A Love Letter to Love and Letters

I want to give it up for all the people out there who like to get crafty.

The talented artists like Athena Preston, Senior Associate Craft Editor at Martha Stewart Living.

Athena is the person who championed Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL and got us into Martha Stewart Living. She has worked tirelessly to get the word out about Crafternoon. She deserves the highest high five!

Last Saturday she spoke about crafting for the magazine to our huge crowd of NYPL crafters. Give it up for the patient bunch that stood in line for our Valentine Making Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL!

I have to holler at my incredibly creative Handmade Crafternoon co-host Jessica Pigza. Jessica works so hard to make sure we can have this amazing FREE event at her incredible workplace, and I truly thank her for it.

Let’s give it up for all the cool ladies who make lovely valentines.

And the tough guys who get in touch with their softer side. They are not afraid to show their crafting steez, even though the man in the button-down is Paul Barman, accomplished MC.

While I’m at it, I need to offer the most love and the biggest thanks to my husband Rufus, the fellow in the centaur sweatshirt. He is the most supportive dude out there and endlessly inspires me with his artistry. He is always there for me, even at Crafternoon.

Big love to my mom Pam and my future sister-in-law Emmy, as well as a bevy of lovely cousins who came to check out the event. The crafting gene is strong in our family!

I want to shout out to the good people at Martha Stewart Crafts and Martha Stewart Living who donated a million of the coolest, swoonworthiest crafting tools for our last event.

Their generosity was jaw dropping. Glitter, glue, punches, and phenomenal scissors were all joyfully used last weekend, and we’ll be breaking them out at future Handmade Crafternoons.

Thanks to them, our crafters were able to display their countless ways to say I Love You.

Give it up for my talented friend Steve Alvarez who made the exquisite valentine in the lower left corner of the photo below.

And finally, I’d like to raise a glass to Martha Stewart herself, who was kind enough to have us on her show (watch the clip here)¬†AND blog about us!

(Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show)

So this Valentine’s Day, share your love with those you love, and craft up a hearty storm. The best way to stay warm in the bleak midwinter? With love, laughs, and lots of paper hearts.

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