First Day of Spring, 2014

If you've been following Sweet Peach you know I've been waiting for the first day of spring since the first day of winter. I abhor the cold and am overjoyed at the return of light, of sun, of warmth, of flowers here in the South. 

For the past few weeks, I've also been waiting for the right post to show up for today. It always seems to do so organically- and it did this time too. Last week, I discovered Brown Parcel Press' instagram account and it was there I saw these lovely pics of spring flowers taken with an iPhone. 

When I saw that picture taker, Megan Fowler, was a letterpress printer and an illustrator from Sparta, Georgia, I knew I had my post. I just didn't realize until today what a gem she is.

Megan lives in the small rural town of Sparta along with her husband and child. Her mother, Gaelle lives closeby too and the two together run their letterpress studio out of a 1920's general store... on a farm. It's just as charming as it gets. 

Check out their shop, here, where you'll find pretty letterpress cards and calendars. Megan has truly learned to love the arrival of spring as is signifies renewal- on the farm and for herself. Megan, "This is the time of year where I do a lot of my drawing and planning that in turn sets the tone for the rest of the printing year." 

I'm still enamored by her pretty pics and am grateful that I found her on Instagram. Megan, "I've been inspired by floral designers for a while and have collaborated with a few (like Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua for a calendar last year), but this year I wanted to see if I could articulate some of my own floral ideas. Some of the flowers I source from my favorite small floral shops, but I try to use as many flowers from around the farm as possible." I think sometime this year, I need to make a road trip to Sparta...

In the meantime, we can get a steady dose of their southern charm, here. (click on the video link to learn more) 


Photos: Megan Fowler, Brown Parcel Press     Content: Sweet Peach


Minty Green

I've finally arrived at my gig outside the country for a bit. It's the Hot Season here- very high temps and ridiculously humid. But back in the South, spring has sprung so I wanted to share pics of homes that have incorporated mint green. It's a relaxing, soothing color that works great with pops of pink, coral, black, brown or gray. And when paired with a crisp white, it's even elegant.

Mint green has made quite the comeback in the last year. Since it has a calming effect, it makes a good fit for a bedroom or bath. It's also a great color choice if you have soft, natural light...

If you want to do a little spring cleaning and freshening up, I think a coat of mint green paint could be fun. Or some new accessories... Mix it up and it may just create that needed shift you've been looking for. 


Photos: apartment therapy;;;;;;    Content: Sweet Peach

The First Day of Spring

HollyBeth Anderson of HollyBeth Organics is a breath of fresh air. Her home is as lovely as she, and HollyBeth is as giving and welcoming as any Southerner you'll find. So, since today is the first day of Spring, I asked HollyBeth to share her recipe for her biscuits that I'm personally head over heels in love with. And of course, she said, Yes!

HollyBeth is from Habersham County, Georgia. As she shared, "Biscuits are a symbol of love and appreciation, made from the heart. I grew up with my Grandmother who made biscuits for me most mornings. She never used measuring cups or spoons, just her hands. They were always drop biscuits and she always cooked them on an iron skillet in the oven." 

HollyBeth has fine tuned her biscuit recipe over the years and as her Grandmother did, she takes what is in season and just makes it happen, often on a whim. On this day, she found some lavender, rosemary, mint and lemon verbena in her garden. She clipped them and decided on two different types of biscuits to make for Sweet Peach: Rosemary & Lavender and then Apple, Mint & Lemon Verbena. Yummmm....

The base recipe for HollyBeth's biscuits are 2 cups flour, 2.5 teaspoons baking powder, 1/3 cup virgin olive oil, dash of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 2/3 cup milk. Mix together. For the Lavender & Rosemary, she just chopped them up with a pinch of organic sugar, then added to the mix (about a 1/2 cup's worth). For the other, she chopped up the mint with one lemon verbena leaf and a pinch of sugar, plus an organic apple, cut into small pieces. 

HollyBeth dropped the drop biscuits onto the cookie sheet and baked them at 375 until, as HollyBeth shares, "the top is gold and the bottom is golden." 

After the biscuits were baked, we went out to HollyBeth's garden gazebo. We ate fresh biscuits, drank tea and listened to all the birds she had chirping about in the yard. She could identify them all. Such a blissful morning...

Thank you HollyBeth. Your generosity and warm heart makes the world a good place to settle into. And if you haven't checked out HollyBeth's organic skin care line, you'd be remiss. It's as scrumptiously good (and good for you) as her biscuits. Happy Spring!! We're so happy that you've arrived...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach