Thursday, May 20, 2010

From Tip to Toe

From tip

to toe

and in between

for one fleeting moment

I felt like a queen.

I am still basking in the afterglow

of having been invited to attend the

as an "influential teacher" and to sit on stage in the good company of other teachers from different walks of life, grade levels and disciplines and to congratulate our students who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements.


Listening to others

Thinking flexibly

Being creative

Striving for accuracy and precision

Applying knowledge to new situations

Communicating with clarity

Responding with wonderment and awe


were amongst the values recognized in these fine young people as well as achieving high scores on state tests. What breathtaking images of a model student, teacher and role model that I would like to put into my reality!

Happy Pink Saturday mes amies!

Photo Credits:

Evening gowns scanned from the book:

The Evening Dress by Alexandra Black, Rizzoli International Publications, 2005.

Google Images

Pink Satin Shoes from the blog, This is Glamorous


KarenHarveyCox said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening filled with inspiration. Lovely post as always Anita. Soon you will be finished with school and off to continue your lovely writing and drawing.

Happy weekend.

Violet said...

Congratulations on the honor of being chosen as such an influential teacher!!! A night to be remembered always. A beautiful blog post and photos!

~ Violet

Rosie said...

Ahhh Dearest, How very honored you must be. This is a tribute to not only your character, but also your skill as a teacher and mentor...I am so excited for you.
And this post shows but a little slice of your creativity...You have such a talent for combining the written word, with romantic images. Thank you for sending me off to dreamland with such very happy thoughts...Sending you a match set of pariesian kisses and a hug. Rosie

Fine bessot said...

Oh! lala ma chère Anita, votre post me rend heureuse et, en ce moment je suis amoureuse de l'air du temps, mais je n'ai pas encore trouvé mon amoureux et votre message me motive. Je suis tout à fait d'accord avec les principes de votre école.
Merci de me donner du bonheur en ce samedi matin où j'en ai bien besoin.
Merci encore.

Julienne said...

Congratulations on your invitation. But I have to say once I saw those glorious satin shoes I just had a great deal of trouble dragging my attention back!!!!

Kristin said...

Congratulations dear Anita! That sounded so exciting! And what a beautiful fairytale post again!(I've been a believer for 26 years..amazing, isn't it?)

Kristin :)

Presépio no Canal said...

What wonderful news!!You deserve it, my dear! Then you will tell was het was ;-) Such special esperience!
This weekend, I am studying...Tests during the week ;-)
The sun is shining here...:-)
Beijinhos :-)

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita,
Félicitations mon amie! You an influential teacher, I can only imagine how you pour your heart and soul into your work and into the lives of your luvky students.
All my best as you participate in this fabulous event and thank you for making such a difference!
Enjoy your weekend,

Desde my ventana said...

Dear Anita,
It's sure that you are one great example of dedication and work for these youngs.Congratulations for an so beautiful experience well deserved.
Have a lovely and rest weekend,
Muchos besos,

Pilar said...

Precioso blog, ¿sabes tu foto de cabecera es de uno de mis jardines favoritos?

Poco lugares tan romáticos y etéreoscomo Marqueisacc en las veladas a la luz de las velas.

Suerte en tu intervención en la velada, seguro que los encandilas.


The Dutchess said...

WOW...I am so happy for you..Wish I could be there..and we will be in our thoughts. See the little moussie in the front to her sits your "sister"..VERY PROUD of you. Enjoy every minute and know this is what you are a GREAT teacher.
HUGS from all of us..XOXO

The Dutchess said...

O ,silly me now I see it was May you see us sitting there on the front row..ever so proud of you..Do you have pictures dearest??
A Bientot..I am working on a mail to send to you later.

lostpastremembered said...

I can imagine you are the best teacher, My dear! I hope you wore one of those wasp waisted numbers to shock the school board with style and beauty. Hope it was swell!

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh Nita, I have no question taht you so deserved it!!! Congratulations ... I know this means the world to you not as a title but because you work so hard with these children and it is not as easy like most of us wish it would be.*grin*
i just love this post.... ohhh the pink dress.....i love how femenine all allthe pictures are ...making us woman look like special!
Now , today, you make sure you try out these new ways with the water color... I can't wait to hear from you. Thank you for the sentimental note you left for me on my blog. You knwo how much it means to me... you always

Jacqueline said...

I admit, some news shocks me but this does not! You dearest are an example of all of those traits. You think flexibly all day and I know, half the night. And the fact that you respond with wonderment and awe is as obvious as the morning sun.
To know you at the tippie top and the toe tap and the inbetween is a blessing for all.
Have a beautiful weekend with Professor Ruben. I'm sure he is looking towards flying to Nowhere with his Lady of Spain who he adores. Rats are REAL!

Rosie said...

Good Morning Dearest,
up early to take in the farmers market, that takes place beside the store...might even go out for breakfast before I open. I think a crispy waffle with a sprinkling of berries might just do it.
The back yard is slowly progressing. My son is coming home next weekend for a visit{and to help with the heavy bolder lifting. I have taken next Saturday off, so I can cook and bake{and be a mom :)}
I finally picked up a patio set yesterday...I knew what i wanted, but took me a while to find it. It will be good for lounging on this summer...if the warm weather ever comes. This is the coolest spring we have ever had...SHIVER!!!
Well off I go...Have a restful long weekend...{long? Do you have a holiday as well?...forgive my ignorance}....Love Rosie

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, Darling Lady.

You are such a fantastic person. I saw my sidebar and couldn't wait to see this post. Congratulations from My Dog , My family and Me.
I wish you a magnificent night.
You deserve it.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Congratulations on your honor, Anita, and I might say you deserved to be sitting there as you are truly an inspiration to your friends and those who know you, including students.

Loved the lovely images in this post.

Happy Pink Saturday...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I don't think you're participating this week, but this post was just so pinkalicious I had to wish you a happy PS! :-)

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

très chic post!!! so many elegant images!

I also wanted to tell you how beautiful your lavender and glitter book is on HOTP...which, ahem, still has that horrid embedded commented section, rendering it inaccessible LOL. The book is just lovely, and the recipient is sure to be over the moon!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
You know how very proud I am of you.. and I know how very excited you were.. Congratulations once again my dear friend.. What a Beautiful post..
I love those shoes... I may need to borrow them...Have a wonderful weekend..
Bisous, Penny

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh ma chere how exciting! What a lovely event and yes you are an influential teacher!! Wow! I'm so proud of you! I know you were honored to congratulate such deserving students.

Bisous, Sherry

koralee said...

Congratulations my sweet friend...oh you so deserve it! You must be a wonderful teacher indeed there are no doubts in my mind. Your students are so blessed to have pour your heart and soul into teaching. Enjoy every moment. xoxoxoxox

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

How wonderful! It souonds so special for you and everyone involved.

And, as usual, beautiful photos to share!


Jorgelina said...

Lovely post.
Congratulations on your invitation.
Adoro pasar a visitarte,me lleno de paz.
Happy weekend.
Hugs amiga.

Marie-Ange said...

Bonsoir ma belle Anita,
La découverte de ton blog, fut l'une de mes plus jolies émotions virtuelles ...
Tant de douceur, de rêves, de raffinement ...
Avoir croisé ta route enchantée est un pur bonheur ...
Bravo à toi.
Bisous du coeur

Fete et Fleur said...

Congratulations!! How exciting for you.

I hope you take photos so we can share the experience.


Beach House Living said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful honor. The photos you selected told the story beautifully. It is no wonder you were selected.

Jenny said...

Oh, Anita...well deserved congratulations to you and thank you for sharing. I find it a precious thing in the hubbub of creativity in wonderful blogs to get a gem of personal insight into the dear writer of such an elegant, visually lovely blog as yours. It adds such a personal dimension to the heart of the person on these online pages. Hope your evening was grand.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Congratulations on an honor that is well-deserved! I would have loved to have a teacher as creative and warm as you!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

A most precious evening, Antia, congratulation!
Your photos today are so so feminine, loved them.
Have a great weekend. xoxo

Rattus Scribus said...

This was a well-deserved recognition of your passion and excellence as a teacher. Often a thankless job, always an important one, and once in a while a recognized one, I rejoice with you dear one. Your students are blessed.

myletterstoemily said...

you are a queen for giving such sweet
inspiration to young minds and hearts.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful HPS!

GrandmaK said...

My heartiest congratulations to all!! I'll bet it is a treat to have you in class...I can only imagine!! Wonderful! Cathy

Createology said...

Congratulations to you and all. Very excellent values chosen to recognize in fine young people. We need more like these selected persons.
Love the images of glamour too.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita....I am not surprised that you would be recognized for something so outstanding. Your students are so fortunate to have you as their mentor and teacher!~Hugs, Patti

Rosie said...

Well thought I would wish you good night "tout de suite" as so many well wishers have come to..."WISH YOU WELL"...I thought all the comment space would surly be all used up in the next few moments.
How did this rainy...sunny...rainy I think sunny day turn out for you? My day was quite changeable, as you can see...ending with a sweet dreams wish , just for you...Good night my dear,

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

This is a lot of fun :)
I loved the pictures....Congrats. Enjoy it and tell us all about it :)

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita.... Congratulations! How exciting and obviously so deserved! Your invitation is wonderful and your status as an influential teacher does not surprise me at all. I think you are amazing and I only wish you could teach me French. Well done and enjoy yourself as queen of the dais and make sure you wear those pale pink Chanel shoes .... a must! Bonjour my friend!
ps I will have to get that Laduree book! Keep me posted.
hugs from M.A. the 2nd

Marie said...

All I can say is Wow! Without ever seeing you in action I'm sure it's well deserved. Your creativity and zest for all you do has always stood out.


Anonymous said...

Anita! this was! and I would expect no less!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Ah Anita...and from tip to toe you were certainly Queen of Influential Teachers for that night...keep basking in that afterglow...very very deserved...Dzintra♥x

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Anita....Well of COURSE you were invited as an influential teacher....EVERYONE knows how fabulous you are.. :-)

Will you be wearing those Chanel heels? How lovely those ARE.

Congratulations on such a special honor.

Big huggies,

synnøve said...

I enjoyed SO much your spectacular collection of pictures, you always posts such eye treat for us :)))))
I wish all my teachers was as kind, warm and including as you are!
If your students just gets some percentage of the loveliness I as a blog-friend receive....O boy, just that would make them feel special and well cared for.
Reading all the lovely comments you always receive makes it even more clear to me....
Anita, you are a real treasure !!!!!! And I am so happy that I have found you:)))))))))))))))))))

Love Synnøve

Princesa Nadie said...

You seem a lovely person and you must be a very good teacher.Your pupils are lucky...
I love that beautiful shoes again.Love

My Grama's Soul said...

Bless you dear friend for having received this honor!! If I were to learn French, I would want you to be my teacher!!!


Rosie said...

Well Good Day Dearest, Thanks so much for your sweet morning message...I do so love to wake up to your charming it is a bit gray so thought I would spend a bit of time enjoying my lovely friends on were at the top of my list...Oh my husband has just called in the back door to say that I am needed...more creek construction ...well that was short it seems I shall finish this thought Rosie

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Congrats on such an honor! Your pictures are beautiful as always!!! I hope you have a wonderful week~~~Daphne

cityfarmer said...

... darling you're as elegant as the gowns on this page

thanks for such lovely comments over at privet and holly ...

the show is now over and I'll be getting serious about stuffintheburbs and blogging again ... thots of you, tho everyday!


blushing rose said...

Congrats! on this wonderful prestigious event, Anita.

Love your write today, particularly those sweeping gowns & precious pink heels! How elegant you shall be as you sweep in that door ...

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Susan said...

I am not surprised to find that you are and influential and inspiring teacher! Congratulations to you, and BRAVO! for another lovely/dreamy/imaginative post!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Anita...would you like me to try and see if I can get some of that BP fabric for you? Have a lovely week...Dzintra♥x

Desde my ventana said...

Bonne semaine Anita!!
Bisous mon amie,

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Jumping around for you!!! Congratulations! You deserve it and more!!! Blessings friend.

Rosie said...

Ahh dearest you are too kind. You visit with such tender words...thank you.
Well more "Rock Business" today...I will try not to bore you with the sweet husband knows how very anxious I am, to have lest dirt, and more rock and WATER...he is working so hard. I think he has a few friends helping today, so I shall make something interesting for lunch...well have a lovely day dearest...I shall stop back later for a little respite time.

Rosie said...

Love Rosie...xoxo a bit distracted

Belle Vie said...

Félicitations ma belle! I am thrilled that you have received this special, well deserved recognition. What an honor!!
As I've mentioned in the past, it is a parent's wish that our children have a wonderful teacher such as yourself to instill in them the qualities you mentioned in your post.
I hope you had a lovely evening and I look forward to hearing about it soon.
I'm certain you looked absolutely striking!!
We just returned from an 8 day stay in WDW. I hope to write a post very soon.
Wishing you a beautiful week!
xoxo, B

Belle Vie said...

I forgot to mention, I thought of you while in the UK village at Epcot ~ there are lovely little shops and landscape decorated with tea cups! xoxo, B

Jeri Landers said...

Another nice jewel in your crown!

Ces't La Vie said...

Hey Anita!
Congrats on being chosen!!
I love all of these pictures, it makes me want to go out on the town. I need to stop being sick first though


Rosemary said...

Congrats to you Anita.
You are a very special lady and teacher.
Hope you had a fantasic weekend.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anita, How wonderful! Congratulations ♥ It was such an honor to be chosen to attend. I know your an exception teacher and any students in your class are lucky and blessed to have you.

Rosie said...

Hello my friend,
Well the dishes are done..and kitchen is clean. This day is done. We were able to accomplish so very much today, and will hopefully take it to the next step tomorrow{the liner}. When Ryan, my son, comes home on the weekend I hope they will be able to almost finish it...I hope...
You are so very right, that our dear husbands spoil us...I feel so very grateful for him, and the close relationship we have. We are blessed woman.
Well off to the big city tomorrow, with a dinner party to plan for the evening. Hoping all goes smoothly...will let you know.
My dearest has suggested we go for a drive, as the sun is just going down and it is a lovely evening, so will bid you farewell, until tomorrow. ...Bonne nuit mon ami..Rosie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
Just came by to soak up the beauty!
Such a lovely post... Oh! Thank you for your visit and sweet words.
Bisous, Penny

Vagabonde said...

Je viens de trouver vos blogs et je suis sous le charme. Ils sont superbes dans un bel ecrin naturel et artistique. Félicitations d’avoir été choisie, cela est une belle réussite et un grand honneur.

Mimi said...

As a Queen MIMI, I had to check out Castles and Crowns as those are words that catch my eye!!!!Lovely blog and hats off to you a TEACHER!!!!
Love teachers!!!
Great blog!!!
have a great day

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Anita for coming to visit and help celebrate my Gratuation!!! I will get in contact with the shop that had the BP fabric and see if she has any left...hopefully will get back to you with some good news...Have a Blessed day, Dzintra♥x

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Congratulations to you and I must say your photo's are delicious as always. You transport me to another time - magical:))

petitebroderie said...

Bonjour Anita!!! Je suis sûre que vous êtes unes très bonne professeure! Avec toutes ces bonnes intentions!!! Mois je suis aussi prof! Ce n'est pas facile du tout! Vous avez choisir des très belles photos, més félicitations! À bientôt! Esther

bunny said...

Congrats to you and all the students. In a time where baggie pants and tattoos are the's good to know that motivation and knowledge still prevail.


Jenny said...

Congratulations! Beautiful post! And man, did you see how tiny the waist in those dresses are? Wow!

Rosie said...

Hey Sweetie,
How was your day...Bill said your weather was crazy that's where the sun has gone :)...It is quite chilly today...our weather has been so weird...usually we would have the kiddy pool out and sun glasses affixed to our faces...Ya, Not so much...oh well I'll keep the scarf and toque close at hand.
Did you have fun with those little cherubs...ya, I bet you did. My mom loved teaching, and her kids were so very special to her...She still gets birthday cards from a few of them.
Well my company will be here any minute so must say good night...Looking forward to a good cuppa in the morning...Smile on Rosie...XOXO

Patricia Cabrera said...

Nita, I enjoyed very much in taking the progress pictures and showing it to you and I appreciate you sincere comment and encouragment - ALWAYS!!!!*grin*

When ever I draw in a paper that is not water color , I can never transfer the SAME image. I got figure out how to do that. Many times when I draw *first* the results are better and although I can look and *repeat*, it is never the same and some how I loose something. If I draw direct on the water paper, sometimes I need to erase my lines and that does not work well too.sigh. This are some issues that being self taugh , I struggle. Thank you dear~

Privet and Holly said...

HOW did I miss THIS!!!! Must have been in the flurry of getting out of town last weekend! I'm still catching up! CONGRATULATIONS, I'm sure you are a VERY inspiring teacher to your students and it is so DESERVED! Can't wait to hear all about it when I see you this summer.... which is JUST around the corner. It will be fun to catch our breath and chat. LOVELY post, as always, sweet friend! xx P&H

Violet said...

Just popping in to say hi and to say once again how inspiring your blog is, and to wish you delights and dreamy crystal bling! Your love for life is like the sprinkling of glitter on my soul!!!

~ Blessings oh Anita!

Margaret said...

Congratulations! I don't think there's anything as satisfying as teaching. I miss it a lot! (Though now I'm teaching my little daughter, which is rewarding as well). It is so gratifying to know that you've helped others to feel inspired and excited about learning, isn't it?

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sweet One...
Hoping everything is well this morning. Ahhh, such very tender words. My cup was overflowing last night with thanks giving for these many blessings that have befallen me. You are a big part of this...thank you.
..with "Second Recess" you would most definitely be my favorite teacher.They must adore you.
Today I must do a wee bit of cleaning...freshen up my son's old room...2 more sleeps!!!Can't wait...
might go for a little walk this afternoon...should be quite a pleasant day. I might even take a double recess :)
Smile on Rosie

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita, Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind comments. I hope you are having a lovely day ♥

The Victorian Parlor said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the hard work of your students! Congrats to you for being chosen to share in the celebration:).



Val said...

Félicitations à toi ,tu vas etre parfaitement à l'aise dans cette assemblée de tetes bien faites !si tous les enfants pouvaient avoir une enseignante comme toi aussi généreuse et créative,le monde ne serait qu'amour et fete!

Rosie said...

Hello Sweet Soul...
I really must say I LOVE to hear the events of the day...those wonder little minds...and the crazy things they do.
I have mentioned that my mom was an elementary teacher. We tease her, saying she never made it out of grade 3, because she always had a 2~3 split :)...She taught in a little country school,where I also attended. When I was in grade 5,6 & 7, we, {the boys and I} would get there as early as we could... {pretty early, as I got a ride with mom} and race out with our gloves to play "scrub"...Oh how I loved the competitiveness of this game. I would have loved for my girlfriends to join me, but they enjoyed more ladylike activities.
I played on a fast ball team when I was first those girls are, fun, fun...I'm not able to anymore, which makes me want it even more... but He has given me new loves to fill this space.
Well dearest time for bed, as I'm in the shop tomorrow...have a blessed day with your wonderful you lots...Rosie

Connie said...

With a blog name like that I had to come over and see what it was like, sugar! Beautiful blog.

Burlap Luxe said...

Just returning for a little, oooop's :) I mean alot of beauty!!

just wonderful over here.

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

Anita! You are the winner of my little girls palm tree t! I hope you enjoy my humble offering! Email (dalenandmegan at hotmail dot com) me your address and I'll send it off to you!


Rosie said...

Well another day is done...
Guess what???? Ryan is home tomorrow night...YIPPEE...oh, I miss my sweet boy. I have taken Saturday off to spend with my guys...Rosie is really SMILING...
Today was soooo long...I can't stop Yawning ;o Back to the big city tomorrow...Pick up some more goodies, for all the sweet ladies to take home.
So how was your day...are you yawning too...You are so dedicated, I'm sure you are...well,dear girl I need to snuggle under the covers now...sweet dreams Rosie

Desde my ventana said...

Good morning Anita,
What a surprise THANK YOU!!!
I'm teacher of classic ballet, I teach to little girls and we are preparing the performance of end of year for the parents....tutus,flowers,crowns....
Happy day to you


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks dear one for putting my "Care-iage" up! I love how it fits right in with your delights! Blessings!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, congratulations! Enjoy your lovely evening! Great pics, this is JUST my style, I will always love romantic clothes! XO!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Well congratulations mon amie! And very well deserved I might add! What an honor that must be. I know I would be honored if my children had you for a teacher- you are magnificent, and to be recognized for that is amazing! I'm so happy for you! Enjoy this event, and relish in your moment- you deserve the glory!!! lots of love, deb

Rosie said...

Oh Sweetie,
I shall pray for your strength today...lots of caffeine,and a hug here and there...I could not sleep either last head just won't rest...we shall get through this day together...arm in arm...because a wonderful weekend of relaxation is just around the corner...keep smiling my Rosie

Jennifer said...

I did a post this week about teachers with a poem - I hope you have the opportunity to stop by and view it - I am honored to be able to read about someone who I knew was a very special woman and creator - and a teacher, oh, a teacher - what a treasure. Jennifer jennsthreegraces

Rita said...

Congratulation my dear friend for the invitation.
What an honor! You're such an inspiring person and I can only imagine how inspiring you are for your student and what an extraordinarily skillful tacher you are.
lovely post, as usual, my dear queen Anita.

LiLi M. said...

Bonsoir Anita!
Finally I'm back again in blogland. I haven't caught up with all your posts yet, but I promise you I will be back to enjoy all eyecandy over here. What an honour to be chosen as 'beautiful on the inside as well as the ouside' teacher, you must be thrilled and what a great and wise choise! I'll keep my comments short Anita, I have so many posts to read. Wishing you a lovely holiday weekend, ma chérie, à bientôt, LiLi

Grace said...

Anita! Just stopping by with a hug and some hellos! Sorry I haven't been around much. You know how life and such goes in phases. :) Everything is grand for me though!! Hope it is for you also.


Barbara Jacksier said...

Congrats ANita

I've been telling folks that I felt like queen for a day, too because my book was mentioned in the Washington Post.

La Petite Gallery said...

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.. Love the way you teach us the French Please keep it up.. Fondly yvonne