Martha Moments on Instagram!

I finally decided to bring Martha Moments to Instagram! You can follow along for updates and inspiration @martha_moments. The blog will now be used primarily as an archive of happenings in Martha's world - as a way to document, for posterity, the small and more momentous occasions that bring fans of the Martha Stewart brand so much excitement. Social media is a more immediate way to share news and ideas. In addition to Instagram, you can also find Martha Moments on Facebook! Be sure to follow along!


Martha's Next Book is a Vegetarian's Delight!

On September 6, 2016, Martha will release her 87th book, and it's all about vegetables. In this beautiful book, Martha provides home cooks with an indispensable resource for selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking from the garden and the market. The 150 recipes, many of which are vegetarian, highlight the flavors and textures of everyday favorites and uncommon varieties alike. Hardcover, 328 pages by Clarkson Potter.

The recipes include:

   • Roasted Carrots and Red Quinoa with Miso Dressing
   • Swiss Chard Lasagna
   • Endive and Fennel Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
   • Asparagus and Watercress Pizza
   • Smoky Brussels Sprouts Gratin
   • Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Martha Bakes Season Six Starts Today!

Where did the last six years go? I still remember hearing the news that Martha would be launching a new TV show centered on the art of baking. Now, the Emmy-Award nominated "Martha Bakes" is in its sixth season with a new roster of 13 episodes that begins today on PBS.
I know many of you will be glad to learn that this season of the show was filmed in the kitchen of Martha's home at Bedford - a warm and inviting space that makes it feel as though we are right there with her. The new episodes will feature some guests baking alongside Martha and a nice mixture of savory and sweet recipes, including classic white bread, French meringue, pizza dough and homemade donuts. Click here to read more about the show and the episodes to come!


New 'Real Weddings' Issue

For those of you who love Martha Stewart Weddings, be sure to watch for a new special issue of that magazine. Two times a year, the magazine releases a special issue devoted to "Real" weddings - meaning weddings of actual couples that have not be staged or styled for editorial purposes. These issues are important for the bride, I believe, because they reveal what can truly be achieved when you budget and plan properly. They also offer lots of very practical, firsthand advice on every part of planning the wedding. Look for this issue on stands now!


The May Issue

The May issue of Martha Stewart Living has begun to arrive in subscriber mailboxes and it's a lovely hit of spring, indeed! Those of you who read this blog know that I am generally not a big fan of covers that feature food in rows or stacks, but this one is very appealing to me. Maybe it's the colours or the imaginative icing techniques on the cupcakes, but it works for me. Inside you'll find ideas on how to refresh your home for the season, from the bedroom to the kitchen to the garden. I'm looking forward to sitting down and reading it, page by page.


New 25th Anniversary Special Issue!

Martha Stewart Living readers should check newsstands for a new special issue! The magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new special edition that highlights some of the best and most memorable moments in the magazine's history. It is sure to become a collector's item! I can't wait to get my copy!


Ten Years of Martha Moments!

The other day I realized that it had been ten yeas this month since I began this blog! I had to pinch myself because I simply couldn't believe that an entire decade had passed! When I sat down to reflect on it, I became somewhat emotional when I realized just how much this blog had changed my life. It has given me such wonderful opportunities and experiences and, most important of all, it has helped me make new friends and meet like-minded people from all over the world, a community of Martha Stewart fans and readers from all across the Unites States and Canada to Israel, Kuwait, Scotland, England and Japan. The blog really has helped shape who I am.

Below is a little summary of some of my most memorable Martha Moments - a journey through the last decade of Martha-related experiences. Some of them were very grand and exciting and some of them were quieter moments. I want to first say, however, a huge thank you to my friend Kenn who has always been a champion of this blog and such a big help to me over the years. It is largely because of him that this blog began! I also want to thank every single one of you who makes Martha Moments a part of your life. I have tried to make it interesting and informative for you. It has been so much fun getting to know everyone! Enjoy the little trip down my Martha Moments lane!
With love,
Kenn gave me this beautiful Good Things journal from Martha by Mail. It was where I first began to jot down ideas for my blog and I still do! The Martha Stewart Living pencil was also a gift from Kenn. I've stopped using it because I don't want to sharpen beyond the logo!
One of my first Martha Moments, in 2005, was visiting Margaret Roach's garden in Copake Falls, New York, as part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. At this point I had not started the blog, but had been working with SaveMartha.com. I drove with my Mom from Ontario to New York to visit her garden for the day. At this time she was still editor-in-chief of the magazine. You can read more about it here.
The following year, I made it to New York to be in the audience of The Martha Stewart Show. By this time I had started the blog. The show was part of a special 15th anniversary celebration of their company and only the first 150 people to buy tickets made it to the show. As part of the ticket, you also received entry to a special event the following day at Pier 94 called "The Good Things Event" where the magazine editors would host seminars and workshops.
So many people turned out for this event! It was packed inside!
These two lovely women, Christine and Joyce, from Nebraska adopted me right away and were my friends for the day. They were so very sweet! I am still in touch with both of them.
This was the first time I met Martha. It was a very brief encounter, but I was able to tell her that I had come down from Toronto to attend. She smiled, welcomed me and thanked me for coming. Little did I know, four years later I would be a guest on her television show!
I'll never forget the day I received an email from the assistant of producer Lenore Welby - a woman I had remembered from her appearances on the Martha Stewart Living show and whose mother I had become acquaintances with through my work with SaveMartha.com. It was so exciting to hear that they wanted me to be a guest on a show about blogging! I set up an appointment to speak with Lenore and before I knew it I was booked! The show taped in New York on January 14th, 2010, and was aired live. I got to meet so many people that day, tour the studio from top to bottom and interact with Martha. It was truly one of the most exciting days of my life.
I've been fortunate to have met Martha on several occasions, as well as many of her editors and colleagues, including Margaret Roach, Hannah Millman, Lucinda Scala-Quinn and Jennifer Koppelman-Hutt. The biggest treat of all, of course, was being a guest on Martha's show in 2010! You can see the segment here.
A few months after my appearance on her show, I was invited to attend an event at Martha Stewart Living headquarters in Manhattan - a gathering of the magazine's favourite vendors and suppliers called the "Tastemakers Event." It was so interesting to visit this beautiful building and see Martha again.
After passing through the lobby, guests are led down a long corridor flanked on both sides with giant photographs from the pages of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Walking down this hallway was like visiting Oz!
At the end of the hallway is the vast clerestory with its huge pillars. It was a true Martha Moment seeing this for the first time!
The design of the blog has always been fun for me. I keep it very simple and uncomplicated, but do enjoy making a new header each month. The heading designs have changed quite a bit over the years. I began with a circular logo using the "Fling" font, which was used in Blueprint magazine. The circle was a reference to Martha's new logo and the font was a reference to her latest magazine. I always used imagery from Martha's magazines and books as backgrounds.
I elongated it in 2012 and began to mix fonts, using "Bickham Script" on top and "Times New Roman" on the bottom.
In 2013, I made it bigger but more refined, using "Edwardian Script" font on top.
I then went smaller again and returned to the Bickham font.
Like so many of you, I collect Martha Stewart magazines and books voraciously! While I don't have everything, I am quite proud of my collection and have pared it down over the years so that it reflects only my favourites.
I have folders and folders filled with magazine clippings, articles, press releases, brochures and correspondences from Martha's editors. It's all part of a blogger's arsenal of ideas and research!