During a recent trip to the bookstore with my son, I knew that Bella Grace wasn't for gentle perusing, but for a long, leisurely stroll, and the weight of it begged me to take it home for dwelling over at the poolside, in the woods, and during long hot baths.
So I did.
Once home, I took my time, devouring each page and item with slow deliberateness.
Thank you for creating something special in this impermanent world.
— Lani Harmon
I gift myself with a subscription to Somerset Studio each year and buy a few back issues during the sale. This year I ordered a copy of Bella Grace. As often as I open a new issue of Somerset Studio and feel so at home, so excited, so inspired to create, Bella Grace is completely different with just a touch of the same. I am at home. I’m crying every time I pick this book up. Words don’t do it justice for how I’m feeling. It’s so right. It just fits. It’s beautiful — the pictures, the words — and I’ve only read two articles. The tears I’ve cried have been many because I too want more beauty in the everyday. I want to be more aware. So I’m blessing myself with a subscription to Bella Grace. I can’t wait.
— Barb Fisher
(Field Guide to Everyday Magic Review)
I think this book is fantastic.
It asks interesting & thought-provoking questions that take only minutes to answer, yet they are questions that keep me thinking long after the book is put away.
The questions in the book constantly make me more aware of the people & the world around me. It has made me eager to set aside time each week to unplug, concentrate & dig deeply into my own life & the person I have been created to be.
I set a goal to do 1 journal page a week. That quickly went to 2 pages because it was so much fun. Now I can't wait for Journal Wednesdays & have to fight to keep myself from doing more pages in between.
I have tried to do other "journal" type books before & always seem to lose steam after a few weeks or so. This isn't the case - so far - with this book. I got it as a pre-order &, as I said, I'm still excited to open it up every week and do my new pages & add to my old ones.
Whether you are a writer or thinker or a dreamer, I highly recommend this book.
— Kieran Rich
Bella Grace is advertisement-free (LOVE!!!), thoughtfully bound in high-quality paper and print colors. It's a treasure trove of snapshots, inspiration, lists, shared stories, reflections, and pictures of everyday magical moments that are created by the audience for the audience and resonate within all. It is a work of art, a shared history, a sisterhood for women from all walks of life to grow and fuel their beautiful life's journey. Never have I found a magazine (only books) so real that both admires and supports the wonders of women. Between these pages I find a morning or evening meditation, and a reminder to seek the peace, beauty, courage for needed change, and mindfulness in life. I'll be adding these to my personal library for years to come. I recommend this to every woman, young to old--it's beyond worth every penny. In fact, I'll be sending a copy to my younger sister this week to start off her final year of undergrad!
— Natalie Pflugrad
Bella Grace is an oasis of calm serenity amid the chaos of present day life. I begin my day with a glass of warm lemon water as I sit in my reading chair and peruse these gorgeous and heartfelt stories and pictures. Each page reminds me that we are meant to cherish the little quiet moments and sparkling surprises of life. A rosy sunset, the breeze in your hair, the sound of the ocean as she repeatedly kisses the shore. I find a warm welcome within these pages and a validation for my love of slowing down and smelling the roses, or gardenias, or honeysuckle.
Though I hate to damage books I have taken to removing the journaling pages and sticking them in a folder to write upon when the mood strikes. I like the idea of keeping all those pages together in one place. I randomly choose one and begin to write whatever comes up for me.
I so appreciate that you have created this publication for the world during a time when we need some peace and slowness in our lives.
— Renee Cassese
I have been a huge fan of Bella Grace Magazine since its inception. I eagerly awaited the first issue and each issue since has exceeded my expectations. I was so excited when you announced the Field Guide to Everyday Magic as I have been removing the journaling pages from Bella Grace and collecting them. I just received my issue of The Field Guide to Everyday Magic and am very impressed. I have made this my go to journal for my morning journaling ritual and have added cut out magazine images and stamping to the pages to "dress it up." It is so much fun to play in and I hope this will be a continuing publication as I can see already that this issue will fill up very quickly.
This truly is a magical journal that fits my artistic style.
— Renee Cassese
This is well past your request for responses regarding Bella Grace, but I really want to let you know how much it has become my companion, inspiration, and encourager. I have been a subscriber of three of Stampington’s magazines over the past four or five years; Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, Where Women Create Business and now Bella Grace.
I love all of Stampington’s magazines, but Bella Grace is much more than a magazine to me. I am a fine artist / illustrator and a recently retired graphic designer. My husband, Daryl and I are in the process of traveling between three states, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, trying to decide where we want to permanently relocate. It has not been easy. However, on this long road process, Bella Grace has been my constant friend in the car and hotels along the way quenching my weary soul.
— Shirley "Sam" Tait
One day I was having a self love day. A day alone to spoil myself and do what makes me happy. At some point during that day I was browsing the shelves of Barnes and Noble looking through all the books. I had no intentions to buy anything, it was enough to just walk through the shelves with the fresh smell of books and the quiet store surrounding me. I made my way over to the magazine shelf and somehow a Bella Grace magazine jumped out at me. It was like it was the only thing I saw even though I had never seen one before. I picked it off the shelf and leafed through the pages. The photographs drew me in and I read a few titles. I knew I needed to have it. As soon as I bought it I couldn't wait to get home and read it. I made some afternoon tea, pushed my white lace curtains aside to allow the sun to fully shine into my room and crawled into bed. There with my tea and my very first Bella Grace magazine the time began to slip away from me. It may have been 2 or even 3 hours before I finished it. I loved every article. It was filled with so much inspiration and happiness and what I felt like was a whole new world of people that felt like I did and wanted to live their lives like I did. So much beauty and beautiful thought crammed into a magazine and I was in love. Now Bella Grace has become my go to reminder of how I want to live my live and I am so thankful for that. You guys are awesome!
— Ashley Honkala