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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living April 2014

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1 min.
out & about

AMERICAN MADE MARKET Visit our shop on eBay to find Living editors’ latest discoveries from across the country, such as Helen Ficalora’s 14-karatgold heart pendant necklace. ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB We’re sharing our favorite poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day, on April 24. For more National Poetry Month ideas, visit poets.org, and check Facebook for the Living staff’s poetry picks. facebook.com/marthastewart COLLECTING These simple glazed planters and pots were made by two midwestern manufacturers, Ohio-based McCoy Pottery and the Haeger Potteries in Illinois. Popular during the mid-20th century, they are now mainstays at flea markets. Identify them by the stamped logos on their bottoms. eBay search terms: Haeger planters, McCoy pots ON THE ROAD One of Martha’s favorite chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, recently opened the Inn at Pound Ridge just north of New York City, where he serves inspired farm-to-table…

3 min.
editor’s letter

The first Saturday morning of April often finds me contorting my body out the windows of my top-floor apartment—likely risking life and limb—reaching to clean every last grimy vestige of winter off the glass. I don’t mean to overstate this, but: Washing the windows every April makes me feel like I’ve done something good for my soul. And I know I’m not alone, considering how eager so many people are to embark on their big spring cleaning. Martha is, of course, the expert on cleaning. Her houses are living laboratories that elevate the art of homekeeping, and she herself is always willing to test-drive a new product or further tinker with a tried-and-true method. Little-known fact: When she was a student at Barnard College, she cleaned two elderly sisters’ home in…

3 min.
sensational succulents

These plants have it all: exotic shapes, intriguing textures, and beautiful colors. And they’re even a breeze to propagate and care for. See how I use them at my farm, both indoors and out. FROM MARTHA Succulents Aloe, Echeveria, Agave, Rosularia, Sedum, Haworthia, Stapelia, Aeonium, Hylocereus, Faucaria, Sempervivum, Delosperma, Crassula... You may have heard of some of these plant families. Indeed, you may know all the names, but did you know that they are all classified as succulents? This is the rather juicy term for a group of plants that are quickly becoming popular with home gardeners because of the ease with which they can be propagated, raised, divided, and even shared with friends and other gardeners. In addition, because most require only small amounts of moisture, little cultivation and pruning, and modest amounts of…

1 min.
striped egg

Supplies Small square cardboard box Awl or corkscrew tip Wooden skewer Blown-out egg, with holes centered at top and bottom Adhesive putty Paintbrush Craft paint Sources Multi-Surface craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from $2 for 2 oz., michaels.com. 1. Cut three pointed notches in one side of box, as shown, below. 2. With awl, punch holes on opposite sides of box, 1 inch below top edge, as shown. 3. Push skewer in 1 side of box, then through holes in egg (enlarge as needed), then through other side of box. 4. Knead 2 chunks of putty until soft. Pinch onto skewer and each end of egg to hold in place. 5. Dip brush in water, then in paint. (The larger the brush, the wider the stripe will be.) Hold brush handle in a notch, with bristles resting…

1 min.
all wrapped up

Surprise a hostess during Passover with a bottle of kosher wine in custom gift wrap. Cut a piece of decorative paper large enough to wrap around the bottle, overlapping the ends slightly; secure it with double-sided tape. Use our template (marthastewart.com/wine-tag) for a matching tag, or let a note double as wrapping paper: Scrawl a supersize message, then tie with ribbon. Crepe paper is another bottle-hugging option: Cut a piece slightly larger than the bottle, with the grain running vertically, and secure it with double-sided tape. Cinch at the neck with ribbon.…

1 min.
nesting grounds

In place of traditional neon synthetic grass, try any of these allnatural, reusable varieties for Easter baskets and decorations. Excelsior Wood Shred Often used as packing material, this neutral filling showcases colored eggs and candy. $2 for 3 oz., save-on-crafts.com. Sheet Moss Use this soft material as a base in decorative baskets or for spring flower arrangements. Sheetmoss soil cover, by Mosser Lee, $4 for 325 sq. in., homedepot.com. Wheatgrass Plant the fresh-smelling herb (available at health-food stores) in a plastic-lined basket. Snip some to add to smoothies and juices. Organic Cut Dry Grass Eggs look right at home in this lifelike nest. After Easter, add it to the compost bin. Tim’s Real Easter Basket Grass, $6 for 4 oz., realeasterbasketgrass.com.…