You may have noticed the conspicuous absence of Halloween over here at
Such Pretty Things. It's not that I'm the Halloween Grinch or anything
like that. I love how excited my girls get planning their costumes and
I certainly love all the candy. It's just that...well...it's the colors. Orange
and black. Black and orange. Not my favorite color combo. Plus, I kinda really despise the color orange. Sorry, orange-lovers. I just do. And it's really, really hard to avoid orange when Halloween comes around. So, yes, not my favorite holiday, color-wise. I do try to make the best of it though. For example, I try to find non-orange-colored candy. Like this pretty pink and purple candy corn that I found at Target.
But mostly, I just focus on the costumes. While no final decisions have been made as of yet, my girls are leaning towards ballerina costumes this year. Here are some little peaks at the major contenders...
Please notice the presence of pastels...
delicate velvet millinery flowers and satiny ribbons...
Good morning, everyone! I had every intention of doing a Target Tuesday post today, but the weather is not cooperating. It's cold and dark and the lighting is just terrible, so no picture-taking for me today. :-(
Instead, I want to share with you another one of my favorite New York shops. It's called Fishs Eddy and I think you'll really like it.
Fishs Eddy sells all sorts of very reasonably priced dinnerware...and everything has a very cool vintage, country feel to it. The store decor is so pretty...
I love all the displays.
In addition to classic white dinnerware, you'll find many different patterns of china. Fishs Eddy started out selling original items from old restaurants, diners, country clubs, and hotels. Today, much of their stock is new, but almost everything has a vintage, antique look.
A perfect place to pick out some new dishes for a newlywed or for your Thanksgiving table.
Those aqua-rimmed plates are a must-have!
How about a new gravy boat?
They have a wonderful selection of glass cake stands, too. And they are all made from the original antique molds.
This aqua blue pitcher would match my glasses from my blog banner, don't ya think?
Fishs Eddy is so much fun. Definitely put in on your list of places to visit the next time you're in NYC!
889 Broadway at 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
Every Autumn, we take our annual family drive to the mountains to see the changing leaves in all their glory. It's always so beautiful - like a postcard come to life.
So, we're driving along, admiring the scenery and trying to find a cute place to stop for lunch, when we pass a sign that says "Hagerstown". Now, I am not personally acquainted with Hagerstown, Maryland, but for some reason, the name rang a bell. It took me a minute and then I remembered reading an article several years ago that mentioned there was an Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagarstown. How very serendipitous! It was bit out of the way, but after a little cajoling, I got my husband to agree to take us there. The outlet is a little bit off the beaten-path, on a semi-industrial looking road. The building is quite nondescript on the outside, but on the inside there are bargains and treasures to be found!
How about a 100 yard roll of ribbon for $1.29!
Everything in the outlet is arranged in large cardboard boxes set up on
tables. It''s very well organized, but you may have to do a bit of
The colors and selection are terrific! I was expecting to maybe see
some pea-greens and mustard-yellows colors, but they had ribbons in
every color of the rainbow.
And you'll find all types of ribbons at the Offray outlet. Some with a better selection of widths and colors than others, but there were grosgrains, sheers, and wired ribbons. My favorite are the satins...
You'll find polka dots, florals, and stripes, too!
I bought primarily from the "sale" tables where everything was around
$1.00 to $1.50. If you are looking for larger quantities of a specific
color, they are a bit more expensive - but a huge roll (50 to 100
yards) can be had for about $5 to $10. A major deal for ribbon of this
You'll also find gift-wrap bows, some fabrics, and grab bags of
ribbon remnants. For anyone who is planning a wedding or just loves
scrap-booking or wrapping presents, this is THE place to go! The woman
at the front desk told me that the inventory is constantly changing, so
they never know exactly what they are going to get in. You can call
ahead though and they will try to help you find what you are looking
If you live nowhere near Hagerstown, they have another location in Berwick, PA. And if you live nowhere near Berwick, it's still worth a trip. I am already sorry that I didn't buy more and I can't wait to go back!
BERWICK OFFRAY OUTLETS:
857 Willow Circle Hagerstown, Maryland Tel. 301 745 4714 E-mail: OffrayOutlet@berwickoffray.com Regular Store hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 - 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 Closed most Holidays
Berwick, PA Outlet:
2017 West Front Street (RT. 11) Berwick, PA 18603 Tel. 570 784 1985 Fax 570 784 6551 E-mail: email@example.com Visa, Master Card, Discover, and Cash Regular Hours January - March: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-4:00, Saturday 9-3
***it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm hours
One of my favorite New York shopping destinations is ABC Carpet and Home. ABC is not your typical shop...it's actually two huge department stores devoted to the prettiest and finest home furnishings and rugs. Kind of like Anthropologie on steroids!
At ABC, you'll find tons of high-end home furniture, antiques, lighting, carpets, and linens. Walking in the front door is like walking into a beautiful, magical world of prettiness...
ABC is know for it's gorgeous chandeliers...
This aqua beaded one was my favorite.
And this white china rose one is so lovely...
ABC has a nicely edited collection of antiques - like these pretty floral china pieces.
There are tons of home decor and tabletop items. I especially love these glitzy napkin rings...
I would love to set a table with this shabby-chicish dinnerware...
They were just starting to put the Christmas decorations, so I will have to go back again soon.
There is lots of antique and vintage-inspired furniture...how fab are those French dining chairs???
The children's department is incredible. So many pretty and unique things to decorate your nursery or child's room...
The dress-up clothing is straight out of a vintage storybook.
There is an entire floor devoted to bedding, bath and linens...in every style and color imaginable. I want this bed!
This one, too!
Piles of pillows on every surface...
And some fanciful toiletries.
One of the great things about ABC is that you never know what you'll find. I was shocked to come upon this basket of vintage wallpapers.
If you are planning a shopping trip to ABC (and you should!), here are a few tips: Remember to bring a big, fat wallet - these are NY prices (i.e., expensive) - and please allow yourself enough time to really wander around and take in every little detail. The store displays are truly beautiful, with incredible attention to detail...
ABC Carpet and Home: 888 & 881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 Ph: 212 473-3000
I was happy to find this pretty lamp at Target last week. It has a simple white base and comes with a sweet pink shade. And the price tag can't be beat...only $14.99!
It was a little too modern for my taste, so I decided to embellish it a bit. I have several very old lampshades with tulle ruffles around the shade base and top, so I thought I would attempt to replicate this romantic look. I started by finding some pale pink tulle netting in a matching shade. I cut it into very long strips, layered one strip on top of another, and sewed a gathering stitch down the middle. The result is a double ruffle of tulle very similar to the trim on my antique lampshades!
Next, I adhered the ruffle to both the top and bottom of the lampshade, being careful to make my joints neat and even and allowing the tulle ruffle to peek out a bit over the top and bottom of the shade.
As a final step, I embellished the lamp by adding a few millinery flowers plucked from a vintage hat.
I just love the result - the fluffy ruffles remind me of a fanciful ballerina tutu.
You could obviously use this simple technique on any lampshade. If you don't sew, try adding a length of ruffles taken from an old petticoat.
The weather around here has been pretty dreary lately. It's been unseasonably cold for days now and the rain just keeps on coming.
So, it's a good weekend to snuggle up indoors. To entertain the girls, I decided we should make some carmel apples. I found some lady apples at the market last week. They're so cute and the perfect size.
I could have made my own carmel, but I chose to be lazy and just make the "Kraft" variety instead. :-)
I am a traditionalist when it come to carmel apples...I like 'em plain and simple.
The girls prefer them further dipped in layers of chocolate and adorned with sprinkles...
I hope you're sitting down right now. I really do. Because, you see, I went to the Tinsel Trading Company while in NY this past weekend and I took lots and lots of pictures. I don't want to be overly dramatic here, but I know I feel faint at the sight of something like this...
Yes, you are seeing correctly. That is an entire wall (a wall!) of millinery flowers.
I don't know about you, but I don't usually get to see a wall of millinery flowers in the course of my everyday life. But, oh, how I wish I did!
Many of these are reproduction, but a good number of them are true vintage. And there is nothing like the vintage ones.
My favorites...the dainty Forget-me-nots.
There are lots of vintage stamens, too.
How incredible are these! And the colors!
Tinsel Trading is a beautiful shop filled with every kids of trim you can imagine. Here's the wall of ribbon...
You can find every color, fabric, width, and design possible.
Again, many of the ribbons are new, but there are lots of pretty vintage ones as well.
This cool antique wine case holds the most gorgeous vintage ribbon rolls...
Look at the wonderful old labels.
Tinsel Trading also has a great selection of Wendy Addison's glittery designs.
These are some of her fun, printed ribbons...
The shop's specialty is vintage metallic thread and trims.
I have been shopping at Tinsel Trading for many years now and it is truly one of my favorite places. The owner, Marcia Ceppos,
has created a wonderland of vintage prettiness. If you have not yet
had the opportunity to see it for yourself, I think it's time for a
little field trip!
Hi all! I am back from a fabulous long weekend in New York. The weather was perfect, we had a wonderful time seeing family and friends, and I even managed to accomplish most of what I set out to do! I have much to share with you, but first things first...
I must give a big thank you to each and every one of you that took the time to leave such sweet wishes on my blog anniversary! I am so touched by all your comments and emails. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful readers!
Now, for the drawing...I decided to write a number that corresponded to each comment on a little piece of folded paper. I put them all in a bowl, mixed them up, and had my older daughter pick one. And the winner is.... Number 45, Elyse from Tinkered Treasures.
Congratulations, Elyse! Please make sure to email me your address so that I can get your package of little pretty things on it's way to you.
O.K., so back to New York. My first stop was the newly re-opened Shabby Chic shop. I was so excited to see the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture banner displayed above the storefront, that I could barely wait for my husband to park before I jumped out of the car.
Once inside, I was both thrilled and relieved to find that Shabby was indeed back.
The new shop looks much the same as it's predecessor.
There has been a bit of tweaking here and there...maybe a little less white and a bit more wood, but certainly the same aesthetic. There were plenty of upholstered pieces - cushy sofas and chairs piled high with pillows.
New rustic wood dining tables and French cane-back chairs.
There were lots of linens - perhaps a few less than before - but still lots to choose from.
I was, of course, immediately drawn to the two floral prints...lovely pink blossoms on a creamy background.
There were huge whimsical lampshades made out of petticoat-like skirts...
And I totally fell in love with this beautiful inspiration board...
There were pretty PJ's and robes...
And the requisite prom dress or two...
This one was stunning, but at $1200, not really justifiable. :-)
I did get an autographed copy of Rachel's new book, Shabby Chic Interiors - a must have for any Shabby lover. It's a gorgeous book filled with page after page of pastel loveliness. And the the cover of the shop's new brochure is totally frame-worthy. Seriously, I will be framing it! :-)
So, yes, I am happy to report that Shabby Chic is alive and well. Do stop by...
I'll be back soon to share more of my trip to New York. And next week, Target Tuesday will be back...I found some good stuff yesterday!