Ten Years of Crafternoon

Photo credit: Rufus Tureen

I can hardly believe it, but this February marks the ten year anniversary of Crafternoon. The very first Crafternoon party was held in San Francisco at the apartment I shared with my roommates Jen and Beverlie. I was just a young thing, living in a city far from my native New York. I performed sketch comedy with in a group called Killing My Lobster. My mom came out to see one of our shows, so I threw a party in her honor. We ate cookies and made Valentines. And the rest is craft history.

From that point on, craft parties have been a regular part of my life. I hosted them at my apartment in Brooklyn, other people’s apartments all over the city, at bars, at parks, you name the spot, I had a craft party there. And when Simon & Schuster gave me the opportunity to write about those parties in Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long, I was able to share some of my stories with readers like you.

I then had the great fortune to meet Jessica Pigza, a crafty rare books librarian at the New York Public Library. She had heard of my book, and wanted to expand the craft-oriented programming at the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch. We started Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library, a free event open to any and all crafty people. It has been a joy to see Crafternoon expand to the hallowed halls of the NYPL.

Photo Credit: The Martha Stewart Show

And then Martha happened.

Who would have thought that last February, I’d be crafting with Martha Stewart?  Jessica Pigza and I dazzled Martha with some Valentines that went far beyond the complexity of my regular endeavors. Did I say dazzled? Yeah, I think she was dazzled. She even blogged about us, saying, “Crafternoon is so much fun!”

I’d like to thank every single person who has attended a Crafternoon, told their friends about them, bought the book, visited the website, hosted me in their space, supported me as a friend or family member, or been a crafty inspiration. Special thanks to my wonderful husband Rufus Tureen who is my unpaid life coach, giving me great advice and making me laugh always. And of course, love to my crafty mom who inspires me always with her handiwork. Love to my dad, my brother, my in-laws, and all my dear crafty friends, especially Christine Poreba and Emilie Stewart.

So if you want to share the love with me this weekend, come celebrate the tenth anniversary of Crafternoon at a Valentine making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum. I’ll be crafting my heart out from 2-4 on Saturday, February 11th. I’d be honored to celebrate this milestone with you.

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