Category Archives: Southern Makers

White Oak Pastures General Store

Two weekends ago, Adella Grace and I took a little girls’ trip to the grand opening celebration for the White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton!

I believe it’s the first business to open in Bluffton, Georgia in over 50 years, and it is quite the business! They had live music, a photographer, and a food truck to celebrate. 

The store itself is beautiful! Tons of gourmet food and drink, plus leather goods made on site (many of which are also available at Maiden South – just sayin’), WOP tees and other branded goods, made-on-site doggie rawhide treats, and more. 

White Oak Pastures is amazing, and it’s a zero-waste facility – to read more about them, visit my first post on White Oak Pastures!

We had such a good time visiting our sweet friends Jenni and Amber and soon-to-be-on-this-side baby Jack! We can’t wait to go back and visit once Jack arrives. :)


Favorite part of the shop (besides the people)? This prayer. 

May we always remember it!

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Happy Birthday, Sweet Wheat!

He doesn’t have a facebook page or a twitter account (although he does have Instagram!), so if you see him around today, tell Wheat HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Wheat & Juin 2015 | oysters and pearls

I hope that your day is full of golf, football, Juin, fall weather, and all the sweets – I even promise not to make any sweet tooth comments!  Love you!!

And in case anyone is interested in some really great guy gifts, Wheat was thrilled with his this morning. :)  He got a new pair of briar britches from Kevin’s for his upcoming pheasant hunting trip to North Dakota (not pictured) already, but today he awoke to a Yeti cooler cup (also from Kevin’s), a shotgun shell carrier from Sturdy Brothers (not for sale online, but they’ll have them at Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival again this year!), a Sturdy Brothers Sturdy Square (a pocket square or handkerchief), and a Bixby beard comb I also picked up at our Maiden South pop up at Sturdy Brothers last week. I may or may not hope this encourages him to grow his beard again…

 

Not (completely) pictured is the blaze orange hat Wheat requested for his North Dakota trip.  I’m still working on it!  But Harold is obviously a huge help when it comes to hand knitted gifts.

Just in case any knitters are interested, the yarn is a superwash worsted by Sweet Georgia (colorway: Dutch) that I purchased at (where else?) Fuzzy Goat. For those of you not near Thomasville, you can find it online directly from Sweet Georgia Yarns here.  The pattern is the same one I knitted for my dad last year (and for Wheat last year using Spud & Chloe Sweater in Penguin).  You can find the pattern in my Ravelry projects here – and find & friend me on Ravelry @ oystersandpurls!

Happy Birthday, sweet Wheat!!!
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Martha Stewart American Made Awards: Heartwood Forge

Heartwood Forge - Hand Made Knives | Oysters & Pearls

Remember way back when I wrote about my friend Will Manning at Heartwood Forge?  Will was gracious enough to let me poke around his shop, explain his knife forging process to me in detail, and I’m now lucky enough to have a handful of his gorgeous (Garden & Gun Made In The South finalist) knives hanging in my kitchen.

Will hand cuts and forges each knife from reclaimed lumbermill saw blades.  His knives are well balanced, sharp, heirloom quality, and utterly beautiful in their simplicity.

Hand Forged Knives from Heartwood Forge | Oysters & Pearls  Heartwood Forge Knives at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Oyster Knife | Oysters & Pearls   Heartwood Forge Knives at Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South, Featuring Julie Guyot and Heartwood Forge | Oysters & PearlsJessica and I used my very first Heartwood Forge knife in our first Maiden South photoshoot, and now we are fortunate enough to have a couple of his gorgeous knives for sale in the shop.

My husband, Wheat, got me one of Will’s perfect oyster shuckers for my birthday last year, and I use the chef’s knife Will made for me almost every single day.

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I wasn’t surprised at all when Will emailed me to tell me that Heartwood Forge was a FINALIST in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

Preach, Martha.

Visit Heartwood Forge’s Finalist Page over at marthastewart.com and check him out, and maybe go back and visit this old post of mine (it was one of the first pieces written about Heartwood Forge!) and get to know Will and what makes his knives so special.  Voting in the American Made Awards begins TODAY, September 21st, and winners are announced October 23rd.

A vote for Heartwood Forge is a vote for handmade, for goods made to be passed down to your grandchildren, and for the maker movement, but most importantly, it’s a vote for a really great guy who is simply doing a damn good job at what he loves to do.  

Hand Forged Knives from Heartwood Forge | Oysters & Pearls

What could be more important than that?  Put your clicker where your heart is and vote here.

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