Organizational Bliss!

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Moma love….there’s nothing like it!

My mom can run circles around any other mom there is or ever has been, and she has taught me so much about so many things that I wouldn’t even know where to begin the list.  So I’ve picked one attribute of her thousand talents to showcase with her this month….her organizational skills.  And I have chosen to call it (for myself) organizational bliss because it is truly so wonderful at the end of a day to feel organized….in my thoughts as well as in my home!

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I just love this organizational board, and was tempted not to share it with you this month so that I could keep my ever-growing pictures of ideas, my to-do lists and my pictures of my family on it!  But tempted as I was, I have chosen to “let it go” in my booth this month, hoping that whomever takes it home to be theirs will love using it as much as I believe I would!

IMG_4373Let’s start with a little office organization, since that’s the area I first came to love from my mom’s skills.  Unlike other little girls my age, as a child I would wonder into mom’s office to “play office” with her, using her adding machine, a notepad, pen and a fake cash drawer….all set up in her office on a cardtable just for me!

As I have grown, I still love perusing the isles of office stores looking for organizational treasures.  My love for vintage wares led me to find this metal file tray not long ago and this enlarged paperclip, both to which I was instantly drawn!  The rusty tins in the background are actually bread boxes, but I can envision them keeping my office shelves looking great while adding useful storage for pens, pencils, adding machine paper rolls, you name it!   The basket sitting atop them would be ideal for adding outgoing mail and for clipping keys to the hooks.

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The bath is my next focal point, and I must tell you that this Pears Soap print in the vintage frame is a particular favorite of mine.  Sitting beneath the print is a table that would fit perfectly in a bath, holding towels beneath.  And if a bath doesn’t suit you for it, then why not put it in your den area to hold magazines?  The hobnail lamp and black shade make a stunning ensemble, don’t you think?

 

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Moving from bath to kitchen, take a look at this vintage kitchen table, in near perfect condition!

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This is sure to be my favorite piece this month…and with it we will move into the kitchen, which as an adult has become my favorite “play” place!

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Any mom boosting cookies when her kids come home from school is sure to win a hug or two, but when the children get to pop open the turkey for them, why what could be more entertaining?!?

Choose from an assortment of kitchen goodies this month….from platters to chargers, to ice buckets or wine racks, canisters, wisks, baskets….the list is long and the choices many!

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Have you seen the trend with the roosters?  I happen to believe they are charming little creatures…at least when you find them in the kitchen!

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This baker’s rack holds some of my favorite finds this month….baker’s rack included!  As a reminder, you will never find a NFS tag in my booth!  So don’t forget to look at the things you would normally view as display pieces in other booths.  The large vintage Sunbeam bread box sitting on the top shelf is perfect for holding your recipe books.  And I still use vintage tins in my kitchen to hold snack bars and cookies.  The picnic tote on the shelf brings back fond memories to me of Sunday afternoon picnics with my grandparents.  And the enamelware tub on the bottom shelf would be the perfect holder for those summertime beverages on your deck, don’t you think?!?

Don’t let your imagination stop in the kitchen, though.  This vintage trunk – again, almost in perfect condition – would house blankets in storage for those winter wonderland days.  There are actually two trunks to choose from this month…so check them both out!

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As you leave the booth, why not take a load off in this chair, and grab a business card to give to a friend?  Let your mind settle into organizational wonderland, and meet me back in a week or two on the Facebook Page for Main Street Market Shops to see what new items have been added.  Until then, happy organizing!

~ Connie

 

 

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Spring Fling!

Selena Head Shot - 2014 IMG_3817The Secret Innkeeper

Selena Einwechter is the owner/proprietor of Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill in Mills River, NC.  She is living proof that dreams do come true, and while her story is inspiring, it’s the genuine warmth and passion igniting her dream every day that makes you want to check in to the B&B and “do as much or as little as you like” during your visit.

This month I’m featuring Selena because she and I share a love of the outdoors and gardening.  As you step into the window of Burlap &  Lace (located in Main Street Market in Brevard, NC), look for the book featured above.  It is a well- written story by Teresa Hall, local author and illustrator, capturing the fun behind the dream of Tiffany Hill.  You can meet Tuxedo, the subject of  Teresa’s book, at The Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill  –  located just 15 minutes from downtown Brevard and 20 minutes from the Asheville Airport.  What a perfect spot for your next vacation or family gathering!   Check out Selena’s website at http://www.BbonTiffanyHill.com for more information.

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As you step into the window of Burlap & Lace, my hope is that you will feel instantly transposed into a fragrant garden of delight.  Not only do the fresh flowers awaken your senses, but your imagination will want to linger over the inspiring ideas of how to transpose your own personal garden space into one of intrigue and beauty.

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Never thought you’d see a croquet set in a garden?  Well how about placing it at the garden’s edge for a little afternoon fun with the family after planting in the hot sun?  Imagine the sips of lemonade as you frolic over the grounds of your yard, letting the summer breezes stir your sense of joy and playfulness as if childhood has reclaimed you.

IMG_3823You will find treasures awaiting you in the form of baskets, yard art and metal chalkboard signs for display along your garden paths.

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Don’t forget to peek inside this antique trunk for more garden fun!  And go ahead and pull down the trunk’s lid to take a look at it’s rounded top….it’s a beauty for sure!  Add this piece in a bedroom or living area as an eye opener and conversation piece.  It’s deep enough to hold your winter throws and blankets as well.

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If you’re a bird lover, then please don’t overlook these hand-crafted blue bird houses, made specifically for Burlap & Lace by my retired father from Charlotte, NC.  Each one has hanging instructions inside, and guarantees that bluebirds find their way to your home!

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This red metal stool is a favorite of mine as well.  Imagine it perched in your garden with a clay pot of geraniums atop it.  I love splashes of yard art mixed in to my garden adding interest and a pop of color before the flowers actually nestle in around the pieces.  All the hand painted signs are protected with a clear coat should you desire to hang them outdoors or inside.

Featured also this month are furniture pieces to use either in or out…like the table underneath the metal chair.  It adds the perfect rustic look to a porch or garden setting.  Look for other pieces of interest this month such as the bookcase below.

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There is no such thing as a “display piece” in my booth!  Every piece is for sale….imagine the uses!  This bookcase actually can be used to top a hall table and could easily display your own dishes (as on the top shelf) or can add space to your garden table to hold your pots and plants (as seen on the second shelf).  Obviously, it stands alone just beautifully and can be added to a porch or to any room of your home.

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Don’t overlook metal buckets holding flowers!  They are priced $12-$18 and include the plants!  What a fun way to “dress up” your garden or porch and you don’t have to worry about over-watering because the buckets hold the extra water!  This distressed table is the perfect combination for a deck space or a corner of your home and would be ideal for holding plants, a lamp or some other artful piece.

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The secret this month is to look high and look low….there are treasures awaiting you in every nook!  Bring your friends and come fling yourself into spring with Burlap & Lace.  See you in the garden….

Connie