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Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Stuff For Fun

Today was a creating day, but not the usual.  I wanted to try a few new things for fun!  It began with Flip Flops.  A little bit of trim.......and Simply Pretty!  Ou la la!

Next it was on to the recycled bottles.  I have collected a few wine bottles in beautiful blues and greens.  Time for some cutting and etching! Let's do DRAGONFLIES....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bliss Angel

This Simply Pretty Bliss Angel is another one of many pleasures I will be adding to my pin inventory.  You can also see her for sale on my website at  Click on the Charms for Sale then go into the Vintage and Ephemera section.  Enjoy!! There are a few new things posted as well.

Monday, March 22, 2010


This was the weekend for getaways in the Northeast.  The daffodils are up and the sun now warms the soul, chasing away what was left of that burr...winter chill.

Usually I thrill myself with a virtual getaway, on the spur of the moment to the blogsphere, finding new and wonderful sites led by the most interesting and wonderful women. 

But this weekend, I fed all the cats, packed a bag and tripped off to VA with my hubby, who had to work a bit. 

I did get a quick tour of Apex CoVantage headquarters since I tagged along and was impressed with Greg's very cool office surroundings.  The most beautiful office complex I had ever seen actually. The wall art, which was very earthy, contained the elements of glass and metal and was swoon worthy.  It was bright with lots of windows and neutual tones.  Desks were organized and all chairs looked ergonomically correct and comfortable.   sigh.  His home office is definitely lacking.  This artist will have to focus on tweeking a few things now that I have been inspired.

But to get back to the actual field trip...that was not the thrill found.  The real excitement came making the jaunt to Lucketts, The Beekeeper's Cottage and On A Whim..........  ou la la.  I was surrounded by glitter, linens and patina.

First stop was to a place called On A Whim.  This complex has the only polka dotted silo in Virginia... yep polka dotted!  Check out their site at   I met Donna, the owner and we IMMEDIATELY connected.  I loved her business which reflected nothing less than inspiration, energy and glamour.  How fab! Of course I made the perfect purchase.  Guess what's in this goody bag?

A simply pretty lamp, of course.  It will work wonderfully, lighting my designs on my table at future shows. How perfect are those colors?  Well, check out  and you'll see what I mean. a definite wow...........

Here are a few more things to covet at On A Whim.

And on to Luckett's General Store.  Check out their place on  While there I checked out the fleurish spot.....and just about everywhere I looked, I found Paris!!!  This is karma since the one and only "Summer Retreat" in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia will be sponsored by    Check out these Parisian lov~a~lees and then be sure to visit Korie B in the blogsphere!


Last stop, The Beekeeper's Cottage, Where glitter really does reign!  White on white on white......oh my!

Don't miss the ballerinas if you go there for your field trip away!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simply Pretty Stuff Out Of
Mudpi Pottery Piece

This is one piece of the pottery that came in a box with several other beautiful pieces last week.  Lori Fritsch, designs wonderful pottery....and usually it turns out perfectly.  There are those occasions, however, that pieces, oops, don't make it.  How lucky for me!! 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


A potter friend just sent me a box of some broken stoneware chards.  I am trying to decide on how to use them in my designs today.  I love this china piece of mine, but will come up with something a bit more frisky........frisky? for her more modern pieces.  If things work out, pictures will be forthcoming.

Stilettos In The Sand

I only read for information.  Curling up with a good book was never me, but teach me anything....and I am with ya.

Last week, as a passenger on a four hour trip across Pennsylvania, I was googling on my Blackberry.  One thing leads to another there........everyone loses a day doing that I'm sure.  However, with my first search entry, a totally unrelated url popped up midway down the screen, that I COULD NOT RESIST visiting. 

OK then, click, and let me check this out!  Who would have known that I would be completely enthralled for the entire 4 hour journey!!  I was somewhere else, where not many have been, and I couldn't put the words down. 

The "Stilettos" belong to an American woman living in Eastern Saudi Arabia... a woman with a powerful sense of observation and insight.  There is no minutiae in her life, no mundane.  She puts the Middle Eastern politics on a plate that mixes day to day events with her reality and the area's humanity...or inhumanity, as the case may be.  The beauty, the horror, moving in and out and back and forth, are experiences she shares on a global platform, hanging them as a beautiful and complicated tapastry, upon which to gaze and wonder and want for more. 

The photos are indeed awesome and take you to her place just with a glance.  Her words, half journalist in approach, and half tongue and cheek, are mesmerizing.  She is an artist truely, combining her words and pictures into unique presentation. In that way, she connects to the artist in all of us.

Just go there...... curl up and read what should be a terrific screen play or eye opening documentary. Or, just go there..... to learn. 

"Sabra," her alias, has been in that part of the world with her husband since 2003. She continues to blog about her life daily.  She would love to hear from you. 

Friday, March 5, 2010


  Plan Your Summer Retreat !

I don't know about everyone else, but spring means summer is just around a corner.....OK, I am getting ahead here, but the early bird does get the worm in this case.

There is a wonderful retreat for all us creative types in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia this August.  Check out the venue, the instructors, the scenery, and the High Tea event!!! Registration begins in a blink of an eye so don't miss the excitement.  Go to

My Simply Pretty Stuff and I will see you there.