Introducing the "heirloomed for Damaris Phillips" Holiday Apron.

When I started this little business 10 years ago with my Grandmother I knew that getting to work alongside her would be special. What I didn't foresee at that time was all of the other amazing people I'd meet along the way.

One of these people is Chef Damaris Phillips. That's right, the winner of Food Network Star (Season 9) and host of Food Network show "Southern At Heart." The show ran for five seasons and I am thankful to say that Damaris sported a variety of aprons from our collection on nearly every episode. Seeing your designs on TV is truly a dream, and to be able to work with such a sweet and supportive person on top of that can't be beat.

This holiday season I am so thrilled to share that we've teamed up with Damaris to launch a limited-edition "heirloomed for Damaris Phillips" Holiday Apron and it's just as sweet as she is. The 100% white linen apron falls just below the knee for a classic mid-length silhouette and flattering fit. The hand-stitched detail in a cranberry thread (perfect for holiday) gives nod to her original show with the heart detail, and also featured a simple running stitch detail up the back of each vertical seam. And an essential for Damaris, a hidden pocket on each side to stash you kitchen tools or cell phone. This special apron comes with a signature recipe card from the personal collection of Damaris, making it the perfect holiday gift this season.

Click over to shop our Limited Edition "heirloomed for Damaris Phillips" Holiday Apron before they're gone. And if you're feeling lucky, pop over to visit her on Instagram for your chance to win one of our special gift packages!

Today as we celebrate the launch, I'm sharing this extra-special recipe from the personal collection of Damaris Phillips.

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Honey-Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

8 tablespoons melted butter 1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Method:

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cups buttermilk, at room temperature 1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Add 2 tablespoons of the butter to a 6-inch cast-iron skillet. Put the skillet in the oven and allow to heat until very hot, 6 to 8 minutes. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl with a whisk. In a different bowl, combine the buttermilk, honey, eggs and the remaining butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Fold to combine. Carefully remove the hot cast-iron skillet from the oven and pour in the batter. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until golden with a crisp crust, 25 minutes.

Enjoy Immediately slathered with butter, or for breakfast covered with sweet milk!

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(Click here and you can also shop the linen halter apron that Damaris is wearing in the image above!)

EDITORS REVISION : After I posted this, Damaris appeared on The Rachael Ray Show sporting our new apron! Click here to take a peek, and you'll see her favorite no-bake appetizers that are perfect for holiday time!

Photograph of Damaris by HerNameIsGretchen.com


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A Decade.

This Fall we are celebrating TEN YEARS in business. Because I think in "generational" terms, we'll call it A DECADE. I can hardly believe it.  I've been doing a lot of soul searching and getting back to the ethos of our brand to find exactly the right way to celebrate this milestone, and our celebration starts today.

Celebrating 10 years

What started as a hobby and a way to spend more time with my Grandmother, turned into this special place where we share stories, learn recipes, and truly design the next generation of heirlooms. As I always share, my Grandmother was a master seamstress and could entertain like no one else. We ate on china for holidays, she read aloud classic books to us like Little Women, and she baked holiday cookies for weeks upon weeks in preparation. Her inspiration is so present in our brand today and it makes me smile.

While some may know us as IceMilk Aprons and some as heirloomed, the path has been fairly straightforward as we haven't strayed from our roots - goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy. But what I was reminded of in between branding exercises and knee deep in business books (read : #biznerd #entrepreneurlife) was our MISSION : helping families to create tradition, learn artisanal skills, make memories, and share stories to keep these heirlooms alive for another generation. Or more simply - to keep heirlooms alive for another generation.

It's a simple statement but a lofty goal. As we shift from wedding registries that include fine china to those that instead have vacuum cleaners, move to "fast-fashion" trends and move towards microwaved TV meals instead of family supper it is a mission I'm driven by and passionate about each and every day. The thread of our mission can be seen in each and every detail that drives our business.

Over the next few months, you'll be seeing more and more of this mission. You'll see more content from us here on the blog and through our social media communities, and more frequent emails from us as we move this mission forward. You'll see some subtle changes, some new products and even some fresh collaborations.

But today I say a true and heartfelt THANK YOU. Thank you for letting me be an entrepreneur and live my passion, for allowing the roots of my family and my Grandmother's inspiration to shine, for supporting our small family business, and for cherishing these special heirlooms we are creating.

As we look forward to the next decade, we're asking that you take a quick moment to answer just 10 short questions as part of our survey. The feedback we receive will be instrumental in helping us to grow in the right direction. And, as part of the celebration and because we so value your feedback, each survey participant will be entered to win $500 to shop our site. Click to enter.

Most sincerely,

Ashley

Laundry, laundry, laundry.

With 3 little kiddos, workout clothes for two and our daily wardrobe, not to mention bed sheets, towels, and bibs, we have a LOT of laundry around here. This is one area I really had to create a process for so it didn't become too overwhelming.

laundry room steele canvas

Thought it might be fun to share our laundry space and a few of the things that have made this chore a lot more tolerable in our home.

To start, I love our laundry room and making it visually pleasing is always my first step. The basin soaking sink is perfect for wet cloths and soaking out those t-ball stains and I love the vintage, utilitarian look. I found the old sign back when I was in college at a little antique store in the mountains and snatched it up immediately.

neutral laundry room
steele canvas laundry basket

Secondly, I'm a big believer in sorting your laundry, so our Steele Canvas roller and basket help me keep everything together, and looking great. I generally put the whites in the little basket to keep them separated. Each of our bedrooms has a laundry basket, so the large roller is perfect for everyone to dump their own laundry into and it's a super simple chore my little guys can easily take part in.

Last, my biggest pet peeve about laundry is that you can't just knock it out. It's a process with steps and waiting times and it's the folding / sorting / putting away that always gets me. I've started listening to podcasts while folding and it's made the whole process feel so much more productive and enjoyable. Love any recommendations if you have some good ones on your list!

laundry room lighting
vintage laundry faucets
black beehive laundry room tile
some restrictions may apply. steele canvas has provided two bins for this giveaway.

Share Your Family Heirloom.

We're trying out a little spin on #throwbackthursday {or #TBT as the cool kids call it these days} over on our INSTAGRAM account {@heirloomedcollection}.

heirloom

Share one of your favorite family heirlooms on Instagram and give us a tag + follow today and you'll be entered to win one of our new Society Handkerchiefs! Your heirloom can be anything from a handwritten recipe to jewelry to a photo and beyond - be creative.

Oh, and here's a little look at some of the things we've been 'GRAMMING about lately.

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A Visual Adventure.

As a lover of beautiful visuals {read: I am Pinterest + Instagram obsessed ...} I always love when I find a new stylist or photographer who's work I can't get enough of. Well, Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking is certainly no exception.

There are so many things I could gush about - her love for the simplicity of farm-life living and fresh ingredients that shines through in her work, the moody + rustic nature of her styling and photography, and the fact that I can follow along her adventures in cooking.

linen cocktail napkin
linen napkin

Eva beautifully styled a few of our linens previously and truly brought their rustic side to life. I love seeing how people use pieces from our collections. She's a must-follow on Instagram and she's hosting a little giveaway with us until May 31st {click here to enter}. She chose one of her favorites, our Whisked Whipping Cream waist apron and she couldn't be a more beautiful model for this classic design.

linen waist apron

Hope you'll check out her blog & social sites - promise you won't be disappointed!

I'd love to know some of your favorite blogs, sites, photographers & stylists to get more rustic visual fix ...