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By Stephanie Lynn, age 26, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

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Welcome to a brand new year, and to the December-January issue of Sweet Designs Magazine, with 32 new articles and features! Starting with the February issue, we'll be endeavoring to post each monthly issue near to the start of each month - one resolution I intend to keep!

Our covers* spotlight Molly from Illinois, who operates Rags by Sock Monkey. Molly cuts, sews, and weaves everything from scarves to t-shirts to rugs using only recycled materials she's gathered from closets, rummage sales, consignment, and thrift stores. A 25 year old with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Molly is firmly committed to creating eco-friendly wearable art, that is, up-cycled fashion accessories. And she has a couple valuable business tips she has learned from her experiences to share with us.

* I designed two covers, one for December and one for January, because both of Molly's cover photos were so awesome!

Be sure to check out some of our best features, including Kate's (PA) humorous "A Typical Day in My Life" and Jayzle-May's recounting of her struggles with the psychologically rooted skin condition "Dermatillomania." You may have a friend dealing with this disorder and the info is good to know.

I especially want to welcome back a couple favorite faces. Emily (CA, formerly Newfoundland), our 4-Star SDM Featured Writer, has gone through just about everything a girl can go through, and has finally found her way out of the proverbial "rabbit hole." If you've read her past adventures and struggles, you will want to find out the here's-how, in "Growing Pains."

Also highly recommended is part 1 of the "So You Want to Be a Writer" series titled "Top Three Myths about the Writing Life," by our good friend Sandhya (SC). Very informative and well penned - with more to come. I also really enjoyed Diana's (Romania) "Pray the Teachers Back to Hell".

Two more worthy-of-special-mentions: Even though it's past the holiday, don't pass on Rachel's "Christmas Magic." It's a real-life old-fashioned Christmas wrapped in a wonderfully hand-crafted gift box - a must-read. This may also be said of Kelly's (UK) "Single at Christmas." If you were single and at points a bit bummed about it this Christmas, you gotta read her account - to prepare for next year, of course!

All this, plus a "Quick Winter [fashion] Update" from Jasmin, an fresh look at "Body Image" from Michelle (PA), an interview with rising dancer Stephen Jesse, and the word for the day - "Life is Short - Enjoy It!" Plus, Kendyl (TN) with some really useful tips on "Mastering the Scholarship: Tips on How to Get College Cash," and Julia (NY) recounts the last day of her year.

Happy New Year, Sweet Designs readers and writers!

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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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