A Simple Life 2018 Winter Issue Sneak Peek

The winter issue will be shipping very soon! So get your renewals, subscriptions, and Christmas gift subscriptions in soon! Call us at 806-748-0700, email us at: asimplelifemagazine@gmail.com, or visit our website at http://www.asimplelifemagazine.com

We have 3 incredible homes from the Lone Star State in this Issue!

The Houston home of Danny & Kathi Fagan

The Magnolia, Texas home of JC & Pat Evans.

The McKinney, Texas home of Cliff & Adrienne Dykes.

And SO MUCH MORE!

Last week James Cramer, Patsy Martin and Eddie Shoop came to Virginia for a photo shoot! You will see all our hard work in a future 2019 issue!

Yesterday I had a wonderful Christmas photo shoot in Kentucky at the home of Larry & Ruth Proffitt. What a FUN day! And actually I’m still in KY because I got snowed “out!” We have 16″ of the white stuff on Walker’s Knob so I can’t get home just yet!

But Folsom loves it and that’s all that matters!

Good grief! I’m still here!

My stars, how long has it been? Ok, just say it, “Since the end of September!” I knew it was bad but was afraid to look at the date on my last post.

Fall is no doubt my busiest time of year. And the season we all love. All the shows, festivals and open houses are great, and I’ve been everywhere and having a ball.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, family, friends and lots of pie! And ice cream!

I was able to sneak off to NM last week for a few days to see my dad, and my cousins and uncle joined us from California.

So tomorrow kicks off the Christmas photo shoot season and I’m heading to Illinois (up near Chicago) to the home of Phil and Mary DeBuhr. It promises to be a cold one but not looking like we’ll have snow for the outside photos.

I’m going to close for now and try to leave you with a promise of writing more often in the coming days. I think if I focus on doing short ‘hey, how are you?’ Notes more frequently I can do better!

I’m going to close with a photo from last weekend of our calf “Miracle” who is doing great and enjoying getting to know Folsom!

A Simple Life Magazine Special Christmas Issue

Our Special Christmas Issue will be shipping next week! It was such a fun issue to produce with amazing homes, loving homeowners and lots of decorating ideas!

Visit WV home of Dave & Dianne McWhorter! You are in for a treat! I always say I have the very BEST homeowners, and there seems to be something about photographing a home at Christmas time that really brings out the soul mates. I will never forget the magical two days I spent with this amazing and talented couple!

The early NH home of Dana Schwartz is the idyllic New England dream for the holidays! And we got lots of snow the day I was there to add to the festivities! You don’t want to miss it!

Just when you think it can’t get any better, the Simple Life Christmas issue sneak peek continues! Join us in visiting the NY home of John and Janice Elderkin, warm and wonderful for the holidays!

Visit the awesome Alabama farmhouse of Mike and Doris Luttrelll! It’s a home filled with love! I can’t wait for this issue to start arriving in mailboxes soon!

All this and SO MUCH MORE MY FRIENDS!!! A really great issue!! ❤️♥️

The loss of a special soul ..

Good afternoon,

I set out today to give you a sneak peek of our upcoming Fall issue, but as I was preparing, my mind kept thinking about the loss of an incredible woman in our antique family, Marge Staufer.  As you recall, Marge and her Ohio home were featured in ASL in our Spring issue.  A lot of people always asked why I never had Marge’s home in the magazine in the past nine years and I would always say, “It’s so incredible, it’s been featured a lot. I could not do it any better than it’s already been done…”  And then one day it hit me. I’m crazy. I need to do Marge’s home because of MARGE. Because Marge was such an iconic, pure, passionate person in our business who had such grace and was always willing to share her knowledge, inspire everyone she met and was so ahead of her time in everything she did. What a disservice I was doing her and our readers by NOT featuring her and her home. I will never forget the day we spent together. I truly came away from that experience so much wiser, much more caring, much more alive.  Our industry and the world lost a great one this week, but the angels are rejoicing and I know she has an early New England home filled with the very best in heaven and she is overjoyed to be reunited with her Al once again.  We love you Marge – until we meet again.

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While it’s hard to do daily tasks when we’ve lost a loved one, I also know what Marge would say. “You show your readers those Fall photos and get that issue in their mailboxes!”

So …. I’m super excited that our Fall issue of the magazine has gone to print and will begin shipping in 10 days to two weeks. As you know, Fall is my favorite time of year and always my favorite issue. I enjoyed every minute putting it together, laying it out and reminiscing over last years photo shoots.

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We have four great homes to feature, starting with the Illinois country home of Robert and Sandy Thuer.

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Janet and Jon Wright have a wonderful Pilgrim era home in the Buckeye state!

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Here’s the awesome Connecticut home of Wayne and Sandy Peck!

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And you won’t want to miss the Massachusetts home of Art and Vicki Martin! You’ll recall that their gardens were featured in our Summer issue.

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Last Fall, Jimmie Cramer, Eddie Shoop and I went to Michigan to work with Cheryl Jones on a “Harvest Gathering” article. It is one of my favorite articles ever produced by A Simple Life. It was a photographer’s dream!

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In Pennsylvania, at the cabin of Patsy Martin, our team got together and made scarecrows! What an inspiration! You will love this story!

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When I was a teenager, I fell in love with the photographic images of Dorothea Lange. She has been such an inspiration to me. A couple of years ago I was able to see some of her original work in a museum and I was literally balling the whole time. I’ve always wanted to do a feature on her for the magazine but never felt I could do her incredible photos justice with mere words. When Heidi Dangremond started writing for us, I knew she was the one who could bring Dorothea to life for everyone who has ever seen her work and for those who might not know about her. I am so proud of this addition to the Fall issue.

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I hope you love the Fall issue as much as I do!