'Pop Culture'

Halloween Napkins From House of Mirth Studio

September 25, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Over the Summer my friend Shana Myers from Ink Stained Fingers and I decided we needed a name change on the business we are attempting to get up and going. We tried to come up with something that we both had in common and certain authors and their works is one of those things. We discovered we both loved Edith Wharton and her stories of life during the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and we both love her story entitled “House of Mirth“. We are continuing to get things going which isn’t always easy when we both already have businesses we are trying to run, homes, families, parents and everything else that goes along with living. 

Personalized Halloween Napkins from House of Mirth Studio

We decided to start small and created some napkins that can be used for the upcoming Halloween holiday and will be especially great if you’re having a Halloween Party or Cocktail Party. You can order from us on our Etsy page here at House of Mirth Studio or let us know through email (tab5@att.net), Facebook  or our website here and we’ll make it happen. I’ll go into detail below with the photos of the new product. Enjoy!!!

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Downton Abbey The Movie

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

What better way to head into the Fall season than with the return of an old friend from TV in the form of a new film. I have to say right off the bat that I’m a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey, I have been since the first season it came to our televisions. Like all good things, it had to come to an end and did back in early 2016. So, I was over the moon last year when we began hearing that the writer/creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, was putting together a film version that would pick up right where the TV series left off. We saw the movie over the weekend and let me say it does NOT disappoint. (above image via)

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80’s Movie Soundtracks = Movie Musicals

June 24, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday at lunch Michael came in singing “What A Feeling” from “Fame”, he had heard it on the radio, then it was stuck in our heads and we got to talking about all the great music that came out of the 1980s on movie soundtracks. Today movie musicals are kind of having a rebirth, both on the big screen and the TV, and that got me thinking about how all those 80’s flicks with great music were kind of the movie musical for that decade. My best friend and I bought cassettes together and would ride around for hours in his car listening to the latest and several of them were movie soundtracks, especially this time of year when everyone would have their windows rolled down and a group of us would pull over late at night under a streetlight, listen to music and talk and tease each other about whatever. Today we’re going to look back at 10 of my favorite movie soundtracks for the ’80s and some of the songs that are indelibly written on our brains forever. Let me know what your favorites were and do you still listen to them when you have a chance. Alexa, play the soundtrack from… Enjoy!!!

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March 2019

March 4, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Forward, March 
And Welcome Spring,
When Bunnies Bounce
And Birds All Sing.

When March Winds Blow
The Winter Away, 
They Get The World
Ready For April & May. 
                                                     -Anonymous 

Can you believe we’ve entered into the third month of the year, I can’t!! It’s 23 degrees here today and we had a little ice and snow over the weekend but as fast as time is going it will soon be hot, school will be out and I’ll be posting about the 4th of July. Today we are going to start something new, looking at what special events and days are coming up in the month of March. There are hundreds of events on the calendar every year and each one is given a day of the year to be remembered or celebrated, some of them very popular like St. Patrick’s Day and some of them more obscure like National Cheese Doodle Day which is tomorrow. So, here we go with a peek at March and just a few of the fun things you can enjoy and celebrate during the month. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Check From MacKenzie Childs

March 1, 2019

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now I really like MacKenzie-Childs and their beautiful products. I’ve always been a fan of their original Black and White pattern, Courtly Check and then when they came out with the lighter version of it in Parchment Check, but now I’m thrilled with Royal Check which is a Blue and White version of the original. This will work with so many things, especially if you’re a collector of Blue and White dishes. I can also see using the Blue and White Royal Check all through the Spring and Summer, think how fun it will be mixed with Red for the summer holidays and it will also look awesome with Orange in the Fall. My dream would be to have Black and White Courtly Check for the Fall and Winter months and Blue and White Royal Check for the Spring and Summer months…I may have to work on that. Join me today for a look at the beautiful new pattern from MC and revel in all its blueness. Enjoy!!!

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Gift Box Blue

February 19, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we discussed and looked back on the life of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the man who helped make Tiffany a household name while keeping its status as a luxury brand. Almost as famous as the Tiffany name is the special shade of blue that is used for all the Tiffany packaging, from shopping bags to ring boxes, you know if you see this color it has to be something special. “Tiffany Blue” is very popular in the world today for decorating and it’s a great color that goes with most everything. The Blue/Green mixture of color looks beautiful with white, black, pink, yellow, red, beige, it’s really hard to find something it won’t go with. Last year my friend Shana and I were working on a project and we were looking for the perfect Tiffany Blue and I discovered “Little Blue Box” from Sherwin Williams and now we’ve used it on lots of stuff and are never disappointed. I’ll show you some examples in today’s post. Today we are going to take a quick look at “Tiffany Blue” and how it has made it’s way far from the world of packaging and into our hearts and homes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Remembering Mr. Tiffany

February 18, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today would be the 171st birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a man who expanded the jewelry company founded by his father into the decorative arts and made it into a global empire. During this week we are going to look at a few things from the world of Tiffany including one of his beautiful homes and the color that’s been made famous and known as Tiffany Blue. Today we are remembering LCT by looking again at a post I did four years ago, celebrating Mr. Tiffany and his work when I wrote about him as Tabulous Tastemaker. Join me today for a look back at Louis Comfort Tiffany, a man with an amazing imagination and creative abilities who has left behind a wonderful design legacy. Enjoy!!!

Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933 (via)

To read the full write-up I did on Mr. Tiffany in 2015 click on the article’s title in the box below. Enjoy!!!

Tabulous Tastemaker: Louis Comfort Tiffany

 

Valentine Goodies From Williams Sonoma

February 11, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Happy Monday!!!! Counting today it’s three days until Valentine’s Day and you definitely need to be thinking about what you are going to do with and for your Valentine. Goodies are always a great idea, whether they come in the form of candy, cookies, cake, chocolate, wine or all the above. Goodies are also a great way to let your special someone know you are paying attention and know what they like. If they always get Twizzlers at the movie then buy 4 packages of Twizzlers, tie a ribbon around them and you have an easy and appealing gift for your Valentine. Today I’m going to share some fun and yummy Goodies, all from Williams Sonoma, that you can buy in your local store or order online and have for Valentine’s Day, and if you’re wondering I love Cinnamon Gummy anything and Chocolate anything…and Champagne. So, without further delay let’s check out the Valentine Goodie aisle at WS and Enjoy!!! 

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I’m Back, Hello February 2019!!!!

February 4, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Hello February!!!! I hope all is good with all of you, sorry for the extended absence here in the ether but there was a lot going on and I decided to take a small hiatus. The holidays were good and very busy, we got everyone’s Christmas decor down and stored away for another year and then I had other stuff I needed to take care of, all of it good. There’s been a change in something I told you about last year but it’s a good change and I’ll go into more detail at a later date. Right now I’m working on getting things lined up for my clients for Valentine’s Day and I’m also working on some projects here at our casa. Michael and I are continuing to study Spanish on our own after taking Spanish classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 at a local Vo-Tech. We are studying using a couple of different apps and websites and making great strides. We don’t have any grand adventures planned this year but I’m sure that will change, not sure we’ll go to Europe this year but there are lots of places here America we have yet to see and visit so we may take short trips of 3 or 4 days and see some places and do some things we’ve been talking about for quite a while. 

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So, let’s talk February, the second month in the year and the month that most everyone equates with Valentine’s Day, cold weather, and the colors red and pink. I do like February, I’m starting to come out of my post-holiday slump and looking towards the new year ahead of us and hoping to accomplish a lot in the coming months. This year I’m hoping to make some changes here at the blog with the articles I write and the topics I cover. I’m wanting to do more with holidays and celebrations, decorating for these times and events, food, flowers, and sharing with you the things my friend Shana and I are creating for our Etsy shop and website (more on that next week). February is filled with chocolate, champagne, glitter and so much more so let’s take a look at a few things February, I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy!!!

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you I was going to Mom and Dad’s for the day to see them, have lunch and help mom with some baking and today I wanted to share the results. If we’re friends on Facebook here or here you’ve already seen them but I’ll share recipes and more photos in today’s post. We used to make lots of cut out cookies and decorate them, at one time we even did them for all the holidays and sold cookie bouquets and at one time we also did custom cakes for people for people so luckily we have a little experience with baking, icing, and decorating. We used a new recipe we found this year on the 12 tomatoes website for Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and they are so so good. They were a little sticky when we first started rolling out so we kneaded in a little more flour and let them get really cold in the refrigerator and floured our board really well when we attempted rolling and cutting the dough again and it worked great. For the icing, we used good old buttercream icing that we used to use on 90% of the cakes we did. It’s easy to work with, takes color well and you can pipe and decorated the cookies using any of the cake decorating tips we already had. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos. If you’re up for baking this is a great recipe and I’m sharing a link to it at the end of the post. Share your photos if you bake and decorate cookies, have a great week as we count down to a big weekend coming up. Enjoy!!!

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