Saturday, December 5, 2009

Holiday Shopping Open House

I was invited to take part in an Open House this week and it was SO MUCH FUN! There were five vendors participating, and all of these Ladies have home-based businesses. I think it is wonderful that there are so many options for women to have a creative outlet - and make some money while doing it.

My Stella & Dot jewelry display. I thought it looked very pretty - don't you?

I wanted to have a little treat for my guests so I made some Stella & Dot mints! I have some labels that I got from the company store, and I found these Hershey's Miniatures in mint for the Holidays. The wrappers were the perfect shade of Stella green :) I served them on a pretty Christmas dish.

A little closer view of my display. I would LOVE to have one of everything, but for now I think I have a nice assortment of the beautiful vintage, modern jewelry that is Stella & Dot. It is hard for me to choose a favorite, but I would have to say I love the charm collection! There are SO many options for personalizing your own look at a VERY affordable price.
I will be Hosting a Holiday Open House in my home this coming week. If you are local I would LOVE for you to stop by! Leave your email address in the comments and I will send you more details.
I would be honored if you would help support my new business venture -even if you don't live close to me. You can shop directly from my website! You can visit my e-boutique at At the top right hand corner click on "Find your Hostess" and type in my name. The jewels are shipped via Priority Mail and come directly to you (or whatever address you choose) in less than a week. Shipping is a reasonable flat rate - just $5.95. If you are doing some Christmas shopping you can order through December 19th and Stella & Dot will guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Your order arrives in adorable little boxes ready for gift giving!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Winter Sale Time!

It is time for the Southern Living at HOME Winter Sale!! Twice a year they discount the discontinued items and put them on sale, just in time for Christmas shopping! Over 90 items are in the flyer so I can not list all of them here, but check out the link - it's worth it!
You may place an order by going to my website
and click on "our products" to shop. Contact me if you have any questions!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's beginning to look...

a lot like Christmas!

Yes, I have already started to decorate our home for Christmas. I like to take my time and move things around a bit, so I needed to get started. Especially since I am planning on doing some entertaining during the Holidays! Here is a little sneak peek at what I've been up to!

This what you see as you enter through the front door...
I love Nativity scenes, and this Santos Nativity from Southern Living at HOME is one of my favorites.

Looking back in to the entry from our Living room...

We got this Santa at a craft fair several years ago and I still love him!
I love this print by Mike Capser appropriately titled "Snow Angels". I got it from Santa a few years ago and it hangs in our Dining room year round. It remind me of my Brother and I when we were kids. We grew up in Nebraska, and we made our share of snow angels!

Sorry the picture is a little blurry, my phone usually takes great pictures! I have a couple of my snowmen overlooking the table...

Here is my dining table all ready for guests! I LOVE the Filigree iron candlestand! I use this centerpiece for EVERY holiday.

A little closer look...
That's it for now! I will post more as I make progress later this week.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Baby, it's COLD outside...

But it's WARM in this house we found!

Hi! It's Lucy and Gatsby. We've taken over pretty much everything else, so today we are taking over Mom's blog to tell you what we've been up too. Mom hasn't done a very good job of posting lately! Mostly because not a lot is happening! We've done a lot of this...

We follow Mom and Dad around everywhere they will let us. We think we did good when we found this house to adopt us! They even let us run around the house all day with no fences (AKA baby gate) locking us in a room. We had to promise not to make any messes or leave any "surprises" for Mom to clean up. We kinda like this big dog bed they have...

Mom got Lucy some new clothes this week when she went to the store. She said it was going to get cold and Lucy tends to shiver alot. Gatsby is hot natured and doesn't like to snuggle. Lucy likes to be the center of attention and can get a bit crabby if she thinks you are ignoring her.

She really likes her new hoodie!

That's all for now. Mom is getting ready for work and we'll get to go for a walk before she leaves. We'll see you later!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shop Pink!

As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. So many of us either know someone or have been personally affected by this devastating disease. We need to find a cure so that we don't lose any more Sisters, Moms, Daughters or Friends! That is why I am very excited about the "Shop Pink" offer that Stella & Dot has available until the end of this month. When you purchase an item featured in our Pink Boutique, Stella & Dot will donate 20% of the net sales to Breast Cancer Research.

To shop for the items in the Pink Boutique, click on the "Shop Pink" photo and go to my e-Boutique. Once you are there just scroll down to the "Think Pink" image and click on it to see this offer. The awesome part is it doesn't matter where in the US you live because your purchase comes directly to you via Priority Mail - usually in just 3 to 4 days! At the top right of the page it will prompt you to find your Hostess, click there and enter "Sherri" to begin your shopping. Once you have chosen the items you would like simply follow the instructions to check out. Your items will ship to you in the cutest little boxes! Perfectly suitable for gift giving.

There are several very affordable pieces to choose from. Our charm collection is a favorite starting at only $14 and they are available in either sterling silver or 14kt gold vermeil. (vur-may)

The Vintage Clover Charm Necklace features faceted glass, freshwater pearl baubles and the sterling silver charm.

The Rose Quartz Cross pendant can be added to any chain so you can dress it up or down, depending on your mood!

The Rosie Semi Precious Necklace is a mix of fresh water pearl, labradorite, agate, rose quartz and crystals. The 37" length makes it so versatile!

The matching bracelet is stackable, and will stretch to fit just about everyone.

The Perfect faceted earrings in Rose Quartz complete your look!

I hope you will visit my e-boutique and check out this fabulous offer - and all of the beautiful baubles available. The Holiday items are now available - and oh so Stella & Dot!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Introducing Stella & Dot

Happy Saturday y'all!

I am so excited to tell you about my new business! I am now an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot Jewelry. Jessica Herrin is the CEO and Founder of the company, and Blythe Harris is the Chief Creative Officer. The name Stella & Dot comes from their Grandmothers. I think that is very neat that they are honoring their Grandma's this way. AND I just LOVE the logo! So CUTE!!

If you know me at all, you KNOW I love me some Bling! As I was flipping through the fall Look Book, there was something on EVERY page that I just loved. I want to share a few things here today! (Okay, maybe a LOT! I'm excited about this!)

Our Signature charms are a chic way to create a personalized gift - for you or someone you love! You can choose your base, and mix and match the charms to create a custom piece that is VERY affordable. Choose Relationship charms in sterling silver or gold vermeil.

Add an Inspiration Charm...

And an Initial...

How about a Birthstone briolette? Also available in sterling silver.

Wouldn't you be proud to give this to your BFF?! I love that you can mix and match them, so if you want to wear the necklace today and tomorrow you are more in a bangle sort of mood you can have a completely different look! SO FUN!!

You may not have heard of Stella and Dot, but you have probably seen the jewelry before. We have been featured in People, InStyle, Lucky, Rachael Ray and O magazines. Our jewelry is Celebrity-coveted - Debra Messing, Penelope Cruz and Paris Hilton, just to name drop a few! Do you watch "The Bachelorette"? Jillian wore several Stella and Dot pieces last season! We have even been recognized by the New York Times and the Today show!
Some of my favorites! This is the Della Triple Strand Necklace.
The Grace Pearl Earrings.

The Veronica 4 Strand Necklace - LOVE the 1930's inspired pave buckle clasp!

Want to see more? Check out my website here. You can order online (enter my name as the Hostess) and your choices are mailed directly to you (Priority Mail) in just 2 to 3 business days! Instant Gratification!!!

I would also like to invite you to my very first Trunk show! Next Saturday, October 10th from 10 until noon you can stop by my house and see the samples that I have started with. Try them on and we can mix and match styles, share some ideas and have so much FUN! Bring your friends and we will have a blast.
My samples arrived yesterday and it was like CHRISTMAS! I unpacked them and tried everything on and then played with making a small display...

I can't wait to share this with you! If you would be interested in hosting your own trunk show and earning 100's of Free jewelry please let me know! It only takes about an hour and a half, I don't bore you with a formal presentation - we just play with the samples and have a fun time with you and your friends!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday with Southern Living at HOME: Bathroom project

Happy Saturday y'all! Are you ready for our SLAH Saturday? I bet you were beginning to think that I had forgotten about our little home improvement project. In reality, I had ordered some things to complete the project and I was waiting for them to get here before doing the big reveal!

Remember this?

We hired someone to tear all those little fishies off the wall, scrape the popcorn off of the ceiling and paint our laundry room/bathroom a lovely shade of Sherwin-Williams "Yarrow".

SO much better! I have some ideas for this side of the room - the design wheels are turning...

We were more than a little concerned about this color when it first went on the walls. There was a LOT more orange in it than the paint chip told. I was hoping that once I started adding the accessories I had collected for this room that it would tone it down a bit. I think it has! I wanted chocolate brown for the towels and rugs - it's a mud room for heavens sake! But it also needs to be cheery enough to keep me motivated on laundry, AND the dogs call this "their" room. LOTS going on in here - it is the first room we enter and it is visible from the kitchen and dining room.

I have used the Estate bathroom collection in here. In this picture above I have used the following Southern Living at HOME products:
  • Estate Towel bar Item #40798
  • Galveston tray Item #41083
  • Estate Wall organizer Item #40797
  • Estate Canister Item #41069
  • Ornate Iron two-tiered stand Item #41145
  • Covington Accent tray Item #41150
  • Villa stoneware Salad Plates Item #41176
I made the cross stitched picture of the deer for my Handsome Prince.

The shower curtain was our inspiration piece and I really love it. It is a reproduction of a Terry Redlin painting called "The Birch Line". In this photo you also can see the Estate hand towel stand (item #40799). I created a little cell phone charging center using the Estate Vanity tray (item 41161).

Doesn't that ceiling look CLEAN! I love it! Found both of these light fixtures on clearance at Lowe's.

The mirror that was above the sink was very loose and almost fell off of the wall when they were tearing off the wallpaper. Since they had to take it down anyway, I asked them to just leave it down and paint the wall above the sink. I had a plan!

This Medallion mirror (item #41003) looks PERFECT in here! This is what I have been waiting on before showing reveal pictures. LOVE IT!!

We are VERY pleased with how this room turned out! I will update you on the second part of this project, the dining room, as soon as I have made up my mind what I want for a window covering in there...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Prayer Request

Well, we had an eventful weekend - and NOT the fun kind. My twelve year old Nephew Blake is on a fall baseball team and they had a game on Saturday. Blake was at bat and got hit in the face by a wild pitch. Thankfully, his only injury is a broken nose. It looked a lot worse, and we know it could have been MUCH more dangerous.
His Doctor has scheduled surgery to repair his nose this Friday morning. I would SO appreciate if you would remember our Blake in your prayers on Friday!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

I took a BIG step this week y'all! I got a hair cut. More than one actually, and quite a bit for me!

When I was sixteen years old I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. The Doctors that were caring for me decided the best course of treatment would be Radiation Therapy followed up with Chemotherapy. I am so thankful for these Doctors and I know that GOD deserves ALL the Glory that I continue to be cancer free over thirty years later.

I tell you that so that you can understand my affection for my hair. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved long hair. Crystal Gayle fascinates me! I also have an older cousin(my namesake) that had thick, beautiful long brown hair. I wanted that hair! What I have is a lot of thin, straight, baby fine hair. It of course fell out shortly after they began the radiation treatments. Just in the back, from the crown of my head back. Weird stuff, that radiation! As a young teen I was devastated. We did find a cute wig, but it just isn't cool when you have to wear it, no matter how cute it is. So once I was finished with my treatments and my hair was long enough to cover my bald head, I ditched that wig and set about growing me some LONG hair! It took a LONG time, but I have some hair now!

Forgive the poor picture quality! Have you ever tried to take a picture of yourself backwards?? LOL!
I have been contemplating what to do with my hair for MONTHS. I was getting very frustrated with it. The majority of the time I was twisting it in a knot and clipping it up because it was always in the way. Bend over to pick something up, here comes the hair. Sit down, move the hair. Lay down, move the hair. I was OVER it! So I talked it over with the Handsome Prince and he was very encouraging (I think he was tired of the grumping!) I took a deep breath and called my hair stylist. She was very surprised when I told her how much we were cutting - she asked several times if I was SURE I wanted to do this. Yes, I am sure.

It feels SO MUCH better! We put a few highlights in there too. I MAY have some gray...

I think it looks great! AND I am donating the ten inches we cut off to Locks of Love, so that a child in need can have a cute wig!