Saturday, October 6, 2012

On My Way Back Home

For some it may be

a certain food





a season



or a special location



but for me

it is the walls of

my home

the work of my hands

anita rivera paper designs ©

paper ballet mannequin in progress

and walks

in the autumn sun


 me and my shadow

meet to

take me home

to the people that 

I love.


Please notice that my

 new blog format 

has a navigation bar 

right under the

 header that will direct you 

to my 

Etsy shop

and contact link.

Here are some

new hand-made

holiday ornaments

anita rivera © etsy

anita rivera © etsy

anita rivera © etsy

and wands!

anita rivera © etsy

anita rivera © etsy

Let those you love

pass on the joy

in the shadows


so you can find

your way 

back home.


Denise said...

Beautiful .I wish you many blessings in your new endeavors.OXOX Denise

Ivy Clad said...

I can see your home is as lovely inside as I have imagined. I am also drawn to my own home during this season. It's the perfect thing for comfort.

Your creations are so delightful! I'm headed over to your Etsy shop to check out the new additions.


Splenderosa said...

Anita, I love your new header, it is so artistic and sensitive. And, I know you will have something in your Etsy shop which I will have to own.
Sending love, my precious friend....

Splenderosa said...

Anita, you must call your little mice creations "inspired by The Nutcracker Ballet. So perfect for you, and then there will be so many more characters too. I'm ordering 2 or the pieces for my little 2 & 4 year old grandchildren to hang on the tree and keep FOREVER. Just beautiful!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear Anita,
I see your heart in this post. It is one of my favorites..
Although your paper ballet mannequin is in progress, it could be considered finished.. It is magnificent! I believe it is some of your best work my dear friend.
I love your sweet holiday ornaments, and of course little BOO!

Melanie said...

beautiful . . . simply beautiful

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita how beautiful are these...oh you have inherited your Mum's creativity...A truly beautiful post!
We are doing our first dress rehearsal today....whoever would've thought 3 years ago I would be on stage doing this...Hope you are having a lovely weekend in your special space...Bobby Dzintra xo

Createology said...

Thank you dear...your words and photos transform all of my stress into bliss. Thank you. Your paper ballerina is exquisite. Falling into Autumn Bliss...

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! But after looking at that toasted sandwich picture, now I'm hungry.

Hmm, methinks I need to go buy some crusty bread for lunch.

Cindy Swanson said...

Wow, Anita! You are definitely one of the most multi-talented people I know!

I'm so glad we can enjoy the fruits of your talents. I've always enjoyed your blog...I need to check out your Etsy shop.


Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

Sacha said...

Bonjour Anita
Cela fait déja un bon moment que je n'étais venue dans ton monde féerique aux images toujours aussi sublimes
Ce billet ce déguste avec les yeux l'esprit en éveil et comblé par tes créations qui sont superbes tu es magicienne Anita ! :)
A bientôt
Bon dimanche

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Such beautiful thoughts! Another beautiful post, Anita! Love the ballerina and the ornaments are adorable! You've been busy. I'm off to your shop. Have a great weekend!

"Create Beauty" said...

QUITE FABULOUS!!!! I love how paper, in your hands, turns into
B L I S S ~ !!!

The new ornaments are so fun and filled with whimsy, as are the wands, and your papered mannequin
is exquisite my dear.

A joy to behold!!!

I love hearing how your mother was creative. Can you believe mine wasn't? It was my father who passed on the creative genes to me. My mother was trained as a nurse, and those skills are quite important.... something I could never do!!!

Being loved, that is the best gift of all.

Thanks for sharing your love
in so many wondrous ways!
~ Violet

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

How beautiful is everything you make, I adore the ballerina's dress and can't wait to see it all finished.
Love the sweet Christmas decorations also, they are keepsakes.
Also enjoyed having a peek in your beautiful home, I am like you love my home.
Wishing you the most beautiful weekend, doing something you love.

Mary Timmers said...

Anita, Beautiful images and thoughts. I love your house and the things you make seem to fit right in!

Be cozy and secure!


SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful thoughts from a beautiful artist. You know I love your work. I own a piece of it.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


Hello my friend! How are you? This is such a beautiful post! I love it!

And those mice!!!! They are so cute! I am going over there now to check out your beautiful creations.

Take care and have a beautiful day, Elizabeth xoxox

June said...

What a gorgeous post of beautiful things Anita. But I love the photo of your home and creations best!!!!!! The ornaments are just magical! You are such an amazing talent! When I think of all the beautiful things you do with your hands like illustrate, play the harp, create magical things...I am so glad that you share them with the world.
sending hugs...

Angele Style said...

The joy of taking ballet class each day for me is a gift I treasure. The joy of being able to create a paper ballet mannequin so beautiful as yours I cannot even imagine how that must feel. Thank you ever so much for sharing your many talents with all of us.

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

So lovely Anita. I think your art is magical. It reminds me of the Nutcracker Suite..touched with fairy dust.


helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

Your new creations are very beautiful.

I, too, love your walls and your home, like you Anita looks welcoming and classy

Best wishes for a week of joy and creativity
Helen xx

Sarah said...

Your posts are always full of beautiful thoughts and images. You lift my spirits, dear friend! ~ Sarah

Marie-Ange said...

L'imaginaire et le merveilleux se rejoignent dans tes créations ...
Bravo l'artiste !
Mille bisous chère Anita

Coquetíssima said...

Hi, Anita!!!! This post it's very pretty!!! Your words, your pictures and your works are amazing. I love the paper work. And this mannequin reminds me my sister and her tutu ballet. :) You are an artist!!!!!!
Kisses and happy Sunday, dear!!!!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I always look forward to a new post from you Anita. Your music pairings add a wonderful secondary element to your dreamy visuals and creations.X

It's me said...

O my o my......this post is wonderful is so be back home...sitting with my iPad on our sofa ....writing Nice words to you my friend.....sun in is shining it is a beautiful day....i am ging outside nog with the doggies enjoy life....enjoy this

Molly The Wally said...

Your creations are just stunning. We love them. So very nice to see. Brilliant post as always. Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly.

FleaingFrance - French Shopping said...

Your creativity is so inspiring Anita.

It is a pleasure to see the treasures of your hands blended in with the beauty of your blog

....and I adore the tiny bunny with the lovely ruffled collar!

Have a wonderful Sunday,

lostpastremembered said...

I can imagine a whole tree with your ornaments... it would be magical. You should get a magazine spread for your work (every seen Sweet Paul?) so that others can discover your work.

This time of year draws many of us back into our nests to rearrange our twigs and branches. I have been fussing with my big book-case, rearranging the decorations snuggled in the books... bit of things collected, photos and odd bits... just like any good magpie would!

Snuggle into your fall time and create your wonders, lovely ANita~

The enchanted home said...

Bravo this. Your work and your home are your core and help define who you are. Your talents are unlimited and these works of art are simply magical.

You continue to inspire and uplift me and every time I visit I leave feeling hopeful and open. Another beautiful post...sent you an email last week, did you get it?

Anonymous said...

I love it all, Anita, from the music, to that perfect cake, to the newest arrivals at your etsy, and how all of it centers around HOME. Do you know that is one of my favorite words?
Perfect way to enjoy my quiet Sunday morning. Thank you for sharing.
Much love,

desde my ventana said...

Beautiful Anita!! you are a true artist.
Bigs hugs to you


Ruben Rivera said...

This is a beautiful post with many elements that touch my heart. One is Kenny Rankin's haunting song, "The Eye of the Eagle." Though he passed away some years ago, he's still one of my all time favorite singer-song writers. That amazing Easter Redbud tree reminds me so much of our countless walks together in New England, and reminds me that this world can be truly magical. And of course your wonderful words about however much around us, however much we do, there's no place like home.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

LOVING your latest work Anita - just divine! We are making, then photographing pictures for Cleggy's new book which is all about fairies! So much glitter everywhere...I'm in my element!
Wishing you a magical sunday too
fee x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita this 'Bobby' just loves the magical place of the theatre....whoever wouldv'e thought this...You must have countless magic moments yourself from there as well...Oh how I imagine your students wouldv'e loved it all! And yes our Spring is here...warms and sunny one day....2 days later cool and rainy...but that's Spring for you isn't it!

Enjoy your week...Much Love to you across the miles....Dzintra xo

Karena said...

You have such incredible talent Anita. Such a gift to bring pleasure and inspiration. I know that things will turn in the direction that you desire.

Art by Karena

Leslie said...


The little girl's face in your header is precious and a perfect change during the seasonal change .. as we reflect on so many things.

Delicious food along side some beautiful pictures Anita. I LOVE your paper designs for the holidays!!! I get wait to pop over to your Etsy shop.

I hope you are having a nice weekend :)

carolyn bradford said...

Your new header is wonderful, Anita! The little girl is so precious and so endearing! I love this post oh home and what it means to each of us! You are so talented and I agree with Marsha…what a wonderful idea to do the Nutcracker series! The ornaments you've shown are fabulous as well as the ballerina's tutu! I truly love it!

Mary said...

Your art works are so amazing...go girl as artist. Hooray for you... Thanks for the good wishes at was very good. So tiring but I'm recovered from it now. M

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Yes, your dear momma was such a wonderful influence on you.. Your creativity, drive, kindness and passion... It ALL lives within you. She truly is your shadow.

Have a wonderful day dear one!
Thank you for visiting yesterday.

Silvia Car said...

Anita, I will email you about this post. This is divine. Have a wonderful weekend (This is Silvia at Casabella, by the way...I've changed my Profile pic :-)

Red Rose Alley said...

I am filled with joy over this post. We were just talking about using our imagination when we were young, and does this post ever portray that? The little girl on your Header is beautiful. You find the most amazing pictures to go along with your story. The crooked tree, how unique is that? This really hit home for me because out of all that we have, going home to my loved ones is the most important thing. Your sweet little creations that you are making for Christmas are adorable. I am off to check out all your lovelies in your shop now. Have a nice Sunday, and thank you for showing me how far our imagination will take us.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Martina said...

Hello there, dear friend! Somehow, this post has magic. for it transforms the shadow into something very friendly, which it is really supposed to be. No light without shadow, right? Oh Anita, so so cute your Etsy treasures! I can see how much fu you had making them. Love the paper Manequin, so delicate. Hope your sunday is cozy and relaxed! xox

Down by the sea said...

Hi Anita,
Wow, your blog is amazing so beautifully created and nspirational. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for finding me. I just had to become your last follower!
Sarah x

DolceDreams said...

Oh Anita,
I agree with you! My home is my CREATE! LOVELY lovely lovely, your recent work...
I wish you much success with them,

Sweet William The Scot said...

I find your paper art quite delightful. The only type of paper art work before I've known is Origami but I do have a few paper Dresden Christmas ornaments and a Dresden paper house. Your blog is an oasis. Thanks for stopping by my simple dog blog.
Sweet William The Scot

millefeuilles said...

Dear Anita, wonderful friend,

You are splendid and you work with material which is both durable and ephemeral. Divine lady. I'm off to check you latest magic on Etsy.

Much love,


Jacqueline said...

I love the new look Anita and what fun to see your creations. I have been following you on Pinterest also, what a joyful inspiring place that is!

Yes, the walls of our home speak our language. Your style is so pretty and so simple. Mine is full of color and childhood make-believe. It's where we lay our head at night where we are most content.

Love you! JJ

Anonymous said...

Your art is just so beautiful and unique - just like you!!! I bet you could sell it in local gift shops too, especially the Christmas ornaments. It seems like each piece takes a tremendous amount of time. They are all an act of love. xoxo

hi-d said...

I love getting a glimpse of your home Anita. It looks like something straight from the pages of a magazine. And your creativity came from your Mother? That is so sweet. Love your new blog format and your new Christmas ornaments. So cute!!!


Palomasea said...

Home is where the LOVE is...
And there is so much love chez toi!
Hooray for this beautiful, touching post, dear sister...and for your GLORIOUS creations!!!
You know how I feel about them ;)...
You bring us JOY, dearest, you really do...
That header is something special...
And you are blessed to have so much of your precious mama in you.

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello sweet friend,
You have a wonderful and beautiful home! Love your papermache art. How are you these days? I started two weeks ago in an another evening school only 3 minutes from my home, I can walk to that school :o))

a breath of fresh air said...

what a lovely blog, I came via " down by the sea " sarah's blog and happy to have found yours. Annie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Your ornaments are so sweet Anita! I need to check out your Etsy store. Sounds like you are enjoying this beautiful time of year! This weekend I finally had my whole family around me. I have been missing them so much after a very difficult summer. It was good to laugh and smile for a change. Thank you for visiting me recently and your supportive words....very much appreciated!~xo, Patti

La Petite Gallery said...

Frist od all, let me say where can I get a sandwich like that?
Anita the christmas orniments are adorible, you are full of talent.
My friend down the street is an Artist in collage and paper. She taught in a collage. Wish you lived close to me. I love your
art and you. yvonne

ullam said...

What a wonderful post Anita! And such creativity!!! You know I love your home, it speaks volumes about what dwells in your heart.
Kisses to you,

Ann said...

Lovely post...
As they say,
There is no place like home.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Lovely works of creatively designed by only YOU.
I hope you sell out of each and every design!
I do hope you are able to display these in the proper venue. They are worthy of fabulous, exclusive boutiques and museum shops.
I'm recovering from a very exhausting weekend at my business....only to do it over again this weekend for 200 people. I just want to sleep............................
We'll talk soon! xoxo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love your beautiful creations--such a beautiful post!

xo Mary Jo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love your beautiful creations--such a beautiful post!

xo Mary Jo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I love your beautiful creations--such a beautiful post!

xo Mary Jo

Amish Stories said...

I see that your still re-inventing yourself Anita with your blog and I have some changes that I'm working on for my own blog that I will be introducing at the end of the year.

And yes its always the comforts of home that always seem to be our decompressing zone for all of us, and without such a zone I'm not sure I could even function in any level! Richard

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Your talent is amazing, my friend. AMAZING. I love the ballerina in progress. She is lovely, and the other cuties are so whimsical.



Rhissanna said...

How wonderful! Very evocative images and music. Your home must be a serene place of peace and shadows.

I spy bunnies. Lovely!

Mary said...

Your kind word, so welcome. You are the artist that noticed my ODE...hahah...I had a riot writing that. that face on the little Boo fellow. ahahahaaaaa.. love the chuckle he gave to me. Thanks sweet Anita..your the best.

Christel said...

Dear Anita, Fall does seem to bring out the creativity in many of us..your Mothers spirit glows within you! I love the unfinished piece already, it is a gorgeous paper masterpiece! The little ornaments capture the whimsical side of the hoildays so well. Have a great week my friend, XOXOX Christel

Jade said...

Can´t tell you, how i love your posts, my dearest Anita! Everything is so full of beauty and love and your words are going right into my heart!!! And i looooooooove your sweet, sweet mouse, could kiss her ;), so lovely!!!!!! Have a wonderful week full of love and joy,

hugs Jade & Sheila ;)

Palomasea said...

Anita!! I have been trying to e-mail you, dear friend, but the Yahoo server is down!
I hope you had a good evening, dearest, and I am so sorry I missed your call..Jacob turned off the ringer, and I missed my dad's call too! That little rascal.
Love to you.

koralee said...

oh my this is such a lovely post today...I say that about all your posts my dear...can they get any better?? And they always never disappoint oh creative one!! Your lovely paper creations are so stunning! This is what you were called to do! xoxox Hugs

Catherine Robinson said...

Love the look of your new blog, Anita...your handmade ornaments are very cute indeed ;-)

Privet and Holly said...

Wow, girl, you are really
rocking that new Canon!
Love YOUR beautiful pics!
And it looks like you've
been very busy in your
work room....bravo. Must
check out your newest
creations. Enjoy this cozy,
rainy day!

Happy Tuesday,
xo Suzanne

Sylvia said...

Precious Anita, there is something really

special about you! Your writing, accompanied with stunning images and touching music always speaks to my hear. We all need the comfort of our homes and beloved ones in order to find ourselves. Your home is as beautiful as you are.
As I was reading this article somehow I thought of you; I think you might like reading it :
Your new creations are very interesting, indeed! As I can see you are getting better with this new Canon:)
Keep going, my dear friend, even when the going is hard and slow.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship.

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

Hi Anita, I enjoyed the entire post and love all your creations. The ballet mannequin will be so beautiful when it is finished. My mom taught me to stitch when I was young and I too turn to that gift she gave me in the fall and winter months when I usually start a new needlepoint project with her in mind.

I especially loved seeing the pictures of your home. Lovely!!! I am always torn between my love of color and that special peaceful charm of grey and white interiors. Have a fabulous day!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I just love seeing your beautiful comments.. Thank you so much for your visit dear one. I missed you too yesterday...
Enjoy your day today!!
Your post is so full of beauty AND whimsey...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Pardon me... Whimsy...

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

I am back, simply, with a link which made me think about you:

please go take a look. There are paper dresses which might inspire you further in your dreams and enchantment.

Fondest thoughts,


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
How has your week been so far?
This is such a great post- that cake looks beautiful and that mint green house- love that picture!!!!!!
The leaves are really starting to change colors & autumn is setting in. No more 90 plus degree days here until next summer.
Are you going to any Halloween parties?
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!
Luv & Hugs!!!!!! :-)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

LOVE your creations!!!!!
I'm going to check out your Etsy shop now.....

Renae said...

hi! O how I wish I had money to buy some of your precious pieces!!!!! Perhaps in a few months.

Thank you for your nice words and feelings behind your words. So I guess I am a poet. I couldn't sleep last night so I read more on Kooser and some history about him. He was an insurance person/underwriter that became the US Poet Laureate!?! That is so amazing. That gives me hope. Thank you for telling me about him. I just may do a post about him. smiles all around !!!!!!

(now today I was able to get in here to comment - others days my computer gives me frustrations) :D

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Anita~it's so wonderful to be back visiting my friends seeing whats keeping everyone busy as we embark into a fresh season.
You have such beautiful creations that would grace your home.
I can envision your ballerina on stage.
I've been getting into fall fluffing. I've been gathering a few bits and pieces from my yard and will add them to a centerpiece, hopefully before the rain sneaks in.
Than you for sharing your inspiration.
I'm heading over to your shop next.

Sweet wishes,

Burlap Luxe said...

Magnifique ....
Travail à couper le souffle de l'art. Anita je vois un coup d'oeil dans votre maison, s'il vous plaît ne nous taquiner, nous voulons plus :)

Please invite us in soon, seeing more of the beauty of your home, and the place you create as Miss Clara creates her magic.

Anita, I added a birdhouse I designed and built to my etsy, I am going to add it to my new post withing a day :)
Have a beautiful night.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I'm so sorry dearest Anita I wasn't able to get permission to youtube a little of the show....if you watch Pirates with Kevin Kline and Linda Rondstadt that is the version we are doing...Check out those cops....they are a scream and very entertaining...Dzintra xo

Mary said...

Ohhhooo thanks for the nice comments about Ode d Tomato...I think it's cool to have an artist comment on my art..hahahhahaa. Did I mention I love the bluegreen house in your post. What a color for a house, in a pretty neighborhood.

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I have to say that I am enjoying the cooler temps. We haven't had much rain, but it's coming this Friday.

I hope you're having a good week. That is so fun that you're going to be doing an art show. If I were in town, I'd love to stop by. :)

Best to you and hope it is a success!!!


Pierre BOYER said...

Best regards from France...


Maria said...

How magical your beautiful blog is....
And your wonderful creations.
Glad I have stumbled upon it.
I send you Twinkles' and 'Light' and hope your day is of the loveliest...
Maria x

Apple Blossom Barn said...

So funny I last I have five minutes and I am drooling over the fabulous images on your post and my iphone has just pinged with your message it is lovely to have this connection form one side of the world to the other
and let me tell you Anita it is another wonderful post!!

All my love


Ann said...

Just dropped by to look for inspiration... I thought you have a new post. But not to worry your old posts are timeless and are still inspiring as the day I first read them. Have a nice day!

Maria said...

Hello Anita,
Am here again....
I am sorry I forgot to follow ~ your merry band of followers ~ so now I have x
I do love Boo too....
With the kindest regards and the happiest of wishes...
Love Maria x

Nella said...

Dear Anita, something magical is going on in that beautiful mind of yours! These creations are exquisite, all of them! I will have to go over to your Etsy shop for more beautiful are working like a little minx to get ready for all the orders I am sure will be coming your way! BEAUTIFUL!

Gem said...

dear Anita, this blog post is divine! Aren't
you a clever woman? that paper mannequin is awesome. And it must be wonderful to feel you are living a little through your mother! Lovely to read this as always,
Much love x x x x x

Gem said...

dear Anita, this blog post is divine! Aren't
you a clever woman? that paper mannequin is awesome. And it must be wonderful to feel you are living a little through your mother! Lovely to read this as always,
Much love x x x x x

Karen Harvey Cox said...

How gorgeous Anita. I love coming here and stepping into your imagination. I always leave feeling as if I have taken a respite in a faraway land filled with beauty. Love the music too. Oh, your creations are gorgeous.

Happy creating Anita. It seems that your creative muse has led you to take flight.


Martina said...

Dear Anita, how's your week going? Are you busy creating? I took sometime off today to enjoy sunshine in town with my hubby - nature is so pretty now with all the colored leaves! Hugs from germany!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Many thanks for coming over to visit me, always so lovely to hear from you.
Can't wait to see your pretty gown, in progress, finished.
Hope you are enjoying the week and having fun creating in your studio.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anita,
Just to let you know that Ria's It's Me 'Dadel takken' are Date Branches... Holly Lobby sells them in the USA and for sure at florists they are available.
Hugs to you,

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Hobby Lobby of course!

Anonymous said...

ps...i love your new creations...
they are dreamy and fun...and
belong in a storybook!

i know Walt's wisdom was perfect
right....i copied it down into a
journal i carry with me...the words
were just too perfect not to have
with me.

art and design at full sail university...are you attending these
classes...i see this on you blog
and i am wondering?

Sonja said...

You are such a gifted one-of-a-kind lady, and you bless me in a special way every time I come here. Beauty is God's creation, and the way He expresses it through you is so unique. I always hear your carefully selected music and it's always right on the money! You share a part of our hearts that sometimes are missed in the hurry of this world, and I don't want to miss any of it. I'm always reminded to enjoy the beauty around and within when I visit you... YOU do that, and WE are the better for it.


Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Beautiful Anita, You're so talented, and your sweet holiday ornaments are just gorgeous!Always a pleasure to read your words :)

Sweet Hugs <3

Sandra van Doorn said...

Bonjour Anita! oh i loved this and i was at home so i could actually listen to the gorgeous music. i was thinking when i saw your amazing creations, it would be so wonderful to see the process of your art, how you create your magic (not telling us your secrets but just seing you at work) … hope life as an artist is beautiful, xo sandra

Amish Stories said...

Hi Anita and you mentioning split pea soup had my mouth watering, so your hubby is a lucky guy for having a wife making real homemade soup and not having a few Campbell Soup cans in the garbage can,lol.

And I have found a tomato split soup recipe that I will post next week because of your comment on my blog, and please if you can find the time drop over this Thursday for a new post from a Amish business woman named Anna Zook who owns and runs an Inn in Lancaster county, and that one will be including a recipe fro her as well! Richard

Mary said...

Oh I hope you enjoyed you sub day. I did subbing for about 3 years between having my own school. I really loved elementary grades. I also did high school, and skipped middle all together. Now where do I teach? Middle....hahahhaaheee.

Burlap Luxe said...

Ont de beaux jours devant Vous.
meilleur cognac de Câlins et de baisers

Stacey said...

I feel like I say the same things over and over, but I can't help myself. Each time I visit, I have a smile on my face at the end of reading your posts. You're so very creative and I know your etsy store will flourish!
It's sounds like you're going to be one busy substitute teacher(they seem to call you quite often!). The great thing with subbing is that you're in control. Again, another beautiful and inspiring post my friend. I hope you're having a wonderful week. Today was a perfect fall day...XX

hi-d said...

Hello my friend...Thanks for your visit. I loved that shot of my two boys. They are actually BOTH wonderful helpers. (I have to say)

Soup sounds good. It's definitely the time of year for it. I bet you're a good cook. You have to be with that beautiful house of yours. :)

I hope you have a cozy evening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita! What wonderful creativity that lives inside of you!!! Loved to listen to the music and look at the LOVELY photos! I'm so glad you got a new camera also. How exciting!!! And THANK YOU for your comment about clarity in my photos. That's is exactly what I'm working on these days. So I'm glad you noticed :) :) Have a BEAUTIFUL autumn day!

love, Kristin

Ann Nichols said...

"Me and my shadow..." always a friend.
Lovely Anita!

Ann Nichols said...

P.S. Can you send me an email at I would love for you to write a review about my latest book!

koralee said...

Morning dear friend... I have popped over to ask you about your day of teaching yesterday! How did it go?? Was if good to be back in the classroom?
It has been a busy few days for me as my book's layout deadline is due so I have been spending every spare moment at the computer going over every last detail.Even though I am not doing the layout I want it to be just right! Hugs for today...are you teaching again?

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour cher ami,
Merci for coming over to meet my little winter mice.. So happy they gave you a smile... I must confess that I have grown attached to Sophie... Your words this morning were like music to my ears..
Enjoy your day!

Renae said...

Good day Ms. Anita, darling! hahaha. You make me happy. (big smile on MY face). Hey I just had a smashing idea!!! (see a new email - k?)

Hey, did you read my newest poem? It is in my Page on top (under my banner) "poems Collection" - It is titled "Through Hoops". Mary (sister) laughed and laughed through it. I thought it was nice but not hilarious. I'd like your opinion of course. Thank You !!!!!!!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much Anita for your visit... Don't you just love that song? Although I cannot understand it, I love the melody..

Coquetíssima said...

Hi, dear!!! I'm oppositions student and I would like to have my shop online, but it's in proyect!
Thank you for your comments!!!! You're adorable.

I wish you a happy weekend!! Kisses!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you for the translation on the song.. I knew she was singing to a child..

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita I have bursitis which is the swelling and strained knee muscle...I didn't do anything in particular....just rehearsing and warm ups! The physio is working with me to hopefully be right for the performance but I have done 2 rehearsals as a policeman with 1 crutch and some of the cast quite liked that ha ha!!! Apart from that it is rest, rest, rest...thank goodness my dear Hubby has a very understanding boss and he can work from home and care for both me and JoJo! Wishing you a very creative weekend...let's have some bubbles...Cheers...Dzintra xo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I meant to ask is your Husband dealing with his knee and did he do anything specific to bring it on?

wendy said...

Oh my, so pretty. You are very creative and whimsical with your craft.
ha ha...the best I do is a barb wire wreathh (that I found in the field) and a few $ store leaves.

The walls of our own homes should indeed be our refuge and the place we want to be. I would hope home provides that kind of peace for everyone.

Mollie said...

What fantastic creations and photo's. Beautiful blog :) xx
Mollie and Alfie

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Anita, I hope you're having a wonderful Friday! I just wanted to let you know that I've shared some inspirational links in my last post. And just added a link of your lovely blog.

Hugs <3

Carla said...

Anita the new format is sensational just love it have a lovely weekend and I adore your paper ballet mannequin absolutely exquisite!
Carla x

Kerri said...

Always so beautiful and inspirational, doesnt suprise me your home is as well. I love that aqua and black shutters. I love the paper dress mannequin. Very talented!!!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend :)


francis said...

Anita I just want to let you know something about the handwriting and the letters.
We all have our own way of being who we are and doing the things how they fit the best in our life.
You have your way and I have mine so please please please feel free to enjoy my letterwriting and not to have write back .
You share so much of who you are in your blog and in your always heartwarming comments
So please give your ART the time you have and create my dear .
And have time for your coffee and tea and your husband and your home !
I do not expect that kind of writing from you . I am already over the moon knowing you and sharing all what you write on your blog and in the comments with you .
Can we make a deal ?
You do what you do and I do what I do .
I love you and you are my wonderful brave friend !
Have a happy october weekend my dear

The Dutchess said...

I'm HOME.....xoxo

koralee said...

Morning dear one...will be back later..just popped in to say hi and thank you for the sweet visit. I am off to the school auction bright and early today...lots to do to make $$$$$ for the school. Have a happy day.

Mary said...

I'd like a bite of that melty cheese sandwich. That lock down in Washington was unusual it bet, even for the area. Wildlife does not have rules for bear crossing places.

Palomasea said...

Oh, you came to see Ms. Tudor!
Thank you, dear friend! Yes, like you,she did know how to create the magic...
Those horse silhouettes up above are mesmerizing....
Do you know what I just finished reading again? My beautiful book of "Bird Songs" by a certain gifted poet Anita Rivera ;)
I am so thankful for this precious gift, merci merci merci, chere amie...I treasure it.
Love you!

hi-d said...

Hello Dear Friend,

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a peaceful day. How is that new camera of yours? I hope you're having fun with it.

Have a good Sunday!!!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Anita...Such an enchanting post for my Sunday afternoon once again. Your ballet mannequin is exquisite and the new holiday ornaments are magical lovely lady!
Wishing you a happy week,
Susan x

George The Lad said...

Hi Anita,
Its me George and about time, Moms just not playing ball something about being all blogged out and lacking motivation, we've told her to get her act together and help us with the blogg!! I don't think its working.
We have a little of you in our home, no wait a mintue, I've just had a count up. Two of your drawing on the wall the stamp that I use on all my correspondence, heck that's a big word for me! and of course Mr Blue.
We are using Fuzz Book more but this week even that's taken a back seat.
Love to Ruben and Balzac, I saw him spooked, me and Tess have been done to, what a scream:)
Have a good week
Love and Hugs George and Tiny Tess xxx

Amish Stories said...

Anita now I can finally say that its starting to feel like Fall over my way in the Lancaster Pennsylvania area with pumpkins and other dead giveaways bring home the point that its really Fall, even though the warmer temps we had been receiving were trying to make us believe it was Spring.

But now our temps are starting to feel more Fall like with the changing and burning of the leaves in the air, and don’t forget my posting of that split pea soup with tomato this Wednesday! Richard

The French Hutch said...

Hello lovely Anita, stopping by to say hello and find beautiful inspiration here. As always such lovely photos and music. Your new ornaments are just precious!

The French Hutch

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My dear friend,
Thank you so much for coming over to meet little Bei and leaving me such sweet words.

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, I have come back to visit your beautiful home, the room with the French doors, I have a question it looks like you have a trolly track over a doorway where an old barn door would hang, its most likely not yet is most likely a curtain next to the white side table, I love the way that room feels.

I have been adding some washed paints in my home getting ready for the holidays so its all done now rather than later.

Anita when you see this piece I know I can trust that you my French friend will tell me what it lacks, I am still working a bit on it.

I have been creating these French farmhouse milking stools as well, and soon will sell on etsy as well as my shop space.

Come visit the whites that fool the eyes of seeing a hint of grey!

I am leaving here with a piece of your yellow cake :)

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, how was your weekend? I wanted ti come yesterday, but internet at home was so slow and we git disconnected time after time. So, i thought about the same post motto like you did? That's synchronicity i think. Why don't you still do the post - would be so inetersting to see. Hope your monday starts lovely and cozy! xox

The French Bear said...

Anita, everything is so beautiful, oh how I have missed you.......I am on the road to beatter health and this was the perfect spot to visit!!! I love your creations, oh my how exquisite!!!! I love everything in your shop but that dress, or both of them...the bronze one is simiply to die for, I love the paper and the way you have molded it and shaped it just the way Marie would wanted her dress to look like, oh it is so beautiful!!!!