Monday, March 15, 2010


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This weekend was a glorious one here in Louisiana. Sunshine brought warmth and cheer that has been dearly missed over the last few months. Birds chirped, infant floral and fauna danced in the breezes and people everywhere came out of hibernation. In California the sun always seems to be shining and the landscapes of mountain ranges, coastlines and canyons are Mother Nature’s gifts to the residents. Californians have days, we in other parts of the nation cherish for short spurts throughout the year. This beauty is what inspires jewelry designer and Cali native Heather Gardner.

Gardner’s jewelry line Tiger Lily encompasses her love of the earth’s natural beauty. The materials and colors in each piece reflect her discoveries and places that inspire her most. Juxtaposing adventure and exploration with elegance and glamour is Gardner’s goal in life and in her designs. She seeks to represent the purest core of a woman who is both a tiger and a lily in the mental, emotional, and physical sense. Clearly successful in her mission, Tiger Lily jewelry has been worn by celebrities and featured on daytime television. Exclusive boutiques seek out these pieces that are handcrafted in Malibu, CA and collectors flock to stores to fill their jewelry boxes.

One ‘must-have’ for all Tiger Lily collectors is the Swarovski Crystal Layer Necklace. Available in both gold and silver, the 36″ inch long necklace can be worn long or doubled for a layered look. Its versatility makes it the go-to option for work days, evening events and casual affairs alike. The beauty of each piece is obviously born from a love of the state Gardner calls home. A state that is as unique as each of her designs.

Two winners will receive a Swarovski Crystal Layer Necklace from Tiger Lily (valued at $160 USD each). For your first chance to enter to win please answer the following question below by Monday, March 22, 2010. For an alternate way to win (or a second chance!) you can sign-up for the Tiger Lily mailing list on Heather’s site here and she will draw a name from there.
What are you most looking forward to doing in nature this spring?
Please begin checking the yellow winners box on March 31, 2010 to see if you’ve won.  Good luck!

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  1. 251
    amymarie says:

    Communing. Naturally! ;o)

  2. 252
    Deb Meade says:

    Oh my, I just want to get OUT! I feel so cooped up this winter. I want to get out and smell the grass growing. I want to pull up the weeds and get some flowers growing – try some new ones this year. I want to mow the grass so I can wave and visit with my neighbors that I haven’t seen since the fall.

  3. 253
    kristen k. says:

    i look forward to the sunshine sinking into layers of my skin, warming me from the outside in, and feeling that warmth long after i’ve come inside!

  4. 254
    Emma J says:

    Have you ever heard of slacklining? It’s basically a very stretchy tightrope that requires a good deal of patience to learn to walk on, but when you finally get it, its the best lazy day activity ever. People are so intrigued that you can perform this “amazing” feat and soon you’ll have the whole neighborhood in your backyard, talking, laughing, and letting loose.

  5. 255
    richele says:

    just walking outside will do for me!

  6. 256
    M. Silba says:

    This spring I am looking forward to letting the sunshine in!! Not only by opening the windows, but also in my life. Spring and sun brings so much happiness and joy, like a new beginning! I can’t wait.

  7. 257

    I’m re-doing the entire front of our home with flowers. We tore out over a dozen nasty bushes last year!!

  8. 258
    Natalie says:

    I can’t wait until June, when I will be enjoying a kayaking trip in the Pacific Northwest. It is going to be beautiful, and exciting, as I am not a very experienced kayaker.

  9. 259
    Leslie says:

    Letting the sun warm me up!

  10. 260
    Robin says:

    I am most looking forward to collecting the young dandelion greens and making salad!

  11. 261
    Mandy says:

    Spring is when you finally fancy your toes up because you’ve been dying to wear your sandals all winter!

  12. 262
    Teri H. says:

    I can’t wait to take my daughter on walks. She will be 6 next month, and she is really starting to pay attention to pretty trees and flowers. She is also wanting to know why everything in nature is the way it is.

  13. 263
    Bri says:

    Eating mangoes!
    And by the way, this necklace would be perfect for my wedding. I love how it is decadent and simple at the same time. Fingers crossed tightly on this one!

  14. 264
    Rachel says:

    I just moved away from Southern California, and can now proudly boast that I survived my first snowy winter.  This is the first time ever that Spring means blooming flowers and melting snow!  I have made a list of things I want to do once the weather improves, including walking to work and wearing sandals, but what I am looking forward to most is visiting the raspberry farm!  I have been impatiently waiting since I moved for the frost to thaw and the raspberries to grow, and soon you will find me wandering the rows with my mouth full of freshly picked berries.

  15. 265
    Caitlin Chang says:

    Walking around the lagoon behind my parent’s house, going to the beach and the two parks down the road to see what’s changed since I’ve been there; enjoying the salt sea smell and the sound of the waves; delighting in the view of the Olympic mountain range across the strait.

  16. 266

    picnic with my little family and spend lots of time at the beach before it gets too crowded in the summer.

  17. 267
    Aik says:

    I’m looking forward to having a picnic in a garden fill with trees and flowers. Or maybe sign myself up for a trip in the rain-forest!

  18. 268
    Tina says:

    I can’t wait to make our big move across the country and explore my new neighborhood! It’ll be a bit scary but mostly very exciting, especially in the beautiful weather!

  19. 269
    Starrlife says:

    Sticking my hands in the dirt and getting in some gardening! It discharges my work related stress, soothes my beleaguered soul and makes my heart sing with joy. Watching my daughter run around with her ponytail flying behind. Seeing my elderly cat enjoy probably her last summer rays, soaking up the warm sun! I’ll stop here.

  20. 270

    Feeling the warm wind on my skin as I take walks. Wearing flip flops!

  21. 271
    Jenny says:

    actually having normal florida weather, it’s been so cold this winter that i haven’t had more than a few days in months to be outside. i also can’t wait for my allergies to go away.

  22. 272
    Erinn says:

    This spring I am looking forward to going for walks or long adventures in places I have never seen before. When the weather is nice there is nothing I long more than being in nature with close friends.

  23. 273
    Laura says:

    I am most looking forward to hiking! In spring, all our usual places are starting to bloom and everything turns that lovely dewey green color – it’s almost unrecognizable!

  24. 274
    Emma S says:

    Taking my senior pictures! My friend April (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aprilchristinephotography) takes the most stunning pictures, and we’ve been going out into the green hills and golden sunsets to take pictures. Spring comes early here in Northern California, so we’ve already gotten a lot of fields of flowers and balmy days to take pictures in.

  25. 275
    Smiling Maia says:

    Hiking, cycling and gardening on my small balcony. The season has just started! Hooray!

  26. 276
    Jennifer says:

    Planting my tomatoes and basil in a freshly dug garden!

  27. 277
    Jocelyn says:

    I just moved to the Ozarks, and I can’t wait to explore them once the snow melts off!

  28. 278
    Kahani says:

    When I was younger this was easy–I couldn’t wait to go explore the little creek that runs through my neighbourhood. Fallen logs, mossy stones, pale white (or occasionally lavender) little butterflies, circles of toadstools after summer storms, green, green spring grass with buttercups and wishful dandelions, the cool, damp breeze that rustles nostalgia through your hair. I used to imagine there were fairies in these woods, living in the knots of tree trunks and in toadstool houses.
    Now? I can’t wait to pick fresh peaches to grill and eat with vanilla french toast, to lie in warm patches sunlight on the quad with good books, to grow chocolate and orange mint on my back porch, to let ladybugs land on my fingers and count their spots…

  29. 279
    AmyJo says:

    How about everything – too much?! I want to bask in the sunshine … puddle jump when it rains. I want to laugh with friends over a picnic … enjoy the solitude of a quiet garden nook; I want to plant seeds … and be amazed each time blooms sprout from the ground; I want to take long walks … and sit on a warm rock. I want to enjoy everything to the fullest. Because it’s srping – and all is new!

  30. 280
    thalla-marie says:

    weeding! can you believe i just said that, i may regret it later though

  31. 281
    heteen says:

    biking with the dog beside me! finally the snow is gone!

  32. 282
    MaggieP says:

    I’ve decided that I’m going to get a windowbox and plant flowers in it for the window of my studio. This way I can look out the window while I’m working and see them waving in the wind.
    Anyway, I’m going to bike to the garden store for the box and attend the botanic garden’s annual plant sale to pick out the flowers.
    I’m really excited.

  33. 283
    nicolle says:

    I’m going to learn how to ride a bike! I’m 25. It’s ridiculous, but I really don’t know how! I had a couple of brutal crashes as a kid, and gave it up when my dad told me I was going to regret scraping my knees when I want to wear a dress someday. My boyfriend is really set on teaching me, and I’m terrified that I’ll fall off, but it’s worth it. I’m totally going for it this spring!
    (Wish me luck! I think I’ll really really need it…)

  34. 284
    mari says:

    Breathing in fresh air in the sunshine!

  35. 285
    Megan says:

    I can’t wait to plant my basil and make pesto by the gallons!

  36. 286
    MelissaW says:

    Actually getting out and training for a marathon. You know, the one I’ve been talking about doing…FOR DECADES!

  37. 287
    Nicole says:

    What I look forward to doing most in nature this spring is planting my flower garden and capturing the beauty with my camera.

  38. 288
    Martina says:

    I went to undergrad in LA, which has exactly two seasons: hot and smoggy, & hotter and smoggier. But I’m in graduate school in Oregon now, where the rain keeps me mostly inside most days. So now that the sun is returning, I can’t wait to take my reading outside and just… bask.

  39. 289
    TiffyB says:

    Going for long walks…WITHOUT my ipod so that I can hear the birds.

  40. 290
    Jennifer says:

    I am so ready for Spring. I plan on trying my hand at plants again. I tend to have a killer thumb instead of a green thumb!

  41. 291
    Kim Henning says:

    I really cannot wait to just get and walk around our property with my kids. I’m not a winter person and since I live in New England it means essentially venturing out only for going to work, running errands etc. I can’t wait to open all the windows and sliding doors, hang out the laundry and then just stroll along our stone walls soaking in the smells, the sounds and the sights of springs. Ahhhhh!

  42. 292
    gira says:

    Camping & photography! I love camping season! It’s an amazing feeling to just wake up in the middle of nature – no cell phones, no emails, no traffic noises!

  43. 293
    Ashley G. says:

    Riding my bike–it’s a cruiser which is orange and has a cute wire basket. I love it!

    That, and longboarding. I’m not very good at it yet, but we got a dog this winter, and he pulls me on my longboard–so much fun! Kind of scary but thrilling, too.

  44. 294
    Meg T says:

    I am so excited for all of the migrating birds spring will bring!! My husband and I have been birding for about a year now and it has totally changed our lives. We are more active, adventurous, aware and close as a little family. Little did we know, beauties such as these http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/spotted_towhee_glamor.jpg

    were hopping around our very own backyard ( you have them up in Malibu too)!! The spotted towhee is one of my favorites, but I can’t wait to see what spring holds for us in the bird world. If you ever need some extra inspiration, birds will not disappoint. Thanks!

  45. 295
    PB says:

    camping out in the yard and sleeping on the trampoline with the kids. every year we add something special to the mix to make our ritual into an event . we usually pitch a tent but this year we’ll make a teepee.

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