Her first TV show was canceled, and her face disappeared from the pages of Martha Stewart Living, the magazine she'd founded."I will be back," she said, famously, standing on the courthouse steps just after being sentenced in July 2004. Stewart has rebounded to a degree that perhaps only her fiercest fans believed she would.
"I can keep learning about all the different technologies." She is endlessly curious.And The Martha Stewart Show hasn't had stellar ratings.But it's been renewed for another year, and this spring earned five more Emmy nominations.So I got dressed up in my bee outfit, cleaned the hives, and moved them up by the vegetable garden." Then she went to see an "amazing" stand of maples at a friend's house, after which she came home and oversaw the planting of some trees of her own. Somewhere in there she took a lesson on a fancy new sewing machine from SVP Worldwide, whose Singer, Pfaff, and Husqvarna Viking brands she endorses.It's one of five machines, including her 1961 Singer, that she keeps in her new third-floor crafts room, which, she tells her TV audience, she has taken to organizing at 11 o'clock at night.Her only jewelry is a pair of sparkly aquamarine earrings; her nails are kept short, as befits a gardener and cook.We've dined on perfectly steamed halibut and a salad of mixed greens with hearts of palm, prepared by her TV test-kitchen staff. " Stewart cracked after Hines told her she never makes dinner and has never used her food processor.) So Stewart supplied a traditional Shaker pie recipe, throwing in a few details about the dwindling, simplicity-loving Protestant sect whose sense of design she so admires. "I can't be guilty about it because I have to taste everything. "So I can zip my pants up," she says with a little laugh. As everyone in our solar system knows, these things matter to Stewart — the real peel, not just a squirt from a bottle; the telling touches and careful choices that make a pie or a house or a life that much better.Reasonably priced, the homes are inspired by Stewart's places in Maine, East Hampton, and Bedford.If they like, the owners can paint those houses with Martha Stewart Colors (available at Lowe's), lay down Martha Stewart carpet tiles or area rugs, and preserve their memories with a new line of scrapbooking supplies, unveiled on her show this very day and available, she reminds her viewers more than once, at Michaels crafts stores around the country.Fans can listen all day to her Sirius satellite radio channel, read Blueprint (her new magazine for younger nesters), and find the answer to every conceivable domestic question in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, an encyclopedic 744-page guide published last year.They can even move into Martha Stewart houses, built in partnership with KB Home; 10 developments will be finished by the end of the year in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.