Swing

A View from Our Porch Swing

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 21 Comments

Every morning, Neal and I sit outside watching the world come to life after a long night’s rest. I enjoy having my morning coffee outside, and one of the things I love most is sitting in our porch swing while sipping my coffee. We have always enjoyed having a swing, and we can solve all the world’s problems from it. …

Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life

Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life

Phyllis Inspiration 13 Comments

What better way to celebrate life’s special events than with afternoon tea? Birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, and retirements of people dear to us call for tea parties, with table settings and delectable fare in keeping with the occasions. Whether casual or formal, modern or traditional, serving four or 400, afternoon tea provides a memorable experience for all ages and genders. After …

Oyster Plates

The Beauty of Oyster Plates

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

The other day, I was in a conversation about setting an elegant coastal-themed tablescape and what dining options were available. It’s hard sometimes to find pieces that enhance the theme without being over stated. After a roundabout of sorts we landed on the topic of Oyster plates. I love Oyster plates! The sizes, shapes and patterns amaze me. Did you …

Still at Sister’s House

Phyllis Inspiration 43 Comments

We are still there, and sister is at the beach! While she’s been gone, I’ve had full run of the house, and full parent duty. Last week, my Dad was in the hospital and I stayed there to help both my mom and him if they needed it. Hospitals are a very interesting place. When I was a child, I …

Be Mine With A Love Letter

Be Mine With A Love Letter

Phyllis Inspiration 11 Comments

What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than with a beautiful love letter? I just treasure the little notions of love that I have been presented with from those closest to me. Love notes can be elegant or even crafty and fun. Both are a beautiful way to portray how much that special someone means to you. You can …

Gracious Living in the New Year

Gracious Living in the New Year

Phyllis Inspiration 9 Comments

This post is part of the Southern Lady Magazine’s “Gracious Living in the New Year” web series.  When we were designing our new home for the remodel, Neal and I planned one large room to serve as the living room, dining room and piano room with the kitchen opening right into the family room. It’s one room for all. I …

Dreaming of Spring - Lemon Pound Cake with Limoncello Cream

Dreaming of Spring

Phyllis Inspiration 23 Comments

Spring is always a delightful time at our home. The tulips that we labored to plant in the fall are popping up all around. And the daffodils are competing for the first bloom! When we had our ranch (it came with Neal when I married him!), I got this bright idea that we would plant daffodils all over the meadows …

Lets get organized! - The Ribbon In My Journal

Let’s Get Organized!

Phyllis Inspiration 15 Comments

January is the month to get organized, as well as to simplify our minds and lives. For me, this means I start cleaning out my kitchen. After the holidays I find extra tools, pans, and books cluttering my cooking space. Those over sized pans are essential when serving the family come Christmas dinner, but during the rest of the year …