Feeling so cheery after our day at the opera yesterday!
The dress rehearsal of Armida at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center was fabulous! We were mesmerized by the production and very impressed with the enormous talent of the entire cast... ...with Renee Fleming, of course.... as the shining star...
As this was my first experience at the opera... ...I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Rob, of course, loved it and raved about it all evening... I see more opera in my future! :)
Wanted to share these pics of the sweetest little girls ever...
...I found these darling pink and black outfits with a French flair for our favorite girls recently and tried to get them to model for us... ...not so easy!
...and when we returned from the city...this wonderful surprise was waiting for me... Several weeks ago, I received an email from Jackie at Bliss Farm Antiques... She asked for permission to use a photograph from my sidebar (me, as a 2 1/2 year old, with my rubber dolly and baggage...I still come with lots of baggage).... Anyway, Jackie asked me if she could use the photo in some personal artwork of hers. I thanked her for asking permission and told her that of course she was welcome to use it.
Then she asked me what my favorite book was as a child. Hmm...unusual question... I immediately thought of the first book of my very own.... that I received when I was 7 from my Aunt Alice at Christmas. The book was called, Flash of Washington Square. I remember reading it from cover to cover...over and over and looking at all the pictures....I really loved the story and still have the book today.
Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when I opened a box from Jackie yesterday with this wonderful box collage in it.... Here is what she wrote in the card that she enclosed,
Dear Laura, I love to make collage boxes and when I saw your picture I was inspired. I had images in my mind of what the little girl in the photo would be dreaming about. I knew it would be something special as she fell asleep exhausted from her busy life and surrounded by toys and books. Thanks so much for letting me use it. Enjoy, Jackie
Letting her use it? What a wonderful gift....how sweet is she? Thank you Jackie for being inspired...for your wonderful, creative and generous spirit! I love this little box collage and I love the fact that you thought enough of me to create this gift!
Aren't blogging friends the best? Have a wonderful evening....
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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