There’s nothing quite like reading a magazine over a lazy breakfast on a Saturday morning, mug of tea in one hand, piece of toast in the other. This Saturday morning, why not give 91 Magazine a read? With great articles, beautiful pictures and bright Spring colours, you won’t be sorry you did!
I love the colour on the front of the magazine and the pastel shades continue throughout. There are guides, tutorials, interviews and inspiration in bucket loads! I’ve already been inspired to make over our dining chairs & create a paper garland for my study! What are you waiting for?! Get over there & read it! And when you’ve finished reading that, be sure to check out the blog, Patchwork Harmony, for more great pictures and inspiration aplenty!
I don’t buy many magazines for two reasons. 1: They’re expensive. 2: Most of them don’t appeal to me. I either can’t afford/don’t fit into/don’t like/don’t want what they’re selling. This changed with Mollie Makes. I’ve been a long time fan of the craft magazine. With its free gifts & great photography, it always brightens my day. My OH renews my subscription every birthday! So when they brought out The Simple Things magazine, I was desperate to give it a go. Always an eye for a bargain, I bought three magazines for £5. I really didn’t think that I would enjoy a magazine more than Mollie Makes, but I do with The Simple Things. It has a great mixture of things I like – from craft to gardening, travel to nature. It is definitely a firm favourite in Crafty Chai towers, with even my OH taking a peek every now & then!
When I went to Renegade Craft Fair, they had a special offer on their knitting magazines, 3 issues of The Knitter & Simply Knit for £1 each. Bargain! I signed up immediately! I’ve never really read knitting magazines before, but I am glad that I bought the subscription, as it’s greatly increased my desire to improve my knitting.
They’re all great magazines & I love reading them. They all sit at the table, so I read a bit as and when I can, usually over breakfast & lunch. I try to make them last as long as possible! They are full of inspiration and definitely get my creative juices flowing! I won’t be able to keep having all of them, but as Christmas is coming, I’m pretty sure at least one full subscription will be on that list!
I’m writing this Tuesday Treat post on Sunday morning, having just been reading the focus of the post: The Simple Things magazine.
I stopped reading magazines a while ago. I got fed up with not being able to afford the clothes in them, cook the recipes in them and generally felt like they weren’t aimed at me. Then, the people of Mollie Makes, brought this little gem out. I subscribed because the offer was too good to pass up & my copy arrived last week. I had a quick flick through & was instantly impressed. Even my OH thinks it’s a great magazine (He tweeted this & got retweeted by The Simple Things! Much pride in my house!) I wanted to wait for a suitable time to read it, hence it being Sunday morning. I’m sitting in the garden, drinking tea out of my favourite cup, in the sun & wrapped in a blanket (well, it is Autumn!). Perfect!
The magazine is fantastic & just my cup of tea. My favourite bit so far is the Tree Identifier. I love a good walk during autumn, as the trees are turning shades of red and gold, and there’s a nip in the air, wearing my favourite jumper & boots, then head home to a glass of red wine & a sit beside a roaring fire. Perfection!
I think, that in an increasingly busy & 24 hour world, we need to slow down for the simple things – heck, I’ve already done that by changing careers. Life is short, enjoy the simple things.
Thank you The Simple Things for making a magazine for me!
A little while ago I blogged about having this little blog of mine appear in print in Popular Crafts. One of the features of Popular Crafts is their book group. The editor suggested that I try one. So I picked ‘A Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing’ by Carrie Maclennan & decided I’d make a skirt out of an old sheet. Don’t ask me why. I’ve no experience of dress making at all, which is probably why I opted for it.
My OH bet me £50 that I wouldn’t finish it, silly billy! I totally did, as you can see below. It has made me think that I should make more clothes out of old, unused fabric. I have a massive fabric pile that is sitting there doing nothing so I will be turning my hand to more dressmaking in the future.
I really enjoyed reviewing this book. It’s a great book that I know I’ll go back to again and again. It has a great feel to it too and loads of advice for anyone wanting to get more sewing in their lives.
I had a massive grin on my face when I bought my copy of PC in Smiths. Seeing myself in a magazine is something I’d never thought I’d see! If you haven’t clicked over to Popular Crafts then you should. There’s loads of good stuff on there or failing that, why not follow them on Twitter? Go on, you know you want to!