After a decade of creating content for Entertablement, I have learned a number of things, principally about the various tasks associated with publishing blogs, books and magazines. My preferences, in order:
Love: dreaming up designs for table settings, arranging flowers, setting tables, experimenting with new recipes, travel photography
Neutral: hauling table accoutrements, grocery shopping and food prep, kitchen clean-up, processing photographs
Loathe with the heat of a thousand suns: technology for Kindle. I. Give. Up.
Entertablement is pleased to present our Spring Quarterly 2022. Simply click on the link and the publication will magically appear.
We have also converted the Autumn and Winter editions of our Quarterly to flipbooks. You can view them on your desktop, iPad or other mobile devices; no special downloads or apps are required.
I feel better already.
This is beautiful! God has given you a wonderful gift of creating so many lovely things, from tabletops to meals, centerpieces while doing it so well. I will pray that you will have open doors of opportunity to share your gifts more abundantly. Thank you for your time and creative talent in putting these publications together.
Thanks so much, Liz. You are too kind.
I’m so grateful for the interest and feedback from my readers who take the time to comment.
For me, it’s great to have the creative outlet. You know the saying about idle hands and the devil’s work!
Have a great day!
Helen, Thank you for sharing your beautiful seasonal flipbooks. They are awesome. I love the gorgeous table settings and the tempting recipes. They make me want to tie on an apron, dig out some ingredients and get cooking! of course I’d have to set that food on a festively set table.
Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m already working on the summer one.
Cooking a beef and mushroom pie today to double-test an upcoming recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂
Yum, sounds great.
Love, Love the Flip books!
Thanks, Kathy! It’s been a frustrating journey to get to the right technology, but I think we’re there. Wooot!!
You’ve really outdone yourself this time. Love love love “flipping through” the “pages.” (Z Gallerie has long used a similar format.) Although May Day celebrations have died out in the US, in Bavaria many villages have a huge permanent maypole in the town square. In the early 60s at my US grammar school we always danced around the maypole, so your writeup brings tender memories. in 2000, whilst driving to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and listening to Bavarian Radio, I heard again the very tune we used to dance to.
Can’t wait to settle down with a cuppa and go through all the quarterlies, planning some wonderful food! Congratulations…it was worth it.
Thanks so much, Beatrice. I was at the point of hurling my computer across the room trying to deal with the Kindle upload. It gets worse with each edition. The translation from PDF to Kindle for the books worked fine, but the quarterlies have been a nightmare. Something has clearly changed. Kindle works well for text-heavy books but is increasingly impossible for the fixed-format needed for picture-heavy publications.
I love that Europe still has the maypole tradition. There is something very soothing about continuing with traditions grounded in the seasons, that don’t involve technology!
I’ve sung “Round and round the maypole, like a teddy bear” for hours on end with my own kids and the grandbabies. With each squeal of delight as we “tickly under there” the demand is “again”, palm extended for more “round and round”.
Enjoy your cuppa and read! I’ve begun cooking up a storm for the summer quarterly. 🙂
Love this new format Helen – it is perfect! Full screen desktop/laptop is definitely the best. I happily went through all three quarterlies tonight and they are all gorgeous (although I am sucker for Christmas)! A just-right mix of beautiful tablescapes, recipes, and your love of castles. Lovely!
Thanks, Kim! I’m thrilled with it – especially how easy it is to use from my end. I’m also delighted you like the content. It’s such a fun project each quarter, especially now we’ve got the kinks out.
Have a great week.
Such a beautiful, classy magazine! The photos and layouts are excellent. Well done.
Wondering if you would mind to share which platform you’re using to create Entertablement mag – I’m looking to launch a magazine in a completely different market, but want it to look as professional as possible.
I use InDesign to create the layout, which I then export as a PDF.
The PDF is then translated by Flippingbooks.com to create the flip book.
Hope this helps. Don’t hesitate to reach out or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can answer any more questions.
Good luck with your publication.
Hi Helen — thank you so much!! Praying for your continued success with your site and magazine — excited for you!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
You are most welcome, Angie! Glad you enjoyed it.