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

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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