Brandy Alexander

Whenever I spend more than a few hours with my family, I start to think of cocktails. So in preparation for Thanksgiving, I found a recipe for a classic, comfort cocktail that all can enjoy- from my nieces in college to their grandpa in his mid 70's. The Brandy Alexander, for me, wins the day...

The nice thing is this after dinner cocktail has just three ingredients, all meant to warm and satisfy and remind you to say 'thank you.' Find the recipe over at the beautiful site, Honestly Yum, here. And Happy Thanksgiving y'all...


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If you like the holiday season, you probably like a good party as well. Whenever I host a get together, no matter how much or little food is served, I always like to include at least one or two bowls of pretty candy. I used to think I did a good job in this respect, until I saw a shop called Sugarfina, where they take the pretty candy thing to a whole new level...

Rosie O'Neill and Josh Resnick started Sugarfina in 2012 in Los Angeles. Since that time they've opened boutiques across the country, including the South. All the candies are sourced globally from their frequent travels and endless tastings with the best artisan candymakers. From top left find Gingerbread Caramels and Peppermint Malt Balls made in the USA, Ice Cream Cones fom Germany and Bella Rosa from Italy. 

These beautifully packaged Champagne Bubbles and Baby Champagne Bears are so sophisticated and fun. Grown up gummy bears are never a bad idea...

There are hundreds of incredible candies to choose from, which is why I spent way too much time on their site the other day. In this set you'll find Fuji Apple Caramels, Candy Cane CaramelsKey Lime Pie Cookie Bites, and these Sugar Cookies whose description reads as follows:  "A teeny tiny sugar cookie is dipped in white chocolate, then sprinkled with superfine sugar." Be still my heart. To make your next holiday party sweet and memorable, just click here or here to find where the Southern shops are. 



Stephanie Seal Brown

As I create new posts again on Sweet Peach, I of course want to share items that are beautifully crafted and photographed. So when I saw the work of textile designer, Stephanie Seal Brown of Louisville, Kentucky the other day, I knew I'd start my holiday geared posts for 2015 with her. I'm such a sucker for tea towels...

Stephanie likes to elevate the simple tasks in life- like drying dishes. As I echo that sentiment, I would love nothing more than a pair of her gorgeous linen towels in my kitchen. At 17x24" the towels are well sized and meant to be used and to stick around a while. Well made things have that added benefit...

A tea towel may seem like an unusual gift but for anyone who loves their kitchen and time spent there with family and friends, it's a thoughtful item that is functional and pretty, durable and cherishable. And each of these colorful, lovely towels, crafted by the hands of Stephanie, are a southern made gift that won't soon be forgotten. To see more of Stephanie's handiwork, click here.


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Sweet Peach Sweet Spots ATL 2015

Back from a bit of an extended break (which was a much needed refresher), I'm happy to return to the blog with the release of the next Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper. This one features Atlanta and Buford Highway. For those of us that live in Atlanta, we often visit Buford Highway knowing a place or two to check out so I hope this comprehensive guide of 25 BuHi Sweet Spots (and 60 Atlanta) entices us all to wander and explore. To view the paper, click the pic above or find the PDF, here. 

As with any creative endeavor, it takes a team. For this paper I have some truly wonderful colleagues and friends to thank. Vanessa Dina is my Design Director of the paper, Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object illustrates, Bob Conquest is key to creating the Design Layout and Zack Ezzo masterfully curated the Buford Highway Sweet Spots. Love these guys....

Here's just a sampling of the Sweet Spots and a wee bit of the Holiday Gift Guide. Just click here to see the latest Sweet Spots paper in its entirety. And Happy Monday, it's good to be back! Return to the blog tomorrow as I begin to share all the fun gifts we can give this holiday season...





Before I get knee deep in the holiday posts, I'm taking a 2-3 week break as I'm currently traveling pretty much nonstop for the next month, visiting good friends and exploring a bit. I'm also placing my focus on the next Sweet Peach Sweet Spots paper, which will be out and about in Atlanta by mid November. As always, it will be available on the blog as a downloadable PDF. If you don't subscribe to Sweet Peach, please do so here, and you'll know when I'm back up with new, daily postings, packed with lots of holiday gift ideas. In the meantime, you can follow my wanderings on Instagram. I imagine I'll be posting quite a bit. See y'all very soon...




The Antler Scoop

When i spied this hand carved Antler Scoop on Instagram a couple weeks back, I was hoping the creator was southern. Lucky for me, it was Anneliesse McKee from Asheville, North Carolina- one of my favorite towns that I had already planned to visit a week later. So...with her permission, I stopped by for a visit and she couldn't have been more gracious. 

Situated behind Anneliesse's home is the perfect sized workshop. It's a place for her to zone out, focus and carve. She found this passion about a year and a half ago after a seven year relationship ended. Instead of wallowing in a bad place, she decided to put her mind in a creative, motivated space, taking up banjo lessons, running miles on end, cooking recipe after recipe... and carving. 

As Anneliesse shared, "I just wanted to be so proud of myself." Well, she has nothing to worry about. Her hard work, derived from a deep passion, has gained notice. Bomisch now carries her Antler Scoop and a bit more of her impressive handiwork. And restaurants and shops around town are beginning to ask for custom orders. But of course...her journey continues to propel her forward. 

As if her outdoor workshop isn't ideal enough, I know her pups, Bruce and Mason love the setup too. They were running in and out as I took photos and Bruce perked up when a lone piece of wood turned up on the workshop floor. 

And when you receive your Antler Scoop, there is really no question it was made and cared for by hand with lots of care. Anneliesse wraps it in vintage fabric, adds some of the wood shavings from the carving session in a little sewn pocket and includes a thoughtful saying on brown paper. Her friends often come over, they drink wine and put these together. It's a gift to cherish. So is this artist.  

You can order Anneliesse's Antler Scoop from Bomisch in black walnut or cherry wood and she has a pretty Wreath Scoop too. Plus...these lovely wooden spoons. Click here for her maple, oak and sycamore wood spoons or here for long handled spoons in black walnut. I can't get my eye off that triangle one...


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SAVE THE DATE: The Deeply Market

I love the idea of an online market, which is the brainchild of singer and songwriter, Jillian Edwards of Nashville Tennessee and her crew of creatives from The Deeply Co. From November 2 - November 15, they have selected a small group of artisans to showcase one exclusive, limited run item, here. It'll be a mix of truly lovely home decor and fashion pieces. Artists picked for this event include, from top left, Boutonné; Tribe of Dreamers; Miriam Collection; Foxwood Co. and... 

Marcy Cook; Paper and Clay; Leah Michelle; Brandee Sandusky; Standard Wax; Handmade Studio TN and quite a few more.

Since this is an online market, you don't need to even leave the comfort of your own home to find some really beautiful pieces that you can scoop up and have delivered to your front door. Jillian and her team's curation is top notch and I look forward to logging in November 2 to see which items will be featured. Save the date and anytime between the 2nd and the 15th, click here.




Erika Gibson

With my love of ceramics, you would think I'd have a huge selection of pieces in my own home. I do not, but I do aspire...because artists such as Erika Gibson of eastern North Carolina craft the most beautiful things...

Erika has a love for minimal design and is infuenced by a mid century aesthetic. Her indigo hues are certainly in trend and I love the idea of having these stacked in my white kitchen, getting all the attention they deserve. 

My favorite pieces of hers are the coffee mugs and espresso mugs. Just too lovely for words. I'm bookmarking...aspiring to have in my home. Someday. 


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Hammer & Axe

As a homeowner, I know the value of a good hammer. I had a pink one that my mom gave me after college but through the many years I kept it in my house, it never really had that much power behind it. But this hammer, is different. Made by Council Tool in Waccamaw, North Carolina by fourth generation toolmakers, these hammers are part hot forged steel and part American hickory wood. It's a manly hammer, suitable for striking wood, metal, stone and concrete. 

As last night was the first night I went to bed in a chilly house, I had dreams of having a fireplace in my room. And if I did, I'd have this axe (or this one) next to my outdoor woodpile. Another North Carolina made dropped forged steel axe with a hickory handle, that comes with a leather sheath with buckle closure, it's an axe to last a lifetime.  


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The Sandwich Wrap

I just wrapped a four month job and I must admit, I had lunch off site much too often. I spent excess money on sit down meals instead of making my own sandwich each day. So maybe for the next gig, I'll be more motivated to make my own lunch if I buy these aesthetically pleasing sandwich wraps, via Dot and Army

Jennifer Zamudia of Brunswick, Georgia crafted these fabric wraps exclusively for Food52. The wraps are available in black houndstooth, red pin dots, slate canvas, tan pin dots, neutral canvas and gray ticking. Simply lovely.

Order your favorite trio of well designed, self motivating sandwich wraps, here.


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