Friday, May 17, 2013

What are you waiting for to get happy?






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The winner of Vicki Archer's book 
French Essence 
will be announced next week Saturday May 25!



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

Ria from It's Me

Francis from By Surprise

Penny from Angelsdoor

Jeri from Hopalong Hollow Gazette

Violet 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

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

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

Luisa from Personally Selected Products

Anne from DRESS 

Veronica from Veronica Roth

Karena from Art by Karena  

Judith from Botanic Bleu 

Elaine from Baroques Mixed Media

Kirk Dale from Kirk Dale 

Daria Pew from A Chaque oiseau son nid est beau

Linda from Life and Linda 

Magali from The Little White House on the Seaside  

Melissa from The Permanent Tourist


The Dutchess said...

NICE....Bon Voyage..and have a ton of fun...:))

The Dutchess said...

Love the video with the music..marvellous!

Personally selected products said...

REALLY LOVELY !!!! Anita thanks !

Is so Beautiful!!!


Mapi said...

Oh this is great Anita , Love it !


All Seasons said...

Bon Voyage!!

I take a look to get see the other posts you put here..

Have a lovely weekend!

millefeuilles said...

The deed is done, dear Anita! I have officially become a happy guest at your French party by posting on my blog!

Much love and music to you, dear friend.


Maria said...

~ Happiest of Happy adventures to YOU all taking part....~ May your journey be made up of fun. laughter and wonderful discoveries within your places you haven't dreamed of yet..~ ooh happy days..LOVE the post, Anita...And have been to Stephanie already! Bon Voyage....Hugs Maria x

A Bit of the Blarney said...

ENjoy!!!!! Cathy

The French Hutch said...

Thank you dearest Anita for hosting another wonderful Simply Irresistible party. I look forward to visiting the parties and much French inspiration! Bon Voyage......

The French Hutch

Unknown said...

Nice one Anita and we will go and have a look around now. Pleasure re the video. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Mr Paul said...

Dearest Anita. What a beautiful post, you really are quite magical! I am looking forward to spending the afternoon visiting our friends. Thank you & Bon voyage!
Paul X

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Love the video and music! Will you look and see who came to the party, LUCY! teee. Thank you so much for hosting what will be the event of the year..

Deana Sidney said...

MAgnificent intro, Anita. I am working on it today and will be up next week... so many lovely places to visit and new blogs to meet -- although for me, I love to take the kitchen with me on my journeys... all part of the experience!!!!

Unknown said...

Ooh, I LOVE this Anita...beautiful Audrey too...yes, I am definitely participating will be joining you shortly :-)
Have a wonderful weekend.
Catherine xx

vicki archer said...

France is simply irresistible ... as is this party... I am so looking forward to browsing all weekend, Anita...
Have a wonderful one... xv

Karena said...

Dear Anita,

I am so happy to be included in this wonderfully irresistible experience in France! I look forward to visiting everyone involved!

Art by Karena

PS your package leaves today!

Barbara said...

Bravo! This looks like so much fun, I can't wait to visit all the the other blogs xx

Leslie said...

Oh goodness! I'll be here awhile! This is so fun Anita. Thanks for putting this party together. Your pictures are so fun here today. Hopefully I will get to each one sometime today!

Enjoy your weekend! xxleslie

Red Rose Alley said...

I woke up this morning and couldn't wait to see what you had in store for us. This is such a beautiful post. The pictures are nostalic, and I love the one with the woman relaxing on the couch. She resembles you a bit. I would love to have that picture in my home, it's exquisite.

I'm off to view a few more posts, and I will be back many times to see yours too.

Aaahhhh, there's Audrey...she's my favorite dazzling woman.

Have a sweet day, my love.


Woodside Park said...

Dear Anita -
I am sooooooo ready to celebrate with you and everyone here :) Oui!!! Let's get the partaaay started. Kiss! Kiss!!

Sarah said...

Oh what a delightful trip. I will savor each of these beautiful posts and feel as if I've had a fabulous get away. Merci! ~ Sarah

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Good morning my dear friend!

I am so excited for your link party! Paris, Provence, and much more of France. I love it all. I have been visiting all of the links and love them.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend!
xoxo Elizabeth

hi-d said...

Yay! The party has begun! Oh,'s so great how you bring all of these wonderful bloggers together for some fun! Thanks so much for hosting this! I will be back later today to visit other blogs as well as this weekend and the week to come I'm sure.

I'm glad you liked my post. It was fun doing it. I was praying that M would cooperate. haha...He was a good sport. :)

Love to you!!!

Barbara said...

Can't wait to visit everyone. Great fun, as always, Anita!
(Simply adore that video of Lucille funny!)

Tammie Lee said...

oh! so much beauty
love the whites and aquas
smiles and cheer
such a festive visit
thank you dear woman!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dear friend for coming to visit Bebe on the beach and your most appreciated words!!

I am having a great time... You are such a dear to host yet another fabulous party!!!

Kirsten Steen said...

Whoo hoo! It's started. I'm up! A few glitches this morning but I'm up! Can't wait to visit some of these sites. And as always, thanks for hosting the fun!
A bientot, Kirsten

Unknown said...

Hi Anita, love your post, it surely makes me in the mood for a party.

My post is up and ready to join your lovely Simply Irresistible party. So much French inspiration. Thank you for hosting this fun French celebration.


BRASWELL said...

I will participate-I have been in NY this whole week. Thank you + hope you are not worried.

renae said...

Enjoy your voyage! Take lots of photos and breath it all in. Lovely photos here already and the message is beautiful. (hug)

Thank you for the lipstick advice. I am not on my computer for the rest of the day, friends are here from the county south and they will be great to see.

Bon Voyage!

Unknown said...

Bon Voyage! I can't wait to visit the links and enjoy the party! And I 'm glad you liked that photo with that older woman in high heels, cause it's one of my favorites! It shows you can be beautiful and chic in every age...!

Unknown said...

Anita dear~Your gorgeous posts always make me swoon. This one is beyond fabulous. You have some technological
wizardy and a stunning eye for design that amazes. What fun to link with other beautiful bloggers on this link journey. Each post is unique and beguiling in it's own way. I can't wait to see it all.
Merci and bisous for being a lovely host for all the fun!
xx, Heather

Stacey said...

Oui! Oui!Lovely my friend! I have on my traveling shoes so off I go to party with the others! XX

Veronica Roth said...

Oh good. Off we go then. Looking forward to getting to know and visiting all the gals here. :)

Palomasea said...

Bon Voyage everyone and have fun!!! I will be partying this evening!
Anita, dear one, this is so much fun! I love the video, la musique...the photos here are wonderful...those sparkles on the water!!
Enjoy, chere amie!! THANK YOU!
(It has been such a wild morning with J sorry I am late!)
Je t'embrasse!
Love you...

Suz said...

I was late but I'm here and I have been visiting France via all these lovely blogs.

Miss Sandra said...

Dearest Anita,
Once again, as always, you inspire through your words and imagery. Truly you know how to make magic. I'm ready to let my hair down and have fun, fun, fun!
I look forward to visiting these blogs. You throw a lovely party! Sending you wishes for everyday bliss. xoxo!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Wonderful party Anita!!! I love the videos.And that car is to die for.I can see us driving in it with our hair blowing in the wind...without hubbies of course...LOL
love you Dearest,
Marie Antionette

Martina said...

Wow. so beautifully composed my dear, love your images that evoke a feeeling of holiday, vacation, restfulness and FUN! Am very tired right now, but will take my rounds over the weekend and look at all the pretty posts. Have a wonderful evening, bisous!

Splenderosa said...

Anita, I'm LIVE now. So happy to be joining you for our lovely holiday in France. xx's

YONKS said...

Love it Anita,
Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Last year was great, I am sure it will not disappoint this year.
Much love

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh Anita...I have been so busy "partying" with all the gorgeous links, I forgot to stop by here and tell you how beautiful your introduction to the link party is. I love all the photos and the youtube video. Thank you SO much for bringing us all is such fun!

Have a beautiful weekend, my dear! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Merci Anita pour cette charmante vidéo sur la musique de Paul Misraki qui date tout de même de 1937!
Votre blog est plein d'humour, de choses inattendues, des vidéos, des belles photos. Que de travail !
Je m'en vais de ce pas vers les autres blogs qui ont participé à la fête.
Bon weekend et merci encore


1 said...

Hi Sweet Anita!

So happy to have the party started and I am all ready to check out the other sites that you have so graciously linked up!

Bisous mon amie!

Anonymous said...

Woo-hoo!!! It's party time!! I love the video, I love the music, and I love all the sights. So much beauty to see and I'm headed to take it all in and savor every morsel.
Thank you for hosting, Anita, and for all the inspiration as usual.

sharonssunlitmemories said...

Hi Anita - my laptop has chosen just this week to pack up and I can't complete my post. I'm so disappointed as I was looking forward to joining in your party but there is nothing I can do. It looks wonderful and so enticing. I'm really sorry. I'm sure everyone will have a wonderful time on your holiday!

It's me said...

Finally.....welcome in France darling...yes i enjoy it so much for the third time with you......lovely love love ....bisous !!

prince snow farm said...

How exciting Anita! And I notice many of your photos have my favorite BLUE!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a party this is dear friend!
Bebe sends her love and thanks!

"Create Beauty" said...

The video was fabulous! And this post is quite wonderful, thank you for all the effort in putting this together so beautifully.

~ Violet

June said...

Oh this is going to be FUN!!! Party on Anita!!!
hugs from here...

Botanic Bleu said...

Anita, what a wonderful French party. It truly is Simply Irresistible. Your introduction is magnificent...sound, sight, nostalgia, perfectly paired images with your captivating words... THANK YOU for hosting such a fantastic party. So far, I've only been to eleven party sites because I look through all their older posts, too. And, I've found so many new FRIENDS to follow.

I am looking forward to visiting each and every one of these amazing bloggers because I know I will find many more new friends as I read their IRRESISTIBLE sites.

Thank you for including me in this extraordinary adventure.

Are you sure this is the last FRANCE link party?


prince snow farm said...

Help Anita! Someone has emailed that color in French should be couleur not couleu, as in my title. I used google translate, as I have only learned Portuguese as a second language! Please advise me!

Palomasea said...

I love that Audrey gif, and the diamonds...they are all you! :)))
Thank you, chere et belle Anita...
YES! They are from Margo's! Aren't the colors fantastic?
So happy you enjoyed that, dear one...
Party on! :)))

Createology said...

Beautifully posted my dear. I am off on my voyage to France...
Bonjour mes amie...

One Shabby Old House said...

I adore your blog! It always leaves me thinking or smiling. Thank you for both!

Sylvia said...

Dear friend, I finally found time to pay a visit to some great participants in this FUN party... it never ceases to amaze me how many talented and enthusiastic women there are in the blogosphere. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to meet so many new artful bloggers. And, wow, what a delightful surprise this sweet video is ... and original as well !!! I am excited!!! You are such a thoughtful soul..
Love your way!!!

BRASWELL said...

Hi there, what a wonderful idea you had. I adore this! Please send me your e-mail address.

A Magical Whimsy said...

Ooo! The video was superb!!! All things French!!! Lovely! Very lovely!
Let's let loose and dance our way through this week...I plan on making a post everyday for the French Blog Party...there is so much of France to see!

Thank you so very much for hosting this relaxing and charming event!
We all need our 'France' 'fix' every once in a while so I know it will be better than a travelog, with different interpretations of what France means to everyone.
Teresa in California

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always surprise us with your imagination and creativity! I see lots of my favorite blogs to visit! Thank you so much my friend! I'm afraid to try to say anything in French! haha! Sweet hugs!!!

jerilanders said...

You must be having fun, look what you have wrought! I am 1/4th of the way through France, but believe I will take little bites at a time. ( I do hope my very odd sense of humor is not lost in translation! AKA FRench Hens)

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Thanks bunches. Bonnie

Julie said...

Hello Anita

Thank you for inviting me to this wonderful journey. I will have so much fun travelling everywhere.

Julie x

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita

A delightful post and you say it so beautifully when you say it is "the smaller stories"which all make up the whole story.
I am looking forward to reading the various bloggers views.

Have a delightful week
Helen xx

Anonymous said...

Good evening, Anita. I've stopped by several times to click on your links and visit with your lovely guests. So far, day one has been delightful. I said hello to some familiar faces, some blogging friends I visit with regularly which I actually met through your party last year. I can't believe it's been that long. I've also met new neighbors and have been pleasantly surprised by some spectacular pages. Oh the colors, the sights, the stories, and the creativity.
I am calling it a day, but I look forward to returning for more fun soon.
Thank you again for a lovely party.


French Girl in Seattle said...

Que de commentaires élogieux, et bien mérités, ma foi. Merci de ton invitation, chère Anita. Je suis heureuse de participer à ta grande fête et j'ai mentionné l'occasion sur mon blog cet après-midi. Super idée! Bisous et bon weekend. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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

Oh Anita
I am so sorry as I have been so busy! I am doing the post this afternoon as it is finally Saturday and I have some time! It will be up in about 4 or 5 hours time!
xx Frances
ps your introduction is beautiful!!!!

Lynne said...


Merveilleux! Demain pas de travail!

Dinner has been served...I have my passport in my pocket and a glass of Pouilly Fuisse'...I am ready to feed my dreams!

I thank you for inviting me on this journey!

This could not be a better weekend!
Mr D and I are celebrating 40 years of marriage tomorrow!

I know that there is LOVE and MAGIC

"Simply irresistible!"

"A votre sante!"

"We are shaped and fashioned with love!"


hi-d said...

Good Evening, Anita!

I am having fun making rounds this evening. Penny's post of Bebe was so adorable! She's so talented.

Oh, you are so sweet to keep stopping back by. Thank you so much for being a wonderful host.


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

So lovely of you to host this wonderful party, merci dear friend.
I am so looking forward to visiting all your other guests.
We can all dream that we are there in France together, wouldn't that be fun!

Happy weekend
Sending hugs from New Zealand

It's me said...

Yes i saw it !!..the same i have !! you darling...en nu aan het werk de bloemen wachten !!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, there's definitely a party going on here!...Such a wonderful post Anita..I love your pics today too!..I shall go on my travels this afternoon..I've already visited Stephanie whose post was beautiful (as always!)
Happy Weekend to you,
Susan x

The enchanted home said...

Bravo Anita......what a great idea, I am just so sorry I could not participate. I cannot wait to start going through all of them, could be a great weekend "project". Your images are gorgeous and send me to a beautiful place!!

Sandra said...

What a find. I only found you today, but I want to participate. I'm enthralled.

Ann said...

YAY! Happy time is here.
I may not be able to join
but I will be hopping from each participating blog to another.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is going to be my guilty pleasure this week. I think I might have to go to the library to do this, Anita, becaue I will be in St. Augustine again. I am escaping the brick masons here at our house who are working their magic on some old house issues. ;-)

Loved your post. I want that blue car and that blue sofa. Lovely!



Down by the sea said...

Anita, A lovely introduction to our week of celebrating France! Thank you so much for hosting. It feels as if I am really holidaying in France visiting all the wonderful blogs that have joined in.
Sarah x

Red Rose Alley said...

Good morning, Anita!
I just wanted to tell you how much fun I'm having with the link party. You are such a dear for bringing us all together. I don't want the magic to end.

Oh, I just love that Lucy picture. I used to watch all her episides.


Denise said...

What a complete joy you are.Yes,I'm having a wonderful time with all Our friends here in Paris-Thank you for arranging our vacation-Blessings to you My Dear-Denise

Rosemary said...

Bonsoir Anita - your post and those of all your guests have really put me in the mood for our visit to France in a few weeks time. We shall take our car on the cross channel ferry and enjoy some joie de vivre.

Bonnie said...

Anita, Thank you for giving us this opportunity to enjoy so many unique glimpses into the French life. I am having a ball.

carolyn bradford said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading several of the posts on Paris! It has definitely made me want to go back! I also pinned the kitchen! So beautiful! Hope you are doing well!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Anita, thanks for including me. This is a fabulous idea and I can't wait to see all the different blogs and posts. Love your animations. hugs, Linda

A Tale of Two Cities said...

My week just got a lot sweeter with the arrival of this post. Can't wait to dig in and read all the lovely posts!

Palomasea said...

This time I can't stop watching LUCY!!! :))))
My dear, they are indeed filled with sauteed champignons and lots of dill!! I will make them pour toi!!
I'm partying late into the night...
Having a BALL! (just like Lucy..heee)
A demain, ma chere!

Fashion-isha said...

I absolutely love this idea! Thanks for taking us on this incredible journey! And thanks for reminding us to be happy right now!

Fashion-isha said...

I absolutely love this idea! Thanks for taking us on this incredible journey! And thanks for reminding us to be happy right now!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I visited the Château de Pontivy in Brittany and I'd be delighted if you could add that post to your party. It's so nice to meet that many people who love France.

marielle said...

Il ne faut pas attendre pour être heureux !
je vais réécouter l'album de Patrick Bruel de ce pas... ces chansons sont intemporelles ! Merci chère Anita, la pluie qui tombe sans cesse me fait perdre le sourire et ton message me le rend ! Bises

francis said...

Bonjour mon amie Anita
I love early sunday-mornings because all is so quiet .... I only hear the little birds .....
I love the silence around me when I just woke up and all is empty ....promissing ...... possible.....
Wish I could sneak in through your backdoor and sit at your kitchentable
both in our pijama's .... Fresh coffee ....croissants in the oven ... and say
OH Anita ....How wonderful is the journey YOU started and how many are traveling in your train and making new beginnings .....
And than we would say nothing ...
just MUSE and nip our coffee and smile and muse and smell the croissants and ENJOY ......
Well I am in my Holland on my sundaymorning all in silence ..
and You are here ....on my mind
in my thoughts and I smile .....
You are an amazing sweet soul Anita Thank you for organising this tour
Big hug .....

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Lovely!
I'm working my way down the list, only 15 more to go....
what fun it's been!

~ Violet

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I thought it a good idea to walk through France. I am going very slow, as to not miss anything or hopefully not anyone..
Bebe has been told more than ONCE to turn over to the other side.. She seems to be happy just as she is.. teee
Having a grand time Anita..
Merci cher ami

Anonymous said...

Bon jour, lovely Anita. With coffee at hand and ready for more party visits this Sunday morning, I thought I'd stop by and say hello. So far today I have visited a couple of beautiful pages, but I simply adore Lynne's Dreams on 34th Street. Sigh...her post was the first that made me cry...tears of joy, of course. Her mention of a storybook Saturday and passing out red balloons instantly transported me to The Shop Around the Corner. :( I'm sitting here trying to come up with a creative solution for table and shop. hahahaha
Love inspiration, love this party, and love you.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour! ;)

French Girl in Seattle said...

Ma chère Anita. I am back! Your event is a huge success! Thank you for including me. I have already met so many wonderful people thanks to you this week. I felt bad I had not had a chance to prepare a brand-new story for the event (being in the middle of a divorce while raisin a child and working has a tendency to throw your schedule off at times...) but as i was watching the French news on Friday, I was inspired to write a new post. I have published it this morning and linked back here. I hope you don't mind. Merci ma chère amie, et à bientôt... Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Ivy Clad said...

Beautiful, Anita! Off to visit the links. Be back soon!


millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

This has been such a wonderful opportunity: ALL thanks to you and your wonderfully well-behaved guests :-)

I had a marvellous time visiting quite a few splendid ladies. My mother has been here for a precious, short visit so today I haven't taken the time to visit many people: I will be taking the opportunity tonight.

I hope you are basking in the party aftermath glow although it's not over yet, of course!



Karena said...

Dear Anita I just want to let you know how much I am enjoying out party and visiting everyone. It is so special to see the different experiences of France, all unique!

life, possibilities, grace
a beautiful dream...

Art by Karena

DolceDreams said...

I am so excited for you Anita, you throw the best parties! Although I am not participating this year, I will be visiting...
Bon Voyage!

Kerri said...

Oh Anita, I wish I'd known... I have been pre-occupied with a newborn litter and I am exhausted. I would loved to participate. Especially since I m,ake alot of French stuff :)

Just wanted to stop by and say hello.


Kerri said...

Thanks for the offer, but I'm afraid I won't be able to participate this time. I could have made a post before the litter arrived, but I am so exhausted I can not even think straight right now. I hope you understand. Hopefully next year.


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

How right you are.. Would that be wonderful to bring the world together?
p.s. Bebe has turned over... I gave her a ring on the telly.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said... fun. Off to take a vacation to France. Never leaving my chair...priceless. ;)

Jacqueline said...

Oh, all this fun is making me want to schedule another trip to France. There is so much more to see and do and I have loved every minute of my visits there. We found the people to be lovely and friendly. We encountered nothing but beauty in France!
Have fun all week!

hi-d said...

Hello Anita!
What a fun party. I am touring some more this evening. So glad you are keeping this going for a week, because it's going to take me about that long to see all of the participants. You have such interesting and talented blog friends.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Jo Potter said...

Haha... This made me smile today!
I really do need a holiday in France. Your photos has taken me straight there without a care! ;-)
I have taken the day of today to enjoy catching up with blog friends.
Thank you for a fun post, lovely lady!

Barbara said...

It's really been fun, Anita. And I've met so many new bloggers....always a wonderful experience during Paris Party week!
Thank you again for hosting!

Unknown said...

It's been so fun Anita! I 'm having the time of my life here visiting other blogger's posts and posting evreryday! Perhaps you 'd like to come over and check out the rest of them!

Madelief said...

What a great party it is Anita! A joy to look at your post as well.

Happy new week!

Madelief x

And thank you too for your kind comment on my blog x

YONKS said...

Hello darling!
I know, I've been everywhere today. It's taken me 3 days to catch up with everyone. How wonderful it has been. I am really in the mood for France now :-)
Thanks Anita, you're the BEST!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita-
Another beautiful post with fabulous images!!!!! Love Audrey and the Lucy image is great!!!!!
How was your weekend? We have bad storms here for the next 2 days- big bummer!!!! Hopefully no damage will occur- there have been some horrible tornados in the plains. These storms scare me because the winds can be so strong!!!!!
Wishing you a wonderful week!!!!!
Luv & Hugs,

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thank you so much Anita for sponsoring this gorgeous fete! I'm popping around to see all the wonderful posts. I feel like a real traveler, (without the cumbersome luggage of course!)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bon matin chere Anita, Vive la France!! I hopped on the Thalys which brought me to Le Gare du Nord a Paris et I had a good look around, loving everything I saw, every little corner of France is magical.
Wishing you a tres belle journee xx

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

This is a wonderful party which you are hosting, wish I had more time to take part, but instead I will just read all and enjoy. Minerva x said...

Good Morning Anita! Thanks for stopping by today. I have yet to get through this list ~ I am enjoying each and every one:) Glad you are enjoying your springtime and I do hope you get that lavender foot soak. That sounds amazing and I could use one myself!


Stacey said...

This might be the best one yet Anita! Loving everyone's posts! I'm still making my rounds; so much to see! Happy Tuesday bella. XX

renae said...

Yes, you are 'sparkles' to me! Thank you for your fun and spirited words to brighten my morning!

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes dear, I'm having a wonderful time with the link party! I am just looking at the ones who came on board later. It's been a special time for me. Thank you so much for everything you do, and for everything you are.


Elaine said...

As always I am loving your images. They do make me happy, everyone one of them!

Must take a look at the others in the Simply Irresistible party.

Art and Sand said...

I did it!

I visited everyone and left a comment on nearly every post.

What a wonderful concept for a party. I enjoyed myself immensely.

renae said...

Oh Anita! You are a doll. I hope your days haven't been too crazy. This day is a big blogging day for me; photo shoot, shopping a bit for better lipstick and blogging to high heaven with my lovely new and old (you, hahahaha) followers!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dear friend for coming over to visit Bebe.. I see something is going on in Nowhere.. Must go pick her up and travel over there

Pura Vida said...

Anita~late as usual...
my link name is

thanks. g

koralee said...

happy dance my friend...I sooo want to visit everyone on your list! have such sweet friends.
Sending you some love and wishing I could find more time. xoxoxo

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

You are such a good hostess! I am making more rounds again tonight. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us.


Koosje Koene said...

I love the music, so cheery!
Vive la France :)

Barbara said...

Hello, lovely Anita, thank you for visiting my blog today! I somehow managed to delete your comment but copied it from an email and posted it on your behalf. Silly me!
I’m having so much fun visiting all the other blogs, much nicer than sitting in my office looking out at the rain!

Anonymous said...

Anita, my dear, so wonderful to have the honorable hostess pop in for a surprise visit. Yay! Always so good to hear from you. I am actually setting up for part two of my French very own attempt at the yummy macarons. Shhh...I actually liked mine better than the ones at the cafe. ;) I think it was because I whipped up my favorite orange chocolate ganache. Sigh...
Anyways, I hope to tie that in somehow with my French travels and the Memorial Day challenge. ;) You know me and this creative mind...non-stop!! :) I remember how your party last year inspired me to have a mini series titled French Summer. So much fun.

Well, I'm glad I popped in your mind because I am always sending love your way.

PS-Yes, I am still making my way getting to know some of your lovely guests and I am savoring it without rushing.

Denise said...

Anita,I dropped by to tell you I'm working hard to catch up with all the wonderful comments all the partier's, including sweet you, left on My blog.The whole two weeks We were out of town.I even preposted for the first time.We took a road trip up the coast to Victoria, celebrate 100 lbs lost,Thanks to Paul's kind heart.We stayed at the Empress and had Tea :)I'll post it later.Love Denise

Ted Blackman said...

This is a great post. You tell a story well, Anita.

Not much here for the guys, though. Except all the ladies, of course :)

Lynne said...

Dearest Anita,

I am not sure if you saw this comment from Chrislyn. She replied to your first comment on my blog on 5-17.

"Anita! This is Chrislyn, Lynne's daughter. Thank you so much for the perfect drawing of my babies. You did an excellent job of predicting what Ben will look like as a one year old. The little boy you drew looks a lot like my husband as a baby. It was such a thoughtful gift from my mom and will be a beloved piece of art in our home for years to come."

So many lives you have touched, my friend.

So many minds you have enriched, and hearts that you have filled with joy, love and laughter!

Thank you for this beautiful gift!



Burlap Luxe said...

Oh, Anita, everything is so beautifully you.
Love your travels and what a beautiful French copper tub to soak in, I'm next after you so save some hot water for me.
How I would love to have an old French farmhouse kitchen with a burning wood stove and a copper soaking tub off in the corner, so rustically primitive.

The shutters are my next project of Frenchness to add to my kitchen window, love the window of shutters in aged white, sigh!

Anita I am feeling much better, still a bad cough and trying to move about the house today. I moved a piece I painted a few months back into my front living room taking the French chest that was in its raw driftwood finish to another room, not sure if it feels right yet, it's a lower piece and a bit longer then the French pieces that was in its place. I will see how it feels in a couple of days. You know when one is sick and everything feels like it needs a cleaning and a up styling so this is how my day went.
Come visit soon my friend.

See you and all you inspire soon.



Sonia said...

Hi There, This post is Looking amazing.Have a wonderful day and enjoy the beauty of the world in its myraid culture and photography ! Loved ur pictures and writeup.
Regards, Sonia

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Can't believe I missed this, Anita. I'm gonna settle in and read some links. I just returned from Provence and Paris and am still on a "France high"!!!