The Tin Roof adventure begins!

11238231_820941801308551_2148637034823567877_nPerhaps you’ve seen this sign on Brevard Road as you make your way toward the new Outlet Mall, or Discount Shoes?   I found it as I rambled past my husband’s office one day on my way toward Asheville….and boy did I do a quick U-turn to check it out!  What I found on the inside delighted my heart and spun my head in a hundred directions all at once!

Having decided to bring Burlap & Lace home for a season, stopping in here made me rethink my decision.  So I did what I always do in such times as this….I left the owner my card, invited her to check out my blog, told her I would bring back my portfolio for her to see, walked to my car, and sat in the parking lot praying.  I prayed that if the Lord was redirecting me He would make it evident to me…that I would not press this but that they would ask me to join them in their shop.  I prayed that my husband would be completely agreeable to the idea because I know all too well that if we are not in agreement, things collapse around us.  And I prayed that I would patiently walk through the process and not try to “make things happen”.  Then I drove home….but the butterflies of hope and excitement were already flitting around in the pit of my stomach like they do when I am on the verge of something new and exciting.

At the end of that week, I was headed to Charlotte to see my Dad (see previous blog), and decided that it wouldn’t hurt to stop in again and pray as I walked through the place once more.  And so I did.  The owner wasn’t there, but the sweet lady that greeted me (and she did greet me…with a warm smile!) talked with me and then showed me her booth space at my request.  I continued to walk through the store, praying and taking in every nook and cranny.  Then I was off on my 2 1/2 hour drive to Charlotte, with plenty of time to think and pray on the way!

Upon my return home, I did talk with my husband about it all.  He was sitting in his favorite chair as we talked, and his eyes hinted laughter as he watched me excitedly describe this prayer adventure to him.  Then he laughed out loud and said to me, “I think you should do it.”  I almost stopped breathing as I looked at him in disbelief.  No further question asked, he simply told me that he knows how much I love doing this, and perhaps if I get a booth space I would give up the idea of owning my own shop.  We both laughed at that.  And so the decision was made.

The next week (no, not the next day surprisingly enough), I went back to The Tin Roof to talk with the owner.  As promised, I carried in my portfolio.  She and another vendor met me as I came in and excitedly said, “When can you move in?!?  We want you!”  I was stunned, and didn’t know what to say!  The owner had done as I requested….she read my blog and shared it with several of the other vendors.  She did not even ask me to complete an application!  I got the contract from her and we discussed spaces I could move into.  The one that I envisioned from the beginning was just inside the front door.  In choosing it and discussing how to tag my items, I was told that it was booth space #1….same as I have at Main Street Market Shops!  That meant that I will not have to re-tag a single item!  God is amazing and so, so good!!!  Another answered prayer…

Lest I forget my original promise to my readers, I am still going to continue to blog through our home decorating process.  It will be a long process that will take us through this year and likely into next.  But in addition to that, I will continue sharing wonderful items and ideas with you at my new space which will open the first week of April!  For the month of April you will continue to see me in the window at Main Street Market Shops, but you will also find me at The Tin Roof.  And as I enter into this new adventure at The Tin Roof, I am slightly changing the way I display and do things, so allow me to share with you here first…

As many of you know, our youngest son is getting married in May.  Having worked now on my third wedding (the first being my eldest son, the second my niece’s in Columbia last summer), I have discovered how much fun I have making a reception or a rehearsal dinner a spectacular event for the bride and groom.  That being said, I have decided to showcase a wedding booth twice/year…once in the Spring/Summer and once in the Fall/Winter.  In doing so, I hope you will help me spread the word to brides-to-be that you know of.  What I would like to do is to specifically tailor my booth those months for what one or two brides have in mind.  It will be a showcase for them to come get ideas, ask questions, purchase for their wedding and grow their own excitement over their special day.

The other thing you will see, which will actually not be far from what you see now, is more Farmhouse style mixed with Vintage flair mixed with Shabby Chic pieces mixed with antiques.  What does that look like?  More woods, more metals, more painted furniture, more ironstone items, more silver, more hammered aluminum, more glass, more FUN all the way around!  There will be color, and there will be whites mixed with wood tones.  I can’t wait to show it all to you!  And I am bringing back my own versions of “wall art” ….things I make that have a special meaning to me, and hopefully to you…signs in particular.

April’s booth at The Tin Roof will have you hankering (that’s a southern word!) for more….more garden items, more shabby chic furniture, more Farmhouse finds.  And “find” you will…at Burlap & Lace!  If there is a particular thing you need for your home, let me know!  I love “specific” shopping trips with just you in mind!   And I will find the best bargain to bring back to offer to you at The Tin Roof!  I hope you will become more interactive with me throughout this year.  You are the heart behind what I do, and I am determined to find ways to bring us together more often!

So get ready!  Opening day for me at The Tin Roof will be April 5th,  and for that one month of April, you can shop with me at two venues!

Enjoy this journey with me….it promises to be a delight!

Blessings,

~Connie

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The Cluttered Life vs the Full Life

IMG_5217Meet my Dad….Sam Elliott.  Now really…how many dads do you know that would help you make burlap bows for a wedding after standing in the 101 degree heat of the day?  But that he did….last summer for my niece’s wedding.  He and I have a lot of fun together…just this past weekend we stood in line for over 45 minutes to get into an Estate Sale, and while that may not seem like much to you, to him it means PAIN and a lot of it.  His diabetic state does that to his body, but you will not hear him complain.

He’s an example to me of how to live a full life.

I am sitting in my office which has now become temporary home to my booth items because my own aging and arthritis makes it difficult for me to climb the stairs to my loft like I used to do effortlessly many times a day.  Seeing what lies around me makes me feel like I am in the midst of clutter, but I wonder….

Is not all of this the reason my life is also full?

I walk to my kitchen where nearly 75 plate chargers threaten to topple with just my passing by, nestled tightly in the midst of about 20 silver coffee pots waiting to be polished.  All of this is a result of my son’s upcoming wedding and my desire to make the rehearsal dinner a night of majestic wonder for him and his soon-to-be bride.  And again I ponder…

Is not all of this the reason my life is also full?

So I challenge my own thought processes tonight, and I beg to challenge yours as well.  As you trip over the toys that your toddler left all over the den floor, think about how empty your life would be without that tiring bundle of energy that runs circles around you all day long.  When dinner sits ruined on the stove because your husband had to work late tonight, lift hands of thanks to the God who gave you a husband in the first place…one that works hard to provide for you and your family.  And when you don’t seem to find time to fold the laundry, but only go to the drier day by day to grab out what you need, remember that it is because your life is full of sports games with your children, gardening with a friend, or lunch with the lonely widow that you can’t get it all done in a day.

As I have struggled over many things lately that I feel I am neglecting or leaving undone, and wondering what “job” I should give up first, my husband has challenged me to remember and hold fast to these three occupations that I have been given:

(1)  My first and primary calling is to my God.  Spending time with Him will not only refresh me, but will cause me to think rightly about my situations and how my time is spent.  When I take time to take care of me and our home, I am fulfilling the first thing God called me to and that I love so much…being a wife, mother and homemaker.  This he called my “nurturing” work, and what I do daily for us as office manager of our home, housekeeper, chef, gardener, bookkeeper, banker, grocer and laundry supervisor.

(2)  Spending time with others throughout the course of my day usually seems disruptive to what I have planned for myself.  He reminded me that, although my other “jobs” might seem neglected, this is primary to what God has called me to do, and I should not neglect those things I do…taking time to visit with that neighbor who is housebound, doing outreach to the members of our church body that are struggling, writing the book God has put on my heart to write, taking time to pray with that woman whose husband just left her.  This, he called my “kingdom work”.

(3)  I have been given a job that earns me a paycheck  and a passion for creativity that earns me not only a paycheck, but provides me with a source of fulfillment.  These things, also, cannot be neglected.  This, he called, is my “income work”.

The challenge lies in prioritizing…and so I challenge you as well.  Is yours a full life, or a cluttered life?  Maybe it’s simply your attitude that needs adjustment (like mine!).  Or even more so, perhaps your quiet time with the One who has given you all….and His all through Christ, is what needs sharpening.  Think about it, and choose to live the full life that Jesus freely gives.

~With love and a grateful heart,

Connie

All Things New

IMG_2162As I write to you this evening, many changes are underway, and this sign I have strategically placed on the love seat in the window of Burlap & Lace really sums it up for me…

There are still many things to browse about and see/purchase in the window space at Main Street Market Shops, but after much prayer (and admittedly a stubborn streak that was hard in letting go), I have decided to “close up shop” at Main Street Market Shops on April 30, 2016.

Our home life is changing again as my husband prepares for retirement soon to come.  And our youngest son is graduating from graduate school and getting married within two weeks of each other in May.  Other things not yet time to reveal are also taking place in our home, and with the decision to bring Burlap & Lace back home for a season, I have much peace.

So what does that mean for you followers/shoppers?  Good news actually!  For the next two months, if you see it in the window at Main Street Market Shops & want it, my advice would be not to wait!  Everything will come out on April 30 and no, there will not be sales underway this time.

IMG_2144I only choose pieces for my booth space that I would want in my home, you see.  So if it doesn’t sale, no worries!  My journey with you will continue as I work on renovating our home in the months ahead.  I will be blogging about that and continuing to offer you ideas for creative ways to manage your space, decorate with a new vision, and shop for the best buys.  I think you may even enjoy this journey more with me because I will be allowing you deeper access into the crevices of my heart as we journey.

I am still determined to finish writing the book I have started, so time at home will allow me that opportunity as well.  But most importantly, I will be reuniting into the “job” I love most….being a homemaker and wife/mom.

I hope you will continue to follow my blog, and message me when you have questions or ideas to share!  I will – from time to time – be offering home sales so if you keep up with me here, you won’t miss out on the fun!  I know that after the wedding in May I will have some lovely things to share with you!

So let’s get back to Main Street for now and what you will find there as you wander in this week!

IMG_2115Easter decorations await a new home….IMG_2155Wreaths, bunnies….IMG_2041I do want to showcase this love seat…IMG_2112In a soft beige color, there’s not a room this wouldn’t grace!

IMG_2146Be sure and check out the linens and furniture pieces.  This wooden table has been marked down…the perfect item to tuck into the corner of your bedroom or den.

IMG_2156With summer on its way, this table piece is marked at an unbelievable price and would make a lovely centerpiece on your dining room or patio table, especially with the fresh flowers of the season!

IMG_2136Every month I have a “favorite” find…this metal sink rivals the vanity…IMG_2052This piece is so lightweight, yet so versatile in that it would work in a child’s room or a bathroom, or a guestroom.  Pick the spot!IMG_2130And just as a reminder….time is running out for Burlap & Lace at Main Street Market Shops!  I hope you will stop in soon and enjoy my happy place.

~Blessings, Connie