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Laura Kaesshaefer

Laura Kaesshaefer

Name: Laura Kaesshaefer
Job Title: Editorial Assistant
Date Started at company: October 2010
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Art, Art History and English Literature, Franklin and Marshall College
First Job: Arts & Crafts Camp Counselor
Astrological sign: Virgo
Personal crafting/artwork: Making stationery, drawing, and knitting. I especially love making art with kids.
First craft memory: Making homemade cards for my family on birthdays and holidays (in a simultaneous effort to outdo my brother and sister).
Things you collect: Contemporary art monographs and exhibition cards, vintage china plates from my mom.

FAVORITE . . .
Color (Pantone): Pantone 12-0313 (Seafoam Green)
Holiday: Christmas
Pizza topping: Fresh mozzarella and basil
Type of fabric: Suede
Dessert: Little Owl's Rhubarb Crisp
Source: 192 Books (New York), Tangled Web (Philadelphia)
Font: Cambria
Martha Stewart craft project: Patterns by Pixel from December 2007

Editor's Archive

Inspiration Board : The May Issue of Living!

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The May issue of Living is now on newsstands! An all purpose yellow cake (that’s actually really easy to make – get the how-to on page 94) topped with spring flowers graces the cover. Inside the issue you’ll find an assortment of great craft projects to help celebrate Mother’s Day and to kick off your …

Inspiration Board : Crepe Paper Rope & Tassels from Castle in the Air

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It’s no secret we love Karima Cammell of famed crepe paper source Castle in the Air. Remember the amazing tour she gave us of her whimsical shop in Berkeley? She’s our go-to source for crepe paper (used in projects here and here). Seeing as she is an incredibly talented artist herself, we asked her to …

Meet : For the Makers

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In the “American Made” section of the April issue of Living, you’ll find a small piece on the fairly new company¬†For the Makers. For the Makers is a subscription based company with a bit of a twist: sign up and receive a kit in the mail with all the supplies needed to make a certain …

Around Town : Shane's Confectionery

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Seeing as I am a Philadelphia native, I tend to swell with hometown pride when we feature a company or shop from “my” city. Shane Confectionery is located at 110 Market Street in downtown Philadelphia, where they’ve been making candy and other sweet treats since 1863. Shane Confectionery is the oldest continuously run candy shop …

Inspiration Board : Spring Cleaning

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Spring is here! We’re welcoming warming weather with open arms here in New York City. We’re also taking this time to do some much needed spring cleaning. Here in the Crafts Department, we’re purging our workspace and craft room by making bins for items that can be thrown away, donated or recycled. If you’re inspired …

Around Town : The Affordable Art Fair

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The Affordable Art Fair starts today in New York City. It’s a four-day show open from 11AM-8PM, running now until Sunday (closing at 5PM on Sunday). What I love about the AAF is that it promotes the work of emerging contemporary artists who you’d otherwise never get to see. The best part is that the …

Inspiration Board : Spring Break Memory Keeping

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It’s that time of year where everyone is returning (regrettably, for most) from Spring Break. For those of you that like to collect keepsakes from trips you’ve taken, the below project is a perfect way to hold on to them. Jodi came up with this idea for the March issue of Living. She used these …

Have You Seen This? : Carve-a-Stamp Kit from Yellow Owl Workshop

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We love Christine of Yellow Owl Workshop, so we were delighted when we heard she was coming out with a custom rubber stamp kit. It comes with easy instructions, 25 templates, a carve-a-stamp block and multiple tools (ink, blades, etc.). Once you make your stamp, you can print on paper and fabric. The kit is …