February 10, 2011
Crafternoon is so Much Fun!
Perhaps you have read about Crafternoon from the beautiful story “Sharing the Love,” which appeared in the February issue of my magazine, Martha Stewart Living. Or maybe you watched my television show last week when Crafternoon co-hosts Jessica Pigza - Rare-Books Librarian at the New York Public Library - and Maura Madden – author of Crafternoon made a fun appearance. If not, Crafternoon is a monthly craft salon, which is a part of programming that the main branch of the New York Public Library offers to the public. A diverse group of crafters attend each month to create various projects. We were thrilled to collaborate with Crafternoon on their Valentine’s Day card-making project this past Saturday, February 5th. Athena Preston, a Crafts Editor at MSLO, shared some of her favorite Martha Stewart Living Valentine creations and brought reams of beautiful papers for all the crafters to work with. Our partners at Martha Stewart Crafts donated glue, scissors, craft punches, and many other crafting supplies, available at Michaels. Nearly one hundred people braved the cold and rainy weather to enjoy crafting in a stately oak-paneled room of the library. It was so much fun to see what the many talented crafters came up with. If you enjoy crafting, you could easily host your own event to share with friends and family. And to find out about upcoming Crafternoons at the New York Public Library, click here.
Thanks to Jason Falchook for sharing these photos.
1 Crafternoon is such a popular event and there are many regular attendees.
2 Jessica Pigza greeted guests before closing the door.
3 We only wished we had more room!
4 The handsome Berger Room was decorated in the spirit.
5 Martha Stewart Crafts craft glue
6 There were many colorful pencils and pens.
7 Craft mats from my craft line
8 Jessica opened the festivities.
9 Jessica turned the podium over to co-host Maura Madden.
11 What would Valentine's Day be without doilies?
12 Athena Preston - Senior Associate Crafts Editor - spoke to the crowd about her favorite Valentine's projects throughout the years.
13 Jessica, Maura, Cassidy Iwerson, Athena, and Vanessa Holden - MSL Editor & Chief
14 The sign-up sheet for future crafting events was passed around.
15 The room was filled with creative energy!
16 Gaining inspiration from the February issue of MSL
17 A heart-themed 'punch around the page' from my craft line. These punches allow you to make intricate borders very easily.
18 Cassidy offering some advice
19 Layering papers with different textures to create a unique pattern
20 This crafter built a 'stage' to display her message inside the card.
21 A great pair of scissors is a must for any crafter.
22 There were iPads available for guests to explore the new digital issues of my magazine.
23 To make this fellow's heart decoration, simply cut a heart shape from felt, make a small snip in the middle, and place it over any button.
24 A few lucky children joined their parents for an afternoon of fun and creativity.
25 These new punches can be placed anywhere on the page - not just on edges!
26 These fellows created very unique valentines!
27 Like this one, by Steve, who cut out his design using just an x-acto knife. I wonder who the lucky recipient of his intricately made project will be?
28 Guests were awed by the features of my new digital magazine.
29 Vanessa, filling out her ticket for the raffle!
30 Project complete!
31 Such pretty Valentines
32 Very sweet!
33 What fun!
34 We found that many friends came together to enjoy this rainy afternoon.
35 Janis created 10 beautiful mini-rolls out of paper and displayed them in this small box.
36 Everyone had a great time!
37 The beauty of hand-made
38 Very festive!
39 After the group clean-up, all extra supplies were donated to the New York Public Library for future Crafternoons.
40 Many prizes were raffled off to raise funds for the New York Public Library. We were happy to contribute to this great institution.
41 The lucky winner of our Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts book, and a Martha Stewart Crafts craft mat - sure to inspire many great new projects!
42 What a wonderful afternoon at the NYPL!