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Matthew Mead’s Frightfully Fun Halloween

I can always count on Matthew to send a few photos of his most recent publication to share with all of you. When I opened the file for Frightfully Fun Halloween, this photo of his pumpkin creations immediately brought a smile to my face. Maybe it’s because I have a sweet 9 month old grandbaby girl in my life, but seasonal decorating has never been more fun.  I mean just look at these darling pumpkins! 

Check out Matthew’s site on where to buy the issue and more amazing ideas.  While you are there, be sure and read his very honest look at his personal struggles with the publishing world that he has been a part of for many years. It’s no secret that paper magazines are quickly being replaced by digital versions or folding all together. Honestly even though I’ve been fortunate to have had my work published in several over the years, I don’t subscribe to them any longer. The iconic ones that I adored in 1980’s-2000’s are no longer available or have the reputation of straying from the very foundation that made them loved by many.  I miss the days of going to the newsstand or my mailbox and getting the latest issue of a favorite magazine. Savoring every single page with the magnifying glass and then trying to replicate that look in my own home.  Now I hardly notice the magazines at the supermarket because they unfortunately all look the same. I miss the Country decorating publications that were represented by styling pioneers like Matthew, Mary Emmerling and Mary Randolph Carter-incredible talents.

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  • Reply
    Sheila Rumney
    October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I too miss those days of waiting at the mailbox for my loved magazines. I still have many of my favs lying around to look at.

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      Carol Spinski
      October 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Me too Sheila! I just hate to throw any of them away:) xo Carol

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    October 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

    the old days

    ME and Country HOME and I still have three of Mary Emmerling!  I have subscribed to the other famous CL but my subscription ends in 3 months and I will not renew…after what 40 years? do not like content and 70% ads for a wee bit of story…sad

    My daughter gave me a Nook which I have used a wee bit but I still want a magazine and book in my hand and it has nothing to do with my age…You can savor a written word and hear the swish of a page…..thank heaven food has not been digitized….YET

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      Carol Spinski
      October 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Suzan,

      I’m like you and have kept some of the best of the issues from Country Home, Country Living and Mary’s magazine. Just cannot seem to part with them! Nothing can replace the page turning visual eye candy that you get from a real magazine experience.

      Blessings, Carol

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    October 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Like you, I miss those same publications. It was a day to celebrate when one of those magazines arrived in my mailbox. My daughter loved the paper dolls in the M.E Home Companion. I still have some of my favorite issues.
    I still prefer a magazine in my hand where I can flip the pages or cut out recipes.

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      Carol Spinski
      October 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      So true Alice! I especially loved when the seasonal issues would arrive like Halloween and Christmas:)

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