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Behind the Scenes : A Peek Inside Our Drawers

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[We mean our TV set drawers!]

Our rule since the beginning has been that everything on the set WORKS. Nothing is simply a prop. You've seen the beautifully styled craft room, and probably noticed the gorgeous ribbon, fabric, and tools that our talented stylist Chip Glynn sets out to coordinate with every season. But did you know that every drawer and cabinet is functional? Kristin St. Clair and I spent a day last week stocking the craft room with the supplies we most often need when we're on set with Martha. We have two of everything: one for Martha, and one for a possible guest. Here's a peek at the inside of our well-organized, indispensable craft room storage.

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Clean paintbrushes at the ready from the new Martha Stewart Crafts paint line.

1 Clean paintbrushes at the ready from the new Martha Stewart Crafts paint line.

A photo of a messy, pre-production craft room on a dark set, being readied for our first live show on September 26!

2 A photo of a messy, pre-production craft room on a dark set, being readied for our first live show on September 26!

Each drawer and cabinet contains valuable supplies for quick set-ups. Don't you wish you had this much craft storage space??

3 Each drawer and cabinet contains valuable supplies for quick set-ups. Don't you wish you had this much craft storage space??

A stationery drawer for quick notes to ourselves, to Martha, to coworkers, and crew (i.e.

4 A stationery drawer for quick notes to ourselves, to Martha, to coworkers, and crew (i.e. "don't touch—hot!!").

Extras and bulky items are placed in bins, clearly labeled, and stored in lower cabinets.

5 Extras and bulky items are placed in bins, clearly labeled, and stored in lower cabinets.

Sharp, sharp, SHARP scissors for sewing only.

6 Sharp, sharp, SHARP scissors for sewing only.

Cutting mats, rulers, and Xyrons ready to be grabbed in a hurry.

7 Cutting mats, rulers, and Xyrons ready to be grabbed in a hurry.

Miscellaneous craft tools and stopwatches for timing segments in rehearsal, each in their cozy little nook.

8 Miscellaneous craft tools and stopwatches for timing segments in rehearsal, each in their cozy little nook.

A place for everything means we can quickly see when something is missing and replace it ASAP.

9 A place for everything means we can quickly see when something is missing and replace it ASAP.

My favorite—the sewing notions drawer!

10 My favorite—the sewing notions drawer!

Before each new season, every tool is checked, replaced if damaged or too dirty for camera, and sharpened if necessary. Could your craft area use a refresh? We always find organizing clears our heads and makes room for unlimited creativity!

 

Comments (42)

  • I loved the tools on the show today!!

  • I love all the tools you use.

  • There has not been a show where I have not found inspiration! I love MS crafts!

  • Love these crafts and tips!

  • Martha Stewart Crafters,
    Beautiful tools and organized spaces for Martha Stewart Crafters, to work in. I like to add a small spice jar of Alum and a box of band aids, in my sewing and crafting area, just in case I cut myself. A little on a small cut will stop the bleeding.

    Teri

  • I absolutely loved the hour of crafting. It keeps me inspired and also advises me of the tools I need to have. I don't have too many tools (you can't actually have too many!), so I appreciate the advice on which are worthy to spend my money on. Thank you for the wonderful job!

  • I enjoyed your craft day show. You make every kind of craft look so simple. Thank you for all you do.

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Department,

    What a beautiful space to work in. Beautifully organized and wonderful tools. I'm totally envious of such a great space.

    I like to add a box of band aids and a small spice jar of Alum to my sewing and craft area. Alum will stop the bleeding of a small cut quickly. I added it after the first rotary cutters were developed. First thing I did is leave it laying open and move the back of my hand into it. Since I do a lot of canning I had Alum on hand. Then I decided to buy an extra one for my sewing kit to take to sewing and quilting classes.

    Teri

  • The craft hour show was really enjoyable to watch since I always seem to need a little guidance to jumpstart me. For instance, I have a few extra baskets and thought they would make a good foundation to give as gifts. However, I needed to see the idea of the custom craft kit with project ingredients and instructions stuffed inside. It looked so pretty dressed up with the ribbbon. Why couldn't I think of that? Thanks!

  • What a Beautiful organized craft room! I have a craft room but I'm just started to attempt to get it organized!

  • I am a mother of three and i love doin crafts with my family and always love gettin new ideas! Great show today, cant wait to see what tomorrow brings! love the blevins family!!!

  • The show today was very inspiring, and informative. I am very eager to do a project today.

  • Good heavens. Be still, my OCD heart!

  • Loved the show, and the tools today! I'm going to start organizing right now :)

  • I love watching the Martha Stewart show every day. The show inspires me to try new crafts and crafting techniques. I am definately going to look into the tools shown on the show today. Thanks Martha

  • I watch your show everyday. Great tools!!!

  • I only dream to have my craft supplies as organized as Martha but 3 boys don't let me do that, although i keep trying to keep it organized! Love the pictures and my jaw dropped at all the scissors!

  • Thank you, for sharing your ideas! I loved the jewlery segment. Each of you are truly gifted.

  • I enjoyed the show today. I am looking forward to experimenting with wire craft ribbon. My mother taught me the same about scissors, got in trouble if I used her fabric scissors on paper. I like seeing all the tools you use. Things are so much easier if you have the right tool for the job.

  • Thank you for sharing your tool recommendations on today's show!

  • I absolutely loved the hour of crafting. Love seeing all the tools. Working on my craft room, I will be using your ideas on the organized spaces. What a wonderful show. Thank you.

  • Awesome Show!! You really stir excitement about crafting and creating new things. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and ways to utilize a variety of tools.

  • love it

  • I was so excited to see that I actually own one of your favorite tools! The gingher scissors. LOVE them! Now I need to label them so the boys don't use them for anything else- or maybe I should hide them. Thank you for the continued inspiration!

  • Great crafts show!. I loved the projects, especially the stenciled pillows. Thanks for letting us peek in your drawers on set. So cool that you have real stuff; you have stopwatches amongst the tools! Love that! Lisa

  • The show today has me very eager to begin crafting again after many years. I'd love to win the
    pkg. you are givin away to re-stock my bins.

  • LOVED the tools used on the show today as well as the crafts. I especially loved the necklaces with the wire lace and can't wait to make my own!

  • I saw your crafts so beautifully organized today and it gave me such inspiration on organizing my own crafts. Thank you for such a great show.

    ps. loved the wreaths with the mose and animals!

  • I love the tools today. I craft but do not have the right tools so I do with what i have to use!!!

  • Great tools would love to have them all

  • I love watching your show I have learned so much from you and your team it has been very fun learning new things and trying to build up my tools to use thank you for sharing your great ideals with us all.

  • Love the projects on the show and all the tools you get to design and use. I get just as excited as your guest when you tell them they will all be taking them home with them. Your show gives me inspiration to try new ideas. I’ll be watching tomorrow!

  • Love all the tools! I immediately started thinking of all the creative projects I could use them for! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • I love crafting and am very excited about all the cool tools that were shown today! Craft Hour is so inspirational! Thanks Martha :0)

  • Loved the show today! I definitely need to add some those tools to my box. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • I love all your craft ideas, especially the pillow covers using the freezer paper punched out and then stenciled on fabric. Beautiful and classy as all your ideas are. I am retired and trying to organized my craft room. I loved - Look inside my drawers. Can you tell me where you purchase the small round metal containers with the clear lids you used in your sewing notions drawer. Also loved the advise today about everyones favorite tools - great ideas and your craft room organizational space is amazing.

  • another great show!

  • I have been in a recovery period for quite some time now and your show has sure helped! I have become more and more interested in crafts the more I watch!! My Christmas list will be easy to fill this year (thanks to your little 'elves' and hopefully mine)! I love the different tools that you shared with your viewers on this episode and the time you took to explain each of them. My favs are the xyron label maker, stapler, paper cutter, punchers, scoring board and your BOOK.! I AM SO EXCITED TO GET STARTED! Thank you so much in so many ways!

  • THANKS for all the crafts you have on you show. HGTV & DIYnetwork do not have crafts on any more. Myself and my family all call each other the minute you have any of the very special craft segments an holifay shows on your television show. Again, thanks for all your inspiring shows.

  • P.S. Your online Web pages are BEAUTIFUL, inspiring , and helpful. A Greatful Fan.

  • I absolutely LOVE MS tools and supplies. ALWAYS top quality. You can't got wrong purchasing them.
    Loved the inspiring show today. I am ging to try the pillows. I need some throw pillows for Christmas and these will be gorgeous. Thanks for giving me the opportunity for the giveaway.

  • I want to cry. :-)

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