I’m sure many of you have been wondering where I have been. Well, first there was the trip to ALTNYC. That was amazing. Going to the Martha Stewart headquarters in NY with so many creative women (and a few cool dudes) was just an incredible adventure. When I returned home, I had one day to do the laundry, then jumped on a plane to Oahu, then Maui. I think within one week, I actually went to bed in one place at the same time I woke up a few days previously in another. If it wasn’t for the excellent planning skills of my husband, who arranged the whole itinerary, I might have lost it. Thank, you Michael.
There are many pictures swirling around right now of the ALTNYC event. So I thought I would take a different approach and bring you some of the tidbits that stood out for me, some that I think will make an impact in the kid’s craft & design world.
Upon entering the conference, I first had to get my nametag. In front of me, I had an arrangement of buckets supplied by the brilliant team at Altsummit. They were filled with small colorful pins displaying symbols to represent themes of all of the attending bloggers. My job was to choose my flair accordingly. It started me thinking. What if we had these in our homes. Each kids gets a ribbon. For each task or project they complete, they get a pin. Some ideas could be, homework, clean room, eat vegetables...this deserves some further thought.
As we entered the main conference room, our sponsors were set and ready to play. This was a morning breakfast and craft greeting, so there were lots of cool things to play with. First, there was gorgeous embroidery thread from DMC. If your kids enjoy any kind of cross-stitching, or textile embroidery, they have the best selection around. When you hit those dog days of summer, just take a visit to their site’s technique link for some excellent ideas for some afternoon crafting.
Next, was the introduction of Martha’s new Book, “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids.” I must admit that when it comes to art and crafts, I can be a bit of a snob. If I take on a project, I want it to WOW. This collection is a “WOW.” So much so, that I can’t possibly tackle it in this post. It deserves it’s own day, coming very soon.
At another craft station, we had bowls and bowls of Martha yarn. The collection has colors ranging to suit the lovers of soft romance, to the candy pop juicy fruits…Yes, I called your kids juicy fruits; the ones always covered in marker and the dye from ice pops running down their chin. You know who that is.
Finely made friendship bracelets or macaroni necklaces, these are the perfect tool.
The next stop was at the hayneedle table, which directed you straight to these awesome 3D Animal Heads. Part décor, part puzzle, these can take any kid with an imagination straight into the jungle. If your house is anything like mine, these would also go well in the family room with the African drums, Ukulele, and stuffed penguin. All true…you can ask my friends.
The evening cocktail party revolved around this amazing collection of Martha Stewarts new "Celebrations collection" candy. Don’t ask me what all of the flavors are, but with how this looks all kids will want to eat it, and all moms will want to wear it. Does this not remind you of the jewelry store?
And, Martha, don’t think that with all of this real candy, I missed the eye candy you chose to serve us those tasty chilled, thyme-sprigged cocktails. You know you stole these guys right out of Abercrombie. How could I not share these guys with my readers.
Martha you are one sassy, sharp lady ; ) Thank you for having us, and sharing your toys. I will be back.