Martha Stewart and Omnimedia hosted a party last night for all the fellow bloggers who are in town for the BlogHer Conference this weekend and what a great party!  There were well over 400 bloggers in Martha Stewart’s office on 26th Street, mingling about, tasting recipes from Martha’s latest issue of Everyday Food, playing with the latest and greatest crafts products, getting fake lashes put on and blogging/tweeting while doing it all!  I myself passed on the fake lashes, but went straight to the crafts table to see what it was all about.

The punch around the page kit had to be my favorite!  How adorable is this hand-crafted stationary that take seconds to make.  It’s fun, cost effective and might even get your kids to write their thank you notes if they can have fun while doing it!

Want to paint your dresser or your wall in a faux bois?  It’s easy to do with Martha Stewart’s painting kits which are expected to hit stores in September.  Keep your eyes peeled and check her website for availability.  There are plenty of painting effects to choose from so whatever your style may be, I’m sure she’ll have the right tool!

Faux Bois

Herringbone

Now to the food..I was only able to sample a few things but can tell you everything looked amazing and well worth the time in the kitchen.  The first thing I tried was the Bistro Slider with pickled onions

Yum!

Grilled S’mores

So easy and fun for kids!

Another great idea for a party/dessert if you’re crunched for time or just want something different and fun – create an oreo cake on a cake stand for all your guests to pick apart.  You’ll of course want to have some milk near by..

Thanks Martha/Omnimedia for a great evening.  I look forward to trying new recipes and craft projects at home!





I’m sure a lot of you out there have a chest of drawers or a dresser that’s been sitting in a bedroom for years and it’s there because it fills the space and is useful but you can’t stand the sight of it!  It may have been passed down from your parents or something you found at a yard sale or maybe it was something you once liked but it’s now beyond dated. Wait! Don’t throw it away!  One of the easiest and quickest ways to freshen up a dresser is by painting it and changing the hardware.  You’ll be amazed with the end result and in awe that it’s even the same piece.  Check out this dresser that I transformed for a friend of mine for a total cost of $58.

BEFORE

Here’s the dresser before.  It’s a perfectly solid piece with some nice lines that needs a little love

Phase I – I used a light sand paper to sand it down to give it a nice smooth paint surface

Phase II – I sprayed/coated it with a beautiful silver paint

AFTER

Phase III – I added some knobs from Anthropologie and Voila!

All it takes is a few dollars, a little time and a little creativity.





Speaking of Paint…

Posted By Abby - New York | Feb 26, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Paint

I finally got around to painting my bathroom! I decided on Ben Moore’s Hollingsworth Green HC-141:

I’d share a picture but nobody wants to post their bathroom online. Trust me, it’s a welcome change! A cottage feel with bright white wainscoting and chrome accents. Next stop; the bedroom! It’s a white box right now and I can’t wait to throw some color up. I’ve decided on Ben Moore’s Jamestown Blue HC-148:

I’m thinking of doing a wallpaper in the small hall between the living room and the bathroom & bedroom. I’ve been obsessed with this birch tree print from Cole & Son for years:

I really, really want it! But I’ll have to convince my Mother to make a trip up from Texas. I’ve never wallpapered a thing in my life and I have a feeling I don’t have the patience. She’s a pro! We had red toile in our dining room for years (and a red carpet!)! I thought it “came with the house” but she later told me she picked it out! Funny thing is, I see it everywhere now! Ahhh, the cycle of trends…