Pink Cheeks Studios

Every family can be made cute and cool in the hands of Nichol Brinkman of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Her soft toy creations, which include wall hangings and mobiles can be custom made for yourself, friends, your favorite couple or family.

As Nichol dresses up these figures however you like, her individual wall hangings with a banner make a great gift. One of these is perfect for a child's bedroom door or to take your average office cubicle up a notch...

The custom family wall hangings and mobiles are some of my favorite works of Nichol. Add personal flair, accessories, dogs, cats, fish...whatever makes your grouping of humans special and fabulous. 

Nichol once took a traditional marionette workshop in Prague taught by a Czech puppet master. She spent weekends at puppetry museums and animation studios- you can see the influence. Although she started in wood, she turned to her passion of sewing to bring her quirky characters to life. 

Nichol starts her creative process by drawing with micropens in Moleskine notebooks. Nichol, "When I think a drawing will transfer nicely to stuffed form, I draw the shape onto cardstock for my basic pattern." She then takes time curating the right fabrics, patterns and textures for each piece, then sews her beings both by hand and machine. 

I think I need a stuffed and stylishly accessorized family mobile soon...who doesn't? Check out Nichol's etsy shop here for all her lively creations and here to follow her fun blog. And don't worry, no matter how dysfunctional your own family is, y'all will look cute and cool in the hands of Nichol...


Photos: Pink Cheeks Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Bloody Band-Aid Cookies....for Halloween 

When my friend Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object posted this pic on instagram the other day, I was impressed but not surprised of her creative baking skills. She's the mastermind behind the cutest stamps on the planet- plus the illustrator of Sweet Peach Sweet Spots. These cookies are a really fun Halloween treat... 

Sarah suggests following your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then take gel food coloring and follow the instructions for achieving the light brown Band-Aid color. (Sarah notes the dough looked more purple before baking but turned out perfect once baked.) Refrigerate dough. 

Next, roll out dough on floured surface. Use your preferred kitchen tools to achieve a rectangular cut for each cookie (Sarah used a pizza cutter and a ruler). Try an angel food cake cutter to add rows of holes for each Band-Aid. Bake cookies, cool. 

Make your favorite icing recipe. Place the icing in a piping bag or plastic bag with a cut hole in corner. Dab white icing into shape of a square in the cookie center, then add red spot either with an icing writer or another piping bag with red dye (after white icing has dried). Let the cookies sit out a bit and harden, making them stackable for your serving plate. So cute...and scary. Thank you Miss Sarah.


Photos: Sarah Neuburger;;;    Content: Sweet Peach 


Copper and Torch

Pretty and elegant. That's what comes to mind when I think of the work of Lindsay Troutman. In her online shop, Copper and Torch, you'll find her glass and metal terrarium vases that are particularly pleasing to the eye, whether propped up on a wall or placed upon a bookshelf...

Each delicate geometric shape is made with hand cut glass and lead-free solder, which Lindsay paints a striking black patina. The vases can be hung with either an antique brass or nickel chain, if desired. 

A nature lover like myself, Lindsay handcrafts these minimal and clear containers that allow whatever is placed inside- from fresh flowers and plants to collected seeds, pods and feathers- to steal the limelight. 

Besides her popular vases, Lindsay creates jewelry, frames, coasters, holders and more. Her collection continues to evolve and grow as she finds new ways to help us showcase all of our favorite things. 

Based in Atlanta, Lindsay's work is available in her online shop or in a handful of shops in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina. Pretty and elegant, I could always use more of that...


Photos: Copper and Torch       Content: Sweet Peach


Son of a Sailor

I love manly things with a care for style. Like this Charlie Knife by Son of a Sailor in Austin, Texas. It's a small folding knife that comes in six color choices, inspired by signal flags. Handcrafted for rugged, everyday use, each knife has a beech wood handle and stainless steel blade.  

Or there's the swanky cool India Knives. The total length of these is 9" (compared to the Charlie knife at 3 3/4"). It's just one of those perfect guy gifts that you know will get a great response... 

Billy Knopp and Jessica Tata are the talented husband and wife team behind the brand. They have a similar aesthetic and are drawn to wood, leather and brass. They also have a keen eye for color and minimal, geometric design. This Victor Shaving Kit is just so fun and cool, right?  

This pretty pic showcases one of Billy and Jessica's India knives, plus their hand carved walnut cheese board. It includes a genuine leather handle with a brass screw rivet, a nice touch for easy storage. 

The London Valet caught my eye too. Each one is hand carved from a single piece of walnut and is built to prop up your phone, store your change, letters and things. I've just picked a few of my favorites but check out their shop to see more manly (and womanly) things made with a care for style- which includes jewelry, clocks, flash drives and yo-yos. 


Photos: Son of a Sailor      Content: Sweet Peach


Good Vibe Friday...

Samantha Priddy of Houston, Texas exudes good vibes. In her shop, Sharp Tooth Studio, you'll find short and sweet uplifting messages on mini banners. I'm not sure about you, but I immediately felt better when I saw this tiny Happy Place banner...

Samantha offers over two dozen different mini banners ($27 each) that are made with heavy natural canvas and black embroidery thread. 

Embodying the soulful message of her shop, Samantha donates a portion of each sale to The Haiti Orphan Project and children in the Houston child protective services. 

Samantha also offers pennant flags that can be customized in either black or color felt lettering. It's all just so sweet and adorable- and uplifting. After a rather long week for myself, perusing her shop is a good way to jumpstart a Friday. Check out all of Samantha's good vibe creations, here.


Photos: Sharp Tooth Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Board and Bread

There's a lot to like about Emily Brock. She is a third generation woodworker living in Nashville, Tennessee who finds pure joy in her craft. With a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips and an artistic streak in her blood, she creates stunning everyday objects, including this walnut pendant.

In Emily's online shop, Board and Bread, you'll find these lights along with a mix of kitchen tools, including bowls, utensils, cutting boards and pie servers. 

Emily sources local Tennessee hardwoods like black walnut, curly maple and African rosewood. Her work is functional yet beautifully styled with a pretty, feminine touch. These pieces are heirlooms, meant to be used again and again as all of her kitchen tools are crafted to withstand the pressures of high heat and repeated use. 

Emily believes strongly that all the items in our homes can be meaningful. These tools live at the heart of the kitchen where family and friends gather and share... 

Emily, "I meshed my passion for cooking and sharing food with my desire as an artist to create functional, hand crafted items that enable myself and others to escape to the old world. A place where we all slow down and share food and life at a pace that allows for appreciation of the unique curl of grain on a maple spoon, or how the vibrant colors of winter citrus play against the dark tones of a serving board from Oregon Black Walnut." Like I said, there's a lot to like about Emily Brock...


Photos: Chris Daniels; Board and Bread      Content: Sweet Peach


Caprock Vintage

It's been a while since I featured a vintage shop on Sweet Peach but in my opinion, a while is way too long. Through her collected vintage finds, Iylana of Caprock Vintage in Lubbock, Texas tells a story of her life in the wild west of Texas. 

As brass gains in popularity, I love finding small pieces that would look pretty atop a table or credenza. Iyanla features three dozen vintage brass items in her shop. The bottom is a fly trinket box which makes me think of my friend Bryce...he has a similar one that he uses as an ashtray for guests on the porch.

Iyanla recieves much help from her friend and fellow vintage shopper, Nylece. Together they find objects that have history and style. As Iyanla shares, "We love how objects from the past can connect you to the events you read about in history books and the stories you've heard of your ancestors. These are items we search for and hope to bring to you. They're not just objects, they're part of your history." 

I must admit, I have very few holiday decorations in my home as I'm never in Atlanta during that time. But, I always have one or two items placed somewhere. I can't help but be a bit head over heels for this vintage stained glass Christmas tree votive for $8. I may just have to get it. In the meantime, I'll be perusing more of Iylana and Nylece's fabulous finds, here. 


Photos: Caprock Vintage    Content: Sweet Peach


The Hometown City Pillow

As I continue to work to update my home, I'm reminded of how many more pillows I need. I recently saw this cotton canvas pillow during my search and love it for its clean, pretty simplicity- via West Elm. 

The city pillow covers are $39 each and can be customized with your favorite font and thread colors, or add a monogram. Too sweet...

Find the hometown city pillow here, and may I suggest checking out West Elm's entire pillow collection. There's quite a few gems in there...


Photos: West Elm     Content: Sweet Peach



The Porter Satchel

Bexar Goods designs bags for the active man. Their leather and canvas goods are built to travel and take a beating- yet have a classic, timeless style. I'm liking their new Porter Satchel which I just got a glimpse of on their Instagram account....

As they sum it up, "this bag is rugged, simple and stout. It has one main compartment that can generously accommodate your essential electronic companions, dopp kit and clothing to last you easily for a weekend, it not an extended weekend away from the daily grind." 


Like all quality made leather goods, the Porter Satchel is built to last. And the patina, which darkens over time, just gets better and better...

Each bag is handcrafted by a small team of creative, intrepid craftsmen in Bexar County, Texas, the heart of the Texas Hill Country. They know how it's done...which is why I love this satchel. It's an investment worth every hard earned penny. See all of Bexar Goods, which includes canvas bags, leather bags and accessories, here. 


Photos: Bexar Goods      Content: Sweet Peach


Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

How can you not love the idea of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck? Best part is, it's headed down South as we speak...

Boyfriends, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff starting the Big Gay Ice Cream truck on a whim in 2009. It became so popular and so publicized, they opened up the Shop in the fall of 2011 in NYC's East Village and the following year in the West Village. 

Their claim to fame is their insanely delicious soft-serve, which they developed in collaboration with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Then, come their inventive flavor combinations. From left to right is the Salty Pimp (vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche with maldon salt dipped in chocolate), Bea Arthur (vanilla soft serve, Nilla wafers and dulce de leche) and Godzilla (vanilla soft serve coated with wasabi peanut dust). 

Then there's American Globs, made with crushed pretzels, sea salt and chocolate dip. How will I ever choose? All of my favorite things...

Here's your chance to try some Big Gay ice cream yourself with the BGIC 2014 Tour. If you live closeby, head out and support these guys and dig into some fantastic ice cream. The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck has recently been named both the most influential food truck and the best dessert truck in the country. I'm so there... 


Photos: Big Gay Ice Cream Shop; Brent Herrig       Content: Sweet Peach