feaster leipers fork style*

What do you do on Easter you live in a small town like Leipers Fork? Well you have dinner with your neighbors of course. All 400 of them. Well it was supposed to be about 200 but a few extras showed up.

One of the magical things about living in Leipers Fork, TN. is the sense of community and genuine southern charm. People get to know each other. They ask how you are…and really mean it. And we have events like Feaster. img_9685

The directions were simple. It was held in the big field across from town…Bring a dish to pass and bring your fine china…because paper plates were not allowed. Dress was hillbilly chic and the blessing was at 3:45pm…Dinner was at 4. Clean up and take what you brought in because “we ain’t your mamma”.

My husband took the hillbilly chic comment very seriously. Real men do wear purple.

There was a full on Easter egg hunt complete with the Easter bunny and a golden egg…They tried to arrange it by age but since they all ran into the field at the same time…the announcer said…”oh heck…let them all go.” You can’t really hold back an Easter egg hunt, can you?

The Easter Bunny was pretty cute…but I still think my husband is cuter.

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believe in angels*

This blog has been a little quiet lately. I would like to say that life got a little hectic and crazy and I didn’t have time to post…but that wasn’t really the case. For me life pretty much stopped in its tracks.

I awoke on Thanksgiving Day unable to walk and in excruciating pain. My left leg was paralyzed and I was told that I would need emergency back surgery.  I went from being a very active person to not even being able to lift my head to drink out of a straw. I was staring down the barrel of a four month recovery at the very least…if I recovered at all. Those of you that have gone down the scary road of back surgery know that it is not a guarantee of anything. I had to relearn how to walk, right down to the baby step basics.

I was so blessed to have an amazing and strong husband who not only took care of me, a farm, two horses but also got my business through the Christmas holiday. My employees were amazing and I felt so very blessed to have them as they truly function as one big amazing team. Everyone pitched in and did what it took to get the job done.

And a big grateful thanks to my friends who came over every afternoon in the dead of winter to help with the horses. And my in-laws and mother who cooked and baby sat me.

They were all truly angels. With wings and hearts of gold. You better believe I wore my Rise Above Bracelet a whole lot.

I am better and walking now. And riding my horses who got a little fat and sassy. And beginning the new summer collection. You better believe that it is gonna be a whole lot about gratefulness, gratitude and love. xoxo

 

shine on purple rain*

Rest in peace, my friend. He was a force of nature, a shining light of musical brilliance and really did see the world through purple colored glasses.
He had a nightclub near mine in Miami…and would come into our club with a cane & his crazy outfits that only he could wear…and I would make him Kahlua & cream…shaken like a milkshake. It had to be made just so. He never really drank it…he would just let it get warm and I would bring him another.
He was funny, eccentric, surprisingly shy and kind. He loved to watch the club chaos and was a great observer.
I had the honor of attending his birthday one year at his nightclub, Glam Slam which was an old theatre. He played non stop on stage until 3am…I have never seen anyone so talented or musically brilliant in my life. Or since then.
You will be missed by all. We lost one of the great ones…

spring flowers*

Happy Spring! Libby says don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers…(just don’t get them all over your nose like she does)…

postcards from the farm*

You don’t see a double rainbow come along everyday. Does it mean we get two wishes and two pots of gold?

People ask me quite often about living on a farm…and don’t I miss the city or the beach? The answer is …no, not really.  I read a wonderful little post by Dalarna Farm that just about says it all…
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happy 2016*

…my motto for 2016…to make my hopes & dreams fly… it’s a worthy goal and I am going to get right to work on that!

 

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renew your spirit this spring*

…Spring has a way of renewing your spirit…it is so good to see the sun, the birds building their nests and a very pretty yellow butterfly landed on Libby’s head the other day which surely meant spring was here…the horses are also having fun getting into the green spring grass and having their daily rodeo across the fence line… Continue reading

feeling the local love*

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 12.33.44 PMA BIG thanks to Huntington Beach’s own ‘Main & PCH Blog‘! Recently they did an amazing feature on Island Cowgirl Jewelry and Flagship Store.

Main & PCH‘ is a phenomenal asset in supporting local Huntington Beach businesses. They feature food, events, artists and lifestyle of the HB community.

We couldn’t appreciate their recognition more! It was a great write up and we feel really blessed as the Island Cowgirl family to have this fabulous mention on such a well respected blog.

Make sure to check out their website, you’re sure to stumble upon some great local treasures and first hand info on upcoming festivities in the Surf City community!

 

 

…into the night…

Sometimes what you really need is a night wrapped in a blanket of stars, in a bed made of freshly fallen leaves…
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2014-01-08 18.46.19Featuring our ‘Love Me Necklace’ long boho style piece hand shaped into the word love strung on leather, Our ‘Brave Heart Necklace’ in our classic pendant fashion and our ‘Whisper of Love Bracelet’, ‘Willing Heart Bracelet’ and the ‘Courage My Love Boho Wrap’.

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1-2014-01-08 18.56.28We loved the way our gold necklaces complemented the lace of this dress in a natural setting… Seen here is Our ‘Golden Wisdom Necklace’, ‘Golden Free Spirit Necklace’ and ‘Golden All You Need is Love Necklace’, ‘Girl With a Dream Bracelet’ and Our ‘Heart and Soul Cuff’.

1-2014-01-08 19.41.38Above is our spiritually inspired and ever popular symbol of protection the ‘Hamsa Necklace’, paired with the ‘Twisted Peace Necklace’.

Remember to always appreciate the natural beauty that exists around you, its yours to enjoy.

xo

…the holiday party…

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We hope everyone who came out to the holiday party enjoyed the special deals, new one of a kind pieces, eggnog and cupcakes! We know we had a great time!

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It was a wonderful way to kick off the holidays!

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…jolly holiday…

hsnowThe store is officially decorated for the holidays!

holidaystore It’s our favorite time of year and also our busiest. Our Island Cowgirl elves are hard at work in the studio prepping tons of beautiful pieces to be shipped out for the holidays….
hstore2 We get excited each year about putting together the December window display because of its cheery christmas vibe.
holidaystore2 It seems like everyone is filled with the spirit of giving this time of year… and we love being a little part of our customers holiday joy.
hwindow3 We also offer adorable gift wrapping to our in store customers during the holidays for that extra festive touch…. its a toss up as to who enjoys our wrapping more, the person receiving it or us for putting it together, making a pretty present!

Stop by to enjoy this years decorations and shop around!

xo

…halloween @ the store…

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There were so many fun halloween festivities this year we’re still reminiscing…

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Its a Halloween tradition to pass out candy from our flagship store front, on Main Street in Huntington Beach. All of the local business partake in this huge event that brings the community together and allows the little kiddos to come out dressed up to trick or treat!

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We saw some of the cutest little tots strolling for candy. This itty bitty crew composed of snow white, the evil queen and their monkey friend was one of our absolute favorites. They were so sweet and excited.

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The kids weren’t the only ones having the fun. Our next door neighbor from the salon came as a head turning ‘Marge’ from the Simpsons. It was quite the get-up! She had everyone smiling and laughing

hall5…and of course it wouldn’t have been a true family holiday with out grandma Sheila and our furry kids. Bonnie was sneaking up from behind to steal some candy (the usual).

It was another wonderful holiday spent as an Island Cowgirl family.