Monday, October 31, 2011

More Than Dwelling in Possibility

I have worked 38 years outside the home. Not because I wanted to but because finances demanded it. I went to college during the "budding" years of women's liberation. Most of the mothers of the girls with which I grew up were stay at home moms. That's all I ever wanted to a stay at home mom. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

As I end my teaching career (31 years) and begin my "dream" job, I have a few thoughts to share. (I'll keep this short.) As much as I appreciate the jobs I've had...teacher, librarian, lighting & kitchen planning consultant & apartment manager...I've always felt there was a puzzle part missing. Teaching came close to the "best fit"...but even then, I knew there was a longing there that had not been fulfilled.

The past few weeks have revealed that missing piece. I will not lie, I am tired. Working seven days straight isn't the easiest thing I've ever done...HOWEVER...there is something about laboring at something that you truly love and want to do that helps you bypass a tired body. When you are excited about driving to work, never check the clock and don't even give Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies a know you are onto something BIG!

I have no idea how long this venture will last for me...maybe a short while or maybe for a reasonably long time...but no matter the length...I am extremely grateful for the chance to do something I've always dreamed of doing. I've been given an opportunity that some people never are given or maybe never take.

When my mother died, it shook me to my very core. I saw how fragile and fleeting this thing we call life really is. Her death helped nourish a desire in me and gave me the courage to "go out on a limb". When my son called and said, "I've found us a building", it was the push I needed. When the hubster "fronted" me the money to get going, it gave me a life preserver.

Now all I need are good customers and continued vision! May I encourage you with this thought? Don't wait until it's too late. Realize your dream if at all possible. "Dwell in possibility" and (with all due respect to Emily Dickinson) don't stop there...make possibility happen. If you succeed, hallelujah! If you don't score, at least you took the ball and ran with it!

"Dwellings" Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 12, 2011

10 A.M. until 5 P.M.

Please, join us!

I could have sold this hutch several times,

but it's the one item in the shop that I truly love.

The hutch is finally inside the shop and decorated for Christmas!

I can now die a happy woman.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Finds and Re-Fines at Dwellings...

Welcome to Dwellings Refined..this blog is intended to introduce you to the newest products and finds we will be stocking at our little shop, "Dwellings". The brick building is located on highway 49 south right outside of Florence, Mississippi.
Directions to the shop: If coming from Florence, stop at the intersection of hwy. 49 and 469 and turn right onto hwy. 49 (if coming from the Monterey area, turn left onto hwy. 49; if coming from Jackson, continue south on hwy. 49.) Pass the Jerry's Catfish igloo building on your left. Pass Donna's #6 Produce on your right. Our building has a blinking sign and is brick and is on the right. If you go to Magnolia or Hwy. 49 Flea Market, you have just passed us!

Holiday Store Hours:

M-Sat: 10 until 5
Sun: 1 until 5

We have just received our first piece of specialty furniture handcrafted by a Mississippi artisan. The antique solid wood door top is from St. Louis.
The dimensions are 28 1/2 inches deep and 63 inches wide.

The bottom has been gently distressed and is cream over a dark stain.

The legs gently curve inward. We have these made locally.

The apron and leg color can be your choice and the length can be varied according to your needs. What character!
Santa Claus left a note and said he thinks he can get several in his sleigh!
Another feature of the shop will be the re-purposing and re-fining of vintage items.
As an example, the old stools pictured below BEFORE rejuvenation...look at that drab color!

Now, see after! Cream and khaki floral combine to make a much cleaner look.

The taller stool would be especially nice in front of a dressing table.

The little footstool was also updated.
Both stools sport heavy fabrics and if you desire,
you could change the color of the legs.

Just a quick peek at what's going on at Dwellings...come see us soon.