quotage :: much to be done

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I was just having a conversation with one of my children last night, and it was an amazing conversation. A conversation about life, about that fact that we all lose focus sometimes, get off track, make mistakes, suffer consequences, experience triumph, gain clarity, and find the courage to do hard things.

This quote reminds me that we are never done. We are always growing, and changing…and that is a good thing. Mistakes are going to happen, life is going to get messy…..but if we continue to desire to grow we will always reach toward light and wherever the light is, is where we should want to be.

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This modern world allows for a high degree of self-presentation.  Social media provides a platform to curate and edit our lives, and to dictate the way we are seen.  Behind the screens and usernames and likes and filters, there is a life that is complex and beautiful and impossible to sum up in an “about me” section.

Thank God.

There are two important things here:

1. You are so much more than you do, say, and present to the world.

2. So is everyone else.

There is so much brewing beneath the surface – good, bad, and in-between. Let’s remember this week to give ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt.

 

living with :: Aronia

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The heat has set in for the summer, and we are dreaming of popsicles, pools, and backyard parties to make the most of the hot southern months.

The heat’s also got us dreaming in bright hot colors and understated elegance.

Today we’re setting our coral chest “Aronia” up on a hot date with some seriously spicy finds.  From a strikingly cool print to hang above her and a simple planter box that won’t take away from her details, to a stunner of a ring for your finger while you flip through the latest issue of “Collective Quarterly”.

Stay cool, hotties.

a little magazine holder :: orabella

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Every now and again…. a tiny little piece catches our eye, and we can’t resist saving it and giving it a whirl! The beautiful details on this magazine holder….like the scalloped handle, the cut out design, and the turned legs make it extra special….. and super fun to paint!

Details make all the difference in the world my friends! We used General Finishes milk paint on this little lady, and the color is Persian Blue.

New life. All good.

quotage :: name it, claim it

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It’s usually the other way around.  We’ve all heard it – maybe even said it – “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  It’s a decree full of distrust, cynicism, and doubt.  But when you think positively and declare joy, peace, and victory into your every day life, you’ll soon see the results of that belief.  It’s not magic, it’s simply that we live what we believe.  If we expect the bad, we usually see the bad.  And if we expect good?  Let me tell ya, good will follow suit in some way or other.

Look for the good & believe that it exists.

living with :: Aureliana

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Aureliana, our deep blue square side table, is the color of a clear night sky, and has a bold sturdy presence in whatever room she lives in.  Patterned with a delicately graphic black and white surface, she adds depth and charm instantly.

This babe begs to be beside a comfy couch, complete with a warm throw and a sassy pillow, ready to hold your popcorn while you watch a scary movie.

behind the scenes :: signs and signifiers

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pulling the paper off of our brand new vinyl signs // fresh floral arrangement brought to us by Katelyn of ModFete // front view of the shop with our new signage // meeting folks at the Pickens flea market // Devlin and Brian of Creativebug, doing their thing // a sweet postcard drawing by Courtney Cerruti of Creativebug

Last week, a team from Creativebug was here from San Francisco to film us teaching a series of classes that will soon be available online.  We were unsure what to expect, as this is a new venture for us, but by Friday afternoon we were so sad to see them go.  The week was chock full of laughter, hard work, learning, and forging new friendships. It was an amazing opportunity, and an even more amazing encounter with creative, kind individuals that we will never forget.

This week, things are back to “normal”.  But around here, normal is never boring.  We got some new vinyl signage for our shop windows, and are painting a big canvas flag with our logo to fly outside.

We like change around here.  It means we are moving forward, and that’s a good feeling.

quotage :: the present moment

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The present moment is hard to hold onto.  It’s all too easy to look back, and regret. To look forward, and wish.

But what if we lived in the moment? How much beauty would we witness that would normally pass us by? Life is full of lessons, joy, tears, smiles, tastes, and fleeting moments.

I am trying to make presence a habit. To look at my life today and count my blessings.  I encourage you to do the same – find the things in your world that you love. They are there if you look close enough.

living with :: Philomena

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Philomena is a piece with Americana charm.  The color of a big midwestern sky, turned wooden knobs, and a strong steady spirit that seems ageless.

Americana is a concept we relate to strongly. What we do at Knack reflects the spirit of the genre – taking something broke down and wasted and, through blood, sweat, and sometimes tears, making a beautiful thing that can stand on it’s own.

So, we styled Philomena with products made or found right here in the USA.