Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Well, it's #NationalIceCreamDay and probably one of the best "holidays" I can think of. Summer in the South brings no greater treat than ice cream. And in my opinion, there are some things that simply can't get any better than homemade and ice cream is definitely at the top of my list.

Today's celebration doesn't just end with ice cream, but with the launch of a brand new item in our Southern Artisan Collection as we team up with local Atlanta hand-lettering artist Erica Loesing of Yes Ma'am Paper Goods for our new Family Recipe Card + Cloth gift sets.

moms favorite ice cream

Oh my goodness if this doesn't capture the essence of an heirloom, I just don't know what does. This one is near and dear to my heart. I am so fortunate to have handwritten recipe cards from my mother, grandmother & great grandmother's collections - but I know not everyone is this fortunate. And even more so, I know in the future these authentic gifts will become even more scarce.

This gift set captures memories, tastes and ingredients of a loved ones most beloved recipe, beautifully hand scripted and meticulously designed on both a recipe card, as well as textured towel, making a treasured keepsake and special gift. Helping a family recipe to live on for generations gives this gift an even more powerful meaning.

ice cream recipe card

And, as a perk, here are two delicious ice cream recipes from some of the samples that Erica designed and that we shot for the launch of these beauties - Mom's Favorite Ice Cream and Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream.

blueberry lavender ice cream

I'd love to know if you have a special family recipe for ice cream, too! And, hope you'll pop over to the shop to see some of the other family recipes we styled up for this extra special new product!

Also, be sure to click over and read more about artist Erica Loesing and see the full collection of paper goodies we are teaming up on!

Behind the Scenes with the Gentlemen of WoodKith.

If you have been following along on my Instagram these days, you know how excited I am about each and every one of our new Southern Artisan Collection collaborations.

Working with the gentlemen at WoodKith is no exception, for several reasons. In transparency, my husband is one of these gents so I really couldn't be more excited about their no-so-new business. Though they have officially just launched, this labor of love has been years in the making.

gentlemen of woodkith

The guys have been sourcing, buying and drying the perfect pieces and slabs of wood for nearly THREE years now. They have an amazing inventory of some of the prettiest pieces of maple, black walnut and the largest pecan anyone has seen - ready to pull at a moments notice and turn into a beautiful piece that will be storied and treasured.

While the guys work out of Atlanta day-to-day, Adam has a workshop up in the North Georgia mountain town of Clayton, where most of the large pieces are constructed and finished, as well as where the metalwork is done. They also work out of our farm in Monticello, where Shane's grandfather's woodshop stands. It's a place he loved to work and is filled with old tools and treasures from his woodworking and army days. This is also where they keep their large slabs of wood at hand.

sawdust
woodworking

Seeing these pieces of wood come to life in their beautiful modern organic tables and benches has truly been an amazing process to watch. Seeing the piece come from a rustic, outdoor setting to finding its way inside a home as a showpiece is a breathtaking process. And their custom pieces are no exception.  These guys are putting in the heavy lifting, a combination of hard work and craft of woodworking go into each and every special piece.

WoodKith maple slab coffee table
WoodKith Slab Conference Table
WoodKith Console Table
WoodKith Feast Boards

I'm so in love with the Feast Boards the guys have created for us and seeing each unique piece on a tablescape. And, can't wait for some new designs soon!

heirloomed + West Elm Launch Event.

We are teaming up with one of my favorite brands, and I couldn't be more excited or thankful. West Elm has graciously offered to host us for a launch event to officially celebrate the launch of our rebranding from IceMilk Aprons to heirloomed.

West Elm Event

I love the organic, simple and classic nature of West Elms product assortment and think our pieces pair well with theirs for anyone looking to entertain in the home. West Elm also has a great focus on supporting local businesses and makers, so with this event I am thrilled that we will be launching our new Made in the South Collection, as well as celebrating our Southern Artisan Collection collaborations and artists.

In case you missed the announcement, we've been working hard to source fabrics, hone designs and find manufacturing resources right here in the South to make this collection a reality.  I love the new designs and feel the product assortment is a great reflection of our new brand, heirloomed.

I hope you'll come out to visit us this Thursday, June 4th from 6:00-8:00PM at West Elm in Atlantic Station in Atlanta for this very special event. In the meantime, you can pre-order pieces from our new Made in the South Collection, and check out some of the artisan bios & pieces from our Southern Artisan Collection. I'd love to see your friendly faces & meet you that evening!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO RSVP

Made in the South.

striped cafe apron
gentlemens chambray pocket square
railroad striped tea towel
bridal handkerchief

Gosh, this post has been a LONG time in the making. But well worth the wait.

The good & bad thing about owning your own business and living the #entrepreneurlife is that you get to wear many hats (more on this to come). And on of the balances is managing and selling your current collection while investing time and resources into new products and designs to stay current for the future.

Now, the timeline for doing so can be a little crazier than you think in the lifestyle product world. And it changes drastically when you shift from apparel to technology to real estate and beyond. But, by crazy I generally mean we are shooting our holiday items this time of year, to be ready to pitch & sell starting in July for the upcoming holiday season. But, that's just a mainstream timeline of course. I had one large retailer tell me this past January that they had just wrapped up the holiday buying already for the year. Finding your own timeline and groove is all part of the process.

For the last nearly two years, I've been seeking resources, talking to manufacturing partners, sourcing fabrics and embellishment details, crunching numbers and doing some major R&D. I knew in my heart that I wanted to bring my manufacturing here, and by here I don't just mean "made in the USA", I mean back to the South. I have spent summers traveling the tiny towns and back roads of North Carolina since my childhood and unknowingly watched the decline of factories, mills and the likes closing their doors and boarding their windows. I naively thought sourcing resources for production in the South would be a fairly straight & narrow path, yet that hasn't been the case. It's been a challenge and I've called in some favors along the way to some of the greatest makers & entrepreneurs already doing business here in our neck of the woods.

I started this journey with our Southern Artisan Collection, partnering with Southern makers who specialize in their own craft - from ceramics to woodwork to art - and I can honestly say every minute of designing, collaborating, meeting with and sourcing these folks has been such a true joy.

Taking the adventure a step further, I was finally ready to embark on our Made in the South Collection. The process has been fabulously educational & rewarding. The designs, I am honestly in love with and are such a true fit for where we are headed with the heirloomed brand. The quality, as always, is fabulous. I'm overjoyed.

I don't know how this collection will be received. It surely makes me nervous, but more than anything, optimistic. I appreciate your support in helping bring these new pieces and this new process to life and would love your feedback along the way!

Our Made in the South Collection is now available for pre-order on the website - so click over and look around at the new pieces, along with our Made in the South Look Book to learn a little more about the inspiration behind the designs.

 

{ Oh, and I hope you'll join us for a special launch of the Made in the South + Southern Artisan Collection pieces this week at our event with West Elm! More details here}

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