Blessings. First of all, what a wonderful boutique filled with all sorts of items that might just be perfect for your home. Of course, I wasn't stopping by to shop, just to make a new friend and find out about her favorite things in the store. Which leads me to my second point...new friends. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Blessings' owner, Connie Liles, who you'll find is there waiting to meet you everyday but Monday. If I had to describe Connie in 3 words after only spending 15 minutes with her it would be these: warm, inviting and maternal. I know, you're thinking 'maternal?' But, there's just something motherly about her that I challenge you to 'not' feel.
This is Connie...in her hands she is trying to 'make' a nest because she can't 'find' them anywhere...I love creative people!
So, on to the point of this blog which is to feature something creative that you can find in OTO. I asked Connie (and I'll ask any of you shop owners in OTO reading this too, so be ready with your answers), "What is your favorite thing in here?" She pointed to these wonderful black and white signs and said "These!"
These fabulous signs are extraordinarily simple, made of wood and filled with words. Some are words of wisdom, some inspirational and some just quirky randomness. They range in price from $15 - $48. She also informed me that you could customize a sign and have them made much larger on canvases. They are quite literally flying off the shelves. Connie told me that she can't keep them in the store they're so popular, she was even stopped in her doorway bringing one in and it was bought right out of her hands.
She is actually carrying a few things in her boutique that revolve around lettering, which can be fun to use when decorating. In particular are these individual letters that are illustrated differently through typeface or art or symbols. I believe she said there are 3,000 or more varieties of the letters and you can put them together to make your own words and sayings. They retail at $7.25 each.
Another thing I loved were all the paintings on the walls of Blessings which are created by a local OTO artist by the name of Jason Roe, who does Boudoir Painting. His art is fabulously moody...you can find out more about him at www.jasonroeart.com. I took some snapshots of his work to the left. I love discovering local shops using our local resources.
Blessings has been in OTO for 7 years, though they recently (a year-and-a-half ago) moved across the street. They are located at 123 North Glassell and can be found online at www.blessingshome.com.
If I've inspired you to visit Blessings, please let Connie know I said hello!
Blessings to you and yours...Kelly