Friday, February 19, 2010

Bourbon Country, Kentucky

We took a trip to Kentucky's bourbon country over the holiday weekend. While there we stayed at the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, KY. Built in 1845, the inn was originally a school for young women. Now it is a very cute B&B! They even have a spa on the grounds where we got massages.

The purpose of our trip was to not only get out of town for a few days, but to tour some bourbon distilleries. We ended up only making it to two—Maker's Mark and Wild Turkey. I must say, if you ever take a trip to bourbon country, Maker's Mark should really be one of your stops. It is cute and quaint, especially compared to Wild Turkey, which was very industrial. Maker's Mark also let you do a tasting (of moonshine before the barrel and of bourbon after the barrel), where Wild Turkey did not. Also, Wild Turkey did not let you take pictures inside the distillery. It was definitely interesting to see each end of the spectrum.

Maker's Mark Quarter House which used to house a cask of whiskey. Here locals could ride up on their horse and fill their jugs or jars and ride off—making it the first drive-thru.

The grounds of Maker's Mark.

Mash fermenting at Maker's Mark. They let us taste it...pretty sour.

Stills at Maker's Mark.

Bourbon on the left, moonshine on the right.

Maker's Mark lets you dip your own bottle of bourbon in wax for their signature "tendrils".

Very industrial Wild Turkey.

We made reservations on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train for Valentine's dinner. The food was okay considering it's made on a train. The view was okay considering it's in Kentucky—going through rural and not-so-rural country. You see lots of bourbon warehouses and the Jim Beam distillery.

My only advise is to do it in the spring or fall. We ended up getting stuck in a snow storm on the way back home and had to stay another day. I also hear the summer is pretty bad because the distilleries smell really bad. Even though we went in the winter, the smell sticks with you...everything tastes like bourbon. At dinner that night, I even had to ask the waiter if there was bourbon in my vinaigrette! All in all, if you want to do something that is not too costly (all distillery tours are free,'s Kentucky), is a good time, and you like bourbon, Kentucky is definitely worth the trip.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Vintage Goodies

Over the past few months I have been collecting (with a lot of help from my Mom) vintage costume jewelry, clothing, kitchen items, and anything else that catches my/her eye. Finally I figured I had enough "inventory" that I could open up a vintage etsy shop...Virgo's Vintage. So far I have jewelry and some kitchen items listed with clothing to come in the near future. Here are some current items...

Purple and Clear Rhinestone Double Circle Brooch

Coro Brushed Metal Flower Brooch

Dainty Art Deco Brooch

Pink Moonstone and Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Brooch and Clip-On Earring Set

Kramer Pink Enamel and Clear Rhinestone Bracelet

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chevron Cardi is Finished

I finally finished my first crocheted clothing piece. I think it came out pretty well. I am in love with the yarn I used (Naturally Caron Country in Deep Taupe). I think it is better suited for crochet projects vs. knit, because some of the knitters I talked to about it hate it. They say it splits a lot on them, but I have never had a problem. Anyways, here are some pictures...

I modified the pattern a bit. For the edging, I used a sc all the way around, and then I used a hdc for two rows. I made a loop of single crochet for my vintage abalone button. I also ended up braking the yoke at 16 rows, finished length at 46 rows, and finished sleeves at 25 rows from arm hole.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ravelry Ad

SO, it has been a while since I last posted. Unfortunately, our camera crapped out and I haven't been able to take pictures of my projects and post about them. A picture is worth a thousand words, and posts without them are pretty boring. Our camera is getting fixed right now, and hopefully will be back soon!

Something I can tell you about without having a camera is that I have my first ad on Ravelry. What a perfect venue to advertise my reclaimed/recycled yarn I sell at my Esty shop! My ad is on the bottom left of the screen (the yellow yarn with a recycled symbol)...pretty cool!

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