Saturday, January 30, 2010

the marvel of magazines

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what is it about a stack of magazines that brings me to my giddy little knees?

buying a book is a wonderfully deep, all-consuming process for me, something i do based on recommendation or research, with intentions of learning or bending my mind in a new direction. but the impulse purchase of a magazine delivers a zing of self-indulgence and complete slackerdom that makes me feel like i'm really getting away with something. i have all sorts of odd little rituals with magazines. as lovely as that top copy looks at the bookstore, for example, i never buy that one; i dig at least halfway down into the stack and get a fresh issue. such a transient, throwaway thrill. i dig through mags in the evening, usually with a glass of wine in hand; reading them during the day feels too frivolous. i read each issue from back to front, then front to back, unless i'm not in the mood for that, in which case i skip around, read what i want and cast away the rest. even when a certain issue sucks, i go back through page by page and make myself milk that magazine for at least ten ideas, which i may or may not use. then i attack it with a pair of scissors and do silly things with it. when traveling, i buy a wad of magazines in one airport, deposit them in another, and then wonder who will take off with them and where they will go next. and foreign magazines! different languages! stop me!

if you're game for this, tell me something of your periodical habits. read them? don't read them? what's your favorite, or even better, do you have a incongruous mix of magazines in your household, like people and the economist? are you a subscription kind of person or a buyer on whim at the checkout counter? if you read yours with scissors, what do you make out of them? in return, i'll draw two names at random from this post on monday morning, and each will get one of my drunken tiles. happy weekend and good luck!

43 comments:

T.L. Holmes said...

Well. Let me tell you...I prefer magazines and books (and movies, too) to watching television ANY DAY. Therefore, I subscribe to Harper's (for the cerebral side) and Poetry (a magazine for the English teacher side). Every once in awhile, I love to get the gossip scoop from People or Us, but only at the salon. I do love a good fashion mag while getting the tresses refreshed as well ;) Something I enjoy doing with my high school students is having them write "found poetry" using words from magazines...which is REALLY fun...sometimes TOO fun!! So, there's my 2 cents worth :D

Inner Toddler said...

I LOVE magazines. When I lived abroad and the american ones were like $12 each, I STILL bought them. Although not as often as now. And I ALSO never buy the one that's first in the rack. Damaged goods. I love the NYTimes magazine that comes with the sunday paper. We used to get Newsweek. A friend gave me subscription to Ready Made and even though it's a little hipster/post-urban-outfitters cool for me, it has some inspiring ideas. And don't get me started on trashy magazines at the airport. The best!!

LisaC said...

I never buy the top issue either. It might have a bent corner, lol. The only subscriptions I have is Quilting Arts and CPS. All others I buy for a dollar when they are a month old. Then I attack them with scissors. But only after I read/look at them. I have a stack of them here I need to go through, another bad habit. I buy a stack and they sit here for weeks! I love to smell the magazines too, LOL.

painted fish studio said...

mmmmmm... you make magazine reading so delicious.

i used to love the new yorker but as i got older and my career got more serious (i.e. i had to start working more than 4 hours a day), i just could not keep up. i miss it.

but i do keep up with what's going on with my weekly new york. that one i can usually keep up with, especially if i leave it in the bathroom, if you knowwhatimean.

i recently added mpls st. paul to the mix, so i know what the cool/rich/famous local folks are up to. not that i want to be one, but figured since i can't go without knowing new york goings-on, i should probably give my hometown some love, too.

now gossip and trashy mags... i keep up with that garbage online DAILY so by the time people/us/star/etc. comes out everything within is old news. onceinawhile, i'll pick one up, and read it with a bottle of wine and pint of ben and jerrys. but only when i'm feeling sorry for myself.

(do i win for longest comment ever?)

Candied Fabrics said...

Hah! SOunds like you get waaaay too much fun from a magazine! I've beceom increasing fed up with the amount of ads in magazines, and find lots more of the eye candy I need online. I do subscribe to QUilting Arts, and FIne Homebuilding. I do like to hold on to the magazines I love though - but every few years I have a big purge and decide that a certain magazine no longer holds my interest and I get rid of ALL of them (way long time ago I was into Country Living...finally chucked them all after moving to CA) Phew!

jane said...

i´m just like you! i know that thrill at the beginning of the month when the new editions come out. i also read from back to front (what is that about?), dig to the middle of the stack for a fresh one, and then keep them lying around for awhile, to pick up and browse through again and again.... this is starting to sound a little unhealthy... anyway favorites- living etc, elle deco, body and soul, and a bunch of foody mags... fun! p.s. what are yours?

Sharon said...

Ohh I can't live without my 'zines! But because of recent downsizing, here at the homestead, I just can't buy as many as I once did. I love Art Journaling and , pretty much anything to do with Somerset Studios, but at 14.99 each, those went away quickly. But I love book stores so I go to B & N and read some there. I also love love Juxatpoz and Hi Fructose, because they have the wierdest greatest graphics and cheaper. I will sit and cut them up for letters, pics and anything else cool. Oh yea, love the smell of them and anything paper!! Love reading your blog, Thanx, Sharon

S.E.Minegar said...

I like this piece. You have a nice writing style Aimee!

I have always been a quick-flipper when it comes to magazines. I look at the handbags, romance quizzes, and those "get this look for less" articles. When I'm trapped on a plane, I read them cover to cover...even the in-flight duty-free merchandise catalog. When I'm in line at the store, I glance through InStyle and Us, but I never have the guts to buy them. I will look through them if a friend has them though. The only ones I subscribe to are Body+Soul & Wired. :) Will you autograph your tiles?

cindy said...

i've always loved magazines and remember the cover of the first seventeen magazine i got when i was a kid.

i'm a subscriber and an impulse buyer. there aren't as many great design mags as there used to be, but there are still plenty to pile up. i'm also a saver, which is a problem when it comes to space.

i used to buy a lot of business magazines, but don't have the patience to read them much these days. my favorite indulgence is selvedge from the uk at $25, jamie oliver's mag and artful blogging, too. i also like martha stewart mags, canadian style at home, victoria, new york magazine. scott subscribes to car & driver and popular science and some health mags.

i really love going to the newsstand and flipping through magazines for some quick inspiration. i hope they never disappear and don't think people should read them in a store without making a purchase of at least one.

enjoy your weekend!

peggyfussell said...

Sometimes, when no one is at home, I spend an hour or two in a bubble bath with the New Yorker magazine. I just keep adding more hot water as necessary for those long articles. Later when my husband wonders why the pages are wrinkly I try blame it on a careless mailman in the rain, but the scent of lavender bubbles gives me away every time.

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

My name is Christie and I am a magazinaholic. Yes, it's true. I asked for more magazines this Christmas than for anything else. My mother, the enabler that she is, gave me a gift card not to the clothing store, but to the bookstore where she found the best variety of magazines. In fact, it was via a magazine that I was first introduced to you and your blog! I don't bother with scissors. I just riiiiP! And the organizer in me (a minor obsession), files each ripping in an appropriately labeled folder - color, inspiration, techniques or any number of ways that I could remake the idea (jewelry goes in "Felting" or "Wall Art"). And I have a hard time reading a magazine in bed. I get too excited about ideas to fall asleep. Ahhh, I could go on....

My Soul Can Dance said...

ahhh...so funny i read this post today! i got out of bed this morning, grabbed all the magazines (coastal living, country living, decorate with paint, etc) and headed to the kitchen table scissors and coffee in hand.
i usually go through the magazine once when i get it...then i actually will go through it again to see which photos really speak to me...and then i go through it a third time when i go to cutting!! i save what inspires me and then cut words i like from the rest...

Jane said...

I'm a total magazine and book geek. I don't watch very much TV. I will say though that the cost of magazines these days has left me outraged. I was standing in line at Whole Foods Market recently and there was a thin little magazine for 19.95. I love the whole Sommerset series. Cooking magazines and Real Simple are faves too :)

Terri said...

#1. you are a little bit crazy.

#2. i was going to pass on commenting because my coffee is getting cold, but then i saw drunken tiles. ooooooh!

#3. I like to look at people. faces. i clip interesting faces and sometimes use them for reference when i draw.

#4. xo

Karen Blados said...

I've gotten subscriptions when the kids sell them for fundraisers, but I usually let them run out. Mostly, I impulse buy and usually something on the cover gets my attention. I've been known to purchase Family Circle, Woman's Day, Everyday (Rachel Ray), whatever gardening magazine has pretty pictures and if I go to a bookstore, I always walk out with a artsy-fartsy magazine.

I cut recipes, which shocks the heck out of me ... it just seems so domesticated. Anyway, some of my favorite dinners are from Family Circle ... I got a rocking Chicken Tortilla Soup that I could eat everyday. I tear out pages I want to use for reference and keep a small stack in my office for school projects.

Got my fingers crossed for the tiles. ;-)

chel said...

Magazines are my quick fix...my cliff notes of eye candy...and I DO love them. I always look through them back to front when I get them home. Then I read articles that really attract me. Then I go back and read it ALL. After that they get the scissors...3 piles.First pile hold all the articles of an instructional nature that I want to hang on to. They will go in plastic sleeves in 3 ring binders according to their category (such as fiber techniques or surface design). Pile 2 are pictures of things that make my mouth water like a mad dog (such as great color combos, pieces of art, photos, etc). They get glued in a my "color fix" and insripation journal, where I note what I like about them and that sort of thing. Lastly, the 3rd pile is just random out of context words and phrases that go in a drawer with other randaom bits. Sometimes I use these bits in collage but more often than not I just look through them and that gets me rolling on some unrelated idea.
I sometimes save the really great stuff (any of the Somerset mags, Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, etc.) till the next issue comes out before they get the "treatment". I also like reading news, science and the little literary mags, but I generally check those out at the library...who I'm sure would frown on my "treatment"!I don't watch TV and I'm not into gossip, so all those publications go untouched by me. And I DO always bring magazines on trips with me but I find that I never read them because I am always too busy drawing and taking pics. But I do take them because I secretly live in fear of running out of things to do and getting bored when I am away from my studio.
When I write all this down, I kind of look like I might need some sort of medical intervention....or maybe just another magazine!!
Thanks for such a great blog and fabulous artwork. You are always such an inspiration.

rrARTz said...

magazines... oh how i LOVE them! but i don't subscribe to any these days. i find that when i do, i get bored with the format by the end of the year. i did however subscribe to atomic ranch while i was remodeling my mid century modern house. i like to go through whatever is on display and buy what grabs my attention. once i find what i want, i then have to find the perfect copy, crisp and clean! i prefer art and design magazines and even have a few house beautiful's from the 60's that i treasure. i don't use mags in my artwork, but i do tear things out for inspiration. lots of times those pics are of shoes! shoes are ART!

Express said...

Yep, I read them from back to front also, and then front to back. I start out looking at all the visuals and then go back to read the articles. I tend to save them until all the kids are in bed and if I am really lucky and not too exhausted, in a bubble bath!

Sydney Harper said...

I'm an impulse buyer. Every now and then I'll get a subscription but I feel guilty when I don't have time to read it front to back. Really I like magazine mostly for the pictures and the ads, although I'll read a few articles. It's all visual for me. A nicely produced magazine is heaven. I'll cut out pictures that strike my fancy or sometimes I'll sketch the people. If I find a particularly interesting article, I'll cut it out too. The library's used book store has been a great place for getting my magazine fix, although the copies aren't usually as shiney and fresh as the store copies.

Kirstin said...

Magazines - Yes PLEASE! And I'm a subscription buyer, impulse buyer, borrower, and passer on of magazines. I am a ripper and a snipper. I get everything from Shape, Country Living, Victoria, Family Circle (I feel like my mom when I admit that one), and Smithsonian. I sometimes by O, Woman's Day, Better Homes and Gardens, People, Gardening and cooking ones. I will save them up for a weekend and spend hours looking through them while playing scrabble (we never set a time limit per turn).

The Crusty Crone said...

I look through magazines for subject matter but mostly to cut out things that I think would be useful in collages. Now the clippings sit all over my home! I should have enough for 13 collages now.

I'm de-lurking because you're such a big tease, what with a carrot of tiles. ooooooooh

gm glimmerglass said...

Ah, the tyranny of the brightly colored glossy page, the perfectly chiaorscuro'd photograph, the funky new typeface....

Getting blissed out on magazines is a harmless habit. Or is it?

Certain housemates of mine might disagree, even though I have divised different ingenius ways for organizing the stash(es).

Ikea magazine holders embrace the prized periodicals who will never a scissor see: Old Home Companions (paper dolls intact) Stampington/Somerset anything, National Geo, HOW and Print.

The "choppers" go in to baskets, awaiting the guillotine. I like to shop through them with sticky notes and scissors, looking to mark/clip images and ideas for now and later projects.

Oh, the fun of it!

Did you kow that most libraries have a stack (or ten) of free magazines in a freebie bin? Old books, too. I get the BEST things there - Old Architectural periodicals, Smithsonian, Audubon, Utne Reader and once, only once, did I score an entire collection of Highlights magazines from the 1960's.

As for buying new - yes, we pass over the TBO's (Touched-by-Others) and get the still stuck together fresh copies from the center of the stack. New is an essential element in the game.

I don't even subscribe to any magazines now because our post office mashes them into your box (after reading them, I swear) and so they come to me crinkled, crushed and pre- thumbed. Ew.

Much better the pristine copy that crackles crisply when you open it!

Tita Mama said...

Hi, Aimee! Gosh I am addicted to magazines and books. A few years ago my collection grew so that it started to look like clutter, so I had to let go of all my old magazines. I don't purchase as many as I used to mainly because there is so much available online to read--now I'm addicted to blog hopping! Your tiles are beautiful!

queencake and titangirl said...

oh yes, magazines.i subscribe sometimes, am also an impulsive buyer and i cut out everything i like an d make cards with the clippings or put them up on my inspiration board.my son cuts out stuff from his magazines,too and sends them to his grandpa:)
we have a wild mixture of magazines.
best,anja xx

Angelina's Trinkets said...

I really got a kick out of reading about myself in your blog post this morning...

I too am a magazine kind of person. I love to look through the TOP copy at the magazine rack, but like you, I never buy this one. It's been opened too much and my fear is that someone may have read the words off of some articles or worse, ripped out a page of interest. I collect certain magazines; Art Dolls, Quilting Arts, Haute Handbags, Art to Wear and Jewelry/beading magazines. I just love looking through them over and over again. Other magazines; I read through and through, but rarely cut out any articles. I'm afraid if I cut any pages out I will begin a huge collection of pages and then I won't know what to do with all of them. Every year I go through my shelves though and purge out the magazines I don't want...forget sending them to the recycle bin, I send them as nice little packages to my daughters and daughter-in-laws. They can do with them what they want, but I hope the don't tell me they have tossed them - I can't bear to hear this kind of thing.

Well, now I'm off to the bookstore to buy...the New Yorker. After reading through the other posts I have to see what it is all about.

Thank you for a great post (and for writing about me and all my magazine friends).

Hugs, with my autograph (lol),
Angelina

Ruth said...

Someone else who reads magazines from back to front! Currently subscribing to Wired, Utne Reader, QA, CPS, New Yorker, the Atlantic, Funny Times and have a gift subscription to Montana Magazine (great for collage) and another gift subscription to Forbes which usually goes right into the recycle Bin. Occasionally buy Juxtapoz when it's not misanthropic, and frequently buy Vanity Fair. Read Somerset Studio at the library. Last year I dropped subscription to Oprah when I realized her good life doesn't match my cyncial reality and will drop Utne Reader and QA when they expire. Wish I could afford a subscription to Selvedge magazine and two subscriptions to Esopus so I could have one to cut up and another to kep.

aimee said...

this is mucho fun! you are all coming up huge on the odd magazine habits, and i love knowing what others read/how they read them/where they get them and why. i never had a good strategy until now for whiling away the time in between scrabble turns. no longer do i have to hum and drum my fingers on the table!

we subscribe to wired, the week, the economist, and vanity fair. still trying to figure out whether the current and cover shot of tiger woods on vanity fair was finished before or after his string of escapades was blown into public. that pose invites a lot of questions.

on impulse i'll pick up travel mags, usually the budget ones because they are more imaginative and steer away from selling weeks of packaged fun. when i feel guilty about being a lousy cook, i'll pick up rachael ray. once in a while i'll spring for esopus or how, and when i can find them, i love marie-claire maison & marie-claire idées, art & décoration. of course i love the somerset publications. when enough time has passed, i chop those up too. the only one i refuse to cut up is raw vision.

Diane said...

I totally share your magazine obsession. And I agree that it feels so deliciously indulgent to buy them, especially buying them a few at a time for that satisfying stack. Books, as far as I am concerned, are NECESSITIES. Magazines are indulgent fun. I, too, don't take that first pre-fondled one on the stand... I want mine flat and pristine. I look at them, from first page to last -- no flipping backwards and forwards. I occasionally break that rule if someone I know has an article or quilt or project inside. My favorite magazine reading ritual is to sit in the wicker chair in the corner of the bedroom in the late afternoon, as a reward for getting chores out of the way -- cup of tea or coffee alongside, feet up. I'll go thru the magazine in a highlyl leisurely fashion, then put it into my "to be cut up and used for art fodder" basket.

So I get double duty fun out of every magazine. On another day, I'll park myself in front of the tv with my already-read magazine basket, my collage book, a gluestick and scissors, and I'll watch mindless tv and cut out whatever appeals. This is especially fun done with my sister, who brings her own mags along and we'll swap after we've done our own first cut-and-toss take.

Very satisfying.

suzie said...

Hmm, it's been such a long time since I bought an english language mag; I sometimes ask f&f to bring me out a *wallpaper or living etc, but mostly I buy french ones now which mean the visuals have to be mega-engaging. I have narrowed it down to a few faves.....best of all is called Cote Sud.

AmandaMay said...

I have subscribed to Elle, which I actually don't enjoy all that much anymore. But I still keep all the back issues, kind of obsessively carting the heavy piles from house to house when I move, mainly because of a stash of old Vogue magazines found in my grandmothers attic. I gotta keep my mags pristine for the sake of my future grandchildren! Sure hope they appreciate the effort!

daisy janie said...

I was going to comment before I even knew you doing a sweet giveaway..bonus! I wait until the school has a magazine drive (love that phrase!), and pick something random. I also inherited my Grandma's subscription to BHG when she passed away 5 years ago - I think my mom said she was paid up for like 50 years b/c they suckered her everytime they sent a renewal notice. Turns out to be my fave! I read front to back, and I dog ear so as not to miss anything! I feel icky if I didn't at least gaze at each page for a sec. I also love DIY mag and mags with snarky "how to keep your man" happy articles! ;)

Megan Walker said...

Love mags! Such inspiration to me! Eye candy! But all my fave mags folded - wah! I have to admit it was kind of a blessing in disguise... it made me take inventory of what I have, recycle what I could part with (hard), and organize many years' worth of the 2 mags I decided to keep.

I highlighted fave articles and posted them w/ page #'s on the covers for easy reference. That took a long time. Then finally stored them in nice containers. I have a blog post about it somewhere last year... I may cut them apart at some point just to further reduce clutter but I'm not ready for that yet. I would create a notebook file of them as opposed to scanning them, only because to me mag pages are still something I need to hold in my hands.

As far as my little quirks when I read, I have to read them in the daylight because lamp light never does them justice - only natural light will do! It's a definite luxury celebrated w/ either diet Coke or hot cocoa depending on if it's 100 degrees outside or cooler. And I will inevitably start in the middle, going toward the front, then from the middle again toward the back. I do that w/ catalogs too and I don't even know why. It's just my nutsy little way :)

Love reading everyone else's preferences - we all have our own fun ways! I guess magazine readers are a special breed of our own :D

Love you Aimee! xoxoxoxo

parisdreamtime said...

Hey hey, I'm just in time here with my visit, I see:)
Well, I love fashion magazins, and sometimes Geo or National Geographic but not often, I love Vogue and L'Officiel and Marie-Claire sometimes. I read only two or three articles, otherwise I just look at the pictures and let myself be inspired by the models, their movements, their heads, their clothes. I love accessoires too, for my fashion illustrations.
OK, but I only buy, let's say, 3 to 4 a month. That is sufficient. I let them sit on a stack for a while, then I rip out the pages I love most, put them in a special folder and throw the magazins away. Appartment is too tiny to keep them all:)
Have a great Sunday,
greetings from Paris
love
Andrea

Kim Hambric said...

I am a magazine slut. I'm so sad that so many decorating magazines have bitten the dust. I still have a heck of a collection -- an entire bookcase (and a small cabinet) filled with my favorite issues. Some are so full of good stuff that I can never cut them up. The not so good ones get the scissors.

I read mine in the morning before I get in the shower. It takes me at least a half-hour to get in gear before I will even trust myself to take a shower. Good magazine time.

And yes, I must have a fresh issue from the back.

gypsy said...

On a whim I'll buy: 1. Bridal mags for my daughters to cut out pics + make pretend people. 2. Cloth, Paper, Scissors for creative ideas. 3. Real Simple 4. Architectural Digest. 5. a random gardening magazine. We keep old mags + catalogs in a basket; cut out words + images for art journaling. My favorite time to read a magazine is on an airline or on vacation, reading every page front to back... heavenly! The perfumed cards keep me away from many mags. Fun topic! ~ Tammy

BT said...

Well, what a fun post, as I was reading it I was thinking, yes, yes, that's just what I do. With newspapers I never take the top copy, I always delve a few down. And no magazine escapes my scissor mania. Sometimes they end up as ATCs or part of one, or birthday cards or just in a box because I like a particular picture. I did subscribe to 'Selvedge' but it's too expensive to have it delivered to Ireland. I am a sucker for craft magazines and gardening ones of course. I read 'Hello' at the doctors!!!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I always stock up on magazines before traveling...People, Vanity Fair, etc stuff I don't usually read but are perfect for long flights and brief spurts of quiet. Traveling with kids means I don't usually get to watch the movies or read a book, but magazines work well at this stage of life. And at home I go through magazine subscription spurts. Nothing for awhile and then the pendulum swings the other way and I am swimming in subscriptions. Trying to keep it more balanced these days. Right now we subscribe to The Atlantic, Real Simple, and Family Fun. I also love Dwell, any of the travel mags, NYT Sunday Magazine, and Yoga Journal.

Keeping my fingers crossed...would love to win one of your groovy drunken tiles :)

fuoriborgo.com said...

I subscribe to the New Yorker, but I suspect you're talking about glossy magazines. I love glossy magazine, and yet I never buy them: I"m kind of in perpetual lent mode when it comes to magazines, and I can't get over it (actually, that's a lie: I've bought 2 in the last 4 months, the excuse being that they were about crafts, a practical purpose). And so I go and have my hair cut, choosing the hairdresser that carries the most magazines!

rachel awes said...

oh aimee, how much fun! & you are not a goose of course (from your "silly" file)...love these! ok, sometimes i tear out pages that have colors jump out at me that i might use for a future collage! my husband (& now 13 yr. old son)arm wrestle over who gets the sports illustrated when it arrives & my husband also gets a quarterly mag. about rockets!...& a couple of mine are real simple & writers digest. i'd love to get an arty/color blitzy one! & thank you for the drunken tile opportunity!! :) xox

shebedee said...

I love love love magazines. As a kid I read everything my mom took. I was probably the only 10 yr-old who knew how to prepare kale (Good Housekeeping) and how to make my man feel special (Cosmo- which was much tamer than now). I progressed to teen mags, parenting and then quilting magazines. Now I'm into the mixed media beauties like Somerset, CPS, Quilting Arts. I know the release dates of those and all the specialty issues and which of my local bookstores will get them on the shelves quickest. I've been working on my art space, so I'm particularly devoted to the spaces mags: CPS Studios and Where Women Create. I've picked up lots of ideas from artists I've never even met. I've been on a streamlining kick for the past few months, getting rid of stuff my family doesn't need. But the magazines are staying, thank you very much. I can go back and look at issues from 3 yrs ago and find something new and exciting. I like to keep them intact -- luckily my teenage daughter gets a few monthlies that I can cut up for collage. My hope for the future is that someday the advertising fees will cover the cost of the magazine and they will be free! Woo hoo!

Anairam said...

I like magazines - and I get subscribe to three - all are design/interior/lifestyle magazines. I page through, then I read, then I page through again. Then they go to a pile and about once every two months I go through the pile and snip out all the ideas/ inspirations / nice pics or illustrations or photos. I keep a few scrap books (one for things to make, one for interior ideas, one for clothes.) The photos/illustrations go into a box for collages!

Dena Moon Clinger said...

i too love magazines! The only one I subscribe to is Mothering. The others are happy little purchases here and there and JUST now am I getting to the point to take them all apart, keep what I want, cut out things that make me happy then pass them to the kids to cut up before they're recycled. Before now I wasn't even able to get rid of them, in case I needed something out of one someday. So liberating to be able to tear in and really enjoy them!
I even caved in at the store yesterday and brought home a soap opera digest! Crazy!

Pixie Campbell said...

i hoard and love to read in the tub, caring not if the pages get a bit wet. i love ReadyMade, Craft, and i have quite a few old Blueprints and Dominoes stuffed into one narrow shelf I allow myself.
i may not subscribe.

wedding vow.