Phebe Phillips is best known for her plush toy designs marketed under her own brand for twenty-five-years. She created Piper the Puppy for the American Red Cross, and designed rabbits from her collection to be used for eighteen years at The White House Easter Egg Roll. Phebe is a Texas author writing in two genres: positive themes for children, and for adults—poetry and short stories that illuminate the wonder and perplexity of life. Her latest children’s book, Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness is available at all booksellers. Her poetry, written for her adult readers, is published in literary magazines worldwide. Currently she’s working on two books for 2019 release; The Morning Story, and The Evening Story.
She lives in Dallas, Texas, and is married to Mac Hargrove. They have one cat, a striped tabby named Harold-of-God.
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Phebe Phillips is a fifth generation Texan. She was born in Gilmer, Texas to a creative mother, and a business minded father. Phebe graduated Gilmer High School and was Queen Yam XXXIX of her senior year. Phebe made East Texas Yamboree history by being the first daughter of a queen, and for her controversial and famous red velvet queen’s dress.
Phebe is a Texas author best known for her past creation of exquisite stuffed toys sold for 25-years at Neiman Marcus and other retailers. She created Piper the Puppy for the American Red Cross raising $800,000 through Piper’s sales for support to those in need of ARC services. In total, for all charity groups during the length of her toy company, Phebe’s creativity raised approximately $1,400,000. From 1992 – 2010, spanning four U.S. Presidents, thousands of Phebe’s creative stuffed rabbits were used as decorations and donations at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Phebe graduated in Film and Journalism from Southern Methodist University where she took a writing class with legendary Texas journalist and award-winning author, the late Billy Porterfield, who encouraged her to develop her writer’s voice.
Phebe’s book Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness was originally written for use by individual American Red Cross chapters. To date, 4000 copies have been distributed throughout the nation by ARC emergency response teams. This book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers. Her work for young readers explores positive themes of growth, happiness and overcoming limitations. Like her past toy line, her themes are designed for children, yet possess an intellectual depth appealing to adults.
For her adult audience Phebe writes poetry and short stories that illuminate the wonder and perplexity of life. Ending each poem with the word PERIOD is a signature of her work. Her poetry has been published in literary publications worldwide. Pilot’s Story, her darkest poem is about her uncle Orear Watson’s capture and escape as a German POW during WWII. This work is published in Beyond the Hill ‘A Stunning Collection of War Poetry’ by Lost Tower Publications. Also available on Amazon.
For her personal enjoyment, Phebe produces many of her poems into audio poetry. She has two podcasts currently in production. Click on The Specialness of You and The Literary CatCast from this site’s homepage to learn more. To stay up to date, please ‘Like’ her FaceBook page, Phebe Phillips, Author-Podcaster, or subscribe to her blog, www.phebephillipsblog.com
Phebe lives in Dallas with her husband, Mac Hargrove and a cat named Harold-of-God; a striped tabby who walked out of his stray-kitten-life and into her studio. You may see Harold, and follow him, on Instagram at #HaroldofGod.
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. You may read a bit about this in my blog post, Bunny, a Best Friend and a Love Story, and a little bit more in my blog post, Saved by a Cat.
The Beat, “I loved retail so much, 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.