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.
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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin
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
ALABAMA BISCUIT COMPANY BISCUIT MIX $10
A. CHANIN JACQUARD APRON $40
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
It’s hard to believe that this month is almost over. There is so much to be thankful for – and so much to look forward to.
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season.
P.S. Follow the Alabama Chanin Factory Café on Instagram for daily deliciousness.
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.
To make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve hand selected some of our favorites for Alabama Chanin’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Enjoy new additions and classic pieces from our Collection, Basics, Accessories, and other selections.
Happy Holidays to you and yours
From all of us @ Alabama Chanin
From our Collection:
Windows, New York, New York
We asked contributor Phillip March Jones to share the process and inspiration behind his daily photo project, Pictures Take You Places.
Seeing is everything. But it takes practice.
Modern Antiquity, Atlanta, Georgia
La Plage, Trouville, France
For the past couple of years I have been traveling almost constantly for various projects in the United States and abroad. As a result, I am often away from the studio and distracted from the kind of intense focus required and afforded therein. These circumstances have led me to rethink my artistic practice and even the way I interact with the world. The newfound freedom of a portable studio has forced me to develop exercises to keep my eye and mind focused and has led to several new bodies of work, including the creation of a daily photo project titled Pictures Take You Places.
This time of year, often associated with peace, may not always feel so peaceful with the chaos and frenzy that sometimes accompanies the holidays. At Alabama Chanin, we strive to practice DIY Peace, doing what we can to promote peace: in our lives, at our business, in our community, and within ourselves (body and mind).
If you are a maker, you probably have moments of peace or reflection when you create. We hope our DIY Peace Sign T-Shirt serves a small reminder to practice peace in your daily life and to slow down and enjoy the holiday season.
I’ve written before about our Fabric Library, a collection of sample blocks and swatches that our company has created over the years. Each swatch starts out the same way, as a basic 10” x 16” rectangle of our organic cotton jersey. Then each one is embellished with embroidery, stencils, beading, and/or appliqué. These sample blocks, or swatches, are the basis for all of our designs and collections, and have become our most valuable asset, our intellectual property.
Open any Hallmark card or watch a coffee commercial between now and the new year and you will be flooded with the storybook sentiment of the holidays. Ask anyone their feelings about Thanksgiving and they will tell you it’s a time for family, for great food and for, well, giving thanks. All of those things are certainly true for me. When I was young, Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays. I have strong sense memories of being in my Grandmother Smith’s house, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television while the smell of roasted turkey wafted in from the kitchen. The air is always clear and crisp in these memories. I can recall running across the farm hills and valleys with dogs and cousins, the smell of barn hay, and the full stomach, distended from too much pie.