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Mominee Spotlight: Martha Stewart (Plus Bonus Halloween Project Roundup)

I have a dream, people. It involves me, a really polished yet achingly hip outfit, a delicious arugula, watercress, and endive salad (that I made), on a table beautifully set, with an impressive peony extravaganza of a centerpiece (that I made), and then Martha, as my guest. And she is saying to me, “Natalie, you are absolutely correct, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone put it that way. Natalie, I simply must have you in my magazine. You are rad.”

Okay, but Martha would maybe not use the word ‘rad’.

After the jump, a few things you may not know about Miss Martha Stewart, one of Babble’s Mominees for 100 Moms Who Are Changing The World (and one of my very most favorite beings on this dear planet Earth), as well as a roundup of 10 of her most inspiring Halloween projects (cause let’s be honest, the woman kills it at Halloween).

Did You Know:

Martha was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she lived until she was three.

Martha learned to cook and sew from her mother (also named Martha), how to garden from her father, and how to can and preserve from her grandmother.

Martha babysat the rowdy children of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, often planning and throwing their birthday parties. According to Martha’s mother, this is the beginning of Martha’s domestic career.

Of course we all know Martha was a model, but did you know one of her accounts was Tareyton cigarettes “Smokers would rather fight than switch” campaign?

Martha not only has many different home goods lines, but she even has a line of actual homes, in North Carolina.

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  • ETCHED SILHOUETTE PUMPKINS 1 of 10
    ETCHED SILHOUETTE PUMPKINS
    Martha was the first to promote the idea that decorating for Halloween could be sophisticated, glamorous, and still ghoulishly frightening. But can we please talk about that double decker candelabra? Gorgeous.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • ROSE COSTUME 2 of 10
    ROSE COSTUME
    Martha knows how to make little kid's costumes look cute enough that daughter is happy and sweet enough that mom will be proud. This rose costume, though, would be good for all ages.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • MIRROR GLOW EYES 3 of 10
    MIRROR GLOW EYES
    This is the kind of project that looks like it would be simple, satisfying, and completely freaky when you walked past it in the middle of the night.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • LACE PATTERNED PUMPKINS 4 of 10
    LACE PATTERNED PUMPKINS
    I can recall clear as day the first time I saw this image because I nearly became lightheaded with excitement.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • CHICKEN COSTUME 5 of 10
    CHICKEN COSTUME
    A girlfriend of mine made this chicken costume one year for her twin girls (they were just about ten months old at the time). The fluffy white cuteness was enough to kill me dead.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • WIND COSTUME 6 of 10
    WIND COSTUME
    How clever is this? Bonus: you can send your husband off to work in this and if nobody else in the office is dressed up, he won't feel like too much of a dork.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • SHRUNKEN APPLE HEAD 7 of 10
    SHRUNKEN APPLE HEAD
    This is equal parts amazing and disturbing.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • HOMESPUN PUMPKIN DECORATIONS 8 of 10
    HOMESPUN PUMPKIN DECORATIONS
    If yarn crafts are your bag, this is like a real nice Marc Jacobs (handbag analogy).

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • COFFIN TABLE 9 of 10
    COFFIN TABLE
    The best part of this project is, you can use stacks of books as table legs.

    TUTORIAL HERE
  • FILIGREE PUMPKIN 10 of 10
    FILIGREE PUMPKIN
    Filigree! Don't you agree? (My husband thought of that one.)

    TUTORIAL HERE

Bonus Extra Credit Story: I attended a taping of the Martha Stewart show recently when this bit of excitement went down: Martha was introducing a topic, and an employee, a cute blonde twenty-something girl with impossibly cute boots on, was apparently whispering too loud. Without breaking stride, and without raising her voice even a titch, or even changing her facial expressions, Martha simply said, “Excuse me, someone is talking,” and the entire room went ice cold. Employees stood ramrod straight and camera men froze in their tracks, and the girl belonging to those impossibly cute boots turned so red in the face that she had to leave the room. The camera men and employees recovered quickly and resumed taping, but there was a definite chill over the audience, and it was a full five minutes before any of us felt we could relax again. The woman has some crazy, ultra polite, in-control kind of power!

To see the other Mominees for Babble’s 100 Moms Who Are Changing The World, click right HERE.

Who would you mominate? And who will you vote for?

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