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M: Martha Stewart *90's Pop Culture Favorites* #AtoZchallenge

I'm not afraid to admit it---I was a rabid follower of the mother of all domestic divas. As the owner of a 1950s ranch in need of a makeover, and with my business career set aside to stay home with my kids, I was primed for a takeover by Martha Stewart Living (1991-2004) and all its hyper-domestic stylings.

During my Martha years, not a candle wick strayed from the 1/4" ideal, and rarely did a plate of Christmas cookies make its way out of my did-it-myself decorated home without a sprig of fresh holly attached to it. I eventually broke free of the Stepfordness of it all, but I'm very glad to still occasionally call upon the things that woman taught me.


18 comments:

  1. Glad there were some of her habits you didn't pick up!

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  2. It always made me laugh that she could do these things and make them look so easy, then when I tried I ended up with a total mess.

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  3. Wow, Nicki, I'm impressed!!! I'm with Julie - most of my Martha attempts turned out terribly. So if you could pull it off, kudos to you! probably healthy to break free of the Stepfordness, though ;)

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  4. Well, Martha did teach me how to fold a fitted sheet, which is no mean feat!

    Some of her ideas a pretty cool, and some are insane. I keep reminding myself that if one had a large staff like she does, all those homemade touches would be no big deal. But since I don't...well, I enjoy that fact that some of her ideas are laughable, because laughter is the best medicine, right?

    Happy A-Zing!
    Laurel
    Laurel's Leaves

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  5. Where's a photo of your Martha Halloween costume? ;) I can only imagine how resourceful she was with what she could buy at the prison commissary...I bet she loved learning how you can clean just about anything with a maxi pad (that tip comes compliments of Orange is the New Black).

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  6. I never thought she'd recover from her jail time but Stewart still reigns supreme!

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  7. I cannot bring myself to say I liked the woman, her delivery or her elitist attitude. She got caught with her hand in the old cookie jar.

    But as thumper said, 'if you can't say something nice. . .'

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  8. Haha, Alex! My wife was/is a fan of her. If you know anything about me, then you probably understand why I'm not a huge fan of hers. I have to admit, I don't understand why some people hate her so much, though, other than they feel inadequate in life.

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  9. I didn't try many of her ideas...but I never really succeeded anyway, so I guess that's why? lol I did enjoy seeing her TV show now and again though :)

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  10. An interesting theme for the challenge

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  11. I keep meaning to look up more of her advice and apply it to my apartment. Then maybe it might make living in a tiny studio apartment at least a little more bearable.

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  12. I can't do anything that Martha does. I'm hopeless.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. I wish I was your neighbor during that time!!

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  14. I love crafts but I can never do anything she shows on her show. Not back in the day and not now. haha

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  15. Like Tammy I too wish I was your neighbour at that time.

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  16. Visiting from A/Z; I love your theme; I had fun perusing some of your other entries, brought back a lot of memories from the 1990s. All I can remember with Martha Stewart is her spending a few months in prison and when going to the store and perusing the household section, her name was "plastered" over everything, but I am sure she is very talented in the art of cooking and decorating :)

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    betty

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  17. I've met women who either hate or love Martha. No one is ever indifferent to her.

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  18. I never followed her, but the holly on a plate of Christmas cookies is a great idea. =)

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