The hushed, unhurried life

It’s no secret that if you live in Brevard, NC, the local grocery store (Ingles) is more accurately referred to among the locals as “Mingles”. There is no such thing as “running in for a few groceries”, because you are sure to meet more than one person you’ve not seen in a while, and you will stop to chat on an isle for a moment or twenty minutes before continuing on with your shopping. And just so you know, I am guilty as well. Nothing better than catching up with your neighbors between the milk and the eggs!

Last week as I was literally running in for just a few things before I had to hurry home to prepare dinner for our guests who were due in less than an hour (yes, I admit I crowd way too much into most days), I patted a neighbor on the back and tossed a hello over my shoulder as I marathoned out with my cart. Her words lingered at the back of my neck….”….always in a hurry. Never takes time to stop and chat…” Albeit true, the words stung me. Yet I didn’t turn around and stop to see how she was doing, because after all, I had dinner to cook and deadlines to meet!

Sadly, this was the second time in less than a week someone had said something similar of me. And I have begun to ponder the truth in the accusations.

I do tend to be about the moment I’m in. If that’s shopping, it’s shopping. If it’s merchandising my booth spaces, that’s my focus. And while that doesn’t mean I won’t stop to chat with you should you catch me in the middle of my frenzy, it just means that I may not linger, or my words may be edged with distraction, as my mind was in full gear somewhere else before the interruption, no matter how pleasant that interruption may be!

Even as I am squeezing in this moment from the fleeting minutes of my own self-imposed hurry of painting furniture, I am anxious to get back out and complete my task before the winds rise and the temperature drops. It is, afterall, February, and winter is still upon us.

For days the lyrics from an old Simon & Garfunkle song have tumbled through my head. Maybe you know it too

….Slow down, you move too fast.  You’ve got to make the morning last…

So this post is about just that….slowing down and looking at each moment as God gives it. To be cherished, embraced, bewildered by or simply caught in the gasp of delight as you linger in the breath you’ve just inhaled. Please allow me to share a few of this week’s joys with you from the booths of Burlap & Lace, located at The Garage on 25 in Arden and at The Marketplace on Locust in Hendersonville, and even a few from home.

The Marketplace on Locust: Salvaged barnwood bookcase complete with lots of home decor!

The Garage on 25: finds for your home, garden, office and loved ones – all in one space!
The Garage on 25: Vintage enamel table with pull out sides….check out all the vintage kitchen ware while there!

Marketplace on Locust: The perfect table for two!

Marketplace on Locust: The perfect side table for a bedroom, den or office. Paint done by Stephanie’s Creations (check out her spaces at both locations as well!)
Marketplace on Locust: Distressed antique ironing board stool is perched beneath an antique drawer, wooden scoop and crocheted table runner. What a pairing!
Garage on 25: Fennial decor tops a mantle decorated with seasonal candle-lamps. Love those old oil drip pans with seasonal florals on the wall behind!

And choose your own wall art saying from a basket beneath the mantle….easy to install, and won’t hurt your walls!
The Garage on 25: Love these hanging wooden bowls! Great in a kitchen for vegies, or in a bathroom for washclothes, soaps, etc. Also great in the garden for bird seed! Bird nest paintings done by local Brevard artist, Lynn Driver. Make great gifts!
I will lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

May you find your peace in the hush of a new day….

~Blessings,

Connie

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

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

“Do one thing, and do it well.”

My children and I give full credit to my husband for being a man of great “one liners”.  In fact, one day I may just write a book of his “themes” that are handed down to us as wisdom statements.

Over and over this past month, his words have stung my heart as they floated past my ears.  “Connie, just do one thing, and do it well.”  He knows my passion for expanding my business, and my ability to let things take on a life of their own.  To me, expanding my business meant being in more than one location.  But I have learned that in such a small town as we live in, that simply doesn’t lend itself to anything but exhaustion!

I have attempted to house Burlap & Lace in multiple locations across this small town I live in, thinking that was “the answer” to expanding my business without having to drive 40 miles to keep and maintain a second booth space.  But because of the uniqueness of Brevard and its shops, I realized that to grow in this manner would actually necessitate diversifying the type merchandise I offered in order to be more unique in the different locations, and that totally went against the grain of the fabric of my business.

My ultimate dream has been to own my own business….to stroll to the quaint little doors of a downtown shop before sunrise on any given morning, slip the key to my shop into the keyhole and walk through the door of a place “all my own”….where once the lights were turned up and the sun gave way to a new day, those passing by might stop to gaze excitedly through the windows and then hurry inside to see what treasures they might scoop up before the next person beat them to the find.

Imagine, then, my enormous delight when the owners of Main Street Market Shops called me one Sunday afternoon and said, “Connie, we want you to take our window space.  We love your style and the way you create.  Are you interested?”  Are you kidding?  Am I interested?  YES!!!!!  I am interested! 

God has a way of fulfilling our dreams and delighting our hearts in ways that are not quite as we imagined, but are oh so much better than we could have dared to dream.  Really.  So much better….

So let me introduce you to Main Street Market Shops, the new home of Burlap & Lace.  Main Street Market Shops is located on Main Street in downtown Brevard, directly across from Mayberry’s and next door to Gravy and Fox Hollow Gifts.  Owned by the same gentlemen that own Fox Hollow Gifts, you will be greeted with some good ‘ol Southern charm when you enter their doors!

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Let me give you a preview of my new space…..with entertainment being the “theme” this month…

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As I finished setting up my space last week, the sun was setting and my heart was questioning if I had done the right thing.  This was a big step for me and it was going to require me to make some more changes…significant ones.  I turned to leave the shop, and my eyes fell on this in my newly created window….

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God let the last rays of daylight seep through the window and onto a canvas I had painted, giving me a message my heart desperately needed to hear.  I embraced the moment.

So what about Country Creations?  Ah….

Sheila, Christy and Candace have been amazing to me.  The last year (and then some) has been full of fun, friendships and sharing life with these ladies.  I pray those days continue even though my business is finding a new home.  I will close my booth space at Country Creations on February 28th.  What that means is a great big SALE through the end of February!  Begin to look for mark-downs on merchandise that is there through the end of this month.   And then please come find me at Main Street Market Shops!  I’m not gone…I’ve just changed locations.  And not because they haven’t been amazing to me at Country Creations, but because God is fulfilling yet another dream of mine.

Coming in March…..I’m going to have a GARDEN PARTY and you are invited!  You will not want to miss this …  Main Street Market Shops …

March 1-31.

Until then, blessings.

~Connie

Home Decor, and so much more…

Beth TriceMeet Beth.

She’s probably the single greatest reason I love home decorating the way I do, though I’ve likely never told her so.

Beth and I were college roommates, and being the home economics major that she was, her love for sewing and cooking was contagious enough that I wanted to ‘watch and learn’ from her then, and still do!  Today I credit her  with the reason I have a blog, for when I got hooked on reading hers, I decided to start my own and she was instrumental in helping me do just that by answering a dozen questions flung her way.  So hats off to you this month, Beth, for inspiring me to dream big, and to achieve more than I could have ever imagined!  This blog’s for you!

Two things are especially noteworthy this month for Burlap & Lace – (1) the continuation of my heritage as lived out through the remembrance of my grandmothers and (2) expansion (finally!) into a new location that I can’t wait to share with you!

My grandmothers were two very different women with two very definite and differing personalities.  One sparked energy, artistic ability, and a love of the outdoors while the other was quiet, proper and very unassuming.  As a young girl growing up around both women, I bounced nearly every weekend from painting with watercolors to playing games of Old Maid to hitting golf balls in the back yard to sitting quietly in a room with a china teacup perched on my lap.  Featured this month at Burlap & Lace are remembrances of my wonderful grandmothers and what they have taught me.

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My art work boasts of  things that remind me of both women and of days gone by.  Flowers were a favorite of both grandmothers and put a smile on my face as well, so you will see a lot of those this month both in the art, and in other uses and forms.  There will be more of a mix of color mingled in as well, as I could not possibly limit a color scheme to either grandmother (though they both loved yellow and they both loved pink).

IMG_2954One grandmother knitted and crocheted, so I wanted to be sure to include these baby caps handmade by my daughter-in-law.  These would be the perfect baby gifts for that special someone in your life!  And making February even more special this year is that my daughter-in-law is expecting her first baby (my first grandchild!) this month as well!

In keeping with the celebration topic comes news of the expansion that I spoke of earlier.  This month, I have opened my second shop located at Main Street Market Shops (next door to Gravy) in downtown Brevard.  I am VERY excited about this opportunity for expansion and hope you will drop in to either Country Creations or to Main Street Market Shops to see what you may find!  I have only just begun to set up at Main Street Market Shops, but let’s take a peek preview….

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You can expect to see some changes there in the week ahead as I get settled in there.  You know I will keep you posted!

Blessings in the journey –

Connie