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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Art & Soul Sign Up For Classes!

Art & Soul
An Inspirational Mixed Media Retreat

I am teaching at this FABULOUS event.  This is a week packed with workshops by all the famous gals...and moi of course, who will be teaching all those wonderful, cool, techniques (plus some secrets shared) to help you create your own jewelry, collage books, fabric books, clay sculpture and more!!!

Art & Soul this year takes place in Virginia Beach, VA from March 1 - 6.   Registration for classes is open now.  Hurry up and check them out.  You can sign up and experience the whole week or just one class.  Mine is below.  Just give a click and I will see you there!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Make Your Own Chunky Charms!

These love-a-lees are soooo unique and fun to do.  I  am teaching this class twice in February, sharing the how to's of charm making.

"Like" Simply Pretty Stuff on Facebook, or click the "email me" link on the blog, to sign up or learn more. 

Students will get to make two charms of their own design.  How cool will that be?!

I will be conducting the 3 hour workshops at Wentz's Stained Glass Studio in Gettysburg, PA, on February 8th, from 10 AM til 1 PM and again on February 15th, from 10 AM til 1 PM.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Artist and Animal Friend Laurie Manz In The Spotlight

Lions And Tigers ...And Lions!

My very dear cousin in law, Laurie Manz, and I recently became reacquainted earlier this year on... drum roll please... Facebook.  How wonderful.  We had to catch up after 40 years of distance and lost time.  

Laurie, a true artist in oils, does beautiful animal and people portraiture.  Her proceeds benefit the ASPCA and  her heart goes out to all those poor lonely, lost, and mistreated animals everywhere.  She is an true advocate and hero in all canine and feline circles.

She recently painted my most special cat, Min.  What a treasure I now have as Min has passed away from a long battle with thyroid and kidney disease.  I cherish this gift from Laurie and could never thank her enough.

Laurie's kindness did not stop there.  With my last visit to Pittsburgh, I was given a beautiful portrait of the ghost lion, done lovingly in her small studio.  I brought him home and call him Aslan, after the lion in the Narnia Movie series.  He is a stunning likeness, don't you think?  Thank you Laurie!!
To see more of Laurie's work or to arrange a portrait, go to:

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Pins In Belle Armoire Jewelry this month!!

Mixed Media Pins:  A Collage To Wear

I originally created this lovely pin for an annual fundraiser in NYC.  It was a donation for the ChemoComfort Organization.
It was so much fun to design it so I decided to make many more of these 3-D couture pins for customers and for workshop projects! 
I also just love that Cynthia Levens (editor) liked them too and included my original in this month's 
Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.  Thanks Cynthia!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Experience Ladies Night At 
The Hauser Winery:
A Place To Pair Wine And Savories 
And, Oh My Word, 
Apron Couture and Princess Tiaras!

Come on over to The Hauser Winery to taste the finest of local wine, paired with treats from home or with morsels available there.  

Ladies Night is next Wednesday nite from 
6 PM to 9 PM 
Prepare to be pampered!

As well, experience the tasteful eye candy that will be at my booth.  I will be pairing my one of a kind tiaras with fabulous apron couture by Cheri' Designs Gourmet Glam... not just the ordinary flour dusters your grandmother wore!  If you buy a tiara and an apron, you will recieve a 10% discount.

Also, if you purchase ANYTHING, you will get a free ornament.  I am Sooooooo in the Christmas spirit   ; )

Here is a sneek peek!  See you there!!