A Deepening Love for the Unlovely

IMG_2420This is my new “happy place”…The Tin Roof Antique Market located on Brevard Road just a hop, skip and jump from the Outlet Mall.  To be sure, you are likely to see plenty of items for sale here that are “lovely”.  But what about the unlovely things?  Be sure they will be here too, but you won’t recognize them as unlovely! And I’ll bet your love for these items will grow as you linger over the stories behind them….

IMG_2421Some wouldn’t think of putting this metal sink table anywhere near their home…but as is my way, I like to think outside the box, which means that I see this with a lot of “story” behind it, and even more “story” waiting to be told….when it finds its new home in your home!

Imagine that it sits outside your back door to be used as a washing station for those grimy little hands (and big ones too!) before they come inside after helping mommy plant flowers in her garden.  The side towel bars are perfect to hang a hand towel from, and the bottom shelf could easily be a place for a lovely potted plant.  Just dump the dirty water from the sink bowl out onto the plant after hand-washing!

Or use it indoors in a bathroom to hold your towels (bath towels folded underneath, even perhaps displayed in a wicker basket), hand towels and washcloths rolled up and displayed for a quick grab in the basin, silver pitcher full of fresh picked flowers adorning the back corner.  Ummm….how I wish my bathroom were larger!  Then this piece would not even have made it into the booth this month!  It has just been discounted from $220 to $145.  And yes, it is indeed an antique!

IMG_2458Besides all the lovely display pieces you will find, don’t overlook the “unlovely” crates!  Originally $40 each, they are discounted to $20 each.  Stacked to make shelving against a wall in your home, or used in your child’s room with the addition of wheels on the bottom to make a great rolling toy caddy, the functionality of these crates will long outlast the crates themselves!

IMG_2453Hand-painted signs are unbelievably priced…this one at just $21!  They all have a meaning that is especially important to me.  God created us each individually, for His purposes and His glory.  Be who you are!  You are beautiful!

IMG_2448Birdbaths aren’t just for the birds anymore! With the addition of a glass top, why not perch this on a patio beside your favorite chair?  It’d make a dandy place for that glass of lemonade or morning cup of coffee!  Only $75 for this birdbath-turned-table.   And when you no longer want it indoors, then find a resting place for it in your garden!

IMG_0953Lovely young ladies singing lovely songs to their furry friends…kinda makes you smile, yes?

As you wander through Burlap & Lace, keep in mind that everything here was chosen….just as you were chosen by the Creator of the entire universe!  God sees the lovely in you…go ahead and stroll through this month keeping your eyes open for that treasure that is every bit as rare a find as you are!

God so loves you….His lovely creation!

Blessings –



Let it Settle –

IMG_2317Can you see the heart that my husband is pointing to in this fence?  Well I sure did….the minute he produced this work of art for my new booth!  Amazing, that man is!

And more than that, he challenges me daily with his wise counsel.  So this week, in the throws of some pretty rough stuff (health issues, work issues, nearly slicing my thumb off at work today), I needed and heeded his wisdom….”Let it settle, Connie.”  I was reminded of I Peter 5:10 which says:  “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.”

Settle me, Lord.

I have just walked away from a sink full  of dirty dishes to write here tonight.  I can count on one hand the times I have left dishes overnight….three times, with tonight being the third.  You see, I hate a mess on the start of a new day.  But tonight, I want to write, then my pillow is calling me so that I can get up at 4:15 in the morning.

Settle me, Lord.  Make me steadfast to do what You have called me to do….be who You have called me to be.

So today….this is where my “calling” led me…

IMG_2473My new booth space!  This is definitely the place I am supposed to be, as evidenced by a gentleman that I met there today.  I’m not sure of his age, but he was walking with a walker, and loved telling stories about his life.  And I loved the gleam in his eye as things such as this brought out a good story…

IMG_2456Pick anything here and a story evolved from his lips and his life…the apron, the syrup bottles, even the apple crates.

IMG_2476We talked about the fence…and where he grew up…and I notice…the fence still bears the outline of the heart…can you see it there in the middle?!?  But it’s the concrete birds perched on top that make me laugh….I can almost hear their song bursting forth.

Don’t miss the birdbath-turned-table behind the fence.  It’s probably my favorite “out of the box” item displayed here this month.IMG_2448

IMG_2462So if you know me at all, you know I only put things in my booth that I love and would want in my own home.  And this painting is one of those items.  Seen first in my son and daughter-in-law’s home, it makes me stop and pause to think of the romance of this young couple….and the servitude of their accompanying companions.  Ah…both spark a light in me.  Which am I?  The servant, or the one being swept off my feet by my One true Love?  I guess it depends on the day, to be honest…

IMG_2452My other son is a lover of giraffes. They, too, make me smile as they bring me remembrance of him. My children are among my greatest gifts…

IMG_2425With my youngest son’s wedding on the horizon, my hunt was fueled to find insulators like the ones used to make this lamp in order to make some beautiful candlelight for his rehearsal dinner tables.  So naturally, this lamp spoke to me, but not just of the one son….the top is a grease funnel!  And my oldest son has dreamed of being an auto mechanic for as long as he could spell the word grease.  So this piece was a must for my space.  If it doesn’t soon find a new home, I am sure it will end up back in mine!

IMG_2450As is my style, everything in my booth space is for sale, and everything evokes some positive sentiment in me.  These swirl mugs seem to invite me to a cup of hot chocolate around our wood stove.  Would they hold your tea, your coffee, your jellybeans?!?

IMG_2478So these flowers out of place (otherwise termed weeds) stopped me as I drove home from my new booth space today.  Literally.  As in –  I stopped my car, stopped traffic, rolled down my window to take this shot.  Why?  Because they were absolutely breathtakingly beautiful swaying in the wind.  And I love a good surprise.

Settle me, Lord.

For a brief moment in time, I was settled.  Happy to take in this view.  Happy to know and remember that  God has a purpose for the weeds in my life.  And even those seemingly uncontrollable weeds can be beautiful to the beholding eye.  I dare you to stop and allow God to settle you in His world of purpose and perfect peace.  You might be surprised, as I was, at the beauty of it all.

Blessings –