October 12, 2012 on 7:43 pm

I have gotten the chance to work personally with Mandy Bagwell several times and every time she has been nothing less than wonderful! Her dishes are absolutely beautiful and getting to know Mandy makes you appreciate her designs all the more.

Mandy Bagwell
Mandy Bagwell

There have been many occasions when Mandy has come to the rescue to help one of my customers. One time was a couple of years ago when a very sweet lady called me and she was completely overwhelmed. She was dying to finish her 12 sets of Simply Christmas place settings and wanted them before a Christmas party that she was hosting very soon.

M. Bagwell Simply Christmas

M. Bagwell Simply Christmas

Of course, this was in the height of the Christmas rush and I had just sold out of several of the pieces that she needed. Well, I called the company that manufactures M. Bagwell and they were sold out too…and they were not going to have any available until after her party.

Simply Christmas Rectangular and Square Baker

Simply Christmas Rectangular and Square Baker

I hated to bother Mandy, but knowing this poor lady’s stress level was at an all time high, I called to see if Mandy might have any dinner plates to spare. When I got a hold of her, it sounded like a party was going on in her gallery. She was obviously extremely busy! But sure enough, she made time for the sweet young hostess and was eager to help.

M. Bagwell Swirl Simply Christmas Dinner Plate

Swirl Simply Christmas Dinner Plate & Assorted Salad Plate

Mandy shipped them from Alabama directly to the young lady and she received them just in time for her party. My customer was thrilled that Mandy herself sent the dishes and relieved to have everything she needed.

M. Bagwell Simply Christmas Tree Platter at The Charmed Life

M. Bagwell Simply Christmas Round Tree Platter

I would love to do an interview with Mandy one day so that you all could get to know her better. But for now, this video will just have to do. Hope you enjoy seeing Mandy talk about how she got started in the business!



Kristie

November 10, 2011 on 4:32 am

I am sure that most of you are familiar with Susan at Between Naps on The Porch .  Her popular blog is filled with beautiful pictures of home ideas and her decorating tutorials will definitely inspire you.  On the back of her house, she has a fantastic porch, where she has created the coziest living space.  It really does look like the perfect place to sleep away the afternoon. If you don’t already frequent her blog, you really must go over there right now.  You will be glad that you did.

This is an especially good day to visit because I am sponsoring a giveaway there…but I will tell you more about that later.

Between Naps On The Porch

Thursday is personally my favorite day of the week at BNOTP because Susan hosts Tablescape Thursday.  She  has over one hundred bloggers link to her site every week and share their tablescape ideas.   These ladies (and some gentlemen) are so creative and come up with the best ideas.

 

 

Tablescape Thursday
Tablescape Thursday

 

For so long, I have visited on Thursdays and thought, maybe I will post a tablescape next week. But sadly, procrastination kicked in and it never happened. Well, no more!  I am finally here with a tablescape of my own!

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The weather has been so beautiful here lately, that the table had to be set up outside.  There are are just a few leaves left on the trees and there won’t be that many days left like this…

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Because here in Kentucky, the weather fades fast and before you know it, it is nasty and bitter cold.

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The new owl plates by J. Willfred are the perfect picture of fall, so I decided to use them as a starting place for setting the table.

 

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Then I was off to my mother’s house to borrow her Mikasa dinner plates, they really do seem to go with everything.

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While I was there I found this little wooden friend as well…

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The small cream owl plate is supposed to be used as a salad plate, but I think it is small enough that it would be a cute bread plate too.

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Here is a nice picture of my phone in the background… I should probably think about brushing up on my photography skills.

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I spotted this owl at Marshall’s, he really needed to come home with me.

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    The rust colored napkins and wooden napkin rings are from Kohl’s.  The amber glasses are courtesy of the 1970’s and were found at the my Good Will.

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    I sneaked in this little owl into the centerpiece because my daughter made it in Kindergarten last week as a craft. She was very happy to see it on the table.


    Well, here is my very first Tablescape Thursday and I am so glad that I stopped procrastinating and finally joined in the fun!  Thank you Susan, for creating something to look forward to every Thursday!


     

    Now, I told you, there would be more information about a give away at  Between Naps On The Porch later in the post. I am very excited to announce that the The Charmed Life is giving away a  Crosby & Taylor Pewter Measuring Spoons Set  with Post, in any design you choose!


    Crosby & Taylor Measuring Spoons Set with Post

    Crosby & Taylor Measuring Spoons Set with Post

     

    These are the very same spoons that Paula Deen uses on her food network show and and are handmade right here in the United States.  The picture is of the bird collection, but Crosby and Taylor makes a design for everyone.   So go on over there and read how you can enter… because you know you want to win!


    Kristie

     

    November 2, 2011 on 6:54 pm

    I have been going back and forth for months whether or not to start up this blog again.  On one hand I had some really fun ideas that I wanted to share with readers, but on the other hand I was afraid to over commit myself. But then I kept thinking about my neighbor’s door and how she decorated it so cute for fall.  I really wanted to get started right away and post about her door, but something was stopping me.   I didn’t want to admit it, but part of the reason I hadn’t started the blog again is because I am not crazy about talking about my thoughts or feelings.  Letting people get to know me very well is not exactly my strong suit. Yet, I knew that to create a blog of any interest, I would have to let my guard down at least a bit.  So there I sat on the fence…


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    That is until this morning, when my devotion chapter was titled Doorway to a Heart.  My thoughts immediately went back to my neighbor’s door and about how the blog would be like a doorway to my heart.  The point of the devotion was that God uses work to bring people into our lives and this could be a doorway to their heart.  The devotional book is Created for Work, by Bob Schultz   (I was borrowing my son’s book, it is really aimed at 12 year old boys!) and he starts the chapter with this quote:


    “I want to see my business not just as a source of income, but as a way for me to express my love for life and for others.”

    Cecil O. Kemp Jr.


    Well, that just about did it for me. I do want my business to be about more than an income, more than just selling beautiful dishes, and more than just showing fun tablescapes.  While I love all of those things, there is much more to life and work than that.


    Wouldn't you know my neighbor changed her door before I got a picture?  So this one will have to do.

     


    So, I have decided to walk through that doorway and share a bit of myself. Of course, there will still be lots great food ideas and pictures of gorgeous table settings. So, please join me along the way!

     

    Kristie