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Martha Stewart Living April 2015

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1 min.
martha’s month

LIGHT BITE Try topping a few spoonfuls of fresh ricotta cheese with sliced cherry tomatoes and cucumber, a drizzle of olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Learn to make your own ricotta at marthastewart.com/fresh-ricotta. HOW-TO Planting Seed Potatoes 1. Cut seed potatoes into quarters or sixths. Try to get at least 2 eyes on each piece to ensure growth. 2. Let cut pieces dry and harden at room temperature, at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours. (If planted fresh, they will rot.) 3. Plant pieces in soil approximately 6 inches deep, with eyes facing up. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRYAN GARDNER; ILLUSTRATION BY BROWN BIRD DESIGN…

2 min.
out & about

AMERICAN MADE MARKET Tuck one of Kata Golda’s handstitched bunnies into an Easter basket for a snuggly surprise. Visit our American Made eBay Market for more gift ideas. ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB Eddie Joyce’s debut novel, Small Mercies (Viking), offers readers an inside look at one Staten Island family’s struggle with grief. Ten years after the death of their youngest son, the characters are still mourning in this poignant, deeply affecting tale. Marthastewart.com/book-club COLLECTING Vintage tea and coffee tins make stylish and inexpensive vessels for organizing. We like to use them to corral assorted teas, desk supplies, and cards. The tins are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and come from all over the world. (The green tin is from a New York City tea distributor prominent in the early 1900s; the yellow box…

2 min.
editor’s letter

Eggs aren’t just for Easter—this decoration is on display at my house all year round. I will readily admit that I went a little overboard on this project, but I am so happy with the result. It began when I noticed several glass domes filled with eggs at an antiques show. I decided to recreate the look myself with a 22-inch dome I already owned. I love the pastel eggs laid by Martha’s Araucana chickens—but I wanted eggs in a variety of sizes. So I purchased all diferent kinds of blown-out eggs; I dyed some, sponge-painted others, and left others natural, then let them dry completely. (I lost count of how many, but it was definitely in the dozens.) Then I placed the dome upside down in a cardboard box…

2 min.
a new look for planters

A few years ago, decorating director Kevin Sharkey and I visited with renowned restorer of historical houses Richard Jenrette at his fabulous American Federal home, Edgewater, on the banks of the Hudson River in New York. Outdoors, on the gracious columned porch, we saw what we thought were massive sandstone planters. Neither of us had seen such pots in a light-sand color before, and we questioned our host about the source of such urns. Richard laughed and told us to try to lift the planters, which we did, and we moved them with ease. We then were instructed in the process of making them, and neither Kevin nor I could wait to try it ourselves. After a bit of experimentation, we mastered the how-to method, and we started “sanding” all sorts…

1 min.
prettier pots

HOW-TO Supplies Plastic bin, larger than planter Landscaping sand (available at home centers) Planter or garden ornament, preferably fiberglass or plastic (if ceramic, use a plastic liner inside) Multisurface paint in a pale, sandy color and paintbrushes Waterproof wood glue Sources Vintage Decor paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Ivory, $10 for 8 oz., michaels.com. Titebond III Ultimate wood glue, $7, homedepot.com. 1. Fill bin about halfway with dry sand (if sand is damp, spread it in shallow bins and let dry first). cover planter completely with multisurface paint; let dry. 2. mix together 2 parts glue and 1 part paint (mixture will be thick). brush mixture onto one side of planter, including a few inches inside rim. working over bin, pour sand overglued area. turn planter over and press into sand. repeat with other side of planter. (Fora planter with…

5 min.
cut and paste

CRAFT CRAFT: Coloring-BookEaster Eggs The egg-decorating fundoesn’t have to end after theeggs are dyed. We asked Millie Marotta, illustrator of thebook Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me(Lark Crafts; $15, amazon.com), to produce some Easterthemedline drawings for us. Supplies Detail scissorsMatte découpage finishand paintbrushDyed eggsFine-tipped markers Sources Durable découpage finish, by martha Stewartcrafts, in matte, $10for 8 oz., michaels.com. HOW-TO 1. Download and print out Marotta’s coloring-book illustrations (at marthastewart.com/coloring-bookeggs).Cut closely around shapes with detail scissors. 2. For each egg, brush backof drawing with a thin coatof découpage finish. Place il-lustration where desired ondyed egg; smooth down withyour fingers. 3. Let dry 1 hour, then colorin design with markers. HOME: Circles of Light Stacked and linked together, colorful, inexpensive paper lanterns brighten any interior space, as in this living room. Start by slightly bending the bottom wire inside one lantern and…