A Gift From Van Atkins Giveaway

A Gift From Van Atkins Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway 29 Comments

Van Atkins is a premiere jewelry store in New Albany, Mississippi, and they are a favorite of mine. Many of you who have read the pages of our magazines for years will recognize their work. Chuck Cooper and his staff have graciously worked with our editorial staff when we have needed beautiful Jewelry to feature on our pages. When Neal …

easy personalized gift

Easy Personalized Gift For Any Occasion

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to create a personalized gift. In the new summer issue of Classic Sewing Magazine, there is a fun appliqué project that is perfect for those occasions. Appliqués are a wonderful way to embellish anything from a cloth purse, to a cozy pillow, or even a plush blanket. In this Summer Fun project, …

Empty Nesters

Empty Nesters…Again – A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 23 Comments

Well…I knew it was going to happen! We are empty nesters again! After four months of sharing our “nest,” our upstairs birds have flown the coop! Phyllis and Neal moved out and I have to say it’s bittersweet. It has been a rather interesting experience to share a space with my sister after forty-something years of living apart. There have …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

We were planning a special issue of Louisiana Cookin’ and we thought of a beautiful way to honor our mothers—a Queen Cake!! My mom always made marvelous cakes when we were growing up. It was always a treat to smell the aroma coming from the kitchen. So in honor of our moms, we created a cake just for them. The …

May Flowers

Do April Showers Really Bring May Flowers?

Phyllis Inspiration 8 Comments

This past weekend, Birmingham got a bit of rain, and with it we got a gust of cooler weather. Generally, my preference is to have cold weather because I HATE to sweat, but I wondered about our delicate new blooms and if they would survive the chill. Each year, the weather is a little different, and I started think about …

Using Your Demitasse Set

Using Your Demitasse Set

Phyllis Lifestyle 22 Comments

I just adore demitasse cup and saucer sets. Their petite size brings back memories of tea parties as a child. The other day I was asked about these cups and the etiquette around them. Many know these cups as an espresso cup, which is also correct. Espresso and demitasse are very similar as both are brewed with a finely ground …

Toad in a Biscuit

Eggs in a Basket

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

We’re moving in! As Neal and I settle into our new home, my mind is flooded with all of the new memories I can expect to make here. Soon the rooms will be filled with laughter and joy as we entertain our friends and family. With a fresh place, we will make fresh new memories! I especially can’t wait to …

The History of Hosiery

The History of Hosiery

Phyllis Lifestyle 38 Comments

When Neal and I were packing up our old house to move, one of the most daunting rooms to pack was—no surprise—my closet. One clothing category I had in extreme excess was pantyhose and socks. As I was putting the hosiery into my little bags, I flashed back to the first time I wore stockings. I was going to my …

Still at Sister’s: Part 3

Still at Sister’s: Part 3

Phyllis Lifestyle 23 Comments

One more week ‘til the move. I have to tell you what happened to me last week. I was the only one home in the morning and I was getting ready to leave for the office. I came down from the upstairs (my perch) and realized that I didn’t eat any breakfast. Upstairs in our sitting room we have our …

In Search of Solitude

In Search of Solitude

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

Solitude is an intriguing word. It is defined as “the state or situation of being alone;” not being lonely, but being alone. Solitude to me is a peaceful word, and brings to mind a state of calm and serenity. There are times in my day when I need quiet. I don’t want to hear the radio, the chatter of crowds, …