As a lifelong crafter, this past week practically wiped out my bucket list. It all started when my good friend Gabrielle Blair (aka Design Mom) called me to see if I was available to craft with the Martha Stewart team at Alt Design Summit 2012 in NYC. Are you kidding me? I’m in!
First off, any event connected to Gabrielle Blair is guaranteed to be an epic experience. I got plugged into the Alt Design Summit series earlier this year in Salt Lake City and had a blast. Finally meeting the real people behind the blog names was truly exhilarating. This time around I was scheduled to craft with Gabrielle’s talented sister Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day and Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul.
My husband Jonathan and I were already planning to be in New York to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, so the timing was perfect. With five kids, getting an opportunity to sneak off by ourselves for a week was a rare treat (and we finally got a chance to visit the inspiring Century of the Child exhibition at MoMA).
I headed off to the Alt Design Summit event at the Martha Stewart headquarters with my close friend and Tea Collection founder Emily Meyer, who was scheduled to speak alongside Vanessa Holden of West Elm and Laura Chin of Etsy. The night before I was surprised by a message that Irene Hoofs of Bloesem Kids and Jurianne Matter were in town, who have been big-time blog friends of Handmade Charlotte from the very beginning. Meeting them in person the morning of the event was a major highlight.
More to come in Part 2… In the meantime, here are a few favorite crafts from Bloesem Kids and Jurianne Matter.
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Photos from Alt Design Summit 2012 NYC event by Justin Hackworth.