Friday, December 3, 2010

Visions of Sugar Plums

I am SPENT. Et c'est l'heure d'aller au lit

so that I can dream

upon my bed

of sugar plums

and all things sweet

dancing in my head.

What better place is there to dream than your own hearth

where the dance of light

and the miracle of CHRISTmas BEGINS.

We have all started our journey towards LA LUMIÈRE

by decorating our homes



But we were meant to dReaM

and have visions of THE happily EVERAFter.

And one day, IT WILL come; but while the sounds of OUR celebrations come rushing in like thunder

GIVE yourself
moments of silence from time to time

and let in the dance of light that awaits us all.

Bonne nuit mes amies et faites de bons rêves!

PHOTO CREDITS: Header photography by Sølve Sundsbø

Paper crowns by Goldbug Studios via

Google Images


Glitter star wand - Anita Castles Crowns and Cottages


Terri said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful post!

Marfi-topia said...

I love how your gorgeous postings and pictures make me i'm about to soar off a the possibilities in life have no bounds, like everything happy glittery and warm are mine for the taking!
thank you dear lovely lady!

It's me said...

Beautiful amazing post !!! again...but if you don't mind......i will go to the shop now.....and not sleep ...time for work..........lovely weekend....warm hugs from me

Christmas-etc... said...

Dear Anita,
You've done it again!!!
What a lovely post!!
Hope you have a fabulous and restful (but how restful can it be with Christmas around the corner? :)) weekend.
many blessings!
PS Your grandmother - what a beautiful feautiful lady!

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita,
What a wonderful winter dreamland you have created up here, my dear. I should come back here before I go to sleep, so that I dream of these surroundings. Last night I was sight seeing a big plant! It wasn't unpleasant though! I was in front of the group, not the real guide, but I had to choose the path. We should stay on the same floor, but the only thing I saw were stairs, in 3 directions, all going down. Mmmm now what should that mean? The only way is up! Don't you think? Enjoy your Christmas preparations and thank you again for fulfilling my request, bisous, LiLi

Anonymous said...

Glittering and sumptuous.
Warm post,bravo

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, and what better place is there to dream than blogland, where nice friends like you have prepared such beautiful inspirations! Love all these images, so inviting and cozy - just what we need when we get inside after a walk in the cold! Polar bears, yes, they will soo move here i think! So cold. And the streets are full of ice, so we'd better take the train for a ride into town! Want to dress up like the women in your header today and need that plum hat! Have a gorgeous day and stay warm! xx

Simplement ... said...

Place au rêve, à la douceur, à la beauté ...
En cette période de l'Avent je m'approche un peu plus près de tes images pour en saisir des instants éphémères ...
Merci chère Anita de nous emmener sur de si jolis chemins tout au long de l'année.
Mille bisous du coeur

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita,
You have the right idea, taking time to rest and dream...
Bon weekend,

Presépio no Canal said...

Have a restful weekend, ma cherie! :-)
Dream with Christmas time... :-)
May the angels be with you :-)
Kusjes! xoxo

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Good morning Anita...Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the magic of the season! Meeting a group of Ohio bloggers on this snowy Saturday! Have a beautiful weekend!~Hugs, Patti

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita your header took my breath away...absolutely stunning...and oh so dreamy!!!
Thank you for popping in to see the quilts...they were an absolute delight...I do have a clock in my time further down my blog, I must remember to bring it further up so you can see the time next time you call in...
Cheers for a beautiful Sunday for you, I am having some red wine and a hazelnut macaron!!! LOve Dzintra♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest I love those white horses...they just depict a Winter Wonderland for me...And keep dreaming about them...Those macarons I saw for the first time today in our Capital and my Hubby and JoJo bought them for us...mmmmmm!!! Happy Sunday...Dzintra♥x

Deana Sidney said...

You make me wonder why I don't lay around in my bed more often and day dream! It's always up and coffee! Especially now when the dark lingers in winter, it would be very wicked indeed to pull the duvet up and let my imagination go. Perhaps I will... if the dog will let me!
Thanks for the lovely musings, Anita. I do wonder what your dream bed looks like... would it be all lace and canopy?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments.

Je sens la même chose de vous, différent peut-être.

Anonymous said...

Également 'The Lion in Winter' est mon favori.

I always try to stay one night in Chinon in The Loire.

They are all buried not far in Fontevrault-l'Abbaye- Anjou

NanE said...

Beautiful beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

Victoria said...

Beautifully brilliant post..full of charm and enchantment...thanks for dazzling me with your magic as always!!
Shine on

The Dutchess said...

I'm dreaming....

Love the fire place...lets sit there for a while together..

koralee said... add so much sparkle to this world my friend.

Love your new banner...stunning!!! Something about white horses!!!

Hope your day off was filled with jOY..sending you more for today. My day will be busy......but SWEET! xoxoxo HUgs

erin's art and gardens said...

i was so excited to see that you had posted and i rushed right over and i am so inspired and and yet so calm after reading and seeing through your eyes and heart. i am dreaming of those moments of silence spent in my studio...i know they will soon come. every image so beautiful but that last photo of the little sheep basking in the "dance of light" is simply stunning.....
thank you for this,

Anne Marie said...

Hi Anita!! This post was just the right thing for me! I'm in the process of redecorating my bedroom, and just last night decided on some "things" I would like in there.....and some more inspiration came from this post! thank you!
Anne Marie

Privet and Holly said...

Anita, thank you for
taking me to the land
of enchantment before
the craziness of my
day begins!!! Looks
like you put your day
of rest to good use,
my friend. Stay cozy!
My girl is playing her
harp in a recital today,
so we will be out and
about in all of this
weather : )
Happy weekend!
xx Suzanne

highheeledlife said...

Mon Ami Anita, this post was just what I needed this morning. A journey into the magical world of Christmas! I can't express how much your posts always touch my heart. xo HHL

P.s. love the new header...

DanielleisNesting said...

You have a great eye for beauty. I love all your gorgeous posts

"Create Beauty" said...

Anita . . . My heart, mind, and spirit have been lifted to places of eternity here this morning. Your God-gifted words, and these beautiful images . . . The music is so peaceful and beautiful. It has been a reminder of what heaven is like, even though nothing we can think or imagine is as beautiful as it shall be!

When life's hardships blind our eyes of the beauty of God, when we see only the 'now'. . . and the 'things to accomplish today' take over our hearts and minds, what a refeshing drink of cool thirst-quenching water it is to see the B E A U T Y through your eyes and to experience a bit of heaven on earth while visiting here.

It is the magic of CHRISTmas

Thank you,

Love Love Love!!!!
~ Violet

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweeeet Anita.. :-)

Visiting you is always like popping into a fairytale... I really WANT those glitter slippers and I soooo wish that the whole tutu thing was THE thing when my daughter was little.... I'd have put her in one of those EVERY day.....she's that kind of chickie.

Oh...and the crowns... They are SPECTACULAR! I've been thinking of making something a little crown for my girl for Christmas.... She'd probably wear it when she cleans...

Hugs to you dear one....

Have a wonderful weekend.


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
What an enchanting post! Yes, let us all take a moment to relax and dream..
So these are your glitter star wands... They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Love your new header.. The white horses are magnificent!
Enjoy your weekend dear friend.
Love and blessings,

Hearts Turned said...

Oh, so beautiful....every sumptuous image, every thoughtully crafted word...thank-you for such a lovely start to my morning.

Wishing you a wonderful winter weekend...


Unknown said...

I do believe, it's in the magic wand that we can dream. You must know by now that only a Fairy Godmother can create CHRISTmas as you do.

Your wand is magical. Somehow I can picture you down in the basement with glitter in your hair and wands everywhere.

Yes, when one is spent, we must dream and putter and put life in perspective...

All is calm and all is bright...I love you.

Anonymous said...

J'espère, en attendant je vous envoie mes meilleures pensées.

Sem Nome said...

Hi dear Anita!! Dancing is indeed inside our thoughts and wills! Our body just makes all easier. Christmas is inspiring and so are your words. Your lines make me so anxious to know if if mean what I get from them!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!rsrsrsrs...

Snowing there, raining here. Drops of warm water do not stop coming from makes me think streets and plants and houses are soooo clean and prepared for sun!!!

Wish you have the best weekend ever, friend Anita! Love!! Bela.

Anonymous said...

My next post YOU will find interesting.
I enjoyed composing it:inspired by you.
A demain.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Incredibly welcoming and warm! Beautiful!! Cathy

jade said...

Oooooh sweetheart, your post takes my breath away - can´t tell you, how looooooooooovly those pictures are!!!!!! And your header - i can´t believe it! - the most romantic i´ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday, when i walked trough the winter wonderland with Sheila, i was thinking of you - we meat a white horse and i took some pictures.......i´ll post it next week (for you;)!!!! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and for your sweet comments......loooove them!!!!! Have a wonderful Advent sunday,

Hugs Jade

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

A beautiful Christmas post. Yes, we all need to take time to dream, and to think about the season. It is a magical time of year if we let it be.

Cindy Swanson said...

Sitting here, snow on the ground outside my picture window, the fragrance of cinnamon in the air, sipping cup of tea...and looking at this beautiful blog. Contentment!

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Oh Gosh Nita, this is marvelous... you know how to make me ((((dream))))!!!*smiles*
I LOVE , LOVE and LOVE your winter heading!!!! soon~

deb famularo said...

Um, may I have one of everything in this post please!!!! OMG, the treats, the bed, the crowns, the mantle, the Christmas have the BEST taste!!!!!!!! No one blogs like you do Anita! Simply Amazing! You really touch my creative side- your blog is always uplifting and inspirational!!!!! I always walk away happy!! That's pretty impressive!
Your home must look like Heaven!!! And it's only going to get grander SOON!!!!!! I am so happy for you! I need to venture up that way to see you and your castle when it's all done! That would be awesome! Then you can help me decorate my castle, if I EVER get one!!!! (((SIGH))) Have a wonderful weekend dear one!! xOxO

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
Now here in Spain (I'm out of Madrid today) I'm go to bed....It's the perfect post for the most beautaaiful dreams.Thank you

desde my ventana said...

Be sure

Debbie said...

As always Anita, I leave your site feeling as though I've just woken from a dream ... ahhhh, lovely.
love the new look and your look absolutely beautiful in your white gown at your harp.

have a beautiful xmas my friend!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Anita
this post is simply dreamy!! I love the bedroom images and really.. think sleeping is my favourite thing!!! hehe You do post such lovely dreamy images.. and your new banner is terrific!!! I think my favourite is the sweet child in her tutu!!! Filled with dreams of adventure!!! wonderful..

Thanks once again for your kind comments.. Yes I have changed my template to be wider.. to accommodate the large pics.. .I think there are a number of standard wide templates available in blogger.. but I tend to change the code myself...

Have a lovely lovely day!!! ciao xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI.. me again
I forgot to mention your lovely star wand.. How clever you are!!! I'll have to bring you over here to decorate my home for xmas!! ciao again... xxx Julie

Kathysue said...

I think this is my first visit to your blog, what a delight and treat for the eyes it is to be here!!! Just lovely.
Merry Christmas,

Sarah said...

Anita, this gorgeous post makes me smile with delight. What beautiful images and perfect words. Magical!
~ Sarah

Deborah said...

These images and music takes me a
wonderful place..
Love your you!

Deborah xoxo

Zabrinah said...

Those sweets look SO very sweet. This makes me wanna just jump into a warm, white, fluffy bed and enjoy ... the comfort, I suppose!


Rosie said...

OK, My coat is on ...and my boots...are...on. Yup, oh, I'll just grab my purse and gloves, and we can go. Lets wander down that charming little street that is all lit up and so very inviting. We will peek in each and every window, searching for the perfect little treasures for each dear soul on our list.
What a beautiful post my never cease to amaze me. Ahhh...this is exactly what I needed tonight. My silly knee is still quite sore and it did not help that I was on it all day at the shop...and a wonderfully busy day it was.
Tomorrow will be spent in the kitchen and we are also invited out to lunch...hoping I will be able to go.
Well, I will put myself to bed now...and try to get some much needed rest...thank you for ALWAYS showing such compassion and concern. Sweet dreams dear friend...~R~

Unknown said...

I've noticed you have a horse in your blog from time to must dream about them as well my daughter Raquel. Beautiful post...makes me cozy!


Victoria Sayer said...

Amazing Anita,
you have done it this time...I have tears on my face as I finish reading this post of yours.
Such beauty. Such a wonderful time of the year, when we again pause to remember when Godhead and Manhood became one.
I am so glad I found this magical place of yours that is 'Castles, Crowns and Cottages'.
You really are the Queen of Blogs.
Thankyou for sharing.
How is your turquoise and white Chistmas decor coming along?? Can't wait to see some photos.
Much love. XXX

jade said...

Thank you sooooo much, for your sweet words, dear Anita.....that makes me sooo happy!!!!!! And the horse you will see next week;)...........but its not so beautiful like your´s, its only a normal horse ;))!!!!!! Have a wonderful Advent sunday,

Hugs Jade

Unknown said...

An adorable week is my wish for you, sweet Anita!!! Love!! Bela.

Barbara said...

A simply lovely post, Anita! Peaceful and definitely filled with sugar plums! I am working hard this weekend to get everything done so I can sit back, enjoy the tree, enjoy the family and friends and remember those times past with family no longer with us.
Bless you for reminding us.

Lori said...

Ohh.. that snow covered winter little street! Thanks

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Dearest sweet Anita, all these images are as darling as can be. I would love love to go shopping in THAT cozy street! Have been under the weather for 2 days, I almost begin to feel like dancing again, hooray!
Enjoy every minute of your Sunday. Une tres bonne semaine aussi xxxxx

victorian parlor II said...


What a beautiful post! It has brought the magical feeling of Christmas dreams to my mind this chilly December day!



NicNacManiac said...

I am so inspired by your beautiful post...I just want to float away now and be carried off by my prince! Happy Sunday xOxO Nerina

Bonnie said...

Hi Anita, yes it's me! First I love your music, it's a song that I learned as a 4th grader and have never forgotten. My French is a little shaky but the melody plays in my head even till today. Your posts are as usual very dreamy and inspirational. Still haven't gotten around to blogging, some day soon though. Yo to Ruben!

Love, Bonnie

red ticking said...

dear anita...

as always... soooo lovely... xx

GwendolynKay said...

I love this... when I am in those "moments of silence" I find myself overcome with emotions of how beautiful life is, how much I love my family, and how good God is. I am so thankful to be getting to know you too! Your blog makes life more beautiful for us readers.
Blessings and hugs!

June said...

Did I just go to Heaven dear Anita??? oh no...that's right I clicked on Castles, Crowns, and Cottages. I can never tell if it's a dream or sweet Anita spreading her magic everywhere.
It's all so clear now!!!!
Gorgeous header and post sweet friend!
big hugs

Candylei said...

All of the beautiful pictures....especially when your page first opens into a land of pink and white! Love it and your fun writing is the frosting on the cake.
Enjoying it all,

Stacey said...

I LOVE the new header-very Gorgeous! I also love that i'm reading this post before going to bed(it's way past my bedtime too). However, i'm bound to have sweet dreams now-thank you for a great bedtime read:-). Goodnight. XX

Rosie said...

Oh dear heart I just finish a lovely cuppa with you, but alas, I fear it has been lost. So, I will just share with you, a quick thought.
Ahhhh....your magical evening was ever so enchanting. Those are the moments we must stop and savor. I too had a moment just like that, last night. I mentioned a few days ago that I previewed an estate sale...Well, my darling husband delivered a lovely mahogany, Victorian sideboard into my foyer so that I might clean and oil her. Late last night, I sat down on the bottom step, and began to dream, imagine, and envision her future. She will live in my upstairs hall way housing, linens, towels, apothecary jars and bathroom pretties...tomorrow.
After our cookie exchange...Yup, baked up MANY chocolate cherry cookies today, and am ready for a bit of fun tomorrow.
Ah, but this has been a long cuppa.
Sending you a hug and wishes for another day FULL of you dear one...Rosie

Vær våken said...

Ooooh, this was a great post! So many dreamy and beautiful images! I love the sugar plum image and all the other mouthwatering photos. And the lovely fireplace which should be the one in my future dream home in France...:) And moments of silence in this time and important! And thank you for the most perfect compliment on my home!!! Have a lovely day, sweet Anita! xoxoxo

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Dearest, dearest Anita ..... this is gorgeous and just what I needed! My eyes are tired from doing the book-keeping but they brightened with sheer delight upon seeing your beautiful post! I LOVE this post and it is so thoughtful and surreal which is how I sometimes feel at Christmas time. Seeing the goodwill of humankind is a beautiful sight indeed and also remembering the meaning of Christmas is so special. I love your white and pink Christmas trees and I just felt so happy to see them as they are so ethereal ... perfect for a snowy white Christmas Day! We will be having heat and storms but that is okay as that is Christmas for us! I have lots more to tell you my friend and I promise I will email you soon!
lots of love
ps love the sugar plums!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post Anita! This is such a glorious time of year with the lovely Christmas lights,the music, the smells, and the friends and family we sometimes see. In the rush and hurry, like you, I love to take moments and pause to think of the wonder of it all. I hope you have a great week ♥

Anonymous said...

I always feel like I am having a wonderful mini dream when I read your posts! Love the new header too. xo

Unknown said...

Ah, Anita, how stunningly gorgeous! I love the new header, the horses are wonderful! You find the most lovely images, I would love to go to one of those Christmas markets in Europe, they look so cozy and wonderful! I hope you have the most beautiful week, thank you again for all your lovely comments! XX!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anita Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share this morning. I so love to come and see what you are going to bless me with and get my day off to a great start.

That bed of beautiful white linens looks so inviting and serene. The perfect place to crawl up into with a good book and a few hours to do nothing but travel to another place and time.

I love the sweets of course. They have always been my weakness. The ballerina makes me think of you sweet friend. Such beauty. She is breathtaking.

The hearth is so gorgeous. Just look at the detail, and I love all the cherubs surrounding it. Everything on the shelving just in its proper place too. Looks as though someone is doing a little reading and enjoying that fire in the fireplace. I love it.

I love that creation of the paper leaves and the flower petals and pearls. It looks like a crown. Just gorgeous and fit for a queen or princess perhaps?

Oh how I would love to stroll down that snow lined street and shop in the winterwonderland. Then pop in for a hot chocolate with peppermint stick to stir. Yum. Are you ready? Let's go.

And of course with the holiday coming, and the celebration of Christ, we must not forget the celebration of life.

Have a gorgeous day sweetie, and thank you for taking me to a beautiful place today. I love it when you do. Hope you have a gorgeous Monday sweetie. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

koralee said...

Morning my we start another week..I just know it will be magical.
Sounds like you had the prefect weekend with all that glitter and sparkle going on.

Today I am with our Rosie...we have a cookie exchange to go to..I will tell you all about it. Wish you were here to enjoy all the friendship...but you will be in our hearts.

Hugs sweet one..enjoy your students today. xoxox

jerilanders said...

I love the new banner, makes me feel like I'm in a winter Fairyland. But then, your posts are always magical and brilliant. They simply WAKE ME UP!

btw the blond bonbshells... boo hoo, I am so distressed, a fox came to call. That is why I got Ursula, the donkey

The French Bear said...

Anita, I love the new header!!! What wonderful images and words of comfort and inspiration!!!!!
Beautiful, but I tell you that each time I visit, it is true, you make me smile, sometimes cry and most of your words!!!!!
Margaret B

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

I just love posts with imagination and flair. Your blog never fails to intrigue me. Happy Monday doll!

Martina said...

Bonjour dearest, hope you've had some time to recover over the weekend and just relax! I'm very tired too at the moment, and know how inconvenient that is, if you've got a day full of things to do. Especially in the mornings i so wish to sleep and feel like a "half boiled egg". Awww! That's a sign i should actually hibernate and slow down, but when, mother nature, when? So. i'm with you in this Anita - so glad to be able to escape to böogland once in a while! Love, M.

Christel said...

Dearest Nita, I did email you, perhaps I am wandering around in your junk mail, disguised as what an become spam! I thought I would leave a message here as well so you know to look for it! XOXO Hugs, Christel

Beach House Living said...

While sugar plums and glitter abound dance in my visions it's bringing them reality when one doesn't know which path to select from all the beauty so many share on their blogs.

My Grama's Soul said...

Hello dear lady....beautiful post as header is also very regal and grand!!

Thanks for stopping by with your kind words, as always. I am fine...just some family things going on.



Beatnheart said...

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Unknown said...

There is so much beauty all around!


Rosemary said...

Your post is beautiful!
Sorry I haven't been around lately.
I'm finally starting to catch up around here.
I miss talking to you.

Victoria Sayer said...

Gi'day Anita,
it was lovely to see that you dropped by and saw my white themed room. See, I'm not only obsessed with RED. I also am obsessed with WHITE!
Just read this post of yours again...*happy sigh*
The thought occured to me that you might not have heard this song before. It is by Michael Card. I LOVE his music. (see my 'lounge room' post, with 'God's own fool')
I'm giving you the link, so you can enjoy it...if you have not already done so before. Enjoy.
(hope this link thing works...)
Much love xx

wendy said...

YOU are such an elegant lady.
I love your photos and the fanciful feelings it leaves me with.
I will indeed try and find those quiet moments to let the light shine in...........
I NEED the light right now.
I need to fee the warmth.
I need to FEEL CHRISTmas.
and I will

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you so much for your visits!
OH I am so happy you like her... and yes, Bebe has told me she will stay there until the show, in the event someone still needs a ticket!
You came not once, but TWICE to visit dear Bebe.. Thank you so much... She asks if she may sit and warm her tiny hands by the fireplace here.. Missing you...


Rosie said...

Hello dear happened AGAIN...just signing off and...Abra's GONE! AHHHHHHHHH!
Well, in short, it said we girls had a lovely time. Mentioned I will have to go shopping tomorrow (maybe with a cute chauffeur) hoping so, as this crazy knee is still acting...CrAzY!
I did a HAPPY DANCE (in my mind) for the beautiful framing that Bob and the Boys are doin'...I wished you the happiest of days and told you I adore you dearest...this will have to suffice as I am in need of a top up on my meds...;D...Oh if only that would do to peek at Bobs work, my friend...SWEET, SWEET DREAMS...xoxxo...Rosie

b.b.flockling * Rose said...

Merry Merry Christmas dear are a gift yourself from Heaven Above...lovingly, Rose

Susan said...

Dear Anita, You are truly a kindred spirit. May you find time to rest and time to dream and time to truly meditate on the child in the manger this Christmas season.
Many Blessings, dear friend.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour ma chere amie, comment allez-vous? We are heading towards Mercredi deja. Time does fly in the month of December. Did the Christmas vibes already enter your classroom? In our school, they did. Every morning we enter the school in completely darkness, just a few candles are burning in the hallway. In the classes, the curtains are closed and the soft light of a few candles shines. In the big hall there will be violin music, piano, a children's choir, every morning something different for just 10 minutes tops. After that all the children walk silently to their own classroom to start the day. Us parents look and listen in the back of the big hall. That's the way we celebrate the Advent season in our school.
Much love for the rest of the week, dearest sweet Anita xxxx

Claudie said...

You will have so much to teach us this summer dear Anita. Your words are "comme des reves". I wonder if your voice is like Randy's? He has a very soothing one, I could listen to him all night. He would also have been a great professor. Not that he would put his students to sleep LOL
Those sweet treats are Colts favourite. Turkish delight right? Have you tasted the pink ones yet? They taste like a rose.
Off to visit with my French gf on the Quebec side, not too far away. I have to take a ferry over the water. I hope it's not frozen yet : )
Hope your having a great week.
Love You
Love Me

Anonymous said...

sweet dreams, dear Anita!
I must say that the one photo of the bed with the delicate crochet lace trims is so yummy! I adore this post in it's never fail to bring the comforts and delights of beautiful living right to my screen each time I come here to visit with you!

thanks for doing what you do!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Anita... You're just the BESTEST cheerleader... Thank you so much for your sweet words! I soooo appreciate it.

Have a wonderful week.... lots to do here at the cottage.


Martina said...

Dearest Anita, so glad you had a great time over the weekend oh yes, kids can be SO energetic, and i know you do need a lot of energy to deal with them as a group! And your building started - wow, so exiting! Here, it snows really wet snow and i try to get all my presents organized while working - bad girl ;) (me)!
Have a fun evening!

wendy said...

Oh Anita, you sweet silly goose....I found you because I am one of the gals invited to Claudie's for this next summer. Her little Summer Breeze get together.
I commented on one of your posts a few weeks ago.....just before I headed to Utah for my son's funeral.

Seawashed said...

Oh words to say except that this is divine beauty. You are the friend who encourages much shine with HOPE for all of us.

Your blog banner is gorgeous...and i think the soft petal pink suites you best. ox`kerrie

This music is lovely.

Rosie said...

Ahhhhh...I do love to stroll through the hallways of your imagination...they are draped and dressed in the finery fitting of the Queen who lives there.
So my dear, how did this day play out for you my friend. Those little lambs must be leaping and jumping with the gleeful anticipation only this magical season can bring.
And now, tell me about Bob and the boys...I am sitting on the edge of my that I have seen the skeleton of this addition. Oh Anita, it is going to be wonderful...keep those snappies coming. I loved your emails...and feel so very blessed that you would share this DREAM with me...thank you dear one...xoxox
Well, shopped today and picked up some great stuff. Sadly, I did not have my sweet husband with am a bit stiff and sore. My knee is definitely healing, just very slowly. I will try to be good tomorrow, and stay off of it, as much as possible. Today was L O N G but I think I am done my shopping...YUP...I think, I...AM...DONE! (keeping in mind that I declare this at least THREE times before the 24th}...giggle...
Ahhh, but I do love to shop.
The HOT bath is beckoning...and oh it will feel so very GOOD!
So, with out further adieu...SWEET DREAMS dear one...xoxo...Rosie

koralee said...

Sending sweet dreams your way my friend! Another very busy much to do at school in only one week.

I hope all is going well and you are looking forward to Friday the 17th!

Hugs and love...sorry for the shortness of this note but I am very tired and must jump into bed as soon as I can...I still have a few more things to do.

xoxoxoxo hugs.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest thank you for coming to have a peek at the beautiful Shop Handmade...a real delight!!!
Now wouldn't be nice if I could put on the purple fluffy hat and cape and have a ride on the spendid white horse through the snow!!! Have a beautiful day and stay cozy...Dzintra♥x

Unknown said...

Hi Anita,
What a beautiful post, and I love your new background and header. You always choose the most delightful images and write such inspirational words.

I have been lost in Christmas, visiting my mom in Vermont, and wrapping gifts to ship off to North Carolina and Pa. The house is full with my daughters and Ashley's new beau is living with us now. So, there has been lots of activity with shopping, wrapping and decorating the house.

Tomorrow I turn 62 and I have been noticing that I don't have the energy that I used to have, which makes decorating a bit slower.

I hope that you enjoy your class, I am sure it will lead you deep into the bliss of imagination.


Sem Nome said...

Dear friend!! Thanks for the always gorgeous words you write me!!! You are truly special!!! Yes, yes, I work in my atelier at home. I sew and sew and sell my work. As my little Aila stays home with me I cannot make more than I do. She demands much time from me!!!
I wish you all best lovely moments ever!!! Bela

Unknown said...

Clicking our heels ... you take us away into a magical romantic setting ... how romantic.

Have a lovely Christmas week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Martina said...

Anita dear, just two weeks - i can't believe it! Christmas always comes so fast - a little too fast for me! But then you'll have time to really recover! We will go to AUstria and Munich to see family, do you have plans for the holidays? Bisou

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

ANITA ANITAAAAA, I cannot believe my eyes. My little one had to pinch me three times ;)
Your amazing package arrived today. Did you make the entire book? It is unbelievable!!! So UNIQUE, so PERFECT! I adore every millimeter of your gorgeous artwork. The story, the drawings, the color palette, your writing, everything is in harmony and totally amazing.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am honored to receiving this precious treasure as a birthday gift. Know I will cherish it forever. The lovely card you made is darling. I love the theme! Paris est magnifique!!! Tu sais cela naturellement.
Mille bisous a toi, ma dearest sweet sweet Anita xxxxxxxx

Fete et Fleur said...
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Fete et Fleur said...

Sorry, I deleted the above comment. I had too many typos. This has been a busy time and I'm tired. It's really showing in my typing skills. (LOL)

Scrumptious post! Not only are your posts beautiful to read, I also love reading your comments. You're amazing, 103 comments! Once again I arrive here and the photos and music whisk me away to dreamland.

Love you!

Peeters Liliane said...

Beautiful pictures. Yummy those sweet things. Clicking your heels and step in a wonderful world.
This is the most wonderful time of the year, love to decorate for Christmas.

My Dolce Vita said...

I'm so looking forward to your getting a new sewing are going to have a ball with it...and what perfect weather to stay inside and create!!! Dzintra♥x

Rosie said...

Hey there dear heart,
My oh my, look what Bob and his Merry band are up to...This is so much fun, wishing...waiting...wondering...
If you and your dearest can have a few weeks of the holiday to paint and decorate that would be pure BLISS...
Last year between Christmas and New Years we revamped the store, filling, painting, flipping the store. It was a far B I G G E R job than I realized. We managed to get it all done, but I was soooo tired. This year will be spent with my kids, Bill, and extended family...I can not wait!
Now if Bill suggested a small know I would NEVER say no. Infact, although I have a little surgery in January, I would LOVE to do a little something in will probably be to finish the side yard if it stays mild enough. We'll see.
Wrapped all the kids presents today...and picked up a few more goodies for them this afternoon...yes, I know I said I was finished, but this is how it plays out EVERY year. I love this time of year.
Will say goodnight now...and wish you a perfect day tomorrow...hug my dear friend...Rosie

koralee said...

Good night sweet one...sending you ooodles of sweet dreams. No sending me messages in the wee hours of the you ever sleep?

Where do you get your energy from my friend. I need some.

Hugs and love...xoxoxo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Woke up thinking about your gorgeous gift and the darling book, talented sweetest Anita.
It's early early morning and there is this weather alarm, it's oh so slippery outside, have to be careful as I slide to school ;)
Much love for a cozy night and a glorious Thursday, happy running my friend. Keep those elegant shoes clicking and clacking!! xxxx and some more xxxxx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Off you go, ma chere amie. Be careful and throw a wee snowball for me ^_~
Have a glorious day! xxxxxx I am off to have another look in my loveliest book... sigh.... I really L O V E it. xxxx

Silvia C said...

Anita dear, there's magic in your words. And yes, moments of silence to me are brilliant (and necessary). I feel peace with myself so I tend to have happy thoughts - that I get to listen to once in a while :-) What a beautiful post. You are the master at finding the perfect images for your beautiful poetry. Have a blessed, joyful day, my friend.

Martina said...

Anita, so much snow here! But now, it starts dripping from all the trees! In Austria, we'll visit my bro and family in a lovely house that is like a second home to us. My grandparents lived there, and now my brother keeps it as a holiday place. In Munich we'll be at my sisters. Family everywhere! But it's so rare that we see each other, so. i'm happy! But your building site is the biggest present, isn't it? So good to see it grow. Have a cozy evening!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I always love to pull up a chair and sit a spell when I pop over. I've been dashin' here and there and this is simply beautifully relaxing. Thank you's just what I need! :o)

God bless ya and have a most splendid day my friend!

La Petite Gallery said...

I look at photo's of you and you could be part of my family. This post put me in the Christmas spirit again, I have been so sick after the trip to the wedding.Now I am covered with huge rash and hives from the z pack. I think you resemble my Dina. She just returned from Iraq. Beautiful bride.

Rosie said...

Hello Sweet Friend.
Oh dear girl, I knew it, I just knew you were loved by all...ahhhh, a thank you note from one of your young admirers. This is so delightful. See what a difference you make in these young lives. They are so very fortunate and blessed to have you.
How exciting to drive home to see what has newly emerged in your back yard...I remember coming home from the shop (when we were in the middle of our main floor reno} wondering what would be new when I arrived was a very anxious time...happy and frustrating too.
Lived out in my workshop today, finally getting to the hood on my baby buggy...It is quite a challenge, as the fabric is so old, when I lay it out to use it as a pattern, it literally disintegrates in my hand. Hoping to finish it up tomorrow. Will do a bit of running around tomorrow and then back to the workshop.
Well dear one, I must get to making supper and then it is off to bed...have a fine day my dear, filled with the merriment of this magical season...xoxoxxo...Rosie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour dear Anita
Just returned from NOWHERE.. YOU TWO just made my day! Love it...
Bonsoir mon ami

Stacey said...

I so love and enjoy your comments on my blog. They are truly refreshing and enlivening:-). I hope you've had a fantastic week! XX

koralee said...

Just checking in for an evening hello....
Can you believe that tomorrow is Friday already???? Really...I just blinked and the week vanished in front of my eyes.
I am off for a wee trip to Seattle for the weekend...just me and my sweetie...sooooo looking forward to it. A bit of Christmas shopping...some lovely meals and some sightseeing...the drive down there is sooooo beautiful.

Wishing you a magical weekend...hugs and love. can borrow anything you want from me my friend..take any images..they are yours. You are sooooo sweet. Your Canadian friends want you to visit soon.

xoxoxo goodnight..sweet dreams.

Vær våken said...

Hi Anita! Ooooooh, yes, I'm so in love with this time of the year as well!!! Beautiful December! Have an enchanting day!

Kristin xxx

Fine Bessot said...

Magnifiques photos dans le bel esprit de Noël. J'aime beaucoup tes goûts et leur diversité. Beaucoup de charme et d'émotion. Et, bien sûr, la douceur !
Un bonheur.

Martina said...

Anita, BONJOUR! So nice of you to drop by! Just read both of your lovely comments, awww, your sweetness makes my day! I'm sure these two new rooms of yours will be splendid, maybe you'll get around posting about them when ready. Yes, my family is pretty much spread out over several countries and i'm glad to see some of them once in a while. I'm so used to spending Christmas with lots of family and this will sure be fun. But, oh, Anita, i still have lots to do until then and hope i'll manage. This always happens to me, every year! Have a supercool day dear one, till soon! bises

Isabelle said...

Merci infiniment pour cet article si doux et poétique .Vos photos sont merveilleuses et nous emmène doucement vers la plénitude : Merci pour cela !!
Thanks so muc to you for this wonderful post full of poesy and calm.
I wish you a very nice and quiet day,
Isabelle from France

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Such kindred are we at this time. Beautiful quote above your comment box,too. I am blessed to know this soft place friend.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonsoir ma chere amie, it happened, le weekend est la!
I hope the weather will be kind to you. We are expected warmer weather, just for the weekend though. We will enjoy it as much as we can while running and laughing in the Sandhills. Have yourself a merry happy fantastic weekend, sweet sweet Anita xxxxx and some more xxxxx

deb famularo said...

Hello Anita!
Well, have the walls gone up? I've been thinking about you and hoping all is well! Yes, I have had those Turkish candies and they are so yummy! Oh, I showed John your hubby's blog- that last blog post, that was so incredible. I don't know if John left a comment yet, but we were both very impressed!!!! Tell him we said hello and have a wonderful weekend....lots of love XoXo

Rosie said...

Hello dear one,
This is such a perfect reality check, and great opportunity to help those precious underprivileged children find a bit of happiness at this time of the year.
This is such a wonderful field trip...and you do this every year? WOW!
So last night the phone rings, and it is my helper, telling me that the day was very busy....and the jewelery sideboard SOLD.... WHAT!!!..when is it being picked up?...tomorrow morning...OH OH!!!...this sideboard houses A LOT of jewelery...YIKES.So last night started prepping and painting a lovely dresser. Ordered mirror for the top flat surface this morning {so we don't have to wait for the paint to cure before we can display items)...gave this pretty girl a satiny, shimmery new outfit and sparkly glass knobs and pulls...ahhhhh....she is done, and so am I...But she is oh so, so pretty. It makes it all worth while...but that was a long day, and I am a bit sore. I am off to have a HOT bath. Have a relaxing, rejuvenating week end my dear friend...hugs and kisses...Rosie

LuLu Kellogg said...

Dearest Anita~
I do believe this is the most lovely post you have ever done. It was SO much enjoyed!
I love your glitter wand!


GwendolynKay said...

Hello sweet Anita,
I want to thank you for coming by and leaving me such wonderful comments. I love your new header , I love horses, I don't have any, I don't ride any, but they are so majestic and beautiful.
Hope you are having a blessed day!

Martina said...

Anita, a SNOWSTORM, OMG, that sounds so dramatic - and i'm glad you and Rben can stay warm and safe in your cute cottage and look at the progress of your building-site. French doors - wow, that sound fabulous, and will be a dream once it's finished - so you! Here. the snow melted away and it's just humid and ghastly. I did boring things like ironing and cleaning, but sometimes, that's just the right thing and makes me feel better. Maybe tomorrow i can be creative again. Please tell me, how the storm was like, when it's over, i'm with you in my thoughts! xx

Sara Lee Bentley said...

I couldn't agree with you more! This was such a beautiful and inspiring post -- thank you for taking the time to share it :)
Hope you're enjoying a few quiet moments this weekend!

La Dolfina said...

Be still my heart :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Ou est le bal Masque, je cherche le bal Masque, ma bella ^_~
I hope Mr. Weather is kind to you. Let there be soft blizzards full of twinkling stars.
Je sera faire de bons reves cette nuit, sweetest Anita xxxx A plus bientot xxxx The tag drawn by YOU is
a-ma-zing! In the first place I had not guessed you had drawn this, it's extremely divine. xxxx

Jay Jay said...

Once again you have taken me away to a wounderful place.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I will check back, take your time, my friend. Have another cup of warm tea, I will do so too right now.
Bises xxxxx

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

Hi, I'm new here. I found you through Marfi (incipient wings)I just spent some time looking around in your blog and I love it! it's so inspiring. I love the pictures you post, they are so beautiful. Thank you so much for writing such beautiful posts, I know it takes a lot of time and effort and I just wanted to tell you that it is all apprecitated.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

*❀* said...

this is so lovely!

and now i crave turkish delight :)

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Nita, I missed not hearing form you for only 2 DAYS!!!!! It was a treat to see your comment this morning!I am so happy for you as I know you will be enjoying this break so very much! Also, I can't wait to tomorrow and to see the show in Nowhere!!! Yes, yes!!!! I hope Rubenis feeling MUCH better now. I keep thinking that YOUR room addition is closed up buy now, am I right?
kate is HERE!!! You must go to her blog some time... I know you are busy...
She baked Christmas cookies with the girls yearterday and prepared a wonderful supper.... she has not lost her touch!!!*grin*

I am enjoying my days Nita..... they are so precious to me... loe you so much!!!!

June said...

Oh my sweet Anita...your messages to me always warm my heart and remind me how lucky I am to know you! Thank you for your sweet heart.
I am leaving my message on this post, because I already left one on your giveaway post.
Wishing you the loveliest Christmas dear Anita.
hugs to you...