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Five Memorable Christmas Gifts to Give

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It’s no announcement that I absolutely love finding the right gift for someone. It’s part of what makes Christmas so special! There are those moments when a gift idea comes to us with ease, and we happily make our purchase knowing that it’s “just the thing!” However, there are those years that we are simply stumped. Indecisiveness and an excess …

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Are You Steeping Your Tea the Right Way?

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Holiday tea parties are nothing short of magical! Tea parties are near and dear to me because they feel like such an elegant occasion, but they are fairly simple to prepare. The china, place settings, and sweet and savory finger foods are all key elements, but a tea party is only as good as the quality of tea served! And …

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The Most Controversial Christmas Dessert: Fruitcake

Phyllis Lifestyle 21 Comments

OK, let’s talk about the one thing that gets the most criticism during the holidays—fruitcake! Just the mention of it makes some people crazy, and others hear it and can’t wait! And I just wonder how many recipes are out there for this trivial treat.   My most favorite fruitcake of all is an Icebox Fruitcake my Grandmother Norton made …

Small Gifts with Big Impacts—The Stitching Angel

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I was sitting in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, and a lady came over and handed me a little white crocheted angel. She said, “I wanted to make sure you received one of my angels.” I took the delicate ornament in my hand and looked around the room at other patients admiring her work. She returned to her …

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Two Chocolate Desserts That Kids and Adults Will Love

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

When planning a holiday menu at my house, it is important that I have plenty of kid-friendly dishes. Especially in the dessert area. And what child doesn’t just love chocolate? Actually, what adult doesn’t love chocolate? Simply put, chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. Time and time again I’ve seen rows of nut-studded pies, spiced cakes or cookies, and cheesecakes galore. But …

The New Vietri Pattern + A Giveaway Grandmothers Will Love

Phyllis Giveaway, Lifestyle 14 Comments

I had the privilege of speaking at Bromberg’s store last week for a Vietri holiday event. As the women and men came in and took their places, I asked the question, “How many of you collect china or dishes?” Every hand went up in the room. Now, why should I be surprised? You know I love beautiful tableware and have …

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays!

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 5 Comments

We all kick into hyperdrive during the holidays. There are triple the errands, triple the meals, and triple the “projects,” as we call them in the South. Yet, we just miraculously keep going! Any other time of year, this number of to-dos would seem nearly impossible. In fact, we probably wouldn’t even attempt the insanity. But in these couple of …

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A Favorite Collector’s Item

Phyllis Décor 9 Comments

For three years in a row, Classic Sewing magazine has released an annual Christmas ornament featuring the exquisite and delicate artwork of Judy Jamieson. And I am excited to announce the gorgeous 2018 addition! Judy’s artwork is displayed on a glass china ornament with a dainty lattice edge that mimics lace edging in many of the sewing projects that I …

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The Secret to Thoughtful Gift Giving

Phyllis Lifestyle 5 Comments

Not allowing a single peep of Christmas until the Thanksgiving leftovers are packed and distributed among the family is a common preference. And I understand this opinion—I really do. It seems strange to be thinking about a time full of crackling fires and mugs of hot chocolate overflowing with billowy marshmallows when it’s sweltering hot outside. But stay with me …

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It’s the Little Things

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

Thank you for your response to our post last week about letting go. I always love a new year because it gives us the opportunity to take an inward look at ourselves and think about how we spend our time. I think as I grow older, I realize more and more the little things in life are the things that …