Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gifts of Castles and Crowns ... and a GIVE-AWAY!!!

Friendship sometimes comes in the form of a
C  A  S  T  L  E
Especially when it drops from heaven as a gift!
In 2010, Anita of the beautiful
Castles Crowns and Cottages blog
became a friend and a welcome part of my daily life.
Today, I would like to share some of the gifts she has graciously
bestowed upon me!  Even though she works full-time
as a school teacher in a French immersion school
(Yes! She teaches in FRENCH!)
She still makes time for blogging (one of the most amazing
blogs I've ever seen), she makes hand-made books
of stories she has written and illustrated,
She does colorful drawings of delightful children and faeries (and more)
Anita Loves Glitter
(that made us instant friends :  )
And she enjoys making delightful creations.

Anita also has a wonderful gift for writing,
which she shares on her blogs and she's also a contributor
to the online magazine Belle Inspiration
( )
Below is a drawing she recently did for me as a surprise
of a faerie named Violette
(I plan to grow my hair out now)
Okay, not really, but perhaps a long blond wig is in order?
And a gown of turquoise please.
Isn't this gorgeous?!?!?!
(Thank you Anita, I absolutely love her!)
And then, this past week I received in the mail
the most delightful package!!!
I will tell you of the contents momentarily
But first, this was on the front of the package with her address.
Is that adorable or what?!?!?!
(Anita, how you tickle my heart!!!)
Doesn't this tag just make you s m i l e ???
O h   t h e   j o y !
Inside that long rectangular decorative box
I found my very own silver-glittered ribboned magic wand
~ Pronouncing me Queen! ~
Also inside was an unfinished wand for me to decorate!
Oh what fun!!!!
Anita also made me this beautiful tiny jeweled crown
that I am letting my one not-packed-away-yet Christmas angel wear
~ When this glittered angel statue isn't wearing it that is ~
(My angels have been sharing the crown)
~ and it might appear on a bird every so often ~
Thank you Anita for your heartfelt gifts of
F  R  I  E  N  D  S  H  I  P
Visiting friends, give yourself a gift today and say hi to Anita at her blog:

Where you will find hope-filled inspiration and beauty!!!

(Did I forget to mention she also plays the harp?!?)
'tis true.
~ Violet ~

P. S  ~~~ Anita, I am making something for you that I can hardly wait to send!

 (you may be asking? )
I have made an embellished glittered wand
~ inspired by Anita ~
~ with a tiny crowned bird upon it ~
and I will send it to the winner
Leave a comment on this post for one chance,
Become a follower (and say so in another comment) for another entry!
(or leave a comment that you already are)
this is a=
(... and I will be sending some other little treasures also ...)
our connection as blogging friends!
(because one good gift deserves another, don't you agree?  :  )

" Reach For Your Dreams "
Embellished with: a jewel, glitter ... lots of glitter, sheet music,
lavender, aqua and white ribbon, and pearls,
and a tag with a photograph by moi.


Teacup Mosaics said...

I truly agree! Anita is a gift to the blogging world.

Createology said...

Truly lovely and heartwarming gifts from such a lovely lady Anita. She is a gift to bloggers. Thank you for sharing your joy with us Violet.

Rebecca said...

What a lovely post, I so enjoyed seeing the wonderful treasures you received from Anita, she is amazing and I do love her blog
Many blessings to you

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest, I just left a message on your second post here....YOU give my work justice as these photos capture an ethereal beauty that I envision in my head of the work of my hands. I have the rest of my life (God know how long) to work on creating the feel and the world that I will never let go of...the world of wonder and hope. This is indeed one of the most beautiful things anyone has ever said or displayed about my work as an artist. Merci beaucoup ma chère amie...I so look forward to this magnificent year. With God in our lives and at the end of the rainbow, what have we to fear....


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WONDERFUL!!!! I must, I must see this wand before it goes to a lucky winner!!!! This is fabulous. LOVE YOU! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WWWAAAAAAAAAA! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT!!!!! Oh, I have another Idea that I will share with you later...gotta get to work but you will love this one!!!! BISOUS MA BELLE! Anita

Diane said...

Violet, thank you for inviting me over for present day. :-) Wow...your friend makes beautiful things and paints wonderfully. The world of's so special!
Have a happy, happy day!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Thank you so much for coming by for a visit. Anita truly is such a wonderful creative talent, and oh yes, such a beautiful person AND blog. How blessed you are to be friends! I'd love to be entered in your give away,
I'm also a follower!

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

i am a huge admirer of Anita, she is a wonder!
a beautiful post and a very lovely blog you have here
i love afghans too xx


Dolores said...

I love crowns. Thanks for the chance to win.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning precious one! I am so behind...coming back to email....this is so fun! GOOD LUCK TO THE WINNER! Anita

Sue Smith said...

I've just stumbled upon your blog and it is truly beautiful!

Sarah said...

I so agree! I've followed Anita for some time now. Her creative spirit is magical. What a delightful lady!
You must be as well for the two of you to become friends. Her gifts to you are very special. I'd be thrilled to be considered in the drawing for your beautiful wand. ~ sarah

Sarah said...

Violet, I'm happy to say I'm one of your newest followers. I'll be eager to visit often. Your blog is full of inspiration. ~ sarah

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Violet! The friendships we make here in Blogland are every bit as wonderful and special as those in our "real" lives. Anita, must surely by one to treasure!

Thanks so much for coming over and inviting me to enter your giveaway! I would be honored. I enjoyed returning to your your blog because I now remember what an extremely talented artist you are! One of these days I would LOVE a portrait of my dogs!

I hope your 2011 is full of joy, laughter and prosperity!

Martina said...

Such a lovely giveaway! Anita is one of my very best blogfriends and i adore her style, her creativity, kindheartedness and her incredible ability to spread so much love everyday! Great giveaway, am a follower, count me in! Hugs for a lovely day!

claudie said...

Absolutely breath taking. Isn't Anita the BEST gift?
I will get to meet her this summer, here in my home. I just can't wait.
LOVE your blog, your art, your puppies, your home.
JUst Beautiful.
Love Claudie from Canada

Sandy said...

Charming! C’est ravissant!

Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables commentaires sur mon blog!

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Privet and Holly said...

I am privileged
to now call Anita
a friend in "real
life" as we have
met several times
and she is a true
gem and delight, as
I've no doubt you
are as well, sweet
Violet! What exquisite
gifts! And WHAT a
giveaway! I am always
smitten by birds with
crowns....not sure why,
but there you have it : )
LOVED this post!
xx Suzanne

Privet and Holly said...

PS: I'm a happy
follow of yours!!
xx S.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh this is so wonderful dearest!!!! Typing from my iPhone here on the run with Ruben!! What nice things people have said about both of us!!! Blessings anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning precious one! I am so happy to see such lovely friends come by to see this magnificent post. You have honored me so CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT ELSE YOU HAVE BEEN UP TO! I added more glitter to my blue bird and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!

Off to finish my new post and then PAINT! More details in email...Anita

Mystical Gypsy said...

Lovely blogs by creative, gracious ladies. I always feel uplifted after a visit to both Violet's and Anita's. Thank you! ~MG

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AHHHHH!!!!! I LOVE THIS WAND! It is coming to moi? YIKES this is too fun....oh turquoise...oh yes, it is a refreshing color for all time, all things, all rooms of the house and wardrobe!

OH VIOLET, HAVE FUN!!!!!! I am off to paint..back later and I SO ENJOY YOU!!! Anita

George the Lad said...

I've just popped over from Anita, I'm one of her scrappy terrier furiends, she is a very talented and generous I have a drawing that she did of me, I was over the moon with it.
Nice to meet you.
See Yea George xxx

Ana said...

Oh Violet,
How many beautiful things Anita has sent you. What a luck ducky you are to have such a sweet, caring and thoughtful friend. Oh and I'm not sure if I'm too late for your beautiful giveaway. Hope I'm not.

Hugs and Kisses,

Ana said...

Oh, forgot to mention I was a follower...:-)


deb famularo said...

I've been blessed to have Anita as a friend, and I'm so excited to follow your beautiful blog! Yours was the first one I clicked on from Anita's post -your sparKly friendship wand caught my eye and is SO gorgeous!! It's already working too, connecting creative souls together! so happy to meet you...xOxO deb

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hello dear Violet!
You have been the most fortunate recipient of some beautiful gifts! Anita is indeed amazing! and generous and talented and inspiring!
I wish you a most beautiful day dear friend!
<3 Kathleen