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Ashley Little

Name: Ashley Little, Associate Digital Editor
Hometown: Pikeville, Kentucky
What Inspires Me: Bright colors, the 1960s, flowers and classic rock
Trying to Learn: How to alter clothing and play ukulele (not at the same time).
Work Uniform: A dress, a pair of flats, and sunglasses to block the glare from my computer monitor
Best Occupational Perk: An unhealthy addiction to Pinterest
Biggest Occupational Hazard: An unhealthy addiction to Pinterest
First Time Meeting Martha: I collided with her as I rounded a corner carrying my lunch dishes. The dishes crashed to the floor and I stood there with my mouth hanging open even after she walked away!
My Go-To- Dish: Lighter Macaroni and Cheese makes bad days go away, especially in the winter.
Favorite Living recipe: I make the Cranberry Compote with Mascarpone and Cookies at every holiday, and it's always a huge hit. I love the taste of the tart berries with the cheese.
Most Un-Martha Trait: I kill every plant I touch, including plants listed as "low-maintenance."

Cozy Gifts from One Sheepish Girl

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We asked Meredith Crawford of One Sheepish Girl and Sheepish Knitting & Crochet to share what’s on her holiday shopping list this year. Women of all ages will adore these heartfelt gifts created by unique designers. 1. This unique fabric jewel necklace would be a great addition to any outfit. ($54) 2. Give her new [...]

8 Etsyfied Advent Calendars

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As a kid, I loved the thrill of ticking away the days until the holiday. The time-honored tradition is ripe for reinvention — and Etsy vendors are getting in the Christmas spirit this year with advent calendars that go a step beyond traditional. Here are a few of our favorites. 1. This advent calendar uses [...]

Playing Santa with “A Merry Mishap”

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When we’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, we often turn to our favorite tastemakers. Today, we asked Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap and AMM Jewelry, what she’ll be gifting this year. A dedicated supporter of smaller shops and handmade products, she scoured Etsy for ideas for everyone on her list. 1. Envelope Clutch Roxy Marj makes these adorable soft [...]

The Gift of a Meal

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Our guest blogger today is Elizabeth Rowan Chandler, Director of Communications at Feeding America.  Looking back, I think it was something my grandmother said to me years ago that led me to join the hunger-relief movement. One year, I was helping my grandmother, Anne, peel chestnuts for her traditional Thanksgiving stuffing, when she paused suddenly [...]

Knit a Pair of Sparkly Legwarmers

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Our guest post today comes from Laura Bednash of Charm Stitch. Laura submitted this project as part of Martha Stewart Crafts Month. To see more of our favorite submissions, visit our Pinterest board. Girly legwarmers are perfect for dance class warmups, lounging around on cooler days, and layering for special events. I knit this simple, [...]

Cute Costume Kits for Kids

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There’s barely enough time to shop for Halloween costume supplies, much less piece them together to make something wearable. If you’re feeling panicked about this year, we’ve found a shortcut. Kiwi Crate‘s costume kit is an adorable package filled with supplies and instructions for a DIY costume you and your child can craft together. Little [...]

Jodi Levine’s Favorite DIY Halloween Costumes

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Crafts editor Jodi Levine is no stranger to the DIY Halloween scene. A craft department veteran here at MSLO, Jodi has developed dozens of DIY costumes that cover every skill level and budget. Here are a few of Jodi’s favorites, which she shared on the Living Backstory radio show. Masks and Headpieces For a simple [...]

Decoupage with Heather Ross

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Most crafters will admit to elbowing someone out of the way at the fabric store to score the last yard of Heather Ross fabric. Guilty? Then you know why sewers and printmakers alike are going crazy for Heather’s new book, “Heather Ross Prints.” “Heather Ross Prints” puts a stop to those late-night Etsy searches for [...]

The Sketchbook Project

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Post-Labor Day, I begin to dread the short, cold days that force me indoors come winter. (Bad things can happen when I’m faced with snow, an endless supply of hot chocolate, and my entire Netflix instant queue.) But after a recent visit with Chris Heuberger, head librarian at the Brooklyn Art Library, I sealed my [...]

A Kitchen Swap Comes to Brooklyn

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A hybrid of clothing swaps and Tupperware parties, kitchen swaps are starting to pop up in local neighborhoods and creative communities. The idea is simple: Bring in unwanted cookware and homemade food, and leave with something new — and maybe a few new friends. I recently attended my first-ever kitchen swap at Krrb headquarters in [...]