Thursday, February 2, 2012

Let's Pretend

It's all child's play
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or a masquerade 

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until we 

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This pursuit we call 

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with a believing heart



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But when we fail


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and continue with dignity
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130 comments:

Cheryl said...

So lovely. Alexandra was a classical ballerina, so I do love watching little ones, and grown ones!!! Such wonderful memories!

High Heeled Life said...

Beautiful post ... and a wonderful reminder that we need but to dream who we will be ... xo blessings, HHL

michelle said...

Oh Dearest this is such perfect timing for me today. I had a setback in the painting but I know that tomorrow is a new day and i will try once again. I love how you put it and I will remember that. :)

Don't worry too much about the new following button, I think that GFC will be on blogger for a bit, but at least we will know of another way to follow if they do take it away from blogger.

Much love!!
xoxoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

I love this sentiment. so T R U E!

Delight and Wonder

Two of the very best words ever invented, and created with joy by the Loving God of the Universe

and we get to experience it!

a little bit here but then
C O M P L E T E L Y there

love love love,
Violet

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Love the quote of still playing, even when we get older.
Such a beautiful post and thanks for sharing.

Happy weekend, dear friend and hope school is going well and you are getting the school reports done.

Hugs
Carolyn

Blessed Serendipity said...

Hugs to you for allowing us to IMAGINE and dream. Beautiful!

xo,
Danielle

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello my beautiful sister! You are my last stop tonight before I head to dreamland. I was watching a certain someone we know tonight do turns just like these! I love the photo of the baby in the balloon!

Hugs!
Nancy

June said...

Oh yes Anita---and I keep on tryin'!!!
hugs from here...

Kerry said...

lol!! I think I was at the teacher conference where you got the quote (or where someone took the photo). You find the most beautiful photos and I love the words you always post. I also love the music, (I wish I could add that to my blog) :)

Nancy said...

Made me misty eyed. I forgot how to have fun. Touching post.

vicki archer said...

Heavenly composition Anita... xv

bunny said...

Yes...it's so true. I live with a kid...my husband...lol

tootles,
bun

Pierre BOYER said...

Best regards from France,

Pierre

Incipient Wings said...

Love this!
So beautiful!
Thank you, wonderful, amazing Anita !

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hallo Anita,
Beautiful Anita! It's so true, and that is why it is important to play, and pretend!
have a great weekend
Hugs Ester XXX

desde my ventana said...

So wonderful, Anita. Really true, we all must to grow and always keep the spirit of childhood...living with dreams and illusions.

Big hugs to you

Cecilia

Burlap Luxe said...

B E A U T I F U L !

XOXO
dORE

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello sweet friend,
How are you now, is school still hectic? I hoop that you take some time to relax and creating!!!
Beautiful post!!!That lovely woman on the picture she remind me of the fairy that I made a time ago,she hase the same wondering look on her face, it is the fairy that is steeling my jewelry!!
Take care my friend and enjoy your weekend, here it is so cold and we have snow!!!
A big hug,
Liliane

Marie-Ange said...

Il faut avoir des rêves et y croire fort pour qu'ils se réalisent !
Que sont devenus nos rêves d'enfant ?
Rêves ou réalité ?
Gros bisous belle Anita
Marie-Ange

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I love this, friend. "The creative adult is the child who survived." You and I survived. Blessings and light, Amy

It's me said...

Beautiful...daily i see my kid...my husbunny......hahahhahah!!....love your post !!....love love you....my dear friend Anita !!....xxx...xxx...

Ruben Rivera said...

I so know how you feel. What is there but to keep playing "the role we wish to be". Faulty, imperfect, all too slow. But we can "continue with dignity" believing we will "get it right" one day.
Love
Ruben

Debby said...

Such a gorgeous post! Love it!!! Hope your Friday is awesome, Anita. xo

Presépio no Canal said...

Go forward with your dreams, Anita! You are an artist! Dreaming is your essence! Creativity your work! And the beauty that you achieve is our blessing because we have the luck to enjoy all your works, all your creativity! Always be you, your wonderful You! Always take us in your enchanting world! Milles Bisous! xoxo

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Isn't that what life is all about? Our imaginations are so important to a happy life! It's been a while....I have been a little preoccupied with "stuff". Hope your year is starting off well! ~Hugs, Patti

The enchanted home said...

So pretty....I think I am still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up..lol. I love coming here, it makes me dream and feel like anything is possible. What a wonderful way to start the path of this day.....

Martina said...

SO GORGOUS Anita! Love this post - the message, the pictures - so dreamy and yet true! Let's play dear friend, i never get tired of it, i think it keeps us young too! Cheers to a playful and lovely weekend! Bisous

lostpastremembered said...

What Shaw said .... I have kept that in my mind for most of my life. It is as true now as it was when I first heard it. It's a personal favorite.

We play, we go round and round until it feels right to share it. Not "good enough" –– that is so horribly negative and spirit quashing –– "right". I like that. When the world whispers 'yes', it's time to let it go.

Sylvia said...

...and in our play we reveal what kind of people we are ! You are wonderful !

The Dutchess said...

Until we get it right...and we will get it..!!

Thank you for your kind words my friends..love you big time..always..xoxo

My Spotty Pony said...

Dearest Anita, what a wonderful post!
'We grow old because we cease to play'... Yes! I 'fumble the ball' many times, but I pick myself up and try to do better next time.
I hope you are able to have a more resful weekend after being so busy with school reports.
The children here are due to break up next Friday for a 'half term' week off. Do you have the same holiday at your school?
Love and hugs, Abby & Spotty xx

Palomasea said...

I have such goosebumps, dearest friend!!
YES!!! It slowly, but surely will become reality, wondrous Anita!
Oh my, these images are so perfect. I love the song, and I SO love the hope that is in this most marvelous post.
Joy, wonder, LOVE to you, most magical friend! Thank you for the inspiration..always MERCI...
LOVE YOU!
- Irina

Stephanie said...

Lovely! Keep dreaming big, my dear. And keep the wonder.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this post!

BirgitW. said...

ma chère Anita,

this is Germany calling... Oh, j `aime beaucoup ta poste aujourd`hui - voir la vie dans les yeux d `un enfant... Moi, je connais bien les tristes temps - J`ai eu quatre déces famillaire en 2011.
Mon frère Dieter, mon beau frère Bernd, mon beau père Heinrich et mon grand-cousin Antoine... je souhaîte et je rêve - comme un enfant - les temps heureuses...

pour toi et ta famille des grandes bises
bonne chance à Minnesota - ton amie allemande Birgit

KarenHarveyCox said...

Anita,
Like a fairytale, your posts always take me away to Once upon a time days. It is so true when we play we awaken the child inside.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Karen

Bela said...

Dear Anita, this is one more magical post!!! Simply wonderful!!!
I wish you have a lovely weekend, dear lady!!!
Love, Bela

Ivy Clad said...

"..because child's play will one day become reality." I love that phrase! I love the thought of child's play becoming reality AND the things I wish to conquer becoming as simple as child's play!

I've written down about half of this post and put it on my bathroom mirror, so I can read it again every morning. Beautiful, beautiful!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Keri

Kristin said...

So true! Until we get it right...I like that!!! Finally your post came, I have been visiting several times. I guess you have been busy lately. I have too! Right now I'm finally finished with all celebrations for a while! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend!

Kristin, lots of love...

YONKS said...

Exquisite dear one! "Continue with dignity, until we get it right". Sublime!
With Love
Di
x

Mapi said...

Hello dear Anita, this is again so beautiful ! let's dance an dream the night away .
Love and hugs
Have a wonderful weekend
Mapi

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Beautiful pictures...love the window with the twinkiling stars.
As always, you create magic. xo

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh, Yes! You really put your finger on it! We need to keep that childlike spirit of wonderful. It reminds me of e.e. cummings words "and down they forgot, as up they grew".
Didn't check here last night before I wrote to you! Guess my words were moot!!! I'm glad
Have a wonderful, stress-free weekend, dear.
love you,
dawne

Sonja said...

ah, this one may be my very favorite! The dreams, the child like heart, the wonder of life, and with Enya's magic music in the background. What a delight this is Anita! :)

xo

A Magical Whimsy said...

What an inspiring and encouraging post, dearest Anita. So if we pick our selves up by our boot straps, and dust off our selves, and get on that horse... AGAIN!!! or however many times it takes until we get it right...we can ride off into the sunset as happy campers full filling our wildest dreams with a twinkle in our eyes! I hope you are laughing at my 'cowboy' cliches.
May you have a blessed and prosperous weekend!
Teresa

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
How did I miss this yesterday!
You a day early, me a day late...
You know, I believe this is one of my favorite posts... I hear your heart dear friend, how right you are...
Thank you for inspiring, encouraging and your never ending gentle spirit.
Bisous! Penny

Grace said...

Hello lovey!! I tried emailing you but got no reply. I have a new blog I'm really enthused about, on fairy tale decorating. I'd LOVE to feature your house on a post. Please please email me and let me know. feysidhe@gmail.com

<3 Grace

wendy said...

I am good at child play. It is good to be "child-like" (not actually childish)
Free to imagine
Because they believe all is possible
and they don't judge
and they just say it how they see it
and they trust
sooooo many good attributes of a child. And they have FUN
(funny side note)
When I was married to my second husband...he was 15 years younger then me. I always told everyone it works because I act much younger then my age...and hubby acts older then his age.
(I know, my married life has been a bit of a circus, but LONG LONG story...I am not the flake it sounds like)

anyway, you gotta play, you gotta hope and believe
and dance in the rain barefoot

Holly Loves Art said...

Lovely! Remember when you would call your friend and ask if they wanted to play? I still ALWAYS want to play and wear crowns and frilly things and run and skip and roll and sing! Hope you're having a great weekend.
Love,
Holly

Patricia Cabrera said...

oh Nita... you and I are so much alike!!! Love the post... it encouraged me in many ways!!
(((Thank you))) my dear!
when can we skype? tomorrow??? Can wait to see your beautiful face!!smiles~

EdenClare said...

child's play one day does really become reality...gosh is this ever so true...dear anita...and thank you for your kind words...we really must leave a trail of loveliness...in our wake...happy fun filled saturday...and yes i do teach...and i want to do more...more with art...but the world seems to think this form of educating our children is not important...so for me this post gives me pondering thoughts as i contemplate my steps...forward...xoxo

hi-d said...

Oh yes! I am learning how fun child's play can be...and challenging at times too. haha...

I hope you were able to get all of your papers and grades/averages completed, Anita! I have been busy getting ready for Maximus' birthday party that we are celebrating TODAY! Hard to believe. (His actual b-day is next Tuesday)...

Have a lovely weekend my friend.
Heidi

Jacqueline said...

Welcome to The Wonderful World of Castles, Crowns and Cottages. Much like The Wonderful World of Disney. A true adventure. Pretending and playing along with you till the very end.

I love Pinterest too! I am soooo happily addicted!

Ruben...MARCH is the comic convention...please pass it on to Ruben...pass the word. Does he want Len to pick anything up for him?
Our boys know how to pretend too. It makes us very lucky girls living with our SuperHero men!

Off to work...which is just like play, every single day!

Sandra van Doorn said...

That quote is so true. Life is meant to be a little fun. What a great post to start the week end actually....
My beautiful Anitani I hope life is beautiful on your side of the world. xx

Red Rose Alley said...

I loved this post, Anita, because chldren seem to always live life to the fullest! They like to dream, but they love to live! And it's good to be like them, so honest and full of love, until our dreams come true. I can't wait to see my little surprise. Nel is going to bring it over next weekend. And you put a Hummingbird on it? That will be a delight to see. Thanks for the reminder to live as beautifully as chldren do, especially in a world that sometimes can be harsh. Have a sweet weekend. Oh, the lady with the mask...so mysterious and lovely.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Anita,
Thank you for letting me know about my profile You always have my back. Yes, I am a pioneer venturing to join Google's new profile. Thanks to your note I was able to figure out how I put my blogs on there. I have to say the new Google profile is not easy. Things with lots of features never are. I still can't figure all of it out. Maybe I should keep notes as I travel through new territory, so that when others climb on board I can share the how too's. I will let you know the good, the bad and the ugly when I know more.

Karen

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much for visiting dearest! Oh, tell Tea Rat not to worry, Bebe has her first crush, that's all...
Enjoy your day dear one
Bisous!
Penny

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Anita,
My words are many for you and your world of poetry within you.
I felt beautiful tells all.

I am so excited for you and your new arrival, I am looking forward to seeing a post on this chair of natural beauty, if you are not pleased just send it over to me it will blend and match my woods of drift and linens of natural and calm of greys.

I have listed the largest of my theatre's in my etsy with a stage that extends for a beautiful performance.

See you and your chair of theatric's soon.... "in your own little corner in your own little chair"
xoxo
Dore

La Petite Gallery said...

At 75 I intend to have some fun this year. I think I've earned it.
Beautiful post It was time for some lightness. You are the best,
yvonne

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautiful and inspiring words and images!

Jorgelina said...

So lovely.Beautiful post .
I love Pinterest too!

GrandmaK said...

Another treasure! Thank you!! Cathy

Deborah said...

Beautiful Anita!
Love the ballerina!
As always...inspiring us all!
Love to you xoxoox

Deborah xxoxooxoxox

Jacqueline said...

Hello Dearest Anita! I am going to play at being young always and that way I am going to stay young forever!

Lovely thoughts and dreams.

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita ... I love this so much! I am still trying to get it "right"! It is hard but you are so right .... never give up! I also love the quote by George Bernard Shaw ...... keep playing and the child within responds! I hope you are feeling better and not so overworked!!!!
take care and hugs always
Frances xxxxx

francis said...

Lieve Anita , can you imagen being a kindergartenteacher is the most wonderful job ....
I know I realy had my share of enjoying THE MOST ...
Thank you for all you write to me ..... your words are in my heart .
Reading overhere today made me realise what I want to be the most now is to be a mother .
So much is happening and to be able to be just a mother in all of this to ALL my children is something I can only be grateful for .
But also to experience myself here and now as a mother is so much more than I could ever imagen .
I all that's happening I can be ME . And everytime THAT happens a BIG smile is on my face and PEACE is in my heart . Lots of love for you !

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello lovely Anita...Reading your post with the snow all around me is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon...always enchanting!
Hope you have a great week ahead,
Susan x

Elizabeth said...

Hello and happy Sunday,

Are you feeling better? Is it the flu or something else? I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and finding time to enjoy yourself between the cleaning of the house.

This is a beautiful post, it makes me realize that anything is possible and that dreams are what sustains us even on a bad day.

I hope you have a fabulous day, get out and play my friend. Enjoy irina!!

Xoxo elizabeth

Jeri Landers said...

Anita! I love to play, even when I work, I turn it into play. I guess it does keep one young! Well, young-ish.

I have a little airplane toy that looks very much like the one on your banner! I should go play with it!

I've missed a few of your posts I see. Trying to avoid the computer whilst I stay focused on my painting.

Miriam@BeBookBound said...

I do literal playing with my kids all the time, but forget to approach my grown up life with that same mindset. I love this post and this sentiment. Thank you Anita; gorgeous as always :)

koralee said...

Happy Sunday Afternoon sweet one...what a darling new post!
I just had to pop over before I settle down at my desk to attack my book...chapter 4...Handheld!!!
So tomorrow you have a day off...yahoo...get some extra rest my dear. Love to you always. xoxoxo

YONKS said...

Hello my Darling girl!
Lovely of you to stop by this evening. We have just started to watch the Superbowl, it's almost midnight here so we will be up until about 4am. The concession I have to pay to my US hubs.
Etsy is slow at present, but the secret is to list often, even if it's only a couple of items per day. I will look forward to your Easter stock. I should come via email as I could go on for a while here.
Thought of you last night whilst watching a wonderful history on Louis XIV and Versailles - stunning!
Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon my friend.
Much Love
Di
x

Kerri said...

Always an inspiration! I have been away at a dog show, just got home and blogging before retiring for the evening.

Hope you have a wonderful week :)

xoxo
Kerri

Denise said...

My child's play did become reality.It does happen-Thank you Lord!

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

I danced for a moment too, light and perfectly balanced as a ballerina. HUGS My DEAR friend.

xxx Lorraine xxx

Rosie said...

Oh Dearest this is so beautiful and so very true...let us never grow up. Now that Ryan is home, I see the kid coming out in his dad...wrestling, teasing, and general rough housing. It makes me smile.
But that is why I am stopping by...now that Ry is here to help, they will be ripping down my living room ceiling and with it my internet...AHHHHHH! but, I will get pot lights, and a new pretty ceiling out of the deal, so it is well worth it...and well with my soul :)
Oh yes, I almost forgot to tell you, my table and chairs have left the building(...gone to the shop) and 9 new...no OLD...French chairs are comming to live at "La chambre de Rosie"...long story....FABULOUS auction. Will send snappies when I can...ahhh...they're coming to disconnect me!...so long dear girl...see you soon...under a NEW ceiling :) xoxoxo Rosie

Elizabeth said...

Have a wonderful week my friend! I hope you had a magical day with Irina!

Take care of yourself! I will be thinking of you!

xo Elizabeth

fashion meets art said...

hello dear,
these pictures and your words are so wonderful. it's always a gain to read your wonderful post.
lots of love
maren anita

FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

Barbara said...

We must never forget to play, Anita. So important to keep us smiling. It's difficult sometimes to remember though.
(Love that little girl sitting on the stoop....she's a beauty!)

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you so much for coming to the cupcake party! It was such fun, childs play - and fits to your post as well! Making cupcakes is my new fave now after making scones with cream - they just look so sweet. So good to hear you are feeling fine! I feel better too, although my body still "mumbles" a little bit - the weekend i had headache. The weather here is SO COLD and chilly! But luckily we have sunshine, that makes it better - now snow yet! I can't wait for spring! Love for a gorgeous day dearest! xx

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour ma belle!

Yes, until we get it right... I think I finally have. I'm so happy with my life right now that I am cherishing every day I am alive! As I look out on Golden Pond the Mallards and the swans are drifting around and the sun coming up is making the dew glisten all around the pond. I am so blessed.

How have you been mon amie? It sounds like you have a great classroom experience this year. The peeks I've seen of your home are so wonderful. Love your little sofa with the draping... tres chic! You have a dream house.

Last week I painted my oval writing desk (antique black) and a second bookcase the sm color. (the bookcase was an enormous bargain used) and today I'm painting my mom's 6 legged table in antique linen and a black image of a french postcard on top. I'm in a Marie Antoinette Shoe swap and working on things for my new upcoming Etsy. Life is busy and good!

Je taime ma belle, Sherry

EdenClare said...

anita...your theme...we do no cease to play...because we grow old...we grow old because we cease to play...has been playing over and over in my mind...like a record...repeating repeating...and i am really pushing myself to play...or at the very least allow my spirit moments of play...and i am seeing things i want to make and do...again...its as though i have been asleep...and this one little thought from GBshaw...has given me cause to remember...it is all about play...this journey...this venture...i am starting this painting today...xoxo

Apple Blossom Barn said...

How beautiful Anita

Such wonderful phrasing and George Bernard Shaw is a wonderful Irish writer, his words are so true!
I hope life is treating you very well today!
As for the weather much milder here too than usual, I have lots of daffodils in the garden already!
Best wishes Denise

ivana said...

Dear Anita, so so lovely: the combination of photos, words - you have such a gift. Really looking forward to that book you mentioned writing...

Makes me think - all the world is a stage, somehow...

dream on, or play on, whatever, just continue doing it in your splendid way :))

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Monday Anita Bonita!!! How are you pretty lady?
Oh, this post is soooo YOU!!!!
Yes, Work hard and Play harder!!!
let's not grow up, that's no fun!
I just love that mind of yours! Thanks for keeping us young!!!
Much love
gi gi

Nella said...

Anita, I am your newest follower, Thank you for all the dreamy images and heart felt renderings you have left me with when I come to visit. You have a truly beautiful mind...N. xo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get it right, but I am having a good time playing....
I believe you hit the mark long ago..
Thank you so much for visiting.. So happy you enjoyed Grandpa rabbit.
Bisous!
Penny

Riitta Sinikka said...

Hi! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!Best greetings Riitta Sinikka

A Vintage Chic said...

Beautiful, beautiful...simply beautiful, dear Anita. You have the most wonderful gift for putting the perfect words and images together...thank-you for sharing that gift with us.

Wishing you the loveliest day, my friend...

Julie

Gem said...

Finally I have had time to catch up with your wonderful blog. How are you my dear? Thanks for your kind words over at mine. I do hope the report card writing is going ok.....must take so much time!
I LOVE the photo of the dragon fly, it's like a fairy. Magnificent.
Glad you are well and I shall take all your words on board. I must live one day at a time.
Much love
x x x x

Jade said...

Hello, my sweet friend Anita.........i´m so sorry, that i was not able to leave a comment on your blog......could not open the window for comments. I loooooooooove this post.......so wonderful pictures and true words........we should never forget to be a child in our heart!!! And you are always such a wonderful inspiration for us!!!!!!!! Have a great week,

Hugs Jade & Sheila
And thank you sooooooo much, for all your lovely words.......it´s such a great pleasure for me!!!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...I like what Jacqueline said...playing at being young...Forever Young I say...Another lovely post...love the little girl sitting on the step...Hope you had a beautiful visit with Irina...Dzintra xoxox

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!
How are you? Another Monday is here!!!
This is a fabulous post!! I love the first quote!!! The photos of the dancing ballerina and fairy are stunning!!
How was your weekend? Jody & I went to see the "Rock Of Ages" musical- it was great!!! The music was such a trip down memory lane!!!
No snow here!!! Last winter had a lot more snowstorms!!! We watched the Superbowl last night; my grandfather was a Giants fan so he would have been thrilled they won. He passed away in 1994 but I know the 2 wins under Eli Manning would have been very exciting for him!!!
Hope you have a great day!!! :-)
Hugs!!!
Shannon

EdenClare said...

Anita...i adore paper...in fact i think sometimes i have an addiction to it...the way it feels when i am drawing on it...collecting it...journaling on it...i have a lot..of paper...and i love it...and yes...feeling it beneath my pen, my pencil, my paints...its the absolute best...thank you for sweet comment on my sketch...when can i see you lastest creation...is it posted in your shop yet...

Victoria Sayer said...

Lovely post, Anita!
Right up my alley.
May we continue to play all the days of our lives.
Yes, It's me...
I finally found a moment to pop on into Blogland...
Hope all is well with you.
Life is crazy full!
:)
♥ Vicki

michelle said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding my Papa's carving, they are so special to me and I am so glad that I can share them.
I hope you had a wonderful Monday so far dearest.
xoxoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dearest for visiting again and your constant encouragement.. OH! and you pinned Grandpa rabbit? Thank you so much.
Sweet dreams my friend.
Bisous! Penny

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Anita, I have been wanting to come and sit down at your blog for a few days now..I know just reading your blog, and seeing the photos will always make me feel better! True to form, I do. How fitting you ended this post with the ballerina in motion..perfect. I love the tiny ballerina too..she's seems to have such poise, and purpose! Thank you for always lifting our hearts and spirits, and feeding the creative soul. XOXOX Christel

koralee said...

Evening sweet friend! You had a wonderful day didn't you? A day off is so needed every once in a while! I wanted to get so much done today but for some reason I was very distracted! Oh well there is always tomorrow! Happy Tuesday to you...we are still assessing! xoxo

Veronica said...

Oh what a great and inspiring post! Just what I needed to hear! Thank you dear one!

Veronica
Tassels Twigs and Tastbuds

Cindy said...

This is the post that I needed to read this morning! A beautiful post...as usual... xo

C'est moi Claudette said...

I've been hiding.
Interesting that you post about children. Riley turned 21 today and I'm feeling like I want the little boy that used to get so excited about this day. He still counts down the days and hours, but I miss all the presents and the hugs and the kids all gathered around the cake.
I did make him his cake, but he had to bring it to work and share it with his workmates. He's doing well, in love, and saving money... what's not to be happy about?? Motherhood I guess. I want the party hats again and all the wishes that come with my children's birthdays. I want to keep making them cakes till I'm 90. It's also my mom's birthday Friday. She would have been 93. I miss her. I truly miss her.
Thank you my dear Anita ( I adore your name) for all your hidden subtle treasures for us to interpret in our own hearts.
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxox

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
I could stay for hours... Such beauty here, in words and images..I must admit the music pulls at my heart...
Thank you dearest, for your constant support and encouragement.
Always so good to have you visit. So happy you enjoyed grandpa rabbit... Love you! Penny

hi-d said...

Hello sweet friend...and thank you for visiting me...

We survivied the weekend and today was Maximus' birthday. WOW!!! It did go by really fast, that year. And he has kept me busy these past few weeks as he is REALLY getting into EVERYTHING! haha...

I need a nap! Or at least I need to get to bed early. :)

I hope you are having a good week!
Lots of love...
heidi

A Magical Whimsy said...

Dearest Anita
I am glad for you that you took a day off to rest. I noticed that Blogger has changed things around again and I do not like it at all. Their new format is annoying to say the least. I don't know why they change things around just because it is 2012, so they use that as an excuse to mess with our minds. I did have your blog badge on my sidebar, but after January 1st, something happened and it won't link back to your blog and then a pop up comes up and says 'castlescrownscottages' is not a valid blog and is available as a blog name, which we know is NOT true. So, I'm trying it again. Your ETSY link from my blog still works. So I don't know why the other is now void. Just letting you know in case you notice your blog link badge is missing from my side bar. I tried three times to get it to link back.
Hope you are doing well.
xoxo
Teresa

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...you with your fizzling winter and us with our fizzling summer...I wonder what's with the weather these this season!!!

Martina said...

Anita, thank you for coming back! I'm having such problems commenting again - sigh! - yesterday it didn't work at all and today only on some blogs ... Cupcakes will be GREAT for your coming event! ANd with paperflowers they also make such a lovely decoration. And you can PLAY like a child with it all! Love for a cozy and relaxed day! xx

It's me said...

They do not ask that where they come from.....i will this weekend make a second bookj from the next year....with lots og memories from my mom......love Ria....xxx...


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Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

The little girls picture was stolen from the mothers Flickr album FYI. It's not a stock image just a shot taken by her mommy and stolen and posted everywhere.. Her mom is in my mommy group.

Red Rose Alley said...

My dear Anita,
I noticed a comment you made on sweet Francis' blog, "to give love no matter if we are teacher, mother, or friend, we are acting in the highest, more honorable role we can play." Right then, I thought to myself, Oh, this is it, she nailed it. I even wrote it down myself and will look at it on those difficult days. I just wanted to come over here and tell you how wonderful you are, Anita, on this special Wednesday afternoon.

~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Stacey said...

Hi Anita,
What a beautiful message and I would like to think that such a mindset would keep one looking younger too:-). Inspiring as always. I go back to work next month and I am not looking forward to it at all. However, I will not ponder on such things, but instead enjoy the time i have with my two bundles of joy! Happy week and evening to you dear friend. xx

Leslie said...

The child within! It's not easy to stay young at heart yet it's essential for our well-being. Wonderful post and love the classic ballerina.

leslie

koralee said...

Good evening dear friend...thank you for your sweet words today. Are you as tired as I am today? Those little ones just sucked the life right out of me. Last day of assessments..it has been 2 very long weeks.
Sending you peaceful and happy dreams...I am afraid I am off to bed myself. xoxoxoxxoxoxox

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Good good morning, bon jeudi ma plus chere sweetest amie Anita. How is your week going so far, clicking heels down the school corridors, tons of warm comforting tea and a warm fluffy scarf to keep you warm? Hmm, on second thoughts my week almost sounds the same ;) Except for the clicking heels, I have been wearing my Dubarry's too many days now, not that lady like but oh so comfortable and warm and they keep me up instead of gliding sliding and falling, heehee
Have a glorious start to your Thursday, mijn lieve Anita xoxoxoxoxoxo mine is off to a glorious one already now that I came to visit with you xoxoxoxo

~CC Catherine said...

Lovely Lovely Lovely friend. Another day of inspiration from my GIFT of a friend God blesses me with every time I scroll down on your blog post to view the beauties shared...and better yet, to inhale the thoughts you impart to us that keep our thoughts moving fluidly down the river in our mind. :) Love you! ~CC

Fashion-isha said...

This is a beautiful post and I so agree! We must always find time to laugh and have fun! Have a wonderful rest of your week!
xo
Sharon

Jacqueline said...

Yes Anita, Nowhere seems to be lost, but it still can be found.

My camera has broke and we are hitting a couple of bumps and potholes in the road through life right now. I have also had big computer problems posting etc...rethinking this whole race that feels like a rat race in life and wondering if going back to basics and more simple living is the answer. A quest for peace and more simple times. I have been writing letters and it's been pure joy. I'm striving for that, life is way to complicated at times and I know you know what I'm talking about because you often post "I'm late" I don't care if you are late but I do care if your heart is at peace.
Love you,
Jackie

Jacqueline said...

Yes Anita, Nowhere seems to be lost, but it still can be found.

My camera has broke and we are hitting a couple of bumps and potholes in the road through life right now. I have also had big computer problems posting etc...rethinking this whole race that feels like a rat race in life and wondering if going back to basics and more simple living is the answer. A quest for peace and more simple times. I have been writing letters and it's been pure joy. I'm striving for that, life is way to complicated at times and I know you know what I'm talking about because you often post "I'm late" I don't care if you are late but I do care if your heart is at peace.
Love you,
Jackie

Roselie said...

Your beautiful words are a balsam the soul! Just what I needed to hear... Thank you!

DolceDreams said...

Absolutely beautiful as always!!! And such an inspiration as always! I hope that you are weathering the winter, have a lovely weekend coming up ~
Nathalie

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Love the little ballerina. I am doing a giveaway of a fancy apron to celebrate my publication in apronology.
http://houseofbeautifuldogs.blogspot.com/2012/02/fancy-apron-giveaway.html
Have a great weekend, Linda

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dear Anita,
This is just how I feel! As a child exploring and try, try, trying again with reckless abandon, to get it right!
Maybe I will, maybe I won't, ...
but the fun is in the trying!
Big hugs to you!
Patti

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita
I am behind in responding to your beautiful post. Like you, I am "dancing as fast as I can this week"It is a good busy so I shall not complain. Because one day child's play will become a reality. I shall cling to that beautiful comment of yours. Wishing you a great week
Helen xx

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
This is such a beautiful post! I love Enya's song ~ it's perfect as I stroll through and admire each photo you've search for and selected for your beautiful words.

The image of the dragon fly is amazing. I looked at it for the longest time. I'm now on the third listening of Enya's song! It really looks like a fairy!

The little girl's face is so precious!

I think all of us are now done with our mid-year assessments and grades. Oh it's so nice to start anew.
Wishing you a sweet Friday and a fabulous weekend!
Blessings always, ♥
Maria

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Hello dear Anita! I am so sorry it has been so very long since I have come by. I haven't been doing anything with blogging except for a few posts in the past month. Oh what a month. How are you my friend?? How is work and your writing and art?

My work has overtaken my life so far this year, which I am trying very hard to find that balance. When I get a chance to "have that balance" and actually work on blogging or my own hobbies, then I am too tired to do so! Also, with any free time I get, I have been trying to spend as much time as I can with my grandma because some things haven't been going too well with her lately. It has been very hard because she is one of the most important people in my life.

I am very sorry for the amount of time that has passed. I have missed you and your inspiring words!

Sending much love your way. xoxo

Shawna

koralee said...

Morning dear one...yes assessments are over! Student led conferences are next week...always something to keep us on our toes. Looking forward to March...we have 2 weeks of Spring Break. Pure joy!
I am so happy you will be creating this fine lovely weekend....what fun you will have. May your day be filled with unexpected surprises! xoxo

Sylvia said...
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Sylvia said...

Dearest Anita,
Thank you for your visit ; this has always meant a lot to me. I genuinely love your illustration and when I realized that the sweet happy girl is you as a child, my heart melted ...
Happy Valentine's Day !
It' has been a busy week here for me ...Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia said...

My comment somehow was posted two times ...sometimes I get really upset with Google/Blogger ...Sorry!

Nezzy said...

Oh sweet darlin', I love to pretend and pretending with you is just over the moon and beyond the stars!!!

Woohoo...

God bless ya and have a fantabulous weekend sweetie!!! :o)