Thursday, September 30, 2010
This magical vignette that depicts a flurry of butterflies escaping from the pages of a specimen book is simple to recreate by downloading the butterfly templates (which are already coloured) onto sturdy card stock. Simply cut them out, fold and glue them into place and dangle them from fishing twine.More from the specimen cabinet: These creepy specimen labels, with categories like "Jellyfish Skeletons" and "Petrified Firebird Eggs" can printed onto peel-and-stick paper and then adhered to jars of Halloween candy that resemble their descriptions. The template also includes several blank labels so that you can create your own.
Little insects decorate these coaster patterns. Print them onto paper and glue them onto cardboard coasters. These insect-themed Halloween invitations are free for the printing! Simply print them onto card stock and fill in the blanks.
I love this elaborate sea-life skeleton poster. You can download it for free, print it and use the editors' idea of framing it with plastic bones.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This is a Martha Stewart classic: a pumpkin-carving kit with all the essentials. It comes with nine carvers, six carving patterns and instruction booklets: $34.99.Halloween tea towels. Set of three for $14.99.
New this year from the Martha Stewart Collection, these classic Halloween cookie cutters render some festive treats! They are based on an old set of copper cookie cutters that was sold through Martha By Mail in the late 1990s, which sold for over $100. This set of seven stainless-steel cookie cutters retails for $12.99.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I've subscribed to the magazine but have not yet received my first issue. From what I can gather, it delivers fresh, interior-design ideas from a perspective that is both eclectic and stylish, encouraging an artistic approach to the creation of one's interior spaces. Blueprint lovers will admire its layout, the use of Fling font and the sense of youth in its pages, but may miss the fashion and cooking elements, which are not part of the Anthology mission. In any case, it's worth a browse!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
To give a sense of scale, I photographed this little shoe of my grandfather's in my mother's hand. All of the shoes shown below are of similar size. This pair was considered a dressy pair of shoes. They were handmade in white leather by a cobbler in Ashton, Ontario in the 1920s.These were the more sporty counterpart to the formal shoes above, also made of white leather.These shoes were my grandfather's 'school shoes' when he was seven years old. He walked 30 minutes to school every day on a dirt road and the wear is obvious.Another pair of leather shoes, these ones too were worn as an infant. My grandfather is shown wearing them, below, in a photograph taken with his mother (my great-grandmother) in 1921. In those days, infants of both genders wore 'baby gowns' (very Edwardian) and the sweater was knitted for him by his grandmother.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
At the risk of sounding too effusive and ebullient, I really have to say that the magazine feels revitalized and fresh since editor Vanessa Holden took the helm. It is surely not easy to transform such a branded and well-recognized magazine, but she has done it in ways even I cannot fully identify. Perhaps it's just a combination of elements (font, layout, photography) that are working together to create this new feeling, but the personality of the magazine has definitely changed to feel more young, more connected (via web platforms) and more in tune with trends without pandering to them. I. Love. This. Magazine.
The first cover shown is the cover that subscribers will see in their mail boxes. The newsstand version of the October issue will have a different cover: four little Jack-O-Lanters smiling out at the passers-by!
I am so pleased by the design of the contents pages. (We first caught a glimpse of this seasonal, pictorial approach to the contents in the September issue. I love the design.)
In her column, Martha introduces us to her menagerie of barnyard animals. She has quite a troupe!
A very practical and informative article on how to incorporate darker and deeper colours into your décor is a favourite feature of mine in this issue.
Anyone who loves the chocolaty, rich taste of hazelnuts will appreciate learning how they are grown and harvested.
Take some anthropological specimens from a dusty museum drawer and magnify them for stunning Halloween display at home. This is another favourite article of mine this year!
Imagine your favourite candy bar and Halloween treats baked in the form of a cake! That's the inspiration behind a collection of incredibly rich and luscious cake recipes in this issue, including this one that is based on a Snickers bar.
Texas interior designer Kimberly Renner took two run-down duplexes and transformed them into triumphs of design.
Take a tour of some genuine haunted houses in New England's Pioneer Valley and learn about the extraordinary past lives of these historic houses.
Collectors of Martha's Halloween products will be very pleased to find two full catalogs inside the issue: one from Martha Stewart Crafts and one from Grandin Road. (The craft brochure features a 50%-off coupon!)
Make your lasagnas as light or as rich as you desire, with these scrumptious recipes.
Apples abound this time of year and a feature on apple desserts (pies, crumbles, cookies and cakes) delivers goodness by the bushel!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I asked Jim to review the debut episodes of The Martha Stewart Show, Whatever and Mad Hungry for us - nothing fancy, just a paraphrasing of some of the details - so that we do not fall behind. Below are some of the details Jim has brought to our attention, show by show. I will relay them in my own words:
The Martha Stewart Show: Most of the first part of the show was an introduction to the new Hallmark programs. The big news of the day: Marc Morrone will be added to the roster of new shows beginning in January with his own show, filmed at his pet store on Long Island. Lucinda made quesadillas with Martha and her big tip: Never be without bacon! John Baricelli and Sarah Carey from Everyday Food made chocolate ginger cookies and Marc Morrone discussed his new show. Martha also discussed a new segment on the show called "Date Night." Martha will accompany a gentleman of some sort for an evening out in their town, on their terms. Then, Martha will invite them on a night on the town on her terms. Should be fun!
Whatever With Alexis And Jennifer: This is basically their radio show on TV: cheeky, irreverent and opinionated. The set is on the same soundstage as Martha's show, they just unfold it to reveal its minimalist and clean design. The guests were Paula Abdul, who discussed her early career, her time on Idol and her new dance show on CBS. Comedian Brian Donovan was also on: he has been on more than 100 Internet dates, which you can read about here. Then, a make-up artist (Siobhan O'Connor) took the stage to promote her new book on how to achieve the best looks for any occasion: "No More Dirty Looks."
Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala-Quinn: Of the two new shows, this one scored high marks with Jim, who considers it his new favourite. Lucinda is a natural on camera and she was joined in the kitchen with her son Calder in two segments to help out. They made sauted cabbage with onions, ginger and tomatoes. Lucinda also made pork chops with oven-sweet potato fries and cabbage. Dessert was ginger snaps and date sandwiches.
Everyday Food: Not a new episode as I had thought it might be. It was actually the first episode they ever filmed with all the old, familiar faces: Margo, Allie, Lucinda and John.
Next: Jim brings us the details on Martha's first interview special, which airs Sunday night. In "Martha Stewart Presents" she will interview four of America's best women fashion designers.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Here is what's on the Martha Stewart Show this week:
Monday: The season premiere! An introduction to our new TV shows, a bacon-jalapeno quesadilla recipe, and pet expert Marc Morrone.
Tuesday: An insider's tour of Mario Batali's Eataly, plus authentic Italian recipes from Lidia Bastianich.
Wednesday: Simple small plates from chef Dan Kluger, Martha's MTV "Date Night," and vodka cocktails.
Thursday: Justin Long makes fiery lobster linguini. Plus, a DIY necklace and handbag, and facial yoga.
Friday: Cooking with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Sharkey's apartment renovation, and an Oreo cake.