Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Celebrity Moments

A photo from the Courier Journal. Lauren looks like an Elegant Victorian Lady.

More Photos at the Celebrity Luncheon!

Millionaire's Row Celebrity Luncheon!
This photo is of my fabulous friend, Suzanne Tiano. She is wearing a mini top hat peacock fascinator with Russian, birdcage veiling! Isn't she adorable?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A day on Millionaire's Row!

The view from an outdoor balcony on Millionaire's Row was amazing. We lunched on roasted turkey, pork loin and barbeque, green beans, 3 cheese macaroni, green beans and the amazingly delicious Derby Pie!

Diane Lane was one of the celebrities.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Award Winning Hat!

Winner of the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest, Westport Village, Kosair Charities and Officially sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Festival!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wanna Talk Derby?


When: THURSDAY APRIL 8TH ∙ 630 TO 800 PM






Plus! You could win… 2 TICKETS TO THE JULEP BALL – WORTH $1000 OR $500 TO SPEND AT HUBBUCH & CO.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I wonder....

This was Judy's custom fascinator for the 2009 Kentucky Derby. She sent me a photo of her jacket and I made this to coordinate with her fashion ensemble. I wonder what she's wearing to the 2010 Day at the Races?


I saw this recently and just had to share.....

~Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support. ~

Saturday, March 6, 2010


This creation was just taken for a photo shoot of 2010 Spring Derby Fashions by Kentucky Monthly Magazine! Oh, How exciting....
I'll let you know when it goes to press!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Louisville Bride Magazine Spring/Summer 2010

Hold on to your hats or should I say veils and hairpieces! The 2010 issue of Louisville Bride Magazine will feature the Mitchell-Payne Wedding. Ashley is wearing one of my designs, a custom birdcage veil with floral, feather and rhinestone headpiece.
I'm not sure when it hits the newsstands, but here's a quick look. Check out page 18! She was so much fun to work with!
How exciting is this???

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas....

"and all through the House....."

"not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,"

In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there."

I imagine all these creations will be filled to the brim with goodies from Santa!
Some are for new babies and their 1st Christmas! or for those who've never had a "Special Stocking". Newlyweds and new homes got their first stockings and tree skirts. Just in time for the 1st Family Christmas Entertaining!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

EcoFriendly Home Cleaners with a dash of Peppermint!

isn't it amazing what a little baking soda, vinegar and peppermint oil can do?

Homemade Peppermint Shower Scrub
1 cup baking soda
1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil

■Mix the ingredients then store in a glass mason jar.
■To use: Sprinkle on a wet sponge and scrub bath and shower walls. Rinse off with water.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup household vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid castille soap
1/4 tsp Peppermint essential oil

■Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before use.
■To use: Spray on tiles and walls, wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Homemade Floor Cleaner

1 gallon hot water
2 TBS liquid castille soap
1/4 tsp Peppermint essential oil

■Mix ingredients in a large bucket.
■To use: Mop floor.

Bathroom Mold Remover

1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil

■Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well before use.
■To use: Spray mold then leave sit for a few minutes before wiping off mold.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Freshener

1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

■To use: First drizzle baking soda into the toilet. Top with vinegar. Allow to fizz for 10 minutes then use a toilet brush to scrub toilet clean. After cleaning the toilet, wipe underneath the seat and around the rim with a damp cloth that has a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CupaCake, When just Hot Chocolate won't do!


4 tablespoons cake flour(that’s plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips(optional)
a small splash of vanilla
1 coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

I haven't tried it, but just in case there is a chocolate cake emergency......

Monday, June 29, 2009

Going Hunting for Mama's Blackberry Cobbler

Growing up on a farm on the Tennessee/Kentucky line proved to be quite the adventurous setting. From fishing with a cane-pole, settin' tobacco, hunting for newborn kittens and "dressing" chickens, there came a wealth of diverse culture, tales, myths and recipes.

One of my favorites, the mouth watering, tooth-pickin', stain fightin' fresh Blackberry Cobbler. We would head to the woods over by the railroad tracks in our secret place, knowing the blackberry bushes were wild and roaming over the foliage. Rambling amongst the briers, thistle and chiggers; hiding so you couldn't see them. The luscious warm clusters, sparkling from the midday sun, giving away their location to only the astute of hunters and huntresses!

Armed for battle with long sleeves, pants, gloves, hats and as much skin covered as possible, we plunged into the thickets with buckets in tow. There they were, blackish, bluish, purple, plump, sweet, tart and tasty. Their wild taste isn't even comparable to those sold at the store. Those faux, tame clusters, plunked into clear boxes and labeled with ingredients, calories and serving size.

Now for Mama's Recipe. So easy, you'll be searching for the railroad tracks and those wild devils to make one for yourself.

4 cups fresh blackberries, WILD and WASHED!.....coat with 1 1/2 cups sugar, let set to cause the juices to seep from the berries while you make the pastry.

mix together: (notice it's 1 of everything but milk)
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, melted (can use oil instead)
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk, not too runny

Preheat oven to 375°. Stir sugared blackberries, pour into a lightly greased 8-inch or so square baking dish. Stir together butter, egg, sugar, flour and milk in a medium bowl. It should be like a cake batter or a little thicker. Pour over blackberries. Don't stir, just let the crust ooze throughout the berries, filling the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle with sugar on top.

Bake at 375° for approximately 50-60 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Don't overcook. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

That's how you hunt for Blackberries!

photos from Southern Living Magazine.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'm Learning the Basics...What is your Best Discovery for Learning the Basics?.

yep, that's right, Blogging Basics, How to Blog, Maximize your Blogging, Blog, Blogger, Blogspot, blog, blog, blog.....

In all the research, tweeting, installing tweetdeck---another day---to increase exposure and marketing, I ran across this info. Besides being a wealth of basic, remedial Blogging, it is interesting, current and usable! Imagine that!

From a newfound Tweeter, I discovered Blogging Basics 101:

Even Newer, entertaining and chocked full of great blogging info is
Absolutely Bananas,

This is one of her best in a series: Advice for new bloggers: Establishing a readership through networking, that I've read so far.

So, enough of my research, What have you discovered for Beginning Basics and Blogging? Tell me in your comments, with a link to your blog, and I'll post a list of resources, giving bloggers the credit! Let's hear it!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I need some Inspiration....

15 Ways for Women to Find Inspiration

Inspiration is what you find when you are not looking for it. You often miss those ?aha? moments because you are trying too hard to make them materialize. Think of Oprah and her "aha". But, there are ways to create the circumstances that lead to those inspirational moments on a daily basis.

Avoid the funk, like I'm in, and create inspiration! I've just found this and will use it to help me "get over it" and live to my highest potential.

try it, you may just become a better person or is it your "BEST" person...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Graduation into REAL life!

May 16th was dd's graduation! It hasn't hit me just yet, I'm sure it will when we haul her to college and leave her standing at the door...just like preschool, except she was screaming and yelling Mommy....Now, I'll be screaming and yelling, "no it's too soon.................."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Something New!!!

a new style, the envelope clutch...

Friday, May 15, 2009

I've Been Featured!

I've been front page featured on My Handmade Registry!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blessings from the Horse Track....

I've never bought a lottery ticket and I'm not a big risk taker, so the Horses at Churchill Downs rarely succumb to my pocketbook! But Blessings can happen in other ways.

Check this out:

Miss Kentucky USA, is wearing my black peacock fascinator and my ivory handbeaded sinamay downbrim.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Making it thru Senioritis!

My daughter graduates from High School on Sat. The frenzy of activities, ie. her prom, his prom, dates, dinner, last day "walk out", dresses, shopping, shoes, hair, makeup, nails, more shoes, another dress, another white dress, another formal, more parties, more gifts, more, more, more.....

okay, so you get the pic.....I know there will never be another milestone like this one...well, not until college graduation and a wedding. So what's a mother to do? Open the purse strings, don't tell Daddy by pretending displeasure and chagrin at the multitude of requests and needs. But, then, just sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing "like mother, like daughter"!!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Southern Style Kentucky and it's not just chicken!

The first Saturday in May is traditionally known as the best 2 minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby and all its surrounding festivities are in the works for months, even years, beginning with the Grand Fireworks display and ending on the backside at Churchill Downs.

There are benefits, such as the Susan G. Komen wear pink awareness, seen at the KY Oaks. Galas, teas, dinners, balls and dances swarm the calendar, abuzz with exciting events and social gatherings. Concerts, parades, backside tips and paddock passes energize the crowds. Other than the thoroughbreds' neigh to it's stable neighbor, the most recognizable symbol of the Kentucky Derby Season is the finery perched atop the ladies' heads. Made of silk, satins, feathers and plumes, these artfully created masterpieces are the trophies of the season.

This year, one of the most notable personalities to don one of my custom creations is Miss Kentucky USA, 2009, Maria Montgomery. Wearing a trendy and edgy fascinator of assorted peacock plumes with a dash of pink for Breast Cancer awareness, Miss KY was the hit of the KY Oaks. A sinamay bow and birdcage veiling completed the elegant rendition of an 18th century fashion trend, and 1920s flapper look gone retro modern!

On Derby Day, Miss Kentucky USA, 2009, wore a hand beaded ivory downbrim. Pearls, sequins, satin, silk and chiffon ribbons all combined to reveal a sophisticated and elegantly classic look to compliment her gold embroidered and beaded dress.