Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time for Joy

What makes you laugh?

Tea parties on the ceiling?

Pixie Dust tickling your nose?

The wild and wonderful Muppets?

LAUGHTER strengthens our immune system....

and makes us healthier!

It clears the mind...and cleanses the soul

In this magical season of generosity and joy...

Lennart Helje

Please take time each day to LAUGH and PLAY!

Let your imagination lead the way!

Castles Crowns and Cottages

And speaking of the Muppets, don't miss the newest film out in theatres..pure fun, joy, and love.
The spirit of the brilliant and visionary Jim Henson lives on...

"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection...the lovers, the dreamers, and me!"

Wishing you many wonderful moments of love and laughter this holiday season, dear friends!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Painter of Dreams

"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art.
It is the color of love."
                                      - Marc Chagall

The genius of Marc Chagall's work is undeniable.  What is more amazing to me, though, is his story. As a young boy in the Russian Empire, Marc knew nothing of art. His family was fairly poor, and they worked very hard  to keep all nine children warm and fed. He discovered "art" when he saw a schoolmate's drawings. Marc tried sketching, and found that he was quite good at it. His passion only grew, and he realized that this was his path in life. The local art teacher took this talented and curious boy under his wing, and taught him the basics of realistic painting. But realism did not interest this dreamer.

By age 23, Marc had made it to Paris. His dream had come true, and he was happy "just breathing the Parisian air". He also studied art intensively, and began to formulate his unique avant-garde style. Chagall was one of the greatest influences on the birth of the Surrealist movement.

He loved painting Paris

He loved painting his home town

Guess where the title (not the story) of The Fiddler On the Roof musical comes from? 

And he loved painting his beloved...Bella

"Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love."
- Chagall

Later in life, Chagall had worked with almost every artistic medium. 

Stained Glass


Stage Sets

Murals..this one is at the Paris Opera

He was a visionary, a genius, a romantic, a painter of dreams. He lived and painted freely, and never lost that spark of wonder, despite extraordinarily difficult hardships and losses. I encourage anyone who would like to learn more about this fascinating, inspirational man, to look HERE. There are quite a few resources to choose from.

Chagall's dream-like and poetic visual masterpieces remind me of the magic of the incredibly talented poet, artist, and dear friend..Anita at Castles Crowns and Cottages...please visit her beautiful world. Congratulations, Anita, on the opening of your spectacular Etsy shop!

Being the romantic that I am, the enchanting post at Bilancia Designs took my breath away! The wonderful Lisa is a very gifted artist...please visit her magical dreamland!

Wishing everyone a beautiful week....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Angel of Love










Peace Lover


Risk Taker

Music Maker





Forever In My Heart

Forever My Mother

images: Josephine Wall, Pinterest, My Precious Mom, M.L.,  Papayaart, Judy Mastrangelo

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Gift

Once upon a recent Spring

A lovely, GIFTED Teacher

Suggested that we meet

For a cup of  tea or two

That day, on blessed Rabbit Hill

The Angels Smiled and Graced Us

With the Priceless GIFT of Friendship

The Start of Something NEW

A newly found Soul Sister

A Sparkling Precious Gem

A Sacred Bond was forming

With this Most Special FRIEND

A heart of gold that knows no limits

A smile that could light up the world

Eyes full of hope and sweet compassion

The GIFT of seeing GOOD IN ALL

KINDNESS  is her mantra.

Is her creed.

Her talents are exceptional....

So many GIFTS.. she's blessed indeed.

Like FAIRY DUST enchanting all

She sprinkles MAGIC, WHIMSY , JOY

Inspiring others is her GIFT

To every grown-up, girl, and boy...

Have you yet guessed of whom I speak?


The GIFT that is her precious FRIENDSHIP

Has made MY world more WHOLE

I am so HONORED and BLESSED to call this BRILLIANT

and WONDROUS human being my FRIEND!

I know I am not the first to extoll the magnificent qualities of BEAUTIFUL ANITA at
Castles Crowns and Cottages, and I won't be the last. But she truly deserves it.
Anita brings so much light and beauty to our world. So much encouragement and wisdom. I also have only Anita to thank for encouraging me to enter the magical world of BLOGLAND...

Anita has many GIFTS, but one of her absolute greatest is to make every person she touches feel



If you haven't already, please visit Anita's MAGICAL, POETIC, BEAUTIFUL world at
Castles Crowns and Cottages!

Have a fabulous weekend!

images: Pinterest, Anita (Castles, Crowns and Cottages)
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