On the Cover: Acrylicana

By Stephanie Lynn, age 24, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

On the cover this month I have chosen to spotlight the vibrant, colorful art of Mary Winkler. Inspired by the bright bold colors of late '60s artists like Peter Max, Mary's Etsy business Acrylicana features visually edible items, from cupcake cell phone charms to doughnuts and sushi. In our Fun Stuff feature, I interview Mary and showcase some of her free-spirited, youthful, and delicious looking art.

41 articles and features await you this month, including some very well-written fiction. "Ish (part 3)" continues the intriguing story of Alicia, a recent grad uncomfortably entering the workplace, and her ... let's just say "interesting" relationship with her mother Annie. "Ish" is the first part of an introspective examination of a modern family of anxiety-ridden individuals.

You may notice a little something new this month - Pink Stars. Gold Stars are awarded to our featured writers who have had 10 or more of their articles published, and we add 2 new stars this month: Mariah, and Jasmin. Pink Stars will be used to designate our staff interns, college students and recent grads hard at work for Sweet Designs Magazine.

In a project started in last month's issue, interns Ashley, Kristen, Kristyn, and Sam, all current college students, have put together a helpful and entertaining orientation to your college experience. From time management to must-haves for your dorm, they have the 411 on cafeteria food, cutting classes, your college Facebook page, and pulling all-nighters.

Meet a once-fallen and now-rising star. Married at 15, in an abusive relationship, divorced at 16, and pregnant. She was called "trailer trash" by former friends who turned their backs. But the truth is, Mia was a smart and accomplished teen who made a mistake, and is now returning to life in a major way. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be married at 15, see your dreams unravel, and start your comeback, read her well written story.

Three more articles to note: Emily reflects on what it was like as a child to be told she was ugly and fat, Sam continues the magical saga of Henry (you'll enjoy this!), and Dhvani must choose between her same old friends and a chance at some cool new ones. She may be only 14, but this girl can write!

All this, plus Fall Fashions, Buffalo Plaid, a boy with a chocolate bar, Kristyn's real life American Idol experience, Forbidden Love, summer movie reviews, books to inspire you as a writer, a hott line of makeup products that'll outlast your day, a touching story about a lost little pup on campus, how YOU can travel the world as a high school student, and some of our best poetry yet.


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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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