Tag Archives: Martha Stewart

Crafty Ladies Planternoon

15 May

A couple of weeks ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Vancouver the crafty ladies met up to plant some herbs. I’ve wanted to start my own kitchen window garden for years and was very excited for this little garden project. I was a bit nervous about growing my own herbs; the only plant that has lasted in my care for over a year is lucky bamboo. I bought some organic seeds from the queen of DIY, Martha Stewart. If Martha says I can do it, maybe I can.

Planting seeds with the crafty ladies was surprisingly easy. We sat in the sun, drank some iced tea, and enjoyed some dessert. Then the dirty work began: we put some dirt in a pot, added some seeds, covered the seeds with more dirt, watered and hoped something would grow.

Dirt, seeds, water, sunshine. Easy.

I was very pleasantly surprised when my plants started growing. Though I think I may have too many plants in my pots. Can any gardeners out there let me know if I should pull some of the plants out?

I can’t wait to use fresh herbs in my salads this summer. Gardening success!


Some of my favourite things

5 Mar

Wow. I can’t believe that it’s already March! Here are some things that I am currently LOVING.

BHLDN (“Beholden”) Anthropologie’s new wedding line! Gorgeous, whimsical, feminine dresses, shoes, and accessories! BHLDN is pure perfection and magic! It truly was love at first sight!

1.    March is National Craft Month. Check out the The Martha Stewart Show for some fabulous crafts including: tissue paper pom-poms, faux birch logs, a lovely spring wreath, a one-of-a-kind necklace, and much more crafting goodness!
2.    Heather Ross fabrics. I love the whimsical and pretty pattern Heather designed called “far far away” for kokka fabrics. So lovely!
3.    Ever since my post on Handmade Weddings I’ve been a bit obsessed with Hello!Lucky. I love their letterpress cards. This Support card is priceless! Hello!Lucky’s comments on this quirky card: “Send it to a female confidant, a bosom friend, or a gentleman that you wish to befuddle udderly.”


Goat Cheese Quiche with Hash-Brown Crust

26 Feb

I am a big fan of quiches. I love them. They are simple, tasty, and relatively healthy. I found this fantastic quiche recipe on Martha Stewart. I am not a fan of making pastry, so I was quite pleased when I found a quiche recipe with a hash-brown crust.

I like vegetables in my quiche, so I sautéed two leeks, one red pepper, and a handful of mushrooms. I added these veggies to the eggs, sour cream, and goat cheese.

•    2 tablespoons butter, softened, plus more for pan
•    1 package (1 pound) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
•    12 large eggs
•    Coarse salt and ground pepper
•    1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
•    1 package (4 to 5 ounces) soft goat cheese, room temperature
•    4 scallions, thinly sliced

1.    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 9-by-2 1/2-inch springform pan with butter. Line the sides of the pan with strips of waxed paper (the same height as pan); brush paper with butter.
2.    Squeeze excess moisture from hash browns. Mix in a bowl with butter, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pat into bottom and up sides of prepared pan, using a moistened dry measuring cup. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until set, 15 to 20 minutes.
3.    In a large bowl, whisk sour cream, goat cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well combined; whisk in 11 remaining eggs. Pour into crust, and sprinkle with scallions. Bake until set, 45 to 50 minutes. Unmold quiche, and peel off waxed paper before serving.

This quiche is delish – thanks Martha! Enjoy!

WANT – Handmade Weddings

13 Feb

It’s no secret that I love weddings. I think that it’s partially because I love planning events, crafts, and DIY projects. Weddings are a great opportunity to be creative for a good cause – love!

The blogosphere has been buzzing about Handmade Weddings by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the founders of Hello!Lucky, and Shana Faust for a couple of months.  This book looks amazing. Reasons to love this book: it is published by Chronicle Books, the ladies of Hello!Lucky are clever and talented, Eunice’s wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2010 issue, and the book trailer is very charming.

Craftzine and Design Sponge also gave the book glowing reviews.

I am the maid of honour for my very close and beautiful friend, who is getting married this summer. Even though I am not getting married any day soon – I think my MOH duties may require me to indulge in this purchase. Hooray!

Doily Doily Doilies

13 Feb

I love doilies. They are simple, elegant, vintage, and timeless, all at the same time. They are just so lovely.

Enjoy this mashup of perfect doily DIY projects and doily inspired artworks. Gorgeous!

DIY Doilies

1.    Paper doily envelopes by Ruffled
2.    Free doily clipart pretties (in PDF format) from The Martha
3.    Pink doily headband by Wild Olive
4.    Paper doily lantern by With This Ring Weddings
5.    Super pretty doily/lace garland with lights found on IDIY
6.    DIY doily pillow by Smile and Wave (my favourite!)
7.    How to doily button brooch by Maximum Rabbit Designs
8.    Doily stitchery collage from Sweet Tidings (found on Craftzine.com)
9.    Step by step guide to doily invite by design.mein on Flickr
10.  Free lace pattern! From the one and only Martha Stewart

I see some doily projects in the near future for Crafty Ladies!

Doily Inspiration

1.    Doily pillow cover by Nuka
2.    Lace inspired porcelain by Raquel Masri
3.    Gorgeous steel shoves by artist Cal Lane (seriously check out this work – amazing!)
4.    Retro, modern, dainty doily clock by and furthermore,

Love love love!

A friend’s ode to Martha Stewart

8 Dec

My friend Megan wrote an excellent post about crafting and her love for Martha Stewart on her blog, Nutty, Dry and a Hint of Vanilla. I think that you should check it out.