TEND magazine

TEND magazine 1st cover

TEND magazine is a new quarterly e-zine that:

… hopes to nourish the head, the hands and the heart – by providing articles for our intellect, projects to keep our hands busy, and moreover beautiful, aspirational things to inspire our hearts.


Tend aims to nurture the bond between a parent and their child, between families and the earth, and between individual households to form communities, recognising and nourishing our natural dispositions to care for and educate our families and communities in the ways that seem right to us. We aim to stir an awakening for the need to slow down, consume less and walk gently on the earth.


We aim to be aspirational and utterly beautiful and design-led. We like to grow some of our own food, support local farmers, eat as much healthy organic produce as we realistically can, gather with friends to enjoy home-cooked meals and to enjoy the bond of community.


We encourage the need to consume less and make more, to envisage homesteading and sustainable living as realistic aspirations. We seek to encourage everyone to walk in tune with the seasons and nurture and nourish an authentically mindful life full of mindful choices.

Bearing in mind the hopes that the magazine has, I was really looking forward to having the chance to read it.  I had plans. These plans involved sleeping children; a glass of wine; maybe some nibbles…

However, back in the real world, this didn’t quite happen and eventually I had to face facts and snatch moments to read, savour and enjoy when I could (this is why I don’t do much in the way of things like the Yarnalong – I may knit and crochet, but read? I rarely seem to have the peace and quiet to truly concentrate – and yes, this is also the reason my blog is rather light on the word front!)  So, as ever, I’m a little late to the party, a little behind ‘the crowd’…

Anyway, back to TEND. I had been aware of rumblings.  I’ve followed the rather wonderful Debbie at My So Called Life {and Other Lies} for very many (*cough*) years now and more recently had seen tantalising glimpses of a nascent project; something bubbling up in the background…

Naturally I was intrigued and, when the result of these bubblings, that little seed that Debbie must’ve planted – first in her dreams and then in the dreams of others – finally pushed out through into the sunlight and blossomed, I was excited. Excited because I know I share something with all the people involved: a desire to be mindful; to ‘nourish the head, hands and heart’; essentially to aspire to a more slow and gentle way of life.

Embroidered Great Tit

wooden toysPerhaps fittingly, then, this first issue is called the ‘seed’ issue and this forms a theme that runs through the 198 pages, offering up various interesting articles, but also activities, centred around these magical gifts of life.  In addition there are further articles; knitting, sewing and other crafting; gardening; games; recipes (for eating and for healing); news and events; a giveaway; further family activities; and some beautiful and inspiring photos.  

All this for £4.75 quarterly – that’s packing a lot of goodness and inspiration in for a fab price, I don’t think it’s possible to buy anything I’d enjoy as much for the equivalent £1.58 a month! 

Also, sign up for their free newsletter and there’s a lovely free bird embroidery pattern available.  

It takes quite a bit, these days, for me to sit down and spend time reading – yes, I know I could cut back on my Pinterest habit, but still… So, for me to actually sit down and read and enjoy, well, that’s something. And, d’you know what? It was lovely, really really lovely.  I think I need to take a tip from Laura Wingfield (TEND contributor) and “tend to [my own] soil” my creating a little bit of time and space for myself to enjoy reading TEND magazine.  I look forward to the next issue.

TEND issue 1 2014 OFFICIAL_page198_image160


4 thoughts on “TEND magazine

    • NinnyNoodleNoo says:

      It’s good to have something ‘out there’ that is in keeping with many if the things I already think, feel and do. Not that I don’t like a challenge, but there is comfort in like-minded souls 🙂


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