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Good morning, it’s FINALLY feeling like spring over here, how about where you are? First off I want to thank the nearly? 400 of you, that’s right, almost 400 who voted in? my poll. I was totally overwhelmed, humbled and so grateful for your input. It was encouraging and enlightening….so many thanks for your support. I look forward to sharing the results with you but in the meantime here is the winner of the beautiful Antica Farmacista diffuser, congratulations to-



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Your blog and store are my little reality escapes. Did the poll and look forward to more inspiration

Please contact me at to claim your prize and provide your shipping details.

I am so pleased to be here today to welcome with open arms a dear blogging friend and her uber stylish online shop, one most of us know and love, Marsha of Splenderosa. Her wonderful online shop has expanded to carrying all kinds of wonderful semi precious jewels to costume and is now also carrying some exquisite handbags. On top of sharing her shop with us today, she has generously offered a superb giveaway!! All details on bottom. I love how she is branching out and has gone even more upscale, really loving her new direction! So I am beyond thrilled that she is my newest sponsor……a perfect compliment to The Enchanted Home. Welcome Marsha and take it away………


As one of my most admired blogging friends, I was delighted to say YES when Tina asked me to do this little guest post, talking a bit about myself, how I managed to get into the accessories business, along with some advice and some witticisms. After college graduation I married a dashing Air Force officer, whom I had known for many years as he lived behind one of my aunts & uncles. Young and clueless then, sort of like June Cleaver, I gave no thought to WORK. But soon found my energies being directed out of the house and into either interior design work or fashion. I had a degree in Art History, which meant I knew how to have conversations or give tours around museums. However, undaunted, I set out to find a job.

As the luck of the draw would have it I was hired to be the Assistant to the son of the owner of one of Texas?s prestigious specialty stores. And, so it goes. My interest in fashion developed
into learning about fashion from every perspective. What makes luxury? What is the difference between good & fine? I believe my years with them taught me almost everything I know.
I left this glamorous life to travel with my husband to the Middle East where he was in charge of building (at the time) the world?s largest petrochemical refinery. I learned about Persian rugs,
tribal ones and fine art pieces, I learned about the silver in the Middle East, and when it was time to come home I was sad.

But I had seen Isfahan and Beirut, and the artistry of their crafts became part of me. Years later I began working at Sak?s 5th Avenue in Houston as one of their stylists. There were only 5 of us, with our own assistants, secretaries and a manager from heaven. Of course, we were expected to have millionaire clients, and we did. It was a dream of a job & I would never have left, but my 2nd husband got sick and we were only married a few years and I knew how much he loved traveling and having fun, so that?s what we did. Now, here?s where the jewelry part comes in. My best girlfriend developed a serious & fatal round of cancer. While I grieved for her I started creating jewelry. Pieces that either one of us could wear, because we were very much alike. Born only 2 days apart in the same hospital!


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The doublestranded necklace was one of the 1st pieces I made. SemiPrecious Stones with Freshwater Pearls Dangling from a 14k Gold Chain. Believe me, I had no idea how much
architecture and engineering went into these creations, let alone the proper stringing materials and gauge of wire to use.
The above piece is a long long rope of Garnet Rondelles, with Silver from Turkey, Bali Silver Beads & Faceted Garnet PearShaped stones, with a Large Antique Silver ?Potion? Bottle, with a ScrewOff
Top. I wear this myself, along with a Black Tourmaline one which is quite similar but a bit longer and with a different pendant. I feel like a Turkish princess.


Another example of our SemiPrecious Jewelry is this MultiStranded Sterling Silver & Round Garnet Beads. All handmade in our Houston studio.

Today in the Splenderosa Shop we are selling very high quality FASHION JEWELRY and some amazing FASHION HANDBAGS. We are very happy with all these items.
However, the desire to go into more of the ?luxury? merchandise has led me to find a fabulous new resource for us. It?s for 100% Italian Leather Handbags of the ultimate styling.


These bags will all carry the SPLENDEROSA LABEL, and will come in our labelled Splenderosa Dust Jackets. They make me very proud to be able to offer them to my clients at wonderful prices. We have already received a few pieces into our stock, which are shown on our website HERE
We will also add back some of our handmade jewelry items as soon as a collection is completed. Additionally, I have purchased some amazing earrings for everyone to see. They
are also SemiPrecious or Freshwater Pearl, beginning with a more conservative but rockedout look. Mabe Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring & Earrings, as an example.

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Life continues to be so very interesting to me, my children are adults, both with their own children. I have time to do the things I have always loved, traveling and learning being
paramount in my life. I love surprises. Well, don?t we all.


Giveaway Details…..

The surprise for today will be that one of Tina?s readers who also follows me, will win this beautiful handbag, retail value $250.00 Black only, with gold hardward. The perfect size “LEONA” Black Leather Tote Genuine Italian Leather Crocodile Embossed 13″ L x 8.5″ H x 5.5″ W 4.25″ leather handles outside back zippered pocket inside zip pocket & 2 pouches top zipper closure for security footed bottom Black ONLY recommended retail $240 SPLENDEROSA PRICE $180



Aren’t her things wonderful? And Marsha what a truly fascinating life you have led…loved getting to know more about you, your world travels and exotic jaunts all over the world!? She has impeccable style and great fashion sense. So…….about that giveaway!? To be eligible, visit Marsha’s wonderful online ship, by clicking here, take a look around,? come back and tell us a favorite item in the comment section. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning.

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If you would like a second chance and to better your odds, then leave her a comment on Splenderosa’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping in, and to Marsha,? welcome aboard and thank you for gracing the internet with your wonderful shop!


I am? longer accepting Dining Room Love pictures, sorry the limit has been reached….thanks to all for participating, check back tomorrow, when the contest officially launches!

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Tone on Tone Loi Thai on

Hi Marsha and Tina!
This is splendid news – what a perfect fit as you two have the best taste. Thanks for sharing your story, Marsha!! Now I know where your passion for beauty comes from.

Cindy on

Hi Tina, happy you are finally getting a break in the weather, here its around 60 and delightful.

What a great sponsor, love her pearl jewelry, a real weakness of mine. Would love to win the beautiful bag as well. My favorite item in her shop is hands down the peridot multi strand necklace, such a pretty piece and her prices are excellent. Thank you for this introduction.

Hope you have a great day.

Karolyn on

LOVE Marsha and have shopped at her store for jewelry and my favorite tote bag. SHe has quite and eye and I love her taste! I love the London blue topaz mix necklace it would great with a white crisp blouse or even a lovely Summer Tunic! Great giveaway!! Best, Karolyn

Mary Frederick on

Love, Love , Love! Splendorosa’s bags. I would consider myself extremely blessed to win the bag. I especially like the leather and metal bracelets in tan and black. They are so chic. Always love your blog Tina. It’s too beautiful for words.
Mary Fred

Linda Floyd on

Tina and Marsha?what a great meeting of the minds!! Love both of your blogs! They’re better than coffee in the morning?a real pick me up! Marsha, love that bag?.if I win?maybe those London Blue Topaz Faceted Briolette Drops will have found their way into an inside pocket! :?)))
Linda Floyd

kathy on

I’d love to win that beautiful bag!

Ashley on

Such unique and beautiful jewelry! My favorite is the aquamarine mini stone stretchable bracelet, it’s just beautiful in that minty blue color!

Dana Munoz on

So many beautiful things but…..that Gold Clutch embellished with Chrystals and Pearls…..gorgeous!!
That’s exactly what I pick…need that for my son’s wedding later this year!!
thank you for your generosity,
Dana Munoz

Terry on

What a fabulous store and interesting lady! This is such a sweet purse and I would love to win.

Margaret on

Wow, Marsha, what exquisite taste!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gold clutch with pearls and crystals; it’s an absolute knockout!!

Leona on

So this is what happens when two people with BEAUTIFUL taste get together. Love the pearl clutch……and the bag …
has me written all over it πŸ™‚

kathy chandler on

So happy you featured Marsha ~ her story is fascinating! And her items are all beautiful and unique. I was really drawn to the Chalcedony Briolette earrings. They are so delicate and ,of course, I adore blue! Your blog is such a welcome treat every morning, thank you Tina!

Suzanne Fortescue on

Loved your story and find your jewelry and bags to be exquisite!!!

Teresa @ Splendid Sass on

I adore Marsha, and her shop is amazing. Such a talented lady.
Thanks for shearing your story with us, Marsha.
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Rhonda on

Splenderosa is like the Enchanted Home shop! Too many beautiful things to choose just one! The bow rings are adorable, and the blue lariat necklace is so gorgeous! Those Ippolita style bangle bracelets… the pearl and crystal earrings that look like sand dollars… and much, much more! The black handbag itself looks like a Brahmin — very luxurious. Thank you for introducing me to this shop and telling us Marsha’s story!

Leslie @ Around The Table on

Wonderful match you two are as you both have impeccable taste! Thank you Marsha for sharing your story. What an incredible life you’ve had!

Lynn Ross on

Hi…I love Marsha’s Idina Black Leather bag. Beautiful! Adore her blog too.

Rene on

I’m a purse lover so I would love to win this. I also love bracelets and couldn’t pick a favorite one, they are all just beautiful.

Amy on

So many pieces that I love! The bag featured as the give-away (of course!), the pearl earrings included in the post, the Dainty & Elegant Vermeil Post Earrings, the pearl and crystal evening bag, the list goes on and on-fabulous!

Anita Rivera on

Good morning Tina! Marsha is so talented and a few years ago, I won a beautiful necklace from her. Well made, fabulous materials, the piece is such a stunner. So good hear your business and sponsors are all doing so well! Doesn’t it feel fantastic to be where YOU JUST KNOW you are supposed to be, doing what you love?

BIG HUGS and joy over you having good weather! We had snow yesterday, but today is sunny and warming up! Much love, Anita

Joy on

What a fabulous line! I love everything but especially her animal print handbags. Thanks Tina.


GRC Ltd on

Fabulous things, Marsha!! I love the pearl and gold clutch and I think this is my gift to my goddaughter for her wedding!!

Agnes Salvalaggio on

I absolutely love Splenderosa’s bags,I think my favorite would be the Jordana,but they are serious contenders.Thankyou for the opportunity to win one!

JeanneW on

Wow, the Leona is a gorgeous bag! Thank you for sharing your inspiration. The shop is beautiful. You have excellent taste. My favorite pieces in the shop are the pearl clutch and the Honor handbag.

Eileen on

I think the Idina” Luxury Italian Leather Shoulder Bag with Lattice Design is really classy and functional. Thanks for showing these lovely items and I’d love to win the bag.

?llen on

I have been a subscriber to Marsha’s fabulous blog for several months now. I have no idea how she finds these great looking items and can offer them at such amazing prices. Welcome to Tina’s blog, Marsha. You gals are my two favorite bloggers on the net. Love the black bag give away and enjoyed browsing your new items. Didn’t realize you designed and made some of the jewelry yourself! I’m impressed!

MaiTai on

What an amazing story! Beautiful pieces, and the jewellry is fabulous.

Cathie on

As usual, Tina, you have a to-die-for giveaway! I loved Marsha’s multi-strand garnet necklace. I follow her blog also. but didn’t know her back-story… to read!

Laura on

I adore the Leona bag! It’s a perfect size.

sue m on

I love all of the merchandise but my fav is the turquoise leather wrap bracelet with either gold or silver. Anything Tiffany blue makes me nearly swoon!

Jeanne McKay Hartmann on

Tina, I love this – how wonderful to learn more about splendid Marsha! No wonder I like her so much – the art history background, amazing travel and retail past – she is a woman after my own heart!! XOXO

Kathryn on

Hello lovely ladies.

I love both your blogs and read them every morning before I start my day. I’m enjoying the new line of handbags being introduced on Marsha’s. I particularly love the London Blue Topaz, Iolite Aquamarine Lariat necklace. All my favourite colours. Have tried to make some jewelry myself, but it’s harder that it looks! Would love to win something. Tina, do you ship any of your blue and whites to Canada? I’m always so tempted by your items but am worried about the shipping situation. You are both such creative and artistic women, I admire you.

Bonnie Schulte on

I subscribe by e-mail to both of your blogs, and enjoy them so much. I love the bags on Splenderosa,
my favorite being the Bettina leather handbag. It is beautiful. I love the bag give away, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed with it..

Sally on

Good evening Tina my dear, what a perfect complement you are to each other..
I am fascinated to read of Marsha’s very interesting life and have loved her jewellery ( and coveted something fabulous ) for some time now…
I have to say that for me it is either……the pearl encrusted clutch bag, or earrings..especially the Elissa earrings, but I love all the ones with turquoise stones. I have a thing for turquoise jewellery in the summer, to dress up lots of outfits.
I hope it is ok for me to enter this one, what a gorgeous bag I cant resist….. Im going to pop over and leave Marsha a message. Thank you for all the beauty

Amanda on

Tina, great sponsor and what an interesting lady. I agree she a beautiful style and great taste based on what I have seen. I love the multi strand necklaces, so my style. I would love to win that bag too…..I will be sure to check back with her shop site as I love and do most of my shopping online.

Thanks to you both for the chance to win such a beautiful bag.

Lisa on

Great line and she sounds like someone who loves what she does. Think the Leona bag is so pretty, and would love to win the giveaway bag. Great shop!

Gayle Montgomery on

Loved the shop, especially the Seafoam green, Chalcedony Briolettes, Aquamarine & Kyanite Rondelles
Sterling Silver!

Beth Brace on

The Elaina black handbag is to die for!! How do you always fine the best resources? Just love them all, Beth

Judi on

I visited Marsha’s site and there are so many beautiful objets d’art!!! I especially loved the garnet and sterling necklace and the black jet mini bead bangle. The purses in Marsha’s post are just exquisite – to dream, to own one -so much fun! Going to her FB page now!

The Glam Pad on

Oh, I love Marsha! What a treat is was to learn more about her exciting and inspired life! I love the Matte Silver Cascade Necklace with Graduated Crystal Teardrops & Set Crystals… Actually, I love every single thing in her store! πŸ™‚

Jody on

Hi Tina,

I follow Marsha and her wonderful Blog! Everything she has in her shop is beautiful, but I do really love her purses. So, winning the gorgeous purse she is giving away would be a thrill. We are headed to Provence in May and I would love to carry this on my arm!! Thanks for the giveaway and for you and Marsha for being so generous.

Wenda Scott on

I liked the long black beaded necklace with the tussle. I also liked the purse.

Melissa Rakowski on

I visited Marsha’s shop and did not see the Mave Pearl and Silver Ring. BUT, love, love it. Will keep watching to see when it is added for sale.

Rose Mills on

Marsha has such an eye for beautiful accessories! I find myself drawn to the turquoise leather and gold gold bracelet because it looks like it could be a match for my turquoise leather purse.

Michelle on

Such beautiful things! I just love the Chalcedony Briolette w/pearls and blue Swarovski crystal earrings! Michelle

Anna on

Whoa! I LOVE the Karolyn! So cool! I will for sure be ordering it – black for me, brown for my mom! (Shoot… I’m lying, both will be for me…) Thanks for introducing me to it!!

Marsha @ Splenderosa on

My precious friend, Tina…I’ve just finished reading all the comments and to say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. So many lovely lovely compliments. It melts my heart, actually. Thank you so very very much for allowing me your space and time. I do hope someone wonderful wins the bag, it is actually quite wonderful itself. Sending love….

Karen on

Hi Tina! Thank you for introducing me to Marsha and Splenderosa! I have several favorites and her prices are very reasonable. I love the bow rings and I love those blue topaz dangle earrings. Wow!

Bobbie Hathaway on

It is very difficult to select an item from so many lovely things, however, I keep going back to the Y necklace with the semiprecious stones. It is magnificent!

Thank you, Marsha, for sharing some parts of your life. Wow, you were and are blessed.

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering on

I adore Marsha’s store…it is a perfect fit with your store!! I also enjoyed hearing Marsha’s story! Have a great rest of the week! xoxo

Linda Owens on

I have been following Splendorosa for a long time and love the beautiful items and the wonderful prices. I truly love the aquamarine lariat necklace.

Sue M. on

What beautiful accessories! I ? the animal print bag with the ring handles…both color options are so novel.

Elizabeth on

First let me say how surprised I was to read today’s post and find another one of my favorite blog writers as the guest, which also happens to be a fellow Houstonian. I have loved Marsha’s blog and her shop for a long time, and to think I could win a purse from the new collection is great! As for favorite items in Marsha’s online shop, that was hard, I look at them all the time. I have been dreaming of owning the ‘Natalie’ gold necklace and the Gold crystal teardrop cascading necklace. They are both so beautiful. And also dreaming of one day owning the ‘Jordana’ Tan leather tote. Tina thank you for your beautiful blog and featuring Marsha and her beautiful blog.

Marsha Cannon on

I love her shop! My favorite for today will be the karolyn shopper/tote bag. Loved seeing all the fabulous dining rooms today.

Joye Lanahan on

Beautiful items! Love the stack rings!

Peggy Thal on

Pretty bag! Really enjoy your blog. Happy Spring finally.

Sandy w on

What an interesting life Marsha has led. I love her handbags and necklaces. The aquamarine nugget necklace is probably my favorite. But there are many beautiful choices. It would be wonderful to win the gorgeous handbag.

Patricia on

The Leona bag is beautiful. I am totally in love with the pearl evening bag!


Hi, wow, i just love, love, her aquamarine handbeaded fringe necklace….what a statement piece with any ,i mean any outfit…also,loving the round and crystal filigree earrings…i must order elegant and great price points…would love to win the bag!!!!

Pam Ballard on

Love this giveaway. Love Splendorosa! I really like the tan tote. Its hard to chose a favorite.

sissy on


Pam Ballard on

I visited via facebook and requested friendship from Splendorosa! Left her a pm message. Hope this counts.

Jo Ann Manning on

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous, selection of accessories…so elegant, upscale and fresh! Marsha of Splenderosa is amazing! My favorite, well actually I had many, are the Natural Branch Coral Earrings of Chalcedony Rondells and Teardrops.

Michelle Hill on

I just spent way too much time on Splenderosa..I’m loving her aquamarine with crystals double bracelet. It’s edgy with class. I haven’t pulled the trigger on that look even though I like it very much. I’m so glad to see it executed so well. I’m not 20 anymore but love some of the trends, just bit more upscale..this is that exactly. What great price points as well. This may be the go to for girlfriend gifts.

Tracy on

Would love to win this beautiful bag. I love the pearl clutch and might have to splurge for it! Great selection of beautiful items, thank you to both of you.

Amy on

Really love the period strand necklace, would be gorgeous with my red hair! Lovely items and always good to know for birthdays and holidays. I love the bag up for grabs too, would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.
Amy F.

Chris on

Love the London blue topaz, iolite, aquamarine lariat, just beautiful!

Maura on

The bag is lovely. Really like the leather wrap bracelets. The Turquoise is my favorite.
Happy Weekend!

Beth on

Two wonderful site. Beautiful handbag.

Cindy on

Great store. I am happy to know about it and thank you for the chance to win that beautiful bag, so my taste. I love her accessories on her shop site, great selection!

Bebett on

Love the London Blue Topaz, Iolite, Aquamarine Lariat and the Italian leather handbags. What a great online store. Thank you, Tina, for introducing me to Splenderosa — and to think, we are both in Houston!

Susan on

what beautiful things she has… her multi strand necklaces and all of the bags are great, especially love get giveaway bag, what a beauty! please count me in to win, thank you!

galvanized wire rope on

With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot
of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping
it up all over the web without my permission. Do
you know any solutions to help protect against content from
being ripped off? I’d definitely appreciate it.

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