Monday, August 4, 2014

An Empty Ball Room

and the escalating



a ballet accompanist

always invite me

to feel young again

and sore 

the next day...

but when

with Irina


 The American Swedish Institute

came to an end

my camera lens kept dreaming

with an eye wide open to 

finding new portals

in my city

toward self-expression. 

As I prepare for 

(back to school)


August 25

 I would like to thank

my friends, readers and visitors


your loyal companionship.
I will be back 


the end of August 

but for now...

wishing you an

Midsummer Day's Dream.

Finally, all photos by Anita Rivera Castles Crowns and Cottages
Photos of me by Irina of Gypsy in Me


deb famularo said...

This was an incredible post!!! You know I love that photograph of you dancing! And voila, am I really the first comment for a change!!!!! YAY! You look like you are in your element, and your photographs are getting more and more beautiful Anita!!!!! I've been spying them on Pinterest! Nice job, it's all coming together!!!!! Good luck in your upcoming school year! xoxo

Marie said...

Beautiful as always, dear Cousin!

Love you!

Art and Sand said...

Oh, the beauty your eye sees and captures for us simple folk to enjoy!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous post as always dear Anita. The architecture is so very beautiful and I love the image of you dancing. It's always great to feel young and never too late to kick up our heels. You have so much flair and way with words. I treasure each and every post. Enjoy your time off until it's time for school again. Have a wonderful week. xo

Linda said...

Your words dance across the page as gracefully as your smile captures the beautiful woman that you are.

hi-d said...

Hi Anita!
Oh what a gorgeous post! I love all of your photos. Wow Wow Wow! And it's so great seeing you in them as well! You are an elegant dancer. And you have the figure of a 20 year old! I'm a tad bit jealous I must admit! teeheehee...

It's hard to believe that your summer is coming to an end. But you've got a few more weeks so make sure you rest, enjoy, create and do what you can do to gear up for the new school year.

Love to ya sistah!

Barbara said...

You are one very talented lady Anita! Your photographs are as amazing as your words, and it’s lovely to see you dancing and having fun. Have a wonderful August dear friend, see you soon. xx

angie said...

ihre hortensien bilder sind wunderschön!!! alles liebe von angie aus deutschland

helen tilston said...

Hello Anita
How lovely to see you dancing. You look fabulous and your boots are so cool. I love your images and the flower shop is particularly enticing and inviting. Hope you have a good rest before returning to school.


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita,
First, the header is fabulous! I love that the photos are all yours.. You have created a beautiful post, and you look stunning!
I really enjoyed the video. Thank you so much for sharing...

Constance said...

As usual, you have the most exquisite taste in the beautiful photographs that you choose and the images they depict!

is that you with the great legs, perfectly on pointe in that magnificent room??

I will miss you here until you post again:)

Unknown said...


Seawashed said...

In awe...speechless beauty. said...

you are so doggone cute and funny along with your photographic ingenuity and beauty! xo

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Well, Bravo Anita! You have done so beautifully here with your own lens!! And what beauty you have found in your own city!! I have a feeling these photos will be burning up Pinterest!! I know I'm going to start the fire by pinning them all! With photo credit to you, of course!

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

And I forgot to say "great job Irina" for her wonderful pix of you dancing. Girl, you have got some gorgeous legs!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh I am gushing with happiness ... beautiful, simply beautiful. Hey the Hillwood was the museum and estate we spent Bastille weekend at in DC. Great video. I am filled with joy by this post, finally seeing your own amazing photographs. Such beauty where you live. Seeing you in the gorgeous magical ballroom engaged in playful dance now that's just sheer enjoyment. Outstanding post mon amie. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G, BRAVO!

Sarah said...

Such a fleeting summer for a teacher. You are such a beauty, Anita. Bravo!
I will be dreaming of this beautiful ballroom and your gorgeous smile.

Simply LKJ said...

Another beautiful post, words and imagery. Such fabulous architecture and colors, awakes the senses. Best wishes for a new school year. Our Elie started back in the classroom today.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So peaceful and beautiful...thank you Anita!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, I have been thinking of you and wondering when you were heading back to school. I am happy to hear that you are taking some time to relax and enjoy the rest of your time off.

I love this post, and the photos, simply beautiful as are you!!!!!!

Have a wonderful week my dear!

Red Rose Alley said...

YOU USED ALL YOUR PICTURES! That's my girl. And the last two pictures of the flowers made my heart sing. They are gorgeous! I love this picture of you in the Swedish Institute. You are such a doll. Irina did an awesome job with them. Look at the architecture of this place! Jess would love it, as she has always been interested in Interior Design. I love that picture of the SPRUCE shop also. Is that in your town?

I'm so happy for you that you used your pictures for this post today. They are truly great pictures. :~)
Keep taking as many as you can until the school season starts because I know how busy that time can be for you. Isn't it fun? I love all the angles you used with the pictures as well.


La Contessa said...

I have seen the collection of ISABELLE de......Borchgrave.ABSOLUTELY breath taking.........I then proceeded to buy the book and gave it away.........I regretted it soon after.Only because I gave it as a gift and I do not think it was fully appreciated!!!
Now you have a music room and I desperately NEED a you think I can put that on the "Honey DO" list and just give up on the closet enlargement??!! I think so...............beautiful post!XXX

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

OOOOOOooooooo! AAAAAAAaaaaaaaa ooooooooo!!
So so very PRETTY are all the pictures!!
And oh soo BEAUTIFUL you!!!
Happy happy mid summer to you too!
Many many blessings, Linnie

"Create Beauty" said...

I was off swimming (I love saying that...) and am finally here to see your beautiful photos!!!
What a gorgeous ballroom, and you there in your shorts doing ballet!!! : )
You go girl!
- Violet

Fete et Fleur said...


Great job with your photos they are beautiful. I also love Irina's photos of you. I especially love the one of you laughing. What kind of camera are you using and lens? Yea!


Seawashed said...

Your photography was worth waiting for... You have surpassed us all! Breathtakingly beautiful Anita. xx

Splenderosa said...

Just beautiful, Anita !!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful...and an endless midsummer's day dream to you to ;) looking forward to catching up again at the end of August my camera loving friend! xx

Méa Strauß said...

Now you made my heart sing - LOVE to see you like this, WONDERFUL woman ;))
A big big hug for this an kissiiiiies, Méa, who has a secret to tell you.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, this post is so stunning! You have made such amazing progress in your photography skills. All these pictures are so delicious! nd i LOVE the ones of you in the ballroom. Saw them yesterday by chance on Pinterestt already. Your new hairstyle looks great and you are - so beautiful in your looks, energy and posture. Congrats my dear, this puts a big smile on my face! xox

francis said...

Looking for words ....... Just to say ....... Beautiful as always my friend . You keep surprising me ......... Big hug

Botanic Bleu said...

Beautiful building, beautiful thoughts, beautiful photography, beautiful friend.... Five years retired, I revel in having time to spend as I wish instead of living on a work schedule dictated by the ringing of bells. Yet, as each new school year approaches, I still feel a little nostalgic for the classroom. I remember all the frantic preparations for the new school year and wish you and your students a joyful, productive year filled with teachable moments. Please remember to take a few quiet moments for yourself before the whirlwind of the school year.

I am writing a post about yearning to be a better writer and what I believe will help. I have included a link to you and Castles Crowns and Cottages. Scheduled release date is Aug. 24, 2014. If you would not like to be included, please let me know, and I will remove the link. I think you will not mind, but I ask permission out of respect and admiration.


Unknown said...

As always lovely Anita. We hope you have a wonderful August before you go back to teaching. May your mid Summer dreams whisk you away to places in your heart that make you happy. Have a fantastic break and have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Love you dear cousin! Hugs to you and the gang!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Angie, I cannot enter into your blogs, but I wanted to say, "Danke" for coming to visit me! Greetings to Germany! Anita

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, your beautiful city just went to the very top of my must see list! Thank you for visiting and telling me about it xxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning, Sissy! Thank you for coming by! Anita

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

GORGEOUS photography ~ and an uplifting day! :)
Lovely post, Anita!
~ Lin

The enchanted home said...

OH MY WORD. Where is this????? My breath was taken away, and this does not happen that often!!! WOW these pictures are sublime!!!! Wishing you a very wonderful and relaxing last few weeks of summer too, sweet Anita. May you get to do lots of nothing, maybe some gardening, writing, and plenty of whatever you choose.
Always a treat to stop by here and get my little dose of a dreamy virtual magical getaway ala sweet Anita! Until next time my sweet friend.....

Kim said...

Every single one of your posts captivates me, but this one was truly outstanding! Your photos are stunning and as a dancer, myself, I know the calling of an empty space, the urge to do a few pirouettes! It always makes me feel like a kid again!, dance, dance! ps- great outfit! Enjoy August!

The Dutchess said...

And to you my dearest..and to you..Dream your dream..xoxo

Karena said...

Anita thank you for this wondrous inspiration to enjoy these last days of summer!. Send light and healing thoughts my way for surgery on the 13th!

The Arts by Karena

Bonnie said...

Anita, A beautiful path to travel at the end of our summer vacation. A new school always enters with hopeful expectation. Wishing all the success in the new school year. Have a lovely day! Bonnie

Lynne said...

Oh Anita!

Your photographs are B E A U T I F U L !

There YOU are!
Floating in elegance!
How gorgeous and chic are you in your shorts with boots! Très à la mode!

My heart skipped several beats at the sight of that flower shop!

Pura Vida said...

Lovely Anita...your photos are so dramatic and your expressions so poignant. The end of summer always seems so melancholy until that first peek of a vibrant fall on the horizon. I see above me our friend Karena needs light and glad I saw that. You are a dear and such a lovely person. I would love to see you dance with your feet because dancing with your mind you are amazing!

Jen Beaudet said...

Absolutely gorgeous as always, Anita! Makes me want to get my camera out. Have a wonderful August!Jennifer:)

Kirsten Steen said...

Beautiful, Anita! Love that all the photos are yours! What fun! Hope you're enjoying the last of your summer. And hope to be back more often. Bisous.

Unknown said...

Hi Anita! Gorgeous post as always dear Anita. I especially love the one of you laughing.

Anonymous said...

Bravissima!! ...the ballerina, the photographer, the writer, the teacher, the dreamer, the friend.
Counting the days 'til the end of August.

donna baker said...

Cutoffs and boots - couldn't be cuter. Love all the pics and the video. I''ve seen Isabella's art before and that is exactly the way I begin my life-sized pieces of art. Animals usually. Chicken wire and wood then many layers of paper mache. I actually have a life-sized horse in my dining room. It is the only reason I haven't made more. I don't have many more places to put them. said...

YOU little doll, funny doll, "with a thud", ahem, not so, cutie pie, just like donna baker said, cutoffs and boots, AMEN and giggles! you are such a TREASURE. your thoughts mean so much to me as to what i bring to the table Anita. i was thinking after and during my i'll revamp or throw in the towel here blogging. we have spoken of this before. YOU as well, inspire and teach me each and every time you send words to me. i do dabble in poetry whenever the spirit moves me, so i adored hearing what you offered about your group. i would so love to be a part in this around here, especially with everyone learning and beginning together as a group. how profound and what delights that must come from are one mighty strength to so many for INSPIRATION, WHIMSY, the BEAUTIFUL and BOUNTIFUL "old", such SPECIAL yearnings you stir in my soul, for life and art! there is more...but i am off to get a new crown, and it's not for my head! ah...maybe i'll inquire about this from my dentist, i love him and i'll bet he'll have a quirky come back, he always does. THANK YOU MIGHTILY for the YOU that you bring to us. xoxo

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

I am giving you a standing ovation! Loved your photo's from the first to the last. So very pretty! I enjoyed the ones of you in the beautiful light ballroom. You can see the joy the two of you must have had in your photo's. I like the contrast between the classic architecture/interior of the building/the room and you in your modern clothes. Both you and Irina both did a good job capturing it all on camera. The photo of the turqoise shop with the turqoise windows and door is so pretty too....and the flowers. Well done dear friend! You are really talented!!!! Hope we will be able to meet one day!

Madelief xox

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh my dear friend Anita,
How lovely you are on such a floor of dance, youthful beauty here that captures such beauty with camera in hand.
When was this taken ...
This is home to you, you belong on such a dance floor dancing about, writing, and creating your next life story in your minds dream.
The video of the formal dress maker I have seen before never forgetting how you created that wedding dress for a bridal window of display. I could so make this, and would so love to create one in the good company of paper artist, I would love Anita to be on your team of ladies who create with paper. I am adding soon another shrine to my etsy and am excited to see the out come.
I hope you make time to explore some more paper art, perhaps in liking of you on that floor of dance.

What about that amazingly gorgeous chandelier....breathtaking I add !

See you soon, at the end of a summers dream.



Denise said...

Anita My Sweet :) You are beautiful and graceful,full of charm.Dancing as a I do in My minds eye. Some day We will dance as Youth but We will not desire a Gorgeous ball room because We will dance before HIM, maybe even in the Throne room-Oh I love to imagine.Hugs to You and blessings for the new school Year ahead- Denise

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Laura! I don't see a blog for you, so I will come here to thank you for your visit! Anita

VM Creation Atelier said...

Super relaxed and again very inspirational post,dearest Anita!
The time going so fast....
And now is almost end of August...
Here in Holland absolutely dreamy weather and I do enjoy my every day!:)*

Hope you can also enjoy your last summer days,my dear friend!

Hugs to you,

It's me said...

Owww Anita !!!! end of august so long !!!!...i can't wait so long.......enjoy summer......always have fun every you my love love Ria...x !

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh dear one I am so excited to see your stage take shape, I hope the theatres I have created inspired a dance floor for yours, a fine stage it will be, one of song and dance and perhaps a performance will take place with the feeling of age.
I aged the theatre floor of Vera's with grey's, yet her photos take on a whole different feel to it. My new theatre is taking shape, it will be a bit boxy in shape, but it does have beams in it and a wood aged floor something I do to all my theatres.
I am looking forward to our holiday production and cannot waits to share my new piece. All that went into this theatre is all antique, every scrap of wood and every decorative embellished piece. The trim of the box was part of this piece so my vision for what and how I want the walls to turn out were easy with what Inhad to work with... The cutting of the wood and size was the difficult part.

I wish I could have made it larger but the pieces of wood salvage only allowed such sizing.
I will send photos soon, I wish I could figure out a theatrical sign, but I at this time regret to say there may not be room across the header, or maybe I could attach it to the face of my trim work will see.

My cabinets in the kitchen are coming along, they may stay white through the next few months and then I will do a French treatment to them that ages them with a hint of grey. At this time I am enjoying seeing all the whiteness in them. Not what I would have done if had a choice right off the bat when they are unfinished, the treatment I would have wowed them with! But going from outdated darker oak to white makes this small cottage sing a French cottage tune :)

I will email you soon with photos, thank you for visiting my place.

Your dance photo wows with that beautiful body shape, who would even notice your aches and pains :))



renae said...

Oh so cute and creative and glorious and courageous and FUN! I wasn't expecting a new post when I came here. I was just going to mention that we didn't actually phone each other now did we. So lets try that effort again. I am home all the time and right now my phone it super dead (at 7:30 pm) So lets try again, soon.

This post is very cleaver and very monumental. I sincerely love it,♥

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh, Anita, I DO love your posts!!! This one was SO stunning! Did you take all of these photos? They are absolutely remarkable - you are a genius behind the camera!! And, is that YOU in the photos dancing? If so, you are as beautiful on the outside as your are on the inside! Thanks for brightening my day once again! xoxo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Back again to visit your beautiful photographs and enjoy your dance in an empty ballroom that you filled with glee. Sweet boots Sista, love them. When you smile your entire essence lights up, love that. Oh and what a charming flower shop.

Thanks for your visit today, always enjoy when you stop in. It will be fun to stage a holiday production in the ballet theatre and link
with you and Dore. Can't wait to see the changes you dream up for your theatre. Send photos.

Wishing you an inspired mid Summers night dream tonight.
XOXO, said...

THANK YOU SWEET just turn/turned my crank! Much love/amora to you! ;)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!!
How are you? This is a beautiful post with the elaborate chandeliers & beautiful flowers!!!! Very dreamy and beautiful!!!!!!
I just got a new piece of art from artist Wendy Gell; it's more of a collage. I featured it in my post this week. It's heavily influenced by Elvis....
We've been getting crazy thunderstorms again and tomorrow is supposed to be stormy.
My parents arrive for a visit Friday so hopefully all the crazy storms are gone by then!!!!
Have you done any shopping? I bought a really unique vintage belt with amazing hanging silver boho style trinkets. I'll feature photos once I get it. I also bought a pair of Converse black high top sneakers studded with brass and silver studs- very fun & cool!!!!
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!
Love & Hugs,

YourSpecialDog said...

What can i say , your photography is so bright , full of light. Just amazing !

Anonymous said...

Sweet Anita, what a lovely, light-filled post! It was such fun to see you dance across the floor… as your words and images dance across the page! Each post shares another glimpse into your many, many wonderful talents, Anita.
I know how exciting it is to prepare for the start of a new school year ~ joy, anticipation, and hope all fill a teacher's heart! I am beginning my third year of retirement and still dearly miss my young students. So, I have been helping friends prepare their classrooms for the excitement that each new school year brings! Teaching has been such a blessing in my life! Now it's truly exciting to discover new avenues to learn new things, be creative, and continue to make a difference. Life is filled with surprises!
Soak up the quiet moments in your garden, as you prepare for the new school year, my friend.
Je t'embrasse!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

I love the photos of you in the ballroom in those fabulous boots Anita!!!! You look amazing!!!!!!!!
Hugs!!!!! :-)

Little Miss Titch said...

Bravo! Bravo! we want an encore Auntie Anita!hehehehe my fun dancing Auntie!Bravo!Bravo!xx Speedy and Rachel

The French Hutch said...

I’m lingering and listening to the music and your beautiful and dreamy photos. I would love to dance under those ceilings and feel the music. Being sore would be a minor price to pay! Wishing you a beautiful August dear Anita...................

VM Creation Atelier said...

Oh,my dearest Anita!!!
So stupid of me.....:(((
I can't understood that there on the images are YOU:)*
You looks SO beautiful,absolutely in love with your dreamy,huge dreamy photos.....................
And what a happy Irina,she can make these images of you:)))*

Talented photography,Anita!!!

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Ton message est merveilleux comme d'habitude.
C'est toi qui fait ce mouvement de danse si gracieux, je suppose.
Quelle jolie dame.
Tu es douée de tant de talents.

Je te souhaite des jours plein de fantaisies et de rêves.

Dans les coins paisibles
de ton être
brille ta lumière
une source animée et vive
un monde de mots
qui ventent audessus du chemin
de tes visions de rêve
gravement chargées
d'un désir aussi doux qu'amer...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère amie Troebadoer,

Vous supposez correctement; c'est moi. Mais ce n'est pas la fille d'antan, bien sûr! Mais l'esprit danse toujours sous mes pieds et donc, je dois bouger! Merci de m'avoir flattée encore avec une jolie vidéo qui me rappelle le don de ce corps. Et votre poèsie? C'est si parfait. Merci.

jerilanders said...

Excellent excellent! Bravo on the dance and the photos are superb! How the heck did you do it?! I've been taking pics for years and they NEVER look this good... I need lessons!

jerilanders said...

Oh, and by the way, How do you stay in such good, healthy , slender, vivacious shape?! Geez. I can only DREAM of leaping in the air like that!

Unknown said...

Your creativity is endless darling Anita! You....and the joyous photos of leaping and laughing...capture your spirit. I am so enthralled I have pinned that to my Blog Crush Pinterest board. Truly, such a joyous, carefree moment and you so deserve these carefree moments of summer. Each photo inspires me to beauty and peace as I prep for heading back to work tomorrow.
See you later in the month lovely friend.
xx, Heather

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Enjoy the rest of your summer, Anita! I'll look forward to your autumn posts. Cheers!

Palomasea said...

Ooooh...I have major goosebumps right now! Seeing the magic of YOUR photography, YOUR vision coming to life...woweee!!! And I am LOVING seeing this stunning ballerina....a woman who teaches us to seize the day and live in JOY and BEAUTY!!!
I am very excited for you, my dear friend...witnessing the birth of yet another new and beautiful creative path.....YOU ARE DOING IT!!! So blessed and honored to share in your journey... :))))))

Personally selected products said...

What a fantastic photo, and what looks like as cheerful and beautiful in these photos! look so funny, energetic and elegantly fresh and young!
I love the way you see things in your life and spirit. Do you know each dream. thanks for near my summer dream jejejeje in my blog. You're always so attentive and wonderful!
my dear friend Anita!


Personally selected products said...

Enjoying the summer is always special for special people like you both enjoyed the matters that enrich the spirit, creativity and energy to live!.
I am so glad to receive your visit again!

I do not usually talk about the many tasks that I must arrange for entertaining my classes and how much I appreciate my profession, creative and full of schedules, plannings, but it compensates recognize knowledge in my students, and grateful smile!.
My dear Anita, You do not know how much I wish we could meet sometime. See us in person and enjoy each other, jump into this wonderful place or any other! "infect our energy"! and share many experiences and skills that we have collected throughout our lives.

Every day I feel more happy to have found twin sisters somewhere in the World!! :) LIKE YOU YOU'RE FOR ME!

With all my love

Leslie said...

This is my favorite post yet Anita;) YOU look absolutely darling and I'm impressed with that leap!!! :):) I can't believe you are beginning to prepare for another school year. Seems like yesterday when you spoke of the cold winter and here we are .. nearing the end of another summer. It's bittersweet. For me, the closer we get to Fall/Winter the closer I get to completion of the house. Hopefully we will both find ways to enjoy the endless summer as we prepare for what's ahead. Enjoy your day!


BRASWELL said...

just look at you + the video was perfect + Happy New School Year

Cynthia said...

Lovely! Dancing in that gorgeous ballroom. . .oh how fun! Your images are always what brings me here, and then I read your posts. . .just lovely!

renae said...

Thank you my heart! You are emotionally charged and I love that about you. The Grand Jete is photographed beautifully. Go YOU!!!

Tomorrow will be a hallmark day and the 29th will be the belated celebration of all kinds of good stuff! ♥

Deborah said...

Hello beautiful!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness...that is you right?! Where are you?
You look absolutely stunning!
I wish you the most wonderful summer too Anita!
Back to school soon for still have a few weeks of enjoying summer! Maybe more? :)
Love & warmest of hugs to you!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxo

Bilancia Designs said...

Lovely photos...boy, you've come a long way, haven't you?? :)
It looks like you and Irina had a wonderful day. You look so cute!
Hope your remaining August days are fun filled...

Suz said...

All yours and amazing and beautiful and the personal shots of you are wonderful. You are lovely and graceful.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a gorgeous post. I feel like I am in a beautiful dream. I am so happy that I came across your dreamy blog. You are such a beautiful soul. Nice to meet you here in blogland. I am now following. I hope you can stop by for a visit.


toves sammensurium said...

I tried to comment earlier but it al disappeared!!But who cares,it gave me just another opportunity to once more enjoy this fabulous pictures!This place is out of a dream,almost beyond every dream,almost unreal!!! Those details,the light,the colors…and a very elegant ANita in the middle of it!!!!!!! So glad you share this beauty with us,my eyes are almost popping out I can promise you!!!!

And how clever you are,going back to school.I admire you for that and wish you the best of luck!!!!
I am sure you´ll spread beauty in your own way there too!!!

TOvehugs :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Cynthia! I don't find a blog for you, but I want to thank you so I am replying here. Your visit is very uplifting and I wish YOU a spectacular weekend! Oh, August is going way too fast for me!

Barbara said...

Thank you for your sweet comment dear friend. I think we were the lucky ones. Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Martina said...

Thank you for visiting today - glad you liked the art quote! I just discovered Jackson Pollocks quote - and they ring true to me because when i paint, i feel the same! I enjoyed seeing these GORGEOUS photos again - totally adore them Anita! Have a sweet and wonderful weekend, until soon! xox

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Bonjour ma belle!!

What a lovely dreamlike place you were blessed to visit! So fun, you must have had such a wonderful time. Life has been very very busy on Golden Pond. Haven't had much time to blog and visit. Looks like you've been having a great summer. Hard to believe it's August already! Have fun preparing to dazzle your students with knowledge dearest!!

Blessings & blissful thoughts, Edie Marie said...

Are you cute or what??? That was adorable Anita, and you look wonderful!!
What a fast sumer this has been. Hard to imagine it's getting close to school time already. Hope it's a great year with many surprises ahead for you and your students. One this is for sure, they are blessed to have you for their teacher!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy, happy, happy is how I see this joyful post Dearest! Full of beauty and catching up with a Special it!!! Enjoy your Midsummer Anita as we head into Spring and Salty Blue to you this weekend, Dzintra xo

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

Mmmmmmm yum, Anita that chicken style pizza sounds delish! I always liked the Italian style white pizza too, and Greek with feta, so now I must try your suggestion and all these with the chicken ! :-D
Mama Mousiekin wonders does Tee Rat bake in the cook stove?
Blessings and Love Linnie and the Mousiekins

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good morning Anita,
Thank you so much for visiting.. I am thrilled that you like the roses... Yes, jump in and just start your poem. I know it will be wonderful.

Rae said...

You are so cute! Enjoyed your post and blog!!
Dear friend, I came over from pinterest to see your blog, I've been sick and quit blogging. So I've returned now feeling a bit better and doing one blog, Robin Road . I'll just be posting my photographs. When you can I would love for you to tell me what you think about my site. I do admire you so! Lovely artist that you are! Much love.Rayanne

June said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos dear Anita!!! This post is so dreamy.
hugs from here...

Unknown said...

You take the most beautiful pictures. And I just want to see more and more of it.
This is a blog where one can dream and enjoy the georgious places you share with us.
Found your blog when i followed the comments you have made at Toves Sammensurium,
also a really fun and beautiful blog.
From Marit

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I did not email this morning because I did not want to take you away from your writing...
Thank you so much for coming over on your break to smell the roses... Your encouraging words mean so much to me..
Have a great day.
love you

Unknown said...

Hello again.
Thank you for sending me a message on Google+. I am not god at using Google+, so I send you the answer through your blog.
I have a blog too. Its called I would be delighted if you payed me a visit. Hope you can find my blog now. I write mostly about everyday issues, and I love fleamarkets and thirft shops. If this is something you like too I hope you would like my blog.
Hugs from Marit

Karen said...

Your talents know no boundaries. I think it inspires us all to be more creative. Thank you for that. I do love the ceiling on the ballroom and the exterior of the building you share.
I'm stalled where creativity is concerned and will be taking a break myself. I hope with the season change I can find my creativity.

VM Creation Atelier said...

THANKYOU so much dearest Anita for your coming by me and for your always makes me happy your comments :)))
I road again a very big row of a comments here by you....
And want to say: we are so happy peoples,we can make our soul fly only because we are enjoy our daily life...
Because we coming here by Anita's inspirational place to be for share our love with a whole world!!!

Hugs to you,dear friend and

Jade said...

Oh Anita, what a beautiful princess you charming and elegant! And I also love that ballroom - what a magical post again! Can´t get enough of it..........such a joy to visit your wonderful world! Thank you so much my dear friend and have a lovely new week,

with love and hugs, Jade

Red Rose Alley said...

GOOD MORNING, ANITA. I know what you mean, I rarely participate in these tours also, but Lynne tagged only three people and I was one of them, so I tried to come up with something. She is a grand lady, isn't she? I didn't know you participated in a writing tour every month - that suits you. It's actually supposed to be a little cooler today, and possibly with some sprinkles. That would be nice. Have a wonderful day. And you must be so busy getting ready for the school year!


Stacey said...

Oh what a treat this post was! This is undoubtedly a favorite post for me! Your photography is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pics of you! You are a beauty and what great legs you have! Enjoy what's left of Summer break! Bisous.

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, all your posts are so dream like.
What a gorgeous ball room.
I hope they never tear down these elegant homes.
At first I thought it was you dancing..yvonne

Tammie Lee said...

such a lovely and enchanting post Anita!
ah to dance in such a gorgeous and spacious room!
Sweet August to you~

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

So beautiful to see you dancing across the gorgeous ballroom - what an amazing place.
This is so dreamy and loved this post.
Wishing you a happy August and relaxing time before you go back to school.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are just the best! Thank you Anita, for joining me at the movies... I am so happy I could give you a smile!

Anonymous said...

Anita, oh my goodness! I love, love, love these photos. Such a beautiful place and love the photos dancing. Enjoy August!

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

G'morning Anita, I played the music again and took my time scrolling down to the comments and savored ;-D
Mama Mousiekin and I got lost in NOWHERE, the other day, to see Tea Rat's cook stove and baked sweets!! It was great fun!!

Many many sweet BLESSINGS, Linnie

Martina said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my little fashion drawing dear friend! It's raining here today and i take time to sort things for the magazine. Hope to start working on the article about you later - and hope you're having a fun and happy midweek in the garden!

jerilanders said...

I loved the story of your mama and the persistent little parakeet, what a stinker! The nest IS a bald- face hornet, very scary.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you Anita, for coming back for a visit... Happy you enjoyed the music! said...

I left you a novel on my blog Anita. I was going to do it in a private e-mail. but then I thought, "nah" I want everyone to know what's in my heart, and those that are bored with it, don't have to read it, eh? so Much Love to you! said...

oh how I love your WAY with words Anita and WHAT and HOW you say them. RIGHT ON, right down to the last period. and I forgot to mention the quote, is not mine. there are 2 different men that I have read quoting this, can't remember their names, except one, I think is a rock star ahha!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
How are you????
My visit with my parents was great; it's always wonderful to see them. My dad is doing very well and seems to be responding well to treatment.
My mom and I did some shopping together and I got a cool Moo Roo clutch bag with feathers, a satin trench coat with embellishments, a Bergdorf Goodman black top with small square mirrors all over it, and some Prada heels. The autumn boots look amazing and it's impossible to believe September isn't far away!!!!!
Hope you had a great day!!!!!
Love & Hugs,

Elaine said...

What a beautiful space for dancing. I would be so inspired even though a dancer I am not. You look so graceful in your photo. Love the boots. I am also back to work on the 25th. Off for a little vacation starting today. Enjoy your last days of vacation!

Red Rose Alley said...

I was looking at your Photography board and saw the starfish picture. I love that one! You know, Jess loves the ocean and collects sea shells. The star fish is so unique looking, isn't it? And are those cupcakes for real? They have glitter all over them! The row of chandeliers in the aqua room are gorgeous - that's a great picture too. And I loved the Tickle the Earth with a hoe, hehehe. You are doing wonderful in your Photography, my friend, and I just wanted to tell you that. You must be so busy getting ready for school. I hope your first week flows smoothly and you have a good start with the school year.


A Magical Whimsy said...

Thank you, dearest, Anita, for the Mid-Summer's Day Dream. May you too have a splendid Mid-Summer!
I must say, you do look so poised for your ballerina pose. Quite rightly!!!
Summer has been so busy. I've hardly posted any comments on others blogs!
I will be thinking of you as you enter another school year, with the wonderful attitudes you will so lovingly have to endure from your students. But, it seems you always have at least one, jewel of a student who appreciates your dedication to schooling the next generation. Maybe some of that student's fairy dust will rub off on others. All I know is, it takes a certain type of very brave individual like yourself to tread the water of the daily experience of public school. In the mean time, have a very, blessed rest of the summer.
love and hugs,

renae said...

hi sweet Anita! Your words were perfection to my ears. I get so tired of people telling me to rest. Dang, I am resting. I just need to get on to my favorite blogs and see and learn and know while I am resting. I have my post ready for tomorrow and that is great. I am going to the Huntsman for a blood test and I am hoping it is not good enough YET! And ...even if it is not good enough, I still want another week off. It feels great to just have normal motion, taste, feel and touch to be just me without any chemo enhancement or de-enhancement as it were, to alter me. I don't drink alcohol. I don't smoke. I don't like to have my feelings altered. And then chemo comes along and says you will obey me and I will make you all better (as she winks and turns her head to the side for me not to see her wink to the other chemo nymphs near by, saying "I can only do so much") and I place my feelings and bowels and tongue into her clutches for days upon days and she laughs and she wears away into nothingness that I soon forget, oh so well. ♥

Anonymous said...

Anita, dearest, how are you? It's always wonderful to see your name pop up at my place. Glad you enjoyed the moments I captured this Sunday, or the moments that captured me. ;) Mr G took me for a much needed walk on the shore, and I was so relaxed that I took every picture practically blind and carelessly. It's the sea I tell you, sweeps me away, but I was pleased with the simplicity I brought back with share with friends.

Barbara said...

Hello Anita, how exciting to think you might be coming for a visit! I hope we get the chance to meet. xxx

Woodside Park said...

Dear Ms. Castles, Crowns and Cottages!
Is that you? Love your new hair style - tres chic!!! I have missed you. I've been on a mini blog break....exploring Maine....slaving away in the garden, haha. And just enjoying these precious days of summer. Beautiful photos, my friend. I enjoyed every single one. Have a wonderful school year ahead.

miss b said...

Finally catching up on my blog reading after our holiday. What a delightful post which brings back such happy memories of my ballet classes which I attended from the age of four to seventeen. Stunning architecture and the aqua shop front is so charming too. Enjoy these last few days before La Rentrée.

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

Hello Anita Dear
So very glad you enjoyed Jennee Bee's tale!
The Mousiekins have been spending time getting lost in Nowhere getting to know
Tearat and Ratus and all the gang hee hee! I think that there is no such thing as time in that world!
Blessings and warmth, Linnie

renae said...

hi sweet Anita, my friend. So I have better blood in me now and I will be getting my chemo 6 on Monday morning. The next 21 days will be hell and escaping hell but soon all be wonderful bliss and wellness. I can't wait for it to be done. I have been dealing with this for all spring and summer and soon it will be Autumn. September is upon me and August will fade with the nausea, constipation and yeasty mouth. I have always loved September. Thank you for your dear kindness and devotion to me! ♥

therelishedroost said...

Beyond gorgeous!! Everything about this post the sequence the lighting the room.. simply splendid!!

Red Rose Alley said...

ANITA! I was reading your comment today and my husband was in the room at the same time, and it brought a tear to my eye. I told him that this was such a compliment because you were such a brilliant writer yourself, and to say that was truly special to me. I talk about you often with husband and son, and of course, Nel and Jess........ and let me tell you girl, you are known in this family haha, and beloved by me, Nel, and Jess. Yes, our husbands can drive us crazy, and then sometimes they melt our hearts. What a roller coaster, just like the one that I posted! That ride was actually a ride we went on right before we were married. I love those vintage pics that we all have - they are weathered, faded, and so wonderful.

Have a very nice Sunday, and thank you for your kind words on my anniversary. It means so much to me.


Willow said...

Oh my spirited friend , you do soar and when you do ~ you lift our spirits as well.
You are so expressive with your words and elegant with your artistic flair of photos.
Such a kind, creative , beautiful, brilliant soul you are.
I do always love visiting here , and always enjoy your visits to the farm.
Look at your loveliness there in the dance hall ~ so fabulous.

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

I wanted to come say hi to you! We've all been sick here and I haven't been blogging. Starting to get better but I'm about done with it. haha...You start school this week, don't you? I can't believe it! It has gone by so fast! I hope you had a nice summer. Did you?

Well, take care my friend. So fun seeing you and your joyful smile in the photos here.


Unknown said...

Anita, this was the most amazing. What a beautiful place and the photographs are so lovely. It's so hard to believe that school is beginning so soon. I am glad I stopped by to see such a gorgeous post.

Cobalt Violet said...

Bellissima!!!! My mood has been lightened! Thank you!!!!

Hope you had a good summer. My summer classes are over friday and I have a week off
... then back to teaching. Hope you had a nice break!

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you for your lovely comment - yes, the last of summer is precious and worth celebrating with friuts and flowers! It feels like late summer here with these beautiful clear and sunny mornings, not so hot anymore. It's good you have this week of preparations, to slowly get into the mood for school again ... The dance of life! Have the most wonderful day my dear, until soon!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
I can hardly believe summer is starting to conclude!!!! We have super HOT temperatures here this week- it's supposed to be 100 degrees the next few days which we haven't had all summer. So it won't feel like autumn for awhile but the calendar is telling us fall is approaching!!!!
How has your week been?
Hope you are doing great and let me know how the start of school goes....
Love & Hugs,

Kirsten Steen said...

They're all beautiful but especially love the ones of you dancing!

Red Rose Alley said...

Wow, I didn't know you grew up in that part of LA! And you used to drive over to the Santa Monica Pier sometimes when you were a teenager? I bet the memories were flowing for you when you went there on your last visit to see your family. I can't believe it's school time for you again, and you are back in the routine. I saw all the kids walking to school as I went to get my Starbucks this morning. I always had good times at school. And you, do you have good memories too?


renae said...

Awh, thank you sweet Anita! You have kept me "up" and feeling like I could accomplish my posts and maintain my blog through this difficult time. I met with my radiation dr yesterday for the first time and he has a new scanner / machine that can pin point the radiation and with very minimal side effects. Yay. Jackpot on him, too now. I have had the best doctors and care. So super happy about all that. This chemo 6 will fade day by day and I'll be all over the place in blog land, in mid September. Just you wait - my girlfriend!! ♥

Linda said...

Wonderful post and lovely photos.

Rae said...

I adore that blue door...the color is like Heaven!!!!! Have a HAPPY day friend.

renae said...

hi Anita! Oh, I think you missed the photos of me and my fam at the Infusion Center at the Huntsman. I didn't adhere them to my post correctly and I awoke to many stating they couldn't see the pics. So at your complete convenience would you mind returning and seeing those pics? They are up and on now. I love your supportive comments in seeing our co-hosts and their styles. I love those yellow beads with the yellow wellies. That just cracks me up. ♥

Privet and Holly said...

Love all of gorgeous
photos and, most
especially, seeing your
smiling face! Good luck
as you prepare to lead
and inspire another group
of children fortunate to
call you their teacher : )

xo Suzanne

Teresa Cypher said...

Your photos are breathtaking! And certainly set my mind to dreaming... Thank you! :-)

hi-d said...

Hello my friend!
Thank you so much for stopping by. This sickness has really whooped our behinds. haha...still not feeling well. I took the boys shopping a couple days ago and it set me back after that...Whew...I'll be glad when we're back to normal. We hope to get some rest this weekend.

How was your first week of meetings and getting ready for school to be back in session? I hope it went smoothly and I wish you a wonderful new school year with delightful students. :) They are certainly blessed to have you as their teacher!!!

Have a good weekend and enjoy the last bit of summer...I hope you are having nice weather.

Love to you!

Barbara said...

I can almost smell the coffee from here! I hope your internet is restored very soon. Hugs Barbara xx

Robyn said...

Wow, Anita, I am just seeing this now because I didn't get a notice in my email and I suspected I was missing something! Your photography!! Oh my gosh, sweet friend, it is stunning! I love your aesthetics, your visions and your beautiful outlook on life. You are such an inspiration to so many, Anita, and you bring immeasurable joy to those that love you. Thank you for bringing so much beauty and so many moments of loveliness into my life. Much love to you!

La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Anita, dropped in to see beauty before I go to 8AM Mass.
Thinking of you Darlin... yvonne

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, are you going back to school tomorrow? If so, i hope you still do have a relaxed sunday! Just been for a walk and it was fresh and a little bit like fall already - strange, how the seasons suddenly turn! Will write more soon, Love, M.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Mrs. Miniver here.... why yes, I do pickle and can my vegies for the winter months.. If Tea Rat and Rattus would like a jar, just send an email to mum.... She takes care of all my orders..
Yours truly,
Mrs. Miniver.

Oh Anita, thank you so much for always, always, being there with words of encouragement... Bless you dear one
Love ya!

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

Just read your sweet comment. Just popping over to wish you a happy new school year! Have fun!

Madelief xox

Christie Jones Ray said...

How Wonderful to see flight and fanciful mood!! Thank you does not even come close to expressing my gratitude for your incredibly generous words on my youtube videos! You darling girl...I have missed you! So much is happening, I don't even know where to begin, but as I just commented to Linnie, I hope to have a post up soon.
Love and hugs and blessings to you dearest! And know that a little bunny hopped right in front of our living room window, reminding me of you and our first summer in our new little cottage! Thoughts of you, often, and hopes that all is well with you and yours:)

L'Elégante said...

Ce lieu est magnifique et tu es très belle sur ce pas de danse. Tu as toujours beaucoup de goût et d'élégance.
Je te souhaite une bonne rentrée active pour rester dans cette belle forme.
De mon côté de l'Atlantique je suis complètement tombée "in love" de Tony Goldwyn, ce n'est qu'une image pour réveiller les émotions d'une femme de mon âge, mais il n'y a pas d'âge pour être midinette !!!!!! Lol !
Amitiés de Fine.

La Petite Gallery said...

At 78 years old , I wish I could take your French class. I took a class before I went to Paris. I tried to speak it with my Texas accent. The French were so lovely to me, maybe because I was alone. I asked a man where was the train station, in french he said you are asking where is the war. We both laughed. I stayed In in a hotel next to the station on Amsterdam, I could walk to Momarte. down Pl Chichy ave. I learned the area pretty good.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Christie! Miss AUTHOR! How lovely to see you here! I wasn't sure where to go to respond to your comment. Thank you so much for coming by to leave a comment! said...

my silly e-mail hasn't been working since you posted on my blog it is...THANK YOU of made me giggle first and then I had a tear or two over that last sentence. I have read it over and over...simply get it, all the arts bring these spiritual gifts like nothing else on earth. I hope you had a first day back to school, bringing your smile and laughter with joy to your students...they are blessed! xoxo

Marfi-topia said...

beautiful and inspiring as usual!
hope you had a wonderful first day:)
big hugs!!

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

So kind of you to come visit me while you were at the coffee shop. No fun without internet access at home. I'm feeling much better as well as the boys, with Rob soon to follow...I hope!

I hope your first day of school with your students was terrific! Seems too early to start classes. And with the weather being so hot and humid, it must feel a bit odd, but I'm sure Fall will be right behind the corner. Oh, I love ALL the seasons. This summer we had such nice weather...truly one of the nicest, least amount of rain that I can recall.

Have a lovely week, sis...
Much love!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Beautiful and enchanting dear Anita in every way x I hope you have a wonderful start to your new school term and how lucky those students are going to be with such an inspiring teacher gracing their lessons!
Susan x

renae said...

hi my sweet! Glad you are back and the computer is behaving. Counting today I have 12 more days of chemo symptoms to bug me. It has been rough at times but not as bad as #3 was. That one was brutal! chemo 6 is more manageable because I know what I am doing finally, ....and then it's the last one! But, I am not complaining, mind you. Just stating a fact. I won't be doing any photo shoots until all of this chemo is out ta here!!! There is a big difference in my face and eyes. I don't want record of those faces, just the healthy ones, thank you. ♥

Red Rose Alley said...

You visited the Getty Museum in your childhood years? I would love to see this place, it looks so interesting. Nel said that there is a lot of Roman art displayed there. How has the school year been so far? Jess just got a full-time teaching position, and I'll tell you all about it soon.

I hope you have a wonderful week, dear Anita.


Personally selected products said...

Good night! My dear Anita! I much appreciate your visit on my blog, although I know that you are very busy with the start of your classes!. Soon I will start teaching my courses, but I'm still on vacation. Enjoy your back to the course! I wish you a happy day!

hi-d said...

I love coming back here and scrolling through these photos...seeing YOU and that beautiful turquoise paint on the door and windows of the storefront! Oh and the hydrangeas. Some of my favorite flowers. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. We had swim lessons today. One more to go and I think we'll pick back up again next summer, (maybe sooner)...we'll see.

Hope your week is going well my friend!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Welcome back to a spectacular new school year! I know that all of these kids are blessed to have you there!!!! I hope that so far all has gone well. I am looking forward to seeing more of your writing and posts my friend.

xoxo Elizabeth

Down by the sea said...

That's a wonderful room in which to dance! I hope the start of the new school year has gone smoothly. Thank you dear friend for your hugs and beautiful words of comfort. You always showed such interest in Daisy. Sarah x

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
We're experiencing storms and hear here as I type this- ugh!!!!
Hopefully it cools off soon....
How has your week been?
I just bought a vintage suede blazer-
Love the vintage at this LA shop so much!!!!
How is school going????
Love & Hugs,

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous shots of you... and those photographs... brilliant...
I am late to this party... but it's still playing for me... :) xv

YONKS said...

Hello Dearest,
You have excelled!! I am in awe of your photography, all it took was a little practice, you already had the vision. Your composition and treatment is superb with a wonderful ethereal, dreamlike quality. I am so proud of your achievement and know it won't be too long until the work is all Anita's.

Good God girl, I would kill for those legs. You look so elegant and so joyful. You have brought such a smile to my face today, for which I send hearty thanks. Now the days are drawing in we can resume our emails. I will get to it soon.
Much Love Anita
from your awestruck friend

Celestina Marie said...

Oh my I never got this post either. Hello again my friend. I love this post and the beautiful pics are divine. You are as talented with your camera as you are with your writing. Love seeing you in the ballroom taking a beautiful dance pose. You are BEAUTIFUL and elegant!!
The details in this gorgeous building are ever inspiring and romantic. I could view this photos over and over.

I hope back to school is going well and you enjoy this first long weekend break before heading back on Tuesday. Thank you for sharing and for your friendship.

Gail Peterson said...

A beautiful piece I'm so happy I came by today!
Thank you Anita for such love in all that you share.
Casual Loves Elegance

Anonymous said...

Your blog is simply tres jolie.

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

So glad that Vicki highlighted this post Anita! Not sure how I had missed it! Beautiful pictures, and so lovely to see you dancing

Hope your rentrée went well


A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, dear Anita, I am so inspired by your beautiful post. It's simply beautiful. You look as though you could take flight. Such a beautiful ballerina. And then the next image with you laughing. That's just priceless. Your words ".. with an eye wide open to finding new portals in my city toward self-expression" struck me. Your blog serves as a muse for my own self-expression. Honestly, it is that "awakening" I mentioned to you in one of our communications, I'm so excited to have found you. . .Divine intervention, I have no doubt! XO ~ Nancy

finding new portals

in my city

Roselyn Franke said...

What a beautiful, creative post! The pictures are stunning as well.