a magical day :: creating with the best

waverly-7-flowers waverly-3-paint waverly-1-dresser waverly-2-barbandrachelA few weeks ago, I had the privilege of collaborating with some really amazing people! Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte contacted me about a new paint line making its debut and wanted to know if I would paint and create with her! Would I EVER! Rachel is one of the most creative, energetic, hilarious, and generous people that I am privileged to know….and any chance I can get to spend time with her is A ok with me!

You can read all about our day together here, and if you want the full scoop on the new paint line visit here for the tutorial and the deets!

Head to your local Walmart to pick up some paint, and know that I painted this entire dresser with ONE bottle….which will cost you all of eight bucks! The clear wax is amazing too…..probably on of my favorite new products. It pours out and applies very much like a polyurethane! How cool is that!?

Thank you Waverly, Plaid, Walmart, and Rachel Faucett for a super fun time…..and thank you Paige French for the amazing photography! (as always!)

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Barb

 

furniture refinishing with barb blair (me!) :: creativebug classes

Well friends….Part 1 of my online class series is up and running at Creativebug! (if you click on the creativebug link it will take you directly to my class page!)

I hope you will enjoy this promo video, and that you will join me for some furniture refinishing fun!

Lets get creative, and design cool things together!

xo,

Barb

earth day :: the new “gem” bulb by nanoleaf

nanoleaf5 nanoleaf3 nanoleaf2 nanoleaf1So….you know how most LED light bulbs are just not that design friendly? At least that is how I have always felt. While there is a part of me that wants to save money and energy, the designer in me cringes at the options available…….until now.

Introducing the brand new “gem” LED bulb by nanoleaf ! How awesome is this option!? The “gem” launches today…in honor of earth day….because:  “it’s time the world had the option to choose a beautiful decor bulb that is also good for the planet” – nanoleaf

Since this is an LED bulb it has a very long life expectancy, so the value is clear to see….AND this light puts off beautiful warm light! No weird blue light special here!

Check these guys out on facebook and instagram !

xo,

Barb

(full disclosure: I was sent a complimentary gem light bulb from nanoleaf, but I would not have promoted it if I did not think it was absolutely brilliant. Pun intended. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.)

creativebug :: online painting classes with knack

CBFurnitureFacebook-843x504_1furniture-redo furniture-redo_16Hey everyone! I am so sorry that I have been a little bit silent around here the last couple of weeks!

I had a really big and unexpected opportunity come up and I dove in with everything that I had. It went really, really well and I will be able to tell you about it at the end of the week! Yay! You don’t have to wait long!

AND….to tide you over….my online classes are launching THIS THURSDAY! I am so excited to share these classes with you all!

I filmed these classes with a company called Creativebug and I absolutely cannot say enough about them! The team from Creativebug was an absolute joy and they were so skilled and professional. The week we spent together was long and tiring, but in the end new friendships were forged, great work was accomplished, and I totally cried when we all had to hug goodbye. I love you Brian, Devlin and Courtney! Thanks for being amazing at what you do!

I’ll be back Wednesday with more info on where to go and how to sign up!

Get Ready!

xo,

Barb

this week :: happenings

IMG_1777 IMG_1776 IMG_1775 IMG_1773 IMG_1774It is hard to think that another week has flown by yet again. So often I am reminded of how fleeting life is and how quickly it moves.

This week was full of challenges and blessings, which is what all good weeks should be full of….right?

There was coffee with dear friends….twice….at Methodical coffee and The Village Grind.

There was the Makers Summit, which filled me to the brim with happiness for the creative community that I am so blessed to be a part of.

There was brunch with a new friend (pictured above, Rachel Faucett) and then an after hours visit to my shop with that same friend where we talked more about how much we love our kids than what was in my shop….and that is a treasure for sure. Most people think I want to talk about the shop most of the time….but even though I am proud of that and love it…. I really want you to know me for who I am outside the shop.

There were moments of greatness at the shop where I sent in proposals for new opportunities, met with artists about collaborations, ordered new product, and sent off all of the content for the new Knack website! (yippee!)

Now it is late Friday afternoon….I am home…..and there is a pork tenderloin in the oven for dinner tonight which I will make bread, salad and roasted asparagus to go with. I will sit around the dinner table and catch up with my sweet family as we have all had a busy, and full week. Then it will be pajama time…..and maybe a movie…..or two…or maybe some reading….

Happy weekending…and much love to you all!

( UPDATE: if you would like to buy a t shirt like the one I am wearing, here is the link: www.lovethyhaters.co )

xo,

Barb

 

shop snippets :: weekend happenings

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I thought I would share a few glimpses that were captured around the shop this week, and share a little bit about the activities of the weekend!

First of all, I am very excited to both speak at, and attend my third Makers Summit right here in my home town of Greenville, SC ! This event always proves to be a wonderful time of creative learning and refreshment….not to mention….the PEOPLE! I always walk away with new friends and mentors and that is a wonderful thing! I have heard from several of you that are coming from all over the country…and I am excited to meet you for the first time, and hug the necks of those of you I have met previously on my travels!

Also, First Fridays is tomorrow night from 6-9 pm here in the Village of West Greenville! Knack will be open as well as our other friends in the village: Lily Pottery, Art and Light, The Village Grind, Joseph Bradley Studios, Matthew Campbell Studios, Charlie Mae, The Station…and more! Art and Light is having a special show called “12 Friends Bit by Bit” and it is an event that should not be missed!

The weather will be gorgeous and warm, so come on down to the Village and immerse yourself in the creative hub of the city!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

xo,

Barb

merry christmas :: 2014

PicMonkey Collage2014 was a year of incredible opportunity, leaps of faith, stretching growth, saying no, saying yes, pondering, intentional direction, and focusing on joy. I am thankful for each and every moment given to me this past year, for all of you who continue to befriend and support me here, and for the many, many blessings this life brings.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

xo,

Barb

Gift Guide :: Home and Host

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You’re going to a lot of parties and family dinners in the next week, right?  Give your hosts something to remember you by for months to come.  Today we are walking you through our favorite gifts for hosts, and for the home.

Clockwise:

  1. Pinch bowls by Crave : a delicate white ceramic bowl for earrings, dips, whathaveyou.
  2. Ribbon Bottle Opener : let them open your beverage sweetly and in style
  3. Round Cutting Board by Old Greenville : repay their kind service with a beautiful, reclaimed wood cutting board
  4. Letterpress Coasters : show them you care about their coffee table by sliding one of these under your drink, or under their tree
  5. Vintage Car Plate (in store only) : a one of a kind gift for a one of a kind host
  6. Beechwood Spoon : these lovely carved spoons will lend a rustic charm to their kitchen
  7. Green and Natural Tea Towel : you just can’t go wrong with a tea towel

 

etc :: details

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When you look at a Knack furniture piece, it’s important to look closely.  Take a step back, take in the whole piece.  Take a step in, take in the sweet details.  Great care is taken in our design process to enhance the beauty of the furniture’s form and to tell a complete story, from top to bottom.  Hardware, color, finish, drawers, fabric – there’s beauty in every inch.

stay sparkley

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Sometimes, in the heat of the moment it can be hard to not let the pressure boil over and out and onto those around us. It is in times like these that it is important to remain humble, exercise mind over matter, stay focused on the task ahead, and know that life is full of seasons….that all come to an end.

Let your sparkle and joy be the thing that others remember about you, and may we not wound others because of our own discomfort or frustration.

Love.