Martha Stewart’s 2013 Halloween Magazine

For those of you equally obsessed with Halloween, you know the “special edition” Martha Stewart Halloween magazine is now on shelves! The past three or four years, this edition has been somewhat of a repeat, snoozefest, since much of the material had been used already and/or was available the website. I’m all about Halloween how-tos,…

Becoming the Hostess with the Mostest

I have a delightful habit/compulsion to throw themed parties. This probably has something to do with my mother throwing parties basically my entire life. Also, I am fortunate enough to have immediate access to most (some is off limits to everyone) of her enormous collection of dinnerware, platters, silver pieces, glasses and goblets, candelabras, and…

Let’s Not Forget Those Ladies, Y’all

My mother’s family hails from the oldest Anglo-Saxon settlement in Texas, San Augustine. Her mother’s family is from Northern Louisiana, and my great grandmothers were both incredible women in completely different ways. One (Louis D’Or) was an avid quilter, knitter, and in the 1930s obtained her Master’s Degree! She taught at what was then called…