Monthly Archives: September 2014


I must say, I am getting rather excited for summer to be here.  In honor of the start of this summer, I decided to redecorate my mantle.  It is certainly getting me in that summery mood…

sweet sixteen

My daughter Emily just threw a sweet sixteen party for one of her best friends, and I couldn’t resist helping with the decorations.  Candy makes a colorful, fun and super easy party theme.  We also set up our own photo booth, had someone drawing caricatures, played games and, after dinner, the girls went on a scavenger hunt!  It seemed to be quite a success.  Oh, to be 16 again…
And, a special thanks to Smeeks!  We love having such a cute local place to buy candy!

Things were crazy at the store yesterday with our big sale going on!  Hurry in today so you can get some of these great deals also!  
Hope you all have a great weekend!

happy friday!

Susan and I came across this little scene being prepped for a photo shoot, so I made Susan pretend to be my model :)  It’s so fun (and important) to have friends you can be silly and laugh with!  Hope you have a lovely weekend full of lots of fun and laughter!

new jewelry line

Along with all sorts of other fabulous new little gifts to give the ones you love for the holidays, we have an amazing new jewelry line that we are so excited about.  Do come in and check them out!  We are sure you will love them as much as we do!

snow globes

On Thanksgiving we had the kids (ok, and the moms, too) make this simple, easy and adorable little craft.  Basically it is snow globes without the water and glycerin and extra mess.  I think they turned out really cute and everyone seemed to have so much fun making them.  Basically, you just glue your scene to the inside lid of a mason jar, fill the jar with just a bit of fake snow, screw the top on and you’re done! What a very sweet little Christmas decoration (or gift) they make.  Have you made anything fun this year for the holidays?

cheese board

It’s the weekend!  I am off to France with my hubby to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary!
  Thought I would leave you a little cheese board inspiration I threw together for one of our family parties.  I always love a delicious (and pretty) cheese board.  Throw one together and have a patio date night this weekend or invite some friends over to enjoy the warm evenings (before they become hot evenings…).  Summer should be all about cheese boards for dinner, I say :)

it’s tomorrow!

We are so excited about our new little apparel shop at the Willows (a shop within a shop!) that we have decided to have an open house.  And, you all are invited!
On Tuesday, October 29th (that’s tomorrow!) from 10am-5pm come see our new clothing boutique!
Check out all our favorite brands from Michael Stars and CP Shades, to Wilt and Frank & Eileen, to AG Jeans and Mother jeans.  You are sure to find something you love to spiff up that fall wardrobe!
We will have eats, treats and giveaways as well as featured jewelry from the lovely Jewel Ya!
Mark your calendars!  We hope to see you all there!
Check out some of Jewel Ya’s latest creations…
And, don’t forget, it’s t-shirt Tuesday, also!

beds and books

Beds and books.
Two of my favorite things in life.
I really think your bed should be the coziest and happiest place in your home.  After a long day, you deserve to crawl into the very best linens and pillows on your bed.  
And there is nothing better on a rainy day like today (in Phoenix! yay!) than to sit at home with your coffee and look through a beautiful book.  
Heck, even crawl back into that bed with a lovely book today!
Come into the Willows to spoil yourself (or someone you love) with the very best bedding from Matteo and Bella Notte to Pom Pom and Pinecone Hill.  
Or grab one of our beautiful books on design and home decor or recipes and baking.  They really do make the happiest and very best gifts!
See you soon!
We also have some amazing slips and nightgowns for you to wear in that cozy bed of yours!

Friday Madness!

Hello, friends! 
It’s already time for another Friday Madness! This time we are doing 20% off ALL readers!
We have three amazing lines we carry, one of them being the well known eyebobs!
We have so many fun and funky styles in an assortment of different colors.
Stop by and try them on! I swear you won’t want to take them off.
Friday’s Quote:
“Your style should be sharp, even if your vision isn’t.”
(So stop by and grab yourself a pair of very stylish readers!)

ALSO, don’t forget NEXT Saturday is “Shop small, Shop local” day!
So stop by and say hello! After all.. we are small and we are local.
Have a very lovely weekend! Any fun plans?

they think they’re so funny…

The girls at the store surprised me with these shirts last week…
After all, it is all about Bev, right?