Friday, November 25, 2011

L'Objet Qui Parle

Quiet holiday reflections


 slow us down long enough to 






Gentle murmurs behind this 

holiday season's sweet début

Johnny Miller Photography

always bring

someone special to mind

via flickr

but it's not always easy 

to just go in and out

with that special object that 




While thinking of beloved ones


or four-footed companions 

this shopping season




and LISTEN...

Which object speaks to you?

Here are some FANTASTIC

websites and Etsy shops that

offer handmade and vintage

items that will surely whisper

gift ideas for that special 


gorgeous sola rose topiaries

darling paper mâché button crown

fabulous peppermint soap

awesome antique french fur purse

wonderful coastal christmas notecards

Karen Harvey Cox
what a nice day to do laundry print from original illustration
Burlap Luxe

impressive hand-painted gray bird and garland vintage sign

Penny White

sweet and loveable bebe and co.

the princess and the mouse

Gilded Sparrow

just one of many of her altered art creations on Etsy

bonjour gift tags

Draffin Bears

gabriellea the bear

My Dreams About Faeries 

gorgeous clay faerie

A Far Place

magical autumn faery harvest moon

Wisps Gathering Beauty 

stunning french antique ormolu frame

ever so sweet mrs. mole handmade figurine

library mouse

Simply Chateau

lovely antique passementerie key tassle

Dolce Dreams

heavenly scented handmade lavender embroidered sachet
Natasha Fadeeva

cute felted mouse


unbelievable handmade miniature chicken

Dawne Polis

ethereal original photography: NEVERMORE

Chipper Nelly

beautifully made wooden blocks

handmade poetry book

holiday greeting cards

glittered marie antoinette print from original drawing

Fly on over to your favorite 



and listen 
l'objet qui parle!

Header photos:
L'objet qui parle: The Flower Shop
Subheader Flickr image from here - THANK YOU, EZ!
Vintage Button Star: Lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs
Paper Mâché Crown: Vicki Sayer 
Felted Mouse: Natasha Fadeeva


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A Happy Thanksgiving to you my Friend! Look at all this shopping to be done...Isn't Christmas so close and I have done nothing yet!!! Now you have given me a gentle push to start...but, alas I have put myself down for a small part in our local theatre...We are doing Music Hall and opening next week...but I am having so much fun but think I'll have to wait until our play is over before I go out there...You have a lovely lovely weekend and here's a Cheers to you of pink bubbles...Dzintra xo

Julienne said...

Oh dear, oh dear!!!! 3 more boxes hit the garage sale pile today, two more boxes of things for the kids means half a room reasonably clear...then along you come tonight with all these beautiful images and I realise just why I have soooo much to get rid of!!!! Sorry but I am not going to visit any of them....well maybe just wooly tales.....and perhaps I could just take a quick look! No! No!!!!
They are all just wonderful. xx

Nicolina said...

Oh wow, very beautiful pics, colors, deco ideas, art, and others ...
I love it ;)

kind ragards

GoNcha GoNcha said...

really love your blog. it is always full with inspiration. I will now check those shops for holiday gift ideas. thanks.
and have a Cupcake sweet weekend;)

YONKS said...

Oh Anita,
You sweet hearted girl! Thank you so much for the inclusion in your wonderful post today, and for choosing that beautiful purse. No I'm off to get me one of those cute mice methinks :-)
Am heading out on our travels soon. Will post pictures of our travels along the way.
Until next time!
Much Love

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhh my goodness your pictures are all so very beautiful!! Yes it is good to just be still sometimes and just take in all the beauty around us ~

Thank you for the reminder :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh what fun we will have in our respective theatres....and I will imagine you there also dear Anita....I'm sure you would be able to give me plenty of hints as I hit the stage for a 2nd time....Enjoy your theatre Dearest...Hugs to you all the way from Australia...Dzintra xo

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Anita! Thank you SO MUCH for including "Bilancia Designs" in your beautiful post! I am SO, SO HONORED!!!
I was beyond excited to see your header and then to see my "signature, vintage button star" displayed... and aso my trees!! You are just the SWEETEST!!!
Looking forward to our "visit" tomorrow!
Thank you again, my wonderful friend~
Lisa xoxoxo

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

A delightful post, as always, Anita. Thank you for sharing such unique and special gift ideas.
Have a lovely day,
~ Wendi ~

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

The shops you've displayed are absolutely incredible!! What talent!!!
I'm off to visit each one... :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Thank you for taking me far far away on this dark and grey Friday, dearest sweet sweet Anita. You keep amazing me ma chere amie, with your gorgeous-beyond-words posts.
Happiest of happy hugs for a wonderful weekend, now I am off to visit some of your links xo xo xo xo xo

lostpastremembered said...

How terribly generous of you to show off your compatriots on Etsy. I must say, I am an Ebay addict and have never really shopped Etsy. You have definitely piqued my interest. Hope you are selling like mad... I know you will be a great success given the delightful things you are making. Here's wishing you all a wonderful rich selling season!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...I'm sure I could learn heaps off you...Now, if only I could jet over ha ha....Dzintra xo

Gem said...

Happy Thanksgiving my dear.
Lovely post. These photos are so gorgeous. The little girl is a dream, look at her eyes.
I love the way you bring out the beauty in everything. ADORE your artwork. Clever girl!
x x x x x

High Heeled Life said...

Happy Thanksgiving mon ami!! What a lovely post... I noticed some familiar shop names ... and I'm off to check some of the others too!!

Simplicity = thoughtfulness = keeping the spirit of Christmas.
Many blessings my friend..xo HHL

The enchanted home said...

Another beautiful take me away kind of post...I can always count on your for a little refuge from the craziness of the world. Thank you..wish I could live in "Castles crowns and cottages" some days!! LOL...I got someone new addicted to your blog, my mother. SHE LOVES IT!!!!! And with great happy you included your beautiful artwork amongst this wonderful list of accomplished artists offering their belong at the top of the heap.
Love this post as I love every one of your posts!!

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

How kind of you to feature such wonderful Etsy shops in this post. Their merchandize is original and beautiful and I shall visit.
Not forgetting your beautiful artwork Anita.

Thank you for another beautiful post
Helen xx

ivana said...

Love them all, but the loudest is cute felted mouse! Absolutely gorgeous!

Have a nice weekend!

Martina said...

Anita, so great to hear you had a fun and loving Thanksgiving with a good friend - sometimes these are the best evenings, for they are so easy going and heartwarming! I LOOOOOOVE your new header - that felted mouse is like made for you and i adore it! And your christmas cards are magical - will do some shopping very soon. Thanks for showing so many pretties here and congrats for doung such fantastic work yourself - you're the christmas fairy! Have a lovely day! xoxo

Ruben Rivera said...

What a great cornucopia of talent. It's inspiring to see what things can develop from passionate and creative souls. Thanks for sharing.
Love Ruben

Jacqueline said...

The thought of you having a 4 day weekend makes my heart sing! And here you are taking us on a little Etsy shopping trip! I have never bought from Etsy and I have just entered the world of Pinterest. I am all about shopping local vs. the big box stores or shopping strips. Thanks for showing us a new path to take. As always, you lead the way!
Love to you both!

koralee said...

Oh yes..what joyful shops indeed...I must go visit the ones I do not know....and the ones I know! Thank you dear one.
Enjoy your Friday you participate in Black Friday? What a crazy way to start the season!
Today at school my day will be filled with Christmas JOY as we rehearse for the BIG Production ..I will have lots of sweet Christmas songs filling my head and I dance into the weekend.
Tomorrow is a girls baking day...just me and my 3 girls baking cookies and goodies in my kitchen...what lovely moments to treasure and share...JOY MAKING DAYS for sure.
Love to you dear I stay behind and be cozy!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

A bunch of extra Dutch love wings to ocean blue to YOU xx

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Beautiful images and so inspirational.I will have to check out some of these gift ideas. Thanks

fashion meets art said...

oh dear, what for a wonderful post. these pictures you have chosen are really brilliant. it matchs perfect with this season of the year. be calm and listen...
i want to say that i love your posts and every time you have a new idea for such a brilliant post.
always when i'm reading your posts i have to think about so many thing which are really important for life! thank you!
and thanks so much for your super sweet comment :) for sure, you can wear tights with shorts, in every age, it's no problem!

wish you a wonderful weekend,
full of love!
maren anita

Roselie said...

Such lovely gift ideas! I especially loved the photography print nevermore...

Mariette said...

Dearest Anita,

That was quite a dream journey! Loved the photo with the mouse that you show also in your header! Okay, off to bed to nourish my bad cold...
Love to you,


wickedfaerie said...

Anita I just adore your posts! Whenever one comes up under my favourite blogs I go to it first. Your images are always breathtaking. I love the little felt mouse. I cannot wait to see some Christmas posts.

A pleasure as always,

desde my ventana said...

Hello dear Anita,
Thank you for so lovely and interesting pics,
Have a wonderful weekend


"Create Beauty" said...

Oh my. I must go visit each shop you have featured!!! When I saw that fur purse, I thought of how much Lynette would love it!!!!

You are so generous and sweet to showcase other Etsy shops and websites.... and my dear, yours is fabulous!!! And your new children/Christmas art is beautiful and delightful!!!!

The season begins.....
As we give, celebrating the GIFT
that was given in Christ our Savior

Love you!

robynsnestboutique said...

Oh my, there is SO much talent displayed here! Thank you SO much for including my peppermint candy soaps in your post! I'm so excited to be included among such talent. Thank you again and have a WONDERFUL holiday! XOXOXOX

It's me said...

Thanks for those lovely shops !!i will take a look later......have a nice weekend darling........filled with love and

vicki archer said...

Anita... Gorgeous, gorgeous objets qui parle.... xv

Palomasea said...

Chere Belle Anita!!

What beauty..most importantly made by a loving human hand.
I adore the poetry of your post, dearest.
You know I have gotten a head start on the season with your gorgeous creations!! And I am familiar with the beautiful work of some of these dear friends, but I will explore the others as well:)
The white mouse is made by a Russian woman? Adorable, amazing work.
Thank you for the great beauty you bring, and this is such a gentle, wonderful rendition of the it! Love YOU!
- Irina

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello my sweet friend,
I saw your new header and thought what a cute mouse! And then I saw the rest of your beautiful post.....aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh
There I saw Papillon.....I am so honored that you have show my fairy in your post thank you for this surprise.
I dare not say't but the link does not work.
And how was your Thanksgiving day?
A big hug my friend,

Mapi said...

Beautiful blog as always dearest Anita.
Have a wonderful weekend !
Liefs en maak er iets moois van !

Gem said...

Glad about Fee!!! I LOVE her Chipper Nelly blocks. So clever and cute.
Hope you are not too stuffed from the turkey sandwiches!!!
Have a lovely relaxing weekend
Gem x x

shirley said...

Bonjour Anita
How wonderful to meet you and thank you so much for the mention.I will certainly reciprocate yoyr blog is soooooooooooo beautiful! Oh HOW I need that mouse!!

Bonne weekend

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!
How was your Thanksgiving? It seemed to go by so fast!!
I began putting holiday decorations up. I have a Christmas tree in my kitchen with Christopher Radko ornaments; I love his colorful, happy designs!
Love your newest blog post!! All these Etsy shops look amazing!! Did you venture out today for Black Friday? My husband & I have stayed home and are watching TV... I think we're going out to dinner later..
Hope you're having a wonderful day!!!
Hugs!!!! Shannon

Marie-Ange said...

Toi tu les fais chanter ... et celà m'enchante ...
Tu les fais danser et leur ronde est exquise ...
Sublimes images comme toujours !
Bisous du coeur Anita

Gypsy Heart said...

Gorgeous photos and really lovely items. Off to shop!


Dawne Boynton Polis said...

ooooo, Anita! Now this is the kind of Black Friday shopping that I can get behind!!! What a talented group of artists you've assembled, and how irresistible these presents look!! Thank you so much for including me, dear friend.
Thankful For YOU!

Amish Stories said...

I really love that puppy picture, just wrap him/her and ill take that little dog home. And i hope everyones Thanksgiving went well. Richard

Victoria Sayer said...

Awwwww...gee thanks sooo much for including my button crown in your exciting collection of lovely goodies.(and in your banner too!!)
I want Natasha's little mouse!!
Wishing you lots of sales and much success with your Etsy Shop.
Your friend...

Deborah said...

Beautiful images Anita!!
Oh I love your cards..they are just gorgeous!
They "speak" to me!
Isn't that the look for the gift that speaks to you...
Thank you for this post!

Deborah xoxooxoxoxooxoxox

Fay said...

Buongiorno sweetpie I thought you would all be still eating Pumpkin pie !! hope you had a lovely day Love the fairyland journey and the wee mouse in particular
well done with your pretty cards
see you Sunday xxx sweet dreams .Fay

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh you dear soul you! What a beautiful and thoughtful post.. I am honored to be included among all these wonderful artists.
The MOUSE! Bebe has told me she is in love with this mouse!!
I hope you Thanksgiving was a joyful one... I am so happy you have a few days off to create and enjoy.
I will go visiting this evening. I must see all the wonders..

Patricia Cabrera said...

Nita Nita !!! Happy Thanksgiving to my dear DEAR friend!! Love you Nita!!!! You NEVER forget about (((ME)))!!!grin
I will have to visit these links as they are all fabulous!!! Please, let us skype soon??

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello Anita! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! That was a lovely walk through a display of talent! There are so many out there who have this god given gift to create the unique and the unusual, including yourself! Thanks for sharing! ~Hugs, Patti

Donna in Potomac said...

I'll take the puppy with the polka-dot nose please! If I can't have him, the felted mouse will do :) I'm off to shop - thanks!

Jean said...

Love your post. Such pretties you showcased.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

So lovely to hear that you had a happy Thanksgiving.
I love all the beautiful gifts you have showcased today.
Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend

Carolyn said...

Wonderful post today and so happy to see you promoting small businesses. There are so many creative business people out there and the products they make are so unique & superior to those at Kmart or Macy's.

Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love those wooden blocks, so cute. A fun post, laura

Maria said...

Oh Anita, aren't there just so many talented people! It's wonderful that you all share your gifts with others... {not to hide your talent under a bushel, but to let your light shine!}

I hope you had a wonderful and sweet Thanksgiving. Your dining table and dining room are so beautiful.

One of my blessings today was to walk arm in arm with my father around our neighborhood. It's been so long since we've done that. He's so concerned about his balance...
Chris and I were on either side of him and he went around the neighborhood completing the whole loop. ♥
Makes me smile just thinking of it.
The weather was ideal and he mentioned that after having opened our patio door. I just knew he was aching to walk out there!

Wishing you many joys dear ♥
God bless you always,

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful treasure trove of fabulous and beautiful gifts. Diane always has such wondeful finds from her auction adventures and that little mouse! I cannot get over the beautiful creations, I am in love with about 20 of those animals.

And of course your beautiful art! I smile each time I see your drawings because they are not only beautiful but filled with love.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I too ate too much, today I did much better. I am relaxing, as I hope you do this weekend!
Take care of yourself so that you get better.

Hugs to you, Elizabeth

DolceDreams said...

Anita, such a stunning post as always!!! And I am so very full of gratitude and thankful to have one of my creations on your lovely site...merci!!!!
Enjoy your weekend,

Rosie said...

Oh what a P L E T H O R A of Christmas goodness...Such TALENT! Loving all these ideas for the special people on my list.
Oh what a celebration you had girlfriend!!!!YUMMMMMMMMY
I would love to sit at your table and sample the fares.
Now kick off those slippers and put your toes up for a long weekend...and before you know it Christmas holidays will be here.
Sold a huge clawfoot table in the store today, so am scrambling to replace it by Tuesday ...YYIIIIKKKKKKES!!!!
I have a lovely ladies desk that I will paint up tomorrow morning and then it's off to the shop to wrap up a gift or two. Hoping to be able to rake up those last pesky leaves too...we'll see.
That turkey sandwich will DEFINITELY get me through!...Thank you dearest...xoxox...R

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita
How are you beautiful friend? This post is gorgeous and I am going to pop onto etsy right now as the Christmas spirit is upon us and how happy I am! We have just put our Christmas Tree up as it is always a tradition to put the tree up at the end of school term. I hope you are well and I want to enjoy this Christmas season with you! I have an idea to skype ..... are you in??????

best wishes always

Elizabeth Garden! said...


Underbart, underbart. Färgerna, turkos som bara kan göra en så himla glad. Love and love and lovely!

Estetiskt fullkomligt!

Turkos kram med lite guld

The Dutchess said...

Oke...I;m going on a shopping trip...taking Miss Moussie with me..she is thinking about opening a shop too..maybe someday..

A Bientot..xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita,
J'adore toutes tes photos même celle de la souris blanche avec l'écharpe, alors!!!
Je me demande où tu trouves tout cela!
Bon week-end!

My Spotty Pony said...

Bonjour mon cher ami!!
What a wonderful and very thoughtful post!! Oh there are so many talented people here, your dear self included! I have purchased many faded French fripperies from the lovely Shirley over the years.
I am amazed at all these fabulous creations.... the felted mouse is just adorable!
The object that speaks most to me is the hand painted card of Spotty. It tells me is was drawn and decorated by the most kindest and sweetest of souls. And I shall treasure it for always :)
Have a restful weekend sweet Anita.
Hugs of fur coming your way,
Love, Abby and Spotty xx

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend...happy day..our baking begins soon. xoxoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You came to meet the princess and the mouse! Thank you so much for your encouraging words.. Yes, you may take a photo... I would be honored..
Wishing you the best day.
Going to take another peek at all the beautiful creations here.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Thank you sweetheart for sharing my shop in this beautiful beautiful post. So many lovely treasures here. The photo of the wedding dress reminds me of my own. My gown was candlelight white by Bianca and had a big bow in the was my favorite part of the gown. Sigh. I felt like a princess. Your posts always remind me to dream.

Jacquelyn said...

I am fairly new to your blog and thoroughly enjoy it! I love so many of the photos on here, I'll be pinning away :) - and I was just going through Johnny Miller Photography - beautiful, thank you for feeding my current need to feel inspired. (I'm busy pinning off his site as well)

Sarah said...

Anita, I'm finally getting some time to visit my favorite blogs again. I've missed your beautiful posts and will catch up on those I'm behind on. This one, my dear, is full of little whispers in my ear. I'm off to listen to each one more closely. Will return to scroll down to those delicious posts that I know are waiting for me below.
Hugs ~ Sarah

BirgitW. said...

ma chère Anita,

encore une fois... such a wonderful post! J ´aime beaucoup l `etoile au bouton? et... j`aime la photo de la petite fille ...

pour toi et ta famille un bon dimanche à premier l`avent - Amietiés ta Brigitte/ allemande

avec les gros bises


Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Can't wait to get my set of cute Anita original Paris cards from your Etsy shop! I will frame one for myself for Christmas! But I promise to share the rest with my women's Bible study!! :o)
Now back to "shopping" in my own barn!!!! Amazing what i find there!!

erin said...

a lovely collection of artisans that i will be soon checking out! that photo of the blue eyed little girlie with purple shorts is soooo stinkin cute! thanks for all of the wonderful and inspiring images today.

Privet and Holly said...

Sending you love
and hugs from high
above in the Friendly
Skies as we return home
to Mn. Can't wait to
check out your lovely
recommendations! How
is your calendar shaping

xx Suzanne


dearest friend

i hope i am not to late to give you my warmest thanksgiving wishes, i do hope you have been having a lovely holiday.
your post is adorable as always and i am in totally love with your beautiful seasonal illustrations ❤ you really are jolly clever :)

sending extra special holiday hugs xxx

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you for visiting me today and how very kind of you to think of Draffin Bears. My daughter is working on a new website for me at the moment as this one has a few problems.
That will be so generous of you to make mention of my bears.
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend, dear friend


Christel Hutson said...

Dearest Anita, what an honor to be included among so many very talented artist, and creative souls. Love all of the photographs. This was so very sweet of you to include a link to everyone. More reasons why we all love you! I am happy you shared so many diverse artisans, including your wonderfully talented self! XOXOX Christel

Red Rose Alley said...

That 'Queen Of The Beach' picture is exquisite. And I just love Dawne's blog. She not only has beautiful pictures, but she is a sweet and special soul indeed. You know, I never go out shopping the day after Thansgiving, but the girls were in town so we did, and the crowds weren't too bad. I hope you have special moments this Christmas season, and I will stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and also think of precious friends ilke you. Happy Holidays, sweet one. Off to visit some of the wonderful blogs you have on here.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh what a lovely and rich post filled with eye candy and yummy goodness. Thank you! I am going to hope over to all the sites you listed now. I hope you're having a lovely holiday season. I sure am! This is my favorite time of year.
Big hugs,

C'est moi Claudette said...

I was here yesterday, but got side tracked yet again clicking on your friends shoppes. C'est beau!!! Oh mon Dieu, c'est beau.
What beautiful friends you have and so so talented.
Now the pic of that sweet puppy melted my little French heart.
I will now go back and see more. I love that little felted mouse, but my favourite???? YOUR CARDS FOR SURE dear ANITA. LOVE LOVE LOVE mine so much, but I will not have any for MOI ; (
Must shop a little more.
Sending you hugs this Thanksgiving weekend to you. I hope you are enjoying a peaceful time with your hubby and eating left over turkey sandwiches.
I was with Sister Lolotte today... what a fun day we had. I brought her to the dinner. She had a milkshake with a pile of whip cream. I showed her where my fave store was FROU FROU. I adore her so much.
Ok off to do some shopping.

RobinfromCA said...

Dearest is late and bedtime and your blog is the best place for me to spend the remaining minutes of this day. Everything is so beautiful and I know I will go to bed and have sweet, lovely dreams because I was here. Tomorrow...well, the links will be clicked for some cyber shopping because I can't drive so this is what a girl does when she needs to prepare for the season!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Burlap Luxe said...

So Beautiful Anita,
You touch my soul...Thank you for the feature on my grey bird sign header, thank you dearly my friend.

Anonymous said...

My first welcomed carol! Lovely! I have already ordered my first "Etsy". Have you been to Clayfarm? The most charming on to check out your ideas! Always so well informed!

Barbara said...

Taking time to listen becomes more difficult this time of year, Anita. But also more important. Now that I'm older and don't have the rush of children, I can take the time to look and listen. I remember several years ago stopping in my tracks in the middle of a store to listen to some music they had playing. It gave me shivers. That's the year I discovered Mannheim Steamroller singing Silent Night. Still my favorite.

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, hope you hag a great Thanksgiving. I am getting out the Christmas boxes in the Garage.
It's so much fun to open them every year. Thanks for all the wonderful sites to visit.
You have wonderful taste. I could really shop with you.

Ann said...

This post reminded me of loved ones that I need to get presents for the holidays... oh my I'm so late on my holiday shopping gotta make my move a lot faster. Those etsy shops would be a great help.

Anonymous said...

How fun! Etsy is a great resource. I think I'll spend some time browsing some of these shops for Christmas ideas. xo

Kerri said...

Hello Anita, hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love to visit your blog. Love the felted mice and peppermint soap, and those cards are adorable!

Just updated my blog with pics from Disney Epcot. I had Thankgiving at Disney :)

Hope you have a nice weekend!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Oh you just make my heart sing! Thank you for your constant encouragement and praise. I am so very honored that you have included me in your list of very talented artists.. Yes, I just love that little white mouse.. BISOUS! Penny

George the Lad said...

Oh my look at all the shops to go visiting, all very talended folk.
Christmas is around the corner!!! and now I have to by my sister a present Mmmm I got that sorted on my Birthday outting, Bling Bling, I think it suits her personally.
Please pass on thanks to Balzac, for his Birthday Wishes and joining me on the steps
Love and Hugs to you all George and Tess xxx


dearest Anita

i have just visited 'Nowhere' where the most amusing conversation was being held between Tea Rat and Rattus concerning obituaries. those two really are a riot when they turn to talking on such matters and as i said in my comment are sure to live together.
thank you so much for your visit and kind words on my blog. i am feeling a bit grotty with the lupus these days unfortunately but i am sure that continuing visit you and the land of Nowhere i will remain in good cheer.

blessings to you and rats everywhere xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

i once had a dear little rat who went by the name of scallywag, he was a character i can tell you :3


ps. i meant to say (in my comment above) that Tea Rat and Rattus are sure to live 'forever' but i am also sure they will always live together too :3
i must tell you the tale of scallywag. it all began when he narrowly escaped being a snakes dinner. a friend of a friend kept a pet snake and popped this dear little rat inside it's tank. but i quickly popped dear little rat out again and put him in my pocket. from then on he became a sweet friend. we used to drink from the same cup (which horrified my mother) and eat from the same plate. he was very sociable, a real party animal. whenever i was invited to one he would go too and had a wonderful time dancing on peoples shoulders or their heads! we had such fun! :)


dear Anita

i think that you and Ruben are artists and writers extraordinaire and i long for the day that you produce books as it would be so magical to hold your creations in my hands as well as view them via the magic of internet (which was invented by clever rats :)
wishing both of you dear enchanting people a wonderful evening xxx

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Oh dear! I now know what my next hour holds--heading to these shops now to see all the pretty things and to make my husband's life so much easier by giving him a list of les objets qui parlent!

Burlap Luxe said...

Yes Anita I am ready for our production with the theatre's I am having a bit of a glitch in my computer so it is being worked on in my home today I am on my daughters as I write you.

I am going to have to take a few more pictures and edit what I am going to write about but I can be ready.

How long will you announce the production and what day were you thinking we would [post} the staged setting with the theatre performance.

Your postings are looking so beautiful and inspiring the best of what you are all about.

PS. I have am in beautiful company with you.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

I feel very honoured that you have showcased one of my bears, along with all these beautiful gifts.
Thank you dear friend and know how lucky I am to have such a beautiful and kind friend.
Your Artwork is wonderful, love it and will be back to look again at all the other gifts you have shared, when I have more time.
Thanks again for doing this sweet Anita.

Wishing you a happy new week

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving Dear Anita
What lovely treasures you have shared with us today... Love your cards of course.. and the grey painted plank is so sweet too..

Wish I'd found this shop when I was in Paris.. will have to bookmark it for next time..

Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I wanted you to know I received the "Holiday Audrey Cards" and they are far more beautiful in person! The colors are stunning... and the way the snowflakes shimmer-- just beautiful!! The "Audrey Tags" are gorgeous (!!!) ...but now the problem is parting with these beauties. How can I possibly give them away? :)
Your designs are simply beautiful, Anita.
Thank you!

Rosie said...

Hello my sweet sweet girl,
Ahhhh...I am looking forward to kicking back and relaxing...p.j.'s ALL day long :)
Your greeting cards are splendid!!!!
You must be soooo busy!
The desk is indeed, in need of earrings :) but she is quite pretty. I will pick up some silver library pulls tomorrow, on my way to pick up more goodies for the shop.
Spent the whole day, dusting cleaning, and redoing the shop...ready for another week. Started out with just a bit of book work and just snowballed.
How is your cold dear one? Are you feeling ANY better? I hope so...cause this IS our favorite season.
Mom is slowly getting her life back..still weak, but happier when I call.
No, no snow yet...well one evening we had a bit of white, but we were back to green the next day.
Well, I am off to bed...sweet dreams dear friend...xoxo...R

My Spotty Pony said...

Good Morning Anita!!
Just stopping by to say hello and I hope you had a restful weekend!
I am so excited to hear about your little theatres... do let me know more about them!!
I hope you have wonderful week.
Sending love and hugs of soft fur
Abby and Spotty xx

Palomasea said...

Dearest, Beautiful Friend!!
Thank you for your special visits..they are hugs for my heart, dear one.
Hope to see you very soon!!
Love you,
- Irina

Burlap Luxe said...

Awww! my friend don't stress, the words inside you are tucked away and waiting for that perfect topic that inspires your soul. Some times when we just move a piece of furniture in our home as I did with the door moving it from the kitchen to my small sitting room it inspired a story to tell.

Go MOVE something in your life and let the new order of things inspire the best from you.
Nothing should be forced, just let it play out and you will see.

Friday is fine with me, I better get writting and take pictures with that sad camera of mine, you see deary my camera does not inspire me at all and the photos it takes leaves me un-inspired LOL!! I am laughting now loudly!

So it is we will link our sites making mention of each other and the performances the satge creates will be in the eyes of the viewer.

If Friday is too soon then the following week will be fine, let me know in a day or two if you are inspired and the words are flowing.
a big French hug to you

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Another lovely, inspirational post Anita...Ooh and I do love ETSY... so many lovely shops here..I am off to visit!
Hope you have a great week,
Susan x

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Gorgeous!!!!! Blessings and thanks to you for all the beauty you share!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita...
These amazing photos put me in the Christmas spirit!!! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!!!
We're supposed to have snow flurries tonight!!
We have the rest of our holiday decorations up and the plants in urns on our front porch have white lights.
I hope you are having a great day!!!
Hugs!! Shannon

georgia~gigi said...

Hello Again :)
Oh, isn't Etsy wonderful!!! So many talented and creative people out there!
Your Holiday cards are just lovely!
How's it going.... business good?

lots of love
gi gi

Maria said...

Oh Anita!!!!
I love ♥ love ♥ love your pâtisserie cards! They just came today ~
The artwork, c'est parfait and the sparkle est magnifique!
Merci mille fois!
I love the sweet surprise that came with the cards! How adorable and soooo perfect!
I can't wait to use these cards, {especially for my friend at work that teaches Français}
...but I will keep one for myself ~ I will frame it to use in a favorite spot in the house, perhaps right here where I write to you!
Merci ma chère amie!
♥ Maria

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dear Anita,
I'm loving this wonderful post that leads to so many fabulous shops! I'm am having a hard time thinking of others when so much appeals to me!!!
But I will try to be a good and cheerful giver.
I would love to have you link this fabulous post to our new linky party that's open now. It would be an honor.

Ez said...

Lovely picks! Thanks for sharing my photo. I wanted to ask if you could please credit it (the top image) with a link to my flickr album: Thank you so much. Warmly, Ez

Jacqueline said...

You are always so sweet to visit! You have so many commenters and I am sure you must be so busy with everything you do, I do adore it when you come and say hello to little old me!!!! The problem is that everything speaks to me. I spend way more at the holidays than I should because I want one for them and one for me!!! You showed so many beautiful things. It was pure eye candy (as usual my dear!)

Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

OH MY Goodness...lots and lots of pretty and interesting photos...thanks for sharing!

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and a nice break from school. We spent the day at Rob's parent's house and ate some good food! :)

I love those wooden blocks. So cool...gonna have to check out that site and it looks like you've added some more things to your shop...gonna have to go on over there as well. Hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend!


Chá das Cinco said...

Miss miss miss my comings here, dear Anita!!
I am terribly busy...sorry, many orders...
Love you!!

koralee said...

Hi dear is your week going? I have been fighting a soar throat and the sniffles...but off I go..will wear extra warm socks and a woolly sweater today..playground duty!
Warm hugs to you for a wonderful Tuesday.xoxoxo

Jeri Landers said...

Because of all the art and craft shows I attend each year, I get to see wonderful and unique handmade objects all the time. What I like about etsy, however, is that not every artist or craftsmen is able to travel around doing shows, but still has an outlet to sell their wonderful work. You have some fabulous artists listed above and I plan to visit each of their shops. Thanks for the list!

Martina said...

Thank you for coming today, dear one! Such a foggy white day here, i want to stay in bed and shop in all these cute shops you're showing up here. Have you added more? I haden't seen the bear last time! Cheers to a cozy and relaxed evening! xx

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Dearest!!!!
Thinking of you today as I begin the days adventures... and your generous spirit and joy that overflows onto others.

Thank you for including my new Etsy shop in your list! I wanted to come up with some inexpensive holiday gifts that included men as well as women : ) No glitter for the guys though.... even though that's no fun!!!

You and I both fighting colds, may we win the battle and get on with it!!!!!!

Oh those tiny mice are so CUTE!
My goodness, the talent shown in these artists.... FABULOUS!
And your Parisan Children are absolutely adorable, love that sparkle!!!!

~ Violet

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

I continue to marvel at your sense of style and observations of beauty! All absolutely gorgeous.

Suz said...

What a precious post. I see your lovely face in many places and just had to visit.

Amish Stories said...

How's your business working out Anita, and dropping by your blog kind of reminds me of my trips to Montreal. I need to take a trip up there again as i love Canada. Richard

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Beautiful words Anita. to stop and to listen :) Love it! Gorgeous etsy shops-- pretty! So many things to do this time of the year...we just started assembling our Christmas tree. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Denise said...

Hi Anita,Now we can at last say, Merry Christmas! May God fill your life with blessings on top of blessings.That was a lot of sweet shopping.My Dear Sweet husband 67 years of age is a little old fashion when it comes to shopping.He's requested me not to shop the internet for fear of mischief.I don't push the idea,but I sure would love to buy some sweet stuff I see.Beautiful post.-Denise

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

What a lovely idea posting so many fellow bloggers and Etsy artist's sites for Christmas shopping! Can't wait to meander through some of these!

Rosie said...

hello sweetness,
Sorry I missed our cuppa...CrAzY,just doesn't cover it. The HUGE claw foot table left at about 11:00...I finished the ladies desk (ahhhh) at about 4:00, and then the big white bed sold at 4:30...YIKKKKES!!!!!!

Rosie said...

WOOOOPS...hit the wrong button as I was waving my arms in the air. Needless to say there have been some VERY late nights...oh well..."tis the season"
Now don't worry about "quiet sales", I know there are people just waiting to put in their'll see.
OK, off to peel a few potatoes...hugs sweet friend R

Patricia Cabrera said...

My dear queen, Thank you for your visit and note!!!grin
it is always more "sparkly" when ((you))come there!!
Listen, I forgot to say on my comment... although all the shops metioned are amazing.. this white mouse is to die for!Love him!and you too!grin

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello my beautiful sister!

I finally made it over for this scrumptious post. I have savored every photo. Thank you so much for including my little shoppe.

Big Hugs!

Suz said...

I am so amazed! We live in St. Anthony Park. We are probably no more than ten minutes from you! I always forget and tell people we live in Minneapolis because we are only a few blocks from 280 which is the border!
I have to say, I was so thrilled with your name. My mom was Anita and died when I was eighteen. I always wanted to name my daughter "Anita" but my sil named hers Anita first so Katie got her last name as a middle name, which is LaGrave. French! Did you see that we just took a trip down the Canal du Midi in a barge? A wonderful dream of ours. It was fantastic!
things are a bit chaotic with Jud's illness but I would love to connect sometime.

hi-d said...

Dear Anita,

So good to see your face on my blog today. :) I'm glad that you had a few days off last week. It sounds like they were much needed. Are you feeling better now? I hope so! That makes work miserable when you're feeling sick and exhausted. I hope you have a blessed Christmas Season. :)


Jacqueline said...

Good morning Anita,

I have been meaning to tell you that your Christmas cards are stunning and charming all rolled into one. I am sending my photograph ones out this year.

Soon,very soon I imagine you will be out for Christmas break. I can only imagine the wonder you will dream up. I know you must be looking towards the holiday season in your new home
makeover. I'm sure it will just sparkle!

Len will be decorating outside this weekend as he has a 3 day weekend. I have done the inside of our home, my gnomes never fail to delight me and friends and family that visit. My whole tree is gnomes and a few woodlawn critters and of course a snowman or two. I had fun decorating our lower restroom this year and did it in vintage santa. We have even decided to put a small tree in our bedroom this year. It makes you dream...of a white Christmas and all the charm of the season.

I'm doing great. I'm busy at the store. Decorated it too! The store has had a grand kick-off and we are doing well. I spend my time doing all the displays and now three days a week I'm out in the community marketing. Lots of fun for a girl with a few curls.

In the midst of it all, my first little grandbaby coming in May and Kara has bought her wedding dress. You would love it!

She is on Pinterest too (Kara Burgess) and you should take a peek at her wedding section, I have re-pinned some on mine too.

Love you, think of you all the time, hearts as one.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

OMGoodness - I am SO thrilled to be included in this group of fabulous finds! thank you so much for sharing the chipper love - it's very kind of you to think of me. to have a look at your other suggestions (with purse by my side!)
Love to you and your man
fee x
(loving how he comments on your blog posts)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Had to come by and wish you a happy December, can't believe how fast this year has gone!
I do hope that you are feeling better and you are over your laryngitis - how are you feeling dear friend?
It won't be long and you will be on holiday.
thank you again for your kindness in adding Draffin Bears to your list of Christmas gift ideas.

Sending hugs

June said...

Hi Dear One,it is so nice to sit here and catch up with you today. I am drinking in the beauty. Thank you for the links to these wonderful girl's shops. I'm off to window shop.
sending hugs...

Anonymous said...

anita...that was a beautiful,love and dawn are such favorites of your poetry book...happy advent of loveliness...xoxo Eden

fashion meets art said...

oh dear anita, i have to look at these post a second time. it's so wonderful. i like the little girl with her cute boots and of course (i'm an animal lover) the little dog. everything is so wonderful in your post and of course your selfmade book too. very creative, anita!
lovely greets and a wonderful thursday.
maren anita

Jade said...

Oh, Anita, my sweet friend.......every picture of your wonderful post speaks to me, because i feel your heart behind it!!!!! It´s always such a joy for me, to visit you in your world full of beauty and love!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for all and have a wonderful week,

Warm Hugs, Jade & Sheila - now she´s waiting for a walk ;), it´s very warm and sunny, here in Bavaria!!!!

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Had to come back to see this post, so much effort.
I am sure everyone loved this post. Merry Christmas

yvonne XXXXXXX

Ann Nichols said...

Oh my... that star made out of buttons in your header...and your drawings...and well, your whole enchanting site!! What a dear dear soul you are to bring such splendor and talent altogether!
Edward is now sitting on my lap...purring away. He looked over your site with me and likes it so much that that's when the purrs started!
Blessings dear Anita for a wonderful Advent!

Bring Pretty Back said...

EYE CANDY! That is what this post is!!!
Have a pretty day!

Bring Pretty Back said...

EYE CANDY! That is what this post is!!!
Have a pretty day!

Bring Pretty Back said...

EYE CANDY! That is what this post is!!!
Have a pretty day!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Beaucoup d'Amour pour aujourd'hui et toutes les jours xo xo xo xo

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...can you believe it is December 1st!!!?! Happy evening to you.

Rosie said...

Hey Dearest...Ya Dec 1st....CrAzY!!!
Finished wrapping the presents that I had on hand. LOTS of F U N. Still have a few to buy, but am feeling OK about it, will blitz this weekend and get it all finished. Now I must get a bit of Christmas baking done, before my children come home. I will definitely be putting that butter brownie recipe on the list...those look so YUMMY.
Am truly looking forward to spending lots of time in the kitchen.
Will leave a plate of sugar cookies on the counter for you...hugs R

Karena said...

Oh Anita, as usual you have captured the magic, the essence of the holidays and the spirit of the season!

Please Come and enter the 1st of Twelve Days of Holiday giveaways which is from Dovecote Decor! It is stunning!

Art by Karena

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
I just read your comment {just a few above mine} over at Koralee's.
It would have been 56 years for your parents! beautiful!
It would have been 61 for mine this September. Isn't it amazing that time goes by like that!
I also love the idea of the kindness retreat...
... and of course, I smiled at your aspirin comment!
I hope the day is kind to you too! ♥ ~Maria

Burlap Luxe said...

I sent you an email dear one, if you did not get it then I will answer here. Its fine for Friday Or Saturday. I too am at a lost and am not happy with the way my camera is acting up. So take photos of your theatres and harp and write of the joy of playing out a dream on a stage.

Your theatres need not have so much said about them they will be like a Christmas window display.
A piece of art that will inspire all as they did for me.

let me know how its coming, use pictures like the ones you sent me, they are as pretty and as inspiring as miss clara's are.

Jade said...

Thank you soooooo much for your sweet words, my dear friend....that´s such a gift for me!!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

Hugs Jade and kisses from Sheila ;)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita...
How have you been?
This has been a very sad week. A family friend passed away Wednesday night; he had colon cancer. He was 33 years old and had been married a very short time. None of the treatments were helping. He had been diagnosed 11 months ago. By the end he was in horrific pain. I am so glad he isn't suffering anymore. He was a really wonderful person; I have known him since he was born; I was 4 years old and our mothers taught at the same elementary school. I found a old photo of us sitting on a wagon. I was about 6 years old and he was 2 years old.
Life is so fragile! I am still having difficulty believing he is gone. It doesn't seem real!
Thinking of you and wish I lived closer to you!!!
Hugs!! Shannon

YONKS said...

Anita, I'm back home dearest and now, hopefully, back to normal with my blogging activities. I didn't have the time to speak much during my week, but I did check in to see how everyone was doing, just no time to comment. I think my family thought I was mad, on holiday and spending all evening blogging!
Thanks for coming with me on the trip - it was GREAT!

Burlap Luxe said...

Saturday 10:00 it is your time :)
Give or take a few is fine we will have it posted by then.

I know yours will be beautiful, I could just wish to follow in your footsteps dear one :)

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, dearest Anita
I am still here! I tried leaving a comment yesterday evening but it must be my slow computer or something. I just noticed you have 1111 followers! Wow!
This post was lovely with you highlighting several wonderful gift areas online to shop at.
It was a very busy Thanksgiving time for dinner at my brother's house here in town and another dinner at my husband's brother's house in the Sacramento area.
Have you seen the terrible devastation the winds have done to So. California? It's crazy! My 21 year old son is driving down there today to go visit the college he will begin attending in January. There is still a wind advisory in effect and lots of power outages...I am wondering if he will find the power out at the college in downtown Los Angeles?
That and street signal lights will be out too...quite a dangerous situation to be driving around. I do pray a lot!!!
Hope you are well.
lots of love and hugs,
Teresa in CA

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, I am now working on the post and I am going to load the photo's and get as much of it done as I can if all done tonight. I will then just save it and hit publish Saturday at your time.
If it shows todays date as the time of post and it is really posted a day later I am ok with that, I just do not want anything to go wrong with everything I have been dealing with going wrong these past days :)

so I will work as you are doing and I will publish in the Morn, if you publish tonight even if it is that wee hours then let me know and I will post as well :)

PS. Still not sure waht I will do with the million photos I took to make sure I get enough to work with and what I will talk about yet...BUT its coming to me, its like Christmas morning and can't wait to open the gifts.

Burlap Luxe said...

PS. Have you come up with music or the soft Christmas that is on your list now, if so I will paly soft piano Christmas as well :)

I am not doing a nwe header due to time and this darn flu has me so down and its all I can do to get what I have already been working on.
see you soon over at my home where I create.

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, dearest Anita
We are fine here in Central Calif. but Los Angeles, mostly Hollywood, Pasadena, those areas had massive power outages,(350,000 homes and businesses without power over night)from the severe winds, LAX, two nights ago had the power out with twenty-eight flights stranded. You can imagine what that was like. In other states like Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah was actually the worst with 150 miles an hour winds, flipping semi trucks over and trees crashing onto cars in residential areas and some homes too. Very rare weather for L.A. And of course gusty winds through all of the passes like San Bernardino and I am sure the Mohave Desert, etc.
I know you have been pushing yourself with this time of year and all that transpires between teachers, students, and parents. Yes, do try to rest all you can during your winter vacation time.
(BTW, did I tell you my sister Rebecca has Lyme Disease? I think I did, please pray for her. It can be such a terrible ordeal to go through even with antibiotics. There is one lady on Jenny Doh's Crescendoh blog who talks about having Lyme Disease (see the blog's side bar with 'Readers Write') breaks my heart to see people have to suffer such devastating disabilities. And so many of them are sweet Christians suffering through their malady with peace and joy. What beautiful souls they are! Life can be so strange at times, and only God knows the whys and wherefores.
I am happy you have your beautiful blog to come to for relaxation...we all need that kindred spirit connection in the middle of daily life scenarios.
Be blessed and I can't believe it is Friday already!
love, and hugs~
Teresa in good ole CA

Burlap Luxe said...

Chère Anita!

I am here reading that you are up posting, this is so good. I am happy to be in your company of a grand production of showing our théâtres !!
In a soulful way.
I love best that they are created by us :)
Well I am back to bed, I will wake back up at 8:00 am to post for your 10:00 dead line time.
I posted last night and the date will be one day sooner then yours but will post on the same day, I will just hit publish and it will be up.

I was afraid I would over sleep with this cough and not have time to work up a post, you know the hours that go into such a post as our linked theatres :)

Congratulations my friend we have waited for this day for months :)
Bisous et câlins à ma chère amie


OOOOOh! yes I am ready to post I am stil up and was back off to bed so I will look for yours and post now!

Burlap Luxe said...

I am ready to post before I go back to bed so I will look for yours and then I will hit publish On mine!


Tiff said...

How wonderful!!! Thank you for such a fantastic collection of places to shop! I am delighted I now have the time to come and visit you all! X

chateaudelille said...

Id love to make books like your blue poetry one with my class next year. Yours looks so beautiful.Today is my last day with my class and it is a bit sad. They are such a lovely group of gorgeous kids I shall miss.Fiona

~CC Catherine said...

I'm so blessed to have Stopped, SHOPPED, and listened too during the preparation of this holiday. And two of the FINEST Etsy shops I purchased from was the Gilded Sparrow with Violet Skiles and your very own Etsy My dearest Anita. I love all my purchases and it was SO hard to give some of the items as gifts...but I did. ;) I will check out the other shops soon~ Merci!