Meet Entertain Decorate Celebrate editor Heather Martin Jeffcoat

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From the time Heather was a child she loved entertaining. Whether it was setting up parties for her Barbies or having the high school French Club over for a festive holiday gathering, serving homemade crêpes and a bûche de Noël cake, entertaining came naturally. Heather thought that this affinity for entertaining was normal for everyone since she was used to …

Fall Quilting

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In the fall my sewing interests turn to quilting. I don’t know why, but the cool weather just reminds me of quilting. I especially love blue and “any color” quilts, but my current project is quilt blocks that are made from Civil War reproduction fabrics. I am using start patterns, and I just love it. My ultimate goal is to …

Heirloom Jewelry

Give Your Heirloom Jewelry an Update

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Tracey Holton-Garrett of Van Atkins Jewelers in Mississippi taught us how to care for pearls, gave us valuable information on what to look for when picking out diamonds, and now she’s passing on her knowledge regarding the art of redesigning antiques. So many women inherit beautiful family pieces that maybe look a little dated, and Tracey creatively updates vintage brooches and …

Jan Karon

Jan Karon Giveaway

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Many of your responded with great fondness to the Visit with Jan Karon. Jan is sending autographed books of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good to be given away to two lucky winners. She is a wonderful writer, and I know you would love to be the recipient of one of these books.  To enter, share this post via one of …

Diamonds: Learn the Four C’s

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Last week, I introduced you to Tracey Holton-Garrett of Van Atkins Jewelers in Mississippi. She removed some of the mystique in caring for pearls, and I’m so glad you enjoyed her tips. This next video is all about caring for a girl’s best friend: diamonds. Not only does she give advice on cleaning large stones, but she also chats about …

A Visit with Shane Connolly

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I sat spellbound last week watching this master floral arranger put together stunning creations from flowers cut fresh from a garden right here in Birmingham. Englishman Shane Connolly, author of “A Year in Flowers,” was in town for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Secretly, I wanted to hear him speak and see his creations because he is the floral designer to …