4 July 2010 Style Spotlight~A Home of Treasures By Tara Ann Neville Nothing warms the heart like an unexpected blessing— releasing feelings of joy, elation and gratitude! These feelings come from creating opportunities for pleasure. Mosaic & Pearl invite you to see the New Boutique Collection of clothing. Check out the new arrival of vintage linens! Browse an ever-changing array of great furniture and home decor. Mosaic accepts quality home decor and furniture. Please call for appointment. Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 10 - 5 387 Chesapeake Drive White Stone Jane Woodle 804-436-9330 Consignment shopping is a wonderful way to indulge in the excitement of a pleasurable Find, yet still show monetary restraint. While strolling down the streets of White Stone, keep a watchful eye out for Mosaic Consignments & Gifts on Chesapeake Drive. In a beautifully-suited home, the treasures of White Stone decorate the ornate walls and unique rooms for all to appreciate—and purchase! Opened two years ago, Mosaic is as much your store, as it is owner, Jane Woodle’s. “We like to have a fun time and love everyone to come in and have a good time with us”, exclaims Jane. Home to some of the finest used home décor, furnishings, art and collectibles, visiting Mosaic in the afternoon feels like stopping by your sister’s place for a chat. Even the ladies who assist Jane “are like family,” she says. Customers enjoy the familiar atmosphere, while discovering treasures. With merchandise rotating every day, Mosaic is a new store each visit. Furniture, sofa tables, occasional chairs and club chairs move quickly. Many patrons grab the art right off the wall—and it’s encouraged! “Our art is popular because most are original, fine art—from the artist—and we try to be fair with our pricing”, says Jane. Mosaic has something on sale everyday. Each item spends 30 days at the original price, then the price comes down 20%, and another 10% after the next month. With items from $1 to $1,000, there are treasures for every home. Like the name implies—the shop houses an assortment of items from various time periods and styles—a “medley of home decor”. Spending time with beautiful art and furnishings can be hard to resist. Many customers indulge in purchases while filling their pocketbooks in the same trip! Mosaic offers a generous 55% to 45% consignor-to-store profit share. “I try to work with the consignors about pricing because a lot of times they know the most about their items. If an item hasn’t sold and we reduce the price after a month, the consignor is welcome to remove the item before the next price reduction”. Consignors know the item’s history, but Jane has a history in consigning! Her love of consignment shopping led her to learn the professional side of owning and operating her own store. After eight years of visiting their home in Heathsville, she and husband Buddy permanently relocated from Richmond. “This is my retirement—it’s fun to enjoy beautiful things that come in and to know they go to a home where they will really be loved”, she confides. Her enthusiasm is shared by her friends—whom she recruited to help with customers. The ladies welcome consignors, when the store is closed, on Monday and Tuesday. Shoppers delight in the new treasures from Wednesday through Saturday. Jane reserves Sunday for family—which includes three sons, their spouses and grandchildren. An avid animal lover, Jane’s down time is shared with her two rescue dogs who have been known to visit Mosaic. Jane has a special place in her heart for dogs, but loves all animals. With the consignors’ permission, Mosaic supports The Animal Welfare League in Kilmarnock by donating any non-furniture items that don’t sell within 90 days at the store. Jane donates the furniture, that does not sell after three months, to The Interfaith Council—where people, who would otherwise do without, are able to put the pieces to use in their living spaces. Just as all homes seem to invite friends, Mosaic Consignments & Gifts offers original mosaic by Susan Barry and stained glass by Barney Higgins Harris of Zekiah Glass—friends with talents! Mosaic has a spare room designated for a high quality, chic clothing boutique named Pearl—owned by Jane’s friend Tammy Brock. With gorgeous, high-end clothing available at bargain prices, Pearl offers Mosaic shoppers a chance to dress themselves with beauty, just as they dress up their homes. To keep clutter at bay, a good rule of thumb is when you bring something in, take something out! Making room for your new treasures may mean parting with what you’ve grown to love. Keeping in mind that the item will find a new, loving home— where it is appreciated just the same—should give comfort to those struggling to let go. Mosaic Consignments & Gifts is in White Stone at 387 Chesapeake Drive. Jane Woodle can be reached, Monday through Saturday, at 804-436-9330— consignors and buyers welcome! Bud Disney photos.
July 2010 5 Start Digging! By RuthE Forrest One of our oldest medical/spiritual writings, The Nei Ching tells us, “the sages did not treat those who were already ill; they instructed those who were not yet ill. They did not want to rule those who were already rebellious; they guided those who were not yet rebellious. To administer medicines to diseases which have already developed and to suppress revolts which have already developed is comparable to the behavior of persons who begin to dig a well after they become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?” We might answer “maybe, maybe not”. Consider the sage’s wisdom for a moment. It’s ‘preventative maintenance’ health care theory. Why wait for disease to force us to change our destructive health habits? Begin today to guide yourself to healthy, happy, wholeness. We know what the experts say we “should” be doing to support optimum health, or where to find such information. We know that diet, exercise and nourishing our soul contributes to our overall health status. But most of all we know our own body, mind, spirit and can therefore intuit what is best for us. We know our body’s “rebellious” mode. We can learn how to recognize subtle body signals before dis-ease manifests. Begin taking small steps to develop new ways of nurturing your health and well-being. Listening to your inner voice, ask your body, mind, soul what it yearns for deep down. What will bring you wholeness? Try something new that supports healthy habits, such as taking an evening walk outside instead of watching the news again. Experience bodywork with a relaxing Swedish massage or energy work like Reiki or Healing Touch, add a rejuvenating facial to your next salon appointment. Perhaps your soul craves a nurturing spiritual retreat or an enlightening class on world religions? Do you feel like you already have a good handle on your health? Kick it up a notch! Go for further detoxifying—an ionic foot-bath series, a stint in a sweat lodge or a deep-cleansing colonic. Go for an extended sabbatical instead of a few days on the beach to feed your soul. Try a new bodywork technique, like Accupressure or chiropractic. Read a book on a subject you would never consider—see the other guys’ perspective?. Begin that long-delayed continuing education project. Teach a seminar? Mentor a student, or sponsor a family. Taste a new food! Don’t wait for a doctor to tell you that you developed a terrible case of thirst because you waited too long to dig the well, and now you’ll die trying. Take responsability for your own health, happiness, and holiness. Demand preventative maintenance for your body, mind, spirit. We might ‘never need medical help’ if we practice healthy ways of living, but at least we can begin to quench the revolt, learn how to dig the well being. RuthE Forrest BA, LMT, NCTMB can be reached at Spa 2 U 804-453-5367 Boxcroft, Inc. Nursery & Landscaping Need A Gift For That Special Person, Special Day? I have a great suggestion for you. How about a good dog mystery or a good dog story for a present!!! You don’t even have to find a box in which to wrap it. And if you order it from my web page, I’ll even pawagraph it for you! How’s that for a terrific present. Pay Pal or all major credit cards welcomed. Go to www.JeanKeating.com $5 Discount Clip this coupon for a $5 discount 25% Off SALE Open Monday through Saturday 867 Fleeton Road, Reedville (804) 453-4462 Open Year Round Plant Sales