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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

 

Wednesday
Jun252014

Travaasa Resort & Spa

I'm a nature girl. The more I'm outside, the better...plus, a little luxury never hurts. So it's safe to say this scene from the outdoor pool at the Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas appeals to me.

Travaasa is situated on 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve which overlooks Lake Travis. This destination proves to be a perfect resting ground for those looking for some relaxation or restoration time. 

There are 70 guest rooms to choose from at Travaasa, each decorated in a simple Texas farmhouse style with lots of rich, earthy tones. Each room has a private deck or patio to better immerse oneself in the Texas Hill Country. There are seven lodges of private rooms in all, connected by trail paths. 

For the adventuring type, they have ziplining, Outward Bound climbing walls, horse stables, fitness and culinary classes, archery, campfires and guided hikes. Recently adding a farm to the grounds, they also offer hands-on classes in seed germination, plant identification, composting and how to raise chickens to name a few. 

If you like nature and aren't one to shy away from a bit of pampering and self indulgence, I think it's safe to say you'll like Travaasa too. Click here to learn more. 

 

Photos: Travaasa     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jun242014

Aster + Bay

As I get older, I'm finding myself a bit obsessed with bath and body care products that use high quality, all natural ingredients. Like Aster + Bay, based in Atlanta and founded by husband and wife team, Erin and Glen Hammond. 

As stated on their site, "We believe in the healing energy found in nature, in the ritual of self-care and in the mind-body connection possible through botanical scent. Essential knowledge lives on in the apothecary traditions of Europe, Native American herbal medicine, English kitchen gardens and the lore of old Appalachia." 

Erin and Glen craft small batch, hand-blended infusions and oil blends with organic and wild-harvest ingredients. Their shop includes an ever expanding line of face serums, body oils, therapy oils, hair products and lip stains.

In the market for a good exfoloiator, I think I need to try their Dandelion Face Grains made with clays, resins, roots, flowers and grains. You can mix the grains with six different options, depending on the need. For instance, mix with water to detoxify, yogurt to cool and calm or whole milk to nourish and hydrate. 

Each formula is rooted in history, experimentation and an intention to nourish and treat skin naturally. It's fun to read about each product on their site with highly beneficial ingredients like sea kelp extract, hazelnut oil, Moroccan lava clay, sweet fennel essential oil, tumeric or marshmallow root powder to name a few. 

Beet root + hibiscus lip stain just sounds so tempting and lovely, doesn't it? I like how their stellar packaging matches the quality of their ingredients. Treat yourself to Aster + Bay products sold in seven states or through the online site, here. 

 

Photos: Aster + Bay       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Jun232014

A manly kind of space...

 

Photos: Remain Simple; The Pursuit Aesthetic; Sorakeem; hypebeast.com; Social Survival                Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jun202014

Low Country Boil 

I love a good southern party, specifically a Low Country Boil on a nearby front porch. My uber talented friend, nearby neighbor and colleague, Monica Martino drew this lovely illustration and hosted this shindig last month- along with her husband, Chris. It was a no brainer to add this to the calendar. Yes, please!

Monica and Chris make a great team. They used to throw large get togethers when they lived in Los Angeles and have the perfect party formula dialed in. Having just moved here from LA, (Chris is originally from Atlanta) the couple decided to invite the neighborhood so they could get to know everyone. That's the southern spirit...

Now any good Low Country Boil includes crawfish. The trick is you gotta keep 'em alive until right before you boil them. It's a process for sure. As Monica shared, "I'd eaten my share of crays while working on a tv show about shrimpers in Louisiana, but this was my first time buying and cooking them. We bought our crawfish in the morning from the Crawfish Shack and kept them cool until it was time to cook." 

Monica, "While the water was boiling, we 'purged' the crawfish in the cooler with running cool water and rock salt. This makes them release all their impurities. We rinsed them until the water ran clean, then they were ready to cook." 

They bought a 40 quart pot with a steamer basket and a big wooden paddle to mix. Besides the crawfish, the boil included spicy andouille sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes and shrimp- plus a lot of seasoning, lemons, garlic and a bay leaf or two. 

And seasoning is paramount in any Low Country Boil. Zatarain's concentrated Shrimp and Crab Boil has been a New Orleans staple since 1889. It adds a lot of spice. As Monica wisely shared, "Don't be afraid to go a little spicy- that's why there is cold beer available." 

It was fun watching these two work their magic so seamlessly. Monica, "Everything must be fresh and the order you add to the pot is important. Start with the seasonings, onions, garlic, lemons, pepper and sausage. Then add corn and potatoes. Then comes the shellfish. Other than that, you really can't screw it up!" 

Chris and Monica essentially followed this recipe, just adding a few tweaks like using shrimp and eliminating mushrooms. Picture perfect...

So if you're going to do this right, get a big long table and cover it in paper, adding hot sauce, fresh bread, paper towels, cold beer and small garbage pails for the shellfish remnants. Then, let the fun begin...

This has to be the very best part. I'm getting hungry just looking at this whole scene again as everything was so ridiculously tasty. Monica, "It's such a dramatic way to serve up the food and it's so fun to eat straight off the table. It's also a great way to get to know people because there's nothing like sharing a meal with strangers to turn them into friends." 

Chris and Monica hope this becomes a tradition every year. Um, yeah...it better be. 

You may remember Monica from our Christmas post where she made Mercy Gumbo with fresh Louisiana Gulf Shrimp- another dish to remember for a lifetime. Good Lord, I miss that gumbo...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Jun192014

Shine Craft Vessel Co.

There's nothing better than finding a company who cares about quality, design and sustainability. At Shine Craft Vessel Co., they craft 64 oz. beer growlers with a portion of every sale to be donated to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. At their headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, they produce the growlers in small batches, never starting the next one until 75% of their inventory is distributed- reducing waste, space and overhead.

Each growler is constructed out of 23 gauge, 304 food grade, single walled stainless steel and goes through a high grade passivation process to eliminate any metallic aftertaste. I'm not sure what all that means but the message is clear - this is a high quality growler to help you savor your favorite craft beer. 

I personally love the clean, minimal look of the bottles, available in ten bright, attractive colors. If you have a beer afficionado in your household, click here to have one delivered to your mailbox. It fits quite nicely...

 

Photos: Shine Craft Vessel Co.        Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun182014

willaby 

I love a good looking shirt, especially on a tiny tot. Atlantan, Kim Woods does too, which is why she has created willaby, a clothing and accessories line with a modern touch. Kim, "I believe in dressing children in a way that is simple and quiet, yet current. I think that small people deserve demure prints and streamlined design." 

Kim has been sewing and designing since she was 12 years old and loves executing everything at willaby from concept and design to overseeing all the local production. As comfort is paramount, all of the pieces are made with 100% natural fibers and meant to be versatile and unisex, which I really love. The dotted and checkered bloomers are just the sweetest....

 

Kim finds inspiration through a myriad of experiences. As she shared, "I tend to look at vintage baby clothing and old family pictures. Both of my parents come from farming families. And although I'm not sure if it's apparent in the designs, I often think about those homemade, simple, functional pieces of clothing they wore as kids. At the same time, I love Japanese design and I think that influences me as well."  

Check out the entirety of Kim's shop, here. And if you live in Georgia, Kim now sells at six fantastic kid shops that you'll want to visit if you have a child- or need a gift. Kim is also teaching a Sewing Craft Camp in Atlanta next month, which is a really incredible idea. Find out more, here.

 

Photos: Willaby       Content: Sweet Peach