March 10, 2014

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OUR KITCHEN MUST-HAVES


We love and believe in small businesses. We also believe in great food and the tools that we use to make the food we eat so great. The kitchen is where masterpieces happen. Getting creative in your kitchen is not only an art but it's proven to be therapeutic. Fill your kitchen with beautiful and practical tools to make cooking in the kitchen a little easier and obviously more attractive.
Here are a few of our favorite kitchen must-haves:

01. Wooden Recipe Box with adorable recipe cards from Rifle Paper Co.
02. George Kelly Wooden Scoop from Imogene + Willie
03. Enamelware mugs (similar)
04. The Kinfolk Table a recipe + gatherings book from Kinfolk
05. Ella Mae Bread Board from Lamon Luther
06. Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus plant which you can find at most nurseries 
and homegoods warehouses (example: Home Depot)


What are some of your kitchen must-haves?
March 07, 2014

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CRAFTSMEN FEATURE: TC


When we started Lamon Luther, our first goal was to help our friend TC who was living in the woods and had been for quite some time. After talking with TC we learned that he had a very interesting skill set accompanied by an even more interesting story.  Over the past two years TC’s story has evolved.  We wanted to share his amazing story with you.

“My names Rodger Curtis but I go by TC. Off and on I’ve been in and out of the woods for 15 years.”

“I used to build houses when I first started and I’ve done that for 27 years. When that fell off I went into warehouse work, and then I went into home remodeling, so I can basically do just about anything.”

“I was living in FL working with a home remodeler down there, and he got to where he wasn’t getting the work so I ended up walking, Plant City, FL back to Douglasville. Took me a month to get here. Plus I tried to come up this way to actually find my son, and I ain’t had no luck.”

We were inspired by TC’s story and his desire to better himself. We picked TC up for his first day of work on January 2nd 2012. He was the very first Lamon Luther employee. A year and a half later in the middle of 2013 things were looking better for TC. He had moved out of the woods and was working a consistent job, which he enjoyed. 

“What I like doing here at Lamon Luther is working with my hands to craft things that I never thought I would be able to do.”

“I try to do the very best I can to really show that old wood can be made to look new.” 
“I really enjoy seeing the smile on other peoples faces when they get a product that we put together and really crafted and put our hearts into.” 

Things were going a lot better for TC, however there was still one vice in his life that he could not beat. TC struggled with alcoholism. It was one of the things that had kept him in the woods for so long. We encouraged TC to go seek help that we knew we were not equipped to give him. He tried to go to rehab a few times before but it just didn’t work out. We then presented TC with a very difficult choice. We told him that we loved him and wanted nothing more than for him to continue working with us, but for that to happen he had to get better. We needed him to get help that we could not give him. TC agreed to go to The Potters House in conjunction with the Atlanta Mission.  We knew the journey would be difficult and it was hard to lose our first employee, but for TC to get better he needed this program.  TC is a survivor and we believed and stood by our brother.  

After months of recovery we are thrilled to announce that TC is sober and currently on track to complete his program in the next two months.  We we’re able to talk to him recently and we want to share some of his thoughts.

“Right now it feels good to be sober for 7 months.”

“I don’t have no urge of drinkin’ again, I just want to keep my mind clear where I can focus more on building the furniture. “

“Eventually I’m going to start looking for my son that I had left about 11 years ago and try to get back in his life since I’m sober, and be the father that I’m supposed to be.”

“Maybe one day I can open my own shop and go out and hire some homeless and teach them the same trade that’s been taught to me. Then maybe people will start recognizing the craftsmanship that a lot of us homeless have in woodworking.” 

For us seeing this happen reminds us of why we started Lamon Luther.  We were able to give TC a hand up instead of just a hand out. He is a different man because he chose to take action and fight for the man he knew he could be. We were there to love on him and encourage him along the way and we cannot wait to celebrate with him when he returns to the shop.  

And here is where you come in! 
TC loves receiving letters from us here at the shop. 
This month we are asking YOU to write TC a letter and send it in! 
We know TC would love it if you sent a letter to empower and encourage him 
on his road to recovery. If you would like to please mail them to: 

Lamon Luther
200 Old Liberty Road (Unit A)
Villa Rica, GA 30180
USA
March 05, 2014

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COMMUNITY: HOMESPUN

We got together with the founders of Homespun and wanted to know more about these gatherings we kept hearing about. When we asked them to explain what happens they responded, "Well, come see for yourself!" They kindly invited us to a recent Homespun Gathering and let us experience a night around a table with complete strangers and a wholesome meal. Homespun is such a great concept, idea and experience for growing community around the table. Below is a video of Jason and Jamie talking more about Homespun and how they gather around the table.
Featured table: Etta Kitchen Island (past collection)

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February 24, 2014

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February 11, 2014

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GATHER: GREEN LUNCHEON


For our very first "Gather" post we will be featuring a simple and healthy lunch option for you and your friends to share around the table. At Lamon Luther, we believe community starts around the table so these posts are here to give you practical ways to create your own gatherings at home.

This lunch gathering goes by the name, Green Luncheon. For all you health nuts out there, this meal is not only a healthy choice but it's SO easy to make (we're talking minutes people!). Make sure to keep up with future gather posts for new and delicious meals you can make for your guests!

This meal features recipes for:


February 11, 2014

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February 11, 2014

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RECIPE: KALE FETA POMEGRANATE SALAD


Ingredients

Salad ingredients:
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds or Craisins
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 medium cucumber, diced

Dressing ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- zest of 1 medium lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
-1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In mason jar, mix in all the salad dressing ingredients together and shake well.
2. Wash kale and blot dry any excess water. De-stem the kale and cut into bite sized pieces.
3. In large bowl, combine the chopped kale, pomegranate seeds/Craisins, feta cheese and cucumber. Add salad dressing to the kale salad and toss until combined.



February 11, 2014

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MAKE: DIP-DYED SERVING SPOONS


Dip-dying is the easiest yet trendiest thing to do to old, used or even brand new items. In this Make post you will be learning a simple DIY on dip-dying serving spoons. Obviously you'll see and read below that we actually cheated the dip-dying system with hand-painting instead of dipping but we didn't have a huge amount of stuff to paint. So in saving paint and cost here is a tutorial on creating the dip-dyed illusion for some wooden spoons you may already have in your home just waiting for a make-over!

Supplies:
Wooden utensils (anything wooden really) - $4 for assortment
Acrylic paint - $0.74 per mini bottle
Paint brushes - $6 for a 4 brush set
Painters tape - c'mon, you know you have it somewhere around the house
Matte sealer spray paint - not pictured but $5 for a mini can

Directions:
The photos are pretty self explanatory but when putting your painters tape make sure the edges around where you're painting are sealed tightly around the wood to avoid paint running. Also, once the acrylic has dried completely, do one coat of sealer spray over the black dipped ends, NOT the heads of them! 

Take Care:
Hand wash only 


February 11, 2014

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February 11, 2014

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MAKE: DIY GOLD COFFEE MUG

Have any white coffee mugs laying around? Well grab them, get your friends over and learn how to turn boring coffee mugs into something you would see in a Pottery Barn or Anthropologie! This tutorial is one of the easiest projects to do this winter. Gold is such a winter trend this year and we don't mind it one bit! I know it's a bit late for Christmas gifts but these would make for GREAT gifts to a newly wed couple or packaged as a "get well soon" gift with some cough drops and tea bags inside. The best part about this project is that it was so cheap and more than likely, the supplies might already all be in your home. We hope you're staying warm this winter. Grab your friends or your children and have a cup of coffee around your table.

Supplies:
White, ceramic coffee mugs (we found ours at Dollar General for $1)
Krylon spray paint in metallic gold and then in a matte ceramic concealer
Painters tape (one roll)

Directions:
If you're a visual learner, follow along with the step by step photo tutorial below.
First think up a design you want to be gold on your mug. We chose simple designs but you can be as fancy as you'd like. Next take the painters tape and cover the entire mug except where you want the gold (make sure you press it down hard so the paint doesn't seep through your lines). Once you've got your mug taped up, take it to a ventilated area where you can being spraying the mug. Use gold first (do a couple coats). Let the gold sit for about 5 minutes before spraying the concealer. Let the concealer sit for 8 minutes and then take the tape off right away to prevent the paint coming up with it. It dries fairly fast and isn't messy. A great project for children!

Take Care:
Hand wash only! When hand washing be gentle with the outside especially around the gold. If it chips it will only add character!

We'd love to see yours! 
Email us your finished product to: pam@lamonluther.com and it might get featured on the blog!