Saturday, February 24, 2018

Perfume Bottles for You

happy weekend everyone !!

I've been reading everyone's blog posts the last few days, and one of the things we all seem
to have in common is wishing for SPRING

everyone's talking about touches of SPRING in their homes.

me too !!

if you look just under my header you will see a PAGE LINK
for all my PILLOW COVERS

including these below
4 different images of fancy perfume bottles.

one of my girlfriend's daughters saw the Chanel pillow cover and literally
snatched it out of our hands.

I mean, we don't even know we need it, but we do !!

18" x 18" Pillow Cover Only No Insert
a cotton burlap, washable, zip closure

$29 each

they are on order, not in stock for about 2 weeks

& look at the 


while you're on the PILLOW COVER PAGE

& think how easy it would be to add fringe or tassels 
if they're not FANCY enough for you.
& just a quick note of interest,
I was at Tuesday Morning yesterday, it's next door
to the office supply store, and discovered they have
TASSELS for almost NOTHING.  like $3.00 for big
tassels.  a super deal.

to order please email me



I love speaking with you!

Thursday, February 22, 2018



stand tall

stand proud

go out on a limb

drink lots of water

enjoy the view

remember your roots

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fanciful Spring/Summer Bag for the Young at Heart

  as most of my readers already know, a group of ladies are travelling together to
Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast of ITALY 
in late May & early June.

I must tell you, when I saw these little faux leather handbags 
I just knew everyone would want one !!

I mean, how much more FUN could you find for a

shipping early March


email us to order

we accept all major credit cards
or we can send you a PayPal invoice

to speak with me directly


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Easter Dress Anyone ?

Roses & Butterflies


fully lined

precious EASTER DRESS for the girls.

Size 2T - 3T - 4T - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
they fit true-to-size

$ 58
free shipping

we accept all MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

or we can send you a 

email to order

Saturday, February 17, 2018

18 Minutes

I only have 18 minutes until I must leave my computer behind 
and get to work/play on this dreary over-cast gray day in Houston.

however, let me tell you about Archer, my precious 7-year old grand-daughter.
she & I went shopping yesterday, and to lunch, and to buy cupcakes.

what a delightful day !

she was absolutely obsessed with the newest things
in the girl's section of toys at Target. Yep!
so many little tiny objects, and we loaded the cart up
with something for all the other kids too.

& then there were the clothes.
Target has cute clothes for girls!
did you guys know this?

the family is going to spend the summer on the beach,
so I wanted to get swimsuit cover-ups with long sleeves,
tee-shirt dresses, you know things that might not last too long
but are perfect for the beach.

she already has many outfits from my
Little Fashionista collection, which she loves,
but sometimes you just need a rough & tumble outfit,
you know?

she & her little sister have all of these
from my shop
link just under the header


$24.00 each,
mostly all sizes for girl's.

the cupcakes were for everyone in the family.
those got eaten within 5 minutes.

AR 15

named by it's maker

it doesn't mean ASSAULT OR AUTOMATIC

you still have to pull the trigger each time for the gun to fire, 
it's called a Semi-Automatic.

it you pull the trigger and just hold it back,

so it's not an automatic weapon like our military uses.


our schools need to be protected.

surely, we can all agree it will be easier to protect the schools than to get 
CONGRESS to do anything.


then work on the gun laws, even though I'm told that the guns which are available 

I don't know, because I don't own a weapon, I've never even fired a rifle,
only a BB Gun when I was about 10.

I hate hunting of all kinds.
I hate the idea of killing anything.

what I know for certain is that BEFORE one more school is stricken
WE need to demand that the schools be secured.

who is against this?

I'll bet no one.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

There Is A Time to Rant

and it's NOW !

with the history of crazy people 
shooting up schools/theaters/offices/churches
 all across this country

on every campus?

on every campus?


are they not ferreted out and treated?

WHY do the parents ALLOW THEIR CHILD,
to continue to be untreated?

to attend schools where all this is NOT in place?

WE, the people,
need to speak out about this,
we need to DEMAND THIS.

I have never had a gun of my own,
but grew up with guns around me, my father & brothers
and then my husbands.

But I guarantee you NOW I would learn how to use
a weapon and I would carry it everywhere I went.

I'm a mother of 2 adult children,
and have a total of 5 little grandchildren
& I shake thinking about these tragedies.

We all know, if we leave our country, we won't be as safe
as we are here, right?

but, HERE is where it's happening.

TIME to make a huge big change!

taking guns away is not the answer,
only a tiny tiny tiny percentage of gun owners
would ever do something bad.

for me, right now, WE need to be armed !!

concert venues had trained, armed professionals,
someone in that Texas church had a weapon?
someone in these schools had a weapon?

the killer's know they are going to be killed,
either by suicide or by the courts,
but IF we were armed, maybe ONE person could be saved?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Garden Party

the newest of the 

Pink Pineapple Cold-Shoulder Cotton Dress


24MO, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

WHITE Pineapple Cotton Cold-Shoulder Dress



24MO, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7

$35.00 each
free shipping

delivery March 15

the manufacturer only has 19 or 20 pieces left in each size
so order soon if  you want to get one of these 
 for your darling little girl

email to order

we will send you a PayPal invoice

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dream Big Little One

what can I say...

the perfect baby shower gift and new-born gift

our's exclusively

this beautiful pillow cover suits either a boy or a girl 
and is sure to impress everyone.

& what a splendid gift for a great price !!

to see all the children's pillow covers click the link above,
just under the header


is is just me,

or does EVERYONE just LOVE this pillow ???? 

I've gone coo-coo over my little girl's dresses
"Little Fashionista Dresses" above
and decided to get full-on into marketing
these darling little pieces to retail shops .

(with inserts if need be)

I've found a few I'm in love with, like the one above
and will be adding them to the PAGE LINKS ABOVE.

I'm trying to load up my webshop, a REAL webshop,
but I cannot do this myself.
if anyone can recommend someone familiar with Weebly that would be great.

the little pillow cover above is 18" x 18"
it's on a linen-like burlap & it's washable, 
like all my pillow covers.
washable, lie flat to dry.

we can include the insert for you, 
but then shipping costs apply
$35 pillow cover only
shipping gratis

email me to order

calling all grandmother's

Friday, February 9, 2018


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where the sea meets the sky 
and you can hardly tell the difference,

atop a high hill in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast 
is this beautiful hotel
and fine dining establishment.

Palazzo Avino

the photograph above reminds me of the Splendido Hotel in Portofino, where I was fortunate enough to be a guest for a few days, the way they are both terraced down the hillside, with the same shape pool and all in pink stucco with greenery everywhere.

the property was originally the home of an Italian nobelman, built in the 12th century,
which seems unimaginable to us, doesn't it?

it opened as a hotel in 1997, and is today a 5-Star Property and has a Michelin-starred restaurant,
where we are hoping to go.
heck, I'd be delighted to just sit outside and have a glass of Italian wine from the region !

like here, for example
you see, I DIE over the vista
literally, I could spend forever right in that spot.

my husband, bless him, told me once that we could consider getting a small place in Sorrento...I gasped...but he said we would have to come home for football season.
Ned Scott, one wonderful guy!

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I have left this photo very large so you can see close-up the beauty of the place.

my thoughts on travelling  to area is that you must take your time, so that every beautiful place
can be savoured to the fullest.

it's not a place where you can drive by monuments and say I've done that.

when you go to this coast of Italy you must act as if you are Italian,
sit down, sip an espresso, talk to the people around you, bask in the sunlight,
drink wine until you wobble (well, you know) and just enjoy  "being there."

& there are beautiful places like this everywhere around the coastline,
going back, returning over and over is just so much better than going for the 1st time.

the 1st time you actually have no idea what to expect.
it's like the Grand Canyon, you never finish exploring and gasping for breath.

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there are 9 of us girls planning on going on this holiday together,
you might say we are all adventurers as some of us don't know some of the others,
but we're already laughing and planning what we want to do.

finding out to make Limoncello is a definite must.

I will be so sad if you don't leave a comment.
do people just do emoji's now?

I hope not.


below is a review of this magnificent hotel

As anyone who has navigated the hairpin bends along the Amalfi coast will know, they’re not for the lily-livered. Boys on scooters lean into the cliff at 45-degree angles, cars overtake on blind corners and Mr Smith shouts ‘Mamma Mia’ every time we have to squeeze our Fiat past a hulking bus full of tourists. The soundtrack to our journey along one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal roads is a chorus of frantic beeping.
We climb higher and higher to the medieval village of Ravello, which is perched on the cliffs above the Mediterranean sea. When we arrive at the designated greeting area for Palazzo Avino, nerves a little frayed, we gratefully entrust our car to the porter. He directs us down a cobbled street to the hotel’s entrance. Outside the front door, a woman is taking photos and when we catch her up, I see why. The door leads to an open archway which frames the most spectacular view beyond: vivid blue sky, sunlight shimmering on the sea and jagged mountains.
There’s plenty more where that came from; happily we’ve booked a deluxe sea view suite. Although it’s only 10am we are given the key to our room. The guests in the lobby are spared the spectacle of us emptying the contents of suitcases onto the marble floor in a bid to locate bikini, flip flops and swimming trunks.
Our sleeping quarters are bright white and decorated with hand-painted ceramic tiles and antique furniture. I peer through the floor-to-ceiling window and see a Tiffany-box blue swimming pool below. Sun loungers are laid out like pink wafer biscuits beneath white umbrellas. The bed is heaven but there’s no time to drift off between the crisp white sheets. Mr Smith has made some astute inquiries and our luck is in: breakfast is still being served.
Sitting at the outdoor terrace – which by night morphs into Rosselini’s, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant – I have in front of me a smorgasbord of Italian fare from the buffet table: delicate rolls of prosciutto, plump balls of mozzarella, giant green olives, strawberries, kiwis and pineapples and the crumbliest biscotti I’ve ever tasted. We study the menu offering eggs done every which way and sip from flutes fizzing with prosecco. We may have only just arrived but the stress of the journey has dissipated entirely. Now the only thing that brings on a bout of anxiety is the thought that, at some point, I will have to check out of this sanctuary.
Revived by bubbles and the diet-sabotaging basket of pastries that followed our omelettes, we explore Palazzo Avino. The marshmallow pink villa, which has been operating as a hotel since 1997, was originally built in the 12th century for Italian nobility, and was part of the aristocratic quarter of Ravello during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The place has whispers of history and glamour throughout.
Outside we clamber down stone steps from one grassy level to the next and past the gym, located in the gardens under white gazebos overlooking the sea. We rule out a session – we can’t have our wheezing interrupt the sound of ice clinking in glasses nearby. We spend the day by the pool, before heading for a massage at the hotel spa where our limbs are loosened and soothed with apricot oil.
Afterwards we make for the hotel’s lobster and martini bar. The menu features 100 different martinis concocted by the hotel’s in-house martini mixologist. We plump for the espresso martini and enjoy a generous snackette of marinated peppers and blinis. The comfy sofas, surrounded by pink flowers and the scent of rosemary, are the perfect spot from which to watch the orange sun dissolve into the sea.
As the darkness settles in we head to Rosselini’s to navigate eight courses of the fish tasting menu. The Norwegian lobster, apple with smoked eel ravioli, and fig with tuna and red pepper are lip-smackingly good. We opt for the wine-pairing menu and the sommelier brings us glasses of local reds and whites. The restaurant is awash with honeymooners drunk on romance and parents blissed out by their temporary child-free status.
Day two is a revelation. Palazzo Avino's Clubhouse by the Sea is located in the small town of Marmorata, a 15 minute shuttle ride from Ravello. We share the private deck with one other couple and a few peckish seagulls. We swim out from the platform which hugs the rock and take turns to spot silver fish with a diving mask. Later I lick salt from my lips. It may be from the sea, the ice cold margarita or the club sandwich but it is the taste of a perfect holiday.
Unlike it’s more garish sisters along the coast, Amalfi and Positano, Ravello is the serene beauty. But even her attractions can’t entice us from our bolthole. Apart from a few short jaunts around town – we watch wedding guests lingering outside the cathedral in anticipation of a bride and attend a concert recital – we cling to the hotel’s sofas and sunbeds like limpets. There are few places in the world as romantic as Ravello but for decadent romance in the village itself, Palazzo Avino can't be topped.