Spoonflower love

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We are all about some pretty patterned paper here at Knack, and no one does it better than Spoonflower.

Spoonflower offers custom fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap.  There are thousands of designs to choose from on the site (including more patterns from the designers of our favorites above), and you can even upload your own patterns.

We recently tried Spoonflower’s newest product – peel and stick wallpaper.  The rolls can be customized to whatever size you desire, and hanging the paper couldn’t be simpler.  Not to mention the lush, woven quality of the paper – it looks and feels beautiful.

The possibilities are endless with Spoonflower at your fingertips. Check ‘em out!

shop knack :: brand new

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We are ever on a search for treasures to add to the shop.  Treasures that tell a story, treasures that add to the beauty of everyday life.

There are so many new beauties in our shop these days, including the white ceramic platters, handmade olive oil soaps, and mini cast iron horseshoes that you see above.

Check out our shop for these and more treasures.

Eucharisteo

il_570xN.475856500_pkbc il_570xN.522744362_rzqg il_570xN.534899470_ckws163 Design Company is a new to me Etsy shop that I have fallen in love with. I will own a “eucharisteo” necklace one day soon. The word “eucharisteo” means thanksgiving, praise, & joy through everything. I can’t think of a better word to remember every day.

….and for me, one of the shop owners….Jennifer Murray…..has been a personal source of blessing and encouragement. I knew her, before I knew of her shop……both are gems.

Check out this sweet shop over the weekend……and I will see you back here on Monday!

Cheers!

xo,

Barb Blair

Really Pretty Shoes

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il_570xN.478321881_33kzI saw these shoes up close and personal at the Brooklyn Flea Last weekend. I got to feel the super soft leather, and see with my own eyes the craftsmanship of each shoe available, which was superb. I also got to chat with one of the craftsmen, and he was super kind and knowledgeable. When you purchase a pair of these shoes, you pick the style you want…. and then your foot is measured, and the shoes are then made specifically for your foot.

The shoes are priced accordingly, and are not for everyone’s budget….but, their story, quality, and beauty are priceless. There is just something special about hand made, and a connection with the maker.

Visit good bye folk at the Brooklyn flea, or through their Etsy shop.

xo,

Barb

Roadside wooden bowls

woodenbowls3woodenbowls1 woodenbowls2 woodenbowls4 Woodenbowls5The other week as I was out for a morning run, I passed a house that had a pile of wooden forms and bowls out by the curb. In my neighborhood…this is what we do with things we no longer want…and people {like me or the trash pick up} drive through and enjoy the spoils.

I for one, did not want to finish my run and then go back for the bowls….instead, I took a short cut, hopped in the truck and went back and loaded up! I did return to my run afterwards….but first things first!

The bowls are random shapes….one looks like a fish, one like a peanut, but the rest are just this really organic pod shape. I am really looking forward to transforming them and am hoping to be able to make them food safe.. {because I want to keep one as a salad bowl!}…but if not food safe…….then they will just be really wonderful wooden bowls with a great story of transformation and redemption!

xo,

Barb

Stylish Kitty Collars

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I am on the hunt for cute collars for our two little kitties! If you follow me on Instagram…..well, then you have probably seen my little Bleeker Olive and Newsie Mae. These two little fluff balls have been the funnest and best things we could have ever imagined and we truly enjoy them every day! I don’t think I have laughed harder or been more intrigued by the personalities and interesting habits of cats.These two have so much energy and personality….they must have a cute collar to match!

I have never ever been a cat person..and we were always that family that said “we don’t do cats”…..until now. I am so thankful that my sweet daughter has such a love for animals and that she talked us into getting a couple kittens.

We are in love. The end. {although I secretly wish they stayed cutie babies forever!}

xo,

Barb