Courage to Believe

Courage to Believe in Yourself

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

“Oh, I could never do that!” “I would be scared to try that!” You and I have heard these phrases many times when people admire another person for something they have accomplished. It could be a dish that was prepared from a complicated recipe or a flower arrangement that was made for a luncheon. Oftentimes we shy away from trying …

History of Sewing Machines

The History of Sewing Machines

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Happy December! I’ve been out of the office for a little bit so, here’s a guest post on the history of sewing machines from Emma Reeves. Sewing is an art and pastime I’m very passionate about. We’re always drumming up the most darling outfits and sewing projects for Classic Sewing magazine. Find a comfy seat, and discover the history of …

My Interview with Gail Doane

My Interview with Gail Doane

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I had the immense honor of interviewing master teacher and star of the sewing world, Gail Doane not so long ago. She was in our Birmingham office to record her Classic Sewing exclusive videos when Gail and I sat down to talk. She shared about her sewing journey and answered questions about her favorite projects and designs. She even gave …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

Phyllis Lifestyle 33 Comments

As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …

Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

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Join our biggest Blowout Sale yet! It’s first come, first serve, so don’t wait. With discounted prices on all books, back issues and special issues you can stock up on delicious southern recipes, beautiful decorating inspirations, and stories from the women who’ve been there. I love to escape the winter chill with a warm cup of tea and a stack of …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! When I count my blessings during this time of the year, I count each one of you who constantly encourage me with your lovely comments. Together we can challenge each other to remember our past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future with great hope. At Hoffman Media, we try our best to give back to …

Bake from Scratch Cookbook

Introducing: Bake from Scratch Cookbook

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Yesterday we officially announced the Bake from Scratch Cookbook, and I’m so excited for our readers to get their hands on this beauty! These 350+ pages feature a collection of recipes from our first year of publishing Bake from Scratch magazine (2015-2016). With so many delicious recipes within reach, home bakers will have an endless supply of inspiration. From the …

Crafty Card Keepers

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These quick and easy made-in-the-hoop gift card holders are so fun to spiffy up. You can make them cute and clever or elegant bits of art. These crafty card holders make it fun to give the gift that never gets returned and always is appreciated—gift cards! The free embroidery designs come with the purchase of a Classic Sewing Holiday issue. …

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

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When you’re headed to a holiday party this season, remember to bring a hostess gift. These notions of gratitude don’t have to be elaborate or expensive, the gift is just a nice gesture to say thank you for their hospitality. Although you don’t need to break the bank, you should make sure these gifts are sincere and thoughtful. I’m excited …