Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts - review and giveaway!

It's no secret that I love Martha - everything that comes from her company is pure perfection.  Today she is releasing a new book, Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Projects for Year-Round Celebrations.


From Easter eggs, to Father's Day gifts, to Christmas decorations, the book offers dozens of crafts for every holiday.  It feels like a collection of all the best "Good Things" projects and special holiday issues of the magazine, all bundled in one spot.
Of course, there is a fabulous Halloween section (Martha's favorite holiday), which is the perfect jump-start I needed to get started on Oscar's 3rd birthday party, a Halloween extravaganza (at least in his eyes).

I am excited to try the Jar-o'-lanterns, featured in the Halloween section.  (Photos by Eric Piasecki. Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts. Copyright © 2011 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.  Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.)

Jar-o'-lanterns
Tools and Materials
Clean glass jars
Paintbrush

Oil-based enamel paint (black and orange or yellow)
Extra-wide masking tape

Jar-o-lantern template (marthastewart.com/holiday-crafts-book-extras)
Marker
Craft knife
Plastic-covered 20-gauge wire
Needle-nose pliers
Wire cutters

 1. Working in a well-ventilated area, coat the inside of a jar with orange or yellow paint. Apply a square of masking tape to the outside of each jar. Press out any air bubbles. Use a marker to draw face on tape. Cut out features with a craft knife to form a stencil. (Alternatively, download and print jar-o’-lantern templates, cut out features, and secure over the tape; cut around them to form stencil.)


2. Using black paint and a brush, fill in the features of the stencil. Let paint dry completely, then carefully peel off and discard tape.

3. For a handle, loop one end of the wire with pliers. Make a lasso shape to hug the neck of the jar. Bend remaining wire over for a handle. Cut wire; make another loop to hook onto ring. Slip ring over jar's mouth; tighten as necessary.


How cute are those?  All I need is some orange paint and I'm set to start.

Ok, onto the really fun part.  Would you like a copy of the book?  Today I'm giving away 5 copies of Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Projects for Year-Round Celebrations!

I'm going to run this giveaway a little differently, just for fun.  To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite crafting memory!  It can be anything - a success, a funny failure, just the sweet memory of crafting with someone special.  I'll choose my 5 favorites for the winners.  Make me smile.  :)
  • One comment per person please.  If you accidentally leave duplicate comments, please delete the extras.
  • Please leave me a way to contact you, either with an email address, or a public profile that leads to your blog.  Thanks!
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  So sorry, international friends!

This giveaway is open for 24 hours only!  Get your comment in by 9 a.m. PST, on September 28th.

One of my favorite crafting memories is when I got to meet Ms. Martha herself and talk to her about something I made.  It was October 2008, just 11 days after Oscar was born, and I had submitted a pair of baby booties to the MSLO employee art show.  She loved the shoes (I about passed out on the spot), but even more she loved Oscar, and took his picture.  The shoes and Oscar's little newborn face even flashed briefly on the show the next day.  My tiny celebrity!   It was a thrill.


Good luck!  I'm really looking forward to reading your crafting memories.

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Anita said...

A couple of years ago. I invited two girl friends over to sew for the day. It was really fun, no kids or husbands (until mine left for the airport.) We need to do it again!

Kelsey said...

My favorite crafting memory was when my mom started teaching me to sew and made me sew on paper as practice until I could sew in straight lines, and curves and turn corners.

Kiera said...

My favorite crafting memory is watching my mom crochet. Her fingers would move so fast and I was always amazed at the beautiful things she made.
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hollymade said...

My favorite memories are sewing with my mom. She first taught me to sew when I was young, and just a little while ago I got to work with her to make a shirt for my niece. So fun to sew with someone!

Nancy's Couture said...

My favorite crafting memory is when I was in 5th grade I cross-stitched a little satchet for my Mom for Mother's Day. I was so proud of it and even more proud when she cried because I made it for her! I believe she still has it to this day. It was made close to 30 years ago!

goobersbride said...

My Mom is my inspiration for all things crafty and sewing related. She has always been able to turn nothing into something to give us girls the fabulous. My favorite memory is spending hours with her, placing the lace and beaded flowers just exactly right on the beautiful wedding gown she was sewing for me. She turned a plain Jane into a princess! (stopandsmellit at gmail dot com)

Angela said...

I've ALWAYS loved Martha Stewart! My mom always got the magazine so I read it growing up, and have always been into crafting. My high school frineds even called me Martha Stewart! I think my favorite crafting memory is just making things with my mom, whether sewing barbie clothes, or toll painting with her, or making wreaths from flowers we'd dried. Crafting has always been a bond for us. We still craft when we're together.

Genesais said...

my favorite memory is my kids smiles,and dances, i made a skirt for my daughter (2 yr old almost 3 this october) and i spent almost all night trying to get a pic of her in her skirt but she just would not hold still for a sec. even when she was just "standing" she was moving her butt making the skirt swing everywhere. yayapr_26@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

One of my favorite memories was when my grandmother was teaching my cousin Eric and I to embroider (we were both around 8 or 9 yrs old). I was working on a pillow case and he was making a pillow for his mom. I accidentally stitched my pillow case to her bed quilt! I ended up cutting the quilt to get my stitches out and tried to sew the quilt back. It looked terrible haha. Those stitches are still there today though, so I must have put them in pretty well!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kissy Face Designs said...

I would have to say my first crafting memory and probably my favorite was learning to knit from my grandma (Ruth). I would be next to the fireplace sitting in the little kid sized wooden chair that is now in my own sons room with my huge needles and some yarn. I had so much patience back then and every now and again grandma would come over to check my progress, remove a row or two, and pat me on the head. I have no idea how to knit now, but I did attempt some crochet before Logan was born. :)

Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

Stevie - themoorebabies(at)gmail(dot)com

Every summer we would drive from NJ to IL and KY to spend a few weeks with my grandparents. To pass the time mom and I would cross stitch and then also do those bead cross stitch kits. In KY, there was a craft store and mom and I would spend hours picking out our favorite new projects to work on in the car on the way home.

I am quite sure that is what started my craftiness because in college I cross stitched my brothers fraternity coat of arms (which he still has hanging in his apartment).

Breakfast With the Bennetts said...

My favorite crafting moment is making christmas ornaments out of felt, beads, and sequin for my Mimi's christmas tree. We spent the day making ornaments, eating fresh bread, and fruit. She taught me how to sew and I owe all of my crafting inclinations to her.

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Susan said...

Sometimes total craft fails are still great memories. My sister came to visit over the summer and I had this great idea to make some small jewelry dishes with clay. We had no idea what we were doing and it ended with the dishes smoking in the oven. The afternoon was filled with lots of laughs though, so we didn't really mind that the dishes ended up in the trash. :)

Cookie said...

my mom & i used to make silk flowers. i vividly remember the plastic forms that we'd bend the wire around for each petal, coat the bottom of the wire with fabric glue, then stick to the silk fabric. after it dried, we'd cut away the excess & bend the wires for each petal to make the full flower. i can see the irises & daffodils as clearly now as when we did them 30 years ago! wow! it is one of my fondest memories of my late mother & one of the few times she & i spent just the 2 of us together!

Laura White said...

My favorite crafting memory would have to be when I was younger and we would go to my Grandma's house to help her tie quilts. She made us all kinds of blankets, and I loved tying the quilts with her!

Wiley37 said...

I remember watching a Martha Stewart episode where she made these butterflies out of paper. I sat there with an exato knife for 3 days making them to hang in the window for my twins birthday.

CarolandKyle said...

Favorite craft memory has to be the time I made my first skirt. I totally did it with no tutorial or anything and really messed up the elastic part. It was so funny. My husband still makes fun of me.

Karen said...

We do craft nights on a regular basis! All of them bring such great memories!

hiraganamama said...

When I was a newlywed, I tried to sew my own curtains. I got very frustrated trying to figure out the blind stitch. My husband walked in, offered to help, and he sewed a perfect blind-stitched hem. I was floored! I had no idea my husband knew how to use a sewing machine. He even knows how to sew buttonholes! I was a little bit embarrassed that he's a better sewer than I am, but finding out his hidden talent made me fall in love with him more :)

Alecia said...

About four or five years ago, my mom tore a profile of Amy Butler out of an old Country Living magazine and gave it to me. Having just graduated from a graphic design program and coming from a very crafty family, she thought I would love her work. I was so inspired by her aesthetic, that my mom, aunt, and I started on a local hunt to find her fabrics so I could begin on my first quilt. I've been addicted to sewing ever since. Anyway, that's not quite my favorite memory . . . but it leads me to it. You see, I've been doing all of this sewing—mostly for gifts for others and a few small things for our home and for swaps arranged through Flickr—and late last year, around Christmas time, my mom saw me working on a project for someone else and casually mentioned that I've never made her anything! At first I felt badly about this, but then I realized it was a complement. I never stick with anything but somehow, sewing has become a part of me and it's something my mom and I really share as a commonality. So, late one night I was inspired to start on a special little "just because" gift for my mom . . . and, my favorite crafting moment, you asked? Well, it was the moment my mom opened the handmade pillow I'd created for her and she got all choked up. That moment will forever be with me.

Lindsay said...

I got married last February and as part of our wedding center pieces, we needed to make little teeny bits of curled curling ribbon. I got a few pairs of scissors, a box, and the ribbon, and my soon-to-be husband and I sat down to make curls. I thought it would be a quick project! Turns out, men need a little coaching when it comes to making the "perfect curl." My husband said he had no idea that we could be so picky about curls he couldn't tell apart! It was hilarious. That was one of my favorite "crafting" moments. :) Good times.

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g8rmaria said...

My favorite crafting memory is when my mother taught me how to cross stitch. I was only in elementary school, and I made presents for all family members for quite a few holidays. Everybody loved their gifts, homemade by me, and I got the gratification of making something special for each person. My parents still have theirs hanging up at home.
This lead me to enjoy other crafting projects as I grew older.
g8rmaria@tamapbay.rr.com
Maria

Tonya said...

My favorite crafting memory was Thanksgiving just after I was married. My Grandma had gotten the supplies for all the "big girls" to make some cute little Christmas Santas. We had a blast sitting around the table and making our Santas...my Grandma, mom, aunts and cousins. I even still have them, 17 years later! :)

Robert and Cassie said...

About 5 years ago I was babysitting 3 of my nephews and it was a month till 2 of their birthdays so I thought it would be fun to make homemade pinatas. They had never made them before, so we all had a blast getting watered down glue everywhere and designing the three pinatas that they were able to use at their birthday parties. One was a soccer ball, another was I think a "spider man" pinata - meaning my 5 year old nephew made it all blue and red because he was obsessed with spider man. I can't remember how the 3rd pinata turned out, but it was sure some fun memories with them!!! lol, they thought I was the "coolest" Aunt!

Ranee said...

My favorite crafting memory is when my YW taught us to embroider while we sat around our tiny church kitchen and snacked on goodies as much as we stitched.

chris said...

I will always remember making the centerpiece decorations for our wedding with my mom. We had a lot of fun purchasing the supplies and planning, and then making our idea come to life.

LeAnn said...

My favorite memory isn't really crafting but cooking. I had watched an episode where Martha Stewart made marshmallows. I was quite a beginner and thought that I'd try to do flavored marshmallows so I bought a box of flavored Jell-o. Unfortunately, they didn't work as marshmallows but a tough taffy-like treat. I remember laughing and sharing the strange confection with my mom, husband and uncle, who is now deceased. Sweet memory.

leannolsen at hotmail dot com

Teresa said...

My favorite crafting memory is of this wreath ornament I made in third grade. It's made out of crumbled up shredded wheat, green dye, and glue. My awkward third grade picture is set in the center. Every year when it's time to hang ornaments we joke about finding the sturdiest branch since this silly wreath weighs a ton! Fun to have things to laugh about year after year.

Anonymous said...

One of my funniest/ frusterating craft time was last year. I was pregant and at my moms. I was makeing these deer heads out out a plastic bottle newspaper and glue. It took a while for it to look like a deer. Mom just kept saying it looked like an alien! finally done and painted off white. one with antlers and the other a flower and pears(fake of corse) around it!
jrlisa@ptd.net

Sarah said...

Gosh, with a crafty family there are a lot of fond crafting memories. But one of my absolute favorites is of watching my future husband learn to spin yarn on a drop spindle in room full of older women. He endured my mother's fiber arts guild and tried his hand at something completely new just to support me in my interests.

Samantha @ Little Painted Canvas said...

My favorite crafting moment... Deciding that I wanted to partake in the pallet upcycling trend. I wanted a pallet so badly and couln't manage to find one. Randomly I ended up with five! After attempting to rip one of those babies apart, I realized just how difficult it is! It's a pain in the butt! All of that work and I ended up with one sign, one little planter, and four pallets sitting behind my store! I will use them though. I just have to muster up the courage to attack one of them again! For such simple looking pieces, they are extremely well made. (smc610@yahoo.com)

Crystal said...

I love Martha Stewart! I grew up watching her show with my mother and sisters. We didn't have a lot of money growing up so we made a lot of things ourselves. My mother taught me how to be creative by using what we had around the house or could find outdoors. My first crafting memory is making glittered pinecones with my mother. I now cherish the nature walks I take with my own children, picking up pinecones along the way. The joy they get from glittering them brings a smile to my face because i know it's the same joy I once shared with my own mother. Thanks for the chance to win.

Famille tortue said...

This summer, I spent a whole day with my sister in law teaching and doing with her felt food for her little girl. At the end of the day, all the girls in the house wanted to play with it, we were so happy !!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

Wow! to the memory you shared :)

my favorite crafting (does cooking count?) memory is standing on a chair over the stovetop cooking Mickey Mouse pancakes with my parents every Sunday for breakfast

Thanks for the giveaway! It's my first blogiversary and this week I'm giving away headbands, sewing patterns, customized prints and a credit for invites/stationary! I hope you'll stop on by!

Just Charming said...

Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. I think my most memorable craft projects are making my boys' first Halloween costumes. My oldest was a spider and my youngest was an octopus. Now that I reflect back on it, I must of had something for eight legged creatures :)

erika said...

I love it!! My favorite crafting memory- or what popped into my head- was when I was 6 or 7. My neighbor, who was in her 60s or so was a potter and she would let me come create with her any time I wanted. She would glaze and fire my creations and it was so wonderful to spend time in her workshop making birds nests and snow men and bowls and whatever I wanted. I treasure those memories and the silly little things I made with her!

Kassie said...

Definitely favorite craft memory (I am just starting getting into crafts) has been making your easy-peasy baby burp cloths for two baby showers. They are a hit and so simple! Thanks so much for all your awesome stuff you put up here for us!

@lliE said...

My favorite crafting memory was when I made my daughter her first dress. It was incredibly hard and I had to keep asking my mother (via skype) what that darn pattern was saying. I'm much more of a sew by making it up-- so following a pattern was very tricky. But eventually it all came together and it was So awesome!

BTW-- that's awesome you met Martha with you new baby. So Sweet!

Felicia @ All Things Fee said...

We lived with my mom, and her parents growing up. My grandmother was ill for the last couple years of her life, but I remember making a jar covered with clay with her. It sits on my kitchen sink window so I remember her daily along with that memory!

Alissa said...

a favorite memory of mine was m first time using spray paint (only a couple years ago). i had no idea what i was doing -- had uneven spots and very, very messy hands and clothes. i've come a long way since then!

CW said...

My favorite crafting memory is making Christmas ornaments as a child. It was one of those few times that we were allowed to make really big messes :) We would eat homemade candies and watch old movies (White Christmas & Holiday Inn were always the favorites)! Hopefully this tradition will continue for many many years!

corriewooten (at) gmail (dot) com

Shelley said...

I have fond memories of learning to sew with my grandmother. As a child, I would spend weekends and weeks with her learning to sew. To this day I treasure what she shared with me and instilled my love of the craft! I know she's proud that I've continued on with it (especially since I'm the only child/grandchild who actually enjoys it as much as she does). I happily sew for my babies today!

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Holli said...

My favorite crafting memory is from my childhood. I remember scrapbooking with my cousin who is my same age. We lived in different states, but we would visit each other for a few weeks each summer and pick up right where we left off. We were probably 9 or 10 when we got together at my grandma's house to scrapbook our photos we had taken the summer before (most of which were pictures of us with our american girl dolls camping out in the back yard). We spent hours creating layouts and getting crafty with punches, decorative scissors, and stickers. We even made pages for the photo my mom took of us scrapbooking together! We still talk about those creative summers together!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

I just finished making a Halloween village with my 4-year-old, and that was really fun. I love crafting with others the most :)

Braden and Cheri said...

You said a funny failure, and I'm not sure this was funny at the time, but I have a permanent reminder about the day. WAY back when, when I was 12 or so, I was making Christmas presents for my family (brothers and sisters). This gift involved painting wood and for whatever reason, I got the great idea to paint upstairs in the CARPETED family room. I am pretty sure my mom didn't know about it. I was watching a movie as I was painting and accidentally knocked the entire can of red paint onto the carpet. Mortified, I tried my best to clean it up, but red on a light gray carpet doesn't really come up. Some people have wondered why in the world my parents have a RUG on top of their CARPET, but if you peel that rug aside, you'll find a huge stain, about 2 feet long, from one of my youngest crafting blunders. Needless to say, I never painted over carpet again!

bradenandcheri at gmail dot com

Megan Biddle said...

My favorite crafting memory is with my Grandma. She always did a lot of sewing, so of course she had a large bag full of scraps she just couldn't throw away. Every time I went to her house I climbed in the back of the closet, and dragged out the scrap bag. She would give me a needle and thread (big deal to a five year old!), sit by my side, and help me create my little masterpieces out of her scraps. Thanks to my Grandma, I am now teaching others how to sew!

Brittney said...

My favorite crafting memory was making a special birthday gift for my mom. I found my mom's favorite quote on a dishtowel by Brookish (Etsy shop) ordered it, and wrapped it up for her. Before she opened it, I told her that I wanted to pick out a frame with her and we would finish it together for her room. She pulled out the dishtowel and squealed! I have never seen her so excited, I love it when you get a present 'right'! We picked out a beautiful frame and it is now proudly hanging in her beautiful bedroom. Link to pictures below. Love Martha! I'm jealous you worked for her and met her as well!

Brittney

http://abrittwithoutboys.blogspot.com/2010/03/darcys-birthday-gift.html

Mindy Kuen said...

thank you so much for the great giveaway! I'd have to say my favorite crafting memory so far has been the look on my moms face when she opened the pink quilt I made her for Christmas a few years ago with the sewing machine she had bought me & didn't know I had used - it was such a surprise.
Many thanks- Mindy
mw.kuen@gmail.com

Nicia said...

I made my 2 kiddos chalkboard books. They LOVE them!! Nothing better than spending time on making something your kids love. :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Hope I win! nicia.esplin(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

My best crafting came out of my punishments--when I would get "grounded" I used it as the perfect time to get crafty (since there was little else I could do).

One time that I was grounded I made a teddy bear from a kit--it even has jointed arms and legs and my kiddo plays with it now (15 years later). Another time that I was grounded (are you sensing a trend?), I made a bajillion (aka a dozen) macrame hemp bracelets and I sold them. Talk about making the most of things.

All I know is that if I ever went to the slammer, I'd be a VERY productive crafter.

Ani said...

I guess some of my first crafting experience was painting ceramics with my grandmother. That was a lot of fun, and I still hang them on our Christmas tree.

anisfavoritethings at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I think my favorite memory would be my first craft project with my baby girl we did Christmas ornaments with her finger prints as snowmen. She was so excited to get the paint squashed all over her hands.... Can't believe that was a year ago :(

T.bates1@yahoo.com

Denise said...

I have several favorites, but an early memory is of my cousin and I. My aunt gave us about 5 yards of hot pink satin and use of her sewing machine for the day. We had so much fun making ball gowns. Of course we had no idea how to do zippers or closures so they never actually got worn, but we were designers for a day!

Jennifer said...

My favorite crafting memory is making t-shirts during spring break my senior year of high school.

My two best friends and I went to the beach for the whole week by ourselves (our first "grown up" vacation with no adults).

One day, it rained. We went and got some puffy paint, ribbon and plain shirts and went to work! We also made bracelets.

Yes, we were 18, by ourselves at the beach, and using all this freedom to make t-shirts. But it was awesome.

marisa said...

I try and make craft days with our 5 kiddos as often as I can. I saw an opportunity during one of our son's therapy sessions, he has high functioning autism, and got them all involved.

We were working on emotions and helping him learn to read people's faces. I got popsicle sticks and felt and they glued them on to make puppet faces. Seeing all the emotions they came up with was too cute and our son actually got a kick out of the fact that we were all helping him!

Jeanette said...

My memorable crafting moment is making a quilt for my MIL. I made it with my SIL and we got everyones handprints in a fabric of their choice from the family and appliqued them onto a quilt block and embroidered their name on it and sewed them together and tied the quilt. We gave it to her and she loved it. I am glad we got it done for Christmas because she passed away the following may and now my FIL has it for a keepsake of his family at the time of her passing.

jeanette_kirkham at yahoo dot com

Amber said...

My favorite crafting memory is the first time that something that I made turned out well enough that I could wear.

I was so excited!

HollowSquirrel said...

I love Martha, too! I would LOVE that book! My favorite crafting memory is when I would babysit the little girls of family friends -- we would make little blank books and either draw out stories or go on nature adventures to fill up the pages with leaves, sticks and other found objects! I lost that creativity for a while, but it's back! Thank goodness!

Adriana said...

My mother in law is a very crafty person. I was not as my mother was not so I never really learned. One year while we were first dating I decided I wanted to make her something for Christmas since she was always making hand made gifts for everyone. I picked out a simple print to embroider for a wall hanging. It was a family with some words on it. I worked really hard with no one but the internet to teach me. It took much longer than I thought it would so I was rushing at the end so I could get it into the frame. When she opened it she got a look like she was getting choked up. I felt really good and was relieved that she liked it. Then I looked over and I could see that she was working really hard not to laugh. I couldn't tell if she was crying or laughing but she excused herself to the other room. My husband picked up the print and started to laugh before he could stop himself. In my rush to finish the project and my lack of skill one of the words on the print was comfort. The way I stitched it, it looked like cornfart. I was so upset that I burst into tears. His mom came back into the room and hugged me for the first time ever. She told me that it was perfect and fit our family exactly. The print, to my dismay and protest, still hangs in their home. She and I are closer than ever and I have gotten much better (and careful) with my stitching and crafting.

Clemson Girl said...

I crafted all the time with my grandmother. One of my favorites was painting birdhouses with her to give to my mom for her birthday. Mom still has it hanging over 15 years later.

Sangeetha said...

My crafting memory is working with my little boy on projects especially art. He actually drew his first un aided project yesterday and really well - I was thrilled (it was a batman logo)

Amy Jeanie said...

My favorite crafting memory is recent. I just taught my 8 year old daughter how to decoupage. She was very determined to cover a coffee can with her scraps of paper. I now have gold sparkly decoupage all over my kitchen table and she has a beautiful can to keep all her treasures in. :)

BECKY said...

My biggest craft fail was an attempt to make a new cover for our high chair. I exactly copied the original so it looked fine... it was just that I didn't think of how horrid the fabric I picked would look in that big of a chunk. I finished it but was pretty leary about it. I figured I'd leave it on and see if it grew on me. My hubs is pretty chill about my crafting but when he walked in that night and looked at it and kinda made a face I knew it was as bad as I had thought. I had to laugh and cry. It was my first big crafting disaster. Everything other disaster I've been able to salvage somehow, but this one just plain had to go in the trash. I still smile thinking of how ugly it was!
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Amanda Joy said...

It is kind of crafty, but really more bake-y:) Growing up my mom ALWAYS made an awesome birthday cake. No regular sheet cakes for us. When I was 4 she had extra frosting and an 8 in chocolate cake. She set it on a bright orange stool and let me decorate. It was my first time, and it started the chain reaction. I have made many cakes since then, and I have done the same thing with my two toddlers that my mom did with me. I know love throwing parties and all of the details to make the events a blast:)

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Amy said...

When I was a kid we were making some craft for our moms for mothers day. My friend Tanya (a tomboy) was doing an awful job at hers so she turned to me and said "Amy, make mine for me, or I'll beat you up! And make it blue." I would have done it for her anyway! amy.plastow@gmail.com

~Ashley said...

My favorite crafting memory was sewing with my mom. She would always help me with my 4H projects and we'd have so much fun!

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shelly said...

Every year growing up, we would take a road trip from Phoenix up to [sprawling metropolis of] Parowan, UT, to stay with my great uncle. He had a wonderful wood shop and a wife who loved to craft. The men would fiddle in the wood shop and cut out tole painting stuff for the girls, who would spend the week painting. While I was young, I enjoyed gallivanting around the town and buying penny candy at the store (heaven knows I was not allowed to go to the store by myself in Phoenix!). But, when I got older, I got to participate in the crafting and got pretty good with my tole painting skills. I remember several of those summers quite fondly... Being one of the "women," sitting and chatting, making fun things to share. Good times.

Lauren said...

Lately, I have been trying new projects, but most of them are replications of what my Grandmother made for me when I was little. I kind of sew and I kind of bake and Grandma has been my go to person as I have learned her tricks of the trade. I feel so fortunate that I can dabble in these areas and have her help me as I learn. My favorite that I just recently made with her help was my little girls first birthday cake and a pillowcase dress for her to don at the party :)

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kristinandned said...

My craftiness really came out during my first pregnancy. Along with major nesting, I had this overwhelming need to do crafts to make the house more "homey" for our baby. Homemade wreaths for the holidays, tissue paper puffs (a Martha craft!) for a friends baby shower and (interesting?) floral arrangements from our garden topped the list!

Ivy said...

My favorite crafting memory happened Saturday. I am expecting a little boy in January and I have a little (almost) 2 year old girl. I was sewing a little pair of boy baby shoes (from a Simplicity pattern)and my little girl was watching me. I got finished sewing and when I turned the shoes right side out, my little girl's faced lit up and she smiled and gasped and said, "Shoes!" It was so cute because she could not believe her mommy made a pair of shoes! I absolutly love making my children things!

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Midge said...

My favorite memory is from when I was 6 years old and my mother sewed me a mermaid costume for Halloween. She did all of the crafting but she took me with her to the fabric store to pick the pattern, the fabrics, the perfect sparkly green for my tail and the right jewels to stitch on.

My mom would work on it at night after work and it came out amazing. I still go to the pattern section of the fabric store and look through the children's patterns imagining what it would be like to make one for my children one day.

Just Living Our Lives said...

When I was little, probably 5 or 6, my mama and a friend got together to decopodge blown out eggs for Easter. Those things were around forever and to this day I love the smell of Modge Podge because it makes me think of my crafty mom!

Jana Floyd said...

I remember in my high school art class, we studied collage. I assumed I would master it like everything else, and I was baffled that I failed MISERABLY. Looking back, I am so glad I did. A good dose of humility and respect for crafting!!!
mama2pax@gmail.com

Emily said...

Ohmygosh you met Martha?! That is so cool!! I think my most recent favorite crafting memory is making a jacket for my two year old daughter out of fabric she picked, bias tape she picked, and buttons she picked. She protested trying it on at first but then wouldn't take it off. :) emmillee(AT)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

We moved halfway across the country a couple months ago, and I left some great, great friends on the East coast. Before the big move, I hosted a "girls' night" with my closest friends, but instead of a movie or overindulging in desserts, we had a crafting night (ok, and some desserts). There were various skill levels represented, so I had everyone bring a couple old t-shirts and we production-lined a huge stack of t-shirt baby hats (from your pattern!). We had a great time, and being able to deliver all the hats to a local care house for new moms was a nice way to part with my group of friends.

amberrennier [at] aol [dot] com

Bean said...

There were a handful of times when a birthday or Christmas present from our mom would be opened to reveal a cut of fabric with a pattern on top. Sometimes she just couldn't get the project done in time for the big day. It became a family joke that was solidified when we were dreaming about having Mom make our wedding dresses for us. My little sister wisely advised against it, saying Mom might just show up to the wedding with the white fabric and a pattern.

beandiggity@hotmail.com

Molly said...

My favorite crafting memory is from a year ago, preparing for my wedding. I decided to DIY our invitations. I bought a kit (well 5, using a 40% off coupon each time) and had the intention of using my parents fancy printer. Lining the words up was without a doubt, the most frustrating thing I've ever attempted. I ended up having to feed each through individually. After I finally got them all printed my mom surprised me by inviting over her scrapbooking friends and my bridesmaids to help me stuff and address all of the invites. I was so thankful for the help and great company!

molly.m.amstutz (at) gmail [dot] com

Norse, Jesica, and Boden said...

My favorite crafting moment happens almost every year. My husband and I have taken on the tradition of making ornament boxes for our nieces and nephews, just like his uncle did. From scouring flea markets, garage sales, and antique markets for old soda crates, to my husband working diligently in the garage making the lids, and finally the late nights I spend personalizing them - the love poured in makes it so sweet. It has been such a wonderful tradition, I am so glad to carry it on for a new generation. The year we had our first tree as husband and wife, it was the ornaments in his box that decorated our tree. What a precious gift!

La La Lauren!!! said...

I have so many fun crafting memories! Recently for one of the iron craft challenges, we made a diorama out of peeps. The challenge was peeps and I decided to immortalize my bellydance troupe in peeps. My friend (and fellow troupe member) and her husband (our drummer for our troupe) came over to help.
Wine of course was involved and I was amazed at how sticky your hands get by playing with peeps. I blinged out the pink bunny peeps with tiny beads and rhinestones and even gave them hair! Just like members of our troupe. Towards the end the of the night after we made the stage and drapes and a middle eastern drum I decided that one of the peeps needed tattoos.
I have not laughed so hard that night while we were sitting there trying to decide how to make the peeps life-like and having my friend's husband and my boyfriend swarm around the table for any discarded peeps or ones with weird looking eyes. We had to tell them no after a while or else we would run out of peeps. :) It is on my blog I still can't believe I painted and bling peeps.
http://laurenphd.blogspot.com/2011/04/iron-craft-challenge-15-bunny-or-chick.html

Thanks for having the giveway. I love Marth Stewart.
Lauren
laurenphd.blogspot.com
shawbellydance@yahoo.com

The Robinsons said...

My favorite crafting memory is when my 2 y/o son wanted to paint. I swear I left him to paint by himself for only 10 mins. Can't remember what I was doing, I'm sure it was laundry. :) When I got back, he had stripped down to his diaper and painted his entire face and body. I can't help but laugh now every time I paint.

amyrobinsonfamily.blogspot.com

Linda said...

My first year of teaching, I collected $.50 from each fourth grade student and purchased flour and salt. We made salt dough and rolled out long strips, then wove them together over upside-down bowls to make bread baskets. One brand-new teacher + one college-student aide + 34 9-year olds + 25 pounds of flour + 10 pounds of salt = one recipe for disaster! Oh my goodness, what a mess...We made cards instead...

Kelly in Minneapolis said...

Yelloooo, I've got to get my hands on that book!  What a generous giveaway!

Every Christmas my sweet, sweet grandma displays the shabby old laminated placemat I made in the 4th grade, out of year-old holiday cards.  On the back, in my best pencil-cursive reads, "To: gramma dearest, From: Kelly age 8".

Aren't grandmas the best?

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Diane said...

My favorite crafting memory was making things for my daughter's nursery after she came home with us. Nothing made me more proud than making her nursery as beautiful as her.

D and K said...

I am not a very crafty person unless I have an example to follow. However since my daughter is now 2 and loves to paint, color, etc I have had to make myself getting more creative. So best memories are doing fun little projects with her right now!

Betsy said...

I love to craft! Sewing, paper, painting, wood - anything! I love making presents for family and friends - especially baby presents. While I'm working on a baby present I pray for the child and their family. And I've found that it is so therapeutic. But maybe one of my favorite memories is the day I finished a quilt for my son. We had a miscarriage and lost our precious son, and as part of my grief I used the bedding for his crib and turned it into a quilt for me. It took FOREVER since it was so big and both sides were covered in 5 inch hexagons (what was I thinking?!?). But when I finished I was so happy. I had something tangible that I could hold and remember him by. I am so happy that I was able to make something for him even though he was no longer with us.

Deb said...

I don't come from a crafty family, so my favorite crafting memories come from me doing things with my boys. When my oldest was just about 2, the kid's club at the mall had a paint-your-own-manatee project (we lived in FL at the time). I brought Ty to the event and he painted the heck out of that ceramic manatee. I'm pretty sure 80% of the paint ended up on his clothes and in his hair, but he was so stinking proud of himself...as was I! I love that manatee - it's in my sewing space and I'll cherish it always.

Kristy said...

My grandmother used to invite all of the cousins over to her house for a Christmas craft party. She would have the whole day planned out by the minute! We would spend most of the day making sweet little crafts in her basement and then we'd spend the night at her house. She also did a similar thing for Easter--but the Easter party also included a fashion show at the end where we all modeled the new Easter dresses that she made for us! She's since passed on, but for the past 4 years (this will be the 5th!) I've picked up the tradition of inviting my cousins and aunts that live close by to do sweet Christmas crafts and share memories of Grandmother!

Laci said...

My favorite crafting memory was making a dress for my sisters wedding. I went to my teacher and favorite crafter as my guide, my mom. She was walking me through the process. She told me to iron the sleeve and she warnded me to check the temperature on the iron before I started.Needless to say I forgot. And I burned a hole in the sleeve of my dress oops! Luckily I had enough material to redo the sleeve. I still have this dress and I think about all the help I had from my mom and my silly mistake everytime I look at the dress. I will tell you one thing I have never forgot to check the iron setting again :)
laciq04(at)yahoo(dot)com

Chelsea said...

One of my favorite crafting memories occurred around the time I returned to work following maternity leave. I was working full time while my husband stayed home with the babe and went to school part time. I had gotten off work early and was planning on using my brand new cutting mat my mother in law had just given me to cut fabric for a blanket I was making. When I got home, I went into my boys room and surprisingly saw my cutting mat propped up right next to our baby's changing pad. My boy had a HUGE blowout a couple days prior that got all over the room and our baskets full of lotions, creams etc... that took forever for my husband to clean up!! I immediately knew what my cutting mat was doing there when I saw it. It was being used as a shield to block "anything" from getting on the baskets and anywhere else for that matter. {i have pictures} I laughed while I educated my husband on what the mat was and wasn't used for!! I smile every time I use my mat as I am reminded of this story and the experiences we had as new parents!! {I also always have the sudden urge to sanitize everything around me :)}

Michele said...

My favorite crafting memory happened this past spring - my sister asked me to sew four bridesmaids dresses & a flower girl dress for her June wedding. It was a crazy task to take on solo, there were a few tears shed and a lot of late nights behind my sewing machine & serger. But it helped me grow & learn a thing or two about garment sewing. Plus it was a really great feeling to see all five of those dresses on her wedding day.

michelejudd@gmail.com

Marissa of Ris C Handmade said...

My favorite crafting memory was a time when my mom was visiting and we made a little apron for my daughter together. It was my first time using a pattern and it was so nice for her to teach me. It was a fun experience and gave me the confidence I needed to start sewing on my own.

rischandmade@gmail.com

Jennifer Carnahan said...

My favorite crafting memory is a flop. A complete and utter flop. I wanted to make a baby toy for my daughter (and if it went well, I thought I'd make some for a few friends as well). So I thought I'd make a "taggie"-style toy. However, I thought the square thing was a bit beneath my ability level. So I decided I would make it in the shape of a fish with ribbons for fins on the edges and even on the sides and a stitched eye on each side too. I decided to wing it. Well, I stitched the ribbons in backwards the first time. Then I opened it up and fixed them, only to stitch one side of the fish inside out. I opened that, only to stitch one of the ribbon fins pointing the wrong way. I gave up and left it that way. I went on to stitch five more without too much trouble, but that first one was a problem child. In the end, she played with it just the same. My silly fish with the defective fin. (jennifer at jennifercarnahan dotcom)

Melissa and Justin said...

I love crafting with and for my kids, my 3 year old always gets excited to do them even if I tell her it is a mommy only job, she will sit and watch and ask questions. My favorite memory would be when we got some cute ruffle fabric this past summer, I decided to make the girls shirts and I am to cheap to buy a pattern and I had a few ideas in mind of how I wanted them to look so I just cut and guessed and they turned out SO cute, it was exciting.

Hallie said...

In the last few weeks, some moms and I have been making Christmas stockings to send to Craft Hope for tornado victims down south. It was such a great time of visiting with friends and felt so good to be putting our work towards something good!! When it was all said and done we mailed off 41 stockings!!

jenni said...

One of my favorite crafting memories, is sitting by the fire with my mom and sister crafting quilted Christmas ornaments. We made a different Christmas ornament every year but the quilted ball ornament was our favorite and we made it every year.

Cori said...

My mom used to run the crafts for our small church's VBS each summer. She used to do real cute stuff and as a kid I loved seeing what she came up with, helping her prepare the supplies and see how each kids projects turned out.

The Henrich Family said...

My fAV, making baskets with my Mom and sister at the kitchen table. Wasn't that fun?

Amy said...

My current favorite crafting memory was this past Friday when my four year old son came up with his own craft idea. He wanted to make binoculars. He told me all the supplies he would need, and how we were going to put it all together. They turned out great, and we all had a fun time!

MommaWard said...

My favorite crafting memory was when I finished sewing the 1st garment I ever made. I could not believe that I had been the one to put together the little dress I was looking at! Even better than that moment was the one when my daughter saw the dress and called it "beautiful" and asked to put it on right then. Yippee!!
themrsward at yahoo dot com

Mike and Traci said...

I think my favorite was making my first daughters baby blanket, loving how it turned out, and then seeing her laying on it when she was born. So rewarding!! traci.weston(at)gmail(dot)com

Krystle said...

I mad a tu-tu for my 4 month old daughter out of ribbon and toile. I used the colors of her daddy's favorite NCAA football team, scarlet and grey. Took a picture of her standing up (holding my fingers), in just the tutu, and had it framed for Father's day. The picture is huge, about 2 ft. tall. We get constant compliments on it, and he loves it so much, it's hanging in his "daddy cave"!
(seahawkchic12@hotmail.com)

Tina said...

I remember when I was about 5, my mom, sister and I would craft every Wednesday after school. Our goal was to make homemade presents for our relatives for Christmas! So much fun and such a great idea my mom had! I do the same thing on my own now, and it works our great come Christmas.
kristinazufall@yahoo.com

We Joneses said...

We were about 10 years old when my sister and I decided to make normal, everyday books into something special. We folded and taped and glued the pages together to make pockets and painstakingly lifted words from the page with scotch tape and replaced them with secret messages. We cut holes into the pages to keep treasures inside.

Then Our mom walked in and saw the cut pages littered around and the desecrated remains of our beaverly cleary books and gave us a good talking-to about treating books with respect. We sheepishly put our special books at the back of the bookshelf and never got them out again. Since then there have been many crafting adventures, but that ones is definitely my favorite!

blakeandcourt said...

I am just discovering my crafting bug. Mostly, I craft with my daughter so we can do thing together. I made her a princess fairy wand from a wooden dowel and some glittery foam and ribbons. She was ecstatic about it! I even have a video of her running around the house singing a made-up song about her wand. It is such a priceless memory. (c_nee44@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

What a great picture with Martha!

My husband's Grandmother, Ida Mae, was 100 years old when my daughter was born two years ago (my daughter is named Ivy Mae after her). She was a quilter for decades and wanted to make a dutch doll quilt for the baby. My mother-in-law, all three of my sisters-in-law, and even my father-in-law helped by picking out fabrics and piecing blocks. But, Ida Mae did all of the quilting - by hand. The quilt hangs up in my daughter's room above a rocking chair and I love sitting with her and telling her about Ida Mae.

sarahd2711 at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

I think my favorite crafting moment would be the first time I used a pattern by Dana (MADE) to create a bathrobe for my little boy. I've always been so-so at sewing and things would always come out lopsided. This was my first time using a pattern and I was scared I would not get everything to line up. But when I completed my project and put the robe on my son, I was so relieved it fit! Plus my husband's reaction was priceless as he the little one strutting around in the robe.

Tish said...

My favorite craft moment was learning to sew not from my mom, but from my younger brother who was in high school. He learned in Home economics. He stayed up until the wee hours of the morning teaching me the basics. Since then it has opened more windows in my craft world. So thank you to my brother Nick!

Jody and Alex said...

My favorite memory is diving into my daughter's quiet book. It was my first real sewing project and I decided for some reason to do an ABC quiet book! It was a labor of love. I learned a lot, made lots of mistakes, and it has a lot of its own little quarks. But is was so fun to give her on her 1st bday- O was pretty proud of it!

E J said...

My mom always made our Halloween costumes - I remember sitting under her sewing table and playing while she worked away. But what has been more memorable and fun is being able to make costumes for my two children now that I am a mom.

ettafi(at)gmail(dot)com

Jerusha said...

When I think of a memory that stands out it would have to be for my daughters 1st birthday party 7 years ago. The theme was winnie the pooh and the centerpieces were honey pots. I used the glass fish bowls with the swirls around. My idea was to paint them red and write HUNNY on them when they were dry with puffy paint. Of course being the OCD that I am, I just had to do them all myself with no ones help. The day approached way too quick, didn't have them all done so....Hubby and his very manly friends stepped in. I came home from errands to find a bunch of men painting winnie the pooh hunny pots on our back patio. It was a site to behold. Paint brushes in hand painting ever slowly!

delacruzohana@hawaii.rr.com

Erin said...

I've been crafting for as long as I can remember and I love to dabble in all different types of crafts - cross-stitch, sewing/quilting, card-making, working with felt, cake-decorating and the list goes on. The only problem is about half of my projects are still waiting to be finished (which my husband kindly reminds me every time I get the itch to try something new)!! My favorite crafting moment happened recently when my 3 year old daughter was having an "off" day (that's the nice way to say it - HA!). We needed a distraction and I quickly grabbed some wooden peg people, fabric scraps, yarn, ribbon, paint, etc. We spent the next couple hours creating wee people and by the end she was in great spirits and had a number of new "friends" to play with. I learned a couple of valuable lessons that day. First, it's so much more rewarding when I'm able to stay composed when she's not doing well and think of a creative way to help her out of her funk (not always possible with other kiddos in the mix, but that day it worked out great). Second, it's good to remember that crafting doesn't always mean you have to have a perfect end product. I can be somewhat of a perfectionist sometimes, but that day we created her friends just the way she wanted and she LOVES them!

Kristie said...

I think my favorite memories in crafting have been when my mom and sisters get together and do a craft. It doesn't happen often, but it sure is fun!
roberkann@gmail.com

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

Hmmm...let's see...my favorite crafting memory...before I was married my best friend and I spent the day shopping at Michael's & Hobby Lobby...we loaded up on tons of supplies and then spent the entire evening making Christmas cards & homemade gifts...it really was so much fun...

Thanks so much for the chance to win!
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Meagan said...

My favorite crafting memory is actually one of my fondest memories of my grandmother (who actually used to remind me a lot of Martha Sterwart). Every time I would visit, she would always have a craft waiting. One time she helped me color some pictures and then taught me how to iron the pictures so the crayon would transfer to an apron. We wrapped up the apron and gave it to my mom as a present. She taught me about crafting and service that day. I had my first child last year and named her after my grandmother who taught me so much about patience, love and crafting.

What a positive way to run a giveaway! Thanks for helping us reflect on such great memories!

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KateB said...

I didn't become crafty till I was a grownup BUT I do remember one awesome project from childhood-I was maybe around 10 YO and we made a super cool toilet paper wreath in Sunday school..2 supplies..cheap thin toilet paper and a wire hanger-Cute and economical!

Kate
www.kateblue.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I remember making Thank you cards after Christmas as a teenager until 4 in the morning. I crafted and watched Christmas movies.
Its a great combo.
curlyhairrocks@gmail.com

Diane said...

I don't know why I pick new crafts, I've never tried before, to give away as gifts, but about two years ago I gave away the most horrible looking burp cloths and bibs I've ever seen to a girl for her baby shower. Whenever I make burp cloths now I am glad I have improved much and think back to how horrible those looked.

Nonnie said...

Carving Stamps with my mom and sister from eraser is such a wonderful memory that I have. Spending long holiday weekends watching Anne of Green Gables and carving whatever our heart desired. From Cartoon to flowers, and everything in between. I am so thankful I have these memories as now the military has moved my husband and I hundreds of miles away from them. I try to craft on my own and find other military wives that like to craft as well. It's comforting and such a great way to make friends in this crazy life when we move every 3 years. Thanks for hosting this it got me to think about some of my wonderful and happy memories!!! ;0)

Andrea

www.combatbootsanpointeshoes.blogspot.com

firecraker45@hotmail.com

Celeste said...

One of my favorite craft memories was the first time I crocheted a blanket and I hadn't skipped or added a stitch anywhere when I moved to a new row. I was so proud of myself.

What a thrill to meet Martha!

Jay and Haley said...

My favorite crafting memory is going into my mom's craft stuff when I was a little girl, taking some shapes she had cut out of wood, painting them, and writing on them with a Sharpie. Haha, I thought I was being SO crafty! My dad still displays my handiwork on his desk. One is a blue star with "Dad" written on it, and the other is a blue heart that says, "I <3 you." I've come a little farther since then, as far as crafting goes, but hopefully Martha can help me fine tune my skills and get some original ideas. :)

Haleyldavis@gmail.com

Lindsay said...

I'm so jealous you go to meet Martha - I love her too! This book looks fab. I have her encyclopedia of crafts book, and I love it.

I don't really have one specific crafting memory, but crafing always reminds me of my grandma. She was definitely the crafty one if the family and everyone said I got my craftiness from her. She had one bedroom in her house that was filled with craft supplies. I'd go over and ask her if we could do a project and then we'd dig through the room until we found something that looked fun. She taught my how to knit and crochet. I still have this little book she gave me about knitting that was printed in 1954. It's surprising how often I still reference that book.

Jan said...

My son's name is Stockton but I went from calling him Stockton to Stocko to Stocko-Taco and now I always just call him Taco and don't even think about it at all. (Calling him Taco in public always gets me puzzled looks and questions so I try to slip in a gratuitous "Stockton" every once in a while, lol.) Anyhow, last year for his first Halloween I decided what was a better costume for Taco than a taco?? So I got some thin green foam that I covered in tan flannel and made him a hard shell taco vest. Then I made a dark brown bib type of deal (the meat) and sewed strips of orange and yellow flannel (cheese), strips of green material (lettuce) and stuffed red triangles (tomatoes) on the front. He was absolutely adorable (!!!) and everybody laughed when they saw him. I also made up a candy corn bag with a rounded bottom for him that got pretty full with some nice loot. It was the very most fun that I have ever had making anything :) His costume this year has got big shoes to fill!

Taylor said...

It was my freshman year of college and I lived in a 10x10 dorm room with my roommate. I managed to find space for the "crafting necessities" in the small box that I lived in. Well, it was Halloween night and we were so excited about going out to the "square" which was the small town's hot spot. We got dressed in our costumes and minutes before leaving I starting feeling sick. I made the decision to stay back. The best part was my roommate stayed with me! We made popcorn, watched Halloween movies and crafted all night. I broke out the scrapbook supplies and we worked on our books and made Halloween decorations for our hall. I will never forget it!

ps super jealous about you meeting martha!!

taylor
taylor.taylormade@gmail.com

julz said...

I'm so jealous of your martha op!!

My favorite crafting memory was when someone asked me to make a pattern for our church super saturday (all day craft event), the kit was for the pottery barn advent calendar. My 2 friends from law school came over every wednesday while our husbands slaved away, and we put a pattern/kit together for about 30 ladies, and my one friend didn't even go to my church, but loved helping. We had so much fun, we kept up the crafting tradition through our last law school year. Good times.

http://savageuniversity.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-weve-been-up-to.html

I too love everything Martha, and need to grab this book. Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

I've really enjoyed the times the ladies at our church have had a craft day...usually I'm crafting alone.

Carolyn said...

In high school I did a sewing competition and my mom and I stayed up late for weeks working on my project.

Jodi said...

My favorite crafting memory is when my grandmother was teaching me to crochet. She made some horribly ugly sweater vests, but her afgans were always lovely and warm. She had 25 grandchildren, but she always made each of us feel special. I always think of her when I crochet.

Rachel said...

my favorite memory was making tiny little clothes for my first baby. There was something special sewing something for the tiny person who grew inside me.
rachel (dot) frakes (at) gmail (dot) com

Jen Ketcher said...

My fav just happened recently. My husband and son decided to do a "craft" together--put together a kit school bus. Except my hubby ended up taking over the project and didn't let my 2-year-old do a thing till it was time to put the stickers on! LOL! (And my hubby still hasn't let him play with it--it's on the mantel!) Let's hope next time they craft together it is a little more hands-on for my boy!

jenniferketcher@gmail.com

Hillary and Jonathan said...

Last winter my husband and I decided to construct the Eiffel Tower out of gingerbread. It was our first foray into gingerbread construction and we made a lot of mistakes and stretched our rusty math muscles over the course of several evenings. It was a really great way to spend holiday time together! Here's the post from my blog:

http://hillaryandjonathan.blogspot.com/2010/12/can-we-build-it-yes-we-can.html

Rachel said...

My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was 8 and had the chicken pox. I had nothing else to do but sew endless chains. She was a master crocheter and I was inspired by her afghans, so I decided to try and crochet my own. I got pretty far and then realized it was completely slanted and all wrong. I was so frustrated that I went into my mom's room late at night to show her my failure and she said she'd try and tweak it a bit to fix the sides. The next morning, she had the entire afghan redone to where I had stopped so that I could have a fresh start!

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Mary said...

A funny craft memory I have is last year when I decided to try doing those applique ties on a onsie. First I laid the stuff to make the fabric an applique down wrong and it melted all over my iron. After cleaning up and doing it right the second time, I then sewed both sides of the onsie together when sewing around the tie part. After starting over and doing it right the thread broke halfway through so when I went back over it it left a funny looking area that was totally obvious. I can look back and laugh at it now but at the time, oh man, was I beyond done! To this day I have yet to re-attempt the tie onsie. :)

williamsburg_virginia@yahoo.com

Sarah Perkins said...

I've always loved crafting. I started out sewing with my BFF making barbie clothes... but one of my favorite crafting memory is when I made a pair of life size paper mache, milk-able cows for a church activity when I was 16. Chicken wire, balloons, newspaper, paste, paint, 2 liter bottles and dish gloves... it was Moo-valous! joshandsarahp at yahoo

Rachel Anderson Smith said...

I have recently started teaching myself to sew (with much thanks to your blog and a few others for the much needed guidance)and my favorite memory so far is when I made my husband, my baby girl and myself a matching pair of flannel pj pants. I started with my baby's pair, got my pattern, even matched my plaids, and cut and sewed and pressed for about 3 hours. I even woke her up from a nap to try them on her I was so excited. Yep, they are about 2 sizes too small! Try try again, eh?
and03030@yahoo.com

Aunt Nancy said...

My favorite crafting memory goes way back to when I was about7 years old. I made earrings for my mother in my school class out of big, dark red buttons. I glued little crystal clear beads in the center of the button and glued a screw-on back and I was ready to give the most amazing christmas present ever to my mom. I wrapped the earrings all by myself and couldn't wait till she unwrapped them Christmas morning. Well, needless to say, because the package was so tiny and not in a box, it got lost for awhile in the ton of wrapping paper all over the living room floor. I was devastated! But thanks to my mom, we finally found the treasure and true to my imagined joy...she loved them!. My mother was my inspiration for growing up wanting to make my home more beautiful by creating things myself. When my mother passed away and I was going through her jewelry box, I found the beaded earrings that I had made for her with love. She had kept them for all those years....a very tender memory for me of a mother's love and inspiration!

EHC said...

My favorite craft memory is going to Homemaking night as a very young girl with my mom and doing her crafts for her because she was sooooooo bad at them. The eucalyptus wreath I made when I was 9 years old still hangs by her front door! Sorainima (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

I was about 9 or 10 and I was at my grandma's house, she loved to crochet so I asked her one day to show me how. I was young, but I could tell she was excited to show me something she enjoyed so much. It was a little pink blanket for my dolls, I loved that blanket. She has since passed, but I can still remember how to crochet a pink blanket!

Sarah said...

My favorite memories are crafting with friends and family. Often during the summer my sisters and I will get together and tie dye, there have been a few less than successful years but it is always good for a laugh and enjoying each others company.

David and Amy said...

During our second year of marriage, I enlisted my husband to help me make some Halloween decorations since we had barely any to decorate our tiny apartment with. I found a cute craft on Martha Stewart's website to paint terra cotta pots to look like candy corn (Http://www.marthastewart.com/273600/candy-corn-pots?autonomy_kw=candy%20corn&rsc=header_4) It was so sweet seeing my very busy, studious, Yale-student husband painting his little pot so carefully! They turned out darling and we had a great time making those simple decorations to add some Halloween fun to our home. I love reminiscing about making the pots every year when I pull them out for Halloween!

Here's a picture of how they turned out from our blog:
http://daveandamychoules.blogspot.com/2008/10/welcome-october.html

Sarah said...

Well, my mom is amazingly creative and crafty and pretty much taught me everything to get me started. So one of my favorite memories is her teaching me how to sew!

sarah8914 at gmail dot com

kelsie rae. said...

my favorite craft memory is as a little girl. i was in a craft group with some other girlfriends and we would meet every week and work on crafts together! it defiantly sprouted my love for crafts at an early age :)

Alivia Yokeley said...

My mom passed down to me the sewing machine she used to make all of our Christmas stockings in hopes that I would start making things for my new family. I tackle things slowly and so I gave myself something really easy to start with and it happened to be a Martha Stewart project: http://www.marthastewart.com/269869/tissue-cases
I made one for my mom and even embellished it with felt flowers and buttons. I gave it to her and she burst into tears, she was so proud! I think it's funny, because if you look at the project, it only takes two simple straight-line swipes on either side. I felt like a kindergartner showing Mommy my first art project - it truly was that simple!

Mindy said...

When I was little, my mom had a craft closet that she let me have reign over (which is a danger thing to tell an eight year old). I remember sitting inside that little closet pulling things out and putting them together to see what they looked like or how they could make something spectacular. I remember specifically once I made a little doll for myself out of fabric, glue, squiggly eyes, a foam ball, embroidery floss, and some other odds and ends. I remember being so proud of myself when I finished!
I found it the other day. It's hideous! At least I had a lot of fun making it, and it allowed me to start being crafty even as a little kid. As my girls get older, I hope I'll remember that and let them play with my craft supplies even if it does get messy.

mindywissink [at] gmail [dot] com

Jen said...

I have made some great friends thru crafting. Back when wood crafts/tole painting were big, we would divide up the prep list and get together to make our seasonal crafts. They will always be good memories.

A Jennuine Life said...

Each year, my Mom would have a Christmas ornament craft for us to complete after Thanksgiving dinner. I love this tradition and plan to continue with my daughters!

Erin said...

My mom is the queen of good craft ideas, but she struggles to make them work. From a young age (about 8) I was tasked with making her craft genius come alive. I think it's what helped me become an engineer! Making Easter baskets out of phyllo dough can only be accomplished after 15 failures from a 10 year old. But we made Easter baskets complete with candy in the middle. I still have a love of all things homemade and crafty. Thanks mom!

Thanks for the giveaway!

azerinlong (at) gmail (dot) come

The Blakes said...

favorite crafting memory was making a Christmas calendar with my sister, we laughed the whole time. The calendar turned out ok but the time spent with sis was priceless. thanks
marthablake3@gmail.com

Dylan and Liz Stewart said...

My favorite craft memory happened the night my then-boyfriend, now husband, took me to his hometown to meet family for Thanksgiving. After being introduced to many family members, I noticed one of his cousins and her daughters were knitting in the living room. Elated, I ran out to the car and grabbed my scarf I had brought to work on for the long car trip (his hometown is 5+ hours away) and joined the family in their crafting time. It was such a fun and sweet time and I was so excited I had something in common with several family members that we could bond over the first time I met them!

liz{at}dylman{dot}com

Ruth V. said...

My favorite crafting memory - My grandmother teaching me to knit on the porch of her little log cabin in Maine. I knit a teeny-tiny red scarf for my barbie doll :)

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James-Linda said...

HI JILL!
MY FAVORITE MEMORY IS MY TWO DAUGHTERS+I LUNCHING TOGETHER+THEN CROCHETING WHITE SNOWFLAKES FOR OUR CHRISTMAS TREES THE WEEK BEFORE THE 25TH! LOVLEY!!!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Autumn said...

I actually have a lot of crafting memories with my dad. He taught me how to make these really cool dolls from deoderant sticks for a school project and was always coming up with new things we could do together. By far my favorite is when we made candy train ornaments--I can't wait to do it with my kids: life savers for the body of the train, peppermints for wheels, caramel squares for the little back end, and a hershey kiss for the 'steam'. So much fun to make with him and so much fun to give away to my school friends!

gatheringhours {at} gmail {dot} com

Anonymous said...

I was still fairly new to sewing and my husband asked me to make him a ninja turtle costume. It was only a week before Halloween but I told him I could do it(I really wasn't sure I could!). He went to the fabric store with me to pick out a pattern and the perfect ninja turtle color fabric and we worked on it late together every night that week, even staying up until 3 the night before Halloween. Our daughter was just two months old, and boy were we exhausted but we had the best time together. He would trace the pattern and cut the fabric and I ran the sewing machine. Oh man when that costume was finally finished he was so excited. I have never given him anything (except our daughter) that he thought was that awesome. It was like he was six years old again. And he was so proud of it, he told everyone at the Halloween party that we made it. I'm pretty sure they could tell we made it with it's odd proportions(we blew up a toddler sized pattern) and crooked seams, but he was convinced it was THE BEST costume at the party. It is still hanging in our closet and I smile every time I look at it.

myemye_12 at hotmail dot com

Lauren Hamm said...

My favorite crafting memory was making a scrapbook of my husband (then boyfriend)and I dating. I knew he was the one so all the time and effort was worth it, I just had to wait for him to come around!
laur.hamm@gmail.com

Sandee said...

when i first got married i really hated being referred to as 'crafty.' when my husband is feeling particularly ornery, calling me crafty is one of his best/favorite methods to get under my skin. we've been married for 5 years now and i think i'm finally coming to grips with the fact that i just... may... be.... crafty.

anyway, that was a sidenote. the crafting memory that i look back on with fondness was a summer that i was home from college and living with my parents again. my mother, quite bluntly, told me that i needed to get a hobby because i was driving her crazy (nevermind i had a full-time job). long story short, she taught me how to run her stallion of a sewing machine and i created the awesome-est rail fence patchwork quilt. the end. :)

LisaM said...

What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks. my favorite crafting memory is when I worked long and hard on a nurse's scrub top for my sister to wear. I got stuck a few places sewing it but prevailed. In the end she couldn't believe it was handmade! Woot!

:-)

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brooknwlrt said...

I really don't remember crafting as a child (besides at school but never at home). I've never been very creative but that all changed once I had my son and now I can't get enough of it! I bought my 1st sewing machine about 2.5 years ago and we (me and my son, who is now 3) sew ALL the time. Your blog was actually the 1st blog I ever read (meaning I didn't even know what a blog was until I came across yours). I mady my Ryder a quite book and of course it wasn't near as neat and put together as your Oscar's but it was still the cutest little thing I ever made! I was sooooo proud of it....just made him a quilt for his big boy bed (he turned 3 this past week)! Thank you for sharing so many GREAT ideas with all of us.
brooknwlrt@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

My favorite craft memory is when I learned to crochet. I believe I was about 8 or 9 and my great-grandmother taught me. I guess she taught me how to do a chain and then I just remember her giving me a ball of pink yarn and telling me that I don't get to learn anything else until I make a chain of the entire ball that will stretch from her front door to her back door... and she had 3 long rooms! I love that we had a chance to have that quality time and over the years I had with her, we worked on blankets together, went to pick out yarn together and just shared in the excitement of new things.

Amanda
ahoffmancavanaugh@gmail.com

chris_andrea said...

Every Christmas when I was younger my mom would make an ornament with my brother's and I. They were awesome and I now have them all to show my kids and to use as inspiration to craft with them.

Donna said...

My favorite crafting memory is when I made my first rag quilt for my baby girl. My girlfriend had shown me how to do it and then I borrowed her sewing machine and made it on my own. I was happy for myself and I was happy that my daughter would have something her mommy handmade for her.
dmarlatt78@yahoo.com

Jade said...

My favorite crafting memory is with my husband's grandma who was 83 at the time. I was making a tie for my husband who was at basic training and it was my first sewing project ever. She was helping me through the process and I had no clue what I was doing. That spunky woman teased and laughed at me the whole time because I was so clueless. I adored the unique opportunity to get to know her so well and the fact she wasnt afraid to laugh at her newest granddaughter in law. thankfully my sewing skills are much improved but she still laugh at that I take on despite my limited knowledge.

armywife.Jones at gmail.com

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

My favorite crafting memory was my 9th birthday party. My mom knew I loved arts and crafts so she threw me a birthday party where we all got to hot glue gems on barrettes. I'll never forgot how awesome that party was. My mom is the most uncrafty person in the world, and she made a point to make that party special. She always supported my love of crafting. :)

Ann said...

I have so many different favorite crafting memories, but they all have one thing in common - they were done with my mother. Whether we were sewing clothes for my barbies, doing cross-stich, embroidery or crewel work, making her beloved Raggedy Ann dolls for the Christmas bazaar every year, sewing clothes or baking in the kitchen. She was always so patient and giving of her time with me. Sadly she is no longer living but I hope to pass along her love of life and crafting to my two young children. This book looks like it would be a great source of ideas for us!

Thanks for the giveaway Jill!

amastic@yahoo.com

suz_claas said...

My mom, sisters, and I were always crafting something or other. I think it drove my dad crazy! Right before I got married, we started scrapbooking and making homemade cards. We all got together and made cards together, drank wine, and chatted. Too much fun!!! That year, we also made Christmas cards together. Little did we know, it would be my mom's last Christmas with us. The year after we lost her to pancreatic cancer, I was looking through her scrapping things and found three of her christmas cards from the year before that were never sent. I framed them for my sisters and myself. It's my favorite thing to pull out every year during the holidays. Makes me smile and feel like she's celebrating the holidays with us:)
suzanneclaas@gmail.com

Melanie said...

My favorite crafting moment is when I sewed my firtborn son a receiving a blanket with his name embroidered on it. We brought him home from the hospital with him wrapped in it. 5 years later, it is still his is favorite and he must sleep with it everynight (blue blanket has traveled on all of our vacations as well)

Shannon said...

My first sewing experience. I was in kindergarden and my teacher was out for several months due to her husband passing away. I told my mom I wanted to make her something special because I missed her so much. Mom decided it was time to teach me to hand sew (I was 5, is that an appropriate age to hand a needle to a child?) She took a long rectangle of fabric, folded the bottom up to the middle and told me to sew on the outside of these 3 sides. When I finished she told me to turn it inside out and I thought pure magic had happened when I saw my sloppy stitching disappear and an almost normal looking "pocketbook" (at least that's what I thought it was) was formed. I took the edge I didn't sew and it was the flap that covered the opening of the purse. It probably frayed in 2 days because I didn't do anything to the flap, but I was so proud and couldn't wait to give it to her. God bless that woman, she acted like it was the best gift she had ever received.

Emilee said...

Every year on Thanksgiving our extended family would get together and after the big feast my mom and grandma would plan a craft for all of us cousins to do. The most memorable craft we did was make these angel ornaments out of old clothspins. I thought it was the coolest thing and we got to use the grown up craft stuff to make them. My cousins and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! It was so much fun to do crafts with my cousins and pretty funny to see my older boy cousins making angel ornaments but they loved it too! Ahh, the memories!

emilou84037 at yahoo dot com

Sarah Willett said...

my Memory is from the Summer I was 10 years old. My Mom had 3 of my friends over every day for a few weeks. we all made a simple 2 piece outfit. I remember all of us sewing around the ping pong table. at the end we had a fashion show for all our families with music and everything. I have loved to make things ever since.
thanks Mom

diymum(at)gmail.com

Alicia said...

My favorite crafting memory was when my three girls were 1,3 & 6 years old (They are now 15, 12, 10) and I had them print their tiny hands and feet onto the tree skirt for the first time. They still paint their handprints on the tree skirt every year, but only do one hand since there is not much space left on the double sided Christmas tree skirt.

Kara Doehling said...

My favorite crafting memory is from when I was eight or nine years old. I decided to take a "Sewing for Fun" project in 4-H. My grandmother helped me pick a pattern and fabric and patiently showed me how to use the pattern and her sewing machine. Grandma passed away four years ago, but I love that I have memories like this one by which to remember her.


kara.loving@gmail.com

Alicia said...

My favorite memory is when my daughters were 1,3 & 6 and I had them print their tiny hand and foot prints on our Xmas tree skirt. They still continue to add handprints to the ouble sided tree skirt every year -they are now 15,12 and 10.
alicialopez1109@att.net

Tara said...

My favorite crafting memory, of course, involves family. My mother had lovingly hand-stitched an entire quilt, she has always loved quilting but this was her first to be entirely pieced by hand. Unfortunately, it was stolen out of our car one night, just after she had taken it to a friends house to show the final piecing. Miraculously, months later it was recovered (that is a story in and of itself), BUT the amazing memory was after she got the quilt back, and put the binding on, we went to my Grandma's house and all the women in my extended family got together and hand-quilted it -- together--my sweet grandma, my mom, my aunts and my sister all got to work and talk together over this handmade beauty. Not all of us knew what we were doing, but it was important to my mom that we did it together. What an amazing treasure to have now.

PDCScarbroughpage said...

Last Christmas I made a gift for EVERY member of mine and my husbands families. WOW. I could have used this book for sure! I would love to have a year-round collection of Martha!

erik and annie said...

i have a snap shot in my mind of a two year old little boy wearing spiderman underwear sitting on my lap helping me use "the machine" (sewing machine). We have just moved into a new house for the start of my husbands second year of medical school, i have a two year old little boy and a two week old little girl. i am trying to get our new house decorated
but am finding it hard to find the time. the only time i have is at night after the kids have gone to bed. that night my two year old is doing everything he can to stay awake, i finally gave up trying to put him to bed and ask if he wants to help me make stuff for his room. we make a frame for his huge mustache picture above his bed, he helps me paint and use the drill. then we get out paper and he helps me choose the colors for his pennant bunting, he helps me trace and cut little flags, we layed them out on the
floor as we decide what order to put them in. he makes sure to stepped on each and every one and laughs as the papers stick to his chubby little feet. he climbs on my lap and we used the machine to sew our flags together. every couple seconds he pushes the backstitch button and laughs. I remember him looking up at me with his big brown eyes and saying "Dad is going to love mine room" his excitment grows with each finished item we take into his room.

now everyday when i walk by and see those little flags hanging above his bed, I feel a little lump in my throat as i think of that night and my little spiderman sitting on my lap.

ewmiguel@yahoo.com

Cook Family said...

One of my favorite crafting memory is when My older brother (single dad tough guy) came to visit me in Missouri. He wanted me to make some hair bows for his little girl. As I was making them he got into the action and made a few himself. It was fun to see this side of him. and boy was he proud of his bows :)
That was probably a once in a lifetime memory crafting with my older tough guy Brother!
corinecook@yahoo.com

amber said...

My mom signed me and my sister up for a craft class during the summer one year. We made puppets and obviously more things but I don't remember them! All I remember is the freaky clown puppets! It was a fun summer that I got to spend with my sister.

Amber B.
sweetambo@gmail.com

joolee said...

ANY and EVERY craft i've done with my daughter are my favorite crafting memories! now that she's off to kindergarten (gulp), i miss our daily craft! my son (4 yrs.) doesn't have quite the same crafting zeal... :). we'd do little things like pipe cleaner jewelry or barrettes to making full-size paper dolls or a full-on fabric doll and clothes from my fabric scraps. even if i'd want to lie down for a nap when pregnant, she was there to get my crafty butt in gear and we have so many memories (and photos) to show for it!

Rachel Lewis said...

My very favorite thing I've ever made is a twin-sized quilt with my favorite relative: my Grandma. We had weekend long sleepovers when I was 11. We would wake up first thing in the morning, after she'd had her first cup of coffee, and then we'd get to sewing. She taught me to use the sewing machine. I loved the whirring sound it made, and I loved seeing my progress. So satisfying! It was a simple design, just some very colorful squares laid out in a pattern; red, blue, green, yellow, over and over. It is so colorful and cheery, she calls it Rainbow Joy. I gave it back to her after Grandpa died, and she needed a cheery quilt to comfort her and lift up her spirits. That was a very special time in my life, making that quilt with my dear Grandma.
~Rachel (rachelcwirth@gmail.com)

lotuslovely said...

Crafting with my mom. She is awesome at making things.

YY said...

I decided long ago that I'm a "gatherer" and not a "doer"! I would see a craft that was really cute so I would gather all the stuff to make it and then never ever get it done--that is until I saw your Advent Calendar. I went right out and got felt and embroidery thread--printed out the patterns and some of the pictures to try and copy them. That was last February and I'm happy to say that I will have FOUR Advent Calendars done for this Christmas for my children and grandchildren. I'm so proud of myself for finally actually DOING a craft instead of just being a "gatherer". Everyone who has seen my ornaments have just loved them--and I give you credit every time!!
4yyoung@gmail.com

Heather Is... said...

My favorite crafting memory is actually a collection of memories that took place every Sunday during the fall of my high school and college years. All the guys in my family would go to my parents' house to watch the Sunday football games, while the girls piled into the other room and worked on our various crafting projects. There was a lot of crocheting, knitting, sewing, and--the best part--talking. I miss those days. :)

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

I'd love to win! My favorite crafting memory is making stamped leather bracelets with my mom at girls camp! I was only 12, but it was so fabulous.
kittycatsandairplanes{at}gmail{dot}com

The Petersons said...

My favorite crafting experience has been making my daughter's quiet book. It was my first real sewing project and I was determined to do everything by myself. I literally put blood, sweat and tears into that book. When I was done I was happy, proud and exhausted. It was one of the top five greatest accomplishments of my life--falling just after (or maybe before) graduating college! My sewing skills have improved a lot since I finished and I can't help but laugh at some of my mistakes (sticky-back velcro!) Despite it's flaws, I think it will always be my favorite project.

Maria Naccarato said...

My favorite crafting memory...after putting the kids to bed my husband and I would sit crammed into our "office", each working on our current project. Admiring each others work and commenting, "how many of our friends are "crafting" on a Friday night!?" We love it and take pride in looking around our home to see all the great things we've made. Thanks for the opportunity to receive Martha's book!

maria.naccarato@gmail.com

Angela Yamashita said...

My favorite crafting memory is when I made my son's 1st birthday invitation. He was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones). It was a hard 1st year with many breaks. It's hard for me to watch my baby in pain constantly, doctors didn't give us lot of hope that he might live a full life, and I am not all that optimistic at that point. But when I sat down and make those invitations to ask our family and friends to come join us celebrate his first birthday and the many challenges we faces and overcame that 1st year. I suddenly realized how lucky I am to have such great family and friends there to support us, and that everything will be ok! The invitation was not all that pretty :) but my hearts were full and my spirit were lifted!

*plum*tree*studio* said...

My favorite crafting memory is from Christmas 2008. My older sister and I thought it would be fun to have all the little ones make ornaments. We got all the kids and craft supplies together and my grandmother who was 91 at the time happened to come over to visit. It ended up being the best time having my grandma sit down and make ornaments with us. She told us stories and we laughed. I loved that day. Still have my ornament and hers. plumtreestudio@gmail.com

Holly said...

Ok, little background... My Dad was in the Navy and on subs for 21 years. When I was a little girl he would ask me to crochet him an anklet (for lack of a better word, though not very "manly"), and always in red, before every time he went underway. It wasn't really me crocheting them, my Mom did, but I helped in the only way a fourish year could. It's one of my earliest crafting memories.

Tracy said...

My husband and I painted an old sewing table my mom gave me and then added new hardware. The entire project was under $10 and it looks fantastic! It is now one of my favorite things in our house.

nest full of eggs said...

my favorite crafting memory is one of my most recent... I took an old ugly outdated chandelier & spray painted it pink ~ it was a huge transformation ! AND only cost $7.96 !!! during the process which was done outdoors in very hot & humid weather, I got stung by 3 wasps ! but I had no choice, it HAD to get done, the chandelier needed to get done in time for my daughter's birthday party ~ what we do for love :)
see more here: http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-painted-chandelier.html

Lyndsay said...

Oh how fun! I'd LOVE to win a copy of this new book. Eek! One of my earliest (and fondest) memories of crafting was when I was in preschool. I decoupaged colorful squares of tissue paper onto a baby jar to be used as a candle. I still have it and use it to this day! So cute. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!

Adrianne Miller said...

Well, I am not that crafty but I try. My favorite craft memory was being way way pregnant and making bows with my sister in law for my soon to be born baby girl.

Lindi said...

My favorite crafting memory is when i was 14 and one of my friends and i gathered all our mom's scraps and threw together a quilt top and used a hee-man sheet for the bottom. We pass it back and forth to each other.

sue said...

One of my favorites was a girls craft night. Our husbands were all deployed so my friends brought their kids over to start sleeping at my house. We started crafting and talking. Then we stopped crafting(some sewing and some knitting) and continued talking until we too late and everyone slept over. It was a prefect diversion from being a 'single' mom military style and just the boost that we needed- even though I may have only sewn 3 seems.

cat said...

My favorite sewing memory is when I was newly married and had just moved to Savannah. One of two girls I knew would come over to my house, lugging her machine with her, and we would set up in my kitchen and talk and sew and talk and sew and talk and sew. We've both moved away now, but we still get together via skype and talk and share our craftiness with one another. She is one of my dearest friends. Incidentally, I also met Martha Stewart at CHA the year she unveiled her scrapbooking line. During the Q&A, I was picked to ask a question and I asked if I could give her something I had made, a crocheted woolen scarf. I got to go up and give it to her, it was awesome. One of the coolest moments of my life. :)

Vanessa said...

Those are some pretty cute little boy shoes! Did you get her to sign the bottom of them? :) My favorite craft memory happened early this year. A woman I barely know through my mother-in-law heard that I loved to sew and asked if she could give me some of her mother's sewing things, because she had passed away. I said, "Sure!" She brought over 3 giant trash bags full of fabric, bias tape, buttons, ribbon, EVERYTHING this lady had owned that was related to sewing. It was literally a crafter's Christmas morning, because I was giddy with excitement sorting through it all! Using a scrap of the fabric I made this older lady's granddaughter a ruffle headband and gave it to her. Little did I know it was the same fabric she and her grandma had made her favorite dress out of before she passed! She jumped up and down and smiled and said THANK YOU! It felt awesome to make her day and bring up cool memories for her, too!

Vanessa
www.DesignsBySessa.com

tupelohoneychild said...

In middle school I began working for an elderly neighbor after school, helping in her garden and sewing room. Little did I know this master gardener and quilter was teaching me the very skills that I use daily to sew quilts for the beds and clothes for our little girls. Hard to believe she paid ME when I should have paid HER for everything she taught me. My favorite memory is working on a quilt with her, for months, learning how to piece, bind, and applique, and then to be presented with that same quilt for my Christmas gift!

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