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Tuesday
Feb182014

Yours Is The Earth

 

Atlanta based artist, Jamie Jimenez has a playful, bright style that quickly grabs your attention. Her online shop, Yours Is The Earth includes illustrated and calligraphed prints, stationery and home goods that celebrate our favorite time of day-  mealtime. 

As Jamie believes strongly in eating seasonally, she has designed a print for each season highlighting the harvests we can expect throughout the year. You can download all four for $12, here.

I'm always a fan of tea towels, especially the small collection Jamie has created to complement a lively kitchen.

Her calligraphy skills naturally translate to stamps, as you'll find 18 to choose from to mark your homemade goods or evening's menu...

I particularly like her mini cards that would cheer anyone up. How sweet would it be to receive one of these? Check out the entirety of Jamie's shop, that appeals to the glutton in all of us, here.

 

Photos: Yours Is The Earth      Content: Sweet Peach



Monday
Feb172014

Mollyjogger


I hope this past storm was the last of it as I, like many of you, are completely over cold, ice and snow. So, as winter eases in ferocity making way for spring, there will be many manly men out there eager to camp, hike, hunt and fish. And before doing so, may I offer a suggestion. Check out Mollyjogger.     

Mollyjogger is an online shop based in the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The name comes via the original Mollyjogger Fishing and Hunting Club from 1890. In keeping with their adventurous spirit, founder and Ozark Mountain native, Rick Stagner curated a shop of provisions to suit the forests, fields and streams that surround him and his family. Above is a floating knife, a basic red knit cap and a plaid blanket- at once practical and stylish. Gotta love that. 

This is a nice group of goods that include waterproof notebooks, wool blankets and some gorgeous handmade paddles. I especially love the Scrimshaw Knife Kit, based on the American art form, scrimshaw, that began in the late 1700's. While the whalers had plenty of free time at sea, they etched drawings into items available like bones and sperm whale teeth. As Americans traveled west, so did this art form, which was adapted to knives and other utility items. This kit allows you to carve your own images or words into a bone handled pocket knife...

These popular Field Notes come in 3 packs labeled as Ales or Lagers. The color of the Lager books are gold (pilsner), brown (bock) and pale yellow (pale lager) while the Ales books are dark brown (stout), warm red (amber ale) and rusty orange (India pale ale). 

Check out Rick's shop to see his ever growing shop of provisions that blends great style and practicality for the modern outdoorsman. And although spring is not here just yet, we can all start thinking about it, planning for it, dreaming about it. C'mon spring, we're waiting for you...

 

Photos: Mollyjogger      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Feb142014

The Finkelsteins

The one blog I follow every day without fail is Swiss-Miss. I'm a fan of Tina's business and marketing insights as well as her wide array of interesting finds that she curates from across the globe. Last week, she had a quick post about these adorable stuffed animals, called The Finkelsteins out of South Carolina. Perfect for Valentine's Day...

When I asked Michelle Jewell to describe her shop, she shared, "Finkelstein's Center is a toy design company that offers one of a kind soft characters and custom fabric sculpture, handmade in Charleston." 

Each Finkelstein is made with a fleece material for the body parts and for their fashionable clothing, Michelle uses a combination of vintage and upcycled, remnant fabrics. Michelle, "Our goal in using short runs of fabric for the shirts is that each will feel special to its recipient because we have a limited quantity of each fabric." 

Each one of a kind animal is handsewn by a team of four Creature Makers who follow patterns that Michelle has created. Michelle, "They sew and stuff each Fink and I finish the toys by hand embroidering their facial features." 

I loved the answer I got when I asked Michelle how she thought up the name... "It is actually my dog's middle name, Bernard Pickles Finkelstein Jewell-Amick. Thankfully he answers to Bernie." 

The pigs and the giraffes seem to get the most fanfare but I happen to be a sucker for the lion. Adorbs. Click here to see the entire family of Finks to find your favorite. And Happy Happy Valentine's Day...

And if you haven't seen it already, check out my Valentine video called, Make It or Buy It: Valentine's Day.  

 

 

Thursday
Feb132014

Silas Tom @ Society 6

Clever is the first word that pops into my head when I see a Rob Wilson creation. All of his design work is bold, playful and without fail, clever. Always. Which is why you need to follow his Instagram account if you're not already. It's fun to see what his ingenious mind thinks up next...

I've been following his stationery line for a couple years but now it's nice to see many of his illustrations picked up by Society 6. There, you can purchase his work, now feartured on clocks, totes, canvases, shirts and pillows. 

I'm personally loving the clocks as a perfect way to add something bold into your space. Above is Hounds Tooth + Teal and Mister Hipster.

As I'm looking forward to spring and still wondering why I don't live closer to the equator, Rob's work offers that extra dose of sunshine I need- especially now, as Atlanta and much of the South deals with another freezing cold week. Warm up, here

 

Photos: Silas Tom       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Anna Forkum

Last week, my friend Christine sent me a link to a lovely home she photographed in Nashville last year, owned by Interior Designer, Anna Forkum. She thought it may be a nice fit for Sweet Peach and of course, she was right. It's a gem.  

What I appreciate with any interior designer's work is a home that feels personal, unexpected and thoughtful but also a bit untamed, lived in and loved. Anna achieves that in spades. I love the laundry room area which includes a collection of her daughter's art. Anna, "I find junk store frames and paint them all the same color. Then add as she produces!" The indestructable stainless steel table works perfect as an art space for her daughter and all the little ones who come to visit.   

Just as stunning as each room is the photography taken by Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson. Christine, "What we wanted to capture in Anna's home is her use of dark, deep rich tones and European styling. It's sophisticated yet there's a playful element at work in her choice of furniture, art and her mix of patterns, textures and color." 

When I asked Anna how she wanted her home to look and feel, she replied, "To be restful and recharging for ME...I know the colors and patterns are not for everyone but it energizes me. I have filled my home with things that I love, which is constantly changing as I try new things and colors. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist - the ideas in my head are exhausting and the day is too short to get a tenth of them out. I see the possibilities in so many things." 

Anna offered all of us some great advice if and when we work with a designer, "Make sure they ask you how YOU live, what do you need and want out of a space or even if you need it!" I'm drooling over this gorgeous staircase with that incredible rug and mix of interesting, engaging paintings that I'm sure Anna got from here and there over the years...each one with a story to tell. As Anna shared, "Beautiful spaces do take time." 

Oh how I want these bathrooms. The wallpaper to the left is from Graham and Brown. When you have a room soaked in natural light, it's so nice to play with color.  

This porch pendant came via West Elm, which Anna is ready to paint when it's time for a fresh look. I love her mix of colors and textures- particularly the use of pink. Such flirty fun on a southern porch. Thank you Anna and thank you Christine and Owen. I'm inspired and grateful and thinking which room to redecorate next...

**Be sure to check out ReFresh magazine in May to see new additions and finds inside Anna's home

 

Photos: Anthony-Masterson Photography   Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Feb112014

Make It or Buy It: Valentine's Day  

SweetPeachValentinesDay from Sweet Peach blog on Vimeo.

I've worked in tv for quite some time but never thought of making a video for Sweet Peach until recently (the blog has always been an outlet away from that world). But, making this video reminded me of all that I love about producing. It's been a blast playing with this idea from concept to post and to collaborate with good friends. This is the first of hopefully more to come. I'm calling it Make It or Buy It to showcase some of the things you can make or buy for Valentine's Day. Click above to play...

Most of our Make It features don't call for a tutorial. Check out Alabama Biscuits to make homemade treats for that someone special. And here's the recipe for our Valentine cocktail that was a smidge strong and super tasty...adjust as you like. 

  

 

1. Andover Trask Canvas Tote  2. Freshie & Zero jewelry  3. Rifle Paper Co. Calendar  4. Otis James tie  5. Emily G's Jams  6. 3 Parks Wine Growler  7. Katherine Smith jewelry  8. Sweet Grass Dairy cheese  9. Cathead Vodka  10. Mason Shaker  11. A New Turn in the South; Try This At Home

 

So many people to thank for this video. First off, I thank Mr. James for his tireless efforts in shooting and editing this video; Sarah Neuberger of The Small Object for her incredible, adorable illustrations; Beth Lord for her set styling, biscuit making and master crafter ways; Bob Conquest, Andy Cleary, Sarah Pierre, Tiffany Santiago and Bradley Odom for giving up a Saturday afternoon to be willing guinea pigs in my latest concoction; Andrew Gawdun for his musical guidance... and all the southern designers and artists that inspire me each day. 

 

It was such a thrill to have Sarah of The Small Object create custom illustrations for the video. I am such a fan of her work and was so overjoyed to have her say yes, without hesitation. How lucky am I? Click here to see her incredible shop and blog if you haven't already. And Happy Valentine's Day prepping everyone...

 

Monday
Feb102014

Sweets for Dudes

Valentine's Day is Friday and for those looking for a scrumptious and unique gift, one of my favorite go-to shops is Dude Sweet Chocolate in Austin. The Laphroaig Truffle is one of their most popular manly options, made with Laphroaig Scotch Whiskey, condensed milk, molasses and 73.5% dark chocolate. 

Any food item named Crack in a Box is a winner. To make this ridiculously addictive concoction, whole hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia and soy are tossed in egg whites, powdered sugar and sea salt, then candied in the oven. A glob of 72% South American chocolate with raw cocoa nibs is added, then it's poured into slabs and cut. 

Stag Party Fudge is made with Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Whiskey, walnuts and sea salt. 

And for the ultimate chocolate lover, send the Gift Box that includes chocolate truffles, toffee, fudge and potion plus Crack in a Box and Chubby Nuts. And it's just $35. Great deal... Click here to see all of the Dude Sweet Chocolate offerings which can be mailed quickly, via FedEx. 

For an offering that is a tad sweeter, Audrey over at Tiny Buffalo Baking Co. just introduced a Valentine Box for $15 which includes cranberry vanilla granola, cherry white chocolate scones, salted chocolate shortbread and salted caramels. That sounds pretty amazing...

If you're in Atlanta, Audrey will be at two pick up points for the Valentine boxes on Thursday and Friday. Click here for more details. Or click here for more tasties from her shop to be shipped nationwide. Plus, her classic and colorful aprons (hand made in a barn) are all on sale for $28. Sweet...

 

Photos: Respective sites      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Feb072014

Methane Studios

Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee have been friends since college. After graduating, they did their own thing, designing for screen printing companies and t-shirt shops, as well as creating engaging illustrations for various local and national brands. After doing a bit of their own work on the side, they realized the potential of teaming up together. In 1998, Methane Studios was born. 

Much of their early work still sustains them- silk screen prints for music gigs. They've created incredible artwork for hundreds of artists, which ultimately caught the attention of the Dave Matthews crew. Since 2005, the pair have been the go-to guys for all of Dave's show prints, illustrating between 40-70 a year. 

While visiting their Atlanta studio, this one, titled Moth Leopard by Robert was one of my favorites. I'm drawn to the bright, bold colors and graphic print. 

These two prints by Mark have garnered a lot of attention as they can fit so well with so many decor styles. Mark found inspiration from a 1930's mug shot for the guy silhouette, and for the mrs.- a vintage German actress from that same time period offered the right look. 

Maybe I'm a bit biased as I live in Georgia but this is my personal favorite, which is available as a print or a limited few are sold on wood. I bought the wood version for my kitchen and it works well as a strong focal point.

 

Even knowing who designs what, it's hard to tell their artwork apart. Their styles are very complementary, which makes them a strong, creative force with an equally strong brand. As Robert shared, "We're both very illustrative with a retro flair and comtemporary feel." 

On the day I visited, they were printing another Dave Matthews print- no surprise there. And I have to say it was really interesting to watch the screen printing process to see these illustrations come to life before your eyes, one by one. 

All of Mark and Robert's prints are limited edition and priced right, averaging at just $30 each. And the nice part is they sign each and every one by hand. 

I want to thank Mark and Robert for showing me around their studio and hanging out for a bit. They were incredibly kind and generous with their time. To see these two in person and peruse their ingenious creations yourself, visit them in Nashville at the Cabin Fever Heyday event this Sunday, February 8 or in March at South by Southwest in Austin.  

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Feb062014

Chocolate dipped Peanut Butter cookies with Pomegranate salt....

My schedule today is a bit maddening as I have appointment after appointment scheduled and with all the plans and priorities to keep, I have not utilized my time all that well the past 24 hours. So...I'm in need of a quick post today. And did I mention I'm hungry? I never eat well when I'm busy. And when I'm hungry, I want carbs and chocolate. Specifically anything made by teenage phenom, Izy Hassock. 

I love to check out Izy's food blog, Top With Cinnamon, to see what she's concocted next- and photographed so beautifully. These Chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies with pomegranate salt stopped me in my tracks as the flavor combo just sounded so good. I could easily eat a dozen in one sitting right now...

Check out her blog post to learn a few of her recipe tidbits which include how she came up with pomegranate salt, why she used oat flour and baking powder instead of baking soda. Every ingredient has a rhyme and a reason in Izy's world. She's a gem doing what she does at just 17. And luckily for blogs and social media, she can share her talent with all of us. See the entire post, here. 

 

Photos: Izy Hossack    Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Feb052014

Sweet Gum Co. 

The amount of time I take to blog each day is probably fairly equal to the amount of time I take to browse other blogs- finding inspiration and new connections. I have a running list of bookmarked sites that evolves each day but one of my mainstays is Local Milk, a food blog by Tennessee native, Beth Kirby.

Beth's blog is full of incredible recipes with equally incredible photos. Beth also curates a small shop of southern handcrafted (or found) kitchen items, called Sweet Gum Co. Above are ceramics by Trish Riley of Chattanooga, Tennessee that are each one of a kind and meant to be put to use each day. 

The cutting boards come via Joseph Huebscher of Huebscher Woodworks, also based in Chattanooga. Joseph rescues downed trees to transform the right cuts into stunning, functional pieces. For these impressive boards, he utilized reclaimed live edge pecan (left) and reclaimed black walnut sapwood (right).  

I love the idea of visiting a coppersmith one day to learn more about the craft- and who better than Ben Caldwell in Nashville, whose work is nationally recognized and includes all manner of utensils and dish ware for the home. I particularly love the relish spoon and antler point gravy ladle

And I know it's way too early to think about fresh honeysuckle- but this post has motivated me to buy a honeysuckle plant this spring, if only to harvest the blossoms in the summer to make Beth's recipe, Honeysuckle Biscuits with sea salt peach butter and honeysuckle mint vinaigrette. Speechless... In the meantime, peruse her blog and southern shop to be endlessly inspired and hungry. I bet after a bit of browsing, this site will be one of your mainstays too...

 

Photos: Beth Kirby/ Local Milk & Sweet Gum Co.       Content: Sweet Peach