The DECEMBER 2018 issue of RUBY magazine celebrates the gifts and blessings of the Christmas season. Inspirational articles, short stories, poetry, book reviews, crafts, and recipes that will encourage you and your family every day of the month.
RUBY magazine is always FREE to read online, and it is now available for KINDLE, and will be available in print very soon!
Don’t miss the beautiful Christmas poetry by Connie Arnold, Rejetta Morse, Kathryn Ross, Stacie Eirich, and Brittany Keating Pate. You will be inspired by the short story, “Dashing through the Snow” by Norma C. Mezoe, and a sweet story about a young mother and her grandma in “What we Know” by Deb Ilardi. “Gingerbread Houses – A Sweet Tradition” by Joan Leotta will encourage you to make memories with your children and grandchildren this holiday season, and “Wrapped Up in Christmas” by Nancy Frantel offers a glimpse into the heart and home of Christmases gone by.
“Christmas Lights and Memories of Pop-pop” by Lisa J. Radcliff is a touching tribute to a very special Grandpa, and “The Old Cupboard” by Gloria Doty will bring back memories from your childhood if you grew up during a time when Christmas baking was a really big deal at holiday time. Discover the history of the Christian hymn, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” written by hymn historian Diana Leagh Matthews, and learn how to “Make Your Own Holiday Apron for Less than $10” by Theresa Begin.
You will be delighted with the sweet memories shared in “Hometown Christmas Memories or The Spirit of My Christmas Past” by Kathryn Ross, and you might feel a bit nostalgic reading “Memories of an Old-Fashioned Christmas” by Nina Newton (that’s me!).
I hope you will take a minute to read the December issue of RUBY magazine. We have so many gifted writers from around the world who share their hearts and words with us. Be sure to visit the RUBY blog for daily encouragement and inspiration, where you can read every issue of RUBY magazine.
RUBY magazine, December 2018
Welcome to this week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party!
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Angelina- Petite Haus
Amber- Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Theresa- Shoestring Elegance
Linda- Crafts a la Mode
Pam- An Artful Mom
Every month we design and create a pretty printable calendar for RUBY magazine and we like to share it here, as well. This month’s calendar was created from a beautiful watercolor image of autumn leaves in bright shades of red / maroon / fuschia, yellow, orange, and dark green all on a gray/blue background. You can use this fun calendar on your blog or website, or you can print it out and use it in your daytimer or calendar / art journal.
To use this pretty calendar, just right click on the image and then “save as” image to your computer. Then you can upload it to your blog or website, or print it out. That’s it! Have fun being creative with the October 2018 FREE printable calendar from Vintage Mama’s Cottage.
Here’s your FREE printable calendar for June! I’m going to print mine out and use it on one of the pages in my art journal. How do you use pretty printable calendars? You can also use this on your blog or website . . . just right click on the image and then “Save as” an image to your computer. Then drop it wherever you want it! A very sweet addition to your blog, website, or other social media pages. Have fun!
It always happens the first week of every month . . . . the new issue of RUBY magazine is published, and I feel quite successful! It’s a big job putting all of the submissions together in one, neat, tidy little bundle with pretty pictures – but I love creating this fun publication every month. After all, I’ve been doing this little project for going on ten years, so I’m getting pretty good at figuring out all of the technical details. But it still takes a lot of time, and once it is finished, it seems that there are lots of people who are blessed by the inspirational articles, short stories, poetry, and book reviews that my writers send in.
I also like to include a few recipes and / or craft projects for each season, so that is a fun part of this project for me, as well. Of course, I’m always looking for new recipes and crafts for each issue so if you have anything you would like to share with the readers of RUBY magazine, please let me know! I would love to include you. It would be fun to do a quarterly / seasonal issue filled with all crafts and recipes, focused on different DIY projects and holiday cooking ideas. Hmmmmm . . . . not that I actually need one more thing to do, but that does sound like a fun project!
But this week has been another busy one – in addition to my online teaching five mornings a week and finishing up the May issue of RUBY magazine, I’ve also been working on altering prom dresses. Yes, it is that time of year, so we had to go shopping for a prom dress (“I’ll pay HALF for a dress THAT expensive!” declared this frugal mama), and then there are the matching shoes, and the hair appointment. Oh, and having a teenage driver – priceless! Literally, it doubled our auto insurance premium, but then we knew all along that raising kids is expensive, and it doesn’t last forever, so we’re good with all that. Life is short, and they really do grow up REALLY fast, so we’ll probably work the rest of our lives, but at least we’ll have good memories.
For this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party I knew that I was just about on the edge of exhaustion, but I knew that I had to let you all know about the new issue of RUBY, so here it is. As soon as we get through the weekend (prom is Saturday night!), I have some other fun projects to share with you. I’ve been making progress on my art journal, and I have the pages for both April and May finished. I’ve gotten a tiny bit daring and I’ve started including my own writing, in rather discreet places like tiny booklets tucked into pockets and envelopes, but still that is progress for me. I know that might seem strange for someone who spends her life writing, sometimes for a living, but I’m really quite private with my own writing, so this is a big step for me. I do feel rather intimidated, but still somewhat successful for finally finding the courage to share my own words . . . even if it is only in my own, private journal!
I hope you can join us for this week’s TFT party. It has been an important part of my life for several years now, and the friendships I’ve made along the way are truly a blessing. Come on along for the ride, make new friends, find new blogs, and learn new stuff! It’s fun, and I would love to see you there. OK I’m done for today. I have to be up at 5:00 a.m. to teach my kiddos on the other side of the world about the English language, you know nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs . . . . and how to say, “Hello, my name is _____________” and “How are you today?” and “I am fine. How are you?” and “I am fine, too, thank you.” It’s the best part of my day, those early morning times of connecting with little people and sharing friendship, laughter, and knowledge. Hope to see you at the party!
PS If you want to send me something for the June issue of RUBY magazine, leave me a comment with your email, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit our submissions page on the RUBY blog HERE.
Please join us for this week’s
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party
Angelina- Petite Haus
Theresa Begin – Shoestring Elegance
The April 2018 issue of RUBY magazine is filled with inspirational articles, devotionals, poetry, short stories, crafts, recipes, and book reviews for you and your family. Join the RUBY team as we celebrate the arrival of spring!
In the April 2018 issue of RUBY magazine you will discover creative inspiration in the craft tutorials by Theresa Begin, spiritual wisdom in articles such as “The Sound of a Silent Soul” by Suzane Avadiar and “What If? The Intersection of Faith and Doubt” by Joanne Jarrett, MD, and “I Lie for a Reason” by R.G. Sharpe, and many more. The April 2018 issue of RUBY magazine also features book reviews by Miriam Jacob and Lynn Mosher, home and garden articles by Jehn Kubiak and Nina Newton, poetry that celebrates the beauty of spring, and our monthly special feature, “Kids’ Korner,” with a short story by Shara Bueler-Repka.
Lots of great encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, advice, and information for you and your family in the April 2018 issue of RUBY magazine.
Now accepting submissions for the MAY 2018 issue of RUBY magazine!
Visit the RUBY blog, submissions page for all the details.
HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS FOR ARTICLES FOR MAY:
Fun family activities
Spring party ideas
The March 2018 issue of RUBY magazine has been published! In this issue of RUBY magazine you will find inspirational articles and short stories that celebrate family and the upcoming Easter season. Book reviews, recipes, and even a brand-new Kids’ Corner section complete with book reviews, historical insights into St. Patrick’s Day, a short story and a coloring page for the kids.
It is available FREE to read online or you can purchase a copy of our magazine in print from Amazon.
If you are a writer and would like to send in a submission for an upcoming issue of RUBY magazine, please visit the submissions page on the RUBY blog at http://www.rubyforwomen.com/submissions for all the details. Or you can email us at email@example.com with any questions.
Here’s your FREE printable calendar for
designed and created for Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Every month we design and create a beautiful calendar for the current issue of RUBY magazine, and we make it available to you for free! It’s just a fun way for us to let you know how much we appreciate your support and participation in the ministry of RUBY magazine and community.
If you would like to use this beautiful February 2018 calendar as your screensaver, or on your blog or website, ore even if you want to print it out and pop it in your art journal (that’s what I do every month!), just right click on the image and “Save as Image” to your computer. That’s it! Then you can use it anyway you want to make your world a little bit brighter, especially on these cold, late winter days.
But remember, February means it is almost March, and March, and March means it is almost April, and April means it is almost . . . SPRING! Thanks for stopping by for a visit at RUBY magazine and community, and please join us on Facebook in our community group where you can catch up with other Christian women who love the Lord as much as you do! Hope to see you there,
Hello February! We are one day closer to spring, and it’s been crazy busy around here . . . as I’m sure it has been for you, as well. Even after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, suddenly there are so many new adventures on the horizon. I’m really excited to welcome Theresa Begin to the Thursday Favorite Things Team! It always amazes me how God brings friends from around the world and all across our great nation together through the gift of the internet. Yes, I know the internet has all kinds of “dangerous” things about it, too, so I do my best to be careful and for sure, to protect my daughters from online dangers. But I also have experienced the gift of friendship with women that I never, ever would have met in my little farming community in northern Indiana!
One of the ways that God has blessed me through my online connections is with all of the amazing writers who share their gift of words, stories, devotionals, poetry, and inspirational articles every month. Today the February issue of RUBY magazine is available, with a great article by Theresa Begin about starting and keeping a gratitude journal. If you haven’t started a journal yet this new year, be sure to read her article for some great tips and advice to get you going.
I love working on the RUBY magazine each month, and Theresa has been a great help with the magazine this past month. I am so grateful for her servant’s heart, her love for the Lord, her love for her family, and her passion for helping people. I hope you will welcome Theresa to our weekly linky party, stop by her blog and give her a virtual hug! You will love her, too! I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all in the comingFavorite Things: RUBY magazine and New Friends week or so, but for now, I have to check on the students in my online writing class . . . but I’ll be back to connect with some of you this week, as well.
Thanks for stopping by the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party – hope to see you again soon!
Please join us for this week’s
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party
Hope to see you there!
Angelina- Petite Haus
Theresa Begin – Shoestring Elegance
Welcome to 2018! If you have been reading my blog for any time at all, you probably know that in addition to my creative design work at Vintage Mama’s Cottage, I am also the sr. editor of RUBY magazine, an online and print publication featuring inspirational articles, short stories, poetry, book reviews, craft tutorials, recipes, and lots of other family-friendly content.
RUBY magazine was started in late 2009 – early 2010 at a time when I was no longer working away from home (as a result of the financial collapse, the bank where I was working closed its branches in our town), and I was wondering what God had next for me. I was quite happy to be at home with our girls who were 7 and 9 years old at the time, so I wasn’t really looking for a “JOB” when I was contacted by the woman who originally started the Ruby Women publication.
At the time, Ruby Women was created and sent out as a PDF document to several friends and family members of the original creator, but she was no longer able to maintain the work of the magazine because of health concerns. She asked me if I would be interested in helping her with the magazine, and I agreed. It wasn’t long after that, however, that she emailed me to let me know that she was no longer able to do any of the work so she was just going to let the project go . . . unless I would be interested in taking it over. And that’s how RUBY magazine became part of my life!
Over the past almost 10 years, RUBY magazine has evolved and grown to the point that we are now featuring writers from all across America as well as from other English-speaking countries all around the world. We have over 125 writers who have contributed to RUBY magazine, with 20 – 15 writers featured in each monthly issue. Although we are not able to offer monetary compensation to our writers, we work very hard to promote all of our writers through our social media pages, and offer lots of promotional opportunities as well.
In August 2016 we began offering RUBY magazine as a print publication for our readers who had been requesting this option for quite some time. Every month RUBY magazine is available for purchase on Amazon, and the digital document is always available to read online for free.
As we look forward to 2018, RUBY magazine remains committed to providing resources for families, as well as a platform for Christian women to tell their stories, share their writing, and connect with one another in our online community. If you would like information about RUBY magazine, please visit the RUBY blog at http://www.rubyforwomen.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you!
As for Vintage Mama’s Cottage in 2018 . . . . well, it’s been a challenging autumn and winter so far following the flood in our laundry room back in October, but we are finally beginning to get things back to normal. It took a really long time to get all of the mess cleaned up and the repairs completed (final repairs were finished three days before Christmas!), and the really cold weather has not helped this past couple of weeks, but we’re making a bit of progress every day. It won’t be long and I’ll be back in my studio creating fun new designs to share with you!
If you love some of the “old-fashioned” and traditional homemaking arts, then you are in the right place! Both Vintage Mama’s Cottage and RUBY magazine will be focused on helping you on your journey as you care for your home and family and rediscover traditional “home arts.” Hope to see you often!