Previously a contemporary art specialist at Sothebys and the editor at large for Domino magazine, interior designer Tom Delevan decided to go out on his own and decorate homes. Art and architecture serve as inspiration for his work, mixing modern and classic.

This East Village apartment has tall windows and beautiful art pieces, which allowed Delavan to use a neutral palette. ENJOY!

First Communion Cookies

Continuing on with the sacrament cookie motif ;)... (Remember the confirmation cookies earlier this week?  These are for the same sweet family.)

I was really looking forward to making these cookies again.  The last time I made them was for kiddo's First Communion....FOUR years ago.

{That picture on the left is one of my favorites ever.  Rockin' the powder blue suit, yo. Maybe we can find a blue tux for prom in a few years.}

OK...thanks for letting me reminisce.

These cookies start out with the perfect cutter I love this's pricey because it's copper, but so worth it.

For the cookies, you'll need:
  • chalice and host cookies
  • royal icing tinted with AmeriColor Gold, Bright White, Regal Purple and Leaf Green
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • decorating tips (#1 & #2) and couplers
  • gold luster dust
  • vodka (yep.)
  • small paintbrush

With a #2 tip, outline the chalice.

With another #2 tip, outline the host.

Thin the white & gold icings (reserve a bit for later) with water, a little at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any large air bubbles that have formed. Transfer to squeeze bottles.

Fill in the chalice with the thinned gold icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners.

Fill in the host with the thinned  white icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners.

Let dry at least one hour.

Add the detail with the reserved white and gold piping icing.

Let dry overnight, or at least 6 hours.

Get out your luster dust supplies:  Luster dust, small ramekin, small paintbrush and vodka (a good excuse to always have vodka in the house).

This is "Golden Charm" luster dust.  I LOVE it and bought it at a little shop in Houston.  Can't seem to find it online, but any gold luster dust will do.

Mix up your luster dust with a few drops of the vodka and brush it on. (The alcohol will evaporate, leaving just the gold sheen.)  Add a few drops of vodka to the ramekin as you're working if it starts to get clumpy on you.  A little goes a long way, so don't worry about using all of the container in one shot.  (Here's a video about applying luster dust...)

Then, with #1 tips, add the grapes and leaf/stem detail.

All ready for First Communion!


Jolene Ballard and Amanda Malson love vintage finds and recycled furnishing. The owners of Domicile Interior Design, Ballard and Malson salvage pieces from their own family's attic, estate sales and thrift store.  It appears that it has worked for them.  ENJOY!

Hope that all of you have a wonderful weekend.

Please pray for those who lost loved ones in my Alabama and surrounding states Wednesday.


Sloppy Joe

Popular throughout America as an easy way to stretch meat, this sandwich of ground beef and spicy tomato sauce is a classic.


1 tbsp. canola oil
½ small yellow onion, finely chopped
¼ green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
8 oz. ground beef
1 cup canned tomato sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp. chili powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Tabasco, to taste
4 hamburger buns, toasted

Heat oil in 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, stirring so that the meat breaks up into small pieces, about 8 minutes. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder, salt, pepper, and Tabasco; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thick, about 10 minutes. Divide between buns and serve.


Please pray for those who lost loved ones in my Alabama and surrounding states Wednesday.
It was a horrible  2 days.  248 confirmed dead and over 1700 injured in Alabama, and the number dead is expected to grow.

See you soon, friends,
 Saveur Issue 137
 Photo: Todd Coleman

Snapfish has Jewels?

cupcakeMAG has a love for jewelry and a love for customizing gifts. .
Thanks to Snapfish - you can have the best of both worlds!   

Here are a few things we are stocking up on for Mother's Day, Father's Day and let's not forget the those Grads!

- Leather Bracelet with Photo Charm: ($22.99) Why not put Mom's favorite picture on a bracelet so she can wear it every day? Or, maybe your favorite picture of you and Dad!

- Sterling Silver Swinging Locket: ($85) Looking for a gift she'll cherish forever? Snapfish's new sterling silver necklace allows you to display Mom's favorite photo in a locked. We love that is sealed in a waterproof  UV- resistant coating to protect the image. Take it to your local jeweler and get it engraved too! 

- Perfect to Dads & Grads is the Key Ring for only $21! Take your favorite photo everywhere you go!

And, why not store it all in the perfect Keepsake Box! Just the right place for keeping all her prized possessions in one place, this beautiful keepsake box is made of dark-stained wood and features one flossy photo tile, measing 5" X 2¼" deep. Simply beautiful! 

Whatever you are celebrating - celebrate with a little keepsake from Snapfish. 


Well, I am most likely enjoying the Royal Wedding as this is posted.  I have made tea sandwiches, lemon scones, and tea for a tiny party.  Hope that you get to watch and enjoy in your way.  It starts at 3:00 AM here, so most likely I haven't been to sleep yet.  NOW... on to business.

Stan Topol’s office in Atlanta is more beautiful than the homes of most.  His dedication to space transforms a beautiful room into a beautiful AND cozy room.

This Mississippi native learned from the mega talented design genius Billy Baldwin.  It doesn’t get any better than that! 

If you are a designer, this piece is a must read.  ENJOY!

Please pray for those who lost loved ones in my Alabama and surrounding states Wednesday.
It was a horrible  2 days.  248 confirmed dead and over 1700 injured in Alabama, and the number dead is expected to grow.

See you soon,

See you soon, friends,

House Beautiful ~ May 2011 issue

Kate Middleton's bridal day look

Kate Middleton's bridal day look is stunning and timeless. Her Sarah Burton dress, lace embellished veil and tiara are a perfect ensemble.

Photo credits: Getty via CBS

Complete your own bridal look fit for a princess with a Twigs & Honey Silk tulle with lace trim veil Style 053:

Photo credits: Lisa Warninger

Double band golden tiara Style 147

Photo credits: Elizabeth Messina

Congrats to Prince William and Kate!

Not Long Now...

Hope you have a great weekend.  I am one of those looking forward to the Royal Wedding which is only hours away.  I am about to head home to immerse myself in the coverage!  I can't wait to see her dress!  See you next week...


Thanks to Tip Junkie we came across this super-sweet Mini Paper Cupcake Stand! Guess what? It is printable! Head over to a super-sweet blog, Sweetly Sweet to get the printable now! Perfect for a Summer Party. Of course, we LOVE anything to do with cupcakes!

Happy Friday Cupcakes! 

jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011

jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011
jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011
jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011
jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011
jennifer love hewitt sexy 2011

Jennifer Love Hewitt began her career acting like a child who appears in television ads and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated.
Its popularity among teenage audience was solidified when they picked up the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Television Performer in a new series in 2000 and the period of his life (Party Five spin-off).
It was every boy fantasy adolescent girl, while on page five, and now has branched out into the world of television dramas, rock and film.

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