I have a love hate relationship with all things Martha Stewarty.
I hate that I will never be that perfect.
I hate that I can't even find it in me to WANT to be that perfect.
I hate that even her recycling junk ideas seem to cost way too much money to create.
I hate that she has scores of paid people to help her maintain her perfection.
I love that she has made crafting and domesticity a cool, fashionable thing to do.
I love that she makes me want to be creative.
I love that, every now and then, she has a project that is affordable, doable in a day, realistic, actually practical, and doesn't make me gag.
That said, I will almost always choose to watch Marthsa Stewart on T.V. rather than pay good money for one of her magazines. Maybe this is because I have yet to make that fancy hot glue gun and sea shell magazine holder that uses recycled 19th century french staircase bannisters. BUT today is different. Today I am holding a Marth Stewart magazine in my hand, for which I paid FULL price at the grocery checkout last night. I read it while waiting in line and once I found more than 10 projects that were new, doable, practical, and cool I decided to buy it. And I haven't regretted it. The kids are already finding the projects they want to do and gathering 90% of the needed supplies from our recycle bin (and no, I don't recycle french woodwork). I'm excited to try this fun idea.
If you can't get to the grocery checkout line, or you don't like funding the Stewart Empire, no need to fret. Just go HERE and find all these fun ideas for free (Why didn't I think of that sooner?)
For other great FREE ideas, go check out the wonderfully creative minds at Scribbit's Winter Bazaar.