Life happens…

6db9211f4c98338f4cce80641f0f1541Morning had broken….the birds were singing, the squirrels were rustling about in the trees outside my window, I had enjoyed my quiet morning reading and planning out my day….yes, the day was shaping up quite nicely.  With one glance to my watch, I figured I had just enough time to throw in a load of laundry before heading down to the shop to start my re-do for the week.  So many ideas were tumbling through my head.  Best get this laundry tumbling too!

With my husband out walking the dog, I headed to our bedroom to strip the bed linens.  Gathering the pile into my arms, I plodded toward the laundry room, enjoying the rhythm of the day.  And then my rhythm broke, and it happened…..

I was suddenly sailing through the air – literally flying the span of two rooms – before banging into the closet wall and landing in a heap on the floor.  I immediately grabbed my right foot, pain searing from the side of it.  What just happened?  I don’t remember my feet tangling in the laundry, I never felt I was tripping….I just suddenly sat in the midst of strung-out bed sheets, holding my foot and wincing in pain.  And that is how my husband found me.

He immediately laughed at the mess, until he saw that I couldn’t stand.  And from there, the day took on a life of its own….nothing of my plans being fulfilled.

Blessings still overtook me, though.  My brother and his wife came to Brevard for lunch, and while that might seem oh so normal to most of you reading this, my brother has been out of the country for a couple of years, returning to the states in late May of this year.  This was the first time I had seen him, and I immediately asked him to put on his professional hat and tell me if I needed an xray.  Fortunate for me, my brother is a doctor!   With a very simple diagnostic test, he said, “Yep, you need an xray.  Your foot is broken at the fifth metatarsal.”  How right he was….

Several hours later, after a trip to Asheville’s Bone and Joint Clinic, I was diagnosed for the second time with a fracture and put into a walking boot, but told to ice my foot and keep it elevated for the next 3-4 days, not being on it for more than 15 minutes every hour.    What that literally means is that I have enough time to wobble myself out of the ice pack encompassing my foot, grab some crutches and get myself to the bathroom, then back into that same position of icing….in about exactly 15 minutes!

With my very ungraceful fall across the floor on Monday, it means that I will be unable to stand at Burlap & Lace to welcome in Fall with you this first week!  Let the icing down of my foot continue as the temperatures begin their own chilling down!

BUT, with the second week of October soon upon us, you can be sure that I will be back on board with new treasures, and new vignettes for you to enjoy!  Another blessing?  Time…..unhurried and lots of it….to plan, to read, to pray and seek what God wants for us in this gorgeous season wrapping all around us.  And while I am being somewhat “forced” into this quiet place, I encourage you to carve out some quiet as well.  Why?   Because one thing I have already noticed about me. Look at this….img_8084.jpgI am prone to sit with eyes downward….searching my phone for the latest news or FB updates….instead of looking up, and out.  Too often I have missed the beauty right in front of me…in the scenery, or in the face of a friend or loved one I am with.  I encourage you – today – to turn your eyes upward and away from what normally entraps you.  Look outward….beyond yourself….and see the beauty all around you.  And remember with me….

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not lack…He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul.  Ps. 23

May your soul be restored this day.  See  you in a couple weeks!

~Blessings,

Connie

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Grace for the moments of life –

We received the call on Wednesday late that my husband’s father’s death was imminent.  Not even taking time to put a note on the door of the shop, I posted a FB post hoping to explain the sudden closure of the shop for the next 3 days and off we went on our 5 hour drive.  Arriving at 10:30 p.m. and walking into his dad’s room at the nursing facility, we saw a man whose strength was fading as we were told he had not eaten, awaken or opened his eyes in several days.  By 1 a.m., my husband’s brother and his wife had come in as well.  Sleep was hard to claim that night for all of us….

And then with morning, we arrived at his room to find that he was sitting in the dining room eating breakfast!  The nurses told us he had gotten up that morning, showered and when asked if he was hungry, nodded yes!  So for the next 3 days we enjoyed our time with him.  And although he has not spoken an intelligible word for months, he looked me straight in the eye and said very clearly, “I’m not done yet!”   Then back to bed he went, where he has been since we left last Saturday night.  The sweetest moments?  They were there, and I share them with you….

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.  I Corn 13: 7-8

Pop will always love his bride!  Knowing that he loves our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes his life, or his death, sweet.

So thank you for the grace you have shown me upon reopening this week.   With Vintage Market Days just around the corner (next weekend!) and the shop opening on August 31, there is much to be done.  Yet, you have come in to give and get hugs and speak encouragement to my overwhelmed heart.  God is so good to me.

So what is new at Burlap & Lace this week?  Let’s see….IMG_7903This dresser/chest is a chosen favorite.  Priced at $374.95 it will be gone soon I am sure.  BUT, it’s still here today!  Drop in today or tomorrow morning to see it in person.  IMG_8006I specifically chose this picture to show that not everything in my store is “old”, “used” or “worn”.  In fact, quite the opposite!  Vintage doesn’t mean “junk”.  At Burlap & Lace, the word vintage is actually more of an expression of the type items you will find.  And yes, there are things here that have been loved in another home or life at some point in time.  But there are also brand new things (my sister’s pillows, these fun cosmetic bags, the wreath) that would grace your home or life or make fantastic gifts.  So don’t assume it’s all furniture!  In fact, with the upcoming move, expect more and more gift items to come in that will hold the same vintage appeal for me and for you!IMG_7893This secretary (desk) comes complete with the keys for those drawers/cabinets!   $324.95  Headed to VMD with it next week if still here….IMG_8003I would put this piece in a kitchen for showing off platters, etc. and hide my cook books behind those gorgeous glass doors.  OR in a bath, load it up with linens and bath accessories.  OR in a study/den area it would be perfect as a bookcase.  Honestly, this piece would go anywhere you wanted to put it!

New “smalls” have arrived….from copper pieces to ceramic figurines.  and check out that antique paper roller holding soaps!  What do I always say?  “Think outside the box!”

New throw rugs in as well…to use on the floor, or on a table as a mat.  Cool ideas and cool colors to choose from!

These pictures don’t do justice to my new wall art having just arrived!  Lynn Driver, local artist, has partnered with me to bring you some amazing pieces for your walls or shelves.  Most will be at VMD, but others will appear in the shop so be on the lookout!  These are beautiful pieces at affordable prices….made especially with you in mind!

Last of all, come let me serve you as we journey through this life together.  Be it new home design ideas you need, or a hug on the path of life, I offer both!  Can’t wait to see you again.

~Blessings,

Connie

 

Vintage Market Days, here I come!

Countdowns both thrill and scare me!  22 days from today I will be at Vintage Market Days of Asheville.  Sure do hope you will be too!  It’s not too late to get your tickets, and my personal recommendation is to purchase the VIP ticket for $20, which gets you in the entire weekend, PLUS your own designated parking area, PLUS 2 hours of shopping before the actual opening of the event to the public, PLUS…..so much more!  Go to http://www.vintagemarketdays.com today and don’t delay any longer!  You’ll be so glad that you did!

To peek your interest for the event, let me share a few things with you that will be heading to market (unless they sell in the shop first!)….IMG_7856There has been debate over what this piece actually is.  I purchased it from an antique dealer and was told it was a child’s washbasin.  Regardless of its intended original purpose, I would personally make it a nightstand or a chair-side table.  It has two shelves inside and a lovely wood scallop top to it.  IMG_7838A new personal favorite is this small desk.  Take a peek inside the drawer and you will find a place for pens and an inkwell hole! IMG_7850Such a sweet pitcher and glass set.  Topping this vintage mirror, what a perfect greeting for your lemonade-drinking guests!

Linens are plentiful at Burlap &  Lace because I love using them!  You will find table runners, dresser scarves, tablecloths, hankies, pillowcases, aprons and even vintage nightgowns!IMG_7857This week’s personal favorite are the candlesticks/vases.  Look closely!  You turn them one way, insert candles and you have the makings for a romantic dinner table.  Flip them over and add flowers and you have a delightful addition to your bathroom, guest bedroom or kitchen counter.

From Radio Flyer comes this adorable shelf….for inside or out!  Plenty of vintage bottles and glass to choose from this month!IMG_7851

Now let me whet your appetite for some items that are not currently in the shop but that will be coming to VMD….IMG_7453What a beauty!  This chest stands proudly against a backdrop of a window or wall, perfect for bedroom or living space.  IMG_7454Desks are always items my customers request, and this one is a beauty!   Complete with keys, tucked behind those doors are shelves.  IMG_7455A good friend once told me that every room needs an anchor of black in it.  With all the farmhouse white that will be seen at VMD, I can’t wait to show you how to mix in this ebony piece to pull together a dynamite room that can boast both the farmhouse whites and some elements of black.  Remember, I am taking you “home for the holidays”, centering on Thanksgiving and Christmas decor at VMD.  We are in for so much fun!

Pillows make great accent pieces for any room or porch.  The ones you see here will be gone after August 12.  They are currently in the shop and you will not see them again until next season.  That being said, if you want them, better stop in soon!

Beginning this week, I am featuring a “pillow of the month” for you to enjoy.  As you may recall, my sister creates most of the pillows you find in my shop.  Love these newbies!

Last thing for today that I want to share is what’s coming both to VMD and to the shop….a new artist’s work!  I hope to feature her soon with a write up, but until then, let me give you a preview of what’s coming….IMG_7858Her pumpkins make me want to hurry home and get the turkey in the oven!  Just love her style…

Hydrangeas and nests….two things I am absolutely inspired by.  Stay tuned for more to come…and until we meet again,

~Blessings,

Connie

 

The Little Girl in me…still has Big Girl dreams!

IMG_7676I recently watched my 2 year old granddaughter tug on her hot pink rain boots and enjoy splashing about in puddles while the rain bothered her none.  Walking in those same boots after the rain had passed, we stopped in front of a field of flowers to take her picture…I smile at the remembrance now.  That so would have been me 54 years ago!  (Gulp at the age now!)

Finding the picture above was a “must purchase”….because as you probably know by now, I only surround myself with the things I love in my shop, and my loves are many….especially things that arouse my memory to sweet moments of my past!

Look again at those soaps and soap dishes, for instance.  My grandmother, for as many of her 99 years that I can remember of her, ended nearly every day by taking a long hot bath.  I try to follow her in her footsteps because there’s something so soothing about letting the day’s drama fade away beneath the suds.  That being said, the soap and the dish are part of the experience!  You will find both within the walls of my sweet little shop.

And speaking of my shop….I have a surprise to share with you!  Burlap & Lace is moving to a new location!!!!!

IMG_7511Can this dream of mine possibly be any more fulfilled than this?!?  When I opened the doors of Burlap &  Lace on Osborne Road in March, I knew it would not be my stopping place.  What I was not prepared to know was how wonderfully God had held this spot for me and that He would reveal it to me at just the right time.  The new address?  244 W Main Street, Brevard, NC….just down the street from Marcos Trattoria and diagonally across from the Brevard Post Office.  And, I must say as well, only a short stroll to the Blue Ridge Bakery!

IMG_7538Soon – this signpost will hold my sign and yours will be the steps coming up the sidewalk to the front porch where you may choose to linger a while before, during or after your visit!  I can’t wait to unveil Burlap &  Lace there!

I have to marvel at the details that God has already taken care of…..from the wrap-around porch I have dreamed of having to the trellis of flowers to the wisps of pink floral beauty sprinkled all throughout the property.  (My granddaughter and I have this thing for pink!)

Of course a house – THIS house – has a kitchen, and I can almost smell the yum coming from it as I take you back to the days of true vintage baking!

IMG_7667I envision cozy nooks for reading and stories unfolding as you creak along the boards of this 1915 home with me.  But until the opening date there, you can still find me on Osborne Road, fully stocked and enjoying the day to day flowing of people in and out.

IMG_6667So if you haven’t met this amazing husband of mine yet, let me introduce you!  No, he’s not the handyman on site, but you will surely see him there from time to time.  He sets the bar high for you men out there….in service, in love, in purity, in faithfulness, in wisdom.  So as I share this great news with you, I wouldn’t think to leave him out of the story!

Look for these new pieces to be arriving soon….and until then, thanks for sharing the journey with me, and this great news with others you think may want to know!

~Blessings,

Connie

Yes Lord….to Your will & to Your way…

 

 

 

IMG_7377My youngest son said it best in a post right after I opened my shop….(paraphrased now) “My mom has basically talked about this dream all of her life….”  And so I have…

Opening my own shop has opened my eyes to see my own shortcomings and failures.  And perhaps at times when I haven’t seen them, others have taken it upon themselves to point them out to me…often in front of others.

This week has wrecked havoc with my soul.  But as I stand in my shop on this rainy Friday, I long to come back to the place where God sprang up His plan in my heart.  And I remember His words to me, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10

And my fervent prayer remains –  that God will remind me daily that I have been created for good works and that He has prepared me to walk in all He created me to do!  And even as I type, I know the truth of His word.

I honestly walk into this space every day rejoicing, yet not fully understanding why I am here.   And then, in walks a woman whose pain is so great that she just comes to sit in a chair and soak in the peace of this place.  It’s not me, mind you, but Christ in me.

And as my day starts very frazzled with misunderstandings from a customer, I kneel in prayer asking God to give me joy in the day, in this place.  I rise, and greet a bubbling woman who immediately becomes friend.  And after moments of laughing and talking together, I ask her name.  “Joy”, she says.  And I almost laugh out loud, thinking to myself, “Well God, you actually brought me a PERSON who radiates joy and is named so appropriately!”  God is so immediately faithful to answer us when we cry out to Him.

So….confessions of my soul in this blog….

God has spent 56 years building me into His image, and He’s not done with me yet!  So if in this time span of 2017 He graciously has given me this 500 foot space to declare Him in, I am more blessed than I can possibly make known.  But hear this:  I am still being perfected into His image, which means that I WILL fail….myself and others alike.  But grace.  But God.  But forgiveness….

 

Allow me to reintroduce my vision to you, and remind myself of the same….

IMG_7228I like rusty things….and chippy paint….and flowers….and other such things that spark joy in my heart and day.  And my vision has been for a Vintage Home Goods shop.  So let’s talk about that a moment….

Vintage…..doesn’t mean “new”!  But I believe vintage is better than new in many ways.  When I search for vintage furniture, I look for quality pieces that are either already gorgeous or that can be made gorgeous with a little paint and love.  Case in point….

IMG_7330I went looking for dressers since I get numerous requests for them, and granted this was not a piece that drew me immediately because to me it was “fancy”, and I am not that at all!  But I imagined it painted and boasting the patina we vintage-lovers so appreciate.   So I hauled it to my shop.

BUT, I first wanted to offer it unpainted because it is a quality piece that deserves a home to match it’s beauty.  It’s got a nice price tag on it because it’s worth it.  But is it new?  Not at all….but I purposefully picked it….because it caught my attention as I examined it and I felt it was a piece that could sell “as is” or with a touch of paint.  So we can call it an antique if you prefer, offered in a Vintage Home Goods shop.

Let’s talk about pillows for a moment.  You’ve seen them offered here, and you will continue to see them in my shop.   They are of high quality, specifically hand-crafted for Burlap & Lace by my sister.  She has invested herself in my dream with hours of labor, and she is an excellent seamstress who has used quality fabrics and designs that would compliment my own personal style.  So you won’t find a Walmart price tag on these beauties!  Think they’re a bit pricey?  Think of it this way instead….when you purchase a Burlap & Lace pillow you are taking home a statement piece that will be unmatched anywhere else.  I don’t offer “duplicates” of things on purpose, so when you purchase one of these pillows, or even a pair, you are guaranteed that you will likely not see the same thing in the homes of your friends!

Lastly, I “pick” purposefully.

IMG_7380 For instance….if I have a beach vignette in mind, and I find these starfish…albeit “new”, I add them to my collection!

IMG_7176Feeling a bit romantic in my style?  I find items to display that look.

That being said, this is my “new”, yet from the beginning, disclaimer, without apology.

I do my own “picking”.  Always have.  So as much as I appreciate that you want to “donate” things to me, please don’t!  I am not Goodwill or the local thrift store.  And because God has given me a specific plan for Burlap & Lace, I don’t want to continue insulting you as you bring your own special treasures to me and I turn them down.

Also, I don’t consign purposefully, and again, without apology.

While you may have amazing things that would (in your opinion) make my shop look better, please take them somewhere that does  consign and will gladly accept you as a consignee to their space.

I say none of these things to be mean.   And believe me, it is HARD for me to say them!  But in this last week I have offended people by my lack of saying “no” when I should have.  Kindness betrayed me as I made efforts to bring no offense.  But in business, I have learned the hard way, you will likely offend.

 

IMG_7352Now, with all that said, go find yourself a quiet place of rest this holiday weekend to celebrate the freedom you have.  And my deepest prayer is that you have found your freedom in Christ.  There is nothing like Him!  And I praise Him that He continues to instruct me in righteousness daily.  To Him be the glory.  Forever….Amen!

~Blessings,

Connie

Farmhouse Home….for the holidays!

IMG_7228Summer has officially been ushered in according to the June 21 calendar date, and here in the mountains of NC we are enjoying some temps that for most areas would be considered Spring-like….

But with the news of summer’s entry, I realize that Fall is quickly following on its heels and my head turns from airy ferns and colorful florals to the more vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange that will soon be turning our heads and minds to the holidays ahead.

SO, with a bit of Summer nostalgia still in the air, let’s get our minds in gear for my favorite happening coming up in August this year…..Vintage Market Days of Asheville!  Mark your calendars for August 18, 19 and 20 and don’t wait to go on line to http://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/asheville-metro/ and get your tickets!  This year boasts an early buying event on Friday so get to the website soon and purchase not only your own ticket but one – or several – for friends!

This August’s theme at Vintage Market Days of Asheville will be Farmhouse, and I am taking us into the Fall and Winter seasons with Farmhouse decorations for your holiday home.

Let me whet your appetite just a tiny bit….

IMG_0622Just because Fall is on its way doesn’t mean you have to head inside!  Dress up your yard with a fun metal yard bench.  Can’t you just see it gathering up the allure of fallen leaves, rich and vibrant in their fanciful colors?

photo 2 (95)Metal stools often find their way into my yardscape, but sitting in a kitchen offers a wonderful perch for you while you visit with family and friends.

From enamel tables to the settings to adorn them, each day at Vintage Market Days will offer you different treats and surprises.  The coolest part is that many of the items you find in my booth will delight your home after the holidays come to a close because of their versatility…

IMG_7234This mirror, for instance, can be dressed for the holiday with a fall spray across the top or a wintergreen wreath hung down into the middle of it.  Use that imagination!  And yes, I will have both swags of fall and winter persuasion at VMD!

From vintage bulb wreaths to vintage coffee mugs and table linens, I’m ready for you!

There will be lots of Farmhouse furniture pieces as well as other items to choose from.  My style doesn’t lend itself to duplication of pieces or items, so you will definitely find that “one of a kind” item at Burlap &  Lace!

So one more reminder to you….

http://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/asheville-metro/

I can’t wait to share this Farmhouse Vintage Home for the Holidays experience with you!

~Blessings,

Connie

 

 

Hidden Treasures

IMG_7215Morning tends to bring me into a contemplative time…and the music playing softly in the background of my shop only intensifies my thoughts…

“….the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Matthew 13:44

Imagine finding something so valuable hidden away, and when you find that something, you realize the value of it such that you sell all that you have just to purchase that treasure.  Think that over.  Jesus gave all that He had….his very life….to purchase us back from the enemy of our souls, Satan.  It cost Him his life.  He found us to be that treasure worth giving all that He had for.  That stuns me.  And that is what His kingdom is all about….a bunch of us that the world saw no value in, but in whom Christ has seen immense value!

This month at Burlap & Lace I want to introduce you to some hidden treasures of a different sort….things you might not have seen or noticed without bending your eye, not to mention your knees and your back, to spy!

IMG_7229Tucked right inside the door (well, today that’s where you will find it, but if you know me at all you realize that by next week I will have likely moved it!) is a sweet little metal shelf, perfect for inside your home or outside….to hold plants or watering cans outside, or to stack your plates and kitchen ware on inside.  I personally would take this shelf into my bathroom to stack towels on for my guests, along with likely a vintage clock and some books for that “bathroom reading”, or just for decor!

IMG_7185Small benches make the perfect items to hold a suitcase at the end of a bed or to perch on when taking off your shoes.  (Can you tell my mind is in vacation mode?!)  You will find plenty of Farmhouse whites here all the time, anchored by the beauty of some solid wood pieces that I have purposefully left unpainted to bring balance to that all-so-popular Farmhouse style. IMG_7234Mirrors should be put in every room in my opinion!   They aide in giving rooms the appearance of being larger, not to mention that they add their own sense of style.  I have several here to choose from.  The smaller ones are great for lying atop a kitchen table or a dresser to bring a wonderful glow to the room, especially when adding a candle to the top of it!

Bathrooms are a challenge at times, but they don’t have to be!  Use a jar to put rolled washcloths in, or use a wire crate to hold that ever-ready toilet paper!  A garden wall piece doesn’t have to have plants in it!  Try it as a toothbrush holder, together with hair clips or brushes.   And if you truly do love it for your garden, then stuff your garden gloves and scissors into one of the pots and add a few succulents.  Bath towels (new!) are for sale as well so don’t miss them.  Used to show off the grey cabinet which doubles as a bathroom piece or a dresser or a kitchen piece….truly the ideas go just as far as you let your imagination run!

I love the outdoors, and plants seem to anchor settings for me, in or out!  Try using rusty buckets to set your fern in.  The bucket catches the water run-off and continues to rust that bucket to an even nicer patina!  A spool works nicely to add elevation and versatility to an otherwise “flat” area.  Or perhaps a rusty garden table is more your liking.  Perch it beside a chair to hold a beverage or use it as a stand-alone piece.  The rusty grain bowl overflowing with annuals is one of my favs.  At the price of only $42. 95 including the base, or $28.95 for the base alone enabling you to perch your own treasured flower pot atop it, I smile at the thought of this piece gracing your porch or garden spot soon.  And if live plants and you don’t mix well, I have some beautiful “fake” ones that work great as well, with no watering necessary!

Don’t forget the wall art!  From hand-painted signs to vintage pieces to created Holiday wreaths, there is SO much to take in and take home!

Hiding in nooks and crannies all over the shop are enamel pieces, vintage tableware, pitchers, bowls and practically everything else you will need for a proper table setting, including napkins and napkin rings!  So my advice -always- is to look high and low, bend your knees (or ask me to grab that hard to see item on the floor!) and have fun shopping!  IMG_7176June extravaganza sale is underway through the July 4th weekend…most items are 50-75% off!  Spread the word and help me make room for some fun new items awaiting a perching spot in the shop until it can make its way to your home!  Until we meet again,

~Blessings,

Connie

Pushing through – no matter the cost

I seldom write a blog without pictures, and truthfully, this one might actually be the first.  But my heart is so full, and my shop is currently so empty & messy that I felt I wanted to write to you to encourage you in your own faith-walk at the moment.

At our “new” church last night, our pastor stated that he was going to push us….and then he retracted that statement but it was too late, because my simple brain had already latched on to his words…and I remembered my own experience of years gone by.  So from my archives, please allow me to share this story with you…

 

P-U-S-H!!!!!

Anyone who has ever given birth has heard those words at least once.

Though long gone are the days of child-bearing for me, the words resound in my ears again this morning as thoughts of my now 22-yr-old son (he’ll be 27 this year as I am reliving this story) flood my brain.

And I wonder…who is pushing who?

From the pages of my son’s blog at age 20, he spoke of the comfortableness of his life…of having become numb to the  people around him…their needs, their lost state…and of how sick he had become at being comfortable with his life.

Then came his earnest prayer:  God, make me uncomfortable.  Break me.  Tear down all my walls that I have put up to protect me.  Put me in places where my gifts and abilities can be used to Your glory.  Break my heart for what breaks Yours.  And open my eyes to the needs of people around me.  Enable me to act in Your will and purpose.  Fully equip me for everything I may encounter.  Make me uncomfortable.  Break me.

P-U-S-H!!!

He was six years old, and his devastated mom lay in a crying heap on the floor.  his tiny hand touched my shoulder, thrusting the note card in front of my face before kissing my cheek and retreating back to his room.  Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.  Psalm 125:1

P-U-S-H!!!! 

Translated, that means Get up!  Stop crying!  Trust in the Lord, Who is your confidence!

From that time on, my son has been pushing me, but not in the way you would imagine.  Not to gain his own way.  Not to be in control.  His push was more in the way you would push your child on a swing….gently at first, but building momentum with every touch on the back as the words ring out, “Higher, higher!”

From that day, he has pushed me to go before him, to know God so I could make Him known.

And lest I should ever forget….P-U-S-H!!!

Am I willing now to be pushed out of my own comfort zone to be awakened to the faces and heartbeats of those around me?  Can I honestly ask the God Who made me and knows my every thought to break me?  To make me uncomfortable?  Because He will, you know.  I have learned of His faithfulness, and I know that in the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.  Psalm 138:3

So I am crying out, Lord.  Make me bold with strength in my soul.  Break my heart for what breaks Yours.  For my good, and for Your glory.

P-U-S-H!!!

Coming back to last night’s message from our pastor, I choose to remember his words as he first stated them….I appreciate being loved enough to be pushed OUT of my comfort zone and into the realm of the unknown, where only God….did you hear that?…..only God….can move.

To Him be the glory forever.  Amen.

~Blessings, Connie

 

 

 

Antiques are antiques….

11238231_820941801308551_2148637034823567877_nWhile it would seem a bit odd to begin my blog with a huge picture of The Tin Roof Antique Market, let me explain why to me it is not one bit odd….

To quote, in part,  from The  Message  Bible-

A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge.  It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.  If the foot said, “I’m not elegant like the hand, embellished with rings: I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so?  and if ear said, “I’m not beautiful like eye; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body?  If the body was all an eye, how could it hear?  If all ear, how could it smell?  As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where He wanted it.  And no matter how significant a part you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.”

I wish I had a picture to place here of every business I am about to name.  Sadly, I don’t, but I’ll try to give you the next best thing….pics from their businesses (i.e. finds I have had or now have in my own home!).

You might remember these photos from a previous blog where I introduced you to Billy & Pearl….two characters I have never met but would have loved to do life with.  These photos were in a bin at Underground Salvage Company….Since 1996,  Tim and Nancy together with their grown children, Tyler and Jenny, have equipped Brevard with salvaged goods, first in their collection of Architectural finds, then in their vintage treasures.  Having moved from Main St into the Railroad district of Brevard (off Caldwell St) has only given them more space to display their finds.  I invite you to go plunder!  IMG_3448This old ladder made picture frame in my guest room came from Underground Salvage as well.  If you haven’t been there, you need to find them and check out their great items!

Another favorite of mine, located also in Brevard, is Shabby Shack Antique Mall, owned & operated by Travis Rhodes.  Travis has a number of vendors that display their wares in his shop (over 30 I believe)….and you will always be met with a smile from Betsy on the days she works the counter for him.  Do you need dishes?  Furniture?  A doll for your grand-baby?  Artwork for your home?  The finds are limitless…and vast!IMG_6533Yes, these wall planters are now gracing Burlap &  Lace’s entrance, but where did I find the galvanized wall planters to begin with?  You guessed it!  Shabby Shack!  I simply took something that I found and fell in love with and made it into something even better for my home, and now my shop.

img_5527Have you been into Country Creations lately?  Located at 338 S. Broad Street in Brevard, just past the library, it’s a walk on a summer’s day from downtown, and well worth the trek (although I would advise driving so that you can load up all your finds!).  This desk, first used in my home and now repainted and moved to my shop, came from there years ago!  Not just a florist….although you have known them for years if you’ve been in Brevard for long.  Sheila McCall spreads her love for the Lord with her smile, and will help you find just what you need to grace your own home or to give to a friend on her special birthday.  As you walk in, the right side of the store is stocked with vendors’ wares while the left houses antiques and floral designs, as well as jewelry.  Truly, this shop is on my “must go to” list every month!

Let’s move on to Gravy, located on Main Street in Brevard.  When you shop there, you are not only supporting the 20+ vendors who sell their wares there, but you are supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County!  The sign above hangs in my shop….I found the old baby bed frame in a booth at Gravy, then painted something on it to remind me of the truth I daily need to remember.  I loved the patina and the chippy paint…two things I purposefully did not “correct” when I painted on it.

So let’s move on up Antique Alley toward Mills River….

My friend Melissa, who is the owner of the Tin Roof Antique Market, owns a fabulous store located on Hwy 191 as you head toward the Outlet Mall.  img_5519You’ve seen this hutch in my blogs before.  Melissa’s husband, Bobby, painted it and I immediately knew it had found a new home…mine!  She has a round table and 4 chairs painted to match now….oooh, better hurry there before I do!

I honestly don’t know how many vendors she now has….over 20 spaces for sure…and full of everything from antiques to vintage goods to clothing to farmhouse style goods.  Best just to check it out yourself!  I may even see you there because I know I’m in at least 3 times each month, or more!

From The Tin roof, you can turn left and then take I-26 toward Hendersonville.  Get off at the exit for Hwy 25, take a right and head toward downtown Hendersonville, making sure you stop at Southern Chicks (on the left side of the road)!  Sheila and Mike own this cute house-made-store.

SO many of my home items came from Southern Chicks!  And just in case you wonder about the shoe forms on the wall?  Those are now in my shop….but at home, they were hangers for my guests’ towels in their bedroom!  And the silver water pitchers are also in my shop (not but one left actually)….used for my son’s wedding last year!

As you turn left out of Southern Chicks and back onto Hwy 25, take a right at the first light and then find the purple Honeysuckle Hollow on your right.  Jan will greet you in full fashion attire….from the vintage line she carries in her store.  What else have I gotten from Jan?

Platters..linens…benches….and even this wonderful free gift….photo 2 (83)Bean seeds to climb my garden fence and bloom incredible purple flowers!  Jan, when summer  comes, gives seed packets harvested from her own bean vines, to her customers.  What a sweet thing she is!

Wind you way back to Brevard via Hwy 191 (turn right out of Honeysuckle Hollow) and take a left onto Hwy 280, coming to the stop light in Brevard across from Arby’s and what will you find as you travel down Antique Alley?

ME!

I hope you see that without my friends in all these other places, I would not even be able to be a shop owner or have goods to sell!  They each in their own unique way have inspired me, helped me find what I was looking for, and let me feed off their individual creativity until I could find my own niche’.  So let me introduce you to a couple of my latest finds that now grace my own shop….

IMG_6669This antique dry sink is on my favorite list right now.  If my home had a  place for it, it would never have made it to Burlap & Lace.   And see that gorgeous bowl and pitcher?  It may indeed come back to my home if it doesn’t get snatched up soon…have a closer look!IMG_6670My love for birds and flowers made this a beautiful find.  I pray it goes home with someone who would enjoy it as much as I have!

IMG_6668I didn’t believe this was actually an antique piece when I first saw it.  But it is, and beautifully intact!  It even has a surprise that I didn’t find until I got it into the shop….there is a slide-out cutting board that I believe would have been used to roll out the pie dough after sifting the flour from the bin!  Come on in and have a peek!

IMG_6671More favorite finds….the two plant holders come separately from the bowls on top…also planters with a rusty patina that quite suits your garden spaces!   The “thing” at the bottom gets the most comments of anything I’ve put in my shop to date, and I love it for the story it holds.  My grandmother (who died at 99 last year) was a hairdresser.  In her day, this would have held her curlers after she had washed them, getting them back in shape for her next client!  I think it would be lovely on a patio, flat side down, with succulents planted in the curler holes.  What do you think?

No matter what finds you are looking for, I guarantee that if you stop into any of the places I have mentioned and don’t find what you are looking for, you will be directed to one of the other spots listed her.  Why?  Because we are all part of the same “body”, and we see the function we each have….separately, yes, but we could not survive without the others.  No two people are the same.  Why should any two shops be?

Until we meet again, happy shopping!

~ Blessings,   Connie

Spring Celebrations….

IMG_3018It was last May that my son and his new bride celebrated their wedding day amidst an outdoor room full of guests….family & friends celebrating together a union in the eyes of God and before man.  As I am now in my third week of celebrating the opening of Burlap & Lace, I have had the privilege of meeting a few brides-to-be who are excitedly planning their own celebrations coming up in May or June.  As I remember fondly the fun that I had in planning a rehearsal dinner for my son and his new bride and in sharing the joy of these new friends I’ve met at Burlap & Lace, I have decided to bring a couple celebration events into the style of Burlap & Lace for the next few weeks…

  1.  Weddings – You will find things to make your special day a true celebration, be it items to use on the celebration day or items to gift a new bride and groom.  And if you need ideas, ask me for suggestions!  I would love to help the new couple fix up their first home!  At Burlap & Lace you will everything from dishes to pillows to furniture….and all the trimmings in between!

2.  Garden parties – Who doesn’t love a reason for a party?!  I love thinking outside the box and coming up with different ideas to make your party a success.  Be it a backyard barbecue, an informal gathering of neighbors or kids coming home for Easter, there is always, always a reason to celebrate!  Even just celebrating Spring and the birds’ songs lifts my heart!  Come see what things are here to help you celebrate your upcoming occasions….

3.  Coming up in May is Mother’s Day….I don’t know about you, but I see reflections of my mom and my grandmother in my every day living….women who have taught me much about giving of myself and stretching my self-imposed limits in ways I didn’t think possible.  And Mom- whoever she is to you- is worth celebrating!  I have everything here to help you do just that…from already made planters for the garden or porch to lovely tableware to help her brighten up her own table to pillows for her bed when she snuggles down for a nap after a long day.  For the mom you just don’t have a clue what to get….try some sachets for her dresser drawers or to slip beneath the seat of her car.  Or maybe a nice basket for her to put her cosmetics in on her counter.  Soaps are always a win and I have some wonderful fragrances to select from.  I have scarves that are bright displays of beauty for the neck or for the table!  Or perhaps your mom still loves to send handwritten cards…I have some special ones for you to choose from.  Come check it out…

Whatever you find to celebrate, I’d love to share that special occasion with you.  Until we meet….

~Blessings,

Connie