Pretty Things from Penelope & Anastasia!


{...Vintage Fabric Button Earrings...}

{...Vintage Fabric Button Bird Earrings, named after me! Amy Earrings!...}

{...Beautiful Cressida Cocktail Ring...}

{...Upcycled Vintage Pearl Ring...}


Pamela of Penelope & Anastasia is the most amazing person. She has a keen eye for vintage finds and creates unique one of a kind pieces from them. If you have a vintage something or other that you would like transformed into your own custom made piece, Pam is definitely your girl!

When I was at her most recent open house (which was packed) I spotted the gorgeous Vintage Pearl Ring that I have pictured above. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments on it!

The Vintage Fabric Buttons featured above are only $15/piece, which I find is very reasonably priced. The lovely Pam actually named one of her earrings after me because she knows how much I love birds. She named them "Amy Earrings"!

I would check out her Etsy shop, Penelope & Anastasia, because not only does she have vintage earrings and rings, but she also has gorgeous necklaces! If you become a fan of her's on Facebook you can see more of her work! P&A Facebook Page.


Purple encourages creativity...

I am really liking purple/eggplant decor lately. There is something about the color purple that is so calming and relaxing. There are four effects that the color purple usually makes us all feel:

1). Uplifting
2). Calming to the mind and nerves
3). Offers a sense of spirituality
4). Encourages creativity

Purple also has a sense of royalty, riches, luxury, and power. A dark purple accent wall or purple lighting can set the right mood for a relaxing environment.

What does the color purple make you feel? Do you have purple anywhere in your home?


Favorite Etsy Find: Little White Dresser

{...Crystal Sash...}

{Crystal Sash on a beautiful brides dress}

I have actually blogged about Little White Dresser's shop before, and I am still in love with all of her work! The lovely Avishag is very talented! I love the Charlotte's Black Bloom Belt, it has a black swan-esque look to it. The Crystal Sash is a beautiful edition to any wedding dress.

Between my sister's wedding in June and my best friends wedding next Spring I will probably be buying something soon from her shop! She also have very cute earrings and adorable headbands that you could wear to spice up any outfit.

Please check out her blog and her shop!

Right now Little White Dresser is having a Buy 1 Get 1 SALE - In order to enjoy this sale please add any 2 items into your shopping chart and make a purchase. She will refund the lowest priced item via pay-pal.

Here is the lovely Avishag from Little White Dresser as a bride...

Join the Little White Dresser Facebook page and get updates on sales and new items


Keep in mind...



1/11/11 Make A Wish...

Why does 11:11 always seem to be the time when we look at our clocks? Why do some of us make wishes when we see this time on the clock? Numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than than chance or coincidence. This belief is related to the concept of synchronization. Other authors believe it is an auspicious sign, and others that is signals a spirit presence. 11:11 can show up anywhere, on receipts, restaurant bills, on the license plate in front of you while you are driving and we are always amazed by this. However, this belief is something I will always carry with me.

Make sure tonight at 11:11pm you make a wish because you have extra 11's tonight because today is 1/11/11! How crazy! I hope everyone's wishes come true. :)

Happy 11:11 wishing! The next big one this year will be 11/11/11!

For all of you that live in PA or surrounding areas, we are going to have a snowy night tonight, so stay warm, safe and cozy! Snuggle up with someone special, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Much Love,


New Year....New You!


Now that 2010 is history, I have a really good feeling about 2011 more so than I normally do. However, on my first day back to work today, I was rear ended by some idiot who didn't pay attention in traffic! My poor little car...hopefully this isn't how the rest of my year will look.

New Year's Resolutions...Why a resolution? Why not a plan or goals? I don't like to call them resolutions because they shouldn't be, nothing is ever easy to just "resolve". I like to call them New Year’s goals or plans.

I want to live a healthier lifestyle and learn more new things. I want to become a more skilled photographer and work on my jewelry line! I had a small sale before the holidays and I sold everything that I made! This was just the confidence and motivation I needed to work on my inventory before I set up my store on Etsy.com! This is one of my most important goals this year. :)

How awesome is that quote above? "She turned her cants into cans, and her dreams into plans." I absolutely adore it! My friend Amy found it on a blog called Design Crush. It's a really motivating quote and a great thing to say over and over again to yourself when you're feeling "stuck".

Here are a few things you should try in 2011:

1). Sport a new hair color or new haircut! This one is always tough but it totally can make you feel like a different person. We all know I am big on the different color hair idea. ;)

2). Take a weekend off to do absolutely nothing! It really helps to rejuvenate your zest for life!

3). Take a mini vacation. Don't go somewhere too far but far enough to be away from anything stressful. Maybe a fancy NYC weekend or a cozy lake house bed & breakfast retreat.

4). If you are successful in your career, reward yourself. Buy yourself something that you really want. We need pick me ups.

5). Take some time to appreciate nature. Whether it be a long walk, a bike ride, or just laying in the grass. Take in the smells, the feeling you get, and the beauty of it. After going to the mountains recently it was awesome to just sit and stare even though it was freezing!

6). Donate old clothes to charity. We all know we have closets FULL of clothes that we say we will wear and we never do. This time just say, I won't wear this and put it in a bag. When you drop it off at a clothing drop you will feel so much better, I promise. :)

7). Learn how to cook or bake something difficult. Push your limits in the kitchen.

8). Spend more time with your college roommates and old high school friends. Do dinner every other month or get together for drinks once in a while. Staying close with your girls is so important. Our friends are who shaped us in to who we are today.

9). Go home to visit your parents more often. They miss you more than you know...

10). Exercise & eat healthier. You don't have to exercise every day, but if you do every so often you will feel better about yourself and your body. Pick something that you love like French fries and only let yourself have them once every few months. This will create discipline. :)

What are you going to do in 2011? What are some goals you already have for yourself?

Cheers & Happy New Year!


Trip to the Mountains

January pt. II – The Solstice from Matt Mahoney on Vimeo.

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday break! Sorry I haven't been able to post as much but I have spent lots of time with family and friends. Matt and I recently took a trip up to his mountain house in the Poconos in PA. It was a really relaxing time and we were able to capture some really great shots.

I am learning how to use Matt's Nikon D50 and I think I'm getting a lot better. I think I have a good eye for framing up shots, but I still near to learn all the technical aspects of photography. I took a million pictures of this beautiful mountain sunset over looking an icy beach. It was breathtaking and very cold, but well worth it. Matt has a Cannon 550D which is really sweet and shoots in HD.

Matt was able to capture enough footage to make a small short film called January. It is really well done in my opinion and showcases the beautiful icy lake and "winter" perfectly. He got a lot of great shots at night when no one was on the mountain which made it seem abandoned and very eerie.

Please take a few minutes to watch his film because it compliments my pictures above and shows you how much time we spent at this lake getting the most perfect shots. :)

I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve and I look forward to a awesome 2011!



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