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Wednesday
Jun112014

Handmade Studio TN 

If you believe in love at first sight then you may believe in my complete adoration for this platter. At first glance, I was smitten. 

Morgan Williamson discovered her clay obsession in Atlanta and now works out of a collaborative artist space in Nashville, called Fort Houston. It is here that she sculpts, fires and glazes incredible pieces for the home that are simple, beautiful, imperfect. 

Morgan offers three equally gorgeous textures for her ceramics: burlap, smooth or lace. You can choose between three glaze options as well: sand, buttercream or white. All of her pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe and each one is meant to be used, admired. 

What fun to have a dinner party with all of her lovely, sophisticated wares. See the entirety of Morgan's work at her online shop, Handmade Studio TN, here. Maybe you'll fall in love too...

 

Photos: Handmade Studio TN     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jun102014

Custom Wedding Toppers

It's hard not to fall in love with whatever artist, Sarah Neuburger does, but I have to say, her custom wooden figurine wedding cake toppers are one of my all time favorites. 

These are custom cake toppers for the traditional and untraditional bride and groom. Figurines can be clothed in your wedding day attire, as well as include your pets, babies or any props signifiying hobbies or interests.  

Sarah works from her home workshop in Decatur, Georgia. To create the toppers, she uses wooden clothespins for the bodies, then adds a neck, head and arms. Polymer clay is applied and she paints as needed, then adds all sorts of fun add ons. I just can't handle the bouquet of succulents...such gorgeous fun.  

As Sarah has completed over 800 wedding cake toppers to date, it's safe to say she's a bit of a pro at this. These are really just the perfect, personal addition to any wedding or anniversary cake- a special keepsake to last a lifetime. She includes a drawing of her creation as well, to be used on invites, accessories or party decor. ...Adorbs. 

 

Photos: The Small Object      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun092014

Mitchell Bat Co.


I like anybody who takes time to make sports more stylish. I mean, baseball is boring enough, but alas, I perk up at the idea of a well designed, colorful baseball bat. How can that not be a good thing?

Jeremy Mitchell is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Nashville, Tennessee. With a strong love for baseball and design, he's combined his passions to create Michell Bat Co. With his handiwork, the ubiquitous beige bat is finally getting a makeover.

Jeremy hand paints dozens of bats and gives each one a name like The Nashville, The Tampa Bay or The Southsider. Each bat is made of solid maple and is 33" long. Plus, as the bats are made to order, Jeremy can create custom colors of your choosing.  

A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to mlb.com/rbi, an organization that revives baseball in Inner cities. Love that. 

I love this creation too. It's the Lemon Ball Baseball made from Horween Chromexcel leather. As stated on the site, "Lemon Ball baseballs are classic baseballs inspired by the original lemon peel style base ball from the early 19th Century." For $38 bucks, it's a pretty cool gift.

As I haven't thought about baseball in quite some time, I'm thankful to Jeremy for bringing it back into my awareness with style. If you have a baseball fanatic in your life, may I suggest one of these bats or baseballs to upgrade their game. They may not necessarily play better, but it'll make me (and possibly you) keep from uttering the phrase 'baseball is boring' ever again...

 

Photos: Mitchell Bat Co.     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Jun062014

Get Your Paper!

They have arrived. 10,000 newspapers on my front porch. I will be dispersing this Atlanta map and guide (Illustrated by Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object) over the next 5 days around the city. They are currently available at 3 Parks, Gunshow,        H.Harper Station and after 9am this morning, Friday June 6, Octane Coffee/The Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park. Tomorrow, Saturday June 7, I will drop off more papers at shops featured throughout the Westside Provisions District as well as a few others. Follow my social media for updates.

Click here to download some fantastic discounts offered online or in store by selected Sweet Spots as well as a PDF of the entire paper including the full Atlanta map and guide, which is perfect for those about to visit the city. These PDF's work well on your mobile phone and tablet as well. For a quick reference, you can access any feature of the Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper by clicking on the newspaper image in the left sidebar of this blog. Please share the paper, get out and explore Atlanta and don't forget to Instagram your personal favorite Sweet Spots. Enjoy! 

 

Thursday
Jun052014

Sweet Peach Summer Cocktail 

Living in Georgia, I must admit peach season is my favorite fruit season of all. To help celebrate their arrival this year, I've concocted a refreshing, fruity cocktail I'm calling the Sweet Peach Summer Cocktail. This recipe is meant for two. Enjoy...

 

Photos: Whitney Ott Photography     Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun042014

Sweet Peach Layer Cake

With peach season upon us, I wanted to make something sweet, scrumptious and pretty. After a bit of research, my friend Monica and I created the Sweet Peach Layer Cake with peach ombre icing. 

This is a three layer cake. You can pick your favorite sponge or white cake recipe. We liked this one and this one but ultimately gave it a go with this version. It's a butter cake recipe, tripled. 

I let the cakes cool overnight, then Monica came over to make our vanilla buttercream frosting, via Martha Stewart. Monica trimmed the top of each cake to even out each layer. (I'm a fan of this amazing video by Libbie Summers, How to frost a layer cake, both informative and adorable) 

Between the layers, Monica applied a coat of icing, then topped it with a mix of one chopped sweet peach and a couple tablespoons of peach jam (we used Emily G's Peach Marmalade). Experiment with your favorite sweet peach concoction. 

Next, she applied a crumb coat of icing around the entire cake. 

I wanted a peach ombre icing for this sweet treat. Monica found this tutorial and it worked perfectly, no matter which ombre colors you desire. 

All you need is a bit of patience and this type of icing is easy and fun to do. For the final touch, we added a sweet peach on top. But of course...

Instagram your own Sweet Peach dessert with the hashtag #sweetpeachsweetspots

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach    First and last pic: Whitney Ott Photography

 

Tuesday
Jun032014

The making of... "Sweet Peach Sweet Spots"  

If you've been following my Instagram feed, you may have seen a picture or two teasing an upcoming summer project of mine. Well, by this weekend it will come to be. It all started last year when I picked up a mini newspaper in Los Angeles by Linus Bike. I loved the look and feel of it. Always wanting my own paper of some sort, I came up with the idea of one incorporating the Sweet Peach brand...

I'm calling it Sweet Peach Sweet Spots and it highlights 50 of the most scrumptious shops, restaurants and hangouts in Atlanta. I've been mulling over this idea now for about a year but it wasn't until six months ago that I got a team together to make this happen.  

When dreaming up this map, the only person I wanted to illustrate it was Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object. She's the creator of all things adorable. When we met for a coffee one winter morning, she said yes, without so much as a second thought. I was thrilled. It was a ton of work and dedication to not just create icons for a map and the main logo, but to figure out how the design can all work together in a cohesive format. She is supremely talented and a true professional. How lucky am I? 

And then there's Bob. Oh, how I love Mr. Bob Conquest. He created the Illustrator file for this paper and then we began, minute detail after minute detail, putting this paper together. Hours and hours and more hours over the last five weeks we spent side by side. I made dinners, we drank wine and we built it, one day at a time. I so appreciate his tireless efforts that came from a place of friendship and wanting to make this paper a success. Forever, I am grateful. 

Vanessa Dina, who designed my Sweet Peach blog (and named it) is one of my closest friends since grade school. She is a Design Director at Chronicle Books living in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. I am so appreciative of her impeccable art direction along the way.

I also need to thank my sweet friend, Monica Martino for helping me frost the Sweet Peach Layer Cake, to be featured on the front of the paper (it's peach season after all) and Whitney Ott, the talented Atlanta based photographer who came over to take a bunch of pretty pics against a white backdrop. Plus, the lovely Elena Buckley, my ever faithful editor who has my back at every turn, thank you too!

I will be approving the first ever Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper at the press tomorrow morning and then, on Friday, June 6, 10,000 copies later, they will arrive on my front porch, ready for distribution around the city. How fun is that?  By Friday morning, I plan to have a printable PDF available here on the blog for anyone to print. I'll be working this weekend, but in those free hours and next Monday and Tuesday, I'll be delivering the paper to all 50 locations listed on the PDF.  

Oddly enough, about a month ago, my mom sent me some old editions of my first newspaper I did in grade school, called Pam's Digest.

Each edition I shared friends and family gossip, fun games, interviews and general advice like where to buy the best ice cream. It was 10 cents an issue or $2.00 for a year's subscription. Most were sold to aunts, uncles, my parents' co-workers and a bunch of others I coerced with child guilt. 

A huge heartfelt thank you is in order for the ten companies who advertised on the back of my first Sweet Spots paper. I asked all of them if I could design their ad on a paper that has yet to prove itself and each one of these companies gave me an enthusiastic yes. Please check out their shops or websites- all of them have been featured (or will be in the next month) on Sweet Peach blog and each one embodies the best of the Sweet Peach brand. So mark your calender, Friday is coming up fast...

 

 

Monday
Jun022014

The Pointer Brand Apron

As Father's Day is approaching, I love the idea of giving the gift of a good apron -to be used in the workshop or around the barbecue. LC King's Pointer Brand, based in Bristol, Tennessee prides itself on quality work clothes that are part of the rural south. LC King Manufacturing is the oldest cut-and-sew factory in the United States that is still owned by its founding family. There's a homespun feel to this factory which invites other designers in to use the space as a workshop. It's truly a gem (and a bit of a secret) here in the south. 

Their popular aprons, made of 100% cotton, have four large front pockets and two pencil pockets. They're one size fits all and machine washable...guys love that kind of practicality. 

The Pointer Brand shop and waist aprons have a classic workman style. I want to order ten to have on hand for gifts- as I love a gift that lasts, that gets better with age. Check out all of Pointer Brand's apparel which includes jeans, overalls, jackets, shorts, caps, women and kid attire, here.

 

Photos: LC King Manufacturing     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
May302014

Bufala Negra

Hands down, my favorite cocktail is the Bufala Negra, created by H. Harper Station owner and mixologist, Jerry Slater. Jerry concocted the drink for a James Beard House event that he and Chef Todd Richards cooked for back in 2007. Buffalo Trace was one of their sponsors so Jerry found inspiration in their bourbon...   

Wanting to try an Italian take on the southern classic, mint julep, Jerry added balsamic syrup and basil. Jerry, "In Italy, balsamic and basil go together like peanut butter and jelly." Ginger beer is added last to lighten it up and make it refreshing. Jerry, "It seems out there at first but it's rooted in classic cocktails and traditional kitchen pairings." 

What's been fun is seeing this cocktail gain popularity throughout the US and across the Atlantic. It's been featured in the NY Times and seen on menus in New York, Colorado and England to name a few. It's just one of those tasty, complex drinks that surprises you- it's hard not to sip and say, 'wow, that's good.' Then you order another. Lucky for us, Jerry has shared the recipe too, but as his original is made from housemade ginger beer and balsamic syrup, you may just want to try this one in person. 

Find the Bufala Negra recipe, here.

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
May292014

Young Blood

A few months ago, I was delightfully surprised to walk into the new Young Blood Boutique in Atlanta. This locale has been an institution of sorts in the Poncey-Highland district for over 15 years. Upon hearing it would be closing back in 2012, local residents Rebecca Hanna and Jessie White delved right in to keep things running. They moved the shop a couple doors down, renovating a spot with great bones. This included large storefront windows and original brick tile flooring. It's light, airy and inviting...

Young Blood is all about celebrating handcrafted goods made by artisans throughout the US. They've been known throughout the years for their stellar artwork selection and that continues here. I'm especially fond of the print, How to Love Yourself by Chicago based artist, Laura Berger. 

I've blogged about Haand's ice cream bowls before but it wasn't till I visited Young Blood that I got to see these incredible pieces in person. I love these bowls, made to hold your ice cream then allow you to sip up the melted parts afterwards. I quickly fell for this cutting board too, made in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Each color is a different type of wood...stunning. 

These two are a talented team as I'm always blown away by the wonderful selection of goods I find inside. The lines they carry represent different retail categories in a space that never feels cluttered, haphazard or jarring. It all just flows...

I always love seeing Courtney's lovely ceramics around town- my talented friend of Honeycomb Studio...

I'm a fan of their scrumptiously good-for-you skin care offerings which include Herbivore Botanicals via Seattle and Aster & Bay from Atlanta.

I must admit, my favorite part of their shop is the jewelry section. I rarely find so many necklaces I want in one store. Rebecca and Jessie have a great eye for picking unique and lovely pieces, all at a good price point. Many of these are the handiwork of Betsy & Iya, based in Portland, Oregon. 

If you're in Atlanta, be sure to visit Young Blood. It's an exceptional spot with truly beautifully curated items for the home (or your person). It's located next to The Shave Barbershop and Highland Row Antiques - well worth a visit as well. Keep an eye out for their online shop too, set to go live, fall 2014. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


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