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A Visit with Martha Pullen

I met Martha Pullen more than 25 years ago when she was at the helm of Sew Beautiful magazine and the Martha Pullen Company. Martha is a dear friend, and this year she has written her second book on business, G. R. A. C. E. I was thrilled to receive my copy. I have always said, there is a book …

PhyllisA Visit with Martha Pullen
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Meet Antique Dealer Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse

One of the greatest online resources I love is FrenchGardenHouse. Lidy and I have become friends and colleagues when I found her online! She was my go-to when I was looking for antique silver, bistro dishes as a gift, and great garden items. I know you will enjoy reading her story and visiting her website. PLUS: she is giving away two …

PhyllisMeet Antique Dealer Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse
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A Visit with Jan Karon

All you have to do is mention the words ‘Mitford series’ and readers everywhere will chime in with total praise for the genius writing of Jan Karon. I am happy to call Jan my friend. She was our Southern Lady of the Year in 2005. Barbara Cockerham, editor of Victoria, and I had the privilege of attending a beautiful all-white …

PhyllisA Visit with Jan Karon
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Matching Dresses: Things I Saved For My Granddaughter

I have shared with you many stories of my sewing stash that had been archived until Amelia was born. When grandchildren are born, it does something to totally sane women. I was one of those women. When the sonogram showed we would be adding a lovely granddaughter to our family, my heart skipped many beats. When I finally came to …

PhyllisMatching Dresses: Things I Saved For My Granddaughter
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Remembering My Grandfather Through Postcards

When my mom gave me a little cardboard box and told me that I would love it, I had no idea that the contents would delight me as they did. Inside was a small collection of hand-embroidered postcards that my granddad sent home from France when he was stationed there during WWI. My dad’s father, Oliver Street Norton, bought these …

PhyllisRemembering My Grandfather Through Postcards
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Final Video Interview with Paula Deen

This is the last segment of my interview with Paula Deen. I am so excited that she shared the details about her new TV Network and the crazy things we can expect in addition to her good Southern cooking. She is a natural on camera, and her network will be more fun than any of us can imagine. AND you …

PhyllisFinal Video Interview with Paula Deen
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Meet Vicki Hardiman of Simply Grace

Vicki Hardiman and Joni Crenshaw are creative sisters that I met years ago when we started our first magazine Just CrossStitch. They designed some of the most beautiful samplers to cross-stitch that were available back in the 1980s. Today Vicki has pioneered another wonderful business, Simply Grace, with unique dresses for little girls. When my first granddaughter was born, Vicki …

PhyllisMeet Vicki Hardiman of Simply Grace
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One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 2

As you know, one of the most wonderful days of my life was when I met Paula Deen. For the past 10 years our friendship has blossomed, and our joint-venture, Cooking with Paula Deen, now reaches over three million readers across the country. If you haven’t already, watch the first installment of this intimate chat in our three-part video series. …

PhyllisOne-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 2
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Exclusive One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 1

One of the most wonderful days of my life was when I met Paula Deen. She had been writing for our Taste of the South magazine, and I watched her show religiously, but meeting her in person changed my life and the life of our company. Paula was our 2004 Southern Lady of the Year for our magazine, Southern Lady. …

PhyllisExclusive One-on-One Video Interview with Paula Deen – Part 1
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Acre Restaurant: A Favorite Auburn Spot

Neal and I love to visit our Morgan in Auburn and take her out to eat as a treat for all of us. I kept searching for someplace wonderful and finally found out about Acre. Acre—what an unusual name for a restaurant. I just knew there was a great story behind this place. I called and made reservations and was …

PhyllisAcre Restaurant: A Favorite Auburn Spot