Prepare to be bummed out - Mary Engebreit's Home Companion is ceasing publication. Ouch, that hurts. I have purchased every issue since it premiered. I've saved all my issues and really enjoy re-reading them. I am really sad that it will no longer be peeking out from the magazine rack. MEHC is yet another victim of our faultering economy. I'll miss the artist profiles and the paper dolls. I hope it comes back in another incarnation.
Some other periodicals have also bitten the dust:
Wondertime - it was a good source for finding new products for young children
Oprah at Home - A glimpse of how the rich and famous live
Cottage Living - Inspiration for pretty interiors
And... almost as sad as MEHC, Country Home. I'll miss Country Home because It gave really good display ideas for antiques and vintage items.
What's killing off the magazines? The economy, for sure. Free online sources have bitten into paid subscriptions. Why buy a cooking magazine when the recipes are free on some website? Additionally, I guess if you are facing forclosure on your house, you're in no mood to curl up with a shelter magazine. A few periodicals have suffered due to poor decicions on the part of the editorial staff, changing magazines we love to something dull and bland. It is to be hoped that when the economy makes a bounce back, new magazines will be launched by editors and staff who are innovative and creative. Let's keep our fingers crossed.