Sunday, September 16, 2012


Buttoned up


shaped to fit


strapped in



ornately contained




caged within

the limits

of the

body and mind


and light the candle
of imagination.


You and Me

with feet planted firmly

on the ground


we're waiting for this moment






lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I can't believe I'm the first to comment.
This is always.
Check your email. :)
Miss you. xoxo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Always...inspiration and encouragement for just the right moment. May blessing surround you this week, Anita!

Rattus Scribus said...

As you know, Kenny Rankin is one of my all time favorite singers; and one of the few to take this great Paul McCartney song about the late MLK Jr and create an equally beautiful version. Many good memories associated with Kenny Rankin's music, you and me with feet firmly planted but always looking to fly. That will never get old.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Gorgeous! I love the song too. Happy Sunday.


1 said...

Beautifully written Anita!
....and perfectly illustrated as always.
Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.

The Dutchess said...

WOW...and I LOVE THE MUSIC...Kenny..brings back memories...thank you..Great post..!!!!!!

Anne said...


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Such a beautiful post my dear friend. You have that magic touch with words, and I LOVE the music.
Enjoy your evening.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear Anita what a beautiful post...I loooove that red gown! Wishing you an equally beautiful day...of course with a Cheers to Dzintra xo

Christel said...

Was refreshing to visit today and read your lovely words beautiful post as always Anita xox Christel

Red Rose Alley said...

I am crying right now. I told you that I was nervous to light the candle at Nel's wedding but honored at the same time. And then I see this. Something clicked in my heart and my brain, and tears are flowing down my cheek. I am no longer afraid or nervous. It is what I'm supposed to do, and to do with love and blessings. I will be thinking of you when it is my turn to walk up the isle and light the candle for my daughter's wedding. You give me love, you give me hope, and you give me courage. I love you, sweet beautiful friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful images and lovely thoughts. You always give us something for our imagination. Sweet hugs!

myletterstoemily said...

can you imagine having a waist that tiny?
i love all your lovely images and reflections.
the pink shoes need to be in MY closet!

Denise said...

You consistently touch all your followers Anita.Your special blogging gift is a sweet gift to all of us.Thank you once more. oxox-Denise

Sarah said...

Lovely inspiration to begin my week. You find the most incredible images with which to illustrate your thoughtful words.
Sending wishes for a beautiful week........Sarah

Tara Dillard said...

You feed me for what I have to do.

It's fierce.

Create gardens.

For people asking me to create a garden.

Gardens are metaphor, spirit, political, personal, of the ages, and so much deeply more.

Where do I feed myself to do this?

Those closest to me do not understand.


trump said...

Hi Anita and I thought Id stop by to say hello after being on a blog break for almost 2 weeks, and I hope you and your family are enjoying the now cooler weather for this pre-Fall.

Again really nice job with your blog make-over and I like the clean look to your web site, I have given my own blog a freshening and If i may say so I think it does not look too bad.

But then again I'm a little biased since I'm the one that did it, so I tried to give it a Fall feel since we are now entering this new season, and its my most favorite one of all! Richard

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

I'm soo glad that I have someone to remind me to get that creative spirit loose!! Hee

You are a Brilliant Blessing :-)
Love Linnie

Palomasea said...

Oh, that quote brought tears to my eyes, dear one! The beautiful music, the birds, your words...
And you have flying birdies now! YES! You are soaring on the wings of your dreams and imagination...with the freedom to create your own destiny! How beautiful it is to be grace the world with the gifts that God has graced upon you...
Beautiful, my precious friend and sister!
Love you...
Magical as always...

Silvia C said...

Anita dearest! I count your virtual friendship as one of my blessings. As always, after reading your post I feel I can conquer the world. Thank you, ma chère amie.

desde my ventana said...

Wonderful Anita, is my perfect start of the week.
Thank you!!



Martina said...

Oh yes dear one, s nicely put! We'RE CAGED IN BUT T TH same time, know wecan fly - and sometimes do! Hopethisweek will be creative, supportive and fun! xox

Unknown said...

Anita we love the white owl on your header and in the last picture. Thank you as always for a wonderful post and it has started our Monday on a positive note. Hope all is well with you. Have a wonderful Monday.
Best wishes Molly

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Gorgeous post! I especially like the owl resting on the branch!! Oh my, what vivid contrast!!! Have a grand day! Cathy

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello Sweet Friend,
What a nice post to read and the pictures are subliem!
Finally I'm back. After a long work of painting in and outside of our house I took a long and nice vacantion. But I'm back home now and I need a lot to catch up in blogger land. I started sculpting again on my vacantion and made a few heads when I was sitting on the balcony with ocean vieuw, that gaves me a lot of inspiration.
I stood on the beach with only the ocean between our two continents. Have you not hear me your name yelling Anitaaaaaaaaaaa ;o)))
Have a nice and creative week sweet friend,
Hugs, Liliane

The enchanted home said...

LOVE THIS!!!!!! You should and you must publish a book, what a beautiful keepsake it would make. And what an uplifting and inspirational start to my day you have given me....thanks Anita!

Simplement ... said...

Un clic chez toi, et nous voilà au pays des rêves.
Tu es une magicienne !
Mille bisous d'amitié.

It's me said...

O my o my o dearest Anita....i am afraid those beautiful dresses do not you have some with a bigger seize ???...than i will love to soar with you always.......Ria....♥♥♥♥♥

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita I in turn love your visits's to us...Much Love, Dzintra xoxo

Anonymous said...

Anita, you have no idea how this ministers to my heart.

First of all, out of all the songs our son plays on his guitar, Blackbird is my favorite, and he knows how much it means to me. I dedicated it to my dad when he flew home and I have also made a special request of our son that one day when my spirit flies home, that he plays it in celebration too. Needless to say, there are no words, really.

Then your will not believe it, but it is the central focus of my "Le Mysterieux Carnival" post and tag...SOAR. I had written the post weeks ago and I finished the tag last week, including the word soar on it. Amazing.

This, my friend, is once again a most precious sign to us that Grace listens to our faintest whispers and knows each and every desire of our heart.
Much love,

"Create Beauty" said...

Waiting for this moment to be free

Yes indeed we're waiting....

One day we will be free of the limitations of our caged-ness

and we will S O A R!

I loved this. All of it. Every single word image and song...

Thank you

~ Violet

Jay Jay said...

WOW whant music. I've listened to that album since the 70's. Hope all is well.


Unknown said...

Your timing was perfect, this is how I feel at the moment...thank you for those beautiful soothing words...

YONKS said...

Perfect - Now where did I leave my wings! It's all too easy to feel caged and weighed down these days, so thank you for the reminder that all is possible if you believe. A simple and true message, but too often transient!
Much love.

Paula said...

Beautiful song! Such apt words - I feel that I'm poised on the edge of something - ready to take the next step...I have no idea where I'm being led creatively, but whatever and where ever it is, I will be waiting eagerly and with open arms. Thank you for your continuing inspiration, support and kind words. Stunning and thought provoking as always.
Much love,
Paula xxx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I have my wings on dearest, shall we soar together?
Thank you so much for visiting again this morning.

Suz said...

You always have the loveliest images to illustrate your beautiful poetry.

DolceDreams said...

I LOVE LOVE this ! Let's take off and soar...My dear, I am amazed that your shop filled with beauty is a bit slow...make some treasuries (include the popular treasury makers work...they will repay you by including you in theirs)when you get on the front page ~ you will be amazed at the exposure!
Much luck,

Unknown said...

Oh Anita,

I loved each image, each lyric of this lovely song. The images that you chose are so dramatic. Each one of your posts is like a great performance. When you leave the theater you replay each scene of a great play. That's what is like when I experience one of your posts.


renae said...

Anita ~~~

awh lovely imagery! music/poetry/motion/ emotion all interwined beautifully.

you do amazing things with my heart and head. do I turn away? never!!!

renae said...

I am still swirling around in Kooser. My comp has been swallowing up my time & efforts. just let me create, i'm yelling at it. just let me.

thanks dear Anita, thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you for your computer skills. Your header is gorgeous and I'm loving the black for a change! This post is so inspirational as always. You and I seem to be on the same wave length as to the message we want to send!! Perhaps we need a joint book! xo

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

Magical Anita!!!You have done it again. I love the fabulous quote about caged birds and the music is perfect! I have spent the last two years loosening up and breaking out of self imposed corsets and confinements. Once again something is stirred inside by your poetry. Soaring will be such a treat!!!HUGS, Lisa

Anonymous said...

awesome post!
love those pink heels!!!
and the and me
we need to do a chat
on facebook while you
are doing photoshop.
lets plan this maybe
friday...i am teaching
next three
lets aim for this.

Aldy said...

Gorgeous inspiration, Anita! Have a creative and wonderful week!!!

Hugs <3

carolyn bradford said...

I don't know this singer and I've determined myself to not read everyone else's comments…because then they sway mine…
This is a beautiful post…I loved it…I loved each moment captured and I love the feelings and emotions it portrayed…thank you so much for sharing it…thank you so much for caring about my posts and always having the sweetest comments…they mean the world to me!
I have to say the pink high heels reminded me of Faith Hill's performance tonight on the CMA's….wow….I don't know what I think of that yet but nonetheless, you are a dear for always having such an upbeat attitude….no matter the circumstances! I'm so thankful for you!

Seawashed said...

hello darling. sorry I haven't been over in so long...just haven't been able to blog much. What a suprise to find your new look! Lovely. It doesn't quite fit on my tiny laptop screen but I love the black and white. Hope you are well. peace to you dear friend. oxox

Victoria Sayer said...

Beautiful post, always.
I expect nothing less from you.
That foggy, misty photo caught me.
And that red gown....oh my goodness me! Hope you are keeping well...and finding wonderful inspiration to create now that you are at home.
As you can see, I am back from my little sailing trip. We arrived home to a brand new computer...via my clever son-in-law, who connected everything up for us while we were away. Thing is, I have lost all of my past email if you wouldn't mind dropping me a line sometime to give me your email address again, that would be great, thanks.
The trip on the boat gave me a lot of time to create in my mind only, so I sketched all my ideas down in a note book....NOW comes the time to actually bring them to life. I have spent the past few days busily sewing up a storm, and will try to release the first next phase of my Urchin Art Dolls on our Lilliput Loft Facebook within the next week.
Life is as crazy as ever, as I'm still caring for our Ellie three days a week. Next year will (hopefully)be less hectic for me.
Love to you♥

Deana Sidney said...

Are corsets cages? I have thought that they were worn to bend nature to your will! I guess it all depends on your point of view.

On a more serious note, whenever I see an animal caged or tied I cry a little inside. Animals and people should be free to fly and run, jump and play. Being lashed to anything is a terrible thing. We should all free as many spirits as we can.

Deana Sidney said...

Are corsets cages? I have thought that they were worn to bend nature to your will! I guess it all depends on your point of view.

On a more serious note, whenever I see an animal caged or tied I cry a little inside. Animals and people should be free to fly and run, jump and play. Being lashed to anything is a terrible thing. We should all free as many spirits as we can.

renae said...

Yes H is for hope! Hope my computer problems are remedied today! Hope that your jpg issues resolve easily. Hoping for a marvelously marvelous day! Have a fabulous day. Don't you just love the words "marvelous" or "fabulous"?

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi dearest Anita!!!!!!
How are you? I love this post- those amazing pink flats are so cool!!!!!!
I just bought a dusky pink colored shaggy fur vest....
We had a thunderstorm here last night which was the perfect setting for the autumn feeling and watching scary movies on TV!!!!! :-)
Did you get to see the 3 part feature The Bag Bragger blog did on me? They are based in Malaysia.... I was so honored to be included in one of their blog features....
How is school going?
I hope you are having a great week!!!!!!!
Talk to you soon!!!!!!
Luv & Hugs!!!!!!
Shannon :-)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh Anita....visiting your blog is indeed one of those gifts I give myself. I sit with a glass of wine, enjoy the music that is so perfectly choreographed to the images and read your beautiful words. You are a gifted storyteller my friend. A treasure you are!

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Dearest Anita .... stunning images and so true! We are all waiting to soar and hope that our candle of inspiration will be lit!!!!! I love this so much!
my best wishes always

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Sorry Anita I meant "imagination" but inspiration does help too!!!!!!!! lots of roses to you dear friend!

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,
That first image is so beautiful. I hope you are having a good week. Thanks so much for stopping by...and yes...those were figs in that sandwich. So incredibly good!!! How is the substitute teaching coming along? I bet it is a nice change from full time teaching. Have a great week!!!

fee @ chipper nelly said...

beauuuuuutiful Anita. Although I did have a little chuckle at the thought of my huge squashy bossom being contained in that gold brocade (and squeeeezing out all the gaps!)

re your question, it's always quiet over the summmer - it'll pick up now and not stop til January. I for one will be yearning for the quiet times before long!
fee x

Barbara said...

Lovely as usual, Anita. The gowns are all so beautiful, but remind me the "cages" worn in years gone by were so tight, I cringe to think about it. So pleased we don't have to deal with it ourselves and these gowns give the look of a corset without really being squeezed into one.
Yes, we need to soar each day!

koralee said...

Perfect my friend...your posts always speak to me!
Sorry I have not visited for a few days...just such a busy life I have right now...I am almost thinking half time at school is busier than three-quarter time. But just wanted to let you know I am still thinking of you. xoxoxo

vicki archer said...

So simple and so lovely Anita... your words and image pairings are always so exquisite... xv

vicki archer said...

So simple and so lovely Anita... your words and image pairings are always so exquisite... xv

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

And a good morning to you dear friend! Sorry I am late, busy morning.. Thank you for coming by.

Greet Lefèvre said...

Good evening my sweet frien Anita!!
Oh dear what a wonderful post is this! I am always thrilled to read and to see your gorgeous blogposts!Exquisite and personal!! Love your style my friend!
Thank you so much for your comments on my posts Anita! You are the sweetest!

Leslie said...

Oh Anita.. this is just beautiful! I just saw you at Tina's and wanted to stop by to say hi :)You have such an extraordinary way with words and pictures. Thank you for sharing with us!!

Your new blog design is gorgeous too!
Enjoy your week Anita!


Leslie said...

Also.. I just noticed I can receive you new posts via email! That's great!

Burlap Luxe said...

Another soulful piece Anita, and no one can cage your spirit my free-bird !
Such beauty within you, and such beauty comes from you when you create with words, words you collect and these words create the beauty that you are.

Thank you again Anita for choking me up, moving me soulfully with your passion, of course from one bird lover to another who just gets you.
You inspire me to create a paper bird :)
Sing and fly my dear friend.
Lots of love to you and Ruben who stand firm with passion.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you sweet Anita,
Votre réussite est la beauté que vous placez vos mains à l'ensemble de vos beaux-arts.
Je rêve d'un jour où moi aussi je peux créer du papier comme vous le faites. Donner à chaque larme la beauté qu'elle mérite.


Sandra van Doorn said...

Anita, i wonder how every sigle time you find those perfect images, for your perfect words… it’s like watching a movie… tres beau.

Sylvia said...

This is magical, the words, the music and the visuals. You possess wisdom and ability to touch people's hearts and make us reach deep inside our self. Thank you!

Dear friend, I am honored by the fact that your artistic eye catches my photo. I know my image will be in a company of spectacular pictures. Fell free, please!
Enjoy the changing season and keep on creating, sweet Anita!

renae said...

I can't stop commenting back to you sweet Anita. You have given me mountains of confidence in being a poet. I'm a poet? I'm a poet. I'm a POET!!! I AM. o my gawsh...o my. really? I'm always thinking creatively. I'm always thinking about design or accessories or jewelry and clothing but poetic verse is there too. I love music. I love all forms of music. I love writing in spaces and holding in others, which is poetic.

o my goodness gracious, o my.
i'm even surprising myself. thank you dear friend, thank you.

Christmas-etc... said...

I think dear Anita, that you soar every time you write!

jerilanders said...

Sometimes I soar, sometimes I just waddle, and sometimes I just sit around and imagine. But I always enjoy your vision, it is ever inspiring! Jeri

Sonia said...

Hi There, You have got an excellent site. i am amazed to see all.... Have a wonderful week ahead. Love & Regards, Sonia !!!

renae said...

thank you sweet friend, Anita. I'm going to be away from my frustrating computer for a few days. I need the time to get my head straight. You know what is interesting? I had a husband die in 1991 and I wrote poems in a secret book to help me thru that time. My brother dies and suddenly I'm a poet again. But this time I'm going to continue writing poems and keeping my mind right there being more and more poetic. I will read Kooser's book that you suggested because the timing is perfect and perfect time should not be ignored. See you next week on Tuesday.

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
George here, sorry I've been tied up and not by my lead!! Moms back at work and life is just not the same, I'm having to keep Tess in check. I wish I could soar across the sky, will have to put up soring around the living room.
Thanks for your visits, always lovely to hear from you.
Glad Ruben is walking pain free:) Tess is getting better by the week.
Love and Hugs George xxx

Tammie Lee said...

such a lovely post
beautiful images
and to soar, beautiful inspiration to soar.

Mary said...

Oh, I have been away...I missed seeing this for so long. I love the song...That is so sweet.

Pura Vida said... will!

wendy said...

Look at how many people comment on your blog....Obviously you make THEM soar.
You always feed us with things to really think about and ....move us to action.
Me....I don't really think like I have "soared" for a while now. It's there, in me, but I've built quite a few barb wire fences around me as of late , and even though things can FLY through barb wire, sometimes you get hooked.
(I know, I am talking nonsense here)
I am coming up on my son's 2 year death anniversary in Nov. and it really does seem like since he passed away, my wings have been heavy.

Mr Paul said...

Gorgeous Anita, a beautiful collection of words, images and sounds. I particularly like 'buttoned up' which strikes a chord with me. The handwork and beading is stunning. Happy weekend.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Anita,

Time is running away with me again. I thought, foolishly perhaps, that you posted usually on Fridays.

I simply wanted to let you know you are often in my thoughts and I wonder how you are now fall is truly on its way.



Fete et Fleur said...

My beautiful Anita! I'm pulling my hair out here. Our contractor is refusing to finish our job correctly and I'm just plain worn out. Pray for a miracle.


Ivy Clad said...

Beautiful, uplifting words! I find it personally extra-special because they were posted on my birthday. :D


koralee said...

It is the weekend!!!! Sending you oodles of love for a great Fall weekend...I am off to pick up pumpkins could anyone be unhappy while picking out pumpkins??? is going to be a GREAT weekend...xoxox Hugs

hi-d said...

Hello my dear friend...

I feel so out of the loop with blogland lately. It's been a busy week. Busy, but good. M and I are doing swimming twice a week...had my birthday a couple days ago...doing more celebrating tomorrow...and another busy weekend. How about you?

I hope you are doing well. I see you are busy creating on your etsy site. I hope you find some cool art shows to display and sell your treasures!


"Create Beauty" said...

Just had to come back for some beautiful inspiration!!!!

let's soar together!!!
over the rainbow....


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Anita:
Your images absolutely sparkle and give such a zest to life. How wonderful too is that red dress which positively exudes style.

Thank you so much for your comment on our latest post and to which we have made reply. We have signed as Followers and will very much hope to welcome you too again.

trump said...

Anita what a treat seeing you post a few comments on my own blog the last week as I didn't expect to see you that much because I know your busy, and again I really like the changes that you have done to your own blog and wish you all the best from your transition from teaching to your business.

I'm sure that its a pretty big step to take and you may be somewhat nervous but I'm sure your going to be just fine, and doing what you would really like to do. We only get for the most part only one chance in this life of ours so its nice seeing someone making it happen for themselves.

I wish that Blogger would allow us hosts to make more changes to or own blogs like color and more layout options, I know if I could I would have done more extensive changes to my blog.

So we are somewhat limited to the changes that we can make unless maybe your a computer genus or something, and with your blog Anita you seem to have found that person I'm thinking.

Have a very nice first weekend of Fall and again Its always so very nice to see you and your insightful comments on Amish Stories. Your pal Richard

Woolytales Miniatures said...

It has been weeks since i came here and i truly miss the blessings that I receive when i 'sit' with you, my friend.
like the birds in the sky, it is the freedom that one finds in the arms of our gracious Heavenly Father.
Love you....

Kerri said...

As always so inspirational and pretty photos too! I just posted a *place* that I am sure you have been on your trip to Paris :)

I hope you are enjoying the first days of fall. For me its been raining non stop for the last 24 hrs. Not fun :(


DolceDreams said...

My friend,
Where is your Etsy mini on your page here to show off your fabulous talent???I wanted to see what is new in your shop ~
Happy Weekend,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Your posts are always so inspirational and beautiful, thank you dear friend. Love the beautiful red gown and thanks for all the thoughtful words you share here.
Hope Reuben had a wonderful birthday.
Do hope that you have a happy weekend


Mimi said...

HELLO to my dear friend ANita!!
I love the music,that sure gets to me and makes this post just SOAR to new heights!!!I adored those pics...that first pic of the wedding gown..or I assume a wedding sweet...and the rest of the pretty and YES just waiting for the right moment to SOAR.....My grand son was over this is STILL SO HOT here...near 104 actually!!!So we took a drive to the Sno-Cone shack....for some flavored shaved ice.....we sat out front on my porch...or front patio....and he saw some QUAIL in the yard and took off after them...they do not usually fly alot...but did they SOAR and fast!!!!
Have a Great week
and HAPPY FALL to you
hugs and love,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy day dearest!!!!

Kirsten Steen said...

Wishing you Fall Blessings, Anita!
Always love your pic picks. And I'm finally off to the site you told me about to play with the header photos.
Thank you for that!
xoxo, Kirsten