posted on May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
We are headed to Brooklyn folks! Early last fall, I got a call from ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall and her team saying they had seen my Southern Sayings card collection inside Batch at the Nashville Farmers Market and instantly loved them. Loved them so much, they wanted to collaborate and create table number cards for Carla Hall’s brand new Nashville-inspired Brooklyn restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen.
A little back story on the talented Carla Hall incase you haven’t been introduced. Hall was a finalist in the 5th and 8th seasons of Top Chef and is a co-host on ABC’s The Chew, a talk show centered around food. Hall’s personality is super funny and quick witted. I challenge you to try and not chuckle when you watch her. Oh and let’s not forget her style – love those glasses!
She is now opening up her own restaurant in the heart of Brooklyn, New York and it’s completely focused on southern food, Nashville and hot chicken!
I am thrilled Hall and her team chose Southern Fried to help bring a little southern and Nashville flair to Brooklyn and to know that Southern Fried’s designs (and photography!) will be sitting on every table in the restaurant.
Not only will you be able to view our designs on the place cards and framed prints throughout the building, but you’ll be able to buy the exact designs as a greeting card in their gift shop, alongside a handful of our other paper products.
Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is having a soft opening this Memorial Day weekend with a grand opening scheduled for June 17th. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in and tell ‘em I sent ya!
Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!
posted on January 6, 2016 | 0 comments
New products?! January 2016 is here and that means we’ve got a handful of new products launching at AmericasMart’s Gift & Home Market this coming week, January 12-19. I’m so excited to share that The Rep Connection Showroom has picked up our line of southern-inspired products. If you’re a retailer or will be visiting market next week, please come by the showroom, building 2, suite 1407. I would love to meet you and show you in-person all our new collections.
This Winter 2016, we’ll be launching a new line of All Occasion Greeting Cards. This time, I decided to go in the hand-illustration direction rather than using my photography. It’s always a challenge each year to create a line that is fresh and new but is still cohesive with your brand. I’m pleased with how the new designs turned out and hope you guys are too. These new cards are folded, not flat like our previous collections. They are printed on our signature cream speckled-tone stock and paired with a corresponding kraft envelope.
I expanded our inventory of bridal/wedding cards…
… and created a few others for all those special moments …
… and ehhh, not so special moments.
In late 2015 I introduced a few new towel designs at my local holiday shows and they were a huge hit. So now I’m offering them wholesale. The response to these towels have been overwhelming. I feel like a broken record, but these towels are THE best quality around, I promise! They are 100% cotton, super absorbent, SUPER SOFT and they wash-up so well.
For all you Tennessee folks, this one has been a huge seller. I’ve sold out twice.
The one product this season that I am most thrilled to launch are our new down filled linen pillows. I have been wanting to do pillows for quite some time and have worked hard these past 8 months to find the best quality material around. These pillows are 100% linen, 16”x16”, have a beautiful linen welt finish around the edge and are down-filled!
You can PRE-ORDER these beauties today HERE!
Best of all, these pillows are hand screen printed right here in Nashville, Tennessee by the great guys at Grand Palace Silkscreen. I had the opportunity this past year to work with Drew and his crew for the printing of our kitchen towels, flour sack recipe cards bags, Christmas kraft bags and now our pillows.
Not only are you supporting Southern Fried when you purchase one of our pillows, but you’re also supporting these talented folks at Grand Palace. I’m just so happy I was able to keep everything as local to Nashville as possible.
All our other new products will be ready to purchase here on the website at the end of January or be available in your local shop that carries our line. Look HERE for a list of stores new you.
Retailers, if you would like a copy of our new 2016 wholesale catalog, click HERE, fill-in your information and you’ll receive our password to log-in.
So far, 2016 has already shown lots of change for me personally and with Southern Fried. I pray each of you has a year full of success, growth and fun. Follow along on my market adventure this week and next week on my instagram, @southernfriedtn.
Cheers to a Happy New Year!
posted on November 28, 2015 | 0 comments
This Monday we are having our biggest sale of the year for Cyber Monday! Sign-up now for our newsletter HERE and receive an even bigger discount code! I’ll send the newsletter email out Sunday afternoon (11/29) and give those of you a head start before the sale opens up to everyone Monday morning. This is the only time of year we offer this sale and it will end Monday night at 12pm CST.
If you’re not signed-up for our newsletter, I’ll post the smaller discount code Monday morning on our instagram.
These new 8″x10″ Reindeer Art Prints are up in the shop now. Limited quantity available.
Merry Christmas Y’all!
posted on November 10, 2015 | 0 comments
Yesterday afternoon I had 2.5 hours of total bliss driving back to Lebanon from Knoxville. If you’ve ever made that drive, you know it’s beautiful and in the Fall, well, it’s God’s Country. The sky was cloudy, the air was a perfect Fall crisp and best of all, I was listening to Eric Church’s new album, Mr. Misunderstood, over and over… and uninterrupted.
My car was loaded down and I was pretty tired. I wanted to remember that moment. That short 2.5 hours of bliss. This is what happiness looks like.
I don’t get too personal on my blog, but tonight I just feel the need to.
I’m extremely tired lately. I am in the middle of doing a “booth show tour” as I sometimes call it. If there was a craft show, holiday show or event within a 4 hour drive of home this 4th quarter, I signed up for it. If I haven’t been packing inventory for my next show, I’ve been designing for freelance clients. I must say, I’ve been blessed lately with some great clients and wonderful projects.
I have been exhibiting at local craft and holiday shows with Southern Fried since 2012. Many times I am setting up and tearing down by myself. The shows are long hours and can be quite exhausting. Sometimes the show is a gamble. You pray for good weather for the shows that are outdoors. You pray people will come. You pray you sell enough to make your booth cost back and then some. There are a lot of factors to a show’s success.
It’s funny how God answers your prayers. About 3 years ago when I started doing these shows, I would find myself driving home after each show, absolutely exhausted, sweaty and feeling gross, praying that I could do this ALL. THE. TIME.
I was in LOVE with exhibiting with Southern Fried.
Fast forward to this Fall and I am doing 11 shows (!!!) almost back-to-back every weekend. And yes, I’m tired right now and behind on freelance work but my heart is grateful.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. As a creative person, having people buy your artwork is SO incredibly fulfilling. The fact, that folks are spending their hard earned money on my hard work, it’s such a blessing and gift. I am beyond grateful for every purchase and compliment. Every purchase counts to me. Every purchase.
So in the midst of this super busy season of mine, I found 2.5 hours yesterday where I could forget the world. Forget how much work was waiting for me at home. Forget that the show I just exhibited at this weekend was one of the least profitable shows I’ve ever done. Forget that most of my friends my age are getting married and having kids. Forget my never-ending to-do list that most of the time is too overwhelming. And to try and block out the pain from two massive knots that have formed in both my shoulders. Hello stress.
Is it weird that sometimes a season of answered prayer can also be a season of heavy stress?
I’m combining this post with my usual “What Was On My Playlist This Week” post. As mentioned, I’m highlighting Eric Church’s recent album. Eric in his true unique fashion, did a surprise release that no one saw coming. He mailed digital and vinyl copies to all the members of his Church Choir announcing the new album. Way cool Eric. Way cool. I think it’s time I sign up to be in your choir. Honestly, I’m surprised I’m not already in it.
Mr. Misunderstood is a great follow up to The Outsiders. I can see a heavy resemblance in the sound of both albums. It’s like Eric took the sound and tone of “A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young” and created 10 new tracks from it. Eric’s clever play on words songwriting is still present along with his recognizable bad boy attitude. I was quite shock to find myself tearing up over his last ballad, “Three Year Old.” Maybe it’s because my nephew just turned 3 and I can relate to much of this song. It’s beautifully written and captures the innocence of a child so well.
My top picks from this album are, “Round Here Buzz”, “Record Year” and “Three Year Old.” I couldn’t pick just one.
I snapped that shot yesterday while on the road.
Thanks Eric for helping make my Sunday afternoon one of the best I’ve had in a while. I am having a good “Record Year.”
If you’re wondering where I’ll be next, check out my previous post here. I’ve listed all my holiday shows there. I may be adding one more in December, so follow me along on my instagram. I’ll post updates there.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you.
Good night y’all.
posted on October 13, 2015 | 1 comment
So many of you have asked where I’ll be set-up this holiday season, so I figured it was high-time I posted my show schedule. Mark your calendars, here is my 2015 Holiday Show Schedule. I’ll have new holiday products, our best selling kitchen towels, our usual stock of southern goodness, plus a few extra surprises! All of these shows are great events to stock up on all your holiday gifts including hostess gifts, teacher gifts, co-worker gifts and stocking stuffers! Hope to see you out this season.
HO HO HO y’all!
posted on June 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Who’s ready for fireworks, sunshine and apple pie?! Our Happy 4th Sale is going on ALL WEEK! Everything in the shop is 20% OFF! Just use code: HAPPY4TH. Sale ends Sunday night (7/5/15) at 12pm CST. Happy 4th everyone!
posted on June 10, 2015 | 0 comments
So you’re on the fence about attending Stationery Academy. I understand. I was once there, about 4 years ago. I was wondering how I was going to pay for the conference and my airfare, but most of all I was just really hesitant that it wouldn’t be worth the money. Would these women think my idea for a line of stationery be dumb? Those thoughts swirled in my head for weeks. There was a scholarship fund that I applied for and literally poured my heart into. I remember thinking, “Welp there’s goes my idea. Either their going to love it and take it as their own or they’ll pick someone else who was able to convey their idea better.”
On the day the scholarship winner was announced and Emily Ley called me, I was sitting in the parking garage of my day job, about to walk in for the day. Emily gave me the news, I may have screamed in her ear for my excitement and then after I got off the phone, I cried like a baby. Y’all, I was ecstatic! Even if I had not had won that scholarship I had already made peace about the fact that I would pay for 1 of those last 2 spots if I didn’t win. Thankfully, I won.
Throughout that week in Pensacola, Florida I felt such an overwhelming sense that I was right where I needed to be. These women, they got me and they got my idea.
You see at the time I went, Southern Fried Design Barn was literally just a name, an idea and a few designs on paper that I had quickly worked up a week for the conference. Day 1 of the Academy I shared my business idea and these strangers whom I had just meet were sold. I was literally beside myself that someone other than my parents though my idea for a stationery line would work. These women were enthusiastic and encouraged me to take my idea to the next level.
Now, almost 4 years later I have taken Southern Fried Design Barn to the next level. I have created this website and this blog (!), developed over 14 different product collections, been published by 4 magazines, exhibited at the National Stationery Show 3x consequently, exhibited at America’s #1 wholesale market – AmericasMart, exhibited at over 10 craft shows, gained over 60+ retailer stores who carry my products and that’s just to name a few. And it’s all because the Stationery Academy taught me the ropes, gave me the tools and knowledge to really take the next step.
You may not want to have your own stationery business, like I did. Maybe you design custom wedding invitations, or own your own retail business, or have an idea for a product, or you’re an entrepreneur and you have lots of ideas and don’t know where to start. The group of women at this conference is unlike anything I’ve ever been apart of. I still keep in touch with the ladies who attended with me in that very first Stationery Academy in the summer of 2011. These women are life-long friends.
Maybe you’ve already attended Stationery Academy once and you’re wondering if it’s worth it to attend again. My answer in short, yes. I loved the first conference so much, I attended twice, just last year in Nashville. The best part was, I was able to gain a whole new business perspective since my business had grown and really developed it’s own style. Also, the Academy’s curriculum changes each year so I was able to gain new knowledge on the industry. Plus, I gained about 20 new friends who yet once again, got me!
I have to say that I have a incredible support system. My family and friends are extremely encouraging of me and this dream, but it’s different when you have other friends in the business that can relate to you on a whole different level. I can pick up the phone and call these women anytime now to ask for advice or bounce off ideas.
The relationships, knowledge, assistance and encouragement from the Academy is priceless. The 4 years of growth that the Stationery Academy attributed heavily to is priceless. This is a bold statement, but alongside hard work and a ton of prayer the Stationery Academy to me, is the third factor in my success of Southern Fried Design Barn. This conference is worth you time and money. I guarantee it! So go now to the link HERE and apply for one of those last few spots. Your small dream is worth it. Listen to that inner voice. I’m glad I did.
If you have any questions I’m more than happy to answer them! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to chat.
Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? I don’t send them out very often, but I’ve got something exciting coming up that I’ll ONLY share with those of you on the list. Sign up HERE.
posted on June 2, 2015 | 1 comment
I can’t believe that the 2015 National Stationery Show has already come and gone! This was my 3rd year to exhibit at the show with the Stationery Academy. I shared the booth space with 3 other talented artists, Dororthy Collier of Dororthy Art, Stephanie Creekmur of Stephanie Creekmur, Liz Cooke of Lionheart Prints, and Stationery Academy President, Jennifer Faught. The show is only 4 days long but it takes months to plan for. I started working in late January on new products to launch and by mid April I was busy with a product photoshoot, creating a new wholesale catalog, to designing premailers for retailers and of course laying out my booth wall. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so fulfilling when you see it come together.
This year, I had 6 Best New Product Finalists! There were only 8 categories and I’m so grateful that Southern Fried made it in 6 of the 8. Below is one of my favorite new products, the Farm Fresh Kitchen Towel. This design along with 3 other towel designs were finalists in the Lifestyle Category. I hand illustrated all the kitchen towel designs.
There was never a shortage of things to do after the show each night. On Sunday night, Kari Joy Hodgen was incredibly gracious and hosted a small cocktail party for all the Stationery Academy alumnae who were in for the show. Kari Joy is a fellow Stationery Academy alumna and an incredible illustrator and down-to-earth gal. Follow her on Instagram at @karijoyhodgen, you won’t be disappointed. Throughout the night we laughed, ate some delicious food, drank some superb wine all the while sitting out under the New York summer sky. It was perfect.
Monday night, Stephanie Creekmur and I made our way to eat at the famous Shack Shake to indulge in their famous hamburgers. Afterwards, we took a wrong turn and ended up in Times Square. No worries, it was a happy accident.
A very special part about this year’s trip to NYC was that my mom flew in on Tuesday to meet me and experience the National Stationery Show and New York City for the first time ever! She had never been to New York and as she says, “It was the trip of a lifetime.”
The show ended Wednesday at 1pm. We quickly packed up our booth and were outta there and it was time to explore the city. Mom and I hopped on the subway and made our way to see Wall Street and the World Trade Center Memorial.
That night we dined at the Bryant Park Grill. The park was packed for a Rangers hockey viewing party. I think every Rangers fan on the island was there.
Before heading back to the hotel, we walked to Grand Central Station and grabbed a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery to celebrate my birthday. (Yes, that Wednesday was my 27th birthday.)
This was my 5th trip to New York, but I had never truly seen all of the city. So for the rest of the week mom and I did the usual tourists stops and few off-the-beaten-track spots. We visited the flower market. They had peonies for days.
We walked our legs off on 5th Avenue.
Visited Rockefeller Plaza…
and came back the next morning to see the Today Show and Meghan Trainor perform. Such a treat!
Friday was the most gorgeous day! We spent majority of the day in Central Park before making our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Overall, my trip was fantastic! I made lots of great connections and I’m excited for the new retailers who will soon be carrying Southern Fried Design Barn. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Jennifer, Liz, Stephanie and Dorothy. These ladies are crazy talented. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
I’ll soon be launching all our new products on the website. Follow me along on instagram @southernfriedtn. I’ll announce the launch date there.
posted on June 1, 2015 | 0 comments
Friends, this weekend I’ll have a booth at the Sweet Ila Mae’s Barn Sale in Quebeck, Tennessee. There are tons of great hand picked artisans who will be there. I’m pretty excited about the Pickin’ Party on Friday night. Hope to see y’all there!
Southern Design meets Southern Cuisine: Southern Fried Design Barn Collaborates with The Loveless Cafe
posted on December 8, 2014 | 0 comments
Friends, I am elated to share with you a project I’ve been working on for the last few months! This past August, the iconic Nashville based restaurant, The Loveless Cafe reached out to me and proposed a collaboration idea based on some of my original artwork they had seen. (If you’re not familiar with this historic Nashville staple, please go check them out! www.lovelesscafe.com) I was quite flattered that a business I had admired for so long was actually fans of my work and furthermore, wanted to work together!
The proposal was to shoot photography at the Loveless and turn my photographs into art prints with corresponding southern quotes placed with the images. Very similar to how I had designed all of my Southern Fried Design Barn 8”x10” prints. So, this Fall I had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with the Loveless crew and photograph everywhere from the kitchen and cafe to the entire grounds.
I arrived on a Wednesday morning around 7:30am for the shoot. The cafe opened at 7:00am and there were a few customers already enjoying breakfast. I remember going back to the kitchen, for a quick moment, to snap a few shots and when I walked out the entire cafe was packed with the morning crowd! There were local folks and then there were out-of-town folks, visiting for the first time. I distinctly remember a visitor asking for the quickest route to the airport to catch his morning flight. I believe it was one of the managers that without hesitation stepped aside and gave him some of the best detailed directions with the kindest manner and before the visitor rushed out, the manager quickly asked, “Hey, did you get enough to eat? We don’t want ya to leave hungry!” To say their southern hospitality is top notch is an understatement.
I spent most of my morning photographing delicious plates full of biscuits, country ham, bacon and eggs to beautiful desserts. And, yes my mouth watered the entire time 😉 I soon moved from the cafe to the grounds. I met George Harvell, their smokehouse pitmaster; had a mini lesson in smoking bbq pork to marinating chicken. The Loveless cooks all of their meat, fresh everyday from the smokehouse. I quickly made my way to the event barn, the Hams and Jams gift shop and eventually my photoshoot day was complete.
Over the course of the next few weeks I did my magic and designed a handful of print options for their team. We went through a few revisions and finally decided on 6 designs that would not only look great for the prints but also for postcards. So, without further ado below are the final designs of my collaboration with the Loveless Cafe!
If you’re interested in purchasing any of the 11”x14” art prints or postcards you can check ‘em out at the Loveless’ Hams and Jams store located right next to their Cafe in West Nashville.
Last but not least, if you’ve never been to The Loveless Cafe and you’re from the Nashville area, GO tonight and tell ‘em I sent ya! If you’re not from these neck-of-the woods well put this one-of-a-kind southern staple on your list of must-to-eat-and-visit places. If my word isn’t good enough, well then heavens to betsy, surely USA Today’s statement that, “their miraculously flaky and feathery biscuits [were] Nashville’s second-most important contribution to American culture,” will convince ya!
I hope you guys have a great rest of the week. Hopefully, this holiday season has been easy on you. We all know how hectic this time of year is.
Please check back soon, I have a really exciting announcement to make! I can’t wait to share with you where I’m taking Southern Fried this January!
Merry Christmas Y’all,
Product photography above by Brett Warren Photography.
posted on April 19, 2014 | 0 comments
I am uber excited to be apart of the 1st annual Pick-It Fence Barn Sale in Lascassas, Tennessee. The vendor line up for this sale is AMAZING. I’m super thrilled to even be included! Everything from antiques, repurposed goods, jewelry and art, to some delicious foods from the best food trucks around will be in attendance. Go like Pick-It Fence on facebook to stay in the know with the lastest news and to view the amazing vendor line up.
Be sure to mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss this!
posted on April 18, 2014 | 0 comments
That’s right! I’m headed back to the National Stationery Show this May 18th- 21st in New York. I’ll be exhibiting once again with the Stationery Academy booth and debuting LOTS of new products! Follow along on my instagram at @southernfriedtn to see sneak peeks of all the new products and to follow me on my favorite trip/event of the year.
If you’re a retailer and will be attending the show please stop by booth #2628 and say hi. I’d love to meet you! If you’re a retailer and are unable to attend the show and would still love to view our new products, no worries, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll be happy to direct you to our wholesale catalog and answer any questions.
Happy Friday folks!
posted on February 17, 2014 | 0 comments
The day as come friends. I am so excited to publicly launch our first line ever of Personalized Tea Packet Favors! These one of-a-kind favors are the perfect take away for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers or for a fun home dinner party. Each tea packet comes with a personalized package and tag design printed on our signature cream speckletone stock, along with twine string. Each packet can hold one actual size tea bag.
How do you order? You can view all 12 tea packet designs here. All designs can be personalized with your own message and color choices. Each of the tea packet listings details what you can exactly personalize for that particular design. After you order, a proof will be emailed to you and once approved your personalized favors will be headed your way within 5 business days. Quantities are sold in sets of 25. Tea bags are not included with your order. Assembly is required.
We are happy to create a custom color or design for you for an additional fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You may have already seen our unique favors. They were featured in Southern Weddings Magazine as one of their Fab Finds!
We do sell wholesale! If you’re a retailer, wedding planner or event planner and are interested in offering your brides-to-be and customers our line of Personalized Tea Packet Favors feel free to send us a message at email@example.com.
I am super excited to officially offer these little beauties on the website and couldn’t be more thrilled that they are finally ready for YOU just in time for wedding season to get into full swing!
I hope y’all have a great week and Happy President’s Day!
posted on February 10, 2014 | 0 comments
On Monday morning of this past week I saw a post from Eric Church’s facebook page. It said his new album, The Outsiders (which I have been patiently waiting for) would be streaming all week long on NPR Music. I immediately clicked the provided link and started listening. At the end of the day Monday, I thought to myself, “Other than ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ I kinda don’t like many of these songs.” I knew I needed to let Church’s new sound digest on me a little. I was having a hard time adjusting to the artist who’s sound and style I had grown to love over the past several years.
Over the course of the week, I found myself falling in love with these 12 new tracks. Church touches on everything from wanting wild sex with his wife in “Like a Wrecking Ball” to his true definition of what it means to be Rock and Roll in, “That’s Damn Rock & Roll.” Now, I’m no music scholar and I don’t always know what the correct terminology is to describe certain parts of a song, BUT what I do know is a good song when I hear it and I believe Church’s definitely got some #1s on this record. There’s something about his music that speaks to me (yes, I know that sounds corny, but it does). He’s so real, full of grit and has such a talent for writing nostalgic stories and y’all know I’m all about some nostalgia.
There’s a line in “That’s Damn Rock and Roll” that stuck with me, “It ain’t about the money you make when a record gets sold, it’s about doing it for nothing because it lives in your soul.” I think all fellow artists and designers can relate to this. Being creative and having the desire to share with the world your talents is priceless. It lives in your soul to be creative. Whether it’s writing music, writing a hit hollywood film story or designing stationery. It’s not about all the money you make, but the fact that creating something from nothing truly, whole heartedly lives in you soul. You eat, sleep, and breathe the need to create. I’m quickly reminded of Lindsey Letter’s Creativity Print that heavily relates to this need.
Overall, The Outsiders has a new sound to it. There are some slow ballads on here and I feel like Church does a little more “talking” than really belting out his vocal chords for the majority. I like that he has once again reinvented himself while staying true to his country and rock and roll roots. I can’t wait to see what his next single release will be and of course watch to see how the country music audience reacts to his new sound.
My top favorite picks from The Outsiders are “Give Me Back My Hometown”…
and “Broke Record.”
The Outsiders will be released this Tuesday, February 11th. If you’re wanting more about Church’s thoughts on his 4th album, check out this very recent article from Rolling Stones Magazine.
Y’all have a great week!
P.S. Don’t forget our Valentine’s Sale is still going on! 50% OFF all our Southern Sayings single greeting cards and 6 pack card sets. Sale ends 2/14/14. Order tonight for guaranteed Valentine’s Day delivery.
Photo courtesy of cmt.com.
posted on February 1, 2014 | 0 comments
I’ve a much over-due “What Was On My Playlist This Week” post to share with y’all today. This past Tuesday, I decided to preview on itunes Brandy Clark’s new album “12 stories” that was just released this past October. I listened fully through all 12 songs once, then again, then again. Literally, around quittin’ time, I said to myself, “I gotta buy this.” So I did, and I ‘ve been playing Brandy’s album EVERY day. To give you a little backstory on Ms. Clark, she’s a singer/ songwriter who has had her work recorded by Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves and Darius Rucker. Within the last year she has celebrated success with “Mama’s Broken Heart” recorded by Miranda Lambert, which Clark helped cowrite and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” which she also cowrote. Both songs have gone #1.
Clark has quite the knack for writing clever, gutsy, empowered female centered lyrics . . . and I LOVE it. From a housewife “rolling a fat one” to a woman not being able to pull the trigger on a cheating lover ONLY because she “doesn’t look good in orange . . . and hates stripes.” She talks about the deep, tough stuff that noone wants to talk about and everyday life events that majority of Americans can relate to.
I love Clark because she’s real, doesn’t stray away for hard topics and her songs are so catchy with deep meanings. Y’all know I’m not a huge fan of much of the country stereotypical, get drunk, daisy dukes, shallow lyrics that are ALWAYS on the radio these days. I believe fans deserve something better and I’m happy Brandy has publicly come onto the scene has a singer and not just a behind-the-scenes songwriter.
I love so many of the songs on this album, but one of my favorites is, “Take A Little Pill.”
Also, from the graphic above, here is her 1st single, “Stripes”. One of my favorites as well.
Y’all, take a listen for yourself and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Have great weekend and Go Peyton!!
Image courtesy of slatecreekrecords.com
posted on January 29, 2014 | 0 comments
Where has the time gone?! I can’t believe it’s already the end of January 2014. Earlier this month to my great surprise, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine featured Southern Fried and some of our products (Southern Sayings Box Collection and our Howdy greeting card) in this month’s issue, alongside some other talented local entrepreneurs! I literally was beside myself when I read the article. Writer Anna Read could not have summed up my brand or myself any better. This issue is packed with some great stories and it’s my favorite, because it’s the music issue. If you haven’t already got yours, hurry!
Take care y’all,
posted on January 10, 2014 | 0 comments
Incase you follow me on my facebook page, you may have seen a post a week or so before Christmas talking about an exciting collaboration with a new Nashville business. I couldn’t announce the good news that night, but today I’m happy to share all about this wonderful project!
Batch Nashville is a fairly new local business that curates and seeks out the best local goods for their monthly batch box that can be delivered right to your door step. (Think Birchbox, but instead of makeup it’s filled with cool local gifts and food.) Each month there is a different theme to the box (this upcoming February is movie night) and it’s delivered to you the first week of each month. For the holidays, Batch curated a “Santa’s Brand New Batch” filled with everything from a handmade Tennessee pottery ornament, homemade popcorn and cookies, to even my delight, our one of-a-kind holiday gift tag packs! Our packs included 2 tags per each 5 designs for a total of 10 tags with twine included. I completely sold out of these packs at my holiday gift shows, so I think it’s safe to say they’re a favorite and will be making an appearance this next holiday season.
I can’t thank Sam and the team at Batch enough for their support and inclusion of Southern Fried in the holiday batch. Read more about our collaboration HERE and be sure to order your February Movie Night box! Not only will you be supporting this GREAT new business, but you’ll be supporting a batch full of local Nashville artisians, chefs, designers and bakers. It’s win win all around!
Last but certainly not least, I have to make special note here to thank some VERY important friends and family for chipping in their time to help me package this large order. To Sarah B., Sam, Laura, Jeff, Sarah G., L.B., Katie, Shawna, Rosemary, Lauren, Chad, Tina, Jenny, Paul, Erika and of course my mom and dad, thank you SO much! I’m quite a blessed gal to have y’all in my life.
Be on the lookout for our all occasions and southern sayings gift tag packs. They’ll be up in the shop soon.
Have a great weekend everyone!
posted on December 8, 2013 | 1 comment
Seasons greetings y’all,
I’m SO excited to share with you my 2013 Christmas card creation! This year I really wanted to have something different, something that could be reused. My mind seems to always circle around this thought, “What else can I do with paper or this idea?” Late in September I hatched the idea for a mason jar punch out ornament. I went through 2-3 different designs and time began to quickly get away from me! You see, I had to have my cards ready for my holiday booth shows in early Novmember. (Many thanks to those of you who visited me at Christmas Village and the Wilson County Holiday Expo.) At the last minute, I contacted the super talented Elizabeth Hardin of Hardink Calligraphy, shared with her my idea and within LESS than a week, she had sent me 2 rounds of designs and I was finalizing my files for print! I LOVE Elizabeth’s style of calligraphy. It’s fun, different and is a style of it’s own. I can’t thank Elizabeth enough for collaborating with me at the last minute and helping me pull my vision to life.
Fun fact! Some of you may know that all the photography in my designs are shot by yours truly. This image was photographed almost 2 years ago on a hot summer Sunday afternoon in Norene, Tennessee.
I must say this punch out ornament card might be one of my favorite projects to date. I tend to do my best work after I’ve already gone through multiple design revisions and well waited til the last minute. I won’t finish a project until I’m 100% happy with it and I’m so happy I kept working on this until I found the sweet spot and I honestly believe that came with Elizabeth’s extra touch. To the designers and creative minds out there, I encourage you to do multiple rounds of designs before you settle. You never know what you’ll come up with at the last minute 🙂
Incase you’re wondering, yes these little beauties are available in the shop HERE and HERE! There are VERY LIMITED quantities!!! Small snowflakes are centered on the top back with plenty of space for your personalized message. Each card comes with a kraft envelope and twine.
Stay warm this week and if I don’t talk to you before the 25th— MERRY CHRISTMAS!
posted on November 29, 2013 | 0 comments
We are having our BIGGEST sale of the year! Our notepads and prints make for great stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts, hostess gifts, bunko gifts, or co-worker gifts. Skip on over to our site and catch some deals before they’re all gone. Sale ends this Monday night at 11:59pm CST.
posted on November 6, 2013 | 0 comments
It’s that time of year again… the annual CMA, Country Music Association’s awards. I’ve followed country music ever since I can remember. I was 5 when I attended my first concert, Alabama at Opryland. I could go on and on about how much I love this genre of music, but I’ll save it for later. Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you my predictions on who I believe will take home the CMA award tonight in each of the nominated categories below.
*Note: I have put all my feelings for songs/artists aside on my winner picks. Just because I picked the winner doesn’t mean I want them to win. I’ve picked who I honestly believe the industry will vote for.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift • Jason Aldean • George Strait • Blake Shelton • Luke Bryan
My Winner Pick: JASON ALDEAN
Why?: I’m kinda on the fence about this one. I secretly want George to win it, because it’s his “final ride,” but reality is I’ve seen George in concert and he’s not that great of a live entertainer. I feel like Luke has had a GREAT run this year, but I feel Jason has really worked hard and entertained this year with his stadium tours that include Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and the 66,000 capacity Sanford stadium in Georgia. Jason knows how to bring a crowd to their feet and with these stadium tours under his belt this year I feel makes him the prime artist to receive this award.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton • Jason Aldean • Luke Bryan • Keith Urban • Eric Church
My Winner Pick: JASON ALDEAN
Why?: Same reasons I listed above + he had a new (fantastic) album, Night Train released within the last 12 months.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift • Miranda Lambert • Carrie Underwood • Kacey Musgraves • Kelly Clarkson
My Winner Pick: KACEY MUSGRAVES
Why?: Kacey was on fire this year!!! Her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park was released within the last 12 months and received rave reviews. I personally love Kacey’s album and her songwriting skills. She’s clever, funny and badass. Kacey has been on the radar for quite some time (especially in her home state of Texas), but I feel that her popularity grew immensely this year and I’m happy she’s finally getting her time in the spot light.
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich • Thompson Sqaure • Florida Georgia Line • Love and Theft • Sugarland • The Civil Wars
My Winner Pick: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Why?: This is a no-brainer to me, Florida Georgia Line’s debut album this year was a massive hit, especially with their single, “Cruise” that went 6x platinum! No other duo in this category matches their stats.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line • Lee Brice • Kip Moore • Kacey Musgraves • Brett Eldridge
My Winner Pick: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE or KACEY MUSGRAVES
Why?: This one is going to be REAL close! If I’m going off of stats and record sales, I’d pick FGL. If I’m going off of true songwriting talent and an artist who has truly artistically separated herself from other artists, my vote would be for Kacey Musgraves. If I had to chose, I’d go with Kacey.
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band • Lady Antebellum • Little Big Town • The Band Perry • Zac Brown Band
My Winner Pick: THE BAND PERRY
Why?: I think this group has really come into their own this year and they’re taking risk with their music and showing their true range of vocal/instrumental abilities.
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush”
Jason Aldean feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”
My Winner Pick: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. NELLY, “CRUISE”
Why?: As much as I love some of the other songs in this category, I have a feeling these boys are going to take home a few trophies tonight. This song was the IT song this year. The stats don’t lie. Over 6 MILLION copies sold!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Taylor Swift, Red
Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park
Little Big Town, Tornado
My Winner Pick: Hmmm… well… Lord, I don’t know. I think it comes down to Taylor or Carrie on this one and I’m going to go with Carrie.
Why?: This is one of Carrie’s best albums. There is such a story behind each song and I love how Carrie strays away from the shallow country lyrics that some artists are clinging to these days. Blown Away was fabulous and paired with Carrie’s voice, well that’s perfection my friends.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
My Winner Pick: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Why?: I think my above comments have pretty well answered this.
SONG OF THE YEAR
Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck” • Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart” • Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round” Little Big Town, “Pontoon” • Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
My Winner Pick: MIRANDA LAMBERT, “MAMA’S BROKEN HEART
Why?: I just have a gut feeling about my pick for this. Kacey Musgraves wrote this song and sang harmony on Miranda’s cut of it. So, if Miranda wins tonight, then it’s a win for Kacey too.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” • Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys, ‘Round Here” • Lady Antebellum, “Downtown” • Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care” • Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart” • Little Big Town, “Tornado”
My Winner Pick: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, “BLOWN AWAY”
Why?: Well earlier this year, Carrie won Music Video of the Year for this song at the CMT Music Awards and I just think she’s going to win it again.
Who votes for the winners and how does the voting process work? This should help answer it: http://theboot.com/cma-awards-voters/ . In a nut shell, it’s members of the industry who are members of the Country Music Association.
Who do you think will win what? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Y’all have a great day and tune into to ABC tonight 8/7c.
posted on November 5, 2013 | 0 comments
Christmas is right around the corner, can you believe it?! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @southernfriedtn to see all the sneak peeks for our new Christmas collection!
posted on September 21, 2013 | 0 comments
Long time no see or post folks! Yep, my blog has taken a back seat lately. Everything has just been a-movin’ and a-shakin’ round here and my hands have been tied with tons of fun projects and life in general. I briefly mentioned on my last post about sharing some of my personal music playlist favorites. Music is such a huge source of inspiration for me and I believe good music should be shared, so today I wanted to do just that…
I’ve recently been introduced to the soulful Americana music by the talented Holly Williams. Yes, she’s the granddaughter of the late Hank Williams Senior and daughter of Hank Williams Junior. Her recent album, The Highway, was released in February this year, but I just recently downloaded it and… can. not. stop. listening to it. Every song on this album makes you feel something and literally lean with Holly on every verse. This music is what I call REAL country music. Lately, with all the constructive chatter about country music’s “gettin’ drunk, big trucks, daisy dukes” stereotypical shallow lyrics (read more here), I’ve been yearning for something more from our country music industry and I believe I’ve found it with Holly. She sways more on the Folk and Americana side than the Country side. It’s true, I’ve mostly listened to the general Country top 40, but Holly has sparked my interest into the Americana/ Folk music world.
Mrs. Williams is a notable Nashvillian who is not only sharing your voice with Nashville but also her sense of style. She owns a high-end boutique, H. Aubrey, located in the heart of The Hill Center in Green Hills. From great style, a soothing voice to some impeccable songwriting skills, Holly Williams is the total package.
I highlighted some of my favorite verses from her song titled, “Drinkin’” in the graphic above. Go ahead and listen to it in her music video underneath and feel free to comment below with your thoughts.
What are some other songs I have on my playlist these past few weeks? I’ve listed a handful below but in no particular order. Some are oldies, but still goodies.
Stupid – Kacey Musgraves
Me and Your Cigarettes – Miranda Lambert
Virginia Bluebell – Miranda Lambert
Fuzzy – Randy Rogers Band
Trouble – Randy Rogers Band
Livin’ Part of Life – Eric Church
We Were Us – Keith Urban duet with Miranda Lambert
Anything on the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou Pandora Station
I’m also looking quite forward to Dierks Bentley’s new album, Riser, set to release this Fall.
Do you have any songs or albums that are weekly regulars on your playlist? If so, I’d love to hear them! Country, pop, rap, whatever, I like it all and would love for you to share in the comments below. I’m going to sign off for now, but will be back soon to share my new 2013 Christmas Collection!
Have a great Saturday y’all,
Holly Williams photo credit: fosterfollynews.com
posted on July 24, 2013 | 0 comments
Happy SHARE IT to WIN IT Wednesday y’all! From today until this Friday, share this image and be entered to win a 6 pack of our Bless Your Heart greeting cards with 6 matching kraft envelopes. Where can you share? Our Facebook page! Hop on over HERE and get to sharin’!
posted on July 10, 2013 | 1 comment
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you probably saw a post or two about Southern Fried being in the 2013 CMT Music Awards celebrity gift bags a few weeks ago. The gift bags contained mostly all local Nashville products and were given to all the performers, presenters and hosts for the awards show.
Incase you’re not familiar with the show, it’s the annual Country Music Television’s music video awards, where the winners takes home the coveted buckle trophy. This year the show was hosted by Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell, and had multiple awesome performances by the biggest names in country music including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and many more.
I was lucky enough to snag 2 tickets to the show and let me tell ya it was fantastic! I enjoyed the entire show, but must say there were 2 moments that were quite rememberable; the opening act collaboration of Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz performing “American Woman”
and the Nashville skyline fireworks during Aldean’s outside performance of “Night Train.”
CMT was too kind and had their resident host, Katie Cook put a video together of all the products included in the gift bags.
Alison Bonaguro wrote a CMT blog post about the products as well. I must say as an avid country music fan it was such a delight to have my products given to some of my favorite artists and I was even more thrilled to be included amongst some of Nashville’s best businesses!
That’s it for now. Y’all have a great week and check back soon, I’m going to start a new blog series that’ll be shedding some light on country music’s best new artists and I’ll be sharing some of my personal playlist favorites.
posted on July 3, 2013 | 0 comments
What does the 4th of July mean to you? I hope that tomorrow amongst all the hotdogs, ice cream and laughter you will take a minute to truly ponder what the 4th of July really means.
Each year on the week of the 4th, my church has a special Sunday morning service where our congregation recognizes those men and women who have served our country. This past Sunday we played the theme song for each of the armed forces and ask those who served to stand when they heard their respective organization’s song played. It was quite the sight to see so many men and women rise from their pews. Many of the gentlemen who stood were elderly. Their pace to stand was slow, but after their feet were planted firmly and their hands had grasped the pew in front of them, they stood tall and proud. This ceremony is always quite emotional and believe me this year it was no different. This event always puts things in perspective for me and the true meaning of the 4th.
It’s because of these men and women that I don’t have to fear for my life just because I own a bible or proclaim to be a christian, can pursue my dream as a business owner, have the opportunity to enroll and achieve a higher education, travel as I wish, have the same equal opportunities as my neighbor and the list goes on and on.
So, tomorrow remember those who have served, are still serving and for those who are holding the fort down here at home while their loved one, family member or friends are continuing their duty for ALL the American people.
Happy 4th of July y’all and God Bless America.
posted on June 21, 2013 | 1 comment
Happy Friday folks!
This past May I was able to cross off a huge goal of mine for Southern Fried. Exhibit at the New York National Stationery Show! My entire experience in New York was one for the books! I did the impossible for this show, I prepped in less than 4 months. Around mid January Whitney English presented the idea to all the Stationery Academy alumnae that she and Natalie Chang were going to have a Stationery Academy booth at this year’s show and would any of us be interested. This opportunity really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. I felt like Southern Fried was at a point where it needed to take a leap, to really get the wheels turning, and I felt this was God’s way of telling me to jump. I knew I was going to have 2 of the most knowledgeable women in the business to help guide me and advise me through the process and I wasn’t going to be alone. 5 other alumnae would be presenting with me too. It was kinda a no-brainer that this was THE perfect opportunity for me to exhibit at the show.
So I designed, I prepped, I researched, I lost sleep… a lot of sleep, I prayed, I packed and I left little ole’ middle Tennessee for the Big Apple and took a huge leap of faith…
… and boy am I glad I did. From retailers, to fellow designers, to even press the feedback was all around positive. I felt like my long hours of prepping for the show were finally paying off. I exhibited my new Southern Sayings Greeting Card Collection, Southern Sayings 8”x10” Print Collection, the new Everyday Notepad Collection and a unique one-of-a-kind Personalized Tea Packet Favor for any occasion. By the afternoon of day 4, I boarded my flight home a happy camper with a handful of orders and another handful of awesome future possibilities.
My trip in the city was nothing short of amazing. My 25th birthday was on day 3 (Tuesday) of my trip and little did I know I would be swept away in a limo that afternoon to attend the grand opening of the new Kate Spade flagship store on Madison Ave. I must say a HUGE thank you to Natalie Chang for the invitation! While at the event, I had the pleasure to meet the President of Kate Spade, Deborah Lloyd.
After browsing the super colorful store and making a few small purchases I soon found myself at dinner in the Chelsea area with the girls. We had dinner outside, the weather was perfect, my heart was happy and I felt incredibility blessed. I don’t know what it was about that night, but this country girl fell in love with the city. I don’t think I’ll be moving there anytime soon, I need my wide open spaces, but my 25th birthday had just surprising become one of THE best birthdays I had ever had!
(Yes, I had confetti thrown in celebration of my birthday)
Like I said earlier, this trip was one for the books. It was a trip that I’m SO incredibly blessed to have experienced and an event that I hope has a reoccurring spot on my yearly calendar.
Huge thanks to Whitney English (pictured below) and Natalie Chang for … well EVERYTHING! These ladies are the real deal and I’m SO happy to call them my friends.
I encourage you to take a look at the other 5 mighty fine talented designers that exhibited alongside me.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Take care folks,
posted on June 4, 2013 | 0 comments
Well folks, the time has come for me to start a new adventure in my life! I’m going to have a weekly blog! I’ll try and keep it as authentic and as real as possible. I’ll primarily update you on things with Southern Fried, the occasional insight to how my life is running and I plan to share with you my weekly music favorites. Since, this post is officially my first blog post I want to introduce you to Southern Fried Design Barn…
A lot has happened over the last few years and my little dream of having a stationery business has completely blossomed! I have just launched a brand new website that I’m SO happy with! I worked closely with the talented web designer and coder, Tara Jo Kirk on this project, so any (virtual) high fives should be sent her way. Please, take a look around.
Just recently, I exhibited at the National Stationery Show in New York City, and just last week I had a REALLY awesome opportunity land in my lap. I’ll share more on these later this week.
Lastly, I wanted to take a quick minute to acknowledge and thank some folks who have helped me to this point in my career. I have to give a big shout out to the two most supportive, loving and dedicated parents of all time. They seriously deserve a huge pat on the back. I couldn’t thank them for everything, it’s way too long to list. My sister, Jenny, who is continuously sending me emails with inspiration and without too much grumble is donating her two working hands for whatever project I need assistance with. My dear friend, Tiffany. Words can not describe the support she has given me over the years! The list of folks who have been my cheerleaders is really quite long. Soon, I’ll share a big ole’ thanks post and list everyone. I believe it’s important to surround yourself with people who will support you and give you that continued strength that sometimes you have drained out of. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without all of their love and support. Most of all, the biggest thanks goes to the main upstairs, the Good Lord. None of this would have been possible without him. None of it. He has turned my smallest little prayer into something I never dreamed of and I truly believe this is only the beginning of it.
So, I hope you’ll come back and follow me along on this new adventure of mine with my blog and with Southern Fried. You can follow along here on the blog or feel free to sign up for the official Southern Fried Design Barn newsletter here.
That’s it folks, have a good night.