Crafting with Martha Stewart

Alt Design Summit 2012 in NYC

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!

Handmade Charlotte and Design Mom at Alt Design Summit 2012
Pictured with Gabrielle Blair (on left)


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).

Emily Meyer, Handmade Charlotte, and Irene Hoofs of Bloesem at Alt Design Summit 2012
Pictured with Irene Hoofs (on left) and Emily Meyer (on right)


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.

  • Orla Necklace by Bloesem Wears 1 of 6
    Orla Necklace by Bloesem Wears
    A colorful & modern handmade braided necklace from Bloesem Wears, a new line of jewelry for mother & daughter by Irene Hoofs.
    available for $44 from bloesem wears
  • DIY Secret Message with Decoder Craft Project 2 of 6
    DIY Secret Message with Decoder Craft Project
    This hidden message and DIY decoder would make a super fun birthday invitation.
    visit bloesem kids for the tutorial
  • DIY Mini Viewer Craft Project 3 of 6
    DIY Mini Viewer Craft Project
    Here's another DIY craft project that would make a great birthday party invitation. Too cute!
    visit bloesem kids for the tutorial
  • Little Tree Popup Cards 4 of 6
    Little Tree Popup Cards
    A mini ode to nature from Jurianne Matter. Each set contains 5 pocket-sized trees that can be popped out of their cards and placed upright.
    visit jurianne matter for more information
  • Shine Reversible Lanterns 5 of 6
    Shine Reversible Lanterns
    Light up your garden and home with these stylish Scandinavian lanterns. Push the flaps inwards or outwards—whatever you like best—and simply choose the side you like the most.
    visit jurianne matter for more information
  • Popup Posters 6 of 6
    Popup Posters
    These graphic posters appear understated until you take a few simple steps to pop them open. Open the fish and the leaves of trees, open the landscape and the sunshine. Choose a background color to suit the mood of the picture.
    visit jurianne matter for more information


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Photos from Alt Design Summit 2012 NYC event by Justin Hackworth.

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