Saturday, February 12, 2011


A good friend of mine, Amanda Norman, has been making the most exquisite platters from people's wedding invitations for years.  It was from her platters that I was inspired to make my own platters.  For years I have collected images and pictures that I thought were beautiful and inspirational.  With such a large collection I knew that displaying them in my house was not an option, unless I wanted to be the latest poor soul on A&E's show Hoarders.  This was when I thought about the platters.  If I couldn't display them, at least I could entertain with them.  I thought of all the different themes of pictures I had and an obsession was born....Here are some of the platters I have created:

I have long admired Secretariat ever since my grandfather, Pa, told me the story of Secretariat winning the Belmont by 31 lengths, a record that remains unbroken to this day.  Pa was a man of numbers.  He could tell you most every stat from high school football players to triple crown winners.  He was amazing man who instilled in me a love of horse racing from his days working at Churchill Downs.  Though Pa loved working at Churchill Downs, his true passion was Tennessee high school sports.

Vanderbilt University

Coming from a long line of tailgaters my family likes anything with our teams logo on it!

University of Georgia
University of Alabama

Old Nashville
Ward Belmont

I have long found a certain serenity in statues, especially those found in cemeteries.  There is a peacefulness about them that seems almost majestic.
The Spirit of Nashville posters are some of my favorites.  I realized a long time ago that it wasn't realistic to have all the posters I wanted hanging in my house or my house would be consumed by them.  When I first had the idea to put my favorite pictures on platters, these were the first that came to my mind.

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