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Wednesday
Jul032013

The Stylish Vegan

One of my favorite potters, Jeanette Zeis has come out with a vegan-centric line. As she shares, it's ceramics "made for vegans, by a vegan." 

Jeanette has created dishes and bowls in various sizes that display the vegan name, all with her signature style and pretty pastel palette. 

It's funny, I give my dogs nutritional yeast every day, but I know it's good for me too. This may prove a good reminder of that as I love the inspiration. Thanks Jeanette. See all of her vegan-centric products plus her beautiful signature cake stands and salt cellars here.

 

 

Photos: Jeanette Zeis Ceramics      Content: Sweet Peach



Tuesday
Jul022013

David Knox

For the past twenty years, photographer David Knox has grabbed his Polaroid Land camera and a digital camera, hopped in his car and traveled on back roads throughout the Southeast- all in search of a narrative to help define the Southern experience.

David, "In my photography the past resides in the present in many forms- land, crops, architecture and people. I seek out those images that harbor these ghosts and acting as icons, deliver a modern interpretation of such themes as religion, home, loss, ritual, birth and death." 

David has found a style he likes utilizing printing processes from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. David, "I mount the final archival pigment prints onto metal plates and treat them with varnish and stain, often sealing them under glass." 

See the stunning and inspirational work of David Knox on his site or at the Sweet Peach Revival this weekend


 

Photos: David Knox     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jul012013

Yesterday Reclaimed

I always like career stories that start off with, "I needed a change from the corporate world, so..." Usually the story ends with that person taking a risk to follow their passion, to do something that feeds their soul. 

That change of direction happened to the guys behind Yesterday Reclaimed of Culpepper, Virginia. Roque Castro, Curtis T. Hooch, Ryan P. Chachi, Kelsey C & Beth C. have found a common bond in letting go of stressful jobs in exchange for crafting cool stuff on their own terms. Their most popular creation thus far has been the Blue Collar Bench, made from vintage tailgates. 

The team cares deeply about the blood, sweat and tears that helped build this nation and the memory of the blue collar worker lives on through their work. Together, they take iconic American materials from the past and add a modern twist. As they state on their site, "This is a way of living where you get that there's honor in beauty and that the most dishonorable thing you could do is forget where that beauty began." 

Each blue collar bench is a custom hand build utilizing found tailgates, square tubing steel and salvaged barn wood. If you have a specific make of car in mind, contact them and they will do their best to find it. The crew of Yesterday Reclaimed should be proud... They're doing what they love and sharing their passion with the rest of us. All while paying homage to those who came before them. 

 

Photos: Yesterday Reclaimed     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun282013

Bourbon & Boots

Amy Bowers, Editor of the fabulous Bourbon and Boots site that is based in Little Rock, Arkansas knows great southern artistry and design. Bourbon and Boots is all about showcasing quality, stylish goods from small business owners and artisans. Without fail, the site delivers on unique and well crafted goods that you won't find at your everyday shop. Amy has been gracious enough to send a B & B goodie box to my house for use at next weekend's Sweet Peach Revival. Here's a sampling...

R. Riveter, out of north Georgia, was started by two military wives who wanted to create full or part time jobs for other capable military wives in their network- jobs that would be, as they share, "as mobile and as flexible as the military lifestyle demands we be." The military wives offer a variety of stylish bag styles that incorporate high quality leather and canvas military tents.

Dcoybrand is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. I didn't know they existed until I saw them on the Bourbon & Boots site- they make ties, tees, bibs and these amazing vintage pocket squares sourced from American made fabrics. They hand make as many pocket squares as the found fabric will allow, like The Henley, above, is just one of ten. How is this not the best gift ever? 

Amy also included a gingham dog collar in my goodie box- via Paw Paws of Greenville, South Carolina. I have two dogs so I was instantly smitten...great design and well made. 

Paper and Place, via Dallas, Texas crafts hometown map necklaces that always make a great conversation starter- and remind you of home. Made with real maps, glass and paper, they're hard not to want. 

This fabulous Mrs. Grant tote via R. Riveter will be auctioned off at the Revival next Friday night. And all the items you've seen in today's post will be part of our raffle giveways, if not the auction. So if you're in Atlanta next weekend, I do hope you come on by and see us. Thank you Amy... and thank you Bourbon & Boots. 

 

Thursday
Jun272013

Andover Trask

Matt Weaver has a passion to design. He started with crafting stylish bow ties but soon became inspired by the art of bag making. I am forever grateful for that inspiration...

Matt knew where he wanted to begin, "My goal was to start with one bag that was functional, durable, sustainable but also stylish and appealing to both men and women. I felt like a tote met all of those criteria so it was a natural starting point." 

Matt, "The body of my Standard Bag is made from two pieces of heavy canvas and cotton webbing and twill tape. Once the bottom has been assembled, I cut the leather straps, punch rivet holes and attach the handles with eight rivets." He does all this from his Atlanta home while watching NPR and TED talks- a guy after my own heart.  

After finding success and satistfaction with the tote, Matt expanded his line with the Utility Brief. As his bag line comes from a deep passion to celebrate American design and craftsmanship, Matt was adamant to source his materials from right here in the USA. Matt, "My canvas comes from Fairfield Textile in New Jersey, which is one of the oldest (and only remaining) manufacturers in the country." His leather and twill tape is sourced here in Georgia.  

Matt and his beautifully made bags will be at the Sweet Peach Revival next Friday night. They will be for sale at Belly throughout the weekend and Matt has also been generous enough to offer a Utility bag for our 9pm auction. Have you signed up for our Friday night grand opening yet? I hope so...if not, just click here.

 

Photos: Andover Trask      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun262013

Village Wine @ 3 Parks

My neighborhood wine shop, 3 Parks has figured out a secret to success: offer alcohol in bulk while making it fun, stylish and cost effective. Inspired by European markets where customers come in with milk jugs and wine jugs and fill from barrels, the owners decided to offer the same service with their wines. They're calling it Village Wine and it's living up to its name. The people have responded in a big way. 

Co-owner Sarah Pierre says that since bringing in their draft machine and custom bottles, Village Wine now makes up half of their business. They offer two sizes; 32 oz and 64 oz. (The 32 oz holds one bottle's worth of wine plus one big extra glass. For the 64 ounce, expect 2.5 bottles worth.) 

Every time you walk in 3 Parks, expect to find 4 different wines on tap: 2 whites, 2 reds. The price points will always stay the same. (see top pic for prices) Sarah explained they like to offer two opposite whites like a Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. For the reds, she'll offer one big red and one light, for instance on tap yesterday was a Pinot Noir and a Cab. (you can sample before you commit too) 

The other great thing is the bottles can be used over and over. Every time you come in to fill up, your bottle will be exchanged for a newly sanitized one. They put care in the design of their glass bottles too. Sarah, "We just wanted it to look good on your counter." I'd say they've succeeded. 

If you're in the Atlanta area, come check out 3 Parks and purchase your first bottle. (These also make the perfect hostess gift) I'm so happy to have them within walking distance... does this make me a villager? I've always liked the sound of that. 

 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jun252013

Checking in with Blabla...

I'm starting to think that every kid's gift I'll ever buy from here on out will be from Blabla. I just love everything they do - and they keep coming out with new, adorable things. How can I not love them so? 

The traveling play pads are part of their new Petit Home collection. Each one is super soft with incredible style. They come in a handful of sweet designs and are made of 100% cotton with a polyfill. The play pads are screenprinted by hand and are, as any mom or dad would love, machine washable. 

The Handkerchief bean bags are another new addition to the Blabla line and of course, the design is clever, thoughtful and inviting. These also have a handle for easy travel and each one has a removable, washable cotton cover. 

 

I just love you so Blabla. Lucky for us, they're an Atlanta based company and they have been incredibly generous to Sweet Peach. Brandy, from the Blabla office, is donating the giant monkey, above, for our upcoming auction on our Revival's opening night, July 5. (sign up here) Plus, we'll have a basket full of their knit dolls for sale that will make you ooh and ahh. I can't think of a better kid's gift. To be overwhelmed by adorable, peruse the entirety of their shop, here. Thanks Blabla.

 

Photos: Blabla Kids      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun242013

Brothers Rich

John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn has two brothers, Paul and Jim. Like minded in many ways with complementary talents among them, the Rich Brothers have decided to collaborate on the creation of a bike line, aptly named Brothers Rich. The first of the series is called The Charleston. It's a bike with a vintage frame (and feel), but updated to be a modern day road racer. 

Inspired by Gent's Road Racers from the 20's and 30's, Paul sourced new and old parts for bike #1 and built it from scratch. Paul, "The Raleigh DL-1 used for the first bike was found at a garage sale. Parts were sourced from bike shops nationally. The Charleston Green paint was expertly applied by Tommy Barse in Baltimore, Maryland." 

Paul, "In a world that's become overly complicated, bikes are simple. That's not to say they aren't complex, there is a difference. I have built a simple bike. It shares equally its designated space on the living room wall to be admired as it does under foot, blasting down city streets or country roads." 

All of the brothers put thought into the design of the bike but Paul, being the architect, led the way for the build. He wanted simplicity and beauty in form. Paul, "The pride comes into play when someone on the elevator that has not ridden a bike since they were a pre teen says to me 'Beautiful Bike.' That's what makes it unique- people from all walks of life, all backgrounds can appreciate it."

Over the past six months, the Rich brothers have been sourcing enough money and materials to produce 15 models of The Charleston, to be sold exclusively through John's shop. But... the best part is The Charleston will make its debut at the Sweet Peach Revival July 5-7, along with John of course, who has helped to curate our incredible Southern Market. Please come on by, see the bike, talk to John...stay a while. 

 

Photos: Nicky Lubis     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jun212013

Sweet Peach Revival Prep

I never knew how much work goes into putting on an event but after pondering, planning, brainstorming, deciding, booking, ordering and all the rest of it (as my dear friend Elena would say), the hard work is starting to pay off. 

With just two weeks left until the Sweet Peach Revival, things are beginning to take shape. The talented Stefanie Carter has been working on the Belly General Store window all week. She hand drew the design, scanned it, printed it, drew it again and is now painting it in primer for all to see. She's done an amazing job and I am so grateful for her time, talent and meticulous effort. When I asked her which part of designing the window was the most fun, she replied with a smile, "All of it." 

To help get the word out around town about the Revival, Stefanie also created a two sided flyer I can place at coffee shops and boutiques. Beth Lord, who is putting on this event with me is pretty ingenious when it comes to low cost marketing. No matter your budget, she reminds me that you can be creative with what you have.  

So, to save money, we printed the flyers in black and white. Beth and Stefanie also designed it so two flyers could fit per sheet. Then we had them printed on white card stock at the Office Max on Briarcliff Rd. (little known fact that they're an amazing resource for printing with an excellent price point- 20 cents less per sheet than anywhere else I found) They even cut all of the sheets in half for just $1.18. 

Then I bought a kid's watercolor set and spent a couple hours painting either the peach or the leaves. I got this idea from Beth, as the current flyer she has for her indie-pendent shop has a colored stitch from her sewing machine along the bottom. It's truly adorable and it's this type of special touch that makes people pick up the flyer and talk about it. Plus, it showcases the essence of what our Revival will be- handcrafted, thoughtful design from right here in the South. Stay tuned for more Revival prep photos. We ain't done yet...

For more info on the Revival, please click here. (Remember- Friday night is free but you must register in advance to be on our private guest list) 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jun202013

Summertime at Manyfold Farm...

You may remember last year, I posted about the lovely Manyfold Farm in Palmetto, GA. Ever since that time, I've been wanting to visit in person and last Friday, I did. 

Ross and Rebecca Williams are high school sweethearts. They both have a lifelong passion for the farm life and even though they knew little about it when they began, they dove in and learned all they could about how to care for animals and the land. Today they have 200 sheep, three dogs, a cat, 400 chickens and a baby girl.  

Ross and Rebecca have become known for their cheeses. They are the only makers of sheep's milk cheese in Georgia. Rebecca believes there are only three others in the South and ten in the US. Rebecca is surprised at the low number, "It's such a wonderful milk to work with, it wants to be cheese." Sheep's milk cheese is creamier, has a higher level of protein without the animal flavor you may find in other cheese. 

Their sheep are very well taken care of, as Ross and Rebecca's daily goal is to "educate the public and to be an example of sustainable, regenerative farming in the South." On this Friday afternoon the sheep were eating dinner while being milked. It didn't take much time at all before they were on their way back to relax in the fields.

The Manyfold summertime cheeses are; (from top left) Rivertown, Brebis, Garretts Ferry and Condor's Ruin. Rebecca describes Rivertown as soft and creamy, "like melted butter and hazelnuts." She was eager to talk about Brebis too, "It tastes good on everything. I spread it on a bagel with a slice of tomato. It's divine." Having tasted each one, I can attest that all of their cheeses are truly sublime.

On my visit I was able to see the cheeses in various phases of development. It made me want to have cheese rooms throughout my own house, sigh...

On this afternoon, Rebecca was making some ricotta. She does this each time she makes the Tomme cheese (to be ready in the fall) by utilizing the leftover whey. It's easy to do and as she shared, "Why not?"

It was a pleasant surprise to walk into their lobby/office area and find some cheese for tasting and a little retail shop with great books, cheese paper, knives and such... 

Rebecca was more than generous showing me around the farm. Thank you Rebecca! If you get a chance to visit the farm, I highly recommend it. (Just about a mile away from Serenbe) Friday afternoons they have tastings or you can find them at the Grant Park and Peachtree Rd. Farmer's Markets. For those out of state, contact the shop directly to have some scrumptious sheep's milk cheese sent to your door. It truly is something special...

To see an even better profile of Manyfold Farm (and other young farmers who care deeply about sustainability) check out Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson's excellent documentary, GROW! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach  Stylized cheese shots & eggs pic, Anthony-Masterson Photography