a pretty {dye} DIY

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Speaking of ombre, check out this DIY ombre lampshade and pillow. This is for you crafty kids. I'd prolly just buy one. Here's some,

Pretty neat things I discovered this week:

the incredible artwork of Kumi Yamashita - shadow art and thread portrait craziness

The Man Repeller blog - haven't heard of The Man Repeller? get ready to shoot milk out of your nose laughing.

on a more serious note, this pretty blog seems lovely

Postmark Tomorrow: made up narratives of unsent postcards - brings me right back to creative writing class, and so eloquently. inspired. 

Discover anything interesting this week? Let me know in the comments!


pretty ombre {inspiration}

currently crazy about...
Hola hombre! You see what I did there?! Hombre sounds like ombre! I don't even speak Spanish! I'm just that witty! Anyway, "ombre" is actually French for shaded or something. I may not speak Spanish, but I know stuff about stuff.

I supposed you could say I was inspired by ombre when I created our P{m}A catalog. I'm just that crazy about it. A gorgeous gradation of  light to dark, in any color, takes plain tones and turns 'em up a notch. And ombre tends to remind me of a setting sun; that twilight time when the world shifts from day to night and dresses the sky in layered hues. Loveliness.


pretty {much} a catalog

click on the pretty pictures for a larger view

Hello lovelies. Pretty {much} Art has put together a little catalog for your perusing pleasure. Our entire 2011 catalog is now available for viewing on facebook. So click here, sit back and have a gander.* You'll learn more about our pretty products and about how Pretty {much} Art works, as well as get an extended preview of our "Deep City Lights" line. 

* Yes, I said "have a gander". And, in my head I said it in an old man voice. I don't know... I just... don't know.

{via : Pretty {much} Art}


pretty {dreamy} bedding

Featuring Anthropologie bedding on a blog of things I find pretty, is kind of a given. But behold, new Anthro "bed outfits" to sink into. I'm digging the bright bedding against the decrepit walls; mixing the bedding with the bedraggled. These are basically the bedrooms I've been dreaming of. Oh, if only I were a rich girl... All day long I'd biddy biddy bum in one of those beds.*

*Note: I don't know what that means, but it wasn't supposed to sound dirty or anything. It's from Fiddler on the Roof... come on people!


pretty city lights {a preview}

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably already know that I have a pretty new line in the works! Inspired by the bright lights of the big city, "Deep City Lights" is a new line in Pretty {much} Art's Pretty City series. Above is just a sneak peek; more pretty prints {and coasters} will be hitting the Etsy shop soon! On to...

Pretty neat things I discovered this week:

Vertigo-Inducing Photography - Warning: that title doesn't lie

this print - for book lovers such as myself

this quote by Olivia Wilde - guurl is beautiful and intelligent

Neville Longbottom: WILF (Wizard I'd like to F**k) - an investigative and astute commentary on Matthew Lewis's trying journey from prepubescent wizardhood to handsome, handsome manhood... or whatever

and Radical Face - this song in particular:

Note: Radical Face is a pseudonym for 24 year old Ben Cooper. This guy is an artist in the truest sense of the word. If you liked this song at all, and have seven minutes, I highly recommend this documentary.

Discover anything interesting this week? Let me know in the comments!


prettier {than ruffles!}

I asked myself, "What's prettier than ruffles!?" "Why, self," I said, "Why not ruffles! and sequins?" Yep, ruffles! and sequins go together like peas and carrots, and are much better than ruffles! alone. I suppose a sprinkle of sparkle makes most things better.* It's probably scientifically proven somewhere. And if not, hey, that's what I'm here for. To answer life's tough questions. "Glitter", I'm sure, is the answer to many of them.

*Note; not on your teeth though. Shame on you if you have a grill. You know who you are... though I doubt you read my blog.


getting pretty {ruffled}

currently crazy about...
Yesterday's post featured a ruffled blouse, and while I can't seem to bring myself to wear ruffled clothes {I look enough like a little girl as it is} I do love ruffles just about everywhere else.

And yes, ruffles gets an exclamation point, because for some reason I can't just say "ruffles". I have to say, "ruffles!" Ruffles! Really, is there anything prettier than ruffles?

{images found via : Pinterest}


Pretty {Bradshaw} chic

currently crazy about...
I love that the Carrie Bradshaw bun {insert an "I miss Sex and the City" *sigh* here} has been popping up everywhere lately. During these steamy hot and humid days, wearing my long hair down feels like toucher. Trust me, on hot summer days there's hardly a better feeling that getting a mop of thick sweaty hair off of your neck. Making the high bun a bit messy makes the look cool and casual while still keeping that classic Audrey Hepburn feel. I'm also loving the trend of tucking in a blouse and showing off a belt. Pair that with sunglasses and nude accessories and what's not to love about this look?

{via : Lovely Pepa, found via : Pinterest}


a pretty little {love} letter

Life's little loves...
I'm not ashamed to say I teared up a bit at the following story. In my opinion, it isn't a story about God or religion. It's a story of the kindness of strangers, and of the love we've been given to share with one another. On second thought, maybe this story is about God – after all, He is wherever there is love.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.

A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.  I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’

Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog.

Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. 

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


 {via : her0inchic - found via : pinterest


{I know} it's not really a pretty picture

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It's the end of the week... and the end of an era.

Pretty neat things discovered this week:

Keiko Lynn's makeup mondays

this DIY wrap bracelet - might have to give this a try this weekend

this tutorial on how to get the multicolored strands I blogged about on Wednesday

Sally Hansen's nail polish strips - genius!

finally - 10 high school lessons I learned from Harry Potter

Discover anything interesting this week? Let me know in the comments! If you don't, I will assume you were too distracted by today's release of the last Harry Potter movie ever {as in EVER EVER, as in FOREVER EVER EVER} to really absorb anything else. And I completely understand.

{image via : this site}


pretty poppin {& blockin}

Personally, I think color blocking is kind of hard to pull off. I don't know. I'm not daring enough {or tall enough?} to try to coordinate big blocks of bold color into my wardrobe. However, I think I could pull off these Russe shoes. These are pumps that pop {the 10 minutes, give or take, that I'd actually be able to walk in them notwithstanding}.

But, big blocks of color on my walls? Now, that's something I know I could handle. Lord knows I've never shied away from color in home decor, and these prominent paintings by Asil are simply, boldly beautiful.

{via : Charlotte Russe - found via : 5 Letter Design & Asil}


pretty locks {that rock}

currently crazy about...
Think Steven Tyler, but on a girl... or just think Steven Tyler {close enough}. Really though, I'm thinking my long locks could use just a little hippie/rocker edge. Also, hippie/rocker pretty accurately describes what I truly wish to be.


a pretty sunny sunday {after all}

pretty pictures
In light of Sunday's storm comes, well, the light. Turns out, the rain only lasted the morning. With the world waking up, the clouds departed and the sun eventually woke up as well. The sun's streaming rays inspired me to take a stroll through the flower garden in my parent's backyard. After the darkness is gone, the flowers burst in color so bright, they seem to mirror the radiant brilliance of the sun itself.

{images via : Pretty {much} Art}


{a pretty} sunday rainy sunday

Life's little loves...
It is early. Far too early, in fact, to be awake on this Sunday morning. Some part of me woke up this morning thinking that I should get up and enjoy today, the full day, no matter how tired that may make me. I awoke, however, to find it raining. And dark. And a perfect day for sleeping in. Yet, as I sit here, coffee in hand, the distinct sound of rain smacking the earth, I'm truly grateful to be awake in this place. Everyone else is still asleep and the house is entirely still. The rumbles of thunder are low and soft, like even the rumble is afraid of waking the world. I know soon that the sounds of my waking family will fill the house. That tomorrow I will go back to work and chaos, and life will resume. But for now, I am simply enjoying the calm during the storm.

{via : we heart it}


pretty {quirky} cap art

In case you missed it on our facebook page last week, the Pretty {much} Art Etsy shop has been updated with more bottle cap pendants! Our caps are now available in the original P{m}A nature inspired designs. Affordable and quirky, these pendants add a spot of art to an everyday outfit. Get 'em here.


pretty pops {of neon}

currently crazy about...

Yeah, I must still have Saved by the Bell on the brain. I know A.C. Slater rocked some DayGlo shorts on occasion.

Is "subtle neon" an oxymoron? Because I'm just talking a touch of neon. A little 80's is a lotta fun.* Summer is a time for not taking fashion too seriously, and just a splash of eye-watering fluorescent takes an outfit from drab to, like totally awesome dude.

*I'm thinking of making this my catch phrase. Like when Paris Hilton tried to trademark "that's hot" back in the day. Also, this may have been a longer post, but I spent the better part of the evening here.

{images via : pinterest}


pretty much still {but not quite}

NYC Photographer Jamie Beck
NYC Photographer Jamie Beck
NYC Photographer Jamie Beck
NYC Photographer Jamie Beck
Ok, so I may be dating myself here {ugh, am I really old enough to be saying that?!} but remember on Saved by the Bell {a.k.a. the greatest show sitcom EVER! of my youth} when Zack would call "time-out" and everyone would stop moving but him? Well, I could never focus on what that cutie-pie Zack Morris was saying 'cause I'd be busy studying the background, watching and waiting for one of the actors to accidentally move. Anyhoos, that's kind of what these "cinemagraphs" by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg remind me of.

See, I find myself getting sucked into these animated GIFs waiting for the background to start moving. Of course, I know that's impossible. These are just photographs after all. But Jamie and Kevin's craftiness makes that hard to remember. Personally, I love the New York City cinemagraphs. These stills {or should I say not-so-stills} take the hustle and bustle of the big city and condense it down to a singular moment in time. These "photos" are truly slices of live, or in this case, slices of the Big Apple. Poetry in...well, motion. Sure seeing a sublet shift in what should be a totally still scene, can be a little unnerving. Eerie even. However, I find there's a silence in these stills that is utterly moving.
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