stWhen I first thought about the blog tour for Alabama Studio Style, I did not realize what a great opportunity this was going to be to travel the world, connect with some of my favorite people and experience life from my own beautiful table. Now, half-way through, I am awed by deep, thoughtful questions, the vision of these women and sometimes, simply sitting and sewing. Here are a few of the highlights & THANK YOU to everyone who has had me round. I am looking forward to New York next week and to the rest of the tour. A few of my favorites:
And while we are on the subject of all things food related coming back to John T. Edge…
All of the pictures – taken by dear friend Angie Mosier – for Truck Food Nation have been posted.
Our friends have elevated truck food culture to white tablecloth – amazingly beautiful and inspiring.
I can’t wait to hold (and review) the book and am looking forward to our trips to San Francisco and Portland to check out a few of their finds…
More on Portland next week… Have a great weekend.
Off to Nashville this morning to spend the day with Anna Maria Horner.
Looking forward to visiting her studio, sewing & exchanging stories.
And, yes, taking in a moment of silence on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Thanks for your patience over the last week as we have updated and refreshed the website.
Not that cleaning house is very exciting (or sexy as I have remarked before)… unless you choose to do it in a feather boa as my friend Whitechapel suggests.
BUT, I did have a nice childhood memory today of Saturday morning cleaning sprees.
I got ambitious (or drank too much coffee) and tried out some cleaning recipes from How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.
Feeling very domestically refreshed, and yes, well, sexy…
I am upcycling this blog post from 2006 as I have just had so many questions about it recently…
Celebrate the official release of Alabama Studio Style this week by Baking a Pie for a Cake Plate:
Below is my Gram Perkins’ famous chocolate pie recipe that my cousin Joy continues to make. It was printed in 1958 in the “Favorite Recipes of Alabama Vocational Home Economics Teachers” cook book. My mother gave me a copy of this book when I moved out into my first apartment. You can find other great community cooking in A Gracious Plenty by John T. Edge and Ellen Rolfes.
Thank you to Jennifer Crossley for the lovely article in our local newspaper this morning about the release of Alabama Studio Style - great to have the support of our community!
And a shout-out to Sara Martin who is that friend who tries to keep me straight on this Journal (among other things)! Sara has been a great friend and collaborator all of these years. Without her clear guidance and eagle eye, the comma splice would have become my trademark. (Is there a comma splice somewhere here?)
Also, we will be working on the website over the course of the next week. Please bear with us as we do a bit of spring cleaning, streamlining and trying to create an easier interface with less clutter. Should you experience any problems whatsoever, please contact us.
Maggie has her Valentine’s Party this morning at school and she started the day jumping up and down saying, “I am so excited. I am so excited. I am so excited.” Her enthusiasm for this holiday has been amazing to see crescendo as the week comes to a close. This (almost) four year old girl has been sitting for a week now patiently writing her name on each card and envelope. Then, she meticulously packs cards, candy and treats inside the envelopes – custom-stylized for a special friend. Amazing.
The gist of this is that we are going to celebrate Maggie’s new favorite holiday by making her (my) favorite sugar cookies over the weekend and I have to get ready today. Notice how the hearts (cookies) in the drawing above are larger than anything else in her world – including house, pets, and parents! Got to love a girl who loves to cook…
The base of our recipe comes from Kim’s Cookbook For Young People that was given to me by my Grandmother Smith on my 13th Birthday.
The simplest way to work is to buy a ready-made stencil; they are commonly sold at craft and art supply stores.
You can also use existing artwork (either from a book or CD of stencil designs or another source), or make your own stencil.
For the projects in Alabama Studio Style, we have provided two stencil patterns: Angie’s Fall and Medallion stencils have been used in two different sizes. The Small Medallion stencil is provided as a pullout located between pages 144 and 145 of Alabama Studio Style and is ready to use.