Martha Stewart and I have a love-hate relationship. Well, I have a love-hate relationship with her. She doesn't know I exist. If she did, she'd LOVE me. I used to simply love her until she promoted this brilliant idea of making chocolate bowls for your Valentine. You simply blow up a small balloon, dip it in melted chocolate, let it set up, then gently deflate the balloon. Voila! You're left with a perfectly round chocolate bowl for ice cream or whatever delicious romance you can serve up. Sounds easy, no? Yeah, well, being young and inexperienced in these things, I didn't let my chocolate cool enough and upon dipping my balloons in the melted chocolate, they popped, splattering chocolate everywhere. And I mean everywhere: on the ceiling, up into the recesses of the hood above the stove, onto the curtains 6 feet away, up my nose. I found little specks of chocolate in the adjoining room years later. To this day, I'm not so certain Martha's Things are all that Good, and I approach her ideas with great trepidation. I do admire her. If she weren't around, I wouldn't have that story to tell. I just wish the editor would have included "let cool" in the directions...for those of us who had horrible physics professors.
Well, I happened upon a free subscription to Living, and got sucked in once again. I really do enjoy reading it. This time, I found something pretty cute and it didn't have balloons involved. Though it's not her original idea (is anything really?), I have to credit her magazine for introducing it to me. I made some pretty stinking cute Father's Day cards, if I do say so myself. The directions on marthastewart.com were pretty bad, so I googled "folded shirt card" and got some better illustrated instructions. So, here you go, write your message, fold away, and impress the fathers in your life.
(I used 6.5 x 11" paper size and added a pocket with puffy tape)