Christmas.

Bisous, sherry

Jorgelina said...

Hi amiga Anita!
Christmas is really the best time of the year.
Your images are so magmific.
Happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh what a magical encounter you had over the weekend Anita, thank you so much for sharing it with me! I had go giggle at the thought of you covered in glitter, too darling!

I have yet to meet any of my dear ones from blogland but dream of the day and feel so immensely happy for you!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend Anita!

Presépio no Canal said...

Hello, my dear :)

What a beautiful post :) I just love the ancient postcards ;) Beautiful :)

Did I tell you that we were at Paris in Christmas Holidays in 2005 :) It was wonderful :) see in my blog the label Paris :)
I wish you a lovely and magical season :)

Have a great weekend :)

I will come back to see your new posts. I feel like visiting the magical wonderland :) Soooo Goooood!

Bisous :)

Susie Jefferson said...

I really enjoyed your post - stunning photography, a great film (I've seen it twice) and some lovely vintage images. Aaaah, now I feel better.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Happy Pink Saturday!

Unknown said...

Dear Anita,
The Nutcracker Ballet, store windows decorated for the season, Christmas in NYC and Paris, oh my. Beautiful photographs of lovely reminders of the Holidays...such a beautiful time of year. Thank you for creating a gorgeous vignette of the season.

I hope you had a wonderful time with your friend. She seems like such an amazing person and artist.


P.S. Today my friend Joyce and I are attending a one man performance of the Christmas Carol at a lovely folk art Christmas nearby in Sutton. It will be performed by Charles Dickens Great Great Grandson. He is coming from London to perform.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anita, I just loved your inspiring and heart felt post. It was beautiful ♥ Even though unfortunately I am unable to speak french I truly enjoyed the warmth and love of that little clip. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving weekend.

The Victorian Parlor said...


What wonderful memories you have stirred for me:). Every Christmas when I was younger we would go to see the Nutcracker-it wasn't Christmas without it. I also love the pictures of the castles and of France! I took French for years but alas I can only speak 'un peu' now. I watched a House Hunters International the other day on HGTV and the couple were buying a place in Paris. Oh the scenery was fabulous! Then the following day I watched a series (also on HGTV) called 'The Dutchess'. It was about the Duke and Dutchess that live at Beaver Castle in England. They run it as a B&B ($2000 a night-wow) and it was like watching a fairy tale castle. I love seeing the beauty of England and France and this post really covered it all! Sorry I chattered on so much but I really enjoyed this post a lot!!!



A Bit of the Blarney said...

Simply speechless!!! Exceptional1!!!! Have a grand day!! Cathy

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita! This is such a stunning post! Radio City Music Hall brings back such wonderful memories - we use to go with my dear parents every year!
It is so great that you are a French teacher, I wish you lived in France so you could be my tutor. I'm starting to worry that I'll never catch on!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving all your kind messages.

Charm and Grace said...

This post is a visual feast... the sights of all those beautiful lights, with the snow gently falling down the page, the lovely postcards... all so lovely and lending that peaceful "all is right with the world" feeling. I am looking forward to seeing your work and hearing your ideas. Thank you for your visit to my blog, as well.

Blessings on the Season,

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour once again! Just to let you know I have an award for you over on my blog. No worries if you are award free or prefer not o participate - just to say I think your blog is beautiful!

Marie said...

Anita, I'm so very behind on reading. It's been a busy few days in my neck of the woods. I do love your post though. I for one and ready for the holidays. Although a very dear friend is moving to Florida this week, and will be missed greatly, I know the holidays will both make me sad to not share them with my friend but also help me to move on. I love this time of year. We already have the lights on the house, so we're ready. Hugs.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear sweet Anita...what fun you must've had on your first real live blog encounter!!!
Creme brule pumpkin, we don't much have pumpkin pie let alone with creme brulee, how very tasty that sounds!!!
Thank you so much for the sparkling stars...will use them for sure one day...Have a lovely week...Dzintra♥x

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my.....I LOVE these pictures. They are simply spectacular. Did your son do the picture of Mary, Joseph and Jesus? That is the sweetest thing.

I have a French question....and who better to ask than my sweet Anita....what is the proper pronunciation of Armoire? I hear it so many different ways, and since I know NO French... :-)

Have a wonderful week DEAR girlie!


Rattus Scribus said...

Great blog and pictures. I love the movie "My Mother's Castle," especially the scene you include here. Joseph is rigorous man, but utterly devoted to his wife and children. He is an optimist when it comes to human possibilities via technology, etc (as was the entire West during that time period), but totally skeptical of institutional religion (known for its scandals, etc). So when Uncle Jules tells him he prayed for him at church, you think Joseph is going to blow up as he has done in the past, but instead the selfless love and friendship of Jules won his heart and instead Joseph thanks him for his prayer and friendship. I LOVE THAT SCENE.
And I love you,

deb famularo said...

You always have a way of making me feel better, you know that! I am so thrilled for you that you got to meet & spend time with a cyber friend! How fun!!! I would love to meet you one day! I see a shopping spree in our future!
Thanks for always being encouraging! I appreciate you!
Lots of love,

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Loved the post....Beautiful pictures....very romantic....
Happy Holidays...
Mo ;-)

Rita said...

Hi dear Anita,
wow, congrats on your awards. Your blog is sooooooooooooooooo CHARMING that you deserve so much deserve them. Couldn't be otherwise!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Your comments are always so sweet and encouraging that I'm sort of getting addicted to them, LOL.
And whenever i feel like doing some daydreaming - well, I definitely know where to go...
thank you so much for creating such a wonderful place where I can let my mind wander and dream about enchanted places and all the beauty around us.
Have a pleasant evening my dearest friend.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Anita,
Hi Anita,
The cottage in my blog header is a real cottage in Nantucket...a local artist painted it....I bought the print a few years to be honest I don't remember where I saw your blog...I just loved your blog name.....please visit again...I know I will be back to see you....
Mo ;-)

Rosemary said...

Such an awesome post Anita!
The Christmas photos are amazing!!
Love the snowy effect on your blog.
I must try that.
Have a great week,

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I just read your last comment...I am going to Boston on Wednesday....I love it back there.....I love the Nantucket are so to you soon...
Mo :-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a beautiful post, Anita, it's like a gift. Hope you had a lovely lovely Thanksgiving, sweet friend.
xo Lidy

Luthien Thye said...

hello anita :)
i came across your blog via mana moon studios :)) and my!! what an absolutely beautiful blog you have ... filled with gorgeous images , full of heart, soul, warmth and love :)) hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving :))
luthien :)

Haute World said...

What a beautiful post... thanks for sharing these incredible pictures! I went down the Champs Elysees Christmas market the other day and even though my loyalty lies with the German Christmas market, they did a fantastic job as always with the decorations. Hopefully I can capture some pictures at some point.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita again...I have been wondering about the creme brule and pumpkin it altogether? Have a lovely Wednesday...Dzintra♥x

Natasha in Oz said...

What lovely images you have posted! I have just found your lovely blog and look forward to coming back soon.
Best wishes, Natasha.

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Stunning, truly beautiful.
You take care.

Mary said...

Beautiful!!!!!! The photos are just wonderful...I love them all...I think my favorite is the child's drawing of baby Jesus with the star shing above...just wonderful...thanks for sharing!

God bless,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Anita, this is just beautiful! It is such a dreamy post. Love it!


Sheila :-)

Fete et Fleur said...

Words escape me at all the beauty of Christmas you put together. The video was wonderful. I understood a very little, and yes the seen between brothers is very touching.

Miss you both!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Anita, Thanks for sharing the lights and the brights of the season, it is such a glorious time of year. I am always delighted to visit.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Anita...thank you for joining me on the beach walk!!! Happy Days to you...Dzintra♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I totally agree!!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love all these enchanting pictures!

Thank you for popping by to see me...I am always so happy to see you!


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BellaRosa said...

What a lovely post! I absolutley loved "Le Chateau de Ma Mère" Especially how they always went to their beautiful home no matter what the weather and no matter how far they walked...they always felt so blessed to be there...together. I actually saw it on regular TV on the THIS channel, it was such a beautiful movie, thank you for reminding me of it..Now I must see if I can find it to buy :) Besos, Rose

claudie said...

Bonjour ma belle Anita!
Please send me your address as I will send you a very special bottle brush tree for your home from my home.
I hope it will arrive in time.
Your post is breath taking. Of course I was singing along in French. An old childhood favourite.
I await your email.
Love to you and now I'm full of snow and have been star struck from your blog lol
Love Claudie

Cathy said...

Anita, That was a lovely post. And the pictures of other countries. Wow, I guess I should say "Buon Natale" my friend and thank you for the lovely eye candy.

xo Cath

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