Monday, September 6, 2010

Girls and Their....

There is nothing like a smart tailored suit to put a smile on your face

or a Norman Parkinson feathered hat

to put a spring in your step.

But if you don't have a suit, a reason to wear a feathered chapeau or the stamina to wear spiked talons, there is one thing that you can slip on for a brush with elegance and grace



Un collier de perles




to brides

and beautiful friends

Les femmes d'un certain âge are familiar with the glow

and aesthetic pleasure of pearls.

I have often heard my French colleagues say to a beloved friend, "Tu es une perle", to communicate the sense of, "You are a rare find, a GEM."

Diamonds may be "A Girl's Best Friend"

but YOU all are PEARLS, friends who are a rare find, of great worth, of everlasting beauty.


encouraged me

made me laugh

given me advice

have been by my side, virtually....

I celebrate YOU.


So now my PEARL FRIENDS,go out and be the rare and creative gems that you are

get some rest as well

and be sure to visit my rare gem of a husband at his blog, Rattus Scribus, and look back at his posts when you get a moment, to see what a burgeoning writer has to say about life and friendships; a rare gem indeed.


Woman in black and pink with pearls: The beautiful CLAUDIE from BUBBLIN OVER

Google Images

Bed: From the blog, Something Beautiful to Share


Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! Love pearls... I'd love to own a real pair some day! Love diamonds, love friends! I didn't know your hubby had a blog too!! You are such a cute couple... I can picture you blogging side by side! Have a great weekend. xo

Edie Marie's Attic said...

YES! When you put all of us together we all become a lovely string of pearls, each pearl a bit different in size, shape and color, but when strung together what a lovely melody we sing out!! You are such a gorgeous pearl and I am so blessed to be able to call you friend my sweet beautiful pearl.

Grosses bisous, Sherry

PS I really enjoyed Balzac & Blair this morning. Your illustrations are magnifique mon amie!!

Dovecote Decor said...

Thank you for your encouragement, you pearl, you. I am off to our annual book festival in Winston Salem--40 authors, and 7500 readers, down town. It is a blast. Best,

Anonymous said...

I love pearls and here's another fabulous post from you!
Pearls are timeless and they represent beauty and purity.
You are my dear a pearl....
Just visited your husband's blog.... you are both so talented and amazing writers! I am a new follower of his.

Enjoy your weekend!

Rattus Scribus said...

What a sweet post. The pictures and style are so you. And you can never go wrong when you combine that 1960s Audrey Hepburn elegance with Oo-la-la pearls. But of course the pearls of friends are most precious of all. And you dear one: my pearl of great price.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...Pearls and more pearls...absolutely divine!!! And those Tiaras...Wow!!! And you too dear one are a rare, sweet pearl that brings us beauty time and time again...As always, an absolute pleasure to vist!!!Dzintra♥x

Presépio no Canal said...

:-) This post is a pearl from an exquisite pearl :-)
You, Anita, are a rare gem :-)
I love Grace Kelly too and it was so nice to read "brincos de perolas" ;-)
A great wekend to you too :-)

Mille Bisous!
You are a queen, a true queen! :-)

desde my ventana said...

Oh it's a FABULOUS post !!!! I like and enjoy it from firts at last.Thanks you for this moment my friend and going to visite Rattus,
Have a lovely weekend,
Muchos besos

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Anita I will and I will wave to you when I hit that beach!!!
Love your new header...and that gal with the white hair...gotta love that!!! Enjoy your Sunday...Dzintra♥x

deb famularo said...

Speaking of gems, how are you my dear? You need to gather all your posts and make a book one day. I'd definitely buy it!!! We are packing up. The appraiser comes today and the movers come on the 27th! YAY! Thanks for holding my hand during this whole long process. You helped me get through it, definitely! You are n angel on earth, I swear!! Lots of love, deb xoxo

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love them too! lovely post!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour dear ANita,
You, my kind friend, are a rare pearl indeed. I love how you have told this story of friendship using pearls, the symbol of classic elegance.
Merci and bon week-end,

High Heeled Life said...

What a beautiful and inspirational post! You my dear friend our a PEARL in the strand of my life.
Your words of wisdom and inspiration ~ I always look forward to your posts.

I am certain that in the strand of each of your students' lives you are a Pearl ...too!! XO HHL

Anonymous said...

Hello Dearest Anita,
This is absolute eye-candy! So beautiful! I have pearls and diamonds, but hardly ever wear them. Guess I need to come up with more reasons to. :)
Thank you for your sweet visit to my blog this morning. I am getting so many questions about Tumblr, so I have edited the post with more information! To answer your question, most of the photos on Tumblr come from the web - just like so many of these beauties that you share here in your Blogger blog. I always include the source information (because the image should always include a link to the source!) and I use photos from Etsy, magazines, and photographers' websites.
Like Blogger, your Tumblr blog can be about whatever you wish. I just love cottage-style homes & gardens, so that is what mine is about.
Wishing you a very lovely weekend,

Jacqueline said...

Oh! Thank you so much for the link to our Rattus. I've lost him along the way and so happy to find him again.

Being an only child has allowed me to play with imaginary friends when I was little. Then, I was confused, because my mama seemed to be the only childs friend for a few years. Then came the rabbits and the deer, and the gnomes in Fairyland. Cinderella and Little Jack Horner all seemed to add to my life. They were my diamonds and pearls.

Then I grew up...and a wide arena of women and men have blessed my life. And then...along came Anita. I was speechless. The women has completely wiggled into my heart...French and fancy she's added a twist that can't be matched and love seems to just spill from her and and and...and and...I'm grateful.

Emy said...

What beautiful pictures portraying so much class and simple elegance!

I'm hosting a business card giveaway!
You should check it out, when you gt a chance!

Pinay in Dutchland said...

Oh Pearls, the only jewerly that really fits me. I love them so much. And I am proud to say, that the biggest pearl is actually from my country's (the Philippines) seas.

Pearls are elegant without being flashy unlike diamonds.

Arti said...

What a beautiful post... The pearls and diamonds look stunning to say the least! Thanks for sharing such a lovely post... And yes, friends are rare and like pearls... Have a nice day:)

Kristin said...

ELegance and pearls! And beautiful encouragment! Thank you!! Your husbands blog is very cute. What a great couple you are!!! Happy weekend to you, Anita!! Kristin :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Pearls, pearls, pearls. I love them. When I lived in Hong Kong, my friend who lived two doors down from our townhome, would make them for me. Strands and strands of pearls from the Jade market there...all hand-knotted in-between.

Before I left for Hong Kong a taxi driver said that I was going to the Pearl of the Orient. My pearls gathered there were all the friends I found, and Maria's lovely pearls.


Pilar said...

Une perle n'est qu'un petit grain de sable et humble qu'il couvrait en couches et des couches de l'amour, la patience, le calme, la patience, des sourires, des mots tendres et de temps.

Perles ne font que refléter la beauté de la femme qui brille. Pourquoi de si spécial, beaucoup plus que le diamant.

Nice de retrouver après la pause estivale.

Martini said...

What wonderful images. I once said that I want to buy a set of real pearl necklace. somewhere along the way, I've forgotten that wish. thanks for the reminder.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

"Tu es une perle". Gorgeous post. What a wonderful, wonderful treat. xo Lidy

Createology said...

On this tragic and sad day in our history your post is a blessing. Pearls are magic. Put them on or feel them in your hands and all is better. Thank you so much Anita for your beautiful words and photos.

Mary Ann said...

hello ANITA! what an inspiring post...I love the versatility of this lovely gem! I am thankful that I have found you in the blog world! hope you are enjoying your weekend. verbena cottage

Grace said...

This was such a fabulous post! SO enjoyed visiting. Have a wonderdul weekend. Grace xoxo

Cláudia Murakami said...

J'aime les perles!!! Eu amo as pérolas!!! Les perles sont fabuleux, Anita!!!! Elas são fabulosas, Anita!!!!
The only jewelry I do love and have.
They remind me women, they look alike but each one is a universe!!! Totaly different and unique and full of history!!!

LOVE your post, Anita.
Desejo a você um final de semana doce e cheio de alegrias!!!!
Beijocas!!! Kisses!!! Bela.

Beach House Living said...

Pearls, cannot seem to ever become bored with them. Pearl studs are worn practically every day.

Barbara said...

Such lovely photos and a marvelous post but I must admit the legs with flowers has me smiling. What fun.

YOU are the pearl, my dear.
Off to read your hubby....

LiLi M. said...

Chère Anita, Tu es une perle toi-même! Thank you again for this beautiful post. I love to see the stylish outfits and how great that you even searched (and dound) for the Dutch word for earrings combining it with the girl with the earring by Vermeer.
I love to read the comments over here too, each a little pearl of themselves. Now I'm off to Rattus. Have a swell weekend you and your family, all pearls!
Bisous, LiLi

Karena said...

Fabulous post my dear I adore pearls!!

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

Art by Karena

Fete et Fleur said...

Love you my dearest, sister! Wonderful to talk to you today.


curlysusieQ said...

Love all the pearls. But OMG, the shoes - at the end- were to die for. You are one of my pearls, enjoy the rest of your weekend. susan xo

Kelly said...

I love the flowery shoes/hose. And yes, suits and pearls are tres chic~ Own a few, but no place to wear them at the moment. :(
Soon though...!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
You are one of those rare pearls.. A heart as deep as the sea.. I am so blessed to call you my friend. We had a great summer, yes? Beautiful post.. I love all the images.. Off to visit Ruben.

claudie said...

Not sure if I would put myself next to all these fab women Anita... really... I just showed Randy your post & he said "see, your just as beautiful as all those women". I have to shake my head sometimes, and get the fog out-of-it. Not "feeling it" lately.
I have to tell you a story about pearls. My dear Aunty Maddie who's 95, gave me her pearls. She has Alzheimer's now with very very limited speech, so I asked and asked if she remembered when she got these pearls she had giving me, nothing came out of her mouth. Well about a month after I was putting them on for an evening out, I thought of lifting the velvet lining, and there, in her handwriting, was the date "1947" Birks ( kind of like your Tiffany's). I treasure those pearls with my life. Every time I wear them I think of my lovely Aunty Maddie.
Loved your post, and yes there are many special pears, and diamonds in the rough out there... and I have found one if you.
Ok Randy is waiting for me to watch a movie. It was a beautiful warm summer day today. We floated in the pool for most of it. It's suppose to turn tomorrow : (
Love You and thank you ever so much. I'm still shaking my head : )
Love Me

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Beautiful post as always. Magic, charming and celebrating to be a woman.
Big hugs

Lancerika said...

Is a wonder
that diamonds are star
dust,and pearls glow luminous from within,perfect for a metaphor,
the beauty of it all..
Merci for your kindness:))

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita ..... I LOVE PEARLS! I love wearing pearls as they always make me feel confident, ladylike and timeless as I think all women of all ages look stunning in pearls. I love your analogy of linking friendships to pearls and it is so true! There is a connection between all of us that transends distance and time. My grandmother wore pearls and she had her best set and when she put them on she looked like a princess. There are so many varieties ... rare beauties of colour, size and nature that shine with a luminescence that is rare and breathtaking. Beautiful, beautiful post ..... it makes me so happy to visit and see what you have created for us and who is that lovely lady in the pink dress and pearls! Is she a friend of yours? You must be the Audrey Hepburn and she must be the Grace Kelly! I am now going to pop over to Ruben's blog .... have a lovely Sunday! How is school? Thank-you my friend as always...
M.A. the 2nd

George the Lad said...

Hi Anita, I don't know why but some of the blogs I follow come up late on my list? I would always come and see what you are up to, I did pick up on your post late last night, and it was even later after going to see your husbands blog reading a number of his posts!!
First your post, I had never thought of friends being gems, but you are so right, and thanks for the hint to go look at you Husbands blog, it made my day, what was left of it. You are so talented to be able to draw like that and to hear about Balzac.
Have a good week. Jan xx
Now George says he wants to go over and meet Rattus Scribus

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What girly post, Anita. I do love all sweet things feminine!
Happy hugs your way for a great second week at school. And do have lots of fun at the WWC event!

Fer said...

Beautiful blog!!
We have something in commun...pearls...


Judi said...

What a beautiful post...lovely ladies and accessories and fancy hats and beautiful pearls. They put a smile on my face for sure...

You asked me to remember you for my Giveaway...its still on for a few days this week. I hope you'll have time to come by and leave your comment...visit...if not I will slip your name in.

have a fun weekend.

Martina said...

Anita, i like your new blogheader . light and beautiful, room to breathe, and very fitting! And, ah, yes, you're so right about pearls. Somehow they can make quite a normal outfit look like a million dollars and are elegant by nature - just like you! Sounds interesting, what you wrote about your new style of teaching. Does it mean, all the teachers coordinate their themes?
Will stop by at Rubens later. Enjoy your evening!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Y tu eres una perla! Veya san de inci!

I have some heirloom pearls, that have been in my family for ages... but they are still with my family in California, packed in some boxes.

You are so lovely, and this is such a beautiful post! I hope you are having an amazing Sunday, prepping for your 50... and RELAXING!

"All things French" said...

What a pretty feminine post ~ I love pearls but I rarely wear them & I don't know why! maybe it's because I feel too dressed up! I watch a cooking show on tv and the very modern cook often wears jeans, linen type open neck shirts and pearls ~ she looks fabulous!

Patricia Cabrera said...

I got my first pearl set ( necklace and earings) when I gave birth to our 4th child... Mark did not know that I wanted some until days before... I got home fromteh hospital and underneath my pillow was a loving package from my sweet husband ... with a card... ohhh.... I will never forget and the funny thing is I wear those today at church!
I visit Ruben and was delighted.
Nita, sorry my absence this week... you know how home improvments are... just crasy...BUT,grin, it is for better!*grin*
It is such a lovely day here at the farm... I can smell autumn coming soon.... love you...Tita

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
Enjoy your children tomorrow at school. Wishing you a great day.
Bonne nuit

Christel Hutson said...

yet another beautiful inspiring post Anita, we too all think you are a rare find, a perfect gem! I must take some time and visit Rubens blog, I am certain he must be a very interesting man, to have you as a soul mate! xoxo Christel

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Elegant post with lovely photos, beautiful writing and sentiment.

You spotlighted on my favorite paintings, Johannes Vermeer's, Girl With a Pearl Earring.

Which was portrayed by my favorite actress Scarlett Johansson in the Hollywood film version.

But Scarlett is an obsession for another time...

Interesting read, thank you for sharing.

Be well

Champagne Macarons said...

This is a fabulous post! I love pearls & diamonds and wear them often ~ classic and elegant. Yes, friends are a gem and YOU, dear friend, are a rare ruby ~ radiating warmth and vitality.
How are you? I'm certain you are quite busy now that the new school year is in session, as well as your many projects.
Today we celebrated our eldest son's birthday. I can't believe I'm the (proud) mom of a teen!
I hope you have a lovely week!
Bon nuit ma belle ami! xoxo, B

J. said...

What a wonderful post!

Rosie said...

I am home...and oh so happy to be back in my own bed...ahhhhhh...
Such a P*E*R*F*E*C*T getaway!
Oh and to be greeted with all these little "bon bons" sprinkled over my site...ah, my dearest, I have missed you so...however I have to scoot to the big city to pick up treasures. I will pop back later to have a good long cuppa with too are a precious pearl in MY necklace of friends...a BIG smile, hug and a kiss for my dear Rosie

Anonymous said...

Love the post!! We are all queens inside and pearls stung together beautifully! And thank you for a look into Rattus' blog, I'll be meandering through his world slowly to be inspired by his wisdom and whimsy!
Cheers! Leslie

My Grama's Soul said...

Hello sweet friend.......I loved this post about pearls today....and I am so loving your new blog look.....I can tell how much thought you are putting into everything you do. YOU ARE A PEARL!!!!



Privet and Holly said...

Gorgeous way for me
to re-enter Blogland
after returning last
night from my trip to
Chicago! I love the
saying "What a gem;"
and you truly are, Anita!
I'm e-mailing you about
Saturday : )
xx Suzanne
PS: Tea arrived via
post while I was gone!

La Petite Gallery said...

OOOh la la that Coco Chanel black and white suit, and those wils
shoses and hose.
Great post. I love pearls better that diamonds..


Stacey said...

This post is the epitome of glamour. Also, you and your hubby make an adorable couple.

PS. Thanks for the juicer suggestions. XX

Casa Bella said...

Ooh, pearls! My mother gave me a fabulous string of pearls and I treasure it so much. I'm not one for wearing pearls, but they are so beautiful. Have a wonderful day, darling!

Rosie said...

Oh dear sweet girl...
When did you find the time to change your header...THIS IS SO LOVELY!...and your dancing little friend makes my heart sing each and every time I stroll by. It was so much fun to pick up a pencil again...I know you will understand when I say, sketching makes me will be put away once again...but it was a JOY.
Tell me how your schooldays are are completely in your element...but I know you will fuss until every little thing is perfection...your little chicks are so BLESSED to have you.
Was able to organize my workshop, and make it more serviceable...I am experiencing much BLISS. Painted a pretty little bed today...she is very curly, and very white. Also painted a cane back chair white today and will give her a new seat tomorrow.
Thank you dearest, for your delicious cuppa this afternoon...I look forward to another tomorrow. Until then...I will blow you a kiss sweet friend and say goodnight...have a lovely day my dear friend...xoxo...Rosie

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hello dear dear friend!!! You are a pearl to me. Shiny and precious! Love you ooodles and oodles! Blessings.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thanks for visiting me after a long days work - will start offering tea & scones soon ;) You're so right about the toys - one is never to old for them. We have a little bear in our office, given to us by my niece who is 5, but i'd also fancy a rocking horse, a wooden one, vintage, and nicely painted! By the way: these stockings with the flowers on one of your pix are soooo nice. Will try to get some like these. Have a nice, cozy evening!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Just popping in to wishing you a happy Tuesday. Enjoy class today, sweet Anita xoxoxoxo

shari @ little blue deer said...

Long live ladylike! Love these, I am loving the Mad Men influence this season, I say let's do away with hooker clothes! ;) I love your new blog header, too, so gorgeous! Tomorrow is the big day for Belle Inspiration, can't wait! XX!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Anita... What a lovely post... YOU are the PEARL... What a dear chickie you are. And, Claudie... She sure fits among the queens, doesn't she? LOVE her. Little Miss Sunshine, for sure.

Now, that hat.. The one with the feathers? It can be pretty windy here in the northwest.... I might just take off, but it would be a great foil against the rain, I think. :-)

Why don't we "dress" anymore? I grew up watching Donna Reed and June Cleaver..... I don't think those ladies EVER wore pants, even to clean. I always thought that's how I would be when "I grew up".... You wouldn't EVEN want to see what I wear when I clean. It's just not "PURDY"... :-)

Popping over to see your sweet hubbs.

Huggies! And, LOVIES....


Burlap Luxe said...

Hello Anita,
Your picture should be in this group of lovely women to go along with you music.
You truly are beautiful and your inspiring us in the way you do, is divine.

Thank you for the comment girl, It brings me great joy when you comment.

Burlap Luxe said...

Comme il est beau ton cœur français est Anita. Les mots de la poésie que vous écrivez dans votre commentaire me sont précieux.
Concevez votre vie avec la poésie

Rosie said...

Hey There Sweet One!
How was your day? Thank you for the email...oh dear one you work so hard...and it takes so much out of you. Do take care of yourself, with a luxurious bath, a glass of bubbly and maybe even a well deserved, afternoon nap.
It is so exciting to hear that you are seeing results so soon! What are some of the differences with this curriculum in comparison to the previous one?
Well, today brought much more whiteness to my little workshop, in the form of a delightful little bench with these slender gazelle legs, and a creamy linen seat...yup...she is quite something!
Finally, painted the last two chairs that will complete my dining room set. These two frilly ladies will will join the original four.
I have wanted to finish these for about a it is time!
Will upholster them tomorrow, as well as that little cane chair I painted the other day. Just being in my workshop makes me happy :)
Must help my sweet husband with the dishes, so have the best day...and enjoy those little cherubs...xoxo...Rosie

shari @ little blue deer said...

Sooo excited about the magazine! Your home is so stunning, it looks amazing! So happy to be in such good company! XX!

lostpastremembered said...

Ah pearls, always remember they exist because of an itch (from a grain of sand) as does a diamond (from being crushed). Beauty isn't always painless, but boy is it worth the effort.

Charming post as always with the best pictures! My pearls are from my great gram and from my mum and are some of my favorite things!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Anita this was so beautiful; each photo was perfect & the perfect sentiments. Friends are like pearls, so rare and such treasures. I will be sure to read your husbands blog. I'm always thrilled to see more men bloggers. They're are some really great ones out there and growing.

Have an exceptional rest of this week!

x deb

Rosemary said...

Hi there Anita,
Pearls are my birthstone, but I have to admit diamonds are my favorite. You have such a lovely post there, the photos are amazing.
You have a great day!!

Lynn said...

Great post. I love the photo of the flower embellished stockings and ornate shoes. They have an Alexander McQueen feeling to them (lady gaga shoes!)
Have a good week.

Rosie said...

My dear, sweet Anita,
What special moments were sprinkled upon this lovely day for you, my darling? Are you sinking into a big fluffy chair with your pretty little toes in the air. I know how draining each and every day is for you, because you really do give it 110%...this is the way you are built...and why I respect and love you...when you say you don't fit in, I say this is how He wants us to live our lives on this earth.
We will feel a pull away from people and things that distract us. Even though we may feel as if we are put on a shelf and forgotten, we have been set apart for the call of God on our lives. It is during these times that we will find ourselves spending quality time with God as He molds and makes us into His image. He will build character in us, so that when it is time to go on the frontlines, He knows we will be ready. He will be able to trust us with what has been appointed for us to do. Jesus said, "Come out from among them and be ye separate."
II Corinthians 6:17
You my dear, are so special.

Oh, I am so excited that you will get to meet our dear, sweet Koralee. She is such a bright and shining little star...I will be there in spirit, sharing a cup of this wonderful "P.G tips tea" you love. Give our girl a huge HUG and tell her to hurry home...have sooo much you dearest...Rosie

mydesignchic said...

Such a beautiful post...thanks for the reminder of how precious true friendships really are. I am thrilled to have stumbled upon your blog this evening...just wonderful. Off to your husbands...

Burlap Luxe said...

Ma belle amie Anita, vos mots écrits sont de la poésie. Merci encore et toujours pour vos visites enchanteur.

PS. Anita, I would love to place my iron bed in your header and sleep but just one night in it's beauty.
sweet dreams girl:)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
Thank you so much for taking time out to visit today and leaving such kind thoughts. I know you are so very busy with your students.
Sweet dreams

Marie-Ange said...

Mais pourquoi, pourquoi je suis toujours au courant en retard ???
Je ne puis qu'être éblouie devant tes images d'une Beauté idéale ...
Les perles sont l'expression d'un grand raffinement, enfin c'est ce que je pense ...
Je suis sous le charme ... comme la promesse d'une jolie journée.
Bisous du coeur belle Anita

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Popping by to wish you a lovely weekend ahead, Anita, make sure you get enough R&R! Hope the 50 sweet monkeys in front of you each day, make your days great days! xxxxx Oh, the blue object in my post is liquid hand soap. xxx

Jeri Landers said...

Oh my word, I LOVE those flowery shoe things! I love my pearls too, a strand of pink and a strand of white.... AND they are REAL!
But you are correct, pearly friends are even better and more real.
Your hubby checked out my blog and left a message. I responded to him at your e-mail address. I so enjoyed the story and the doggy drawings are just precious. I love the way you were able to give Balzac such expression and personality using simple lines and dots, good job!

ballet news said...

ahhh - that hat ! and then, those shoes and the tights.... my goodness what inspirations.

Thank you so much for sharing. And LOVE the pearls story - I so want to be one too!.

Cláudia Murakami said...

Chère Amie Anita, je te souhaite un très bon week-end!!! May your days be bright and full of grace!!! Amusez vous!! Laugh! Reste!! Boire du thé!!!
Tight hugs + bisous!!! Bela.

My Casa Bella said...

Hi Sweet Anita,
Pearls do NOT get enough attention, I love pearls. So feminine, elegant, graceful and sweet. They can compliment so many outfits and add a touch of elegance. You don't need to wear them with a dress, even with a pair of jeans and a nice top. An element of surprise!

Sarah said...

I'm late arriving to this magnificent post, but so happy I'm here to savor each of these photos and precious words. This is a pearl of a post! ;-)
I don't get to visit as often as I'd like, but always leave here feeling so refreshed. Thanks for sharing your talents. ~ Sarah

Jeri Landers said...

ANita, I resent the e-mail. Let me know if you receive it. My computer is acting weird.

Rosie said...

Hey There Sweet One...
Hoping you had a lovely day...
There was A LOT of upholstering done in my little shop today and my fingers are quite sore, so will send you a HUG my dear, dear friend and promise to chat more tomorrow...Happy Friday Rosie

myletterstoemily said...

dear anita,

i came over to tell you what a thrill
it was to see your rabbit hill in mimi's
new magazine, but have had my
breath taken away by this exquisite
pearl spread!

unbelievable. you are beyond my
imaginations or dreams.

and how i love pearls!


Champagne Macarons said...

Oh, I do hope your things aren't as hectic now that you're passed the first week of school and Open House. At least the weekend if finally here! I'm thrilled. What was I thinking when I signed up for three courses? My Architecture Graphics course, although I love it, is taking up ALL of my time. My day started 17 hours ago and I still have much to do. No time for dreaming or shopping for beautiful furniture at the moment.
Any news on your addition? I look forward to seeing photos once it's completed!
I'm off to study for a Textile exam.. Wishing you a lovely weekend, dearest! xoxo, B

desde my ventana said...

Happy and rested weekend dear Anita,

Cheri Bunch said...

Love your post! My first time to stop by. I hope to visit again! You inspire!

Marie Antionette said...

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls,
Hello Anita, O love pearls better than diamonds.They have a warmth that diamonds don't.
As always you have such a lovely post. I've missed blogging with you my friend.But I am back and glad of it.Nothing like being with friends. Tell your hubby hello and I will be around to visit him soon.Since I have not been on the net,I have a long round of visiting...LOL
Take care Dear One,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Rosie said...

Oh Anita...
I am so sorry to hear you did not have a "good" day yesterday. When it seems we can not take another disappointment....and we step around the corner, just to find one more sadness...oh dearest, I wish I could be there to give you a HUG in person, and sit with you, sharing a wonderful cuppa and a giggle or two. I could not live without His gift of is my comfort and solace. Once I have handed over my concerns and worries {as trivial as they may be}, I feel a peace that is like none other. You my sweet friend are already on my prayer list...know that I will lift your cares and concerns to our Heavenly Father, and He is so much bigger than this...
I am so sorry your builder stood you up...once he gets started, it will fly along, I am sure...oh my dear I must run, but know you will be in my thoughts and prayers, as you navigate this crazy day.
So...chin in place...and away you go...knowing you are loved...xoxo...Rosie

Nezzy said...

' Just beautiful sweetie! My mom always wore a tailored suit, hat and gloves to church. Ahhhh, for the love of diamonds. Almost a year ago I lost the diamond out of my ring. Since it cost more to replace the diamond than to buy a new set of rings I'v gone ringless on my left hand. I must admit, my dear...I truly miss the sparkle! :o)

I just love droppin' by and soakin' up the beauty here.

God bless and have an incredible weekend!!!

Off to bug your Hubs...I haven't done that since your anniversary post.

Victoria Sayer said...

Anita you are truly such a special lady. :)
Thanks as always for a beautifully curated post.
Hope your day is superb.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I send you all the respite tonight and love I can conjure for you friend. I hear your call and know your stress and flux. You are in my thoughts and know I believe in you. Remember there are so many things to be grateful for, so many when you are feeling overwhelmed. Take on less, love more, breathe, breathe, breathe. Blessings friend.

Rosie said...

hey there sweet one...
Did you have FUN today dearest...hoping this pretty day was better than yesterday. Just remember things will get easier as the year progresses, and you get familiar with the new process...don't ever feel inadequate...You are "oozing" with talent, but best of all, you love and adore those sweet babies...this is priceless.
You are going to paint the inside of your white bookcases TURQUOISE!!!!!...YIPPEEE....this will be stunning! I love that you are so brave. I always say "paint is if it works... great, and if not paint over it."
Your weekend sound fabulous...enjoy it to the, go forth and S*M*I*L*E...xoxo...Rosie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh look! It's my beautiful friend Claudie.... :)

The Zhush said...

New here...what fun! And a husband and wife blogging team of it!