Holiday Stamps from Expressionery

Holiday Stamps and Fun with My Grandchildren

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 7 Comments

I love the holidays, when I can get Hays and Amelia to our home and have fun creating something new. The holiday stamps from Expressionery are the perfect thing for them to use in creating personalized packages and cards. Better yet, because these wonderful stamps are self-inking, they make little mess and are kid friendly. You can use these holiday …

Tiny Book of Christmas Joy - Ribbon in My Journal

Celebrating with Our Tiny Book of Christmas Joy

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 3 Comments

It is hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. My mind is already making lists of things that I want to do this year for my family; whether it is making their favorite foods or planning our family party, the time for holiday festivities is upon us. The Tiny Book of Christmas Joy is quickly becoming my …


Rejoicing in the Nativity

Phyllis Décor 28 Comments

Many years ago my mother, Inez Norton, made each of her children a Nativity set. We may have still been in college or perhaps newly graduated. She painstakingly painted each tiny ceramic piece giving careful attention to each detail. My dad, Oliver Norton, made the stable from sticks and wood in his workshop. For me, this is Christmas all wrapped …


Carol Riley’s Gift – Mailbox Decor

Phyllis Décor, Inspiration 14 Comments

Every year around Christmas you will find Carol Riley scurrying around town decorating mailboxes as her special gift to her friends. And if you are lucky enough to be on the list, every year your beautiful mailbox décor makes the holidays festive. Carol Riley, owner of the floral design company Lillies, is one of the most sought after wedding floral …


Getting Ready for the Holidays with The Enchanted Home

Phyllis Blog Spotlight, Décor, Inspiration, Lifestyle 16 Comments

Hi there, this is Tina from Enchanted Home, and I am delighted to be here for my friend, Phyllis. Today I am going to talk to you about getting our homes in gear for the holidays and a few simple, tried and true ways to help us achieve that. Here is what is always on my short list…… Plenty of …


My Favorite Christmas Button

Phyllis Lifestyle 20 Comments

Several years ago at a needlework trade show there was a wonderful booth filled with fabulous buttons. My radar went off, and I immediately started through the hundreds of exquisite buttons. After sorting through several trays, I came across a mother-of-pearl button with the Christmas Nativity carved in the tiniest details. My heart stopped. This beautiful treasure was going home …

Meet Cindy Cooper, VP/Editorial at Hoffman Media

Phyllis People 7 Comments

Creating beautiful magazines and books is a passion for Cindy. She loves providing the reader inspirational and visually appealing pages in our publications as much as I do. She works on our book development and was instrumental in developing The Cottage Journal magazine four years ago. We listened to our subscribers, and the decision was made to publish a keepsake …


Make a Gingerbread House with Your Grandchildren

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 12 Comments

My precious grandson, Hays, invited me to be his guest for the gingerbread house day at his school. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see 20 kids decorate their little houses. Each child got to invite one parent or grandparent, and I was the lucky one in our family, so it was off to school for GiGi. I …