Father's Day

Father’s Day is almost here!

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

Father’s Day has always been a wonderful time in our household. When I look back on my childhood, I know my Dad probably had the biggest collection of macaroni crafted pencil holders and boxes of any man on the planet. I can’t remember if it was school or church where we discovered our macaroni art talent, but all three of …

You Are Valuable

You are valuable!

Phyllis Inspiration 37 Comments

I am moved by the events of last week—the tragic suicide deaths of people that appeared to have everything! It proves that suffering does not discriminate based on income level. Kate Spade was a lady that I admired for years. As she began her business and expanded it, she set trends for women around the world. Her look was simple …

Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea Book Release

Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea Book Release

Phyllis Inspiration 6 Comments

I had a visit from an old friend whom I met years ago at the Tea Market. Jane Pettigrew visited our headquarters. Jane was here working with the TeaTime editorial team on her new book, Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea. Have you hear about it yet? It’s just marvelous! While Jane was at the office, we had the joyous opportunity …

Chocolate Biscuit Cake.

The Queen’s Dessert of Choice: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Phyllis People 8 Comments

With all this talk about the royal wedding and the enchantment surrounding the festivities, I can’t help but admire Queen Elizabeth II for her impeccable taste and style. I’ve talked about her selection of a beautiful embroidered coat for the wedding in my “The Royal Wedding in Review” post. Her taste in clothing is far from the only agreeable preference …

Weed or Flower?

Phyllis Lifestyle 44 Comments

I finally have in captivity a Queen Anne’s lace plant! I have been trying for years to get one to grow in my flower garden. I think it is one of the loveliest plants that grows in the South. It is just like looking at an intricate lace! It is used now in many wedding bouquets and arrangements and is …

The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding In Review

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

I have looked at almost every photo that has been released, watched every piece of film, and read every commentary for which I had time. Summary: splendid. I have asked myself a million times why I love the royal weddings, and I have come to this conclusion: All of us girls of the boomer generation were raised on Disney movies, …

Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding Disaster (Almost!)—A Sister’s Tale

Phyllis Lifestyle 36 Comments

I, like many of you, had been anxiously anticipating watching the royal wedding. I had it all planned. I was going to get up early on Saturday (not any different than the rest of the week), sit in my pajamas, make my pot of tea and watch as my favorite royal married his beautiful American princess! Best laid plans… Let …

So Much to Celebrate

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As you all know, I am not one to enjoy the inescapable heat of summer. Instead, I choose to find joy in the season with celebrations and gatherings. These summer celebrations are the inspiration for our newest Entertain & Celebrate special issues! Within the pages of this special issue we asked Katie Jacobs, author of So Much to Celebrate, to …

My Summer Essential!

Phyllis Décor 9 Comments

Well it’s here—the summer heat! It’s not yet in full-miserable strength, but it’s showing early teasers of the days ahead. In anticipation of hot Southern summers, Neal and I designed our home to have this one summer essential in every room—a fan! We love air moving, and while it is still a bit cool, we will open the windows and …