Rise up

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Well, I have exactly ten days until the final deadline for Knack book two is here! In those ten days I have a final photoshoot and much sketching and writing to accomplish! I am nervous, sick to my stomach, excited, coming out of my skin, and everything in between! The nervousness comes from wanting everything to be in on time, but that will go away as soon as I hit the send button. The excitement comes from knowing that months and months of planning and hard work are coming to an end and it feels good….oh so good to turn in this work and get excited about what it means for me and for my family.

Thank you to all of you who continue to cheer me on and let me know that you see me! Your friendship and words of encouragement are so awesome and life giving! I absolutely cannot wait to share this project with you all!

xo, Barb

living with :: siolella

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Siolella is a deep charcoal beauty with gold scallop detail.  Needless to say, she doesn’t need much adornment! A set of repurposed lilim coasters with a modern patterned glass will top her nicely, next to a sweet little vintage Scandinavian bird. Hang a handmade planter nearby and set a basket for storage on the lower shelf.  Siolella will sing.

in the heat of the moment, remember

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These past few weeks {and the next two weeks} are so full. We are charging toward the finish line of Knack Book 2 and it is both exhilarating and painful all at the same time. I compare writing a book to the marathons I have competed in. That finish line is such a beautiful sight, the emotion runs strong, and the tears flow because you are so excited and empowered by what you have just accomplished…while at the same time your entire body hurts from the huge task you just asked it to complete. Marathons are physically and mentally challenging and tap into every ounce of strength that you have in both of those areas…..and a book is no different. By the time a project of this magnitude is finished, both the body and mind are tired yet strengthened and exhilarated by the work that has been accomplished.

I am so proud of this work. I am super proud and thankful for the team of women who have helped accomplish this work. I absolutely know I could not have done it without them…and am at a loss as to how to put into words my grateful heart.

It is awesome to look back and remember, and even better to look forward with a renewed strength and confidence in what can be done when you set your sight, heart, and mind on one of life’s marathons.

knack life

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  1. hanging some Spoonflower wallpaper for a #knackbook2 project
  2. everybody wants a shot of Julie‘s beautiful florals
  3. bright greens and blues in the morning light
  4. our feature in the Greenville News!
  5. reflections in our wide windows on a bright October day
  6. our book, Furniture Makeovers, standing tall and proud in the shop

living with :: zephy

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Zephy is a desk with punchy style.

Bedecked in mint green, his quirky-cool sensibilities shine through in details like a single gold-dipped leg and a sunburst pattern on top.  We think he shines even brighter adorned with a bright background for a laptop and a leather pouch to store it, an unexpected lamp, and a classic fiberglass shell chair.

a walk down memory lane

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I did a lot of smiling…..remembering…..pondering…..celebrating.

I hope you can humor me in my nostalgia, and maybe even leave here inspired to create beauty with your hands that is fueled by the passion in your heart.

shop knack :: fall faves

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We’ve been heralding fall around here for the past couple of weeks – stringing gilded leaves in our windows, sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes, picking apples, the whole gamut. This past Tuesday, Fall answered.  Cooler winds are blowing through Greenville, bringing that unmistakeable urge to be with folks you love, to share a meal, to gather.

In honor of autumn’s arrival, we’ve corralled some of our fall favorites from around the shop.

  1. Old Greenville Cutting Board
  2. Gather Sign 
  3. Low Basket
  4. Vintage Handwoven Rug
  5. Skeleton Matches
  6. Beechwood Spoon
  7. Campfire Candle
  8. Buck Hook

steps of growth

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Is this not the truest thing? I mean to tell you, I love to repeat one of my favorite mantras… “never stop learning”….but it is a bit more challenging when the learning or “growth” is hard.

I love to learn fun things, or learn about things that I am interested in, but when the things I am learning propel me out of my comfort zone and force me to face the giant named Uncomfortable… I suddenly lose courage and wish someone else was doing the learning for me.

Yet, in the end, growth and learning always lead to the slaying of giants, increased faith, and peace.

So….grow on with your bad selves.