Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bought a Magazine

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.


Happy creating!

13 comments:

Gray Matters said...

Thanks for the Martha Stewart link. My kids are still so young - I end up doing most projects myself, which I must say is really fun. Take care.

Cocoa said...

Thanks for the link. I couldn't find the magazine around here so Amber From The McIllece Spot was kind enough to pick one up and send it out to me. My girls have craft projects coming out the wazoo!

sariqd said...

Oh... you mean not everyone has a stash of French bannisters hidden away in their closet? Oh...

Actually, you made me snort when you made the comment of using French Bannisters...

Have fun everybody!

Amber M. said...

You are a riot!! I have to admit a sick fascination with MS...especially when it comes to kids stuff. I LOVE this booklet, too. Worth every penny.

Edi said...

I really miss the Martha Stewart Kids Magazine...we bought a bunch of back issues and found some else where - can't say we've made much of anything from them except some recipes but my dd LOVES looking through them - maybe she uses them for inspiration.

Misty said...

Honey, I am with you on all of that.....

An Ordinary Mom said...

You beat me to it, but I have been meaning to post about this magazine I have had in my hands for free (compliments of the Martha Stewart Magazine - somehow my blog got put on their press mailing list) for awhile. Maybe I will still post about it. Keri and her Dad have had a lot of fun doing the projects listed.

just jamie said...

Ooh sun prints. Cool idea. You're so crafty Mrs. Ice Cream Lady! ;)

Jen said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I haven't seen that one on the stands here, but I haven't been looking either. Happy Crafting!

Sonja said...

I have seen some of your cute crafts and read and admired your own ideas!

Thanks for the link. As I have said before, I am craft-challenged and need all the help I can get. :D

Mo Mommy said...

I remember buying special paper to put things on and leave in the sun as a kid. I can't believe my folks didn't figure the construction paper thing out! Doh!

Maria said...

I haven't watcher her in such a long time! I kind of forgot about her. BTW, The Order of the Phoenix was great!

Scribbit said...

The thing about Martha is that 1. she doesn't do much with kids--I get the feeling that she's not really a "kid" person and 2. that she has no sense of humor. At least not the way I understand humor I guess. But I have to say that she's done a great job of making homemaking fashionable again adn I'll be forever grateful for that.