Several weeks ago I was contacted by one of my favorite publishing companies and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new magazine. Of course I did not need to take too much time deciding if I could do this, or for that matter wanted to…after all it was Stampington who asked me to review their new “baby,” mingle. I am pleased to say that I accepted the task of being one of the bloggers chosen to give my opinion on this new journal.

The timing of this could not be more serendipitous, as I am attending my first art retreat this week…but my love for entertaining and creating beautiful settings for my friends and family started a long time ago.

When I was a young teenager I began working as a “hostess” at parties around my community, not to mention always helping my parents with the fun parties they gave ~ from designing the invitations to setting the tables, making yummified desserts, arranging flowers, tying bows, and balloons floating on the ceilings.

mingle is a wonderful addition to the already fabulous collection of journals that Stampington publishes ~ and so different. Each article pulls the reader into the event that has been portrayed on the pages. We are invited to be a part of the entire design process and thought that goes behind these events ~ whether they be intimate dinners for two or anniversary celebrations,

autumn picnics with favorite friends,

ship shape annual celebrations, or

children’s breakfast birthday parties.

We even get the scoop on fun ways to display the food and décor.

Oh, and in the back of the magazine, my work is shown in the advertisment for the Somerset Life subscription ~ what’s not to like!?!

Some of you have seen what I have been up to in preparation for the Once Upon A Dream event in Asheville, North Carolina later this week. It’s been a fun process being involved in this art retreat. As a sponsor I created gifts for each attendee made especially with the event theme in mind {I cannot show you because it's a surprise to the attendees}; as a vendor I have made some charming prairie chic decorative pieces for the home {which I have shown you in previous posts}; and as a first time host of a swap I got everyone excited to make a collection of fairy tale memory books. {I enjoyed making this collection so much that I may be offering some of these books in my Etsy shop.}

Not to mention because the hostess of this event is my very dear friend, Jenn, I got an inside peek into the design and evolution of Once Upon A Dream and got to help her a bit too.

So if this does not get you inspired to host a get together of any dimension, go out and grab a copy of mingle…or you could leave a comment and I may choose you as a winner of your very own premier copy of this fun magazine.
I’ll be revealing the winner at the end of the month.

Thanks to all of you for your visit. I’m off to Asheville to mingle and will come back with dozens of photographs and stories of my adventure to share with you.

Ciao amici,