Monday, November 8, 2010


When you peer outside your window into the distance FAR, far away

what are you looking for?

I'm WAITING for the day when I can leave my perch

and my hearth

pack MY BAGS

and drop in

for a very SPECIAL cup of tea

with You

While blogging started out to be a venue for organizing my home decorating ideas

I was pleasantly BLINDSIDED to watch my weekly writing exercise become a LIVING Link to the WORLD

of fellow MAGPIES (for the love of sparkle)


artistes extraordinaires




resulting in making friends whose eyes

choose only to see the GOOD in people

and whose words are carefully chosen to encourage and simply impart joy.

The unique relationship we have is incomprehensible to some non-bloggers who may say that our connections do not involve GENUINE HUMAN INTERACTION.

But I DIFFER TO SAY that MAYBE BECAUSE OF the lack of the physical dimension



where the anticipation of things not seen

keeps us looking outside our windows

to SEE only that which is Beautiful.


mo chairde

AND, the second issue of La Belle Inspiration on-line magazine in which I am featured is coming out November 15th!

Please click on this image on my sidebar to start a subscription today!

Photos: Tumblr, Google Images, Castles Crowns and Cottages, Lissy Elle Photography


Incipient Wings said...

This was gorgeous as usual!
and as usual, You have inspired me to paint, to bake, to GIVE, to fly!!!
And a big Congratulations to you !
Thank you:)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Evening My Precious Anita...
Oh what beauty you have shown me in the time that we have gotten to know each other.

We have danced, we have sang, we have cried and we have laughed. I have enjoyed every single moment. You have made my heart "Happy", and helped me find my voice again. I am so grateful for that.

You have given me hope for teachers like you to continue teaching my grands, and knowing you won't give up on them or those yet to come. You are so unique. Never forget that.

For you my friend, hop on board, the tea cup is always waiting, and I have two chairs by the pool with our names on them. I will even make warm bread just for you.

May you always know what love you share with me each and every time I come to visit, and please know that for that I thank you from the very bottom of my little old desert heart.

Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Createology said...

Reading your posts and viewing the lovely photos is like having the most wonderful daydream...time suspended and glorious visions. Thank you for this.

My Dolce Vita said...

Hi my 'draugs" Anita!!! How I agree with you about the very very true...I think a lot of us may speak from the Heart whilst blogging...Now I'm off to make a cup of tea and will think of you...Have a lovely weekend...and of course...Cheers...Dzintra♥x

Rosie said...

Oh dear one...
yes, yes, yes. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. I too entered the WONDERfilled world of blogging, simply because it was a way to interact with customers. Little did I know it would lead to lasting friendships with kindreds all over the world. Who knew?...Who would have thought?...My days are enriched, by the words of LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT that are planted by friends like you...each day you pop by so loyally, until it has bloomed into a beautiful sisterhood...thank you dear one.
What a gorgeous post...just lovely...and to think you have been featured again in this beautiful magazine...oh dearest,they are so fortunate to have your talent on their go sister!!!
Today was a baking very, very nice. I picked up a cooking magazine and that is all it takes. I pour over each and every page until they are quite dog eared, and then I can't wait to get baking. It was Earl Grey Shortbread climb into that fluffy chair, and I will pour you a cuppa with a cookie or two on the side
Have the best day dear one...

Paris Atelier said...

Oh my sweet dear Anita! What a simply beautiful post. I love every word and every image. Just reading your post today made me feel as though I had packed my bags and gone on a wonderfully magic getaway! I agree with you about blogging, it's an amazing connection to kindrid souls like you!!!
Have a great weekend my friend and I can't wait to see the feature in the mag!

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
I agree with you too,thank you for your words, your beautiful world and your inspiration,
HAve a lovely weekend,
Muchos besos,

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bon bon bonbon matin, hmm, would love a bonbon right now, but that's something else ;)
Your pictures are pure eye candy, great words to accompany each image, my friend.
Just a quick message for now, I must get my boots on, my raincoat and face the windy wind, it's almost stormy. School is out and we are leaving for the country, we always do on Friday afternoon will return Sunday afternoon in Rotterdam for the school and working week. Cannot wait to turn the fire on in the fireplaces.
Stay warm, sweet Anita xxxxx

The Dutchess said...

So true are in my heart for ever and ever..My soulsister!!!!

O sooo love the dress in the first picture..I want it..;)

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour ma belle Anita! And what a good day it is, when there is another one of your splendid posts, though I have to tell you that you have exceeded expectations again! Of course your posts are always a feast to the eye but this time you exceeded in the message. I think you have said it so well. I think this is what we all experience sooner or later: a 'real' person who tells you that those blogger contacts are only virtual, or asking: do you send that to people you don't know for real??? We bloggers know better, but you have said it so well Anita. When seeing me in real life you would or wouldn't have liked me at first sight, now we judge the message or the the feeling which is far better and more honest than some prejudices. Well you've said it all here, and better than anyone has done before, bravo! Have a lovely weekend with your loved ones, I hope all is well with you and your family, big bisous! LiLi

Patricia Cabrera said...

Loving Nita~ You are like always , lifting up an generously making all of us reader, feel so loved by you. This is so beautiful. Pictures are wonderful and so well said. I love you , my dear!!!*grin*

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh,I almost forgot ... My favorite picture is the one of *YOU* looking outthe window!!*smiles*

Julienne said...

How beautiful...I like that we meet with neither prejudice or age restriction and so learn more about each other than we ever would had we met in the real world first.
As usual you have given me much to wonder about.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

So well said Mon Amie!! I started blogging to keep my brain active and see what this blogging thing was all about and ended up with friends that are for life! And someday I hope we will share a cup of tea in person ma belle... what a blessing that would be. Congrats on Inspiration... I'll be excited to see!

Mille bisous, Sherry

Rayanne said...

I love the way you write! What a womderful way to say to the world wide web how we bond together through blogging. I would have never imagined that when I started playing/blogging that I would have met some wonderful friends that I feel so connected being one.
Bless your sweet heart...friend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita!

I so agree with you...we are definitely making heartful connections here in this enchanted land we call Blogland!

Your photos are set to your perfect words....well, perfectly! Well done...and the variety you've portrayed in this post is delightful...baking, the!

thanks, once again for doing what you do!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

The French Bear said...

Anita, as always, a beautiful poignant true to the heart. I love your photos and the words of wisdom, so loving and true!!! How many friends we have met through blogging, such kind and giving ones......
Love to re and read your posts!!!
Margaret B

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

A beautiful post, as always. There is something enchanting about this page. And is that you I spy in that photograph? Stunning. Truly stunning.

Bela said...

So so so agree with YOU , dear Friend Anita!!! My heart sees the bright lovely person you are! Charming and so friendly. Sensitive, emotional and reasonable. Delightful and deep. Beautiful Anita!! Thanks for the perfect explanation of how I feel in blogland! My life has really changed after blogging and for better!
So, but sooooo anxious to see your fabric designs!!! Please, let me know when I can see them!!!

Spring is wet around here, dear Anita. Time flies in high speed. Santa is fast fast packing the, ai,...let me join my sewing machine !!!! Much LOVE!!!!! Bela.

Violet said...

"Through the windows of your soul... the world is looking in to know... if love is in your eyes..." (from a song by Annie Herring) Well, guess what the world sees when they look into the window of your soul as you open it up for us to see?

Dancing and
glittery and

I would have never 'met' you or have you in my life had you not started blogging. I am grateful for you dearest.

And can hardly wait to read and view your article ... oh how you
I N S P I R E !!!

~ Violet

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

That was wonderful Anita and YOU are WONDERFUL! How well you put what all bloggers feel. You put it just right! I feel I have made a friend in you and it is precious! Love the music too! ~ Have a fabulous weekend!~Big Hug, Patti

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, Congratulations on a second feature being publshed!They are so fortunate to have you with them, I'm sure they must know! I'm not certain if you are aquainted with Madame Samm over at Sew I Quilt, ans Stash Manicure, but the two of you are quite alike. Both very worldly, passionate, kind, and both published writers! I think perhaps I am drawn to you both because of the heart I do know within each of you. I agree completely that we (bloggers) have a special relationship, although no physical meetings have been forthcoming for me, I feel that I truly know a few of my blogging friends. The messages we send back and forth give us a special window, and a freedom to express our true feelings, and yes, only the good, and supportive, kind words are spoken, but isn't that what we are all striving for in our daily lives? I know I am. We draw inspiration from each other, we are like a giant machine, each cog turning to enable the next to accomplish it's own revolution, the fuel is the love and support we all show each other, the kindship we share is real. I am missing our sweet Patricia I must go and email her. Wishing you a glorous day, thank you for yet more inspiration. It is always so wonderful to visit you! With Love, Christel

Martina said...

Oh, such a lovely new post you've created here Anita, i LOVE it. So right what you say about bloggers - we DO see with the heart, don't we? Somehow, you pretty much get the energy of a person when you communicate - and for me, this IS real human interaction. As long as you have some friends you actually see in flesh and blood as well, this is great. It's a way to have more friends - and share more love and beauty. It just brightens my every day.
Your new header looks really good too. Weekend, YAY! My hubby's back from examination - and he has to be a bit careful now, and do stress preventing things. Like breathing exercises, etc. Hope he will adjust to that.
Have a fantastic time and treat yourself to all things nice - you really deserve it! xx

Micki said...

You are right when you say that we are making meaningful connections, and it is wonderful to get to know you better each time I read your posts.YOu always make me smile, and I feel that I have entered some very special place that is very magical when I visit you.

My Grama's Soul said...

Hello dear Anita......As post is breathtaking.
Let me leave you with this: "Everytime a man opens his heart to a stranger..he reaffirms the love that unites humanity." ....... and you, my friend, do just that!

Gentle hugs,


shari @ little blue deer said...

So, so touching and beautiful! I agree, I never thought that blogging could bring me what it has, wonderful, kind and dear friends like you, Anita! Enjoy your lovely weekend! XX!

Deborah said...

Good day sweetheart!
Smiles to you over the miles dear friend!
I LOVE your new pretty!
Love this post and love you and the love that flows from your heart of hearts..It is truly a gift to know you
Thanks for your sweet friendship...

Deborah xoxo
Thinking of you in a land far,far away :)

George the Lad said...

Hi Anita,George is finally taking a sleep!!! be it only for a short time, so thought I get in on a comment, you are so right bloggers see from the heart, I offen think if any of us were in a room, a train station, a party would we ever speak to one another I have to say probably not. When seeing people face to face we seam to judge, by looks, disabilitys, age we make judgments before the person ever speaks, who are we to judge anyone by this alone. I work along side people with disabilitys from the ones that if you passed in the street you would not know they had anything wrong to the ones in wheel chairs that can't talk, but I don't see the disability any more but the soul behind the eyes, I guess what I'm trying to say is blogging is the same seeing the heart and soul, just like you say, and filling a need that is maybe missing in our every day lives.
Gee, sometimes your posts make my brain work, in a good way :)
I hear the kettle boiling or was a a bottle of wine being opened! Thanks for being a very treasured blogging friend
Have a great weekend
Jan x. George of course would send you a kiss and a hug but he's still a sleep :)love to Balzac

lostpastremembered said...

I so agree with you. What started out as something written mostly for me has grown... it has been a great year. Every time I drop by your blog there are more wonderful words and images that make the day a little prettier... a little lighter, how cool is that?

Presépio no Canal said...

You capture the true essence of friendship! The most important is not the media (virtual or real), the most important is a generous heart to give love and an open-mind to not close doors by prejudice.
What a beautiful post! Again we see Anita seeing with her heart and her opens arms to receive friendship and love!
Je t'adore mon amie! :-)

Christel Hutson said...

Hello again dear one, I am back, no need to publish this comment if you choose not to, I just wanted to say I think it is amazing how some of us have the very same mindset..I wrote the message to you this am, which obviously made me think of, and miss Patricia, I just now read your comment to her on her blog..funny how really short a distance there is between hearts.. You are such a great friend to all who are lucky enough, such n inspiration in so many ways..if I ever grow up, I hope to be like you and Pat, and Penny, and Jackie, and Rose! Warm hugs, with love, xoxox Christel

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Such a lovely post Anita
and so true.. I think the creative nature of blogging has us speak in ways we don't in our real worlds... although... what is real?? hehe

Now I'm excited to hear you have been published and am going to check that out now... Have a lovely week .. ciao xxx Julie

Fete et Fleur said...

I won a subscription and I'm still waiting on it. I hope I get to see your last article too.


Debi said...

Dearest Antita,
What can I say except I am just spechless every moment I spend reading you beautiful, beautiful post! I have been so busy and have wanted to vist you and as always, I am so glad that I did!There is something about your posts that truly touch my heart as I am sure you do so many of your followers. You are so very talented and congratulations on your being featured! I will have to get the magazine!
I am once again wearing my elf ears and painting away. I hit a bit of a bump in the road though as I was in a car accident a few weeks ago, but thank goodness no one was hurt except my car! Makes one realize how truly fragile life is!
With that my dear, stay safe and thank you for your talent!You ar truly amazing!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Another beautiful post Anita, I love the images that you find and how you can take words and string them like garland around a beautiful room. I must have a peek at that magazine.

Happy weekend


erin said...

hi there, i am new to your blog and just love what i am seeing and reading...scrumptious! yes, "non-bloggers" just don't get it...i look forward to perusing your blog further!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...A friand is different to a muffin...have a look at the recipe on the is made from nutmeal and a little flour. Try and google friand and there will be a write up there...
I will go to the information night for the next play and then work out from there if I will audition...that makes me nervous thinking about it!!!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend as we are here...Dzintra♥x

Rosie said...

Ahhhh.....dear heart,
You have created a veritable fairyland here sprinkled with "fairy dust" and the wonderment that only the Queen of this Castle could create. I am H*O*M*E...
I LOVE the patina of that lovely old grey table with the cutlery and linens sitting upon it...Hmmmm...wonder if there is any way of duplicating that great old look.
Well, tomorrow I will pop over to a nearby city, to enjoy the beauty that a few very talented ladies have set out for all to buy and enjoy. Colleen, from "Vintage home", always has GREAT stuff and is a good friend, will be there...and Heather from " A day in the country" does some great homemade jams and preserves. She actually shot out house 2 Christmas' ago for Canadian home and country magazine. We were featured as the Christmas house of 2009...they promptly when out of business, right before the this issue came out...giggle...oh well :)
So will go and have a wee bit of fun and then back to the shop to greet the ladies. What will you do tomorrow dear one? Hopefully, it will be a day of rest for you and Sweet Ruben...
well, my p.j's are beckoning, have a glorious day dearest...xoxo...Rosie

jade said...

Oh, what a wonderful world of dreams you create for us, my dear friend.............i looooooooooooove this post and you look sooooooo beautiful, you´r a princess!!! Love every picture and your sweet words!!! Have a great weekend, dear Anita, and enjoy every moment,

Hugs Jade

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Anita,

I could not agree more...non bloggers do not know what WE as bloggers KNOW! ♥ It truly is a journey from the heart and soul.

I'll go check out the link for where you have been featured!

Have a lovely day,
Stephanie ♥

Violet said...

Whenever I need a little beauty (or an abundance of it actually!)
I just pop over here for a visit and am filled with delight.

Thank you Anita for bringing me such J O Y !!!

~ Violet

koralee said...

Oh sweet friend...why have I missed this amazing post? Especially seeing it was dated Monday...where have I been.

You my dear are the sweetest of all. We really should be thanking you. Look at all the lovely friends you have!!! You just collect beautiful people because your bright soul shines through every lovely image and word you share.

Hugs and love for a joyful day. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

What is it with non-bloggers who think that blogging doesn't involve GENUINE HUMAN INTERACTION?


Too funny.

Lovely post, dearest Anita!!!

Jacqueline said...

In my life, I use the man in the moon to come to my rescue. He see's it all...right next to God. He's my window because when you see him, I see him.

Yes, blogging is exactly as you described. It's interesting why we all start and how we all end up. So many times I hear bloggers link other bloggers together and we wonder how in the big wide world does this happen. Christel, just this morning was commenting on this on my blog and mentioned you. I sum it up and say it this way...

I think God and the man in the moon had a conversation as the night stars twinkle. While we are sleeping they match make us somewhere in heaven and over the moon.

Off to have a beautiful rainy day Saturday...I love the fact you are tucked away in the snow. Hope all your dreams come true today.


Privet and Holly said...

Hello dear friend.
You KNOW this speaks
volumes to me, this
week!!! Love your
new banner. I have
to get with the program
over Christmas break
and do something different
with mine. Lucky me,
we are on for REAL tea,
tomorrow, if the weather
gods don't interfere!
Fingers crossed that the
tea place doesn't cancel.
Thanks for always inspiring
me to reach a little bit
xx Suzanne

Edie said...

Hi Anita, Wonderful post. Your thoughts and pictures go together well. Music is great too. I will talk to you soon. Love Edie

Beach House Living said...

When my blog began I did not understand how so many would write about friendships with those they had never met. Now, I understand.
Well said as always.

Jorgelina said...

Beautiful world and inspiration♥
Happy weekend!

Jeri Landers said...

And you are such a delight to know, via blogging, with your enormous amount of enthusiasm and exuberance. It is always fun to read the comments you leave because you always have me laughing or grinning from ear to ear. So, lets have a cup of sassafras tea and enjoy life!

Rosie said...

Oh my darling, you make me laugh!!
...out LOUD this morning...
real L O U D. You and your cookie munching noises...way too funny. Come to Abbotsford and move next door to I can hear those cute noises in person, every morning, as we have our morning cuppa together.
Oh the barn sale was sooo much fun. It was VERY well attended, so I'm sure I missed ALOT...but came away with some really sweet little sparkly treasures...the cutest little pearl trees, a little sparkly turquoise church and even a few sparkly words, connected by pretty white ribbon. It turns out that I already knew the dear lady who created these beauties (Janice from "pinecone cottage")
I got my Hug from Koralee...Thank you dear one. There were so many ladies that I knew, I could have very easily spent another hour there...but then it was off to the shop.
Even though it was a bit CrAzY, I stayed late and got all caught up on my feels so good to be up to up to date.
It is almost time to get the house all pretty for the holidays...almost...hmmm...may this week :) we'll see.
Oh my dear how is your poor back? Did you get some much needed rest and relax on a heating pad? I hope so, as you are going to need to be in tip top shape to be able to stand for hours, with your nose pressed up against the window watching the progress of Bob and his many builders.
Oh dear heart this was a fabulous cuppa...I am ready to put on my fuzzy slippers, and put my feet up...have a peaceful day my sweet friend...sending hug, HUGS, and more H U G S....rosie

Casa Bella said...

Yay Anita dear! You will be featured in that amazing magazine. I'm so happy for you. I love your posts. You know I am a fan! Dear friend, have a great weekend.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita...the Authoress that I was so lucky to meet yesterday is indeed a wonderful lady!!! And fancy you having your first snowfall...and us into the heat, but I'm loving every minute of it!!! Stay warm dear one...Dzintra♥x

My Dolce Vita said...

Dearest Anita...have a look at the above link, it will tell you a little more about the Friand...very popular here Down Under!!! You must let me know how your ones turn out when you make them...they truly are delicious...just the perfect amount of crunch on the outside...Happy Baking to you, Dzintra♥x

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hello Anita,
What a beautiful blog you have. This post about how bloggers see things, is so very well said. ( excuse me if I don't say it wright, my english is not very good)
And the pictures on your blog are so very beautiful.
Wish you a very nice day.
Greetings from Ester

Anonymous said...

Je veux bien venir prendre une tasse de thé avec toi... j'aimerais pouvoir prendre mes valises, sauter dans un avion (j'ai peur en avion) et me promener où bon me semble. j'ai tant de choses à voir, tant d'ami(e)s à visiter...
Oui, je ressens le besoin d'ouvrir la fenêtre et m'envoler...
Kiss from Fine.

Fine Bessot said...

Le dernier message est de moi : Fine Bessot, le clavier m'a échappé des doigts....

Peeters Liliane said...

As usual another great post. I hope that you one day would to visit Belgium I invite you then for a cup of thea or coffee with ouer famous Belgium chocolate.

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hello Anita,
Thank you for your comment. I found your blog trough the post of Lili M.
Ofcourse, I come visit you more often now I found you. I love it, to have blogfriends from all over the world.
Greetings from Ester

Ruben Rivera said...

Dearest Anita
Your blog has become progressively more beautiful and insightful. Blogging has put me in touch with some wonderful people I am happy to call friends; friends that enjoy sharing their soul's musings, their dreams, and visions and practical joys. And you are truly one of the queens of the blogosphere firmament.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Goedemorgen lieve Anita, j'espere que ton Dimanche is off to a sweet start! Have lots of warm herbs tea, some toast, a cozy plaid, a good read, soft light + lots of candles. My morning was a relaxing one, I'm about to make a delayed lunch. We'll have scrambled eggs, shall I bake some for you too ? ^_~
Love for a wonderful Sunday and a great start to the new week xxxx

koralee said...

Morning sweet I see a new banner?...stunning!

Just want to wish you a blessed Sunday...and thank you for all your sweet notes. I can not contain my wondering what you created for me....You bring such JOY!

Today I hope to put my feet up and rest a while.

I did see Rosie at the Barn sale and gave her a BIG hug.

Enjoy today my friend as I know your week will be ever so full! xoxoxoxoxo

Claudie said...

Hello dear Anita.
The girl in the tea cup? CC gave me a precious little girl in a tea cup. She said it reminded her of my blog. It looks like she's lying in a cup of fluffy bubbles. I'll have to send you a pic of her.
YOU ARE SOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL with your hart Anita. I see you named it. I'm forgetting his name is a he? Interesting. Must be a story behind that one : )
The heart cloud is delightful also.
You always have the yummiest pics.
Montreal was fabulous. You would go cuckoo there for sure. Manon knows all the BEST spots, the BEST restaurants, and to me it was like being in N.Y. People everywhere, but dressed so "Frenchy" They have style and class. Sister Lolotte stayed in Montreal at her sisters. I will see her on her return.
On a sadder note, my 91 year old mom is coming home, being an hour away from here where we grew up. My sister had to drive 8 hours to pick her up in Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River. She's really loosing it. It's come on suddenly. We have to put her in a home. My sister will be minutes away, so that's good. We knew it was coming. The journey begins down the hill. I will have to go to Windsor and sell all her belongings that still remain in her 2 bedroom apt. I'm not looking forward to all of this.
So that's the news here in my neck of the woods.
Sending you hugs my dear friend.

Martina said...

Thank you so much for your kind wishes dear friend - yes, a little less stress is indicated and i hope we can manifest that very soon! The weather has been gorgeous today, warm and sunny and it was fun to spend it all relaxed and with a lot of good food - long breakfast, cooffee, cake and whipped cream at a friends, and a yummy chicken with tomatoes and black olives! Awww, i'm sure you've had something good as well. As for being creative, i'll give that a try now - let's see, sometimes, the evening is a good time to get in touch with imagination ;) xx

Hope Adela said...

that first pictures is simply the epitome of elegance, and the picture of the girl sitting inside the oversized teacup is so magical and alice in wonderland-like! =)

June said...

Anita, you said it all so perfectly. To impact each other's lives with pure hearts (never wanting to hurt or harm), always trying to uplift and encourage and wrap a loving arm around one the joy I get from blogging. Sometimes I wish there were a better word for it, don't you?
Thank you sweet for your loving words to me!!!!
I'll see you for tea????
Hugs to you from here...

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, you are so beautiful in all that you create!

Love your new header! I can see one of my favorite photo's from one of my favorite cover page's of a dear French design book that I adore, (drooling!!)

Come for a visit I am sponsoring a GiveAway!!

"Donner, c'est magnifique."


Rosie said...

Bob the builder is hard at work, increasing the size of your nest...soon it will be your turn to feather it with all your beautiful, fluffy, sparkly treasures that will make the queen of this fine castle
Speaking of feathering the nest...I am sitting in the service this morning...trying so hard to keep my mind from wandering (please forgive my short attention span Lord) I go back to the "festive nest" to have another wander through or do I go home and house clean...hmmm...the festive nest won out ;D. This was a much more leisurely stroll, (with fewer ladies to wrestle to the ground)...giggle...very be surrounded by such sparkly beauty...heaven on earth.
Sooo...although I should clean my house tomorrow...I will head into the big city to pick up treasures of another sort. Our little velvet gloves are a favorite of my ladies, and maybe a few purses. We'll see what strikes the fancy.
Oh to have fun with another blog kindred...I have never met suzanne, but I wish I were in her will have so much fun! It will be worth the drive...I will pray for a safe journey dear one.
Wishing you a glorious visit with much giggling and silliness...tell me all about it...H*U*G*S...~R~

koralee said...

You lucky girl...tea with Suzanne! Hope it was special in everyway...that Suzanne is such a sweetheart....

Wishing you a great evening...sleep well my friend.


kerrie said...

Beautiful thoughts as always dear Anita. You do add sparkle to my life. I agree with you, the relationships I have here in blogland are so very real and I have found myself walking thru my days thinking of so many of you...I've heard from other bloggers that they do this too. While shopping and seeing something I just know YOU, or so and so would like. It is truly a blessing to know you and this community. I love you dear friend. ox~ kerrie

Style Attic said...

Oh WOW Anita! That part about seeing with the heart is fantastic stuff!! Sorry it's been so long since my last visit. I just did a post trying to convey the very same sentiment, but I think you've outdone me in getting that point across! Beautiful as usual and I'm SO glad we met :) XOXO

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, so great to hear you've had a good time this weekend - tea is essential, especially in winter and i LOVE the tradition of high tea! One day we will have that together - who knows?
Meanwhile. if you need a little break during your day come and visit me for a virtual cuppa and scones, all there in my new post ;)
I so hope you'll get your voice back in time for conference! Sleeping in was good for you - your body made the decision. Tell those kids to treat you nicely today! Am sending lots of love and healing vibes your way!

Jacqueline said...

I clicked on the magazine on your side bar. Tell me about that. How did you get in the magazine? Is that your stove? I couldn't see much...
Let me know about it. Awesome girlfriend! So proud of you!

Burlap Luxe said...

Belle "Anita," marcher dans la santé pour tous les jours suivants de la semaine à venir.
Heureux et dans nos prières.

Je vous remercie de votre visite, ainsi que vos messages à venir ..

Jenny said...

Oh, Anita, all so lovely and encouraging...thank YOU! I completely agree. Your new header is fabulous. And now I will happily head on over to my Belle Inspiration....Have a wonderful week.

Zaira said...

You wrote excellent words about blogging, I like the way you express your thoughts. And congrats on the new issue of Belle!!


High Heeled Life said...

Mon Ami, reading your post I jsut wanted to reach out and hug you. Your words of wisdom and inspiration bring such a wonderful hope that we humans my always see with our hearts in BlogLand and out .. oh what a wonderful world this would be. Imagine if everyone focused their energy on what a "good" ting they could do each day to help someone. Eventually there would be no hunger; no fighting; and all could focus on how to love and also how to let others love them.

I just took a peek at this months issue of Belle Inspiration ... you photo with harp magical. I can't wait to curl up and read cover to cover. HUGS HHL

deb famularo said...

Dearest Anita!
It is so amazing that just through this outlet of blogging, so many kindred spirits have connected. And you are right, for those who don't connect this way, they simply don't get it. But the relationships definitely go beyond the keypad. You have touched so many of us with your beauty and insight. No matter what the topic, I am always moved by what you have to say and the unique and beautiful way you say it! You have such a gift, and I am so Blessed to have connected with you! Your students are so lucky to have you as their guide, if only for a little while! I'm sure you are going to be THAT special teacher they will always remember! A huge congratulations on your feature, I will definitely check that out!Hope the remodel work is going well!!! Much love, deb xOXO

Rosie said...

My dear,dear friend, you are under the weather...Do you get laryngitis often? Oh my poor girl, you are over doing it...GOOD that you have decided to take a day of respite, your poor body NEEDS it.
Now, tell me more about your "Tea Party"...Have you known Suzanne for quite a while? oh, I am positive that it was just PERFECT!
Well dearest, today was just another shopping day, with more gloves, scarves, trinkets and goodies. Tomorrow is definitely the day, I MUST spend with "Mr. Clean and the Gang"...It will be a fine day. I think I will order my tree tomorrow, and have it delivered at the end of the week...yes, yes I know it's a bit early, but because it is "flocked" the needles are "glued" together so it lasts quite well. I always get a couple extra feet so that I have extra boughs for my mantle and other little vingettes. I am getting excited!!!
I so L*O*V*E Christmas and all that goes with it. I am well on my way with my Christmas list...I love the "search and rescue", finding that perfect little "bit" for those dear ones on my truly makes me SMILE.
Oh dear one, I should very much like to bring you some homemade chicken soup and a bit of girl talk to pass the afternoon...but alas, a long distance hug will have to do...get much rest and get well dearest...xoxox...Love ~R~

Bela said...

Oh, dear, My prayers go for you tonight!! Hope you get better soon and soon!!! Hot tea, bed and a good book may help!! Do not talk a lot and save energy, please!!
I am sending lots of cozy hugs for YOU, dear Anita friend!!!
Love!!! Bela.

Ann Nichols said...

You know... I kind of think blogging gives us a better perspective on how God can be everywhere all at once! We need to use our computer box; He only needs to Be!
As always, such a beautiful post...
Many blessings!

Rayanne said...

I just had to come visit you again, and re-read your oh so lovely post.
"Have a happy and peaceful day, sweet friend"
By the way, your wee notes that you tuck into my posts make my day.
"A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face" Proverbs 15:13a

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post as always! If you ever come back to MA for a visit I would love to have tea with you!! xo

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Another lovely post. You are quite the optimist. I am so glad our paths crossed paths, even in this incredibly impersonal medium that is the internet. Look forward to more of your sweetness and wit.

Be well

Marydon said...

G'day Anita ~ I hope that one day you can visit your friends ... this is my mission that started last year & I am having a BALL 'popping in' on them ... 'I have a delivery for ______'. Oh, the delightful squeals & beautiful moments that we share.

My door is open ... & awaiting you.

Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Forgot to say that the new blog heading looks great.

I wanted to tell you about a blogger friend of mine. I think you might like her style. She is an amazing photographer and writes beautifully introspective posts. Here's the link if you want to check it out...

Martina said...

Anita, how great you can stay at home tomorrow - that's the best thing to do - and you have a chance to get your energy back! Speaking of tea: i discovered white tea to drink while i'm working. It tastes really good and is supposed to be VERY healthy. Ever tried that?
Good to hear you had so much fun with your blogger-pal - that just proves that these friendships are not just "virtual" - yes, just what you posted about, you hit something here, and in a beautiful way! Have a lovely evening!

kerrie said...

You are beautiful.

Have a lovely week. ox

~fairmaiden of the sea

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

You poor lady, poor lovely lady. I really hope your voice is a lot happier by now. What do you do to heal? Drink tons of warm soft tea? Perhaps some spoons full of honey? Sending bunches of positive energy across the blue blue ocean to Y*O*U* Feel better soon. Enjoy your fluffy blankets covering you, making you feel all cozy and warm. xxxxxx

desde my ventana said...

Hello dear Anita,
I hope that you are better and spending a good week,

Anonymous said...

Dear Anita, It's true that people who don't blog don't understand the blogging community. I like what you said about bloggers seeing through they're hearts. There is so much love and inspiration here. Your blog is especially uplifting and I enjoy coming here very much. I think to blog is to be blessed. We are able to connect with people all over the world to learn, love, and share with one another. For me it's been an incredible experience!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello Dear Friend Anita...So pleased to have met you too!!! I hope your and your Hubby enjoy the Friands...I have just made some for our morning coffee to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary!!! Happy Baking, and I would love to know how they turn out when you get to them...and of course a cheers on this day...Dzintra♥x

koralee said...

Oh my friend...just had to pop by this evening and wish you well!!!! Poor girl... home today not feeling well..or at least your voice was not feeling well.

I think you just needed a day to rest before all the craziness begins. Hope that is just what you did!!!

So glad your tea with Suzanne was wonderful in everyway.

Go to bed early tonight my friend. xoxoxo

Rosie said...

Hello my darlin',
How are you feeling my dear? hoping today was a wonderfully relaxing day filled with nothing but HAPPY thoughts and many cups of fine tea.
well, I started with high hopes and dreams of making everything sparkle around hear...but, I was just too sore...I will try again tomorrow.
It will have to be a short cuppa today, as my fingers are not behaving...tomorrow is another day dear one..enjoy it...xoxo...Rosie

Rosie said...

Oh dear one great snappies...and that scarf...FABULOUS!!!!!...what a gorgeous color...still smilin'...really!....~R~

Marie-Ange said...

Des petits morceaux de Beauté ...
Tu nous décroches les étoiles Anita !
Bisous du coeur

koralee said...

xoxoxoxo..thinking of you today. {will pray your sweet voice is back to normal by tomorrow!}

Karena said...

Anita I love you!! Your words inspire and thrill me!! Thank you for being here always! Oh and the music!!


Art by Karena

Martina said...

Anita, i can't wait to see your bunting - pleeeease post about it! And guess what? I stayed at home today as well, and i worked on some texts and on some painting and it did me good! I'm attenpting to make wednesday my creative day, my artists day - and hope i can stick to it. Isn't such a day fun? Creative people like us need breaks like this, because we also have a vast inner world to conquer ;) Have the coziest evening dear!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi sweet Anita, I am sending lots of warm, soft voice happy makers your way, do you feel those coming yet >^_^<
I do hope you are feeling better a bit today, keep warm and cozy, my friend. I am doing so too! xxxx

Barbara said...

Oh my...that photo of the hallway with the rose velvet love settee in the background is utterly charming!

Rita said...

Hello sweet Anita,
haven't been around much lately, but here am I again to enjoy your beautiful post, gorgeous and inspiring as usual. What you said about blogging is so true. although I do not post and visit as much as I used to when I first discovered this wonderful world, I firmly believe that this is a wonderful way to connect and befriend with kindred spirits from all over the world and in such a powerful way.
congrats on your article in the November issue of Belle.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Hi Anita,
Had lunch with a mutual local friend today...Suzanne from Privet and Holly. She told me all about you and mentioned the fabric you are going to make! How cool is that. Anyway just wanted to pop in say hi. You have a lovely blog:)

Susan said...

Oh, dear Anita,
I have been so crazy busy and out of touch! I am happy that you are feeling better! Your post is such a beautiful expression of how so many of us feel who have joined the blogosphere...There is something very special that we share that can only be understood by those of us who dare to put ourselves out there...You are an amazing person and I am blessed to call you my friend. I wish you continued good health and joy in the journey...and an abundance of energy and stamina for the duration of the school year! We had Parent-Teacher conferences today and I am pooped!

Rosie said...

hello my dear...
Scoot over to my kitchen as the kettle is whistling and if you would PLEASE bring....hmmmm....Hmmmm...Well they ALL sound tantalizing, but,I think Chocolate vanilla cherry muffins would be quite perfect...xoxoxo

~check your email dear heart~

koralee said...

Happy dance....your voice is back! What a blessing and just in time. Thank you for the wise words about staying away from my many of their little noses are running.

Sleep well my friend. xoxoox

Ann Nichols said...

Dear Anita,
So sorry to read that you haven't been feeling well the last few days... hope that today, you arrive at that wonderful moment where you wake up and - low and behold - you feel all better!! (or very nearly so!)
Blessings for good health all the rest of this week and always!

Ann Nichols said...

Oh no! Laryngitis! Make sure to take a thermos of Camomile with you tonight! It's a natural antiseptic and the best thing for the throat! (Once a mother always a mother -right! :) )
Here's to hoping your voice lasts the night!
(Take heart - the weekend is almost here!)

GrandmaK said...

I can only say, after reading all your wonderful accolades, I heartily agree. I come for the beauty and quiet repose this space offers. Thank you. Congratulations on your article as well! Cathy

jade said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, dear Anita!!!!!!! I´m so glad, that you like my home!!!! The silver slippers with glitter and pearls i found many years ago!!!!! It´s no special logo.

Have a wonderful day, my dear friend, Hugs Jade

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Oh how I have missed you! Being without a computer was not a good thing!
What a beautiful post Anita.. I agree with you completely about blogging, and you have given so much of yourself to so many..
I am always inspired by your posts and always, always leave with a smile! If only I could do with my brush, what you accomplish with the pen in hand.
I love the photo of you in the window... Beautiful
Congratulations on yet another publication...
Love and blessings,

Nezzy said...

You have stated it so eloquently beautiful. I'm sayin.....the bonds I've formed with those wonderful hearts in the blog world has been the best surprise when I waded into this unknown world.

I'm never ever disappointed each and every time I visit sweetie!!!

Ya'll have the most marvelously blessed day.

Terri said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you so much!

Indie.Tea said...

How beautiful! I love the whimsical thoughts you chose to share...

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Wonderful, wonderful words and photos that speak for all of us. I know we all feel just as you do. What a blessing blogging has become!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita,
You have said it all in this post. What an incredible adventure and blessing Blogland is, so many dear friends - like you. You are one of the 'blog masters'! Sorry I have been awol in visiting.
Your Belle article is gorgeous! You have helped to make it a special place indeed!
Hope you are well. We need to touch base soon!

Rosie said...

Brrrrrinnnnnngggg...I thought that school was out! I am out of practice.
Sweet Lizzy called earlier this evening, saying..."Hey mom what cha doin'?....blah, blah, blah..."oh ya, I am just starting my thesis, and it's due tomorrow at 8AM." ...YIKES!!!!!(OK, that was her mother)...blah, blah, blah..."Oh mom, you know me, I'll get it done"..."You whanna help me, It'll be like old times"....Yup, I am too old to be just thrown back into the fire.
So sweet one, I am too busy for tea tonight, but will surely be back with bells on tomorrow...
Enjoy each and every snow flake that tickles your cute little nose as try catching the odd one on your tongue...Oh, I would love to get my fuzzy gloves on and make a wonderful snowman with you...I will bring a carrot for the nose, and then we'll have a hot coco and put our feet up next to the fire...

My Dolce Vita said...

Oh Anita thank you so much for the congrats on our Wedding Anniversary...the Friands were a lovely treat with morning coffee!!!
If your husband doesn't like cooked berries can I suggest to just leave them out...they will still be equally delicious!!! Just sift some icing sugar on top and enjoy!!! Cheers to you dear one for the weekend...Dzintra♥x

My Dolce Vita said...

Anita...have another look at the recipe...The berries are added when the mixture is in it's case...So you could do some with berries added to the top and some without for Hubby!!! Dzintra♥x

Greet said...

I just wanted to say that your blog is so beautiful and inspirational! I came accross by Desde my Ventana!
Happy weekend!

La Petite Gallery said...

That sign Let's Pretend, sent my mind rolling back to my childhood. Me sitting on a Saturday morning, Cream of wheat in my little bowl listing to the BIG radio and my favorite program "LETS PRETEND".
I love to visit you your post makes me feel GOOD. yvonne

Judi said...

Happy Friday Anita!
Beautiful pictures and words. Nonbloggers do not understand what this is all about...the uniqueness of the wonderful friendships we make in blogland. So much to see so much to learn in this IS like going on a trip isn't it?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

VictoriaArt said...

Anita, there is nobody who can say it like you do!
Let me just chime in and say thank you and YES! I feel like you!
You blog is gorgeous and fun and always happy!
xx Victoria

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Dear friend, it is true, we are soo interconnected in such a magical way. It is as I have said before, a portal. magic in every way. I am blessed in you darling Anita.

Rosie said...

Greetings dear one, is quite cold here...we might even get a sprinkle of snow...YIPPEEEE!...not good for packing...but maybe there is a snow angel or two 0:)
Picked up a new suit for my dinner date today...we have a little awards banquet that we have to attend this Wednesday. I will wear something "black and sparkly"....Hmmm, BIG surprise.
oh dearest, IT'S SNOWING RIGHT NOW!!!!...giggle...
Am at the shop tomorrow, so should be fun to have a REAL winter wonderland.
What are your plans my sweet? I hope there will be much tea, the fuzziest of slippers and a GREAT book to be devoured...have FUN dear heart...xoxoxox...Rosie

Martina said...

Good morning Anita! Just want to wish you a happy weekend with no stress at all! Do you have plans? I'm going to town with one of my best girlfriends! bises, M.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Well hello sweet friend, I just read your comments. I'm still a bit slow today ;) Doing a little bit of cleaning while my little ones are making soap. I discovered I should have wait with the floor cleaning until my monkeys are all done. Are best friends are coming over tonight, it's always so relaxed and cozy when they are around. So I am looking forward to that.
Is your voice totally the old again? Enjoy joy joy your weekend my friend fill it with bunches of R&R!
Much love xxxxx

erin said...

hi anita...thanks so much for following me! you inquired about the quote on my sidebar, about imagination........i saw that on a sign outside of a local daycare, and just loved it! no credit was given to the author. i love it, especially in this time when we are all concerned about the "bullying" going on with young people. thanks for asking about credit to ones work is extremely important. i wish i knew where the quote came from...
i am looking forward to your next beautiful post,

koralee said...

Morning sweet glad to hear all went well with your parent conferences...did I tell you ours are on Wed. and Thurs. night this week?..but then we get Friday off. I will be tired but I don't have nearly as many as you had my dear.

How can it be the weekend again? Where oh where does the time go?

Thank you for your well wishes on my really is not that bad...I just have to be very careful what I eat and drink...I do have painkillers but have not taken any yet. It is just nice to know I have them if need be.

I have a busy week so that will help me to focus on other things and not so much my teeth.

Have a great are heading into your Thanksgiving...what fun! Please have a piece of gobble gobble for me...oh I love turkey and all the trimmings.

love and hugs being sent your way. xoxoxoxoxo

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I so agree with what you have said. Blogger friends are so nice and so encouraging!!! It has been a very fun experience to step into this cyber world, and I do feel a real connection to these very creative and kind woman.

Sarah said...

Glorious post! It's no surprise that you are part of La Belle Inspiration. Kudos to you, Anita. Your eloquent words in this post have touched my heart. ~ Sarah