First day of Spring...

If you read this blog, you know I abhor the winter....so today is a very good day. I thought the best way to celebrate the first day of spring was with this stunning painting by one of my favorite artists, Katherine Sandoz of Savannah, Georgia. It's called Rose Peony and it's perfect. Enjoy the day, it's a new beginning...

If you're in Atlanta over the next few weeks, be sure to see an exhibit of Katherine's work at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, open till April 11. 

 

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

 

Spring at Authentique...

Authentique, in Atlanta is one of my favorite shops. That's why I was especially excited to check in on Candi a few weeks ago to see her new goods for the Spring. She recently painted the interior and gave the whole place a fresh look for 2012. 

Candi is known for her lamps. Most are vintage finds, and they are on every shelf, table and bookcase you stumble upon. The gun pillow is from Sugarboo Designs. 

For 2012, Candi is trying out more pieces with bright and bold colors. You'll still find many of her trademark rustic pieces but she's also adding in some works that are a bit more refined. 

If only I needed another desk lamp...I don't, but if I did, this would be mine. ($75)

The drafting table and chair are a great find... The best part of shopping at Authentique is how many one of a kind items you'll discover. And the inventory is constantly being replenished. 

I'm in lust with both of these rustic pieces. The white medical cabinet with a porcelain top to the left is $225 and the rolling cart is $275. 

Candi also carries a variety of really pretty necklaces and earrings, many from local artisan, Jan Cash. If you're in Atlanta this weekend, be sure to stop in to Authentique as Candi will be offering 30% off everything in the store! It's part of a promotion she does every year during the Inman Park Festival April 27, 28 and 29. So don't be silly and stay home, stop on by...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach