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Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:27:00 +0000Today marks a very historic day for Martha Stewart Living magazine: the launch of their first digital issue! It is now available for download (i-Pad only) and contains exclusive content not found anywhere else. The magazine features astonishing animation (peonies blossoming before your eyes, bubbles floating by) beautiful photography, more than 23 new recipes for delicious dinners and desserts, 20 slide shows with step-by-step instructions, five exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and four panoramas, including one of Martha's farm in Bedford. The digital issue also contains:- A slide show of Martha's early years: her modeling portfolio and her first home, cooking, and gardening projects. Plus, listen to an interview with a fellow creative guru.- Take a panoramic 180-degree tour of Martha's peony garden and watch a video of how she makes her spectacular arrangements.- Experience the untouched Alaskan landscape with its glaciers, mountains, and rugged shoreline; ride along with a salmon fisherman on the pristine Copper River; and learn new recipes to make wild Pacific salmon at home.- Go glam: Get a holiday makeover with our festive product picks. Toggle between before and after shots to see the stunning transformations.- Be jeweled! Learn how to make fantastic plastic jewelry using not much more than polymer clay, your oven, and a few basic molds.Click here to learn more about the digital magazine as well as watch a behind-the-scenes video about how the issue was put together. Click here to download the magazine to your i-Pad for just $3.99! Get inspired for your next celebration—with bubbles! Fizzy drinks and floating decorations plus sweet and savory treats add up to an effervescent atmosphere. After touring Martha's peony garden, view an incredible glossary of these lush flowers and learn about how to grow each variety. Find out what happens when two decorating editors go head-to-head, then vote for your favorite room and get live voting results.[...]
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Sun, 07 Nov 2010 20:49:00 +0000Our friends at Beekman farm (Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell) are forever developing new offerings, usually incorporating local Sharon Springs crafters and artisans into their fun and innovative ideas for home and beauty products. Among the new items on offer this holiday season is a line of scented candles, a new line of seasonal soaps and bath milk and new goats-milk soaps. One of the things I find most enticing about their brand is the way they celebrate the scents and essences of the four seasons at the Beekman through the use of delicate fragrances. The emphasis on natural ingredients, usually sourced locally, is another reason to fall in love. Lastly, the clever packaging and label design, something Brent clearly learned from his work at Martha Stewart Living, presents the experience together beautifully.
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Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:40:00 +0000I just counted, and I have four scrapbooks, one of which has been an ongoing project since my last year of high-school nearly 15 years ago. This book is the largest of the four and has 'my interests and inspirations' as its theme. It has 100 enormous pages and I take my time composing the layout and content of each page, making sure it is exactly how I want it to look before I set glue to paper. A portion of my large scrapbook, above, from the "Egos and Icons" section I designed in the book.The most important (and time-consuming) aspect of scrapbooking is locating, altering and finally attaching the imagery to the pages of the book. This process can be quickly and easily sped along with the right tools on hand, always within arms' reach, always kept organized. I loved the gallery of basic scrapbooking tools on MarthaStewart.com and thought I'd share them, since they are exactly the sorts of materials I have on hand to create my scrapbooks. Oddly missing, however, is mention of a few good pairs of scissors and a set of X-acto knives for cutting, something I find essential for paper crafts.Keep a pencil on hand to make marks, a white (or other light-colored) gel pen to label dark pages, a bone folder to neatly score and fold pages or inserts, and a ruler to take measurements and neatly position scraps.Transform these stationery-store tags into tiny frames for photographs (color-photocopy the pictures, cut to size, and glue to surface). You can also use the tags as write-on labels. Fasten to pages with brads or grommets.Use a utility knife to cut out the centers of labels while keeping the decorative borders intact; you can use them as frames for small photos. Airmail envelopes can be used to create evocative mini albums for travel scrapbooks.Press rubber stamps into colorful or metallic inks and use them to add words, numerals, or artistic details to album pages.Rub-on letters and numbers (shown in back) come in a range of fonts and sizes. Easy to apply (rub them with the accompanying stick, and the characters will transfer to the paper underneath), the letters and numbers can be used to print names, dates, and more onto pages. Store-bought scraps come in all forms. Maps and printed papers can be used as backgrounds or to create pockets. Old-looking scraps (the seed label shown here) are available from scrapbook stores. Flea markets can yield old postcards if your own keepsake box doesn't. Available at scrapbook stores, vintage papers can be used as backgrounds for smaller scraps and to make pockets. (One of my favourite things is this packet of vintage stamps from Anthropologie.)I do not have the sorts of scrapbooks that require these materials, but grommets can be used to secure tags, pockets, and other sturdy scraps to pages permanently. Brads come in traditional brass, in bright colors, and even in whimsical shapes. They can be used the same way as grommets but are removable. Jump rings are little metal loops that can be used to suspend items from brads.Acid-free double-sided photo tape is safe to use on photos. Photo corners provide another way to mount pictures without damaging them, and they give a scrapbook a vintage feel.[...]
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Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:36:00 +0000My good friend and colleague, Winnie Yeung, is an avid crafter. She works with me at Anthropologie in Toronto and we are constantly bouncing creative ideas off one other - work-related and otherwise. I was very inspired by Winnie's craft room at her home in Leslieville, a quaint Toronto neighbourhood famous for its vintage shopping, out-of-the-way but fabulous restaurants and cozy old homes. The room is where she creates adorable outfits for collectors of the world-famous Blythe dolls, a kooky doll created in 1972 that quickly became extinct - and which is now enjoying a mad resurgence in popularity. Winnie designs and creates special outfits for these dolls that are one-of-a-kind and completely unique. Her Etsy site is quiet at the moment but Winnie assures me she is still keeping busy with requests for new outfits from her regular customers. I thought it would be nice to share photos of her craft room with you. Perhaps you have a small spare room in your house you could devote to your hobby. If so, Winnie's attention to detail, organization and layout will hopefully inspire you to create your own charming space. The room is bright and cozy, located on the second floor of her house. On the right side of the room is Winnie's desk, which she uses to draw and paint, cut & paste, sew and stitch her creations. Winnie says she loves the view of her small garden from the window, which is always interesting, year-round.Winnie wanted me to include this photo of the craft studio while it is in use. It's quite a change from the neat and tidy photo above: artistic ambition at its finest!On the wall over her desk, Winnie created a fabric-covered bulletin board for inspiration photos and a place to hang some of the adorable doll clothes she makes."I love my fabric," Winnie says. "I drool over fabric with gorgeous colours and prints and I can't help but collect it. I have it organized somewhat by colour: neutrals, greens, etc." You will notice the self-healing cutting board by Martha Stewart Crafts, a line that Winnie loves. "A lot of my tools are Martha tools."Winnie made this adorable pin cushion for her push-pins out of a mossy/grassy fabric. She says it often keeps her Mac mouse company when she's at work. The left side of the room is fronted by a handy Ikea unit with cubbies for her supplies. All of them are organized in boxes, small drawers and Rubbermaid containers for easy access and storage. To help organize her fabric, Winnie uses a vintage set of metal drawers.[...]
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:25:00 +0000In its third-quarter report, MSLO touted significant gains in its merchandising division: this segment of the company made $9.6 million this year, compared to $8.9 million the same quarter last year. The gain is attributed to the following:+Continued strength in the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, led by sales in the soft home category (textiles, bedding). + The successful launch of the lower price point Martha Stewart Essentials program.+ Strong performance of the Martha Stewart Living line at The Home Depot, driven by sales of a new carpet program. The cabinets, countertops and hardware program launched in the quarter and a holiday décor assortment began rolling out in early October and have proven to be highly successful thus far.+ Expanded distribution of Martha Stewart Crafts, including shipments of seasonal Halloween products into Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, and Stewart's HSN products, which debuted in July.+ A "robust debut" of Martha Stewart Pets at PetSmart; the line is expected to expand in Spring 2011.+ Double-digit wholesale sales growth in Chef Emeril Lagasse's core partnerships.These candy-cane gift boxes with labels and dividers from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michael's are just one example of a multitude of new holiday craft products launched by MSLO this year.Charles Koppelman, executive chairman and principal executive officer, said, "For the past five years, we have been focused on diversifying and expanding our Merchandising business for long-term growth and we are seeing our efforts bear fruit in this quarter's results. We are applying the same aggressive mindset to our Broadcasting business with our slate of new programming on Hallmark Channel. Broadcasting has been challenging due largely to the remaining run-off results from syndication in the quarter. Our Internet business continues to perform very well and our Publishing business had a solid quarter."[...]
Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:08:00 +0000A devoted reader of this blog kindly allowed me to use his photographs of some of the Martha Stewart Living Halloween projects he has embarked on recently, most of which were used at a Halloween party he gave at his home this weekend. Brian Utz is inspired by the ideas and projects in Martha Stewart Living magazine and never wastes an opportunity to try them himself at home. I have been privy to many of his projects and they are usually highly successful, as you will see below.
Brian downloaded all of the Halloween templates from MarthaStewart.com, including these butterflies from this year's October issue of MSL. They look amazing when they're printed in colour and hung to look as if they are magically fluttering out of an old specimen book.
Also from this year's October issue is this massive, six-foot tall dinosaur fossil.
He made meringue bones (a classic MSL recipe) for guests to gnaw on too!(image) The dining room was set for a Halloween feast!
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Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:28:00 +0000I've promised myself that one year soon I will dress-up for Halloween. And I'm not talking about Devil's horns and a painted-on goatee; I mean really, really go all out. My dream is to do a drag version of Cruella De Vil, paying appropriate homage to Glenn Close and her starring turn as the classic Disney villainess in the live-action version of "101 Dalmations." Her costumes in the film were grotesquely flamboyant and I like to dream that my Cruella costume would provide the same shock of drama.Grown-up Halloween costumes can be exquisite, as demonstrated over the years by Martha Stewart. Her Black Widow costume, her Ghostly Equestrienne and this year's eerie fortune teller are all wonderful examples. For the serious Halloween and costume devotees, they can also be investment pieces, as timeless as any wedding gown. On Etsy, an online collective of artisans, there are dress-makers who are devoted to these heirloom-quality costumes. I've selected a few below for your viewing pleasure. All of the gowns are handmade in luxurious materials to fit your specifications, an attention to detail that is reflected in the price points - some reaching over $10,000! All of the gowns shown above are by Glamtastik, who specialize in elegant burlesque . Click here to view their shop.All manner of handmade Gothic gloves, chokers and cuffs at Tristiana. Click here to view her shop.This extraordinary, handmade Roman head piece actually sold on Etsy for $14,000!This $5,000 gown (also sold on Etsy) is reminiscent of one of Disney's wicked queens.And if you're a label hound, why not splurge on vintage Alexander McQueen, like this Neo-Gothic gown from his 2008 collection.[...]
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Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:43:00 +0000Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday of October, due to the earlier harvest. It did not become an official, national holiday in Canada until 1957 when Parliament declared it to be: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Despite the references to God, Thanksgiving in Canada is not officially considered to be a religious holiday and it is instead designed to coincide with the secular harvest festivals of England and Europe.Since Canada shares such a similar colonial history to the United States, many of the cultural trappings of Canada's Thanksgiving are the same. The American traditions of food (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce), decoration (gourds, cornucopias, wheat) and celebration (big family dinner) are all identical in Canada. So, I would like to wish the Canadian contingent of Martha Moments readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! Eat well. Be well. And thanks to everyone for your support.[...]
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Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:10:00 +0000On Tuesday, Builder magazine announced that the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart will be unveiled at the January 2011 International Builders' Show in Orlando, Florida.In addition to the home design being influenced by Martha Stewart, one of the country's leading lifestyle experts, the KB Home GreenHouse is slated to be the first net-zero energy, single-family home in the Builder Magazine Concept Home series. The KB Home GreenHouse will also demonstrate to consumers that this environmentally friendly home not only saves energy and water through the use of solar and thermal systems and meeting EPA's WaterSense for new homes specifications, but can also save them money for years to come by reducing energy bills."Teaming up with KB Home, one of country's premier homebuilders, and incorporating Martha's incomparable style and eye for functionality has been a fantastic experience," said Boyce Thompson, editorial director for Builder magazine. "We're always looking for new ways to showcase the latest and greatest in building technology and KB Home's efficient designs and industry leadership in the field of green building have allowed us to do exactly that."The home will open for tours on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. In addition to live on-site tours, an online virtual tour will be available for those unable to make it to Orlando. To learn more about this year's Builder Magazine Concept Home and register to take a tour, visit www.builderconcepthome2011.com.[...]