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Behind the Scenes : Stars in the December Issue

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Thanksgiving is just next week, and for me that signifies the beginning of the Holiday season- yippee!!  Ok, let's be honest, I started getting excited for Christmas right after Halloween.  But to be exact, at Living, we've been scheming about this Christmas since November 2010.  That's when we started brainstorming many of the ideas that you will find in this December's issue.  And it was in late March of 2011 that we chased the last bit of snow up to Vermont, to get some beautiful wintery shots for our Star Power story.

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You may recognize this shot from the cover!

1 You may recognize this shot from the cover!

We watched the sky get lighter and lighter- it was beautiful.

2 We watched the sky get lighter and lighter- it was beautiful.

It was snowing lightly, but fortunately the equipment was covered.

3 It was snowing lightly, but fortunately the equipment was covered.

After shooting the tree, we headed down to the greenery star set up.  The building is an old one-room schoolhouse.

4 After shooting the tree, we headed down to the greenery star set up. The building is an old one-room schoolhouse.

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Our photographer Dana Gallagher and her assistants.

7 Our photographer Dana Gallagher and her assistants.

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Marcie and Stephen- all bundled up!

12 Marcie and Stephen- all bundled up!

Marcie and Stephen imitate Hummel figurines.

13 Marcie and Stephen imitate Hummel figurines.

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The clouds broke for a minute.

15 The clouds broke for a minute.

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After all of our shots for the morning were done, we went for breakfast at a cozy little inn.  Stephen enjoyed some hot chocolate.

18 After all of our shots for the morning were done, we went for breakfast at a cozy little inn. Stephen enjoyed some hot chocolate.

During the daylight, we cleaned up the starry tree and greenery shots.  Our next shot wouldn't be until dusk.

19 During the daylight, we cleaned up the starry tree and greenery shots. Our next shot wouldn't be until dusk.

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While dismantling the Moravian stars that hung in the tree, Stephen tried one on for size.

21 While dismantling the Moravian stars that hung in the tree, Stephen tried one on for size.

Looks like a punk rock hair style to me!

22 Looks like a punk rock hair style to me!

Months later, we finished shooting the projects in our studios here in New York-

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Our beautiful Concolor Fir from Simonson Farms.

1 Our beautiful Concolor Fir from Simonson Farms.

After a little bit of pruning, we set it in the stand and add lights.

2 After a little bit of pruning, we set it in the stand and add lights.

Now for the ornaments!

3 Now for the ornaments!

I loved making these comets- they are so simple and graphic.

4 I loved making these comets- they are so simple and graphic.

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I think these Sputnik inspired ornaments were my favorite.  They look so spacey, and they're actually just made with styrofoam balls, toothpicks, glitter, and silver ball picks or beads.

7 I think these Sputnik inspired ornaments were my favorite. They look so spacey, and they're actually just made with styrofoam balls, toothpicks, glitter, and silver ball picks or beads.

These glittered mat board stars were inspired by a large plastic vintage one I found.  You can make so many from just one piece of mat board and a small amount of glitter.

8 These glittered mat board stars were inspired by a large plastic vintage one I found. You can make so many from just one piece of mat board and a small amount of glitter.

The large star

9 The large star "wreath". Just made with heavy paper and glitter- it looks very deluxe in person!

These starbursts are made using the same paper and folding technique as seen in the comets, with a little punched paper in the center for a finishing touch.

10 These starbursts are made using the same paper and folding technique as seen in the comets, with a little punched paper in the center for a finishing touch.

Accordion folds ready to become ornaments.

11 Accordion folds ready to become ornaments.

These little shooting stars couldn't have been easier- just glue a couple of tinsel icicles in between two Dresdens.

12 These little shooting stars couldn't have been easier- just glue a couple of tinsel icicles in between two Dresdens.

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We decorated late into the evening to prepare for the next day's shoot.

14 We decorated late into the evening to prepare for the next day's shoot.

I think the addition of blue with those glass ornaments is a nice touch.

15 I think the addition of blue with those glass ornaments is a nice touch.

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Making our greenery stars.  Marcie is working with Juniper- love the berries.

17 Making our greenery stars. Marcie is working with Juniper- love the berries.

I have Cedar- it has the most amazing citrus scent.  This would be a lovely fragrant indoor decoration.

18 I have Cedar- it has the most amazing citrus scent. This would be a lovely fragrant indoor decoration.

Comments (5)

  • [...] in the December Issue The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Thu, November 17, 2011 2:36 PM UTC The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Rate this story Share (function(){var [...]

  • What I wouldn't give to work for Living!

  • I have had the Monrovian stars hanging over my balcony during the Christmas season for the past several years! Every one loves them & they add such a wonderful warm glow!

  • LOVE THE COVER!!!!! Question is there a reason for the number of stars used?? We want to do one but might just start with 1 Moravian Star. . .

  • Crafter Comment:

    Thank you Sheree! You can use as many stars as you'd like- even one has a beautiful effect.

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