Artisanally Inspired

Long-Term Sustainability through Action: Meet the Corrells

As you may have read by now, 7th & Palm was created to give away more time and resources to help others...and build a business model along the way that puts that type of giving mentality, purposeful business practices, and serving habits at the core of everything we do. Our brand is built on a 1/1/1 philanthropy model, designed to give back to the local and global community by donating 1% of our business’s time, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our product annually. But it's not all about just giving aid, it's more about changing the way we think, the way we serve, and the way we go about creating change for good.

So what can we do? We can pick smart, strategic partnerships and people we believe in to help support that are working to change the world for good as well.

Meet the Correll family. Not only have they become dear friends along the way, we're so compelled by the mission work they are doing in Kenya, Africa. They've lived in several continents throughout their marriage, and we've seen first-hand how they prioritize building relationships with others in order to build a solid foundation for their life and their work serving others—to build a circle that goes beyond physical borders. Read on to learn more.

The Correll family is currently living in Kenya full-time, working in areas of sustainability projects, business development, and vocational training to help people and communities in Kenya grow towards long-term success in work and life.

Through their work, the Corrells look forward to being the light of Christ in the darkness in the relationships and networks God gives them the opportunity to build.

Engaging in this work takes a lot of time and patience. There is often a strong dependence mentality in countries like Kenya, and while generous charity given to help is good, the pressure to produce tangible results too often leads to greater dependency and less empowerment. To better understand, check out these sources of information regarding poverty work:

  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett - “Material poverty alleviation involves the much harder task of empowering people to earn sufficient material things through their own labor, for in so doing we move people closer to being what God created them to be (pg. 74).”
  • Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton - “Not only does aid foment political instability and corruption, it discourages free enterprise—like the African mosquito-netting manufacturer who was put out of business by well-meaning charities that handed out millions of free nets.” (pg.95)
  • Poverty Inc. on Netflix or Amazon - "The having a heart for the poor isn't hard. We all have that. But having a MIND for the poor, that's the challenge. Can we treat them as equals, as partners, as colleagues? Can we allow them to be the locus of responsibility for their own future...and then be willing to be guided by their vision?"

Resources like these can inspire and help you catch the Corrells’ vision. Learn more about Brenton, Jen, little Samuel, and their work at threeinkenya.wordpress.com

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Handwritten Notes to Inspire & Encourage Others

Have you ever received a note right when you really needed some inspiration and encouragements? Or had a hard time finding the right words to say?

One of my favorite parts of the daily grind is to get the mail. And it totally makes my day when there’s an envelope with my name actually handwritten on it, buried in the midst of the bills, credit card offers, and unwanted flyers. When someone takes the time to pick out a special card on really great paper, actually write you a personal note, address and stamp it—that’s love. It doesn't always matter if the words inside are perfect, because it often speaks volumes to know that someone took the time to care and speak from the heart.

To all my fellow stationery connoisseurs and mail lovers, be sure to browse all of our new cards. They're available with free shipping online in the shop or locally at the monthly Artisan Showcase at the Farmer's Market of Bluffton!

While I hand-letter, design, and create the art for each luxe card in my line, they also support local US businesses all the way from the paper manufacturing to the printing, and help give back through our 1/1/1 giving pledge. Say yes to small business and better mail! If you want to find some special new cards, take a look at our new additions to the line.

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Southern Hospitality & Home Decor for the Hostess with the Mostess

 

Whether you're a seasoned southern hostess or just getting your home ready for family and friends, here are a few room-by-room ideas for hosting guests in your coastal home:

Kitchen: Time to put out the fancy towels! Your guests probably don't expect you to plan every meal during their stay, but I like to find out what breakfast foods everyone prefers. I usually prep a casserole or two that's easy to throw in the oven, stock up on fresh fruit, and try and have a few special treats on hand like local bagels or fresh donuts. After all—breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Dining Room: This room gets used the most when company is in town. Get some fun coastal color ideas over on Pinterest.

Guest Bedroom: Keep it simple by removing clutter and give your guests a simple space to unwind. Use decor that shows off your area's personality by adding a small statement piece or fun print from a local artist or framing a few photos that show off your town or city. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but you can find wonderful and affordable pieces at a local farmer's market, art fair, or seasonal festival—or even print a few of your own snaps with Artifact Uprising (not an advertisement - they just have really beautiful and affordable, luxe prints that last). Give the room a fresh coat of paint in a spa tone and add texture with a colorful duvet, canvas pillow, or throw.

Bathroom: Stock the guest bath with extra hand soap, TP, and plenty of fluffy towels. Even if the bathroom has a towel rack, I like to add an extra set of hooks to the back of the door for robes, extra towels, and give a place to hand those travel-ready hanging toiletry kits.

Hallways & Gathering Spaces: Wall decor is usually the best way to brighten and add interest to all the nooks and crannies in your home. Pinterest is yet again my favorite place to get ideas for creating gallery walls, shelving arrangements, and other wall decor display tips.

Have fun! And don't forget to let loose and play tourist with your guests—the best memories are usually made right in your own backyard. And if you're on the receiving end of hospitality, a pretty set of note cards makes the perfect hostess gift. If you're staying overnight, be sure to pick up a colorful card to leave your hosts or hostesses a thoughtful note at the end of your stay!

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New Flour Sack Towels Featuring Handmade Coastal Artwork

They're here! We've added three of our fan-favorite designs (featuring handmade artwork by artist Andrea Smith) to our flour sack towel collection. Whether you need a birthday gift, baby or wedding shower gift, hostess gift, or just want something fun and new for your beach house or coastal collection, these are definitely one of our fan favorites. These soft white American-made kitchen tea towels are durable 100% cotton and have a soft absorbency and lint-free finish that's perfect for dusting glass and crystal, polishing wood, drying dishes, or mopping up spills with ease.

Sea Turtle Flour Sack Towel Anchor Flour Sack Towel
Pineapple Flour Sack Towel Sea Star Flour Sack Towel


Prefer to pick one up in person? If you're a lowcountry local or just visiting, we have so many festivals and events ahead this spring! Catch us at the Lakeside Village Market (May 29th), the Artisan Showcase at the Farmer's Market of Bluffton (first Thursdays), and Mayfest (May 14th)! View all of our upcoming markets for more details.

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Artisan Showcase at the Farmer's Market of Bluffton, South Carolina

7th & Palm at the Bluffton Farmer's Market

We love shopping local and helping make a very real difference to small business owners. And now we get to be on the other side of it, participating in one of our very favorite markets right here in Bluffton, South Carolina. 

The Farmer's Market of Bluffton's mission is to undertake educational and charitable activities by promoting the health benefits of and providing access to fresh, local produce to the general populace through an outlet for local agricultural providers to sell their products directly to customers. Said more simply, they provide a place for local farmers to interact with and sell directly to the community they live and work in. And we love it! Less chemicals, less pesticides, and the chance to know exactly where the food you're eating is coming from.

Starting this year, the Farmer's Market has introduced an Artisan Showcase on the first Thursday of the month, and we're so excited to be a vendor! As a local artist, I'm so excited to offer unique, American-made greeting cards, coastal stationery, art prints, tea towels, gifts, and artwork for your coastal collections and beach houses. Be sure to check it out and mark your calendars for other upcoming local festivals and markets in the lowcountry.

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Coastal Decor & Home Goods: Abstract & Original Art

7th & Palm now has a coastal collection of original art available online! Whether you need nautical decor or beach house decor ideas for a kitchen, hallway, living room, bedroom, or bathroom, be sure to browse some of these large and small abstract expressionist options when considering an original art purchase. All of Andrea Smith's current abstract work in acrylics and mixed media is influenced by a history and practice of drawing, photography, sculpture, and various painting mediums including watercolors, oils, and acrylics.

Browse all new paintings from her original art collection. Each piece has finished, painted edges for immediate hanging—no frame required.

Here are just a sampling of the new pieces available:

Tropical Leaves II, 6x6" Original Painting by Andrea Smith Aqua Medley II, 6x6" Original Painting by Andrea Smith
Aqua Medley II, 6x6" Original Painting by Andrea Smith Aquascape I, 16x20" Original Painting by Andrea Smith
Tropical Leaves I, 6x6" Original Painting by Andrea Smith
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Three Must-Do Local Spring 2017 Markets in the Lowcountry

Lakeside Village Market in Hampton Lakes, Bluffton, South Carolina

Looking for fun things to do with your family this spring? Ready to shop local and support the arts in your own community? A friend said it best: "At the end of the day, big corporations are going to give absolutely nothing back to you. But when you help a small business owner, you're not only helping them pay their bills and earn a living so they can take care of their families, but you're also helping put money back into our local economy." She speaks truth!

In addition to the newly added artisan showcase that takes place the first Thursday of every month at the Bluffton Farmer's Market, here are a few upcoming annual 2017 festivals and markets in Bluffton, South Carolina to check out and support small business:

  1. Bluffton Farmer's Market: Thursday, April 6th, 2017 from 1 - 6pm (or dusk)
  2. Lakeside Village Market: Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 11am - 3pm
  3. Mayfest (Bluffton Village Festival): May 13th, 2017 from 10am - 5pm

Shop small and support the arts! You'll find the 7th & Palm booth at all of these - so we'll see you there! Learn more about these upcoming local markets and our retailers to find artwork and our coastal collection of stationery, gifts, and home goods designed by artist Andrea Smith.

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Thank You Etiquette 101: When to Send a Handwritten Note

Pineapple Note Card Thank You Note Card Anniversary Greeting Card

 

Thank you notes are always appreciated, but in a modern and fast-paced world filled with emails, changing schedules, and social media posts, it's easy to forget to stop and write a handwritten note.

Even if you've said thank you verbally, pick out a great card or piece of stationery and pen a thoughtful thank you. Here are the standard rules of etiquette for receiving and giving thanks for gifts and events thrown in your honor:

  • Shower gifts: Even if you had a chance to say thanks in person, a handwritten note of gratitude is considered standard etiquette for both gifts and those that hosted the shower on your behalf.
  • Wedding gifts, bridal party, and vendors: Send a note within two to three months of the wedding for gifts and to those that made the special day possible. These often can't be tackled in one day, so have note cards on hand in advance and write a few at a time.
  • Congratulatory gifts or cards: All gifts and congratulatory notes should receive a written note in return. Don't forget to remind your new graduates!
  • Gifts received during an illness: These notes should be sent once the patient has recovered, or can also be sent on their behalf by a friend or relative. It's also okay to call or email instead of writing—the goal is to make sure the gift was acknowledged in a timely fashion.
  • Condolence gifts: Thanks for flowers or donations can also be written by a friend or relative.

But gifts aren't the only reason to send a thank you card. While not technically required, here are some additional occasions when a handwritten memo is in good taste:

  • Interviews: It shouldn't affect a hiring decision, but sending a timely and well-written note can reflect positively on interviewees for their extra effort. Thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration.
  • Dinner parties: Though less common, it's just good manners to follow up with your host the following day with a quick call or message and also send a card thanking them for opening up their home.

We all slip up and forget to express our thanks, but sending a note late is better than never. For more specifics and etiquette tips, get them straight from pro Diane Gottsman or The Emily Post Institute.

To put these manners into practice, pick up a fresh note card set proactively and you'll always have a blank one ready for your next occasion.

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2017 Home Decor Trends: 7 Thoughts on What's In and What's Out

Here are a few home decor trends and tips for 2017 to kick the year into high gear.

Shadow Wall Color by Benjamin Moore Greenery 2017 Pantone Color of the Year Color Study by Andrea Smith

Here's what's in:

  1. Minimalism. While giving everything away and building a tiny house may not be for you, it's still time to clean things out and adopt a "less is more" mantra.
  2. Statement pieces. Supporting billionaires via big box stores is the cheap way to go, but spending a little extra time finding local art and goods is the best way to support your community and shop local. Visit an art fair. Look up local markets. And when you find something with a story that you love, it's actually better for the environment to spend a little more on that one thing than on ten mass-produced pieces shipped from overseas. We have too much information at our fingertips to ignore what overconsumption is doing our world. And while that's not an overnight switch for many of us, our choices, one at a time, do matter.
  3. Jewel tones. The Pantone color of the year, Greenery, is a lush, vivid shade of lime, and the paint world followed suit by coining wall colors for 2017 like a rich shade of amethyst, Shadow by Benjamin Moore, and Behr's 2017 Color Trends, showcasing bold hues like Jade (teal green), Hot & Spicy (coral red), and Fired Up (fire orange).
  4. "Hygge." Danish for something nice, cozy, safe and known, this is another lifestyle trend that's seeping into home decor. Dial up the texture and comfort and dial down cold, impersonal spaces.

Here's what's out:

  1. Sticking to one time period. Mixing is the new modern, so if you fall in love with an antique, pair it with a mix of simple, modern pieces that keep a room luxe and fresh. If you have a retro chair, don't go all-in with the 70s, but pair it with modern tones, organic textures, and complimentary shapes.
  2. Stainless steel. Copper is the new gold, and it's popping up more and more, especially in cabinetry hardware and accent colors. Stainless will still have a place as a reliable, basic choice, but you'll see it emphasized less and less and morphed into more mattified tones.
  3. All white. See "hygge" and jewel tones above—but sparse white rooms will now be paired with bold tones and texture like navy fabrics, chunky knits, and softened corners.

Agree or disagree? What's your favorite trend that's popping up everywhere?

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2017 Happiest Seaside Towns

Borrowing this list compiled by Coastal Living, here are the 2017 Happiest Seaside Towns. Number seven is by far my favorite, known for "graceful, Southern living," as we call the Hilton Head area home. Life is short—why not make a coastal paradise your everyday scenery?

  1. Grand Haven, Michigan

  2. Orleans, Massachusetts

  3. Sarasota, Florida

  4. Fernandina Beach, Florida

  5. Langley, Washington

  6. Cape May, New Jersey

  7. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

  8. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

  9. Dana Point, California

  10. Camden, Maine

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