The Story of The Chapel Market

In my header, it says that this blog is “the stories of the journey we are all on”.

Well, this past weekend, I went on a journey that exceeded my wildest dreams.

When I first started reading blogs, I realized, I had found “my peeps” – people who understood me.  Well this weekend, I got to spend time with and be part of such a wonderful event with fellow bloggers.

The Chapel Market

The Chapel at The Chapel Market

This event was dreamt up by and organized by the (even more kinder and gracious than you could hope) Layla of The Lettered Cottage.  When Layla asked my sweet friend Kari to pull together a booth for the show, Kari asked me to be her partner in crime – and I am so thankful that she did.

The Lettered Cottage - Layla

Kari and I teamed up with Heather of At the Picket Fence to create a booth.

The Chapel Market Team

So now, one thing to keep in mind.

We really had no idea what we were doing.

All of the other vendors were pros.  They were amazing with what they came in with.  Mary from Urban Farmgirl had the most amazing booth and vintage treasures.  In fact, when we pulled in, we saw here pile being formed in the parking lot.

I knew immediately that the day was not ending without me buying one of her amazing trucks.  I have loved them forever.

The Chapel Market

This is my treasure I brought home – maybe someday I will have the life size version!

Thank you Mary – you are one smart and fun lady!

Vintage Toy Truck

And although we were certainly not professionals like Mary, Marian, Lucy or Shauna – I think we pulled together kind of an amazing booth.





My goal when I sit here and write a post is to never be like “hey, look at the amazing thing I went to and you didn’t”.  I share this part of my journey today because it was such an incredible full circle moment that we can all take away something from.

I think this past weekend was a testament to being willing to put yourself out there, to take a risk, be vulnerable and work hard.  After three years of blogging and sharing.  After getting over my fear of getting in small planes.  After being willing to pick up the phone and call people I have never met.  After not ignoring what I am so passionate about, but instead trying to figure out some weird version of making a living at it.

After so many people asking me, “you do what?”.

After all that, this weekend was such an incredible blessing.

From the kindness of all of the people involved, to the beauty of all that was pulled together in that chapel – and the best part, the customers and readers who came in.

I was overwhelmed.

People like this beautiful lady who came in and blessed me so much with her kind words it filled my heart.


And then there was the community of women from Pike Road.  Why didn’t we take a group picture of all of them?

On Friday night, Layla’s amazing friends and neighbors invited us into their home.  A whole group of them prepared the most amazing dinner and dessert to die for.  We ate dinner on their porch with the most amazing southern breeze blowing through and a home filled with gracious laughter.

I wish I had taken a picture of us together, but this is Kathy, and she has a heart so kind it shines right through her eyes.  It was her home where we enjoyed fellowship.


And only I would be the one to greatly embarrassed myself trying to figure out what type of fragrance in her home smelled so wonderful – only to discover it was her kind husband Eddie, which resulted in us both blushing greatly.

Layla and Kevin are so blessed with their community and they clearly care for them both.

As I stood in their courtyard trying to call home, I could not even speak because I was so filled with emotion.


All I could feel was an overwhelming sense of being blessed.


(Pictured: Evan, Shauna, Susan, Mary Kay, Lucy, Heather, Me, Rhoda, Mary, Southern Accents, Layla, Kari, Susie, Marian, Fritos Bag)

So thank you to each you who come here to read this blog that gives me a platform to do what I love.

Thank you to the community of Pike Road.

Thank you to each of the customers and readers that came and joined us.

Thank you to Kari and Heather for being amazing partners in crime.

Thank you to Layla for blessing us all.

And I will end with a question.

Are you doing what you love and putting yourself out there?

I never would have imagined spending a weekend in Layla’s neighborhood, but I know it never would have happened if I hadn’t pursued what I love and put myself out there.

Wishing you an incredibly blessed day.

postsignature.png P.S. – If you missed the show, the good news the beautiful pallet wood letters and tables can be purchased on line.  Even better news, all proceeds go towards the adoption of a little girl for Kari’s brother.

P.P.S. – Here is a little gift for you, compliments of Rhoda.  I thought I would shock her by jumping out the door while she took picture – never thinking she would get me in the air – but she did.


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27 thoughts on “The Story of The Chapel Market”


  1. I saw you at the market but you were totally slammed, in a good way, about 5 deep in customers – so I didn’t get to say hi. I’ve missed you twice now: @ Haven and @ The Chapel Market. I promise next time to introduce myself. 🙂 Congratulations on your success and continued blessings!

  2. All of my favorite bloggers in one spot and I missed it! Kari’s and your booth looks wonderful. Did you sell all of the yardstick arrows? If I was there that would have been one of the treasures I would have bought.
    I asked my husband how long of a drive it would be and he said to long over 800 miles to long. I tried convincing him that all of my favorite bloggers were going and selling really cool stuff but he said we already have enough stuff. He just doesn’t understand. It wasn’t about all the cool stuff It was more about meeting all of you talented ladies.
    I’m so happy it was a success and congratulations!

  3. I am loving seeing all the Instagram pictures and reading the stories about this past weekend. You know, my husband tried to get me to go. He wanted to fly me down, all the way from Canada, because he knew how much I’d love it. I didn’t take him up on the offer…..I’d be totally alone, know no one, and I was scared. He couldn’t come because of the kids. I don’t have any ‘real life’ friends who would have been interested (my friends are amazing, and I cherish them, but home decor/blogging/antiquing is not their thing :). Your post hits home because I didn’t take the risk. Now I think perhaps I should have 🙂

  4. It looks like it was so much fun, Laura! I would loved to have been there, and seen what you had for sale. I’m envious of your truck purchase! Really loved Dana’s post too, we’ll have to chat someday about all of our adventures when our hubbies were out of town. I’ve got a few good ones too. And talk about how I need to get myself back out there, also 🙂 Great inspiration! xoxo

  5. Laura, I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time I so wished I could have been there myself. I just know I’ll meet up with you one of these days. I would have loved to see all of the great booths and the cool items everyone had. Love the truck you bought. I’m so glad you blog.
    Have a great day.

  6. Laura,
    The show looked like so much fun and in such a beautiful place. What a talented group of ladies and congratulations to each of you on a great show!

  7. I remember a post of yours from a while back when you hosted a similar market and it didnt go as you planned… I’m so glad you were able to continue to follow your dreams and be a part of this!

    I wish I could say I was following my dream and doing what I love but it’s just not the right season of life for me. I work full time outside of the home and that won’t be changing anytime soon… but someday it will and that day will be so sweet. Maybe then I can share in something like this!

  8. I love your blog and enjoyed reading about your booth at the Chapel Market!!! Can I purchase the rustic wood JOY and a rustic wood K initial? Are they available for purchase? Thanks for the blog!!!

  9. Hi Laura, I was there too but couldn’t get near you to say hello! Love the event and hope it happens next year too. Promise I’ll say hello next time. Love your blog!

  10. How encouraging! I have a hard time putting myself out there…When people ask me what I do, I still hesitate in saying, “Well, I have this decorating blog…” If I even say it at all! I usually defer to, “Well, I have 3 girls who keep me super busy!” I wanted to be there so badly, but we already had out of town weekend plans. Hopefully, there will be a next year and I will get to join in on the fun! Although, I might have fought you for that precious truck! 🙂 Life to the full! Melissa

  11. Laura, I guess I’m not as polite as some of the readers who say you were so busy they didn’t get to meet you. I probably would have pushed my way through like a linebacker, if needed, to meet you. After all, you were the main reason I made the trip! I enjoyed meeting KeriAnne and Heather, too. You ladies were amazing … helping customers with purchases, answering question and taking time to talk with us … all the time with warm, wonderful smiles on your faces! And, for those of us lucky enough to have our picture taken with you, like KariAnne’s tags read, you made us feel like “such a rock star.”. Thanks for an unforgettable moment in time!
    Diane Hinnant
    P.S. if you haven’t yet seen your cute picture in Rhoda’s post today, you must check it out!!

  12. Hi Laura! I’m actually a new reader of yours as of a couple weeks ago when I was reading the Lettered Cottage about the market. I’m in Chicago and also do shows. I think your booth was amazing for a newbie. It all came together beautifully. I hope you did well! Most importantly you had a great time. As a side note I do the shows where Urban Farmgirl does and I also love her stuff. She has been one of my inspirations. Her shop here is awesome too and when you go inside you want to buy everything!

  13. Laura, I enjoyed you so much last weekend! This post was so heartfelt and I’m so glad you made it to Alabama! Your booth was amazing!! I just wish we had time to shop each other’s booths! Let’s have a cocktail party/shopping for vendors next year! xoxo

  14. Gosh Laura..I could feel your happiness and contentment in that post! So amazing to finally realize that you are fulfilling a dream…you have worked hard and you did appreciate the moment when it came..Continued blessings to you! I have just launched my own fb page with the intent of following my furniture painting I have stepped out there and can only hope to find my joy, as you did yours! Cheers to you!

  15. When I finished reading your post, I had tears streaming down my face! You are such a beautiful person inside and out. I absolutely loved getting to know you this past weekend! You will forever feel like a friend. I love that you included the story about searching for the scent in the house. I really don’t know whose face was redder, yours or Eddie’s! It is hard to explain, but The Chapel Market just tuned out to be so much more than a place to find goodies, although there were lots of those for sure! Thank you for allowing our gang to become a part of your group of amazing ladies. Also, your booth was one of my favorites. I just kept being drawn back in there! My zinc base and sweet antique books tied with a vintage tape measure are treasures. You and Karianne are the best! My son is moving very close to you. Maybe we can meet for lunch when I am up there. Hope so, friend!

  16. No words can begin to describe what this weekend meant. So many new friends that now feel like old friends. Thank you for allowing all of us “Pike Road” girls to be a part of the fun!! Friday night was so great!! LOVED searching the house for “the scent”! Loved that I scored the wooden W!! Even more when Karianne told me about her brother and why he was making the letters. They are fabulous! You are a special lady and I am honored to now call you a friend. Can’t wait til next year!!

  17. Laura, Just want to say that you need to stop selling yourself short, your booth looked wonderful! Wish I could’ve been there to see it and to shop it! Don’t ever say that you don’t know what you’re doing…you decorating gals have got it all together. 🙂

  18. Laura,
    Happy that you put yourself out there and good things have gone for you. I really love my porcelain door knob that I purchased from you (you price tags are so pretty too). Yes…I have put myself out there with my 2 year old business (Coastal Charm Interiors) and I am having a blast with it. What a fun pic of you jumping out of the door!!!


  19. Laura, I love your blog, and I love this post. I am new to the blog world, and find comfort in all the blogs that I follow. I feel everyone has become my friend, even though they do not know me. I am starting my own blog, and when I am up and running, I hope you will follow me. But in the meantime, I look forward to reading your blog everyday.

    P.S. I live in New York too. I wonder how far away from each other we live. I live in the Hudson Valey.

  20. Hi Laura
    I have only made a comment on your site as i am new to your blog. It was the outside door pics that i seen. I sayed i had hubby get mine put out this year. After seeing yours i cant wait to move it closer this next spring. But not why i am writing. I was on a site for fall images and seen the cute goldendoddle and i clicked on it ,Who pops up but you .made me smile as again i like the same things you do. The pic was from 2010 but still enjoyed it. I have a doddle myself. His name is Booker he also will get into things when i turn my back but i have learned to pickup if i don,t want him to carry it off. Just wanted to say hi and how much i enjoy your blog.

  21. Oh Laura, so excited for you! I actually thought about jumping in my car and going to that but it overlapped a bit with a retreat I was on. I hope there is a 2nd one and maybe I can make it! I had to laugh, I was drooling over those letters in the background and just clicked on the link, they sell those in my neighborhood!!! I’m going to have to try to connect with them. 🙂

  22. Hi Laura! I wanted you to know that I am your newest follower! I found you in the Knocktober fest, following you here from Sarah Dorseys blog. You have to know that I stayed and nosed around because I caught sight of a pic with you and Karianne! I ADORE her blog and knew I must read about that pic. You had a booth at Chapel with Kari? Nuff said. You must be fabulousness on a stick! Perusing your projects sealed the deal! I’m now off to stalk….um……look at your house tour! Thanks for sharing so much amazing stuff with us!

  23. I cannot get enough of looking at the great pics that everyone has posted on the Chapel Market…what a great event…and loved your “jumping/leaping” pic….fabulous!!!….and have to check out those pallet letters…such a great cause….would love to go next time!!!

  24. I just found your blog through the holiday home tour and I can’t stop reading! I am so happy to have found you. This post was inspiring enough for me to leave a comment and tell you how cool it is that you’re doing what you love and that you’re blessing others by sharing! I’m working on doing more of that myself with my passions…people like you are what keep me motivated.

    –A new faithful reader, Karli

  25. Laura, Do not doubt that you and KariAnne’s booth was fantastic! My friends and I made purchases we just couldn’t live without. 🙂 It was so nice to see you again and I can’t wait to return next year.
    Thank you for sharing your struggles with being confident in what you do. Right before I moved, I made a decision to actually call myself a blogger. It’s definitely stretching me, a reserved person by nature, but the warm reception I get when I “admit” what I do has spurred me on. Thanks for sharing your story!