Special Events

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

This year we travel to “Santa” Monica for our Christmas celebrations.  It is one of the few times the immediate Sherwood family is all together. 🙂  This year we will have the joy of Paul’s sister and husband joining us right after Christmas day. Here is the family picture from last Christmas at the lake house. […]

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‘Tis the Season to be Tacky!

It’s the week of our Christmas Open House here at MSLL! I have been blinded by Christmas lights, covered in glitter, and the bows just keep coming and coming. Whoops!? I’m sorry that was just my tacky sweater! HaHa! ‘Tis the season to be Tacky!  & we are embracing this Tacky trend this holiday season […]

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Autumn’s Baby “BEE” Shower

Buzz! Buzz! This past Saturday we hosted a Baby “BEE” Shower for Autumn and her husband, Ryan who are expecting a little boy this December.  The shower was a BEEautiful sight. Everything came together better than I had imagined. Autumn and Ryan received wonderful gifts and had a surprise visit from Autumn’s mom and sister […]

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Interior Designer or Party Planner?

2014 has kept this girl busy. As Mary would say: “How do you even keep up with your social calendar, I would go crazy!”  You could say I’m a bit of a social butterfly. I love parties, entertaining and being around friends and family. My mom has six siblings. Four of them are my next […]

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Let’s Remember

Memorial Day weekend is approaching! I thought it would be nice to take a moment from design tips and reflect on how important this weekend really is. Our upcoming extra long weekend as we all know is a great time to visit the lake and enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family. It also marks […]

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Lake Gaston’s First Annual Oscar’s Cocktail Party to Benefit Operation: Prom Princess

  Lake Gaston First Annual Oscar’s Cocktail Party to Benefit  Operation: Prom Princess March 1, 2014 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Mary Sherwood Lake Living Admission: $10 to benefit Operation: Prom Princess Please join us for a fun evening as we celebrate the glitz and glamour of the annual Oscar’s Awards in Lake Gaston style! […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from MSLL – 2013

From all of us here at Mary Sherwood Lake Living, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Minute Floral Arrangement and Party Details

PARTY  PARTY  PARTY! We had great event week!  To get ready for two special gatherings, we had lots of party prep to do.  The team of Mary Sherwood Lake Living worked hard to make it all come together!  Yeah, team! On Thursday evening, we hosted the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.  On […]

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Mom Memories

It’s ironic how, as mothers, we strive so hard to make the big moments monumental, but it’s the smallest things that seem to make the biggest impressions.  This past Saturday at our Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Event, we asked our moms to share their favorite mom memory.  Below are some of our faves: “Even though […]

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Hope Filled Handbags for Fashion

MSLL Spring Fashion Show and Hope Filled Handbag Event Thursday, March 28th, 6-8 PM Donation Admission: “Nearly New” Handbags  and/or Toiletry Items See the latest styles of casual fashion, shoes and accessories.  Help us support this great cause.  “Nearly New” Handbags will be filled with personal toiletry items and donated to Hannah’s Place, Inc., a non-profit […]

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Love is in the Air!

How can we not talk about Valentine’s Day for this week’s Design Wisdom Wednesday? Where did the Valentine’s Day customs come from? Find the answer in this interesting article about the origin of Valentine’s Day. http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day Here are a few of my favorite tidbits taken from this article. It was believed in France and England […]

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Family and My Christmas

I am getting ready to travel to one of my favorite places, “Santa” Monica, because that is where I will share Christmas with both our sons and two daughters-in-love.  It should be a great week!  Our times together involve a lot of relaxing, eating and sharing stories with the newer members of our family.  It […]

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Soup’s On….

There’s nothing better on a chilly, rainy day in fall than to enjoy a rich, hearty soup or stew, let alone enjoying three different varieties.  Tuesday turned out to be the perfect day for our Warm Up with Soups and Stews Class with Chef Yvonne.   Everyone enjoyed  taste-testing Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo with Baked Rice, […]

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Company C Launch Party!

Mary Sherwood Lake Living is excited about our upcoming Company C Furniture Launch Party on Saturday, September 29th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Started in a garage by Chris and Walter Chapin in 1994, Company C is now a premier design studio and leading producer of exceptional home furnishings.  Company C has established itself as […]

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The Results Are In…

The results are in for the Mary Sherwood Lake Living Photo Contest! Contestants shared photos of those special items they found at Mary Sherwood Lake Living that changed their lives, made them smile when they looked at it, or completed their home, look, or menu.  Then readers voted for their favorite photo beginning September 3rd and ending September 17th. The winners of the contest, along with their entries, are listed […]

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Salad Sensations Class Highlights Gourmet Olive Oil and Vinegars

Mary Sherwood Lake Living raised salads to another level on Monday, September 10th, with the help of chef Yvonne Hoffman and Tisa Lynn, a sales representative for B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company. As an alternative to replacing the olive-stained carpets in his home on the Sonoma Valley estate vineyard known as “Olive Hill” […]

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What’s Red and Walks Over Water?

The Walking Red What’s red and can walk over water?  The MSLL Walking Red Team at the annual O’Sail Crossing!  Go team! The annual O’Sail event, The Crossing, is quickly approaching.  August 11 is this year’s date.  It is a great family event.  You can swim, paddle, float or walk across the lake. Pick your […]

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A 3 Pepper Blast Party

WOW-another fun event at MSLL. The food was fabulous, the CAbi fashion was great and fun was had by all.  Thanks Peggy Howard for the fashion and Autumn for the kitchen assistance. I have been (willfully) coerced into publishing the recipes from tonight’s Fun, Food and Fashion event  ASAP. 🙂  One of the girls is […]

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Does Pot Man need clothes???

As we collect all our parts for the “build your own” mini pot man party I have been contemplating  whether  to “dress” my pot man with some type of attire.  Perhaps he needs some color with painted stripes or a collage of glued on fabric scraps. What do you think? Join us Saturday March 24 […]

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Be Thankful Food Drive

As we are preparing for a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends we should take a minute to remember that not everyone will be able to have a bountiful feast.  Our “Be Thankful” FOOD DRIVE is one way we can help.  We have selected the Bethlehem Food Pantry of the First United Methodist Church […]

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Pink Pumpkin Party at Lake Gaston

What is a Pink Pumpkin Party? It is a party to honor and remember all the women in our lives who have fought the fight of breast cancer.  Saturday, October 15th, we’ll paint pumpkins pink, fix some pink wine-a-ritas, eat some pink food and help to raise money for breast cancer research. What could be a […]

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Help Us Fill “Hope Filled” Handbags!

Good day to all our Mary Sherwood Lake Living family! What a beautiful Labor day weekend!  We hope everyone is begining to recover from the power outages, downed trees, structural damage and spoiled food.  With this in mind we want to do something to help a local agency.  This may not relate to the Hurricane Irene disaster […]

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Fishy Things are Happening at Lake Gaston

What is so fishy?  There are a number of strange “albino fish” in our warehouse crying to be embellished!  When will these fish be ready to start making appearances all around the Roanoke Valley?  Read on to learn more. On Saturday, August 13, at 11 AM watch these fish be transformed by two very talented […]

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Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce Recipe

In the process of using this recipe for the wedding cake I calculated how many cups of cheesecake batter there are in one recipe. Each recipe make 2 1/2 cups.  In a 9″ springform pan this makes a 2″ high cake including crust. To adjust height of cake add more batter and increase cooking time. […]

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From NC to NYC – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wedding Cheesecake

Just returned from the NYC wedding of my son, Aaron and Kiori.  It was such a beautiful day, beautiful setting and very beautiful wedding!  I have a lot to share about the wedding but Autumn wants a quick article to attach to our newsletter so here is the scoop about the “infamous” wedding cheesecake. The […]

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Hey good looking what ya been cooking?

Cooking classes may seem like an unusal offering for an interior design business. Think again!  What do interior designers do?  They create spaces in which to cook, to entertain, to play, to sleep and to be with family and friends.  To do all of this we have to eat.  (I think you can see where […]

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Chocolate Kiss Cocktail

Chocolate Kiss Cocktail Ingredients: 3 T Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 3 T Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 1 1/2 T Heavy Cream Chocolate Syrup Pink Sugar Crystals Martini Shaker Directions: Fill shaker 1/2 full with ice cubes Add first three ingredients Shake to Chill Rim chilled glass with chocolate followed by sugar crystals Pour in chocolate liqueur […]

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We Showed You Ours…

We showed you ours…Pumpkin Event! What a great event at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!  Here are some of the creative ideas we showed for pumpkin decorating.  The ideas ranged in difficulty from Autumn’s intricately carved spider web pumpkin to my very quick and easy wired pumpkin.  Since time seems to be at a premium we […]

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Will You Accept the Crossing Challenge???

On Sunday I invited a few girlfriends to share our pier, the party float, food and spirits.  It was such a great afternoon, enjoying all of the above, especially the friendship. As most of you know Paul and I are very involved in the not-for-profit organization, O’Sail.  This Saturday is O’Sail’s sixth annual event, The […]

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Irish Cooking With Tony

What a fabulous cooking class last Saturday at Mary Sherwood Lake Living! Tony Hall, a noted Lake Gaston cooking enthusiast, presented an information packed 2 hours of Irish Fare with a Southern Flare. Before the program began I asked Tony:  “Who would you like to be today?” His reply:  “I think today I would like to […]

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