As I've said many times before, I work with the most talented people here at Martha Stewart Living.
Each December, Martha Stewart hosts a Holiday Craft Fair to showcase the amazing talent of over 95 staffers, friends of the company, and former employees. Marcie McGoldrick, who runs our Holiday & Crafts Editorial Department, and Andrea DiPasquale, from our Martha Stewart Crafts team, led the team that puts it together.
This year's event was held at our offices last Friday, December 3. As I like to scoop up Christmas, Valentine's Day, and birthday gifts, I made sure I was one of the first to arrive.
Friday's show was a private event for Martha Stewart employees and guests. But, the fair is open to the pubic for one day each year (this year brought nearly 2,300 shoppers on Saturday, December 4). I highly recommend dropping by if you are in the New York area next year.
The booths are filled with so many faces from across the Martha Stewart family -- not just crafts but editorial, television, radio, merchandising, technology. It's inspiring to see that their passion for creating fills them in their off time as well as during working hours.
To fuel the shopping, we were lucky enough to have incredible food from Chef Pierre Schaedelin. He and his staff prepared his upscale takes on macaroni and cheese and pigs-in-a-blanket.
For those who wanted to take a break during the show, our crafts team had a table set up where you could glitter your own Christmas ornament using what else? Martha Stewart Crafts glitter from Michaels.
Here's a closer look at some of the incredible people and products from the show.
1 Martha and I standing at the entrance to the craft sale.
2 Posing with Nate and Kirk who helped create Living's first digital issue for the iPad.
3 Hannah Milman, who oversees the editorial and merchandising crafts teams.
4 Jodi Levine's necklaces.
5 Jodi's creations are whimsical and lovely.
6 Three of these beautiful chandeliers were hanging in the clerestory at our office.
7 Taking a photo with Athena Preston.
8 Athena made these holiday corsages that can be worn as a hair clip or a pin.
9 Getting a hug from Page Marchese Norman of Purl.
10 Me and Deputy Creative Director Ayesha Patel at one of the craft stands.
11 Here I am with Ayesha's daughter and Vanessa Holden's (Living's Editor in Chief) daughter.
12 Quy Nguyen of Bower Antiques is showing me a few of his products at his stand.
13 Stephen Johnson's work was beautiful. Here we are standing next to his display.
14 These gorgeous holiday cards are by Rifle Paper.
15 This print is a lot of fun.
16 As the event progressed, the clerestory became filled with shoppers.
17 Taking a look at this gorgeous craft that resembles a snowflake.
18 Here is jewelry created by Lisa Castellano.
19 Scary looking nuns from Sour & Sweet Goodies.
20 Amy Holbrook's needlepoint notebooks.
21 Gleena ceramics by Asya Palatova.
22 Here is another photo of Gleena ceramics, I love the detailed butterflies on this plate.
23 Liberty Print cards -- I love these!
24 This toy was such a fun putty to hold and mold.
25 The texture is different than Play-Doh.
26 Here I am, still playing with the goo-feeling dough.
27 I love acorns -- I even have many as decorations/ornaments on my Christmas Trees.
28 Warm and fuzzy scarves.
29 Lenore Welby displays her holiday wreaths.
30 I love the silky ribbon on these festive wreaths.
31 Kerstin Czarra and Daniel Boguszewski smile for the camera.
32 Lisa Wagner, me, Eric Pike, and Page.
33 The store, Purl Soho, Page co-owns with Joelle Hoverson and her sister.
34 Many products from Purl Soho were on display.
35 Many fabric bundles from Purl Soho were at the fair.
36 I love the colors and the patterns that were available to purchase.
37 Don't you just love the collection of colors?
38 Page's daughter graces the cover of Purl's book.
39 Chef Pierre and Mrs. Cooper put together delicious appetizers for the event.
40 Gorgeous flowers by Livia Celli.
41 These would make great gifts for some little ones I know.
42 There was no end to the colors and texture utilized by the vendors.
43 Suzanne McGrath with her daughter Lauren -- they have a fabulous blog called Good Bones, Great Pieces.
44 More holiday festive products!
45 A picture of Emily Wood with her pillows.
46 I love these dog charm kits from AMH Design LLC.
47 Vanessa Holden's son is creating a holiday ornament.
If you saw some thing you like, be sure to see this list of vendors. You will find links to their blogs or web sites. Some even sell online so you can take a piece of the Holiday Craft Fair home.
Feeling inspired to create? Treat yourself or someone you know to one of our fabulous crafting books (put together by many of the crafters at the show)...
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
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