The Martha Effect


The Martha Stewart Effect

I never quite understood the Martha Stewart hate I heard about in the late 80’s when Martha and her crafts blew up.  I LOVED Martha Stewart’s show and tried to do some of her recipes and crafts.  I could not fully understand as a kid why some women had a rather obsessive dislike of Ms. Stewart.  While yes she had a full staff at her disposal to make those crafts and crap you just had to have…. She made it seem ever so effortless.  I just did not get it…. because I was a kid/teen, it was not until I was an adult that I fully got it and met my very own Martha.

I love to sew and I love crafts. and while I was unemployed I had lots of time to do these crafts, but no money for materials.  Now that I have the money I dont have the time…. Gotta love Life’s little twists.

Any who, I have followed one SAHM/Blogger/Amazing Sewer named Erica B *click here* for a few years, in fact she inspired me to blog about the stuff I make.  Erica has made and reviewed so many patterns along with inspirations from spring and fall fashion weeks.  I remember one Chanel inspired piece she did I an just read with awe and envy like WOW I cant even think on how to do that.  And again where does she find the time.  And to top it all off she has at least 3 kids and still looks fly as hell…

And this year I some how stumbled upon Mimi G *click here* another Blogger/Amazing Sewer * I think she is a SAHM, but dont quote me on that one* Mimi G reviews patterns, shows you how to make patterns from scratch, doing tie dye, styling clothes, etc  I have even paid for a few of her pattern tutorials.  She has a knack for breaking down patterns to make them simple for even the most novice of sewers. And she is just as fly as Erica B doing all this.

And then I look at my life and think, What the hell am I doing with it lol….. clearly I am not properly utilizing my 24 hours in a day like these ladies.  I know they are both married, have kids, *maybe a pet or two* and yet they still find time to not only sew but to blog, make videos and help the rest of their admires with questions we might have about random sewing stuff. *They are members of the same sewing FB group I am on*

So these ladies are my Martha Stewart.  While I do not hate them or envy them, but some-days I truly wonder how they do it all.   I feel like a slubb, I have 0 kids *does my dog Bear count?*, no husband but planning a wedding, and  going back to work, but not having time to create, and up pops in my feed something just items and I look down on the too big clothes I am wearing just shaking my head and laugh at my self.  Then I realize like Martha Stewart these two ladies, who are very sweet, nice women, who are rather talented, have their haters and detractors.   Yet they keep doing what the do, helping out the slubbs like me to stop making butt prints on the couch, and make something.

So Thank You Martha, I mean Erica and Mimi, You inspire me…

I encourage you all to visit their websites and drool over the amazing items they create and share with us…..

Who is your Martha Stewart? Your Inspiration

‘Til Next Time

Love, Peace and All Things Pretty

~The Diva V~


Polyvore Any One?




If you are like me you have noticed these “outfit” thumbnails floating around Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest. And if you are like me you have wondered where the hell did they find these…. AH HA I found out POLYVORE *click me* 

Now if you are like me, you will be hooked.  I am like a kid in the candy store.  It is a great inspiration and sewing ideas.

The pic above is my latest one I did.  I love Polyvore because you can not only add the dress, pants, top etc but you can add accessories, makeup, and backgrounds… You can keep this on pintrest and if the outfit is out of your price range you can find dupe for it…. Its a great win win…Wish I had thought of this idea…

So who out there is hooked on Polyvore?  If not that site which one do you like to use for your inspirations?

Lets see your images you have come up with….

‘Til Next Time

Love Peace and All Things Pretty….

~The Diva V~