I can't believe that it's already been 6 years since you started the magazine! Congratulations! I have loved each and every issue & book. Thank you Jill and staff for a wonderful, exciting experience with every issue.
It is my pleasure to subscribe to such a wonderful magazine and buy the great books. It is so evident that this magazine is owned by and employs people of high morals and standards... this does not go unnoticed! Kay helped me so much when I was looking for back issues after my source closed and before I subscribed. I found every back issue and also the sold out book Homestead! I look so forward to every issue.
Thank You and a Happy Holiday Season to you, yours and your staff.
Your magazine and books give me pleasure each edition and your books have made my home a home, not a house.
I LOVE your magazine! I consider it my "prescription" rather than a "subscription"....delving into the pages is like a dose of a good drug! :) and it's legal !!! lol.
Leslie, in N.C.
I have every issue of your wonderful magazine. I keep them all and reread them often. You have done such a wonderful job giving us a true country magazine to enjoy. You showcase a simpler time and pepper it with very interesting articles. Reading your publication is a joy. I start with A Simple Woman Diary (love that) then move on to Pioneer Ways then each home and article. Then it's time to really study each and every photo (they are always beautiful). There is always something new learn. Thank you Gail Warren
I just subscribed to your magazine and received my first issue in the mail yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I turned to the first article , “A Collector and His Classic Cape”. I met David Proctor in May of 2012 during the dedication ceremony and placement of a V.A. headstone on the grave of my Revolutionary War era 5th great-grandfather, James Hackett. David, along with quite a number of local townspeople, joined my family for the ceremony and reception. Afterwards, he invited a small group of us to tour his wonderful house where he told us all about his pride in the place and his love of the wonderful antiques that he has collected over the years. He was a generous host that day, and I hoped for an opportunity to see his home again. Low and behold, there was my wish on the pages of your magazine. Thank you for this enjoyable article. It brought memories of a happy day and a fascinating home and owner.
Upon reading your letter in the Spring 2014 issue of A Simple Life, my husband and I wanted to write you and say how kind and heartfelt your words were. We are touched by your graciousness and the example you set for us all.
From the start each issue has been like getting a "letter from an old friend" and we would not want to miss even one of those letters. Seems to us that in the making of this most wonderful magazine you have taken a community of folks and created a family. As your loyal readers we are so happy to be a part of it!
Wishing you life's many blessings,
Donna & Ralph
I was just telling my mom yesterday that I was impatiently awaiting my spring issue, and it was in my mailbox when I got home. She is hooked too! Every time she comes to my house, the first thing she does is pick up 'a simple life'.
In my opinion, you have surely fulfilled the goal you set out to achieve with the magazine. Every issue is like a balm to my soul. In our too fast paced world, it truly makes me long for things to be simpler.I have every single issue from the beginning, because I can't bear to part with any of them. I look at them again and again; they sooth and inspire.I've said it many times before but I truly thank you for this wonderful journey you have taken us on.
Denise McCamy's 'simple blessings' are just that. I have ordered many of their cards and talked to her several times on the phone, and I will email her today again, because I think it bears repeating.
Thanks so much for all you do!
I would like to pay for a year's subscription to your beautiful publication for my twin sister as part of her birthday present.
Also, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the story spread in your Fall 2013
magazine "Broadbrook Farm in Southern Vermont Territory," featuring Rick Fuller'slovely primitives/antiques. I particularly enjoyed that the photos were done in sepia, which allowed the textures of the furnishings and accents to truly shine forth. Truly beautiful!
Thank you for producing a magazine that I genuinely look forward to in my mailbox after a long day's work.
Sincerely Mrs. Milaka Strand
Jill; Congratulations on another great magazine! I just renewed my subscription again and can't wait for the new issues.
I'm so glad you're maintaining the integrity of the early, simple life. Too many other publications, in my opinion, have gone the "cutesy" route.
I just got the special issue and immediately spotted the article "Northwest Territory of the Ohio River." I live just five to six miles north of Fredericktown (in Bellville) and devoured that article!
I wish you continued success with this great magazine!
Dear Jill and Simple Life Staff,
Never before have I been so totally delighted to pay a bill! My A Simple Life subscription is one of the best investments I've ever made. Every issue is a vacation to a faraway land, a trip back in time to a priceless place I missed, due to the era of my birth. I staunchly resist the overwhelming urge to greedily zoom through the entire issue immediately, just out of excitement over what might be on the next page. Instead, I discipline myself to devour every word, even the smallest item in each picture (including the ads!), before turning the page.
Once I subscribed last year, my hubby quickly learned that when A Simple Life arrives in the mailbox, not much else will get done for the next few days! Of course, I still feed him, but every discretionary moment finds me with my head - and my whole heart - buried in those delicious pages, absorbing every detail. If ever he's looking for me, all he has to do is follow the "oohs" and "ahhhh's".
From the gorgeous pictures to the brilliantly - described details of each incredible primitive home, to the diary of a simple woman whose life we live vicariously, in every way and in every single issue, your talented team turns out an absolutely stellar, unparalleled treat.
"Thank you" isn't nearly enough, but it's the best I can do.
Blessings to all of you!
Lil Black - Melbourne, Florida
Hi Folks! Please find enclosed a money order for my subscription renewel for another great year of A Simple Life Magazine. I enjoy so much getting this mag!! What a blessing! I have each and every one from the beginning and they are in mint condition. The feel and even the scent of the pages that make up the magazine are reminiscent of old times - my favorite time. Thank you, thank you all so much for all you do for us in your publications! There is no better! My hat goes off to you all! God Bless you all richly with much future success. Steve Hoyer
I have been 'doling' out the reading of your wonderful Fall 2012 issue, to make it last longer. I just read the article, The Walker Sisters, As Independent as a Hog on Ice. This is one of the most beautifully written articles I have ever read, and the images which accompany the article are just beyond description to me. I found myself longing to be there with the sisters up in the Great Smokey Mountains...toiling and singing alongside them...living a lifestyle that is now gone but has always struck a chord in my soul. Just wanted to thank you for this experience. Vickie Smyers
Hi Jill, Just wanted to drop you a note telling you how much I enjoy your magazine. I think my favorite thing I enjoy is it's all primitive. I don't have to hope and wander if there is going to be anything primitive to look at in the magazine when it arrives in the mailbox. I enjoy also the houses you showcase, just love looking at all the old items people have added to their home. My love of old runs deep since i was raised with a father who could not get enough of it and owned an antique shop for 40 years. I also love the Simple Blessings page you have and the articles on the history behind some to the primitive items you feature in the magazine. I have to tell you about my grandson, Oliver - he just turned one. I had just gone to the mailbox with him and there was your magazine, (have to tell you my heart skipped a beat.) I went back in and thought I would just flip through the magazine and really look at it later because Oliver loves to taste any book or magazine. I laid it down and he reached for it, so I opened it and to my amazement he sat there very still and he would look at one side of the page and then the other and would wait for me to turn the page, he looked at the entire magazine without grabbing it. I think he has a love of old already- he may be your youngest reader, well looker at the pictures! Since my father has passed away I have haunted antique shops keeping my love of old I use to share with my father alive. I have found through your magazine it does them same, helps me reconnect to my father what he gave to me my love of old. Thanks again to you and your staff for such a great primitive magazine. Vicky Huckaby
First let me tell you want a honor to be able to share my views on your wonderful magazine knowing you really care. With that said, I always read your News from home, first thing, this gives me an insite on what is next to come. Then I go straight to the homes and read the brief descriptions on each picture, I then continue to skip thru and look at what articles you have and pictures and read the short Simple Blessings or poems with the beautiful photography. Later that night tucked in bed I read the whole stories on each of the homes featured again re-reading the captions. I close my eyes after reading my favorite " A simple woman's diary" After this is done, I read the articles on brooms, or lighting, shoes or in this case the scrub box, so very interesting and informative. I then leave the longest stories to that once a week trip to town where I spend time sitting in the car waiting on hubby to do his guy shopping. It frees him up to visit and frees me from my routine of work, work, work. It is a relaxing time for me and I enjoy reading these that take more time and of course I once again scour the homes and look at the pictures. today is my day for town and of course packed in with my purse will be my copy of ASL, looking forward to sitting in my warm car enjoying some articles I know that I will come away just a little more knowledgeable and having a little more respect for the history of our great country.
If I had to say something negative, it would be after your magazine comes you create an excitement and craze for something old (new) to collect and I have heard it said "oh I hope Jill doesn't feature this in her magazine, I want to buy some" I suppose it is the supply and demand thing, you create a want, need, gotta have, and the price does goes up or supply doesn't meet all of your many followers needs. I say that is a tribute to the success of your magazine, exciting old and young antiquers to search for just that special piece in their own collections. On the flip side, we walk away with a bit more knowledge on a piece that we now know we have to have... Job well done...
I do want to thankyou for all your hard work and effort and I am sure I like everyone else would love more issues, but in no way want to compromise the quality for quanity. I wish you continued success, health and happiness and again thankyou for allowing each of us to share our views with you.
Julie Jewell Fortuna California
p.s. I love the fact that it is printed in the good old USA and love love the paper quality.
My husband and I have only the highest of praise for A Simple Life magazine. When time comes for an issue to arrive the daily walk to the mailbox becomes one with a much livelier stride. Oh, the anticipation for what we might see for the first time or perhaps in a new way! Where will A Simple Life take us? To a place where history lives on so we can appreciate and learn from the courage, strength and determination of our young nation's citizens. To dreamily tour the warm and inviting homes of friendly folks who are the loving caretakers of time worn treasures. To catch up and spend time with A Simple Woman's Diary (which happens to be our favorite portion of the magazine). To be able to read the thoughts of Christine Crocker in Peace & Plenty. To recipes for delicious meals that many of us may have long forgotten and to a quieter moment so we can all share in Simple Blessings. All of this and so much more printed for our enjoyment on the best quality paper.
So, to grade A Simple Life is to give the highest marks possible in all categories. You have the finest publication of it's kind and we are wowed with every issue. Keep up the good work and enjoy your success!
Friends of A Simple Life,
Donna & Ralph Stepp
Certainly ASL is the best magazine available today, also surpassing all new books offered today on decorating. I savor every morsel, including the cover. I then read the LETTER FROM HOME to find out what is going on. (By the way I am so excited about the show at Appalachian Museum as I live about 1 hr from there. To have these fabulous vendors so close to home is a dream come true.) HOME TOURS are my favorite, then Cheryl's article (Pioneer Ways and Cabin Cookin') and next Lizzie's diary. Also love the article on a particular collectible (scrub boxes in this issue). Would love to get the mag every month, but realize it might not be possible to do and have the current quality. Would 6 times a year be feasible? Anyway, know that I am a very satisfied customer. Thanks for enriching my life with ASL, Betty Wilson
Just received my summer issue and loved everything about it. I enjoy every article, but of course especially enjoy seeing the featured homes. You and your staff have done an amazing job—I have kept every issue and frequently look at them—always see something I missed.
Look forward to your next book. I would love to see a book about kitchens.
Thank you for a wonderful magazine and for the great books.
The first thing I do when I get “my favorite magazine” is stare at the cover and think of a story that goes with it......gardening with out anything but a hoe...maybe a mule to turn it over the first time.....The people standing around in the yard...I count 7...do they all live in the small house?? are some neighbors who have come to help with the planting.....and what a fine fence they have to keep critters out. I went out and got the mail about 5...saw the favorite had arrived and still just waited till after chores then stared at the cover for a bit more. I have only turned to your page so far.....I relish everything in this book.....
Thank you for all the hard work that goes into “my favorite magazine”
WELL...YOUR REPORT CARD FROM ME WOULD LOOK LIKE ALL A+'s !
I LOVE THE HOMES....OH,MY JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE WIDE BOARDS THE PAINTED FURNITURE THE WONDERFUL BASKETS AND ALL THE PICT'S OF THE OUTSIDE...THEN NEXT FAVORITE IS THE RECIPES'....LOVE ALL THE HOME COOKIN' AND PICTURES OF THE OLE BUTCHER BLOCKS AND IRON POTS....WELL, THEN I GO BACK AND READ THE ARTICLES...THEN LOOK THROUGH ALL THE AD'S TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY I CAN PULL UP ON THE COMPUTER....SO I PRETTY MUCH READ IT FROM FRONT TO BACK....ABOUT 2-3 TIMES TO BE TRUTHFULL....MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS, WE DON'T GET ONE OF THESE EVERY MONTH....OH, I HAVE TO WAIT SOOOO LONG.
IN THIS PART OF TEXAS WE DON'T SEE MANY PRIMITIVES...SO I GET REALLY HUNGRY TO SEE WHAT IS OUT THERE AND THE SHOWS ARE FAR ENOUGH I DON'T GET TO GO TO THEM...BUT YOUR MAGAZINE HELPS KEEP ME GOING....SO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD PRIMITIVE WORK AND JUST KNOW A SIMPLE LIFE IS MY KIND OF LIFE.
Oh....my....gosh! Can I just tell you that my winter 2011 issue arrived today and I am blown away. Not only does this issue seem bigger than all the others to date, but the fiddle CD that you included is a most treasured surprise. What a gift! I am listening to it right now and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is so hard to find anything so deeply country in this city in which I live (not by choice), and just listening to it infuses my home with an entirely different, and oh-so-welcomed, flavor. I am so glad I thought to purchase a copy for my Mom for Christmas and I can't wait til it arrives safely as well so I can tuck it in with all her other gifts. I know she will love it as I do.
So again, thank you for a splendid year of dreaming and living vicariously through those who have been blessed to live the dream. I look forward to renewing my subscription for next year and DEFINITELY plan to add your special issue as well.
Happy Holidays to you and all your wonderful staff!
HELLO--------WOW !!!!WHAT A WONDERFUL MAGAZINE !!! I LOVE IT AND CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE NEXT ISSUE. I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. THE MAGAZINE IS AWESOME !!-THE COLOR PICTURES--THE ADVERTISERS- THE CONTENT. THANK YOU FOR STAYING TRUE TO PRIMITIVE LIFESTYLE. I LOVE THE WINTER-CHRISTMAS ISSUE. FEATURING TASHA TUDOR WAS A NICE READ. I HAVE MANY OF HER BOOKS. I THINK MY FAVORITE IS THE SIMPLE WOMAN`S DIARY. I LOVE READING ABOUT THIS PRIMITIVE WOMAN`S DAY TO LIFE AND ALL HER FEELINGS .. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOE A GREAT MAGAZINE. AND THANK YOU FOR THE FIDDLES CD--NOW PLAYING ON MY BOSE RADIO.----A FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF A SIMPLE LIFE MAGAZINE. --------------DEE GANTERT- STEVENS, PA.
Dear Jill. . .
I just purchased "A Simple Life" at The Country Loft in La Mesa, California.
I must say I have a $5.00-$6.00 limit when it comes to magazines, but your
magazine was so appealing I couldn't resist buying it.
Even though I am only on page 15 of the summer 2011 issue I have decided to subscribe. What a wonderful magazine! I love everything that has been "seasoned" with years of loving care. As far as I am concerned, the older something is the better it is. The stories and photos are outstanding. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have stumbled across your magazine.
The "BEST" $35.80 I've ever spent! Thank you for a great magazine!
Be still my heart! When I saw the feature on "Buckets, Benches, Barrels and Bowls, I can't even describe the feeling I had looking through these wonderful pages of perfectly primitive paradise. Very inspiring.
I did really miss seeing "Pioneer Ways and Cabin Cookin." It is one of my favorite features. Just wanted you to know the magazine is the best of the best! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. Donna
Hi Jill ..... I haven't even sent my check out yet for my subscription but can't wait to read the first issue !!! I was going through a catalog and saw your magazines and books and couldn't believe that SOMEONE actually still has the talent and interest to create such beautiful magazines.
My mother and I were just complaining about the fact that the Country magazines we once subscribed to are no longer Country . One has gone out of print and the other may as well . We long for the beautiful country photos of homes , and the interesting text that accompanied them with articles full of fun , facts and history .
Well .... grieve no more because you have filled a void in our souls ! I could only hope that the younger generation would find the beauty , historical significance and great treasures that are still present in our country and may they always be preserved by caring individuals and by your
books and magazines . Thank You .
I wish you every success and Oh yes ... the check is in the mail !
Hi Jill and staff,
Just wanted to say how very much I love your magazine! I want to thank you for including James Cramer. I have loved his idea's for a very long time and bought every magazine that I could find which had some article of his. It is so wonderful to see him in such a wonderful publication as yours. Thank you for the PERFECT magazine!
I can't begin to express the warm feelings I get reading through "A Simple Life" magazine. Without exaggeration, some of the photos and/or articles literally bring tears to my eyes. I don't just 'decorate' the primitive look........I 'live' it. The simple primitive lifestyle is in my heart, soul, and blood. I am actually one of those 'weird' people who wears the 1700's-early 1800's clothing I have sewn and bakes my breads, pies, etc. It is the person God made me to be, and I HAVE to live that way.
I want to thank you again for giving all of us who long to live this lifestyle the gift of your magazine.
DEAR JILL.. IN THIS DAY AND TIME WHEN IT SEEMS EVERYONE IS RUSHING HERE OR THERE WITH SO MANY MATTERS WEIGHING ON OUR HEARTS AND MINDS IMAGINE OPENING A MAGAZINE, YOUR MAGZINE, AND FINDING YOURSELF TRANSPORTED INTO A PEACEFUL LOVELY ERA OF THOUGHTFUL , RESTFUL, BEAUTIFUL STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS.. ..
I HAVE BEEN WAITING BY THE MAILBOX IN ANTICIPATION OF YOUR MAGAZINE ARRIVING FOR WHAT SEEMS FOR EVER SO LONG, I HAD NO DOUBT IT WOULD BE A FABULOUS AND WONDERFUL MAGAZINE, HOWEVER, I WILL SAY YOUR WORK HAS FAR AND AWAY EXCEEDED ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS..
TO SAY YOU HAVE FILLED A VERY NEEDED VOID IS TRUE , HOWEVER, YOU HAVE DONE MUCH MORE THAN SIMPLY THAT... YOUR MAGAZINE TRANSPORTS YOUR READERS INTO THE PAST THROUGH MANY DIFFERENT EYES, AND SURELY MUST TOUCH OUR VERY SOULS WITH VISITS TO TENNESSEE, AND NEW ENGLAND,,, WE VISIT HOMES AND LEARN NEW CRAFTS, TAKE A STROLL THROUGH APPALACHIA, AND GET INSPIRED TO STUDY OUR HISTORY...
A THOUGHTFUL , FABULOUS MAGAZINE IS WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED DEAR JILL....
I WISH YOU WELL AND IT IS MY HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE ON TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND YOUR HEART...
MY BEST TO YOU,,
YOUR FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON STATE,
Dear Jill, Just got the first issue of your magazine and it is really something. Good articles, wonderful photographs and even the ads are well presented. I hope that in these times when we need to look for a simpler life that your efforts are well rewarded. Roddy Moore, Dir. of the Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College, Ferrum,Va
Just wanted to let you know how wonderful the magazine is. It is much better than expected and I had very high expectations after reading and loving both books. It is so much more than a magazine, it truely puts you in that place of the article and takes you to a simpler time. It is a magazine that you will look through time and time again and enjoy every bit. Most magazines these days are looked through quickly because it is mostly useless advertisements and steered away from anything resembling primitive. Even the pages themselves of your magazine are wonderful....not thin paper! Your magazine is one of a kind and will be treasured my many. I look forward to all the issues yet to follow and wish you only the best. Thank you for all your time in making this great magazine,
Mountain View Barn
Hello Jill... I received your magazine this week.. luv~luv~luv. I want to tell you a little story. My Dad turned 90 this past July. Since before Christmas, he hasn't been the best. Keeps me running. I call them several times a day to check on them while I am at the shop. My Mom always ask if I have gotten anything new in. I am slowly making her a primitive Gal! She is from Tennessee. Most of my relatives still live there. I would love to live there myself. I told my Mom about the new magazine and she told me to bring her one. She likes to help me out I think. I was raised with my Dad talking about the "Good Ole Days". Kids playing kick the can and hide & seek in the evening, while the neighbors visited with each other on their porches-drinking lemonade-watching the kids. Simpler times-which is probably why I caught the Prim Bug. I called to check on them yesterday morning and asked my Mom what Daddy was doing. (I am 52 years old but he is still my Daddy!) Mom said he was reading the magazine that she bought from me. Your magazine! He LOVED it. Read it from front to back. He told my Mom that he can certainly see why people would want to buy it. He thought it had some of the best articles ever.
Blessings to you and your family~
Marcia @ Ole Rusty Nail
Jill, I received the first issue of "A Simple Life" magazine on Saturday ... OH MY GOSH!!! It is fabulous to say the least. I knew it would be good but oh my goodness, I don't have the right words to describe how I felt when I look through the magazine. It brought such joy to me. I couldn't stop smiling ... the pictures, the articles, the stories, just everything about it is unbelievable.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the hard work that you have put into this new venture of yours. It is so much a reflection of who I see you as. You have truly been blessed with talents that touch so many people in special ways.
God bless you,