Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's not what I own

antique boudoir table castles crowns and cottages

where I've traveled

loire valley, france

eze, france


my short flirt with art

that fueled the idea to start


six years ago

January 1, 2008. 

original 2008 title castle crowns and cottages ©

Blogging back then was


remains to be

an adventure

and a need to belong 

to a network


fearless and curious minds


But I've often had to say to 


because in six years

many doubts

have made me wonder if I should 

just clip my wings and



But the truth always has a way 

of surfacing

 and so I remember:

“When I begin to doubt my ability to work the word, I simply read another writer and know I have nothing to worry about. My contest is only with myself, to do it right, with power, and force, and delight.” ― Charles Bukowski


is between myself


the vision within and beside me


but every grand adventure


happens between us.



"Create Beauty" said...

And am I ever glad you started!!!
What a grand adventure it's been, these years of friendship... which began with one meaningful

Happy 2014!!!


Jade said...

Oh Anita, what a wonderful post again - how is it possible that you find the right words for all my thoughts?! You´r not only a great artist, you´r an artist with a big heart! Thank you sooooooooo much for all this beauty and love........i´ll come back to enjoy this great post again and again!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend........I´m so blessed to have another new blog year with you!!!

With love , Jade

speedyrabbit said...

Happy New Year to My Auntie Anita!Don't Stop mummy and me would miss you to much now that we have found you and your Beautiful Home which is stunning as mummy say's as is your art!Happy Bloggining Anniversary too!May your deams come true in 2014 and may it be filled with light ,laughter and love,And a cheeky Bunny that's ME!xx Speedy and Rachel

Simplement ... said...

JOYEUSE ET BELLE ANNEE 2014 chère Anita.
Je t'embrasse affectueusement

Unknown said...

Wishing you and your family Anita a very Happy & Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2014. Have a wonderful Wednesday and we hope you had a pawsome night.
Best wishes Molly

Mumbai said...

These words and music brought tears into my eyes. The sayings made me thoughtful and the music so sensitive. My best wishes for a healthy and wonderful 2014 fo ryou and your family.

Pallavi said...

How beautiful dear Anita and I am so glad you continued with your blogging journey. It's a pleasure to come to your blog and read such positive words. Stay blessed and have a lovely new year :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mumbai, I don't see a link to you directly, but thank you kindly for coming by to comment! I wish you much happiness in this new year! Anita

Peeters Liliane said...

Happy New Yeart my friend. I'm a big fan of your blog. Do not try to stop with writing we all love this blog !!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have always been one of my favorite bloggers, not because of pretty posts, but because of your beautiful spirit that shines through the posts to encourage others. You have a real gift and are so generous to share it. Keep shining your light, my friend, and know how much it is appreciated.

Happy New Year!



It's me said...

Wowww..i am so glad your started blogging !!! friendship for life darling.....love you.....you know that but i like to say it always......love from me...x !! happy new year ,....x !!

Kerri said...

Upon reading your post, I was getting nervous that you were calling it quits! I hope you will always blog. I love reading your posts, you are a very talented writer! I have been super busy with family busy, they just left so now I had time to update my blog.

Happy New Year! Best Wishes for 2014 :)


deb famularo said...

That is sooooo true. The contest IS within ourselves. I need to engrave this inside my head! I can't believe you have been inspiring me for that many years! Time flies doesn't it! What a blessing our paths crossed here in blogland. I'm so glad you are still here sharing your beauty, insight and many gifts with us all. May 2014 be a blessed one for you and Ruben. Keep shining my friend! The world needs more of you! much love always

Barbara said...

Happy New Year to my lovely blogging buddy. I’m so glad I found your blog in 2013 but wish I was with you from the start. My New Year resolution is to read each of your new posts while also reading backwards through the ones I missed. Have a wonderful 2014 Anita, and never, ever stop writing!

prince snow farm said...

Happy New Year my sweet friend! So glad you continue, even when doubt may creep in. You are amazing in all you do, and I am honored to take it all in!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Happy New Year and blog birthday!!! I am so happy you started your blog, Anita, because it makes the world a more beautiful place! I am blessed to count you among my blogging friends. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2014 and many more years of blogging! xoxo

Marilyn said...

thank you so the peace and inspirations, the music and art. keep on, please. happy anniversary and happy new year

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

You are truly one of the most inspiring people I have encountered on this blogging voyage of mine! Happy, peaceful and magical New Year to you, dear friend. May your doubts diminish and your hopes abound.



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank YOU, Marilyn! Happy 2014! Anita

Maria said...

~ Dear Anita, i am here at long last...
I echo the words of those above, I really do...
You are a treat to come and visit and those of us who do and there are many, always, always leave with the biggest, warmest heart and thoughts to inspire us till our next visit here again..
Anita Happy New year, may it be your happiest and bravest year yet..
Love Maria x

Astro & Mitzie said...

Happy New Year.

Dear Anita,

I gain so much from reading your wonderful blog.
It's like cream with my coffee, Smooth and delightful, warm and inviting.
There is always something here to bring a memory back and smile about.

xo Linda C in Seattle

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Love this! It definitely touches a nerve. Beautifully written as always my lovely friend. Happy New Year to you and your family. xoxo

Ivy Clad said...

Happy New Year, dear Anita! I'm so glad you keep blogging but I do know that feeling of doubt. It's interesting to look back at your original title page. It's beautiful!

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


Julia said...

me encanta tu blog, es genial.
Con tu permiso me quedo por aquí y que podamos seguir compartiendo nuestros proyectos e ilusiones.

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FELIZ AÑO 2014!!!

Simply LKJ said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary Anita! I am so thankful you continue to write and inspire all of us. I so look forward to your posts. I especially love this one. I have spent too much time worrying about "said thoughts" and need to focus on what is inside me and important to me. Thanks again love!!

The Dutchess said...

It is and will always be an adventure ....how about six more years..to start with..xoxo HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

L'Elégante said...

Hello chère Anita, je t'ai envoyé une carte de vœux, mais je ne suis pas sûre d'avoir la bonne adresse.
Alors je renouvelle mes vœux de bonheur pour cette nouvelle année 2014.
Je t'embrasse. Fine.

Art and Sand said...

I am grateful for . . .
your use of language
your ability to find the right illustration to make a point
the beauty you bring to the blogging world
your decision to begin a blog and to continue writing

Wishing you a "word" full 2014.

Unknown said...

Never clip your wings lovely Anita...you are here to soar!
Looking forward to sharing more with you in our 'blogging world' in 2014 xx

Sarah said...

Sparkle on, dear Anita. I would be sad to see you clip your wings for you are meant to soar. Your talent is a gift and that you share your thoughts through these beautiful expressions is a gift to each of us. Yes, sparkle on into the new year and those yet to arrive.
All the best to you and Ruben in 2014………..S

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Happy 6th Anniversary on your captivating blogging style. You always inspire, with your poetic verse, your music selection, your quotes and the perfect selection of photographs. I always enjoy seeing parts of your beautiful home and hope you will continue sharing your home more.
I think we all face self doubt. I honestly think without it we wouldn't strive for accomplishment in our endeavors. I too, as I embark in sharing of myself in the blogging world I am filled with thoughts and desire to inspire.
I look forward to each of your posts and find your style and grace one of my favorite blogs. So thank you Anita for your talent and your honesty.

Unknown said...

Six years! Thanks so much for keeping on! I have the same feelings and obstacles and yet I need to remember that I blog for myself and my writing first, then to share with others, and what happens, happens. I love how you write, so keep on sharing your heart with us.


Red Rose Alley said...

I am in love with your dressing table AND the mirror behind it. The girls at the end touched my heart so much. It reminded me of the talk we had yesterday that I appreciated so much. Now, is that your gorgeous house because the front of it looks different than what I remembered? Oh, there's the picture with the young man holding the bread from France! You sent it to me one time, and I loved it. While I was reading all the quotes in the cloud I thought "what a clever idea this is." You'll have to tell me how you did that.

I do hope that you continue writing. I was just telling Jess that you inspire me with your precious posts. Happy New Year, Anita. Keep shining your light and love for all to see.


Seawashed said...

Your words are so true. I have felt the same way. So thankful you are here with us still, giving selflessly of your beauty, inspiration, encouragement and kindness. You are a bright light in this blog world and would be missed more than you know. So heres to another year! CHEERS!!!! I do believe your home belongs in magazines so keep sharing photos of it! I LOVE seeing your castle. Xxo Kerrie

Relyn Lawson said...

Hello, dear friend.
I have a few wishes for you.
May 2014 bring you much joy.
May we all have peace in our homes,
laughter by our firesides,
time spent with family,
and contentment in our hearts.
Be well, my friend.

Willow said...

Oh my friend, I am indeed so glad that you blog.
Your words always touch a cord in my soul,
and your message is always an inspiration .
May 2014 bring you all you wish for .
Be Well my friend,

Seawashed said...

Dearest Anita you bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart with your words of friendship this morning. What would I do without you and your faithful visits and words of love. I need to write you a proper note and send it off in the postal. It has been far too long since I have done such. Merci for gracing me with your lovely visit this first day of the new year. Phil. 4:5 is the word the Lord has given me to begin, I know you will appreciate it too. Xxo kerrie

http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

Happy 2014 Anita! May your dreams continue to shine on the pages of this blog. You are such a treasure!


Christel said...

Dear Anita, I cannot tell you how many days were brightened by your words, and photography. Yours is a place of reverence, calm, understanding, kindness, and hope. I am blessed to have found your blog, and to know you through your heart filled with beauty and light. Happy New Year my friend. Love, Christel

Rhonda said...

Beautiful Anita, your soul sings and delights our hearts! Your message and images have truly brought to light what we all think and know. Merci for sharing as you do! Happy New Year and here's to many more times together. With Love, Rhonda

Leslie Harris said...

OMG. I could have wrote these words myself. All of those doubts you so eloquently listed ... I have heard in my own ears. And truthfully I wonder each time I hit the publish button why I do this thing called blogging. But the quote by Charles Bukowski seems to express it so well..."My contest is only with myself".. and so I post for another day. Still wondering. And then I come here and see yet another bit of truth : to belong to a network of curious and fearless minds. Yes, I have to agree, that is a powerful part the blogging experience. Enough to keep me going for another day. :)
I love this post Anita and it was a wonderful way to begin my 2014. Blessings to you for expressing such deep and truthful feelings in your writing.

Cathy Hickman said...

Dearest Anita, Thank you for being a shiny glittering star ********

Bilancia Designs said...

Il est difficile de croire que c'est 2014. Vous souhaitant toutes les belles choses...garder que la magie vivante. Beaucoup d'amour toujours!
Lisa xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Cathy! SHINE ON MY FRIEND! Anita

Kelly said...

I know this is so true for many a blogger! Dearest Anita, I am elated you have continued thru these years. I treasure reading your words that bring life to thoughts and inspiration to my days. How Blessed I feel to know many adventures await us as your wings soar through this year 2014! <3

Constance said...

I love your blog, its grace, its beauty, the way you communicate, this marvelous delicate images, the gentle melodies. Hope that you continue.
With love from an appreciative blogger:)

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Happy blogoversary! Yes, good advice to remember why we started. If not, it's too easy to get distracted. Here's to a continuation of your vision and your sharing. I just discovered your blog recently, so it's all new to me (lucky me)! Cheers!

YONKS said...

Morning Anita,
Phew, I finally made it here, late as usual 😛

The contest is indeed within ourselves, wise words indeed. If I had a dollar for every doubt I would be a wealthy woman by now, but where would we be without the doubts. I believe they are the fuel for our fires. Without them we would have to believe we were already perfection, they drive us on to reach higher goals. You have nothing to doubt my friend, just attempts. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. The alternative to not trying is much worse, stagnation. Keep on doubting and keep on attempting, they make us who we are. You are a special lady.
Happy New Year my friend!

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Anita, I just mentioned this terrific post of yours in a comment I made at "Pontifical.s Porch". Sami wants to be a better blogger to gather more followers.... she's a great blogger whether she gets more followers or not (I might be too!).
Thanks for this post! I see it as a beautiful "kick in the pants" reminder to stay on our own delightfully individual tracks.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest Anita....Happy Happy Blogaversary to you...... I remember when I first met you.....I was just enchanted by your blog! Such beauty.......as is this post......Congratulations are in order for you! And another Cheers is on it's way.....Love Dzintra xo

La Petite Gallery said...

How can you quit beauty, that is what you are all about.
Happy New Year and may you have lots of Tenacity Beautiful Anita.
You have a real Talent.
Maine is getting a Blizzard and not from Dairy Queen.
It is cold here. Sending a New Year Hug. yvonne

nélinha said...

joyeux anniblog Ma chère Anita 6 ans de présence ouah!!!!! c'est magnifique , je suis ravie d'avoir croisé ta route en fin de 5ème année...BONNE ET HEUREUSE ANNÉE 2014

Anonymous said...

Anita, Happy Anniversary! 6 years! I think I missed the first few but I am so glad to have found you in the cyberspace where we all visit. When I see a post of yours appear, I clear time and space because it is more than just a fast look and see. I treasure every post and love the way you always hit the right notes to either stir our soul or to inspire us.

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

Happy New Year dear Anita. Yet again you capture our thoughts and hopes in images and words. Sometimes when you have posted an image it feels familiar, as if I had dreamed it before, or perhaps as if we had met somewhere within your words. x

Gail Peterson said...

Dear Anita, I'm so glad you started this blog with such enthusiasm & pure inspiration.Yours was one of the first blogs saw & I couldn't believe what beauty & imagination I was seeing. I think the moment you feel uninspired yourself will be when you know to let it be. Remember why you started it in the first place & that's why you continue. Thank you for reminding me!
Happy New Year Anita I know it will be amazing!

therelishedroost said...

Wow, I think you were reading my mind. I had a week of introspect and self ,soul searching ..the little voice in my head was beating me up a bit and somehow you always put things into perspective withy our post.. I truly appreciate that and hope that you continue this wonderful journey of yours and trust that in doing so you touch those you read your inspirational posts!
Best always,

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Beautifully put Anita, with your wonderful trademark illustrations. Wishing you the very best for 2014

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh...i was wondering this very same thought...in doing over my blog...i said to myself...okay why am i doing this...why keep blogging... and i pondered the thought....and decided...like you....i shall not clip my wings...not just yet...but rather i shall glide a little bit longer and see where it all takes me...happy day my friend...

DolceDreams said...

Anita, Bonne Annee!!!!
Oh my dear don't clip your wings yet, you inspire so many and in so doing must find some inspiration yourself??? I have been guilty of shameless neglect with my blog, I think I started about the same time as you too...but sitting in our sick household over the holidays with a lot of downtime, I made a little decision to renovate my tired old blog and give it a whirl again :) . Not too often and maybe not too fabulous, but when I look at the years of posting and the wonderful friends like you that I met through blogging, i don't want to close the door just yet! And I promise to visit more! One request, please add your email subscription back in, that way I won't miss any posts!

SO happy to see you were in Santa Monica, my old home on the beach....my son's first birthday was at the carousel, his favorite spot we would walk to every day....I hope you had a wonderful time!

ALL the best and brightness to you!

Constance said...

Hello again Anita,
Thank you for coming by my blog and leaving the detailed comments - much enjoyed and appreciated!
Even if there is not room for a pond around your beautiful chateau'S landscaping, judiciously placed fountains allow for much visual pleasure as the birds bathe in it, the hummingbirds drink from them, and the tinkling sounds of the water as it musically drips over the side makes for such tranquil and loving melodies around your beloved home:)

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you started blogging! Your blog is one of my favorites, I always know before I read your posts that I 'm in for a visual treat, your words and photos are always wonderful...

helen tilston said...

Dear Anita

You bring so much joy to so many of us with your blog, your friendship and your journey.
Don't you for one second entertain the thought of not writing or foregoing your art and poetry.
Wishing you a very happy 2014

Anonymous said...

you are right Anita...
i do love it...this blogging...
its an excellent avenue of
expression...so i will keep
it up...a new year...so much
to anticipate...be in touch about
French....your such a good pal,
how i love coming here!

Stacey said...

I think I held my breath while reading the entire post in trepidation that you were going to make an ominous announcement about not blogging anymore. I am super thrilled that you will continue to inspire us. Whew!:-) Beautiful post. I can relate quite a bit to it. I have much less time now too now with two kiddos and my freelance work. However, i just love our creative community and can't imagine saying adios, even if I have to take breaks every now and again. Happy New Year my friend! xx

francis said...

I know ....I know.......I know.........
Please never clip your wings PLEASE !


Happy new year Anita .

La Petite Gallery said...

For some reason I keep thinging you are in California, You must be getting a big share of snow, we are winding down today, only to get ready for a new storm, this is a wild winter.. Happy new year sweetie.. yvonne

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

My dear girl I was here last night commenting! I wonder where it went...in any case I always read your beautiful posts and ever since I started reading them too many years ago to count I have loved every one!

I hope that you are staying warm, do be careful. I heard mention that it is colder in MN than on Mars? What? That is crazy.Frankly I do not know the temperature on Mars so I cannot be sure this is true.

I hope that you continue to write and post and create beautiful magic for that is what you create MAGIC and it is wonderful to feel it weave its spell each time I visit.

xox ELizzbeth

Seawashed said...

Dear sweet Anita your words this morning left on my blog nean ao so much to me! You really understand how I feel I understand how you are feeling too... I would feel the same way. The world has changed since I was a little girl. The competition and striving just crush me. Just as you said YOU are a good teacher...stay true to that and let everything else fall to the wayside. Soon enough you will be home again where your heart can freely soar and sing. Maybe you will write books :)

wandamarie.blogspot.com said...

Oh so perfectly said for many of us! and that is so RIGHT ON about remembering why we started, I have been saying that a lot lately to keep going. many that used to follow have stopped. but then I realized I too stopped following many others...nothing serious, we simply change and have new or different interests. I am so thrilled to have found you Anita. you put on a lovely sincere show...for lack of a better way to say this (you have a better way with words;) you are extremely inspirational on so many levels as well as PURE ENJOYMENT I get from your photos, how they are presented and more.
and then on another funny note about our small world. I was born in Montebello, we lived in East L.A. very dangerous area...so we moved when my folks were able and I grew up in Whittier ;) which was 20 miles from the coast...the rest you know pretty much. How 'bout that. I love how the internet provides us the meeting of special people (like you) from all over the world. thank you for your wonderful comments...I just cannot believe how you answer when you have such an enormous following. Grateful I am, but it's never an expectation, sincerely not. Happy New Year. xoxo and I hope you will continue with your special MESSAGES and PHOTOS and MUSIC!

renae said...

Oh Anita! Now why has the fact that you began your blog on January 1st eluded me? Did I know that already? If so, I forgot. oh no matter really. Just so you continue is what I care about. The photos of your home are lovely. Thanks for the fun words of cheer and encouragement for a wonderful 2014. I am looking forward to it being simply AWESOME!!! ♥

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Dear friend,
Happy New Year! Many congratulations on your blog anniversary and success. Before each visit, I know I'll be in for a special treat at Castles Crowns and Cottages. So please do not stop. I eagerly await more of your signature posts this new year.
Cheers to you and 2014~

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, my dear! This post really speaks to what fuels us as bloggers and why we do it. I think sometimes we lose sight of why we started this journey in the first place, but I love when I go back to that starting point and reflect on the journey and what is ahead.

Marie Angelique

Unknown said...

Anita dear-Happy, Happy blog anniversary! You always seem to find the path to the heart of the matter. I smiled when I read your reasons not to.....so similar to what I feel at times. The self-doubt or lack of time can creep in sometimes. I am grateful you remember the reasons why you started this journey. Your Castles, Crowns and Cottages is a favorite escape for me-for inspiration, beauty, flights of fancy and my artistic fix. You are pure poetry in every sense of the word. If you end up writing a book it will inspire-step-by step-read and would be a wonderful accomplishment. I hope you know how deeply your posts inspire thousands around the world. You are a gem. I'm grateful to have met you in blog world-it is real.
Happy new year dear Anita!
xx, Heather

Down by the sea said...

Congratulations on reaching your 6th Anniversary what magic you have weaved in that time! I think all of us who have blogged have often asked the same questions, but the connections and inspiration from others keeps me going when periods of self doubt appear.
Sarah x

koralee said...

Don't ever stop my dear one....we LOVE you! I started in 2010 so you are 2 years a head of me...it has been an adventure. I have slowed down somewhat as I just do not have the time but I love the connections and friendships blogging has given me. Hope your back is getting better my friend....love you ooooooodles.

hi-d said...

Oh my goodness Anita !!! You have been a ray of light and such joy to so many! Am I ever glad that you started blogging and continue to do so! You are a GEM!

Love to you !

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Happy New Year to you and your family dear Anita...may it be full of more magical adventures! Thank you for being such a wonderful blog friend and for your amazing and inspiring posts...it's always such a treat to visit you and long may it continue!...Keep warm and safe in your lovely corner of the world (and have fun stitching!)
Susan x
P.S I often think of your beautiful dress..it's magical!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Happy New Year Dearest Anita! Your post is speaking directly to me, thank you for reminding why "I started" A perfect gift for the new year. Stay warm and cozy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Anita. You know all too well how much I struggle with this as well.
I cannot believe I had not spotted this latest post until this morning when I clicked over to Bloglovin to update my profile.
It's perfect, my dear. Doubt is the enemy of faith, and "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things UNSEEN." There is so much going on behind the visible, in the realm of the invisible, right alongside those magnificent ideas that did not have the results we hoped for or few comments on a page. This is what always keeps me steady, trusting the unseen.
I for one am very happy that you are still here in this land of blog, my friend.
Here's to continuing to enjoy the grand adventure together.

Jules said...

Dear Anita,
Your blog has been such an inspiration to me. I often think my life is dull but your blog reminds me of the beauty of ordinary things. Your photos are lovely, whether you've taken them or have borrowed them. Your home is stunning! And your words, oh those words speak to me. You've introduced me to wonderful music. I love The Piano Guys but had never heard of them until your blog. Thank you for the beauty you create and please, please don't give up! You have a gift. Please continue to share that gift.

The enchanted home said...

Anita...what would blogland be without your amazing blog? A much less beautiful and inspiring place. Your voice and wisdom is one I always look forward to reading, it is pure magic. Thank you for that and cheers to an even better 2014!

(tried leaving a comment yesterday on my ipad but kept getting bounced off) Still in Cali but heading back tonight, hard to leave this GLORIOUS weather!!! Glad to got to come here too...all the best my friend.

The enchanted home said...

PS Meant glad YOU got to come here too:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Jules, how I wish you had a place where I could leave you a comment! I hope this reaches you...

Thank you so kindly for these words! I do intend to continue, for I am stubborn and I enjoy creating a multi-sensory experience for my readers/viewers.

I hope you start a blog of your own sometime...you never know where you'll end up until you try one! PEACE!

Ann said...

And the blog world became a better place because of you.

Have a wonderful year, 2014!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful and encouraging post for all to read and enjoy ~

Tammie Lee said...

such a lovely post
overflowing with your beauty
shared with us
thank you!

wishing you a year that feels wonderful to you!

Sylvia said...

Amazingly BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for never clipping your wings and continuing to encourage all of us to never give up on our own dreams and ... flights.
I am getting ready for our winter escape... because the cold here is unbearable... See you soon, dear inspiring friend!

jerilanders said...

First off, I hope you are not freezing up there! As for why we started blogging, I can only speak for myself , and sometimes wonder why I continue. I question how many really read my posts, aside from my faithful friends I am beginning to think that blogging is becoming passe as comments decrease and readers lose interest only commenting out of a sense of duty. So, I pinch myself and remember why I started to blog in the first place; to practice my writing and storytelling skills, and record my artistic endeavors for myself as a sort of scrapbook to look back upon. I guess I never really expected it to come to much as far as furthering my art following, But,I have made some lovely friends and acquaintances and for that I am grateful.

Cobalt Violet said...

Happy New Year!!!!
Beautiful post. Beautiful you.
Beautiful blog. :)
Blessings and light.
And thank you for posing the question.

Unknown said...

It's always such a joy to visit with you here, Anita. Don't stop - you have something beautiful going on here!
I hope 2014 is a wonderful beautiful year for you and your family!
(Ann Nichols :)

Down by the sea said...

Dear Anita, Thank you for your comment. It must be so cold with you brr, we have seen how bad it is on our news. We hope you stay warm and safe.
Sarah x

Woolytales Miniatures said...

And .... I haven't give up either!!!!*grin*

So very lovely.... so very ((((you)))!!!
Happy New Year, My dearest friend!

Barbara said...

Hello Anita, thank you for calling in to see me earlier today it is always a pleasure to hear from you. I do hope everything is OK with you. I've been watching the weather reports, and it looks awful in your part of the world. Our little Island is drenched, but at least it’s not freezing – thank goodness! Stay safe Anita, wrap up warm and drink lots of hot chocolate! xx

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!
I LOVE these photos!!!!! The girl with the same color blonde hair as me wearing the fur coat & black leather pants and the girl in the amazing dress!!!!!! Just fabulous!!!!!
I agree!!!! Shoes, fashion, bags, and jewelry are fun but it's the memories and people in our life that matter most and stay in our hearts!!!!!
We have a major snowstorm happening here!!!! We got about a foot of snow and now we have blizzard gusting winds and VERY ice cold temperatures!!!!!! Last winter was do tame compared to this year!!!!!
Hope you had a great weekend!!!!
Sending love & hugs,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Please stay warm by the fire, and out of that horrid cold!

What a beautiful and inspiring post! You my dear, ARE the adventure! Never give up, these are our words, right?
I am so grateful for the friendship I have made the past several years in blogging.. I hope you will always be here, would not be the same without you... But.... If one day you do, I know where to find you........
bisous! Penny

Leslie said...

Good Morning Anita! I'm just heading out to the office but want to stop in quickly to say hello. The weather is crazy in your neck of the woods.. I don't know how you do it! It's 30 degrees here and I'm chilled to the bone (whimpy!) Stay warm and hydrated!!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You know, every time I look at this exquisite dress you created it takes my breath away... It reminds me of how truly talented you are.

Thank you for visiting! You like her? So happy she pleased you.. I sent you an email dearest.
love to you

Denise said...

Yes,I think We must blog for Ourselves.The reason I started was so simple, to see if I could find" Kindred Spirits" out there in the world.I have two sisters and one brother that I LOVE with all My heart and enjoy My time with Them.They do not seem to like the same things I like.They are in ways like Me very much-biology ,shared history and family But a true kindred Spirit is different then all that.I was so surprised to find so many in blogland.What really still surprises Me is how different these kindred spirits are in other ways ,like "stations"in life.Some are very uneducated and poor and others are very wealthy and highly educated,but still something very special makes Us all kindred spirits,It's all so very interesting to Me-Love and hugs Denise

Red Rose Alley said...
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Red Rose Alley said...

We are so happy that you are a big part of the blog world, and I hope you are blogging for 6 more years to come! You will have to post about your own cafe dinner date when it gets warmer. It sounds like such a fun post!

(Oops, I forgot to tell you this was from Jess, not Sheri :-)

Preppy Empty Nester said...

I can always count on you Anita for a beautiful post. Love the photos, words, and music. Have a wonderful week.

Unknown said...

Anita, this was exactly what I needed to read right now. I look forward to your beautiful posts and am glad you are here doing this. Much love to you and wishes for a beautiful 2014!
xo Mary Jo

Kirsten Steen said...

Love those moving images! And so glad you are still here! I always look forward to your posts. Happy New Year to you!

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

How are you surviving these frigid temps of yours?! Are schools going to be shut down longer than just today? BRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! I can't even imagine it being that cold. Today I saw a video of a gal that lives in MN. She went outside with a hot water in a cup - threw it up into the air - and it came down as SNOW, INSTANTLY! It was really cool to watch. (no pun intended)!!!

Well, my dear...I hope things are well for you. Stay warm!


Draffin Bears said...

Happy New Year dear Anita to you and Ruben and wishing you good health and happiness.
Thank you for all the wonderful things you share with us, I always come away feeling happy and inspired when I visit you.
We are all glad that you are still blogging and look forward to another fun year.
Sending hugs

koralee said...

Good morning my friend...thank you for popping over this morning. I am off and running out the door...into the 2nd day of school for us. You stay cozy and warm and have an extra cup of tea for me today. I am outside first thing on early morning supervision so must bundle up WARM ...thank goodness we do not have your temperatures. Rest that back my friend...love and hugs. xoxoxo

Deborah said...

Congrats on 6 years of loveliness and inspiration and new friendships!
I'm so blessed to have met you here and by your dear friendship Anita!
I especially love the moving photo of the girls...magic!!!!
Love to you sweetie and the happiest of new years!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxooxo

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

Wow Anita!! 6 years of splendidness!!! Your blog ( and your art) is like none other and it leaves all your readers with a lift or reflection!

I have missed coming here regularly as we were without internet for so long, and computer clicks well. But now I am visiting with my new Kindle, (and learning how to use it ) and making my way around to all of my dearest favorites !!!
Many many Blessings and Love, Linnie

Cindy said...

Anita, I am so happy that you started blogging 6 years ago! You were one of the first blogs that I started to follow a couple of years ago. Each post is so beautiful, thought provoking and enchanting. Bravo, sweet friend, Bravo!
xo Cindy

Constance said...

Good Tuesday morning to you Anita!
How are you doing today?

Just wanted to come by and thank you so much for your consistent visits and lovely comments on my blog.
They are very much appreciated and enjoyed.
I have the feeling in person we would end up talking for hours, going back and forth looking at parts of out homes and garden we had worked on or wanted to work on!
Hope you have a great day and week,
Cyber hugs,

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

For one moment I thought you were you going to say: this is it, I will call it a day and end my blog. Can't tell you how relieved I am!

Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Six years is a long time! For me it's almost five :-). The questions you asked yourself sound familiar to me as well. There is always doubt.....Fortunately those moment only last for a short time and happiness and gratefulness take over. The blog opened a door for me, with new friends, visits to far away countries, tea parties in the garden....I would miss it all so very very much. I would miss you and your lovely posts and comments too. So PLEASE continue :-)

Happy day!

Madelief x

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I was truly blessed the day I found your blog and have been ever since. Blogging is the tool which helps friends find each other. So grateful. Hugs to you Anita. xx p.s. you know I love that photo of the girl and the bunny. ;)

marielle said...

Chère Anita, je te souhaite une très belle année remplie de douceurs, de joie et même si il y a parfois des peines, elles seront balayées par l'amitié et l'amour. Je regrette juste de ne pas avoir connu ton blog il y a 6 ans.

Karen Xavier said...

You have one of the most amazing and lovely blogs ever, they are visually captivating and thoughtful... so glad I stumbled upon your blog, reading it is a treat. Knowing you through them is an even bigger treat.... here's to many more beautiful and introspective posts, you tend to spread beauty in whatever you do and say, God bless.

Constance said...

Happy Wednesday to you, Anita:) !

Unknown said...

Dear Anita, Happy Anniversary and I am so glad to have met you and that you continue to blog. It is with great joy and peace that I read your poetry and am calmed by your images. We all go through this self doubt ( yes, who really cares?) and whether it is worthy of our time, but it does fill a creative network space that has not been filled before; I didn't even know I had a need to fill that space, but I know I am most happy with constant inspiration. Thank you for your part in all of this and I wish you the best year ahead! xo Nancy

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello My Dear!
Thinking of you with love and warm thoughts
as you head out into the COLD weather!!!!

I had to come back for some beauty here!!!!
~ Violet

Personally selected products said...


It was long time since the last year! : ) i was expected to see your new post.
I just arrive my home and see such elegant,wonderful and artist you are!
You are my first inspiration !!
when i was beguinning in my Blog you was my first one, and also at the moment you are.
I love all your picture. I love all you writte!


koralee said...

Sweet friend...
Are you back in school? I was thinking of you today.
For me it feels like school never ended...I am right into the thick of things again.
Have a Happy Thursday {how can it be Thursday already???}

Nadezda said...

Meilleurs voeux Anita et merci pour toutes les belles choses que tu nous a fait découvrir :)

renae said...

So I hope the temps have turned to the norm again for you in MN. Thanks for your fun comment. I was not at my comp at all yesterday. So just saying 'greetings' here today. You know which photo I love in this post? The one of the gal with leather and a fur vest and the great platinum, Marilyn Monroe hair tone. I WOULD LOVE MY HAIR TO BE THAT LIGHT. Dreams do happen you know! ♥

Tara Dillard said...

Found your exact Winnie the Pooh quote on a pewter keychain over 2 decades ago. Still on my key chain and my adventures have worn away Pooh's right ear and Piglet's left leg.

How often have I read the quote again at red lights !!!

Yes, understand. My garden designs only compare to Nature, history, the site, every bit of IQ, art & energy I can muster personally. How could the output of my days be compared otherwise? To someone else's work? Impossible.

Thank you for sharing your work with us, pure grace.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Suz said...

Anita, I can't believe I missed this beautiful post in my blog roll. It is gorgeous and full of inspiring words to keep me going. AND
Where did you get that absolutely beautiful table top chandelier lamp. I have been looking for one for ages.

June said...

No truer words than what you have written here my dear Anita. We are only here to share our hearts and to connect to other hearts that feel the same emotions. I think that is why this blogging is so special, and because there are people like you.
sending hugs...

Madelief said...

Just popping over to wish you a happy weekend Anita! Have fun!

Madelief x

Angela said...

Dear Anita!!!!! Happy new year!! I hope 2014 is a great year for you!

Kisses!!!! Happy weekend!

Deana Sidney said...

Golly, we all ask all the same questions. Most of the reason some people are successful at what they love is pure dumb luck. People with ideas as good or better fall by the side of the road. Remember what made you want to do it in the first place and tie your spirit to your dreams. Doing anything to make money or make someone else happy rarely ends well. Happy 2014, lovely Anita.

Unknown said...

I tried to comment earlier this week!
For some reason I was unable to do so.
Six years!
I have missed so much magic!
I am finally here tonight to join the rest in this "Standing O"!
Happy blog anniversary!
I am always at home in your beautiful theater!

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

Dearest Anita … Happy New Year! I have been gone for a while but now am back and your post has invigorated me to feel and remember why we started! I know what you mean and I know what you feel as I do as well! Thank-you for such a beautiful message .. best wishes my friend

Leslie said...

Good Morning Anita! I just adore this post.. so much beauty and your words always inspire me. Thank you so much for stopping in to visit me this morning. Interesting study to share regarding the onions:) I DO believe in preventative and alternative medicine. The OTC and prescription medications are WAY over used! Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm and WELL! xxleslie

Karena said...

Dear Anita, As always thank you for bring us so much beauty! Glorious!
I wish you all the best in this year ahead!
The Arts by Karena

francis said...

Hello my beautiful unique very special sweet friend
I have read your last post , over and over
I wrote all the words down in my note-book
I love to read and than write down with my pen and paper .
I love to handwrite , makes me calm ,
I love to be able to read it over and over to let in.
That's why I love the handwritten letters the most .
The pleasure of the sound of the mailbox , to see an envelop , a poststamp , a handwriting
the jump my heart makes when I recognize the sender .....
the joy of making coffee first and just look at the letter ....not opening yet.....
and than..... all set .....sit down and enjoy ALL OF IT
I love to cherish the letter and being able to take it in my hands again .
I also love to open a box years later and be surprised all over again .......
the blogging friendship is different .
In blogging there is NO DISTANCE
sending letters askes for a whole other effort ......
a comment is always very poor ....
just words and scentenses ...... no embellisment possible
Maybe that is one of the reasons some depart and choose for Facebook .
a need to belong to a network , you write above .....
wonder if you should clip your wings and stop....
You always remember why you started ........because
the truth always has a way of surfacing .
Showing beauty where it is not supposed to be found .

is my favorite quote from Roald Dahl

You have so so many followers and comments
Imagen ....for one time every-one would send you a real letter ......
what joy that would be .......
Dear friend , you are always in my thoughts and mind .

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour dear friend!
I see you came by again with beautiful praise for me... You are such a dear...
Wishing you a beautiful day,

Willow said...

We were do pleased that you but on your hat , boots and mittens , braved the blustery New England weather and arrived at our farm for a visit today .
Always a joy and a pleasure to have you there.
H.B. said to tell you we tidied up her punctuation .
Sometimes she hits post before I get a chance to check thing over , excitement really.
I told her you were a teacher and she needs to take note of things like that ~ giggle :))
I think you inspire us to be more .

Willow said...

Oh my it should be "put" .
Apparently H.B. isn'y the only one that presses "post too soon when caught up in excitement. ;)

Angele Style said...

Unable to dance for the past 6 months due to injuries have made me wonder what could be more beautiful than my passion to study ballet? I ask for a challenge....then I come upon this post. It touches me deeply. The CONTEST is always within me....I do not have to look outside myself for a challenge...and...remember why you started. I began a blog because I wanted to connect with fellow artists and yet I find myself observing others rather than being a participant most of the time. I remind myself there are seasons...a time to dance and a time to grieve and therein lies the beauty when we look for it. Thank you Anita.

Unknown said...

What an exquisite blog site.....I must follow you!

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