Monday, July 13, 2009

I've Never Been to England

Did y'all know that a couple of weeks ago, I won the magazine give away that Penny at The Comforts of Home had? She had the best idea! She had extra magazines around her house and decided to share them with her readers. I was the lucky number that was drawn.

This perfect little box arrived full of British magazines that were wrapped in pretty purple paper and twine. Immediately I was in love! The magazines, Country Living UK and Period Living, are absolutely beautiful. What I would really like to say is that they haven't forgotten what pretty is. (Sometimes I have to wonder about designs in America)

Want to take a peek? (double click on the pictures)


See what I mean? My photography isn't the best but I'm sure you can tell.

You can even order these amazing dresses! I love dresses. :)




Oh look! They would show a home fully decorated then tell you where to buy similar items. Here's the thing...the information is provided right there with the article..not at the back of the magazine in microscopic print. Doesn't the picture below remind you of Cynthia's Cottage Design?



I just can't tell you how much I've been enjoying these pictures. I've been trying to multitask. Carrying around the magazines while I do other things. It's kind of hard to apply your natural beauty (makeup) while looking at magazines but I can do it!




Be still my heart!!




There are lots of conservatories featured in the pages. Just imagine!



Thank you very much Penny for sharing your magazines with me.


I think you had such a great idea to pass them along to a reader. It's the Sisterhood of the Traveling Magazines. Now I might do the same thing later...but you probably won't be able to pry these magazines from my hands.

35 comments:

Barb~Bella Vista said...

These are wonderful Stacey. Congratulations on the win.

Barb

Risa said...

I love those dresses, who makes them?

Nancy said...

Oh Stacey, What a GREAT win! I have seen them before, at Borders, but never bought any...they are pricey little gems! I think that is a great idea for a giveaway tho! I love all magazines...old and new ones! And, I do agree with you about the design and decorating over there in England..they do know how to do it beautifully! Nancy

Shelia said...

Morning, Stacey! Congratulations on winning the beautiful magazines! They are gorgeous! I have so many mags and have a hard time parting with mine!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Simply Dandy said...

Oh my gosh, what a great idea. I just took a bunch to the recycle center because I had to clean mine out being that I am a magazine junkie! You scored Stacey!! I love the British editions but they are so pricey.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

squawmama said...

Congrats Stacey... What fun looking at magazines from England... They have such a romantic flair... Have fun with them

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Marilyn said...

Now, how fun is that!?!?! So glad to see pictures from British Mags. Love the dresses, esp that yellow one. I know you are having a ball. Stay cool.

Darlene said...

I am a magazine junkie anyway so that was a FABULOUS prize you won!!! Those pictures are just gorgeous!!! I think I could just sit all day reading magazines!!!!♥

Mama said...

Congratulations Stacey, so happy you are enjoying the British mags, when my brit visitors ask "what can we bring you" I always say Country Living and Homes and Gardens hehe. I do love the US mags and even got a copy of an Australian and Canadian one once, they are stunning too. Love the "A rosy outlook" spread and I miss the conservatory, but not the rain lol. what a great idea, happy Monday, Kathy.

Rhondi said...

Hi Stacey
I love British decorating. Actually I love everything British. If you ever have a chance to go to England you won't be disappointed!
Hugs, Rhondi

April said...

I agree, Stacey...such a fun idea! I always have so many magazines around that I never take the time to read. I really should consider passing them on to someone who can enjoy them.

D said...

I'm so jealous for me, but happy for you. :)
D

lilsista said...

You can just send those magazines straight to me when you're done with them!!!! :0) I live looking at those and the ideas they hold...Hmmmmmm....dreamy! :0) Lucky you!

bj said...

So glad you won these beautiful mags..now...in keeping with what Penny started, I will be looking for a drawing from you on these very mags soon!! :)

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Oh what fun! And how generous of Penny to share them! I sometimes find British decor magazines @ Half Price books & I always snatch them up when I do. Maybe I should "pay it forward" myslef.

Lou Cinda said...

Stacey: What a great win!! Love the photos, they are gorgeous! I love the idea of the index on the same page!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

That is a wonderful idea to share old magazines. It not only keeps them out of the landfill, but others can receive joy from looking at them. I glad you won the give away.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Now you know why I mention this magazine as many times as I do...it is a real treasure in my book. I am so happy that you like them too. Congratulations on winning such a special gift. I thought it was a really nice thing for Penny to offer.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I Love magazines and these look beautiful! Congratulations on being the lucky winner. It couldn't have happened to anyone nicer. Have a nice day! Twyla

Carol said...

How awesome! I love looking through magazines old & new.

Hugs,
Carol

Joyce said...

Just clicked over from Sit a Spell...your post title caught my eye. I'm mid move right now...after living for 6 years in England we are back in the states. (We're Americans) It's quite an adjustment!

Seeing the magazines made me a little bit homesick.

Your blog is pretty...Joyce

Cathy said...

Oooohhh...I am sooo jealous!!! What fun!!! A perfect way to spend the afternoon on these miserable HOT July days!!! I wonder if it ever gets 104 degrees in England?!!! NO WAY!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Kat said...

Congrats! What a great idea. Hmmmmm...I think it's such a good one that I hope you do the same. If so, I want to be first in line.

Hugs!
Kat

Angie said...

You were so lucky to win those beautiful magazines! Enjoy!

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing them with us Stacey. That was so nice of Penney. I'm so sad that so many magazines have folded lately. Thank goodness we've got the blogs for our daily dose of eye candy!
Dawn

A Collector At Heart said...

Lucky!
Any good decorating ideas?
Can't wait to see them!
Love ya,
Cindy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I am so glad to have passed them along to you! I received your sweet card in the mail today. It was my pleasure!
Hugs,
Penny

Sonia said...

Hi Stacey,

What great magazine pictures. I do love the pretty floral english designs amd what I would give for a conservatory!! Thanks for the sweet comments on my recent post. My mom had a great time and we have great memories of our trip! Have a great week! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations Stacey! What a fabulous idea for a giveaway. Those magazines look wonderful, and it sounds like you are having a fab time with them. I would too! laurie

Lisa said...

I do love all the British mags! And with the way ours seem to be going under left and right, that might be all we'll have! Maybe we can do an old magazine swap! That would be fun.

Sit A Spell said...

Wow, how fun for you! I loved seeing those pages...right up my alley. Those dresses are so cute too...I like dresses too. Thanks for sharing.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh I love the magazines and those dresses are awesome.

A magazine swap would be a great idea..

Cynthia

Brenda said...

Heavens, why don't we have more of this here? I scour every store for wonderful decorating magazines and I'd scoop these up in a heartbeat! Thanks for sharing, Stacey!
Brenda

SewSweetStudio said...

I wish we could find more magazines here like those. You are so lucky to have won them. I used to love magazines, just don't find many good ones anymore.
More pictures and articles like those might have kept some of our magazines in business.
If you decide to pass them on.....well I'd be interested, but they would be hard to part with.

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Stacey! How lucky you were to win; especially the British ones! I was buying some for a while in Borders and loved the quality and yes "the pretty"! You are right our magazines have gotten away from pretty pictures and put mostly ads and modern stuff! I think I'll look this weekend for a couple new Brit mags!! Enjoy (over and over again!) Sincerely, Jeannette