Scarlet & Gold

This notebook caught my eye this week as it is exactly how I'm feeling as of late. I'm putting together a rather big project for Sweet Peach that will be revealed in the next week or two and I have a few people around me that are giving me so much of their time and passion. They believe in the project as much as I, and for that I feel incredibly grateful. 

Finding this notebook led me to this sweet little shop today. Megan Smalley and Leslie Allen of Auburn, Alabama have combined their talents and vision to create an online print shop that offers stationery, art and a bit of home decor. 

They describe their work as 'tasteful simplicity' and that's exactly what I like about it. I always search for note cards that have that characteristic but they are sadly few and far between. A plain Thank You on a white card shared in a pretty way is all I need.  

I admit I smiled wide when I saw their placemats. It was unexpected. I immediately thought of when I was a kid as I would of loved to have these placemats to write down my mom's menu each night, along with all of our names in different colors and fonts. I'm the youngest of four and I can't even tell you how many days and nights I would do arts and crafts and dream up plays, commercials and fake newscasts. I particularly loved creating presentations for things... and still do now. I suppose it's good to not (quite) grow up. 

There is much more to Scarlet & Gold then I've shared here so please check out their site to peruse a bit more. It's simple, sweet and tasteful. And for that, I am grateful.


Photos: Scarlet & Gold site     Content: Sweet Peach

The Yarn Kitchen

Knowing I would be traveling in the Emilia Romagna region, I contacted Stella Melgrati, who lives in Ferrara, as soon as I secured my plane ticket. I always see her lovely work featured on Etsy and wanted to meet her in person to learn a bit more about her popular shop, the Yarn Kitchen. 

Sapendo che sarei andata in giro per l'Emilia Romagna, appena presi i biglietti aerei, ho contatto Stella Melgrati, che vive a Ferrara. Vedo sempre i suoi a prodotti, presentati su Etsy, e volevo incontrarla di persona per saperne di piu' del suo negozio, Yarn Kitchen. 

Stella crafts all manner of things with yarn but her felted bowls are the most popular. All have an imperfect, small shape and come in a variety of colors. 

Stella crea ogni tipo di oggetto con filati ma le sue ciotole di feltro sono quelle che vanno per la maggiore. Hanno tutte una piccola forma imperfetta e ne esistono di vari colori. 

Stella knits every day. As she shared, "I travel with my yarn and even bring it to work for whenever I have downtime." 

Stella lavora a maglia ogni giorno. Come ci ha detto "viaggio con la mia lana e me la porta perfino al lavoro per quando ho un momento libero." 

Stella's had her Etsy shop for 18 months and most of her customers are from the US. 

Stella ha il suo negozio da 18 mesi e la maggiore parte dei suoi clienti sono Americani. 

Another of my favorite items in her shop are her beautiful placemats, made with untreated yarn, crocheted and felted. If you don't see a color combination you like, just tell Stella your preference and she'll make it happen. 

Un altro dei miei oggetti preferiti nel suo negozio, sono le tovagliette all'Americana, fatte con lana non trattata, lavorate all'uncinetto e successivamente feltrate. Se non trovi la combinazione di colori che cerchi, basta che tu la spieghi a Stella e lei te la crea. 

Thank you Stella for opening your home to us and sharing a bit of your craft. So so lovely... visit her Etsy shop here and add a little homespun coziness to your decor. 

Grazie Stella per averci aperto la tua casa e per averci mostrato le tue creazioni. Splendide. Andate al suo negozio, qui, e aggiungete un po' di intimita' al vostro arredamento. 

Italians are known for their hospitality and Stella showcased this in offering Vanessa and I some tea and a whole plate of delicious pasticcini. So sweet, and so good. Thank you Stella!

Gli Italiani sono conosciuti per la loro ospitalita' e Stella ce ne ha dato prova offrendo a me e Vanessa del te' e dei buonissimi pasticcini. Un gesto cosi' dolce e buono. Grazie Stella! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

Cake Vintage

I first discovered Cake Vintage kitchen papers at Star Provisions in Atlanta and was happy to see that the creators, Robbie and Angie Cook are from right here in the South. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, they've created some really pretty papers for placemats and notes as well as some lovely accessories for the kitchen. 

Their placemat papers are just too pretty for words. As they state on their site, "Life is too short not to live with beautiful things."  

Robbie and Angie have expanded their line to include tea towels and notepads. Find the Italian Rosette towel here and the vintage kitchen notes here. 

Lately I've been collecting vintage silverware at various thrift shops so I was happy to see that Cake Vintage sell their own selected pieces of antique flatware too- like these beautiful sugar spoons and seafood forks. 

I love the idea of a pretty and functional apron and this one is a classic that will most certainly demand respect in the kitchen. Click here for the chef's apron... and peruse all of Cake Vintage's lovely goods here.