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Marli Guzzetta

Name: Marli Guzzetta, Research Editor
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Get Inspired By: Fortune and Glory.
Trying to Learn: How to knit my own super hero costume out of clippings and cast-offs from the craft room
Perfect Saturday Morning: Just getting in from an invigorating Friday night
D.I.Y. or Etsy: Sometimes, D.I.Y. I'm a two-drink social crafter. But mostly Etsy. I try to make as little as possible in order to support our American craftspeople.
Dream Kitchen: I'm seeing black subway tile, high windows, double farmhouse sinks and a range top island that looks out over the living area and is large enough to accommodate several take-out bags.
Biggest Occupational Hazard: This prompt feels like a trap. I'm swinging over it in my unfinished superhero costume.
Best Occupational Perk: Having an occupation. Also, advocating for independent musicians on our blogs and working with some wonderfully creative and talented people who are always looking for ways to build a better mousetrap. They've inspired me to be more creative in my dinner entertaining, my crafting, and even my cubicle decorating.
Work Uniform: I'd say "shabby chic," but I think many of my co-workers would agree that "chic" is too generous. Maybe "Law and Order hand-me-downs."
First Time Meeting Martha: We were both entering an aisle at the same time from different angles. I tried to let Martha go first, but she insisted that I do. It was a pleasant and smiley exchange.
Most Un-Martha Trait: It's hard to pick just one. What did Martha say in her survey about me? How is she most not like Marli?
Go-To Dish: Pasta Pomodoro, or chicken Milanese served over an arugula and pine nut salad with crispy roasted potatoes and carrots -- some of my mom's best, simplest dishes and some of my own.
Favorite Living Recipe: Basic Bread Stuffing. I added Italian sausage.
Favorite Living Crafts: Halloween zombie jack o' lanterns and Decorative paper lanterns.
Favorite Living Technique: Recently, I used Charlotte March's technique for poaching eggs, and they came out perfectly. Served them for brunch over sauteed garlic and spinach on sourdough toast, with prosciutto and fresh melon.
Recipe Follower or Improviser: Impro-follower, like my mom. I'll take a recipe and tweak it.
Family: Dog, Tennessee Chicken Willow. Cat, Eponymous Bosch
Coolest Thing My Pet Has Taught Me: Anything can be a snack if you aren't picky.

What’s in a (Handwritten) Name?

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When articles pass across my desk every day, marked up with the squiggles of my coworkers, am I seeing hints of their most secret selves in their handwriting? Are they seeing hints of mine? When I read Living’s story on handwriting in the September 2013 issue, I was skeptical about graphology but curious. A friend of a friend [...]

Late Summer 2013 Playlist

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This playlist aims to keep you entertained while your hands are busy crafting, cleaning, cooking or while you’re just enjoying the last lingering summer days. It includes some of the best music released this year by artists you likely aren’t hearing on FM radio stations.                       [...]

Best of 2012 Cooking, Crafting, and Cleaning Playlist

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Think of it as akin to whistling while you work — humming while you clean. Good music has a way of making even the most tedious household chore seem not quite so bad. This playlist aims to keep you entertained while your hands are busy. It includes some of the best music released this year by [...]

Bookmaker Angela Liguori

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In the window of bookmaker Angela Liguori’s studio, in the Boston area, stacks of colorful ribbons tantalize passersby like bins of gelato in her native Rome, where Liguori’s mother, a seamstress, weaned her on the beautiful, the tactile, and the tailored.  At the workbench where Liguori sews pure, rich materials into books that her customers [...]

Ready for Your Closeup: Improving Your Etsy or Ebay Product Photos

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For the last segment of “Living Backstory” (Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on our satellite channel, SiriusXM 110), I shared tips and tricks from MSLO staff members on info you can use to build your own craft, design, garden or food business. I adore the sentiment and 11 honorees behind our American Made Awards, which will [...]

Living Backstory on SiriusXM 110

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Is there anything you’d like to know about working at MSLO? Listen to my brand-new radio show, The Living Backstory, live every Tuesday at 5 p.m. EST on SiriusXM 110 for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most humorous and interesting people in our office.       As promised, a few notes on [...]

Cooking, Crafting, and Cleaning Playlist: July 2012

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Think of it as akin to whistling while you work — humming while you clean. Good music has a way of making even the most tedious household chore seem not quite so bad. This playlist aims to keep you entertained while your hands are busy. It includes some of the best music released so far this [...]

Fashion: Etnies’ “Green” Shoes

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Feel like you don’t seem exciting enough to your social media followers? Go to the mall with $50 to buy a pair of shoes, and “heading out to help replenish Brazilian rainforest” could be a relatively unscrupulous but not entirely inaccurate tweet or status. For the second year, Etnies is supporting a reforestation project called [...]