Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Quiche

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

“Real men don’t eat quiche.” I am sure you have heard that many times, but the truth is that real men in my life love quiche, especially my grandson Hays. We have a favorite café that has become our family’s gathering spot when we have good news to tell. Katie announced both the forthcoming grandchildren there, and we go there …


The Art of Calligraphy

Phyllis Inspiration 22 Comments

I shared with you my New Year’s resolutions several weeks ago. One of them was to learn calligraphy. I had a lesson several months ago, but before I could go to step two, I had to practice, practice, practice. Well needless to say, I have not had the next lesson. Our teacher said that we should practice lettering every day, …


Antique Transferware with Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse

Phyllis Décor, People 30 Comments

Hello! This is Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse antiques (you may remember me from Phyllis’ post Meet Antique Dealer Lidy), and I am so excited to share with all of you my passion for antique transferware. Transferware pottery, or earthenware, was made in Europe (and later in the United States) in many colors and a multitude of patterns. Until the mid-1700s, most dishware …


An Ode to Peacock Blue Ink

Phyllis Lifestyle 62 Comments

One of my fond memories of elementary school was the introduction of writing with a “cartridge pen.” Fountain pen was the proper term, but we sophisticated writers could relate to the cartridge pen. The pen of the day was the Sheaffer pen—medium point, black ink, no exceptions to the rule. And all papers were to be written with the fountain …


Grace: The New American Girl Doll with a Mission

Phyllis Lifestyle 162 Comments

When my granddaughter, Amelia, was born, I purchased Felicity—the American Girl doll whose story is set in Williamsburg, Virginia—right when they announced that she would no longer be made. Truthfully, I went into full-blown panic. Williamsburg is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the history and everything about it. When American Girl introduced Felicity, I just …


An Icy Table Setting for Winter

Phyllis Décor 15 Comments

Capture the heavenly hush of fresh fallen snow with a tablescape from the January/February issue of Southern Lady that’s draped in lovely layers reminiscent of winter. Once the jubilation of a new year settles, take note of the season’s quieter side for table inspiration. Dress up a simple duo of blue and beige runners with an overlay of heirloom doilies …