Every year, I am so impressed by the talent and vision of the creative members of the Martha Moments Facebook Group, the @martha_moments Instagram page, and readers of this blog - particularly at holiday time. I usually ask the members of the group to share their photographs of their Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, table settings and food to create galleries of inspiration, which I then turn into posts on the blog for posterity. Below are some of the Thanksgiving photos that were submitted this year on the Facebook group page. There were many photos posted and I cannot share them all with you, but here are a few to enjoy!
When a friend of my mother's, who had recently undergone knee replacement surgery, informed me that she had just ordered a Martha Stewart cane, I was left a little stunned: "A what? A Martha Stewart cane?" I am usually so on top of Martha's product launches that I was more shocked at myself for not realizing she had issued a new line of safety and mobility aids with Medline back in April. Shame on me!This new line, of course, plays perfectly well into Martha's focus on healthy living; the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City is just one of the many initiatives she has taken to help a rapidly-growing population of aging individuals find the care they need and deserve. Her book, Living The Good Long Life, is an excellent compendium of information in this field. Now, of course, she is bringing her signature style to an area where style has never really been welcome: canes, walkers, shower chairs, over-bed tables and bath mats.
Offered in pretty designs and colours, such as gingham and plaid, faux-bois and her signature turquoise and gray, seniors who require mobility aids at home, or those recovering from injury, now have style choices that reach beyond the metallic, chrome and black. Click here to see the full line of Medline products with Martha Stewart designs. Below is a small selection.This offset aluminum walking cane is 3/4" in diameter and provides strong, sturdy support for partial weight-bearing users with a rubber tip on the bottom for slip-resistant balance; supports 300 lbs. Shown above in Plaid. Shown below in Faux-Bois.
This premium quality rollator upright walker features a padded memory foam seat and backrest for all-day comfort with 6 smooth-rolling wheels for various terrain. Neoprene under the seat ensures easier cleaning. Foldable with a lightweight high-quality frame for ease of use and durable with a weight capacity supporting individuals up to 250 lbs.
I have known David Pantoja for approximately 20 years. We 'met' when I was writing for SaveMartha.com in 2002. He wrote to me to say he enjoyed my columns and we've kept in touch ever since. David has always been very supportive of this blog and I consider him to be the foremost expert in the collection of Martha by Mail items: he has an enormous selection of goods that were sold through Martha's famous mail-order catalog and he knows everything about everything he has collected. He even created a Martha by Mail Cookie Cutter Index, which I feel is invaluable to collectors. David has a beautiful blog called Good Things By David. Longtime readers of this blog will know it well. Please be sure to visit it!
When my husband and I decided to travel to Philadelphia this month for my nephew's high school graduation, I knew I had to set some time aside to meet David, who lives just outside the city. We decided that Terrain at Styers was the place to meet; I had always wanted to see Terrain, since it is affiliated with Anthropologie, where I work. It is the company's garden concept store, selling trees, plants, flowers and home decor items, such as dinnerware, glassware, candles and planters. Martha also encouraged me to visit Terrain during our conversation on her podcast. It seemed like a no-brainer!
When I met David, we felt immediately comfortable together, even though this was our first time meeting face to face! We share a similar, somewhat dark sense of humour and like so many of the same things, with similar tastes in many areas of life. We hit it off instantly. It was as if we had spent years together - and I suppose in some respect we have.
David made these beautiful "Martha Moments" cookies for me and my husband, plus two lady-bug cookies not shown for members of Tomas's family, who met up with us a little later. David is the best baker and decorator of cookies that I know of and I was honoured to be given such a special treat.
We had lunch at the Terrain cafe, in the greenhouse, surrounded by climbing vines and beautiful sunlight. He recommended I order the harvest bowl, which I readily agreed upon. It was filling, but healthy and so delicious.
I loved how the bread at the Terrain Cafe is baked and brought to the table: in a terracotta flower pot! Ingenious!
The Terrain store itself is a wonderland, full of treasures to discover amid all manner of greenery. It was a spectacular space and so inspiring. I've included some of my photographs of Terrain below. If you ever have the chance to visit this location in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, please do! There are several other locations around the United States, including one in Westport, Connecticut.
On Thursday, June 1, 2023, Martha returned to Turkey Hill to host a tour of the garden and grounds that she so tirelessly sowed over the decades. The new owner of Turkey Hill, Casey Berg, is a member of the board of directors of an organization called Positive Directions, a non-profit behavioral health organization providing a continuum of prevention, counseling, and recovery supports to individuals and families struggling with mental health or substance use disorders. The group was founded over 50 years ago and today serves the towns of Fairfield, Weston, Norwalk and Westport, where it is based. Proceeds of the tickets sold for the tour supported Positive Directions, and 40 lucky people followed Martha through the grounds and gardens as she recounted memories and gave gardening advice. Below are photographs of the tour, kindly submitted by friends of mine who were lucky enough to attend.
I have never in my life purchased a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine. I don't play sports or enjoy watching them. And women in swimsuits have never really piqued my interest, so to speak. Now, however, I'm plotting the best way to snag a copy of the 2023 annual swimsuit issue of the magazine, which comes out on May 18th featuring a cover portrait of Martha looking astonishing, ravishing and confident in a bathing suit at age 81.
Martha is now the oldest woman to be featured on a cover of Sports Illustrated. The editors of the magazine contacted her to be among four models chosen for the cover of this year's annual swimsuit issue; Megan Fox, Kim Petras and Brooks Nader are the other three. All four covers will be in circulation on newsstands, but my bet is that Martha's will be most in demand.
Martha was photographed by Ruven Afanador in the Dominican Republic last November for the cover and feature spread. The photographs depict Martha in several fashion bathing suits, looking glamorous and confident. Martha unveiled the cover live on the Today Show on May 15th and spoke with the hosts about the importance of showing women over a certain age in areas of media where they are often cast aside. Martha also spoke about fearlessness and encouraged other women to feel confident about themselves, their bodies and their ambitions. "When you're through changing, you're through," she reiterated, and implored women never to let their inhibitions get the better of them.
I love these photographs and how they speak to the joy that's possible in our lives as we age. Way to go, Martha!