Video Tuesday...I Want to Work for IKEA!

..as a designer, this is how my brain thinks...I love solving the space problem...making room out of no room...and with so much style...IKEA, I want to design for you...there I said it...it's out in the universe now...let's see what happens.

I did it again...

 ...thrifting that is...I picked up this guy...it was looking lonely and abandoned...all scratched and rusted...nobody wanted it...just my type of project.  I always wanted a serving cart...something I could set up as a bar and wheel it around at a party...Well, now I have one...yeah!
 ...I know it looks crummy.

 ...but after a little frog tape and gold spray paint...
...it now looks like this...pretty...Soul Pretty.


 I was going to take pictures of my cart in all it's glory...but, I was distracted by this guy...homemade pizza...YUM!  I didn't forget about the cinnamon bun recipe...it's coming.


I'm a survivor...smile.

...We survived Hurricane Irene...no damage and stress free...beside my having to put everything from my  terrace into my living room, it was fine...thank GOD!  Thanks to all you guys who wished us well...NYC dodged a bullet...I did check out a couple of good films on Netflix...more on that on Flix Friday...

...Oh, how did that get in there...? that's not a pillow... that's a cupcake...Design ADD people.  That's why I can't get anything done...

...Today I have pillow cushions on my mind...Re-vamping my website is also on my mind...I have so many new things to add...but Mini is home from school and distractions are everywhere...I didn't get around to making those earrings this weekend...but I did do a lot of research for revamping my shopping site.  I really need to take photos of everything...nice photos...Anthropologie (sidebar...I went on the Anthro website and perused their want ads...sigh...lots and lots of jobs that I would love to have...they just happen to be in Philly.  UGH!) like photos...that will entice you all to buy the wonderful, special, beautiful things I have been stockpiling...I really need to organize them too...my apartment is becoming a storage bin...UGH!  

The Calm Before the Storm...


 ...the bags are available in my Etsy shop www.soulpretty.etsy.com


So Mini and I are getting ready to hunker down for the impending hurricane...NYC is so hype right now...The Mayor is on t.v. talking about shutting down mass transit at noon tomorrow...no buses or trains until Monday...WTH?!?  I have lived here all my life and I can't remember this ever being done...maybe, for a few hours after 911...I  hope this is all hype.  I just cleared my terrace off and hopefully the electricity will stay on so Mini and I can enjoy our Netflix...My living room has two full walls of windows...(scared) My bedroom only has one window...so, I guess we'll be hunkered down in there...If it gets really bad...we'll hangout in our hallway...no windows there...wish us luck...enjoy your weekend...and be safe.


...just sharing photos of Mini and I goofing around in the park near our house (please don't flood) a few days ago...the calm before the storm.







Inspiration...

                                             HELLEN DAUSEN... MISS UNIVERSE TANZANIA 2011 

I love this picture...and I really love these earrings...I found a bunch of beads while making over Mini's room...and I may take a stab at making these earrings this weekend...They look really good and this model has a short neck...

What is up with this weather?





Mini's room make-over...this is what Mini and I were up to when the earthquake hit...and now we must get ready for a hurricane...really?

Granny Chic

I took my latest creation out for a photo shoot in the park...I call it Granny Chic...For Sale...


Today is Manifest Wednesday...and I want...

Look of the day...since my party hair is looking like this and is about to come out...and the weather is just right for rocking boots...I think I'll go with this look today...Mini and I are headed into the Emerald City...it should be safe.

Oh, wheels on the bottom...good idea...you know how I like to move things around...

I will definitely hang a pretty tassel from the drawer...If it doesn't get in the way of opening and closing the drawers.

...this is the one that got away...I should have bought it when I had the chance.

...My bedroom is this color...and the I like the styling in this photo.

I like the idea of two small dressers next to my bed...I like it a lot.

L O V E.  Love.

LOVE...love, love.


Mini and I survived the Earthquake of 2011

Ok....first, I catch a bridal bouquet...then Will and Jada split (allegedly)...then an earthquake in New York...?!?!?!?


Mini and I survived the earthquake of 2011!  We were painting in her room when her huge mirror started to sway back and forth...we thought it was a ghost or it was falling off the wall so we ran to grab it...then I looked out into the hall and remember my photo wall?  Well, all those pictures began to bang back and forth on the wall...I WAS SO SCARED!  Mini, was too...I grabbed the phone to call 911 and we had no phone service...HELP!  I told mini to grab her shoes...she asked if she could change her shirt...REALLY?  We ran down 11 flights...meeting neighbors on the way...everyone was scared...Mini and I sat in the car for about 45 minutes while I tried to decide what to do.  It was well over by then...but the mommy in me was already planning our next escape...Since 9-11, NYC has been promoting the idea of having a go bag...a bag that has all your essentials, that you can grab and leave the house quickly in case of emergency...Well, let's just say...I started working on our go bag last night...I gotta get a tent!  That's all I'm saying...strange things are happening...

Say it ain't so...Will and Jada call it splits...?


In Touch Weekly is reporting that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are separating. Their reps have not confirmed the story.
(When contacted about the story by TMZ, Pinkett's rep said, "What? In Touch said that? I know nothing about this... Lord. I'm going back to bed.")

Me making the sad face :-(.......13 years...3 kids...all that money...and still can't keep it together...sigh.


Video Tuesday...Am I a Runway Bride?

...So, catching the bouquet at my cousin's wedding got me thinking about a lot of things...and one of them is, I think I'm a runaway bride...I was talking with a friend who reminded me that I have actually been engaged 3 times...Huh?  I thought about it and she's right...and I called it off each time...once just months before the wedding...had the dress, the catering and the rings...and I called it off...lost lot's of money on that decision...and I almost lost someone who became my best friend...good thing he forgave me ...So the chances of actually becoming a bride may be a stretch...I asked Mini how she feels about having a step-father and she said, "it's fine with her as long as he's nice." Ohhh...sweet...me too.

So in honor of Video Tuesday...I give you the song that I will walk or run to at my wedding...
Ready For Love, by India Arie
It sums up exactly how I feel about love at this point in my life...

The Kardashian Wasn't The Only Wedding this Weekend...

...followers of my blog know that my family has been through a lot of sadness and hard times for a few years now...we'll, this weekend I feel like that spell has been broken.  At least I hope so...my cousin got married.  I think it's been 10 years or more since our last family wedding...so it was a big deal...The wedding was beautiful and I wish I had better pics to show you guys but my camera batteries quit on me...UGH!


 ...my family...l to r...my sister, my niece, my brother and me.

Congratulations to Kevin and Tonya...
 We sat at lucky table number 7... and there must be something to it because....


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...guess who caught the bouquet????  ME!  I never, ever get up to catch the bouquet...never.  I promised Mini I would try and catch it this time and I did...Guess I'm next...smile.
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