The arrival of an issue of Martha Stewart Living nearly a month before it hits newsstands is always a nice treat for a collector like myself; it gives me a sense of what the year ahead may hold for the producers of my favourite magazine and a glimpse at some of the changes the publication will showcase. The January, 2011, issue arrived today and it is as fresh and vibrant as I was expecting it to be, keeping those trademark January touchstones intact: a focus on celebrations, on cooking light and healthy, on sewing crafts and on homekeeping. And there are fresh, new features, too, including a new column called "Worth Doing Well" which will focus on a practical project that everyone really ought to know how to do well in order to simplify and streamline some everyday challenges.The cover feels warm and welcoming, like the home-cooked meal it showcases.A new section in the magazine called "Martha Moment" (I take no credit, although I like to think the profile of this blog may have had at least something to do with the chosen title, however inadvertently) will feature a moment in Martha's world. This one features a photograph Martha took on her farm after a January snowfall.The Contents page was remade to be tidy and index-like, with a simple pictorial of some of the highlighted features.Martha's Calendar is now called "Martha's Month" and has been expanded to fill two pages, with more seasonal tips and how-tos to coincide with Martha's personal agenda.
Also in the issue is a great article on birthday parties and Martha's "From My Home to Yours" column is given a central placement among the main features with several pages of her floral arrangements. It's a fun and fresh issue!