"I TOLD YOU SO, didn't I?"
I could hear the smile in Cindy's (Old Time Farmhouse) voice over the phone.
"Well. . .Yeah. . .but I didn't consider it."
I hadn't fully grasped the news myself.
"But, I just KNEW it. . .Remember I TOLD you? . . .I was right, wasn't I?"
I had to admit she WAS right. . .
but, I swear on my last dime that I never, ever thought I would be writing for a nationally published magazine of any kind, much less a magazine that was on the top of my list of favorites. . .Yes, Cindy did tell me a couple of years ago that I should write for a magazine. . .It was our first face-to-face visit with each other. . .Or was it the second? . .Well. . .anyway. . .That's what she told me. . .I thought she was just being nice. . .It was not on my list of goals. . .nor my bucket list. . .so, it was a real shock when DJ Williams, the editor of Mercantile Gatherings, called and asked me to be part of her team. . .
Sometimes LIFE surprises a person. . .and. . .sometimes we even like it. . .
And. . .There's more news. . .I know most of you are familiar with Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. . .Beginning this Spring, it will have a new name. . .COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE. . .
DJ Williams took over Mercantile Gatherings a couple of years ago. She was interested in making some changes but took time to listen to what the readers wanted and to develop her concept. . .The result is the new COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE . .On January 2, DJ made her announcement. . . .
. . .we have some Exciting News to share … A New Name, a New Beginning this year in 2018, the heart and soul of Mercantile Gatherings wrapped up in a *New* Package as Country Rustic Magazine, Coming this Spring!! To celebrate our *New* Look and the coming of our 1st Issue as Country Rustic Magazine, we will be having all sorts of FLASH Sales and Special Offers up to and through the release of the Spring Issue which is scheduled for March 1st, so stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to our Newsletter and Facebook so you won’t miss out on important news!
. . .For those of our loyal readers who have been with us for many years, perhaps even since our humble beginnings in 2004 as Mercantile Gatherings, or maybe you’ve just recently found and joined us, you’ll find that each of our Issues welcomes our readers through personal home tours of charming homes decorated with antiques, primitives and country home décor, providing inspiration and ideas, as well as DIY crafting, make-do’s and recipes. We also bring you interesting and informative articles on antiques, history and traditions of antiques and primitives, country and farmhouse-style home decorating, and more…
DJ is a dream of an editor and has given me quite a bit of freedom with my articles and photos. . .She also didn't get upset when my first article couldn't be submitted on time. . .It's a story in itself about all the things that went wrong, as I hurriedly tried to meet the Jan 2 deadline. . .Let me just say, I broke three cameras and two computers. . .and that was on the good weeks. . .I didn't meet that deadline. . .but DJ extended the time for me. . .I was glad that my articles were to be fairly short with lots of photos. . .Once I bought a camera that actually worked, the rest was quick and easy. . .
I can already tell this will be a very good experience for me and fun to boot. . .
I have one more surprise. . .There's more? . . .Yep. . .DJ and her photographer (and hopefully our friend Mercy, the Open Hearth Cook) will be traveling to our farm from Pennsylvania in October when the fields will be white with cotton. . .They'll be shooting photos of THE COUNTRY FARM HOME for a feature in 2019. . .We are so looking forward to that visit. . .DJ seems like 'family' already. . .and a visit with Momma Mercy is always a treat. . .
Isn't it all wonderful news? . .I hope you'll consider subscribing to COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE so that you don't miss out on the beginning of what promises to be an exceptional magazine. . .DJ has some wonderful writers and the photography is super. . .To subscribe. . .or to order products, go to:
I'm still learning how to operate my new camera but it won't be long until I'm in full swing and back to writing posts and sharing our life at THE COUNTRY FARM HOME again. . .We're experiencing a lot of ice and cold weather, but nothing like the rest of the country. . .I think that's another reason I'm looking forward to the first issue of Country Rustic Magazine. . .a sign that Spring is not far off. . .I'm more than ready. . .aren't you?