Thursday, January 13, 2011

Je t'aime Mon Amie

Je t'aime Mon Amie (french)
Ti voglio bene (italian)
Ta gra agam duit (gaelic)
Viva Ria Amor (portuguese)

How do you say "I love you"? A little Valentine's Day inspiration. Treat your love or yourself to something wonderful to celebrate this "lovely" day. Use coupon code LOVE20 at checkout for 20% off your entire order. Offer expires on 2/14/11. Coupons cannot be used on already discounted items or with other coupons or incentives.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ladies, we have a WINNER!

AND THE WINNER IS . . . I love doing giveaways, but it's always hard because I want everyone to win. But tonight, I had my sweet hubby John pick our lucky girl. So the winner is . . . DAWN.

Thank you everyone who participated. Keep a heads up on my blog - I'll be doing more of these in the coming months. Now go have a great Monday! xoxo

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winter Whites

With a proverbial sigh, I can honestly tell you that I've actually had time to sit down (without a crochet hook in hand), put my feet up, and read some magazines. I actually reduced the fire risk in our home by 50%. After scouring my fav's. and pulling out photos, articles and yummy recipes, they hit the recycle bin yesterday. Country Living Magazine just happened to be in my mailbox yesterday and it was quite interesting. After the liveliness of Christmas with all the red and green, I'm ready to tone it down a bit. I love white . . . reminds me of snow, I guess. It's calming and clean. So, I would recommend that if you want a good dose of white, pick up a copy of Country Living at your newsstand. It's full cover to cover with white.

Apparently, I really like to design jewelry in white as well. So let's have a "Winter White" Giveaway! Tell me what you like, love, or perhaps dislike about Winter and enter to win a $25 gift certificate @ Tippy Stockton. Leave a comment here on my blog and then blab about it to your friends via Facebook and Twitter for extra entries. And if you're really adventurous, sign up to follow my blog and I'll give you 2 extra entries! I will pick a random winner on Sunday, January 9, let's say by 5:00pm EST.

Douce Saison Earrings - $32
Turnpike Earrings - $34

Petals in the Snow - $32

Good luck, and have fun!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Haven

holy cow, I think I need to clean my windows! YIKES!

I told you a few days ago that I would start sharing photos of my home and "my style". Well, the Christmas decorations have been taken down in most of the rooms with the exception of the Sunroom. I took a few shots in the kitchen and livingroom, but as the days go by, I'll add more. One of the things that I haven't shared with you yet is that just a few short weeks ago, John and I completely painted out the kitchen . . . including the cupboards. Yes, the cupboards were green, now they are a soft putty color. I really love the new color scheme we chose. A soft bluish/aqua. Set against our granite that has black, tan, ivory, and that rich putty color, I think it really looks great. I can't help myself by having a bit of red thrown in. RED is my color, well that and Tippy Blue. We have a very old home - this old gal was built back in 1930. In 2002 we had a flood that wiped out most of the 1st floor and the cellar. We decided at that point that we would take this home back to its time - we had a black and white tile floor laid in our kitchen. In 2007, we did a small remodel in the kitchen. New granite, all new appliances, and new hardware on the cupboards. After the recent paint project, we entered into the Holiday Season. I still need to make new curtains for the bay and two other windows. I'll show those off when they're done!
You'll notice one thing . . . I'm a wordy! I love anything that says something. Words are everywhere; reminders of things to be thankful for.
"Live a good life, and in the end it's not the years in a life, it's the life in the years!
Abraham Lincoln
I'm a sucker for Mercury glass. I love it at Christmas and I love it most anytime too!
And here's a few shots of the Sunroom - really it's a garden room full of beautiful plants! It's my girly room; can you tell!
And if I didn't say it before, Merry Christmas!

Monday, January 3, 2011

In a Winter Mood

So it's been a few weeks since I have had "real" time to sit down and design. Some of you who have visited my Studio know that I work best when there's a little chaos going on. When my workbench is scattered with beads and findings, something good always seems to happen. So take a few minutes and take a peek at some of the wonderful new things that have shown up in the last few days on my website.

Encounter Earrings - $38
Oxidized Sterling Silver and
Moss Aquamarine

The Loft Bracelet - $62
Vintage Brass, Vintage Glass &
Oxidized Sterling Silver

The Loft Earrings - $34
Vintage Brass, Vintage Glass &
Oxidized Sterling Silver

Turnpike Earrings - $34
Vintage Brass, Vintage Lucite &
Oxidized Sterling Silver

One Heart Bracelet - $72
Vintage Glass, Hematite,
Czech Crystal &
Oxidized Sterling Silver

Are you thinking Valentine's Day?

I'm excited to be back in the Studio. You'll start seeing some fun things for Spring too coming up in the next few weeks. Enjoy and head over to

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Honeysuckle - the color for 2011

When you think of Honeysuckle, what color comes to mind? For me, it's a pale, pale yellow. But according to Pantone, the color for 2011 is PINK! So what do you think of these beauties? Colour Annee - $40

I love pink, but even though I'm a girly-girl, this is not a color I gravitate to. Don't get me wrong, I love it! And seeing this gorgeous color up close and personal, I might just have to hurry out to find something fabulous in this amazing color. I do know that I have some lovely jewelry coming soon in this color, or something close. But until then, you'll just have to drool over the color and imagine yourself dressed in something HONEYSUCKLE!

FYI . . . every year as I prepare for the next season, I always consult Pantone for their picks for fashion as well as interior colors. I use it as a guide, but I usually trust my own instincts when it comes to picking out beads and stones. For instance, last years color was none other than TURQUOISE. Who knew . . . Tippy Blue.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's the dawn of a new day and a NEW YEAR . . . 2011. It just seems like yesterday when I was singing "American Pie" in my little bedroom in Central Illinois. New Years, a time to reflect and to dream about the year to come. 2010 was an amazing year for me personally, after a couple of really horrible years. I guess you could say that I deserved it. But as I reflect back on 2010, I also realize how much I could do things just a little better. So with that said, I am going to make a few changes to my blog. Already you can see that the look has changed. A sweet friend gave me some help in designing my own blog banner, so I'll be changing that up . . . often!

I love Interior Design. I've done my share of design work, including some Holiday design work just this past Christmas. I love it! So one of the changes that I would like to make this year is to introduce you to "my STYLE". It's a little rustic and very cottagey with some color thrown in for good measure. In the coming weeks, I will show you a little peak at my own home. But for now, as I sit on this lazy New Year's Day (John REALLY wants to take the Christmas tree down, but it's nearly 3:30pm and I'm still in my jammies and slippers), I've really enjoyed perusing the net to see what's happening out there in the design world.

Even though many of us think that once the Holidays are over Spring beckons, well let me tell you, we just flipped the season into Winter. Winter is downtime - the perfect time to get things done on your honey-do list like painting, cleaning out closets, and organizing. I love Winter - things are still and serene making way for the beginning of Spring. So sit back and enjoy a few of my favorite Winter scenes and decor ideas.

Winter in Central Park . . .

A perfect way to say Winter even after all the Holiday decorations have been put away!

One of the most amazing aspects of my little cottage is the Sunroom that was built at the back of the house back in the 1980's. It's all windows and is especially beautiful in Winter where the sun comes streaming through the windows making the room warm and toasty.

Simple with just a splash of color!

A beautiful and peaceful bedroom. Lots of layers on that bed. Ahhhhhh!

Don't forget your porch . . . nothing says Winter but a sled and some skates!

The gorgeous wreath you bought at Costco in November??? Keep it up! Add a few more cones, perhaps spray it with a can of SNOW. Then in mid-January, add a big red bow and some hearts for Valentines Day.
I hope you've had a relaxing New Year! I know I have, but I can't wait for 2011 to get going. I won't forget to give you occasional updates on the jewelry front. There are so many exciting things happening this year for Tippy Stockton. I can't wait to share it with you.