Wedding

Create a Family Treasure for a Special Bride

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 17 Comments

When Vanessa James got married and I was searching for a special gift for her, I decided that I would sit down and write all my favorite recipes in a three-ring-binder cookbook for her. Since all new brides struggle with dishes to cook for two, this just might be something to consider. Vanessa said this was one of the greatest …

Show Off Your Favorite Summer Plants

Phyllis Inspiration 8 Comments

I absolutely love planters. There is something intriguing to me about grouping plants in containers to show off their beauty. I had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin last week and wanted to share some wonderful plant displays that I have seen this summer. The planters with the old iron and weathered wood were so creative. They look so old …

How to Throw a Camping-Themed Birthday Party

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Planning a party for boys is no small task. For my grandson’s 6th birthday, my daughter-in-law Katie planned a wonderful party with the perfect theme for the birthday boy—Camp Hays. Since Hays is an outdoorsman, she planned a camping party complete with a campfire, s’mores, hot dogs, and all the water balloons they could stand. My son Eric, Hays’s dad, …

Lace Cookie

Calling All Artisans and the Perfect Lace Cookie

Phyllis Inspiration, People 21 Comments

When our team returned home from Victoria, Canada, after hosting An Occasion for Tea, they brought me a little surprise gift from Ivana Smulik. When I opened the cellophane wrapping, I found the most intricate cookie I have ever seen. I contacted Ivana asking if I could share this work of art on The Ribbon In My Journal. She graciously …

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How Do You Spend Memorial Day?

Phyllis Inspiration 27 Comments

Memorial Day around our house is a day of getting the gardens planted and sprucing up the perennial plants that make their appearance every year. My roses are a favorite as they put forth their first blooms. I gather blossoms to dry for everlasting bouquets that I enjoy year-round. We just harvested the last of the English peas. They require …

Welcome to The Ribbon in My Journal

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When I place a ribbon in my journal, I am marking the place where I stop for the day and where I will begin again tomorrow. Our walk together through this blog will be just that—a journey of celebrating the beautiful things in life one day at a time. It is my hope that when you come here you will …