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Recently at the High Point Furniture Market I selected a lot options for furnishings and accessories for a guest house project. I started with the upholstery pieces and fabrics. The rest of the accessories, rugs, and bedding followed suit. Here is where we started.
A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down to the samples above.
Here are the seating styles (not shown with the selected fabrics).
Many accents tables, lamps and accessories were selected to compliment the color scheme of the fabrics. I think the items in the two photos above are keepers! Can you see how the accent fabric in the first picture at the very top coordinates with the table and trays?
The guest bedroom is tied in with the first floor furnishings with grey and golden hues in the bedding and area rugs. (Note: the MBR rug is not in the guest house. A different palette was selected for that space.)
When complete the “HAPPY” sign will hang in this guest space to make you smile and be happy!
The wealth of products at the High Point market always amazes me. Can you see how shopping this market can really make a project come together?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about these project selections.
All the best!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles!
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It is definitely summer and very hot in Tucson. Temperatures have been hovering around 110 or more. Not too bad inside and in the shade. Early mornings are still pleasant enough for breakfast on the patio. Consequently, I am thinking, “Who wants to heat up the kitchen?”
How about a new cold salad created with my “new found” Spiralizer? I stashed it after the move and just put it back into action. Since, I have been on a Spiralizer binge. We have had several rounds of “zoodles”, zucchini noddles, with a very tasty marinara sauce. Here is the link to that recipe. Even my pasta loving friends asked for a repeat performance. Another recipe I found, Spicy Thai Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles, was another big hit.
I have used the Spiralizer in the past to prep summer squash and onions for sautéing but this time I wanted to use the squash in a cold salad. Here is the recipe I came up with. Summer Squash and Carrot Spiralizer Salad.
Dinner was great! Squash salad with grilled breast of chicken, healthy and oh so colorful.
I played around with plating this dish and tried this brightly colored fused glass plate I made. I most often like food served on white dishes but the color coordinated so well I thought I would give it a try.What do you think? White or decorative glass plate? Let me know!
Enjoy this salad and keep cool this summer!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Summer Squash & Carrot Spiralizer Salad
2 Large Carrots
2 Med. Yellow Squash
1 medium to large chopped Tomato
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
(can substitute regular balsamic but it colors the noodles)
1T Olive Oil infused with Garlic (regular olive can be substituted)
1T Dijon Mustard
1T Honey (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh basil and “good” tomatoes to garnish!
Spiralized onion, squash and carrots using the small noodle blade. Keep each in separate bowls.
Saute spiralized onion until soft in a small amount of olive oil in large sauce pan.
Add yellow squash and barely cook, keeping noodles el dente.
NOTE: Squash is mostly water and can overcook quickly. Zoodles cook down so make plenty. I do about 2 medium zucchini per person. The zoodles can be sautéed but they can also be cooked in the microwave. Check often for slight tenderness but do not over cook or they will become mushy.
Cool for 15 minutes in refrig.
Add spiraled carrots (keep carrots raw for the crunch)
Toss and chill before serving.
Garnish with fresh basil and tomatoes for color!
Serves 4 as a side salad.
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
The flowers of the desert are amazing. This is my first spring in the Tucson area and I am soaking in all the colors of Spring. The PaloVerdes trees have been in full bloom for over a month with bright yellow flowers transitioning into lime green new growth. The intense buzzing of the bees over the canopy of flowers is wonderful! The color along the highways cannot be missed. This tree is native to our area.
The Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), pronounced sah-WAH-ro, is one of the defining plants of our Sonoran desert. They can grow to be 150-200 years old. During the flowers’ short life (24 hours), they provide food for bees, bats and doves, who in turn pollinate the flowers. I captured these shots of this Saguaro on my morning walk before I knew the beautiful white flower would not be there tomorrow.
The next stunning beauty is a Trumpet Cactus (Tricholobivia), a member of the Echinopsis genus. Its flower is tender but bright. This is a very small specimen but packs a powerful punch of color. Thanks Roger (our neighborhood expert cactus gardener) for growing this one!
A very abundant type of cactus is the Prickly Pear Cactus, (Genus Opuntia). Many different varieties grow in this region. It can also be found in NC where I was lucky to have a large plant at the end of our drive with bright yellow flowers. The fruit from the Prickly Pear makes tasty jam and syrup. Here are two types in bloom now in my area.
The Fish Hook Barrel Cactus is one of my favorite types of barrel cactus. Its name is derived from its curved spines.
Below is the Chain Fruit Cholla (Opuntia Fulfida). It is also known as the Jumping Cholla, because the 3- to 8-inch joints separate easily and appear, sometimes, to “jump” to attack passersby. These is a gnarly, prickly plant with a pretty bloom but I only want to look at it in someone else’s landscape, not mine. I’m having enough of a hard time not being “attacked” by other cacti. 🙂
I recently spotted the Easter Lily Cactus, (Echinopsis) in a local garden center. It shoots up this delicate flower resembling a lily from its small, rotund shape.
There are many more flowers popping out everywhere, not all of them cacti. It is good to see new life and color in the desert!
Let me hear about your favorite flower spottings!
All the best!
Working with you to create your lifestyles!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
I have a friend who loves to check out model homes. Over the last year we have seen several. When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same. I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral!
This has a nice accent touch with the blue!
“Greige”-can’t decide whether it wants to be grey or beige. Have always liked the woven textured headboard.
I like the crisp contrast of the white headboard and duvet with the black pillow details. The simple banding accent on the wall really frames the headboard nicely.
I have never been a fan of a “winged” headboard. Wings belong on a chair (or not at all)!
The faux fur throw is so dated and way too heavy looking in the space.
I like the persimmon accents on the duvet and pillows. It adds some life to all the neutrals.
This is the only room that added more color to the bedding. I like the use of the print accent fabric on the headboard. Repeating that fabric would have enhanced the ensemble. The draperies feel a little “airy” for the other bedding fabrics.
Neutral bedding again but nice embroidered detail. I love the tete-tete bench at the end of the bed.
Finally, a bedroom with some color. The vibrant red-orange accent wall and coordinating fabrics breathe some life into the space.
So what have you learned not to do: Neutrals are nice and safe but oh so boring. Karate chopped pillows are way over done. Duvets, though practical, always look a little unkempt. The bed scarf is trending out. Any fur, faux or not, should be left in the zoo.
So here is what to do: Add some color wherever you can, in pillows, trims, paint, and seating fabrics. Stop beating on your pillows (no one really lives with these chopped pillows). Create high contrast like the white with black accents bedding. Mix up texture for added interest. Bedside tables do not always have to match. Lamps for reading are a must by each side of a bed. A comfortable bench at the end of the bed is always welcoming.
Maybe in the future as I explore other models with my friend I’ll have more exciting design options to show you.
Regardless of trends that come and go, make your bedroom your sanctuary where you come to end your day and rest well!
Until next time…
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Last week you heard about the time we spent with Aaron and Kiori in Scottsdale for their Canal Convergence exhibit. In just a short five years of marriage they have developed a strong personal and business relationship with their company, Purring Tiger. They collaborate on their interactive art installations in a remarkable way. They are approaching their 5th anniversary so I thought I would share several of our most popular blog posts that revolved around their wedding cake.
Their wedding was very simple in Hernshead, a very peaceful location in NYC Central Park.
Their wedding reception was a picnic on the lawn. For this very casual setting they requested that I make a wedding cheesecake (their favorite “mom’s” dessert). Undaunted I set out to make this cake in NC and transport to NYC. Click here to read the story.
It was a real challenge but I was up for it. So, if you ever need to make a wedding cake cheesecake here are the details complete with the basic recipe.
I have used this same recipe over and over again adapting it from mini cheesecakes to a four layer wedding cake. The past few years I have modified the crust of the recipe to be gluten free. If you would like more information about GF options please leave me a response. Here is recent rendition of a mini-cheesecake with a GF chocolate cookie crust, raspberry sauce, and creme fraiche. Yum!
If you make this cheesecake please let me know how it came out. Don’t worry if it cracks or is not perfect. Berries and toppings hide everything. The pleasure is is n the taste. Enjoy!
On another note (and topic for a future post) I had a great fused glass experience last week. I made a 27″ tall glass totem piece. It has not been fired yet but maybe by next week I can share.
My best to all,
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
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Last week during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show I had the opportunity to attend The Flame Off – an “Iron Chef” like competition at the Sonoran Glass School. Basically the competition involves local and visiting artists competing to produce their best lampworking glass creation in 1 1/2 hours. A panel of judges select the winners. Here is the promo video for the show which describes the competition in more detail. Sonoran Glass School Flame Off
It was very interesting to watch the process and learn more about this type of glass art. Wikipedia describes lampworking as a type of glasswork where a torch or lamp is primarily used to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Types of art produced by lampworking include smaller glass art objects such as beads and figurines.
Originally glassblowing was done with small furnaces fired by wood, and the glass was worked on the end of an iron tube called a ‘blowpipe’. This method of using blowpipe and furnace is traditionally called glassblowing, while lampworking came later with the invention of various kinds of ‘lamps’ that could melt the glass. Glass blown work most often are larger scale pieces such as vases, bowls and glasses.
Here are some photos of the competition:
Here are a few of my favorite lampworking creations from the competition:
Many years ago when Patsy Cuthrell was a member of the MSLL team she had a favorite phrase: “You learn something new everyday at MSLL”. I still feel everyday is a new learning opportunity such as this glass competition. I never new the difference between lampworking and glassblowing.
So look around your house (for glass figurines) and in your jewelry box (for glass beads) for examples of lampworking. I bet you will be amazed to find so many objects created using this method. Let me know what you find.
Looking forward to our son, Aaron, and his wife, Kiori’s, Purring Tiger art exhibit in Scottsdale, AZ the last weekend of February. So excited to have them exhibit so close. Here is the link to learn more about this art installation. Water, Art and Light
Enjoy your week. I promise Spring is on the way! Keep your comments coming. Love reading them all!!!
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The weather has certainly given most of us a touch (or worst) of cabin fever. Even some of us in warmer areas have experienced a wetter and colder winter. So every now and then we get a warm 75 degree day and feel Spring is around the corner. Not so fast! We may have several months (sorry) before the last frost.
Here are three ways to give Spring a push!
Buy some daffodils or tulips. Place them in a mason jar. This will add a bright spot to any room. These flowers cost $6 at our local grocer.
Grow something indoor. Amaryllis bulbs are super simple to grow and produce large flowers about 4-6 weeks after planting-long before it is “really” Spring outdoors. (Here is a little trick I use to get the Amaryllis greenery to start popping out of the bulb. Place a tray or dish on a heating pad and set temperature to low. Set the planted bulb in a pot (not too deep-see photo), on top of the tray or dish that is on the heating pad. The warmth will trick them into thinking it must be Spring)! These bulbs were planted the second week of January. My Spring is on its way! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Add some color somewhere that hasn’t had any. It could be new colorful, fused glass cabinet hardware for a vanity or a new Company C rug for the kitchen. Whatever makes you smile. The color will certainly add punch to brighten your day even with gray winter skies.
I already feel like Spring is closer just by sharing these tips with you!
Give it a push…make Spring come sooner in your home!
Regards to all!
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
I started working on a small house project in our new neighborhood. It will not be used as a full time dwelling but more like a weekend hide-a-way! The plan was to keep it simple but it continued to grow (as they all do). We are updating the entire 1000 sf but this week I focused on the kitchen. The client wanted white cabinets, white stone countertops and white subway tile. Somewhere along the way a 30″ red Viking range jumped into the plan. So cool!
Here are pictures of the exterior, the “BEFORE” and the proposed “AFTER”. There is still much to do but this is a start on the plans. Walls will be painted, hardware to select, etc., etc., etc. In case you are wondering; a few walls will be removed and the existing laundry room will be turned into a refrigerator/pantry space with counters for buffet service. More on that part of the project later.
The white kitchen needed that RED pop! It was the client’s idea. I can’t take credit.
Do you love or hate the red range? What would you do to add color to the space? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Happy dreaming and scheming about your next project!
PS: For the next two weeks I am traveling to NY, VA and NC including LKG. Really looking forward to it. After visiting our son in NY, my brother and family in Blacksburg, my BFFL, Patsy, for the High Point Furniture market I will take a few days to rest and recuperate with friends at Lake Gaston. 🙂 With all of this I will post a little on FaceBook but can’t promise the weekly blog (we’ll see). Until next time don’t stop reading and sharing this blog. I love your comments!!!!!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September. Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home. 5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat. Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.
Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on. Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain. If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is: http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/design-inspired-by-the-mountains-of-the-southwest/. We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches. Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together. (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).
The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace. The client wanted to bring in more light and color. The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up. First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque. I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph! I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen. Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf. WOW-what an impact. We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces. The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed. I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.
Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York. This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug. We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash. The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering. Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.
Here are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings. The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.
That is all for now. So much more to come.
Thanks for joining me here this week. Love the recent comments! Keep them coming!
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Please accept my apologies for the “missed” Design Wednesday Wisdom. Technical difficulties just jumped in the way. So here is “Catch Up Thursday”!
I recently attended a textile fair and found lots of fabulous new fabrics that will be showing up in the next few months. But we stumbled onto something that has amazing possibilities far beyond simple nailhead trim for an upholstered chair.
Heico Fasteners could be equated to a “candy store” for a creative designer’s mind. Their exhibit had thousands and thousands of nailheads and adaptors with several ways to expand the use of the “sometimes” ordinary nailhead.
Five ways to use nailhead and doodads:
- Tufting buttons for headboard and cornices
- Embellishment for lamp shades
- Drawer pulls by adding an adaptor
- Napkin rings by adding an adaptor
- Add a few metal doodads to sandals and handbags
Here are a few pictures from their exhibit:
This is just a peek at the many uses of these fasteners, etc. When I get some parts and pieces I will show you how this all goes together.
Mary Sherwood Lake Living
Recently we completed a wonderful master bath suite renovation which included this amazing “closet to die for”.
Here is the picture of the “before” closet desperately needing some organization.
The highlights of this closet installation include the double stack of jewelry drawers, the pull out ironing board with electrical outlet, and the deep and shallow drawers, long/short hanging, and lots of shoes shelves (not shown).
No more will you need to guess whether your slacks are navy or black. Other lighting features include the remote motion sensor that turns the LED lights on as you walk into the space. The LEDs turn off automatically after 3 minutes without motion. Four recessed can lights provide general illumination and are controlled by a dimmer switch.
Here is the finished project with “HIS” and “HER” sides!
What do you think?
Do you agree this is a “closet to die for”?
More to come on the bath of this master suite.
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I always get excited about exploring future trends. Based on High Point photos from October here are a few trends I see going forward in 2015. Some of the highlights of the following pictures include textures, colors. natural elements, and multi-tasking furniture.
These furniture pieces have several of the elements above-color, texture and multi-tasking. I love to use chests of all sizes and styles because they are so versatile. A chests can be used as a night stand, entry console, and table linen storage, just to name a few. These chests have texture, color, style and so much more. Chest A, from Couture, is made with a mother-of-pear veneer in a leafy tropical design. Chest B, from Couture, has an egg shell blue melange inset which has amazing visual and tactile texture, color and pattern. Chest C, from Palu, with it’s ribbed vertical texture, is available in several custom color choices. How would you incorporate a chest into your design scheme?
Trendy, preppy, traditional styles with throw backs to the 60’s and 70’s are evident in these two bedding collections from Thibaut and Eastern Accents. The Asian elements, fretwork, topical motifs and colors of pink and green are cropping up in many areas of home fashion. Are you ready to go back in time with this new version of pink and green?
The application of vertical trims and contrasting fabrics in upholstery is just beginning. Look for more ways to mix it up with this and other upholstery details.
Large art and animal images continue to be shown, coming forward from 2014.
Greenery in the form of succulents and tropicals are the latest in permanent botanical trends.
Looking back and looking forward shows an unending movement of the trends. What do you see as some of the upcoming design trends to watch?
As a gardener, although it is the middle of Winter, some days you just have to get outside and get your hands in the dirt. Sunday afternoon the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning. I couldn’t resist.
Most of you probably have enjoyed our tulip display in the Spring in our large flower box under our sign. Those bulbs were planted the first of January after chilling a few months in my extra refrigerator. I didn’t quite finish the tulip planting chore that day and stuck the rest back in the frig. Finally, I had a day to finish the planting and hope I didn’t get them in the ground too late.
Here is a picture of the Fall window boxes attached to the front of our building. They were planted in October with some hardy and some tender plants that I knew would not survive the first frost. I liked the combination and knew some could endure(the pansies and ornamental cabbage). With the colder temperature the ornamental peppers and spider plants gave up the ghost.
I planned to used these boxes and plant the tulips around the hardier plants but I had a lot of open bare areas showing. Years ago my friend Patsy Cuthrell showed me the reindeer lichen growing along many of our roads. It’s also called reindeer moss and often used in floral arrangement and terrariums. Reindeer moss is really a lichen: a combination of a fungus and algae that have a symbiotic relationship and form a new plant. The moss is spongy when moist, but dries out when removed from its natural habitat. It can be preserved with glycerin and dyed with fabric dye. How to Preserve Reindeer Moss Since I was just using it for a short time in the boxes I left it natural.
I am lucky to have access to this lichen right at the end of my road. Harvesting the plants is so simple because it spreads on top of the other ground cover. Here is my harvest spot and bounty. It took all of five minutes to collect.
Some years I have better luck than others with the tulips in these boxes because they do not get a lot of sun in front of the building and the deer find them very tasty. Here is a picture of the boxes in 4/2012.
Next I cleaned up the dead plants out of the flower boxes and planted twelve tulips in each of the three planters.
Here is where I used the reindeer lichen to dress up the boxes and hide the bare spots until the tulips poke through and do their thing.
Keep your fingers crossed I didn’t plant the tulips too late.
On the warmer winter days do you head to the outdoors? What do you do? Garden, exercise, hike? Let us hear about your winter outdoor adventures around Lake Gaston. I am sure some of you sneak in a leisurely boat ride on the lake while the sun is bright! Send us your Winter outdoor pictures to share.
Happy Winter! I have visions of the Spring to come!
We are working with a client who wants to renovate her kitchen to be more functional. She loves to entertain and cook. I thought it would be neat to share some of our preliminary planning for this kitchen that you may not always get to see. We often share before and after photos, but we do not always share the in-between parts that get us to the final layout.
It is our job as interior designers to come up with the best possible scenarios that meet all or most of the client’s needs. This is not always an easy task. A lot goes into this design development and planning phase before presenting design options to the client.
First things 1st: Before sketching and drawing up new plans we first take measurements of the existing space.
Mary and I met with the client to go over their initial needs and take measurements. These measurements include interior dimensions, window and door placement, outlets, and appliance sizes (if keeping). Here are the rough on-site sketches taken for this project! (I always hope we can make sense of all these doodles!)
After the initial consultation with the client and the site visit, it’s to the drawing board. With this we have all the information we need to move forward to create possible scenarios to improve this kitchen. The client was also open to exploring an option of expanding the kitchen with an addition off the back of the house. The first plan features the kitchen and total first floor renovation. The second plan features a large expanded kitchen off the back of the house facing the lake! (Ooh la la! This expanded plan helps the client to visualize the possibilities!)
Voila! Here is all the scribbles and doodles converted into a more manageable form. Above is the client’s existing first floor plan.
Here are the Two Preliminary Plans:
Plan 1: (without expansion)
Includes a spacious new kitchen, wet bar and relocation of the dining and living areas. The living area was relocated because the existing space was very narrow and limited the furniture arrangement. A small conversation seating area (shown as Living II) in front of the fireplace works better in the narrow space. The relocation of the laundry area opens up the kitchen. Additional windows were added to the back of the home for maximum views of the lake. The added wet bar will increase the ease of entertaining. By taking down a few walls, we opened up this kitchen and created a well-functioning living space for entertaining.
Plan 2: (with expansion)
The addition off the back of house facilitates the expansion of the kitchen with a large island and additional storage. This plan keeps the formal dining area and central area (around the staircase) as drawn in the original plan. The living space is rearranged to include a TV viewing area adjacent to the lake and a small seating area in front of the fireplace. The laundry room is expanded slightly for more storage. The kitchen is the focus of this renovation. This plan also includes a large bar/buffet area for entertaining. Large windows are added to maximize views of the lake. An additional less formal dining area is placed off the kitchen. This plan truly is for a host that likes to entertain and cook!
After viewing both plans which do you prefer? Would you Expand (Plan 2) or Not Expand(Plan 1)?
Leave a comment below telling us which is your favorite! I can’t wait to see what the client decides! Stay tuned to see!
-Happy Design Wisdom Wednesday!
-See you next week!
What a great year it has been for MSLL! It would not be possible without the love and support of our wonderful families, friends, and especially our awesome customers! Cheers to you & the new year! Thank you for making 2014 an amazing year!
Let’s take a look back at highlights of 2014 before we ring in 2015!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Autumn participates in The Crossing at Eatons Ferry, Autumn & I enjoy lunch on the front patio, and Mary, Autumn & I enjoyed this homemade salsa from Jeff Miller of Phoenix Finishing Solutions! It was delicious! Thanks again Jeff!
Market trips are always so much fun! We visit Atlanta and High Point twice a year! Atlanta is my favorite, even though Autumn would say High Point is hers! Chef Yvonne goes with us to Atlanta to bring back awesome tastings and gadgets for our showroom and cooking classes!
Project, Installs & More!
Installs can honestly be a designer’s least favorite part and absolute favorite part at the same time! I only say this because installs are a lot of hard work but the end results are totally worth it! We had some exciting projects this year! Thank you for the opportunities. We hope you love your new spaces as much as we do!
Skin Care, Make-up Demos, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Sales, Tacky Christmas Sweater Party & Autumn’s Baby Shower-just to name a few of the many special events we held this year at MSLL! They sure did keep us busy! Lots of planning and prep but it was all worth it! Who doesn’t love to party?
Classes were awesome as always this year! I’m beginning to think Chef Yvonne can get me to taste just about anything if she prepares it! There hasn’t been much I have tried that I absolutely didn’t like! She is an awesome Chef. We are very thankful for all she brings to the table here as MSLL! Thank you Steve and Peggy for being awesome assistants in classes, as well!
And the award goes to….
The Reader’s Choice Awards were held at the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Inc. earlier in 2014! We received not 1, not 2 awards but FIVE!
1st Place Favorite Interior Designer
1st Place Favorite Place to Buy a Gift
1st Place Favorite Home Decor
Runner Up: Favorite Place to Buy Jewelry
Honorable Mention: Place to Buy Furniture
This is the icing on the cake in 2014! Thanks to our wonderful customers that made this happen! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store! Maybe, just maybe 2015 will top 2014! Fingers crossed! See you next year!
Happy New Year!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living
MSLL has constructed the ultimate Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping experience a bit easier this Holiday season. We promise with these amazing gifts there will be no returns or re-gifting if you stick to our guide! The following MSLL Holiday Gift Guide features 12 perfect gifts that are sure to bring happiness and make you the best gift giver ever! Move over Santa, I’m giving the best gifts this year! Oh! Not to mention you will have the best wrapped presents around with our fabulous complementary gift wrap!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living Holiday Gift Guide 2014:
1. Fashion Apparel: This year’s apparel seems to be the best we have ever carried! It’s been hard to keep the racks full. We have wonderful travel wear, bright tunics and palazzo pants that have been super popular this year. Our travel wear is wrinkle free, perfect for your next getaway! $38 – $78
2. Don’t forget the Captain! Our Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze and Peach Barbecue Boucan Sauce are a crowd pleaser! These would make perfect gifts for a neighbor or take a bottle as a hostess gift for your next holiday party your attending. This sauce is delicious! The bottle has a recipe attached for an amazing appetizer dip! Even someone that tailgates would love this for their next sports event! You can’t go wrong here. $12
3. Magnolia Casual Indoor/Outdoor Swings: I always have people telling me their child would love this in their bedroom or they are planning on hanging one on their boat dock! Which is a perfect idea for these gorgeous swings! All our swings come in a set which includes: The swing constructed in indoor/outdoor fabric, a seat cushion, back pillow and matching carrying bag which is easy to stow. $189
4. Sweet & Saucy Caramel Sauce: This happens to be our Salted Caramel Sauce which is my favorite! = ) We have: Spicy Mango Madness, Rum Caramel and even a Raspberry Fudge Sauce! This is a great gift for anyone! I would pair my jar with an ice cream scoop for the perfect ice cream sundae package! Simple & Easy! You could always add cherries on top! $11
5. Lake Gaston Picture Frame: Here is another great gift idea! I’m sure mom or grandma would love this in their lake home! Take it step further and actually put a photo in the frame of the family or grand-kids! The picture corners in the frame make it easy to change out the photos each year! $49
6. Mary Sherwood Lake Living Gift Card: The perfect gift! Our gift cards do not expire and can be used towards anything in our showroom! You could even give a gift card for $25 or $35 for someone to attend one of Chef Yvonne’s cooking classes held here at MSLL! Absolutely Perfect! $ – $$$
7. Lake Gaston Christmas Ornaments: We have several different ornaments to choose from this year. Some even have Lake Gaston printed on them! How cool is that? These would be great if you know someone that gets an ornament for their tree each year or for an ornament exchange party. $18
8. Jewelry: Our Jewelry display has just everything from necklaces, earrings, bangles, brackets, watches, rings and a few necklace/earring sets. Various style to choose from. We even have a handmade line from a young lady in Virginia Beach! $10 – $148
9. Handbags: We have the look you want but not the price. Our gorgeous bags look similar to a Micheal Kors’ bag but not the ticket price! I love our bags I think they are age appropriate for anyone 20-something to someone 60-something! We have various sizes and style for fit any ladies taste. $14 – $123
10. Scribble Cloths: Have you seen these yet? Scribble Cloths are amazing! Great for parties, children and events! We have runners that can be scribbled on with chalk! We have used these several times for events here at MSLL! We used the large runner for our food display, labeling all our delicious delights! What a great gift! $38 – $50
11. Lake Gaston Coasters: We have several sets of Lake Gaston Coasters! My favorites are the Lake map and Lake Rules! We have sets of two and fours! Perfect for anyone that loves and lives on the lake! $32 – $57
12. Add-A-Kid Bibs: Don’t forget the little ones! We have an array of items in our children’s area but, these have to be the funniest! These bibs are one of a kind designs for little guys and girls! All bibs have Lake Gaston on them as well! Such a great keep sake too! $13
Just follow our Holiday Gift Guide for the perfect Christmas presents this Holiday season! Need more ideas? Just give us a call (252-586-2437) or ask me! We do our best to meet the needs of our customers. We are always willing to help! We even suggest gift ideas for no charge! =) Join us this Holiday season and Shop Small here on Lake Gaston! Don’t forgot the complimentary Gift Wrap!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living, Lake Gaston
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 at MSLL! We even have a whole tree dedicated to this Tacky Christmas trend! Why Tacky!? Well because it’s FUN! There are no rules, no guidelines and just about anything works! It brings out the kid in all of us!
The holiday season is a great time to gather with friends and family. Special festivities take place and this year Tacky Christmas Sweater parties top the chart as the most popular party theme to host this holiday season. However, this may require you to wear a tacky sweater that you may not own. NO FEAR! There is even a website now that sells ONLY Tacky Christmas Sweaters! Like I said, this trend is taking over the spotlight!
Tacky Christmas Sweaters can be for your beverages too! Like the ones shown here!
Tacky Sweaters can be found at thrift stores, eBay, or if you’re feeling creative construct a one of a kind sweater of your own! I think homemade sweaters are the way to go. Just like homemade Halloween costumes, they always make a better lasting impression.
Not sure how to create a Tacky Christmas Sweater? Here are a few tips to consider:
1. Start with a good sweater for the base. Bright bold cheerful colors in shades of green or red will work best! Any sweater with an over-the-top print or pattern are great as well.
2. Ornaments are second. These can be found at any dollar store or thrift store. The more unique the better! Stay away from breakable ornaments – this could get messy in the middle of your party, PARTY FOWL!
3. Add a little Flare to your sweater. Sequins, tinsel, shiny bows, garland, what ever your heart desires here!
4.Patches and other appliques can be a quick and easy fix! Hot glue them or even iron-on’s will do the trick! Wah LAH! Your Done! You have a one of a kind Tacky Christmas Sweater that is sure to be the highlight of the party.
Here are some of my favorite homemade Tacky Sweaters I’ve come Across Online:
Christmas Sweater Tree– I have seen this several times, it’s so clever. When she puts her arms above her head her sweater becomes a beautiful Christmas tree.
The Abominable Snowman Tacky Sweater- I love this! Rudolph is a classic Christmas movie and this fuzzy guy will steal the show at your next Tacky appearance.
Tacky Couple of Sweaters– Get the Hubby involved! I think this is adorable and even tackier that they match!
Which Sweater is your favorite!? Or do you have a Tacky ensemble you would like to share?
We hope to see everyone this Saturday at our Christmas Open House! Seminar beings at 9 AM! Shopping 10 AM!
Have a Tacky Holiday Season!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living -Working with you to create your lifestyle!
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 ALL THE WAY FROM INDIANA! It was a great day and I would like to thank everyone who helped and attended Autumn’s shower.
Here are some of the highlights from this past Saturday!
How did the “BEE” theme come about?
Autumn was telling us at lunch that one of her and Ryan’s favorite TV show is Pushing Daisies, where the bumble bee theme derived from. There are a few quotes the Parents-to-BEE had selected to be placed in the baby’s room which were selected from a few of their favorite episodes. There is also a custom side table Autumn constructed inspired by a beehive with a tiny bee painted on the top. To see Autumn’s Complete Nursery Click Here!
Now, we have the BEE theme… What’s next?
When planning a baby shower having a theme can BEE a great way to give the party a direction. This helps when searching for party favors, decor, your menu, etc. A theme can be anything, the sky is the limit here! All themes don’t have to be so defined, use your imagination here! Something more personal for the mom-to-BEE gives the party that special touch.
I spent A LOT of time on Pinterest. It’s my go-to place for inspiration and to really see what is out there. In my search, the “BEE” theme seemed to be quite popular. This was a plus because I had lots of inspiration to draw from. Creating a story board is a great way to collect ideas for your party, you can do this on Pinterest or simply collect pictures from magazines. This will also help share your vision with your team as well!
It’s important to have a team who are there to help you every step of the way to execute the perfect party. Yvonne, Peggy, Lu, Mary and I all contributed to Autumn’s shower. It was great having such a wonderful team to work with. Everyone contributed and no one felt like they did very much, which means a great deal. You don’t want anyone feeling like they did all the work, it’s a team effort! Thank You ladies for all your help, You are one in a million!
Baby Bumble Bee.
As I mentioned, adding personal touches is a great way to make the day even more special than it already is! We knew Autumn’s favorite soup is clam chowder. Chef Yvonne created a fabulous clam chowder that was served in mini bread bowls. Absolutely delicious! Autumn likes sweets too! Autumn would say, “If it’s a cookie it should taste like a cookie!” We added the candy bar and chocolate fountain to the menu for her love of sweets. A bumble bee diaper cake served as our table’s center piece with other delightful bites centered around the BEE theme, complete with mini cupcakes with small bees and sunflowers, chex mix made with honeycomb cereal, and mini lemon curd tarts with bee accents.
To complete the “BEE” theme, our party guests received mini jars of honey. We added a custom sticker to the top, with a little bee saying, “It’s a boy!” The mini jars were purchased from one of our vendors, Cloister Honey, a North Carolina honey company.
Autumn and Ryan recently ventured home to Indiana where her friends and family hosted a baby shower as well. At that time, they did not know they were having a boy. So for this shower there were a few necessities for the baby boy that were needed. Also a shortage of diapers was also mentioned! Even though we wanted to have a shower that our clients and customers could also partake in, we did not want them to feel like they needed to bring a gift. A hug and well wishes would have suited just fine! But, we included in our invite that if they must bring a gift, diapers and story books were welcome. The diaper cake contributed to the collection of diapers as well! I love the idea of using books as cards and signing the inside of the book with a surprise message.
This shower was certainly Buzz-worthy. It was one the best I have been a part of! It was also great to see the support of our customers, and we have the best of the best! The love and support from our community is fantastic. Thank You again to those who came and spent their Saturday afternoon with us! It was a great time with great friends. We can’t wait to meet the little fellow! Congrats Autumn & Ryan!
Do you have an experience hosting baby showers or attended one you would like to share? We would love to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living -Working with you to create your lifestyle!
We have several custom closet designs on the drawing board for clients. As I was researching closet accessories I found a few that I would like to incorporate into our next closet project.
All closet customization should include the following:
- Long and short hanging rods
- Drawer storage, shallow and deep
- Shoe storage (and lots of it)
- Open shelving for odd size items
Now comes the fun part…The closets accessories! They will make keeping your closet organized a cinch! Here are a few of my favorites:
What are your favorite closet accessories? Join the conversation. Send us pictures if you like!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Shag, Tufted, Woven, Spun, Flat Weave, Felted, Indoor/Outdoor, Round or Rectangle, and Runners! There are so many options. Where does one begin when searching for the perfect area rug? It seems a bit overwhelming but following these guidelines you will be placing the perfect rug in your home in no time!
What are you using the rug for?
This will help determine the kind of rug that will best suit your needs. Will the rug be used to protect your beautiful hardwood floors or simply to add color and style to the space? Rugs can create a great pop of color or help ground or tie a room together. Area rugs often provide sound proofing qualities when used on hard surfaces. Rugs also add softness to a room. The additional cushion of a rug is great for anyone with children. Often overlooked, one benefit of area rugs is insulation from cold surfaces. Rugs with dense fibers can trap heat on cool winter nights keeping your area warm and cozy.
What size is best?
There are several standard sizes for area rugs. However, the size of the rug always seems to be the trickiest to determine. The rules vary depending on the room. So let’s take a look at how you would place a rug by the type of room.
Dining Room- The main rule to remember here is: The rug should be large enough that all the legs of the dining chairs sit on the rug while the chairs are pulled out or when someone is seated. You wouldn’t want your guest chairs to be half on and half off creating a wobbly chair while dining. Typically the rug should extend at least 30″ beyond the edge of the table on all sides. A common dining room rug size is 8′ x 10′. However, it still depends on the size of your dining room table. Synthetic fibers or polypropylene rugs work well in this area because of their stain resistant qualities.
Bedroom- Think about the key pieces of furniture in the space. The bed will most likely be the prominent piece. The rug size should reflect its size and its placement. Ideally, you would want a rug that extends about 18″ to 24″ on all three sides of the bed (assuming your headboard is against the wall). Also, you would want the rug to be wide enough to accommodate your nightstand beside the bed. Common sizes used in bedrooms are an 8’ x 10’ under a Queen sized bed, and an 9’ x 12’ under a King sized bed.
There are a few options for rug placement in the bedroom. The most popular would be to have the rug start just in front of the nightstands and extend past the foot of the bed . Tucking the rug slightly under the nightstands to ground them with the bed is even better. If you have a large bedroom that can accommodate a larger rug, GO FOR IT! Get an area rug large enough that both nightstands can be placed on it and still extends beyond the foot of the bed a couple feet. This will keep your room feeling and looking proportional.
Family Room/Living Room- Typically, the furniture in a living room or family room is arranged to form a conversation area or seating around a focal point. The key here is the area rug must encompass all pieces of furniture within this seating area. For example, a living room arrangement may consist of a sofa, a loveseat, several chairs, a coffee table and end tables. All of these items should be on the rug – at least partially – in order to provide an ideal balance. A room generally looks more pulled together if all the furniture legs are planted firmly on the rug.
Hallway/Foyer– Here the rug size is determined by the amount of floor space available. For larger open areas try leaving a perimeter between 12″-24″ space around the rug. For smaller areas leave 6″-8″ between the rug and the wall.
STILL NOT SURE ON THE RIGHT SIZE? – Try the Tape Trick.
If you are stilling having trouble visualizing the proper rug size try the trick of painters tape before you go shopping. Tape out the size of the area rug you are considering placing in the space on the floor. This should help you clearly see if the rug is big enough to accommodate your pieces. If not tape out the next size up until you are satisfied with your decision. Keep in mind rug sizes vary from different manufacturers. You can probably fudge a few inches up or down on size for your space but try to stick to the most common sizes for best selection and price. Then you will be ready to go rug shopping! If you do not have a room configuration that fits with the standard sizes there are always custom rug options available.
Just one last thing to consider…before heading off to the magical land of rugs and buying the absolute best rug on earth just remember the above rules are mostly guidelines. You are the one that has to live with the rug you choose so by all means if you feel the need to break any rules or guidelines, PLEASE DO! With that said, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite design quotes.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes,
Design is knowing which ones to keep.”-Scott Adams
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Lake Gaston and Beyond!
Summer has almost come to a close and fall is peaking in. The new school year is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get organized before the chaos of homework and after school activities begin. Organization is key! Here are a few tips to keep you and your growing minds on track this school year.
Who doesn’t love back-to-school shopping! Well some may dread it but, I loved it! It was my favorite part of going back to school! Getting a new backpack, new outfits, not to mention I couldn’t wait to show them off to my friends!
With all those new outfit choices, getting dressed in the morning may take more time than normal. Here’s the solution, Closet dividers! Here all outfits are pre-planned for the week! What a time saver in the early morning rush hour!
It doesn’t get anymore organized than this! I love this idea! Here a fellow organizer took a behind the door hanging shoe rack and created this mega school supply wonderland! All the pens, markers, pencils, & paper clips have their own space! Don’t forget to label to ensure they get put back in their proper place! Such a great idea and inexpensive as well!
Whether it’s snack time, lunch or those late afternoon sports activities these are great bags! PACKit is a personal cooler that folds up to be placed in the freezer over night and then removed to be used during the day keeping it’s contents cool for up to 10 hours! These bags come in great prints and different sizes to meet your personal needs! It’s a back to school must have and we have them right here in our showroom!
It’s also a good idea to have a designated space to do homework. Any place away from the TV and heavy foot traffic is better for less distractions. Isn’t this homework area great? It’s bright, fun and inviting to get those little thinkers going and inspired. Check out Autumn’s blog, Elements of a Kids Work Space to see other ideas and tips for kid’s work spaces.
Go the extra mile and stock up on school project supplies. This will be a life saver for those last minute projects! No one wants to be at the craft store at 9 pm at night looking for poster board when your son’s project is due at 8:30 in the morning. YIKES!
My roommates’ and I used this last tip often, a Menu Board. We ate most nights together in our apartment at Radford. This cut down on the cost of our individual meals and kept variety on our plate. Plus it was a great bonding time, two of us cook and two cleaned.
We rotated depending on who was home who cooked dinner for the night. We also went the extra mile and incorporated a chore chart. Each person had an assigned chore they took care of during the week. When the week was up we reassigned the chores for a new week. This kept us on routine and held everyone responsible for their part. I honestly can say this may have saved an argument or two! We by far had the cleanest apartment around for four girls living under one roof! It’s worth a try in the home, dorm or apartment.
I hope you have enjoyed these back to school tips for the upcoming school year! Hopefully they will come in handy! Good luck to everyone this school year no matter what grade that may be!
Do you have any back-to school tips you would like to share?
If so please post & share below!
-Dixie K .
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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 door neighbors. Naturally we have lots of family events and my house is party central.
This year so far I have helped host four baby showers, a bridal shower, served as maid-of-honor and attended several other weddings, birthday parties and cookouts. We are only at the halfway point of 2014! I am also a bridesmaid in another wedding in September. I am looking forward to helping host a baby shower for our very own, Autumn Wenger, due in December! However, I’m not complaining! It’s my next favorite thing to do besides designing.
I wanted to share some of the highlights and advice I could give from my experience with these parties. It’s nice to be behind the scenes, I always take mental notes of “what would I have done differently.”
1. Focal Points-something that catches the guest attention
It’s important to have a focal point at your event. This helps bring a “wow” factor to your party. You are certainly welcome to have more than one focal point depending on the size of your venue. Focal points come in all different shapes and sizes. A focal point could be the wedding cake, a floral arrangement centerpiece or a rustic chandelier placed above the dance floor.
2. Personal Touches-Additional touches that bring out the qualities of guests of honor
I would highly recommend this for your next party or event. Personal touches are a great way to add a special touch to make your event more memorable. Your guest will recognize and appreciate that you went that extra mile adding these into your planning and decorating.
3. Recruit A Team-Support system
No matter how small of a party you are planning, try to have a team. It’s okay to have a team of one or many, as long as you have someone by your side. I have been very fortunate to have been apart of some amazing teams this year already. It’s always nice to have a second opinion and a second set of eyes. Even if your teammate has possibly never planned a party, surely they have been to one. Their past experiences combined with your expertise makes a great team to help you create an amazing event. You will be glad you had these people to help you along the way.
4. Don’t loose sight-Try and remember “Why” you are doing this.
Sometimes the stress of projects can get to us. It’s hard to find time to plan these events between our normal daily routines. It can become stressful and tiring. However, it’s okay to take a break! We need to sometimes take a step back. I have been told many times in design school to walk away from the drafting table, go do something fun for a few hours and then come back to it. It’s almost like getting a second look or putting on a new set of eyes. One more thing you should do is take a moment and think about the people you are having the event for and the purpose. I’m sure there is a special reason behind the madness. This can usually help push you through.
5. Last but no least-ENJOY!
Once the party planning has come to an end and it’s now the day of your event. However, your behind the scenes duties may not be completely just yet. Please, remember to take a moment and enjoy the event you helped create! This is where you take all of your hard work in. This is important! There’s nothing more satisfying than realizing your efforts are appreciated. Trust me, the smiles you have put on your loved ones faces are a priceless, picture perfect memory. The months and prep for these parties that only last a few hours always seem to go by way too fast! So take a moment and enjoy them!
I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse of some of the parties and events I have helped create! Party planning is my second love right behind design. However, my design degree sure comes in handy. I look forward to the other parties and events 2014 has in store! If you ever need advice or help creating your memorable evening, don’t hesitate to ask!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living-Working with you to create your lifestyle on Lake Gaston and Beyond!
The 4th of July holiday weekend is approaching! It’s the highlight of our Summer season here at Lake Gaston.
Dock parties, amazing fireworks, boat rides with friends and family are to be expected! We all will be proudly sporting our red, white and blue as well! As the saying goes, “I’m proud to be an American!” I know I am!
I wanted to shine the spotlight on some really cool products that are made right here in the good ole’ U.S. of A!
Orbix H Glass- Fort Payne, Alabama
Orbix Hot Glass is a small studio and gallery business owned by Cal and Christy Breed. Opened in 2002, Orbix Hot Glass pieces are all hand-made by a team of experienced glass blowers. I love that they pay great attention to their customers and the quality of work really shows. I took this quote directly from their site, “We are making one-at-a-time glassware for individuals who want one-at-a-time attention.” I think it sums up their work perfectly.
Fiesta-The Homer Laughlin China CO.- Newell, West Virginia
Fiesta China Co. I think has the perfect company name! Their china is bright, bold, fun and colorful just like a Fiesta! The Home Laughlin China Company introduced Fiesta dinnerware in 1936. Fiesta was designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead and became a major hit soon after hitting the market! Each year Fiesta releases a new color into their line! This is perfect because you know we love color here at MSLL! FIESTA is a major contender in bridal registries as well as the leading casual dinnerware brand across America.
Meissenburg Designs-Bigfork, Montana
We love this company! Meissenburg is a great all American company right here in the states. They create custom signs that can be personalized with no extra charge along with various materials and designs! The designs are endless and greatly appeal to our area! They have a big selection of boating and lake theme signs which have become very popular with our customers!
Poor Boy Woodworks-Saginaw, Michigan
We just discovered this company a few weeks ago and you may have already seen some of their products in our showroom. Matt Hunter is the owner of Poor Boy Woodworks, a company which creates wood signs with over 3,000 designs to choose from. We recently got these items name-dropped with Lake Gaston on them just for our showroom!
Company C Furniture- Various USA Cities
Company C is a fabulous company that carries creative colorful furniture, rugs, bedding, and decorative accessories. Chris and her husband Walter developed their business in 1994 after realizing the rug business they were running out of their garage was a huge success. Company C’s furniture line is handcrafted and upholstered here in the US. Even their hardwoods are sustainably harvested and kiln-dried here in North Carolina!
What did you think of those awesome American made products? Do you have a favorite product that is also made in the US? We would love to hear about it!
We would also like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!
We hope you have a safe and fabulous weekend with your friends and family! Get out there and enjoy the lake!
Father’s Day is this Sunday! Let’s take this moment to say,
“Thank You Dad & Happy Farther’s Day!”
Let’s face it – sometimes being a dad isn’t the easiest of jobs! Fatherhood is full of responsibilities and never-ending list of fatherly duties. Dads are the advice givers, teachers of life long lessons, Mr. Fix It of all jobs, and even the checker for monsters under the bed! The list of dad’s duties goes on and on! Dads should not be forgotten or be taken for granted for always being there, it’s their job! Whew! You see why we must say, “Thanks Dad!”
I would like to wish my dad and all the other fatherly/superhero figures out there this special weekend a very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Here is just another one of dad’s duties, getting to walk his daughter down the isle! Pictured is Autumn and her dad, Micheal, sharing a special moment on her wedding day in June 2008. This is an amazing photo! (“Your little girl will always look up to you! Thank you for always being supportive and lending a helping hand. Love you Daddy.” – Autumn)
Let’s also pay tribute to the Dad’s that risk their lives for our country past and present. Here is Mary’s dad before he served in World War II. Shortly after his return, he married Mary’s mother. He passed when Mary was very young however, she very much enjoyed the time they did have together.
I’m sure I have the silliest of dads! I spend most of my time with my dad in the great outdoors. We enjoy fishing together, riding his motorcycle, and many other things. He has been a great supporter and biggest fan in my life! I don’t think he has ever missed any of my softball games! Believe it of not, but my dad actually braided my pigtail in this picture.
Last but not least, our dad in the office Mr. Paul Sherwood!
Here is Paul, Aaron and Jake hanging out at Epcot in Walt Disney World!
I hope all the Papas, Pops, Grandpas, Fathers, Daddy’s, Step-Dads and Dads have a wonderful Father’s Day!
How are you honoring Dad this Father’s Day!? Do you have an amazing Dad you would like to recognize?
Tell us about the special superhero in your life!
Have an amazing weekend! We love you dad!