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Friday
Mar152013

The Knitterati: The Nature Bike

If you've been following Sweet Peach, you are well aware of the genius that is The Knitterati. They've yarn bombed trees for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as create the Beltline Beasties. Their latest project was a bit smaller in scope but no less impactful. The team covered 10 bikes that are now on display throughout the East Atlanta Village until the end of the month. Today, I'm focusing on Sandy M. Tyler and Julie Jeffers Rivard's fabulous two wheeled collaboration they call The Nature Bike. 

It took 7 weeks of work (after work) to knit, crochet and felt this bike into being. Julie designed and executed the back wheel, the mushroom seat cover and felted honeybees and lady bugs- as well as the sweet bird perched upon the bike's frame. 


The whole concept of the bike started with the idea of crafting a daisy wheel. Sandy bought a pattern for a daisy cushion cover from the Royal Sisters shop and decided to create, then sew two daisies together to cover the front wheel. Julie then added a felted honey bee. 

One of their favorite features are the handlebars. Sandy, "I kept looking at the handlebars and thinking that they could only be a dragonfly, but I had no idea how I was going to do it. I experimented making patterns for wings and wiring them. Julie offered to felt the tail, which was the golden ticket to completing the dragonfly." 

When I first saw the bike, Sandy admitted their main concern is that its moniker would quickly become 'The Penis Bike.' It's not the easiest task to cover a bike seat and make it look g-rated. But hey, so it goes. I think the mushroom, created by Julie, looks pretty great. Sandy readily embraces all sly commentary.  

The details are what make this bike such a wonderful conversation piece. I really love the moss covered frame, the vivid colors and small features that make you see something new each time you take a gander. Sandy, "We just took the nature theme and ran with it and I think it's magical and very pretty." It is indeed. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Sep272012

Andy's House, A Story to tell...

My friend Andy has many stories to tell. No matter which item you point to in her home, you'll likely get one of three answers; 1. "Oh I found that on the side of the road." 2. "I bought it at a thrift store" or 3. "That's my grandmother's." Her house is filled with great finds for little money but you'd never know it, as Andy's lovely East Atlanta bungalow oozes style, charm and good taste.

Her mantel may be my favorite section of the house. I love her finds in white placed atop the distressed fireplace. And the mirror and two sweet vintage plates make it the prettiest picture.

Upon entering, you can tell this is a person's home who appreciates and deeply admires the work of artists. Andy has found a career in art design and her sister is a painter, as was her grandmother. The chandelier is from Ballard Designs. Original price was $600 but Andy found it on Ebay for $199. 

The sculpture was brought back from Italy from a family member in the 1970's and is called "The Three Graces." 

The top piece of art is a lithograph entitled, "The Faithful Companion." The copper work Andy found at a thrift store and the painting of orange and green flowers she picked up at the Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta. The little white vase atop the old washboard was Andy's first thrift store find when she was 7 years old. Love that...

I love the far wall in her kitchen. The old shutters Andy found at Lakewood Antiques, (now defunct) and the flowered paintings were done by Atlanta artist, Michele Prahler, created on plywood with a mix of patterned paper and a sharpie. The child with orange hair is a painting by Alabama folk artist, Michael Banks.

This old recipe box is from Andy's grandmother and is such a wonderful keepsake. It makes me think of my own mother's recipe box, and my grandmothers...it's just the way it was done and each card was written in script. 

Andy's bedroom has incredible natural light and warm toned blues and browns, my favorite combo. It's cozy here. 

A clean and simply pretty bathroom with nice natural light- so sweet....

This is one of the many projects Andy just completed. She had found this vanity on the side of the road and sanded it down before adding a thinned out mix of paint and water (she only used about 1/2 cup of paint) It's a perfect addition to her oh so charming front porch.

Whenever Andy has a party or get together, I always find myself situated out on the front porch. It's wide and spacious with lots of character and people passing by on the nearby sidewalk. It just always feels like a true Southern porch to me...

A good Southern girl knows how to can, and dag nabbit, Andy knows how to can. She makes delicious strawberry jelly from strawberries found at the East Atlanta Farmer's Market. She letterpressed the labels and hands the jars out to friends. For now, she stores what she has in this great old coke case, complete with old coke bottles- which, she first found, all together, on the side of the road. Well of course she did...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Aug052011

Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand

When you walk inside Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand in East Atlanta, it's quickly apparent there's a savvy, experienced hand behind this well designed food haunt. It turns out to be Delia Champion of Flying Biscuit fame and her business partner, Molly Gunn of Porter in Atlanta. 

My 12 year old nephew, Cameron is a foodie in training. He loves to go out to eat so I figured visiting Delia's would be a good blog entry we could work on together. Delia graciously hooked us up with some of the house favorites as I made sure Cam and I were prepared with an empty, growling stomach. I chose the Naked Slinger with comeback sauce, a classic Southern topping from central Mississippi....while Cam went a more adventurous route with the Gunn Slinger; chicken sausage, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos and comeback sauce. We just closed our eyes and said ummmm....

Now this next one is for the not-so-sensitive stomach types or the late night crowd...it's called the Double D Delight Slider. It's actually a Krispy Kreme glazed donut turned inside out and grilled with a chicken sausage patty and cherry cream cheese on the inside. I knew myself enough to pass this taste test along to Cam. He gave this dish two thumbs up...after he licked the sugar off his thumbs that is. 

Santschi Design is behind the wonderful eye catching interior while Wendy Weiner of Riot Creative Imaging created Delia's lively graphic design. The guide words Wendy used to approach the graphics were "sense of humor, engaging and reclaimed." My favorite element is the homemade wallpaper with phrases and illustrations of their own creation. Delia admits they may have sat around with a few cocktails one night and thought up such favorites as 'mother clucker,' 'cluckin' crazy,' and 'fun in a bun.' I also love the reclaimed wood used on the condiment table and front counter. For this look, the design team sought out Georgia wood worker, Margaret Taylor to create the custom pieces. Reclaimed wood, i love. When it's super distressed and full of color, I salivate. 

When Cam and I go out to eat, dessert is of high importance. So when we read 'Cake Shake' on the menu, we knew that had to be the one to try. On this day they were offering a chocolate or red velvet cupcake shake. We both chose chocolate... 

Laketha created a Cake Shake for Cam and I in just a couple minutes. All it takes is a blending of ice cream and a cupcake and voila...lots of chocolaty goodness! Delia and Molly's colleagues, Wendy Weiner and John Ryan helped bring this fun, 'who needs a diet?' shake into existence. 

Cam was happy. The good thing too is you can take this home and put it in your fridge and come back to it throughout the day when you want a little jolt of yumminess. That's what I did anyway, Cam finished his before we pulled into my driveway. See their full, mouth watering menu here. 

As I live close by, I'm so happy that Delia and Molly decided to share their culinary expertise in this slowly evolving section of Atlanta. Their Chicken Sausage Stand, which by the way uses locally sourced, small batch sausage from Gainesville, Georgia, has received endless accolades and a loyal fan base. (and another by the way- if you're a vegetarian, no worries- just tell them to 'Cluck Off' and you'll get any of the entrees with the veggie sausage instead.) In the coming months, keep an eye out for Delia and Molly's next endeavor....the food truck! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach