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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knack life :: slow & steady

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1// a peek in the windows at our newest display 2// gold leafing the latest FrogTape project 3// a teaser of a styled shoot 4// The Fussells came for a visit, and to shoot a special project of theirs 5// 11 Lois Ave :)

How strange it is when one year turns into another.  A years end is loud, bright, fast – the holidays, the gatherings, one day melting into another until you can’t even remember what day it is.  And then, stillness.  A new year brings with it a sense of calm, a slowing.  It’s no different for us here at Knack.

2014 ended in a flurry.  We are so grateful for a year so full of projects, joy, change, and challenges.  What a year it was.  In 2015, we will build on the bricks of last year, creating and hustling and stepping back to enjoy the fruits of our labor along the way.  We are so excited for the things to come in this new year.