Throughout the year, we meet Alabama women almost everywhere who help us see the world differently, who write their own narratives and who craft beauty and art despite odds. And we want to introduce them to you, too — through their creations.

Welcome to our first curation of creations by Alabama women whose stories illustrate the grit, innovation and creativity we admire in each of you. Here, you’ll find a collection of diverse stories and perspectives that are etched in the items selected personally by the Reckon Women team. 

Reckon Women is an inclusive space for Alabama women, created by Alabama women. We tell the stories and elevate the critical issues that affect us, the women in this state. And, we also strive to highlight and support other noteworthy women in our state like these makers whose items are in our first curations. 

Here’s what you’ll find in our two limited-edition options available for purchase now in our shop at ReckonSouth.com: 

Reckon Women curation, $25.

In this box you’ll find four items from inspiring Alabama women: 

  • A wooden succulent created by Jacqueline McMillian of Love by JM. McMillian is a self-taught wood-carving artist who learned her craft from YouTube videos after having her hands and feet amputated because of sepsis.
  • Soap from Soapy Jones, Left Hand Soap Company. Short on cash after college, Jones made soap as Christmas gifts for family and friends, eventually turning her hobby into a storefront business in Tuscaloosa. 

A relaxation roller-ball by Natasha McCrary, 1818 Farms. McCrary turned a family passion project into a thriving flower farm, event space and source of ingredients for an organic bath and body product line that earned her the title of “America’s “Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year” from Amazon in 2019.

  • An art print by Abbey Crain, artist and reporter. Crain, a Reckon Women reporter, grew her artistic talent into painting and body-image conversations, helping women see themselves as art. 

Reckon Women premium curation, $75.

In this box you’ll find seven items from these women:

  • Recipe cards by Rachel Lackey, Green Pea Press. Lackey fell in love with printmaking in college but had no presses after she graduated. So, she founded her own all-women studio that operates inside Lowe Mill in Huntsville.

  • Socks from Gina Locklear, Zkano. Locklear didn’t plan to go into the family sock-making business. But her desire for sustainability and love of her north Alabama roots drew her back to Fort Payne, where she came up with her own sock spin and founded zkano. 

  • An art print by Lynthia Edwards, Black G.R.I.T.S. Edwards, a multimedia artist based in Birmingham, uses color in her collages inspired by Black womanhood and the South to represent her bright spirit. Her artist name, Black G.R.I.T.S, is an acronym for Black girl raised in the South to do what she loved. 

And each of the four creations listed in the standard box above:

  • A wooden succulent created by Jacqueline McMillian of Love by JM. McMillian is a self-taught wood-carving artist who learned her craft from YouTube videos after having her hands and feet amputated because of sepsis. 
  • Soap from Soapy Jones, Left Hand Soap Company. Short on cash after college, Jones made soap as Christmas gifts for family and friends, eventually turning her hobby into a storefront business in Tuscaloosa.
  • A relaxation roller-ball by Natasha McCrary, 1818 Farms. McCrary turned a family passion project into a thriving flower farm, event space and source of ingredients for an organic bath and body product line that earned her the title of “America’s “Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year” from Amazon in 2019.
  • An art print by Abbey Crain, artist and reporter. Crain, a Reckon Women reporter, grew her artistic talent into painting and body-image conversations, helping women see themselves as art. 

You can order our curation boxes now in our online store.