03 September 2012

Martha Stewart Living, The September Issue

September has arrived, goodness me, the year is flying by so quickly!

One of the things I like about September are the magazines. You can guarantee that Vogue and InStyle have September as their thickest issue of the year. They're brimming with autumn's latest looks as the fall/winter seasons are finding their way to our doorstep, plus lots of product and lifestyle advertisements. 

Here's one that isn't as thick, but I'm loving the features in every page. Because sometimes, when you pick up a magazine, not all the articles are meant for you, don't you agree?

It's the Martha Stewart Living, September 2012 issue. 

"The Home Issue" and "Bold Color" are what sealed the deal for me. Likewise, the cover is very vibrant and engaging. Martha looks so laid back as she fulfills her grandmotherly duties to Jude, the daughter of her only daughter, Alexis.  

The crafting/DIY section always gets my top priority. The editors always come up with brilliant ideas that aren't all that difficult to do.  

This month, they take inspiration from luxury bags and make their version using the tromp l'oeil technique. Clip art is printed on fabric transfers, ironed on blah canvas bags, and TADA!, attractive satchels!

The same technique is used to dress up a plain t-shirt by adding sunglasses, a charm necklace, and a faux collar. 

And it works on bangles, too! The rope, chain, and cord designs are applied using decoupage

If you visit the Martha Stewart website to get the instructions and clip-art for these projects, here are some bonus ideas:

Shoe Clips
via Martha Stewart
Shoe clips

via Martha Stewart
Earrings with matching gift box

Another reason I bought a copy is because there's a house tour of Alexis' apartment:

It's minimalist and sleek, but still warm and inviting.

 Her mid-century furniture were purchased from 
vintage shops and on-line sources like 1stdibs.

Even if she comes across as strong and feisty, she is
a domestic queen like her mother. Here is her
modern kitchen where she bakes indulgent 
treats and cooks healthy meals. 

She has two children, Jude {17 months} and 
Truman {5 months}, but she'll never show
their faces to the camera!

Oh, and did you know that she has a blog?

More Martha tomorrow!

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