1 It was so gratifying to celebrate the very first Martha Stewart American Made Awards last year and I'm really looking forward to this year's event!
2 Here I am at the American Made gala with our distinguished Mayor Bloomberg and Willie Geist of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
3 In his speech, Mayor Bloomberg, told the gala audience that small businesses are key to economic growth.
4 The next morning, the day began with a yoga class, instructed by my yoga teacher, James Murphy, who is the director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.
5 Volunteers helped serve a yummy breakfast at the American Made Cafe.
6 The Creative Maker Series is a day of learning and interacting with celebrities, innovators, and creative entrepreneurs. This is American Made Gardening Honoree Flora Grubb, who demonstrated how to turn air plants and succulents into art.
7 Participants in last year's Urban Gardening Master Class with Flora could make a vertical garden, a terrarium, or aerium to take home.
8 This map of the United States is a fantastic display of cast iron skillets in the shape of the states, forged by Wisconsin-based metal sculptor and American Made craft honoree Alisa Toninato.
9 Marc Evan from New York City's Maniac Pumpkins was there to demonstrate his carving expertise.
10 Marc even made a custom carving for the event.
11 Here I am with fashion panelists Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, and Tory Burch discussing the secrets to their success.
12 Calvin Klein's advice for young designers - "You have to know what you’re good at and how you’re different from the crowd. You have to have drive and work hard, but you have to be special - give them something they don’t have.”
13 When I asked J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler what's in store for his company, he said - "Keep doing what we do - better."
14 MSLO's Creative Director, Eric Pike, helped out at a Make and Give station featuring our Avery products, which are available at Staples.
15 The colorful dotted strings on these packages were made using simple circle stickers.
16 Crafts associate designer Tracy Chou created a sophisticated frosted jar using Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint during her demonstration.
17 Honoree Erika Allen and Living's garden editor, Stephen Orr, shared the secrets of kitchen composting in our American Made classroom.
18 Students were amazed at the gorgeous compost one can make on a small scale.
19 Miyuki Sakai artfully embroidered the awards given to each of our 11 honorees.
20 Crafts editor Jodi Levine screen printed the American Made logo onto takeaway totes for audience members.
21 This colorful display was a collection of crafting supplies by Studio Carta in the Our Finds shop.
22 This was one of several meticulously handcrafted dolls from Vintage by Crystal.
23 I had a roundtable discussion of upcoming trends with Living's editor in chief Pilar Guzman, Erica Domasek of P.S. - I Made This, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy, Stacy Morrison of BlogHer, and Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom.
24 Later, I shared five things everyone should know, including how to remove thorns from rose stems using an ordinary kitchen towel and how to make large round ice cubes.
25 Counters were covered with colorful paper, punches, and cutters from my crafts line available at Michaels for visitors to play with.
26 Here, Knot & Bow's Lauren Swett, peddled her brightly colored wares in the Our Finds shop.
27 Anyone strolling through Grand Central Station was invited to make camp-inspired necklaces.
28 The pom-pom making station was a popular spot. Pom-poms are magically formed using a pom-pom maker and can be turned into all sorts of creations.
29 This volunteer made a pom-pom key chain.