Friday, March 9, 2012

Asseyez-Vous et Restez Un Petit Peu

and I will tell you 

a little bit 


because I have been tagged

anita rivera 2010 ©

by my lovely friend



Pinecones and Acorns

in order to answer the

following questions:

1. What is your favorite season and why?

Every season


because in every

snow fall

autumn hue

spring rebirth

and summer view

pinterest via

there is life.

2. Do you prefer to watch TV or read? What is your favorite genre of books or television?


a French dictionary 

can entertain me for hours


and watching 

a good

British period piece on DVD

is always a good way to 

spend a Friday evening

in front of our home theatre.

chez nous

3. If you could step into a time machine and go anywhere in time where would you visit?

New York 



during the 1940s




to dance

and chat with

Gene Kelly.


4. Are you a dog or a cat 


Je préfère 


because they seem to say:


5. What is your favorite 

aspect of blogging?


because through a number of 

close contacts

my life has changed

and together


we can 

strike the fire 

of courage and creativity 

within each other

6. What is your dream holiday?

A spa retreat on

the beaches of Greece

navagio beach, greece

because in my opinion


is the most 

revitalizing element 

 of nature.


7. Sweet or Salty? What is your go-to junk food snack?

I do not snack.



under stress

I crave a 



Add caption

of retreat.

8. What is your dream job? Advertising, Engineer, Designer, Full time Blogger, Artist?



in my 


my studio

9. Who is your favorite artist?

Miss Beatrix Potter.

pinterest via

10.What is your favorite city in the world, either one you have visited or hope to see one day?


If you have been there

you know why.

If you haven't...


and find out

and write home about it.

visit DAWNE here

11. Do you have a favorite saying or a motto?

Photo credits Header top clockwise:



het tuinengeltje said...

Hi Anita, i hope you have a wunderfull weekend with much creavity.

So nice to read your answers to the questions and what a wunderfull picture of the blue see. Love it...!

Hugs, Sylvia

het tuinengeltje said...

Creativity I mean offcourse, lol.

Bey, Sylvia

It's me said...

J ' to you my dear friend...liefs vanuit Holland mijn

Sacha said...

Hello Anita !
Quel plaisir de te lire et de te découvrir un peu plus ... la femme que tu es et que nous découvrons un peu plus est adorable mais cela nous le savions déjà car tu es formidable !
Comme toi j'aime et admire les dessins de Béatrice Potter , comme toujours le choix de tes photos est superbe !
Bon week-end Anita

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

A charming response to the questions you were posed, Anita.
Thank you sharing these revealing details about yourself. It was a lovely read, as always.
~ Wendi ~ xo

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm always one of the last to comment cause I'm always catching up it seems, but today I'm one of the first. Where do I start with this post? It is such a delightful one. I have always wanted to go to New York too. It would be fun to plan a trip there with the girls. The quote 'If I could give you one thing in life" is so special, and I am going to write that one down. Oh, the pictures of Greece are just beautiful!! They are one of the prettiest pictures I've seen. I don't know if you know of not, but I am part Greek, on my father's side. It is a wonderful culture with the people and the food and their history that goes so far back. Isn't Dawn's postcard picture lovely? I saw that on her blog too. And I LOVE LOVE the picture of the lady with the red hat! I wish I had that picture in my home. All your questions were answered so eloquently, and you have a way with words, my sweet friend. I loved this post so much, and I thank you for brightening my day with it.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

millefeuilles said...

Dear Anita -

Je t'aime aussi! We agree on many, many favourites. If ever you get a chance to go to Greece for a dream holiday ask me should you need any advice. I hade the enormous luck of working in Greece for two years and whilst I certainly did not get a chance to visit the whole of that stunning country I know a few corners of paradise.

A bientôt ma belle.


meadowsweet hare said...

you are so adorable!!!!!!

i am going to read this post again and then say some more :)



Carla B. Reeves said...

What a wonderful post! You are truly creative and inspiring! Je t'aime aussi. Carla

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonjour Anita. Je suis contente de m'etre arretee chez toi ce matin. Tres joli billet, comme d'habitude. Nous avons beaucoup de choses en commun... mais tu expliques les choses tellement mieux ;-) A bientot, mon amie. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

ivana said...

What a nice way to introduce yourself, enjoyed it, as always. I really like B. Potter too. Hope you have a very nice and fulfilling weekend, my dear virtual friend!
p.s. the hint of your home has tickeled my mind <3

michelle said...

Good Friday Dearest! I have missed you. What a beautiful post, I enjoyed getting to know you and I would love to meet you in Hollywood to dance! That era always fascinates me. I also won't mind meeting you in Greece, sigh, such beautiful photos. I hope you had a lovely week.

meadowsweet hare said...

firstly - you are so beautiful! you have the most darling face ❤
secondly, your art is tout a fait charmant.
ahh..and like you..i adore all of the seasons and also adore (british :) period pieces. have you seen 'bright star'? i watched it recently. it is sad, but so beautiful. 'sense and sensibility', 'emma' and 'pride and prejudice' are also favourites of mine and i love the jeremy brett sherlock holmes episodes. have you seen any of them?
your home theatre looks amazing!!!!! ❤
votre maison est trez elegant. and new york in the 40's wow! i want to visit with you!!! :)
i have been in love with gene kelly ever since i was a little girl and now my daughter is in love with him too. we are both addicted to his films, particularly 'an american in paris' because we love lesley caron also.
saw 'cover girl' the other night, loved gene's dancing in that :)
peace lily's tail wagged when i told her you love dogs the best (she feels a bit outnumbered here with four cats). the sends you lots of friendly licks xxx
glorious images of greece! i would find it difficult to choose between the sparkling turqouise waters surounding greek islands and watching the aurora borealis over mysterious norwegian fjords.
your glittery studio is divine! this whole post is an absolute joy!!! you are a joy!!!
i love beatrix potter too and also molly brett and you! you are my favourite artist! truly magical ❤

sending much love and many hugs ❤


fleaingfrance said...

I love coming to your is always full of the prettiest images. It never fails to put a smile on my face! Thank you.....
Greetings from the brocantes of France!

Sandra van Doorn said...

oh bonjour Anita, so loevely to get to know you a little better!
xo sandar

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour ma belle!

What a tres chic post! I love hearing about you mon amie. But I think I already knew most of those wonderful things about you already. What a blessing you are to us.

J'Taime - Bisous, SHerry

wickedfaerie said...

Anita this is so beautiful. We just lost our beloved dog Penny and when I read the phrase with the golden lab it brought tears to my eyes.


Apple Blossom Barn said...

Bon Soir tres jolie Anita

I love this post, it really shows you love of life and of living
I have always loved Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit and the Derbyshire dales, the childish simplicity of it all!

Now I have a new wish destination that beach true azure blue magical!

Have a lovely weekend


lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This may be one of my favorite posts from you. This is who "I" know...and who I love.
I'll call you tomorrow...we have SO MUCH to talk about.
Love you... xo

wendy said...

HOW FUN to learn more personal things about Vous (did I use that corretctly)
Or isn't it "tu" if it a more personal use of YOU
(I don't know what I am talking bout)

LOVE YOUR photo at the beginning. Such a beautiful lady.

Some of your favorite things were the same or similar to mine.

I WOULD LOVE to visit Santorini Greece. My dream destination, but I don't think I'll ever get there , not really.
The Judge I worked for in Salt Lake City was Greek and I loved hearing of his culture.

I much prefer dogs over cats. DID I TELL YOU THE STORY about when my boys were reall little and how they named their dog "MOOCHEE"
I can't remember if I told you, so IF NOT...let me know as it would make you giggle.

Aslo, if you like dogs, rent of netflix the movie HACHI: A Tale Of A Dog. True story and was delightful.

I watch too much tv, but simply becaue I don't work, and living in the country....during long cold winters it keeps me occupied.

BUT I LOVE reading too.
and blogging (tee,hee)

YOU DON'T are my hero. I have cut way back on my snacking and trying to loose weight. Such a grind.
BUT IF I COULD, I'd prefer salty over sweet. Salt and Vinegar potatoe chips are a fav of mine.

Anyway, enough of that.
It was fun for you to share these thoughts of yours with us.

Vous et mon ami (did I do that right??)

Gem said...

That is a fab photo of you at the top Anita.
Do you really REALLY not ever snack.....intrigued to have a Day of the Life of Anita's Foot........I'd like not to snack.....but chocolate beckons frequently.
I love this post, it's so nice to read more about you and I agree about Paris and New York. Both are full of romance and promise and I have fond memories of both.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Gem x x x x x xx

kerrie of sea cottage said...

This was my favorite tag read ever! You just have a way with images and words flowing together so beautifully.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita on this beautiful Saturday morning...the rain has settled...the sun is shining...Perfect! What a lovely post to tell us a little more about yourself...New York would be would Greece...Paris.......
Loved to see a little more inside your Cottage...Cheers to you for a lovely weekend...Dzintra xoxo

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Getting to know you better is my serendipity of the day!
Only you can make poetry and art out of answering a survey! Adored it!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I can't believe how much joy your blog brings me. Everything I click on leads to a beautiful image or more beautiful images. The photo of your studio is elegant.

Kerry said...

Hi Anita,
I love how you answered these. THanks for sharing so much fun information with us. So much of what you said is what I like also! lol! Have a wonderful weekend! Kerry

Sarah said...

Bonjour, mon amie! Creativity is abundant with you even when answering some simple questions. Your talent to visually express your thoughts makes each visit here magical. I admire you, Anita! Fun to know more about you and to scroll through this lovely post. I'll meet you in Paris, because I know why it is a favorite. Wish I could say I'm flying off tomorrow. This music is fabulous.
Enjoy your weekend. ~ Sarah

The enchanted home said...

Anita this was soooooooo beautifully presented with just the right music to set the tone. I felt like I had stepped back in time during the 40's in beautiful Paris!

You painted a beautiful story..and Ioved learning more about you. Your home theater is as charming and beautiful as you are. But one don't snack? Ever? Seriously? I cannot imagine my life without snacks:) You must have some amaizng what you do here!

Elizabeth said...

Hello my friend! HAppy Friday! I LOVE THIS POST!!!! I absolutely love the photo of you, such a beautiful lady. I can see you my dear in 1940's PAris in such beautiful outfits and then perhaps seeing the sights and maybe visiting the cafes and talking to Hemingways, Dali and many other fabulous writers and artists.

Thank you my friend for participating in the "tag game" I think it is such a great way to learn more about so many great bloggers. I have loved learning so many great things about you!

Have a great weekend! I miss chatting with you but next week I will be back on track.

xoxo Elizabeth

Rayanne said...

I'm so glad you got tagged because now I know a little more about you. You are
Have a happy week end!!

Martina said...

Sweeeeeet Anita! This is so lovely and so fun, to find out more about you, all told in your special and unique way ith so much love and creativity! You look very pretty on that picture! The weekend begins - let's dream a bit and fly to Paris on the blueburds wings! Soon more, xx

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

I love the answer you gave about loving each season. Because THERE IS LIFE.
What a beautiful answer.

HUGS sending you my dearest thoughts.


YONKS said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Delighted to have learnt these things about you. What a charmed outlook on life. Only a happy and content person could answer in that way! You are a blessing dear Anita.

Celia M. c. said...

It's always wonderful to learn a little bit more about a blogging friend.. I so enjoyed reading and seeing the beautiful images that captured your responses. May your writing and creating art in home become a way of life for you mon ami!!! xo HHL

Sylvia said...

Beautiful Anita, I love this big, warm smile of yours ! Thank you for letting me know more about you; I feel like I just left a Parisian cafe after a friendly rendezvous with you , eating macaroons, discussing ARTs, planning a trip to Greece, sharing stories about our dogs ...
I love your soul ...

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
George here, its always a joy to find out more about you. Now I need to find a french dictionary to find out what je taime means, only joking I know, I know :)
BOW WOW to you ;)
Have a good week
Love and Hugs George xxx

claudia b said...

Gorgeous post - Paris is my city, too, someday it will be my home, in the meantime I enjoy it through beautiful posts like yours.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour mom ami,
Paris.... Shall we both go back in time and meet there? How wonderful that would be. The 40's fashion are my all time favorite!
Such a beautiful way of sharing your heart's desire.
la couleur de vos rêves cher ami!

Fete et Fleur said...

You are so beautiful!


A Magical Whimsy said...

I adore your charming answers for being tagged. And I equally adore the photos you chose to go along with your answers!!! Divine photos full of heavenly dreams and gorgeous landscapes. The blue waters of Greece are a wonderland of bliss. The photo of Paris that goes on into the horizon...such variety of architectural beauty!!! And that red hat!!! Divine!
Oh! And Beatrix Potter's sweet bunny, so precious!
Have a perfectly marvelous weekend!

C'est moi Claudette said...

OMG Anita.
Before I forget, Wendy mentioned the movie HASHI.We just watched it. It's with Richard Geere. Get the Kleenex.
She said "snack, not shack", lol. funny girl.
Randy and I were in Greece 24 yrs. ago. We started in Athens and ended in Rhodes. I must admit I was a little tired of eating tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and donuts : )
Of course I love your answers. Love the dog pic and saying. Love your sketch the best. Tag your it. That's what you should write on it. Very sweet.
Just returned from spending a couple days with my sister Debbie. We celebrated her 58 th birthday.
Tomorrow I visit with Sister Lolotte. She bought a mass for my mother.
Next weekend I'm going to Quebec city for my birthday. It's not Paris, but close.
Happy weekend my dear friend.
I love you just the way you are.

Christie said...

My goodness, take a common question/answer game and make it extraordinarily gorgeous and thoughtful and inspiring! I love the go to shack!!! I want to go to there!!!
As always, pure beauty is found here. How I wish for your dreams to come true, one day be able to follow your artistic creative heart...full time...from home... This is my ongoing prayer, my talented friend.
Much love and hugs and kisses,

Sharon said...

What a nice way to start my weekend :) Do you really not snack Anita? Enjoy your weekend away from school-I know I shall :)

Anonymous said...

oh my...
was that ever a dream
to scroll threw!
you don't snack?
not ever? come?
writing and artistry
be my wish too...
in my home studio
out in the woods.
gene kelly...what
happened men like
him...they have all
but disappeared...
with audrey....
your post was awesome
because i too love
like all the math
either so i opted
for interior design...
could draw and paint
interiors all day..but
now its all computer artistry
in this field has become
another lost art...sigh...
still i can't keep from
drawing, and hopefully
this will lead to better
paintings...sweet friday
wishes...this was a fabulous

CHRIS said...

Love your answers. Many are my own but ohh the pics they are so beautiful,they snap to life such simple answers. Thanks for sharing. Happy days. Chris

Paris Atelier said...

What a beautiful post my Dearest Friend! I love the photos of your home and I too would meet you in 1940's Paris. Happy Weekend!!

Palomasea said...

Oh my goodness, amazing, beautiful friend!! How I love seeing that smile :)
What can I possibly add to these lovely and dear comments.
I don't think I have ever seen a more poetic or creative "tag" post!!
You are indeed a beautiful soul, et JE T'AIME!!!
Thank you, precious one, for blessing me with your friendship...
- Irina

Jennifer Vance said...

I like your dream holiday!That's kinda my vacation,too,to go to a place where the water is as beautiful as that and swim in it.

Betty said...

What a wonderful post, makes me realise there is so much in the world yet to be done when you look at it through someone elses eyes.

Ruben Rivera said...

Dear Anita
This was such a fun blog post to read. Inspiring too. I LOVE the picture of the seasons: the one in the reddish pink hues. And the dog on the bench so lovingly attentive to its human mate. Dadgum cute.

Marie-Ange said...

A ta manière, unique et transcendée, des petits bouts de toi merveilleusement imagés!
Moi aussi J'AIME ...
Je t'embrasse affectueusement.

Thomas rentre aujourd'hui de Louisiane, décidément il prend goût à l'Amérique !

Kristin said...

Love it, love it! And Beatrix Potter is wonderful - I SO loved that movie also. We have seen it over and over here and I had to buy a book for my daughter who loves to draw. I agree with you on dogs and Paris, too! And again, thanks for your wonderful comment :) Have a lovely Saturday!

Kristin xxxx

PURA VIDA said...

It was nice to get to read about the photos and your story told

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Ooooh, I love to read this post about you! And always love to see your pictures of yourself! You look so cute with those glasses on...and I can see that you DON'T SNACK!!!!!Thank you, dear one, for using my postcard, and even though it's no longer the '40s, you can come HERE and I will take you into the Big Apple and we'll dance the jitterbug like you used to!!!!
Je t'aime, Chérie,

The Dutchess said...


francis said...

Anita Anita Anita Anita Anita
Oh how I always love your new posts ...Always surprising me/us .
You are a true artist in every way .
You are so beautiful on your picture ....
Do you think we will ever meet ....
oh ....I muse and muse and muse .
My Elisabeth had her fourth chemo last thursday . Two to go .
In the beginning of all her boyfriend told her he could not handle all of this ( she HAS TO )
and he left but kept coming and than he left again and so on .
She was so heartbroken . And so alone and my heart cried for her .
But I know life comes back with lots of goods ....betters .....and BEST'S .
And than she came to know he was having e new relation from the first time he said he could not handle it . For a whole weekend she did not want to come out of her bed. And than she asked if I was okay if she was going to stay for a while with friends of our family . They live in the country and have a beautiful house and its very peaceful overthere . Our friends are wonderful cooks and they indulge her very much .
With her blackberry and my Iphone we keep in touch.
My daugther Anna moved back to Holland from France and is now very busy making her new appartment nice and a home .
She is staying here for two weeks and than ......her own place !
It's nice to have a daugther around .
I wish you a lovely weekend sweet friend

lostpastremembered said...

So many thoughts here to muse upon. None of them a surprise since you wear your passions on your sleeve, lovely lady. The dog picture resonated with me today as I am down with the flu and Petunia has been terribly sweet... nuzzling and taking care of me (even skipped her last walk so I could rest). I have often thought that a dog expresses pure love so often when they look at you... it really does make a lousy day better.

PS Love your little theatre with a curtain... how terribly romantic. I have been known to spray a little perfume from my scent library before settling in to a guilty pleasure viewing... cup of tea, glass of wine and I am a perfect princess for the afternoon.

Wonderful piece... we can see the world as a diamond or a lump of coal ... up to us.

Jacqueline said...

Now that was a whole lot of fun. A good dish of it! And the best part of it, it tasted so sweet, and I knew every answer to the last drop!

Yep, I got your emails, will reply soon as the bird flies from the north! Which could be any day or moment now...

Beautiful dreamer, I love ya.

"Create Beauty" said...

I loved reading your poetic answers with the images you so thoughtfully chose! And I too, love the fashions of the 40's....

I really enjoy reading friends answers to these type of 'tagged' questions, yet I am not one who likes to do it myself. Maybe because it takes too much thought! Or I have too many 'favorites' to want to list...??? I'd have to just copy your answers, except for the snacking one, of which I DO!
sweet AND salty please : )

I love your optimistic joyful view of life my dear, such joie de vivre!!!

~ Violet

Woolytales Miniatures said...

I just love WHO you are!!!
beautiful Nita!!!

when you have a chance come to my farm blog here

i was blessed with a birth of a baby lamb this morning.
my dog and cats gave birth too... i am walking in clouds...hahaha.

love you my dear dear friend!

Nella said...

One word Anita, heartwarming....and so telling of who you happy to have found you...N.XO

Jennifer Vance said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! :D And for the compliment on my star hairpins.Your blog is one of my favorites ever,so I am honored that you stopped by. <3

Deborah said...

Anita my dear, dear friend,
How you have touched this girls heart today.
You are such a beautiful soul.
Your beauty flows from a heart that is truly filled and overflowing with the greatest of
Beautiful on the inside and beautiful on the outside.
I smiled throughout this lovely post and I cried when I read that quote about your love of dogs. Oh my Anita...precious.
I imagined our 5 dogs whispering that into our hearts.
Your photos are breath-taking but even more than that...getting to know you more has warmed my heart.
What an inspiring interview...her questions to you were perfect and your answers...well, lets just say I glimpsed into your even more of your inner beauty today.
Love you my constant friend xoxo

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxoxooxox

koralee said...

Your post is is so fun to find out more about my dear friend ...YOU! No surprises here..just your sweet charm, beauty and wit comes through loud and clear! I love who you ARE!
Have a wonderful day my friend..hope you can enjoy some sun....looks to be a cloudy and rain-drenched day up here in BC. We will make the best of it. oxoxoxxo HUGS

Anne said...

cou cou! I would plant an acre of iris and freesia around that stone hideaway, and spend the summer there listening to the birds!

Anonymous said...

i would snack on that cake..
i would...and i would love every moment of its sweetness
and those matches...
i could never
strike their color away...
and yes, i have been creating
myself..without knowing..but then
that is the plan i suppose...not
to know...what the other hand is
and the picture...
at the beginning of this post
is that really you...
i love it...your eyes...
they are ever so gentle
ever so kind...your children
must shine inside when they
look into them and you...

Anonymous said...

i wanted to share this link...
its wonderful...and you and your
darling will love it...i have
started posting at the top of my
blog a new word from this site...
you can sign up and get one sent
to you too...its very fun...for
us lovers of words enjoy
...xoxo Eden

momto8 said...

a fun post with fun pics!
I enjoyed learning more about a fellow blogger!!!
happy weekend.

Dovecote Decor said...

I'm with you on Beatrix Potter and Gene Kelly! Come by and visit Hutton Wilkinson's fab new house in L.A. I'm obsessed!BTW I've never seen so many comments. How do you do it?

Ivy Clad said...

It is a pleasure getting to know you better! I have the worst writer's block when I have to write about myself (I too have been tagged.) But you have done it so beautifully! I'm inspired..

Talk to you soon!

A Vintage Chic said...

Loved learning a little more about you, sweet Anita...all such beautiful things, which doesn't surprise me one bit!

(and I love your very beautiful illustrations!)

Wishing you the most beautiful weekend, dear friend!


Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dear Anita!
I am on spring break!!! Are you?
I am so glad, the kids needed it and so do I.
I love learning a little more about you, but I must say that I could have predicted all your responses from your beautiful spirit. You are such a sweet and romantic soul.
Blessings and big hugs!

The Average Jay said...

I picked New York and the same years. Thank you for taking me away for a few minutes in time.

Sonja said...

I just knew your answers would not be the 'run of the mill;... I was right! You make everyone dream, Anita, and right now I'm dreaming too, of Paris, Norway and New York!! :)

It's spring break, and I'm ready to go!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Anita!! I just love reading your comments... They give my imagination FUEL! Such encouraging words... So happy you enjoyed little Abby...
p.s. Have been working on ducky all day, came up for air... For a while there she looked like a chick... teehee Hope I can get this right.
Oh I love your post....
You are going to PIN Abby? Oh you dear soul you.. Thank you!
BISOUS!!!!! Penny

Vintage Home said...

such fun insight into our life & loves.....your!
Have a great weekend!

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
Oh this is a special post, learning more about wonderful YOU!
Pinterest is so much fun
...and previewing your pins is like getting to see the puzzle pieces ahead of time...and then it is such a SURPRISE as they are placed together in story form here in your post!

I am heading off to sleep now... finishing a lovely cuppa tea. I somehow managed to get a cold. An insignificant tickle in my throat yesterday morning, fine all day ... but woke up with a runny nose & runny eyes. Not really an allergy I'm thinking ~ jammies all day tomorrow and lots more tea!

Blessings to you always, Anita.
Courage pour nous qui travaillons dans les écoles Américaines! Oh les examens!!!
Wishing you courage and moments of joy as well ~ as we complete another quarter of the year.

Maria said...

ps. I forgot to include ...
How lovely you are!
how much I love the picture of the child and the dog... so precious ♥
Have a sweet night and glorious Sunday*
~ Maria

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Anita - Such good questions!

I'll just answer one, salty or sweet as my "go to " snack.

Salty - chips every time! :)
Have a good weekend - Marsha @ Spots and Wrinkles

Jennifer Vance said...

I wonder if a small wire comb would work better? I think there's also these small round wire things that kinda twist into your hair.I've been wanting to look into how well those work.I'll let you know how it goes!Or if I can find any kind of hair clip that would work.
Unfortunately my etsy shop will not be open for a while,but you can see some items at my facebook page,and I am selling on a new website.More details at my blog!
You're welcome and thank you for coming back as well. :)

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

Dearest Lovely Pretty One Anita,
It was fun and endearing to read your answers and thoughts ;-D

when I was young I wished that I could marry Gene Kelly, I fell for him as a Musketeer ..swoon sigh...

Love HUGS and Blessings, Linnie

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Loved finding out more about you, sweet friend and seeing your beautiful face and smile.
I would be delighted to meet you in Paris also, isn't it the most wonderful city there is!
Do hope that you are enjoying the weekend and having some time to relax, write and draw and doing the things you most love.

Sending hugs

Palomasea said...

Just had to come back and revel in my beautiful friend's world again!
- Irina

Jennifer Vance said...

Hello Anita! :) Thank you,glad that you like the hairpin.I have made one tiara with wire and pearls in different natural colors.I will upload some photos of it to my fb page soon.
I was thinking before of making a tiara with the stars/starfishes,a whole bunch of them clustered.Though I do think a few of them would work as well,though.I could also make a headband! :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE this... LOVE you.... LOVE Paris... LOVE your home theatre!! xo

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I, too, feel that blogging and meeting you and others has changed my life forever. There are some we are just kindred to;you are one. Someday, when my world stops spinning so madly on, we will have a day to meet and look at books and laugh and lunch, my friend. I know this to be true. Thanks for being you! Blessings, Amy

desde my ventana said...

I'm happy to know something more about you and and to know that you likes sooo much Beatrix Potter me.
Have a wonderful sunday Anita

Muchos besos


Palomasea said...

Precious, dear friend..merci mille fois for visiting me and putting a smile on my face and a spring in my step!! :)
Boy, Gene Kelly was a handsome man...and that little house, and that cake, and BEATRIX! I just love this post...
- Irina

{oc cottage} said...

you had me at Gene Kelly...i'll LOVE that man til the day i die!!! ;}

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita,
J'ai raté plein de choses sur ton blog!
Je suis ravie de découvrir ton tag!
Je ne comprends pas! Je croyais être abonnée à ton blog mais je ne reçois rien!
Have a beautiful evening!

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello sweet and beautiful friend,
You look loveley on that picture!!!
How nice to read these facts about you, this way we know you a little bit better. But I know that you are the most romantic and sweet person!
Yes after 3 weeks I have easter vacantion, and you? I nearly finish a new creation it's a "Alf"
Have a nice week my friend,

Debbie said...

Anita, you are the most amazing human being. I honestly love your soul. Always beautiful, loving, positive, affirming. So different from moi! LOL!!! You are the kind of person I aspire to be!


Kerri said...

Oh Miss Anita: you are amazing, smart, and beautiful! Loved reading your answers to the questions. Thanks for sharing!

Have a sweet week at school :)


Peeters Liliane said...

Thank you for your visit sweet friend! And I'm feeling ok, only my back is killing me is that the age??? Thank you for asking.
Yes I also can not wait to have a break from school! How nice to hear that you have orders from you etsy store. You are one busy lady!!! I love to see your new work!!!
I also work on my creation this weekend and I love't al that free time for me creating :-)
Yes my new one is different she is not a nice one ;-) She is from the dark side of the fairy family :-)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita, how very thoughtful of you to PIN little Abby! I appreciate it so very much..
I saw your bunny wand with the egg nest in your Etsy shop just now. MAGICAL! I love it..
I know they will fly out of the shop.
How I Love this music!
Bisous! Penny

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

So beautiful to see that image of you. You are like a rare wine, you get better with age. So lovely to read and learn more about you. Your joyful heart and love for life is a true blessings.
May your week be full of happiness.

Helen xx

June said...

You, my beautiful friend are a delight to know, and I am grateful to
know a little more about you. That photo of you is beautiful!!!
What a wonderful post!
hugs to you...

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Beautiful!! You have a lovely blog; I'm a new follower ~ ♥

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hello Miss Anita,
I was missing in action for a few days. But I am back. I went to a Miniature Show today and thought of you. So many beautiful things. I bought a little theater to showcase some things I am working on.

Such a wonderful post, and I love all the things that you wrote about. How disciplined you are that you don't snack.

Well, have a wonderful Monday dear lady.


Calico Child said...

oh Anita how gorgeous I loved the 40's style to wasn't the fashion so glamours, I would have gone dancing with you & shared Gene kelly he was one of my idols I asked jim fixit ( a show in UK) when I was a young girl if I could dance with him but alas my letter was never answered. Thanks for sharing a bit more about you I love the cinema room :))))

Tiff said...

I have totally adored getting to know you better! I can say I have enjoyed this little journey and would happily follow in your footsteps in NY or Paris... or just sitting wtching a fab BBC period drama! Big hugs! X

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita .... thank-you so much for your kind and beautiful words! I love this post and definitely a beach in Greece would be perfect for you as would New York and Paris! All of them would be lucky to have you visit!
my best wishes always my dear friend
Frances xxxxx
ps I love your cinema room and I am an absolutely fanatic about British period dramas ... I am currently watching reruns of "The Duchess of Duke Street"!

Cindy said...

You are such an elegant, creative soul. I love reading your blogs, you tell such a wonderful story with your words and pictures. A beautiful post...(Beatrix Potter is my favorite artist too!)

It's me said...

It is the Christmas book of Franciska darling.....i am so glad....i do not no with pictures she take for it...we will see for today !!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello my friend! Leave it to you to be interviewed with a beautiful series of photos to make it even more special! Thank you for your recent visit. I have not been very good at visiting others or posting as much I would like. To answer your question, no, I have not done any painting since last fall. I do need to buy some fresh paint and finish a few projects that are sitting around. I have mostly been getting through the winter by relearning crochet. I find it very relaxing! Hope you are looking forward to a very early Spring! I think it is starting to happen! Have a beautiful week!~Hugs, Patti

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Anita,
Thank you for your lovely comment about me and Mango! Oh yes I am fine! I had a few very busy weeks and I do hope it will be a bit more comfortable for me in the next days!! Jan and me were both tired and needed some rest and time to relax! So we did that last weekend!
Anita, what a lovely post about these things of yourself! I loved to read all these answers , it feels as I do know you better and better. And oh dear, I enjoyed the sneek peeks into your home! Looks so very cozy!! Beautiful!!
Have a great start of this new week my friend!

Privet and Holly said...

I am so very lucky
to have guessed nearly
every one of your
responses to these
prompts. Why? Because
it means that through
your writing and our
real life meetings I have
come to know your spirit,
which is special, indeed!

Happy Monday,
xx Suzanne

koralee said...

Happy MOnday my friend...just a few more days to go...we can do it!!!! Love for your day. xox

L'Elégante said...

J'espère de tout coeur que le jour où je serais chez moi (dans ma maison à moi) tu viendras me voir. Ton amour de la France et du français me fait plaisir. J'aimerais pouvoir être aussi à l'aise avec l'anglais...
Si je n'avais pas tant peur de l'avion, j'aimerais bien vivre un petit moment à New-York pour découvrir la ville. Il y a tant de choses à voir, à découvrir, partout dans le monde, une seule vie n'y suffirait pas.
Bonne semaine, avec toute mon amitié. Fine.

BRASWELL said...

First time commenting, had too! Loved the images + your spirit comes through each one. Thank you

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!!!
Did you have a good weekend? It's warm & sunny here- we're about 20 degrees above normal!! I feel like it's May not March!!! What a crazy winter!!!
I LOVE this post!!! I too adore Beatrix Potter!!! I also remember loving the book "The Wind In The Willows" in grade school.... the characters were so cool!! "Mr. Toad" is the best!!!
I would love to go to Paris to shop with you. Can you imagine the vintage clothes we would find?
My husband & I watched 2 movies last night... "Breaking Dawn Part 1" and "Footloose".... they were both good. I think they did a great job with Footloose as it was a remake from 1983...
I think I'm going to go for a ride with my Jeep Wrangler and have the top down in this gorgeous weather!!!
Hugs!!! Shannon

Leslie said...

Anita! This is so beautiful .. the photographs, your words, the music, and I too am a Miss Beatrix Potter fan. My son's nursery was decorated with this them (back in the day) and I still have all of her sweet story books. Thank you for sharing more about yourself :)

Have a wonderful day!

Mélanie A. said...

I always love this tagging post . It has been a long time since I've stopped here to say hello and I see you changed your "bannière " and that is funny because I just wrote a post few days ago about the photo with painted chair .
Have a good week

Jacqueline said...

Anita, how fun to get to know you even better! Oh, I wish I weren't a snacker - I love to snack!

Your studio is just wonderful and of course so is Paris! I am craving it again!

Have a wonderful day.

Jeri Landers said...

Well, that was really wonderful, and fun. Here, here for Beatrix Potter! And Paris... though I've never been, and WATER, water, everywhere! I hope one day you will be able to stay home, write and draw away,it is a perfect goal for you.

gi gi said...

Oh, I love hearing all about you!
Hello Friend! Sorry it has been soooo long since I have been by to see you! I do hope you'll forgive me!
I hope to be back to be bloggin on a regular basis. I can't give up something that connects me to all you wonderful people!

Yes, let's go to NY and get our Glamour on!

Lots of love
gi gi

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh me too! The 40's! And I love that go to shack! How nice to learn new things about you. The great thing about blogging: what we gain from and about each other.
Happy week to you! I'm writing at my retreat on the Oregon coast this week where we just got an inch of snow. Very rare on the coast.
A bientot,

Burlap Luxe said...

Such a wonderful post, creative in so many ways.

To answer the above questions, I have to say all the above, I have so many area's of likes finding something in each one that inspires.

I have been so busy with a home that I am remodeling for the home owner, it was his rental and in great need to be updated, I removed some walls and lights flooring, paint color and what a big change.

I should be back to my blogging in about a week :)

I will get with you soon to share some pictures, How is that divine chair doing ? Love your theatre room.


Barbara said...

Loved getting to know you even better, Anita, but must confess, I kind of guessed how you'd answer a lot of these questions. :)
And I agree! Watching a British period piece is my idea of is watching Gene Kelly movies. But most of all, BEACHES!
Have a lovely week, my friend. Looks like you're getting some warm weather up there...enjoy!

La Petite Gallery said...

The music is fabulous.
I now love you more.
You have a beautiful soul.


Martina said...

Dear sweet Anita, how are you today? I have a crazy time! My health feels good but my mind is a little "spaced out" by so many things happening or not happening - nothing as planned! YOur blog always puts a snile on my face - thank you for being such a great friend! xx

Mapi said...

Hello dear Anita
You are such a wonderful and open- hearted friend.
Have a lovely week

Burlap Luxe said...

As an interior designer I will remodel homes as well, the one I am working on right now is just that, I am having the contractor tear down a wall that divides the kitchen from the front room, also removing shelving to then get started on the homes designs in interior designs.
send pictures soon.

I am listing more theatre's in my etsy today! and I am listing more through the next couple of days :) come see my new designs in my etsy, my link is on my sidebar.

I am excited to see your chair and the new painted room of white and grey....

La couleur de blanc et gris me laisse sans voix...
"Une belle chambre pour une belle dame."


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This is my favorite post of yours because it is YOU. I loved getting to know you better (the dog poster actually brought a tear). Your beauty inside was brought forth. I think you would love the book I am giving away..come on over and enter the contest!

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello sweet friend,
How nice that you visit me! I always have a fight with my camera to make pictures, but I made these ones in the evening.
I only have to style her hair and then she is ready for show time ;))
Let me know when you put your new creations in your etsy shop!


Beatnheart said...

you are wonderful and fabulous. Always a beautiful post...leaves me feeling breathless and alive.

Anonymous said...

it is...exciting...the will really enjoy it...there is a peaceful grace associated with our journal...i was sad to let it go...but happy at same time...

koralee said...

Hi sweet really are the BEST!!!! You always cheer me up with the kind comments you leave me. Hugs....and only 3 more days of schoooooool ...yahooo. xoxo

Karena said...

Anita I am always so late to your parties, I do attend whenever I am able though! I love learning more about you!

Your home theater is a delight and we have much in common!

Please do come over to visit, I have a New Giveaway I think you will love!

Art by Karena

Maria said...

Hey Anita!
Is your Spring break before or after Easter? Mine is from Good Friday and goes through the week after Easter. I'm hoping my son, Jason, comes home for Easter.
I am just LOVING this weather.
I could soooo do without all the snow we had last year...but I know this was just an anomaly and is not our norm. {Sigh}
I'm grateful for it and am thanking God my 87 year old Dad did not have a full blown winter.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday and a happy mid week for you ♥
~ Maria

InesMrs.Venus said...

Anita- you are such a special person- it´s like an adventure to read your posts- I am always in another world for a few moments- I love that!!!
Many answers I can share with you :-)
Thank you for your last visit and comment- enjoy your day-

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hi,dear Anita:-)*

I'am here via wonderful girl GiGi...
HOW creative and positive post about yourself!!!

How much absolutely fantastic tips here in your blog,I'am so pimpressed,fantastic:-)))*

I'am really glad,I find your blog here,

Hugs fromn Amsterdam,

het tuinengeltje said...

My dear Anita, I always love to read/hear your kind words. You always make me happy/smile.

Hugs, Sylvia

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good morning dear Anita...yes it is hard to imagine each other so far away...isn't technology incredible...when I pop in to visit it seems as if you are just around the corner...Have a wonderful Spring day...Autumn is arriving here...Dzintra xoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

There is that beautiful smile! I love this photo of you... Would you please give me your magic wand? You never seem to age dearest..
THANK YOU so much for buying DUCKY!! What a wonderful surprise that was today...

DolceDreams said...

Firstly, How beautiful you are! It is always so nice to see and hear more about our blogging friends! What intrigues me is that you do not snack...such discipline!!Brava!
And I adore your home, it is just exquisite! Like YOU !


Focusing On Life said...

Hi Anita,

Just stopping back to say hello. I have a new post on Focusing On Life. Wishing you a lovely day.


fashion meets art said...

hey my lovely friend! these are so wonderful facts about you. i can read so many things and i'm thinking of me, many parallels :) i also like every season of the year and beatrix potter is such a grat artist. also you picture "chez nous" is wonderful. i wish i had such a living room too :) wonderful post my sweet friend!
kisses to you
maren anita

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koralee said...

Morning my friend...wishing you a blessed day. It is Grandparents day at our school today..a very busy busy day for us all..seeing we get at least 300 of these dear ones just at our campus! I will be tired tonight...hope your day will run smoothly...only 2 more days left! xoxox HUGS

Anonymous said...

spoken like a true teacher
and so i went back
to my post,
did something thinking
and editing..
its better,
its exact,
and i even discovered
in my searching
an artist
who inspires
this ART & Lettering
our new traveling journal...
shall we ask Lisa...

Holly Loves Art said...

Lovely lovely lovely. You answer questions better than anyone I know! I enjoyed getting to know you better... although none of it surprised me! You're such a doll.

Hope you're having a marvelous week.
Take care,

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour chere lieve vriendin! Il est tres tres cozy et stylish chez vous. J'aime ce que je vois!
How have you been, Anita? I'm popping in your Etsy shop right away to enjoy your excellent et unique artworks.
Well, the weekend is around the corner, I hope the sun will shine down on you. Love to you mijn lieve vriendin xxx

hi-d said...

Hello Anita!!!

I have been such a bad blogger lately!

THIS is such a great post!!! I love ALL the seasons too! Have you seen the movie, Miss Potter? LOVED THAT SO MUCH!!! Oh, and the 40's...I know! Wouldn't it be incredible to jump into a time machine and go back. That era was amazing!!!

I hope you are doing well, my friend...Gotta run...


Rosie said...

What a perfectly splendid cuppa! I loved each and every little tidbit you treated us to. Thank you sweet pea :) Oh, I painted EVERY THING IN SITE TODAY! Well not every thing, but...6 chairs (3 coats) and the matching table and buffet. She is wonderfully white and I am SO SORE...but satisfied :) Will upholster the chair seats tomorrow. For now though that HOT bubble bath is looking REALLY good right now.
I shall stop back soon to sit, relax and ENJOY another fabulous cuppa on your back porch...but for now, the tub is beckoning...sweet dreams...R

Suz said...

I loved this! I want you to know that Jud passed away on February 24. Life has been sad and chaotic. I have not forgotten about you and when things settle down, I would love to get together,
Big hugs,

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

I love that you don't snack and that your favorite artist is Beatrix Potter :) Another gorgeous post--and I'm glad this one was about YOU :)

fee @ chipper nelly said...

I think I've already commented...but I've re-read! So felt it was only right to re-comment.
Loved finding out more about you!
happy weekend
fee x

Nikki said...

I enjoyed this post so much! Such a lovely collection of pictures, lovely quotes and words :) Lovely blog!

Nikki – inspire nordic

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Anita! I loved your comment over at my place. I'm so glad you gave added significance to the lamb photo. I had that thought after I posted it, that it had more meaning than just spring to me as a Christian as well, and I am so happy that someone else's thoughts followed that same vein.

I hope your weekend is beginning well!
xo Keri

Elizabeth said...

Hello my dear friend,

Happy Friday!! I hope you are well and have some creative, relaxing plans for the weekend.

I loved this post when I read it the first time and I love it more each time I read it. You have such a beautiful spirit and that is reflected here. I am so blessed to have found you out of the 125 million blogs out there. Thank you for participating.

Xoxo elizabeth

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Lisa. Just stopped by from Lorraine Young's blog to visit your truly beautiful and artistic blog. Lovely photos accompanied by an interesting text, your blog has both lightness and depth. I enjoyed visiting your magical world.
best from Tunisia,

dancingdocdesign said...

Hi Anita

Thanks for your visit! I thought of you when I wrote about my french friend Armand --I wondered if you could help spread the word?
love the photo of you here!
and your Grandmère, the drama queen!

koralee said...

Spring Break has arrived!!! Yahooo...I hear your weather has been amazing....oh happy day!
So what are you going to do with 2 whole weeks ahead of you my friend? You go on holidays soon...right?
Sending you ooodles of love for an amazing day...fill it with treats just for YOU! xoxo

victorian parlor II said...

Wow! What an inspirational post!!! You have me ready to tackle my dreams today! It truly is a lovely post dear friend:). May all your dreams come true.



francis said...

ANITA .....This break will be very very very welcome !
I love spring in the air ...
Last friday I was at Saskia's for coffee and for friendship.
Real visits and real coffee ....
I hope you can have lots of them in your springbreak
Thinking of you !
hugs and love

J. Beaudet said...

I loved reading your answers and learning more about you! You are so creative! That place n Greece looks amazing; that's one of my dream vacations too! I always end up in Hawaii though, which isn't such a bad thing:)

Victoria Sayer said...

Beautifully written and perfectly chosen photos to go with this!
(you must track down 'Downton Abbey'...I know you would LOVE this DVD)
Hi Anita.
Yes, *slightly shamefaced* is me. I have not fallen off the planet just yet...but I have been too busy to stop and blog hop.
Just had a quick peek in on your beautiful 'Castles Crowns and Cottages' and felt I had to stop here and leave a comment. Hope all is well with you. My sister's boat and our little Grandie, Ellie, have both been keeping me VERY full on at the moment. Next year should see things start to slow down a bit, and I hope to get more time to enjoy the Land of Blog. Until then, I will try to catch a glimpse when I can.

Love to you sweet lady.
(you are often on my mind, if not on my computer)

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Karen said...

It is lovely to get to know you in this beautiful interview (& find a similarity or two!) I must agree about what my favorite season is! xo Karen

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour ma belle!!
Oh, how I would love to visit Paris during that time ~ the cafe society during the 1920's-1940's, Audrey, Grace, and to dance with Gene Kelley. Such magical times...
School is treating me well. This semester is flying by. Tomorrow we are presenting our design concepts to a local church. We designed a wonderful preteen space. I'm so excited that I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight!
With my hectic school schedule, no trips to Paris in the near future. We have a trip planned to Charleston, SC over the week of July 4th, and Chicago next month. I barely have a moment to breathe but I LOVE it. I only wish there an extra 10 hours in a day.
How are YOU? I'm certain your Etsy store is a hit! How is your writing? I know your dreams of becoming a full time writer will come true. You have the passion and determination.
Wishing you a lovely week! xoxo, B

YONKS said...

How are you dear friend, keeping busy? Hope you are having the same spring sunshine as we are on this side of the pond!

chateaudelille said...

Hello dearest Anita, I've had such fun this morning catching up on your posts. With teaching being quite demanding this year I have been as busy as ever and not on blogs every day like I used to. So much is happening with you. Have you given up teaching? Are you just going to be creating your amazing art? You definitely seem to be on an amazing journey. Look forward to hearing more!

~CC Catherine said...

Bonjour Sweet Friend,

So sorry I've been absent. ~Merci for your lovely birthday message on my birthday blog post. I've been wanting to get back to you and life has been busy busy.

So, this morning the Lord woke me at 3am...and I came to the office and spent a lovely time with HIM...and basked in HIS presence, listened to Celtic Harp music..and thought of you as I listened to it. :) I'd love to hear you play in person sometime. Maybe on SKYPE! :) Yes...that would be SOOOO too cool!

I'm going to try and catch up on some of your posts I've missed. I always enjoy listening to each word you pen.

This post was very I learned so much more about you! :) Loving it too!

Hugs amundo! ;)
~CC from Sunny GA

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