Southern Baked Pie Company.

Amanda Wilbanks never imagined she'd be spending her days baking some of the South's best pies. I got the chance to meet Amanda over coffee about two years ago when she wanted to bring some of our aprons into her gorgeous new pie shop a few miles down the road from me.

Amanda started Southern Baked Pie Company after a buttermilk pie stole her heart, and her tastebuds. In the kitchen with her mother in law, she watched as she made the pie from scratch, right down to the crust. The aroma that filled her home was sweet, unmistakably nostalgic, and captivating. The rest is history.

Her connection to pies is one that ultimately goes back to a love of the kitchen and the preservation of the technique and patience it takes to make homemade baked goods from scratch. 

Amanda baked hundreds of pies out of her house with one tiny oven until she realized it was time to expand to Southern Baked Pie Company's first shop in Gainesville, Georgia. After three years in the Gainesville location, the company opened additional locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta. Her pies are well-known in Georgia, but are reaching far beyond. The caramel pecan pie even won the 2016 Taste of Georgia award! They're not all sweet though; one of the best-sellers is her unbelievably savory chicken pot pie (I can attest, it’s a family favorite over here). 

These signature recipes come from both sides of Amanda's family, dating back decades. Now, the recipes have been given new life and a legacy that's carried out by Amanda, Southern Baked Pie Company and their team of bakers. 

I sat down with Amanda and we talked over how to make a gorgeous, old-fashioned pie crust using timeless techniques. She uses an all-butter pastry dough because of both the taste and texture of a 100% butter crust. 

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When I make pie dough, I tend to get flour absolutely everywhere. Amanda had this problem too, until her mother-in-law showed her the mess-reducing trick of rolling her dough between two pieces of parchment, eliminating the need for flour. Once rolled out, she double checks the size of the dough by placing the upside down pie pan on top, making sure there's about an inch extra for pleating the crust. 

Amanda showed me what she calls "The Fold-Under" -- a crust technique that requires folding under the edge of the crust and pressing it back down onto the pan to form a thicker outer edge. On that outer edge, she and her bakers pleat the crust beautifully, using a simple finger method. It tastes as good as it looks!

We then went on to the ultimate challenge: a gorgeous lattice crust. Amanda showed me how simple it can be to achieve the classic look of a woven crust, even in my own kitchen. We cut half-inch strips out of a piece of rolled pie dough and proceeded to weave the pieces together loosely. A woven crust works best for a fruit pie, so it's best to weave loosely so that you can see how colorful the filling looks underneath. Amanda's pie crust tactics play on those feelings of nostalgia and the image of a perfectly pleated and woven pie on a picnic blanket or in Grandma's kitchen. 

Born from a small oven and inspired by sweet smells and even sweeter memories, Southern Baked Pie Company brings a little bit of homemade, hand-pleated goodness to Georgians (and they even ship nationwide!)

At this moment, Amanda is probably out on the road sharing her brand new cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life With Pie - just in time for holiday baking to begin. And she’s offered up a beautiful signed copy and a delicious pie for one lucky winner too so be sure to enter below for your chance to win.

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How To : Shop Estate Sale Jewelry.

Charleston-based boutique, Candy Shop Vintage, is one of my favorite destinations for a good piece of vintage or vintage-inspired jewelry. As you know, I love anything vintage or antique, and I'm in awe of how shop founder Deirdre Zahl sources and designs her jewelry pieces.

My personal favorite from her collection are the Charleston Rice Beads. I just love the colors and the thoughtfulness that is so clearly put into crafting each bracelet, necklace, earring and ring. I spoke with Deirdre and learned some of her best secrets for finding quality pieces of vintage jewelry, and gained some insight into what inspires her vintage designs.

You know I love sourcing vintage but jewelry has always been one thing I've steared clear of. I think it's the mass quantities I come across, it can seem overwhelming. And I am never quite sure which pieces are actually worth investing in, beyond just selecting what I instantly fall in love with. Not a bad strategy and one I've leaned on thus far but hopefully these pointers fro Deirdre will help you make a more informed decision. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!. 

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heirloomed: What are your favorite kinds of pieces to look for when you're shopping for vintage jewelry?

Deirdre: I am definitely drawn to big, bold statement pieces from the 60's-80's that are colorful, unique and still in great condition.

heirloomed: I frequent so many antique markets / vintage shops / thrift stores and there is always SO much jewelry to sort through. If I walk up to a huge case of jewelry, where do I start?

Deirdre: For myself, I just shop for styles that I am personally drawn to. It can be overwhelming to look at a big tray or case of jewelry, or dig through a pile of it, but I usually just start in one corner and kind of scan the whole thing bit by bit and interesting pieces start to pop out at you. 

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Deirdre Candy Shop Vintage Charleston

heirloomed: Are there any particular designers or hallmark pieces you should keep your eye out for when shopping vintage jewelry?

Deirdre: Some great names and signatures to look for are Trifari, Napier, Avon, D&E (also went by Juliana). Ciner, Panetta, Givenchy, Sarah Coventry, Joan Rivers, Kenneth J. Lane and CHANEL of course. These designers and design houses all make great pieces.

heirloomed: Is there anything you should avoid or be cautious of when buying vintage jewelry?

Deirdre: I examine pieces pretty carefully. I make sure there is not a lot of wear to the finish (with vintage costume jewelry once the finish wears off there is no way to polish or replate). I test clip earring backs on my ears because sometimes the backs can loosen with age. I avoid screw back earrings because they do not sell well and are uncomfortable to wear. And with pins and brooches I always make sure the little pin mechanism opens and closes easily and hasn't rusted or worn out. I also test out all the clasps on necklaces and bracelets.

heirloomed: What are some of your favorite vintage details in jewelry? (i.e.: clasps, design features, finishes / stones / colors, etc)

Deirdre: D&E/Juliana vintage jewelry was really known for its stones. Their beautiful, complicated rhinestone pieces are often set with stones you would be hard pressed to find anymore - with gradients of color or cut in interesting shapes. Also, any costume jewelry made pre-1980 generally had a much higher grade plating than contemporary jewelry - so you are really buying pieces with a better finish and a higher gold content when you are talking about vintage. There is a mechanical brooch I have in my collection that was known as a "Night and Day Brooch" and is a metal flower that can open and close as if going from night to day. It really is an amazing piece of micro-engineering! There is also a genre of jewelry called "Tremblers" where little springs are soldered under details like flower petals or insect wings and make the pieces appear to move or "tremble."

heirloomed: What is popular these days in terms of vintage jewelry / trends you’re seeing now or for the upcoming seasons?

Deirdre: I was recently in LA and there is an amazing exhibit down on the bottom floor of the Griffith Observatory of celestial jewelry. There are hundreds of pieces of celestial themed pieces of costume jewelry, starting in the 1920's and going all the way to the present as you walk along the wall where the exhibit is. I think celestial jewelry is starting to have a moment again - especially with the recent eclipse - and we will see more and more of it in the months and year to come.

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heirloomed: How important is it to find the jewelry in the original box, how much better is it to find a complete / matching set / etc.

Deirdre: I definitely think that finding jewelry as a set or in an original box hugely improved the value in terms of what a collector might be willing to pay for something. And complete sets are always more valuable to collectors than incomplete. However, I find that people buying jewelry to wear themselves (as opposed to collect for inherent value) tend not to buy sets as it has a bit of a dated feel to be to matchy.

heirloomed: What do you think about certain vintage jewelry pieces, like brooches or clip on / screw back earrings, that are gorgeous but maybe not used as much these days?

Deirdre: Brooches never seem to quite make a real comeback as a category of jewelry. People keep suggesting they will but no matter what it is hard to make a brooch look very modern, or at least not very youthful. Screw back earrings are definitely a thing of the past. They are uncomfortable and don't hold well. I think they preceded even the clip and obviously the modern posts and hooks.

heirloomed: What is the most amazing vintage jewelry piece you’ve come across?

Deirdre: I found a vintage olo style necklace by Benedetto Panetta and incredible designer from the early 1920's with a background in fine jewelry. I paid $5 and it was definitely worth a few hundred dollars, although I ended up giving it as a gift to the mom of a style editor who has featured our jewelry regularly. I found a big, gold Egyptian inspired replica cuff (in its original box) from the collection Elizabeth Taylor designed around her movie Cleopatra. I also had a Tortolani zodiac cuff in my possession for awhile - a big, runway cuff from the 70's by an Italian designer with all the zodiac signs carved into it. A guy came into my shop and bought it for his wife as an apology gift - he must have done something really bad because it was the most expensive piece we had! And I recently found some really fun, absurdly oversized "Halloween-esque" contemporary brooches - one is a jeweled spider the size of my hand, and the other one an almost life size skeleton hand brooch that sits on your shoulder.

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heirloomed: Do you have any heirloom jewelry pieces that have been passed down to you / what is one of your most special pieces of jewelry and why / story?

Deirdre: I inherited some delicate, costume pieces from my grandmother, including an art deco style necklace I wore in my wedding. It was just so perfect. My mother-in-law also gave me a huge, cocktail ring that looks a lot like a cornucopia but it set with tiny, semi-precious stones (it was passed down from her mother-in-law, my husband's grandmother and purchased abroad for her by her husband who was an explorer for National Geographic!).

heirloomed: Where did your passion for vintage jewelry + design come from?

Deirdre: I've always been artistic - and also always interested in fashion and collecting. I think it was a natural progression from fine art, to kind of the artistic side of the world of accessories and the history that informs is.

heirloomed: What made you decide to start Candy Shop Vintage?

Deirdre: Honestly, I started it on a bit of a whim after hosting a couple of successful vintage jewelry trunk shows in Charleston. When I moved here ten years ago, it was a much smaller city, and I had a hard time finding a job that both paid well and held my interest or encompassed all of my skills. I worked for awhile in interior design which led me to hunting in antiques markets and shows and thus collecting and reselling jewelry. It all happened pretty organically and then about four years ago I decided to formalize it as a business and go for it full time and also try my hand at design.


Also, be sure to check out this fun collaboration Deirdre did with CINER and stay tune for her upcoming holiday collaboration with MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and I Heart Radio.  And of course, if you ever find yourself in Charleston, be sure to stop by and say hi to her at her shop on 9 Cannon Street.


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More from Chef Damaris Phillips.

I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that I love a good cooking or food-related TV show. One of my favorite people to watch is Chef Damaris Phillips. 

You might recognize her as one of the winners from Food Network Star, which led her to her own show, Southern at Heart. The show ran for several seasons on Food Network and I'm so thankful that she wore just about every one of our aprons across the episodes. This season, she has two brand new shows that you just have to catch, The Bobby & Damaris Show with the always-popular Chef Bobby Flay and Southern + Hungry with Rutledge Wood.

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Not too long ago, she was even sweet enough to co-designed a special apron for us in this limited edition collection - take a peek here .

Not only is she fun to watch on TV, her personality shines through on her Instagram and Facebook Live. She's so full of life!

Oh, and I can't forget that she has a new cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It's a collection of timeless recipes that combine the best parts of being a vegetarian and a meat eater, inspired by her own marriage. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy (it's on presale now) but from the Amazon preview it looks like our aprons will be making another debut.

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Damaris isn't only an amazing chef and southern personality, she's a great supporter of ours and we don't think you'll regret keeping up with her on TV, social media, and everywhere in between. So thankful for her support over the years so just wanted to share and I hope you guys will give her some love and support right back!


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Heirloom Jewelry, Reimagined.

When you hear the word "heirloom" most people instantly go to jewelry in their head. It's one of the most common things to pass down, whether you have many treasures from your collection or not someone always wants the diamonds or pearls to carry on. 

They're timeless, classic but let's not forget the most important component to heirloom - they're meaningful pieces that have been passed down through the generations.

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I've been talking a lot about jewelry this week, sharing my redo of a mechanics chest turned jewelry box and every now and then I give a peek inside my own jewelry box to share some of the treasures that have been passed down to me. I have even started including just a few pieces of jewelry in our Vintage Goods assortment.

Today I'm sharing an amazing collaboration with designer Emily Maynard of Elva Fields, and I couldn't be more excited. Her business, like mine, was inspired by the generations of her family which is present in everything from her brand name to each of her collections, and even her studio location in Louisville, KY has a tie to her family history.

Another thing that instantly drew me to Elva Fields, beyond the gorgeousness of the jewelry itself was the very apparent inspiration of vintage designs and use of vintage materials. And you'll see why here in a second ....

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Through the collaboration, Emily included me as part of her wonderful "Leading Ladies Series" that asks the question we all love to hear, What's in your Jewelry Box? Emily took this question one step further and turned it into an actual product (that you're going to love). 

What's in your Jewelry Box is a new program where you scour through your own box, searching for parts and pieces of jewelry that perhaps you never wear or has been damaged in some way and needs a little freshening up design wise. Can't find anything? Not to worry, you can always hit up your local thrift store or Emily can even suggest or source some pieces for you.

I was fortunate to have quite a few options to choose from, including a bundle of brass beads from my Mother's necklace that was broken many years ago, a broach from my Grandmother, and parts from an emerald green cocktail necklace that was my Great Grandmothers by had broken at some point over the years. I shipped them off to Elva Fields to take a look and work some magic.

You can scroll through part of the design process below to see the pieces I sent and how Emily took these, combined new elements and literally transformed them before my eyes. I cannot get over the design work.

I could hardly choose which direction to go from the initial first-round designs she sent over because each of them was fabulous and also so special to see these otherwise forgotten treasures brought back to life. And in such a current way.

The design I ended up choosing was one I think I'll wear the most, using the brass beads Emily combined other mixed metals in similar hues with hints of gold and other metallics. I love the selection of beads she paired with my originals and how she thoughtfully mixed the shapes and sizes. The biggest surprise to me was the gold chain she chose for the neck, unexpected and the perfect hint of vintage. I am in love.

I also love how she transformed the length of the necklace to be perfectly placed. What she didn't know was this bundle of broken beads was once a cluster necklace that sat rather tightly around your neck in a twisty kind of way. I loved the originally necklace and I love what it has become today.

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elva fields necklace jewelry / heirloomed

I so highly recommend you pop over and check out the details of What's in your Jewelry Box and give it a try for yourself. I'd LOVE to see what heirloom pieces you are sending in to be transformed!

I asked Emily to share more about her inspiration behind her designs and the new WIYJB program and I love what she had to say ...

"Because we incorporate vintage and antique materials in our designs, they have an heirloom quality about them. Our customers would often remark that their grandmother had a similar brooch they remembered from childhood or that they now owned a set of beads from their great aunt  just like those featured in one of our necklaces, and they'd occasionally lament that they never seemed to find a way to wear and enjoy the inherited jewelry.

Though the pieces weren't inherently valuable (being costume) they held deep sentimental value, and it seemed such a shame that they were left unworn in a jewelry box somewhere.  I was given my great-grandmother Elva Fields's jewelry box some years ago, and in sorting through and sharing some of the jewelry with my daughters, it occurred to me that we could help our customers enjoy their forgotten treasures in a fresh and fun way by featuring them in a new design--out of the jewelry box and into their present-day life!"


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The Making of the Pie Birds.

Our ceramic pie birds are classic, minimal and functional works of art created for us in small batches by the wonderful team at Honeycomb Studio

Our pie bird project was born after working with Honeycomb on the creation of our ceramic biscuit cutter. We fell in love with the aesthetic and integrity of a classic piece of specialty bakeware.

I walked into the studio one day to pick up a new batch of ceramics that were ready and noticed a newly formed pie bird sitting there on the table. I couldn't believe how large it was in comparison to the "finished" bird I was used to seeing, and loved the beautiful grey color of the original clay. Although the object is simple, the process is a labor of time and love, needing so many steps from start to completion.

There are four main stages for each pie bird, and it all starts with a mold and "liquid porcelain" or what potters call "slip."  The slip is then allowed to sit in the mold for about half an hour. During that time, the mold removes a great deal of the moisture from the pie bird, leaving a shell of hardened clay. Courtney, founder and potter at Honeycomb Studio, shared with us that the pie bird itself loses about a third of its volume during creation. This is something that her and her team take into consideration when creating a mold for our pie birds, or any piece of pottery for that matter. 

Although no two pie birds are alike, the mold helps keep the look uniform and assures that the quality is consistent. 

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Once removed from the mold, Courtney goes in and carves them by hand, removing any irregularities and flattening the base. She lightly scrubs the pie bird with a damp sponge, smoothing its visage and rounding out the shape. During this step, she also adds a small vent at the top of the bird -- this is essential for the functionality of the pie bird, which is used to direct steam out of the pie. Not to mention, it gives the bird a "mouth" and adds to the character of the piece.  

One of my personal favorite parts of the process is the makers mark. The same custom-made mark was placed prominently on our biscuit cutters. I love the look of a stamp on pottery, and Courtney and I both agree that it gives the piece a storied look and a history to be shared and passed along. This particular makers mark is special because it acknowledges the collaboration between heirloomed and Honeycomb Studio. When passed on, the legacy of the piece will be preserved in the mark of the artists. 

After being stamped with the collaborative makers mark, the pie bird has to air dry for about a week. Although the waiting time is long, the wait is well worth it. When a week has passed, the pie bird is strong, smooth, dry and ready to be fired. 

Throughout this process the piece will go through two separate firings in the kiln, starting with a slow 24-hour firing at a lower temperature -- still a high 1900 degrees. The bird comes out of this lengthy firing stronger, more resilient, and smaller. After being smoothed with sandpaper, the bird is coated with a layer of hand-mixed glaze. Courtney dips her hands into the glaze, mixing it until it reaches a consistency she knows by touch and experience -- the perfect texture for a smooth pie bird. It dries within minutes and is ready for the next firing: the glaze fire. The glaze fire is faster and hotter, at 2300 degrees. The glaze fuses to the piece, making it food-safe and permanently coated.

After all steps are completed, the result is a gorgeous pie bird, minimal, old-fashioned and ready to be used in the kitchen for generations. 

Be sure to click here to pick up a Pie Bird, or one of the other beautiful pieces that Honeycomb has created for us, if you haven't already!

 The ceramics team at Honeycomb Studio

The ceramics team at Honeycomb Studio

courtney hamil of honeycomb studio and Ashley Schoenith of heirloomed

Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio + Ashley Schoenith of heirloomed


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com