Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Linda from the Blog

asked me to participate in

The Bloggers' Writing Process Tour

I thought it would be a good time

to share more about 

the writer

behind the scenes.


Each blogger selected

answers four questions

about her writing process

then chooses two to three others 

to do likewise and continue

the tour.  

The questions are as follows:

What am I working on? 


How does my work differ

from others of its genre?

Why do I write what I do? 

How does my 

writing process work?

And now to the following bloggers:

Martina ~ MVS Art Impressions

Judith ~ Botanic Bleu


What makes you happy

patrick demarchelier via

and moves you 

to share your

passion with the world?

header photo via


Red Rose Alley said...

This is similar to what I just experienced recently when I was asked to participate in the blogging tour. Poetry and Photography are similar.......hmmm, I never thought about that, but it makes a lot of sense. They are both so creative and lets us use our imagination to the fullest. One of the reasons why I love Photography is that we don't even have to use words, the picture says it all. I LOVE LOVE that picture of the camera, and it really got to me because I have a Canon too. Oh, I enjoyed reading all about your writing process, Anita, and I didn't realize that music was a big part of that. I adore music too, my friend.

Anita, I just wanted to tell you that you are one of the most inspirational friends I have, and I appreciate everything and ALL OF WHO YOU ARE!


now I'm off to see if you have any new photos on your board. :~)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Wonderful answers and a greater understanding into your creative process. Some similar to mine, some different. You asked what makes your blog reader happy and moves us to share with the world? Simple I feel energized after my creative efforts and that pleases me. I'm moved to share my art be it poetry, storytelling, drawing, painting, cooking or designing for clients for the reason that talent needs to be shared with others and in the process of sharing inspiration blooms.
Anita I love the photos you've chosen to post with your answers.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Both poetry and photography "slow you down and ask, 'What do you really want to say?'" That is lovely. And so true. Blogging is the same. I've never been so present in my life as I have during the past few years as a blogger/photographer. It's such a rich experience. Thanks for this wise post, Anita!

Kim said...

I love learning what inspires people to create. Thank you for sharing, Anita. Your blog posts are always captivating, the photographs and music enhance the written word. I don't think I have ever come across another blog quite like yours...your originality is wonderful and what makes me so excited to click on over whenever a new post pops up in my feed. My writing process varies. I guess it depends on whether it's a craft post or not. The DIY features can be dry, instructional, although I try to infuse a bit of humor. My "Words" pieces are much more fun to write ~ I hope to provoke laughter or deep thought. Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my words touched someone! PS- Love the Vera dress!

Art and Sand said...


How nice to learn about your process because your posts are always awe inspiring - the music, the words, the images - all joined together to make me smile, think, wonder, dream . . .

Sarah said...

Anita, your presentation of these answers are as artful and beautiful as a typical post. You amaze! It a pleasure to know more about the thoughts behind your work. I admire your creative energy and passion. A published book……… the idea of that, my friend. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, your posts are always inspiring and incredibly beautiful but this one took my breath away. I don’t know how you do it, but I’m glad you do. When I visit you, I want to write poetry and paint pictures – I don’t have a talent for either, but your words inspire me to try. Thank you for being as wonderful as you are. Barbara xxx

Unknown said...

I so enjoyed reading your post,'s great to learn and understand more about you the 'writer behind the scenes' you are a very inspirational lady with a huge talent....I adore your blog! xx

Ann said...

You are so creative Anita
that wherever and whatever field of art
you choose you are sure to be great at it.
Love your style poetry
it is so inspiring and makes us appreciate life and living more.
I feel blessed whenever I drop by here.

Little Miss Titch said...

Wonderful Anita you always inspire me with your posts,to strive to do better at all the things I do,which reminds me about time I picked up my paint brushes and paint and do a bit more on Speedy's book.....Yes I paint in oil or acrylics and yes there will be a book...I just need to crack on with it!,love you always,xx Rachel

Martina said...

Good morning Anita - and thank you for sharing all these things about you! I think you're very right here - blogging is a lot like gardening - and you did beautiful work in both areas! The idea of hosting a poetry group is great - nothing can replace the contact to fellow artists and seekers. Sun shines nicely here today, i hope it does at your place too! Let's have a cup of tea with a bouquet of roses on the table - love for a happy day!

Vintage Jane said...

An interesting and beautiful read as always. Your comparison of poetry and photography is so true. Your writings have inspired me since the very first blog post of yours that I was lucky enough to come across. M x

Unknown said...

You are always so creative and no post is ever the same although the quality is always the highest. You have a wonderful imagination and a great skill with words. We would not miss it for the world. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

millefeuilles said...

Hurrah!! I have returned from holiday although, to be honest, I am not quite home yet. How wonderful it is to touch base with you, Anita! The writer, the photographer, and the artist in you all make my heart sing. I am delighted to read that you have been using your summer wisely :-) Expanding and nurturing your artist's soul. How wonderful that must be. I'm left wondering how you feel after those weeks. Encouraged, determined...

Warmest wishes,


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Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Anita,

These glimpses into the blogging process and the blogger mind are incredibly fascinating. This all helps one to know the writer that bit more and to build a closer connection. For us, that is what makes blogging so satisfying and we suspect that this is the same for you too.

It is a most interesting thought to compare photographic composition and poetry. In both it is often what is left out rather than what is there which makes all the difference. To pare down and to simply rings through all your posts and that is what makes them so special. To get to the very essence is so inspiring.

Woodside Park said...

Dear Anita,
Oh I cannot wait to enjoy your published work!! You are an artist in so many ways, and have mastered the art of presentation!!! Thanks for sharing your gifts, my friend. xo

Robyn said...

We all must continue to learn and expand our horizons, don't we, Anita? It's what keeps us interesting, passionate and makes life full of adventure. Your spirit inspires me every time I see your smiling face and read your beautiful words. And now your images grace the pages to further excite the senses. I feel that you are a gift in my life, my friend, and I'm so grateful for you! Thank you for all that you give to the blogging community. xoox

VM Creation Atelier said...

Good morning or day or maybe evening,dear Anita!
How enchanting beautiful to read your new post again.....
Also enjoyed all comments from the whol world here by you!:)))
Great,absolutely great! Because our life is a ONE teaching process....
And indeed,it's never too late for it!

I ask me always: why is by one person so much visitors and comments and by another one it's not?....
But you are right,Anita:)))
Give your passion for life for your work or hobby or just for a something "little thing" and try to say it not only with words.....
I've enjoyed again,dear friend!
And learned too!

Hugs and xxx,

The enchanted home said...

Fascinating and beautiful....and boy is music ever powerful and motivating....such as you proved with your powerful piece that I am listening to right this minute. Always interesting to hear about the creative process and how it is different for everyone.
Fascinating how you so beautifully orchestrate the worlds of poetry, music, pictures and words together like a perfect symphony.

You are a true maestro class!

Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

great photos...LOVING the B/W, too = )

miss b said...

Interesting to read about your writing process and music clearly plays such an important part. Your posts do surprise and the image of the dancers on your banner is wonderful, illustrating so well those first inspiring words. 'Create, grow, try and expand ......' Positive words indeed!

Deborah said...

Hello sweet Anita! I love what you do and who you are...such love & joy expressed in all that you put your heart to.
Blessings on you!!!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxooxox

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Anita, this is lovely! Not sure what happened to my other post, but I so enjoyed seeing this!


Sheila :-)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Dear Anita, beautifully written. It gives an insight as to who you are how you write. You are a truly passionate woman and I treasure our friendship we have developed as bloggers. Bravo dear Anita. Have a fabulous day! xo

Constance said...

Love the ballerinas, the camera with the magic coming from it, the delicate music, and your creativity, dear Anita!
The world is a better place because of you, and the blogging world is touched with your beautiful posts, talent and loyal friendship.

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

I look forward to seeing your images, Anita. Another step, from possibilities and potential to expressing your soul.

jerilanders said...

It is very interesting Anita, to read about your process. Indeed, your blog is unique and the fact that you will be using your photography to go along with your words is going to make it even better. I like your comparison of gardening to writing, how very true! Although I never consider myself a writer, I know I am a gardener who plants, harvests and gathers.... just as a writer does with words, ideas and concepts. Keep it up, there is a book in your future.

It's me said...

You make me happy from Ear to Ear when i read your from me happy weekend my dear friend from far away...!! you Ria!

Marfi-topia said...

Loved reading the thought process to your creativity.
Your posts are always a beautiful tapestry that make me rush over to devour!
You are such an incredible artist Anita.
Thank you for sharing this with everyone !!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving us a behind the scenes closeup of the artist behind Castles Crowns and Cottages.
I love the text blocks you used, Anita, much kinder than the gray font on this young girl's eyes. teehee
Have a lovely day.

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

Oh Anita! This was so nice and interesting!
I must say that each and every one of your posts are art works of ART in themselves!
(poetically and imagery)
How wonderful that you are pursuing your talented art form of writing and poetry and photography as well!
(and you have so many many other talents too indeed)!!
I am glad you are sharing them all, for you lift so many!!!
Many many BLESSINGS and love, Linnie

PS I was locked in a time warp looking at the camera sparkle picture Hee Hee

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Forgive me for being so late! I am always in awe of your many talents, I believe you writing is one of my favorites..
Your photography and written words are a perfect marriage my friend... I expect to see a book in the future, this is for sure. Beautiful post Anita..
Thank you so much for always being such an inspiration!
love and blessings,

vicki archer said...

I LOVE this post, Anita... it is so fabulous to know a little more about you.. and how you create such beauty... Thank you... xv

helen tilston said...

Dear Anita
You are an inspiration in that you are forever challenging yourself and constantly learning and growing.
I admire your artistic skills and I love seeing your name on my sidebar announcing a new post.
I raise my glass to new adventures

Helen xx

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Anita!!!!
What a joy to read your thoughts here and your artistic vision!!! You are moving forward,
fulfilling your dreams and inspiring others along the way.

may the BLESSINGS of joy, grace and peace fill your heart.
~ Violet

Botanic Bleu said...

What an incredible honor to be nominated by Castles, Crowns, and Cottages to be part of the Bloggers' Writing Process Tour. Now, I REALLY must do some serious thinking about how to write a post to follow you. :) I love the way you used key words in the background of the four paragraphs. Key words....hmmmm... my mind is whirring....


hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

So fun to see this new post and to hear more about your writing process. You can certainly tell that you put a lot of thought and attention into your blog posts. From the music to the photos and your writing. Isn't it amazing how music can move you? I'm listening to your Chopin right now. :) Hey...I think you might like this song. I heard it recently and it is just so relaxing and peaceful if you can grab a few minutes to sit back and close your eyes:

Well, I hope your week is winding down and enjoy the upcoming 3 day weekend! Yay!!!

Love to you,

Jeanne said...

This is a truly beautiful blog.
Although I don't comment always when I visit I always leave smiling and happy.
Have a beautiful weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love your posts, Anita. Your answers proved what I always knew to be true: how much effort, thought and work you put into each post. They are never just thrown together. Your posts are all their each work of art. xoxo

therelishedroost said...

If you publish a photography book with poetry included sign me up for the first copy! I find it to be an art form that brings a sense of peace and pleasure at the same time. Always look forward to your posts! XO Karolyn

Anonymous said...

Anita fairest, thank you so much for stopping by for a visit, always sunshine to me.
I noticed the pink balloons in your post since I first stopped by yesterday, and until today I thought they were one of your beautiful drawings. How I miss your illustrations, my friend.

Jeanie said...

Beautifully stated and illustrated. I especially enjoy the term "wonder." I get that sense whenever I visit here. Glorious wonder. Such fun to learn even more about you, my friend!

Karen said...

I always leave your site with ideas and inspiration swirling in my head, in a good way! :-) Like Loi, I can't wait to see your published work, it would be a treasure to be sure.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and thank you for always entertaining.

renae said...

My groovy grief, that is an awesome post. So you and yet so more than you, you know? Thanks!

Yes, chemo is gradually leaving. At times I still feel that I am under it's clutches but the feeling fads fast and I am okay. chemo is strange yet so important. You want to cuss it to death. Some days you feel like you are dying of all the pain. Other days you are just so emotional spent for some stupid reason that you can't put your finger on but you sob anyway.

I pray dear friend that it never touches you. I pray you stay health and strong. I pray we stay friends forever. ♥

Unknown said...

This is a wonderful post Anita! How interesting to hear your process of creativity and more about your future endeavors. Your posts are always rich with sensory delights, a magical journey of sorts, and now are lucky enough to learn more about the fabulous YOU.
Love it! Happy long weekend my friend.

Rhonda said...

Uh, I do not believe your posts are predictable, they are unique and inspiring in every way! Adore and I mean Adore this one!!
You are so creative and talented. So happy to have found your happy place here!!

hi-d said...

Hi Anita, I got your email just now that's so funny it definitely isn't Taylor Swift. Go to YouTube and just type in Beckah Shae - Rest. If you're in the right kind of mood it's such a beautiful beautiful song. I think you might like it. I hope your first week of school was good. I saw your comment earlier about your dream...that is so interesting I really do believe that dreams have meanings...think about the Bible all the ways that God spoke to people through dreams. Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy your time off. Love you Heidi

The Dutchess said...

Not only very interesting but also a kind of statement...saying THIS IS ME NOW..and that's so true..this is YOU..!

in admiration....your sister, always...xoxo

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Anita, Oh how I so enjoyed your writing tour post. All of you comes through the words on this page and learning more of your process and what you are currently doing is so inspiring. I love to visit you and always leave feeling I have learned something new. A thought that I can recall when I create. Thank you for this and all that you share here in blogland. XO

Thank you also for stopping by my feature in the spotlight and your kind comment. So glad you mentioned this post too as I have not received my follow by email post from you and will catch up now.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Love to you~

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you so much for visiting with me - it's always a pleasure to see your lovely face and comment! And thank you, for nominating me to take part in this - i look forward to share some things about my blogging process as well, need a bit of preparation though and aim to have the post up by the end of next week. I think, it's good to think and write about these things, as it makes us more clear about what we are doing and how we are doing it.
Today, the weather was quite nice here and we had a trip to the farmers market and cooked some wonderful pasta afterwards - real weekend pleasure! I hope you will find school a little less demanding, as the term gets into full swing. Fall is almost here - but i hope the sun stays with us and we'll have a golden september! Love for a happy sunday, M.

toves sammensurium said...

Hello sweet Anita!!! First of all thank you for all the lovely comments!You are a sunshine for sure,spreading some magic and positivity when you comment.And I read them and think I have to sit down later and take time to answer and visit you,and when the night comes…well,suddenly it´s all over !!!!! But tonight I finally took time,and visiting you is such an adventure.You create magic posts and if I wash´t dreaming on the internet before you sure get me going! :))))

Happy Weekend you precious :)

Tovehugs :)

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

Hi Anita, Hope that you have settled into your new classroom and that the students are adoring you!!!
Mildred and Owen Mousiekin highly recommend that Tea Rat should try a Corgi Fairy saddle ride! They said that he is welcome to join them any time!! Hee
Love Linnie

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello Anita.....I so loved reading a little into your World of Writing! I hope that you are enjoying your time back at school with all the students who hopefully are eager to learn off you....what a fabulous teacher you must be! Enjoy the weekend and a Cheers to you....Love, Dzintra xo

Simplement ... said...

Bonjour chère Anita.
Je te souhaite une belle rentrée et beaucoup de satisfactions avec tes élèves tout au long de cette année scolaire qui commence.
Gros bisous

Très peu présente sur la toile car fort occupée, je vais essayer de revenir doucement ...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good morning dear friend.... What a joy it was to see you encouraging comment this morning ! Now that is was a great way to start the day... Yes..... I did enjoy creating him... Very much so... His little cheeks kept getting bigger and bigger.
Have a great day

Denise said...

I truly did think of You and missed Your blog while You were starting the new school Year.I do hope Your enjoying Yourself and looking forward to new minds to influence.I enjoyed reading these thoughts on Your future plans ect..I was asked to participate too but had to turn it down .Didn't want to ask anyone to carry it on.So glad You did except.I'm starting to get stuck in the mud with My blog,and I'm thinking maybe writing instead to My older Grandchildren and daughters. I've been planning to get them empty "Hat" boxes as part of their gifts for Christmas,and tell them that I will send them letters ect. during the year to fill it up.Be back soon-Hugs and blessings Your way- Denise

Bilancia Designs said...

Wishing you every "creative" conquest your heart desires....
Your talents are endless.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you Anita for visiting today.. Yes, I did get carried away with his little cheeks.. I kept imagining him stuffing all these peanuts in there! teeeeheee

Palomasea said...

Chere late here, but trying to get back into the groove...the rhythm of blogging...for I truly miss it.
And I LOVE the process of the wonderful to learn even more about yours....
My beautiful, inspirational, gifted friend....sending tons of hugs and love to you... :)
- Irina

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Stunning images and Chopin is so haunting - almost whimsical.

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, this is a beautiful post. You are so very talented, in so many areas.
You are my WOMAN of the year. yvonne said...

YOU ANITA, bring and breathe LIFE into whatever comes your way! and then the icing on the cake is WHAT and HOW you deliciously SHARE. XOXO

Anonymous said...

Anita, your words, images, and music continue to inspire and amaze me! Your thoughtful insights into the creative process are fascinating. Your comparison of blogging and gardening gives me so much to think about. To me, blogging also feels a bit like teaching, as you share your wonderful talents in a worldwide 'classroom.' We all look forward to coming here ~ to learn new things, to discover exciting new possibilities, and to be inspired by your incredible talents, Anita! Heartfelt thanks for making a difference in the world and for gathering so many creative people in this special community of bloggers.
Big hugs! ♡ Dawn

Elaine said...

A poetry workshop in your home. What a dream class! I am sure the lucky participants view it as a highlight of their week.

Love all your images and words and appreciate the time lovingly spent on each one of your posts. So glad to have found your blog years ago.

Suz said...

I am so happy to hear you are going to publish a book of your blog. I have been hoping for you to do so. I will be first in line to buy a copy. I love your blog and it has always been an inspiration to me. I write poetry but never anything as wonderful as yours.

Draffin Bears said...

dear Anita,

How lovely to see your beautiful post and learn more about you. Love the thought of seeing your wonderful photographs and reading your poetry. You are a wonderful inspiration to us all.
Hope all is well with you dear friend and you are enjoying the new school year. Thanks for all you share,
happy start of September

Rosa said...

coucou Anita, un petit mot pour te souhaiter un bon mois de septembre.
gros bisous
ton blog est trop beau !!!

Karena said...

Anita I love hearing and reading of the process that propels your astounding posts!
I look forward to seeing more and more of your photography!

The Arts by Karena

"Create Beauty" said...

Well I just had to come back for some beautiful inspiration!!!!


renae said...

hi sweet Anita! This is a grand post because it says so much about you and why. I just leave my followers in the dark. LOL NO I think any one's blog is a grand reflection of each person that owns that blog. Things are getting better around here again. I was doing great last week; thinking chemo 6 was gone. But, nope I jumped the gun and had a horrid battle over the weekend, when I had originally planned to attend church on Sunday and then host a Bang Up BBQ that evening. I had to cancel everything. But chemo said - nope - not yet! I was a mess (imagine PMS x 100) and I am not kidding. I should have known it would rack up the full 21 days it is entitled to, anyway. So it feels great TODAY to be out in blogland and hoping all over the place again Five more full days til Sep 8. However today I did get measured for my radiation. They made small tattoos on me so they locate where to send the lasers into me.

Just had to tell you thank you for you comments about the pink gingham dress. Your pearl choker gave me an idea ~ ~ ~ ♥

La Petite Gallery said...

Golly the girl in the Vera Wang dress looks like my Grand Daughter'
I can't believe these implants, what is going on? Freaky.

Stacey said...

I always look forward to your posts! They never disappoint! Your way with words always transport me to magical places. This was a wonderful interview and I loved your responses! xx

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!
What a cool post and fab idea!!!!
Your posts are always unique & special!!!! I look forward to swing what magic you'll whip up.....
So Labor Day weekend was nice and relaxing. Last night we went to bed and knew we were expecting some thunderstorms. At around 11:25 PM the tornado sirens began blaring!!!! We jumped out of bed and got our dogs to the basement. Never a dull moment!!!! Luckily no damage but it was a rude awakening to say the least!!!!
How is school going?
Hope all is is wonderful dear friend!!!!
Love & Hugs,

nélinha said...

coucou ma douce Amie, je prends un peu de temps pour venir te lire et te commenter, je suis un peu comme toi, je pense que la photo et la poésie forment un binôme parfait, l'un avec l'autre l'un sans l'autre on arrive à transcrire avec une pointe de sonorité comme la musique à exprimer à s'exprimer et à véhiculer des sentiments...Un état d'âme, un état d'être le ressenti du moment présent...J'aime ton blog, j'aime tes mots et les moyens que tu utiles pour faire passer et partager tes messages...
Bisous tout plein

Willow said...

Your blog posts never fail to move me .
The whole content and how you tie it together so beautifully .
Your posts always have an impact on me .
I appreciate that you are who you are so fully,
and that you share a part of that with us creatively here.
Thank you lovely Anita .
Most Sincerely,

Pura Vida said...

Dear Anita,
I enjoyed reading this so much and wonder what in the world you are up to these days now that summer has wound down? I hope you had a great Labor Day and are looking forward to a new feeling this fall! I can't wait to see how you will inspire us as the season changes!

Julia said...

Genial que bonito, que elegante me ha encantado , me he hecho seguidora, pensaba que ya lo era es expectacular.
Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mío, esta semana las mascotas son las protagonistas, nos hacen compañía y sacan lo mejor de nosotros mismos. Si eres un amantr de los anima les no te puedes perder este. Deseo que te guste

*Chic Provence* said...

Anita you are so amazing, I'm looking forward to your brilliant creativity to come. Your photography is wonderful, but your words are transporting... xoxo Kit

Jacqueline said...

Well, that was certainly more inspiring than mine will be! I am working on it though and not doing too well!
You always inspire and draw such beauty into life! I love coming to visit! Summer has been so crazy that
I haven't been out in the blogworld much but am hoping to be more so! Have a lovely day, week and rest
of the year!

toves sammensurium said...

Hello you wonderful you Anita!!! :)
Just popping in to say hi and wish you the most wonderful weekend,and thank you for all your heartwarming comments,!You make my day!!!

Tovehugs :)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Bonjour beautiful Anita! Just stopping by to visit with my sweet friend. Hope the start of school year is turning into a gratifying adventure teaching a group of wonderful students the French language. Your students are very lucky to have a teacher who provides great inspiration.

renae said...

Run and run and leap my dear friend, Anita! Thank you for your comment on Joan Rivers. I have always loved her and loved her on Fashion Police lately. Dang, you just never know when your time is. She had booked engagements til Christmas. My soul, sad to see her go.

Also, I love that you have a dress like that pink gingham dress, but in coral. I that the coral one you wanted back at Forever 21 last spring or year or sometime? chemo has muddled my time line sense. urgh.

I am feeling really great this morning! Perhaps chemo is tricked that it is a Friday and I always had them on a Friday except this last one. hmmmmm? interesting? ♥, Renae

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

Good evening Anita!
Hoping all is peaceful for you tonight! :-) I have been saying some prayers for you, for I am sure that Teacher and students are
are all adjusting to a new schedule!
The Mousiekins extend a warm invitation to Tea Rat (and his) to a cider fest ! With cinnamon ice cream and apple crisp!!
Enjoy your week end!
Many many Blessings xx oo Linnie

Rae said...

I promise you I posted before I read your post!!! Wow! By the beautiful way.....YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Much love friend.

Intangible Hearts said...

Writing does take time and energy but once you've finished something good, it's like the end of a long hike. It was exhilarating and exhausting but you're so glad you took the time to do it.

Kerri said...

Hi Anita! I am happy to see you are still blogging. I had to take a big break because I've been too busy with dog shows. I will have more time now. Gearing up my shop for holiday sales. I hope you have been doing well my sweet friend.


Barbara said...

Hello Anita, I just left a comment over at and there was your name right above mine! It reminded me to pop over and leave you a hug :-) Happy Saturday x

Stacey said...

Just popping by to say happy Sunday!!:)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, stopping back to thank you for stopping by and wish you a great week. I know it is a busy season for you and I can relate with my creative work load now too.

koralee said...

Hi sweet is me...finally! I have missed so many of your lovely posts! You are so talented and are branching out in so many different artistic ways. I am so happy that photography is one of those have a very keen eye for beauty and I can't wait to see what creative photos you have to share. Love and hugs and HAPPY new week.....let's make it a good one...NO...a GREAT one. xoxoxox

designchic said...

I'm always so inspired when I visit. Words and photography - what a wonderful combination, Anita!

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

I almost missed your beautiful blog post! I enjoyed reading what influenes you and makes you write and publish all those beautiful post. Writing a blog post is indeed a slow process, that takes days before it's finally finished. I know all about that :-)! However, you always succeed to make it look special! Like today!

Wishing you a lovely new week!

* Looking forward to see more of your photographs :-)

Madelief xox

Madelief said...

Forgot to say thank you for popping over to my blog too.


Madelief xox

renae said...

Happy MONDAY -no chemo- DAY to you, too! It is as if it was never ever there. It just goes away. I love the energy I have today and HM keeps asking me if I am alright, because I haven't stopped once I woke today. I felt it as soon as I woke up "no chemo". YES!!!

I shopped at Savers and got some great things; heels, clutch, two black jumper type dresses and a salmon super loose fitting top and some baby shoes for Baby LML all for $20 of their free money. RIGHT ON!!!! (do people still use the phrase "right on" still, cuz I sure feel it today?)

I love what you wrote about winning the race and being the champ. I AM THE CHAMPION OF CHEMO. I AM A CHEMO SURVIVOR!!! YES I AM. 5 1/2 MONTHS OF CHEMO, YES I AM.

You are so sweet to me! I am so glad we are friends. You have been by my side each day of everything once I opened up to my dear ones. Thank you my sweet Anita, thank you! ♥, Renae

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to read more about your process
what you have been exploring and sharing
and about you

such a lovely post
wishing you the best on your journey

Jade said...

Oh Anita, my dearest friend, your posts are always such a great inspiration.........inspiration in beauty, love and poetry! To be here in your wonderful world is like walking in heaven! Thank you so much! And thank you for all your lovely words - what a great gift for me!

Have a wonderful late summertime, with love & hugs,
Jade, Sheila, Katie & Pablo ;)

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thanks for your lovely comment on my painting! See, somehow i have the "flow" - but it's not so easy to find and one cannot force it. Your sunsets sound wonderful and the early morning energy is indeed special. I wish i could get up earlier than i do - mostly around 6.30, but i seem to need a lot of sleep ;) I haven't forgotten about your challenge here and will be posting about my blog writing experience too soon! Have been working on your article quite a bit and it already looks GREAT! Wait till you see it ;) xox

Ann said...

Thanks for your visit and comment.
Pop right back here hoping to find inspiration
no new post
but definitely filled with inspiration.
Thanks for inspiring us to have passion in what we do
no matter how small or insignificant it might be
and to continue learning new skills or enhancing a skill.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, it is always fascinating to read how people perfect their craft. It is clear each time that you post that a lot of time, effort and work hag gone into it. Each piece of music paired perfectly with your beautiful words and images. I love them all.

I hope that you are enjoying your time back at school!

xoxo Elizabeth

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dear Anita!!!!
How are you? Did you hear about Joan Rivers passing away? She always made me laugh & I loved watching Fashion Police. She'll be missed....
It's storming here right now; the thunder is loud!!!!!
How is school? Did you do any shopping? I bought a really cool knit & suede jacket by CeliaB at Net A Porter. I love the colors!!!!!
Hope you're having a wonderful day!!!
Love & Hugs,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You came over to meet Tilly! Merci, dear friend.... I am so happy you are tickled by her and the big blue chair.. Yes, I should ask if she would make a winter scarf for all the mice in Nowhere...
Your words always make me smile..

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a beautiful post Anita. And what a wonderful way to learn a bit more about your work and what truly inspires you. Love your writing and presentation.

Good luck with your endeavors.


Unknown said...

Hello darling friend, I will be your 104th comment on this post! Wow! There may just be something to be said about posting once per month. Love it! Just wanted to say 'hello' and answer your question about my mom's wedding video (she's 83 by the way;). It was professionally done by a local photographer, Jensen. There was credit on the video but I went back in and added a link to it. Thanks for asking. It was very special. Loved seeing this glorious post again by the way.

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

I have missed you too! So fun seeing your comment this morning. How are you? How's school going? I imagine you're back into the full swing of things. And I bet you're staying busy with writing and all of your other endeavors. Scarlet Pink coming out soon again?

Well my dear sister, I hope your week is lovely!


Red Rose Alley said...

I love your visits and they mean so much to me, as I know how busy you are with school, your poetry, and blogging. How is the school year going so far? Jess loves her second grade class, and has a bright group of kids this year. It's starting to feel like Fall around here. It's still warm during the day, but the mornings and evenings are nice and cool.

Have a beautiful rest of the week, and I always think of my sweet sister.


Anonymous said...

I love these types of posts because we learn so much about what fuels a person's passion in life. And you always have such a beautiful way with words and images. And yes, I love the banners and music. Always a lovely surprise!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

HI Anita
Love your words about blogging, it is often so difficult to explain why we love it so much, but you have nailed it!

beautiful post as ever

June said...

I always, always glean so much when I visit you dear Anita! It's like a wee vacation for me to come here and escape. Yes, your talent as a writer is a gift.
sending hugs... said...

oh how i love leaving my comments and retorts over here to peruse and peruse over and over again, special posts, special friend! thank you for your great feed back, as always. and must tell you i really did laugh out loud when i read that your portrait was a dive...i KNOW you have it in you as you persue faces! i hope classes are going superbly, wish i could hear you say that word in FRENCH OUT LOUD. much LOVE to you every day!

prince snow farm said...

Beautiful Anita! Sorry I have been so busy…I love what moves you to write and photograph….we are very much alike I think :)

Simplement ... said...

Bonjour ma chère Anita,
Je suis très touchée par tes mots et très flattée que tu veuilles donner mon lien à tes étudiants.
C'est OUI de tout coeur.
Mille bisous d'amitié

Jo Potter said...

Simply stunning Anita! Oh, I have missed your inspiring posts and I have been away from blogging way too long!
Sorry to have been absent, but life can throw you in a different direction sometimes.
Your posts always draws people because you are a lovely human being and that shows in your writing and images.
Lovely inspiring words for us to think about. Thank you!
Best wishes,

Bonnie said...

I loved reading this post Anita. I am always interested in learning the whys and hows from other bloggers. You my dear do it well. Hugs! Bonnie

Pétales de fée said...

Venue ici par un détour chez Marie-Ange, je découvre ce matin ces merveilleuses photos et cette atmosphère apaisante, accueillante et esthétique de ton blog. Une jolie découverte !

La Contessa said...

Here IAM the last one to the BALL...........(NO email in my inbox again!)Lovely how you have done this...........just lovely.To answer your question,"what makes me happy" Well, thats easy...........YOU DO!I smile every time I see and read your POSTS!The music,the words...........the photos.........IT's all THERE!XX

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Anita,
It's so interesting to read about your writing process and how you create your beautiful and inspiring blog posts...always special and truly unique! I can definitely say I appreciate the work you put into each one...beautiful images and words that linger with me and make me ponder through the day (always a good thing! :-) )
Hope you have a happy and creative weekend Anita!
Susan x

VM Creation Atelier said...

Goodmorning dear friend!:)*
SO happy you've visit me today!
I can imagine: you have very busy days at school.... and I tnink also pretty days:)))*
Yestarday I had a little foot surgery....Now I have more time for behind of my pc.

Wish you beautiful weekend,Anita!

Karena said...

How are you Anita,
You have asked about my progress and my home health care torture( I mean rehab) is going very well. I am pushing myself of course so that when I see my surgeon he will be happy with me and release me to drive!

I wanted to copy the dancers in your header, however it copied the entire thing; do you happen to have the image of the ballerinas only? ( I keep a file for ballet)

The Arts by Karena

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Qué maravillosos y creativo !! me encanta esa idea, y como siempre me fascina tu manera de escribir y las fotos que publicas.
Siempre eres tan especial y elegante !!
Muchos BESOS


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

Dearest Anita,
I just knew that you were one that would enjoy and appreciate so very much, all the beautiful
workings of the Art of Jeri !! I wanted my camera to give the feel of how one would "see"
if they were right there in front of the pieces and display! I was so glad to see her and her Art in person!!
(She and her Hubby are so DEAR)
Anita I hope that you keep making your Art for your talent is amazing too!! ;-)

Many many warmest hugs, and Blesssings galore, Love Linnie
and the Mousiekins (who are their sending their
hugs to "The Tea" as Missy so fondly calls him!! Hee hee

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Merci Anita! How sweet of you to leave such a kind note... I am happy you enjoyed the Fainting couch and the chair.
On to the next!

DolceDreams said...

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!! I cannot wait for the book!!!!! xox Nathalie

A Magical Whimsy said...

Wow...and I say that in awe, Anita.
The process you have just described sounds incredibly detailed and exacting. This is why your posts are so inspiring and thought out, because they truly ARE. This is why I return to your blog, again, and again, because I can always count on being touched with profound wanderlust, and moved with passion about life itself. I think, in today's world, people don't have the patience anymore to learn a new art technique, or like you, to pursue a goal in painstakingly, writing poems. The best things in life require passion and experience. Sometimes, it is the lack of patience that keeps me from acquiring the experience. I get too hasty to learn a new thing and get side-tracked, while I should be taking the time to learn something new which will enrich my life. I fear this is a 'learned' habit, to get something done quickly, and move just as fast to the next project, missing the enjoyment of it all. It's like cramming for a school test the night before, filling the brain with the details but not really learning much. Our materialistic society has ruined our need to smell the roses along the way.

La Petite Gallery said...

Oh Anita, I am still laughing over the comment about tin roofs. You are so funny.
Love Yvonne.
Golly, Renee is getting so excited about her wedding, They wanted to keep it SMALL.
She just did a post, " Renee finberg tells all."

Maria said...

You have magic in your soul, lovely. lady
~ ..As well as the most gifted talent of making us all feel so special and welcome here...
Hugs Maria x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

HELLO dear Anita on this beautiful weekend.....I am sooooo far behind here.....Thank you so much for sharing this, your blog is truly so special....I love to come here and see what you are writing about.....undoubtedly there to me is always a subliminal message in your posts....Wishing you a lovely weekend and here's a Cheers to you, Much Love, Dzintra xo

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PRECIOSO. sencillamente precioso!!!

OH my dear ANITA !! I was far away my home. Yes again i have to trouble, and i was miss sit confortable, wach your lovely picture, and read all you writte.


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