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Behind the Scenes : Craft Show Recap

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On Wednesday of last week, the Crafts Department at Living was invited to sit in the audience during the special Craft Hour on the Martha Stewart Show. It was my first visit to the show, and I was amazed by the amount of effort that goes into ensuring it runs smoothly and successfully.

The set was really festive and beautiful—thanks to a staff that seemed to be bustling around, straightening and fluffing things until seconds before the show started. The show was packed with some really wonderful crafts—like faux birch logs made by Brenna Berger of Design*Sponge, Grapevine wreaths using moss and miniatures, pearl necklaces using wire lace, and throw pillows that were stenciled using freezer paper and Martha Stewart Craft punches. Along with Martha, the TV crafters shared the tools they simply can't live without (and everyone in the audience got to take them home!).

All in all, it was such a treat to be a part of the show! If you missed it (or want to re-live it over and over again), clips from the show can be viewed here.

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Waiting in line to be seated.

2 Waiting in line to be seated.

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Materials being sorted and prepped before the show.

4 Materials being sorted and prepped before the show.

A view of the set greenhouse.

5 A view of the set greenhouse.

A peek into the test kitchen.

6 A peek into the test kitchen.

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Our department before the show!

12 Our department before the show!

Martha and Brenna Berger of Design*Spounge making faux birch logs. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

13 Martha and Brenna Berger of Design*Spounge making faux birch logs. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

14 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

The finished faux fireplace. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

15 The finished faux fireplace. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

A kit Martha put together with materials to make catnip toys. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

16 A kit Martha put together with materials to make catnip toys. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Martha and Hannah. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

17 Martha and Hannah. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

The finished wreathes! Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

18 The finished wreathes! Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

19 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Martha and Kristin St. Clair making mesh necklaces. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

20 Martha and Kristin St. Clair making mesh necklaces. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

21 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

22 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Martha and Hosanna. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

23 Martha and Hosanna. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

24 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

TV Crafters and Martha share their favorite craft tools. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

25 TV Crafters and Martha share their favorite craft tools. Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

26 Photo: David E. Steele/The Martha Stewart Show

The audience was so excited!

27 The audience was so excited!

Before the Q&A.

28 Before the Q&A.

Comments (6)

  • Thank you, Laura, for posting the behind-the-scenes photos. What a thrill it would have been to attend the show! I really enjoyed every detail. Thank you. :)

  • I can not find the craft furniture you displayed in the show honor to craft day. It has a wrapping station on top and a desk kind of base. Martha said it was in her catalog but cant find which one. I type craft furniture etc and nothing. She said it was on sale and I would like to purchase it. Please direct me to the web page where I can find it.
    Thanks

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Martha,

    Thanks for your interest in the Martha Stewart Living Craft Furniture! Follow this link, and you'll find the pieces you're looking for-

    http://www.homedecorators.com/search.php?search=craft+space+storage+cabinet

  • Hi Martha & Crafters! Is this where I am suppose to post a comment for a chance to win all of the crafter's favorite tools from today's show! I absolutely loved todays show! Every morning I look forward to watching & I'm so happy that you are back on television Martha! My favorite tool I can't live without (which is not really a tool) is Staedtler's Triplus Fineliner markers. They come in a 10 or 20 pack set and are very reasonably priced. If you forget to put the cap on, they will not dry out and the best part is that the marker does not bleed through using any kind of paper!

    Happy Crafting Everyone!

  • Loved the craft show. Can't wait to try the wire ribbon necklace. Thanks for showing something so spectacular and easy. Loved everyone talking about their favorite items. Thank you for sharing so much.

  • So exciting that you got to sit in on this show! Thank you for sharing. :)

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