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Athena Preston

Athena Preston

Name: Athena Preston
Job Title: Senior Associate Craft Editor
Date started at company: in the craft department, November 2005, but I first worked here on the Kmart Holiday line way back in 2001
First story: Ribbon lettering for the December 2005 well openers
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Education: BFA Rhode Island School of Design, MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Parsons School of Design
First Job: I worked at an ice-cream parlor called Thomas Sweet. I gave a lot away for free.
Astrological sign: Gemini
Personal crafting/artwork: various silkscreen, stenciling, and block-printing projects.
First craft memory: tea-dyeing white tights with my mother so they’d match the crocheted lace collar of a very special brown velvet dress. Also, around the same time- wallpapering my dollhouse
Things you collect: manufacturer’s samples of ceramic plates with handwritten notations and pattern swatches, Tove Jansson picture books, old rulers painted bright colors, paper ephemera, my co-workers’ discarded craft efforts

Color (Pantone): Pantone # 178
Holiday: Valentine’s day, I never tire of the palette
Pizza topping: fresh ricotta
Kind of Fabric: Prints of all sorts. Scandinavian linen and cotton, certain crazy chintzes (but certainly not others!), mill-engravings and other tiny patterns, lately nearly any fabric that combines pink and blue
Dessert: Yakimochi from Café Zaiya
Source: the library at the Cooper-Hewitt Lace Eggs

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early spring flowers

Make It : early spring flowers

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If you’re like me, this is the time of year for daydreaming of spring and those first bits of color and warm weather. Above are some crafts projects from a story I worked on a few years back that was inspired by the flowers and colors of early spring. We made paper snowdrops, (shown above …

last-minute valentines!

Make It : last-minute valentines!

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These are some miniature Valentine cards I made for our February issue’s well opener. We needed just one very small valentine for the shot, and ended up choosing a version with a ric-rac edge… But I loved them all! See below for a description of the materials and a simple how-to that applies to all. …

Ask the Crafts Dept. : Sourcing Valentine Boxes

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Patricia asks: Dear Crafts Department,
Could you give me manufacturers/suppliers of Valentine’s Day confectionery boxes?  Thanks very much! Happy to oblige! Here are few good online sources for heart shaped candy boxes: Box and Wrap has vintage looking red foil boxes, but aslo silver and gold which can be hard to find. SugarCraft has quite a few …

odds and ends box

Inspiration Board : odds and ends box

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Below is a really simple idea… Like many of us, I have a really hard time letting go of / getting rid of things, out of some vague sense that somewhere down the line I’ll make excellent use of them… or really because I just like the way they look (which is apparently ok with …

a surprise party!

Celebrate : a surprise party!

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Yesterday we held surprise party for Morgan and Silke, whose winter birthdays are very close together… We had a cozy wintry theme of chocolate and tea. See below for some really easy decorating ideas. Silke ended up bringing in homemade chocolate mousse because we’d told her the party was for just Morgan… We felt a …

Our Holiday Tradition

Inspiration Board : Our Holiday Tradition

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Just like I’m sure many of you do, we have a secret santa tradition here in the Crafts Dept. Its pretty nice, because we all give eachother things we’ve made especially for the person assigned to us. So we all get together for dinner, sometimes at a restaurant and sometimes at someone’s house, to open …

Around Town : Holiday Craft Sale!

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It’s a VERY busy week for us because we’re getting ready for a big event this weekend, our first Holiday Craft Sale. It’s being held at our offices here in Chelsea, and is open to the public this Saturday from 12 – 6. Many employees here at Martha (including just about every contributor to this …

Inspiration Board : Pumpkin Carving

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Here are some images from a halloween story Marcie and I worked on a few years back. The idea was carving trompe l’oiel sillhouettes of spooky objects into the pumpkins, hopefully making it look sort of like they were real objects in the room… It turns out this story was popular with our readers so …