I have been bursting with a secret for about a month now but haven’t been able to say anything. So here it is: I have a project in the most recent Mollie Makes magazine! Issue 58 to be specific. Well, sort of. It is an exclusive project, meaning it’s included as an insert, a special gift to subscribers. But, I’m not one to split hairs especially when it comes to something as exciting as this.
(Look! It’s me!) This is the cover of the insert. I’ve been a long-time subscriber to Mollie Makes and just adore this magazine. It’s so good at mixing old crafts like sewing and crochet with a modern aesthetic and pretty much everyone I admire has been featured there (along with new friends I meet all the time).
This is definitely a bucket-list moment for me. I honestly wouldn’t have even thought I’d be in such a high-profile magazine but they reached out to me. Yes, I thought it was a hoax at first. But, turns out it was real. They suggested an update on an old project of mine and I was thrilled.
A few details about the whole process. It was paid work, which makes me feel very validated as a maker. It’s not that it’s all about money; it’s that they communicated they value my time and effort. Way to go Mollie Makes. I couldn’t love you more! Additionally, they were lovely to work with and gave me very little dictate. I signed a contract right from the start. It was all very professionally and cleanly done.
Below is one of the rejected photos. I can’t imagine how much work goes into an entire magazine given how much I worked on my project and it is such a tiny part of the whole thing!
It was kind of funny because I really couldn’t find the fabric that I wanted to use as a background so I decided to paint my own. I got fabric paint in copper from Michael’s and using mostly a paintbrush but also stamps, etc. to decorate on plain white fabric.
I was nervous that the Mollie Makes people weren’t going to like my adaptation to the original idea but they were totally into it! Another win. As well as another shot of confidence to the ‘follow your gut’ philosophy.
Here is the craziest thing! I had very recently let my subscription lapse (what a dummy!) and so I don’t have a copy of the real thing! Isn’t that insane. The editor I work with only receives the pdf so that I what I got. They were really nice about it but it’s a forehead-slap moment for me.