IT’S TIME: HEATH CERAMICS + ALABAMA CHANIN

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Heath Ceramics is celebrating 10 years of design by showcasing interpretations of time in the form of one-of-a-kind clocks designed by friends and collaborators. I was honored to design and contribute two clocks, featuring Alabama Chanin’s etched Camellia pattern.

It’s really common in my family to hang plates on the wall, and I was inspired by this tradition. I remember all the plates on the walls at my grandmother’s house, and I have continued the practice by hanging Heath + Alabama Chanin plates on the wall in my own kitchen. It made perfect sense to design clocks that reflected that tradition.

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The Alabama Chanin clocks will be available at Heath’s Design in Time show this weekend, along with several other collaborations and interpretations. The show opens this Saturday, December 7 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at both the San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms. More details and RSVP info can be found here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

Photos courtesy of Heath Ceramics.

THE HISTORY OF CAROLS + A HOLIDAY PLAYLIST

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As seasons change and the holiday rush begins in full force, Christmas carols seem to appear earlier and earlier each year. Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was considered the unofficial date when radio stations began to play holiday music. This year, I heard my first Christmas carol when picking up Halloween candy at the grocery store.

But, regardless of whether you love or avoid holiday music, many of the seasonal songs have been around for hundreds of years. Some have social or political messages and many have a colorful history.

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DESKTOP OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 2013

DESKTOP OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 2013

December’s Desktop of the Month highlights an elaborate modification of a traditional embroidery technique, negative reverse appliqué.

Negative reverse appliqué looks much like traditional appliqué, but is worked slightly differently. Here, we stencil the top layer of fabric, then place it on top of the backing fabric. We then use a straight stitch to attach the top layer of fabric to the bottom layer, and cut away the top layer of fabric, leaving a 1/4” sliver of top-layer fabric beyond the stitching line.

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GRATITUDE

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Thank you to everyone who graciously showed their support for Alabama Chanin over the last few weeks. Your purchases, emails, and love are the things that keep us going. It has been an incredible year and we appreciate your amazing show of kindness and loyalty as we move towards the holidays and the end of the year. You make a difference.

Our studio staff and artisans are working overtime to fill all of the orders, wrap beautiful packages, and get shipments out in the next days and weeks. Our timeline for production of garments is currently 4 to 6 weeks and while some may be completed before the holidays, please keep in mind our brand practices sustainable and Slow Design, producing our goods in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. (Learn more about our production methods here.)

If your order included any gift items that might not arrive before the holidays, let us know and we will be happy to send you a note card to give to the recipient, letting them know an Alabama Chanin garment is being created just for them and will soon be on its way.

Just email office [at] alabamachanin.com or phone us Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm CST at +1.256.760.1090 and we will get the holiday note card mailed to you as soon as possible.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE HISTORY OF AMBROSIA

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For many Southerners, ambrosia salad is a dish often associated with holiday potlucks or aunts and grandmothers. It occasionally gets a bad rap, along with the often-maligned fruitcake, but when prepared correctly it can be light and delicious. The dividing line between love and hate seems to be one ingredient: coconut. But, this much is clear – ambrosia salad absolutely must include coconut.

Ambrosia salad also has a bit of an identity crisis. Depending on your family’s prerogative, it might be considered a salad, but it may also be considered a dessert. It is a fruit dish so, depending on preparation, it can be light, like a salad. Other recipes are sweeter and include layers of whipped cream or even marshmallows, placing it clearly in the “sweets” category. My family always placed it in a different spot in the buffet line, depending on which aunt had prepared the dish.

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NEWSLETTER #11

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Newsletter #11 highlights the Alabama Chanin 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – a selection of our favorite gift items. It also introduces new website features, including The Factory l On The Web and our new About page. Read about (and join) our Swatch of the Month Club, which launches this January.

Join our mailing list to receive our Monthly Newsletter, or update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

2013 HOLIDAY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

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We’ve updated our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to include more of our favorite items from local artisans, purveyors, and friends of Alabama Chanin. If you aren’t able to make the trip out to The Factory before the holidays, these selections from the 2013 Holiday Market will be available online for a limited time.

Happy Holidays from all of us @ Alabama Chanin

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A. CHANIN JACQUARD APRON $40

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THE FACTORY | ON THE WEB

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As we continue to expand our studio to accommodate the Alabama Chanin store, café, and Workshop headquarters, we have created a new home for The Factory on the Alabama Chanin website.

Visit The Factory on alabamachanin.com to learn more about the space, browse events, and find weekly café menus (and recipes).

Check back each Monday for our weekly Journal post highlighting the happenings here at The Factory, including special menus, events, sales, hours of operation, and other news.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

WINTER VEGETABLES + A RECIPE

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This year, I’ve been supplementing my garden’s harvest with fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and the occasional Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box. Typically, participating in a CSA program involves purchasing a share of a farmer’s crop before it is produced, but some farmers (like ours) will accept weekly payments for pre-ordered boxes. While quantities vary, the amount of food in a CSA box, usually a 1/2 bushel, typically feeds a family of four for a week. That is a bit too much food for just me and Maggie, so I seldom order a box unless I’m preparing a large meal for family and friends or needing quality, local ingredients for The Factory’s new café. Our friends at nearby Jack-O-Lantern Farm wrapped up this year’s CSA box program last month and I was able to pre-order and pick up a box for the café from their last batch of the season.

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