Martha’s projects tackle headboards, backpacks and delicious snacks

August 26, 2017 - table lamp

A new deteriorate approaches, and it’s time for some-more uninformed ideas to rouse a everyday.


A folding assign is a flattering proceed to mangle adult a room. Here’s another use: Slip it behind a elementary bed support to emanate a plush and personalized headboard. Recast one we already possess with a favorite print, or get a new one during Calico (choose from hundreds of fabrics; and let them hoop a upholstery and delivery.

All we have to do is put your tradition block in place and dream on.

Sources: Calico customary padded folding shade with 3 panels, $440; and Madcap Cottage Monsoon Palace fabric, in Indigo, $99 per yard, Martha Stewart Collection string percale square set, 360 thread count, from $135, Hill House Home Vale duvet, from $225; and shams, $130, Rejuvenation Cedar Moss list lamp, in Brushed Satin Brass, $249, Made Goods Small Claudette Linen side table, in Pine, $2,400, Aviva Stanoff Gravity pillow, in Jade, $245,



Pack it up, container it in, let a playground-style march begin! Students will be unapproachable to competition a customized book bag that they designed themselves, regulating these easy techniques — and a small assistance from you. (For a how-tos, go to and put “backpack” into a hunt engine. Then, click on a print of a trek we wish to personalize to get a directions.)

Stick it: Kids collect out glue patches; Mom finishes a pursuit with a iron. Plus: When we buy this colorful bag, another one full of reserve is donated to a tyro in need.

Sources: State Mini Kane backpack, in Green/Navy, $50; and Broccoli, Tomato and Rocket Ship patches, from $5 each,

Stitch it: Write an comparison student’s name in pencil or fabric marker, afterwards let her amplify it with a elementary behind tack and jazz it adult with pompoms.

Sources: Baggu house backpack, in Shell, $42, Herschel Supply Co. Settlement poly backpack, in Caramel, $59,

Stencil it: Transform a elementary pouch by portrayal on your sugar bunny’s favorite animal.

Sources: CarryGreen drawstring bag, $8.50 for two, Martha Stewart glue laser-cut stencils, in Woodland Animals, $7,



Cottage cheese, a healthy-eating tack adored by moms opposite America, mislaid a star energy it had in a ’80s, usually like leg warmers and Jazzercise. But give it another chance: Not usually is lodge cheese a low-calorie source of (tons of!) protein and calcium, it’s also a versatile choice to Greek yogurt. Work it into one of these fresh, colorful snacks, and suffer an oldie though goodie.

1. Sweet delicious tartines

Spread lodge cheese onto crackers (try Wasa Thins). For a crunchy topping, try sprouts or radishes and lemon zest; finish with flaky sea salt, creatively belligerent peppers and extra-virgin olive oil. For a fruity snack, try thinly sliced plums or figs and a drizzle of honey.

2. Stuffed papaya

Halve and seed a developed Hawaiian baby papaya (they’re smaller and creamier than a Mexican kind). Add a dip of lodge cheese on top, and shower with belligerent cinnamon.

3. Late-summer chop

Combine 2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Toss with 1 crater any cucumber, fennel and apple, all cut into uniform 1/2-inch pieces. Serve spooned over lodge cheese, sprinkled with creatively belligerent peppers and fennel fronds.

4. Edamame dip

Boil 2 cups solidified shelled edamame in pickled H2O until tender, 8 minutes. Transfer to an ice-water bath; drain. Puree in a food processor with  1/2 crater lodge cheese, 1 crater cilantro, 1 seeded and chopped serrano pepper, 2 tablespoons any orange extract and extra-virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon belligerent cumin and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt until creamy. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and carrots for dipping.

A good pick

Good Culture Organic lodge cheese ($2 for 5.3 ounces, has a thick, tawny hardness and elementary mixture list: milk, cream and sea salt.



You could have bespoke cabinets built to reserve your stuff. Or we can outfit customary shelves with customizable felt “curtains” that are as cold as they are clever. Just cut a felt to size, Velcro it in place, supplement leather tabs and you’re done: pops of tone and copiousness of storage.

1. The Party Pantry

(Upper left corner) Keep eyeglasses or house games accessible — and out of steer (and small people’s reach)

2. The Hidden Bar

(Red square, center)

3. The Toy Box

(Lower left corner)


How-to: felt shelf covers

Measuring tape

Wool felt

Fabric scissors

Balsa-wood strip, 1 in. square

Velcro tape


1  1⁄4-inch nails


Lightweight wood-trim frame (optional)

White paint (optional)

Wood glue (optional)

1. Measure breadth and tallness of shelf opening. Measure and cut felt to those dimensions. Measure and cut balsa timber and Velcro to breadth of shelf opening.

2. Line adult timber underneath tip of shelf opening; kindly spike in from next (just above glasses). Stick one block of Velcro to tip corner of felt. Stick other to balsa wood. Velcro felt into place.

3. Optional: To disguise a join between bookcases, paint wood-trim frame white, afterwards use glue to belong (trim to right of shelf).

Sources: IKEA Billy bookcases, from $30 each, Filz Felt nap pattern felt, 3 millimeters, in 534 Rose, 150 Weiss, and 105 Rost (left), from $115 a yard, Velcro Brand industrial-strength low-profile tape, 10 feet by 1 inch, in White, $10.50, Midwest Products genuine balsa wood, 1 in. by 1 in. by 36 inches, $37 for 6 pieces, Alexandria Moulding solid-pine astragal frame (WM 134), 11/16 inches by 1 3⁄8 inches by 96 inches, $16, Whitewashed wooden storage bins, $24 each, Elyse Graham vases, from $625 each,

How-to: leather tabs

Leather ribbon,  1⁄2 inch

Fabric glue or prohibited glue

Cut a 2-inch frame of leather ribbon. Fold in half lengthwise and glue together. Glue to behind of felt, centered to any shelf. Let dry.

Sources: MJ Trimming leather ribbon, 1⁄2 inch, in Light Brown, $10 a yard,

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