Friday, December 31, 2010

The Morning After

Did you all have a splendid cELebration?

Are you slowly letting go of the glittering remnants of a fine year past


getting back FIRMLY on your feet



and welcoming in new opportunities to find your strengths in the most UNLIKELY ways?


Then define your style


IDENTIFY your talents




take a bite out of the cold that might stop you from making progress and then


take off like the wind.


and while encountering the everyday realities of 2011 that may bring

NEW challenges

doubt

and even pain

embrace every sweet moment



create your own happiness

because that is the key to making each day count.



and though winter's white beauty will have us in its grip for the next four months












let the eternal spring within us ALL 


Live forever.


What an enchanting year this will be with all of you dear friends.

Anita

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142 comments:

Casa Bella said...

My goodness, Anita. Your blog looks fabulous!!!!
It´s midnight here but I´m trying not to think of the ones I lost this past year. It was a wonderful year though, in all other aspects. I resolved to be happy, everyday. And I am.
Many wishes of happiness, health, and peace to you, my dear.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

The very first post I'm reading in 2011 is such a gorgeous post, lieve vriendin. Prachtige woorden en bijzondere foto's. 2011 w i l l be an enchanting year, dearest.
Joy is not in things, it is in us. It most definitely is in YOU! Looking oh so forward to a whole new year talking to you, getting inspired and uplifted by y o u.
I'm all ready for 2011, let's make it a memorable one.
Beaucoup d'Amour a toi, dearest sweet Anita xxxx

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy New Year Sweetie...
I am here too. Toast to you and Ruben for the New Year. Can you believe it is 2011? Oh my gosh.

I love this post. So white, pure and beautiful. It is serene this morning. You have never looked so beautiful sweet friend.

Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Anita
Your new turquoise format is scrumptious!!! Love this colour.. quite addicted to it lately

And such a beautiful post to inspire dreams for 2011.. I hope your celebrations last night were fabulous and not too much of a hangover today..or is it still last night?

Sweet dreams for the new year.. xxx Julie

PS.. i realised I wasn't a follower!! silly me.. now fixed.

Papillon Bleu said...

Bonne année à toi!!!!
Merci pour ces fabuleuses images qui me permettent de commencer l'année en douceur.
Je te souhaite beaucoup de douceur et de magie pour cette année 2011.
XO

Fay said...

Anita its WONDERFUL what a way t start the new Year love all of the them First blog of the day so this is how my year will be THANKYOUUUUUUUU cant wait for the next Fay xxxx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello Dearest...we are just back from visting family for 3 days...And what a wonderful new look you have given us!!! And what a dear post too...I like the bit that reminds us about the reality of pain and to embrace it all!!! And to create our own happiness...just wonderful...If we can do that all will be right with the world...what a beautiful thought!!! Happy Happy New Year and may 2011 be kind to us all...Dzintra♥♥
I doubt that we would be able to buy that wine chocolate here from The Netherlands that you speak of...I will try to imagine it!!! Cheers dear one♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Yay a party Anita...will look forward to that and to seeing the renovations...How exciting this all is...Our first party invite...A must do cheers dearest...We have had 41c here today!!! Dzintra♥x

It's me said...

Wowwww....new banner new color....that promise a good year with you !!!....thankful i am that i met you in blogland my dear friend......2010 was a great year !!...and hope 2011 will be better !!...hope we have lots of fun and joy everyday....ik hoop dat we heel veel plezier en geluk mogen beleven elke dag !!.....mijn lieve vriendin.....love love love Ria.....xxx...

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Okay Anita...clink, clink...having a red at the moment...and it's still HOT weather here...Dzintra♥x

The Dutchess said...

What a wonderful way to start this first day in 2011..1-1-11...looks great,sounds great..like your blog..you go girl...!
love you xoxo

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Happy New Year Anita! I hope you had a wonderful evening. I missed New Years...my first time ever. Sick in bed. YOur post was very inspiring to my mind but not so sure about my body today. Love your colors and photography! ~Hugs, Patti

Julienne said...

What a wonderful way to welcome in the new year..a new look!
Anita it is beautiful as is your post...but that is only to be expected from you now!
Have a wonderful year and I look forward to my continued visits and chats with you xo ~J

Fay said...

Anita my dear ,Im stuck like glue !1 following and subscribing! shari said I would like evrything you do ,ITS TRUE i can hear your voice through the pictures bubbling and fizzing FANTASTIQUE grazie tanti xx

Edie Marie's Attic said...

BONNE ANNEE MA BELLE ANITA!! What beautiful posts! I had so much fun catching up this morning!!! Happy 2 Year Annee in blogland mon amie! I'm so blessed to have met you here my darling friend. I think about you daily and keep you in my prayers. Blessings to you and your dear man through this New Year. I love you sweet friend!! Sherry

desde my ventana said...

Dear Anita,

Ohhhhh what a beautiful new look in your blog.... "maravilloso".
Have a wonderful new year,I start it with your fabulous inspiration.
Hugs
Cecilia

Teacup Mosaics said...

Oh dear Anita do we have to have the celebration come to the end? Of course not! Your blog is truly one of my all time FAVS. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. Wishing you all my best in 2011, and I THANK you for your visits and friendship in 2010.

LiLi M. said...

Ah what a joy to land on such a beautiful new blog and new blog post Anita! You have outdone yourself again! I'm looking for a blog make over too. Love this blue!

Wishing you a very healthy, joyful and happy, creative and energetic, marvelous new year!
Let's try to make it even better here in blogland than 2010, which was a blast!

Thanks for your lovely wishes on my blog!

Good luck with everything you want to do in 2010!
Bonne année chère amie, bisous LiLi

Peeters Liliane said...

My dear Anita,

The color that you choose for your blog is enchanting. But as always your blog looks fabulous!!!
Tell you husband that you aren't spooky ;), your dutch is excellent. You must be have a feeling for languases because you're teaching French, this languas is so difficult to learn.
My daughter do most of the english translations on my blog. First I write the text in english and then she does do the corrections. My english is like" Me Tarzan you Jane" lol.
I enjoy talking with you and thank you always for your kind words!!!
Have a magical year!!!

A big hug,
Liliane

The French Bear said...

Beautiful, beautiful!!!! I love this new look!!!
Bonne Année!!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B
p.s.
I looked in the dictionary and under inspiration and gorgeous and stunning, they all say "Anita"!!!!!
xx

Foxglove Spires said...

Anita, I am so delighted to be reading your blog in the first day of the new year. This my first visit to your amazing space, with such wonderful and inspiring words and images. I wish you a most enchanting year filled with delightful surprises along the path you journey and I am looking forward to getting to know you this year. Happy New Year!! xxx

LuLu Kellogg said...

Dearest Anita~

Your Blog looks SO lovely!

Wishing you and your Amour all the best with 2011 being full of creativity, love, good health and much happiness.

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Jacqueline said...

I woke up "in love" this morning because LIFE IS GOOD! It's an abundant life filled with promise and passion and anticipation. I'm claiming words of my own and one is Enchantment...yes, that is where I want to be...with thee.
Cheers to us! Now, let us go get on the merry go round and play! Best way I know how to start the year! PLAY!

Kristin said...

Sweet Anita! It's always exciting to come to your blog these days. Amazing headers every time! This one - gorgeous! And a beautiful new year's post! Happy New Year, Anita! I'm looking forward to a new year of blogging being fortunate to have you as my blogfriend. Have a beautiful 1st day of January!

Blessings, Kristin

Beach Bungalow said...

Fabulous, sounds like a plan!

Sue
xo

erin said...

oh dahling,
you share so much beauty and wonderful thoughts here! my year will definately be more enchanting, now that i have found you.
have i told you that blue is my favorite color? your fresh new header just has me all tingly inside.
happy, happy new year my dear!
erin

lostpastremembered said...

Visiting your site is like a New Year's present.. so many lovely thoughts and images... have a great 2011 full of lace and roses and lots of tulle in your beautiful newly done house!

michelle said...

Oh dearest Anita what beautiful images to go with beautiful words! Your post is very inspiring for the first day of the new year. I look forward to seeing what unfolds before me and embracing it and making it my own.

Happy New Year!!

I love your new header, so beautiful!

koralee said...

Such beautiful images fill my screen my friend...
Sending you JOY... upon JoY... upon JOY for 2011.
What a blessing you have been to me....thank you so much.
May your day be filled with family and friends as you celebrate the first day of 2011.

My daughter and her husband will be over for a yummy dinner...off to cook and bake all day...oh how I love these kind of days.

Hugs....I am soooooo loving your sweet blue banner...*sigh*.

Jeri Landers said...

Well, I don't know that I could be firmly on my feet in those pink heels, but it sure would be fun to wear them anyway.
I know you will continue to "blow us all away" with your incredible images and melodic words in the new year. And I will be among the many who so appreciate your world. Blessings to you and Ruben for a fabulously happy and inventive year! Oh and lest I forget, may Rattus consume large quantities of all his very favorite cheeses in this Year of 2011!

Sue Jack said...

First blog I've read this year....and I can't think of a better way to begin it! Beautiful blog, Anita....I'll be forwarding a link to it to all my close friends. Thank you for giving us all such yummy eye candy!

Sue

My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning sweet lady....I can tell you have been busy as a little bee on this beautiful blog of yours....such perfect words and pictures....as usual a delight for the eyes....I am so glad to call you my friend.

Xo

Jo

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

hello dearest

your post is totally, mesmirisingly divine! it's like a lovely dream.
such a treat to find it on this sparkling new day.
wishing you a happy, joyous, peaceful, creative 2011 xoxoxoxoxox
i am not going to leave my friend, i might go at a slow pace for a while but i will be around, posting on my new blog calling over here with a mug of p.g and some home-baked biccies for you. with peace lily in tow, who will most likely lick you to death. princess yuki-dove will visit too, it is just her kind of place and as you know, twinkle also loves to admire all the magic you share.

huge warm hugs from us all xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

amelie (sumea)

p.s. did i tell i am about to teach myself french...Yes!... i mean Oui! the illness i had impaired my memory. learning a new language i am told will help to strengthen it again :o) i hope to have little chats with you en francais soon. but really at the moment all i know are a few nouns such as chat, chien, lapin, fleur... i have a long long way to go. but i think it is going to be such fun!! :o)

Marydon said...

G'morn, Anita ~ What a charming New Year welcome ... you have always the best to share.

Happy New Yeat & thank you fo ryour wonderful moments you share & your friendship.

Happy New Year & thank you for a wonderful friendship. Looking forward to many more wonderful moments with you.

TTFN ~
Hugs, Marydon

jade said...

Oh Anita, Sweetheart - your post takes my breath away and your new header is soooooooooooo beautiful!!!! Thank you for all,

Hugs Jade

Pierelantijntjes said...

What a beautiful new look Anita. And what a verry sweet post.
I wish you a verry happy, healthy and creative 2011 dear Anita.
Een heel gelukkig, gezond en creatief 2011 lieve Anita!
Greetings Ester

BALLET NEWS said...

I don't think you could have chosen more utterlt fabulosu images if you'd tried. Well done. Gorgeous post altogether.

happy New year
http://wp.me/p124B5-1ev

Rita said...

dearest Anita,
wish you and Ruber a fabulous 2011.
love the new dress of your blog. Simply fantastic...and as fantistic is your post - you have once again amazed me.
I'm tosting to your many past achievements and to the many many more yet to come in this new year.
hugs
rita

Bela said...

Happy New Year, sweet sweet Anita friend!!! May your way be guided by the light coming from your bright eyes!
Much love!
Coming back officially next Thursday! Love!!! Bela

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour dear one!
What a beautiful way to start the year! I would love to step into the new year in those pretty PINK SHOES... This post is eye candy!
Happy New year to you and Ruben.
Bisous,
Penny

Cobalt Violet said...

Wow! GORGEOUS post!!!
Just beautiful. A Great way to start the new year!
A Joyful Creative New Year to you!

Rayanne said...

Too,too cute.
All the pictures, and your new header...I love that blue door!
Love you

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Hello,
Im stopping by for my first visit and am in love with your header!

Did you take these shots?

This is a lovely sentiment for the new year and totally agree with you.

May your year be one of inspiration and joy!

Sincerely,
Claudia

deb famularo said...

Oui! 2011 c'est enchante! 11 is a lucky number....this is going to ba a magical year for all of us! And may I please have those pink stilettos? Thank you for making 2010 so special! Look forward to getting to know you even better this year! Lots of love and sparkle to you my friend! xOxO

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

mon ami cher Sweeet
je vous remercie beaucoup pour vos paroles belle
combien il est passionnant que vous êtes l'apprentissage du néerlandais! mes grands-parents maternels étaient hollandais, mais malheureusement je n'ai pas appris la langue. peut-être je vais apprendre le néerlandais aussi, de parler avec la dutchesse belle. que je dois visiter pour lui dire que je suis à bloguer.

beaucoup d'amour à vous

et des baisers

amelie

marian said...

I really needed this post! Thank you so much for it! You're really good with words and expressing things we all know but need to hear from time to time and I say it again, first day of the year and already a few minor moments, real disappointments and people letting us down but we have to make our own happiness and I can't let egocentric people and people without any consideration of others get me down!
I'll remember your words for the rest of this year and find the eternal spring inside of myself and make each day count! You seem to me as such a positive woman and I'm really glad I discovered your blog at the very end of last year! Have 'een gelukkig Nieuwjaar'/'Bonne Annéé/'Happy Newyear'!
Bye,
Marian

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Anita, I'm dropping by to wish you the very best for 2011!

Love all the changes to your blog, and that blue just makes my pulse race. I'm a HUGE lover of all things blue.

Enjoyed this post very much. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to meeting you this summer.

Happy New Year!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Burlap Luxe said...

Joyeux Nouvel An!!
Belle amie, bénédictions long de l'année
xx
Vive

Anita, you have a beautiful start with your Journey into 2011

Love the new header, you are always so poetic over here, it is soothing to the soul :)

I will be visiting you often, I have your card infront of me and cannot wait until next Christmas to add your tag to my tree.

Thank you my friend.
Beautiful blessings your way throughout the year.
Cheers!!
~Dore

June said...

Sweet Anita. I am pretty sure that I could have a much better year if I were wearing those sweet pink shoes!!!
Another beautiful post my dear friend.
Have a wonderful new year and squeeze every ounce of joy out of it that you can.
hugs

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes to everything you've said!

And I must say that each of us really must keep "the key" to our happiness, bliss, enchantment, excitement handy at all times. After all, we are the only one that can open the vault that holds these treasures that are just for us.

Happy New Year to you! I look forward to another year of friendship in The Land of Blog. May your year be filled with double loads of bliss. ♥

Hugs to you,
Stephanie ♥

Deborah said...

Hello sweet Anita!
Oh your header is breath-taking!
That turquoise looks like my shelf...its so lovely!
Looks like you have a great start to 2011.
Love your thoughts for the new year and your gorgeous shots!
Happy New Year my friend!!!!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous post creativly celebrating the new year.

Rosie said...

Oh Anita, Each time I sneak in the back door for a visit, i'm not sure if I am in the right castle. You continue to DELIGHT and AMAZE me.
Dear one, you truly make my heart
S I N G. This world your have so carefully created has become...my HAPPY place...:}...a place I visit to escape...to DREAM...to share a friendship rarely discovered.
So dear one, like a F*R*E*S*H snowfall, a NEW YEAR lays before us, just waiting for us to step out and create brand new and exciting paths...and may our footprints intertwine, as we skip together sharing each and every moment that this year has in store.
....blessings to you my dear friend...xoxo...Rosie

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Anita...

Oh how I'd love to be SPRING-ING around in that first little, zippy pair of pink shoes... I think I could even get a sweet little pair just to admire. :-)

As always....loved your post... You're the bestest....

xoxoxoxo
Spence

Marie-Ange said...

Ton jour d'après est juste "SPLENDIDE ***
Tu nous fais cheminer sur la voie de l'élégance absolue chère ANITA ***
Tes présents, tes après sont des condensés de bonheur ***
Je t'embrasse tendrement ***
Marie-Ange

George the Lad said...

A Happy and fun filled year to you, Ruben and Balzac. I just love the new colour of your blog and the beautiful photos
Hugs George and Jan xxx

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

je vous remercie beaucoup mon cher ami,

il me faut heures pour élaborer une phrase en français, même avec l'aide de livres et de traduction. Je ne connais que le petit peu. mais oui, écrit comme ça, en utilisant le langage est un exercice de bons. vous bénisse pour votre gentillesse et votre soutien.

un jour heureux de vous xxx

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I am so glad to know your brilliance and friendship in this new now! Blessings friend.

koralee said...

Good Morning ....thank you for the morning visit...my early bird friend!
I hope you are enjoying the day so far...mine has started with a cup of tea and visits to my dear friends....which I will enjoy as I know the time is coming when the school routine will start up once again and there will be no time for these morning visits.
Do you start on Monday? We get one extra day off and begin on Tuesday!

I just wanted to thank you for the joy you give me everytime I come visit you here...the surprise and delight that new banner of yours brings me....you know how much I love that amazing colour!

Oodles of happy hugs for a wonderful day! xoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh Anita,
You amaze me. Coming here is like viewing a beautiful magazine with gorgeous images and delightful poetic musings... set to music!

My spirit is always lifted.

Joyful bubbles rise to the surface.

And my heart is filled with beauty.

Each and every time.

Thank you for the time and thought and planning and all the other gifts you bring here to share, to bring delight and joy to so many.

Wonderful. Simply Wonderful.
~ Violet

Rosabears said...

I wish you a great 2011.
I am here for the first time, via LiliM, and I already love your blog.
Beautiful pictures.
Marja

Tish Jett said...

Dearest Anita,

Here's hoping and dreaming this will be our year!!

Bonne Année my tres, tres chere amie -- and to Rubin.

Je t'embrasse,
Tishxo

P.S.: Another unspeakably beautiful post.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

As always to be expected - a stunning and inspirational post!

http://tristanrobinblakeman.com/HappyNewYearFave.gif

Charli and me said...

Dear Anita, I just love your new header. so pretty! Happy New Year to you and your dear hubby. I wish the two of you every blessing possible in the coming year. Your post was so lovely and inspirational as always.
Thank you ♥

Anonymous said...

How about CANADA OR BUST??? LOL
I WANT THOSE SHOES!!!
Happy New Year my dear Anita. You have the BEST pictures, the BEST colors and the BEST followers in the whole wide world, and I am one of the lucky ones.
See you soon : )
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

What an incredibly beautiful new post for the start of the year and just adore the new look to your blog... So pretty!
It has been a delight and joy to meet you and I am really looking forward to visiting you, thank you.
May 2011, be the very best year ever.

Hugs
Carolyn

Meesh1957 said...

Beautiful blog! Please, please consider adding an email option for subsciption purposes... :) I would love to keep up with your blog, but I don't have time for email plus readers. sniff :)

Happy New Year!

Michelle
Alabama

paperbird said...

Wow- what a beautiful post, such gorgeous photographs.
I am so happy to have stopped by this beautiful place you have created.

wendy said...

I agree , or I am learning, that we have to CREATE our own happiness. There are many forces in this world/life that try to wipe out the happiness we all should feel and deserve.

I am not sure??? exactly?? whay MY style is. OR my talents for that matter. Guess I better work on that too.

So, happy happy, joy joy...bring it on.

kerrie said...

I think we are both dreaming in the same shade of blue!!!! Thud. I love every little detail of your new blog banner and background! Those chippy blue stairs...Oh my.

Style Attic said...

Lovely! Love it :) Create our own happiness, that's so true. My mom always said it's 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it. We plant our own flowers and water them instead of waiting for someone to hand us a bouquet! You certainly sow the seeds of love. Have a great week! XO

Martina said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR dear Anita! How are you? I've just browsed the posts i missed and saw the progress of your building-site. It looks great! I hope you've had a happy time! I've seen a lot of family, and it was lovely to connect with my nieces and nephews and catch up with my bro and sis. I've missed blogland, and here we are again! So good to see your new post that inspires just the right thoughts and ideas for the brandnew year - you are ever so creative! I will make some plans today and hopefuly come up with some good things. Am so glad we can share the beauty and help each other to make every day count! See you soon, much love, M.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Happy New Year, Anita!
Your blog is looking BEAUTIFUL!!! I love this post...such beautiful pics! Lovely inspirations!

Marie-Ange said...

Coucou ma belle Anita,
Pour répondre à ta question, quelques petites déclinaisons d'un voyage de rêve dans le Minnesota ...
J'espère avoir su traduire toute la beauté de cette région magnifique qui a enchanté mes enfants ...
Et l'accueil de leurs amis, inoubliable ...
Bisous doux ...
Marie-Ange

Privet and Holly said...

Another gorgeous post,
Anita and I'm so glad
that this awful bug has
started to loosen its
grasp so that I was able
to enjoy it!! I have no
doubt that YOU have identified
your talents and will have
the most wonderful 2011.
Looking forward to ringing
it in with you over tea in
a few, short weeks.
Happy Monday, dear friend!
xx Suzanne

koralee said...

Happy First Day Back!!!! Thinking of you today as you connect with your students...what fun it will be...I am sure they are full of stories! That will be me tomorrow...lots to do today for me to get ready.
Hugs and love for a HAPPY MONDAY! xoxoxo

Casa Bella said...

Dear Anita, I know I commented on this post before. However, I just had to come back to tell you (again) that I absolutely love your blog! Great changes! The header is stunning! And you know I love the background color! Yes!!! Aqua forever!
A big hug, dearest Anita. Have a wonderful week. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Kristin said...

Dearest Anita, your comment was so nice today! It just made my day:) THANK YOU!!!!!

xoxoxo

jade said...

Hello my sweet friend............thank you sooooo much, for your lovely words!!!! Sheila has always her head in the snow ;) - she´s searching for recent traces (hope it´s the right word?);)).....that´s very imortant for her ;))!!!! We send love and warm Hugs,

Jade & Sheila

Susan said...

After a crazy, busy week-end, I was able to catch up on your beautiful posts earlier today, Anita, while my students were working on their computers. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to comment! I was wondering how your renovations were going! Your banner is tres magnifique! :)
How was your first day back at school? My first graders couldn't wait to tell me every detail of their vacation week! {You know that this became a writing assignment! :)}
If you would email your address, I have a little something I picked up while I was Christmas shopping that made me think of you. :)
Wishing you the happiest New Year, my friend, with an abundance of
Blessings!

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

Dearest Anita

i was just going to bed when i saw your sweet message, you are such a dear and kind~hearted soul.
i am so happy you like my blog and enjoy the music.
i absolutely adore your blog! it is a magical fairyland that lifts and inspires me, i also greatly appreciate and cherish your friendship.
thank you so much my dear for having the patience to wait for me xxx

much love

millie

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oi Meu amor.... I am here yet a little tired and sore from the dentist. You are AMAZING!!!! I love everything about thispost and your heading is so beautiful and fresh! Love you Nita!!!

"Create Beauty" said...

Had to come back for beautiful inspiration and delight!!!

Feel 'joyful-er' having been here!

You are a gift.

Violet

Rosie said...

Hey Sweet One,
How was your first day back? Ibet you had a whole bushel of shiny red apples all lined upon your desk...from your many young admirers.
Oh dear one, I am sorry I missed our cuppa this morning, am a bit under the weather, and limbs aren't working like they should. Will spend the day in bed tomorrow, and be back very soon.
I will leave you some of mom's famous orange marmalade for your toast and hurry back as soon as I can...xoxo...R

Marie Antionette said...

I love starting all over again a new year.
What a beautiful post Anita!!!
I pray we all have such new beginings.
Happy New Beginings Anita,
May God Bless,
XXOO Marie Antionette

red ticking said...

simply GORGEOUS anita.... wishing you many blessings in the new year... xx

Marie-Ange said...

Coucou Anita,
L'homme aux yeux bleus est mon fils Thomas, et en haut sa femme Christelle ...
Quel séjour merveilleux ...
Bisous du coeur
Marie-Ange

Bumpkin Bears said...

So precious and inspiring. I especially loved to think of keeping the eternal spring in all of us alive :) Wishing you a magical, inspiring, fun New Year. Hugs, Catherine xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hmmm, now I'm confused. You did not miss my post, dearest. What I do see is that my comment, I left here yesterday, did not show up. Strange. Must keep my eye to the verification better. Anyway, we are back home. I spend the last four days hanging upside down, spinning around and hanging upside down a bit more in the Efteling. Now we are all getting back in the routine of every day, I like that too ^_~
Enjoy joy joy your day at school. The first days of a brand new year are always special in a kind of way, don't you think?
Ik ga nu boodschappen doen, brood, melk, fruit, aardappelen, rijst, chocolade, koekjes en nog meer.
Lots of love to YOU xxxxx

Princesa Nadie said...

I wish you a Happy New year where all your dreams will become real
Love

Ann Nichols said...

Dear Anita,
I love all your posts but this one...this one... so inspiring! Really makes me feel as if I can achieve some of my goals this year!!(I will return to it often!!) I hope you and your family have an enchanting year of joy and exploration and love! Sending you an electronic hug!!
Blessings!!
Ann

Presépio no Canal said...

Hallo, Anita :-)

So inspirational as always your blog :-)
The blue was a wonderful choice: so refreshing, so new :-)
Thank you to make my days more bright and sparkling with your joy and enthousiasme!!!
I wish you a very Happy 2011! Many joys, many dreams, many achievements!
Beijinhos, querida Amiga!!

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

Happy New Year to you dear Anita!! This post was really lovely and inspiring -- as always! I love your new header and your watercolors are gorgeous -- I keep meaning to tell you so each and every time I visit :)
Hope this year brings all the best to you and yours!! xoxo

Barbara said...

Smashing post, Anita. Simple adore the first photo!!

Looking forward to such fun with you this year....it's been a joy knowing you and being on the receiving end of your unending support and enthusiasm!

Happy New Year, my dear friend!
Barbara

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, I always feel as if I have stepped into a fairytale novel when I arrive here at your door, and I need that today! I am so very happy to be getting to know you, and excited about soon becoming a small part of Nowheres enchantment! As you know, we began 2011 on a sad note, and had to travel to Illinois for a beloved friends funeral. We came home with six additional family members, who stayed three days and nights, which was comforting, and wonderful, but also completely exhausting! And, to top it all off, I have been very sick with the flu now for three days!. I am looking at this start of my new year as a sign, better things to come! How else can I see it? Last year was filled with wonderful highs, and seemingly bottomless lows, we take the bad with the good right? I am taking these lemons, and will soon have lemonade for everyone! (smiles) Did you see how very wonderful, and kind our dear friend Patricia is? She has honored me on her blog..now this, is the start of my new year! Hope all is wonderful with you, and Ruben, thank you for always being such an inspiration for all things good. With love, Christel

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Things look lovely here, Anita! What a way you have with making us all feel so welcome and loved. I hope the new year brings you everything your heart could hope for (and more)! You certainly deserve it! Bring it on, 2011! We're ready.
Kirsten

Martina said...

Anita!!! Thanks for coming today, and thanks for missing me - i missed you too! I see a lot of aqua in your new header and i guess your rooms will look like a total dream when finished. Do you still have holidays? I've started to work today, it is still very cold here and i want to pack my things and go on a cruise - at least in my dreams;) Off we go, another year awaits us, and i'm so happy to share the journey with you. Bonne nuit et à bientot!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Your blog is so inspirational and you share so much beauty, thank you.
It was great to come and visit again and see all the fabulous pictures.
I hope that the start of your new school year is going well and wish you all the very best.

Hugs
Carolyn

VictoriaArt said...

Make that 99 comments!
Oh, this is such a wonder-filled post! The colors, the romance, the spirit!
I go refreshed into this year! thank you for the enchantment!

Much love!
Victoria

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you so much for ALL your visits lately... You sweet words are the best medicine..
You know... I believe this is one of my favorite posts.
Bisous!
Penny

Candylei said...

Happy New Year! Love all of the photographs.
Candylei

Stacey said...

Hi Anita!
What a fabulous post-you never disappoint!:-) I love the new look of the blog too! I hope you got lots of rest during the break. Happy New Year to you my sweet friend! XX

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita...I am so pleased you were able to get the feel for the fireworks over Sydney Harbour...they were truly spectacular!!! And Pink Bubbly, but of course anytime...Cheers, Dzintra♥x

desde my ventana said...

Thank you my dear friend.I am grateful for your nice and lovely words that always you have for me.
Hugs and a very happy day,
Cecilia

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I am so pleased you enjoyed the photos Anita...Thank you as always for dropping in...Dzintra♥x

Marie Antionette said...

Arn't those shoes devine??? I could never wear stillettos, my feet are to small.I have to buy my shoes in the little girls department.
Back when America made things... they did make stuff for small short women...LOL.
A beutiful post Anita, as always,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, i so hope your first schooldays were good ones - i can see you running down these long corridors on high heels, getting to your classroom. It's hard sometimes to go away in the darkness and come home in the darkness. A real challenge. But, come on, this is so exiting, having your breakthrough made and seeing the new rooms alomost finished. What a beautiful task lies before you now - ta daaah: decorating! Dream sweet dreams in robins egg blue and forget about the cold ;) xx

Nezzy said...

This is the most beautiful New Year's greetin' I've seen yet. How beautifully you express yourself my dear!

Here's wishin' you the most wonderful New Year filled with blessings, love and childhood fun!

God bless ya sweetie!!!

Patricia Cabrera said...

Nita , here I am again.... doing one of my very favorite thing to do ....(((((Visiting you again)))))
I just love it , Nita!!!! I feel your love and you know that I adore you!!!!
Sending you my love!!!!!Yours forever~

koralee said...

Good evening my dear friend...hope your day went well and you are having a relaxing bubble bath {I am off to do just that}

Rain drops keep falling on our head...no snow but oodles of rain!

Sleep well my friend tomorrow is Thursday already...can you believe that? Our first week is almost behind us.
xoxoxo love

"Create Beauty" said...

Glitter glitter everywhere, joyful handmade delights and words of love that arrived at my door this morning have given me a glow all day long.

Oh how you have blessed me with these gifts made with love by you!
And now I have a magic wand, (pronouncing me Queen) and a tiny crown with which to reign! L O V E L Y.
And the pretty tags, the ribbon, the presentation was gorgeous.
Thank you Anita!
You have delighted me!!!!!!!

~ Violet

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Anita dear!
my most beautiful friend.

My friend you just know how to make a girl feel fabulous about her day filled with art!...

" Vous êtes un ami avec un beau coeur."

xoxo
Dore

GrandmaK said...

As always you offer insights and observations upon which I can reflect! Thank you! Happy New Year though belated...I'm not in organized mode yet! Cathy

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anita Sweetie...
I hope that your first week back for the New Year has been a good one. Mine is getting there.

I just had to pop over and say hi. I love seeing what you are up to, and I am still waiting on the BIG reveal. I can't wait to see the remodel, I know it will be spectacular. With two minds like yours and Rubens, the SKY is the limit.

Many hugs sweetie an SO much love, Sherry

La Petite Gallery said...

Last but not least.........
Wishing you Happiness, Health, Love and Prosperity for the coming year.
Your post put me in a very happy mood.
Soooo beautiful, like Anita.

yvonne

michelle said...

Hello dearest! I hope that this day brings you happiness! Thank you for your sweet words of friendship this week, they mean so much to me.

The first week of the new year is almost done and I hope it has been a sweet one for you!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Gosh do I hear you about the way teaching can be. Why can't people just be nice, supportive and work together? I feel all in a spin for some reason of late. Too much on the plate.
See I rhyme when stressed. hee hee. Actually love to rhyme anytime, but especially when a little stressed. geesh. I love your drawings! Please keep it up and I have some ideas brewing... I will be in touch when I stop spinning so. Think inspirational, how-to, philosophy, faerytale book with our simple-lined drawings. hmmm... well that is one of the things that come when I have so much to think about... I think of new things to do! Silly me. Blessings friend.

Burlap Luxe said...

Merci cher ami de votre demande d'avoir un morceau de mon art.
à tout moment dans le futur, je vais créer pour vous! et toi, mon ami, vous pouvez créer pour moi.
Vous êtes un véritable ami soulful.
xoxo
Dore

MERCI ANITA !!!!

Micki said...

Dearest Anita,
This is a gorgeous post and so elegant like yourself. Your words are always so beautiful, and I truly loved this one.
Micki

Martina said...

Anita, thank you for your lovely comment today! When i come here, i can see you BLOOM - because in my eyes, it's a creative and inner thing that shines through to the outside. And all the projects we like to do are seeds that are waiting for their day to come. Look at your rooms - i see you blooming in to them! And your blog just vibrates with beauty! xx

Jorgelina said...

Hello Anita!
Your blog looks fabulous!
Beautiful New Year 2011le

shari @ little blue deer said...

Gorgeous and stunning, my dear Anita! Love this, I love the blues for the New Year! I think 2011 is going to be a fabulous year, thank you so much for all your love and support! XX!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Anita
Just back to say thanks for the lovely comment... I can't seem to get turquoise out of my head since my trip to Noosa....I hope you are having a lovely week.. catch you soon.. ciao xxx Julie

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

Hello My Dear,
I just love this post, beautifully worded and I love your picuturnnyes. I am at a bit of a standstill with my blog at the moment. But coming here gives me new inspiration.
Blessings and hugs~
Gweny

Rosie said...

Dearest Anita, check your email my sweet friend...:)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Just stopped by to wish you a happy weekend and hope that it is full of fun and love

Stay warm
Hugs
Carolyn

Style Attic said...

Just checking to see if you posted any more lovelies heading into the weekend :) Have a great one! This was great 2nd time around XO, Kelly

koralee said...

It's Friday already!!! Yahooo...the first week is gone..one more closer to Spring....Have a blessed Friday my sweet friend.
Enjoy your new space! xoxox

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oooh, jij lieve, lieve, lieve zuster, een heel gelukkige dag ook voor jou.
Veel liefs en tot straks xxxx Will be back later today sending lots of happy sprinkles your way, sweetest Anita xxxx

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita .... such a beautiful post with such lovely dreams for the new year. Thank-you for your kind thoughts .... you truly are very special.
with hugs and best wishes always
Frances

Charli and me said...

Dear Anita, I just wanted to pop over to tell you how much I have enjoyed your bloggy friendship. Thank you for all of the lovely comments you have left on my blog. I wish you all the happiness the world has to hold.
Love, Carol and Charli

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Il pleut ice, heel veel regen! Alle sneeuw is verdwenen. Het weekend staat voor de deur. De kaarsjes zijn aan en een grote pot thee staat op tafel.
I hope your weekend is off to a lovely start too, my zuster. How about the progress on your dream cottage? I hope the better is kind and cooperative.
Lots of love to you, sweet friend xxxx

Stacey said...

Anita,
Popping by to wish you a fantastic weekend darling! I'm brimming with excitement(though quite exhausted too) about the new house. I can't wait to see what you've been up to with yours! Muah:-) XX

Martina said...

Hi Anita, you're home? I took half the day of to stroll around town after a dentists appointment. But then, the whole afternoon, i was unable to work. To concentrate. I was just surfing and dreaming, designing blog posts .... oh well! There must be days like this i guess! Weekend is here, Yay! Will you be working on your rooms?

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

hello my lovely

i was just sitting down with a cup od tea and thought i'd pop over here for a much needed dose of enchantment. our sniffles are turning into coughs and i am sure that taking in all this lovely Anita magic is a very good treatment indeed. i feel much better already.
i have been routing around my cupboards for interesting teabags and have put some on my shopping list too, i'd like to send you a little selection. i will email you soon.
eveytime i come here i think of french patisserie, i spent a few months in paris with my first husband when he was teaching there and i remember the pretty delicate cakes so very well. but i think what i liked even more were the warm almond croissants and brioche we purchased early in the morning, straight from the bakers oven.

wishing you a delightful evening my sweet friend and a lovely weekenx xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

warmest hugs

millie

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Amazingly beautiful post!

So glad that I stumbled upon your blog this afternoon. An absolute delight to read! Have a wonderful weekend!

LaurieAnna

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Welterusten lieve Anita, ik wens je een heel fijn weekend, geniet van de eerste kop zaterdagmorgen.
Veel kusjes xxxx

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh Anita.
How you delight me ...

Tomorrow I am doing a blog post about your wonderful gifts of joy.

Love you!
~ Violet

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sweetie,
Just a short note to send a virtual HUG and let you know things are improving. Thank you for your sister love...oxox...a few kisses as well...R

koralee said...

Rosie sent you morning hugs...I will send you evening hugs!

Have a wonderful weekend ...enjoying your new addition...lots of work I know..but fun work.. especially when you are working side by side with your sweetie!

I have no plans...well that is not true now that I think about it...we are house hunting so may have a few homes to look at...but no SCHOOL work for me!

Sweet dreams xoxoxo

koralee said...

Morning my sweet friend....well my wish has come true!!! Today is a snow day...a magical gift I do not want to let pass me by...I must do something special with this day.

Sending you warm hugs today!

xoxoxo

Julie said...

Anita, I have come for an introduction. I poked around your blog and it is truly an inspiration and an encouragment. Your words and photo's are easy to fall into and take your mind into dreaming.
I am looking forward to meeting you in Montreal with the other girls. It will be an amazing time I know.

How fantastic that Claudie is introducing us all to each other.

Til then my friend...
May the sun rest warmly on your shoulders.