knack life :: festivals and fall

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  1. beautiful new signs from Olive + Grey are getting us in the mood for dinner parties and gatherings
  2.  gilded leaves all around our shop, heralding autumn
  3. our table display at Indie Craft Parade showing off our new tea towels
  4.  a special sofa project
  5. back to work on #knackbook2 with a beautiful tabletop
  6. iconic flag banners hanging over the Indie Craft Parade

my visit to the northwest :: inspiration

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I just returned from a trip to Oregon to visit my sister and her sweet family! I would not trade this trip for the world and our time spent together was so special. We got to snuggle our brand new little niece and give lots of hugs and kisses….plus a visit to the coast, shopping and eating in Portland, hiking, and playing with the boys. We made the most of the time that we had, and enjoyed each minute. It stinks to live so far apart…..but it is what it is for now.

I was raised on the West Coast {Northern California}…..and so whenever I get a chance to experience the West Coast……it always stirs up the nostalgia in me. I enjoy the weather immensely….it is so different than the sticky South {even though there is beauty in sticky…sometimes}. The Oregon coastline is so rugged and beautiful….it reminds me of photos that I have seen of Ireland. It literally takes my breath away. I so enjoyed the mountainous cliffs, the cool mornings, and the fact that my sister and her beautiful family are there.

I also enjoyed my sisters house…..so much so that I promptly went to Target and purchased some plus sign pillow cases. I came home wanting to simplify, and only keep those things that are truly meaningful and useful. I definitely live with what I love and have things collected that are meaningful and useful but there are also the endless stacks of paper, the wireless headphones collecting dust that were purchased two years ago {that we never figured out how to use with our tv}, the 50 plastic cups from tennis, baseball, and football games that come tumbling out every time I open the kitchen cabinet, the assortment of random mugs that also tumble and shake as they get stacked higher and higher and the fifty bajillion other things that are excessive. You feel me? My sister has mastered the art of having only what she needs in the cabinet,  baskets for toys and books, cleaning up every night before bed, hand made blankets and comfy sheets on beds. I love this.

This little round up is a few of my favorite things and inspirations from my sisters house.

Enjoy!

Shake it off

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Isn’t this a wonderful mental picture? I know how fun it was to throw confetti everywhere for my book launch party….and I still find pieces of it every time I move something to sweep…no joke. It just keeps coming and coming….and I think that is what kindness should do to. It should show up over and over and we should never be rid of it.

living with :: Althea

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Althea is, in a word, sweet.  Her floral papered drawer fronts and simple curved edges come with a pleasing grace.  She belongs next to a big fluffy bed, adorned with objects both useful and ornamental.

A gold-spotted pink ceramic dish to hold rings; a lovely stationary set and a sturdy lamp for late night letter-writing; and this cosmic kitty print, just to make you smile.

 

behind the scenes :: preparations and visitors

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1// working on our display for Indie Craft Parade this year (don’t forget — Sept. 12-14 in Greenville, SC!)

2// paint and frog tape make our job FUN

3// glass and candle cubes brightening up our shop

4// Man pillow (or Abe as we call him) making our bed “Viviette” look super sexy

5// curb appeal

6// longtime blog follower Paula and her family popped into the shop this week… all the way from London! It was such a treat.

problems = opportunity

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While I was away at the beach last week I did a lot of reading. One of the books I read was called Thinkertoys and there were many brain exercises and creative thinking techniques……{ I recommend it!} ……but the overall perspective was turning problems into opportunities by changing your perspective, adding or taking away elements, and challenging the norm.  I wrote a few pages of notes, and already referred to them again today….but one of my favorite quotes from the book was this :  “Problems are nothing more than opportunity dressed in work clothes”.

You hear me? Turn those problems into solutions by rejecting passive thinking and use active thinking to generate and organize new ideas!

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.