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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living May 2015

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
martha’s month

DESSERT Celebrate Mother’s Day with a batch of tasty orangeglazed spice cupcakes, adapted from Big Martha’s cake recipe. Find the recipe at marthastewart.com/spice-cupcakes. HOW-TO Flower-Ring Installation You can find flowersupport rings (each about 18 to 24 inches in diameter and 2 feet tall) at your local nursery or garden store. 1. Once shoots appear, secure stakes over a perennial (such as herbaceous peony), at least 1 foot deep. (Plant will eventually grow upward through ring.) 2. As plants grow, adjust support, raising ring as needed.…

1 min.

COLLECTING Graters seem like purely utilitarian kitchen items, but we love them for their variety of forms and specific functions. Look for those with interesting features, like the lid on this nutmeg grater, far right, which stores the spice between gratings. The Brevettata grater, far left, from the collection of senior associate food editor Greg Lofts, was found at a flea market in Arezzo, Italy; it has wide holes and sharp teeth, ideal for hard cheeses. eBay search terms: vintage cheese grater, vintage nutmeg grater AMERICAN MADE MARKET Appeal to Mom’s sweet tooth with a gift of seasalt dark chocolate from Nutty Steph’s. You’ll find more winning gift ideas at our eBay market.ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB Our book club usually spotlights new releases, but this month we decided to tackle a classic. On Martha’s recommendation,…

2 min.
editor’s letter

Last Mother’s Day, I promised my mom that I’d finally restore the bookcase my father made for her in the 1980s. Over several months, I worked on it every time I visited: stripping off the old finish, sanding it, then raising a shelf and adding a decorative baseboard and a new top. Finally, I repainted it. My mom loves the new version, and so do I. There’s something deeply satisfying about giving a favorite possession a new lease on life. You get to fall in love with it all over again. This idea—hitting the refresh button on beloved objects and routines—is the theme of our May issue. Makeovers can be long-term projects, like my bookcase rehab, or quick tweaks that yield instant satisfaction. In “Build a Better Meal” (page 80), food…

2 min.
trade secrets

There are a few events that go on my calendar each year that I consider sacrosanct: my family’s birthdays, my summer vacation in Maine, my Christmas party, my Easter egg hunt, and Trade Secrets. Almost nothing can cause me to miss these dates. Trade Secrets is a very interesting rare-plant and gardenantiques sale that is held each year on a friend’s property, LionRock Farm, in Sharon, Connecticut. This sale attracts thousands of shoppers every spring and benefits a very worthy local group, Women’s Support Services. Established in 2000 by interior designer Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets brings together, in one place, for one day, more than 60 growers, antiques dealers, artisans, and plantsmen and –women who specialize in the rare, the special, the unusual, and the coveted. It is the one…

5 min.

HOW-TO Paper Tulips Supplies Medium-weight colored papers Double-sided tape Cloth-covered floral wire Craft glue 1. Cut out a square piece of paper 5 inches or larger. Fold in half, open, then fold in half again; unfold. 2. Apply tape along each of the creases as shown, A. Pinch creases so each piece of tape adheres and paper pops up into a cupped shape. 3. With scissors, cut edges into a petal shape as shown, B. Poke a small hole in bottom of folded flower. 4. Fold over tip of wire, insert into bottom of flower, and glue to secure. 5. With scissors, cut out paper leaves; write messages on them. Glue leaves onto wire. HOME The Right Frame of Mind A single roll of wallpaper may not be enough to cover an entire room—but it can still transform a space in…

3 min.
soap savvy

Gel Wash Best for: Combination and oily skin types. Pro: Benzoyl peroxide and detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) remove surface oils and clear pores. Con: Drying ingredients in high concentrations can strip and irritate sensitive skin. Look for: Salicylic acid or soap-free formulas. Try: Avène oil-free gel cleanser, $25, avene usa.com. Foam Wash Best for: All skin types. Pro: It’s often gentle with a luscious lather. Con: It contains more water than active detergents, so it may not dissolve makeup (such as waterproof mascara) on the first go. Look for: Antioxidants or botanicals to brighten and soothe. Try: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox foaming cleanser, $35, peterthomasroth.com. Cream Cleanser Best for: Normal to dry skin. Pro: High levels of oils, emollients, and butters clean while maintaining moisture. Con: It may feel too heavy if your skin doesn’t need the extra hydration. Look for: Stearic acid…