Cooking School Wins its Second James Beard Award

This evening, Martha Stewart's Cooking School was awarded its second James Beard Foundation Award for Best Cooking Show in Studio or Fixed Location. The program, which is entering its fifth season, won in the same category last year. Cooking School airs weekly on PBS and beat its two competitors in the category, Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction and Sara's Weeknight Meals with host Sara Moulton. Martha attended the awards ceremony and is shown below with her medal. Congratulations to Martha and the entire Cooking School team! (Martha's other PBS program, Martha Bakes, is nominated for two Emmy Awards! Stay tuned!)


New Martha Stewart Home Office Products Coming to Staples!

Well, this is exciting! One of the most popular Martha product lines is poised to return to the market! The Martha Stewart Home Office Line with Staples will be back in stores in November, 2015, as part of a new, multi-year strategic retail collaboration. The assortment will be available at more than 1,100 Staples retail stores in the U.S. and Canada (and online) and will include a wide array of home organizing and home office products across multiple categories, including stationery and paper products, office essentials and tools, personal technology accessories, and storage and organization products.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Staples in a direct retail program that will enable us to grow our brand and bring our well-designed and affordable home organizing and home office products to consumers,” said Martha Stewart, founder and chief creative officer, MSO.

“At Staples, we’re excited to team up with Martha Stewart to bring a new line of beautiful Martha Stewart Home Office products to our customers,” said Demos Parneros, president North American stores and online, Staples. “The Martha Stewart Home Office products give our customers solutions they need to manage their home or home office in an attractive and functional way.”

The new Martha Stewart Home Office products will be available exclusively at Staples’ stores nationwide, Staples.com and Quill.com beginning November 2015. Staples and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia first worked together in 2012 on a line of products that is currently available in Staples’ stores and on staples.com.


Martha Working on New Books!

Martha was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this week to speak at The Art of Leadership for Women conference about entrepreneurship and becoming a leader in your chosen field. She also spoke about her line of kitchens at The Home Depot, new trends in kitchen design and the kitchen renovations she has undertaken at her own homes. Speaking to The Calgary Herald, Martha divulged that she is currently working on writing three new books: a book about gardening, a book about home design and a book about weddings - "Don't get married without it," Martha joked in the interview. It will be nice to have new books from Martha that do not center on the subjects of cooking and baking. (Martha's next book is out on September 8th and is called Appetizers.) There are no further details about the three new books, only that they are in the works. So, stay tuned!


The May Issue

The May issue of Martha Stewart Living is making its way to subscriber mailboxes. I received my copy yesterday. You can find it on newsstands next week. The theme of the issue seems to be "re" - rethink, redo, reset. After spending a bit of time with the issue, I feel it's quite a good mix of gardening, recipes, home decorating and crafting, despite the fact that it's yet another cover featuring food on a platter. I enjoyed the articles about refurbishing old furniture and about dyeing fabrics, papers, photographs (and more) to spruce up your interiors. There are flowers and crafts, too, for Mother's Day, as well as an exciting brunch menu, simple recipes for healthier cakes and a visit to Trade Secrets, Martha's favourite rare-plant and garden-antiques sale in Sharon, Connecticut. The market was founded by famed interior designer Bunny Williams and benefits the Women's Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.


Martha Stewart Real Weddings Spring 2015 Issue

The spring issue of Martha Stewart Real Weddings is on newsstands today. This ongoing special issue publication is a supplement to Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and has been publishing twice a year (spring and fall) for several years now. Even though I was married nearly 8 years ago, I still like to pick up the Weddings magazine for inspiration: the flowers, the cakes, the beautiful tables and decorations. To see all of Martha's special issue magazines, click here.

Remembering: The Martha Stewart Newsletter

In early 2007 I received a special invitation, which arrived with my issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, asking if I would like to subscribe to a new publication the editors were working on called The Martha Stewart Newsletter. Intrigued, I hastily sent in my order with payment of $22 and eagerly awaited the arrival of the premiere issue. It came in late April in a plain white envelope with telltale turquoise trim. I carefully opened the envelope and excitedly read the first issue of the newsletter (May/June 2007) on my balcony.
The project emerged as a way for Martha Stewart to interact more personally with her fans by sharing information about her life, her travels, her favourite things and some of her household tips. It was the brainchild of the editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living at the time, Margaret Roach, who also edited the newsletter. Martha's introduction sums up the aim of the newsletter nicely: "It is wonderful to be able to create a publication that is part personal letter, part diary, part travelogue and part personal opinion."

The newsletter (four large pages printed in broadsheet format on heavy card stock) was a way of reintroducing many of the components that readers of Martha Stewart Living had grown to miss. Shortly after Martha's criminal indictment, many of the features that Martha contributed to the magazine disappeared: Martha's Calendar, for instance, the Letter From Martha at the beginning of each issue of Living and her Remembering column. Elements from all three columns were combined and expanded upon in new columns in the newsletter that focused on Martha's new trajectory and interests. There was a large focus on health and wellness, travel and personal remembrances. Martha's favourite poem, The Lanyard by Billy Collins was included in the first issue, as were her picks for the best croissants in New York City and photographs from her modeling days. In the premiere issue, you can find her favourite shortbread recipe, personal gardening tips and photographs from her travels, past and present.
Only three issues of the newsletter ever published, however, replaced in late 2007 by TheMarthaBlog.com. It made sense, of course, to cut down printing costs and provide readers with much more immediate access to an online repository of information and photographs of Martha's homes and travels. The blog could be updated daily, whereas a bi-monthly newsletter would only provide occasional (albeit in-depth) correspondence. Copies of the newsletter are quite hard to come by today, so if you have a copy, hold on to it. Its limited printing means that it could become quite collectible.


Happy Easter! (Sharing the Good Things)

I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish every reader of this blog a very Happy Easter - and a Happy Passover! There are so many talented and creative people who read this blog from all over the world. I wanted to share the amazing Easter crafts and decor ideas some of these readers have created this weekend and shared with Martha Moments. I hope you have enjoyed your long weekend! Happy Easter!
Paul Stoddard and his wife Lianne, of swirlydesigns.com, created these very pretty eggs using watercolor paints.
David Pantoja of the Good Things By David blog is basically a baking genius and created these spectacular Easter cookies.
John Roberts created this very pretty Easter wreath using grape vines. Jay Zappolo used fancy glitter on this Easter egg (top right) and Jim Eber marbleized these plastic eggs using Ranger Alcohol Inks.
Bernie Wong made a lovely display using blown-out egg shells that he fashioned into miniature vases for white wild violets and violas.
A very pretty and modern Easter display by Alirio Pirela.