Once Upon A Tea Time

Many people ask me why I want to run a magazine and I want to share the backstory with you. I was introduced to artist and illustrator Mary Engelbreit‘s artwork and her print magazine, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion (MEHC) around 2002 or so. The magazine featured creatives from all walks of life- painters, illustrators, sculptors, quilters, restaurateurs, shop owners, writers, toy makers- I can go on. It was my introduction into a world of makers and entrepreneurs, and I was bewitched. To the extent that if the magazine had been around back when I was a teenager, my life might well have followed a different path. Magazines and tea time have always been intertwined in my mind and I started reading the magazine regularly. I looked forward to every new issue. I found out that Mary Engelbreit had started publishing the Home Companion in the 90’s and the magazine had developed a devoted following. One by one, I started collecting the back issues that I had missed – I think you can still find them on eBay. While on the hunt, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a set dating back to the inaugural issue, right until the month I started subscribing- it seemed like a neon-lit arrow pointing straight to me. If I bought the set, I would have every issue of MEHC ever published, with a few duplicates left over. I called the woman who was selling and just $75 later, I had the complete set. To this day, it is one of my most treasured possessions and I still browse through them. To me, they represent thousands of dreams that came true.  In June 2009, MEHC stopped publication due to economic issues but not before they’d inspired me. Every time I read the MEHC, I thought to myself that I would love to publish a curated collection of stories every month. You know, a magazine.

Once Upon A Tea Time magazine

For this post in my series on taking the path to holistic success, I want to remind you that if there is something (idea, project, skill) that you are passionate about, get started on it. Whether taking tiny steps or a giant leap, remember you have to start somewhere. It can be as simple as allocating time to think more about what it is that you really want to do, the budget you are willing to spend or to research and gain more information about your area of interest. Because all you have to remember is this artwork by Mary Engelbreit…

ButWhatIfItDoes/ Mary Engelbreit Artwork/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Image credit/ copyright: 1 and 2) Studio OUATT; 3) Mary Engelbreit


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  1. Memom

    I don’t know whether inspired by you or your story about the artist & illustrator Mary Engelbreit, I have started to think about starting. Thank you for this post.


  2. Nitya

    How inspiring!! Things are brewing in my mind for sure, when they will culminate, I don’t know but for now will experience it moment by moment as path slowly unfolds.

  3. raji

    Ohh you just nailed it, in this post of yours.. Resonated well with me!!!
    I have had my share of moment, when I had an idea but was just hesitating/postponing.. Finally somebody else did the very same thing that I wanted to start in my locality!! Learnt it the hard way that if you are passionate about something and keen on starting something, its better to go ahead and do it, lest you ll have to end up seeing somebody else living your dream!!!

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