Archive for Holidays
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!
We just returned from our semi-annual market trip to Atlanta. Boy did we pack a lot into this trip!
We were pleased to be invited to a Retailers Round Table Breakfast sponsored by Home Accents Today Magazine at the Capital City Club. This was a small group of retailers ranging from one of the largest online home fashions companies (Wayfair) to independent interior designers. We shared insights about consumer buying trends, the use of social media and other business issues. It was a great to take part in this forum and express our ideas amongst our national peers.
Later the same day we were invited to the largest awards event in the gift and home industry, The Icon Awards. Thanks to Home Accents Today magazine, we were guests at their table to hear the presentations of the awards to so many deserving companies. Most of the award winners have built very successful, large companies that are very involved in local, national and international causes. It makes one feel very fortunate to be involved in this industry. Entertainment for the evening was a performance by the band Heart. Do you remember their most popular song in the 70’s? Here is a short clip of part of their performance. http://youtu.be/81h0yD78ns
Now for the finds. Here are a few of the interesting displays and items we found.
Solaria 26″ Globe Chandelier was amazing. They just introduced this fixture in multiple colors.
Contemporary large art was everywhere. Here is a pair of prints from Paragon.
This window display at Mud Pie was still showing the chalk board theme for the holidays. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer have their places marked on this chalk board runner. We are not over this trend just yet.
This cute display of stuffed animals on inner-tubes and slides was quite eye-catching. Great merchandising…we bought some of these cute Knitzie animals.
Dixie was into head-gear as evidenced by her many poses in various hats and headbands.
The girls and I did manage to have some fun with an afternoon glass of champagne with floating Wild Hibiscus Flowers…soon to be available at MSLL.
One more shot of our late evening play-a ride on the Atlanta ferris wheel at Olympic Park, adjacent to our hotel!
So-these girls do know how to have fun mixed with a lots of work!
You can look forward to lots of new items starting to arrive any day!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living -Working with you to create your lifestyle!
It’s that special time of year again, the holidays. The stockings are hung with care and Christmas spirit is in the air! Loved ones near and far come to together to celebrate this joyous holiday. We would like to wish each and every one of you,
a very Merry Christmas from our Mary Sherwood Lake Living Family to yours!
Please be careful in your travels and don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa!
Here is a little sneak peek from our
Mary Sherwood Lake Living Christmas Party. Enjoy!
Rocking around the banana tree? Yes, Mary doesn’t have your traditional Christmas tree every year. She likes to think more outside the box. What do you think of her non-traditional tree? Check out Mary’s blog about non-traditional Christmas trees. http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/oh-christmas-trees/
I love when people have interesting or humorous cocktail napkins. They are a great conversation starter! Here are Mary’s from our get together!
So many great presents! We opened our gifts before indulging in our fabulous meal prepared by Chef Yvonne!
I even decided to make my Christmas Candy Sleighs! I featured them in the past Design Wisdom Wednesday on Christmas Party Planning Guide. I think they came out great? What do you think?
Our dinner was amazing. Chef Yvonne out did herself as usual! For appetizers, we raved over the Buffalo Chicken dip and mozzarella cheese sticks wrapped in salami on a balsamic jelly. Did I mention the balsamic jelly came all the way from Italy? YUM! Our first course of the night (shown above) was bay scallops on a sweet potato puree with pickled corn and roasted sunflower seeds topped with micro greens. What an incredible combination!
For our main course we devoured this delicious homemade creamed garlic spinach and lasagna. By now my buttons are about to pop off my pants! But Yvonne’s food is so good, of course I didn’t turn down dessert, especially when we had two choices! She even let you choose both, if you wanted! Many of us shared our decadent treats! We had a choice between eggnog bread pudding with an eggnog glaze and chocolate pate with a cranberry coulis. Outstanding!
I am truly blessed to be a part of the Mary Sherwood Lake Living family. I’m the new kid on the block, but I have been so fortunate to have met such wonderful people who I get the privilege to work with. I can not only call them co-workers or my boss, but also great friends!
Again, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas &
a Happy New Year!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with you to create your lifestyle at Lake Gaston and beyond!
So the nursery rhyme reads “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig, home again, home again, jiggety-jig”. Well, we went to market and we’re home again, but there was no fat pig. There were, however, a multitude of new products in every possible category.
We perused, navigated, and maneuvered as much of the four buildings and seven million square feet of Atlanta Gift Market as we were humanly able. We were tired, but invigorated at the same time by the many new innovative gift lines, housewares, furniture, and apparel available. Now we can’t show you everything new that we have coming because that would spoil the surprise, but we thought a sneak peek would hopefully wet your appetites.
Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.
Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.
Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.
Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.
Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.
Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.
Fun, whimsical, overscaled decorations helped us make our buying decisions for the holidays!
Since market, we are now renewed, refreshed, and reenergized after a busy holiday season. We are looking forward to enjoying a successful 2013 with our valued and much loved customers.
Come see what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living! We’re waiting for you!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!
Last night my husband said to me, “you have logged a lot of miles in the last few weeks”. It made me stop and think about how much had happened in three short weeks. Here is the timeline:
Dec 20 -28 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Santa Monica, CA 5580 miles
Jan 4-6 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Baltimore, MD 698 miles
Jan 9-13 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Atlanta, GA 902 miles
The first trip was our holiday trip to visit our son’s home in Santa Monica. What a wonderful place to spend Christmas. There is no worry of snow to interfere with travel (except occasionally at a connecting airport). My daughter-in-law, Elif and I traveled with the top down in her Mini Cooper, named Coco, every outing for groceries and shopping! I love the casual yet sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. Here is a picture of some of the highlights of our holiday. Love, love, love California succulent gardens!
The next trip came oh so quickly after we returned from Cali. Our good friends, Brenda and Quinn moved into a brand new house just north of Baltimore right before Christmas. They are still trying to get settled. The workers are still in and out. We traveled with our trailer full of furniture, accessories and window treatments to help give it the “moved-in” look. Here are just a few pictures of the fun color pallet Brenda selected. The colorful Company C furniture fits right in!
We are still recovering from our annual January Atlanta market trip. The above mileage does not include the miles and miles of market space we walked. There are about 7 million square feet of showroom space! It’s no wonder our feet hurt and everything aches after four-12 hour market days! There are so many things we fell in love with that will be arriving in our store over the next four months. Here is a picture of just a few of my favorites.
We are off to a flying start in 2013. Jump on board and join us on Facebook, follow our blog and stay tuned for the latest at MSLL!
What would be your favorite adventure of the above three?
Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!
Shopping for a special gift for that special someone? Looking for the ideal present for the person who has everything? Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle. Allow Mary Sherwood Lake Living to help you compile the perfect gift basket.
Are they a wine enthusiast? We can combine our E-Z Grip Wine Bottle Opener, Wine-A-Rita Drink Mix, and a package of festive napkins to help them celebrate.
Do they enjoy mixing a cocktail or two? We can combine our Mini Red Ice Bucket, Mini Red Cocktail Shaker, and a jar of Pickle, Olive, and Pearl Onion Cocktail Stirrers to help them conjure up their concoctions.
Are they the chef in their household? We can combine our famous Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze, a White Rectangular Baker, and a Knotted Spreader to aid them in preparing Captain Rodney’s Cheese Bake (recipe included).
Do they just deserve to be spoiled? We can combine our Azalea/Ruby Dot Glittens (glove and mittens combination), Leopard Ballet Cozy Slippers, and a Jeweled Photo Frame to help comfort them.
Still stumped? Come visit us at Mary Sherwood Lake Living or give us a call at 252.586.2437 to help you with just the right combination for the loved ones on your list.
Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping from Mary Sherwood Lake Living!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!
With the holidays quickly upon us, everyone is eager to make a meal plan that will provide their family and friends tasty dishes with minimal prep and stress. This Saturday, December 8th, our favorite local chef Yvonne Hoffman will be having a Home for the Holidays Cooking Class at Mary Sherwood Lake Living at 10 a.m.
She will be serving a crowned pork roast with cornbread, apple, and pecan filling, brussel sprouts salad with a lemon vinaigrette, and sweet potato hash along with other ideas to accent your holiday meal.
Also, coming up on Tuesday, December 11th, Chef Yvonne will be providing seasonal breakfast and brunch ideas to warm you and your family. Please give us a call at 252.586.2437 to reserve your space for either class and savor our variety of delectible holiday samplings.
Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!
We just finished a great weekend with our kids – well, our son and his wife. We were sorry our older son, Aaron could not join us.
Many years ago (36 now) I had the extreme good fortune to marry an amazing woman. Today, I can express great pleasure at seeing that my younger son, Jake, has accomplished the same thing.
This four day Labor Day weekend was terrific! I don’t know what you usually do when family comes to visit – but Sherwoods usually relax and share great conversation. For us it’s all about the relationships we’re building or continuing to nurture. Such is our growing relationship with Elif, our son’s wife and newest family member. For Mary and me Elif is the daughter we’ve never had. She is as precious to us as our two sons.
This reminds me of a story…
Seven years ago when Jake and Elif were dating, Mary, and others, made innocent (I guess) remarks leading Jake to feel pressure to propose. Of course he called me for fatherly advice. I suggested he would know when the time was right and no one could make that decision for him. Several days later the phone rang and a stranger asked for Paul Sherwood. After acknowledging I was he – the stranger – without preamble – started in on how he and his wife had gotten to know Jake and loved him as their own son. He said that Jake had asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage and he wanted to know whether Mary and I would accept his daughter into our family on the same terms. I can tell you – I have never been so completely surprised and touched by anything in my entire life. Whether traditional in the Turkish culture or just something Elif’s Dad wanted to know – that question said a lot about the quality of the relationship between that man and his daughter – and especially about the depth of his love for her.
It has been my privilege to get to know this young woman – and to love her as though she were my own daughter – which, of course, now she is! It has been my joy to see my son and his wife together – the love they have for each other is as obvious as is, I hope, the love Mary and I have for each other.
My thanks and appreciation to all four of my family for loving me.
As of today I think I am back up to normal speed after a whirlwind trip to the summer Atlanta Gift and Accessory Market. Four days of non-stop shopping for “the next best thing” to bring to you in Lake Gaston.
I have been to this market too many times to count (twice a year equals almost 50 times…yikes!) At the end of this excursion I realized why it has become so much more difficult. (I have aged but I would never admit that is to blame!)
Many years ago we were attending markets to spot new trends, stock a small retail boutique and make purchases for clients. With our expansions and growth over the years we now shop seven categories at the Atlanta Market Center. No wonder our list is so long, our feet are worn out and our brains are fried!
These pictures show a few tidbits of the items we purchased in just three of the seven categories. Let us hear about your favorite piece.
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