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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.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Happy Good Friday!!

She Reads Truth Lent Study | Oysters & Pearls

I hope everyone has wonderful plans for this Easter weekend.  This is our first Easter with a niece!  I’m pretty excited about that. :)  I also love this phone background from the She Reads Truth Lent Study.  Feel free to snag it!  And check out shereadstruth.com to join in.

Easter was my Grannie Peacock’s favorite holiday.  I think.  She really liked a lot of holidays.  She just plain liked parties, I think. :) She always had a birthday party for my Grandpa on St. Patrick’s Day (it really was his birthday), and not long after, she hosted Easter for our entire huge, crazy family.  Some of my fondest memories EVER are of eating breakfast at her house and then spending the day hunting for Easter eggs.  Consequently, Easter is probably my very favorite holiday.  As an adult, it now signifies a lot more than just hunting eggs (ahem, see above), but it still is the official start to spring for me.  Also, bunnies are my favorite, too.

Each year, I treat myself to something from Williams Sonoma’s Easter entertaining collection, even though no one comes to our house for Easter.  (One day!)  Got to build my collection somehow, right?  Side note: I’m still kicking myself for not treating myself to the bunny cake stand last year. Anyway, this year, while perusing Walmart’s Easter section for kicks, I made a fateful discovery: dyeable, ping pong ball-like Easter eggs that you can decorate and keep forever!  They were 97 cents for a dozen possibilities, so naturally I grabbed four dozen.

DIY Golden Eggs - Oysters & Pearls

As one does, I decided to paint them gold.  I had seen and loved this extremely complicated DIY tutorial via Pinterest before – and let’s be honest, they’re gorgeous, but that’s just a Pinterest-fail waiting to happen – and y’all… this gal ain’t got time for gold leaf.  So, I just used Liquid Gold (also purchased at Walmart; this Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding is the same thing) and a cheap paint brush to create this dough bowl full of impressionistic gilded goodness.  I painted a couple of the eggs solid gold, and the rest I just dabbed gold on here and there for an artsy look that wasn’t too gaudy.

You could also dye these eggs like regular eggs, THEN paint gold brush strokes over them.  Or paint designs!  Or stencil your kid’s cameo on in gold!  Or write your Easter guests’ names on them and use them as place cards/favors!  OR WHATEVER OTHER IDEAS YOU CAN DREAM UP!

And as if those possibilities weren’t overwhelming enough, THEY ALSO COME IN CHALKBOARD FLAVOR.

Just FYI: I can’t find them on walmart.com! :(

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

I’m afraid I don’t have a table full of place settings just waiting for a family decked in Easter finery to sit down to pastel plates full of deviled eggs to show you.  I have a super simple centerpiece that brightens my days leading up to Easter without a lot of bright colors.  I plan to enjoy them for years to come, too!  Maybe when I build up that collection (and a family to sit around it) I’ll have more to show you.

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

But until then, it’ll do, pig.  It’ll do.

 (Babe the Pig reference anyone?)

Until Next Time

Thomasville Companies in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Directly from the website:

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.

This is where you will meet, learn from, and be inspired by fellow makers from around the country. Welcome.

That sums it up nicely, and y’all know how I feel about American-made items.  I’m opening up an entire store based on that very affection.  But there are three awesome companies based right up the road (a road I travel many times per week) in our own Thomasville, Georgia that are in the running to win the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!  I thought I would do a little spotlight on them and encourage you all to go vote for them!  Let’s help SoWeGa gain a little national recognition from my home girl.

Dreaming Cow Creamery

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows | Oysters & Pearls

Dreaming Cow Creamery‘s offices are located in Thomasville, but the gals (cows) are located on their farm in Pavo.  A sister company of famed Sweet Grass Dairy, Dreaming Cow Creamery makes New Zealand-style full fat yogurt that is out. of. this. world.  Wheat and I are obsessed with their yogurt and have been since I lived in Tallahassee.  It’s the bomb.com and my personal favorite-of-all-time yogurt.  Their cows are grass-fed year-round, and in the heat of the South Georgia summer spend their time under irrigation pivots.  They lead happy, happy lives, which much be why their yogurt tastes so darn good.

Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery!

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows Closeup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch Pepper Jelly | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve mentioned Blackberry Patch here before – they were at Due South’s Makers Market.  And they’re stuff is the jam.  (I know y’all love my puns…?)  Founded in 1988, Blackberry Patch makes all manner of fruity jarred goodness, including syrups, jams, jellies, and even salsas, using real fruits and family recipes.  They give back to the community, too!  Each year, a portion of the profits from Blackberry Patch goes to support four charities: Marion Medical Missions, providing clean water in developing nations; The Gideons, bringing the Word of God to millions each year, Habitat for Humanity, providing sustainable housing around the globe.

Vote for Blackberry Patch!

Blackberry Patch Syrups | Oysters & Pearls

Schermer Pecans

Schermer Pecans | Oysters & Pearls

You’ve seen Schermer Pecans here on O&P before, too – they sponsored the 2014 Southern C Summit!  A family-owned for 65 years and true Southwest Georgia-wide operation, Schermer Pecans‘ trees are just outside of Albany, Georgia, and their offices are in Thomasville.  Not just plain ole pecans, Schermer Pecans has candied pecans and tons of gift options, too.  Plus, y’all know I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of my beloved spaniels.

Vote for Schermer Pecans!

Schermer Pecans with Spaniels | Oysters & Pearls

All right, you’ve got the dirt on these three so… GO VOTE!  You can vote six times per day once you register, up until October 13th. It would be so great to see one of these win the Fan Favorite Award.  So be a doll and hop to it!

Martha Steward American Made Awards 2014 Nominees

Vote for Schermer Pecans
Vote for Blackberry Patch
Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery

Until Next Time