Sunday, November 11, 2012

Full Circle Season


Full Circle Season

The last few weeks I have been purging and packing....preparing to sell the house.
There has been a lot to do.
Many “layers” of digging through things and deciding whether I should keep it or sell it.

Some of the decisions are very emotional as they hold a special memory....but I can’t take it all to where I’m headed. Where am I headed? Back to my home state of Michigan.
Yes. I am moving back to the Lansing area, where I lived 30 years ago.

I have an adventurous spirit about me... I get that from my Mom.
I’m a risk taker and with that has come many adventures.
Some of the adventures have been difficult , but all of them have been worth the risk.
I've learned a lot and met  friends I would have never known had I not stepped out in a new direction.
Some of those people I met along the way helped me become who I am today.
I’m grateful that my Mom instilled that risk taking adventurous spirit in me.

Here I go on another adventure, except this one is different.
This is the first time I will be going back to a destination that I thought was done and over...in my past.
It’s a full circle season in my life.

Today my first load of boxes and furniture is heading to Michigan.




It will help me empty the house to prepare it for sale.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I appreciate you being here!

Hugs and Love,
Julie

Monday, November 5, 2012

When Doors Close, a Window Opens


When  Doors Close, a Window Opens


I’m very excited to say that a window has opened for me!

It’s been a season of doors closing in the last couple of years.

I closed down my dream business of hand  painted glassware in January of 2010.

I started my new dream business, Entirely Apropos, shortly after.

I barely got my feet on the ground when in May of 2010 we experienced the 100 year  flood in the lower level of our home.

In January of 2011 my Dad was in need of additional help. He lived in another state... I was in process of trying to move him here when he unexpectedly passed in June of 2011.

In March of 2012, we lost our booths  at Harpeth Antique Mall due to the mall closing. (which means income lost )

In June of 2012, my beloved Mom unexpectedly passed.

Can I just say....this girl is READY for a window to open! 


Since Mom passed in June, new  opportunities have opened for me!

I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog or my facebook page as there has been much to do.

What have I been doing ?  I've been preparing to sell the house.



Yep, this house that holds  so many wonderful  memories, will have a new owner.
I'm trusting it will bring them wonderful memories too.

There has been much to do ... many layers of cleaning and purging involved.

I’m soooo blessed to have friends and family that have been there for me to help me through this process.
They have been there for me physically, emotionally and financially.
I don’t know how I would have made it this far without them!
Thank you again my dear friends and family!

I've given myself one month to get the house ready for sale.
( gulp! )

I’m blessed in so many ways. Not only with amazing friends and family, but also that what has been a  heart breaking season...God has granted me joy and hope in the middle of pain.

I’m very excited for the change....but wish I could take my friends with me on the journey.
They all promised me they would take some road trips to where I’m headed...I’m gonna hold them to their promise.

I will share more with you as the journey continues.

Thank you for stopping by to read my latest update......I appreciate you!
Take care.
Hugs and Love,
Julie

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My World Changed Forever

June 27th, 2012 started out as any other day.
Mom had an appointment in the morning.
I had run an errand in the afternoon, and when returning home, Mom was so excited as she had just finished a conversation with  my cousin Sue.
I remember how much she enjoyed their conversation and how much delight it brought her.

Little did I know that 4 hours later my Mom would  collapse in front of me and my world would  change forever.

As you may or may not know, my Mom suffered with fibromyalgia for many years.
She chose to treat it without medication, using natural methods.
She did pretty well as the years went by, although I know she was in pain more than she would express.
She had great success with acupuncture in the last year.

A few days prior to her passing, she had some pain with one of her teeth. She went to the dentist and when returning from the appointment, complained of some pain in her jaw.
We didn’t think much of it as we thought it was from the dental work that had been done.

As the day progressed on that Wednesday, Mom started having more serious pain in her back, neck, shoulders and jaw.
I noticed that Mom had googled “heart attack symptoms” on her computer.
 I asked her if she was feeling any of the symptoms of a heart attack,  and she assured me that she felt like it was fibromyalgia....however,  my instincts were kicking in and I was becoming a bit more concerned.

I continued to rub her back, as I would  when she was having a fibro flair up....but I wasn’t at peace. I asked her again if we should go to the hospital to be on the safe side and she assured me that she felt this was fibromyalgia...so I had to take her at her word and trust that she knew what she was feeling.

I remember after rubbing her back and trying to bring her comfort..... Mom and I had a conversation about how much we love each other and how much each of us meant to each other. That wasn’t unusual. We would say those things to each other, many times a week.
It always went like this :  “ I don’t know what I would do without you”...and I would always respond with “ I don’t know what I would do without you, either”. But this time, I felt this incredible pain in my heart when we said it. I remember crying while we were talking,   feeling like something was going to happen. I didn’t really process it at the time, but when looking back....I found it to be so incredibly wildly intuitive.

I remember  calling our dear friend, Jane, asking  her to pray. I was still feeling uneasy. Jane prayed a beautiful prayer for Mom and then ended it with “ Lord, may she have the most peaceful sleep this evening, that she has ever had”.

Within a short amount of time, my Mom collapsed in front of me.
She called my name, and then collapsed.

I remember feeling like everything was in slow motion. I couldn’t find the phone and was panicking and praying to find the phone , and at the same time screaming at Mom to “ hang on”.
I found the phone within a few seconds, but I remember feeling like it was forever. I remember dialing 911, noticing that my hands were shaking so badly that I felt like I  was having to dial the number slower than usual, all the while keeping my eyes on Mom.

 All I could do was to hold her head up, hoping she wasn’t choking and telling her not to leave me. I know, that sounds so horrible when I think back on it. I wish I hadn’t said that. Who wants to pass with their daughter pleading with them to stay. I wish I had told her it was okay. But it wasn’t okay with me.  
Mom did seem to hear me, and I remember her looking at me like she was trying to stay.

I won’t go into the details, but it was very hard to watch my Mom for a few seconds.
By the time the emergency personnel  arrived, I do believe my Mom was home with the Lord.
I think the Lord had such mercy to take her so quickly. She maybe suffered for a moment, but not much. They worked on her for 40 minutes, but I knew she was already in heaven.

Our friend Jane arrived shortly after Mom collapsed, and all our neighbors gathered at our front door,  as we all watched in complete shock , as they were  trying to resuscitate Mom.
I remember seeing neighbors praying in our driveway,  and Jane had her arm wrapped around me.

When we ( Jane and I ) arrived at the hospital, Jody  met us there. She had arrived a bit earlier than we did. Mom’s Pastor’s had also met us when we walked into emergency.

Mom was pronounced deceased at 9:20 pm.
Cause of death, heart attack.
My Mom had completed her task here on earth. The Lord called her home.

One of my favorite photos of Andy, Mom and I. Photo taken  in the late 60's.



My Mom and I have a small army of women that we have known for years.
Several of these  women also attend Jody’s Crop at Scraptherapy.
We’ve known each other for at least 15 years....some of us a little longer.
They are our family.

Before I blinked an eye, these women arrived at the hospital to be with me. I will never forget it. We all sat in a room, on a gurney. Cried and hugged and cried some more.

This army of friends would become my backbone during this difficult time.
They have been there for me every step of the way.
They have held my hand, shopped for me,  cleaned, cooked, organized, packed and moved boxes and more boxes, made phone calls, attended appointments with me, helped me with paperwork and more paperwork,  hosted  a garage sale ( which is a big deal and lots of work in 90 + degree weather! ), stayed overnight with me... and on and on.
Unbelievable what these women have stepped up to do for me.
I'm sooooo grateful for them. ( "grateful" and "thank you" aren't big enough words to express my gratitude! )

That doesn’t include all the amazing friends and family that have stepped up to help me with their encouragement or financial assistance.

I want to thank all of you that have been so amazing to me during this time of my life. I’ve felt so loved and comforted by so many of you.
Between your comments on my facebook page ( Entirely Apropos ) , cards, calls, emails, delivering meals and on and on.....I am so blessed. Thank you. Thank you so very much.

I know my Mom is rejoicing in heaven as I believe somehow she can see what is happening and how much help and love  I am receiving.

I couldn’t close out this post without saying something about the Lord. He has been my rock through all of this....He has been there for me every step of the way, providing me with such amazing friends, family and miracles. .

I’m so grateful for so much.
I miss her every day, and I think of her a bazzilion times a day.... but I know where she is, and I know she is in heaven,  a better place. We will all be together again someday.  It’s just such a huge void for so many of us here.

Her memorial service was beautiful, I believe somehow that God allowed her to see the service, and I know she was shocked at the turn out and the love that people have for her.

To view the service, please click here: Barb Shelander’s Memorial Service.

I hope to be back on facebook in the near future. For now, I’m pressing through with an enormous amount of deadlines and responsibilities that need to be tended to.

Thank you all for reaching out to me the last couple of months. Means so much to me.
I love you all, and feel so loved and blessed to have you in my life.

Julie


This is a photo of Mom and Cinnamon ( Cinny ) .
We would walk  the dogs together. 
I sure do miss her in all those little moments. It's very odd to do things by myself again. 
We were two peas in a pod. 
I love you, Mom! You are forever in my heart.
I miss you so much. 


Friday, June 22, 2012

The Tent in the Booth

June 1st 2012, Mom and I moved into the Franklin Antique Mall . Booth 21
June 15th 2012, Mom and I moved into the Spring Hill Antique Mall. Booth 11

Are we crazy to move into 2 booths , back to back? Maybe.
When the doors of opportunity  open , they open.
These doors happened to open up at the same time and we went for it.
Sometimes the waiting list to get into antique malls is months down the road....sooooo... YES PLEASE, we'll take 2 ! Thank you.

Okay...so now that we have 2 more booths .....what next?
Well, one of the  challenges  was to come up with 2 new ideas that would  create some ambiance in the booths.

I've been in retail forever.
I know the value of creating an atmosphere that is pleasing and comforting for a customer....a girly customer. After all, we girls like to shop with our eyes. The more unique a display is, the more attention it gets.


Originally this "display idea"  was going  to be for the Franklin Antique Mall, but when we reevaluated the size of that booth, we decided it wouldn't lend itself very well....we'd lose valuable space. So we went with Plan B at that booth...which I think turned out pretty good for a last minute idea.

What "display idea"  am I speaking of ? .....why a tent of coarse!

At some point in the past year, Mom and I came across a pop up tent at a garage sale.
The top of it didn't seem to fit the base....so we didn't use it. It sat in our storage unit for quite some time ....until one day , we had a light bulb moment.



Why not place the tent in a booth?  I could see it now....the tent sits inside the booth  and it has this amazing crocheted topper on it....you know .... like something you'd see in a magazine!

Yes, that'll work!! So  I started searching for king size crochet bedspreads. I looked for them on eBay and Etsy....but they were way out of my price range.

Soooooo, we were on the hunt for one at a garage sale.
We never found the king size crochet bedspread ....but one day we came across 4 battenburg shower curtains that were in like new condition. Yes 4 of them. All the same pattern. All at the same  sale and at a very reasonable price. 
Could it be? Could this be the answer to the topper??? We purchased them and we were pretty darn excited. Yes indeed....this just might work! 


Before we knew it, we were in crunch time to put this together.... we still weren't sure this would work.....but we were hoping. ( please please please work! )


Now as excited as we were to see the final result , we did have something to do before this would be complete....  that  "something"  was kind of on the dready side. Sewing. Yep, we were going to sew all the pieces together....and sewing isn't one of our "gifts". Well, it isn't one of mine....but Mom wasn't all that excited about it either.

I happened to be chatting with our  friend Kari about our dreaded hours ahead of sewing ....and she suddenly said a word that jolted me back to reality. " Fabri Tac". ( well I guess that's 2 words...one name)
Why YES, fabric glue is the answer!!!! I couldn't get to Hobby Lobby fast enough. ( Thank you , Kari!! )


We couldn't find Fabri Tac at Hobby Lobby, but I did find another brand that worked just fine. Crafters Pick- Fabric Glue
That evening, we cleared the driveway of the cars and laid out a few  sheets to protect the fabric from the driveway. 



I placed the 4 shower curtains next to each other creating a large square.
I glued all the edges together and within an hour or so, I was done! 
I carefully folded it up after letting it dry for an hour. 
I let it set for about 12 hours ( couldn't wait any longer ).
Then, we opened up the tent base, and prayed that it would fit.


Our prayers were answered! It fit just fine.
We didn't have to add any boarder.
It was a perfect fit and looked like something at an old fashioned country fair...or at least in my little world, that is what it reminded me of.






We were really excited.
We packed up the tent with the new topper and headed down to Spring Hill  Antique Mall on June 15.

I couldn't wait to set this up, but also  a little nervous .
We are new to the mall and new to the other vendors and dealers. Wasn't sure if this was going to be something everyone would embrace.
After getting the tent up.... I was relieved when a couple other dealers stopped by and gave us their thumbs up.
It's always a nice thing to be welcomed....and welcomed we are and have been...with our tent.


10 x 10 Tent


I  have to send  out a big THANK YOU to our friend Sandi G.
She came to our rescue the day of our move in /  tent set up.
My Mom hurt her back a couple of days before the move in.
I wasn't sure I could set up the bones of the tent without extra help.
Sandi had a full schedule with a wedding she is hosting at her home , and yet she took  the time to help us. That is what I call a dedicated friend.  Thanks again, Sandi!

I don't know if this will inspire anyone else. I hope somehow it does.
I was so amazed at how it turned out.
No it's not the most amazing upcycle project.... and I know we aren't  the first to think of putting a tent in our booth. ....however, I had to share it because I love the way it all came together.....and I'm grateful for that.
I think it is a little unique and unusual. I hope it makes our customers feel at home and that they will want to linger as they look through our booth.


As always, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read about our latest adventure.
I know how busy everyone is....and it always amazes me that you take the time to read my latest post.
I thank you.

I'm looking forward to sharing more photos of the booths....soon!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
xoxoxox,
Julie









Friday, June 8, 2012

We are Booth 21, Franklin Antique Mall !

Mom and I have been busy busy busy girls. 
We moved into Franklin Antique Mall on June 1. 
We were a little perplexed with our layout of the booth, as there were some bookcases in storage that we were unable to acquire until Wednesday the 6th.  I think we did okay figuring out how to work around it.
As of Thursday afternoon,
 this is where we are at:



Mom purchased these amazing chairs at a tag sale a few weeks ago.
I've been enjoying them in my work space until we moved them into F.A.M.
The talented  Jodylynn from Scraptherapy 
created the buntings and pillows to match!
May I say that both the chairs and the buntings have had a lot of interest 
since they have been displayed.





I've been chompin' at the bit to share with you this find....
 I purchased it from a friend / antique dealer that had a booth at Harpeth Antique Mall. 
He was having a tag sale to reduce his remaining inventory. My heart was pounding when I set eyes on her! She is a rolling stand that once held fruit in a grocery store! ( I forgot to get a close up of her labels, darn it!)
I've also enjoyed having her  in my work space for the last month. She has been rather handy to hold paperwork.  I'm gonna miss her!



The enamel table top,  below the notions display :


The notions display :
( vintage and current ) 



Another amazing bunting by Jodylynn. 
She used a ruffle and vintage tatting pieces.
Yep. Pretty darn awesome. 
This hangs above the notions display.



I picked up these vintage drawers last weekend.
I love vintage drawers. 
I use them on bookshelves for storage. 




A collection of vintage lingerie .....


The shelving units that arrived yesterday!



Well, for now....that gives you an idea where we are at with the booth.
We have a lot of holes to fill in with the smalls....but we are getting there.
If you get to Franklin TN, stop by  the Franklin Antique Mall and look for us , we are booth 21. 

Our final phase starts on the 15th of June.
Mom and I are moving into the Spring Hill Antique Mall, which is south of Franklin.
After we put that booth together....Mom and I are gonna take a long nap! 

 I didn't expect this junkin' adventure to be so wild and crazy...glad I have you with me , it's a lot more fun that way! 
Thanks for taking the time to read my latest, means so much. 

Enjoy your treasure hunting 
adventure my friends!
Hugs and Love, 
Julie




















Friday, June 1, 2012

Plan B

Today Mom and I started our new adventure at Franklin Antique Mall.
It feels so good to be moving forward.
I'm not sure how many dealers / vendors are in this mall...but it's a plethora.

With that many booths, we wanted to try to do something that would help us  stand out a bit.
Plan A didn't work out.
We went with Plan B.



I spent most of the afternoon, climbing up and down a 15 ft. ladder. 



Mom spent most of her afternoon making sure the ladder was stable and directing me. 
Thanks, Mom!


We hung twinkle lights up and down the rafters....
and then incorporated our $5 "find"  that we picked up a few weeks ago at a garage sale!


At the time we purchased this, we thought "maybe" we could use it for something down the road.
It's netting for  a canopy bed.

We tucked it away and didn't give it another thought.....


Until yesterday!
We knew we were going to hang twinkle lights in the new booth.
We wanted some gauze fabric or something light in weight to hang with the lights...something to give it a tent atmosphere.
After several hours of shopping at Hobby Lobby and Home Depot....we gave up.
I really didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on this display...so maybe twinkle lights were gonna be enough.
On the way home, Mom mentioned the canopy.


Oh my goodness! The CANOPY!
We opened it up, and checked it out more closely when we arrived home.
We both looked at each other and said
" whoohoo" this will work!

This is Plan B. 

Onward ho....we move in merchandise tomorrow.

Jody from Scraptherapy created some amazing banners that we will be selling for her.
It's gonna be fun. 

Thanks for stopping by my friends!
I appreciate you checking in and taking the time to read the latest.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs and Love,
Julie 









Friday, May 25, 2012

This Dilapidated Suitcase Held Surprises!


I found this old beat up suitcase a few weeks ago at a tag sale.


There were several things inside the case , including some ephemera .
Most of the papers are from Nashville, TN and surrounding areas.

I love the graphics and the handwriting.
Look at Howe’s Distilled Water - Southern Ice Company....wow!



I would have bought water from them just because their label is so amazing!

I have scanned more of these for you to view.
They are dated back to the 1917-1919's.













You are welcome to copy these and save them in your file if you can use them for any of your craft / scrapbook projects.

These will be for sale at one of the booths....either in Franklin or Spring Hill Tn.

Thanks for stopping by ...
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Hugs and Love,
Julie

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Opportunities, New Beginnings


New opportunities , new beginnings.

As you may or may not know, we had 3 booths at our local antique mall, here in Franklin Tn.
Long story short, the store lost it’s lease .It was surprising news and difficult to accept. We had been building our clientele for the last couple of years... and things were going good .....really good.  ( read more about the closing here : Saying Goodbye to our Honey Hole.)    

When the news was announced , we had about a month to find a new location.
With 140 other dealers scrambling to find a new home , we weren’t able to find one  in time.
The week the news was announced, I happened to be preparing for my Mom’s 75th Birthday party which was to take place at the end of the week.  ( you can view  the Birthday Party post here: Celebrating 75 years...A Birthday Party for a Special Mom! ( Part 1 )   )

A week later, we were looking for a new honey hole....however....everything in Franklin and the surrounding area  was already filled by our fellow dealers.
We ventured towards Nolensville Tn.
We were able to acquire a booth at “ The Barn” , which is next to the The Amish Feedmill. ( awesome place to eat ! ) Click here to read more about  the Feedmill.

We were thrilled to find a location...and with that excitement, we took a large space at the front of the barn.
Here is a photo of that location:


Within a month, we realized that we may have overshot the runway...LOL ( anyone else ever do that? hahahahaa)
We have since relocated into a smaller space at The Barn  ( 8 x 10)  and will “now”  baby step our way to finding our niche, ... and building a clientele in that area . LOL.

I am happy to report that in early May, we were able to acquire a 10 x 12 booth at The Franklin Antique Mall!
It’s a charming location, in downtown Franklin . We start moving in June 1. Very excited and have lots of ideas for a display that I hope will work. Either way, we are so grateful for the opportunity!

Please click on this LINK for more information regarding Franklin Antique Mall.
Photo courtesy of the Franklin Antique Mall.  

The other location that I have been toying with in my mind is located in Spring Hill...which is south of Franklin.
I had contacted them by phone and then bugged them by email and then visited them last week and chatted about them on my facebook page! Hahahahaha! ( enthusiastic? ummmmmm, just a little! LOL )
It’s a charming mall.

Anyway, they called me with an unexpected opening that came forth. We have signed the lease and as of today, we move in on June 15th.


For more information about The Spring Hill Antique Mall click HERE




Yes. My head is spinning.
 I'm blessed, and stretched.  LOL

"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress." - Bruce Barton

As always, thanks for hanging out with me...checking in and taking the time to read the latest post.
Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Hugs !
Julie


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Well -Timed Finds ( how apropos! )

Now that Harpeth Antique Mall is closed, we are searching for  new opportunities.
So far, we have  found a new location for us out in Nolensville, TN.....at The Barn! 
Yes, it's in a barn. Love that! 

We have signed up to be in another antique mall that is in process of opening here in Franklin.....and guess what....it's going to be  in a BARN! Isn't that ironic / funny !?
They are waiting on the city to approve all of their plans.
Hoping it will be ready for us soon....'cause we've been out junkin' ! 

Our other  opportunity came from our friend Steve. 
Steve is the proprietor and ( incredible, amazing and out of the box )  floral designer at Garden Delights, in the Grassland area. ( right outside of Franklin , TN. )
Steve has opened up his showroom for some of our finds to be sold there. 
It's quite an honor for us!

We have been out pickin' the last couple of weeks, with the showroom in mind.
This is some of our finds that we will be delivering this week, to Garden Delights. 




The lady I purchased this plant stand  from said her Grandfather made it.
It's beautiful.... and heavy! 










I love this metal push cart.
It was just the bare bones when I purchased it....I added  these 2 baskets that I had in my stash .
I think it turned out pretty stinkin' cute. 


Yep, that is how she looked when I found her. 
She looks kind of lonely without her baskets. 



Another old ladder, for a garden or display. 


Found this handsome galvanized piece of love at a tag sale on my way up to Nolensville this past Friday. He was filled with rusty old screws, locks and who knows what else. ( really, I don't know. I put it all in a bucket. Will be a fun surprise down the road when I have more time to see what was in there!)
He was filled with water..... now ready for a porch....filled with pots of flowers.


Yes I did....I bought another picnic basket. 
This one is in mint condition. I haven't found one in this color combination, ever. 



Oh be still , my beating heart. 
Mom found these old folding chairs last weekend at a benefit sale.
We couldn't grab them up fast enough.
I'm not sure I would sit in them, but they would look fantastic hanging on a wall (folded flat )  ...so that the stamped logo would be seen...'cause I think that would make a great piece of art on a wall.



Would be cute to hang one of these chairs on the wall of a  front porch ( opened up ) , with a pot of flowers sitting on the seat.
One would be cute stacked on top of another piece of furniture, use the seat as a shelf to create a small vignette upon. 


I couldn't  pass up this curly wire window flower box. 



This was another find that I adore.....it's a vintage drying rack.
The lady I purchased this from said she used this in her kitchen for years....she had to downsize and her kitchen didn't have any wall space for it. I think it was a little sentimental for her to let go of. I don't blame her. I would have felt the same way. It's adorable and has lots of character. 


Love how it unfolds into a hanging rack.
That's some of our  latest finds.
They will be for sale at
and 

Appreciate you being here.
Means so much to me! 
xoxox

Have fun junkin' my friends!
Hugs,
Julie