Mollie Makes is a new British craft magazine that started this year and issue eight has just arrived in the post. The first issue came out last May and they are publishing thirteen issues a year. It is a magazine for those who love anything handmade, whether you like making things or just enjoy surrounding yourself with handmade treasures.
There are four key words on the spine of the magazine: Making, Thrifting, Collecting and Crafting. That covers quite a wide range of subjects and Mollie Makes does just that very well.
Every issue is full of information and has masses of suggestions for shops, blogs, books, classes, websites and places to visit. There are also craft projects, knitting patterns, sewing and embroidery projects, but it is not a fully project based magazine - so it will appeal to a wider audience.
The blogging world is well covered; many of their feature articles are about well-established bloggers who also make beautiful handmade things.
In issue one is an article about Tif Fussell who writes the charming blog Dottie Angel. Tif sells her granny chic textiles on Etsy and has just published her second book .
In issue six another blogger, the Norwegian Jeanette Lunde has a five page spread. She writes the very successful blog Fryd + Design, she also publishes an online magazine called by Fryd and in the last issue of Mollie Makes Jeanette has designed a very pretty calendar for 2012 that comes with the magazine.
There is an article about the stylist, blogger and photographer Pia Jane Bijkerk, the author of three books Paris: Made by Hand, Amsterdam: Made by Hand and her third, My Heart Wonders, a memoir of her life and travels.
Happy Harris who writes the blog Happy Loves Rosie, shows over seven pages in the last issue how she does vintage style Christmas decorating. Happy also sells vintage on her online shop.
Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint does wrapping with recycled grocery bags, lace, string and washi masking tape. Leslie is a wonderful and talented stylist, blogger, photographer and teacher.
Jane Brocket from Yarnstorm shows quilting and knitting from two of her books The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making and The Gentle Art of Knitting. Jane has written nine books; her first was the very sucessful The Gentle Art of Domesticity.
Mollie Makes also shows a lot of homes in a shabby chic or granny chic style. They are all fun and quirky using vintage treasures from personal collections, thrift stores, flea markets and junk shops.
It is a UK based magazine that you can subscribe to and they also offer overseas subscriptions. All but one back issue are sold out and you can already find them being sold on Ebay. You can also buy the old issues as a digital E-magazine and read online.
Mollie Makes takes the craft magazine into the 21st century and has a fresh, new and fun outlook on craft and the love of handmade.
My only criticism is that there is not enough flowers - but I guess you can't have everything!
Have a wonderful day!