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Wednesday, April 18

Wow, Magazines! {Columbia Home Feature + more}

See this lovely magazine? It is a beautifully-produced regional publication that focuses on life in my hometown of Columbia, Missouri. Though it revolves around one medium-sized city, it is truly a quality production. Gorgeous art direction and writing, relevant articles and DIYs... Simply a well-done little magazine.

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Peek a bit closer--- see the title about the superhero party?

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I am ridiculously excited about this. You see, the assistant to the publisher, Lily Dawson, is sister to my bessie Genny. And one day, when working on her idea list for an upcoming issue, she randomly Googled "superhero birthday party" and my blog was one of the first hits she got. It was only after she read through my blog post that she realized SHE KNEW ME. Wild! So she approached me about using some of my images and my party ideas for a feature article.

Um, YES???? So cool! Check it out:

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They were incredibly generous with the amount of pages they dedicated to the article. I just kept turning pages and seeing more! I cannot tell you how thrilling it is to see all of these images in print. I loved assembling this party, LOVED throwing it, loved seeing my son so delighted with it... So it's such an honor that the magazine saw value in it as well.

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I admit--- I am extra tickled to see this full-page shot of my cute son. He cracks me up!

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To enjoy the entire issue of this incredibly well-done magazine, you can view their online archives and "turn the pages" here: Columbia Home Magazine/April-May.

Lily and Co., thank you for making my YEAR with this amazing feature. I am honored and delighted and still can't quite believe how amazing it all looks. Truly, thank you!

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So. In addition to getting the beautiful copy of Columbia Home in my mail the other day, I also got a copy of this magazine. Anyone heard of it?? It's called Seeing the Everyday, and it is breathtaking.

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It came in my mail with no announcement, no fanfare.... And no name telling me who had seen fit to subscribe to it on my behalf. Remember THIS post? Getting a surprise subscription in the mail was so much fun back then, and it was ridiculously happy-making to have it happen again.

I mean, you guys--- this magazine. Oh, SWOOOOOOOON. It is GORGEOUS. It has no advertisements. It is on lovely heavy matte paper. And it is simply full of incredible photographs and small essays about embracing the ordinariness of our daily lives. Reflecting on where we've come from, dreaming of where we'll go... but mostly, it's about BEING IN THE MOMENT. Sound familiar? It is like this magazine was written just for me.  Every new page, every new photo I saw made me even more giddy and joyful. PERFECTION.

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I took a few photos of the gift.... thinking I'd come back to the blog and do another dedication and thank you to Anonymous Giver.... And not 30 minutes after snapping the photos, as I'd reluctantly put the magazine down and was stirring a pot of pasta for our dinner, my phone rang. On the other line? My dear best friend Katie. First thing out of her mouth? 

"Did you get the magazine?"

Oh, Katie.... yes. Yes I absolutely did. And it is absolutely perfect. Thank you for knowing me so well. 

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Anyone have a magazine they swoon over? Anyone ever gotten the perfect gift at the perfect time? To this DAY I think about my Real Simple subscription from Genny in 2009--- utterly PERFECT-- and am so tickled to add this experience to that pile. I am so lucky to have the friends I do. 

Happy Wednesday to y'all! Hope you get some happy mail of your own soon! 

8 comments:

  1. SO glad you got your hands on a copy of Columbia Home. I thought about stealing the copy from my doctor's office but it just didn't feel right. :)

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  2. OMG, that is so awesome!!! I am so proud of yoU!

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  3. Rach--Lily has a zillion copies if you want one!

    I was fortunate enough to see the early drafts of the magazine and the proofs, and it is FASCINATING to learn how they put this together! Each step of the way, your layout looked more and more professional, and I got more and more excited. Dad and I copy-edited the piece, but Lil wouldn't put my name in BIG BOLD FONT on the cover. Boo. :) I was envisioning something like "Superhero Celebration BY EMILY SOUTHERLAND AND COPY EDITED BY BEST FRIEND GENNY AND BEST FRIEND'S FATHER BILL"...is that asking too much? :)

    And WOW at that magazine. I right away wanted to say "It wasn't me this time, even though I'd like to take credit for that!"--but holy cow, it's so you.

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  4. Um, WAY cool! (And Genny, I'd love a copy too, if that's not asking too much!) Too bad the chances that Syracuse, NY would ever carry the Columbia Home magazine are slim to none... I guess you'll have to send me a copy on occasion ;)

    And the other one also looks great. I don't normally read magazines, but both of these look like ones I'd be willing to make time for!

    Yay for happy mail!

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  5. that is SO COOL! Love the photos! Awesome party!!!

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  6. That is sooo awesome.

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  7. AMAZING!!!!!!!! So thrilled for you!!!!

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  8. What a wonderful celebration of your hard work and ability to make things extraordinary! Very cool!

    And I love Seeing the Everyday! One of my favorites.

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