My Interview with Gail Doane

My Interview with Gail Doane

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I had the immense honor of interviewing master teacher and star of the sewing world, Gail Doane not so long ago. She was in our Birmingham office to record her Classic Sewing exclusive videos when Gail and I sat down to talk. She shared about her sewing journey and answered questions about her favorite projects and designs. She even gave …

New Orleans Plantation Country Giveaway

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The historic homes of New Orleans Plantation Country are some of the most beautiful and traditional representations of southern architecture and decor. I so enjoy traveling and experiencing these grand homes. Each plantation shares unique stories of the families who lived there, and even some thrilling tales of those who haven’t quite moved on. Fall is an especially magical time …

Tea and Scones: Expanded Edition is here!

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The mere mention of scones conjures up delightful memories of sharing tea with those we care about. Scones are almost as synonymous with afternoon tea as the beverage itself! These dainty bites have the ability to make any tea menu enjoyable, whether elegant or simple. From plain to sweet to savory, and even gluten-free, the editors of TeaTime magazine have …

Tea and Savories book from TeaTime

New Tea & Savories book from TeaTime

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A preview of our newest book Tea & Savories from TeaTime editor Lorna Reeves Dainty tea sandwiches filled with thinly sliced cucumber, creamy chicken salad, or flavorful smoked salmon are the foods afternoon-tea aficionados have come to expect on the savories level of a traditional three-tiered stand. Often served in the United States as the second course after warm scones …

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Introducing Classic Sewing Magazine

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I am always being asked, “What’s new at Hoffman Media?” There is always something going on here and always something new, particularly with special issues of your favorite magazines. But today we are launching something truly new: Classic Sewing Magazine! Classic Sewing will have 132 pages of glorious sewing ideas, patterns, tips, and techniques and will include at least two …

Make individual arrangements in oranges video

How To Use Oranges to Make Individual Floral Arrangements

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I love to have individual bouquets at my guests’ places when they are seated, especially when it doubles as the place card holder as well. The little bouquet is perfect to take home as a party favor and can be enjoyed for several days. You will need: 1 orange, completely scraped clean inside 4 small green leaves 1 bunch of …

Lemon Place Card Holder

How To Make a Lemon Place Card Holder

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Searching for creative ideas for place cards can be challenging. But the perfect solution for a simple card holder can be found right inside your refrigerator. You will need: 1 lemon, washed and dried 1 sharp knife 1 small place card 2-3 small green leaves What creative ideas do you use when entertaining? Share17 Pin13 Tweet Email +11Total Shares 31

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

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One of my favorite desserts when I was growing up was strawberry pie. On Sunday nights after church our youth group would go to a local restaurant that was famous for strawberry pie. I was thrilled to be given this recipe for an easy pie. It is so close to the one I remember as a youth, it makes me …

Cantaloupe & Ice Cream — An Easy Summer Treat

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When I was a child we would take summer trips to my grandparents’ farm. They always had glorious vegetable and fruit gardens, and one of my favorite things was the fresh cantaloupe. Back then, in the golden days, cantaloupe was seasonal and not available year-round as it is today. So the summer harvest of melons was a great time for …