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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living October 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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ON THE ROAD Just off California’s Highway 101, General Store Paso Robles is worth a pit stop. Besides local provisions that are perfect for car snacks, the shop features a well-curated selection of American-made goods, such as these rubber-dipped wooden bowls and egg cups by Wind & Willow Home. General Store Paso Robles, California generalstorepr.com AMERICAN TREASURE Spend an evening at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the fantastical Halloween festival in New York’s Hudson Valley where you can walk among 16-foot-tall dinosaurs, skeletons rising from the soil, and other spooky creations made out of more than 5,000 glowing hand-carved pumpkins. Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson, New York hudsonvalley.org AMERICAN MADE Shop, eat, craft, and learn at our annual American Made Market, celebrating our country’s makers—it’s open to the public on October 16 and 17 in New York…

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editor’s letter

E very year the crafts department at Martha Stewart Living is challenged to come up with Halloween costumes and decorations that are even more inventive than the previous year’s. In this year’s pumpkin feature, “Nature’s Canvas” (page 128), rather than invoking the ghoulish or the creepy, crafts director Marcie McGoldrick takes cues from the many delicate textile designs and decorative patterns that inspire her. The result is a gallery of pumpkin “sculptures” that blaze way beyond the holiday and are as magical unlit as lit. Best of all, while these projects may look difficult, the patterns are easily downloaded and replicated. Similarly, in “Irresistible Ink” (page 142), Marcie collaborated with tattoo artist Stephanie Tamez to create a half-dozen pieces of clip art—a combination of home decorations and ink-jet transfers for impermanent…

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halloween, behind the scenes

For our special Martha Stewart Halloween “bookazine,” I was transformed into a tulle-cloaked Fairy GrandMartha, thanks to the magic of our inspired crafts department, a clever hairstylist, and an amazing makeup artist. I love getting dressed up in fantastical costumes for Halloween—and luckily for me, most years I get to do it not once but twice. In addition to whatever I wear on October 31, I also undergo a complete transformation for our Halloween special issue (on newsstands now). In order to have this edition available in time for the holiday, we create costumes, carve pumpkins, bake treats, and make all manner of scary and unusual and bewitching decorations months in advance. I thought you might like to go “behind the scenes” to find out a little about how we dream up…

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once upon a time . . .

1. THE BIG IDEA The inspiration board for both the costume and the shoot’s overall feel included color options for the tulle and ribbons, a rough draft of the gown itself, and images from fashion photographers and ad campaigns (as well as a picture from the days when I worked as a model). 2. THE ’DO My hair got embellished, too: Marco Maranghello, a senior stylist at John Barrett salon, swept it up in a loose updo, anchored it with a tiara, and then wove in a long braid extension. He also added some star and flower pins. 3. FINAL PRIMPS Makeup artist Billy B created this dewy, glowing look. (He’s worked a lot with Lady Gaga, so he’s used to creating dramatic styles.) 4. AND . . . ACTION…

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fairy grandmartha gown

Make this elegant gown from soft fine-gauge tulle—the same whisper-weight fabric used in wedding veils. (Thicker, coarser tulle might feel scratchy.) Supplies 15 yards pink tulle, full (108-inch) width Sewing machine and sewing supplies 4 yards pink grosgrain ribbon, 2-inch width Safety pin HOW-TO 1. Make ruff les for neck: Cut 6 layers of 5-inch-by-108-inch tulle. Sew together layers along one long edge. Gently pull thread at end to gather layers into a ruffle (this one is approximately 16 inches wide). Repeat with six 7-inch-long layers of tulle. Hand-stitch ruffles together lengthwise, near gathers. 2. Stack 6 layers of tulle that are as long as your desired gown. Sew them at one 108-inch end in same manner as ruffles, pulling thread to gather to the same width. 3. Hand-stitch neck ruff les to gown. Sew a…

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washington, d.c

After meeting food writer and shop owner Amanda McClements in her homegoods store, Salt & Sundry—a mecca for artisanal foods and housewares—we knew she would be the perfect guide for showing us around a reenergized capital city. When I was scouting locations for my new housewares shop, a pocket of dilapidated but vibrant wholesale-food warehouses northeast of the Capitol seemed like an unlikely contender. But after the opening of a revitalized artisanfood hall, Union Market, and the surrounding neighborhood’s renaissance, the choice became obvious. I opened Salt & Sundry last fall inside Union Market, which has become a destination for Washington, D.C., food lovers. It’s but one part of a larger wave of new energy sweeping east, from historic Shaw to the Atlas District and the newly christened NoMa (“North of…