I’m about a year behind (if not more) in posting some of my food & prop styling work so these posts will come non-linearly, which about accurately reflects the state of my business these days anyway what with juggling a shop, food styling, my own photography work, product design and motherhood. . . .
My friend Elizabeth asked me to take photos of her house, her daughter, herself and her husband before they packed up and moved to another house. Elizabeth wanted me to capture the little things and memories reflected in this place before they moved on. The house they actually found (and are now . . .
Erin of the shop Amelia in Mississippi has a series on her instagram called Shop Stories where she features other shops around the country. Gather is the featured shop this week. Check it out on instagram and see my "story" here: My name is Michelle Smith and I own Gather, a hybrid gift shop . . .
I love collecting recipes and combining flavors at home. It’s extra special getting to do this at Gather as well. Each month I try to work with my staff to come up with a “drink of the month”, this month it is a delicious Ginger Matcha Latte. So good. I also adore these green mugs that I stock in . . .
I recently had some girl friends over to get dressed up and watch the Oscars and drink fancy cocktails. I made this orange cake and it was very good. Here is the recipe: Print Orange Cake Recipe Ingredients Cooking-oil spray 1 cup butter, softened 1¼ cups granulated sugar . . .
November through January is always a hectic time of year in our household with a ton of birthdays, a seasonal food business (my husband's peppermint bark), a retail shop and family in town but it is also a special time that deserves to be celebrated. I have a large file of recipes I've pulled from . . .
It only took a year, but I finally got business cards for Gather, and I'm really loving them! I created the dogwood pattern specifically for using at Gather in branding, and I have it in various spots throughout the shop, including wallpaper. The dogwood is the state flower of both North Carolina . . .
In honor of Small Business Saturday we are hosting a party at Gather featuring 10+ local men makers, a food truck, and free beer + more fun surprises this Saturday November 29th from 5-10pm! We'll have a heated tent in the parking lot filled with local men makers selling everything from . . .
Carving pumpkins at Halloween is fun, but I especially love cleaning out the goopy innards and turning them into this delicious treat. I don't particularly have a sweet tooth (I'm more of a salty snacker) but these skillet roasted pumpkin seeds are that perfect combination of sweet and spicy that is . . .
Thanks to Rue Magazine for featuring these images of Gather and The Apothecary's Kitchen on your post about EtsyWholesale and American Express Shop Small. Photos by Lissa Gotwals . . .
I'm a big fan of soups in the fall and winter. My husband not as much, but I think they are growing on him, especially, with soups as good as this one that is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I tend to be hyper focused during the day when I'm working and usually want something quick and . . .
Here are some photos from one of a number of food & prop styling jobs I worked on for Southern Season this past Spring/Summer. This shoot had a brunch theme. Food Photography by Lissa Gotwals, Food & Prop Styling by Michelle Smith . . .