spring flowers :: flower dreams

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Spring is coming ….I can feel it in the change of the weather…the warmer days…..the light lingering a bit longer…..

…and I am so ready for the green leaves to burst forth from their winter slumber, for the trees to explode with color from blooms that can no longer bear to stay trapped inside their pods.

A season of new life after patience in dormancy is always such a refreshing season.

xo,

Barb

patience in anger :: peace and deep breaths

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The older I get, the more and more I realize how true …..and ultimately peaceful this concept is. When I am really riled up, I can tend to be a hot head and I definitely speak my mind! What is in my mind ….should not always come out immediately though.

As I deal with frustrating situations with my children or spouse, weird people, unfairness, irresponsibility on my part as well as others, loss, change….or whatever it is….I am learning that it is totally ok to say “I need a moment” or “I need to go work for a bit until this anger subsides”.

If I compare the two instances side by side, I always regret the heat of the moment things that are said…..but when I have taken time to step back, think, pray, and try to understand the situation it always ends in a completely different way…..and in a way that I am much more peaceful about.

Take that moment.

xo,

Barb

plywood wall shelves :: weekend project

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We just made these awesome shelves for display at the shop, and I absolutely love them! The tools, materials, and time needed to make these beauties is so minimal but the end result is something so aesthetically awesome and functionally quite perfect.

The full tutorial and materials needed for this project are available over on the FrogTape® blog! Check it out, and spend a couple hours this weekend creating fun new shelving for your home or office!

xo,

Barb

my new chai tea obsession :: the sophisticate’s tea

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IMG_1655I must start this love story by telling you that …I cannot and do not drink coffee in any way shape or form, I have tried and tried but can never get past the “what the heck is in my mouth and when can I spit it out” phase. However, I have been an avid chai tea latte drinker for the past 5 or so years. My mom gave me my first taste one day when we were at Starbucks and I was hooked. Then I found out I could buy the Tazo concentrate at my local supermarket and make my own at home! That day was a big day for both my wallet and my drinking habit. Now I could have a chai tea latte every day! And so it began…..

Now, I became quite picky about chai tea lattes…..(more like quite snobby)….and even though I bravely tried other brands…I never ever wavered from my beloved Tazo. I got to the point of not even trying other brands because I knew I would not like them. (so bad!)

Well, my Tazo chai tea latte days were forever changed the day that my favorite little coffee shop, The Village Grind, opened around the corner from Knack! The Grind’s sweet proprietor Lindsey told me I had to try their chai latte because it was the BEST and ….because I wanted to support my local peeps….I tried it. It was not love at first sip for me…..but rather a one eyebrow raising intrigue. How dare this newcomer tantalize my taste buds in this way. A slow love affair began that deepened more and more with each sip, and by the time I had finished my cup I was already wanting more. The smoothness, the lack of overwhelming sweetness, the fact that I could almost taste a hint of lavender (not really…but I swear it was there), I know the people who micro brew it, and the amazing fact that there are only six ingredients… and I can pronounce them all.

People….I am a convert…and clearly you all can see what a huge momentous occasion this is. Truly….a big dealio.

I can still enjoy making it at home, or I can stop by The Village Grind for a fresh and frothy tall one. If you are in Greenville, stop by the Grind for a hot one of your own, or stop by Knack for a bottle of concentrate so you can make your own at home. Our shelves look beautiful with both the chai tea and the black tea, and I am super happy to have it for a limited time at Knack! If you are not local, go to The Sophisticates Chai website and hook yourself up.

Don’t blame me when you can’t go a day without it. I’ll swear I never met you.

xo,

Barb

work to do

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This is going to be a raw and real moment between you and I.

I am known for speaking my mind, for being passionate, for taking risks, for not holding anything back….and all of these things are good and have their place….but like I have always told myself and others….strengths are also weaknesses….and we need to learn to exercise the strength side more than the weakness side.

This quote literally hit me in the depths of my soul. What if my words were tattooed all over my body? Would I be a thing of beauty to look upon? Or would I want to hide from others…. to cover every inch of my skin with layers of clothing because my words are so putrid and ugly?

I am striving (boy am I striving) to let my words always be seasoned with power, love, and intentionality…..but there are many days where I utterly fail. Thank goodness for grace and the fact that my words are not permanently engraved upon my skin.

I’ve got work to do.

xo,

Barb

concrete and succulents:: spring is coming

IMG_1627 IMG_1628 IMG_1629 I am home today, because of a little ice storm that hit us here in the south. There is no school, there is no urgency for me to rush to the shop….and for that I am grateful. I can stay at home with my kids (who are out of school), get lots of work done, plan, daydream, and just chill. An added bonus to this situation is that yesterday was my day off, and I spent it grocery shopping and cleaning my house….so I am icebound in a very well stocked and perfectly clean house. How often does that happen? Hot diggity dog!

All of this ice makes me think about these pretty plantings that we did recently at Knack. I absolutely love these industrial concrete planters that we sell in the shop, (we have little concrete tea cups too!), and I really love seeing them with filled with fresh earth and succulents in all shades of green. seeing these plump and healthy plants makes me excited for Spring, and for many more plantings of fresh herbs and flowers. Fresh flowers and green plants are truly life giving for me, and I have made a vow to have them in the shop at all times.

My current shop collection consists of a stag horn fern, two fiddle leaf figs, several air plants, and vases full of fresh cut flowers. I am forcing Spring to arrive, and currently pretending I have an entire greenhouse situation going on inside the walls at Knack!

Think warm thoughts my friends! (especially those of you up north!)

xo,

Barb

feel the love

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somethin’ for her.

somethin’ for him.

We’ve got a little somethin’ for every love in your life.  Pop on by the shop or peruse online for the gift that will make them feel the love.

Small glass vases with a small floral arrangement will be available for purchase in shop on Friday, Feburary 13 and Saturday, February 14.

hope over fear

Screen shot 2015-02-04 at 9.20.24 AMThere are times in life where fear can make us feel desperate and hopeless. We grasp for control, which we think is security and freedom, only to find that it brings a cage of bondage and despair.

Hope is a powerful thing, and wills the mind to overcome adversity. When you talk to your soul, what are you telling yourself? Are the thoughts of fear, inability and insecurity winning? Or, are you propelling yourself forward with thoughts of courage and hope?

Turn fears and disappointments into opportunity for good….and set your mind on this: hope over fear.

xo,

Barb

it’s about the process

As much as we love to see a finished product gleaming afresh before our eyes, the magic of a project lies truly in the process.  It’s important to look back to remember the journey and the things learned there.  We’re pulling back the curtain on the last couple of weeks to show you three simple photos taken in process.

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In life, as well as in projects, there are often lessons and treasures in the in-between parts. Remember to slow down, step back, and rejoice in the unfinished.

fun with FrogTape® :: geometric wall

Ftgeometricwall8 Ftgeometricwall10I love sharp lines and geometric patterns….of this I am sure. So, it should come as no surprise that we created a colorful geometric wall at Knack, to brighten up the shop…and  to serve as a backdrop for this beautiful new bed!

Hop on over to the FrogTape® blog for the full tutorial, and step by step photos!

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