Truth be told, I try not to be the complaining type, however, there are a few things that I really can say I indulge in as a momma. My magazines happen to be one of them. It is a matter of fact that I have a slight addiction to particular magazines.......alot of them I keep for years. Not just to collect dust or because I have a hard time letting go but I simply love reading them, over, and over, and over again.....at least the old version, the real COUNTRY LIVING!
I have a nice collection of Country Living, Country Home and Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion. Several years of magazines accumulated into their designated magazine cabinet. Yes they have a home here, just because their old doesn't mean they are no good anymore, geesh! Sadly the later two on my collection list have gone out of print and so I really rely on those past issues for inspiration. It is such a shame since they were my favorites and I felt that I always got what I paid for with them. Yes, they are an expensive addiction when you add it all up!
On any rainy day you can see me- rummaging through that cabinet, sometimes for a particular issue, sometimes a particular season, and sometimes just rummaging. I am a hoarder of magazines, there I confessed, ya'll know it now.
Well, why the reason for the post you ask? I am going to set forth a complaint right here on this blog of mine. Let me state my case.....I picked up the most recent issue of Country Living at the store yesterday, since my other favs are still out of print (yes I still look for them, just in case they came to their senses and realized how they are missed). I got that magazine home, made a cup of tea and sat down in front of the warm fire all ready to read.....and well that is when it all happened.....SHEER DISAPPOINTMENT!
I should have known what to expect from that mod looking lamp on the cover, ugh, but nom I kept the faith and poured into it. Once I made it through all the advertisements???!!!!! Upon opening each page, I eagerly looked for that inspiring country image that once graced their pages, but to no avail. Page after page I flipped faster and faster...but nothing.
The house that the couple paid $29k for....great deal, cute screen door...country? Not quite so country, looked more like an ad for Ikea..that crashed into an antique store ad.....that would explain it best. The 50 finds under $50? Cute.....some things awfully overpriced and unrealistic for the family budgets that I know (you know us real country folk), and nothing that my bff couldn't find at a craft fair or on ebay or etsy at a fraction of the cost.
I will try to end a few things on a better note if I am to stick to turning over a new leaf this year.....so here goes:
I did like the out and about article and the idea notebook was cute. So does that equal up to the amount I paid for this magazine? ....Um no! At the risk of sounding cheap what is that like $2 worth, tops? Now with all of the handcrafted art forms and blogs that are out there pertaining to COUNTRY why hasn't this magazine been inspired to offer up what they are claiming to be? Who is overseeing this magazine and it's content??? COUNTRY IS COUNTRY people (editors)......if you wanted to change it, change the name to something more like MODERN COUNTRY.....or 1/2 COUNTRY, or NEW COUNTRY...paleeze give us true country gals a little warning would ya? Ok...(getting off the soapbox now). Like I said there are very few things I indulge in for myself....and yes at $4+ a magazine, it's an indulgance!
So I ask you all, am I alone in this grievance of mine? I put a post on a message board of women that I value their opinions, and was not surprised to see several were in agreeance with me. So what is a girl to do now? Put a post on her blog and give everyone a place to sign up for this grievance! Please voice you opinion......leave a comment. The quality of Country decorating inspiration rests on it! (ok, I got a lil carried away there annnnd....I need to get a life, I know!) If we get enough people who are of the same mind to come together here we can let them know! Speak up!!
Shape up or ship out Country Living!!!