Last March, when my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, were celebrating their birthdays, the Sesame Street character, Elmo, was a real favorite of theirs. My daughter, Alexis and I decided that the theme of the birthday celebration would be Elmo, that furry red monster with a big orange nose and bulging white eyes. Alexis took on all the food responsibilities. A strict vegetarian and a mother who does not believe in serving rich or sweet food to the children, she took on the task of making interesting kid food that was also delicious and fun. I agreed to decorate and provide as much Elmo as possible. Having hosted the real Elmo on my television show several times over the years, I called Sesame Street and invited Elmo, who agreed to attend in life-size form. This party was featured in my column in the March issue of Martha Stewart Living. And, since we'll be celebrating Jude and Truman's birthday again this weekend, I thought it would be fun to post this blog. Happy birthday, darlings!
Please enjoy this guest blog from our television set designer, Anduin Havens!
Every now and then, I get to travel with Martha. Last December, she was invited to give a craft demo and to be interviewed at the Library at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada. Because I have organized many craft demos for Martha, I was selected to make sure that she would have everything needed to show forty audience members how to craft wreaths! In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, Martha’s column was all about how to make four great wreaths and she demonstrated the Gold Leaf-Sticker Wreath. Some wonderful vendors sent the craft supplies so that our audience could follow along with the craft demo – the MDF wreath forms were sent by 3 Ring Circles, the Martha Stewart Crafts gold paint and paint brushes were sent by our partner Plaid, the Martha Stewart Gold Leaf Stickers were sent by another great partner - EK Success, and the finishing touch was beautiful double-faced satin ribbon sent by our Canadian source, Masterstroke Ribbon. It was a long trip from New York City to Calgary, and then on to Fort McMurray in a prop plane! But, I with greeted with such a warm welcome at the end of the flight. Everyone I met in Fort McMurray was lovely, helpful, and so excited that Martha would be visiting!
After my recent blog about my begonia collection, I realized that over the years, some begonias have thrived, while others that I once had are now gone. I wanted more variety, so last weekend, I paid a visit to our friends at Logee’s Tropical Plants, located in Danielson, Connecticut. Logee’s was founded in 1892 by William D. Logee. He started the business as a cut-flower shop and then expanded into begonias and tropical container plants. Over time, Logee’s became well known for its hybridizing achievements in the world of begonias and then began selling herbs and scented geraniums by mail in the 1930’s. Today, Logee’s is owned and operated by Williams’s grandson, Byron Martin and his business partner, Laurelynn Martin, who have turned their attention to beautiful flowers, fragrant tropicals, and fruiting plants in containers. Together, they work to expand the company and still maintain the small town feel. If you find yourself in the Northeast part of Connecticut, you can visit the Logee’s greenhouses, where you can choose from more than 1,500 varieties of plants, most of which are all propagated right there. If mail order is more realistic for you, the colorful Logee’s catalog boasts over 500 beautiful and unusual varieties.