Time to Shop...

Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio quit her day job to become an artist full time. This turned out to be a really good idea as the rest of us can now own one of her gorgeous ceramic pieces that are currently flying off the shelves, gaining fanfare nationwide. Luckily, she found some time during this busy season to share her favorite gift picks for the holidays. Thank you Court...

1. FELIX GLENN MEDIUM SERVING SPOON, $115. Courtney, I've been totally bewitched by the gorgeous handcarved utensils coming out of this new Birmingham, Alabama based company. Although they're perfectly functional, I'd probably be happy to hang this spoon on a wall and just admire its classic design and beautiful grain. 

2. ICE MILK APRONS ROLLING OF CINNAMON APRON, $85. I think this (and almost all of the other aprons offered by this Atlanta, GA based company) are the prettiest things I've ever seen. The perfect blend of practical and nostalgic, these aprons almost make me forget what a horrible baker I am.  

3. LAUREN McGOWIN ABSTRACT PAINTINGS, $550. If we're talking aspirational Christmas gifts, I'm totally smitten with the abstract paintings of this emerging painter in Fairhope, Alabama. In person, her paintings have a very distinctive voice and wonderful textures. Much of her work also incorporates metallic details, so you know I'm hooked. 

4. NATIVE BEAR 2014 COSMOS WALL CALENDAR, $35. When it comes to calendars, I'm still an old fashioned gal who loves an annual calendar for reference. I'm pretty sure I could look at Leela from Native Bear's distinctive style and color palatte on the wall all year long. 

 5. LOYAL STRICKLIN AVIATOR MUG, $29. Do you need a masor jar cup with a leather cuff from Alabama based, Loyal Stricklin? Probably not. Should you have one? Absolutely. 

6. LEDBURY CLASSIC BUTTON DOWNS, starting at $115. My gift interests skew feminine, but of course I have lots of men in my life that need gifts too. You can't go wrong with any of the button downs offered by Richmond, Virginia-based, Ledbury, who offer shirts with a classically tailored fit and unmistakable Southern style. 

7. FORM FUNCTION FORM BUTTON STUD EASY READER, $82. I love that this watch, made in a Florida studio, would be an equally amazing gift for the guys or gals on your list. Classic design with high quality materials can never go wrong. 

8. JACK RUDY SMALL BATCH GRENADINE, $16.  We all know about Jack Rudy's Tonic, but did you know they have a grenadine too? With all the classic cocktail lovers in my life, this is sure to be a hit. 



Holiday Gift Picks from the South Pole...

Nan Myers is one of my favorite curators of all that is scrumptious and good here in the South. Her store, Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia is worth a visit, especially over the holidays. Her gorgeous shop is chock full of unique and beautifully crafted gifts for men, women and all the kiddies. It's a bit of everything, which is why I'm so happy that she agreed to share some of her favorite holiday picks with all of us.

Nan, "It's starting to look like a winter wonderland at Firefly. I have strung cotton from the fields with fishing line, draped Spanish moss on our Christmas trees as I try to create The South Pole in our cozy store."

1. SMOKE & PICKLES COOKBOOK, $29.95. Smoke & Pickles has been popular among the men folk in my store and I can see why. Chef Edward Lee has a food story that could only happen in America, but even more appealing to us Southerners because he landed in Kentucky at the famed restaurant 610 Magnolia. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Korean immigrants, his patchwork cuisine like collards kimchi has Korean roots with a lot of southern soul. Plus, he's a natural born storyteller which adds another layer of flavor to his debut cookbook. 

2. PINECONE BAKING TINS, $10.95.  I love the pinecone baking tins. These come with a suggested gingerbread recipe but I am dying to try a madeleine recipe that I have squirreled away in my recipe box. 

3. STATE CUTTING BOARD, $52. This makes entertaining easy and will be a conversation starter too. We offer Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Made out of bamboo and in the USA. 

4. GEORGIA OLIVE OIL, from $4.50. Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes me really happy and I hope Santa remembers to put one of these bad boys in my stocking! I was skeptical when I heard they were producing olives in Lakeland, Georgia but after a taste, it was clear as moonlight through the pines that they were onto something good. From the field to their own mill in less than 48 hours, their oil is collected from only the first pressing of the fruit. 

5. BLUNDSTONE BOOTS, $120. What do you give a shopkeeper that has access to all of the above? Some kicking new boots for 2014 of course. I am loving these safety orange pair of Blundstones. 

6. CEDAR SOAP, $8. A perfect stocking stuffer for the men. I love the packaging of course, but the soap has a really nice, complex cedar scent as well. 


7. LOCAL RATTLESNAKE CUFFS, $48. I am not a fan of poisonous snakes, but I will certainly wear a dead one. These rattlesnake cuffs slither out of our front door and get compliments wherever they go. 

8. BLACK-EYED PEAS EARRINGS, $38. These sterling silver earrings promise to bring good luck all year round! These little South Georgia cuties are made locally by my creative friend Tracy who has the neatest little studio tucked in the woods. 



Holiday Gift Picks for the Entertainer...

Our special feature of Holiday Gift Picks continues today with guest artisan, Leah Duncan. Leah is one of my favorite southern designers, crafting the most delicious pillows, scarves, tea towels and prints so I was thrilled when she said yes to my request. Leah, "For the gift guide, I was drawn to a lot of tableware and linens so I wanted to focus on gifts for the home entertainer. I hope you like it!" 

1. MASON SHAKER $29. Leah, Because everyone needs a mason shaker. 

2. CANOE LEATHER COASTERS $64. These beautifully crafted leather coasters by Canoe will make a unique statement and are the perfect combination of classic and rustic to work with anyone's home decor.

3. A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH $22.99. A modern spin on southern food, this book by Canadian turned southerner, Hugh Acheson is a perfect gift for the entertainer who loves to cook. 

4. MARFA BRAND SOAP $30 for box. These Marfa brand soaps are amazing! They will add a perfect touch to anyone's guest bathroom. 

5. LEBORED TEA LIGHT HOLDERS, $36. These wooden tea light holders from Lebored are rustic, simple and geometric, all perfect for the modern entertainer. 

6. RIFLE PAPER PLACE CARDS $7.50. Rifle Paper Co. is always amazing and these place cards are no exception. 

7. LETTERPRESS RECIPE CARDS $15. These vegetable recipe cards by Studio SloMo are classic and her craftsmanship is some of the best I've seen. Perfect for any home cook! 

8. UNCORKED GLASS, $44 for 4. These southern made glasses by Uncorked Glass Company are great to mix and match with other dinnerware. Plus, they are the perfect color of cobalt. 

9. TEXTILES BY CONSTANCE $36. These beautiful linen napkins by Constance Holt are so classic, they will spruce up any occasion. 

10. HAAND CERAMICS CLOUDWARE BOWLS, starting at $35. The small size of these bowls make them versatile for any table setting. They're also so beautiful that they could be just for display, as is all of the work at Haand. 




Wallet and Man Bag Selects


Save the Date: Root City Market, Dec 14

I'm excited to announce a collaboration I've formed with Jen Soong of Root City Market. Her fab handmade and local quarterly event just got a tad bigger with the addition of some vendors featured before on Sweet Peach. This includes Loyal Stricklin, Oakleaf & Acorn, Billiam Jeans, and Shannon Goines to name a few. 

Come visit us from 10a-2p, Saturday December 14 at 112 Krog Street in the Stove Works Facility in Atlanta. It's free to all and will include food trucks, music and more. Plus, it's a perfect time to get some holiday shopping done as the 25 plus vendors offer incredible gift options that you'd never find at your typical shop. These items are made with care with a story to tell. Come meet the makers and get some shopping done! 



Time to shop...

This holiday season, I've reached out to a few of my favorite Southern artists to share their gift ideas with all of us. You'll see these special guest Gift Picks featured throughout December on Sweet Peach and first up is Old Try from Charlotte, North Carolina, who craft incredible letterpress prints and tees. Together, the fabulously talented Marianna and Micah Whitson have picked their top 8 gift ideas for the holiday, all from Southern makers. Enjoy...

1. MAKR Key Bottle Opener $11.50. Micah, I guarantee you, I use this bottle opener more than I use my car key, which either says how much I drink or a little about how much I drive. At either rate, the boys in Florida have given me something damn practical that doesn't take up any more room than it has to. 

2. MOLLY JOGGER, Scout Red Knit Cap $19.50. Rich Stagner is building quite the brand over in the Ozarks. He's an Eddie Bauer alum who is doing remarkable things with a heritage brand that has, well, legit heritage. I've been a fan of every new release they've put out since I've been following them. This wooly cap would look good from Little Rock to Mt. Magazine. 

3. ALABAMA BISCUIT CO. Biscuit Mix $10. A good buddy from college started Alabama Biscuit and before he even got the doors open, Paula Deen picked them as a top 10 biscuit in America. If you can't get down to Cahaba Heights in Birmingham, then get this mix and see what all the hype over their spelt grain biscuits is all about.

4. ANDOVER TRASK Standard Bag $175. Matt Weaver didn't know that if he made a bag in Atlanta that was practical and beautiful and in Ole Miss colors that I'd drool over it and hope one of my bags will break so I can justify another one. Or did he? 

5. KENTUCKY FOR KENTUCKY Kentucky Pennant Raglan $30. From the fine fellows who brought you the Kentucky Kicks Ass Initiative comes a handsome baseball tee because of course a baseball tee from the state of the Louisville slugger based off an old vintage pennant is a homerun. Made in the USA and printed in the Ville. 

6. OLD TRY Old Top $35. Sure, we've got a bunch of prints that are great, but you can't leave the house with a print and it's getting too cold to leave with one of our tee shirts. Which is why we spent a year sourcing a classic navy ball cap that is made in America and works perfectly year round. To that, we'll doff our caps. 

7. BUFFALO JACKSON Jackson Vest $89.95. What's a stuffed buffalo doing in Matthews, NC? Pretty much alerting folks that Xan Hood is making clothes that are a tribute to the west and to the rugged spirit in us all. This puffy vest is the right amount of soft in a rough and tumble world. 

8. SYDNEY HALE Bourbon & Brown Sugar $28. Megan Cook + Co. make these candles in Virginia. They're wonderfully complex and make the whole house smell amazing. I pretty much light one anytime I'm working on new prints. Added bonus? 10% of proceeds go to animal rescue efforts. 



Happy Thanksgiving...

I'm actually working today, but will be thinking throughout the day of all that I'm thankful for, which is a lot. I'm particularly thankful for the chance to join some longtime friends later tonight for dinner and for being able to do this blog each day. Its been a necessary vehicle for my creative spirit and my sanity. Thank you all for checking in each day or whenever you can. It is appreciated. 

This Thanksgiving, I am also thankful for this James Franco and Seth Rogan shot for shot parody of Kanye West's latest video with Kim Kardashian. It's too good not to share. Enjoy & Happy Turkey Day everybody... 



The Bedside Light

The last couple of days I've been sick as a dog. A cold, sore throat, fever...I've spent some time reading in bed and then in a sick haze, wondering how to improve my bedside table. I think a new light is in order. Which got me thinking- and searching for some good options. Here's a few that caught my eye... 

I hope this offers a bit of inspiration. I just took some nyquil and am turning my bedside light off. Night night...


Photos: Martha Stewart; Apartment Therapy; My Paradissi; Remodelista; Decor Dots; Decor8; Curbly;     Content: Sweet Peach


Sara Lee Parker Textiles

When I was at West Elm Atlanta last weekend for my Sweet Peach Picks event, I stumbled upon a new artist in the West Elm Local section. Her name is Sara Lee Parker from Athens, Georgia, and she handcrafts the prettiest textiles. 

Sara works side by side with her husband, Simon to screen print all of her designs by hand. Sara, "We have an 18 foot table and literally stand on opposite sides of the table to pass the squeegee back and forth." 

The best part is Sara uses water based inks and a sustainable, hemp certified organic cotton blend as a base fabric. Sarah, "It may cost more, but it's like buying groceries- once you learn what goes into factory-farmed, you can't stomach the cheap stuff." 

I'm a firm believer that you can't have too many tea towels- especially ones as lovely as these. Sara sells all her textiles at various southern shops, (including West Elm Atlanta) and online, here. 




Chilly Willy 

I'm writing this on Sunday night, huddled on the couch with a blanket cursing at the cold. I hate it. But I must admit, the only ray of sunshine to these chilly temps is the plentiful resurgence of stylish man scarves. 

These beauties come via Sid Mashburn in Atlanta. The Gun Check Cashmere is a particularly nice one at $225 but I happen to love the green mix lambswool just as much, at $45. 

Scarves are an important part of men's fashion, having been a part of the man's wardrobe for over 2000 years, (first worn by Chinese soldiers). Over the years, this rectangle fabric has been adorning necks for warmth and style, evolving into some incredible colors, textures and patterns. These above are via Sid Mashburn and Need Supply in Richmond, Virginia and start at $28. 

Stag Provisions for Men in Austin, Texas has some of my favorites, including the Blue Wave at $96 and the handsome Wave Jacquard scarf for $60. 

And of course, you can't forget Billy Reid from Florence, Alabama. His cream cable scarf is on sale for $78. 

It may seem silly to spend a bit of cash on a scarf but the classic, well made ones will last a long time, becoming a mainstay in a guy's closet year in and year out. This cashmere version in natural from Sid Mashburn is a beauty. But beauty costs, at $275. Peruse all these shops to find the perfect match. And button up, it's chilly willy...