Yesterday, one of my favourite fellow crafties, Rachel from Foxglove and Gingersnap was chatting about how she reads her crafty magazines. I found myself blushing slickly because I have to confess that I’m a really big magazine addict
In fact all of us in the Cat household are. Suggesting a trip to WHSmith or the local equivalent would not be considered odd at all. KC’S is currently a big fan of The Phoenix, Kid likes triathlon and rugby, Kitty often buys Vogue and Belle Armoire, Mr Cat has to share Top Gear and his cycling magazines and guards his sailing ones jealously.
And then there is me! My primary excuse is that the publishing industry has been a fundamental part of my entire working life and I love it. I still have the cover proofs for the first publication I was ever wholly responsible for (a weighty little tome about European advertising) and I still love Thursday mornings because that was the day of the week when the new issues would be delivered. As part of my current consultancy I read about 3 magazines a week, more when I’m writing on a topic I know little about.
Which brings me to my confession about crafty magazines. A little while ago a friend asked if she could borrow a few to look for inspiration. Well…. I had to deliver them by car because I couldn’t carry them all. And that wasn’t even a third of what I could have offered her. I now can’t open one of the drawers in my bedside cabinet because of the pile of reading matter in front of it. However, I am on the case. I have started culling my collection, taking out the relevant pages and using a specialist scanner to create my own digital collection. It’s an ongoing project on which I don’t expect quick progress because of course I start reading the darned things as I go through them!
Also, with my professional head on, I find I am intolerant of poorly produced publications. One particular offender was printing articles with white out of yellow text in a minuscule font that was almost impossible to read, which when taken in tandem with their inability to print inside the magazine what they had said they were going to, had me pulling my hair out. I now try to restrict myself to a few gems… Selvage is a real delight and I love all of the stuff produced by American publisher Interweave so much that I am considering importing it regularly for my own commercial venture.
Now all I need to make me really happy is some freelance work with a crafty/sewing publisher. Any offers gratefully received!