A few fun things I’ve done…
Phillips’ Youngtown, “My parents bought a children’s shop on our town square when I was ten-years-old. I loved to work there after school and on weekends. By age twelve, I was in charge of buying the stuffed toys. My parents would stand outside the glass window of the Mary Meyer and Gund showrooms at the Dallas Apparel Mart. I entered the showrooms with my legal pad, pencil and calculator, introducing myself and the shop, then promptly letting them know I had a budget. The sales reps were charmed by this twelve-year-old, and treated me like a queen. My parents never entered the showroom, they stood outside, smiling and looking in…allowing a twelve-year-old, only child to learn autonomy. My father passed away shortly after this of a sudden heart attack at home. I turned thirteen on August the 4th, he passed away early morning on August 15, at the age of forty-four.
The Beat, “I loved retail! My mother set me up in my own record shop when I was 15-yrs-old. It was named, The Beat. It opened daily when I got out of school until I had to go home for dinner. I sold it when I came to SMU.”
East Texas Yamboree Queen, “Don’t laugh…where I come from this is cultural and a very big deal. I say this because as a student at SMU, other kids would cry with laughter when I mentioned it. While there, I finally learned to never bring it up. I was the first queen to wear a colored dress. Instead of white, I wore red velvet. I was also the first daughter of a past queen. This is one of the biggest honors of my life and to this day, I carry it proudly.
Southern Methodist University, BFA in Film and Journalism.
SMU-in-Oxford, Studied Shakespeare and the Romantic Poets.
NBC-Channel 5, Began as a college intern, promoted to weekend assignments editor. Karen Parfitt Hughes was across from me, and Scott Pelley was the cub reporter. Scott taught me to use the office fax.
Southern Methodist University-MLS, I’m a Master’s of Liberal Studies drop-out from their Creative Writing Program.
Dallas County Community College, (DCCC is the best kept secret in Dallas), I continually takes non-credit courses to improve my knowledge of Science, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry, Drawing Skills, use of Art Mediums such as Chalk Pastels, Sewing, Cooking, Writing, Media Skills and anything that strikes my interest.
El Centro College of Culinary Arts, Studied the full spectrum of culinary; basic skills, food safety, and pastry.
Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy, Certified in the Art of Raw Vegan Cuisine.
eCornell, Certified in Plant Based Nutrition with Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Sandor Katz, The Art of Fermentation. Studied with Sandor at his Tennessee home.
Dr. Gabriel Cousen’s, The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Patagonia, Arizona. On site, March, June, July and August. Studied in-depth process for growing micro-greens and sprouts as a Sprout House Apprentice. Time was also spent preparing food and juices for clients working with Dr. Cousen’s protocol for reversing Type-2 Diabetes.
Russell James, The Raw Chef, London. Worked on his Everyday Raw Series helping with recipe creation, food prep and styling.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, The China Study and Forks Over Knives
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease and The Engine 2 Diet
Young Living Oils, I continually study the therapeutic use of essential oil for disease prevention with Dr. Peter Minke, College Station. The integration of therapeutic oils has restored movement in my “runner’s” knees, and been invaluable for use on a daily basis.
John Randolph Price, Author of 17 Spirituality Books, and the person who taught me the importance of meditation.
Phebe Phillips, Inc. 1983-Present. Founded Phebe Phillips, Inc., in 1983. Designed and manufactured creative, artistic plush toys, under the brand name Phebe Phillips. These exceptional plush characters were sold by Neiman Marcus for 25-years, from day-one of her business until the CPSIA ruling that crashed hundreds of other small manufacturers just like her company in August 2010. At the time, annual sales were three million. Almost any small company, marketing a product to children age twelve and under, with annual sales under six million was severely impacted by this ruling signed by President George Bush in 2008, and kept by President Obama, going into effect August 2010. In summary says Phebe, “I did great work. It had its time, and I am proud of what I created.” Her line existed for 25-years also selling to FAO Schwarz, I-Magnin, Jacobson’s, Hospital Gift Shops, and better boutiques.
Tweakie P. Mass-market line designed, manufactured, and imported for all Michael’s Stores in U.S. and Canada. Tweaky P., means taking the letters “P” in Phebe’s name, and “tweaking” them into something different.
Created in-house plush toys for J.C. Penney, Victoria’s Secret, Sears and Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Created the stuffed dog, Piper the Puppy, for the American Red Cross. To date, Piper has raised $800,000. for the ARC.
Wrote and illustrated the book, You’re Loved, But This You Knew, for use by individual chapters of the ARC, and distributed upon arrival at a disaster scene. This book was printed in a 4 x 6 size, and paid for by local sponsors to each chapter. 4000 copies are in use. The book has become available for purchase at all book sellers under the new title, Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness, available in both English and Spanish.
The White House Easter Egg Roll, 1992-2009. Through the Virginia Egg Council, Phebe provided thousands of stuffed rabbits for decoration of the event, and donation to children.
Commencement Address, Texas Woman’s University, College of Arts & Sciences, 3000 attendees. The title, Everything IS Perfect, I Changed.