PICK THREE: THE WINNING NUMBER

PICK-THREEChoose three colors of our 72” scarf for $100 or poncho for $135—give two away, or keep them all for yourself. (Go ahead, you deserve it.)

Pick three here and here.

PICK THREE: THE WINNING NUMBER

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 12.15.2014 – 12.20.2014

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“We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully.”
– Randy Pausch

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, December 15 – Saturday, December 20:

STORE
Available for a short time at specially discounted prices, find our three brand new DIY Kits in the DIY Gift Guide.

Shop our Evergreen Collection for one-of-a-kind hand dyed garments, all available for a limited time.

We have also just added an exciting special on one of our most popular garments, the Organic Cotton Poncho. For a limited time, buy three ponchos and save 25%. Check out these and other special gift ideas in our Holiday Shop.

Give the Gift of Craftsy and save on Natalie’s Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric online class on Craftsy.com, as well as on our Craftsy Bundle, which includes all the materials required to complete Vogue Pattern 1263 from the Donna Karan Collection.

Now is the time to sign up for our 2015 Swatch of the Month Club. Sample a variety of our techniques and designs and receive ready-to-sew organic cotton jersey, along with detailed instructions to guide you.

Stay tuned for our Last Minute Gift Guide, coming this Tuesday, December 16.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Please note our upcoming Holiday Hours:
• We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day to spend time with our families and spread the holiday cheer
• We will be open with regular store hours on December 26
• On New Year’s Eve we will close at 2:00pm
• We will be closed on New Year’s Day

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for brunch at The Factory Café this, and every Saturday, and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings.

Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings.

Just in time for holiday celebrations, we now have freshly baked whole cakes available to purchase for $38 each from The Factory Café. Please give at least a 24-hour notice when placing your order.

Also, don’t forget to check out our ready-to-go items like fresh ciabatta bread, pimento cheese, and our soup of the day.

Café Hours
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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BRUNCH 12-13-14 (AND EVERY SATURDAY)

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne

We’re serving up fresh biscuits with local honey for brunch today (yes, it’s 12-13-14), and every Saturday, at The Factory Café.

Saturday Store Hours: 10am – 4pm
Café Hours: 11am – 2pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

P.S.: Whisper the secret code “12-13-14″ for a special café treat.

MAGGIE’S HOLIDAY PLAYLIST

MAGGIE'S DECEMBER PLAYLIST

My daughter Maggie is obsessed with holiday music. For her, it’s never too early to display a wreath (hung throughout the year in her bedroom) or to enjoy a loudly sung Christmas carol. When she was only three and in nursery school, holiday songs were go-to sing alongs—just after we finished, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” we would begin with “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Over the years, her tastes became more sophisticated: we listened to Etta James wail out “Winter Wonderland” on any given Memorial Day and Fiona Apple’s version of “Frosty the Snowman” on a last summer jaunt to the beach. I’m hoping to introduce her to Darlene Love’s holiday catalogue over the upcoming school holidays.

This year, she is creating her own versions—armed with almost a year of piano lessons under her belt and stacks of holiday sheet music. We will let you know how it all turns out next year.

Happy holidays from Maggie and me,
xoNatalie and Maggie

DIY GIFT GUIDE

DIY-GIFT-GUIDE2014 has been a big year for Alabama Chanin’s Do-it-Yourself endeavors. We started the year by announcing our 2014 Swatch of the Month Club, and recently announced the new 2015 subscription for the upcoming year. In September, we launched our DIY Collection with new kit styles and stencil options. And the biggest news was the introduction of The School of Making – which oversees our workshops, Studio Style DIY, Makeshift, and all things educational in the company.

In our 2014 DIY Gift Guide, we reflect back on the year and offer savings on a selection of new and favorite kits, stencils, and many more things along the way. Find the perfect gift for the person in your life who loves to make—even if that person is you.

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DIY NATALIE’S APRON

DIY POLKA DOT APRON

The Camisole Apron is an embellished version of an apron my grandmother wore nearly every day for most of her life. It is beautiful and incredibly practical—especially for those of us that need full-coverage protection in the kitchen. This DIY kit—created from our Camisole Dress pattern from Alabama Studio Style—is available for a limited time as part of our DIY Gift Guide. The apron is fitted for a woman’s body and features a large, two-sided pocket across the front. It comes with our faded fabric as a backing layer and our Black Variegated embroidery floss; choose your outer layer and thread colors.

DIY POLKA DOT APRON

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THE LOCAL PALATE

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Based in Charleston, South Carolina, The Local Palate is a food culture publication that celebrates the region’s best culinary figures, recipes, and processes. The magazine has recently launched their digital presence, resulting in a beautiful, easy-to-navigate, and delicious website.

From The Local Palate website:

Food in the south is intrinsically connected to life in the south. It is through eating, sharing, and creating food that pleasure is evoked, connections are forged, context is offered, and history is created. Across southern states, individual interpretations of food are as varied and compelling as the people who live in our unique cities and towns. Yet the importance of food in enriching our lives, our culture, and ourselves is a concept that is universally understood.

This description of food (and life) in the South has been my experience since childhood. And since opening The Factory Café last year, I’ve witnessed firsthand how food brings people together in an entirely new context. This concept is especially true this time of the year, as family and friends begin to gather together around the table in celebration of the holidays.

I’ve bookmarked several recipes and cocktails on the website as I begin to plan my holiday gatherings, parties, and meals. Citrus Sweet Potatoes, Sugared Pecans, and the Love Holiday are sure to find their way into my kitchen (and belly) this season.

We recently caught up with the editor in chief, Maggie White, of The Local Palate, and she was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about food culture, community, recipes, and launching a new site:

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INSPIRATION: EVERGREEN

INSPIRATION: EVERGREEN

Evergreen: adj.  2. Perennially fresh or interesting; enduring.

Our new Evergreen collection features a selection of hand-sewn and machine-made garments, all over-dyed by hand in our indigo vats here at The Factory. The slow process of dying one garment at a time creates rich color variations and shades of color in each of these one-of-a-kind pieces.

We love to pair this (perennially) fresh color with indigo and cream for the holidays—and all year long.

Available for a limited time.

INSPIRATION: EVERGREEN

P.S.:  Photo of joyous woman and evergreen tree from a box of photographs liberated from the Museum of Wonder.

 

NEWSLETTER #23

Newsletter #23

We have a lot of new announcements this month online and at The Factory. Our holiday Evergreen collection launches online tomorrow, and our DIY Gift Guide will be featured online beginning Thursday, December 11th.

This Thursday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm we will also host a Holiday High Tea at The Factory to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Factory Store + Café’s grand opening. We invite our friends and neighbors to enjoy complementary high tea and to shop the Alabama Chanin holiday market (look for our Evergreen collection too). The Factory is now open on Saturdays. The store is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and the café is open from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up with our latest news, new products, and stories featured on our Journal.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.
xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 12.8.2014 – 12.13.2014

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“The highest form of giving is allowing someone to do it themselves.” – Jewish proverb

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, December 8 – Saturday, December 13:

STORE

Join us on Monday, December 8 at The Factory for the third installment of our monthly On Design lecture series. This month, the conversation continues with a lecture on the history of stenciling. The event is open-to-the-public for a $7 fee, which includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of The Factory blend coffee, a cold drink, or tea.

Monday, December 8, 2014
10:30am – 11:30am

Click here to register.

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new, limited edition, holiday “Evergreen collection.” Each piece is one-of-a-kind and dyed by hand at The Factory. View these items online starting Tuesday, December 9, and feel free to stop by The Factory to see the collection in person.

Join us this Thursday, December 11 in celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Factory Store + Café’s grand opening.

To thank our community for their support over the last year, we invite our friends and neighbors to enjoy complementary high tea—sandwiches, savory and sweet treats, coffee, tea, and more—and shop the Alabama Chanin holiday market.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Look out for the launch of our holiday DIY Gift Guide this Thursday, December 11, offering hand-selected discounts on Do-It-Yourself gift ideas. Reduced prices will be found within the The School of Making portion of the site and also available in-store.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings.
Just in time for holiday celebrations, we now have freshly baked whole cakes available to purchase for $38 each from The Factory Café. Please give at least a 24-hour notice when placing your order.

Also, don’t forget to check out our ready-to-go items like fresh ciabatta bread, pimento cheese, and our soup of the day.

Café Hours
Please note: our café hours have changed slightly and the café will now be closing at 2:00pm.

Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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