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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living December 2013

We've expanded our magazine to bring you more of the ideas you want for organizing, entertaining, cooking, and decorating- all in one place. Plus, our special Gardening issue, Entertaining Issue, Decorating Issue and Holiday issue are all yours to enjoy as a subscriber.

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in this issue

2 min.
martha’s month

Gentle reminders, helpful tips, and important dates. SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY1 decorate house and barns at Bedford; hang shooting-star string lights order specialty items for holiday brunch2 winter ball for autism at the metropolitan museum of art, in New York City (autism speaks.org)Weight training3 Christmas trees arrive from silvertip tree Farm (silvertip treefarm.com)4 Fly to Canadaspeak at Fort McMurray public library (macdonald island.ca), in Alberta5 HANUKKAH ENDSback to New YorkFriends of hudson river park board meetingCardio and core6 Sister-in-law Rita Christiansen’s birthdayFly to Miamigive seminar at Design Miami (designmiami.com)7 Art Basel Miami beach8 Fly back to New Yorkbring flowering amaryllises inside from greenhouse for holiday displays9 send holiday cardsWeight training10 stake tomatoes in vegetable greenhousebring silvertip trees into house11 police athletic league’s 25th annual women of the year luncheon in New York City12 Susan…

1 min.
out & about

ASK THE EXPERT Need holiday entertaining advice? Kevin Sharkey, Living’s executive director of decorating, has the answers on Twitter. Submit your question at martha stewart.com/holiday-chat. MEET THE EDITOR Stop by the One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago, the city’s largest crafts fair, on December 7 to meet Marcie McGoldrick, Living’ crafts director, and learn how to fingerknit a necklace. oneofakindshow chicago.com ON THE ROAD Come December, the Roosevelt New Orleans sparkles with holiday cheer. The arched passageway in the historic hotel’s lobby, 90 yards long, is decked out in white branches hung with hundreds of glass teardrops and more than 100,000 twinkling lights. The Roosevelt New Orleans therooseveltneworleans.com Out&About Where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and where you’ll find us. FLEA-MARKET FIND Editor in chief Eric Pike is always on the lookout for early-20th-century holiday greeting cards to add…

2 min.
editor’s letter

I’ve had the pleasure of working with food director Jennifer Aaronson for a dozen years now, and I’ll never stop marveling at the range of delicious baked goods she pulls out of the oven. She is a creative and collaborative cook who somehow manages to outdo herself year after year for our December holiday issue. (Remember the detailed replica of a Bavarian village she built out of gingerbread in 2007?) For this month’s cover, our team was inspired by the nostalgic, old-fashioned imagery of Christmastime and “visions of sugarplums”—we actually leafed through beloved editions of A Visit From Saint Nicholas saved from our childhoods. Jen and crafts director Marcie McGoldrick worked to create cookie templates and decided on the color palette, and then Jen started decorating. To make the little-girl cookie…

5 min.
from martha

Teach and Inspire My Collection of Handmade Wreaths Make a statement this holiday season and create a beautiful wreath to adorn your wall, mantel, window, or door. Handmade Wreaths In 1996, a group of us at Martha Stewart Living compiled a book entitled Great American Wreaths. Hannah Milman, Gael Towey, and I designed a wreath for every state, and we included instructions and material suggestions for each of the designs. Since then we have created scores of other gorgeous wreaths to adorn walls and doors and hang over mantels. These wreaths have been made with all sorts of materials—natural evergreens, straw, pinecones, coffee filters, Christmas ornaments, even fresh cranberries (one of our favorite wreaths of all time!). This year I started early. Crafts director Marcie McGoldrick and I decided to fabricate new wreaths using some…

6 min.
our finds

Places, Makers, Goods HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Gift Guide KITCHEN Entice seasoned chefs and budding gourmands with these culinary goodies, tested and approved by our food editors. Packaged in a reusable crate, these four bags of sweet and savory tiny-kernel Pipcorn will satisfy your coworkers’ holiday munchies. $58, pipsnacks.com. There is a sweet treat for every occasion in this set of Martha Stewart baking cookbooks. $25 each, amazon.com. This accessible Port-style dessert wine comes from a third-generation family vineyard in central California. Peltier Station USB, $25 for 500 ml, cawineclub.com. Great for everything from paella to pizza, this seasoned double-handled 15-inch steel skillet will quickly become a cook’s go-to pan. $90, lodgemfg.com. A set of handmade oval stoneware ramekins in seven sizes works for everything from mise en place to party snacks. By Judy Jackson Stoneware, $156, pinchgoods.com. Packaged in a…

8 min.
putting on the glitz

Holiday celebrations call for that little something extra—and that includes your beauty routine. Getting festive is the perfect excuse to go for brighter, bolder styles than usual: Why not try a little glitter? Or swipe on a cheery pink shade of lipstick? Any of these five hair and makeup looks will get you in the spirit. 1 ADD SPARKLE Kick up your current makeup with loose glitter—just add a touch to current favorites. For instance, lightly apply it over the top of eye shadow or lipstick; pat a little along the upper cheekbones and temples. Or mix a dab into liquid foundation or body lotion for an allover shimmer. “Seek out cosmeticgrade glitter; craft glitters can scratch skin,” says Make Up for Ever managing educator Jessie Powers. Here, some of our favorites: Bare…