Very Big News!

by Susan on March 2, 2012

So for months now I have been alluding to a big secret I’ve been keeping. I am thrilled that today I can finally share the news with all of you.

Juniper Moon Farm is starting a magazine called By Hand. By Hand will be a lifestyle magazine for people who make, with departments for cooking, crafting, DIY, gardening, and do-gooding, with a bit of travel and profiles of makers every month.

The idea is to celebrate creating things with our hands, and to explore the motivation to make things in a world where there are cheaper and immediate alternatives. It will be both practical (patterns, DIY projects, etc) and thoughtful, with a lovely and gentle aesthetic.

We have lots of amazing contributors and editors on board already, and the first issue is well underway. But before we go any further, we need your help!

We are holding a Kickstarter campaign to raise the rest of the money we need to make the magazine everything we want it to be. And as an added inducement, we have commissioned so amazing rewards! Our art director Michelle Lukezic has designed posters and t-shirts that are going to be incredibly popular with people who make things with their hands. Here’s a sample:

There are posters and t-shirts for each of the sections in the magazine!

If you like what you see and want to support us, great! If you can help us get the word out about the Kickstarter  and the magazine we will be forever in your debt!


1 Mary March 2, 2012 at 6:57 am

Congratulations! Looks like fun!

2 Suzy L March 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

YAY!! I love love love this idea and I will do what I can to get the word out. Susie, you are amazing!

3 Jenny Depa-Karl March 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

YAY! looks like a good read!

4 BethD March 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

Very exciting news!

5 H. Breuninger March 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

Very exciting! HAB

6 Ann Korzeniewski March 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

I just joined the revolution!

7 Marla March 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

Very exciting. I can’t wait to subscribe!

8 SashaDee March 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

Done and done. So excited to see what is produced!

9 Lyn (coppertoptoo) March 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

Yay! So exciting!! Sign me up! Off to spread the word.

10 Liz March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

So exciting! Will also share! Check out GOODs 31 day art challenge and tweet your news in conjunction with their social cultural art everyday awareness

11 --Deb March 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

SUCH a great idea. Congratulations! Where can I sign up for a subscription? (grin)

12 Rebecca March 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

Looooove it! Off to kickstarter!!!

13 coasterkim March 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

This looks like a great mag! Do you know how much a yearly subscription will cost?

14 Susan March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

Kim, we don’t know yet, because it will depend on how many copies we are able to print at once, but it looks like we’re generating more interest than I had expected to!

15 Fran March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

Wow… I, too, am off to kickstarters…

16 Herbi March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

100% supporter, WILL suscribe for sure. Gonna get to Kickstart asap!

17 coasterkim March 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

Thanks, Susan. Heading to Kickstarter now!

18 yarnyMarni March 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

I… LOVE… this!!! Y’all are so creative over there… all the best for a successful launch!

19 Alyson March 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

is there another way to donate? I just read the mother jones article recently put up on the blog and signing in to kickstarter using my amazon account would break my new resolution to stop using amazon so much.

20 Susan March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thanks so much for asking, Alyson! You can send a check and let us know which reward you want and we’ll add you to the list. The address is:
Juniper Moon Farm
1036 Venable Road
Palmyra VA 22963
Just be sure to include your email address so we can get back to you with updates, shirts sizes, etc.

21 Fiona K March 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

Will it be available internationally?? If so, count me in!!! X

22 Susan March 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

Even if I have to hand-carry it to Ireland my very own self, Fiona!

23 Elizabeth March 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

Whoot this sounds so perfect for me! How can I help?

24 Ludmilla March 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

Fabulous news. Will tweet! Best news this morning and good luck!

25 Carla March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

LOVE it!

26 Sally creevy March 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

Your energy and enthusiasm are infectious! I read your blog every day! Good luck on your new adventure, visiting you is on my retirement list! Can’t wait to see the magazine!

27 Karen March 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

AWE-sommmmeee! I love it. You are a powerhouse of creativity.

28 Erin March 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

In the time it took me to read the Kickstarter campaign copy, the amount pledged went up $500. I’m guessing you guys are going to be doing that *all day*.

29 Susan March 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

You know me so well. :)

30 Anna from Victory Garden Yarn March 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Oh wow, this is so exciting!!! I cannot wait to see what the magazine is like, I’m sure it will be brilliant (of course!). I absolutely LOVE the poster design, too–I think it might have to hold court on my office wall!

31 Tanya March 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

*slow clap* Way to go, Susie! What a great first day on Kickstarter :D

32 Shelley Noble March 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Fantastic! I’m in.

33 Elana March 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Wait…you’re going to hand carry it to Ireland? Woot!

34 Fiona K March 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Oh Susan…. I am sooooo going to hold you to that one!!! I’m in!! And am unofficially your cheerleader for everyone I know over here x

35 kylie gusset March 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’m so THRILLED for you! you KNOW that if a kickstarter project gets over 30%, that they’ll get 100%, yeah? There’s no inbetween, so CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy that like me, you get to realise your dream. Here’s mine: – receiving the yarn next week!

36 gale (she shoots sheep shots) March 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Wonderful- will do my best to spread the word of your Kickstarter campaign. And you know I’d be proud to be a contributor (maybe you’d like something from me with my Craft Activism co-author, Joan Tapper?)

37 Susan March 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

Gale, I would LOVE to have you do something for By Hand! You know I’m a crazy fan girl for you and Joan.

38 Christina Del Villar March 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the first issue (especially the ad for Good Squared Confections : )

39 Pamela March 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This is wonderful news!
I’ve featured you on my blog today, hope to send more people your way!

40 Adina | Gluten Free Travelette March 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This is great! I’m so excited, looking forward to the first issue. I’ll have a little blurb and link to your Kickstarter page up on my blog this coming week!

41 Karen March 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The Revolution will be Hand Crocheted too! One of few hand crafts that cannot be replicated by a machine (but I’m sure they’re trying to find a way).

42 Susan March 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Karen, you must be listening in on my emails! The crochet version is coming Monday.

43 Carol S GIBBS March 5, 2012 at 8:10 am

Hey, Susan
I had an idea when I was reading through the prizes for donations. If someone is getting married or planning a very special birthday OR just a great party, the $3,000 might be a good deal. You could get a beautiful one-of a kind location (that would not require a lot of decorations) and food prepare by two unbelievable cooks AND launch a wonderful project.

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