Saturday, October 15, 2011

Paris is Always a Good Idea

Brown leaves are falling

unknown source
but the season is whispering  

that it's time to  

hug yourself 

in happy colors 




and happy thoughts.


 So let's go shopping and 

remember that

Paris is Always a Good Idea


to inspire the mind 

and all the senses combined.

And that is why I have chosen 


kick-off my new Etsy shop

with some 

Audrey Hepburn-inspired

original illustrations


Paris is Always 

a Good Idea.

More designs are in the making

and as soon as I put the 

finishing touches to my 

tribute to Audrey

I will let you know.

My email has changed so if you have sent me a message and I have not responded,I will get around to you as soon as I can figure out my new email address!


Now THAT'S a good idea.

Please visit Tina at The Enchanted Home

And read an interview she had with 



vicki archer said...

They look like fun Anita....xv

A Vintage Chic said...

Paris IS always a good idea...would love to be there right now! Thank-you for taking us all there along with you via your beautiful words & images, dear Anita...

How wonderful that you've started your own shop! Your creations are stunning, my friend!

Don't you just love Pinterest?! I'm a bit addicted, I'm afraid...oh,well! There's worse things, right?!

Have the most joyful weekend!


Ozma of Odds said...

...i am so excited!
for you, the thrill of creative design is utterly intoxicating. and for me, well now, i get to glean all those beautiful items:)

oh happy day! i send you well wishes and joy!
xo, Rosemary

ps. LOVE the lady in leaves...LOVE!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Your title from Sabrina caught my eye, and your post caught my spirit...beautiful and I will visit your Etsy shop!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Have a pretty day!

koralee said...

Hi sweet have been a busy bee...I am so excited to visit you shop...happy happy dance!
Oh to be in Paris right gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Enjoy your weekend...mine will be full. xoxoxo Hugs

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita Congratulations on your new exciting for you...Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!! An extra big Cheers for this one...Hugs, Dzintra xo

Anonymous said...

this was an exciting way to start my stress-free weekend dear friend.
oh, those colors, adorable fashions
woohoo i'm going to shop @ your store...i can't wait...BEAR is excited to...she's listening to Sabrina talking and can't figure out where the voice is coming from!
you make me happy...
wish wish wish for beautiful days

Becky~ said...

Oh my the trip was fabulous.Shopping in Paris has to be the best.
Im so excited about your shop, and of course Audrey I have to have those illustrations.

Congrats to you and enjoy!Blessings!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations and cheers to your creative endeavor. Talent such as this needs to be shared with the world. I am so excited that your beautiful drawings and images can now brighten our spaces!

Enjoy a wonderful and happy weekend.
Xoxo my friend, Elizabeth

georgia~gigi said...

Good morning Anita Love :)
Love your header... so beautiful!
And so is this post. I want each one of those peacoats!

Oh, and anything you create is a good idea! So excited for your Etsy shop!!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of love
gi gi

"Create Beauty" said...

Good Morning my wonderful and talented friend! Your Audrey art is delightful and sparkly, and Paris is Always a Good Idea!

Congratulations on getting ready to turn the key and open the doors to your Etsy shop!!!

Wonderful Audreys and of course
G L I T T E R is always a good idea

~ Violet

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Superbe billet, Anita. Je suis d'accord: Paris est toujours une bonne idee! J'irai rendre visite a ta boutique chez Etsy. Aujourd'hui, je vais parler de la France et de Paris a plus de 40 personnes qui assistent a mes seminaires de voyage a l'universite de Bellevue. Tu vois, le timing de ton billet est parfait! A bientot, Veronique

Little Treasures said...

Anita, this is such a capturing post with the extract of Sabrina going on as we read. It creates an incredible feeling!
Congratulations on your shop! I already visited your Etsy dedicated blog and the things you are preparing for it are fantastic!!

Marie-Ange said...

Un retour en beauté chère Anita ...
Paris sur des images exceptionnelles est une tentation à laquelle j'ai envie de ne pas résister ...
Chez moi l'automne est magnifique, juste un peu plus frais que l'été.
Je t'embrasse tendrement et te souhaite un superbe week-end.

Jacqueline said...

The beautiful thing about coming to visit your blog is that I always feel like I've been to Paris. I never feel like the Lady in Spain but I do feel like My Fair Lady and some days even a Lady in Red.

Okay about the email, send the right address my way when you figure it out.

I've a bit overwhelmed myself, between Pippit buying a cottage, Gnomeland is under attack by that wicked WOLF the developer...they lost my letter...oh's enough to make you spit in a ditch!

For the first time in two years I'm working 9 hr days but I have a one hr lunch to come home. I've gotten over the top addicted to a facebook game called Ravenwood. I'm building a fairy garden over there, chopping down a forest and going underground to a mine, hunting for pink gems. It's such an escape right now. Walking on 10,000 sq ft of floor space at the store and doing all their displays. I got a small promotion too already, which really floats my boat and helps in set sail.

Anita, dear one, I miss you. How can this be we are so caught in the snare of work and life rolling by like thunder some days? There is so little time for anything else it seems. Makes me sad, but now and then, I can just escape to NOWHERE and life is simple and grand.

Love you and miss you soooooo much!

Marie-Ange said...

Quand je vois la traduction j'ai les cheveux qui se dressent sur la tête ...
J'espère que ce que tu lis est le texte original ... sinon quel charabia !
Je me demande ce que vient faire le Québec dans ce commentaire !!!
Bisous ma belle

ANNE said...

I'm excited to see your shop, Anita! and love those coats...

Anonymous said...

Oh how exciting!
I love the pink coat so much and your artwork is beautiful,just beautiful and i hear Sabrina in the back ground how divine!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a good idea!
Off to check out your shop. I just know it will be divine!

desde my ventana said...

Ohhhh that's so exciting Anita!!! I can't wait to see your shop....
Enjoy and rest this weekend.



Becky~ said...

Anita im so loving the idea of a theatre.Im checking yours out here.What ideas did you get at first when you decided to make Theatre?

A Magical Whimsy said...

Dearest Anita
You cheered me up with your sweet note on my blog this morning.
It seems there are so many hurts in life that all humans have to bear, that I want to be one to share the burden of hurts and put 'caring thoughts' on 'owies'.
Thank you for being a loving inspiration in my life.
Yes, enjoy the weekend relaxing and creating.

It's me said...

It is so nice to have your own etsy shop !!! congratulations !!! you make wonderful things....liefs van

Deborah said...

Hello my darling friend!!
I love your view of Paris!
And my dear, your drawings are simply elegant and so beautiful!!!
You are gifted beyond words!
Love you and missed you dear friend!

Deborah xoxoxoox

Palomasea said...

Anita Sweet Friend!!

I am running off in a few minutes, but I did not want to leave without visiting you! Our chat was a glorious beginning to my day, love you so.
I am loving this beautiful post which has whisked me off to La Paris...and your MAGICAL works of art fit in so perfectly in the City of Beauty and Magic!
I love it all my dear, let Mary Oliver's incredible inspiration help us all to soar to these new heights!!!

The little girl you so admired WAS for YOU, my you, I saw her and said "that is little Anita!" hee-hee,
so glad you enjoyed it:)))

Love you,
Enjoy this beautiful day, sweet friend,
- Irina

Mariette said...

Dearest Anita,

Lovely work of your hand! Wishing you success with your new email and a restful weekend too!
With love,


Sizzle and Zoom said...

Fantastic post. Love the royal tags.

Candylei said...

Super fun and elegant! I'm so excited for you!

Martina said...

Happy saturday dearest Anita! I see you've been busy creating so many things! God - that's so great you have your own Etsy-shop now - must go and have a look! Hope you're having a fabulous fall weekend with lots of relaxation! xx

Gem said...

Funnly enough, the husband and I were in Paris EXACTLY a year ago as a surprise, belated gift for me.
We had such a wonderful time - I truly love Paris.
I used to go in my youth to stay with my Parisien friend Dominique. We used to drink Champagne under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. We went to parties, kicked leaves, visited the sites. It was utter bliss, and memories of my trips there will never leave me.
Hope you are well beauty
x x x x x

Sandra van Doorn said...

Paris paris... j’adore. i absolutely love the title for your creation Paris is always a good idea. so glad to read that you are setting up an esty shop for your beautiful illustrations Anita; i was reading somewhere “it takes courage to be creative” and so i wanted to wish you all the best with your new venture :)
( you know a few years ago i quit my job to follow my dream and i was so petrified with fear... still am at times Anita, but... we ‘ve only got one precious life ...
sending much love and light your way,
xo sandra

Blue Muse said...

Congratulations on your etsy launch, and for the great post. I love the Mary Oliver quote!
xo isa
ps. the first photo, I have it in my collections, too! The Photographer is Onkel and it is a statue in a cemetery in Vienna, Austria.

The enchanted home said...

This is downright CRUEL Anita!! As if I am already not longing to present me with this post!!!! Makes me want to throw caution to the wind and jump on a plane with my best clothes and an voracious appetite and venture off to the city where dreams are made and realized....Paris is the ultimate!!!!!!!!! Thank you for taking me there if even for 2 minutes, LOVED THIS!!
Au Revoir Mademoiselle Anita......

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Anita,
When I think of Audrey, I immediately think of you. Your illustrations are beautiful. I am glad that you are doing this, you will have so much fun. I LOVE IT!


aBroad said...

What a treat to hear her voice !
I have just been editing my photos from the last trip to Paris ... which just made me want to go back tout de suite !!

Je t'aime !!

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello my sweet friend,
How are you? You've started your own shop, I'm so happy for you! Your art is so wonderful and enchanted, love't.
Paris how I love that city,did you know that it is almost 5 houres from my home with the car!
Hugs for you my friend,

A Magical Whimsy said...

Yay! I am so happy you figured out your email...what a relief it must be to you.
Sigh...I love your new is so romantic~
I didn't realize how huge a following the 'Occupy Wall Street' extended. It reminds me of the Buffalo Springfield song 'Stop, hey what's that sound?' about...'people carrying signs, mostly saying 'hurray for our signs' very similar times, these days as they were 40 years ago, the people are restless and all they want is to be provided for and most want peace.
We are getting near the end of the times, the world is ready for that super-human one-world ruler who will deceive the nations saying 'Peace, Peace' when there is no peace. I'm glad I know the REAL one who will bring true peace and harmony when HE comes to Reign, all in HIS good time.
Until then, we can only hope to bring others to HIM.
Blessings to you my sweet sister in Christ

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh, so happy that you are fulfilling your dreams, Anita!! Running an Etsy shop is quite a big step, but I know that you will be successful, especially if you do it as beautifully as you do your blog. You already have almost 1000 customers!!! My favorite photo today is the one of La Friterie. I have that on Pinterest and even looked up the address--77rue Galande, in the 5e. I'm going to try to find it. But all the pix are just delicious, Today's post is especially wonderful because Paris is always a good idea...for a post!!
[Thanks for email. Duly noted and stashed!!]
Love to you,

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Dearest for your kind words...healing will surely begin, we are finally warming up...wishing you a beautiful Sunday...Dzintra xo

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Oh my goodness!
The new header is just beautiful!
I think I am now "sighing" after I read every sentence written by you. You are just talented beyond words...
I simply adore you...
Hearing your voice the other day MADE MY ENTIRE DAY. :) :)
I can hardly wait until my trip. Warn Ruben NOW he will never see you for those three days! ha ha ha ha
Huge hugs and much love,
Lisa xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita,

I couldn't agree with you more - Paris is always a good idea!
Your illustrations are fantastic as they involve two of my favourites, Audrey and Paris. I will pop over to Etsy to have a better look at your work.

Kel x

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Wow, congratulations, Anita, on your new shop! Can't wait to see what's in it. And love that photo of the Parisian buildings like the one I took but further down the street(and on my post this past week)! Your drawings are so lovely (and everyone loves Ms. Hepburn) so I know you'll do well. Let us know when all is ready so we can run right over.
Bisous, Kirsten

Gwendolyn said...

Hello Anita,
This is a superlative post! I adore the picture of the statue of the Savior. Congratulations on the opening of your Etsy shop. I wish you much success with it. I love the title and I am sure Miss Audrey would be delighted too!
Hugs and blessings~

erin said...

congratulations, dahling on your new etsy shop!!!! i just KNOW it will be a huge succeess!!!!
best wishes!

Sarah said...

Oh, what exciting news! Yes, Paris is Always a Good Idea. We've been home a week and already I'm longing to return. ~ Sarah

Karena said...

Anita dear friend, I am so excited and you are so talented!! Wonderful illustrations.

I can never get enough of my Audrey or anything Paris!

Oh I have a Designer Pillows Giveaway, I hope you will join!


Art by Karena

Sue Jack said...

Your post has put the biggest smile on my face that I've had all day, Anita. Now that is something...because my daughters and I have been putting the final touches on an insect project that is due this week. Needless to say...there have been many funny moments and mishaps!!! I'll fill you in on my blog later.
Have a wonderful weekend, Anita And I think this is one of your most creative and fabulous blogs ever!!!


Mustafa Şenalp said...

Çok Güzel Site. :)

YONKS said...

Ahhhhh, Gay Paris! I am so glad you have decided to take the plunge into the etsy pool. YOU WILL BE MAGNIFICENT!
Much love and luck to you.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Congratulations Dear Anita on the opening of your new shop!! I;m sure you'll be a big success!!! With talent and enthusiasm you can't miss!!!

Love that balloons with eiffel drawing... and it's so funny looking at some of these street scenes as I have the same shots [i think]

CONGRATS again..I'm popping over to look!! Have a wonderful weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

chateaudelille said...

Way to go girl. These are looking mighty interesting. Im going to have to find some pennies to indulge. Congratulations. You'll probably sell out and have trouble keeping up. Fiona

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh my goodness, you are so sweet, Anita!! But non non non, that is not MY photo! It is LIKE my photo but as I said, taken further down the street. Please don't give me credit (or links) as it is not mine. But I love that we posted that similar photo both of us this week. So now, no more fretting and have yourself a wonderful Saturday evening and restful Sunday!
xoxo~ Kirsten

Fete et Fleur said...

YEA! They look beautiful Anita!!


Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

I LOVE the Audrey tag--it's so...AUDREY!! And the Paris tags are just wonderful. All SO WELL DONE!! :)
Fab post, as usual !!!!!!!

High Heeled Life said...

Having just returned from that fabulous city .. I have to agree Paris is always a great idea!! .... Congratulations on your Etsy boutique!! Can't wait to make my way over ...many blessings ..xo HHL

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
You do know how to light up my day.. I love your art, you know this right? Such a beautiful post dear friend.. Bebe says she is standing in line over at Etsy waiting for your shop to open.. teehee
Love to you,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
You do know how to light up my day.. I love your art, you know this right? Such a beautiful post dear friend.. Bebe says she is standing in line over at Etsy waiting for your shop to open.. teehee
Love to you,

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Can't think of a better idea than Paris in the the the spring...and of course in the summer! The Etsy shop is an exciting launch--can't wait to hear more.

Holly Loves Art said...

Ahhhhh you know you are playing my song my dear! Oh how I love this post and you know how much I LOVE Paris! Thank you for sharing all the pretty pictures and making me smile. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.
Big hugs,

Rosie said...

Oh dearest these are SO lovely! You have such a gift!
Yes PARIS is a good idea...ANY TIME!

Finished baking my Eiffel tower and french poodle sugar cookies this morning ( still need to ice them, but that's the FUN part)
Tomorrow will tackle the window banners. Have an idea what I will do, but that could change too.

Unfortunately no time to jump on a plane to Paris, so spent a couple of minutes and just wandered aimlessly through your world...oh dear one...ahhhh....just as good.

Still looking for french Christmas carol artists....who's your favorite????
LOVE you and MISS you...R

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Anita! I am SO excited that you are opening up an Etsy shop! What a wonderful thing! I am so excited to see everything in your shop. Your Audrey inspired art is absolutely incredible. And after seeing and reading this post, I feel I must be in Paris right this instant. I miss it now. I hope to go back someday! Do you go often?
I am changing my email soon as well so, when I do, I will let you know what it is.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Mine has been well so far, with a mixture of work, a wedding, and relaxing!
Sending love to you this day. xoxo

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita!!!!
I adore your beautiful Audrey Hepburn drawings!!! You capture her beauty & spirit!!! I love this post- the coats in the beginning are so dreamy!!!
Hope you had a fabulous Saturday!!!!
TTYS!!!! Hugs & smiles!!!
Shannon :-)

The Dutchess said...

I'm'm going to make time to write or skype again a day with concerts..Miss Moussie is soo sad of waiting for me to get home..And then..and of the week I travel to Rome..!!!
I'm on my way dear..

T.D and Company.

Tiff said...

Paris IS such a good idea!!! Too long since I have been there too! I am so excited about your etsy store! I adore your Audrey art! Hugs and bon voyage for the latest adventure you are about to embark on! X

Calico Child said...

How exciting Anita good luck with it all love the yellow coat its gorgeous :)

Kerri said...

I love all the pics, especially that pink coat! I adore everything French inspired. I have a friend who lives in Paris , she shows Shih Tzu.

I injured my back 2 weeks ago and had two injections into my lower spine this past week. I am slowly getting better but it still hurts and can only sit for few minutes to paint or blog.

Have a blessed Sunday!


Martina said...

Happy sunday, dear, sweet Anita! So good to hear you're having a marvellous weekend, enjoying it all! The weather is so beautiful today - i'm having a little walk and than do some work - another issue of the magazine has to be finished!
I lookes at your Etsy-blog - so sweet, your cards and tags!, See you soon! xx

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Hello lovely lady - nice to see you at mine earlier!
OMGoodness - those coats make my heart beat a little faster - my fave is still the blue one.
Good luck with your latest venture - it's always difficult to put a price on your makes and offer them up - and I know you will be very successful.
here's to a happy week (with less herding now Cleggy is back from his travels!)
fee x

lostpastremembered said...

You go girl... what fun things you are making by sharing your passions and your talents.

I can't help but think the kids in this new lost generation will have a harder time being brave and taking chances since the ability to bounce back and on to the next thing is so diminished... many can't even get to the first rung!

So many of the best things in life come when you make that leap.

Here's hoping we can look forward and upward again –– striving for the impossible and not start burrowing in against a darkening, narrowing future.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anita Sweetie...
Another gorgeous share. I so enjoyed the photos and shopping in Paris. Of course anywhere with you is such a joy in itself. What fun.

Thank you for sharing sweetie. You are always such a blessing to my heart. I was blessed with a new computer, an early Christmas gift as my other went capoot over a month ago, thus no blogging. But, I am back. Loving every minute of it.

Hope you and Ruben are well. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Bela said...

Dear, what about that banner of your store?? Do you already have a store??? Please, let me know!!!
Love, Bela

Beach House Living said...

Wonderful illustrations! Best wishes for you new shop.

Kristin said...

Dearest Anita, Paris is always a good idea!!! And starting your own etsy shop is also a great idea! I can't wait to see what more you will come up with.Those Audrey Hepburn inspired illustrations are so inspiring and cute! Have a lovely Sunday evening, Anita!!!!

Love, Kristin

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Anita,
The girls just loved Paris. They went there a couple of years ago and loved everything about it - the people, the culture, the food. They said it really changed their lives. I love your photos of Paris - and wouldn't it be so much fun to browse in some of their shops? I always enjoy all of the quotes that you have on here and wonder where do you get them from? They are wonderful. I'm so glad for you that you have your own etsy shop now. I knew it would only be a matter of time, as you are so talented. Your posts always brighten up my day, and now I'm going to think of of me sitting in a little cafe in Paris sipping coffee and eating croissants. Have a sweet day, my dazzling friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

karen - Simply Inspired said...

Yes... Paris is always a good idea.. such an inspirational post... i suppose i will be singing that song on this sunday afternoon... merci, mon ami!

michelle said...

Good evening dearest! I am so happy for you that you have opened your shop! Audrey is beautiful through your eyes and Paris, oh how I would love to visit, I think that that would be an excellent idea. :)
Enjoy your week dear friend and thank you for all you inspire.
Much love!!

myletterstoemily said...

you are a genius, and i adore
each of your beautiful creations!

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, you are having
fun!!! Can't wait to
see your full range : )
Love what you have
created, so far. Yes,
Paris is always a good
idea....Just wish it
wasn't so far away : ) !!
xx Suzanne
PS: I could see YOU
in any of those coats!

*Mademoiselle Susie* said...

I loved, loved, loved!!!!!!!!!!

*Mademoiselle Susie* said...

Merci Beacoup! :0
Ow yes, je parle français!!!!

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
I will be visiting your etsy shop for sure!
Oh I just love that quote...
It's from Sabrina ... Oh I love that movie... could watch it 50 more times and not be tired of it!

We've been finishing up the kitchen... and still have trim work to do etc... I'm very slowly putting things away and have filled 3 boxes with things that won't be going back into the cupboards... It's time to thin things out!

Wishing you a wonderful week, Anita. I've missed visiting everyone as often as I did in the summertime. Between school and my "second job" of getting this kitchen done... wooow!
We've all been there ~ burning the candle at both ends!

Hmmmm yes, Paris is a good idea! wish we could transport ourselves there for a weekend now and then. {I'll need a job for an airline to do that :o)

Wishing you a sweet new week,

Ann Nichols said...

Wonderful Anita! Love the drawings! Hope your etsy store takes off as well as your blog has! And why not? You've got the talent and the drive!

Anonymous said...

OMG Anita!!! I am sooooo excited that you decided to share your fabulous Audrey prints with the rest of the world. You are beyond talented and I just know your Etsy shop is going to be a HUGE hit!! Love this post and all the pretty Paris pics. and that pink coat!!! xo

Julie Mautner said...

I live most of the year in Provence and yet I get to Paris just once or twice a year. This post has inspired me to go more often. And that pink coat? SO FABULOUS!!!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Anita, Coming over from Tina's blog about you! I loved this post and listened to enchanting! Lovely idea to head to Paris as well~

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I just discovered your blog. You will like this: My husband and I just returned from riding our bicycles all the way from the English Channel to the Mediterranean. It was formidable! What a great way to see one of my favorite countries!

fee @ chipper nelly said...

here's the link I was talking about
fee x

francis said...

Hello you ! Here I am after being very busy ....
Your new post is wonderful and inspiring .
I am never a cold person but now I had to find my warm socks and slippers and my woolen shawl to feel a bit more cosy......
I hope all is a bit better ? Wish it is !Hugs and hugs and moremany hugs

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

This is so wonderful Anita! I cannot wait to see what is in your shop! You are so talented and I know it is going to be WONDERFUL! Wishing you lots of success!~Hugs, Patti

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

What a lovely post. I just read the interview with Tina. So fun learning more about you. I love that you are growing up and not old. We can all learn from that. Have a great week. Mona

koralee said...

Happy Monday dear one....just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you today. xoxoxooxx

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am wildly in love with those dresses, the color and the design. Such wonderful eye candy today, Anita! Exciting about the store, too! Will try to pop over and read the interview. I'm racing to blog before I have to work on the house!



Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dearest for your visit!
Yes, Bebe still waiting in line, I asked her to save me a place..
Wishing you a beautiful day dear friend

DolceDreams said...

Anita, Bonne Chance! I love that you have an Etsy shop with your beauties! I don't see a link though?I will look again...Speaking of Etsy...YOU won my Giveaway!!
Please visit my shop
and convo me there with what you would like :)
merci for entering and supporting,

mwaxter said...

Just found you through Tina at Enchanted home and she wasn't kidding, this is fantastic. Love this post and love your blog. Happy to have discovered you!

Kim said...

Thank you Tina for introducing me! Paris is one of my favorite places in the world ... I am envious of your self-taught French speaking! I keep telling myself to expand on my high school education of French ... maybe you have inspired me to just do it! Love your blog ... pop on over to say hello sometime!

wendy said...

Oh My...this is an etsy shop my sweet Friend Claudie would love
she loves Audrey
It will be an awesome shop for you to CREATE

Claudie would wear the pink coat (her fav. color)
ME...the yellow one, surprisinly MY favorite color
YOU..the blue??????

and we, all three of us, would stroll through the streets of Paris, eating Macaroons and sipping fine wine

alas...I will probably NEVER get to Paris
but I was allowed the beauty of Montreal...and Loved every minute of it. almost Paris.

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Ooo Anita!
How exciting!!
This shall be perfect!!
I can't wait to see what you have been working on....I LOVE what you have made already!
This is so GREAT!!
I have been with out internet at my old house and I have missed this happy happy news!
Blessings Love and plenty hugs, Linnie
(now I Must go see the interview)!

Stacy Curran said...

Hi Anota,
I loved your interview at Tina's. So glad to be a new follower!
Stacy at

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Ooooo Antia I just LOVED your interview!!!

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

Dearest Anita
I just returned from Tina's beautiful blog.. I LOVED your interview. You are just priceless.
Merci cher ami for the mention.
Wishing you a beautiful day tomorrow. Sorry about my oops above..

Sonja said...

It took about 10 minutes to scroll down through all of these happy well wishers! I'd say you've got something special going on!! Can't wait to see it all together. They are beautiful Anita and I'm predicting a selling boom! :)

Good for you!


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Have just found time to come and visit you and have been thinking of you. Oh yes, I would so love to be in Paris now and I will be dreaming about it!
How fabulous your prints are of Audrey, just beautiful.
Wishing you much luck with your Etsy shop dear friend.
Hope that you are having a wonderful week.

Sending hugs

Elizabeth said...

I loved your interview at the enchanted home! It was such a beautiful piece and captured your essence and life perfectly. I am so excited that so many new people will discover you now!

I hope your week is starting well. Let me know when you get your new email address.

Have a beautiful week, stay warm.

Xoxo elizabeth

Rosie said...

Hello my Sweet,
What a FABULOUS interview!!! Funny...when she asked each and every questions, I already knew what you would answer. :)
She was right, you are A*M*A*Z*I*N*G.
I feel so blessed to know you, and call you friend.
There were MANY checks on the old "to do" list today...I think it's coming together.
Tomorrow will bring the last shopping trip before the big party, so my list is L O N G...Hoping I can get it done in record time :)
Sending you a bucket of HUGS...Rosie

P.S Finally got a new post done...come on over...I'll leave you a couple of mini cream puffs with your tea...xoxo

christy said...

What a beautiful post. I have only been to Paris once and my heart aches to return, hoping to for my 10th wedding anniversary in the spring. I also love Audrey.

I found you over at Enchanted Home and read Tina's wonderful profile/interview on you and thoroughly enjoyed it. You seem to have life figured out and know what you love and follow your dreams.

So happy to now be a follower. Thank you.

The Buzz Blog said...

Your interview with Tina was "manifique" and your drawings are delightful! As a fellow Paris lover (I grew up in Europe and spent four years there in my twenties), I will always have a place in my heart for the city of lights.
The Buzz Blog

Mapi said...

Great interview Anita !
You are such a remarkable lady.
And now having your own etsy shop !
Go for it Girl !

Stephanie said...

beautiful! best of luck to you!!!

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

Such a glorious post and Paris is always a winning city and even more so when seen through your lens.

My heartfelt congratulations on your new etsy shop. Wishing you the best of luck - over to check it out.
Helen xx

Cottage and Broome said...

What pretty coats and cafes! Laura, Cottage and Broome

Anonymous said...

J'adore toutes tes photos et j'en connais quelques-unes du site Pinterest.
Magnifique, tout est magnifique!
Have a good evening!

George the Lad said...

Hi Anita, you have been busy, can't wait to see your new shop, lovely drawing as always it will do well I'm sure, and as for your interview I know a little more about you my blogging friend that I have come to know and love :)
Hugs and kisses to you, Ruben,and Balzac, tell him he can see how I have my paws full with my new sister!!! Just copy and paste the link into the search bar :)

Have a good week
George xxx

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

i am totally swooning over those completely gorgeous coats i love love love that 1st pink one

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hello Dear Anita, I am excited about your shop! I am so inspired by your creativity and drive. Much success to you in this new venture.
Now to go and check out that interview!

Jeri Landers said...

Hip Hip Hoorah for the new Etsy SHop! I wish you oodles of success and fun and lots of new artwork and creativity. I know it will be as classy as a Paris Boutique.

Jeri Landers said...

Hip Hip Hoorah for the new Etsy SHop! I wish you oodles of success and fun and lots of new artwork and creativity. I know it will be as classy as a Paris Boutique.

Cottage and Broome said...

Thanks for stopping by, we lived in Minneapolis many years ago, I miss the lakes there, so beautiful! Still loving the pink coat will be your newest follower. Laura, Cottage and Broome

L'Elégante said...

Paris sera toujours Paris !
Cette ville me manque beaucoup, beaucoup, vraiment beaucoup.
Peut-être qu'un jour ?
Belle visite.

Edwige Jacquet said...

What a nice blog! Have a good day, Edwige

fashion meets art said...

thanks for your comment, anita :D these pictures are amazing. great inspiration!
i'm following you, hope you follow another anita back?! :-)
nice to meet you here, another anita!
lovely greets
maren anita

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

ANITA, where have I been? Time is not my best friend lately. But here I am and off I go to check out your ETSY shop, woohoooooo.
Have a fun-filled midweek, take time for an XL cup of warm comforting tea and a flow of calmness on your busy school day xxxxx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita our world is full of colour and green at the moment...the days are warming up...pure bliss!!! Enjoy your part of the world as you enter into Winter Wonderland!!! Dzintra xo

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love all of those coats! They would be wonderful to pack in my suitcase when I go to Paris. A girl can dream ya know...Lovely post!

Denise said...

Hi Anita!My computer was in the shop for two weeks.It's so good to get back to being connected to all the beauty and friends I have found in this strange but fun world on the computer.Loving the fall and looking towards my love of cold winter days in my coffeeberry cottage.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Anita darling I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get over here to you in response to your visits to my blog. Pricing your items for Etsy is difficult. I have a difficult time with it. What I do is I go onto Etsy home page and search for what item I am you could do a search for illustrations/cards and tags and then see what others are charging. You want to consider the time and effort you put into making your product as well as the expense of supplies, etc. I hope this helps you. Please let me know when you open your shop and I will do a post on my blog to let everyone know! email me at if you need anymore help. ox Kerrie

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Friend of mine... I hope soon to be back in cyber world. I think of your light and friendship everyday and am grateful for it. Blessings.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

PS Sabrina is one of our favorite movies...Paris is Always a good idea. ox

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, pas de problem! Me too am terribly busy, so much, that i have a headache! Let's just relax this evening, and take it easy! Love from me!


dear sweet Anita

oh my goodness, this is post is so enchanting! the mood, style, colour and your beautiful, beautiful artwork!!! also the clip from Sabrina..i enjoyed that :o)
honestly, your artwork is absolutely charming. you are a wonderful, wonderful artist and illustator!!
i am sorry i have turned up so late to comment on this gorgeous post (i would love to wear each and every one of those magnificent pastel coats :o) i have had a difficult and rather sad few days, my father has been very unwell (we are not close, but i still have concern for him) and i have been told by our vet that they can do nothing for the health of my sweet darling guinea-pig :( it is so sad. we have him home now to give him love and cuddles for however many days he has left with us and i am grateful for precious chance at least.
coming here here to visit your lovely world has lifted my spirits, thank you so much my dear friend for all the beauty, love and joy you share and the dreams...oh the dreams! you are a magical dream inspirer :o)

warmest love and hugs xxx

also peace lily lifts her paw to you in greeting and affection xxx


i want to congratulate you on your etsy shop! i think that is so wonderful! :o) and i want to visit it. have you a link?

~CC Catherine said...

Oh Anita, I'm SO excited for you and your new Etsy shop! Going to see the interview with you at the other blog...and can't wait to check out the Etsy Shoppe again. I see the lovely sketch of Audrey here that you sent me. I LOVE HER!

Also...I adore the coats in pastel colors you put in this post. They are so chic, just like Audrey! :)

Hugs friend,

koralee said...

Hi sweet get the next few days off right? Happy dance for you. We have a pro-d-day on Friday!

This week has just whizzed much to do still.
Stay cozy and warm..our weather is changing here..and I am kinda loving the cozy feel I get around 4pm ...all I want to do is stay home and sit around the fire. xoxoxo Have fun with your time off. xoxox

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
Loved your interview at The Enchanted Home! She has a charming blog... it was fun to vote on a kitchen!
I'm nursing a cough/chesty thingy... Went to the Dr's today to make sure it wasn't strep {you know...all those kids!} It was negative :o) yea!
About RTI ... Oh if people could only read this, they would get an interesting perspective on what teachers have to read/study and learn about...besides their subject matter. These things, albeit "possibly" good things... take up so much of my time these days, especially as a reading teacher.
I always try to remember the most important reason I wake up every morning and unlock my classroom door at 7:30am. It is to make a difference ~ even if it's only in one life.
Blessings to you, Anita... I know you must be a blessing to those children!

designchic said...

I'm inspired as always. Love the pink coat and can hardly wait to see your etsy shop!! Heading over...

Rosie said... feet are up and a great cuppa is in hand...Y_A_W_N...OH excuse me! I am SOOO exhausted! I shopped like a crazy women yesterday...which meant that today I needed to price and put out all this goodness. IT IS FINISH...until tomorrow, when a list will come into off to bed, but just wanted to stop by and CRASH into that fluffy chair I love so much. Now it's off to bed...sweet dreams...R

fashion meets art said...

thanks for your answer :D i'm very happy about! :) sorry for my bad english, i had it in school at the last time :)
this song in the backround is amazing. love it!
thanks you'll follow me, but i can't see, perhaps you haven't seen my member list, it on the right side, "welcome to my artistical world". sometimes, it doesn't work, but i don't know why. if you press F5, you can see the see the box.
i know teaching is a very busy job, i studied teaching (german language and art).
lovely greets
maren anita

wish you a wonderful day.


dearest Anita

thank you so much for your sweet, kind words.
i have just posted a picture of our darling piggle with a request for healing thoughts and prayers. i am now off to give him his treatments and a lovely long cuddle. i will let you know how things go.

warmest hugs xxx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Healing is progressing dearest...must be the sudden warmer weather we are having!!! Enjoy your 2 days off and do something you really enjoy...Dzintra xo

Ann said...

Oh those coats look divine and their colors are so pretty!

Paris...definitely someday ♥

And shopping is always a good idea to me.

Your creations are so lovely,
and Audrey is impeccable if you ask me. Love her.

C'est moi Claudette said...

That PINK coat? That's the one Randy said I could order. I LOVE it, but they only carried very small sizes. They are from China, and you know how tiny tiny those girls are? lol.
I knew you had to open a shoppe. That's is such GREAT news Anita.
You will be a HIT, I know it. I hope you will have enough stock to keep up with all of us ; )
I just returned from Asheville late Wed. night. I'm still trying to catch up. So many sympathy cards for maman. It makes me sad all over again. I still cannot believe she is gone from me.
It's been cold, raining and out right miserable here. While in N.C. it was in the hight 80's everyday.
I love you dear Anita.

Kristin said...

Dear Anita, do you know I have never tasted chestnuts? When you say they taste that good, I will have to taste!!! Happy Sunday!

Kristin xo

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Anita.... here catching up with you!.... oh how I've missed your beautiful posts.

Now, those coats are just yummy, aren't they? I had a white similar to the pink one when I was about 18.... LOVED that coat.... however, the white not-so-much. I think the cleaners enjoyed it more than I did.

Loved seeing your perfectly perfect artwork. I love it that I have my very own... :-)

I've go to pop right over and read your interview. How exciting is that? You're a STAR!

Big huggies and lovies....

Anonymous said...

hi dearest!
glad you like the pumpkin spirits...
they were fun to make...hope it
was a fun hallows eve...
sweet i really do
love it here...on your dreamy blog.
xoxo EdenClare

Macarena said...

Loved to discover your blog! It's so inspiring and cute! I've had the most pleasant time here, reading your posts and I'm already a follower. Thanks for sharing sunrays through your words and images! Huge Hug! XoXo :)

Pierre BOYER said...

Greetings from Paris...


Sage Hutchison said...

I was wondering where you found the light blue peacoat with the rosettes? Its beautiful! I haven't been able to find a site for it anywhere. Please let me know, thanks!

Fay said...

Sweetpie love the coats and shops of course and your venture is WONDERFUL well done tres jolie speak soon Love fay xxx