Nov 23, 2015

Where I've Been and Holiday Cheer!

For the last couple of months, my life has been crazy.  On my last post, over two months ago, I shared with you that I accepted a full-time position right after we committed to two floors in the building Stone Creek now occupies.  I can only describe it as "weird" timing and am still unsure of its purpose (there just has to be a reason).  Needless to say, I have been extremely stressed about figuring out how to do both - well.  We decided to open the shop only on weekends, while we worked our jobs during the week.  It's been amazing to see how well we are doing on just weekends, but it also means that we are working seven days a week - with absolutely. no. break.  We are exhausted.  My heart breaks when I have customers tell me that they stopped by during the week thinking we were open. Having to be away from the shop during the week feels just like being homesick. 

We thought about hiring someone to work it during the week, but decided against it because of several reasons. As I explain to those who ask, our shop is not a box shop. We do have some retail, but our stock is mostly custom made, painted and picked.  It takes all of our very little free time to create the goodies we bring to our customers.  Having the shop open during the week would mean we would need more stock and we just can't do that - at this time.  

Yes, I have some serious decisions to make.  

In the meantime, I would love to share with you some of the latest pictures from around the shop.  The holidays are in full-force throughout downtown Fredericksburg, VA!  If you are close, you really should come to our little city and spend a day going through the shops - and enjoy some wonderful food!


Look at this GORGEOUS oak buffet!  It sold the day after we brought it in and will be heading to a bed and breakfast!

We are not glitsy and shiny, but a lot of rustic chic.

We found this really cool, very worn and tattered leather chair at an auction over the summer and it finally made it into the shop.  LOVE this look!

Cotton has become our signature.

Loving this chest painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle mixed with a little Curio to tone it down.  Waxed in clear.

Ornaments and signs have been huge sellers!  These are perfect for stocking stuffers, wine bottles and sweet little gifts!

We have one clock left but can still custom order more!  The little white table has sold.

Hope to see you this weekend!  We will be open this Friday at 8:00 am for Black Friday deals!  Come on in!

'til next time!

Sep 20, 2015

We Are Open!

Yes, I know.  It's been over a month since I posted.  Shame. On. Me.  It's been a crazy ride and there is so much to tell!

First off, we opened the doors to the shop on September 5th with a "soft" opening.  No fanfare, no balloons, just opened the doors.  That weekend was amazing!  Being that it was a holiday weekend, the streets were loaded and we had many, many fabulous customers come through the door.  We sold a lot of things, from several pieces of furniture to tons of decor.  I didn't feel that we were ready to open (more on that below), but so glad we did!

Since then, it's been a great month!  More furniture is gone and I'm trying my best to keep the shop stocked.  Not so easy when it's just me working it for the most part.  Of course, Dean is by my side on the weekends, but it takes two of us to keep it running smoothly those days.  I decided to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so that I can have those days to get my stock ready.  

So what else has been going on?  Well....I must trust in God's timing.  I have to.  I'm not sure how it will all work out, but we'll figure it out.  After a couple of years of trying to get back into my career so that I can finish out my retirement, it happened.  At the same time.  Literally.  Of course, I had to accept the job!  The shop is for now, retirement is for a lifetime. Since we signed a contract on the space, we are kind of stuck.  In the meantime, we will have to make the best of it and believe that everything truly does happen for a reason.  Because of all of this happening and the weighing in on my mind and heart, I had a hard time pushing myself into getting things at the shop exactly the way I wanted it for opening day.  It has since filled up nicely and new things are coming in daily.

For now, here are a few pics from around the shop.  I have more coming and amazing ladies that help fill in with their handcrafted goodies and vintage finds!


One of my newest pieces!  I love this one.  A pine washstand made over with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed.  Love the chippiness on this one!

Did you know that we are now the Fredericksburg area retailer for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint?  
We have a full stock available!  Visit or contact us with your MMSMP needs!  Classes coming soon!

All of our cotton wreaths sold out quickly.  More coming in this week!  Take a peek at those super cute soaps by be mindful.

I LOVE the fork fish by none other than Krissy of Updating Yesterday!  I have one of her first ones and wear it all of the time.  I fondly named it "Bubbles".  Are you also a Pisces?  Perfect!  :)

More creations from Updating Yesterday!  These totally fit in with our slogan "Restyled Charm and Vintage Goodness"!   Gorgeous necklaces made from drawer handles.

Natasia brought in many more signs and ornaments yesterday and we sold a lot this weekend.  These ornaments are so cute and can be used for so many things. Gift wrapping, wine bottles or for sweet gifts. At only $2.99 each, you can stock up for the holidays!  There are tons to choose from! This is just a very small sampling.

This sweet rocking horse found a new home today!

This new line of body products from be mindful. is wonderful!  All handcrafted from start to finish.  Visit her webpage to read all about the products and if you can't make it to the store, she also sells on-line!

How absolutely cute are these bird soaps??

This went out to it's new home today!

This was a fun find. An old French phonograph.  It has all the workings, just needs a new arm.  Or, repurpose it into a mini bar! Painting, pumpkins and grain sack chair in this pictures are all sold.

This vignette greets you as you come in. Though, not for long!  The dresser sold last weekend, but we get to hold on to it until they pick it up next Sunday.  I hate to see it go, but....I have another wow piece in the works!

I have a lot to sort out, but we are marching on!  I'll seriously try to be better about posting updates and pictures of the shop.

'til next time!

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