Friday, July 22, 2016


is  always 


my surroundings.

Whether I'm renewing

a vintage piece

from this

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 to this

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shaping our humble house

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into a 

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has been one of the most

fascinating challenges

for me as 

a homeowner






the exterior 


any home

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into a truer form of itself

has to happen



And the same 


for people.

Another revision 


Les Dames D'Abord

formally known as

Castles Crowns and Cottages


soon morph into 

a truer form of its essence:


My blog

will simply be called

"Gathering the Blackberry Winter" anita pelayo rivera

where I will continue



share inspiring music


post my


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If you haven't noticed

I've been on 


for over a year

where my gallery

has become a collection 


moments in light

until I get it 


for my long-intended

self-published book


poetry and photography.

My blogging style 


content will carry on 

as usual


my dreams and skills


being renewed

day by day.

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Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I hope this gets to you as we are traveling through New Mexico after just visiting a lavender farm! I am so happy for you and I look forward to your consistent and beautiful art, photography, poetry and the pure joy of your creative genius!
Much love!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Hooray, Anita! Here's to renewal on all levels. xo

prince snow farm said...

So excited Anita,as I truly think we are kindred spirits!

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Absolutely cannot find the comment button for your amazing new blog, friend A ... tried once and will not try again ... anyway: "Change is good as Change is the only thing in life that is for Certain." LOve, cat.

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

Anita my dear!! You are always BLOOMING in all things LOVELY!!! You are a treasure!! XXX OOO
Warmth, Love and JOY ~Linnie~

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm so happy for you, Anita. I'm glad that you are doing something with your photography, as it is becoming wonderful in every way. And I can't wait to someday have your book filled with your photos and beautiful words. Your cottage went from something rather plain to a lovely charming cottage, and you have done so much work on it, which certainly shows. Those pink potted flowers are so pretty, what are those? I like the lantern hanging from the tree, and you know how much I love alleys, what an awesome picture. Keep shining your light for all to see, in your photography, writing, and creating. It is who you are, which is one very special soul.

love, ~Sheri

Woodside Park said...

Such exciting news! I love all of your changes, dear friend. You are a talent, and your Instagram photos are so beautiful.
PS - That settee is divine!

donna baker said...

Will adore the new changes as always. You make me want to join instagram. Is the blue house your finished work? Love it all Anita.

Createology said...

Anita Dear your changes truly are and will be amazing. The blue cottage is making me swoon. Your photography always draws me in and I feel a part of the scene. I believe I may have walked on that narrow cobblestone street somewhere in Europe. I must find you on Instagram. Blessings and go forth with change...

Privet and Holly said...

You are my inspiration and hero! xx

Robyn said...

Your photography always shines, Anita, and it makes sense to change the blog to reflect that. I can't wait - so exciting! I know it will be so beautiful.
Your images in this post are so always take me to a softer, nicer place when I'm here. The world is too harsh these days! Thank you, talented friend. xoxo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita how exciting....all the roads have led you to here! Looking forward to this.....just wonderful! An extra cheers to you for the weekend!

Sarah said...

Your photography continues to evolve with great beauty and clarity. A picture is worth a thousand words, and yours are sheer poetry. All the best, my friend!

Splenderosa said...

So so so proud of YOU! This is beautiful, Anita. Anyone/everyone who reads your blog knows you are a true artist in every sense of the word. The entire Earth changes constantly, as relevant individuals we should change. My God, even changing our hair style from the one we wore in college is a catatonic event for some women! Going forward means you have to leave something behind. One of my grandmother's favorite sayings.
Simply splendid !!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita I know you have been embracing the change that's been bursting from within and sharing it with pride. I look forward to your photography and your writing and one day your book. I've discovered I enjoy IG just as you promised me I would. Change occurs its how we embrace it that matters. I love your settee and hope you will share a photo of its room placement. I also am thinking about self publishing my fairytale, mainly because I am posting it on my blog in a few days and it will then be out there so self publishing just makes sense for me. Yes my friend change is good and I like the clean image for your introduction of your name. More reflective of where you are taking your art. I'm excited for you my friend.

Mindy said...

Your photos are the most lovely. Change can spark something new and creative inside - looking forward to following along.

Little Miss Titch said...

Fantastic Anita,we can't wait to see where you take this!Such a beautiful post again as always,love to you from us both,xx Rachel and Speedy

Marijke said...

Amazing the change of the house that's work from a woman with vision!
It's always good to innovate and grow, embrace the essence of yourself, from there... the most enchanting ideas will emerge from you ... and we will enjoy it, I look forward to it ... because your posts always are gift to see!
Have a wonderfull day,

Roofing Contractors New York said...

You have amazingly transformed that outdoor bench. Fabric of outdoor bench is so stunning.

Taste of France said...

Change is good. The opposite is stagnation, and nobody wants that, do they! No change is inevitable, so might as well embrace it. I would think you'd have offers already for a book deal. Your writing is lyrical without being twee, and your photographs are magical. Best of luck and I will continue to enjoy and look forward to your work.

Our French Oasis said...

A change is as good as a rest, it re-energises us and gives us a new start, not that you needed one, your posts are always full of passion and feeling and the photography is inspirational and fantastic. I just know the new name and your future book will be a huge hit, Bravo xxx

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello,wonderful talented friend:)))
Your photography makes many people's really happy and inspired....
I am so happy for your wonderful changes!!!
I do adore your eye at the world!:)))
Hugs from here.....

The Dutchess said...

You go girl..I will always follow you xoxo

Bilancia Designs said... i have always said : you are the most talented person I have ever met.
One day we will see your name in lights. :-)

Lowcarb team member said...

So exciting Anita ...
Love all your photo's here and a superb music choice.

Enjoy the weekend

All the best Jan

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, I am so happy for you and this beautiful journey you are traveling with your talents. It is going to be inspiring fur all. Lovely photos and music. Looking forward to more.
Blessings and llove, xo

Celestina Marie said...

Inspiring FOR all. On my phone and hitting too many keys. lol. cm

Jude Butterfly said...

Lovely as always, Anita. Change is wonderful. We should ever evolve, transforming, reinventing ourselves as we morph through life. Love your posts and pictures.

Junkchiccottage said...

Ohhh Anita so beautiful. Your little abode is morphing into it original glory but with some beautiful new moments added to itself.
Love love the shutters and all your garden beauty. Your home is like a butterfly emerging from its former self into a new and beautiful thing. I love your pictures and swoon over each one. I am so happy you will keep the blog going with your writings and captured beauty in your pictures.

Debbie said...

Soooo beautiful!!!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Jacqueline said...

Your images have always been magnificent - before and now! What fun - with your new adventure!
I love your transformation of the couch and your home! Your magically change whatever you touch! You are a master of many art forms!

Priscilla said...

Looking forward to your changes💖

Art and Sand said...

Fabulous shots . . . I will miss the name "Castles Crowns and Cottages", but your new blog name reflects who you are now.

The sunflower shot is wonderful!

Tammie Lee said...

love your changes
seeing life through your eyes and heart
fun to hear that you are creating a book
beautiful as always

"Create Beauty" said...

RENEWED day by day, YES! Transformation is constant.
Your photography skills have multiplied significantly and how appropriate to have a new name
for your blog. Which isn't a new name after all : )


Always delightful, that never changes, it too just keeps growing!

~ Violet

"Create Beauty" said...

RENEWED day by day, YES! Transformation is constant.
Your photography skills have multiplied significantly and how appropriate to have a new name
for your blog. Which isn't a new name after all : )


Always delightful, that never changes, it too just keeps growing!

~ Violet

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Comme tu le sais déjà, j’aime visiter ton blog extraordinaire,
ce monde plein de lumière et de chaleur dorée…
Pour moi, tes photos, tes images et tes mots, constituent un point de repos
et une source rafrâichissante au milieu de cette terre plein de violence inepte
et d’ignorance humaine…

I love your world full of light and golden warmth…

“Lux aurumque”

It's me said...

Anita !!...great to be back make wonderful pictures love you my friend...always more and more and more....❤️❤️❤️Love Ria x

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Your post is so beautiful and intriguing. Lovely. :) Jo

Barbara said...

Sharing your journey through life is such a treat Anita your photographs are wonderful as are your words.

I’m sorry my visits are few at the moment. Life is always busy, especially when relaxing. ;) Much love. xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mon dieu cher ami, tes mots sont des perles du ciel! VRAIMENT! Comme tu me flattes et j'accepte tes louanges!!!!!!!!!!!

Chaque poème que tu me laisses est un trèsor que je cacherai dans mon coeur. MERCI.

The enchanted home said...

Love it and indeed change IS good. This is an exciting turn for you and I am glad you decided to come out of "blogging retirement" lol. Look forward to seeing what lies ahead for you to you this Sunday.

Mary Hone said...

Change is constant, and good. You are growing, evolving, and becoming more confident in yourself and what you can do. Onward with beauty.

jerilanders said...

Anita!~ I love way you have transformed your "humble home", expressing your true self. No matter what title you give your blog, it will ways be an elegant and inspiring place to visit and dream.

Jade said...

Your changes are breath taking, dearest Anita and your Instagram gallery is really magical - your dream came true and your pictures are art! I´m so in love with the magic you create..........thank you so much for your inspiration, my friend!

With love, Jade

vicki archer said...

Can't wait to see the new site, I know it will be wonderfully inspirational.. as ever.
Your Instagram is one of my favourites... Thank you for the beauty you see and so generously share with us... I look forward to it every day... :) xxv

La Contessa said...

SO, HAPPY To see you continue with YOUR PASSIONS and SURROUND US your READERS with BEAUTY!
I am spending THE DAY today with SANDRA SALLIN................I will make certain SHE SIGNS UP!
Your photographs are our your VISIONS!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Lovely... Lovely... Lovely....

Everything you do, is lovely.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Change is wonderful dear Anita. Your photography, poems and more capture life's true essence and brings so much joy. Happy to see you moving forward. xo

Karen said...

This will be so enjoyable for your readers. I've followed you on Instagram, with admiration and awe, as your photography has continued to impress and inspire.
Best to you during this transition. Change is good!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

This is soooooooooooooo exciting! I'm so happy for you dear friend. Such a gift you graciously share with the world. Love you!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest friend,
You know how much I love your cottage, and you have become such an accomplished photographer, among many other talents. Let me ask you, the gate, do I see a wooden sign ~Witzend~ there? I love it!
Your home is a place of poetry in motion.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest friend,
You know how much I love your cottage, and you have become such an accomplished photographer, among many other talents. Let me ask you, the gate, do I see a wooden sign ~Witzend~ there? I love it!
Your home is a place of poetry in motion.

La Petite Gallery said...

Darling Anita, Thank you so much for the Seamus Heaney Poem, I love it and the man himself. I left a comment there. The Music that played, was from my childhood and for the life of me I can not remember
the name. It made my Mothers face flash by me. Love to you, yvonne

Unknown said...

Change is in the air, dear Anita. I am so thrilled for you! Whatever format you choose to share your words, photography and music will be completely captivating, as always. Your summer sounds like pure delight!
Cheers to you today!
xx, Heather

Stephanie said...

Ah, one of my favorite pieces by Chopin...oh, how I love his music!

I am so excited for you, sweet friend, and for this wonderful time of change. You are a very talented photographer and your images bless so many - including myself.

Thinking of you, dearest Anita. I have missed emailing with you, but alas, my days have been so busy. Autumn will be here soon and the time will slow down {{smiles}} Enjoy the remainder of your break from school. Love to you!

Jeanie said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes and more yes! Congratulations, Anita! I feel the excitement, the energy, the joy and the passion and oh! How exciting!

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Anita...when I finally arrive on Instagram one of the first places I shall visit and follow is your page...(maybe even this week!)...a beautiful post as always xxxxxxxxx

Summer said...

Your photos are stunning ♥

Down by the sea said...

Good luck with your new venture. I am so glad you have decided to keep blogging and share the magic you create with us. I just don't have enough time to look at instagram. Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Oh, Anita-- I am so happy to hear this new venture. I cannot wait to see the beautiful images. I so enjoy your photos on Instagram.

Maria @ Gather

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita! I didn't know if you would get my answer via my blog, so I am posting here :). Yes, I took a few months to decide where I wanted to go with my blog. I didn't want to close it but felt it wasn't me anymore since I like more than fitness. I think in the end I went back to why I started blogging in the first place-- for connecting and sharing. I think the blog is now at a place where I feel content with it.

By the way, I am using Squarespace as my platform because it offered me more choices on template designs. I ended up getting away from Blogger because I wanted a site that was more personal website than blog (if that makes sense) plus Blogger was driving me crazy. And Wordpress-- for some reason I was never able to really learn it well. Yes, I have to pay with squarespace but I am getting the site design I want.

Jean | said...

Anita, whatever you call your blog, I'll be here to enjoy your art. I am not on Instagram, though, so I might be missing out on some of it.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Change is (mostly) good. And in your case, it's bound to bring some amazing new visual, spiritual, and harmonious content. Cheers!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm very happy for you! It's always a treat to visit your blog...lots of pretty dreamy photos to enjoy! Sweet hugs, Diane

Kirsten Steen said...

Oh my... Absolutely loving your photography and have always enjoyed your writing. Can't wait to see more of both. And good to have your name on your blog (so they tell me.) Once I get my book published, mine will also change to have my name on it. Such beautiful work and so glad you are still posting. Hoping you are enjoying a lovely summer, my friend! Bisous a vous, Kirsten

^.^ said...

Me too ... count me in !!! Love, cat.

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

I am so very happy when I see a post from you. Glorious, always. x

Palomasea said...

YES! Congratulations, dear friend, on this remarkable evolution...into what is becoming the eesence of your (YOU!) is (are) more amazing than my words can ever express.
BRAVA!!!!! xoxoxoxo

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Finding your photographies on your blog is always such a pleasure, such an inspiration, I'll be happy to discover the new blog. Change takes time...

Roofing Contractors New York said...

I thoroughly love, enjoy and follow your posts. Your posts inspires me to do better with home and it helps me to learn and discover new things. Thanks for doing that.

Leslie Harris said...

Your posts are so filled with beauty and inspiration Anita. I truly enjoy following your development as a photographer and writer. I've always thought our blogs should be a reflection of our ever changing-selves which means that they also must go through transformative changes. I'm feeling the need to morph the visual look and feel of mine as well. Change is good.
ps congratulation on your upcoming feature in Romantic Homes--I can't wait to see it!

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, Sorry you had no power, Florida has none either. Maine is Beautiful this Labor Day weekend
Renee and David took the sail boat across the Atlantic to Isle of Vinal Haven. Needless to say I was hysterical, with the storms in Carolina, rouge waves can happen. Anyway it a great life she called to say they made it. What a wonderful child. They are novice Sailors and I even called the CoastGuard to
see if it was safe. Mr. Bennie just told me to take him out, soo Happy Sunday,
lots of love from Bennie and me.

La Petite Gallery said...

Thanks for your comment Anita, That Cooper was a real good looking man. Weather is cooling off.
My Daughter is flying to Fla. for a few days to check out a boat they are looking to buy. Then they can live on it for a few months in the winter. Drive it up to Maine in the Spring. It is beautiful.
The master bedroom has the back wall drop down and a patio deck appears They are so excited.

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, I have always loved Louie Fifteenth French arm chairs. We have much the same taste.
Well my Daughter called me to get her Puppy,I had to call her husband to get her. When I got there he said she ran away. Meanwhile Renee is getting ready to rent a car and drive to the west coast of fl. to see this boat. When she called I had to tell her about her dog. The screaming and crying was awful. I said think Positive Ask GOD to save her. At 10 pm she called to say they found her and the chip
had her cell phone. I have picked her pup up and going to the airport to get Renee at 10 am. Happy Days are here. Love and Believe!!!yvonne

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