Sunday, January 8, 2012

It's True

It's really true. 

But it only took a bittersweet

"Life Celebration" 

on Saturday January 7th 2012

and a return home


to find out that

there ARE such things as 

fairy dust

source unknown

and angels' wings.


But what is more stunning

is to learn that the particles

that sluff off 

a beating heart

forgotten source

really exist in our physical 


google images

and reach to distances


and that

A L L 

M A T T E R S.

I'm linking this post to my

my husband's blog

so you can see

the rest of the story

and to remember that

rather than waiting 

until the
cusp of your twilight


to say and do 

while you live:

"Thank you."

"Will you forgive me?"

"I forgive you."



I T 


M A T T E R S.


janice15 said...

Nice post...have a lovely day...Janice

Martina said...

So true Anita! I love what you make from todays experience - and big hugs again - your pix here are marvellous!

The enchanted home said...

Anita love your thought provoking posts...I always leave your blog feeling like anything in the world is possible and that even the unthinkable is within our grasp, I love your powerful messages, your unique and beautiful way of presenting even the simpliest thoughts and mostly the teasure that you are to me and so very many others.
I went to your husbands posts and watched the entire clip on the butterfly effect and I was two are special people and kindred spirits and a bright light in blogland!

A Vintage Chic said...

Beautiful, Anita...such lovely, lovely thoughts...and they ARE true. It really DOES all matter.

Off to visit your husband's blog...have a blessed day, my friend...


lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Because I know the "story behind this post" ..... I think this was a beautiful way to express your feelings WHILE WE ARE STILL ON THIS EARTH. How perfect is Ruben's post and how beautifully they merge together.
I have FINALLY learned that it is NEVER too late to tell someone how much they mean to you, and it is NEVER to late to say your sorry to the people who matter most in your life.
For your friend, and others who touched our souls while on this earth:
"There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. "
A beautiful post, as always...from my beautiful friend.

Deborah said...

Oh yes sweetheart, it all matters!!
Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I visited Rubens blog and listened to his earth-shattering post!
Pondering on the truths shared there!
Love you!

Deborah xoxoxoxoxox

Anonymous said...

Your words are as beautiful and inspiring as always. Oh WOW those butterflies! Off to check out the hubby's blog.

YONKS said...

Love You!

ivana said...

The thing I love the most about your posts is that I have a strong sense of presence.

I wish you happy and fulfilling New year :)

ivana said...

The thing I love the most about your posts is that I have a strong sense of presence.

I wish you happy and fulfilling New year :)

My Beautiful World said...

Just beautiful love this post my friend. Hope you have an amazing day.

Always Wendy

Ruben Rivera said...

This is a wonderful tribute to your departed friend and to his life that was an example of the Butterfly Effect. I see it in you and in me through you.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Anita,

Are you ok? It sounds as if you have had an intense time of things and I am truly sorry for your loss. There is always, as you have beautifully penned here, a silver lining to every great big grumpy grey cloud and I know you will see that glittering lining and reach out and grasp it for the good of all those who love you.



French Girl in Seattle said...

Quel joli billet, Anita. Merci de nous rappeler tous ces mots si importants mais que nous oublions tous, si souvent, d'utiliser! Comme d'habitude, tes photos sont superbes. J'adore celle de la poussiere tombee des ailes d'une petite fee... ;-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Mary said...

Exquisite post.. Happy sigh.. :)

Elizabeth said...

Anita my dear friend,

I hope that you are ok, it is always difficult, and mind numbing to lose someone. I love the term you used in your post, Life Celebration. I am sure this must have been a special friend, as you are to so many of us.

My friend, your love and your light has brightened my days more than you know. You always challenge me to be better, more loving and thoughtful. Our friendship is very special, and my dear I am so blessed to have found you.

I treasure you, I love you and I am in awe of you and your spirituality! You are a beacon of love, laughter and light. You are unique and special and I am so lucky to have found you.

Be well, and know that I am celebrating you and the spirit of your special friend.

Xoxo Elizabeth

It's me said...

So all matters darling.....thanks for your friendship...i love you.....every day is the best love love feel good !! yes yes !!

Sandra van Doorn said...

Anita, i hope you are ok? i am confused if the words are painful or beautiful... or both... it does all matter.
please take care, ton amie sandra

Becky~ said...

Hi Anita,lovely words charming photos.I hope you have a nice new week ahead.xo

Stephanie said...

a timely reminder and one we can all use from time time to time. Life is precious, and days are few. Make the most of what we are given. xoxo

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Anita~ Thank you for sharing this special post. I couldnt agree more with it:))

Palomasea said...

Ok, my sweet, I think I can finally write without shedding beaucoup de tears.
I visited Ruben, and whoa...this is the reality by which I wish to live, that is for sure.
You and Ruben share this consciousness, and your butterfly effect goes further that you could ever imagine.
What a dedication to precious friends and souls.
Love you,
- Irina

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Beautiful blues over here...and yes not only does it all matter but WE matter. ox

PS the blue sea print is available in the set of notecards with the blue beach cottage.

your blue bird sings to my heart!

desde my ventana said...

Dear Anita, really true and beautiful words.
I hope that you are enjoying this weekend

Muchos besos


michelle said...

Dearest Anita, I am so sorry for your sadness but it is so true, everything that we do matters, touches someone, somewhere and that we should always remember not only in our heads but our hearts.
I pray that you find peace and love and know that you matter to us.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Such tender thoughts, Anita, that remind us all to never neglect saying the words that really matter to each other. I'm pondering your encouraging thoughts....

wendy said...

LOVED LOVED LOVED this. I also went and read your husbands blog post (will be adding him to my blog roll for sure...good stuff)
Because THESE POSTS matter.
I sooo believe all that.
I hope it is ok with the both of you that I link to these posts on my blog.
It truly is beyond our scope of understanding to KNOW the good we can do, the simplest of things, the one day "mattered"
I am really going to give this more thought all during the week.
I can do BETTER.
I WILL do Better.
thanks my friend.
wonderful stuff as always

Edie Marie's Attic said...

"and the greatest of these is LOVE"

Mille bises, Sherry

"Create Beauty" said...

Dearest Anita,
You and Ruben are on the same wave-length of thought and heart this weekend... thank you for letting your light shine and spill over into our lives, which are only better for knowing you!!!

I was thinking about the butterfly effect and my father... in his life he was a slave to alchohol, and it destroyed so much of his potential. After my older brother was born, my father disappeared for 4 years. My mother didn't know if she would ever see him again. Had he not returned, I would not be here, nor my children or grandchildren, and generations to come, and who knows what they will accomplish? What good will be done for here and for eternity... it gives me chills!!!

Love you so,

Fay said...

Buona sera Anita Im glad that you were able to celebrate your frinds life Its certainly sad to lose a friend but so good to remember all the happy times and instances Big hugs
I always have a small phial of Fairy dust by my bed ! just in case.
Rest well and feel refreshed sweetpie
Fay xxx

Sylvia said...

Dearest Anita ,
Thank you for your visit, your kind wards have always matter to me, but now I realize you have always knew that.I was so worried about not seeing your comment and not seeing you as my follower, but now I understand.Thank you for the eye-opening, inspiring message and sorry for your loss.
Everything matters, everyone matters!
Sending love and peace your way!
Thank you again for being a part of my life even if it's just through our blogs; it still matters.

Palomasea said...

Dearest, thank you...I'm so happy those images spoke to you.
That horse is absolutely DIVINE, stunningly beautiful and pure.
Reminds me of someone ;)..
Love and light, sweet friend ..*.*.*
- Irina

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Ruben's blog is wonderful. So glad I visited it.

Tiff said...

Oh Anita! Those angel wings have made my heart beat faster and my ideas fly... I must go and create some wings from paper and twine!!!! I have been inspired!!! Thanks for your visit! Bug Hugs! X

wendy said...

Hey sweet Anita, I have been doing some catch up on blogs today. You might get a kick out of this story on Teachin' Fourths' blog

It is a neat tribute that his students gave to him.
was really touching

Patricia Cabrera said...

oh dear one... I too , i am so late. I went to Ruben's blog but I can't see the video because i have a problem on my audio...But knowing you and him, I must go to another computer as soon i have a chance and see the video.

sending you all my love...

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita so thought provoking and beautifully put. I just recently lost a friend that I have known since Jr. high but our lives have entertwined over the years. Amazing how we are all connected in some way and how it has an effect on your own life. Going to her memorial service next weekend. I thank God I knew her when I did or I may not have met my wonderful husband. Hugs, Patti

Privet and Holly said...

You and I are
both writing about
loss and life, this
week. I just posted
my own thoughts
along these lines
and will pop over to
R's blog to read the
rest of the story.

Thinking of you....

xx Suzanne

Christel Hutson said...

I am reminding of this the world, you may be only one person, but to one person, you may be the world. It is not by accident that we effect others lifes with such meaning, and is by Gods will.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I feel your sadness dear friend.. What a touching post.. You know I keep you in my heart.. Off to visit Ruben.
With love and blessings,

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

Hi Anita, yes, everthing does matter. Happy New Year my dear friend. Sending you all my best.

xo, Bonnie

A Magical Whimsy said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you for leading us to your husband's blog to watch 'The Butterfly Affect' profound. I could write a psychological novel of how men's and women's personalities affect others for good or for bad. Even children we grow up with have lasting affects on how we perceive life. We are so impressionable...always. But it is our choices who truly make us who we are...that is what Dumbledore told Harry Potter. I did write a post on 'A Fanciful Twist' a while back when she asked how people had affected us...and HOW WE HAD OVERCOME by being strong within ourselves. The people who were in 'The Butterfly Affect' had to overcome great odds of fear when they were holding on to the threads of life. Thank you for sharing... EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS!!! Yes!!!
Have a blessed week dear friend~
Oh, may I post a link to your Etsy and also to your blog on the side bar of my blog??? I know you will say yes...I saw Irina had posted both and I thought, Oh! I would love to do that too!

A Magical Whimsy said...

When I first began to read your post I knew something must have happened...and then I went back and re-read what Ruben had commented about loosing a friend. I am so sorry. So, my first comment was about 'The Butterfly Affect' and this comment is to send my sympathy for your grief of loss.
Many thoughts, hugs, and prayers,

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Dearest Anita

My heart goes out to you, I hope today is going ok for you, you are in my thoughts,
Ruben and you are so perfectly in tune with each other, that is inspiring to me.

All my best


My Spotty Pony said...

Dearest Anita,
I am so very sorry to learn of the sad loss of your friend from work. Having just visited your dear husband's blog, I know how much comfort he will be to you at this time.
You both have written the most inspiring post's, and everything you do and write really does make a difference.
Of course Spotty will be given the biggest hug for you! He is my big butterfly... without him and his friends there would be no RDA.
Take care my friend
Sending muddy hugs your way :)
Much love, Abby and Spotty xx

GoNcha GoNcha said...

love your inspirational posts. have a Cupcake sweet Monday;)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear Anita...I am so sorry...Of course there is fairy dust...and everything truly does matter...Sending Hugs to you through Dzintra xoxo

lostpastremembered said...

You know, I complain about the horrid state of our world frequently... especially about mean-spirited commercials. But there was one a while back that was different. It showed one guy doing a nice thing for someone who did a nice thing for someone else. They turned a frown into a smile. Simplistic, perhaps but that is the butterfly effect. The kindness of a stranger will brighten a day immeasurably. When it's a loved one or friend who has been lost or wounded the step toward changing it lightens the spirit. We should do it more often. The magic is in us to do it.

Anonymous said...

You have such a way with words (and finding gorgeous photos)! Hope your weekend was lovely. xo

Teacup Mosaics said...

Anita your words are so true and a gentle reminder. I feel they "speak" to me at my blogging cross road. I have missed your world! Thank you for making life so beautiful, a little bit a time.
Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

Jacqueline said...

What matters is all that matters. What is joy, it's all the joy. What is a life celebration? It's a celebration in itself with other selves. Where are the butterflies, they are residing, where it matters.

Fete et Fleur said...

I loved Ruben's post. I cried buckets after that video. Your photo choices are gorgeous as always.


Ozma of Odds said... true that each and everyone of us matters! ~ and that we ALL can make a difference ~ every day ~ in a positive way.
as we all are all made up of energy and are forces to be reckoned with :)
the only question we really need to ask ourselves is,
will i be a positive force ~or~ a negative force today?
will i allow my "ego" to control me ~or~ will i choose instead to be a tool, using the talent and gifts i've been given and get to the heart of what truly must begin with each and every one of us and to accomplish this, we must be the change that we wish to see...


it all matters!

xo, Rosemary

p.s. how captivating would it be to not only participate in this exhibition, but to stand beneath them once complete and feel the energy?!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

thank you for the inspired and winged elegance of you, anita...
blessings to you...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Thank you for coming over.. Yes, I was able to visit Ruben's blog also... The video moved me to tears.. Yes, my dear friend, it ALL matters, every minute of every day, every living thing... Every word spoken, every breath taken.. It all goes by so quickly, must not miss a second of it... and YOU and Ruben MATTER to me. Will carry you both in my heart always.

Denise said...

Wonderful!-now off to Rubens.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I've come over a few times and finally able to connect. Anita, I went over to your husband's blog and saw the little video on his post. I never knew what the butterfly effect was until my son talked with me about it. It makes sense though, as everything we do and say can affect those around us. IT ALL MATTERS, doesn't it? With spouses and children and siblings and aging parents and everyday life, sometimes we forget all of this in the world around us. Thank you so much for the reminder, and yes, 'thank yous' and courtesies are so important. My mom always taught us to say PLEASE. I seldom hear that any more. Loved this post, and you are such a doll. Anita, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Rayanne said...

Very true...we matter, it ALL matters,went over to hubby's post, true.
Be blessed today friend, you matter to me.I can not imagine blogging with out YOU!

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, i just watched the butterfly effect and left a message at Rubens - it fits so well with the post you did and this breathtaking butterfly picture up there. It sounds like you had such an intense time at the funeral/life celebration and it makes me think of a dear friend of ours, still young, who died some years ago - a very strong person who has touched the lifes of many. Somehow and strangely, death adds such an intensity to life and the search of it's meaning, more than words can ever say. Fairy dust maybe travels from one world to the other and i think, things are connected not only on earth but everywhere. Your butterfly wings are surely spreading so much love and poerty Anita - much love from me!

Sonja said...


I've left my comment on Ruben's page, but thank you. You & Ruben share the heart strings of life in such a unique way...

The circle of our lives is short, and we never know who we may be influencing. Because I believe in God, my responsiblity is to make the very life He has given me, count for eternity. A seed planted, is not wasted. HE is the cultivator of each one. This is a short life in terms of eternity, as you have both pointed out, and what we do may last for generations... and I am 'getting busy'!! :)


Bela said...

Dear Anita, I wish the best for you in 2012!! May your words and images always enchant us!!!!
Love you!!

High Heeled Life said...

Bonjour mon ami; beautiful reminder of the precious gift of life. And that it is limited, so do and say today.. don't put off till tomorrow. Many blessings my friend, xo HHL

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You CAME OVER to see BEBE!!!
Your excitment warms my heart so.
I just cannot tell you how much your words mean to me.
Training wheels? Oh my, I guess I should put some on.. You are correct, she is still little..
Enjoy your evening mon ami,
BLESS YOU dear friend

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

See, I was so excited I forgot how to spell my name. teeheee!

georgia~gigi said...

Hey Anita Bonita :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE the header!
Love all the gorgeous pics paired with your beautiful words!
I will go see your Ruben's post!
Much love to you
gi gi

Anonymous said...

its does...all matter...that was an awesome post....and yes...i do believe we must take care of ourselves first...and then and only then are we are ready to care for others in a healthy fashion...that being said...these angels wings....are beautious...

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!!!!!
What a wonderful post!!!! I love the photos of fairy dust and angel wing across the pocket watch!!!!
How have you been? How is school?
My parents left our house and headed to Arizona where they rent a house until April. Chicago is too cold for my mom once winter really kicks in. My mom promised to keep her eyes open for cool turquoise jewelry for me....
It is much colder here (no snow) and windy!!!!
I hope you're having a great evening!!!!

koralee said...

Oh yes does all matter!!! I have always said that...every little thing you do matters and will get back to you somehow in some form or another!! I must fly off to see your sweeties post before I tuck in for the evening...3 days of nonrest due to deadlines have made my new school week look like a cake walk...hugs to you...sorry I have not visited sooner dear one. xoxoxo

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

You are such an amazing example of NOT witholding your heart...You really live in "the moment" and are so good about encouraging, loving, thanking, and being such a positive person.

So, I just wanted to thank YOU for your sweet posts and your friendship. I'm going to have to check out that video on Ruben's blog, but it shall have to be tomorrow.

Sweet dreams...

My Spotty Pony said...

Oh Anita, how wonderful that you came back to see black beauty again! Well, he is brown [muddy] beauty really, but hopefully will return to grey or even white again!! Your dear husband also stopped by to see OUR lovely boy and now the Spot will receive extra hugs!!

Much love and of course HUGS
Abby and Spotty xx

francis said...

Oh your fairy-dust image is so sparkling .....
You must be a fairy at night and follow fairy-workshops at night !
It is so wonderful and comforting and enlightening to be here ....
My days are a roller coaster of unknown feelings and experiences .
On wednesday Elisabeth was in the hospital for a small operation to implant a portocap . She was in pain after that and had difficulties breathing . She had to spend the night as agreed because the next day she was to have her first chemo .
She did not sleep all night ...pain breathing . the photo's showed nothing so they gave her the chemo .
I will neven forget how she looked when she came home . Her best friend Sonja went along heras she wanted !
The time at home was not at all as I imagened . I wanted to be a Florence Nightingale ......but she was in so much pain .....
and what do I know about how it is supposed to be after such a terrible thing as chemo at the age of 28 ? So I tried everything but ....... nothing helped and saterdaymorning I was desperate and I thought this cannot be ....we still have 17 1/2 weeks to go ....
And than I called the hospital and they wanted to see here ...there !
I had an inspiration and called her big brother if he could go with her .And he did I could be Florence-at-home and make it all ready for a new start .
They were there all day and at last a scan made it clear Her lung was collapsed ! The poor thing ...
She had to stay and they gave here oxigen and morphine .......
and I ....was glad she was there ..
feeling a bad mother but with time to recover .
Of course it is about Elisabeth but I am looking for the motherpart in all of this ......
A good night sleep for me and I was back ......
She still is in the hospital and she always was like a very cheery bird needing lots and lots of freedom to fly ...... and now she is caged and having far to much to deal with .....
She is not at all ! ! ! easy on the nurses .....oh my ......
Now you know a little bit .....
Lots of hugs for you dearest

Marie Soderberg said...

Your post are truly magnificant and very powerfull..I adore the picture of turquose butterflyes

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Anita, You are one talented lady! Just beautiful....

Kristin said...

Dear Anita, what a beautiful message in your post! And SO important!!! Awesome last photo! Have a BEAUTIFUL and blessed Thursday!

Kristin :)

fashion meets art said...

dear friend, your post is so powerful. i love it and i have to think so much about your words. thanks! i also checked your husband's blog and wrote something: the blog is also fantastic!
maren anita


fee @ chipper nelly said...

beautiful my friend. Loving the angel wings.
off to read RR's blog...didn't know he had one!
fee x
(Cleggy has one too - an education one, but think he may work with younger children than you?!)

C'est moi Claudette said...

I''m feeling the effect this week dear Anita. Loosing Pierrette has had a big impact on me. I just called Sister in Montréal. She's at a very nice convent with some of Pierrettes "sister" friends. They are taking care of her instead of Sister taking care of others for a change. She said the sun was shining so bright today, and from her window she could see the hospital where Pierrette died. She said the heavens were talking to her. She was happy in her heart today.
I will see her this Sat. for the funeral. It's an open casket, which scares me, always has, but I will be there for my SISTER Lolotte.
OH MY I have Butterflies ; )
P.S. No little package yet, I'm afraid a little birdie might have gotten it ; (

A Magical Whimsy said...

I feel honored to put your blog link and Etsy link on my blog...your creativity soars, Anita!
You are a blessing ; )
Have a blessed week!

Karen Xavier said...

Heart warming post, I've heard of the butterfly effect earlier... never really read bout it. Gotta cherish our life and the moments we spend with loved's the glue that binds our sanity.

Shabby soul said...

Beautiful beautiful post!
Thank you!
Hugs from Italy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dear Anita!
Hope your new year is off to a wonder start that carries all through the year.
My kiddies are back and we've have two great weeks of school so far. I guess we all just needed a break.
I will carry your inspiring words in my heart, as I try to make my life more meaningful and full.
My best to you!
Big hugs,

victorian parlor II said...

Dearest Anita,

What a treasure it is to visit your inspirational blog! I feel as if I have entered a magical place of respite which has been missed these past few months. As always your words of wisdom ring true! I hope all is well for you. I needed to take a little stroll through blogland and visit some of my favorite people:). Things are still busy here but it is a good busy:).

Blessings for a wonderful new year,


Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Anita, This beautiful words has so much meaning to me!- I was just thinking about love and forgiveness...Thank you for this wonderful piece of inspiration :) And I hope you're enjoying the beginning of this New Year.


Bring Pretty Back said...

I am off to read your hubby's blog right now!
hugs - Kristin

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Anita,
I am finally feeling better, and visiting my favorite people. Love your words and images and music. I spent Saturday night in the emergency ward with my oldest daughter. Spent Sunday helping my younger daughter move into her first apartment. So far January has been very hectic indeed. Sarah is on the mend, and Ashley is thrilled to have her own place. Hope I can catch my step again. It's funny how easy it is to get out of step.


Miriam said...

I so enjoy your blog and the inspiring way you write. It's like reading visual poetry. Thanks for having such a lovely soul to share.

Greet said...

Dear Anita,
Of course it all matters! Your posts are always brilliant and you really make us thinking!!
I didn't know your husband has a blog! I will check it out!
PS Anita, thank you for your nice comment on my blog the othe day. The young man was speaking Flemish (Dutch).

Maria said...

Hi Anita! I'm up at an ungodly hour... I've been falling asleep at 8pm almost every night since we went back to school. The holidays were wonderful...but oh... did I get drained...
Now I feel silly even writing how tired I feel after reading Francis' note. I've been praying for her and her daughter all week, knowing that this was the time of her chemo.

Oh Anita, your words are always such truth bearers. I appreciate all the work you put into your beautiful posts. They do inspire!
I stopped over to your husband's blog and will watch the "Butterfly Effect" tomorrow with Chris.
For now, I'll try to get back to sleep and catch another couple of hours.
I hope your school week is going well and that the students are settling in after Christmas break.
God bless you always dear ♥
~ Maria

Jacqueline said...

Yes, it does all matter and I am lifted by your loving comments and your inspiring blogs and who knows how that changes the world! Just a little more love and appreciation from everyone - what could it do? Thank you from the depths of my heart.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Anita
It is so true we need to 'Fill our days with life'.. it was sad news and also a bit of a scare that made me jump and take my trip last year... It's always on my mind of late that life should be filled with 'life' everyday

beautiful post my friend and I love all the angel wings to lighten our load..

Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Anita
It is so true we need to 'Fill our days with life'.. it was sad news and also a bit of a scare that made me jump and take my trip last year... It's always on my mind of late that life should be filled with 'life' everyday

beautiful post my friend and I love all the angel wings to lighten our load..

Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Rogerio Rinaldi said...

We love your blog is wonderful and we are always here giving all the news.
Kisses Glorinha supplies.

koralee said...

Morning dear one....I am off and running but just needed to pop in to wish you a blessed and fabulous day.
I saw the movie..."We bought a Zoo" last would LOVE must go see it.
Love to you. xoxoxo

hi-d said...

I JUST watched that video on Ruben's site and left him a comment. WOW, WOW, WOW! This is SO amazing. And SO, True!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Have a beautiful day and remember to flap your wings. :)


Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello lovely Anita...I have once again been transported to your enchanted world...such a lovely post and beautiful images....I am so looking forward to my visits through 2012,
Susan x

Nezzy said...

Now I truly want my own beautiful jar a fairy dust 'cause it does exist!

Simply beautiful as usual my sweet Anita. You never ever fail to amaze me.

Off to Rubens to get (as Paul Harvey would of said), "the rest of the story!"

God bless you sweet one and have a stupendous day!!! :o)

Gem said...

So sorry I am slack on writing comments on your beautiful blog. Am very busy packing now and it's all consuming.
I would LOVE a jar of fairy dust!!!
Will look at your hubby's blog in a minute.
This was a very inspiring post, love it. x x x x x x

Karena said...

Lovely Anita and so poignant!! I love the quote from Mother Theresa.


Art by Karena

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful, beautiful post, so real and poignant.

Casa Bella said...

Dearest Anita: I visited your sweet Ruben's blog and saw the Butterfly effect clip. It is true, what we do can impact the lives of others in ways we may never know.

I feel so uplifted when I read your posts, Anita. They remind me that nothing in this life is impossible. I leave your blog with renewed vision and energy to keep my heart to close to what is really important, and with a renewed commitment to enjoy life to the fullest.
I truly appreciate you, my sweet, dear friend. I feel blessed to have one day, stumbled upon your blog. Have an amazing week, fabulous Anita!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your awesomely inspiring and beautiful posts MATTER to me, chere sweet Anita. Though we do not connect that much here in blog land, your words and images connect with my almost daily. You are such an inspiration, lovely lady.
Now hurry up, get those elegant heels clicking.
Much love xxx

Marie-Ange said...

Sur les ailes d'un ange j'ai saupoudré un peu de poudre de fée et me voilà sur ton blog, merveille de délicatesse et de beauté ...
Telle Poucette je survole ton Univers avec volupté ...
Mille bisous chère Anita

Anne said...

Oh, love the wings in the new banner! Thank you for a lovely reminder of what matters, its a birthday present!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hello dearest Anita, it does matter yet 100 years from now as my Grandmother would say... A 100 years from now it does not matter :)

Beautiful as you are you matter, and always forgiven.

For give me sweet friend for such a late visit but crazy blog stuff would not let me get on or read my comments UGH!!!
I have corrected the problem and here I am visiting a friend who never fails to enlighten me with words of wisdom.

Blessed you are.

Off to see your hubby

Burlap Luxe said...


What deeds you do, the love you blow through the winds reaches many
feeding our souls.


Rosie said...

Oh dearest...what a responsibility we have to make a difference...and when those opportunities arise, I pray that I will, stop, and consciously make the decision to flap my wings.
Oh dearest what a great post...tell your sweet fellow that I LOVED it.
Life on the home front is nutty...just when I think it can't get ANY CrAzIeR...IT DOES!
My days are filled with painting furniture...grey, lots and lots of glorious grey, shopping for rustic signage and French goodness, and placing order after order excited to see if these treasures are as charming as I thing they could be. Oh I am breathing in the JOY. But, regret that I have so little time to sit and savor a cuppa with my Sweet, Minnesota Girl...thinking of you often, SO OFTEN. Missing you. Thank you for ALWAYS dropping by, even when I can't come out to play, I know you are there waiting. So I am blowing you a butterfly kiss and wishing you sweet you dearest...R

Sacha said...

Monde féérique que celui ou évoluent les Anges ton univers est vraiment enchanteur Anita !!!
Sur mon blog ( Un jour une photo ) ma chère amie Anita se trouve un prix pour toi !

fashion meets art said...

dear anita, please have a look at my newest post as soon as possible. you will be very happy about that. please wrote my an email, i can't find your email address here. thanks so much and please check out my newest post.
maren anita


koralee said...

Good Morning dear one...thank you for visiting...I was so busy last night with my girls that I did not have much time at all to pop in.
Well it is the weekend...ALREADY!? Where did that week go???
Another weekend of work of me...I am afraid the crunch is on to get through this book...another few chapters are due soon....I just keep telling myself that it will be worth it...make your weekend magical dear one. xoxox love to you.

Ann said...

Lovely images...
as always.

Oh your words are simple yet thought provoking, so true.
Perfectly written for the start of another year. Have a lovely day!

Pierelantijntjes said...

It surtenly matters Anita!
Have a great weekend,
hugs Ester

Jade said...

Hope you feel better again, my sweet friend......everything that happens in our life, is important for us........wish i could tell it in my own language ;)..........hope you feel what i mean!!!! Thank you for all your your inspiration and all your lovely words on my blog........thank you sooooooo much!!!

With love Jade (and some kisses from Sheila ;))

hi-d said...

Hello Dear Anita!

Thanks for stopping by. Yes...I have to agree. I have some pretty amazing men in my life. Blessed for sure!

Happy Friday to you! I hope you have a beautiful weekend sweet friend.


Christie said...

What an incredibly beautiful chill bumps continue to multiply out of control...
You have no idea how many times you and your inspiring words come to mind at least once every day, especially as I sit in my studio at my Aunt Marguerites beautiful little oak table. Your words here hit home...for she is approaching her last days, as I write this. She used to sit at her little table in her farmhouse kitchen, drinking her coffee and watching her birds. Yesterday morning, I was doing the very same thing when mother called to tell me of her dying will to live...I relayed to her my simple revelation, which she then relayed to my cousin, which he then promised to share with his mother, saying it would bring her comfort. She is leaving behind a legacy, not one to record in the history books, nevertheless....she has been loved and has loved much. I am thankful she taught me to walk gracefully in heels, well into her 80's, always take your vitamins and wear moisture cream, and never carry your oxygen tank to church;) What a woman.
Thank you for this moving music...the magnificent photos...the piercing words, speaking truth to the core. You are a wonder, my dear!
Your Etsy items have taken my breath!! I will be visiting soon, dearest artist:)
Much love and big GIANT (((((((hugs))))))),

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Happy Friday beautiful Anita!!!!!
Guess what? We got snow yesterday!!!!
It's absolutely beautiful and a white wonderland outside!!!
There are flurries today and it is very cold!!!!
Do you have any plans this weekend?
I bought a vintage 1920 dark blue velvet coat with floral print silk lining. It's amazing!!!!! I feel like it has a story & would love to know about the woman who owned this 85 years ago!!!!
My parents texted me a mini video of them enjoying the pool at the home they rented in Arizona. It's funny to see them in 80 degree weather when it's snowy and 17 degrees here!!!
Is snow expected by you?
Hope you are having a wonderful Friday the 13th!!!
TTYS!!!!!! :-)

The Dutchess said...

There I am...I don;t know what happened to my words I posted here a few days ago...Let me say it again ..this was amazingly beautiful..XOXO

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I just came over here via EdenClare and the traveling art journal...and am so glad I did.

indeed, it all matters.


GrandmaK said...

Another stroll through your world has left me smiling and know how to bright a dreary day! My best as always!!! Cathy

Patricia Cabrera said...

I know , I know... i miss YOU too!
so glad i came and I need to take a look at your shop too. i have been so very busy Nita.. with art , family and farm... sheep needs attention more than one can think,grin but in the end is worth it!
I will email you soon!!! Love you!

~CC Catherine said...

Hello Friend, I visited Reuben's post / blog - what a lovely poem. This blog of his is a different one that I'd visited before - love it! Very deep thinking and I like that...

Your post and inspired words always pierce my heart my friend.

~CC Catherine

~CC Catherine said...

PS - I loved the Butterfly Affect so much that I linked it to my Facebook and liked it. I love paying this type of link forward... xoxo

Silvia C said...

Oh Anita dear, I just had to come back to reply to your comment on my blog. I'm so happy that you are in love with your home now! I imagine how beautiful it must be if it looks like the images I posted (oh, yes! the fireplace!!!!) Enjoy your home, dearest! Mine has a long way to go to get there, but I'm enjoying the process.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Thanks so much for visiting me and I am feeling okay - have been taking ibprofen. I had glandular fever when I was in my 20's and it is kind of like that. One side of my face, under my ear is swollen, so not much fun. The Dr said that it was quite common.

Always a pleasure to come and visit you again and see all the gorgeous things you share.

Have a happy weekend, dear friend and now I will go and visit Reuben's blog.