Thursday, October 28, 2010

You Ain't Neva Gonna Believe Dis!

We hit the thrift store today. I noticed a big bolt of fabric in the back corner and went to check it out. $25. There was a ton of it. While not my first choice, I could definitely see it in the Little Man's room. I let my imagination go...hmmm....the possibilities...

And then I unrolled it further to see if there was a name on it. And there was. Lee Jofa. I know that name. It's in those fancy magazines! So I called a cousin who knows about such things and she let me ramble and was a precious listening ear! I figured, at $25 for the bolt, worst case scenario, I decide I made a mistake and we've made a $25 donation to a thrift store that financially supports a worthy local cause. I think I can handle that.

It took ALL of the strength Sister and I could muster to load it in the buggy and then we feared the buggy might tip.

We struggled to load it in the car. That is a LOT of yardage. My nerves were shot. (Ridiculous - over fabric, right?!) So I rushed home and googled "Lee Jofa Antler Fabric." I mean, for it to be at the thrift store it's got to be from 1980, right?


Compliments of Veranda.

Compliments of House Beautiful.

It's very recent.

Lee Jofa has it listed as part of their 2010 line designed by Eric Cohler. Read a bit about it here.

Inside Fabric offers it for a mere $130/yard - oh wait a minute - it's on sale for only $91/yard! What a bargain! (I am kidding.)

Seriously though, I am so frail and human. I like that fabric a lot more NOW that I know what it's worth. Had that name not been on the fabric, I probably would have walked away.

Once the shock began to wear off, I called a friend who faithfully rejoices over such discoveries with me. And she did me good. She, without even knowing it, knocked me from my high horse when she said, "Jenn, God gave that to you. He gave that to you. It's a gift from Him!" How right you are dear friend. How right you are.

In all my giddy excitement, I'd neglected to thank the one from whom such a blessing came. I'd come to think of such a find as my good fortune.

The reality is, this is a gift from Him. He cares about the details of our lives. He is sovereign over all, even bolts of fabric in the back corners of thrift stores.

And now I must run...a certain Little Man (who is soon to sport some fancy fabric in his room - 'cause he cares about fancy fabric and all) threw a mud ball IN Sister's eye...


  1. !!!!! He did give it to you, and I'm thrilled! You're definitely more style savvy than me 'cause I never would've recognized the name. I can't wait to see what you do with it; it's perfect for a little boy's room. And girl, you're gonna have scraps... lots of scraps... like, you could start selling the extra by the yard and make a killing!

  2. How wonderful!! HE does give us ALL things! Did you add that to your "thankfulness journal"? Looking forward to the reveal (when you post it...when you have pressure)!

    Sending you a Canadian hug my friend!


  3. Love it!! God is so awesome! I'd be delighted too, can't wait to see what you make with it.

  4. What a find! Wow, very cool story and great eye. Your friend is so right - HE totally gave that to you! Have fun!

  5. I was JUST reading about that designer!!! Too funny! Now, go out and do something w/ that fun fabric (or, sell it :-) What a blessing!!! And in our bible study this week, we were just talking about how we forget the one behind the blessing. Thanks for another reminder!

  6. Whoop! Whoop!! That is an awesome find. You are the bomb.

  7. Oh. My. Heavens.

    Hurrah, hurrah! Yea for the bolts of fabric in our lives that God bestows just when we need them.

    He's good like that.

  8. Wow! What an exciting find! I actually really like the deer antlers. Perfect for a little boy's room, or even a study! I guess I should be hitting up my thrift stores more often!

  9. Unbelieveable! I can't wait to see how you use it!

  10. I definitely would not have pegged that as modern. See, my first notion once finding out what it was worth would be to sell it. That's how shallow I am.

  11. What an awesome find! and yes, I agree, you were blesed by God. Just found your blog via a link from The Nester and have now bookmarked it so I can come back later and read read read. I can't wait to get to know you better through your blog. Your kiddos are cutie patooties! Have an awesome and equally God-blessed day.

  12. What a find! I can't wait to see how you use it. I love that you see it as a gift from God. He gives good gifts, doesn't He?

  13. i love that God cares about those parts of our lives that seem small, but are really fun! like when i find an Anthropologie lamp on sale AND i have a gift card- God is looking out for me! : )
    just found your blog from Nester... i'll be back! (and i blog sometimes, but not in like 6 weeks- i'm lazy like that). : )

  14. I remember a Beth Moore study once and she encouraged us to say, "Lord, would you just delight me today?" I have done that, and I am always astounded at the blessings he sends my way. Unexcepted, totally delight-in-the-Lord blessings!

    I would consider this one of these moments! How wonderful!!!

  15. I've had another such experience at the thrift store where God gave me EXACTLY what I had wanted! I know the feeling and I'm SO happy that the Lord gave you that little blessing! I KNOW how much it means when God does those little things for His children! Love ya!

  16. Hi I see that this post was a long time ago but I have been looking for this Green Antler fabric by Lee Jofa for a while and was wondering if you happen to have any left over and if you would be willing to sell it to me. I have one year old son and would love to do his room up in it. Thanks for your time:)