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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

relief beads

I spent the day with a great galpal of mine today and I shared with her a great gift that I love and personally wear. She suggested that I share this great info here on the blog and so here are relief beads.

Relief Beads are handmade from sand by tribes in Africa and are currently being assembled by refugees in Darfur. These decorative and beautifully simple bracelets are neutral and match anything you wear.

Each one is hand made and greatly unique. I love wearing mine every day.

Relief Beads especially supports the refugee women making Relief Beads at the Women's Development Center in Darfur and is currently raising funds to provide relief to malnourished children and build a Children's Malnutrition Center.

You too can help support the women of Darfur by purchasing one of these bracelets for yourself or for a friend. If you are in Warwick, NY or the area of the Hudson Valley you can pick one (or two) up at Mima's ( or you can click on the title of this blog post and it will take you too the Relief Beads web page.

They really make a statement when you wear them - both fashion and for women!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

16 days of christmas on where women create

"Where Women Create," a fantastic women's art magazine featuring the wonderful talents of female artists all around, is hosting a fantastic event on their blog, "The 16 Days of Christmas."

Be sure to check it out! Great art up for your winning! Lottery drawings will be done to select winners for a wide selection of art!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

tony's- taste of new york

The holidays are here and we are looking for ideas for presents and yummy treats to share with family and friends and I have a great artist to share with you today who makes her masterpieces out of edible items!

Toni Rucker is a 44 year old full time bookkeeper, sales associate for The Gap and most of all a great cake artist. She has built a great side cake business Tony’s – Taste of New York from the ground up!

Toni's passion for treats began when she was a young child sitting in the kitchen and watching her grandmother and auntie cook and her grandmother would let her help with the biscuits and cut the dough for the pies and she enjoyed even the smallest of jobs in the kitchen!

Toni's mother was also a successful cook and baker and showed her the ropes of cooking and baking but her real love of cooking and baking was discovered in Mrs. Dorowski's 7th grad Home Economics class and she really made an impression on Toni. I have to say, on a more personal note, as a teacher this is such a great moment, when an adult finds his/her true passion and love of something introduced by a teacher!

But back to Toni.... at the end of the course she was presented with an award for the "Best Student," much to the shock of Paula Oakes, a fellow student who thought she was going to get it because she was good at sewing and got the award for that and that of Toni, but she did deservingly received this award.

We fast forward ahead to 2007, when Toni took a Wilton Cake Decorating course instructed by Yvonne Lafayette and earned a certificate. Yvonne inspired Toni to start her own business and encouraged her because Yvonne also working a full time job and teaching Wilton on the side.

It was Toni's mate, Rakim, who gave her the final push and told her that she had talent so, he came up with the name, "Taste of New York," which is an acronym of her name Tony/Toni.

Toni began creating cakes for friends and family and then people started requesting more and more so that’s when she knew she had some "tasty" that was wanted by the masses.

Now, over two years later, she has made many wedding cakes, baby showers cakes, birthdays cakes, and any special occasion she has been called upon. She also does cookies and other delectable goodies!

Toni dreams of going to Paris to culinary school and is inspired by Duff of Ace of Cakes, the Cake Boss and many others.

Toni's most recent interest and passion is in catering and planning events. She has worked to plan and cater baby showers and
also catered an art show in Newburgh, New York.

Toni is in the process of starting her own website and can be reached by phone at 845-343-6769 or by email at for a list of prices!

Here are some testimonials from customers:

Sonja Ferreira I just want to tell you that THE CAKE WAS DELICIOUS!! Everyone loved not only the design, but it tasted fabulous as well!! lol you know how sometimes in the cake world you have to sacrifice taste for design or vice versa? Well...Tony's Taste of New york has it all!!
Thank you!!

Roy Carey This cake was amazing I still talk about it till this day!!!!!

Dhyana Hamilton-Floyd Tony's Cake are amazing! If you need references let me know! This was the wedding cake of our dreams! You should definetly choose her if you want a unique cake....*****5 stars from me....

So take a Tast of New York this year or think of this great artist for your next event!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

snow day!

What a day! Who doesn't love a good snow day?! It certainly looks like many school children and teachers shared a snow day today with the giant snow storm that canvased the US today, from California to New Jersey! Wow! It was a great day to read one of my favorite books, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats and take part in some of Peter's snow day activities such as making snow angels, tapping trees with sticks, snowball fights and building snowmen, my personal favorite.

It was also a great day to enjoy sleeping in late, working in the cozy and warm studio in my sweats, and drinking lots of yummy hot chocolate. I posted a photograph above of what my backyard looks like after all of the powdery white while my husband used his favorite winter toy, the snowblower!

I hope everyone enjoyed the snow day to the best of his/her ability, either by observing it or partaking in it!

Be Well and Enjoy the snow!