Phyllis Hoffman DePiano and Kathy McMakin on the launch of Classic Sewing Magazine

Get to know Kathy McMakin, the woman behind Classic Sewing

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As you know, we announced the new Classic Sewing magazine last month, and the results have been phenomenal. Now, I am excited to reveal the cover of our premier issue.  A Sneak Peek at the Classic Sewing Cover Do you recognize our little star? That’s right, it’s my granddaughter Amelia. And it was so special to share the creation of this magazine …

Lakeside Pottery from Victoria Magazine

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Lakeside Pottery’s Home Studio Creations

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Guest post from the editors of Victoria. Surrounded by acres of orchards and vineyards, artisans Ron and Barb Zimmerman draw inspiration for their work from the shifting kaleidoscope of autumnal beauty that unfolds beyond the doors of their home studio in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Since opening Lakeside Pottery a quarter-century ago in the Canadian countryside, they have developed a loyal following …

Father's Day

Father’s Day Thoughts

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My dad is 86 years old and still going strong. He is quite the character and delights in any lighthearted moment. He is a retired executive and can now spend time doing what he really loves: gardening! He and mom have wonderful flower gardens and vegetable gardens. My grandchildren love being in their gardens with him almost as much as …


Meet Susan Gravely of VIETRI

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I had the pleasure of spending time with Susan Gravely of VIETRI at one of our Southern Lady Celebration’s weekends years ago. She is a delightful lady and captured the hearts of everyone there. I loved the story of how their business, VIETRI, was birthed and how it continues to grow. You will find stunning VIETRI pieces all throughout the …


The History of Bride’s Baskets with Lidy Baars, Antiques Dealer and Curator

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Hi, Lidy Baars from FrenchGardenHouse here. Nothing makes me happier than to set my dining table or tea table with a beautiful, gleaming silver Bride’s Basket. Inspired by my love for shiny, elegant things, I bought my first Victorian “bride’s basket” long before I became an antiques dealer. I was 16. When other girls my age saved up for a …