Monday, August 31, 2015

The Studio Fall Opening


Last weekend started the Fall Season at The Studio and I couldn't be more excited to see how much we grow. We are almost at the anniversary of The Studio dream. Well, I guess not the dream but the drive to make the dream a reality! I opened for the first time at the end of October 2014, Summer Fest of 2014 is what gave me the push I needed to sell my art in a shop setting. And once again, Summer Fest was successful this year and I think we will be seeing many more faces come through the doors!





 


To recap for those of you new to The Studio. 
We are a seasonal shop located in York, South Carolina on the Flying King Ranch. Nestled back behind the iconic white farm house we fill our walls with regional artists, including artists from Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. (If you are an artist and want to be featured in The Studio, please feel free to email me with examples of your work! langdon.gracie@gmail.com)  As a seasonal shop we are only open at select times of the year. The holiday season (Nov/Dec), Spring (May), Fall (August/Sept) with these openings we change out our inventory to keep things fresh and ready for you to find that perfect gift.

Right now I am featuring 11 artists all who have unique styles and products.


Annie Broom: Fort Mill, SC
Annie Broom makes beautiful, bright and southern, monogrammed products. In The Studio, we feature her Mason Jar Tumblers, Burp Cloths, and little girl Bows.

Anvil Artistry: Columbia, SC
Anvil Artistry is a metal shop the produces hand forged items for the home. Beautiful yard art or a small key chain, you can can find something for any price and any space!


Bangles n' Baubles: Rock Hill, SC
Bangles n' Baubles is a fun jewelry vendor who has many designs to choose from. Stack her baubles or wear a bold pair of her earrings, either way someone is sure to compliment you :)


Clothed In Hope: Columbia, SC
Clothed In Hope is a unique vendor. They are an organization that works with women in Zambia to produce hand sewn products. Each purchase of a Clothed In Hope item provides education and opportunity for a Zambian woman to join a skills training program that will help them provide for their family.

Dave Armistead: Atlanta, GA 
Dave is a custom fabrication wood worker who uses sleek design to create his home decor items. His biggest hit at The Studio are his wine stands that seem to defy gravity!!


Eileen & Emily: Atlanta, GA 


Debbie Smith: Columbia, SC
Debbie Smith is a potter that creates pieces with a one of a kind flare. Each of her works have a body and feel of their own. Her bud vases, and french butter bells are some of our favorites.


Grace Langdon Art: York, SC
Grace Langdon Art (thats me!!) is a home decor vendor that produces custom furniture, lighting, and original works of art. The biggest seller from this vendor are the hand painted tin signs. The tin is harvest from York and Columbia South Carolina so many people feel a fun connection with the piece.

Mowgli & Baloo: Charlotte, NC
Mowgli & Baloo is a unique boutique that offers stunning art on wood panels. Not only do they produce art for your walls but they also offer totally one of a kind corn hole sets!! I have never seen a yard game more beautiful  than these :)


NTN Primitive Wood Works: Columbia, SC
Nate at NTN Primitive has a great eye for salvaging history. He turns tattered and old items in to unique pieces for your home. If you are looking for a piece of furniture that tells a story, NTN Primitive is your place!

Penny Pottery: Prosperity, SC
Penny Pottery has a unique term for her work. Clay as canvas is what she uses to describe her bowls, vases, and so much more. Each of the items are handmade by Penny, fired, then painted. Her stunning and whimsical florals make my heart happy!


If you see anything that interests you please feel free to leave a comment below or email me (langdon.gracie@gmail.com). We would all love you to come in and check out The Studio for yourself we are open for the Fall Season 
Every Saturday in September 
10 am to 2 pm 
1546 Chester Hwy
York, SC 29745

The Studio is my happy place. Seriously a dream come true and I am so blessed by it's growth and hope I can continue to provide a place for artists to sell their goods!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Being Bold With Deadlines

Our trip to Nicaragua is approaching so quickly.
I am beyond excited for being there with my friends and sharing this place that creates experiences that change lives. But lately my heart has been really heavy and I have been struggling with my feelings towards this trip. Feelings of exhaustion, wanting to give up, feelings of pride, and timidity.

I am writing this to remind myself that those are not feelings from God. In 2 Timothy 1:7-9 we are told this.

 "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life -- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace."  - 2 Tim 1:7-9
But I am also writing this to encourage YOU, my family- friends -blog world -York/Rock Hill community and my home town. I want you to know that even knowing my passion for missions comes from the Lord does not mean I don't worry or fear about the outcome. My heart so desperately wants God to show up in a big way and just let this trip happen, but I am having to trust that sometimes (all of the time) God knows better than me. He knows that we weren't meant to reach our Go Fund Me goal in 1 week like I hoped. He wanted me to call on Him when I saw our deadline approaching and very little funds coming in. I don't think this is "suffering" but I do know that God doesn't want us to worry. He doesn't want us to feel hopeless and that is how I was feeling when looking at our accounts. He has called us to a holy life, a life that we proclaim his power, and share his grace.



So here is the deal. Our trip to Nicaragua is October 30th - November 6th. Flights need to be purchased, basically yesterday. We need to also raise the funds to pay for our lodging, food, and transportation. PLUS we need to have our funds ready to serve. Funds to purchase desks for the children at Los Rios school, gathering medical supplies to give in the hospital, and funds to purchase materials for our construction project in the community. Every ounce of this trip is dependent on funds raised and that TERRIFIES ME.

BUT! God called us to be bold with our finances, to be bold with our lives. So I believe that these funds will come. That God will touch the hearts of those meant to give and our Go Fund Me account will expand, and our mail boxes will be filled with checks. And very soon we will be able to purchase the supplies we need to make the connections that will change our lives and theirs forever.

If you feel like being apart of this trip through a financial donation visit our GoFundMe page or email me for more details! langdon.gracie@gmail.com
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>>Ya know, this trip is turning out to be a huge lesson for me. I didn't expect this as I have traveled to Nicaragua so many times, I thought I would just finally be sharing my experiences with others. But God is using this role he has placed me in as a way to teach me how to trust and be bold in my life. He always blows my mind!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Choosing to Make It Happen

Well, I haven't blogged in so long I kinda feel like I forgot how. Like, how in the world do I just jump in and tell you whats on my mind with out like TONS of back story?! I don't know, so I am just jumping in. If you don't understand this post, I am sorry for being so scattered and would love to chat with you more about it :) 

Over the summer Reed and I decided we are going to take our friends on a trip to Nicaragua. We don't have the money, we don't know how to plan a group trip, and we are crazy busy with life. BUT we are choosing to make it happen.

God has given us a passion for Nicaragua. Not just as a couple, or because Reeds parents live there but because God touched each of our hearts there and each of us consider it a place where God changed our lives.

View of the Lathrops Pineapple Farm & Minsistry
For those of you don't know, here is a small, teeny tiny, back story on our beautiful Nicaragua story. 
Reeds parents became full time missionaries in Nicaragua 10 years ago. Reed moved with his family to Nicaragua for his senior year of high school. His naturalist side fell in love with the land and wild life, while his parents began an amazing ministry focusing on community in a poor valley area. After graduation Reed moved back to the States. I visited Nicaragua for the first time on a short term mission trip the same year Reeds family moved (the summer before my freshman year of high school). I loved it and knew I would come back some day. The summer before my Sophomore year my best friend and I went back for a few weeks and got to be apart of the Lathrops ministry in the beginning stages. We both knew we wanted to share this with friends so we came home and gathered a group of girls from school and lead a trip of 15 girls to Nicaragua the summer before our Senior year. This month long trip was where Reed and I started dating and when we both realized that Nicaragua was a place we would always consider home. 
For some reason after that trip back with 15 friends Reed and I stopped sharing our passion for the country and missions with our friends. We would talk about Nicaragua and visited regularly, but we never DID anything to share the passion that God placed on our hearts. We tried to explain it with words, but so often words fail when a simple experience could change a life.

This past spring Reeds parents where visiting and got to meet some of our friends. This visit sparked talk of visiting Nicaragua and sharing how the Lathrops live. Finally, Reed and I got it. Our friends aren't just going to take our word for it and book a trip someplace they have never been. We had to guide them and show them this beautiful country.

This October 31st, eight of us from across SC (hence the name Palmettos & Pineapples), are heading to a country that Reed and I know can change lives. But we also know that a trip like this takes lots and lots of preparation. God has given us a passion, and sitting around waiting on Him to work isn't listening to Him correctly. God told us to GO and to use the gifts he has equipped us with, He didn't say wait until it is easy, or until you have the extra money to go. He just said GO!

"He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Mark 16:15



We are going, we are expecting God to use all 8 of us in a way we could never imagine. We are preparing to use each of our strengths and talents. We will be working with the local school and visiting the community. We will also be visiting the local hospital where we will connect and pray for the patients and hopefully give them some much needed love. We are also planning to use this beautiful country as a place to find fellowship. There is just something different about connecting with people in a place that doesn't have internet, or even electricity all the time! I am looking forward to doing life with my friends in a deeper way than I ever have before. We are expecting God to show up in a powerful way, in how we are ministering to the Nicaraguans, along with encouraging the Lathrops, while also expecting God to open our eyes and hearts to a better understanding of His love for His family.

We are all choosing to make it happen, we are trusting that God is going to provide the funds and needs to make this trip work. We know that when we follow God's commands and use the gifts, passions, and talents He has given us that we will do great things!

**Reed and I ask that y'all pray for this trip, for the leaders, the hearts we will encounter, and the friends we are exposing to a place that God is so evident in. 
If you feel lead to help make this less of a financial stretch for the members of our group, please visit our GOFUNDME page. 
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Encyclopedia Side Table


If you kept up with me via social media while I was off the blog grid then you saw me post this fabo table not too long ago. This was one of those projects that I had all the pieces laying around for ages and I just never did anything. But then I did and I instantly didn't want to sell it. 


Reed and I finished this piece off back in about February but I just never found a spot I wanted to photograph it. Then I did, right in my own living room and I fell even more in love. But alas, I do not need another table, despite how cool this one is so it's up for grabs. 



This awesome side table features some 1950's  world encyclopedias, mid century modern table legs, vintage beveled glass, and hardware. 

That list is sure full of history. Each material has so many story lines etched on its surface and I am IN LOVE with it. I wanted the table to feel like it was made from history and I think that was achieved nicely by the simple design. 



The best part of the table is the negative space between the binding on the books and the glass top. 

Such beautiful lines that allow each material to stand on its own. 


 I hope the home that this little table finds loves it as much as I do.

All this history needs a place to be the center of attention, and those lines need some loving too :)

I am hoping to pump out a new furniture design every month for the remainder of the year. Join me on Instagram to keep up to date on the progress and I will be sharing the final products here!!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The End of a great party!


Hey sweet sweet friends and blog family!

As I'm sure you have noticed Lori and I haven't been around much lately. We have both been busy living life unplugged except for our weekly party with you gals. This past week we decided to take a break from the party for a time. We aren't sure when or if we will start back but want you to know that we have thoroughly enjoyed each and every week you have shared your favorite projects, recipes, and thoughts with us. Thank you for being apart of this Making Monday Family and I hope that you continue to be apart of our blog land lives :)

Keep on making, writing, and sharing!
We love y'all!!
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

making Monday 91

Welcome to Making Monday

This weekend has been glorious for me! So many things accomplished including some great time with friends, amazing church service, fishing, projects, and yard work!! AMEN right?!

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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

 YALL! I'M THE WORST AND HAVEN'T WRITTEN THE PARTY :[
I'm getting to it but for now just link up and I will have this up and ready with in the hour :) 

 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
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And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
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