Sunday, January 27, 2008

We Have a Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its been really hard to decide on the winner of my contest,

Ive had so many creative entries!

Their were many that I wanted to use, but I had to pick just one.

I really liked my husbands submissions,

The Koo's Koo's Nest, or The Love Shack, Which might be fitting to describe my house but I didn't think many of you would like to describe your homes as Coo

I really wanted something that felt right for my shop My Lu La Belles,

When I had to choose a name for my store I thought of different ideas but wanted something that I could relate or identify with, and Lu La Belles was a name that my father used to call me when I was a little girl, he used to call me Lu Lu, Lu La Belle and Birtha, (don't ask me where that one came from, believe me when I tell you I hated that name)

I actually hated all the nick names, but now as an adult I view those little nicknames as something endearing between me and my father. (except for birtha! I still hate that

Lu La Belles felt right it was cute, fun, whimsical and to me sounded southern which made me happy because I love my southern roots.

So in trying to decide a name for my new category on my web site that will feature my viewers beautiful homes I wanted something that I could identify with, something that felt right and fit my site. As I said I had a lot of great suggestions,
but the one I went with is.......... drum roll please.........................

I went with "The Jewel of the Month!"

This was submitted by Debbie at the Purpleflowerfairy blogspot.

When she submitted it I thought this is perfect! since the whole reason I opened my store in New Jersey and my website was to find a market for the vintage jeweled picture frames I design and create, I love working with jewels old and new, and try to find a way to add them to everything.

By referring to our beautiful homes as jewels I thought was just perfect and it fit my site.

Thank you so much Debbie for taking the time to write and give your suggestions, This whole process was allot of fun.

She will win the beautiful jeweled frame in the picture above. I will be listing the first home on my site anytime now so keep checking at under the the Jewel of the Month to see shots of Sherry's beautiful home.
Thanks to everyone who entered,

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Lu La Belles first Contest!!!!!!

Ive finally found a way to showcase all the pictures of your beautiful homes that you have been sending me.
We all love to share pictures of our homes, ideas and accomplishments, so with that in mind I'm going to start a new section on my website that will highlight a different home every month.
Lyndsay at has been doing this for some time, her site is great! It has been such an inspiration for me. (My house was the shabby suite of the month for march of 2007)
I love sites like because we cant seem to get enough pictures of the decorating style we all love in magazines. (with the exception of Romantic Country magazine, this magazine is wonderful and is giving us what we want.)
Ive been trying to figure out a way to do this on my web site and slowly but surely I'm learning a little more about this thing called a computer, :)
I found this great site that will let me to do really creative things.
Its an online service called Slide.
This site allows me to download photos and then present them as a slide show for you to see. (scroll down and see the vintage jeweled slide presentation below)
I think for now this is going to work great, or at least until my computer skills improve and I learn something new. :P
So start sending me the best shots of your favorite rooms in your home, show us your decorating ideas and accomplishments and all the things you love, maybe your pictures will be showcased here for everyone to see and learn a few new things.
(Sherry get that chandelier hung! :)

Now for the contest part,
Before I post all the beautiful pictures your going to send me, I need a category and a name for the category to list those pictures under on my website.
Put those creative thinking caps on and help me come up with something to call this new section.( for example Lyndsay has the shabby suite of the month)
If your entry is chosen you will win one of my vintage jeweled picture frames that I design and create.
email your entries to
you can also send me pictures of your home there.
Hope to hear from you soon,