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Friday, October 7, 2011

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

From verdant paradise

 where CASTLES dwell

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to humble COTTAGES floating on the

cusp of perfection


there is NOTHING that compares to the


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that we wear

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when we have a

friend near by.

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They say that 

Diamonds are a Girl's 

Best Friend

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 and perhaps that's 



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is embedded with the most brilliant 


Rare Finds


whose facets  

dance like raindrops of hope

and call:

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Put on your diadem

and add another diamond to


by visiting

my most wonderful friend


from Witty and Wise
Gypsy in Me
Lovely Reveries

And remember how lucky we ALL are because


Irina and I have the joy of visiting

regularly and talking


and just about anything that makes us happy!




  1. Dear Anita,

    Another very beautiful post and words you have shared today, thank you, my friend.
    It is so wonderful to have you as a friend and love all you share.
    Do hope that you are able to relax this weekend and have a lovely time.
    Your new look to your header is so sparkly and beautiful.

    Sending hugs from NZ

  2. Love it, love it love it! What a beautiful post Anita.. I am so happy you found dear Irina and find such joy in each others company.. This is what I love about you... Your heart....
    Enjoy your weekend dearest, I am up to my ears in old photos...

  3. What a wonderful post again, my sweet´r a true friend, with a heart of gold!!!!!!! And i looooooove your music..........heavenly!!!!! Have a great weekend,

    Hugs Jade

  4. L'amitié est un trésor, le plus rare des diamants ...
    Châteaux ou chaumières, nous y faisons notre nid chacun à notre manière en essayant d'y apporter cette touche de beauté, futile peut-être, mais si nécessaire ...
    Bisous ma belle Anita.

  5. These are beautiful thoughts and pictures. I love pictures of jewels. Those turqoise colored apples are wonderful too. What do they taste like??

  6. Divine Anita.....I so love your combinations.....xv

  7. Beautiful, beautiful words dearest Anita that glisten like the diamonds you describe! It is the greatest gift on earth to have true friends and they are like diamonds .... glittering, strong, delicate and rare. I love this post Anita and I hope you are well dear friend and not working too hard at school! Your gift of weaving a story together with exquisite images is spellbinding and takes me away to the enchanted forest! best wishes always
    M.A. the 2nd!

  8. YOU are our DIAMOND!

    "Vous êtes un joyau d'une âme"

    Diamonds are a girls best friend!

    I think of myself as a diamond in the rough :)

    "Vous êtes un joyau d'une âme"


  9. Beautiful images and beautiful words. Makes me smile.

  10. Dear Anita,

    every post of yours is a poetry in words and pictures!

  11. I loved all your images, but there was something a bit special about the blue toffee apples. Freaky colour, but I so want to take a bite!!

  12. O wowwwwww.....beautiful !! the quote ...a true friend sees the first tear........and those raindrops i regonize.......lovely day my true friend......i will take you with me in my mind today...because it will be a hard day...and true friends help eachother.....dikke kus van

  13. Anita,
    This is an amazing post!
    The friendship quote is so powerful!

  14. I wanted to react on what you wrote on my blog but better I send you some real post although that will take longer .....
    I am again impressed by your new post . So beautiful and true my friend.
    Have you ever done a weekend without your phone and computer ?
    I am so glad I don"t do facebook-twitter and all those things .
    My children seem to be one with their phones ....Oh my .....
    Wish you a cosy weekend ....

  15. How wonderful, Anita! A true friend is a real blessing! Your images give me goosebumps today and I'm off to a dream world! The raindrop photo and those two first houses - like a real fairytale!!! Thanks for the lovely inspiration and have an amazing weekend, my sweet friend!

    Love, Kristin

  16. Good morning lovely lady,
    you are, amongst a few other ladies, on top of my list to pop by the minute I see in my blog roll you posted a new post. And again, it is a very very inspiring one accompanied by the loveliest images. Especially the last one is heavenly.
    I must visit Irina as I do not know her blog yet.
    Here's to a restful weekend with a few good talks and a lot of good coffees, sweet Anita xxx

  17. Another brilliant post, Anita! I love the definition of a true friend. They aren't a dime a dozen and when we find one, we must treasure and nurture our friendship...

    I've found as I've aged, that the oldest friends...the ones from school...are the ones I share the most with. They've known us forever, haven't they? I wish we lived closer. And then, I consider my sister a dear friend too. We talk nearly every day even though she is half a country away. We shared all the same experiences as children; a bond for certain.
    Our blog friends are in another category...supportive and loving, but unfortunately, distanced.
    I may never meet you, Anita, but you are a treasured friend!

  18. How lovely you are so fortunate to meet that often.I do follow Irina.I was just visiting reading all about you.This is such a special thing two very close friends.We all need this in life but to have friends you have to be one,Im sure you so agree dear Anita.I enjoyed all the photos of Audrey in your post.Have a very blessed weekend my friend!

  19. Dear Anita....good positive friends are better than a million diamonds.
    Thank you for another happy post.

    Have a great ,relaxing weekend. Ida OOOXXXX

  20. Happy saturday Anita! Such a sweet post about friendship here today! Good friends are really the best thing in life and need to be celebrated! Will have a look at Irinas place now. It's chilly here, but friendly - i'm working a bit and enjoy the quietness and warmth! xox

  21. How could truer words be spoken, friends are the family you chose. For all the silliness, Sex in the City showed the tribe of family that a group of woman can forge and they are much stronger together than the are alone. For many of us without family or with family far far away.... friends hold us up, keep us safe and help us find light in the darkness. Bravo!

  22. OH Anita!
    This is why I just ADORE you! Your words are simply beautiful...and this is why every single person that meets you FALLS IN LOVE with you INSTANTLY.
    I just came from Irina's blog and she gave me goosebumps. What a beautiful tribute to a BEAUTIFUL person.
    Your new header is absolutely gorgeous, by the way...but why wouldn't it be? You are an ARTIST!!! Everything you touch turns into a masterpiece!
    We will SEE each other this weekend, my friend. :)
    Sending huge hugs to you this morning, my wonderful friend...
    Love to you,
    Lisa xo

  23. What are we without our friends? Friends, and the Love we share, are the essence of life! Beautiful post, Anita!
    You know how to touch our hearts! :-) You have friendship wisdom! Je t'adore, ma chere amie!!!! :-))

    Mille beijinhos!!!

  24. SO TRUE!!! Friends ARE the family you choose! I could not agree more, I am very blessed to have several incredible great TRUE freinds and they are one of lifes most precious gifts. I love the saying about the 3 tears...that is so beautiful and poignant!
    As only you ANITA can deliver...another winner of a post and a beautiful way to start my Saturday!!

  25. Anita
    A beautiful theme woven through your blog over the past two years is friendship. Each with your uplifting words that display the facets of friendship and pictures that always make me go "ooh...ahh!"

    Irina is a loving, supportive, creative, caring, thoughtful, generous person and I am happy and grateful to call her friend.


  26. Love the images in this post...and I love our friendship..and now I go visit Irina..:)

    P.S the quote is from Albert Einstein

  27. Beautiful and I love the new header. The quote about a friend catching the 2cnd + 3rd tear is so great! xo

  28. Ma Chere,

    Tu es vraiment extraordinaire. t'adore!

    - Irina

  29. Dearest Anita,
    You are so BLESSED!....the BLESSING that you ARE!!!!
    Once again you have put together BEAUTY about BEAUTY!!!
    Much much LOVE, Manny many Blessings, Linnie

    ***I believe in angels,
    The kind that heaven sends,
    I am surrounded by angels,
    But I call them friends.***
    *- Aizabel Parinas - *

  30. Anita, you always make me smile or cry!! today I did a bit of both when reading your beautiful words. This post is so perfectly timed with the wonderful week I just experienced meeting up with two blogging friends. If you have time read about my story of how I began blogging and meet these lovely blogging ladies. My last two post are about my chosen family members. Enjoy your weekend sweet lady,

  31. Oh Anita what a very special friend Irina is...I shall pop right over and visit...and with that I leave you with a Cheers for the weekend...Dzintra xo

  32. Oh, so beautiful, Anita...friends truly ARE the diamonds in our crowns...lovely thought!

    You always share the loveliest things, dear always, thank-you!

    Wishing you the most wonderful weekend...


  33. Dear Anita,
    This is such a wonderful post full of friendship and beauty .
    I am truly happy for both of you .You both have been so kind to me and I wish you nothing but the best in your lives. Keep the joy of your friendship alive forever !

  34. Anita, from one friend to another you are a dream!! I Love it always whenever you post images of my favorite Audrey!!

    Art by Karena

  35. Happy Saturday to you Anita!
    If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then you are a very rare gem indeed! What a beautiful post and I LOVE your header.... Oh those sparkly shoes,... just fabulous!
    I hope you have had a good week at school and will enjoy your weekend off. I shall go now and visit your dear friend Irina....
    Hugs and love from Abby and Spotty xx

  36. Anita,

    What beautiful sentiments about the meaning and importance of true friendship, and making your own family.

    I am so happy that you have found a kindred spirit in Irina, friendships like that are a rare gem! From her writing which I already follow, I can see that she is a truely beautiful person.

    I hope that your meetings continue on a regular basis and hope to one day meet the two of you.

    Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement and most important your friendship. I am so happy that I found you.

    Do tell, what kind of chocolate do you you have a preference of dark over milk? I will send you some from my stash.

    Have a wonderful day my friend.

    Xoxo elizabeth

  37. Oh, I am a dufus!!! I have been waiting for your "Friday night Post", and it was here all the time! ha! Why didn't I see that on my Blogroll? How wonderful to read of your friendship with Irina! I just had to run to her blog to tell her that you had said such nice things about her, but now I have her blog addy. Wait. I didn't go to the two others! So now I must run back!! Girl, you're keeping me thin! [Ha! I wish!]
    Love you now and later,

  38. Dearest Anita

    Each creative post you write is another diamond in the tiara. Friends are assorted gems and weave through and around the crown.

    To a glittering weekend and may you dazzle your students this coming week

  39. Oooh, Now I have just visited Irina's other two blogs, and there is loveliness and beauty in abundance there! I can see why you two would be true kindred spirits!
    Thank you, Anita, for sharing your friend with us, and may God bless you both.

  40. Thank you dearest Anita for coming over to say hello to me and Spotty this evening :))
    I also watched the wonderful programme with the British actor (he is called Martin Clunes).... the beautiful white horses on the beach were a joy to watch and I am so pleased you got to see it too!
    I have loved my visit to your dear friend Irena and now I have another wonderful blog to follow!
    Have a restful weekend lovely Anita.....
    Sending Hugs to you from us xxx A & S ;)

  41. Dear Anita

    Another wonderful post about the value of the friendship and filled of beauty and wisdom.

    I hope that you are well and enjoying a rested weekend

    Muchos besos


  42. Brilliant and beautiful! Your words on friendship are so true. Your are a gem to all of us, dear Anita. ~ Sarah

  43. My lovely Anita,
    It's a blessing to have a best friend in your live. I have one and I've known her since I was the age of 8 years! We laugh and cry together and share joy and sorrows, that's what best friend do!
    To add friends like diamonds in your crown, I love it.
    As always a wonderful post!

  44. Here here my dear friend.
    Friends ARE family you choose.

  45. *****ME TOOoooo!*****
    * ~~****~~~ *
    * XXX OOO *

  46. Dearest Anita,

    I have been thinking of you all week.

    First, I love that sparkly, grey dress on your new header; it is sheer poetry!

    Second, I have a tear in my eyes as that beautiful quote about true friends catching the third tear describes perfectly my best friend. I feel so fortunate to have such a friend although sometimes, despite it being woven into our everyday lives, it is frustrating that she should live in England and I in France. We all know how real life intervenes and prevents us from meeting up as much as we should fancy.

    Yes, I have been thinking of you because in your last comment on my blog you seemed perplexed about how you should fit creative time into your busy, busy teacher's life. Now I am not prone to tantrums but there is one thing that really makes me stamp my feet is not having any time to create. Sometimes it just feels too hard to have ALL those ideas zinging around my head and so little time to put them into action. I also feel that TRUE creativity come from free time; not just one hour in the evening when you have absorbed all the strains of your day. Real art for me is free expression and free expression needs to be nourished by generous, gentle time.

    Does that make sense to you?

    Not easy although, naturally, I count my blessings and realise this may make me sound like a spoilt child.

    I keep trying to reduce my expectations to preserve my sanity and stress levels. How do you cope?

    With love,


  47. Another perfect post. So entertaining but true. Just love your way with words and pictures. Fiona

  48. Hi Anita,

    Such a lovely post, the music, and words are so wonderful. I love the words about a true friend who sees the first tear, catches the second and stops the third.

    I peeked over at your etsy blog, and I am in love with your tags.

    I hope that you are enjoying this lovely weekend.


  49. This is a beautiful tribute to friendship, and especially to Irina, How wonderful that you have found a kindred spirit that lives in your city!!!

    I really like your new header ~ it is so pretty!!!! I quickly looked at Irina's blogs but did not have time to comment there yet as I've been unpacking from our trip and then that husband of mine says, "Come with me to...." and off I went (even after being in the car with him earlier today for over 4 hours!)

    She had such lovely things to say about you, and I agree with every word!!!

    Oh the beauty of friendship, pure
    D I A M O N D S !!!!

    ~ Violet

  50. Hi my pretty Anita. I am sure if your friends were all diamonds in your crown, you would have the most beautiful crown in the world.
    I will have to go meet Irina, I'm sure she is as lovely as you.
    hugs from here my dear...

  51. Wow, you are so creative. What a beautiful post and such a great message.

  52. Dearest Anita....
    This is my favorite post yet!!! LOVE the photos of Audrey!!! "Holly Golightly's" black dress & diamonds were stunning!!!
    I love the Tiffany blue colored taffy apples- so cool!!!
    Hope you've been having a fabulous weekend!!!
    Sending lots of hugs!!!
    Shannon :-)

  53. You Anita are the most dazzling jewel! I cherish the moments I get to soak in your beautiful words and stunning images! Thank you for these wonderful moments! X

  54. Dear Anita,
    What a wonderful post for a Sunday morning and perfect sayings my friend!!!
    Have a beautiful Sunday!

  55. Dearest Anita,

    Je suis vraiment heureuse de lire tes messages sur mon blog; tu sais, aujourd'hui je me sens un peu fragile (ça peut arriver à tout le monde de temps en temps, hein?). Notre chatte vient de rentrer chez nous après un nuit chez le veterinaire car elle a une infection. J'ai du mal a affronter la souffrance - même si il faut prendre ça à la legère car elle va guérir. Je suis sensible à la beauté et la douceur mais je sens un besoin de fermer les yeux quand je vois le mal....

    Est-ce que tu comprends?

    Mes enfants me donnent TELLEMENT de joie.... tellement. Biensûr j'ai moins le temps pendant le weekend pour moi mais c'est comme ça. J'ai un peu tendance de me coucher trop tard pour pouvoir créer dans mon petit coin.... heureusement ils sont très créatives aussi ;-)

    Merci, ma belle Anita...

  56. I have seen your comments on a few of the blogs I follow. This morning I took the time to check out your blog. How beautiful. Something more than simple inspiration - I actually feel happier just looking at your work. I look forward to following you - I'm number 999.
    Happy Sunday.

  57. I am rich, dear Anita, as long as my friends are diamonds to me!!! You are a pure gem!!!
    Love, Bela

  58. Hello dear Anita
    I was at my mum's place for a while.
    She stayed in hospital, but now she is back home.
    I am sad and worried about her.
    Love as always.

  59. Hello Anita, this is such a touching and sweet post! I love visiting because your posts have real meaning and thought combined with beautiful photographs! The two together touch my heart!

  60. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! So happy I found it.
    Plus, I happen to be the follower n. 1001 YAY :D

  61. " Friends, family we choose" I like that! How true. And you, my friend, are truly a dazzling diamond for many of us out here in the wide wide world.

  62. Oui, Ma Chere..
    Tes amies sont si incroyables, si doux.

    I was very touched by all of the wonderful comments, and I look forward to getting to know these precious women.

    Reading over your beautiful post again, you are a most brilliant jewel, dear friend.
    Goosebumps and tears all over again:))

    Much love and hugs, and GRATITUDE for YOU!!
    - Irina

  63. I agree with your Mister, the theme of your blog is friendship!How lovely you are. I look forward every time to your postings! Full of your real friendship towards all your readers...we feel special because of you! I like:
    "dance like raindrops of hope" picture the best.
    So glad to know you,
    and I did go check out your friends blog...WOW ,love it! She likes The Beatles too.
    Much love,

  64. Hi Anita,
    Toutes tes photos sont extraordinaires, j'adore!!!
    J'adore les couronnes et là tu en présentes de très belles.
    Thank you for nice sharing!
    Have a good evening!

  65. You are a jewel sweet Anita!
    I treasure your true and constant friendship...what a gift it is!

    Deborah xoxoxo

  66. Hi my sweet,
    I see you've still got your magical touch. Quite a magical post and such breath taking visual to accompany it! How are you? Just popping by for a quick hello:-). Bisous.

  67. what a pretty post.
    loved all the sayings referencing "friends"

    Diamonds are fine and lovely for sure, but a True Friend has a soul and level of loyalty that outshines any Gem.

    thankful for mine (and you..)

  68. I'm here, I'm here, shes sleeping so I can catch up!! heck I've never been so worn out. It OK getting her name wrong shes been called all sorts of names since she got here lol!! no realy she is a star, dads taking her down the pub later so I can have a break.

    Anyways I beauitful post, I heard mom say you can't pick your family but you can pick your friends so ture, and I have found so many though blogging like your good self.
    Love and Hugs to you Anita, Ruben and my best furiend Balzac xxx

    Moms behind me laughing at what I have put, silly woman, we are friends but not sure what other people will think when they read this comment!

  69. Ah mon ami Anita, such a beautiful post! and so so true friends really are the diamonds in out crown. I'm so blessed to have friends who live close and others who though far bring a brilliance to my day (just like yourself) through their writing, posts and comments.

    Wishing you a fabulous week my friend..xo HHL

  70. Ah mon ami Anita, such a beautiful post! and so so true friends really are the diamonds in out crown. I'm so blessed to have friends who live close and others who though far bring a brilliance to my day (just like yourself) through their writing, posts and comments.

    Wishing you a fabulous week my friend..xo HHL

  71. And every word that your friend expressed is what your readers ALL feel about you! You bring a ray of light and fun and beauty to every blog you write. Your beautiful heart is a gift. I am honored to call you my friend! :)


  72. Wonderful! Friends are inspirational. You mention art, philosophy and poetry...sounds like a dream

  73. Audrey Hepburn was such a rare beauty...a diamond in the rough. I was looking at the photo of the rain drops on the water and it must have been taken right as the rain drops struck the water, which is quite amazing as they all seem to be hitting the water at the same time. What I was noticing was when a water drop hits the water DEEPER after the first initial drop, the water drop turns into the shape of a crown...which someone once said shows the Creator's penmanship...His Crown, showing he is the King of all things. So, I was fascinated as to how fast the shutter must have been to NOT catch the CROWN in the rain drops.
    I believe there was a Disney production years ago that showed raindrops turning into crowns. They did a slow motion film of the rain drops falling and turning into crowns. Since most of your photos were of tiara's and crowns, I thought it was fitting to mention it.
    Ah, but the photos you find are always so inspiring and I sigh at the beauty that is captured in a moment of time. I can almost taste the aqua colored candy apples...they look so scrumptious!
    May you, again, my dear, have an amazing week full of joy in little things.
    And thank you for visiting my blog and viewing Laurewood...we are in Visalia an hour away from Fresno and an hour away from Bakersfield between the two cities.

  74. Hi Anita!
    What a lovely post about friendship!
    You inspire sweet thoughts of kindness and joy in being with people we love... both family and friends ♥ and friends that become family ♥
    God bless you*
    Wishing you a wonderful week*
    Hope you have tomorrow off from school and the same sunshine I'm enjoying in upstate, NY.
    ♥ Maria

  75. HI Anita
    Well first I want those aqua toffee apples.. yummo .. Another lovely post.. and some beautiful quotes.. the friend catching the tears is so sweet and the 'friends are family you choose' is absolutely spot on the money!!! Love that little dress in your header also.. so so sweet..

    I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for your sweet words my way... Have fun!!! ciao xxx Julie

  76. Yes, yes, yes! Friends are like diamonds and can make us feel like royalty! We are having a rainy day here in Arkansas today, just what I needed to play catch up on all my favorite blogs... have a great week Anita!

  77. Are those blue apples edible?. Richard from Amish Stories.

  78. Truly, friends are the greatest treasures, greater than diamonds! Anita you are so gifted in your ability to communicate deeply and powerfully both in word and in image. It is so wonderful to have so many fabulous friends - much better than the old "pen pals" are our "blog pals".

  79. Anita,

    This post is absolutely beautiful!!! Friends are the diamonds in our tiaras:).



  80. I think that "Blogger ate my homework" or at least ate my heartfelt comments to you. I waited patiently a day in order to be your 1000th follower - yay!

    Anita, your outpouring of friendship to others, unselfish and pure, endears you to many. My mom always said that you have to "be" a friend to "have" a friend and you practice this daily. Your creativity in art and in delivering messages is a gift that you share. Merci.

    I cannot imagine the number of people that you have enriched and blessed with the gift of language over the years and the ripple effect it has on others. I wish that I was close enough to have you wave the "fluency wand" over my head... that would work, right?

    Best wishes to you, mon amie,

  81. Beautiful.
    I need a crown though.

  82. What a brilliantly bright and beautiful post sweetie. Yes, friends are truly our diamonds in life.

    Although...I'd kinda like the diamond I lost outta my ring replaced! Heeehehhe!

    God bless ya sweetie and enjoy your week!!! :o)

  83. Anita congratulations because I'm giving you the "Versatile Blogger award" . And here is that link so you can post it on your blog. Your blog is artistic and fresh, and has proved to be very popular with your readers. Which is why I'm giving you this award, i also recieved this award from a reader so I'm passing this award to you and your fine blog. There are some rules that go along with this award, but they are very easy to do and now my obligation is complete. So again congratulations Anita and i don't hand out awards like lolly pops now,lol. Richard from Amish Stories.

  84. Anita congratulations because I'm giving you the "Versatile Blogger award" . And here is that link so you can post it on your blog. Your blog is artistic and fresh, and has proved to be very popular with your readers. Which is why I'm giving you this award, i also recieved this award from a reader so I'm passing this award to you and your fine blog. There are some rules that go along with this award, but they are very easy to do and now my obligation is complete. So again congratulations Anita and i don't hand out awards like lolly pops now,lol. Richard from Amish Stories.


  86. Anita,

    Thanks for your kind comments:). To answer your question, yes, this is my first published book. The novel is set in the Victorian era in the Lowcountry of SC. It is about a young woman born and raised to priveldge but her family holds a secret that could cost them everything, even their lives if discovered. I am currently working on the first edit which is taking a good deal of my time:). Thank you for asking. The story came from God and He has led me through the entire process so I am very excited. Do not just dream about publishing my dear friend-submit your work! You are blessed with so much talent! Share it with others and the place to begin is by taking the leap of Faith and submitting your work!



  87. Hi sweet your adorable post today...I have missed you this weekend. I will go visit your sweet friend.
    I am so ready for this week..had the most relaxing weekend ever...lots of sleep and wonderful meals cooked by my sweet mom.
    I also made candy apples...but not blue ones..I must learn how to make those you remember where on pinterest you found this image?
    I am up to the challenge.

    I hope your new week is amazing....hugs and love to you. xoxoxoxoxox

  88. YOU are one
    of the brightest,
    most colorful
    and lovely gem
    in my own crown
    of bloggy friends.
    And sounds like
    I'm not the only
    one who feels that
    way : )
    Hope your week is
    off to a brilliant
    start, my friend!
    xx Suzanne

  89. My goodness dear Anita, look at all your beautiful comments. I've never, ever seen such lovely, endearing words for you. I love the way everyone takes their time to say what they feel in their heart.
    I LOVE THE QUOTE... A true friend... May I steal it?
    Wonderful place to be, here in your space.
    Thank you my dear friend.
    I'm trying to pack and smile. It's our Thanksgiving weekend here. Randy cooked an amazing turkey dinner for us. Unreal.
    I'm leaving Wed. I will be with my girls soon. I need their hugs.

  90. Hello Sweetie!
    I'll take the PINK castle please. It will suit me just fine! Thank you for another lovely heartfelt post. I appreciate you.
    Take care,

  91. Oh your header is simply STUNNING, Anita! LOVE those images!!!

    That quote about friends being family that you choose is brilliant and how true! I am blessed to call you a friend and I know many of your other readers feel the same way about you. You have such a warm heart and encouraging spirit.

    I hope you had a lovely weekend. How's the etsy shop coming along? I'm going to have to check out those blog links of your friends. I always enjoy meeting new people.

    Have a wonderful week!

  92. Anita- You have a gift.
    Have a pretty day,

  93. Anita, you are a sparkling jewel! Such a delight and inspiration always, and look at how many friends feel the same here...
    merci for the beauty and the joy,

  94. Hello Dearest Anita,
    Again, and inspirational gem of a post. I love Irina, she is a sparkling diamond :-)

    I reads through your comments here and there are so many I already follow, and so many yet to explore. They must be good as we are all like minded people who stop regularly at Anita's for the smile we need to face the day.

    Here's wishing you a wonderful day and a great week ahead.
    With Love

  95. Good morning Beautiful Anita! Hope your week is off to a grand start ( and those lil children are behaving themselves :)
    Oh, anything that sparkles I am attracted to!
    Ooooo and I want a crown :)
    Lovey lovely lovely post!
    I love that charming lil pink house, let's go!
    Much love to you
    gi gi

  96. thank you for making me feel all sparkly!

  97. Happy Tuesday Anita! Hope you are enjoying a lovely day. Your rain theme fits perfectly as it's been pouring since I opened my eyes today. Perfect for making a few rounds in the blog world. Love those blue candied apples and always one of my faves: Ms. Hepburn!
    Bonne semaine!

  98. this is
    i dropped by
    going to a
    dreaded test
    hoping the results
    will not make me
    so sad...

  99. Dearest Anita!!!!
    Thank you so very much for commenting on my blog posts regularly & for your support, kindness, & encouragement...
    It means the world to me!!!
    I was going to tell you I ordered 6 Marilyn Monroe espresso cups & saucers. They are white & black- the saucers say: "Diamonds ate a girl's best friend" in black cursive... :-)
    You probably saw the photo of the espresso cup in my previous blog post.
    We've been enjoying the beautiful autumn weather!!!
    Hope you're having a wonderful day!!!!
    Shannon :-)

  100. **** the saucers say: "Diamonds are a girl's best friend"....
    Little mistake in the above post...

  101. twinkles, sparkles, tinkling laughter, warmth, depth, sensitivity..... how like Audrey you are! dear creatively wonderful, lovely, kindhearted Anita!!!!! your beautiful header is marvelous :) being here make me feel like i did when i was a little girl dressing up in old lace curtains, lol, and feeling like a fairy princess. that same special magic is here...the magic that makes us believe!
    i sent you an email my dear, i hope it arrives to you.
    i just began a little blog. it is quite humble, not at all magnificent like this! but i hope you will visit. i have a pretty new teapot and would love to serve you a cup of delicious brew with some fine patisserie.

    warmest wishes and thanks xxx


  102. i am so happy you enjoyed the video and i agree ardently that it is magical!
    it is wonderful indeed to reconnect with you, sweet lady :)
    the bunny story made me smile...i can just imagine her sweet and appealing little face at the window. oh, Anita please make one of your lovely sketches of miss. bunny peeking in the window at dinner-time :3

    autumnal blessings of warmth and light xxx


  103. Sweet friend...
    thanks for your comment on my post today, not real sure where in my head and or heart I was but there it is.
    Love you dear, dear friend!

  104. hello lovely - fab post as always! I'm off to have a cup of tea with my bf today - always makes me smile to spend time with her!
    Now, those adorable elephants are not my makes. They are made by a wonderful girl called sarah - her blog is called Northfield Primatives. Alistair asked her to make those elephants for my birthday this year (one for each boy!) and the little mouse's tag says 'team B-C' which I love.
    Anyway - hope your weeks is a good one!
    love fee ♥
    (I imagine you dusting your house with a tiara on - please don't shatter my illusions!)

  105. I am having a good day dearest, and sharing it with you - hope you are well and happy!

  106. Sick of using words like "exquistite" and "stunning" to describe your blog posts, but oh my dear, this post is FAB!!!! Lush, as they say in my neck of the woods.
    Lovely words, make me ponder over them for the rest of the day.
    Love to you x x x x

  107. Would help if I had actually spelled "exquisite" correctly. Ho hum!!!

  108. dearest Anita, i am so delighted that your pencils will be working their charms on a likeness of your sweet sylvanian friend :3 Stella Roxanne. she has a magical name...

    wishing you the most perfect and lovely day xxx

  109. Good Morning Dearest Anita!!

    I was so happy to see your sweet messages today, wasn't J.L. just an incredible human being?
    And that winged white horse, pure magic, yes?
    I will certainly visit your friend, thank you!!
    Love you,
    - Irina

  110. Beautiful! I love starting my day with reading your post. Thanks

  111. Happy morning my friend...hope all is well on this lovely mid week day. I am having a hard time believing that we are halfway through the week already! Really where does time go?
    Lots of rain here this week...which means indoor recesses...not the best thing for students.
    I will have to hunt down that blue candy apple was so fun making the red ones.
    Happy day to you. xoxoxo

  112. what a wonderful blog. nice, to discover yours! i'm following you now. hope you have a look at mine and maybe you'll follow back?
    lovely greets and a wonderful evening.
    maren anita

    my name is also anita :-)

  113. dearst Anita
    i have stopped by to have tea with you :) we just made some delicious little apple cakes, how i wish you lived close by - so that i could whisk some over to you you.
    one of the things i enjoy about this time of year is the baking! and all the wonderful harvest fruits and vegetables - i adore apples, pears, plums and squash/pumpkins.

    have posted a little cottage, you will love!

    hugs hugs hugs from all in the little house near the wild wood xxx

  114. Such a beautiful post Anita. I love that saying about the tears, it is so true. I hope you are having a beautiful week nad enjoying the last of the summer-like days, after tonight they will be gone from here.
    Much love to you!!

  115. Hi !! i am feeling......i survive !! was a tough week...first a conversation with her doctor...than her birthday ...and than the memory....pffff.....i am feeling empty...and very sad......but tomorrow i will try to laugh okee??? you...liefs lieverdje...kus kus van

  116. thank you for dropping by, dearest Anita :) considering your time is so limited and precious i feel very honoured that you visit my blog. you are such a kind lady, with a beautiful soul. i really hope that you will visit england someday!

    warmest wishes xxx

    have a lovely evening, my friend

  117. Lovely Anita! Thank you so much for visiting me this evening. Yes, the pugs are soooo cute and I am so glad you liked the TV ad.
    I had such a lovely comment from your dear friend Irina! You have the most amazing friends, and SO many too. But this is no surprise as you are a truly wonderful person who leaves happiness everywhere you visit :)
    There is a real chill in the air now and Spotty is getting a much thicker coat. He is leaving so much hair on me now when he gets his hugs.... and of course I never mind!
    I hope the rest of the week goes well for you....
    Love and hugs from a very furry Spotty and me ;)

  118. Abby and Spotty..oh, they sound wonderful!..who are they? i love George The Lad, i would so much love to visit the other ladies blogs too. do please tell me where i can find them...

    sending warmest hugs to you xxx

  119. btw dearest, did you recieve my email? i'm not sure i had the right address. mine is

  120. As always, a lovely melange of images and thoughts! I would like to have a friend like that... one with a truly kindred spirit and mind.

  121. Dearest Anita,

    Just called by to say that I am thinking of you and hope that your week is going well. Not long now until the weekend, when hopefully you will be able to relax and do something creative.

    Sending hugs

  122. Dear Anita
    Thank you so much for your visit..Yes, how wonderful it would be to sit by the bridge, eat grapes and have long conversations.
    Thank you for such a beautiful post.. I am always in anticipation of what next week will bring in your corner of the world.
    Bebe sends her love

  123. Inspiring as usual, Anita. Love every word and pic in this post.I hope you are having a wonderful week. Down here we've been enjoying the beautiful spring weather :)

    HUGS <3


  124. Anita! thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful link!!! i had a peek at Abby and Spotty's blog and am enchanted! i will be having a proper read and will leave some comments there later on today.
    oh dear, i haven't received the email you sent :(

    have a wonderful, wonderful day!

    peace lily sends her love, friendly licks and huge exuberant doggie hugs xxx

  125. hurrah! i have found your email now :) i will reply v soon.

    hugs xxx

  126. Good Morning my dear,
    I don't know if my emails are reaching you these past couple of days so I have come here to let you know I am thinking of you!

    Just a quick note as we are getting ready to go for my dear husbands shoulder surgery this morning! We will be home by afternoon...

    A beautiful peaceful respite here before my day begins, thank you!


  127. Friends are so precious, you have made me think about who my true friends are, take care, Doreen x

  128. Dearest Anita, what a full week this is for me - and so much computerwork! But it looks like i get everything done in time, and that cheers me up! How's your week going so far? Weekend round the corner - YAY! xx

  129. Always a delight to come over to visit you in your 'Castles Crowns and Cottages'.(even those three words bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart :)
    I had dropped by earlier on and then skipped on over to have a peek at what Irina was all about. LOVE it when you find kindred spirits.
    Anyway, I'm back again, this time to leave a comment, after savouring once again your prose and thoughts. You really DO own quite the MOST BEAUTIFUL TIARA....unlike any other.
    "embedded with rare finds whose facets dance like raindrops of hope..."......that is just SO lovely a description...*happy sigh*
    Keep up the wonderful magic, Anita.

  130. Bonjour my beautifu lAnita! i love coming here (you already know that!) to read your post and... the tons of comments you get... humm... I think you are really reaching into people’s heart and soul with your beautiful posts. maybe you are casting a spell on all of us?
    xo sandra
    (et oui, je suis francaise, et mon mari est Hollandais!)

  131. Anita, I got a good chuckle off the comment you left me. How on earth did Ruben keep a secret that long??!! I could never. Sly devil, he really played that well.

  132. Dearest Anita
    Ah, doll...she is so magical...I had intended to make more, but then I had the care of my husband's invalid mother take precedence over my life for almost two I had to set many things aside. I am now just getting my life back to normal. I adore marionettes!
    And here I come to your site today and you are playing of my most favorite musical artist. I used to listen to Donovan in the late 60's and I loved his music! Anything from the U.K.
    Music takes me away to another world...
    May you have a blessed rest of the day~
    many smiles and joy to you today~

  133. Such an inspiring and beautiful post as usual Anita. It is so true that friends are like diamonds. I hope you are having a good week!

  134. The longer I live, the more I value the friends who surround me. Worth more than silver, purer than gold--they are treasures each and every one. Love your thoughts in this post!

  135. Hello, dearest, Anita
    It sounds like you had a frantic evening! Sorry about your computer problems...that is not fun.
    And yes, when I begin making my dolls again, I do want to sell them. They are such a joy to make! And they have their own personalities which take shape, and they become 'who they are'. And I know, since I have already made one doll, which they say, the first time to make anything is the should be a lot more simple for me to sit down and make more. And Jane Des Rosier suggests making a few bodies at and time and the process goes much faster, as one doll is in one stage, you can go on to the next stage in the process with the other dolls.
    I do have two favorite doll sites:
    Du Buh Du Designs (with Christine Alvarado)...her dolls are to die for! She puts her dolls in her Etsy shop and poof! They are sold like that, in an instant! And then there are Black Eyed-suzie dolls with Sarah Faber (she was married to a rock and roll star in her past life) put has moved on years ago from that point...but her dolls are Gothic/Victorian Damsel in Distress style, which I did manage to 'capture' one of her dolls as it flowed through her Etsy shop.
    I will definitely let you know when I begin creating my dolls again...and I hope it is soon!
    (I think I would settle on a fair price of $75 per doll). I think that is a reasonable price and comparable to most of the doll makers who have 'studied' doll making in the Cloth and Clay doll ning site and have sold their dolls.
    There is so much you can do with that one doll design. The designer of the doll (or the person who is buying the doll can request what they want on a doll)such as putting mohair on the head for hair, and dress her up anyway you want to. Mohair comes in all different colors...I even have a swag of aqua mohair! (or it may be wool roving, but it is aqua!)
    I hope Friday is a more relaxing day for you.

  136. Hello Dearest!
    Since you may not have received my email this evening I am coming here to give you a big HUG!


  137. Bonjour belle Anita ...
    Je t'envoie mes bisous d'amitié, qu'ils s'envolent vers toi par dessus les mers ...
    A Bientôt

  138. Hello dearest Anita !
    How's your day today ?
    Here we have calm weather and a bit of sunshine.
    Love and a big hug.

  139. Thank you, sweet Anita! have a wonderful Friday you also!!!!!!

    xoxo's Kristin

  140. Sweet, sweet Anita
    I am so terribly sorry your email is dead. I almost emailed you yesterday, but decided to post here instead and I am so glad that I did.
    I am excited for you in promoting your artwork. Your style is elegantly charming! Life gets crazy, doesn't it?
    Yes, Du Buh Du Designs by Christine Alvarado are dolls you will swoon for. The are flawlessly beautiful.
    The first time I found out about them was about three years ago when a tragedy hit Stephaine Clark and beautiful Morman woman with four children. She and her husband Christian were in a horrific single airplane accident, where the pilot died and they were burned extensively over their bodies. Christine Alvarado made a Nie-Nie doll (which is Stephanie's blog name). I mean, the doll looked exactly like Stephanie, as she herself was a flawless beauty.
    Stephanie's blog is called The Nie-Nie diaries and I was already a follower of her blog for about a month before their plane crash, so I was in shock, as were thousands of people, and donations came pouring in for the cost of their recovery. Anyway, Stephanie and her beautiful husband and children have been an inspiration to so many with this hard trial they have been through. That was a little side track from Du Buh Du Designs and how I found Christine's beautiful dolls.
    Romans 8:28 I believe God's children are every where, no matter what race, creed, or belief they are in, if they believe in Him, they are his. I have a very open mind about this, as God sees the hearts of people and there is freedom in believing God cares about everyone. This is such a freeing thought and raises the joy of knowing God doesn't judge or see things as man's limited ability does. God accepts all, as Christ died for the sins of the whole world, He is not willing that any should perish.
    I think of what we post sometimes, and I want to be true in what I post, as I think there is so little time left before the world falls apart and to be able to touch one soul with truth would be incredible. That is what we are here for, to help others see the light.
    Just some words that are always in my heart. I have been buying a lot of items on Etsy and I have been trying to stop buying so many things! It has almost become a fetish with me to buy doll related items. So, I told myself, every time I want to buy something, to pray instead. I felt that if I am buying things more than I am praying, it may stop me from buying so much and praying instead. I think this plan may work. I felt that if I could start praying as much as I was using valuable time up to buy things, that maybe it would get me to thinking more about others and situations that needed praying about. 'Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind' kind of thing. To focus on what I am here for and everything else will fall into place.
    Have a lovely weekend, my dear, and I hope your email comes back to life.
    love and hugs,

  141. Hello Anita,
    Just stopping back to see what magic you have created. You were on my mind today. Just letting you know how special you are and wishing you a lovely day.


  142. Anita Dearest!!!

    How are you? I have been thinking of you since Thursday afternoon, I felt for you, my dear!
    I sent you an e-mail (twice just in case), but it looks like it's still not working. Did you see my message re: Sunday?

    Please know I am thinking of you and I would love to see you soon. I hope you are taking care of yourself, and getting some pamper time which you so deserve.
    Love you, many hugs,talk soon I hope...
    - Irina

  143. Missing you, and I know you must be so frustrated about your email!

    Can you start a new one elsewhere? I know many use gMail or HotMail.....

    I've been fitting in a tiny amount of glittering but taking care of everything here while my husband recovers from his surgery is taking up most of my time.

    Love you, have a good weekend my dear!

    ~ Violet

  144. Dear girl, I am waiting for your new post, but my eyes are closing...I hope this doesn't mean that Blogger is being naughty again. I sent an email this a.m. but I doubt that you got it. Yes, Violet is right. Just make a new Gmail account. So sorry for all your tech trouble!! Hope to see you in the a.m.
    Love and Bonsoirs,

  145. So, can I sit in that little pink cottage by the lake, wearing a beautiful diamond crown and watch Audrey Hepburn movies all day? Please? You have taken my imagination to new places and I've run away!


  146. Happy weekend Anita!!!!!
    How are you? :-)
    I think we're off to the pumpkin farm this weekend- I love this time of year!!! Halloween is so fun; I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe last year for a friend's costume party... :-)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Talk soon- sending lots of hugs!!!
    Shannon :-)

  147. Friends are one of the most wonderful things in this world, I believe! And I am so grateful that I know YOU! What a wonderful way to think of friends as diamonds in our life, for they really are precious and make our lives rich and beautiful!

  148. Greetings, Anita!, Great interview at The Enchanted Home and I enjoyed visiting your blog!

  149. Oh Anita... I am afraid I am a little behind in my blog reading. You got 2 by me before I knew it! Of course, another beautiful post with exquisite turquoise images and a beautful pink cottage on the water! ~Hugs, Patti

  150. I love this post Anita! :) Especially the Aqua dipped apples with Sabrina's Audrey H. & Humphrey B. reading the script in the background. PERFECT way to make me feel like I'm in Paris.

    Hoping this comment finds you having a spectacular week in school and at home in your creative space~


  151. Dear Anita, you are blessed to have such a friend to share the similar passions of your lives. Enjoy.
    Much love.

  152. Hello my dear friend! :) I'm starting where I left off on your posts to catch up! Diamonds really are a girl's best friend. I used to work in a fine jewelry store and found that to be true! ;) I love the Aqua covered apples...and how lovely are the photos of Audrey! Friends really do catch those tears, don't they? I love that verse about the tears a friend sees...You are inspiring, yet again! Hugs friend...Hope you got my email about Amelia. Will chat soon hopefully! xoxo


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