Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oil & Vinegar $30 Surprise Bags!

My family recently came to South Carolina for a visit, and stayed in downtown Greenville! One of the highlights of our many excursions shopping the shops of Main Street, was our visit to Oil & Vinegar on North Main. The store carried fabulous specialty products from Europe, Africa, and elsewhere. My Mom told us right away she wanted us to pick some things out so she could get them for us. She knows that my sis-in-law and I both love to cook! "Hmm, what to get . . ." I thought. Everything looked so good. 

As I perused the rest of the shop, there was one display I could not get out of my mind, the surprise bag table, which was strategically placed right at the front of the store as we walked in! The table was full of bags priced from $15- $50. There was a sign on the table that said that each bag contained twice the monetary value of the price tag on the bag! Sounded exciting to me. I picked out a $15 bag, my Mom saw me do so, and said I should pick out a $30 bag instead! "No problem," I thought. By that time, my sis-in-law had also decided to go for a surprise bag as her souvenir from my Mom, from our family time!

Although I've never been on a game show, opening the bags kind of felt like what I would imagine winning a surprise prize on a game show would feel like! We had so much fun discovering what we had "won" after my Mom purchased the bags for us! Jess and I each pulled out an item at a time. One of the kind, knowledgeable shop owners, and one of the nice, insightful shop keepers gave us recommendations as to what recipes to make with the products in the bags. My Mom also got an additional bag to take home to my sister in Pennsylvania. 

I quickly put my perfect chef's gift from my Mom to good use in my kitchen. This week already, I have been loving using the ingredients from my Oil & Vinegar surprise bag! I baked chicken one night with the chicken rub and lemon sage olive oil I received. Two nights ago, I made the best wrap sandwich ever, the secret ingredients being lemon sage olive oil and sherry vinegar from the gift bag! Other ingredients that were part of my special wrap included: 1 sun-dried tomato wrap, turkey, turkey bacon, shredded mozzarella, romaine lettuce, oregano, grated parmesan, salt & pepper, and ranch salad dressing. 

Jess and me opening our Oil & Vinegar surprise bags.

Holding up seasoning packets.

Jess and me with Veera Gaul, one of the owners.

Jess: Organic Pasta
Me: Olio di Oliva al limone e salvia

Me: Jerez Sherry Vinegar

Us, with another shopkeeper.

Me: Mustard Dill Dressing
(Great marinade for salmon and chicken)

Items in my bag:

Lemon Sage Olive Oil
Sherry Vinegar
Mustard Dill Dressing
Chicken Rub
Provencal Thyme & Bay Leaves
Dipping Bowl

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The BJU Classic Collection

Classic southern charm meets modernity in these beautiful pearl and blue acrylic beaded handcrafted earrings. There's hardly anything more southern, cultured, refined, renaissance than pearls! The aqua and navy beads represent the colors of Bob Jones University's new coat of arms. To order your own pair of BJU Classic earrings, or to obtain the whole set, contact, The earrings are priced at only $10 per pair. Made with upcycled pearls.


Monday, August 18, 2014

The BJU "We Are Bruins" Collection

Just in time for soccer season, these aquamarine acrylic beaded earrings will make you sparkle in BJU Bruins team colors at the games! Priced at only $10 a pair. These unique earrings are locally handmade in South Carolina by jewelry designer Sharon Elaine. To order a pair today, please email!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Classic Clemson Colors Collection

Majestic royal purple and bold tiger orange beads marry to contrast one another harmoniously in an opulent way. Priced at only $10 a pair! Contact me at to order some today!

(Update: This entire collection has sold.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The On-Trend Neon Statement Clemson Collection

Bright, cheery, girly, hot pink, hot orange, and neon yellow beads make an exciting match for an eye-catching outfit. Hurry to purchase your favorite pair while supplies last! Selling for only $10 a pair, these earrings are a real steal. Contact me at today for more information.

(Update: Both orange pairs have sold.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Demure Clemson Elegance Collection

Iridescent peach orange beads and sheer gold acrylic beads are the perfect compliment to any elegant Clemson clothing ensemble. Priced at $10 a pair. Originally designed by Sharon Elaine in Clemson, SC. For more information, please contact me at

(Update: This entire collection has sold.)

The Xuanwu Lake Water Lilies Collection

The bursting pink and mint green beads represent water lilies gracefully adorning Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, as if part of a Monet painting. I hope you enjoy the photographs of my original earring collection, and my pictures of the beautiful Xuanwu Lake! Please compare the pictures and let me know if you think I captured in my unique earring collection, the exquisite afternoon my husband and I had at Xuanwu Lake last summer.

The earrings are for sale. They are $10 a pair. The entire Xuanwu Lake set of earrings is priced at $50. Please contact me at if you are interested in this whimsical masterpiece collection.