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Jars & Canning

If you know me well {or .. not so well} you know that jars are simply one of my favorite things! When I was little, I loved playing in my grandmother’s pantry because she kept nothing in it’s original packaging but instead transferred everything to be stored into various sized glass jars, which were labeled and reminded me of a candy store – it was beautiful. And today, I do the same with many of my baking ingredients. And, of course I package my own IceMilk Aprons in their very own jars as well as a nod to this special fondness I have.

Funny story. So, I get preserves jars by the truckload from a small town grocery store or from our local hardware store to hand pack each of my aprons. My husband is kind enough to go there and load them up in his pickup truck and bring them home for me. The folks at the store are certain we are moonshiners. It makes me laugh every time, though I have kind of gotten into the Moonshiners show {anyone else?} …

Jars

products in jars

Jars & Canning

Canning and preserving is on the list as one of the top 10 trends of 2013 and is oh-so-chic! With farming and farmers markets being so popular these days, I’m not surprised! Williams-Sonoma has a special section on their agrarian site just for Canning & Preserving. Mason jars are being used on everything from weddings to packaging to entertaining. Blackberry Farm has a preservationist on staff. So, whether you love Ball, Mason, Kerr, Weck or other jars, take your pick and jump right into this fun, southern-inspired craft. Some of my favorite things come in jars and I included them above for you to enjoy, but I’d love to know what else you have that I haven’t yet discovered! I hope you’ll join in our #southernchat this week to talk about all things  jars, preserving, canning & more!

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#southernchat: jars & canning (Monday, 2/18/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think of jars, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Q2: What kind of jars are your favorite? Brands, shapes, sizes & more!

Q3: Have you ever tried canning & preserving? If not, would you give it a try? If so, any tips to share?

Q4: I shared some of my favorite things in jars, so what are your favorite things in jars?

Q5: What are some of the most creative things you’ve seen done with jars?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern jars & canning chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Jars + Canning:
Phickles Pickles, Emily G’s Jams, Bella Cucina pesto, IceMilk Aprons, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Sea Salt, Blackberry Farms Grain and Nut Granola for Williams-Sonoma, Canning for a New Generation book.

Artisan Chocolate

With love in the air and Valentine’s Day this week, what better thing to focus on than Southern artisan chocolates. A little something sweet for your sweet {or for yourself!} the craft of chocolate making is alive and well in the South today.

We have beautiful Cacao boutiques here in Atlanta, and the space is just as fabulous as the chocolates themselves. And, I got my first Olive & Sinclair as a gift from sweet Courtney at Pizzazzerie, both from Tennessee! And, though they are not made here in the South, the beautiful Mast Brothers Chocolates can be found in so many wonderful sweet shoppes here and have a southern-inspired craft look and feel so I just couldn’t leave them out! One of my favorite little beach towns is Apalachicola, FL, where the Apalachicola Chocolate Co. even further romanticizes the notion of chocolate – and you must ask them about their “chocolate oysters!” And, the fun Wild Ophelia chocolates have so many southern-inspired flavors like southern hibiscus peach, beef jerky, New Orleans chili & smokehouse BBQ.

Southern Chocolates

Artisan chocolates

Artisan Chocolates

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#southernchat: artisan chocolates (Monday, 2/11/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: What kind of chocolate lover are you? Chocolate lover to chocoholics welcome!

Q2: Who are some of your favorite chocolate makers?

Q3: There are so many chocolate flavors & combinations out there, what are your favorites?

Q4: What are the most important elements when you’re selecting an artisan chocolate to gift?

Q5: More sweet #southernchat topics to come! What other southern sweets topics would you love to see?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern artisan chocolate chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Artisan Chocolates: Olive & Sinclair, Cacao, Mast Brothers Chocolates, French Broad Chocolates, The Chocolate Lab, Wild Ophelia, sweeteeth.

Southern Style

There are so many things I love about the timeless style of the south. I am a pretty big fan of classic wardrobe staples, rarely chasing too many fads. But, you can see southern style intertwined into every facet of the fashion industry today. The history of southern materials, like Sea Island cotton and Cone denim have made and inspired pieces new and old. Southern traditions, like field hunting, have provided style signatures like boots, outerwear, vests, and patches. And, the elegance from southern society has given nod to everything from beauty, hair & makeup trends to red carpet looks. Pearls & monograms, too. Charleston just hosted their Fashion Week last month, spotlighting many southern designers. And, even some of the south’s favorite staples aren’t necessarily made here, but can be seen in every closet on the block.

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Southern Style

Since we are still in the beginning stages of #southernchat, I’d love to take a 1,000 foot look at one of the truly classic themes here in the south – southern style. From boots to outwear to men’s & women’s wear to accessories and more, there are so many ways we can drill down into these theme areas in future chats, but I’m hoping by taking this week to look at fashion and style of the south as a whole, that we can celebrate the staples that keep us looking chic.  We’re exploring our favorite companies, style pieces, designers, purveyors, trends & more this week!

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#southernchat: southern style (Monday, 2/4/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think southern style, what elements come to mind?

Q2: Who are some of your favorite companies or designers that help to define southern style?

Q3: What are some of the best southern-inspired style trends or elements?

Q4: What are your southern style staples or signatures?

Q5: What’s next for southern style / fashion / beauty?

Q6: We’ve already done bow ties! What specific style topics would you love to see in the future on #southernchat?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern style chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Southern Style:  Barbour Jacket, Tiffany & Co pearl earringsJack Donnelly Khakis, Billy Reid Leather Duffle, Sperry Top-Siders, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Frye Boots,  Orvis Hat, Levi’s Jeans,  Southern Proper Bow Tie, Brooks Brothers Seersucker Shorts, Ann Mashburn Box Pleat Skirt, J.Crew Monograms.

first  image from my personal collection of engagement photos, shot by heidi at our labor of love

southern bourbon whiskey

If there is one thing we love here in the South, it is the fine array of bourbon & whiskeys we mix, sip and enjoy for everydays and special occasions alike . There are so many liquor brands scattered throughout the hills and valleys of the South, both big and small, well-known and still-to-be-discovered. And, when I dug in a bit to put the collection together for this week’s chat, what I loved most was the nostalgic look and feel of their defining logos. So, for our hour-long #southernchat this week, I hope you’ll join in the “cocktail hour” and cheers to some of the best in southern spirits!

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#southernchat: cocktail hour (Monday, 1/28/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: What are the first words that come to mind when you think southern bourbon & whiskey?

Q2: There are so many makers of southern bourbon & whiskey. Big & small, let’s share them all. Who are some of your favorites?

Q3: What are your favorite southern-inspired cocktails?

Q4: Sipping in the south doesn’t need a special occasion, but what are your favorite times or occasions to enjoy a drink?

Q5: Time for a little nostalgia. Name a southern drink & the memory it’s tied to for you.

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the cocktail hour chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

And, a little fun to leave you with, I simply loved the simplicity and wit in this little piece of art below!

Southern sips: From top, left to right: Southern Comfort, Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Chattanooga Whiskey, Wild Turkey, Jack Daniels, American Spirit Whiskey, Four Roses Bourbon, Knob Creek.

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southern bow ties

A southern staple for gentlemen everywhere, the bow tie is now back in vogue for the masses. With so many styles, from prints to plaids, this classic neckwear piece is really making a statement for those confident enough to rock it. And, there are some companies jumping in to ensure the bow tie tradition remains alive and thriving for us all to enjoy, each one giving their own personal twist. We’re celebrating the bow tie this week, join  @heirloomed on Twitter on Monday at 9:00 PM est for #southernchat all about bow ties!

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#southernchat: bow ties (Monday, 1/21/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: Bow ties are back, but never left the wardrobe of the truly southern gentleman. What’s the best thing about a bow tie?

Q2:  There are some great companies making bow ties today. Who are some of your favorites?

Q3: Prints, plaids, solids & stripes. What is your bow tie style preference?

Q4: Who are some of your favorite bow tie wearers out there?

Q5: Proper bow tie etiquette is important! What are your favorite occasions for wearing a bow tie?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the bow tie chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Bow ties: From top, left to right: Southern Proper, Otis James, Collared Greens, Dogwood Black, State Traditions, Southern Proper, The Tie Bar, Social Primer for Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines.

It is no secret … I love the south. A quintessential Southern moment is surely that of a front porch filled with rocking chairs, friends & family telling stories, chit chatting away. So, I invite you join us on the Twitter “front porch” for our new #SouthernChat series each Monday at 9:00pm est.

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Each week we will have a new guest join us for the chat – from southern craft artisans,  companies & brands, bloggers, musicians, chefs and more! We will spend the hour-long chat getting to know our guest, meeting new friends and greeting old friends, and chatting thru a few questions that we’ve compiled in advance of the chat. Most weeks, our chat will include a chance to win a southern-inspired giveaway {special thanks to some of our southern sponsors, partners & guests}.

Joining the chat is easy, simply tweet with us each Monday evening using the hashtag #SouthernChat. Perfect for southern sites, brands, bloggers, for southerners or just those that love and appreciate the south! You can always visit us at heirloomed to see who the latest guest will be, to check out the questions for the week & all the details – and follow along with us on Facebook (heirloomed) and Twitter (@heirloomed) and by using the hashtag #SouthernChat.

For the first installment of #SouthernChat, we will have no guest and just get right down to finding our southern friends online, kicking off the chat and talking about all things southern for the new year! You can join in the conversation with these questions …

Monday, 1/7/12 (9:00pm est) – Kicking off #SouthernChat!

Q1: Nice to meet y’all! Share with us who you are, where you are & your connection to the south.

Q2: Who are some of your favorite southern people, blogs, companies, places, etc. on Twitter?

Q3: What do you love most about the south?

Q4: Happy new year! What great things do you think we’ll see coming from the south in 2013?

Q5: What do you want to see from #SouthernChat this year? Guests, topics, giveaway suggestions welcomed!

This week’s giveaway is from my company, IceMilk Aprons. Chat along with us and you’re entered to win a full adult Rollings of Cinnamon apron (an $85 value) – one lucky person will be chosen at random to win!

Rollings of Cinnamon apron

I’d love to hear from you if you’re excited about joining in the chats, if you have special guests you’d like to see in the series, or if you are interested in being a guest yourself! Simply click here for more information about being a guest or sponsoring one of our upcoming #SouthernChat events.

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