I think I have mentioned "The Reeves Library" to you before. I was given full control over our upstairs hall linen closet when we built our house and what began as a place to keep my Victoria and Martha Stewart Living magazines, quickly expanded to hold all of the issues of magazines that I love and want to keep. I have all of the issues of the short-lived Blueprint magazine. Years of the outstanding publication American Homestyle and Garden and at least a decade of Country Home. Every shelf is full. I am almost to the point where my library needs an expansion.
I tend to store my issues by brand and by month, rather than by year. That way all of my February Victoria issues are together and I can pull out 8 and have all the inspiration I need for Valentines Day fun. Most people that tout organizational philosophies or methods get rid of magazines first. But I am not most people and I certainly use what I keep. My library is active and I love it.
Here's proof. I pulled out the Victoria magazine from Jan/Feb 2009 and look what is on the cover. A pot de creme that is very similar to the set of four that I found at the West Palm Beach Antique and Flea Market. I knew that I had to have them, but its also fun to see that they are cover-worthy.
The article "Pots de Creme: A Taste of History at the Table" was written by Katie Brandon ans she says "These intricate creamy white cups are a reproduction of an 18th century design from the Pont Aux Choux factory..."
I have yet to bake in them yet. I want to make sure that these antique vessels can handle the heat of a water bath first.
Have you ever bought anything that you then saw in a magazine?