Our thumbs are not all that green here at Bella Vita, but we are loving our newest addition nonetheless. Individual gardening kits in sweet pea, forget-me-not, lavender and mini-sunflowers are in, and they couldn't be easier to grow or sweeter to look at. Even us Bella Vita girls were able to get our sweet pea started and on its way to becoming a beautiful blooming arrangement. Everything you need to get your pretty plants growing is included in each eco-friendly rice hull pot; all you need to do is follow the simple instructions (trust us, they are simple) and add water. We love that the container they grow in is also a great display container, so there is no mess or fuss transferring the blooms to a second decorative pot.

Do you have a more savory side? Organic herb kits, available in dill, chives, thyme and soon-to-arrive basil, might be more your style. These counter herb kits look every bit as enjoyable as they taste when tossed into your favorite dishes.

Seed kits are making a big statement this year as teacher gifts and housewarming gifts with their simple organic beauty and out-of-the-box thinking. And with Mother's Day quickly approaching, the seed kits are an original alternative to a traditional bouquet of flowers. Whether you get it growing and give Mom a hand-grown surprise, or present her with a garden all her own, she will surely love the creative and thoughtful gesture.

We would love to see you and help you hand-pick the perfect flower or herb kit for Mom; or if you're just curious as to how these little gardens work, check up on our sweet pea growing beautifully in our store. Trust us-if we can make it grow, you can too!

Happy Gardening,

The Girls at Bella Vita

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Apr 29 2010

My "Aha" Moment

Nothing like a change in seasons—in particular a change to spring—to get you to take inventory of your life. So as I sat outside recently in springtime temperatures, I began thinking of my life's journey and how it landed me here, at Bella Vita. I also thought about my customers and what keeps bringing them into the store. I also wondered how to better connect with them—with you—on a more personal level. Then it all came full circle and I realized this: We share so much about Bella Vita and our beautiful, unique, handcrafted items, but what about us? Do we share enough of us with you?

It’s not that we love talking about ourselves, mind you. But like any good Southern woman worth her salt, we do love to share stories about our lives, families, friends and most recent must-have finds.

We take pride in that Bella Vita is not just a box of a store with beautiful items within. It's where you find inspiration to shape your own life, mixed with lots of smiles and happiness, and the girls and I, who are always here for you.

We want to share more of ourselves because we believe that only by fully giving can we fully receive. We hope you’ll get to know us better—good and bad!—laugh with us, explore with us, learn with us, and always search for the beauty in life within all of us, and within Bella Vita.

So here’s to lots more of everything beautiful—inspirational insights, friendly stories and lots of smiles and laughing along the way.

Here's to La Bella Vita!

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May 9th, Mother's Day, will be here before you know it so you had better start brainstorming now. To help you out we have come up with a list of the top 5 Mother's Day gifts that are sure to please. This is tried and true research; we see a lot of mom's every week! Each of the following items can be found on our website, but if you are looking for something out of ordinary and truly unique, come visit us or give us a call. We love to help you find the perfect gift; it's our specialty.

5. Reclaimed Tin Frames

 Mom's favorite photos belong in a frame as unique as she is. Each frame is made from reclaimed tin that creates a one-of-a-kind piece every time. Each frame is different from the next in style, texture and color so it is easy to find a frame that will perfectly showcase her favorite photo. Frames are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10, both horizontal and vertical.

4. The Gathering of Friends, Vol 2

Add to her cooking repertoire with this unique cookbook. Sections are organized into weekly menus where she will find color photos for each recipe and a grocery list for each week's menu plan. Inspirational table-scape ideas are also included to make her dinner parties as easy and carefree as her weeknight meals. 

3. Visible Faith Jewelry

 Sterling silver is hand stamped and poured to give a handmade look to each piece whether it be a God Tag, charm or inspirational key. The most popular line within Visible Faith are the God Tags (shown) which are a spiritual take on military dog tags. Forty-four different tags are each stamped with a symbol and scripture reference, which is explained in detail on an accompanying card. You can truly personalize the tag by attaching a second tag that has been hand stamped with names, dates or occasions that are special to your wife or mother.

2. Vintage Gypsy Necklaces

 Designer and artist Paige Abernathy's creative ability to craft antique jewelry into one-of-a-kind designs that blend beauty and romance with a touch of glam is amazing. Each piece is crafted from antique jewelry she finds all over the world, leaving you with a 100% unique necklace or pair of earrings. Perfect for your 100% unique Mom.

1. Debbie Segal Bracelets

 Hand hammered out of solid sterling silver, each bracelet is a work of art. Debbie Segal, a local Memphian, hammers each bracelet and hand-wraps sterling silver wire and gold filled wire around semi-precious stones and stunning cubic zirconia. The bracelets are statement making on their own, but are truly dazzling when layered together in two's or three's. To see more of Debbie Segal's unique jewelry as well as new pieces for spring, come visit with her in our store on May 7th and 8th. See our Events and Shows page for more details.

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Hi, my name is Stephanie. Like you, I love all things beautiful. The word. The life. The way it makes your soul feel warm and cozy. So curl up with the Girls at Bella Vita as we share our lives with you- our families and friends, our inspirations and ideas, our homes and nests- quite simply, our take on creating a beautiful life.
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