The first day (and night) of cold has arrived like a breath of fresh air… tomatoes pulled from vines for fear of frost and our walking cape is my new best friend. Take 20% off from our Collection or DIY Store for a chance to win a walking cape. Until Nov. 5th, use code FRESHAIR20 at checkout for your chance to win.
Winner will be posted on November 8th, 2010. All rules and regulations apply.
“I daresay any fine recipe used in Jackson could be attributed to a local lady, or her mother – Mrs. Cabell’s Pecans, Mrs. Wrights’ Cocoons, Mrs. Lyell’s Lemon Dessert. Recipes, in the first place, had to be imparted – there was something oracular in the transaction – and however often they were made after that by others, they kept their right names. I make Mrs. Mosal’s White Fruitcake every Christmas, having got it from my mother, who got it from Mrs. Mosal, and I often think to make a friend’s recipe is to celebrate her once more, and in that cheeriest, most aromatic of places to celebrate in, the home kitchen.” — Eudora Welty of Jackson, Mississippi
I returned this week from Bloomington, Indiana to find a box containing my copy of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook. One part old-timey church cookbook, one part storybook, the compilation of recipes from SFA Members is spectacular. Edited by friend John T. Edge with Sara Roahen, the recipes vary from Brown Butter Creamed Winter Greens by Linton (“Why It Is Worth So Much”) Hopkins (on page 70) to Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad by our friend Blair Hobbs (page 61). Indeed, the entire book contains the best of the best.
Maggie’s new school is hosting their annual Fall Festival tomorrow and each of the classes was asked to make a project to donate to a silent auction. The Class Moms are asked to help organize this and (as I am one of the two responsible) I, of course, suggested that we make a quilt. To be honest, it just seemed the path of least resistance at the time. However, this project has become so lovely that we decided to share it as our “Quilt of the Month #3.”
We simply cut blocks of organic cotton jersey from white, cream and tea and had the class (in conjunction with their 4th grade buddies) draw pictures of “Family & Friends.” The project was spread out over a few mornings – just thirty minutes each of the mornings before the day started. The kids had a great time (were asking for more) and the results were outstanding.
We used Crayola Fabric Markers for the drawings and then added little bits of embroidery, appliqué and reverse appliqué from Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style.
Everyone who has been in our studio is amazed. I wish that I had been collecting Maggie’s drawings since she was born to make a quilt for her (well, myself). And I asked Maggie to start holiday themed blocks last week with trees, presents, snow, etc. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Follow the instructions below to make your own Friendship Quilt and wish us luck tomorrow at the silent auction!
According to friends, I might be the only person in North Alabama still harvesting tomatoes. I was angry at myself for not getting them in the ground earlier this year; however, it seems that my busy life made the perfect storm for a great harvest. One of Zach’s friends gave me a load of heirloom plants to try and I have to say that there were some great selections in the mix: purple, yellow, and plums to name a few. However, the “Green Grapes” have become coveted around my house. I have saved some seeds for next year and will certainly (hopefully) have more than one plant.
Try out this great lunch: Six Week Slaw (recipe below) with shaved Parmesan and halved green grapes.
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil have become friends (and, in some cases, family) over the last years and we were able to convince (well, a couple of) them to model – and play – at the photo shoot for our new menswear catalog. Today, congrats go out to Doc & The Devils for their lovely new album: Victims, Enemies & Old Friends.
Shot by Lisa Eisner, June 2010, Florence, Alabama
This would be a beautiful way to retrieve eggs every morning.
Beautiful design to good purpose and on my holiday wish list.
Nogg via ianclaridge
Subtraction Cutting School (published by the Center for Pattern Design) first came to my attention one afternoon in New York City when I had the chance to sit and talk with Timo Rissanen. That afternoon, Timo had just moved to New York and began his post as Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. Our conversation was fascinating and he followed our talk with a great email, a reading list and some links to his favorite sites.
One of my favorite parts of the conversation was Julian Roberts’ site and, consequently, I have become obsessed with Subtraction Cutting School.
Nashville bound for the nD Fashion Show…
Get out and join Alabama Chanin tonight, along with Billy Reid and Imogene + Willie, for an evening of Nashville’s best – to benefit the historic Belcourt Theater.
nD Festival @ The Belcourt
Come out and join us for an amazing field feast — all proceeds to directly benefit the fishermen of Bayou La Batre.
Birmingham Weekly said it best:
“By now, you can probably already envision yourself at the Harvest Feast, sleeves rolled up and elbow deep in great seafood. As the sun starts to set, you can almost hear the band start to tune up and you’re ready for one of those signature cocktails. But listen, there are only 160 tickets available for this unique event, and they are selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Visit www.gardenandgun.com/harvestfeast to purchase your tickets and help support the fisherman of Bayou La Batre.”