Pinch me.  Did we just meet with a group of the most inspiring young men and women to talk about the creative process and the world of social media.  Oh and did we really just roam through the studios and office at Martha Stewart Omnimedia Living? Yes! 


Arriving at 601.


Pink storage.

silver coffee pots stored in the big fun pink boxes!


The studios were clean and so organized.  Would you expect anything less of Martha (and her team)?  Here is a tour of the editor’s offices.


Alanna Stang with Whole Living Magazine


Darcy Miller with Weddings

Her inspirational board is a little larger than mine!

Loved Darcy’s inspiration board.


Where the teams create…

Film department.


Studio space.


 Shall we check off ‘meeting martha’ on the bucket list?


With a the little Irish in me (about a 1/4)  there is a lot of love for St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are a few of our traditions that I learned and enjoyed as a child.  Now it’s my turn to pass along the fun to my kids.


Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage.  This year our corned beef is from Trader Joe’s (sort of a cheat) but I had a sample in the store and it was delicious!  And here is the recipe for our family’s Irish Soda Bread.

Mix together

3.5 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

In a seperate bowl mix together

1 pint sour cream

2 eggs

Add the dry ingredients to the sour cream and egg mixture along with the raisins.  Then ‘dump’ the bread dough out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 60-70 min.  Serve warm.   Later toast and serve with butter and jam.


For dessert we make our traditional rainbow cake.  A fun surpise for the children to see all of their favorite colors inside.


But my FAVORITE tradition is the leprechaun trap.  We read the story That’s What Leprechaun’s Do in the days leading up to this holiday.   Then the day before St. Patrick’s Day we build our trap to catch a leprechaun.  There is no right or wrong way to build a Leprechaun trap.  Don’t forget the bait.  This year we have shiny shamrocks and glittery stickers.  They love color!  If you don’t catch one don’t be discouraged.  They are tricky and fast.  Perhaps he’ll at least drop some gold (chocolate coins) as he tries to escape. 


I love the intensity during preperation!


And the leprechaun leaves a few other goodies in our house.  Including Lucky Charms cereal and green milk in the fridge. 


We are in the middle of a bathroom remodeling project.  I know I would like to have a white floor.  So where do I turn?  Pinterest.  We’re all there right?  This floor seemed to be the perfect fit.  I think I might just convince my husband for a chevron tiled floor.  It’s everywhere right now!



Available at The Monogram Shop in Baltimore:

1. Geometric wool hooked rugs

2. Monogrammed melamine plates, stationary, and cell phone covers.

3. Monogrammed galvanized buckets, trays, bins, and much more.

4. Monogrammed guest towels and cocktail napkins available in endless options including colors, fonts, motifs, sizes…

5. Would you like these chevron earrings?


I’m a huge fan of Jessica Seinfeld’s recipes.  Not necessarily because of the ‘hidden’ ingredients but because her recipes are quick, simple AND delicious.  I stumbled upon her do it Delicious blog while on Pinterest this week.  She has a few new recipes and fun cooking tips that I really enjoyed reading.  It then reminded me of her Chocolate Chip Cookies with chickpeas….so we made a batch tonight.  They are superlicious!

Jessica Seinfeld’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light margarine
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chocoate chips
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with baking spray.

  1. Beat sugar and margarine until smooth.
  2. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
  3. Drop by tablespoonful onto baking sheet.
  4. Bake 11 to 13 min, until golden brown.

Whatever happened to the good old days of Santa’s secret shop for the kids where they could shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends?  Well we found one in town next weekend December 9th, 10th, and 11th!  The BSO is hosting a holiday event at Cromwell Park and my favorite part is this little shop for the kids.  Holiday decoration workshops and demonstrations, a ‘big kid’ boutique, and a snack and cafe shop will all be part of this fun for the family event.




Are you preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner next week?  Well if you’re like us you’ve read about or perhaps seen on television more than a few delicious recipes you’d like to try this year.  Here is one that I might try.  What sounds so yummy is the lemon added to the cranberry to make a citrus relish.  

New England Cranberry Relish

 If you don’t think you’ll have enough time to make your cranberry relish from scratch you can always stop by the shop and pick up a jar of Stonewall’s chutney.  A favorite of ours is the New England Cranberry Relish.  The zest in Stonewall’s comes from orange.


It’s the most wonderful time of year and what better way to celebrate than sending a festive and witty Lilly Pulitzer holiday card to friends and family!



Although there have been periods in history when single initial monograms and two-letter monograms were preferred, the three-letter monogram has come to symbolize the standard layout.  Embroidery arts collected responses over a three month period and the results are posted below. 

In the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, when the rules for three-letter monograms were created, it would have been fairly easy to decide which letters represented which parts of an individual’s name.

Alice Canfield Bostwick would immediately recognize this monogram as her own – first name initial (A) on the left, middle name initial (C) on the right, and last name initial (B) in the center, larger than the rest.

In the modern world, things get a good deal more complicated, and so it is with monogramming. The rules haven’t really been revisited lately, and some confusion and disagreement have always accompanied these rules anyway. In an effort to help extend the rules for the 21st Century, we hosted a focus group and asked participants to respond to a series of monogramming situations.

1. John Taylor and Mary Blount are getting married. They have already decided that after the marriage they will both use John’s Last Name. How would you create a monogram for them?
– 766 votes.
– 1766 votes.
– 349 votes.
The majority prefer that the man’s initial goes on the left and the woman’s initial goes on the right. However, there is a reasonable vote for the opposite, with this comment representing their reasoning – “…linens are generally considered a bride’s domain.”
2. Timothy Jackson and David Wells are life partners. They are moving into a new house and want a monogram blending both their names. What would be the best arrangement of letters?
– 1083 votes.
– 1424 votes.
– 293 votes.
There is a slight preference for the solution that uses just the last name initials to create a two-letter monogram. The comments suggest that visual simplicity is the most important factor. Quite a few respondents indicated that they would put some sort of punctuation between the initials.
4. The O’Connors have a new baby – Jennifer Marie. You want to embroider a monogram for her as a gift. What is the best choice for the arrangement of letters?
– 350 votes.
– 2297 votes.
– 177 votes.
On this question the clear majority prefers to use the O in the center and simplify the look of the monogram.
5. Jon March-Russell and Emily Hudson-Smith want a monogram that incorporates both of them, and have come to you to have it embroidered on linens and towels. How would you advise them?
– 173 votes.
– 2297 votes.
– 177 votes.
As the situation gets more complex the opinion becomes more evenly divided. There is a clear preference for simplicity, but the rest is up in the air. This question got more comments than any of the others.
6. Susan Marie DeGennaro wants to get linens embroidered with her three-letter monogram. How would you arrange the initials?
– 149 votes.
– 2651 votes.
– 86 votes.
As with the O’Connor question, a large majority prefer the use the D – the first initial in sequence – with first initial on the left and middle initial on the right.

Have you been to a wedding recently that had a photo booth?  How about one with props.  sooooo fun!!!  Great way to cut loose and get silly.  Here we are at a wedding a few weeks ago!


It may look tricky but let me tell you…it’s all about the tools.  Try and find a smooth pumpkin.   Print out your monogram.  Tape it on to the pumpkin and using a nail poke holes along the lines to create a layout on the pumpkin.  The one tool you will need is a linoleum cutter.  This is used to carve the detail into the surface.  You can purchase one here.  We used the lino set #1.  Have fun!



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