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Thursday
Jul102014

The Indoor Swing

It's summer in the South and I like to sway. I do this every day, rain or shine on my swing bed. During this July heat, as I drift side to side on another breezeless day, it gets me thinking how important it is to have a swing in this summer heat. And not just outside...

As I researched indoor swings, I came across some photos that are sure to inspire. The best part is it doesn't take much to make one- just some wood, rope and a bit of space. Then sway away...


What I like too about a swing is it encourages play. It helps you get out of your head for a bit and let go of worry, doubt and all those other little fears that may creep up during the day. To sway feels good, no matter your age, no matter when or where. Just sway...

 

Photos:  vtwonen.nl; babyromo.com; carpenteria2santos.blogspot.com; estiloescandinavo.com; homespace.kz; ioalndapujol.tumblr.com; Ouno Design; ourpicturewindow.blogspot.ae; outletaoo.net; top-interior-designs.com; youaretheriver.com; Desire to Inspire; Domino       Content: Sweet Peach

Wednesday
Jul092014

Black Swamp Co.

A wooden cuff always has my complete attention and admiration. Artist Katie Thompson of Eutawville, South Carolina is well aware of the allure and has capitalized on it with a line of distinctive jewelry made from wood, metal and locally sourced materials. Her popular spiral cuff is made from a felled Cypress tree in her backyard swamp, estimated to be 1000+ years old. 

As she is a partner (along with her husband) of Joseph Thompson Woodworks, Katie found inspiration in their shared workspace. The number of wood shavings found on any given day led her to recycle these pieces to create something original, structural and visually appealing. 

The process to create each cuff is labor intensive. Katie, "I steam bend these using a steam box and then form by hand. They cure for a day or so, then I'm able to hand chisel, saw, sand and finish using a UV and waterproof finish, which takes another day or so to cure."  

I'm as much a fan of the necklaces as I am of the bracelets. These beauties are handcrafted from local South Carolina black walnut and work well for designers and artists- admirers of function and form.

This is Katie's backyard swamp where she finds endless inspiration. Katie, "I feel like the swamp has accepted me in its gritty and sometimes dangerous beauty and I'm obviously aiming to honor what I see in that relationship, even subconsciously." I'm looking forward to seeing that relationship evolve. See all of Katie's handiwork, (which I first spotted on the Oysters and Pearls site) here.

 

Photos: Black Swamp Co      Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jul082014

Amy Roberson 

Last weekend, I stopped in to see the ICE event in Atlanta, which celebrates local artists. There was a lot of great talent packed inside but one booth stood out. Perhaps it was the luscious colors, the pretty display or the mid century vibe...but I was instantly smitten by Amy Roberson's ceramics.

Amy is from Ellijay, Georgia and is currently a year long resident at MudFire in Decatur. It is here that she's found a home base with community support and access to all her firing needs- all the while crafting and honing her own style of ceramics. 

Amy, "With my work, I set out to make finely crafted tableware for daily use. I want my audience to use my work to brighten their day with beautiful colors and forms." 

In Amy's newly curated shop, find her mugs, bowls and tumblers. You can also find them at Crafted Westside. It's a nice way to brighten up a space - and support a new, talented artist. 

 

Photos: Amy Roberson Ceramics      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Jul072014

Dedicate Brand


With America on my mind this weekend, this cool trucker hat caught my eye, by Dedicate Brand. 

This company has great intentions. As stated on their site, "We make functional gear for those who like classic style and who don't want to be walking billboards for the corporations." They've design each item to be used and abused- lived in, thrown in backpacks and back pockets. 

Although based in Wyoming, they have some quality options for the diehard Texan. See the entirety of their manly wares, here.

 

Photos: Dedicate Brand     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jul032014

Sweet Petunia 

My friends Monica and Chris (who I just featured in the Low Country Boil post) recently began fostering a pup named Petunia. She is about 3 years old, weighs 50 lbs and is believed to be a Bulldog/Boxer mix with perhaps a breed or two or three more mixed in... She is as sweet as can be and needs a place to call home.  

Monica, "Petunia is mellow to the point of sometimes being mistaken for a piece of furniture. She never barks or chews and she barely sheds. She is not a 'bolter' and we often hang out on the porch watching the world go by with no fear of her chasing squirrels, cars or strollers. She loves her crate and will nap there throughout the day and night. She is learning to walk on a leash and gets better at it every day."

Petunia is lucky to also have another pup in her foster family. Her name is Magnolia, whom Chris and Monica adopted last year. The two get along beautifully and seem to have the same temperment. Every time I stop by, Magnolia and Petunia are often lounging side by side, perfectly chill under the hot southern sun.  

Monica and Chris often call Petunia by her new nickname, Potato. Monica, "We call her Potato because all she really wants to do is snooze on the couch." 

I've worked with a lot of kids and animals over the years but happy to report that Petunia was one of the easiest. She's as laid back as they come but certainly appreciated a treat or two to accommodate our many requests to sit here, there, then look over this way, no that way...

She did like rolling around in the petunias...

...but did not appreciate them placed upon her head. Good sport though- she at least let me get the shot. 

Monica and Chris are fostering Petunia through a wonderful organization called Ruffus Rescue in Atlanta, which do weekly adoptions at the Pet Supplies Plus location from 11am-4pm. You can find Petunia there on the weekends, or contact Monica directly to schedule a time to meet. You really can't find a better pup (or foster parents). I hope this July 4th, we can celebrate a new home for this very sweet, loving, adorable Miss Petunia. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jul022014

Banner Butter

Oh butter, how I love you so. Yet I never knew our love could deepen and evolve the way it has over the last couple of months. Because of you, I'm more open to receive and feel gratitude...

My love for butter has evolved because I never knew what I was missing. Our popular American versions pale in comparison to how its been done for centuries in Europe. At Banner Butter, based in Doraville, Georgia, a talented team is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail cultured butter companies in the whole country.

As owner Elizabeth McBath explained, "Sweet cream butter (your standard grocery store variety) is pasteurized and immediately churned to kill both good and bad bacteria. Cultured butter is left to sit before churning so good bacteria grows and adds that rich butter taste. The butter you're used to eating, they artificially add that butter flavor back in."  

Elizabeth, along with her husband Drew, hired executive pastry chef, Kat King to help them develop their recipes. They now focus on three compound flavors, plus a lightly salted, sea salt and unsalted butter, then of course, seasonal compound varieties for when the inspiration strikes. 

Like the day of my visit when Mary Ellen Yupari, the Manager of Operations, just so happened to be trying out a new seasonal flavor of Georgia peach with local, organic honey, cinnamon and sugar. It smelled divine. I picked up the final result at the Grant Park Farmer's Market a few days ago and I have to say, although I may be partial, this is my new favorite. 

Chefs, Catherine Weaver and Jennifer Weissman work beautifully as a team mixing, churning, washing, molding, weighing and packing Banner Butter rounds. They love working with cultured butter and talking about their process. It really makes a difference when you know your food is crafted with this much care and passion. 

Cultured butter is so creamy and tasty, you often find yourself eating it like frosting from a cake. Elizabeth and Drew source their cream from Southern Swiss Dairy Farm in Georgia- from cows that are hormone free and grass fed. Each small batch at Banner takes 20 hours to make. It's a labor of love- can't you just tell? 

Elizabeth is passionate about her butter and the way she works with her staff (whom adore her) lets me know even bigger and better things are on the horizon. Both her and Drew have found a new passion through their foray into the food world which has received rave reviews and incredible support. Elizabeth, "I feel more connected to community. We're making something really traditional and it grounds you in a special, beautiful way." Oh butter, who knew our love could get this good? 

Check out the Banner Butter site to learn more and follow their ever so lovely Instagram account, produced by Ruthie Weil. 

 

Photos: Sweet Peach; Whitney Ott; Garnish & Gather     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jul012014

More lovely things...via Wit and Whistle

Wit & Whistle is one of my favorite shops to check in on from time to time. Each item is beautifully made and then, with equal parts thoughtfulness and care, beautifully photographed and presented.  

Amanda Wright, from Cary, North Carolina, continues to expand her wares to include stationery and home goods. All of her paper products are printed locally on recycled paper and her line of creative, quirky stamps have a simple design that is both modern and playful. 

All of Amanda's popular wood-mounted rubber stamps are laser engraved from her original designs and are each packaged inside a drawstring muslin bag.  

I am a bit of a notebook fanatic as I tend to have a lot of ideas that should be written down- otherwise, they're quickly lost into oblivion. A pretty notebook, as seen here, is the perfect accessory (much like a pen in my hand) to help me focus and organize all those things floating around in my head and start to make sense of it...

Amanda also sells her original artwork. This is a mixed media painting, using gouache and ink, of her heart-leaf philodendron plant. She's such a talented one...and so fun to check in on. See the entirety of the Wit & Whistle shop, here. 

 

Photos: Wit & Whistle      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun302014

Billy Moore


A few years ago, John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn introduced me to a Tennessee artist named Billy Moore. If you're a fan of a good leather belt, you need to know about Billy's handiwork. As far as leather belts go, it doesn't get much better than this...

Billy sources his leather from the Horween tannery in Chicago then soaks it in a local Tennessee river in the Smoky Mountains. He uses abrasive rocks to distress and add texture to each piece. Many of his belts are also handpainted and sanded to create a scrumptious, vintage look that has become his signature. 

All of the belt buckles are hand forged by Billy too. He utilizes brass, nickel and sterling but prefers to work with copper when he can. As he shared, "Its softness allows for a lot of texture and manipulation, and the patina is incredible." 

Billy named his shop, Cause and Effect as a reminder that each of us can make the world a better place. From a simple gesture like opening a door for someone to working for a food bank, each effort of kindness will inspire others to do the same. 

Contact Billy to inquire about a belt or find them at Jack Spade, Bird or Gilt.

 

Photos: Cause and Effect; Carrie Cizauskas; williamyan.com      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun272014

I Dream of Weenie

A walk up lunch spot where you place your order through a screen and wait to hear your name called is a lunch spot near and dear to my heart. So when Ruthie Lindsey posted this pic of community favorite, I Dream of Weenie on her Instagram account a few days ago, I was all smiles. Ear to ear. 

This nationally acclaimed hot dog spot, situated in an old VW van, is located in East Nashville and has a weenie with homemade toppings to satisfy each and every customer. From top left: The Nacho-Cheese-n-Mac Weenie; The Greek Weenie with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts olive and feta; The Chinese Foo Dog with ginger-hoisin sauce, Asian slaw and crunchy chow mein noodles; The Chili Cheese Weenie; The Bloody Mary Halloweenie.

Owner Leslie Allen manages a steady stream of devout locals and tourists. The tried and true weenies are available on the menu every day as well as a special that changes daily. Plus, she's added a Weenie Brunch for Sunday which, as far as she knows, is the only one of its kind in the world. Just another reason to stop by and say hey and place your order through a screen. Then wait to hear your name called...

 

Photos: I Dream of Weenie      Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jun262014

Makr Tumbler

I like a good cup, particularly any cup made by Makr of Winter Park, Florida. Their newly introduced tumblers are eye catching and beautifully made- a nice addition to any kitchen if you ask me. 

The hand turned copper cups have a natural patina that will get better with time and each size is available for just $28. Two other versions of the tumbler are available, made from aluminum in either white or gray...

 

All of the tumblers at Makr are available in short, tall and tapered shape and work perfectly as a rocks or lowball glass. On these hot, southern days, I like the idea of one of these cool, classic tumblers filled with ice and tasty mixings, right by my side.

A handsome shelf is important for any tumbler presentation. This one, also by Makr, is made of white powder coated steel and black walnut. See the ever expanding shop of fancy, fine things in the Makr shop, here. 

 

Photos: Makr     Content: Sweet Peach