Moving after 25 years - The Ribbon In My Journal

What Moving Has Taught Me

Phyllis Lifestyle 54 Comments

As I write this, I am taking a break from packing. Neal and I are moving in March to a home that is under renovation. Our house we are in has sold and we are very grateful for that. As I sift through 20 plus years of stuff, I have come to realize several things: Things that I knew I …

Bold and Elegant Tea China

Bold and Elegant Tea China

Phyllis Décor 10 Comments

I very much enjoy a good cup of tea, and I especially enjoy a beautiful set of Tea China to accompany the occasion. My attention was quickly drawn to the elegant Royal Albert Lady Hamilton china pattern, while flipping through the pages of TeaTime magazine’s January February issue. Truly, any way this tea set is styled, the bold and elegant …

Mistletoe Magic By Beth Albright

Mistletoe Magic By Beth Albright

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I had a delightful visitor in my office a few weeks ago, Beth Albright. She was so bubbly and wanted to write an essay for Christmas. I wanted to share her writings with you, as she is a published author. Her newest book is A Christmas Wedding In Dixie. Mistletoe Magic By Beth Albright Lord have mercy, honey! It’s not a good …

Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

Christmas cookies. There are so many flavors, colors, shapes and wonderful memories! Every year I find myself in a sea of Christmas cookies. Everyone has a favorite and undoubtedly they will be disappointed if they don’t find it on the plate when Christmas day finally arrives. Although it’s a job and half to bake all the cookies, I love to …

Tales of Pumpkin Pie By Beth Albright

Tales of Pumpkin Pie By Beth Albright

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I hope you enjoy “Tales of Pumpkin Pie.” It reminded me of Christmas at my grandmother’s house! My cousins and I always referred to Mama Hill’s black bottom rolls as one of our favorites! You can read more of Beth Albright’s sassy southern tales in her books, her newest being A Christmas Wedding In Dixie. Tales of Pumpkin Pie By Beth …

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating Tips from Southern Home Magazine

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By Lynn Terry Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, and truly an opportunity for our homes to look their best as we welcome family and friends. If you haven’t started your holiday decorating and need a jumpstart, let me offer a few easy tips to help put your home in the holiday spirit! We are fortunate to live …

Holiday Entrée

Show-Stopping Holiday Entrée

Phyllis Lifestyle 10 Comments

I’m already planning my holiday entrée’s for this year’s gatherings. When every seat at the table is full, the menu preparations are all the more important. If you’re from the South, you’re sure to make enough food for everyone to be able to go back for seconds and take home enough leftovers to feed them for the next week. No …

Crafty Card Keepers

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These quick and easy made-in-the-hoop gift card holders are so fun to spiffy up. You can make them cute and clever or elegant bits of art. These crafty card holders make it fun to give the gift that never gets returned and always is appreciated—gift cards! The free embroidery designs come with the purchase of a Classic Sewing Holiday issue. …

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Find The Perfect Christmas Tree Theme

Phyllis Décor 8 Comments

I can’t help but get a thrill when the perfectly themed Christmas tree steals my attention! Dressing up your tree with the same collection of ornaments can become exhausting. I love the practice of using a whimsical theme to guide your selection of tree decorations. You can combine a beautiful mix of holiday pieces to create the perfect Christmas tree for …

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

When you’re headed to a holiday party this season, remember to bring a hostess gift. These notions of gratitude don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, the gift is just a nice gesture to say thank you for their hospitality. Although you don’t need to break the bank, you should make sure these gifts are sincere and thoughtful. I’m excited …