Authentically Artisan: A Fun New Food Collaboration

One of the highlights of the summer so far has been the start of a new collaboration with a fellow history-centric company. I’m so pleased to introduce you all to Artisan’s List, a nationwide directory geared towards the historic home improvement enthusiast or anyone interested in defining their space with handmade touches and artistic refinements.

Just a few of the talented vendors I discovered at Artisan’s List! Clockwise from top left: Natural orchard and landscape design by Janice Parker ; handmade copper cookware by House Copper & Cookware; beautiful backyard chicken coup designs by The Chicken Coop Company

As a go-to resource for niche projects, Artisans List is a dream come true for people who just want to get stuff done. If you have a vintage sofa to reupholster (me!), a backyard fruit orchard to plan, an addition to add onto your house or are trying to hunt down a blacksmith for hand-forged drawer pulls, you’ll find just the right expert to work with at Artisans List.

There, in the dynamic world of creative pursuits, you’ll discover makers of handmade pots and pans, landscape architects, historic home renovation consultants, furniture makers, blacksmiths, stone masons, roofers… basically all the people that can help turn your home project ideas into realities – from the roof line all the way down to the basement floor and everything in between.

Skilled tradesmen include examples like these (clockwise from top left) Historically accurate reproductions of architectural millwork by Architectural Components Inc.; antique and vintage stove restoration by The Antique Stove Hospital ; hand-forged decorative metal work made by traditional blacksmiths

As a resource guide made up of traditional craftsmen and skilled tradesmen AL is a beehive of interesting information, ideas and inspiration that continues to grow more dynamic each day. The whole concept of the directory was born out of the lack of an online community that catered specifically to the local home restoration marketplace state by state. So the founders of Artisans List are very intent on making the site an informative, educational, and useful tool for people all over the country. Each of the AL vendors are vetted to make sure that their business and/or skill is authentically produced and professionally handled. Most of the companies have been around for decades, and even generations which means vast portfolios, passionate voices, and trusted relationships. Exactly the kind of care and expertise you need when it comes to planning and executing a project for your treasured space.

Amidst this talented pool of professionals, you’ll also encounter an active and interesting community of do-it-yourselfers who are looking for ways to build a more thoughtful and storied lifestyle. That’s where the Vintage Kitchen comes in. Every other month, I’ll be writing a piece for the magazine portion of the Artisan List  site that features a vintage recipe and the history behind it.

The first piece came out at the end of  June and is all about picnicking. If you missed the mention of it on social media a couple of weeks ago, no worries, I’ll be re-posting the entire article here on the blog in the next few days. But before that happens, I just wanted to share the news with you and to say surprise! the Vintage Kitchen is popping up in a new place.

I think this collaboration is especially fun since we have so many old house lovers and owners (and readers!) that participate in the world of the Vintage Kitchen. It’s with you in particular that I share this information, in case you are looking for some expert help with your own home projects this year. I hope this recommendation helps! If you wind up connecting with one of the Artisan List vendors or find a particular piece of home restoration information useful, please share your story in the comments section, so we can all learn together. In the meantime, stay tuned for a bevy of Artisan food articles coming out soon!

Cheers to new friends, expert helpers, and a wonderful weekend ahead!

 

Summer Shop Sale!

This weekend, there’s a big 35% off summer whites sale going on in the shop. Any item that contains the color white is automatically eligible for the discount, which means almost everything is on sale! From linens…

Vintage Children’s Apron made from a re-purposed cotton tea towel. Regular price $10 Sale: $7.50

to dishes…

Set of Two 1940’s Crown Pottery Floral Berry Bowls Regular Price $8.00 Sale Price $5.20

to cookbooks…

General Food’s All About Home Baking Cookbook published in 1937. Regular price $17 Sale price $11.05

to wall art…

Vintage 1950’s Kentucky Warbler Bird Print Regular price $8 Sale Price: $5.20

and everything in between, including these…

Vintage 1940’s Revere Cherry Blossom Petwer and Porcelain Serving Tray Reg. $32 Sale Price: $20.80
Vintage sugar bowls turned into planters. Each regularly $12-$14. Sale price: $7.80-$9.10
1940’s Interior Design book. Regular Price $13 Sale price: $8.45
Ceramic Italian Fish Mold – Regular Price $24 Sale Price: $15.60
Vintage Ceramic Quiche, Tart, Pie Dish Made in England. Regular price: $25 Sale Price: $16.25
Vintage Set of 4 Anchor Hocking 16oz Lemonade Glasses Regular Price: $16 Sale Price: $10.40
Vintage Midcentury Myott Staffordshire Dinner Plates Regular Price$24 Sale Price: $15.60
Vintage Embroidered Linen Tablecloth 48×48 Regular price $45 Sale Price $29.25

and much more! There will only be two big shop sales like this a year, so if you have a treasure you’ve been eyeing now’s your chance to treat yourself to a little piece of history.  The sale runs through tomorrow night (Sunday, July 29th).  Use coupon code: SUMMERSALE18 upon checkout to receive 35% off your order.

Happy shopping!