Thursday, May 9, 2013

It All Begins

with a vision

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a clear vista

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and an understanding of the

of what is calling you. 

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The qualities that make

  an entity


what it is


and that which

 shapes its identity

unknown source
fascinates us

through all the senses.


And for some of us




the author of the blog  

followed the allure of 

and turned an idea into

a life.


I'm offering a give-away

of her book

castles crowns and cottages
to the participants of 


as a 

grand merci

to you 

for following me 

to gather your talents

under one

  bucolic setting.

You have to be part of 

the link event

by presenting a week-long

post and visiting the other


in order to have a chance

to win this book

so if you are interested

leave me a comment 

and I will include your name 
 in the draw.


In his autobiographical novel

La Gloire de Mon Père

Marcel Pagnol said 

of his childhood Provence:

"...we left the village: 

then the magic began 

and I

felt a love well up

within me

 that would last my

entire life."

Vicki Archer from French Essence

Deana from Lost Past Remembered

Stephanie from Mille Feuilles 

Marie-Ange from Rêver au Sud

Lynn from Dreams on 34th Street 

Maggie from Nantucket State of Mind

Sandy from You May be Wandering

Paul from The Magical Christmas Wreath Company

Doré from Burlap Luxe

Ria from It's Me

Francis from By Surprise

Penny from Angelsdoor

Jeri from Hopalong Hollow Gazette 

Violet Skiles from Create Beauty

Sylvia from Sylvia's Simple Life

Véronique from French Girl in Seattle

Simone from Fleaing France Brocante Society

Marsha from Splenderosa

Elizabeth from Pine cones and Acorns

Carolyn from Draffinbears

Stacey from Design Addict Mom

Heather from Style Mind Chic

Heidi from Hi-di's Place

Eden Clare from Artful Fairytales 

Sheri from Red Rose Alley

Julie from Tattered Tiques

Martina from M's Art Impressions

Kirsten from Write on Thyme

Frances from Beautiful Interiors and 18th 
Century Style 

Karen Harvey Cox from A Scrapbook of Inspiration

Rosalie from Blue Roses and Stardust 

Denise from Denise's Delights in Her Coffeeberry Cottage

Marcia from Gathering at the Table

Rhissanna from Rhissanna

Teresa from A Magical Whimsy

Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips 

Carol from Art and Sand 

Jacqueline from Purple Chocolate Home 

Debby Steele from Inspired Design

Catherine from Cashmere Lover

Jayne from Jayne on Weed Street 

Emily from The French Hutch 

Dawne from Quiddity 2 

Irina from Gypsy in Me 

Sarah from Down By the Sea

Peggy from According to Braswell

Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul 

Diane from YONKS 

Susan from Cruisin' Over Sixty 

Barbara from Moveable Feasts 

Elizabeth from Paper Pen Studio

Sherry and Antoinette from Dolls by Marie Antoinette

Mary from Merry Dot Dandy 

Luisa from Personally Selected Products

Anne from DRESS

Veronica from Veronica Roth 

Karena from Art by Karena 

Sharon from Sharon's Sunlit Memories 

Judith from Botanic Bleu 

Elaine from Baroques Mixed Media 

Kirk Dale from Kirk Dale 

Daria Pew from Daria Pew: A Chaque oiseau son nid est beau 

Note to participants:

1. I will be posting my launch off for the party next Friday May 17 at 10:00AM Central Time, United States.

2. You can put up your posts accordingly. All the links will be here on my blog so link back to me and you may use the button I have provided so people know you are part of the fun.

3. The party lasts a whole week so visit each other, leave a comment and 


(Have fun!) 


Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I am so excited for this, Anita!!! I participated in a webinar for biking tours of Provence yesterday...It just made me even more anxious for our blog party next week. I can't wait to partake in the sharing of the French countryside and gain new insight into the next place I hope to visit. xoxo

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh...and I would LOVE to win Vicki's book...I am a big fan of French Essence!

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful inspiration for your party. What a lovely wonderful giveaway!

Roselie May said...

Oh I so wish I could live in Provence! And I 'd love a chance to win a copy of this book...

Heather Lindstrom said...

2 summers ago I stood in a picturesque small square in Saint Remy which I now realize is where Vicki Archer's new flat is located. Her books and blog is are inspiration-she's living the life we all fantasize about. I would love to win a copy of her book.
This is a gorgeous post~visually and musically~adore!!
xx, Heather

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

The images of France are just fabulous and as usual your create such a beautiful story. A most generous giveaway.

Have a delightful weekend

Helen zz

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

How beautiful. Looking forward to a wonderful journey.

Sarah said...

Anita, what a wonderful gift! We've spent several delightful vacations in Provence. It does have its own unique beauty and style. Looking forward to the gathering. Thanks for hosting! ~ Sarah

Leslie said...

Hi Anita, looking forward to this journey to France!! It really does all begin with a vision:) I bought Vicki's book prior to going to Paris last summer. It's wonderful and I have it close .. and flip through the beautiful pages often.


Sarah said...

Anita, I would be delighted to be included in the draw for that lovely book. Thank you! Shall I include your name in the draw for the Paper Blossoms book and note cards? ~ Sarah

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh joy...I have been wanting her book. Can't wait for the party! And definitely add my name to the drawing. Her blog, her writing and her life are inspiring. As are you...
Bises, Kirsten

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Anita, I would love to have a copy of her book.. Please put my name in.

This is so beautiful! I can't wait.
Bebe and I will see you there.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh yes, Anita, I would love a chance to win this delightful book. It sounds so interesting. I am looking forward to seeing all the French posts next week. Oh, I know how hard it is without your mother, dear. I miss mine terribly too, and when Mother's Day comes around, I miss her even more. Please add my name to your giveaway, and this is such a beautiful post today.


Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, the first time I heard the phrase, "je ne sais quoi" was on the movie A River Runs Through It. One of the brothers said it in the movie, and I always wondered what it meant? Do tell, please.


Stacey said...

Oh, how wonderful! I would so love to win this book Anita. Fingers crossed! What an awesome giveaway! Xx

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

You always find such beautiful photos to go with your poetry. What a pretty book! Your parties are always so fun...I hope I can pull off a post. I don't think I'll be able to top last year's post though. haha...I just don't think that will happen. Oh well... :)


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello my dear friend,

A visual feast for the eyes, ears and mind. I am so excited for your party, there are so many participants it will be exciting to see so many "journeys."

I am a huge fan of French Essence but no longer have the book as I loaned it out and alas it was not returned. Put my name in the drawing please, I would love to have it back in my collection.

I hope you are having a beautiful week, enjoy the weekend.

xoxo Elizabeth

Jacqueline said...

I have been working on my post! Yes, include me. The photos are fantastic. I adore the "don't miss the train" too. Wow, that really speeds by!

vicki archer said...

Dear Anita,

I am so excited to be part of this party... and I would love to write a note to the winner of the copy of French Essence...

Let me know when you do... and I shall send it off... with great pleasure... :)

Thank you for this beautiful post... and sharing my dreams... I am so honoured... you weave such magic always...

Molly The Wally said...

Stunning images as always Anita. What fun it is going to be. You should do it more often with different countries. We look forward to seeing all the participants. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

FleaingFrance Brocante Society said...

This is the best time to be in Provence.

Spring is amazing here and it is a new picture each day.

Until next Friday!

Marie - Ange said...

Au milieu de la semaine prochaine je vais essayer de montrer pourquoi je suis une provençale jusqu'au bout du coeur en mettant quelques images de ma région bénie des dieux ...
Bon week-end très chère Anita et gros bisous

Mrs Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Very pretty and inspiring and I fully understand how anyone could fall in love with France.

The enchanted home said...

Gorgeous post that took me somewhere wonderful that I didn't want to come back from lol!
I would love to win her book so please count me in! Visiting you Anita is like a mini virtual vacation...I needed that, thanks!

deana sidney said...

Sign me up! I have my creative hat on full power working on an idea... will be great fun (and hopefully delicious too!.)

Maria said...

Your words are dancing in my head, dear, Anita...such beautiful words and pictures...~ Take time to dream, lovely friend....~ Love Maria x

Sandra said...

Love your blog, Provence and Vicki Archer! Thank you!

Kathleen Andrechick said...

Perfect way to begin my day. I hope I win!! <3

Kathleen Andrechick said...

Perfect way to begin my day! Hope I win!! <3

Catherine Robinson said...

This is going to be FUN Anita...I'd love to read Vicki's book and read about the allure France holds for her...
Thank you for popping by it's always so lovely to hear from you.
Have a wonderful weekend ;-)
Catherine xx

Katie Schwausch said...

How does someone join the party? While I already have Vicki's book (I'm a big fan of Carla's photography), I would be honored to join this group of lovely, talented ladies. x Katie

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

such classic and beautiful photos!!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Anita, I'd love to participate. I spend a lot of time in Geneva with day trips into France. Not so much time in Provence but love it and love your photos.

terri collins said...

Raining and cool here in Pittsburgh,Pa.Your story and pictures took me to Spring, Provence,another time and place.

Karen Arcand said...

What a wonderful way to begin my day, lovely photos and beautiful music! I would love to win Vicki's book!

Jacqueline said...

What a nice idea to have a drawing and bless someone with such a nice gift. I'm ready to read and travel with all of you to France.

Thank you for your visit Anita. I miss you too and I find my thoughts often wandering to where you are. Remembering that not all that wander are lost. We shall always know where to find each other.

We have started a backyard project. We have been in our home now 5 years and it's taken that long to agree on what to do with the backyard. Ha...just kidding! We are adding an apple tree, planting lilacs and old fashioned flowers. Len just make the cutest stone path, I will need to snap pictures and show them on my blog.

If you find a free moment, come and see the adorable little pincushion shoes the ladies at work made in our Crafter-Afternoon. I promise it will add charm to your weekend! Poof, just like that!

Len's birthday rolls in tomorrow. I plan to whisk him away to a auction and a visit to a steakhouse we've been wanting to go to for years.

In memory of year dear mom, I'm thinking of you this Mother's Day.

mmegoudarzi said...

J'adore la Provence comme j'adore...JE NE SAIS QUOI!

Karen Albert said...

Deare Anita,
Beautiful music this morning! Yes I will enter and what does should the post release?

Do you know Vicki has gifted her books on my site however I do not have one myself! What a treat!

Art by Karena

Veronica Roth said...

Hi again Anita, thank you for your lovely comment. I'd love to be included in the giveaway. Off to explore more of your site. :) See you soon.

zumbaqueen said...

Looking at the pictures is a perfect escape. Count me in!

Palomasea said...

Mais c'est trop beau, notre aventure...hee...!!!
What a gorgeous feast for my soul, mind, and eyes, chere amie...
I love the music from this glorious film, and you have put your post together brilliantly...
How generous of you, beautiful one!
Many many thanks to the wonderful Vicki Archer...she is such an inspiration...
What a party this will be!!!
Je t'embrasse... :)
Thank you for approving of the little preview on my bloggy!! :)))
Love you!

a breath of fresh air said...

Wow ....what a lovely blog some great pictures, I really think that book should wing it's way to the highlands of Scotland where it will be well looked after.

Annie :-)

Marsha Splenderosa said...

What a splendid giveaway. What could be more perfect? Absolutely nothing.
I am SO in!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh! Anita what a book to behold, and the beauty of all things French is where my heart is.
Looking forward ro our Tour.

Music, and the beauty of France what else can we ask for.


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Anita ~
I'm counting the days! Sorry I'm not a participant :( But I'm definitely looking forward to visiting. Thrilled to see so many friends on your list.

nicole said...

Lovely giveaway! Thank you,

Down by the sea said...

A lovely post to get us in the mood for France can't wait until next week to see everyone's posts. The book you are giving away looks wonderful!
Sarah x

Lamar Mendiola said...

Provence has got to be a definite "Heaven On Earth". Please let me win this book; I've never been to France. Maybe this book will inspire me. Vicki Archer's blog does.

Lamar Mendiola

It's me said...

Qui ....qui .,.,...qui....!!...i am there !!...i must make my post yet...but.....j´taime France !!...zo leuk jij en ik in Frankrijk !!...hou van je lieverd.....kusjes van

Anonymous said...

Ah, you're such a generous hostess. Bless your giver's heart.
LOVE the music today.
Beautiful weekend, love.

Deborah Wilkins said...

....what a lovely idea for Mother's Day! Merci beaucoup!

Deborah Wilkins

Kathy S. said...

Anita, I love your blog...I signed up well over a year ago and I don't get any of your posts! What can be wrong? When I go to sign up, it says I already have a link to your posts but I never get them! Help please!
Kathy Smith

JoAnne Bassett said...

I love Provence, French Essence, and all things French..I would love to win the book...thank you ...JoAnne

Sharon Souter said...

This is such a beautiful post Anita - you draw us in so effortlessly and create a wonderful sense of atmosphere. I'd love to be part of your giveaway but I wouldn't be able to put together the type of post you are looking for - still I can always enjoy yours instead. I love the way this post is so full to the brim of light and harmony - Sharon

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Bonjour ma belle!

Marie and I are going to join your French Soiree on May 17th! We are really looking forward to the fun. so please add Dolls by Marie Antoinette to your list. (and yes she spells Antoinette as shown - it's the way her Mother spelled her middle name)

Also please enter us in the drawing for the fabulous book. What a treasure it would be!

Hope you like our little post for your party!

Bisous my sweet! Sherry

La Contessa said...

I would be THRILLED to win!Count me in!

Sylvia said...

My generous friend, what a great gift Vicki Archer's book is... and a note from her!!!
This first photo took my breath away...I am extremely excited about the trip and I've been brainstorming ideas for my post! I have repeated this a million times, but every single time you visit my blog, your positive words leave me elevated and motivated . Thank you for that! And your mama knows you very well since she has never actually left you, my kind soul... Have an awesome weekend!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh! YES, yes !

PLEASE enter my name for a chance win for her beautiful book. I know its so you and me :)
I so remember discussing the old limestone firepalces for your room addition, a book we can dream up beauty we want to live with.

See you soon,

Ann said...

Lovely post Anita.
And congratulations to Vicki
her book looks really amazing.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I am excited to participate Anita (and enter this amazing giveaway). I am a bit nervous, considering so many seem to have first hand experience!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I am excited to participate Anita (and enter this amazing giveaway). I am a bit nervous, considering so many seem to have first hand experience!

Sharon Souter said...

Hello again Anita - thanks so much for visiting and commenting earlier. You have convinced me! - put me down & I'll think of something in the next couple of days. (And of course coming back tell you gave me another chance to see the beautiful pictures on this post)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

(I thought that I had already entered! I checked the list TWICE!)

Anita! Such a lovely and appropriate prelude to the journey before us! I receive Vicki's daily click. She is a delight! Please place my name in the mix to win!

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

I have been absent (in George Sand country; Le Berry) and now I am back! Thank you for this stunning inspiration. So much joy and deepseated love to be found here. I am most certainly ready for the French party! Oh, yes indeed!

Much love,


It's me said...

Yes yes yes .,,,.....qui qui qui..i am ready......for France !!...and to win that beautiful book......liefs van

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, your post is beyond beautiful! You know just how much I'm looking forward to reading all the posts, but I will just be 'along for the ride' so I understand my name will not be in the draw. I wish everyone who enters the very best of luck. Barbara xx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
How sweet of you to wander over.
Thank you so much for your beautiful words... and yes, the roses are for ALL women out there.. Bless your dear heart my

Theresa Hibchen said...

Hi Anita,

I too would like to be a part of this weeks fun. Theresaxxx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita I woke up this morning to this beautiful post....what a party you gals are going to have....and I will partake from the sidelines!

Oh the fennel...unbelievable...the fronds do have an aniseed flavour unlike dill which I have always preferred (most Latvians love dill). But the buld all sauteed up was just delicious....Do try it, perhaps you and Irina could sit down to this's nice and easy and she should have her issue of the magazine soon!

Sending pink bubbles your way for Dzintra xo

koralee said...

Hello....dear one.
Just got in the door from a Friday and Saturday getaway with my sweetie...we went to Seattle...I love that city especially in the sunshine.It was a blessing to spend time together after such a busy week.

Yahoooo...your friends are coming through for you my many are signed up and ready to pack their bags and head to France. So sorry I will not make it this it just way too busy right now. I hope to make time with a cup of yummy David's tea and visit some of your sweet friends.
Have a great Sunday...hugs from me.

Botanic Bleu said...

Please include me in the drawing for Vicki Archer's book. I plan to join the party on May 17. From these comments, it looks like its going to be a great party!

I am now following and invite you to visit my blog.

See you May 17.


Marie - Ange said...

Oui vingt ans ... et elle est terrible !
C'est la chatte de la maison d'en face, elle fait courir tous les matous qui en ont une peur bleue !
Bisous rieurs et bon dimanche chère Anita.

MMMHarrington said...

Looking forward to reading the blogs

Coquetíssima said...

Dear Anita:

The images of France are just fabulous and as usual your create such a beautiful story. A most generous giveaway.

Have a nice day!!!


Jeanie said...

Oh, my! These images take me exactly where I want to be this Sunday morning and yes, it all works together. Bravo on bringing out the great beauty and personality of Provence.

Anonymous said...

Could you have my name for your France partie ? I do not know exactly what I must do...
Merci d'avance

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Merci cher ami !

"Create Beauty" said...

So looking forward to your party, and what a beautiful and generous give-away! It looks like an amazing book. I watched those two movies last year after you told me about them, quite touching, and the French countryside, lovely...

~ Violet

Marie - Ange said...

Voilà Anita, c'est fait !
J'espère que c'était bien ce que tu désirais et que je ne me suis pas trompée !
Gros bisous

DolceDreams said...

How absolutely wonderful of Vicki! I won this book in one of her giveaways a few years ago and it it just exquisite!I cannot wait to see all of the fabulous posts that you inspire mon amie...I have a bit too much on my plate to participate this time ( and it is not truffles!), but I applaud YOU for hosting such a fabulous soiree.

Anonymous said...


Merci beaucoup des compliments sur mes peintures (je rougis de plaisir)et des précisions pour la participation à la fête de la France.
Votre blog est vraiment plaisant. Je n'ai pas eu le temps de tout regarder mais je reviendrai souvent.

A bientôt

PS : votre français est parfait!

Ivy Clad said...

Anita! What a sweet, pleasant surprise your note is this morning. Thank you, dear friend, for the Mother's Day wish. I am having a wonderful time. I hope your day is wonderful as well!


Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

You have a way with words and always find the prettiest photo's. It's a joy visiting!!

Wishing you lots of sunshine and happiness for the new week!

Madelief x

Nadezda said...

Impressionnant !

Belle journée, chère Anita !

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh yes Anita such a fun gift this Harry Potter one and such a total surprise!!! Enjoy that fennel....mmmmm, I can taste it now with that fennel! Wishing you a wonderful week....LOve Dzintra xo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Oui mon amie and looks like it is going to be a fabulous party.
Such a kind and generous gift, merci beaucoup for sharing all this beauty.
Have a wonderful week and many thanks for visiting me.


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!!
What a fabulous post- I love visiting your blog every time you post a new masterpiece!!!!!!
Wouldn't it be the best if we could meet in Paris tomorrow morning for coffee & breakfast? If only travel wasn't complicated & we could magically blink our eyes and be with the friends we wish to be with and the places we want to be!!!!!
I bought a beautiful vintage white crochet long dress with scalloped edges at the hem and it's short sleeved..... it's so pretty. It's very difficult to locate white vintage crochet that's in pristine condition with no stains.
I also bought a pair of silver sparkly heels with silver metallic heels.
My husband & I went to see The Great Gatsby this weekend!!!!! We loved it; we saw the 3-D version. What a feast for the eyes!!!!! You really feel as though you've been transported to 1922 and are experiencing Gatsby's world of parties and decadence!!!!! The costume design is A-1 and the jewelry is just gorgeous!!!!!!! You should go see it!!!!!!
Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!!!!
Love & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

but its not complete
only just a little
more to say
more to display
but i am off
to rest
as its way
past midnight!!!

Kirk Dale said...

Hello Anita,
I think I am a little late but was invited by another blogger to see if I too could be a part of this wonderful idea. I just posted my French post too!
Bye for now

The Dutchess said...

O WOW..I:m having fun already and I'm not even participating...this was a glorious post...LOVE the music that goes with it..

Your the greatest blogger in the world..!!


Anonymous said...

Yes, Anita - Count me in!! I have my post for Friday all set to go!! xoxo

Marie - Ange said...

Bon Anita je n'ai encore rien compris, c'était donc vendredi !
Je suis confuse, vendredi je mettrais une autre image de la Provence et ainsi que le lien !
Oh la la, je vais me mettre à l'anglais, cela devient nécessaire si je veux suivre !!!
Gros bisous et encore toutes mes excuses

Marie - Ange said...

Voilà chère Anita, j'ai rectifié le tir sur mon blog !
Bises d'amitié

Kirk Dale said...

Dear Anita,
Thank you for visiting and your kind comments on my blog.
Yes I would love to be entered into the draw for that book!
I will enjoy taking part in this France link party and if I have time I will try to make up another post to include as well.
I enjoy these sorts of blog perambulations!
a plus tard

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh such a lovely vista of ideas here in THIS post, Anita! Inspiration abounding!!! My post is coming together, too. So this comment here, counts as the entry to Vicki Archer's book giveaway? Right? Yay!!! Thank you for your fun and enthusiastic comment regarding my closet and the ORGANIZATION of it. It is sooooooooo nice,now. We are going out today to take two of HM's sons to a birthday dinner. Shall be fun!!!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Ps. Your garden planting and decor sounds lovely, too. Glad you had a great DAY!!!!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Is she wonderful or what! I am so happy you enjoyed Britt's work. I will pass your message on.
Oh yes, Bebe cannot contain herself.. She is ready and waiting.
I hope you will enjoy her.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I am wonderful! Check your email

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a gorgeous book, Anita! Someone is going to be very lucky in receiving this!



Anonymous said...

Thank you again for stopping by to visit today, Anita, and for the lovely compliment.
I was working on my post earlier and totally scratched my previous idea. teehee I decided to listen instead. ;)
Looking forward to visiting with your guests.

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Deliciously beautiful!

Kelly said...

Bonjour Anita, I will miss participating, but I HOPE to look in on some of the loveliness this train will be embarking on! <3

Botanic Bleu said...

Only a few more days until FRANCE Simply Irresistible, and I am putting the final touches on my contribution to the party.

I do not know how to "grab" the button. The way I've done this with others is to copy the html code that appears under the button, but I cannot find your html code. Can you send an email message with suggestions for what to do, please?

Also, if you would like to include my name in the list of participants, please do. Since the others have their names listed, I would like to give you that option.


Luisa Mª Benito said...

lovely !! lovely !! lovely!!!

Anita always enjoy all you show !!!


Luisa : )

Anonymous said...

I usually create my blog post as stream of consciousness. Now this has taken some work! I have already rewritten several times. WHo knows what I will have by Friday? But I am SOOOO looking forward to seeing what all of your blog friends come up with. Vive la France!

Jacqueline said...

I've got my spec's on and I'm ready to read. Must make a pot of coffee for I shall be here for awhile!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh I am sad that you can't locate some sparkle jeans. Every time I wear mine I am wondering if you are wearing your. I usually wear mine when I am out to dinner with my HM, but I wore them on Sat evening with my entire fam and I was nervous to have my grandies sit on my lap for fear they would scratch them or pick at them. So I have learned they are only for just me, shopping or dining with HM or the gal pals. See you on Friday.................

Anonymous said...

you who...
so do i repost
on friday my
visions of france
of do you use the
link i have already
sent...i am confused
but then that is
nothing new...confusion?

Daria Pew said...

Hi Anita, Your talent more than amazes me every time!! I am so happy to participate in your vision and party. What would be really wonderful is if next year you could arrange the trip for all of us to Provence! I hope I can get all of my linking together! xo

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita dear,
It's my birthday tomorrow, so please stop by and say hello. Nel is doing a post, and I have no idea what it will be hehehe.

I just wanted you to know because you mean so much to me.


A Magical Whimsy said...

I can't wait to be a participant of this remarkable French expression Party!!! French in all languages of virtual photography!
Oooo! I like the food photos...I was beginning to get hungry just viewing them. I could almost taste the bread...and were those black truffles? They looked amazing.
I know this will be a blog party beyond all blog parties!!!
The expectation is high here among all those who are going to participate.
And thank you dear Anita for the chance for being in the draw for the French Essence book.
We were in Napa last week and the feel is similar to being in France with all of the vineyards and rolling hills. I do love our own California wine country! It is superb!
Until Friday my dear....
Oh...I did notice when you mentioned my blog name you used an extra 'e' on 'whimsey'...such is the English language! I always spell 'lacy' without the 'e' as some spell it lacey.(The dictionary shows it spelled both ways) Google Blogger would not accept it when I wanted to spell 'Whimsey' with an 'e' in it either...such is life!

pretty pink tulips said...

Dear Anita,
What a beautiful start to my day....Vicki has inspired so many of us to live a beautiful life. As do YOU!!

I am excited to participate in this link party with all things French on Friday.

And, would love to win Vicki's beautiful book. Though, if I don't....I'll just have to order it, as I know it would bring me great joy!

xoxo Elizabeth

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Hi Dearest Anita,
The very first pic on this post had me from GO !!! It was breathe taking on the spot.
Looking forward to the party and visiting everyone.See you there...LOL In my mind anyway.
XXXOOO Marie Antionette

Renae at simple sequins said...

Yes, I do Miss Anita! I have a dark shade and a light shade of aqua. One of them is pure glitter, which is really hard to get offfff!

My post for Friday is coming along. Hmmmmm, I don't understand the "week long post"? I repost it every day? Enlighten please?

Art and Sand said...

I would love to win a copy of the book.

My post is ready - has been for a week, written and re-written. I can't wait to read all the other posts.

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend..just enough time to pop over and tell you that I am thinking of you today before I dash out the door!
Hope your day is filled with surprises and sunshine!
We are going into a long off to visit my parents will be nice to see them. Hugs to you today and for the weekend.xoxxo

Privet and Holly said...


I am traveling this
weekend, but look
forward to reading
posts when I return.

Ah, Provence.....
Hope to visit, one

Happy Thursday,
xo Suzanne

Julie@chiclittleshop said...

Your blog made my day.
I feel like I am home.

It will take some time to catch up with your wonderful blog.

Julie from down under.

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dear one!!! Oh...I cannot get enough of these images....
I have been preparing the you know what and taking photos like crazy...I hope it all turns out wonderfully fun!!! Can't wait to visit all of the links!
A bientot, ma chere amie...
Je t'embrasse!

It's me said...

I am in France right now !!!!!!

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, wow, what a cute video you have up here - and your post is adorable! Can't wait to see the new one coming and revel in french dreams! Am back now - the trip was wonderful, but as always after a vacation, much work awaits me here ;) Virtual France will help! ;)) See you soon! xox

Tattered Tiques said...

Oh My Gosh! I've been consumed by an event we are doing this weekend, and forgot to do the France post. I am sooo sorry! I would still love to do it in the next day or so, if it's not too late. For now though, so not to confuse anyone, I guess you should take the link down. Again, I apologize, and if it is too late, I completely understand.
Thanks so much.
Tattered Tiques

Art and Sand said...

I just read your comment on Burlap Luxe - that is how far I have gotten on my "trip through France". You said you do not use your own pictures, but your own words. Your own words are beautiful. And, your posts fit with perfectly with one of the phrases on Burlap Luxe "pieces that standing alone have no value". You take photos that standing alone are lovely, but put together with your words they become amazing.

The French Hutch said...

Anita dear, stopping in again to thank you for an amazing fun day of visiting and meeting new friends. Oh my goodness so many wonderful photos to enjoy.
Merci, and I hope your are taking a well deserved rest. Hope you decide to do this again!

The French Hutch

therelishedroost said...

Bon Vivant!!!
THis is so much fun and so creative! You are one of the most creative bloggers that I read and I just simple enjoy reading your posts... and anything having to do with France is alright by me!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are so sweet to let Jeri know..
Enjoy your evening dear friend.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Good Monday morning!
This journey is a gift!

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, your posts are just the very best. I leave inspired. yvonne