Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Friends and Family, It has been a very long time (t00 long) since I've last posted. It is the most wonderful time and the busiest time of the year. I haven't had the pleasure of working at LolaRue and Company since the fantansic open house! The life of teaching and being an aunt to a new, beautiful niece (Hello Nora Renee!) has gotten the best of me. However, the open house was the best we've had yet! Thank you for all of you that came out and waited patiently in line for all of our finds, hand crafted designs, and unique gifts. We wouldn't be LolaRue without you! Now is the time for gifts. Come check out all of the new items we have! LolaRue gifts are one of the best gifts to give this holiday season! Merry Christmas and God Bless! Lisa, Kelly, Maggie, Rachel, Lindsay, and Kelli PS. I have tried and tried to post some pictures, but my silly computer won't let me. So sorry for the technical difficulties!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Vintage Farmhouse Holiday

The countdown has begun for our 3rd annual holiday open house...
Friday, November 5th 6:30 PM (grand unveiling) Saturday, November 6th 10am - 5pm Sunday, November 7th 10am - 5pm
A truly magical evening of one of a kind, handmade, over the top holiday creations. We've been picking and saving only the absolute best for this one...glitter, snow, chippy paint, and glorious old paper...the stockroom is bursting at the seams!
Leave a comment on the blog or Facebook to be entered to win a $100 gift card for the event. We will draw at 6:00 Friday November 5th and will have the gift card waiting for the winner at 6:30 when we open!
We will close all day Thursday November 4th and during the day Friday November 5th to get ready for the night!
In other news, thank you to all who made Wine, Women, and Song, a Chamber of Commerce event, an evening to remember. A special thanks to Hope for helping with the LolaRue and Company booth.
And yes...that's me...walking down the runway...making my modeling debut...just call me Heidi Klum...only for Lisa would I ever do that!
Can't wait to see you at the open house!
Live an inspired life!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy October!

Hello LolaRue Friends! I'm sorry it has been so long since I've posted. Time has escaped me these couple weeks! Hopefully, my new schedule that starts on Monday will allow me the time to post weekly again! For your patience, you deserve a new special for the remainder of October.
Hmm...what should it be? I know...
Buy 1 get 1 HALF off on pillows!
And yes, that includes Bella Notte!
In other news...
Cavallini and Company has arrived!
2011 Calendars, notecards, stamps, journals, alphabet cards, and more!

Awesome latte bowls!
Fantastic rings by Jan Michels!
One last thing... It's time to SAVE THE DATE for our annual Holiday Open House Friday evening and all day Saturday November 5th and 6th

Sunday, September 19, 2010

1803 Candles are Here!

I haven't been to the store in a couple of weeks, and when I walked in today I was delighted to see and smell our fall scents of 1803 Candles. If you aren't familiar with these, you must, must, must stop by the store and smell them. They smell good enough to eat!
I've missed being here! I stopped by today to take pictures to post, and I found myself very happy wandering around the store looking at all the wonderful new items! We have new furniture finds, soaps, rugs, jewelry, greenery, and seasonal items.
For this week only:
Buy an 1803 Candle, and receive 30% off any other item in the store!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall is in the air

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it! Well, almost everything...I hate fall allergies. But, the rest makes me SO happy! I love the crisp, cool air! I love the amazing colors! I love the sound of leaves crunching under my feet! I love sweatshirts! I love college football (that one is for you Jonathan)! I love the excitement in the eyes of children when they knock on my door to trick-or-treat! Oh yeah...I'm already thinking of Halloween.
And so is LolaRue! We have our Halloween decorations out and they are SO MUCH FUN!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these owls! Maybe because they remind me of Harry Potter, or maybe because they are just that cool!
Come on in and check out all the new items! We have new soaps, jewelry, bedding, pillows, rugs, and fantastic finds! In honor of my love for Fall, get any one item 20% off through September!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:18

This post is a little more personal than the last few. It's just that life has been busy for a lot of us, and sometimes it is easy to lose track of the things that truly matter.
Lately, the phrase "live in thanks" has been running through my head like a broken record. This is an adage I always try to live by, but sometimes have to force myself to do so when things don't seem to be going "my" way. Do you know what I mean?

Maybe it is because you didn't get the job you wanted.

Maybe there are more bills to pay than there is money in the bank.
Maybe someone you love is sick.
Maybe you are sick.
Maybe you feel you are being pulled in a million different directions by a million of different people.

Maybe someone you love has been taken away from you before you are ready to give them up.
No matter the reason... sometimes life seems unfair.
Although things don't always work out according to our plan, it is important to remember that things are working out according to God's plan. His plan is greater than any plan we can imagine for ourselves. It is important to live our life in thanks for all that we have.

My challenge to you in this busy time of year is remember to take time to give thanks in everything. There are many ways to do this. I encourage you to post a comment on how you give thanks. Remember to live an inspired life. XOXO Kelli

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Countdown to Move-In Week

This Friday officially marks what we in Bloomington call Move-In week. It is the time when all IU students return, and everything about Bloomington is BUSY!
As I mentioned before, the ladies of LolaRue have been working hard on filling the store with finds and new pieces for just this reason.
We LOVE when the students return, we LOVE new customers, but we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our regular customers. In honor of all, we are running a special from now until the end of August... Bring in a friend who has never been here before, or a student who needs to decorate their new dorm room or apartment, and both of you will receive 30% off any one item in the store!
Just a little way to show our appreciation for our friends that shop at LolaRue regularly as well as welcoming new friends.
We hope to see you soon! Remember to live an inspired life... XOXO Kelli

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

And the winner is...

Lisa, Kelly, Maggie, Lindsay, Rachel, and I are grateful of your support of LolaRue. Your comments were amazing! We put so much time and energy into creating the space. But the truth is, LolaRue wouldn't be what it is without all of you as our wonderful customers and friends! Thank you so much!!! We wish we could reward all of our followers with $100 gift certificate, but we can only name one winner...
And the winner is...
Nannette Johnson! Nanette- Thank you so much for bringing your out of town guests and for being such a loyal customer!
Everyone...please stay tuned for our next contest! And, remember to live an inspired life!
XOXO Kelli

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Last Chance to Enter

Today is the last day to enter our $100 gift card giveaway! All you have to do is become a follower and post a comment and you will be automatically entered to win. Drawing will be held at the end of the day today. Winner will be posted on the blog Monday! Good luck!!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Paint, Paint, and more paint

So I was inspired to make my little, old kitchen look a bit more updated without spending a lot of money.
What did I decide to do, you ask?
Well, paint my cabinets white of course.
Will I ever paint my cabinets again, you ask?
NO! Not ever. Not even if someone paid me...well, that's a lie...I would totally do it if someone paid me. But, I will never ever, in my own kitchen, decide to paint perfectly good cabinets again! Don't get me wrong, I do love how the little space seems a bit brighter and cleaner. It was just hard work and the cabinets don't seem to hang as well as they used to. However, I am wondering if that has more to do with the fact that my house is 110 years old and nothing works quite like it is supposed to than with the paint itself???? On the plus side, I was able to spend a lovely day painting with my wonderful friend, Amber.
My house is a work in progress, and there are a lot more projects that need to be done. For now, however, I am taking a break from painting. At least at home.
We have been painting like crazy at the store. Lisa found some AWESOME furniture pieces over the weekend, and we've been funking them up.
My favorite is this buffet. I love the contrast of the dark wood and cream paint. Very cool!!!
We also made these unique wall hangers and organizers.
Hmmm...this one would look FANTASTIC in my freshly painted kitchen...I'm just sayin.
We also have some new, unique gift ideas such as this ironstone platter bundled with gourmet food by Bella Cucina and a fresh lavender bouquet. Great gift for a wedding shower !
Come on in and check out all the new stuff. Don't forget to post a comment to be entered into our $100 gift card drawing!

Friday, July 30, 2010

First Time Blogger

The other day, Lisa charged me with the task of keeping the blog up-to-date. I am excited to do this, but a little nervous. Turns out, I have no idea what to say on the blog. I keep looking at all our favorites, and feel a bit intimidated by their wit, humor, and expertise.
So...I thought a good start would be to introduce myself to those of you who don't know me. My name is Kelli Odell. I have been happily married to Jonathan for almost 3 years.

I am the mother to these 2 beautiful kids, Concho and Willow.

I graduated from grad school in December with my teaching license. I am one project away from having my Master's in Education. (I am available for hire if there are any principals following us...)

And, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working at LolaRue. I am blessed to say I actually look forward to going to work.

I love creating!
(This chalkboard was made out of vintage cabinet I found at my mother-in-law's house)
I love shopping here too!
Look at these cuffs and sterling silver charms we just received. Aren't they amazing? I wish I could win the $100 gift certificate we're giving away.
which reminds me...don't forget to post a comment and be automatically entered to win! Tell me how much you like my blue dress, or how Jonathan's curly, wind blown hair reminds you a bit of Charles Ingalls. Comment on how much you love LolaRue, or request a song for the playlist. Post a recipe or your favorite inspirational quote. It doesn't matter what you say...just comment so you can win! Drawing will be held August 7th.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

August Rush

Summer is a lovely time in Bloomington, Indiana. Most of the students return home for the summer making it very quiet downtown...which means minimal traffic, lots of parking spaces, little to no wait time at your favorite restaurant on a Friday night, and plenty of time for the ladies of LolaRue & Company to shop, pick, and create new and exciting custom furniture, jewelry, and home decor.
But, August is only a few days away. Can you believe it? Soon the students will return, school will start, and Bloomington will be busy, busy, busy. And to celebrate the August Rush, LolaRue and Company is giving away a $100 gift certificate. All you have to do is leave a comment, and you will be entered to win. Drawing will be held on August 7th.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine's Day @ LolaRue & Company

Today you get an early peek at how Valentine's Day is celebrated "LolaRue & Company style"....It's all about simple gifts for the ones you love....
Gifts that are from the heart...

Walk through our door and feel the creative energy...

Items are being handcrafted....

Unique products are arriving...

So celebrate this sweet time of the year with us....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello to a New Year...

We always hate to see the fluff and glitter of the holidays leave....It's time for a fresh start...New merchandise is beginning to arrive daily and we are looking forward to a fabulous 2010 full of joy, hope, and gratitude...