Friday, October 30, 2009

Favorite Things & Devine Design

As you know, we shopgirls are quite the social butterflies. So you can imagine our joy over making new friends at the Harvest Festival last weekend. One in particular, Diana Hudson Kresnye of Devine Designs, has made us particularly happy. She's a well-known designer living in Ohio, and she liked our shop so much that she is featuring us on her blog today. Not only that, but we're doing a giveaway on her site! Stop on over at her blog (once you read, we know you'll be addicted like we now are), and follow the directions to enter the giveaway.

Hopefully many of Diana's readers are reading this, so we'd like to say hello to all of you. Welcome to our little blog. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it. Hope you love that lattice lantern, and that you enter the giveaway. Please visit our website often, as we will update pictures and specials. And of course, please become a follower on our blog. We love to see new readers, and try to communicate with you often.

Thanks to everyone reading. Don't forget to show us blog love by entering the giveaway and commenting on our blog and Diana's (not just now, but all the time).


Bella Cucina in Southern Living

Check it out! Bella Cucina's Farmhouse Olives are featured in Southern Living's November issue. We carry the 10 oz jar here for $13.75. Southern Living is right ... these do make a great hostess gift, so stock up now!


Pizza Party Tonight

Please join us at 5:00 p.m. as we debut our new Tradizionale Pizza and Focaccia Dough Mix and Pomodoro Pizza Sauce. Mom’s going to make an awesome little pizza and some focaccia with the delicious Carmelized Onion, Golden Raisin, and Fennel Antipasti. We will, of course, being serving wine along with these delicious goodies.

So be sure to come by this evening at 5:00 to try the new items. And, receive 10% off your purchase of the items sampled.

Can’t wait to see you there!


P.S. Limited quantities. First come, first served.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Awesome customer suggestion

Customer Peggy Wilson had a great suggestion for this lovely glass log votive-holder (one that she's applied herself): put fresh Rosemary inside!

Doesn't it look pretty?We also put fresh Rosemary in those sweet little squirrel bud vases that we have, but we didn't get to capture that on film yet.

Thanks, Peggy, for such a great suggestion!


Five minutes of fame

Allegra got interviewed on Saturday at the Harvest Festival. It's for a promotional video for company Live Work Learn Play, who has been helping the Marketplace out over the last year.

She felt very glamorous for about five minutes ... and then she went and played with the artist dogs :)


HHF Recap: The Tasting

Before moving onto the tasting, I almost forgot the final arrangement from Barbara Ehret: the fern! Beautiful isn't it? We ended up selling this vase with the fern in it at the end of the night. Great job Barbara! Thanks so much for doing this for us!

We also made good use of our neighbors for the tasting. We asked Eileen Grayce and Ginny Parker to come up with some yummy deliciousness utilizing our Lowcountry Produce and Bella Cucina products.

The results was a delicious spread of appetizers, mini entrees, and desserts. All of it was fantastic, as evidenced by the fact that there was none left!
Here's our display set up next to the tasting tables.
The crowd during the tasting, sampling all of the fabulous goodies.
Unfortunately, I didn't catch these lovely ladies' names, but they perched themselves here on these chairs all afternoon, and kept watch over the food during the tasting to make sure no one overindulged. They were adorable!
Everyone raved about the food at the tasting. We thank Ginny and Eileen so much for putting together such a wonderful late afternoon feast. We know everyone enjoyed it (including us).


HHF Recap: The Flowers

We found out that one of our neighbors, Barbara Ehret, is extremely talented with flower arranging. So we gave her some of our vases and containers, and asked her to put together some simple, easy-to-create flower arrangements using items we could find in our gardens. Here are the fabulous arrangements she made for us.

These lilies are the only flowers she had to purchase. This arrangement was one half of a pair she created that she envisioned sitting on either end of mantle.
Love how the Goldenrod plays off the color of the container.
I think this one is my favorite. I adore the hydrangea!

HHF Recap: The Scene

We've got so much to tell ya'll about the Harvest Festival. Basically, it was a huge hit. Very well received, and people commented that they hoped it was an annual event! Before we get into what we did at the fest, I thought I'd share some pictures of the "scenes" of the day.

The Entrance to the Festival

Awesome truck complete with a scarecrow made by Riverview Charter School kids (the scarecrows' permanent home will be at Habersham Farms)
Another awesome scarecrow along with a bunch of those pumpkins Allegra picked up Friday from Lowcountry Produce.
The stage, provided by Hargray, our premier sponsor.
Just a few of the vendors at the event. We only got to venture out right in front of the shop, and those vendors were amazing! I can't imagine all the other fantastic vendors who must have been there!

Allegra with "brothers" Salvadore Dali (Yorkie-Dachsund mix) and Vincent Van Gogh (Chihuahua-Dachsund mix).

The 360-degree bar provided by Maggie's Pub.
The festival was beautiful at night, with fabulous lights draped across Market.
The crowd inside Nancy Beaupre's Storybook Shoppe.
The gang at Earth Fit.
Awesome band, Riptide.
The kids rocking out to the music.
Joli all lit up at night ...

The entire merchant council and volunteers did a fabulous job setting up for the event. It turned out beautifully, and a fantastic time was had by all! Stay tuned for more on the tasting and the flowers!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins!

In preparation for the big event on Saturday, Allen (my son) and I (Allegra) took a drive up to Lowcountry Produce in Lobeco today. We were there to pick up our order for the tasting and to pick up ohhh ... just a few pumpkins to help decorate the street for the Harvest Fest ...
Allen couldn't wait to see the "punkin patch" and jumped out of the car right away to pick out his pumpkin ... I think he's excited about the Harvest Festival.
Hope ya'll are as excited as we are about Saturday. Can't wait to see you!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Check it out!

We are happy to announce the launch of our website! Please take a look around, and let us know what you think (we're still working out some kinks, so let us know if you have any problems)! Thanks to Andrea at Bandwidth Creative for creating such a beautiful site!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Rainy days

Make us feel blue. Please stop by and see us. We'll give you 10% off your purchase if you brave the rain to come see us.

Pllllleeeeeaaaaase .... we're so lonely.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bridal and Baby Registries

Did you know that you can register for your wedding or baby shower events at Joli? That's right! We will put together a registry for you and all your friends will receive 10% off their purchases on your registry. Could it get any better?

We have a wide selection of tabletop items and home accents as you can see from the pictures below ...

And of course, a great selection of unique baby items ...
Don't forget Joli for your next milestone event. And be sure to tell your friends that they'll get 10% off if they buy off your registry at Joli.


Friday, October 2, 2009

La Dolce Vita

If you're like so many of us, you tend to get caught up in the daily rollercoasters of our lives. We get so caught up in the day-to-day (trying to potty train our children; throwing our backs out; worrying overdeadlines, etc.) that we forget to take a few steps back; take in a deep breath, and really look around us to appreciate all that we have.

Thankfully, we have the talents of Rebecca Puig (and husband Rick) at Sugarboo Designs to remind us of what's really important. When we saw these pieces at market, we decided we needed to bring them into the shop. Because couldn't we all use the reminder that our life is full of beauty? And that we are loved?

Stop in and take a look at these new pieces, and take a few minutes to remember all the wonderful people and things in your life.