November, 2011

A Day of Crafty Honors

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The New York Public Library never ceases to amaze me!

The Centennial Celebration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman building includes an inspiring exhibit about programs and initiatives and people that have come through the doors of the library in the past 100 years. I am thrilled to say that Handmade Crafternoon is one of the programs they have highlighted!

The exhibit “shines a spotlight on items spanning thousands of years.” Finger puppets that Jessica Pigza and I made are two of those items.

To say that it is an honor to be included is an understatement. My mom, pictured above, took us our local library almost every day when we were kids, so it was a special moment to walk up to the glass case with her and see the Crafternoon exhibit. It was pretty overwhelming for both of us.

And talk about honors! The lovely ladies of Bust Magazine, Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller, honored us with their cool, crafty, feisty presence in celebration of their new book, The Bust DIY Guide to Life.

They showed us how to make friendship bracelets, which brought me right back to middle school.

Making these bracelets is so meditative — I think I’ll make a bunch of them for holiday gifts for all my favorite crafties.

It was amazing to have such feminist icons grace the Handmade Crafternoon series. These ladies helped make it cool to be crafty again, and I am forever in their debt.

I’m so thankful to Jessica Pigza, my co-host, and the NYPL for their tireless support of Handmade Crafternoon. And I’m filled with pride to be a part of the New York Public Library’s legacy for all New Yorkers.

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