Our Top Stories of 2016.

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do. In life I have always been more of a "listener" but this space and this concept of the heirloom that I'm so passionate about has given me the platform to truly celebrate the art of storytelling in my own way.

Thanks to you, someone was there to be my listener this year.  It was a big year for us as we celebrated 10 years in business, got to work on some amazing collaborations like our apron with Food Network Chef Damaris Phillips and aprons for one of our favorite couples out of Waco, Texas that you just may have heard of.  We added a host of wonderful new shops and retailers that now carry our collection, teamed up with a handful of amazing makers to launch new products as part of our Southern Artisan Collection , and found a few of our products between the pages of some beautiful magazines too. After ten wonderful years, I finally feel like we are hitting our stride and finding our niche in all the right places.

And so, as the new year starts fresh, I thought it would be fun to share with you our most popular stories of 2016.

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heirloomed blog : top stories of 2016

  1. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Homemade Butter
  2. A Southern Kitchen Bucket List
  3. A Decade
  4. Laundry, Laundry, Laundry.
  5. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Buttermilk Biscuits
  6. The Splattered Recipe Card
  7. Introducing the heirloomed for Damaris Phillips Apron
  8. How to : Shop an Antiques Market
  9. Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Pie Crust
  10. Spiced Nuts for the Holidays

We have a lot more stories in store in the year to come - here on the blog, on some of my favorite platforms like Instagram, and in a few new + exciting ways that I can't wait to share.

I'd love to know what your favorite post of the year was, and what content you love seeing more of for the new year. Thanks for the continued support and cheers to a beautiful 2017!


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 aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com.

Southern Traditions + The Dove Hunt.

Late summer is one of my favorite seasons to spend time at the farm. The sunlight in the evening is just to die for when it sets over the field by the big lake or the pecan trees, the weather can be 70 degrees in the morning and mid-90's by afternoon (my dream) and of course, the annual Dove Hunt that marks the opening of dove season is always Labor Day weekend.

picking muscadines off the vine
picking muscadine grapes
bucket of muscadines and scuppernogs

This year we had so many of the kids out there for the weekend, many of them just old enough to really get into it for the first time. Their "Peepaw" loaded up the trailer with a few bales of hay and drove them around the trails and through the woods throughout the weekend, where they spotted some turkey, deer and even found a turtle.

The grape vines up front were loaded with muscadines and scuppernogs, deep purples and bright gold, and sweet as can be. So the kids loved pulling them off in handfuls and filling up buckets onto the trailer to snack on during the hunt.

my first dove hunt
kids running in the field
stand in the woods

While my excitement for a Dove Hunt might seem a little strange if you follow along here, or even know me in "real life" but it truly is one of my favorite events of the year. I'm not really a hunter but to me it marks such a fun Southern tradition that Shane's family loves taking part it. And, it's such a social event. Unlike deer hunting, everyone sits around one field, visible to everyone. There is no need to be quiet or to hide, and you can spend time walking around and talking to each little group of family + friends that have set up their little areas for the day.

dove hunt kids
kids in the field
generations at the hunt

I love that the kids get out there and have fun with ALL of their cousins, playing in the field and running around in their tiny camo clothes. It's the way childhood was intended, and the way a good tradition always begins. People often ask me about tradition, keeping them alive and starting them for your own family, but the single most important thing about a tradition is that it involves a span of generations taking part in the event. The young and the old, the past and the present, living in the moment and taking it all in so that it can continue into the next year, and hopefully onto the next generation.

Dove Hunt Kids
Daughters Dove Hunt
hayride at the farm
dove hunt
the next generation
turtle

Next year I vow to finally paint up a Dove Hunt sign for the stand in the field. And I'll be sure to include some pictures next year of the post-hunt feast of dove, our favorite ways to prepare them and more. Love to hear about your adventures and some of the traditions you most enjoy this time of year! #heirloomed