Day Dream about Vintage Market Days!

IMG_1181It’s coming….March 16-18…..at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, NC, and I am so very excited to get to be a part again this year!  Vintage Market Days presents Day Dream for this event and I thought I’d give you a preview of my personal Day Dreamin’ days of late…..SPRING!!!!!!  So that’s what you’ll be finding in my space at VMD this year as well as already bursting forth at the shop.

IMG_1210The patina on this chair grabbed me at first sigh.  It’s worn and beautiful, don’t you think?!?

IMG_1217This great piece sold as I was writing this blog, but I’m sure I’ll find a suitable replacement for Market!

I’ll be bringing a great selection of vintage chenille spread pillows and garden angels, as well as pillows from vintage linens (and of course vintage linens as well!).

There will be architectural salvage items, plenty of ironstone, old books and lots of rusty stuff that we all love!

Always a selection of vintage and antique furniture pieces and plenty of surprises as well!

So with Spring in the air, you don’t want to miss this event of the season!  Get your tickets on line in advance or at the door…..bring a friend of two and enjoy three days of sensational shopping, fellowship and down to earth FUN!

Spread the word and I’ll see you at the Market!  I’ll be the one Day Dreamin’ about Spring!!!!!

~ Blessings,

Connie

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Obedience is better than sacrifice…

IMG_6730It was my starting place….the desire of my heart being fulfilled.  And coming out of a well-paying job to take on my own business was quite a stretch.  But one thing I was certain of…..God’s direction in it for me.  And if I’ve learned anything in this life, it is that to obey sometimes costs you, but to disobey costs you so much more.  And so in January of 2017 the decision was made to open a brick and mortar retail space.  And God faithfully provided the first 500 SF location….an office space on Osborne Road in Brevard, NC. The lease was signed and the doors opened in March.  But close behind that 6 month lease came the fulfillment of the rest of the dream….a vintage home complete with gardens and more space to house Burlap & Lace.  IMG_8385

I would suggest reading back through old blogs for how this story has panned out thus far, but let me suffice it to say….I have learned so much already.  And in that learning, I realize some things that I absolutely have gotten away from while trying to grow this sweet little shop.  And therein lies my lesson of obedience.  May I just say here that God is so faithful?  He will let us “go our own way” for a time, but as a gentle shepherd, he takes that crook around my neck and leads me back to the right path…..again and again and again.

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Since opening the doors of Burlap & Lace, a lot has happened….both good things and not so good things.  My husband and I have been through 2 Vintage Market Days as vendors, we have “opened shop” twice in two different locations simultaneously while doing the market (which proved to be both exhausting and exhilarating), we have lost a parent to death after a five plus year stent of Alzheimer’s (the meanest disease I have ever witnessed), I got shingles, then broke my foot doing laundry….a break that put me in a walking boot for 4 months.  I have undergone Physical Therapy for the results of  wearing the boot for so long, and am still doing so.  That has kept me from doing my “normal” rearranging of the shop weekly, not to mention the set back of not being able to go bargain hunting like normal! Today, I am pleased to say, I saw the surgeon for what I hope to be the last time and have been released to begin normal activities slowwwwwly again. (That will be challenging!  I’m not sure I have a slow gear in my possession.)  To continue my saga, we are battling through the last few months of watching a second parent lose the battle to cancer.  And somewhere along this journey, I decided I should be open 5 days each week which I find has been impossible to do consistently.   I am having to close more than stay open in order to travel, take care of PT appointments and doctor appointments, and just “do normal life”.  Which leads me back to the beginning of this long story….obedience.

I clearly knew from the beginning of Burlap & Lace that I was to be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but when things began to slow down , I felt I could add more days. So I did.  And God has allowed me to “go my own way” once again, all the while prompting my spirit to slow down, breathe and enjoy what and who He has given me daily.  My confession?  I have begun not enjoying much of anything lately for the frenzy of it all.

Having taken time out this morning for a doctor’s appointment, I so appreciated the drive time to be still and to listen to what I knew God was instructing me to do.  To coin a phrase from my earthly father, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”  And that is what I have tried to do…”fix” something that wasn’t broken to begin with.

I had begun listening to people asking me how I could stay open during the winter months if I was only open 3 days/week.  I panicked.  And I shouldn’t have.  God is faithful!  Shame on me for forgetting His promises to me and getting off track….even for a little while.  So with that being confessed, hear this:  I am going back to my regular schedule of Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:30 beginning next week.   And this week?  I will only be open Thursday and Friday, as we again are traveling Saturday and Sunday.  Sigh….

IMG_0825As these gorgeous flowers bravely poked through the debris of winter, I was delighted to see their pink faces gazing up at me.  Winter is passing….and spring will come.  But we must wait for it.  We are not in control.  Am I the only one realizing that?!?

So if you wander in to Burlap & Lace this week, wander in on  Thursday or Friday.  And I will be here (God willing!) to greet you.  Let’s take a quick peek at a few things you will find when you visit next…

 

New furniture pieces, tote bags and fun new wall pieces, plus so much more.  Thanks for being a part of my journey…..and until we meet again,

~Blessings,

Connie

 

 

Expansion at Burlap & Lace

IMG_0690I cannot lie….although the snow is quite beautiful and serene, the winter season  is the hardest for me, and this winter, in particular, has been so.

 

As you may or may not have heard, I broke my foot on October 2 and the healing process has been long and extensive but I praise the Lord that it IS healing….still!  I am now on a bone simulator to help speed up the process, and I am  in my second week of wearing two shoes!  (no more boot!).  What that wonderful boot did for me, though, was to cause other body parts to be sacrificed in their mobility abilities.  (That’s a tongue twister!)  So….I am now in physical therapy two days/week through March!

IMG_0825And just yesterday this was the sight in the front yard of Burlap &  Lace….the promise that Spring is coming!  And how like God to give me a PINK flower to boost my morale!  Pink is absolutely my favorite color (I know, so girl-like!), and I don’t mind showcasing it.

 

And with Spring comes what has become my “I can’t wait for it to arrive” moment…Vintage Market Days of Asheville!  And if you’ve followed me for long, you know this will be my third event there.  So what does that mean?

IMG_0811That despite 20 degree weather, snow and ice, I will be painting and getting ready for  March 16-18, 2018!IMG_0807And I will be hunting down the chippy, worn, rusted beauties to adorn my booth space….

 

AND, I will have pillows made from vintage linens….

 

And other rare, but handmade goodies from vintage chenille….

IMG_0843and then there will be the usual surprises in furniture  pieces, tableware, garden delights and so much more!

So what does any of this have to do with my expansion at Burlap & Lace?  And what IS the expansion I am talking about????

gieoXdBzTBeginning February 8, I will be opening on extended days and hours.  These will be posted on Facebook, but go ahead and plan on seeing me more in the months to come as noted here:

Sunday:   CLOSED    Monday:  CLOSED  Tuesday:  12:00 – 5:30    Wednesday:  12:00 – 5:30    Thursday:  11:00 – 5:30    Friday:  11:00 – 5:30  Saturday:  11:00 – 7:00

In March, I will be CLOSED for two weeks in order to be at Vintage Market Days and then to dress up the shop again to reopen.  Those two weeks will be the weeks of March 5 and March 12.

Now don’t worry…..Just follow me on Facebook and my hours will be updated weekly until after Vintage Market Days when I will land on a permanent schedule through the end of the year.  I still need time to shop for great finds, paint those great furniture pieces and wall art, AND change the venue weekly at the shop so that you nor I get bored!

 

Until we meet at Burlap & Lace, you’ll find me dreaming of warmer days and spending a lot of time sprucing up my garden room…..simply to delight my heart!

~Blessings,

Connie