One of the cool things that writing a blog has done for me is that it has given me a reason to look for positive stories to share...to look for pretty things in my home and garden...to look for great quotes...to want to share good things.
So, today, I thought I'd share some new pretties.
Here, under the glass dome, are pretty spools of baker's twine, one of the recent products released by Martha Stewart. For all of the negative that floats around about Martha, I have to say this. She is the queen of taking the ordinary and making it look pretty. I end up buying some of her things just because I love the packaging...it's pretty.
Baker's twine is a pretty ordinary product. I remember it from childhood days when we used to stop at the Jewish bakery in Philadelphia after church every Sunday so that we could get our weekly loaf of freshly baked rye bread. I loved the gorgeous (and delicious!) bakery butter cookies that the lady who worked there gave me to sample every Sunday. My mom, who firmly believes that she should not buy what she can make herself, would not buy any of those cookies. But, I remember watching the bakery ladies packaging the cookies for those who did buy. The cookies went into a box lined with waxed sheets and the box was tied...with none other than baker's twine. That same ordinary product, wrapped on little spools and prettily packaged, now has a place in my studio.
Then, there's the pretty color of these mini bird eggs. I was looking for something small that had awesome color to break up all of the cottage white on one of my shelves and these eggs were just right. I picked them up at Country Manor...they are so cute...I think they're made of clay. I love their irregular shape and the little speckles over the blue.
One of the things I've noticed since I started putting my BPS color class together is that my awareness and need for color has grown. Pretty cool...
Pretty summer flowers aren't a big deal...unless you live in Phoenix, of course. There are few flowers that bloom here in the summer (other than vincas) so to see a gorgeous blossom in July is definitely something special. I had to pull out the camera for this big pretty!
Finally, on the topic of pretty, here's a great quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
What "pretties" have you found in your world today?