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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living February 2013

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2 min.
on our radar

From GOOD FOOD to GOOD FUN, HERE’S WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT this FEBRUARY. Gravity and Grace The Brooklyn Museum is the next stop for Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s traveling exhibit, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. Inspired by the evocative nature of consumer materials, Anatsui used aluminum and copper wire to stitch together found items, such as colorful bottle caps, left. His handmade sculptures, which appeal to the crafter in all of us, are on display February 8 to August 4. brooklynmuseum.org. craft session for a cause This month, gather with friends to knit or crochet for charity. Handmade sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, lap blankets, and baby blankets are in high demand during wintertime. To find organizations in your area that accept knitted and crocheted donations, visit the Lion Brand Yarn Company’s…

2 min.
editor’s letter

all heart WHEN OUR ASSISTANT EDITOR Laura Kaesshaefer received a bouquet in a birch-bark vase with girl-plus-boy initials burned into it, from New York City florist Prudence Designs & Events, we knew we had to re-create this romantic totem for our February issue (Good Things, page 51). Around the same time, style director Ayesha Patel proposed a story about another pioneering floral-design shop, Polux Fleuriste (“Flowers, Naturally,” page 106), which opened 10 years ago. We have long admired co-owners Anouchka Martin and Barbara Sarudiansky, for whom flowers are just one component of a particular lifestyle. While the blooms certainly play a part, it’s the loose, ethereal arrangements spilling out of vintage apothecary bottles or other vessels, at once humble, dreamy, and utterly Parisian, that appeal to us. As evangelists of the handmade…

1 min.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE for HOW-TOS, RECIPES, VIDEOS, CLIP ART, and MORE this FEBRUARY. send us a tweet Tell us on Twitter (@MS_Living) what you’re crafting for Valentine’s Day. Here’s what a few of our favorite crafty bloggers are making. @psimadethis “I’m psyched to break out my airbrush machine and create hot pink ombré cupcakes and embellished heart tights, just like I wore as a kid!” @youaremyfave “Stitching tiny hearts onto fabric pouches to be filled with treats for all my Valentines.” @followcharlotte “We are covering my entire living room in hearts—ceiling, floors, walls, and windows. We love LOVE!” @StudioDIY “I’m taking two of my favorite things, fringe and sweet treats, and using them to turn heart-shaped boxes into conversation heart piñatas!” @craftingchicks “Sitting down with the kids to make handmade Valentines for family. Nothing says I love you quite like a paper…

3 min.
glorious greens

THERE HAVE BEEN two major influences on the way I grow the vegetables at my farm in Bedford. One is Eliot Coleman, who lives in Maine and has perfected the art of growing nutritious and beautiful vegetables year-round in unheated greenhouses, and the other is the team at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, in Pocantico Hills, New York, where organic food is produced sustainably and elegantly throughout the year. I had always grown my own vegetables and had extended the season as much as I could by using cold frames, poly-tunnels or hoop houses, and deep mulches. But growing certainly slowed; quantities dwindled in January, February, and March, and there was very little to cook. I made up my mind to build a glasshouse that would have a specially…

1 min.
rae dunn

CERAMICIST | Berkeley, California Like many artists, Rae Dunn finds inspiration in the past—though she looks further back than most. “There’s something appealing about the Stone Age,” she jokes. “I love the handmade tools, the idea of living off the land, being barefoot—pretty much how I live!” Dunn has built a hugely successful ceramics company over the last two decades, selling her tableware, plaques, and vases through both a manufactured line, available at stores such as Nordstrom and Anthropologie, and a handmade collection sold on Etsy and at her newly opened shop. Her pieces are instantly recognizable, etched with delicate images or handwritten text, and clearly handmade. “I believe in wabi-sabi— seeing beauty in imperfection,” she says. After years of working in fashion and graphic design, Dunn impulsively signed up for a ceramics…

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bartender’s secret weapons

It’s as true in your living room as it is behind the bar: The right tools can elevate a good drink to a great one. Here, master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim shares the little-known—and surprisingly low-tech—essentials he relies on. LEWIS BAG AND MUDDLER Rather than using a crushed-ice machine, Abou-Ganim fills this canvas bag with cubes and smashes them into chunks or flakes with a muddler. The fabric absorbs melting water, and the resulting bone-dry pieces won’t dilute a mint julep. Bag, $15; and muddler, $18; themodernmixologist.com. FIZZ GLASS The bowl of this vessel has a slight tulip shape, which is intended to retain the carbonation of seltzer in cocktails such as a gin fizz. Abou-Ganim considers five to eight ounces the best size. La Rochere glasses, 5¼ oz., $120 for 6, amazon.com. SWIZZLE STICK Made from…