Simply Grace

Meet Vicki Hardiman of Simply Grace

Phyllis People 8 Comments

Vicki Hardiman and Joni Crenshaw are creative sisters that I met years ago when we started our first magazine Just CrossStitch. They designed some of the most beautiful samplers to cross-stitch that were available back in the 1980s. Today Vicki has pioneered another wonderful business, Simply Grace, with unique dresses for little girls. When my first granddaughter was born, Vicki …

It’s Christmas in July!

Phyllis Lifestyle 34 Comments

The very thought of that makes me tremble, but the reality of magazine publishing is that Christmas is celebrated year-round. Here at Hoffman Media, we are finishing the Christmas covers of our magazines…in July. And what’s more, we are writing all these wonderful articles and taking fabulous photos of Christmas scenes and settings, finalizing the season’s offerings. Most of our …

My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe — With a Twist

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 32 Comments

Mrs. Stewart was a sweet little lady in Mississippi who had this amazing pecan pie recipe. She would not share her recipe with anyone, including her family. Well after tasting this delicious creation, I wanted the recipe very badly. I begged—yes begged—and much to my disappointment she told me that she doesn’t share this recipe. As our visit ended, she …

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 …

White Flowers

The Simplicity of White Flowers

Phyllis Décor 22 Comments

White bouquets have their tradition steeped in wedding décor. We traditionally think of all-white bouquets as the standard of all weddings. It is elegant, sophisticated, and very beautiful. Baby christenings traditionally boast all-white floral arrangements. White is just the perfect color for any occasion. Brides today have opted for colored bouquets, selecting their favorite seasonal flowers for their floral arrangements …