Friday, October 28, 2011


As the saying goes....."Time Flies When You're Having Fun."

It's hard to believe that a year ago today we were celebrating the Grand Opening of A Beautiful Mess  with over 200 family, friends, and customers from all over.

It was the end of ten very long and exhausting days of cleaning, tearing down, building and moving everything into what was evolving into a beautiful mess.  A journey I never would've dreamt could be so fulfilling and successful.  We have all basked in the love and support of our family and friends; which is wonderful, but we have truly been blessed with the support of our amazing followers and  customers.

Tina, Marilyn, Karen, Victoria, and The Junk Girls and I, have all learned so many valuable lessons this past year. A lesson that is changing my life is; life is too short not to make time for those you love and you must take chances in order to succeed. I am not sure where I read this, but the following quote resonates within me, "The days are long and the years are short..." Think about it.... Making time for our loved ones while pursuing our dreams is vital to all of our success.

Today is not just a day of celebrating our one year Anniversary, but a day of celebrating our individual successes, and our success together, working as a team. We're so looking forward to what's ahead and looking forward to an even more successful year two!!

We would like to say a very special thank you to all of our customers and followers, because without you, this year wouldn't have been what it was!  Thank you!

To Lu Tapp our friend and photographer, without your beautiful photography nothing would be the same!  You've graced the store with your talent and helped it to flourish through your art.  Love you.

In honor of our Anniversary we decided it would be great to offer all of our wonderful followers and customers a chance to win some of the merchandise offered in "The Mess" as a way of saying, "Thank You for a great year!"  So, we will be hosting a 6 week long giveaway (Yes, that's right 6 weeks filled with chances to win) featuring a different vendor in the store weekly and the item they will be offering for the weeks giveaway. The winner will be chosen every Sunday evening and their name will be announced with the "Giveaway item of the week" on our Blog and Facebook page on Monday mornings.  Be sure to check back every Monday, for not only your name, but the
 "Giveaway item of the week."
The first giveaway will start today and be announced on Monday November 7th.  This weeks giveaway is a set of my 3 Fine Grains pillows, created using authentic antique German grain sacks and French linen from the early 1800's.  These pieces feature very rare hand drawn horses and the initials M.B. which belonged to the farmer in Germany. They retail at $800.00 for the pair.

In order to enter this giveaway you must follow these guidelines:

 Leave a comment at the end of this post and or follow us.... For additional entries, add it to your sidebar, or you can post about the giveaway on blogger and to any social networking sites, twitter, facebook, and blogger!!! 

Please come back and leave a separate comment for each site you post about the giveaway too. Anonymous entries, please make sure you leave an email address with your entry, so we can get it to you ifyou win . Giveaway is open internationally as well!!

Good luck to you and have a wonderful weekend! 


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where to begin.....

If you don't follow us on Facebook, you may not know what we've all been up to and what has kept us running in all different directions.
Oh where to begin....

Marilyn's beautiful home was recently featured in the latest issue of Jean de Arc Magazine. If you haven't seen it already.... run out and buy it because you won't want to miss it!
 It's stunning!!

Karen has started up her own business within "The Mess" called L.A. Junk Antiques.  Karen is super excited about her new venture!  Be sure to follow L.A. Junk on Facebook for updates on events, sales and new pieces she's bringing into the store. We're all very excited for Karen, and can't wait to watch as her talents unfold on her site. 

Victoria has something exciting to share as well.  She has created a beautiful new website, blog and facebook page featuring her business within "The Mess"... Victoria Stoehr Designs!!  She did a wonderful job and we're all really happy for her!!  Be sure to visit her website featuring an online store filled with beautiful treasures.

Two weeks ago, you may have noticed we were closed, as we were Vendors at the famous and ever growing Remnants of the Past Show!!  What an amazing weekend, filled with friends, clients from near and far and so many talented dealers in one place.  Judy Watkins and her Team provided us all with an extraordinary show.  If you weren't able to attend this last show be sure to head over to her link and read all about it and receive updates on the next show tentatively planned for June 3rd and 4th at The Madonna Inn. 

A Beautiful Mess/3 Fine Grains 

Marilyn Thompson

Victoria Stoehr Designs

L.A Junk
After we all returned and settled back into the store the Winter Issue of Romantic Country Magazine hit the newsstands.  What an honor to have my story be told in this national publication!  If you haven't seen the article yet, be sure to grab a copy. It's on newsstands until January.

This Thursday marks the 1 Year Anniversary for A Beautiful Mess.  Please tune in to the Blog and Facebook page for a very special Anniversary post and a Giveaway you won't want to miss!

Until then...... Have a wonderful week!!


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