I totally get this :: Jimmie Martin

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When it comes to furniture design, I am super picky about looking to others work and drawing attention to their designs. I want to call attention to, and put my stamp of approval on originality and uniqueness…someone who is pushing the envelope of design and doing something that is truly their own.

I have admired Jimmie Martin’s furniture for quite some time and am all about it…..all over it…..totally diggin’ it.

Hallelujah for this kind of work and creative independence.


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!


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!



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.



Roadside wooden bowls

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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!