1 It was so exciting celebrating the very first Martha Stewart American Made Awards!
2 Here I am with our distinguished Mayor Bloomberg and Willie Geist of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
3 I was at the podium getting ready to introduce our special guests and the winners of this event.
4 Mayor Bloomberg graciously spoke about me and my business and how many aspiring entrepreneurs have been motivated by our good works.
5 Willie Geist was there to assist me in honoring the American Made winners.
6 Knowing how early Willie wakes up to appear on Morning Joe, I offered him a pick-me-up of a fresh-brewed cappuccino.
7 After honoring all of the winners, I invited them to join me on stage for a photo opportunity.
8 And directly after the photos, everyone joined in for a buffet celebration.
9 With my daughter, Alexis and Kevin Sharkey
10 There were many different American-based vendors offering their specialties. http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farm.php?farm=775
11 Delicious sauteed apples
12 The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, served amazing cheeses. http://www.cellarsatjasperhill.com/
13 Beautiful autumnal displays, created by Peter Callahan, Callahan Catering - http://www.petercallahan.com/
14 Artisinal smoked ham
15 This is honey from my very own honey bees.
16 The honey was served with crusty bread and herb butter.
17 Van Leeuwen was serving an assortment of ice cream. This is their amazing ginger flavor. http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/
18 High West Distillery and Saloon served their Double Rye Whiskey. http://www.highwest.com/
19 Hella Bitter pairs well with Brooklyn Gin, a locally produced craft gin that is made with a lot of botanicals, giving it a citrusy, floral bouquet.
20 Eduardo Simeon, co-founder of Hella Bitter, also works for MSLO as a Senior Project Manager/Digital.
21 Jason Rowan of Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters served Fig Sours - a combination of Bulleit bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, candied sour cherry syrup, Black Mission Fig, and his own fig bitters. http://www.brooklynbitters.com/
22 Mystic Knotwork offered a variety of knotted wares, like this Nautical Ocean Plait Rope Mat. http://www.mysticknotwork.com/
23 MSLO's Stephen Johnson had his stationary on display.
24 Acorn pendants by MSLO's Hosanna Houser - http://www.hosannahouser.bigcartel.com/
25 Jean and Oliver Pelle of Pelle Designs displayed their hand cut glycerine soaps. http://pelledesigns.com/
26 Erin Ozer of Knot & Bow, showed her carefully curated collection of modern, nostalgic stationery goods including gift wrap and packaging, craft, office, and event supplies. http://www.knotandbow.com/
27 Cynthia Treen, of Cythia Treen Studio, home of Threadfollower Kits and Patterns, is another former MSLO employee, who is now pursuing her entrepreneurial dream. http://threadfollower.com/
28 Cynthia's kits are adorable.
29 Former MSLO employee Asya Palatova, of Gleena Ceramics, has gone on to create a collection of beautiful porcelain. http://gleena.com/
30 Crystal Sloane of Vintage by Crystal, handcrafts one of a kind whimsical figures and decorations. http://www.vintagebycrystal.com
31 Many of her materials are antique, vintage, and new, giving each piece a unique quality.
32 Kimberly Scola, designer and owner of Chez Sucre Chez, finds inspiration from traditional needlework and cross-stitch patterns.
33 She showed me her very thoughtful container covers, which serve as a environmentally sound alternative to plastic wrap.
34 Kimberly also sells reusable, environmentally-friendly produce bags.
35 Jason Wong and Jordan Provost, the owner of Enormous Champion - a design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. http://enormouschampion.com/
36 They specialize in greeting and note cards and other great crafts.
37 Chelsea Glankler, of Red Bird Ink - Design and Letterpress, designs and produce limited edition art prints, stationery, and home goods. http://redbirdink.com/
38 Chelsea loves using an old-fashioned letterpress to attain an old-fashioned embossed look, seldom found with modern printing.
39 More examples of letterpress