Holiday Ready and a Give-a-way!


Give-a-way time!


The simple mention of the word “Holiday” strikes excitement and fear into our hearts at the same time. Most of us love the “Holidays” but dread the process of getting ready for them.

At a recent Lunch and Learn my fears were eased—at least a little—by the featured speaker John Grady Burns. John as just published a new book Home Celebrating Autumn & Winter, co-authored with his partners Jill Helmer and Kathy Stewart. Their book is full of fun creative ideas to help you truly celebrate the season—and they decorate with such ease and elegance that you can’t help but be inspired!

John also has a retail store named Nest and a B&B named Beekman Place in his native town of  Natchez, Mississippi. Maybe it is time for all of us to take a road trip to Natchez for the annual Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.

Today is your lucky day—it’s time for a Give-a-way! All you have to do is make a comment below then like us on Facebook and follow us in Instagram—easy! The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday November 1st and will receive a copy of the latest two books by the trio. GOOD LUCK!


John Grady Burns

John Grady, Jill Helmer and Kathy Stewart welcome guests to the Luncheon.


holiday nest

The Holidays are on the way—get ready early.


packed luncheon and learn

The luncheon was packed fir this presentation.


luncheon of shrimp

The food was superb! Thank you to my hostess!


Fall table display

John started with an Autumnal display.


orange and red

Lots of red mixed with a little orange—yes, they do go together.


candles and pine cones

I loved adding the little touch of a few pine cones on a ribbon.


cork and apples

Simple apples add color to the cork bark—my hostess just came back for the cork forest.


nest and pine cones

More cork and pine cones with the little nest.


red and orange roses

I love the mix of these colors.


blue egg and nest

How sweet is this little nest.

more nests and eggs

And this one too—apples, nest, pine cones, roses and silver.


faux or real

Is it real or faux—the authors love the mix.


Christmas deorations

Jill starts the Christmas transition.


holiday nest

The Holidays are on the way—get ready early. The boxwood is courtesy or hurricane Irma.


learn for Christmas

Thank you for the wonderful Lunch and Learn!

xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.


October 6, 2017
October 27, 2017



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    Keely Metheny

    October 25, 2017

    I’m on our local Christmas tour and feeling panicked 😳 The books would be fabulous!

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      October 25, 2017


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      October 27, 2017

      Poor me ~ not skilled enough to enter!
      Is there any project I can help you with for Savannah?
      We can bring whatever you forget to pack 🚛

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    Susan Patterson

    October 25, 2017

    The books look wonderful!!

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    Pat Warbritton

    October 25, 2017

    Wonderful ideas!

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    Jennie Kendall

    October 25, 2017

    This is the best kind of Christmas decorating.


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