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Jim Noonan

Jim Noonan

Name: Jim "Figgy" Noonan
Job Title: Junior Crafter, TV
Date started at company: October 2008, as a freelancer
First TV segment you worked on: Paper Wigs
Hometown: Westerly, RI
Education: Dartmouth College, BA - Drama; Yale School of Drama, MFA - Acting
First Job: Shelving books at the Westerly Public Library
Astrological sign: Pisces
Personal crafting/artwork: Educational Toys for Kids (Professor Figgy's Fabulous Science Kits)
First craft memory: In third grade, I crafted in a turkey contest. My mom and I didn’t have time to get felt for the project (because I waited until the last minute, as usual), so we cut up an old, multi-colored, striped towel instead. I won most original!

Color: Green
Holiday: Christmas
Pizza topping: Mushrooms
Kind of fabric: Black velvet
Candy: Chewy Spree
Font: Times New Roman
Source: The Home Depot. I used to live by the one in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The possibilities of what you can do are endless!
Martha Stewart craft: Bird Mask Bird Mask

Editor's Archive


Inspiration Board : Houndstooth

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Over the past number of months I have been quite interested in pixelation and how to represent images as collections of neatly organized little squares – so geometrically satisfying! At the same time I have been looking at classic fabric prints and patterns and how striking they are when done on a large, graphic scale. …

On The Web : Tuesday Inspiration!

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About a year ago I tried out The Artist’s Way, a great tool used by professionals and amateurs alike to explore and release their creative potential. Now, while I didn’t quite make it through the entire 12-week “course,” I took away a number of tools and techniques that I continue to use every day. One …

On The Web : Cookie Week Round-up!

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Last week was “Cookie Week” on The Martha Stewart Show and even though Martha and her guests were busy making and eating scores of delicious cookies, there was still plenty of crafting going on around the set. If you missed any of last week’s episodes, be sure to click on the pictures below to get all …

Handmade Holiday Week!

Behind the Scenes : Handmade Holiday Week!

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This coming week is Handmade Holiday week at The Martha Stewart Show and we’ll be bringing you all new episodes detailing how to add that extra special touch to your holiday giving. From homemade photo cards and festively-stamped gift wrap to easy-to-make jewelry and unique fabric crafts, we have lots of great ideas to make …

John Derian Company

Around Town : John Derian Company

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Last Thursday, both the TV Crafts Department and the creative team for the upcoming holiday special took a trip down to the John Derian Company store on East 2nd Street in Manhattan. After a glowing review from Martha and Kevin Sharkey, we knew we had to check out the newest Christmas wares on display and …


Around Town : Hulaween!

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On Friday night I had the privilege and great pleasure to accompany Martha and various guests to the New York Restoration Project’s annual “Hulaween” party at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Hosted by none other than the fabulous Bette Midler, this year’s benefit was given the  theme of “Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)” …

Martha Stewart's Haunted House!

Behind the Scenes : Martha Stewart's Haunted House!

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Shooting Martha Stewart’s Haunted House Halloween Special was an incredible treat and so much fun! If you missed it last night, be sure to tune in to the Hallmark Channel on October 31st at 10am, where the special will re-air in the regular Martha Stewart Show slot. Here are a few pictures to give you …

On The Web : More Martha Stewart Crafts Instructional Videos!

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This summer I was lucky enough to be part of the team that put together a whole collection of instructional and promotional videos detailing the many features of the Martha Stewart Crafts lines of paints, tools, yarn, and punches. The process began in June with the writing of scripts and gathering of materials for each of …