Thursday, July 14, 2011

~Show doN't Tell~

How do you find the right words in order 

to show 

and not

tell what is in 

your heart?

Sparkling moments

can change a person's life

by one fragrant sentence

or a kind action.

We are ALL creative at different levels 

but do we know our potential?

Find a quiet spot 

and think about the 

daily choices 

you make


make someone's day

more beautiful.


the dance of your everyday comings and goings.

Did you EMPOWER someone or YOURSELF 


call a new friend across the country

or call an old friend 

across town.

Let what you practice

and express

formulate a transparent 


through which the depths of your heart

reveal a

Sparkling Moment

that can change the world.

Photo Credits:

Swimming Dolphins: Power and Chaos Tumbler
Katy Tucker Pink Mascara via Pinterest 


Stephanie said...

gorgeous blues and inspirational words! loved this one!

Jennifer said...

Oh so close to my heart, powerful and perfect! I took a summer job to "give back" - it was soooooo boring. But I decided to hang in there because it isn't about me. It has been such a lesson in humility for me - again, I gained more than I gave. Jenn

Kathysue said...

I can hardly find the words to say how beautifully you have conveyed what you wanted to say. It is full of lovely words and images, Thank you for sharing your talents with us,Kathysue

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Oh Anita you've done it again. Sheer bliss. I ran over here as soon as I got your comment and I will keep you in prayer dearest. I have heard of this happening to others...and it can be scary. Definetly best to be cautious. You know I blogged for three years as Fairmaiden before ever revealing my real name Kerrie. I tend to be too careful. But better to be careful than sorry. I also don't talk about my children very often or post photos of them for same reasons. Sending bundles of love to you my friend. ox

The enchanted home said...

Anita, I HAVE CHILLS!!!! That ending literally gave me chills (of a beautiful and emotional kind) that video is unreal and I am going to send it to everyone on my email list!!!! You are a master at creating posts that move you to smile, laugh and cry. Another fabulous and inspiring post. THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT!

Fete et Fleur said...

One word can heal. One word can save. One word can change the world. Our words are so powerful. That video blew me away. Thank you so much my dear sister!


Sandra van Doorn said...

Oh my God this is so beautiful.
So beautiful.
So beautiful.
it should be compulsory for the whole world to see and read this. I say it should go on tv...

My Grama's Soul said...

Dear Anita.....what a lovely post you are sharing with us. YOU KNOW how much you touch each of our hearts with these wonderful musings.



Ruben Rivera said...

Wow, these are beautiful and encouraging sentiments. This is the essence of being human: that we are human for others. "May what moves us to tears move us to action." That is definitely worth remembering. Fantastic pictures.

Love Ruben

Rebecca said...





erin said...

so sparkly delicious!! and your quote inspires me so very much. just wonderful!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita

This post is who you are.. An INSPIRATION! I only wish I had the words to convey what my heat feels right now.. Simply beautiful...
Merci cher ami, for being you...

Cheryl said...

Your post today was a piece of art... it always seems to be~ so happy to have found you.

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
This is just a gorgeous pallet of turquoise and soft hues ~ this is a beautiful post!
The flower is exquisite! such an amazing shade! very velvety!

Your words, "May what moves us to tears, move us to action." so very powerful, Anita ~
I also love that quiet spot ~

May you always have a peaceful spirit ~ May God keep you in His care ♥
~blessings ~
ps. I'm so sorry your home blog had such problems! I enjoyed your photos very much!

GWENNY said...

Beautiful as always!! I hope you truely know what a gift you are to us bloggers

A Pretty Life said...

What a gift you have for words. ANd putting everything together.
The photo of those sweet birds cuddling. PRECIOUS!
Have a PRETTY day!

Palomasea said...

Anita Dear,
Getting ready for tomorrow, and now shedding some tears.
How exquisitely beautiful, poignant, brilliant.
Thank you...

Karen said...

Such a beautiful post Anita! The photos are gorgeous.
Thanks you!

Sarah said...

Anita, each time I visit you amaze me with your eloquent words and beautiful images, but this post has touched my heart in a way words can't express. I will always remember your quote! The video is one I'll share with many. Thank you, dear one! ~ Sarah

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita,Once again your post brought a tear to my eyes. I am always inspired, and touched by every post, here at Castles and Crowns. As my 50th brithday very quickly approaches, I find myself asking what really matters to me, what makes me happy, what have I accomplished in my life? Not that I think my life is near it's end..oh no, I have MUCH yet to do,and I hope that the fall of my life will bring forth inner peace, and fulfillment of long wished for dreams. I think, for me, the answers lie more in the people I surround myself with, rather than the things...I am so glad you are a part of my daily life Anita. Even if it is only an internet connection,it' is really much more. I "hear" your soul. You are wonder, and light, and love, my friend! I hope you know how much you are loved, and respected by so many! Blessings Much Love, Christel

Splenderosa said...

Anita, I actually try to practice this every single day of my life. What I have learned as I've gone along may actually help someone younger or disadvantaged or needing help. Wouldn't it be tragic if we didn't share, if we didn't give back to this powerful universe? Brilliant and beautiful, my friend. xx's

georgia~gigi said...

Oh.... Anita Love, tears are rolling down my face! What an amazing video!
You are truly captivating!!!!! I hope you never get tired of hearing how wonderful you are!
Your header took my breath away, so so stunning! I really don't know how you do it, but sure glad you do!!!!
Much love to you
gi gi

Holly Loves Art said...

Ahhhh such a sweet post. The color aqua makes me so happy.

Rosie said...

YES, YES, YES...let us strive to put a smile on the faces we see throughout the day. It takes so very little and yet we so often miss those precious opportunities. Thank you Dearest, for this BEAUTIFUL reminder.
Today was another day of blissful blue paint. Martha Stewart's "Enamelware". Pulled a vintage wrought iron crib out of the corner and by removing one side rail and adding a thick new foam mattress, A DAY BED IS BORN :) cut up turquoise/lime green matelasse to do a cover and will finish it off tomorrow.
Well you my dear are doing nothing but partying...AND OH, I WISH I WAS CLOSER, for you my dear really DO put a smile on my face, and a song in my heart. Have a fabulous Friday, and I shall put the kettle on, and leave a raspberry scone ready for you to nibble on...see you in the morning...xoxo...R

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my dear Anita.....this post sounded just like my Mum.....she often talked about how a kind word could change someone's life. She tried to make a difference every day.

Huge huggies dear one.

zizi bloom said...

what a great blog!
happy to find you!!!

YONKS said...

Oh Anita,
You made me cry this morning - not out of sadness, but because there is such beauty! I am glad you came into my life, for whatever reason, you are a gift!

desde my ventana said...

Good morning Anita,

What a wonderful color inspiration, pics and perfect words.
Thank you for sharing your world.

Hope that you are spending a happy summer week.

Muchos besos.


Victoria Sayer said...

Lovely Anita.
This was so wonderful...again.
Words and indeed, deeds, can be so wonderful. We know them as 'R.A.K. Attacks'. (short for 'Random Acts of Kindness') Just some small or not so small, 'something' done for another with the specific purpose of showing thoughtful help light up someones day...put a smile on someones face.
It always amazes me that you can put into words and (turquoise:) photos just what you are thinking and feeling. Thankyou sweet lady for sharing your talent with us.


It's me said...

I am still quiet.....feeling sad...cry a lot.....and owwww how i miss her........will i ever be happy?

francis said...

words ...the words tell you ..... oh oh oh Anita ....
How you do it ...I'm beginning to know now because this is who you are ...... So special
You are like the youtube movie
You know hoew to choose other words and the result is amazing .
I am of to the postoffice now

Sylvia said...

Dearest Anita,
You are an INSPIRATIN ! You make us see the world differently, think deeply , become more aware of ourselves each day ...You are a TEACHER who nurtures ,encourages us to be better human beings ! Thank you !

A Tale of Two Cities said...

So stirring--there are so many times our words can make all the difference to someone who needs a kind thought spoken to them. I think we are all inspired to speak with our heart and with a purpose after reading your words here.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Joycee said...

Anita, this pierced my heart and gave me newfound hope...your insight with words and pictures are a blessing everytime!

Anonymous said...

Sweet Anita
this post is awesome!
as are all the others
you share with us...
you give me hope
you give me joy
you are my friend!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear sweet have moved me again with this gorgeous post...and that beautiful colour...May you always sparkle.. that header is gorgeous!!! Love Dzintra

~CC Catherine said...

Anita, My tears are rolling down my face as I type these words. What is the French word for W*O*W? The minutes I took in reading this post changed MY DAY, changed MY Heart, and changed MY VIEW... Friend, you painted this canvas today with your words as powerfully as the woman who wrote on the cardboard for the blind man. You are SPECIAL, VERY Special...and I'm honored to call you Mon Ami~ xoxo Lovely - Lovely post!

Martina said...

What a sparkling, delicious post Anita! Love the freshness of these dreamy aqua pictures, and want to swim with the dolphins now! Also, your new header is pure gorgeousness. Yes, so worth while to think about our daily choices, and think about how to let life sparkle for ourselves and others. Let's see what the weekend brings. Have you planned anything yet? xox

"Create Beauty" said...

Aqua CRSYSTALS!!! be still my heart!!!! Love your new header, and this post my dear, is
M A G N I F I C E N T !!!!

Yes, the power of words, and yours are always

full of blessing.

(thank you!!!)

I finished my blog post for the Where Bloggers Create party, whew! took way too many photos and had to choose, but I think I now have a fine tour of two rooms where I work and play, come on over for a visit and let's embellish and play! I've shown some of your lovely gifts to me also.

(many thanks once again, and for being my partner in glitter!!!)

Love! ~ Violet

Privet and Holly said...

I don't think
it even has to
be a grand gesture....
A smile, a kind
word at the check
out lane....letting
someone with fewer
things get in front
of you at the store...
You never know what
others are going through
and how the simplest
action can have a powerful
effect. Sending hugs
your way today....stay
cozy and dry!
xx Suzanne

Jenelle said...

I love your blog!! The images are stunning and I love your writing. Leaving inspired and look forward to returning :) Thanks so much for sharing.

Fa La Vecia

Divine Theatre said...

I try to set a good example for my beloved daughter. We have been so blessed and the kindness of strangers has been the seed, the sun and the rain to me. We always give big bills to the homeless, the indigent and, yes, even the drunkards. Who am I to deny an alcoholic a good night's sleep? Who knows what he or she is running from (or to?)?
I do, however, tell the lost that Jesus loves them, misses them and is waiting for them to come Home.
"Look them in the eye", I tell my daughter. "They are our brothers, our sisters. They are us." She listens. She has been known to spontaneously hug people in wheelchairs. She listens.
A kind word and a twenty dollar bill go further than judgement and empty sentiment.
You are a blessing to me, friend. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Anita
I just read your
comment on Maria's
blog about your
house pictures.
I hate to think
those kinds of
people are out
there...but they are.
Stay safe sweet friend.

Hearthandmade said...

such stunning colours here!! I have that turquoise phone up there only in cream ^_^ I love all the pics!


Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, Beautiful Anita!
I visited late last night before and comments and did not have the heart to laeve you a commnet at 3:00, I was up dealing with a sinus problem feeling awake and not myself, Sooo when I visited you I felling love with your new header! then the youtube "Different Words" the power of words, what a message, I cried, did you mean to make me cry!! :) and then really not be able to sleep :)

I need to share my heart with you today! I am so amazed with the messages you give us all, and I now want to be you!

Can you send me your favorite number I have been lazy these day over all that I have had to get done, and have been meaning to send you something for some time now!

Just let me know what N0. spaeks to you,,,Like I am a N0. 2 because of my daughter and I braving the world together :)

See my friend soon!

There are no words for this touching post!

"Si seulement un numéro français pouvait exprimer l'amitié précieuse que j'ai pour vous.
Bisous et câlins"

La Petite Gallery said...

I flipped at the tiny jewerly box. My Mother had that very one. I gave it to my Daughter. Beautiful post. Enjoyed every image and word.


Mapi said...

Oh Anita, you are such a wonder with words !
Beautiful post, as always.
Lovely, sunny weekend

ida said...

You are such an inspiration to all women happy I found your beautiful blog. Ida x

Champagne Macarons said...

Absolutely beautiful post.. and the colours are fantastic!
French Bulldogs are wonderful! We love ours so much. They love to cuddle and nap next to the children.. and what I love about Bogie is that he always has his arms around whoever he is napping next to. Yes, home is a wonderful place to be. We love being together and having friends over.. home really is where the heart is.
Wishing you a most beautiful weekend! xoxo, B

ida said...

Hi Anita,back again I just read about the FB situation so sorry real scary.....have been in a similar place on a social network!!!

Take care my friend,warm 0000 ida xxx

aBroad said...

I have been a crybaby for a few weeks now and this just started it again :)
So beautiful , so true, thank you !
Besos. C

Sailor said...

Beautiful! Everything has a blue in it!

Cruise Pictures

Elizabeth said...

This is such a beautiful post. I am sorry that someone has been emailing you strange things. Stay safe and know that we are praying for you.


Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Anita,
That was so nice. Your new Header is dazzling! I love the blue phone and the old phone. Aren't old friends the best friends? Have a beautiful weekend my beautiful friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Rayanne said...

Dear Sweet Anita,
I love how you blog...IT'S SO REAL!
I have been trying to leave you a comment very since you posted, one thing or another...but here I am now, and I do hope all is ok, I read your comment on Kerrie's blog. Makes me wonder if I should take down my blog on my house???? I guess you can tell I'm having some problems just posting...not sure why.
I love, love, love YOUR blue color, it's right up there with pink to me, I'm might be liking it a bit more these days....did I just say that!!!
Have a super wonderful weekend friend!! Love ya

Pretty Things said...

Totally becoming a follower -- we are of similar spirits, I think. And I LOOOVE that dress in your blog header!

A Pretty Life said...

Anita, I just read the comment you left on my blog. Are you kidding me~!? I am SO sorry you are dealing with that. I think you did the right thing taking charge of the situation!
Smart move.
Hugs to you and I hope you have a pretty day!

Rosie said...

I HAD to wander...just aimlessly strolling through this turquoise world and drinking in your words and pandering on this prayer...."Lord, help me not ONLY to recognize these opportunities, but help me have the COURAGE to seize them."
Yes my dear, WE do have an obsession with paint...but I just can't do the 12 step program right I have too many treasures that NEED a little lift...giggle...OH I DO LOVE THIS KINDRED PASSION!
Oh Dearest I am SO distressed that you felt the NEED to remove your inspirational home from your site.
I am SO friend...I covet and treasure the snappies you have so generously shared with me. Thank you sweet friend.
Today I FINISHED the daybed. Oh she is kinda cute...I hope that some little girl will curl up with a good book, her favorite doll, or maybe just her creative imagination on this pillow filled cloud.
Will pop this into the shop on Sunday.
WOW, can't believe this is Friday already. What plans have you made for the weekend? I don't know what Bill has plotted, but will fill you in tomorrow. Have a PERFECT weekend...see you in the morning my sweet friend xoxox R

High Heeled Life said...

Mon Ami .. such beautiful images to bring to light how each of us needs to be the change we so dream of in the world. A how something as small as a smile or a single word of kindness can make a huge difference in another's day. Know that with each post you are making the world a better place .. because you have made a difference to your readers' day!!! xo HHL

marie said...

This is a beautiful blog post! Just beautiful!!

DolceDreams said...

Wow...such an exceptionally beautiful post,the you tube brought tears to my eyes, and your message is so true, and appreciated ~ merci!

Presépio no Canal said...

Very inspirational words, Anita! You really inspire our world and make it prettier!! :-)
Bedankt/Merci/Obrigada!! :-)

Denise said...

You did it again Anita.You never fail to amaze.You did just what you wrote about.It truely is an honor to know you. Love you girl, Denise

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita...Where do you find such beautiful photos?? Always gorgeous my friend! Hope all is well with you!~Hugs, Patti

Marie-Ange said...

Je t'ai décerné une petite récompense parce que tu le mérites ...
Veux tu répondre à ce petit jeu ?
Gros bisous

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos, beautifully written. You were right... of course I love that header! That kitchen shot is one of my all time faves!! I am wishing you a fabulous weekend Anita!! xoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

I had to come back for some glorious views and your words that speak volumes!!!!

Excellent. Beautiful. Wondrous!

~ Violet

The Dutchess said...

I believe this was the most beautiful post you ever made..untill now..its all in the words..xoxo

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, just came home to see your sweet comment and wish we could have a drink now, sitting on this pretty terrasse in the last picture here! We had a fine day and i went to the fleamarket and then to an art exibition and then to a place with portuguese food, all with 2 girlfriends, which was FUN! Hubby had some quiet time at home, which we all need sometimes. But now, that i'm home, it looks like there'll be thunderstorms this night. I hope your rainy day was cozy and lovely too and your sunday will be a little sunnier. So love your blues here - it's fun to see them again and again! xx

The French Bear said...

Love all this gorgeous turquoise!!!! Where od you find all these fabulous many wonderful things to savour!!!!
I love the ice cream, yum!
Margaret B

Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Anita,

Always a delight to visit with you. Your images and beautiful words always inspire me. I must ask where you found the image of the two birds?? I'm a huge bird watcher..that image makes my heart go pitter patter.

I'm visiting for Karen's party...Come see me when you have a moment!

Pink Sparkles,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥
Queen of Dreamsz

millefeuilles said...

Yes, it is our mission in life to sparkle away. In fact in our home we constantly find glitter scattered on the floor or under the sofa. I like it that way; it's messy but a constant reminder of the importance of adding a little dazzle in someone's life.

Thank you so much!

Kindest wishes,


RobinfromCA said...

Anita this is an absolutely beautiful post! The words, the photos and the serene, beautiful blue that brings peace to the mind. You have also inspired the post I will put up before I leave to go out of town for a week. I love to visit your blog!



where have you been all my life. xo Laura

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Look how late I am, and all this beauty is here , waiting for me! I am always so moved by your posts, and the video you chose is so powerful I just put it up on my Facebook page. My mother always taught me to be very careful of my words, and to never speak negatively. Her words were always words of love and healing.
I love all of your pictures, and that dress up there is on my Pinterest as "the prettiest dress on the planet!" You just always know how to put all the right images together to create the most wonderful posts. What a special person you are! And if you ever do want to call across the country to a "new friend", I'm here on Everafter Farm!
I'm off to France on Monday, so I need to do a post myself before I go...but I'm in such a tizzy!!

Sonja said...

oh I love it all Anita, as always, but your words are my favorite part of this post... "may what moves us to tears move us to action"... I am so aware of how life is speeding by. Each new day holds opportunities for that action.

Great post my friend!


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

You have shared a post full of beauty, dear friend.
Not only the lovely images but your gorgeous writing. Isn't that the most beautiful colour.
Thanks you lovely one and I hope that you are having and enjoyable weekend


Rosie said...

When I open my eyes, first thing in the morning, and hear the whisper of rain, against my window, I just want to snuggle down for but a few more minutes...I too LOVE a good storm. It makes the sunny days ever so precious :)
Today, Bill and I scurried around ALL morning, with "picking up furniture" at the top of the list. Then I painted a VERY Victorian chair. She has sat on the sidelines for a VERY LONG TIME, because she was SO fancy, but I finally decided how I would dress her. Simple white paint with a burlap seat. Have never UPHOLSTERED with burlap before and so this may not work. Plan "B" is we'll see.
Tomorrow I shall give this a go. Enjoy your Sunday my dear, "Rendez-vous dans la matinée mon cher ami"... l'amour ... Rosie

chateaudelille said...

Oh me oh my, how beautiful were those pics! They gave my day an instant sparkle. Cant wait to come back and look at them all over again and again..
Hope you have a sparkling week.

Jacqueline said...

What moved me to tears today, moved me to action. A sweet little dog left in a car for 8 hrs. I was having a fit. I told the women, let me have the dog, I'll take her home with me until you get off work. She would not let me but I was so upset about this dog. I've worried about it all night and decided just to pray. We can't fix what is wrong sometimes but we can enjoy all that is right in the world.

Tonight, I'm a bit tired. We have a thunderstorm and the leaves are even starting to fall. Could autumn be arriving? Oh please tell me no. I read what you said about the rain dumping on you too. Girls like us however have a good set of boots and fancy umbrella's to go out and play, any old day.

I'm still trying to do something everyday to help or contribute to someone elses day. It's been a good goal and the reward is great. I take the pleasure of seeing the smile on someones face. I find in our world today, people need so much love and it's always good to give away a big cup of hope too.

Night night, sleep tight!

Tiff said...

As usual gorgeous Anita, your glimmering words and sparking images touch my heart and my soul! You press the buttons and tweak the levers in my mind to set me thinking... dreaming... you prompt me to ponder the possibilities and cherish the wonders in my reality! x

Barbara said...

Beautiful photos that made me smile and words that inspire. A lovely post, Anita.

michelle said...

Hello dearest Anita! I have missed your so!! Your post is so beautiful and so inspiring, you really know how to put words into a heart.
I also wanted to tell you that I received your package right be before we left on vacation and didn't get a chance to tell you, THANK YOU!!! It is so beautiful my friend!! I love her and will find a wonderful home where I can look at her and smile and think of you and your friendship. :) I hope you are well and enjoying your summer so far. Have a lovely weekend filled with love and sunshine!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour ma belle!

I'm back! I'm having a wonderful summer on Golden Pond and doing a bit of traveling... leaving for the Outer Banks this Friday to soak my toes in the beach of the Great Atlantic! I'm retired again and loving it!!!
your post is tre bien... I love the old saying about "people will not remember what you said but how you made them feel". So true isn't it?
I pray all is good with you and Ruben. I've missed you dear Anita!

Grosses bises, Sherry

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!!! Cauliflower cheese...a simple but popular item Down Under...make some white sauce...season...add grated cheese...pour over just cooked with more cheese...some breadcrumbs (I use rice crumbs as I am gluten free)...pop in the oven till golden brown...delicious!!! I am feeling good Anita...doing most things with my arm...but still difficult to go backwards...thank you so much for means a lot...Have a fabulous week...Dzintra

lostpastremembered said...

On my trip, I got lost frequently. Driving the obscure little roads in the ENglish country side was tough, if beautiful. On 3 different occasions when I was lost, lovely Englishmen came to my aid and escorted me to the right roads... 2 went completely out of their way to do it. It made getting lost feel like a gift of beautiful spirit. I was so buoyed by the experiences... well getting lost became great memories. I still smile remembering it. It made me want to try harder at home to be a light in other's lives as they have been in mine... great thoughts, Anita!

George the Lad said...

Oh Anita, you always empower me with your posts and words, and yes I got a sparking moment on receiving you email you are truly talended. Sit back raise a cup of tea, to all your hard work behind the scenes.
Love and Hugs to you all George and Jan xxx

Bonnie said...

Anita, blue is my favorite color!

xoxo, Bonnie

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Sunday Anita Love!
Thank you for your very sweet comments, your so so good to me!
I do love coming back for a second look, oh your posts are such works of art! Have you thougth about doing a Blog Book? I know I would buy one ;)
Here's to a Wonderful Sunday!
Lots of love
gi gi

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...we are home!!! I have missed you so. What a lovely post to come home to...aqua joy! I so love all your pretty images. We are just getting into the swing of things again....just got home yesterday..late afternoon.

California was amazing! I love it down there.
Must go unpack and get the laundry in. We start moving into our new home on THURSDAY!!!!! yahooo.

love and hugs to you...hope your Summer is going amazingly well. xoxoxo

Patricia Cabrera said...

So much to say about this post Nita,my dear Nita!!*grin*

"Kindness is to give one what he/she needs NOT what he/she deserve".
How easy is that?
NOT easy at all because it comes from the grace that Only God give men kind.

To do things without "telling" is so much bigger and effetive.

BUT sometimes words are necessary and ((( YOU))) have show this to me.

Please come to my blog ( miniature) this evening as I am doing a different post and it will never be the same if YOU are not there!

Love you!!!

Martina said...

Sorry to hear you're having so much rain, but here, it's the same today. Yesterday was the only exeption in a period of rain, for the next days are supposed to be grey and cloudy as well! I'll wear lots of color and work on ideas for my fabric collection if time allows it. And visit blogland! Hot tea and hot bath tonight! Bises!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Thanks for your visit today, your writing is wonderful and I love all you share.
About my post, we were actually in Bordeaux back in January, when the weather was cold, but I am just now getting around to posting about my trip.

Happy week

Pretty Things said...

Hi! Couldn't find your email so hopefully you'll get this and remember it (and you don't have to post this) -- you asked about the art doll in my studio in the Where Bloggers Create hop -- no, I didn't make it -- Vanessa Valencia did. Here's her Etsy -- they're hard to get.


Nicole Lautner said...

Hallo from Germany,
i love this colors! Very nice Pics <3

Kindest wishes

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

It always seems like I'm the last one to comment but I wanted to let you know dear Anita that the images you share always seem to lift my spirits. I loved the video too!

ANNE said...

Oh, Anita, the video gave me chills...thankyou for the reminder of how many types of beauty there are in the world!

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Magnificent! I hopped over from Koralee's place, and I'm glad I did. Pure, fantastic beauty. Thank you.

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello lovely Anita,
It is always a plessure when you visit me. Thank you for your kind words about my fairy, I confess I also love fairies :-))
You are so talented with words but also with your paintings and your art creations!!! Go for it, one day you can make them to!

Patricia Cabrera said...

Nita, I could NEVER express with words what I am or feel as I can with the work with my hands. YOU in the contrary , can express your self so well and find just the *right* words for any time and emotions. Thank you my friend , for coming and see Giselle, my fragile soul.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Anita
So much inspiration in turquoise.. I love it!!! Especially love those telephones!!! might have to call a friend right now!! hehe

Have a wonderful 'inspiring' week.. and hang in there with the humidity!!! wet and cold here!! ciao xxx Julie

Fay said...

Sweetpie Im so sorry that im so late ive been away from my laptop all week and soo...... well that was wonderful in every way and great thoughts to take off to dreamland its 2am !!!!missed you I fly tuesday for 2 weeks Thankyou big hugs and lots of love fay xxx

Jennifer said...

you're glorious!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

did you hear my phone ringing up an old friend today?...thank you for the jingle of remembering to do so! it was grand...for both of us! hug to you, xok.

Rosie said...

Vicky, SWEET Vicky...giggle...she is wearin' burlap and white tonight. The burlap was WONDERFUL to upholster with. It had a great stability and yet a bit give on the bias. Totally searchin' for other pieces to sport this look. As soon as she enters the shop, I will try to take a few snappies of this last week's work.
So what is this about WATER in your basement!!!??? OH NO! What do you have to do to correct this problem? Hoping it will have an affordable solution.
So glad you sat beside me for a great service this morning. It was SO timely to watch this one, after your inspirational post :) I'm smilin' SO BIG right now :) HUGS
I am checking whenever I am in the shop, for this little surprise you have shipped my way...CAN'T HARDLY WAIT. Our postal service is pretty slow right now...but I will TRY to be patient. :)
Will be shoppin' in the mornin'...what do ya need...eggs, milk, bread....purse, scarf, necklace...WHAT WILL IT BE SISTA?
Can't decide?...Well OK, why don't you just come with me. I'll pick you up at 8:00...see ya in the mornin' xoxox Rosie

June said...

You are an inspiration dear friend! I will do better now that I have read your words. Thank you for making me always want to reach higher.
hugs from here...

Fay said...

HI SWEETPIE YES THE parisian bunny is in my kitchen his head nods too hes in charge of all the teas Im doing a nother grand tour of all my ailig relatives and will also stay with my brother for a week yes WHAT WAS ITrump wearing i almost died laughing ( naughty ! she wouldnt like my boots 1 )
could do with sitting in your last image isnt it exquisite enjoy the next 2 weeks miss ypu lots Love fay xxx

Jacqueline said...

The news says you are baking in the sun over your way! We are still COLD but warming up and may hit 70 today. Now that we have the weather report out of the way...

I sent you an email with my email but perhaps it got lost in computer world.

Email is:

Out the door early this morning. Changing the day up and going to do errands at 630am...Latte stand is calling my name!

koralee said...

Morning dear one! What is on your agenda this fine day? Are you in your art-room or in your garden? We are having rain once will be a day of packing for me. The time is coming very soon now.
First off to get a cup of tea in a new cup I brought all the way from California....pure joy! xoxoxo Have a great day.

Christie said...

Dearest, I finally had a chance to take in your post, the moving video....the't tell....such impact!!
God gives you inspiration! Thank you for being His instrument, dear one!
Sunshine, Sparkles, Symphonies for the Senses...all yours on this day,

francis said...

Oh I am so happy .
My son installated my laptop for new because I had a lot of trouble every time and more and more .
He has been busy for a long time . Lots of waiting and waiting ....
and than when the job was done I could not get into my Hotmail .
No mailing and no leaving comments .
Oh my .........
Long storie but here I am again !
Must not think about having to miss blogging OH NO !
Lots of hugs your way pffffffffff

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That blue is making me glow, I am adding a lot of this shade of blue to my home this Summer. Think it will stay here in Wintertime too.
How is your Summer so far, sweet Anita. Are you drawing, reading, enjoying your beautiful cottage?
My laptop is far far away, In Fall I will be curling up in my chair again and wander through blog land each and every day. Looking forward to those cozy, inspiring evenings.
Love and hugs to you ma plus chere amie o xx o

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, i loved to hear about those little animals in your garden - a bunny watching you play the harp? How cute is that! Perfect stories for nowwhere, which is propably right in your garden! till wet, wet wet here, water dripping from leaves ... Bonne nuit, xx

hi-d said...

This is such an AMAZING post, Anita! You truly have the gift of writing and INSPIRING your readers. I LOVE your blog!!! That quote of yours is brilliant as well.

Have a wonderful week!
Heidi (hi-d)

hi-d said...

Okay, Anita, I just watched the video and that was awesome! I'm going to post it to facebook. Thank you!

Beatnheart said...

Anita...that was one of the most beautiful blogs I have even seen/read. The tears are streaming down my face. Loved this and so inspiring. Loved the dolphins too. You are so talented to create something this wonderful.

victorian parlor II said...

Beautifully said!!!



Rosie said...

Oh dearest you have a NEW "pool room/sauna room " maybe we could work with this...our cup could be half Oh dearest our old house used to have water issues in the spring for years and then with out any conceivable reason, it just stopped and to this day mom has not had a drop of water.
But this will not dampen your spirits my dear, for I KNOW you will make lemon aid with any lemons that are dropped on your doorstep.
After a FAST shopping trip, I put a coat of gray paint on this lovely little dresser, but alas, I seem ALWAYS to go a bit to light...will I EVER learn? May have to darken it a bit with the last coat.
Oh dear one enjoy your garden in the cool of the morning and find a little corner to curl up in when the heat becomes too much. Sip on some of that tasty lemon aid. If you will be so kind as to pour a glass I will join you while the paint is drying...see you in the morning xoxo Rosie

Susan said...

Dear Anita, I never visit here without being challenged to re-frame how I think about things. You are inspiring and so very talented my friend. Blue tranquility...
Wishing you peace and joy this fine day.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Hello dearest Anita! Oh this is such a WONDERFUL post! That video is so touching and your words with the combination of pictures are so inspirational. Thank you for these wonderful reminders. It is all so full of beauty and so are you!
How was your weekend? I hope you have had lots of moments creating!
I did end up going to San Francisco, so that is why I am just coming around for a visit! And since being back, I have found it so hard to come up with a post for my blog. I hope I gain some inspiration soon!
On my little roadtrip, there was so much inspiration to be soaked in from everywhere. So much to see and do. There really is inspiration all around us :)
I hope you have a beautiful new week filled with much for writing and creating!
How is your painting coming along?
Lots of love to you!

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend... every-time I view that turquoise phone image I think of my grandma....she had one just like that when I was growing up. Maybe that is why I love the colour so much...thanks Grandma!

Is it still sticky hot there? Really all we have been having is rain..rain..rain...what's up with this weather? Can't play in it anyways...too much work to be done. Today I tackle the OVEN!!! sigh.
Hope your day is full of JOY! xoxoxo

wendy said...

That was a beautiful and powerful Video. and Yes, it made me get a tear in my eye.
OH....the power of Words.
The ones we choose
the WAY we choose to say them.

Let's hope we never have to "eat them"....but put out our words like a wonderful Buffet of love and kindness.
THEN....make sure our actions carry out the GOOD words,

Actions speak louder then words sometimes too the girl in the video, HER ACTIONS WAS LOVE not verbalized, and just by changing the "words" on the sign, It also made others perform ACTIONS OF LOVE.

so cooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a lovely lady you are Anita. I just want to go for a walk with you and talk, and enjoy your sweet soul.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...
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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
One only needs to read the thoughts of others here to know how much you are admired and loved. I believe this is my favorite post, although I am sure I have said this before.. You have a way of reaching in and touching the hearts of others with your words..
Love and blessings,

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such a thoughtful post Anita. Yes, these are the things that make a day worthwhile. Have we touched someone's heart, inspired them, or done one act of kindness?

Your choice of photographs illustrated your heart, and I am always delighted when I read your posts.


Rosie said...

Oh Dearest, I, NEED that charming turquoise bike with that perfect wicker basket,(for carrying my purse and such) to ride to the store. Then i would park it outside so "she" could welcome those lovely ladies into the shop.
I LOVE that snappy!
...and lets see, turquoise lemon aid...Yum with a capital "Y". Blueberry??? not sure on this one, but will ponder a bit longer as I am out in my happy place. This grand gray dresser is ready for a bit of stain and a little antiquing. Will give this a go tomorrow. Should be fun.
Wow...H*O*T...H*O*T...H*O*T! You my dear must be careful. Now is perfect time for you to Enjoy your studio to it's fullest away you go girlfriend...CREATE!
Must get supper on now, but I will be sure to see you first thing in the morning XOXO Rosie

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, I am so inspired by the garden party, when I have mine this fall I will use the lights on the trees, so pretty.

Gem said...

Your blog is truly exquisite. I found it through Fee's (Chipper Nelly).
Absolutely lovely.

YONKS said...

Morning Dearest,
I'm really well thank you - you?
It was just a boring Wednesday and I saw this magazine and knew people would love it. I can see I will probably need to buy some more copies, I think it's going to be popular. I love sharing and get much more fun out of giving.
With love on a rainy Wednesday X

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love to visit your blog, it is beautiful, stimulating and a feast for the eyes, the mind and the soul.

This reminded be of a saying, "to the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world."

Have a wonderful day! You are a special person and I am lucky to have discovered your blog.

Palomasea said...

Anita, dear,
I've been trying to respond to your e-mail this morning, but something is happening and it's not going through. I will keep trying throughout the day!

koralee said...

Morning to you my dear! Sending you ooooodles of love today...just had to pop over with my wishes. A day without Anita is like a day without sunshine! HUGS!
Off to tackle some more corners of my home...tomorrow we get the keys to our new nest!!!! xoxoxo

cb said...

thanks for stopping by my blog ;D great pictures! that bike, that bright phone and those birds! oh my!


Jeri Landers said...

I loved that video. ( the lady must have been in advertising). But the message came through loud and clear. To me, it was more akin to appreciating what we have, the gifts we take for granted... and the realization that others may not enjoy those gifts.

Palomasea said...

Anita, I am trying both e-mails, and neither goes through. I'm sorry...I will keep trying. But just in case, if ten e-mails show up in your box, I'm sorry for that too :)))
I just got your lovely message on the blog, thank you so much for visiting me! Your kind words mean so much! That post was inspired by your beautiful visit, and the people in our lives who exude love, sunshine, and purity of heart.
Many hugs to you.

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Anita
Delighted to visit you again watching your lovely images and reading your pretty words

Maria said...

Thinking of you with the heat! It will be nearly 100 tomorrow (Thurs).
I'll be cleaning the basement where it's cooler...
How are you keeping cool?

Take care' Anita,

Rosie said...

Hufff...Pufff...OK, I just biked an extra 5 miles at TOP speed so that I could have an extra scoop of MARVELOUS MAPLE WALNUT! But here I am ready to go "RIP UP THE ROAD" with ALL you girls on those gorgeous turquoise bikes...YIPPEEEEE!
So it was you who was painting your chandy, right along side me...the humming and teeheeing...I thought it was YOU dearest :) I finished antiquing that sweet grey dresser and used a new technique that worked quite well. Will take a snappy tomorrow, of all the goodies of this past week.
Will be painting AGAIN tomorrow. Dropped off the blue French Provincial grouping last night and popped into the shop this morning to see how Marlene had arranged it under three sparkly chandies...oh it was so fresh and fun. Then while I stood smiling at these pretties one of our regular customers scooped in and purchased 3 of the 4 pieces...AHHHHHHHH!!!!! NOOOOO!!!!! It wasn't here long enough! Thank you Lord for this sale...but I JUST wanted it to enjoy it a bit longer.
SO...Did I say I MUST START ALL OVER TOMORROW?...Hmmmm...Oh well.
After you have played a little Harp and Read a bit of poetry, come on over and lets paint TOGETHER. IF ONLY that were possible, my JOY would be ever FULLER...see you in the morning sweet girl xoxo Rosie

lila Check said...

soooooo beautiful and so inspiring!!
simply lovely!

Yelena Starikova said...

WOw!!! Stunning images! I love Aqua in any form!

Im your new follower!

Come check us out!


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lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This was an absolutely stunning post. Your pictures are just lovely (those colors!) and such eloquent captions. I stumbled upon your site by accident (I am fairly new at the whole blogging world) and now I have another site I'll be sure to return to....
Have a wonderful day,
Bilancia Designs

michelle said...

Good Morning dear friend! I hope you are staying cool. Thank you so much for your sweet comment about the sunset, it is truly an amazing site to see. It sounds like you are enjoying your time this summer, I am so happy that you are able to create and just do as your heart feels and since it is so hot out it makes for a great escape from the heat.

Have a beautiful day!
much love!

designchic said...

Your beautiful inspiration always makes my day...gorgeous words and lovely blues ~

Palomasea said...

Good Morning Dear Friend,
Well, e-mail still not working. Alas, fencing pictures have to wait!
How is the puppet show coming along? I can't wait to see more photos. The ones that you posted are SO gorgeous, and it looks like some of that beautiful paper is in the moonglow. So dreamy!
Have a beautiful day, I think we can be outside today, hooray!
Bises, I

Gem said...

Thank you SO much for your fab comments over at my blog Anita! Really kind of you. Yes Fee and I had a right good laugh over our madness with lost toys. And the lengths we go to, in a bid to track them down.
I love your photos, your house be be stunning - is it featured in magazines???
I also love the pic of the "sparkling moment" by the water. Is this at your home or did you see it somewhere? Just perfect.
Hope all well over the Great Pond!!!
Love Gem x x

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Happy Thursday, Anita!

Thank you for sharing that quote with me about taking something complicated and simplifying it. It is a wonderful thing to ponder!
I have been noticing a lot of other artists lately, and even though it makes me so frustrated at times that I am not as good as them, it is inspiring at the same time. But, we need those people to look up to and admire, don't we?
How is your week coming along? Today seems like a great day to paint or draw, so that is what I plan to do. How about you? :)
Much love and sunshine to you!

Tuesdai Noelle said...

Hello Anita,

Your blog is quite the charm and inspiration :) I like.

Tuesdai Noelle said...

Quick question: Do you do blog interviews? I would love to do an interview on you and what inspires your blogging!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita that Roasted Cauliflower is just perfect...I have one in the fridge and will try this...Thank You So you go ahead and have a fab Friday....Dzintra

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...I am off to bed soon as I have had a full day of cleaning ....the new home is amazing..we spent all day there. Tomorrow if there is no rain...I will tackle some of the garden. We are still in our old home until July 26th when the movers come.

Hope your day was filled with joy. xoxo

Martina said...

Hi Anita, am here to jump into aqua lagoons and dream into your pictures! How is your week going? I was so tired, maybe because of so much rain, and now look forward to a quiet weekend. Am sending lots of love!

YONKS said...

Morning dearest!
Wow, I take your last comment as a huge compliment. Coming from such a literary soul is amazing. It makes the time blogging all worthwhile. Thank you so much. You have made my day!
With Love

YONKS said...

Speaking with you this morning just reminded me that when falling asleep last night, I thought about Sauron from Lord of the Rings and how I would add it to the final post, so I have just gone in and done that.

Thanks for reminding me friend!

Tuesdai Noelle said...

Morning Anita!

Thanks for stopping by and the blog kudos:-) I heard of your blog through a friend who told me, "Her blog...She's REALLY lovely..." so I came to check it out and she was right; really lovely. I'm a collage artist/handbag designer. Adore simple fun, laughing, down-to-earth, like discovering things that make me a better person. And believe everyday is a "new learning experience.

You haven't been interviewed yet? Well the world of blogger definitely should be breaking down links to be so, aha.

If you're interested in me sending a few (short) questions, you can email me @ princesstuesdai (at) yahoo

Talk you soon :)

Bren Herrera said...

amiga, i've literally been feeling blue all week so this is so helpful in seeing the beautiful in the color. I loved the hugging birds... how romantic. happy fin de semaine.

B So Chic!™

Maria said...

Hi Anita! Oh yes... over 90 again today ~ clearer skies, which I think means less humidity... but still, phew!
Still organizing and cleaning our neglected basement ~ {I keep saying, "I'm in the deep downs" as Miggory Sow refers to the dungeon, in Tale of Despereaux}
We have one little air conditioner in our dining room cooling most of the first floor. All our bedrooms are closed off and Chris and I have been sleeping in the room we've set aside for my father when he's here.
I think we get a reprieve on Sunday ~ thank the Lord. Wish I could send those cooler breezes over to Jason in Austin.
I think of you in your art studio ~ Do you have finished walls in your basement? Ours is pretty much the original cinder blocks and concrete of construction.

Well, can you tell I have needed a break from the "deep downs!?"

Have a beautiful afternoon ~ wishing you cool breezes!

Tuesdai Noelle said...

ok :) Talk to you then.

jade said...

Sooooooo heavenly, my sweet Anita, looooooove that colour and your words going right into my heart!! Thank you so much, that you bring all that magic & light in our life!!! And i´m soooooo looking forward, to your new post.......think it will be soon ;)!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

Love & Hugs Jade

Gem said...

Ah bless you for commenting on my blog! Great to hear from you Anita as always.
Your blog is so pretty and all the clothes featured (vintage frilly dresses) are my fantasy outfits.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to reading your next blog post.
And yes Whitstable is beautiful. A perfect seaside town.
Gem x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dear sweet Anita...thank you for your healing very much appreciated!!! Perhaps your Hubby might be able to persuade Santa to bring you a Bernina this Christmas...I have my fingers crossed for you!!! A cold rainy week here and I am cooking up a Christmas in July dinner tonight!!! Have a wonderful week dear one and here's cheers...Dzintra

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour dearest! Oh, hail and heat is a terrible combination.. a a good reason to stay inside and be creative!
I really don't mind the heat at all but cover myself with sunblock.
I'm looking forward to the summer semester coming to a close and enjoying a four week break before the fall semester begins. It will be busy as I will be taking honors courses as well as the VP of the Interior Design Club. Am I crazy?
Yes, little Coco does not want to be outside and Bogie loves sun bathing. They are too funny!
Wishing you a lovely weekend! xoxo, B

Emily said...

Hello dear girl, What a beautiful post with such moving words and food for thought. Beautiful images with such glorious color. Dazzling!
Hope your good........

The French Hutch

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Friday Anita Love :)
I am sorry I haven't popped over this week :(
How are things? Are you staying cool?
I am so excited to see what you'll post for tomorrow!
Many Many thanks for your support and friendship! You are truly a BLESSING!!!!
You definitely make my day with your Beautiful Words!
Lots of love to you!

gi gi

Tuesdai Noelle said...

WONDERFUL! I look forward to hearing from you then ;-)

francis said...

good morning Anita ,
I have some catching-up to do ...
Always makes me happy to see your blog . Always see something new .
You wanted to know what was in the SURPRISEgiveaway ...Rodica in France won ......Go to my sidebar and click on the picture and you can see .
Have a happy saterday sweet-one !

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Aaahhhh....aren't those colors calming? I'm going back to experience these all again! ♥

Conspicuous Style Design Blog said...

What an amazing post! Tina was right of course! She included one of mine, too...isn't she the sweetest? I'm a new follower. Hope you'll stop by sometime. Very excited to get to know your blog!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

How I love that bird photos! And the one of the lights over the pool! Beautiful. And your message is poignant as ever!

Auntie Cake said...

Hello Anita,
Your blue post has a much needed cooling effect this hot July that we have been having. A perfect MN summer if you for a child, so many days for swimming.

Hope you are enjoying this summer,

EclecChic said...

Lovely this turquoise inspiration!

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