I always feel so lucky when I send out emails to a few of my favorite Southern artists to see if they would share their holiday gift picks on Sweet Peach and they reply with an enthusaistic 'yes!' Such was the case with the Beauty Everyday gals based in Athens, Georgia. Kristen Bach, Rebecca Wood and Rinne Allen are just some of the most creative, talented and impressive women I know and I'm thrilled to share their gift selections below. Their picks are the first of many from Southern artists to come this month. My endless gratitude to Kristen, Rebecca and Rinne...and to the always fabulous Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object for her perfectly playful illustrations to showcase the 2015 Peach Picks this holiday season. Happy shopping y'all...
1. SHOTWELL CANDY CO. CARAMELS, $19.75. We read about this company not too long ago and have drooled over everything on their site way too many times. We were glad to see this sampler pack so we could try one of each. Southerners do know their sweets...
2. ALABAMA CHANIN POTHOLDER, $30. Our friends at Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama make great things for wearing and for the home. This hand loomed potholder has seen lots of use in Rinne's home.
3. SARA LEE PARKER NAPKIN SETS, $30. We have been admiring Sara's work for many years now. We love her sweet illustrations that are printed perfectly on items that you will use every day.
4. SMOKE SIGNALS BAKING WORKSHOPS, from $150 & PAPER CUT PIE BOX, $20. Rebecca has been there in person but for the rest of us, we have gotten to know Smoke Signals in Marshall, NC from their great instagram feed, @bakerhands. We can't decide which workshop we will take in 2016 but we will definitely be at one.
5. SHORT STACK EDITIONS COOKBOOK, $14. We get more and more inspired with each edition of Short Stack's great single topic cookbooks. We love the simple, colorful production of each volume and the in depth look at each ingredient.
6. FOOK BANK DONATION. We also love giving back each year and encourage you to find a special cause or charity in your own community to give back to, either with volunteer hours or with a monetary donation. They all need your support! This year, we are supporting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
7. BULLS BAY SALTWORKS SMOKED SEA SALT, from $10. Rinne photographed the process of making sea salt at Bulls Bay Saltworks in McClellanville, SC last year and has been using their smoked sea salt every since.
8. BEAUTY EVERYDAY BOOK, $98. We would be remiss if we did not mention the Beauty Everyday book that the three of us collaborated on. The book features 365 photographs- one for each day of the year. It's a gorgeous visual record of the seasons and textures of the South. Give it to someone special...for the holidays, for a wedding or just because.
9. 2016 MOON CALENDAR, $19. We are all huge fans of the shop, Villagers, in Asheville, NC. Every year around this time, Kristen visits and does the bulk of her holiday shopping there (and now they sell online too!) This year, Kristen has her eye on this lovely moon calendar.
10. BROWN PARCEL PRESS CALENDAR, $35. Our friends, Megan Fowler and her mother, Gaelle Boling of Brown Parcel Press have been printing their letterpress calendar out of their rural Devereux, Georgia studio for years and we get them (and give them) every year.
11. ME SPEAK DESIGN BRASS BOWL, $65. Eric and Lori Wright live just outside Athens and make beautiful, Japanese inspired homewares under the name ME Speak Design. We love these new hammered brass bowls they recently added to their line.
12. HOME.MADE PEPPER JELLY PECANS, $15. Our good friend Mimi has been spoiling Athens with her yummy food for a decade at her restaurant, Home.Made. Kristen just finished taking photos of their new line of snackies now available online for anyone to try. These candied pepper jelly pecans are our favorite!
13. ANN LADSON BARNACLE FLATWARE, from $180. Rinne watched Charleston, SC based metalworker Ann Ladson at work recently as she created her new Barnacle collection. This spreader knife or dinner fork in bronze is a beautiful, functional heirloom- one that will only get better with age and use.