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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Welcome Fall 2019

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Happy Fall Ya’ll

Autumn Wind
When Autumn wind goes running
It does some magic things
It gives the shadows dancing shoes,
It gives the bright leaves wings –
When Autumn wind goes running.

It curls the bonfire’s tail of smoke
And shares a little whispered joke
With cornstalks who delight to prattle,
It turns a seedpod into a rattle –
When Autumn wind goes running.
      ~Author Unknown

Summer Salads: 9 Day Slaw

June 25, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Last week on Friday I posted on Instagram and Facebook lunch I was cooking, I ended up with a day with no appointments and decided to cook and make us a nice lunch. One thing I like to do this time of year is to make things ahead like salads and side dishes and then all we need to do is grill something to go with it and we have a meal, especially since we’re both trying to lose some of our “winter weight”.  I made three salads on Thursday for us to have on Friday and several days after that and put a chicken in the oven to roast Friday morning and I had a lot of people ask me about recipes for the salads and the chicken so I thought I would share the recipes here this week. 

The first recipe I’m going to share this week is 9 Day Slaw, this is a recipe my Grandma Minnie always made, especially in the Summer. It’s pretty quick, easy and DELICIOUS. A quick tip, the recipe calls for 3 pounds of chopped cabbage but I bought pre-chopped cabbage at Sams’s the other day, it comes in two-pound bags and I used two of them, the spices and dressing make enough to cover four pounds. Here we go!!!!

9 Day Slaw

3 Pounds Chopped Cabbage
2 Green Peppers Chopped
1 Large or 2 Small Red Onions
2 Cups Sugar
Chop all the vegetables and place in a large bowl, sprinkle one cup of sugar over the vegetables and stir then sprinkle another cup of sugar over the vegetables and let sit for up to an hour. 

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup of Oil ( vegetable or canola)
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Celery Seed
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Combine all the Dressing Ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil, remove from the heat and pour over your Cabbage and Vegetable mixture in the bowl and stir to cover all the vegetables. I usually let it sit and cool off then place in a bowl with a lid and store in the refrigerator. The slaw will keep up to 9 days, thus the name 9 Day Slaw.


This Slaw goes great with everything, BBQ, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Ham, Chicken, and Pork. Let me know if you try and what you think. Enjoy!!!

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Wreaths & Plaques For The Front Door

May 1, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Earlier in the Spring a client called and asked me to help her with some floral arrangements for her house, she and her husband were hosting a political fundraiser in their home for a candidate running for a local office. A day later she texted me and said she had just been informed that the Governor and First Lady of Oklahoma would be stopping by the fundraiser which I understand to be code for, “we need to up our game a little”. I did three floral arrangements, one was placed in the dining room on the table with the campaign literature, another was placed on the kitchen island where the snacks and hors d’oeuvres were going to be and another small arrangement in the downstairs powder room. She also asked me to come up with something for their front doors if I had time. I called my friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers and told her I would be dropping off some painted wooden plaques at her house and needed her calligraphy skills on them, I also went online and immediately found a couple of boxwood wreaths and ordered them. I attached the plaques to the wreaths and hung them on the front doors of my client’s house and they look great. This is something Shana and I are definitely planning on selling on our new site when we are up and running. Here are some photos of our creations and I’ll go into more detail with pics. Let me know if you are interested or need anything for your doors, inside or outside, or for any celebrations or holidays. Enjoy!!!

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Easter & Spring Decorations

April 9, 2019

By Tab Byrum


A couple of weeks ago a client/friend called me and asked me to help her with a birthday party she was hosting for her best friend, so today and tomorrow I’m going to share with you what I did to get her house ready for the party and then what I did for the party itself. Today we are starting with the decorating. We decided to go ahead and decorate the house for Spring and Easter, my client has some beautiful Easter pieces she’s collected over the years and she gave me permission to use whatever I wanted. I have lots of pretty photos to share with you and will go into more detail on what I did with the photos. I hope you find some inspiration and enjoy the photos as much as I did putting the decorations together. 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. 

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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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. 


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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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout

December 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, they are seriously one of my favorite cookies and they are SO versatile they can be dressed up with nuts, flavorings, and fruits or kept simple and timeless just as shortbread. I had recently seen a recipe for Orange Cranberry Shortbread on the Mom On Timeout website and I loved how they looked and wanted to see if they taste half as good as they look and they do!!!! We made them last Friday when I went to Mom and Dad’s for the day, the recipe is fairly simple and if you bake a lot you may have most everything needed except for Craisins. I’ll attach a link to the recipe for the cookies at the end of the photos and I’ll go into more detail on the cookies with the photos. If you like orange and tart cranberries then give these a try, they also have almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors. They’re slightly crunchy from the sugar on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle with little bites of berry and orange zest. SO GOOD!!!! 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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