Saturday, January 15, 2011



is where I stylishly earn my living


attempt to inspire

confabulate unforgettable MOMENTS

and humbly learn something new from the old pages of my life.

All week long, my 50 fourth grade writers learned to FOCUS on a specific moment in the PRESENT tense


with INTENSE verbal imagery

in order to engage their readers to take a bite out of time

and EXPLODE THE MOMENT with vivid flavor, texture and emotion.

What were the results?

A writing lesson that LES ENFANTS did not want to end

and a LIFE LESSON for me that will CONTINUE until I die.

What other way is there to live, but to savor the NOW?

My students found JOY in using new words like

TRUDGE instead of walk

and using similes that instill a poignant image in the mind of their audience.

This JOIE DE VIVRE must be taught and cultivated and having said this, I want to thank FAY from A Melange et Moi

who obviously knows how to EXPLODE THE MOMENT and make each day beautiful and who has kindly passed on an award to me, but unfortunately, I am unable to access her blog to grab the image...

Now, I need to tell you seven things about myself and give this honor to 10 more bloggers that I have discovered over the last year.

1. I need to have "an edge" in my approach to work and creative contributions

and this is how I feel about myself if I am not doing something with a CREATIVE TWIST.


 3.  I need friends.

4.  I love to read

5. but even more so, I love to write.

6. Animals are my passion, especially curly, scrappy terriers!

7. And I prefer an almost monochromatic theme with just a splash of contrasting color in how I dress

and in my home décor as well, with ALWAYS an element of sparkle!

To the following bloggers who EXPLODE the moment with their gifts of photography, poetry and humor, I award this acknowledgement. Please visit them to EXPERIENCE the MOMENT that they so lovingly create for you. 

Erin's Art

Being Ruby - A MUST SEE BLOG!

Jade at White and Shabby

Doré at Burlap Luxe 

Silvia at Casa Bella

Emerald Cove

M's Art Impressions

Millie Meadowsweet

Violet at Create Beauty 

Hopalong Hollow Gazette

The rules are to go and do the same:

1. Visit and link the person from where the award came.
2. List seven things about yourself.
3. Award 10 bloggers the award.

Fay, MERCI CHÈRIE! I am unable to access her lovely blog, but her world is chic, European, and magnificent!

There are many more blogs on my list of favorites who EXPLODE the moment for me. Thank you ALL for a most memorable two years of friendship!

Photo Credits:

First image via Inspired Design ( I cannot access her blog to provide the link)
Tumblr images
Just be Splendid
All photos with links via corresponding blogs


lostpastremembered said...

Here I am, off to the market but had to stop here first when I saw the title of your blog. So glad that I did.

I thought at first you said 'intense verbal integrity' and was so awed by the idea that re-reading it and seeing 'imagery'... well it was like a double thrill. Getting little nippers to connect to a lesson must be so gratifying. Words have lost their totemic power lately and have dissolved into a homogenized beige soup in the media and day-to-day discourse. Catching them young with the power of words to connect with one another on a deeper and richer level... well that's half the battle. The world of tweets is eroding that. BRAVA, dear lady.

Ruben Rivera said...

Dear Anita,

This may be the first time I have commented first on one of your posts, which is absolutely lovely. You do "explode the moment" and I am so grateful because I get to come along for the ride.


Ruben Rivera said...

Opps, guess I wasn't first. No matter. Great post.

Presépio no Canal said...

Good morning, Anita! :-) Beautiful post! Congratulations for this award so well deserved! :-)
Here is raining and raining! Come back snow! :-))
Well, a good day to indoor activities and making some improvements in the house...;-)
Have a nice weekend, dear friend :-)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Sigh sigh sigh... adoring all your awesome images again. I love love your writing style, ma cherie. I'm used to reading and looking at your post two times, I read and look, type my comment and then go back for another tour. After that I will be off to check some of these blogs. Happy happy painting, do add bunches of sparkles, lieve vriendin, I like that idea a lot! xxxx

Susan said...

Another lovely and inspiring post, dear Anita! I can relate to those feelings of pleasure when we truly connect with our students and share such joy and delight in the learning!
I was just thinking of the contrast between you and my French teacher Monsieur Berube! He was an excellent teacher, but very straight laced, an older man, and very, very tall. He always wore a suit and tie. I remember him as a very serious man, so when he smiled it made me feel happy. I don’t remember much creativity being introduced in his classes, however! I could read and translate written text pretty well as I recall, but always found it difficult to understand the spoken word. Poor auditory discrimination, I guess. I have always felt disappointed that I cannot really speak another language. Out of nine students in my class, two are already bilingual and are learning Spanish too! I have often felt a little envious when I think about it! Language is such a gift!
Happy you enjoyed the little parcel I sent! I'm off to check out your beautiful blog suggestions!
Happy week-end, dear friend!

cityfarmer said...

I for one want to a fourth grader ... again .. in your class.


cityfarmer said...

ooop, want to BE a fourth grader ...

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I will look things up. Send you a dutch magazine, a CHRISTMAS EDITION ^_^ well, I'm sure it will arrive before Christmas 2011 ^_~
Hugs to YOU xoxoxoxo

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Anita
You are too kind.. I'm so glad you think I 'Explode The Moment'.. I know you certainly do with each of your wonderful and lively posts.... Lovely to learn a little more about you.. and I'll be sure to visit these other blogs.. after my beauty sleep.. [it is quite late here and was just signing off] ...

Thank you once again... you are not just creative but a very kind and thoughtful soul.. ciao xxx Julie

PS.. Love Erin's horse painting.. and love your saying 'confabulate unforgettable MOMENTS'... that's just what I need to do!!! ciao

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Anita...what a beautiful way to begin my day! So lovely to learn a little more about you, accompanied by such sumptuous images...

Thank-you for reminding me to try and catch the moment--such a wonderful thing! I'm so happy those children are learning this so early--wish my French teachers had been more like you!

Hope your day is glorious...enjoy every moment! (Somehow I just know you will!)


The Dutchess said...

WOW..ALL GREAT BLOGS,just like yours..I enjoyed visiting so much..:))

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That's a 'sent'... xxx

Papillon Bleu said...

Le"s allusions à la grammaire française m'ont donné le sourire!
Je suis certaine que tu dois être la plus chic des enseignantes!

Félicitations pour ton blog award.:)))

J'espère que tout avance pour tes poupées.As tu commencé?

Gros bisous!

Kristin said...

Dear Anita! I'm stopping by to wish you a beautiful Saturday and you even more inspire me with this beautiful post! I'm sure you are a dream teacher! Do you know I love terriers too! If we ever get a dog, I will get one of those! Happy Saturday!


michelle said...

Dear Anita, what a beautiful post! How wonderful that you can inspire young minds to explode the moment! I love that! You are such a dear for passing on your love of writing to these young minds and letting them know what potential their world can hold!

I LOVED reading about you and I find some similar things in myself as well, I so wish to be organized and our styles are very much the same, I love little pops of surprises here and there! :) You are so beautiful inside and out and thank you so for thinking of me!

Have a blessed weekend my sweet friend..

"Create Beauty" said...

Anita! WOW!!!! I know I should use another word, especially after this post ~~~ Perhaps it could stand for "Wonder Of Wonders"!!! ~ because that is how I feel about you and how you explode the moments!!!!

I love how you have used these magnificant images to share these 10 things... that reveal more beautiful layers of you.

Thank you for including me as one of your friends of inspiration!
And for the award! I've visited some of these blogs but will go see them all... how delightful!

And that star wand is going to YOU and the winner of my give-away, as I made TWO. (as your lovely glittering gifts to me were the inspiration!) I'm keeping it open for a few more days so more of your readers can come by and enter.

I do believe the turquoise that dances about here are inspiring my new color choices for my home's 'splash' of color, as well as a new scarf and earrings...

Love you,

George the Lad said...

Oh no, I can't speak french! you will have to translate!!!I'm a Welsh Terrier you see.
But I do love looking at the photos
Congrants on your award, yep I'm up there with Balzac a scrappy terrier!!with a load of cheek lol!!! well you know what I'm like ;)
Right I'm off to take a look at these blogs you have named.
Hwyl, that's Welsh for Good Bye :)
See Yea George xxx

bunny said...

First of all...50 4th graders? I hope their not all in one class. And Secondly...I could of used a teacher like you back in elementary would have made a big difference as do you with your currant students...I'm sure.

love to all,

wendy said...

I love visiting your blog. I totally adore the photos you put up, and I go through you post a couple of times to just savor the pictures..........and your writing of course.

I took 2 years of french in college, but now very rusty. Cant remember much.

good title. Explode the Moment. It would be nice indeed to live life that way. I sometimes let life Explode around me, and feel like I am just little severed pieces of that explosion, trying to put it "back together".

Life does need to be better lived, and experienced. Live life with Strong verbs.....!!!!

I would have thought nothing less then you being an organized lady. Classy to the max. I am not sure about this get together at Claudies...I am beginning to wonder if I'll be the thistle in a bouquet of roses. You all seem so talented and gorgeous.

I love to read too and am trying to do better with that this year.

so on this freezing day today,, I'll see what I can make explode.
hugs to you

Ann Nichols said...

You know... it is because of two people I became an author. My husband back when we were first married and... a 6th grade student teacher when I was going to school in California. Her words still ring in my ears so many decades later... "Don't worry about your spelling, Ann, just write your thoughts. You have beautiful thoughts and a special way of expressing them...put those feelings on paper! I repeat...Don't worry about your spelling!" I don't know that young teachers name...she was only there for a short while...but her words, her encouragement, changed my life. Your profession is one of the most noble, dear Anita. I know you are tired sometimes and discouraged but just never know how your words might affect one of your pupils for their entire life! I have a feeling you are like that 6th grade student teacher...who I thank so often within my thoughts...

jade said...

Oooooh, what a wonderful post again, my sweet full of love, beauty, charme, poetry and light......and delicious too ;))!!!! And thank you soooooo much, for your lovely words - what a sweet & big surprise for me!!!!!!! Wish is could tell more in english ;)).....i only know a few words in this language ;))! So i thank you for your love and inspiration and i´ll enjoy all those great pictures again and i wish you a wonderful weekend,

warm hugs Jade & Sheila (now she´s waiting for her meal ;))

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

dearest Anita

i was enjoying every enchanting word every delicious image of this wonderful post and then i see Snuggle Blossom has skipped over here to help you give me this lovely surprise AWARD!!! i almost don't know what to say and can hardly believe this honour.
i am greatly looking forward to visiting all the other amazing looking blogs weekend is just getting better and better :o)
and many Congratulations to YOU for getting a much deserved award. Your blog is most certainly OUTSTANDING! in every possible beautiful way.
also i loved reading these 7 things about you. You are a very Sweet and very Special person.

warmest hugs and many many thanks to you xxx

i feel like dancing around the room now :o)

thank you for all the happiness and sparkle you spread into the world xxx

It's me said...

O my this post is huge !!!...i really like what i see here....and i am glad you choose me not !!!.....hahahhahah!!.....happy weekend.......Geweldig gezellig weekend.......liefs van

Jeri Landers said...

I wish I had had you as my language teacher a hundred years ago,,, but alas, I had a snooty and unfriendly lady who did not inspire! No wonder I never learned my Spanish.

Thank you for including me as one of your friends and for the first ever award for my Gazette. I will have to ponder on whom to pass it , as there are SO many blogs I simply love!
Hey, those little frogs look awful cute dancing across your page!

InesMrs.Venus said...

A very impressing post, my Love-

it makes me think about some things in my life. I am living right the moment- I never look back and I never look to far to the future.

You sound,like you are happy with all you have reached - that´s wonderful...

So- live the moment with all it can give us...

With many thoughts... Ines♥

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Beautiful Blogs as is your's.I really like your header for your blog, Love the blue door fabulous!

I think it's lovely your a Teacher you have so much to teach Bravo!

~Cheers Kim

Martina said...

Whewhew! Anita, how on earth didi you manage to put this loooong and beautiful post tohether, while painting your rooms and all?
You are indeed the magic teacher, and i LOVE these images and words and believe you HAVE this incredible ability to EXPLODE the moment. These kids are so lucky to have you there! Plus this lesson is so valuable - and one of the most important things tp learn in life: it is really the here and now, the present moment that counts! I have learnend this in the past years, that have not been easy for me. Even though everything may be difficult and tense - the present moment can still be beautiful, if we are open to it and the gift it offers. It's like, there's not only horizontal time, there's also vertical time and from there, miracles can reach us.
Thank you so much Dearest, for awarding me and mentioning me in this post - such a joyful thing to see now, while i get home! It's such fun to be conected here - it certainly helps to treasure life and the best things in it! Will think about how to pass it on ...
Meanwhile, i hope you enjoy your creamy white walls and the empty new rooms. So special the moment, when a room is still empty, but full of possibilities ... savour that time and use it to dream! But i know you will!
Have a lovely evening, xoxox

High Heeled Life said...

Oh mon ami .. what a delightful post .. filled with wonderful inspiration! Your students are truly blessed to have you as their inspiration ...

You give so much to us readers. Your beautiful words and choice of just the perfect images - I know you inspire me to do things with just a little more zest.

Sometimes your posts do more than inspire .. they speak volumes to me at a given point I'm going through...

I hope you received my email response dear friend.xo HHL

Bela said...

Dear friend Anita, I really feel I am one of your students ( an older one, of course!) sitting at one of your classroom's chair, first row, looking at the amazing teacher with bright and curious eyes! Trying to be visible, a shy smile on my face, listen to the most brilliant person ever! So much to learn, so much to see. Happy to be there. Butterflies on my stomach. Happy. Anxious. Happy. Always happy!
Thanks dear Anita! You make me feel alive and special! Love! Bela

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
This post is just beyond words!
Your thoughtful words and images awake my senses and inspire. This post is so YOU... If all children could be so lucky to have a teacher such as you, they would all reach for their dreams.
I will visit these amazing blogs as I can.. I just love Erin's art. Her horse paintings are so beautiful.
I believe it is time to put the paint rollers down and enjoy a cup of tea, yes?

My Grama's Soul said...

You certainly deserve this award dear lady...and your students are such lucky have you as their wonderful mai'tresse!!

Hugs sweet friend,


Victoria Sayer said...

Well, Your Highness,
this latest post of yours has brought back some forgotten, lovely memories from my teen years. You see, I had the same wonderful teacher for both English/drama class and also French Class. She made learning exciting. She also made each day visually interesting, as we would never know how she would look. One day she would be a long haired blonde wearing a formal looking suit...and the next day, she would be a short haired brunette with a very short shirt and very long boots! Or a red haired hippy was always just great to see her each day. And she knew her stuff. She was a wonderful actor when it came to drama class. Yes...the name has finally just come to me, ...her name was Mrs Bolton. Anyway, thanks for the trip down 'memory lane'...such a sweet place to wander.
I can imagine you as a superb teacher. Dedicated and always interesting.
Now I must go and take a peek at these recommended blogs of yours.
Oh, and yes! please do drop by for a chance to win my very first 'giveaway'. I had taken ever so long just drafting this latest piece to post and I had wanted the 'giveaway' to 'fit' the post.
Thanks again, for sharing your talent with us all.

koralee said...

Oh my sweet friend....another post that touches my heart. I can only image the joy of learning that you bring to your students! You my friend are just filled with inspiration..your students are very blessed.

I did not know you were an animal lover...another thing we have in common!

May the rest of your weekend be blessed! Happy painting...can't wait to see what you have been up too...your home will be amazing. xoxoxo

Jacqueline said...

Hello dear one,

It's almost time for my head to lay on the pillow. I always anticipate your next post and you never disappoint. It is one the most satisfying blogs to read. Your post seem to overflow from your heart to ours. I know we all leave feeling fullfilled and well loved.

It was great fun to see some of your other blog friends. You have such a variety of me, that is the best way to have friends. Like one big tossed salad of goodness.

This next week I turn one year older and I have a grand birthday gift that I gave myself. Stay tuned, I will announce it on Wed. the 19th. Unless of course, I can't keep the secret from you and I email you!

Tee hee and tra la la!
Night, sleep tight.

Rosie said...

If I were a youngster, yours would be my FAVORITE class...Do these young souls know HOW fortunate they are??? I LOVE to write. The seeds were planted by a very special lady...and watered( and weeded :)) by many tender, caring, mentoring teachers along the twisty, scholastic, garden path.
Well dear one, the shop was all a buzz with winter treasure being carefully packaged away...and hearts in every shade of pink, red and cream being hung, and tucked into every crevasse I could find...Oh to spend EVERY day, sprinkling love all about...ahhhh.
The boys have gone to a near by town to pick up a few pieces of furniture to brighten up the little shop. They will drop these perfect little treasures off, and if I feel up to it I will go and play a bit tomorrow...we'll see.
As for now, ah, I am happy and quite tired. I am sleeping way to much, but seem to need it, bed I go...sleep well my dear...and the kettle will be ready for you tomorrow...xoxo...R

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...what an 'explosive' post, always a joy and uplift to visit!!! Congratulations on the well deserved award!!! We must lift up our glasses and say cheers for now it is Happy Hour here...Dzintra♥x

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

dearest Anita

i have posted today (actually late last night) about a Finish artsist i really love and have linked to her blog. i think you will really like her sweet ethereal creations.
also i have visited Fay's blog and was blown away, she has such a beautiful creative soul and i enjoyed her posts vey much, thank you for providing the link.
i still have the others to visit, that will be my treat today :o)

wishing you the very loveliest Sunday xxx
are you still painting? i can't wait for pictures x

sending lots of love, warmest hugs and large pot of p.g. for the painters xxx


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This was exploding with the senses and joy! I love the little girl with the light rays all around. I adore you friend! love it! Blessings.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour ma belle!!

I can hardly wait to visit some of these talented people you have mentioned! Inspiration is key to creativity.

Congrats on your award, such fun!!

I'm in organizing mode right now so I can start creating again. I'm looking forward to this new year and all it has in store for us!

Mille bisous, Sherry

VictoriaArt said...

Anita, such an invigorating and thought provoking post! So lovely your imagery and filled with joy de vivre!
Congratulations on your well deserved award! And congratulations as well to those fab bloggers you passed the award on to!
I have a lot of catching up to do today..... : )

Much love!

Anonymous said...

As always, a wonder-filled and inspiring post, Anita!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Anita dear
Have you seen Bebe this morning? She is up in the air, thought she might be here.. You know how she is about SWEETS... If you see her tell her mum is looking for her.

GrandmaK said...

You always succeed in causing my mouth to water. Those exquisite sweets look so wonderful! I too aspire to be organized but often fall short! But I keep trying! Have a grand day!! Cathy

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello beautiful!

I couldn't believe when Ruben told me you had chosen Frost for the walls. I can't wait to see your gorgeous new rooms. Sorry, I missed you yesterday. If you want to discuss any details I'm available.

Love you!

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you for coming today, and saying such lovely things - i'm sparkling! Hope you've had a great painting day and weekend and now look into your new rooms with great satisfaction. After all, you've done a wonderful job already. And are now up to the fun part of it!
Here, we had a sunny day and a very old friend i haven't seen in a long time came over for tea and a walk. Actually, i wanted to work too but didn't. Tomorrow, i must be a good girl and really concentrate on my job! Sleep well and dream sweet dreams ;)

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

there is an invitation from a Mr. Toad on my blog this evening.

Do come and join in the fun!



~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour lieve vriendin, hoe is het in je droom cottage? zijn de muren geverfd? Ik ben oh zo benieuwd.
I sent my white package around December 13th. I should not be long anymore now. Months ago I sent a package to Brazil, it has been traveling the world for two months before it got to Brazil. I don't understand Mr. Post. Sending post to New York sometimes takes 3 working days (!) but a few weeks later it takes 7 working days. We'll keep each other posted on this, won't we.
Now you go and enJOYJOYJOY your little heaven on earth.
Bonne nuit, welterusten en tot morgen. xxxxx

Bonnie said...

Hello my dear Anita! Comment vas-tu? Congratulations on your much deserved award, you are so creative. How goes the work on the house?

Hope you and Ruben are keeping warm!

Love to you both, Bonnie

Marie Antionette said...

Congrats to you Anita on a well deserved award.
I bet you are a wonderful teacher.Inspiring young minds these days must be an art for sure.
Your post always put a smile on my face.
Blessings to you,
Hugs and kisses,
XXOO Marie Antionette

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

OOH YES!!!!! the More the Merrier :o)

there will be a Wind in the Willows TEA PARTY on my blog on Friday and i expect Mr Toad will bring some bubbly drinks along too(though probably not pink).

i am thinking of having a Millie-Molly-Mandy event on MY blog sometime soon. have you heard of her? she's adorable! and reminds me of (the little girl) You.

throwing sparkles at your white paint and setting down a tray of tea for you xxx


*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i should have explained
she is not a blog. she is a charming, sweet childrens book character
i think i must slip a little paperback in with your tea-bags when i send them, because i am sure you will be delighted with her.

a magical evening to you xxx
i must now get my beauty sleep, it is waaay past my bed-time.



Ruben Rivera said...
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Stacey said...

Congrats on the award Anita! It is so well deserved! I remember the days when i taught verbs ending in er, ir and ar! (only difference they were Spanish verbs:-)). This post has me yearning for those days! Imagery is so important in ones writing and i know your students must love learning how to make their writing more vivid from their amazing teacher! Have fun working on the house tomorrow too! I hope the weather will cooperate and that the sun will shine brightly for you:-). XX

Rosie said...

Oh dear one can I raise my glass yet?
You are putting the finishing touches on as we speak...ahhhh, it will be a dream just to kick off my shoes and snuggle up in a comfy chair and enjoy the view.
AND I AM YOU E*X*C*I*T*E*D THAT SO WILL MAKE THE JOURNEY OUT WEST...this would be a dream come true.
Speaking of which, I am off to my bed. The WHOLE day was spent in the shop cleaning and rearranging, getting ready for Valentines Day. The new furniture looks so pretty although I am wiped, I am smiling. It feels so good to be able to cross this BIG job off the to do's.
So as I crawl under the covers, I will think of you "full of paint, but oh so satisfied"...xoxo...R

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita, Congratulations on your award and for a little more insight into the real you! We have never met face to face but through your blog I feel I have known you for a very long time. ~Hugs, Patti

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, your students are so lucky to have someone with such passion! You are such a special person, I know you touch their lives! Also, Fay emailed me to tell me that you had a hard time getting on her blog, if you drop me a line (shari{at}} I will try to help! XX!

La Petite Gallery said...

This is a cute award, my Daughter was also chosen.
Many Happy days and hope you get many more awards as you deserve it.


S and O said...

Great inspiring post!
And the pictures are lovely too :D
Great advice, thanks for sharing.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Love learning more things about you, Dear Anita!

Cobalt Violet said...

Wow such a fun post!
Love Erin too!
Oh ... and that blue cardigan up top? In LOVE with that .. and when I see Audrey I just think my next life I want to be a brunette. :)

LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita,
What a great start of the week with a post like this, getting to know you better. I'm not sure is I can understand the meaning of needing an 'edge' in your creative work. Do you need a deadline, or a limitation in what you can use? I'll google it later. I love to learn new words and proverbs, so don't think I criticize you, on the contrary, the more you use a literary language the more I learn and I love it!
Sorry that I am late here, I had a computer free weekend, which I need once in a while. Have a lovely week, my dear friend, bisous, LiLi

michelle said...

I had to stop by again and say thank you so much for your sweet comments about the headboard, you are such a dear friend! It was fun to do and my daughter just loves it so that is what is important! :)
Have a beautiful day!

Blessings to you!

Martina said...

Coo coo ma chère amie! How great you've got a day off - just at the right time! So you can take time to really dream in to these rroms while you're painting! Am just sneeking a bit of blogging into my lunch-break and will visit the other fab blogs you've mentioned here now! Enjoy your time and see you soon! xx

Foxglove said...

Such an enchanting time I have spent dreaming along with your images and divine words. You captivate and bring to life so many feelings and emotions my friend.
Congratulations on receiving this wonderful award and soon, very soon I will take a journey to visit these other bloggs, and enter new and delightful places.

Have a most delightful new week. xxx

koralee said...

Happy day off to you my friend!!! I know what your plans are!...I will be thinking of you as you putter away in your new rooms...just think it will not be long and you will be sitting enjoying a cup of tea in that very lovely room!

Hugs and love.....SEIZE the day my friend. xoxo

Barbara said...

Would that all teachers were like you, my dear friend. With such enthusiasm and encouragement, your pupils cannot help but be inspired! Language, writing and expression are of utmost importance and so often ignored. It brings beauty into our lives.
A day off for you to enjoy and explode every moment.
You are such an Audrey makes me smile.
Have a lovely week!

Kristin said...

Thanks for thinking about me, Anita!!! Ooooh, that cake looks good!!
Have a lovely, lovely day, my sweet friend!

Kristin xoxo

erin said...

dearest anita,
so sorry i am responding late, due to my children here over the weekend, for my hubby's birthday....i am way behind in the blogging world!
thank you so much for passing the award to me!! i am so honored and will do my best to find 7 interesting things. oh my, your lucky, lucky students......they must be the most fortunate fourth graders ever, to have such a passionate and beautiful soul teaching them. i only wish the world was filled with more fabulous teachers like you. once again your post is filled with much beauty and wondrous words that just take my breath away. to have my horse painting included here, tickles me so!! i have had some lovely new visitors at my bloggy and i can not wait to get to know them better...all because of you. you have such a generous and enthusiastic spirit filled with warmth.....i am so , SO glad to have met you ! i look forward to more beautiful posts from you, ALWAYS and i can't wait to see your fabulous white and bright addition (with perhaps a splash of tiffany blue?). you just fill me up, sweety!!!
"explode the moment"!! indeedy.

Rebecca said...

Congratulation! I can see why you won this award.
Love the explode the moment lesson!
Have a wonderful day off, you so deserve it.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by...
we have talked but I don't think you have made the connection. I am from Mn and my two daughters live in Apple Valley. My mother still lives in Arden Hills where I grew up.
I have been to Still Water many times but some of my favorite shops have closed. Are there some new ones that I should check out the next time I am in town?
Hope you have a lovely day

Fifi Flowers said...

Ooh la la I see great photos to paint from this post... Some I have already painted too... FABuLOUS post mon amie!
P.S. My post is up... Pop back by if you have a chance

June said...

You do more than explode the momment for me blow it clear into the next galaxy! Everytime I come and get a taste of your sparks my own.
So nice to get to know you better while reading your seven things.
hugs to you...

Marie Antionette said...

Hello my Sweet,
Thank you. Would you believe I got that pair and about 15 more but, different styles about 12 yrs ago.How I got them...way before I even thought about making dolls, I was making the theme Christmas trees and Angel trees. All the bar maids where I was working, saw all these different shoes in Dollar World and thought I could use these in my crafts.It was my birthday you see...and they wanted to make up a Birthday basket for me. They bought me all kinds of figurines ans such.I still have several pair.I use them now to make Marie Antoinette Angel tree dolls.Have you ever seen one of my MA tree dolls? Anyway... they came from Dollar world.
My brother had a set back a few days ago,but he is a fighter. If only he can hold on for a few more weeks.It take a month to prepare the Bone marrow donor and himself too. Thank you for asking.
Try looking up dollar world on the pc...maybe you can email someone about the shoes. We no longer have a Dollar world.
Take care Dear,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Rosie said...

"ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong"...
Oh Anita girl it's just old Rosie here...lookin' for SNOW WHITE in her BIG shiny new palace...Ah, THERE YOU ARE sweet one. Dear heart I just can't...nope...I really can not contain my anxious anticipation any longer......I NEED "SHOW & TELL"!!!!!(stamping of feet...pouty bottom lip)'s OK... I am calm once again...and humbly request a snappy or two when you have washed your paint brush for the LAST time...Oh dear heart, you must be tired...but ever so excited. The champagne is chilling...just say the word.
Well today was a day FULL to the brim with "to do's"...but I am done. The kettle has whistled, my fuzzy slippers are on the right feet and we are curled up discussing just how very fine this spent day has been....Ahhhh....this is perfect.
A HUGE purse order arrived, from a new company we have only used a few times. They are so delightful...and "pretty" just makes me smile.
Oh so much to do, and only a few days left. I must remind myself to take it DAY by DAY.
Well sweet one it is time to watch a movie and maybe have a wee bit of pop corn...hurry over, and I'll make you a bowl...XOXO...Rosie

P.S...and you have sent a little something in the mail for me...I am smilin' ear to ear with excitement...Thank you sweet friend :)

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What a great lesson for your students Anita! You sound like a wonderfully inspiring teacher. Where is your school located...downtown? I took French in high school and college. A lot of it, sadly, has faded away though.

You left me a comment last week wondering where I live, since I am also in Minnesota. I am in the northern suburbs, in Andover. I always love to discover other people who are near me. Best wishes ♥

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Ahhhhhh... The beauty of it all.
Bonne nuit my dear friend

Ann said...

I love this post...

teaching is such an honorable profession...

Love reading those interesting facts about you and love the quote about living on the edge:)

Martina said...

Anita, how's the painting going? Are you finished yet? Hope you don't feel to tired and send you good vibes for the day! All of the blogs you nominated are gorgeous! Will say hello for you to Ruby :) xx

Deborah said...

Good morning my dear Anita!!
As always such an inspiring post!!
I love learning more things about you...and what a life-shaping career you have...every day you have the opportunity to touch and inspire and encourage these young lives. Simply awesome...and changing their lives you ARE my dear!!
"For such a time as this"...

I thank God for you Anita as I know that your precious students do and will for the rest of their lives..
Blessings dear friend...

Alll my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Anita
Thank you so much for visiting.. I will pass your beautiuful thoughts to Connie..
Oh Yes, I had such fun in NOWHERE yesterday.. What a wonderful band of travelers we have. Bebe says thank you to TEA RAT for going out today to look for a new machine... She has a request... Said she would like a blue poot poot if he can find one.

deb famularo said...

Hi Anita,
I am here alas after utter craziness this week, but it's all good! How lucky your students are to have you to inspire them! YOu've even inspired me to do my annual Valentine cards in French!(You'll be getting one if February!!!)Thank you again for helping my son with the french music. I love Edith's songs! They are perfect for the video! I will have to visit some of these blogs you list! One can never have enough fellow creative souls to help inspire us! Have a sparkling week! love deb

deb famularo said...

oh, can I just say those drawings you did for Violet are amazing!!! I won't even mention the beautiful crown!!! You have some major talent my friend! Your creative energy is beyond words!! Follow that passion, you have a God given gift~ xoxo

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

my dearest sweet Anita

i come here with teary with gratitude, you say the most lovely things and i am so touched. you are so kind and generous in support of my blog. it has meant so much to me and given me much needed confidence.
you are a beautiful soul and one could not wish for a better friend.

You are something special indeed and Peace Lily, Princess-Yuki, Twinkle and myself love you very much xxx

have a wonderful evening xxx

warmest hugs

millie xxx

how is your little palace coming along?

Casa Bella said...

Oh, darling, darling, dearest Anita! How happy and honored to be included in that list! I'm humbled.
Also, I'm not that surprised that we are so similar. Reading about you was like reading a little about myself. I think it is so wonderful that we find like-minding people through this blog universe.
Oh, how I wish I could be one of those students in your classroom!
Your writing and taste are exquisite, my friend.
A big hug and again, thank you!

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i visited Nowhere again this evening
and have tears streaming down my face with laughter......

why aren't you all Famous??!!!!!!

Privet and Holly said...

I have no doubt
that your little
students just ADORE
you, Anita!! Congrats
on your award.....
loved hearing your
answers. There is a
blog like this in my
very near future : )
Looking forward to
hosting you for tea
on Saturday....!!
Hope your first day
back to school was a
very good one, my friend!
xx Suzanne

Rosie said...

hello my sweet friend,
Oh this project is almost done...soon you will be in your glory, putting this here and that there...ahhhh.
Have had a bit of a set back, so will have to give you a tender HUG and crawl back under the covers...until tomorrow dearest...xoxo...R

koralee said...

Hi my dear!!!!!

Sending you oodles of love is your project going? Thought of you all weekend long. I soooooo want to see a photo or two...please!

Love to you. xoxoxo

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautiful post, dearest! How fun it must be to sit in your classroom.
It was so much fun to hear the "7 things about you". I knew most of them except the terrier. Adorable, aren't they?!!
Wishing you a lovely rest of the week. School begins tomorrow for me. I'm looking forward to a wonderful semester of art!! I wish I could fit in a photography class.. I will be sure to sign up for in the fall.
xoxo, B

Patricia Cabrera said...

Oh dear i am so late and yet please know how much I love you and enjoy your posts. i will be back again. this weather has kept me from much but still ,, it is a beautiful life!!! love the pictures and YES, you are a gifted writer!!!love you~

Rayanne said...

I just wanted to pop in and let you know how sweet you are to me...thank you for "ALL" your encouraging comments.
I always feel so loved when you stop by. You are a busy lady! How do you keep up with everyone!?
I did want to send a special note, just to say:
Thank you friend, you are loved! Big ((((((hug))))).

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

hello my dearest

i found you lovely email today, i will respond very soon and share some things with you. today my son is visiting.

wishing you an enchanting evening xxx


~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Anita Anita Anita, how is the dream cottage project going on? Still happy painters? You must be more excited every day! Do take time for a warm cup of tea, sit back and overview all the wonderful work you've done together.
Much love. xxxx Oops, no Dutch today. Geen Nederlands vandaag. xxxx

koralee said...

Afternoon my sweet friend...hope your day was filled with JOY. My students did keep me busy today...some of them just say the sweetest things!

I had to laugh at your comment you left me about ironing! I have not picked up one for sweet Jay does it all for me...I just put whatever needs done on the banister and every morning it is ready for me! He needs to wear a dress shirt and suit most days to work so he always does his own {and mine}!

Have a great evening...put up your sweet feet and enjoy a cup of tea...I think I will have vanilla tea tonight...I will think of you as I sip away.

Hugs and love. oxoxox

Susan said...

Dearest Anita,
When I got home this evening I had groceries to put away and
I was anticipating the arrival of my grandchildren within minutes,
so I set the mail aside. That being the case, it was only moments ago that I opened your enchanting envelope to be greeted with **stardust!** I cannot express my delight in words! I had a smile on my face even before I read your sweet note. I feel honored to have one of your tags to admire and enjoy. I will look for just the right frame in which to display it!
The saying is so very true…”Les bonnes choses viennent en petits paquets!”
Thank you, so much, dear friend! You are an amazingly talented artist and writer.
I so appreciate your special and unique gift! Merci,beaucoup!

Julie said...

Somewhere in my mirror I see you and you see a little bit of me. I shot photo's of some friends with a large bow similar to the shot you posted. I have Audrey in my home to remind me of exquisite grace and I see a group of children learning from a mentor and great inspiration such as yourself. How lucky they are.

What is your heritage Anita? You're flair is unique and I am curious.

I hope I will become one of those candycanes on the windowsill.

Sending you a smile for today.

Martina said...

Anita, how are you today? Guess what? Yesterday, all my comments were eaten up by the web, it was awful. A problem on my home-computer, because here, from my office it works. maybe the same problem that you had! I hope your week swings away on a happy tune, a french chanson maybe ... have a lovely day!

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i sent you an email last night, visited Nowhere too. i love not only the stories but the music there too :o) the new girl Hazel is magical!
hope your day is bright and beautiful xxx

warmest hugs


M.A.the2nd said...

My dearest Anita .... Congratulations on your award .... if anyone can "Explode the Moment" it is you my dear friend. You do not realize this but you have a very rare gift indeed .... the ability to give love and attention to many, many people. I love your 7 things .... I love to read as well and also finding the sparkle in life. You are so deserving of this and I feel like I have known you for a life-time. One day we shall meet, the "Audrey Hepburn" and the "Marie Antoinette"! Thank-you for giving us such beautiful poetry and thank-you for your friendship. Your "Les Enfants" are truly blessed indeed and I only wish you could teach my little one as I know you would love her! Bon Nuit and I will email soon.
my best wishes always
Frances M.A. the2nd

Anonymous said...

So glad that you love to write and we get to receive the benefits of it!! xo

deb famularo said...

Bonjour Precious Anita!
I received your beautiful comments, thank you so much! I am going to write you a letter and fill you in on everything very soon! Oh wow, faux beams!! I LOVE those. We want those too! I know your home is going to be absolutely beautiful!I can't wait to see! And now I am on a total "Paris Apartment" decorating kick. I will fill you in! Oh, I love your banneer....this blue definitely the hottest color now! Have a wonderful day! love deb xOXO

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

hello sweetpea

i have seen i have a new email from you, but am unable to access it as there is something wrong with that account today, keep getting an error message. is it possible for you to send it to i can then reply to it then too, as i can't even send email on the other address at the moment.

hope you are having a lovely evening, thinking of you as i drink my tea xxx



Rosie said...

Ahhhh dearest, you were so quiet, that I didn't hear you...and the muffin was ever so good...thank you R

victorian parlor II said...

What a lovely post:)! It was fun reading about your interests!



Anne at Bird/Like said...


michelle said...

Hello sweet Anita! Thank you for visiting me, I love seeing your comments, you always have something beautiful to say.:) Thank you again for your sweet comments and I hope that you are having a wonderful week and that your weekend is full of blessings, rest and love! :)

paperbird said...

wow! this post is so wonderful. anita you are so very talented and creative and i love all the goodness that you share. i am so very inspired by you.

have a beautiful weekend!

Martina said...

Coo coo, Anita - Happy Friday! The sun comes out a little, and i'm preparing another Kids-fashion shoot we're going to do this sunday. I'm sure you will still be painting, and wish you lots of fun. I know it's so difficult to take photos of rooms when you're not equipped like a professional, so just don't be bothtered. I know how gorgeous these rooms will be! Take care xx

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Just here to feel good! Enjoy the day friend! blessings.

koralee said...

Morning to you my friend!!!! You have yourself an amazing Friday...and a wonderful weekend..give Suzanne a big bear hug from me...sooooo wish I could join you both.

I have a late start day today as it is our retreat to have some fun and leave the school work behind for a day.

Happy report card day....make sure you have a cup of tea and a yummy treat sitting right beside your favourite cup.

Hugs and love. xoxoxoxo

Pilar said...


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hello dear one!
On your way home meet me at the bridge under the tree.. come to my blog..

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

thank you so much for your sweet sweet words xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
i am excited and looking forward in anticiapation of what you will next share with us :o)

have a wonderful weekend xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

with much love and hugs from all in the meadow xxx we all adore you ♥


Candylei said...

So much fun! Love the photographs and the text :-)

Have a great weekend,

~CC Catherine said...

Anita, Friend, the music you're playing on this post is lowering my blood pressure, :) Which is a BLESSED thing to have happening. I certainly am in the NOW when I am visiting your blog and reading your posts. The ten items of which you listed about yourself are wonderful and now I know just a bit more about you. :) Hoping your day is a great one! Blessings Abundantly to you and yours... ~CC

vintageculler said...

Your blog made me linger. No blog hopping tonight. I have been captivated. Thank you!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

ANITA!!! Weeeeeeeeee.... Are we having fun yet?
I am so happy to see you wandered over tonight. You were so busy dearest and yet you found time to come to the ball.. THANK YOU!!!
Can't wait to see your new post tomorrow..