My Country Living Magazine Feature!

Design Improvised crafts in Country Living Magazine July August 2020

My 2020 Country Living Magazine Feature

One thing I’ve learned after a decade of blogging and creating is if you just keep going, good things will come. Sometimes when you least expect it, like at the beginning of a pandemic. I’m so excited to share one of those good things that came my way. I have 12 of my craft projects featured in the latest issue of Country Living Magazine! It is nothing short of a dream come true. 

Country Living Magazine Feature

When I started Design Improvised in 2011 my original plan was to share inspiration from my favorite home magazines (hello Country Living!). I planned to show how I improvised on those ideas in my own home – hence the name Design Improvised. In the early days of the blog I even scanned images from the print magazines to include in my blog posts like this one.

The online world, and especially the publishing world have changed dramatically since those early days. But one thing that hasn’t changed is my dream for my work to be featured on the pages of one of my favorite magazines. I’ve had a number of projects shared on the websites of Country Living, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and others. However, to have them shared in print, in a magazine I can hold in my own two hands, is icing on the cake.

Country Living Magazine Feature
Source: Country Living Magazine, July/Aug 2020

How My Crafts Were Featured in Country Living 

So how did it happen? An editor from Country Living magazine emailed me at the beginning of April to ask if I would be interested in contributing projects for an “Old School Summer Crafts” feature. I couldn’t imagine a better fit for showcasing what I do on Design Improvised. If you follow this blog, you know I love to craft with the same materials I loved as a kid – pom-poms, pipe cleaners, balloons… while adding a grown-up spin. Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity!

In addition to featuring a few of my past projects in the feature, they wanted me to create several new ones. I worked with the editor to brainstorm ideas. When we landed on the final list, I sourced the supplies and got to work creating them. I made a birdhouse out of a milk carton, embroidered vintage racquets with yarn, and cut out felt pennants. In addition to making the crafts, I got to style and shoot them as well. I had the awesome opportunity to receive guidance from the magazine’s art director on how to style the shots. I loved every minute of the process!

Country Living Magazine Feature

It may have taken 10 years to have realize my dream, but it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I am so grateful for the opportunity. It was the best reminder to just keep going!

Mark your calendars – I will be doing an Instagram Live on Country Living next Thursday, July 9th at 1pm CT. I’ll be sharing some of the crafts included in the feature!

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  1. This is amazing, Haeley! And so well deserved! Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment! So proud of you, my sweet friend! Iā€™m picking up an issue ASAP. šŸ˜Š

    1. Kate, thank you for your support from the very beginning. You are a dear friend! And a darn creative one at that! So happy to see your cake business take off. I’m so proud of YOU!

    1. I couldn’t agree more Amanda. There is nothing better than a new magazine to page through with a cup of coffee in the morning! SO much better than scrolling through your phone!

  2. Haeley, WOW! I am so happy for you, the photos look amazing. How many copies are you buying to keep? Congrats, you deserve it. Pat

    1. Thank you so much Pat! You have been so kind to me with all your support over the years. I truly appreciate it! So far I have 2 copies of the magazine. šŸ™‚

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