Pottery from Blowing Rock, NC

A couple of weekends ago, Neal and I had the pleasure of visiting Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It is a beautiful town nestled on the mountains where strolling Main Street is a pleasure. As we walked along the sidewalks and peered into windows, we stumbled across a wonderful shop, “Bolick and Traditions Pottery.” North Carolina is a treasure trove for …

PhyllisPottery from Blowing Rock, NC

Louisiana Chefs to Takeover Birmingham Restaurants

At Hoffman Media, we’re always coming up with new events and ways to interact with the community. So next Tuesday, September 23, in conjunction with the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, we’re presenting a Louisiana Takeover, an evening where Birmingham diners will have the opportunity to experience the culinary trails of Louisiana. Seven chefs from Louisiana will be placed at restaurants, allowing …

PhyllisLouisiana Chefs to Takeover Birmingham Restaurants
Tea Basket

Tea Lover’s Giveaway

We love the celebration of tea! And as I shared with you earlier this week, we have a fabulous new book, Tea and Sweets. To celebrate its release, we are giving away a basketful of wonderful tea items. Included in the basket: Pretty Pink Vine (48-ounce) porcelain teapot Lovely tea cozy made by one of our readers Silverplated tea strainer …

PhyllisTea Lover’s Giveaway

A Visit with Martha Pullen

I met Martha Pullen more than 25 years ago when she was at the helm of Sew Beautiful magazine and the Martha Pullen Company. Martha is a dear friend, and this year she has written her second book on business, G. R. A. C. E. I was thrilled to receive my copy. I have always said, there is a book …

PhyllisA Visit with Martha Pullen
Fall House

Fall Means It’s Time For Apple Pie

Last fall, my sweet children took us to Vermont to the Trapp Family Lodge for my birthday. I am a Sound of Music addict, so you can imagine my delight when they announced the plans. The views were breathtaking from the mountains, and there were pumpkins everywhere. My birthday dinner was at a lovely restaurant that was a converted farmhouse. …

PhyllisFall Means It’s Time For Apple Pie

Meet Antique Dealer Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse

One of the greatest online resources I love is FrenchGardenHouse. Lidy and I have become friends and colleagues when I found her online! She was my go-to when I was looking for antique silver, bistro dishes as a gift, and great garden items. I know you will enjoy reading her story and visiting her website. PLUS: she is giving away two …

PhyllisMeet Antique Dealer Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse

Gracious Entertaining: How to Polish Silver

The wonderful staff of Victoria magazine put together an easy guide for how to polish silver, so I thought I’d share: Silver has been prized as a precious metal for centuries. But it reached a new level of prominence during the Victorian era, when members of nobility enjoyed elaborate meals—sometimes with as many as ten courses. Each dish served required …

PhyllisGracious Entertaining: How to Polish Silver
Jan Karon

A Visit with Jan Karon

All you have to do is mention the words ‘Mitford series’ and readers everywhere will chime in with total praise for the genius writing of Jan Karon. I am happy to call Jan my friend. She was our Southern Lady of the Year in 2005. Barbara Cockerham, editor of Victoria, and I had the privilege of attending a beautiful all-white …

PhyllisA Visit with Jan Karon

Matching Dresses: Things I Saved For My Granddaughter

I have shared with you many stories of my sewing stash that had been archived until Amelia was born. When grandchildren are born, it does something to totally sane women. I was one of those women. When the sonogram showed we would be adding a lovely granddaughter to our family, my heart skipped many beats. When I finally came to …

PhyllisMatching Dresses: Things I Saved For My Granddaughter

How I Came to Love Tea

I have always admired—actually adored—all things British. When Lady Diana became a household name and her wardrobe shaped the apparel business worldwide, I just loved it. My friend Barbara Cockerham and I actually studied her wardrobe and would buy every book we could find that had Diana as the subject. One of the things we really loved and decided to …

PhyllisHow I Came to Love Tea