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Talking With Martha Stewart About Bygone Crafting Skills

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for KidsI’m a big fan of Martha Stewart and I like to think she’s my crafty kindred spirit. Not only do we both love to bake and make DIY projects, but we’re both also alumnas of Barnard College. When I was offered the opportunity to interview her over the phone about her latest how-to book, “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids,” I was really excited! I found Martha to be a funny and engaging person — and she spoke openly about some bygone handcrafting skills that are slowly disappearing.

Some of these skills include sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, hemming, measuring hats, setting collars, making the back of shirts, gathering a ruffle, and tatting. Even though I consider myself crafty with other little-known skills like quilling and heat embossing, I could check off only two of the skills she mentioned (sewing and and knitting), but even they’re basic at best (I never mastered a sewing machine). And I had no clue what tatting was (turns out, it’s the process of making lace by hand using loops and knots…not the process of making tattoos). While knitting has seen a revival in the past decade and sites like and show there are communities focused on artisanal products, most handcrafting skills are not commonly used. While I can certainly learn these skills in short-term group classes, they often come with a hefty price tag.

Skills that are fading away can be more than ones related to handcrafting — they can be any specific ones that were once popular or common but have now disappeared (or are in the process of disappearing). An article in the February issue of Parents magazine (“Skills of Tomorrow“) focused on how old-school educational skills (cursive writing, library research, and analog time-telling) are now being replaced by new-school skills (keyboarding, online research, and digital time-telling).

I’m a millennial, which means I’m part of the generation that relies heavily on technology (smartphones, computers, tablets) to communicate and to make life easier (like buying an embroidered pillow rather than making one). As technology keeps changing and expanding and our lifestyles keep getting faster and faster, there is certainly less focus on slowing down and taking time to create and make things with our hands. So all this got me thinking: What other skills are we losing or have we lost? Share with me your thoughts below!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Holiday Craft Set

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

OK, I am not a terribly crafty person. I can decorate a cake, actually, but I have never tried scrapbooking. Or making an ornament or a napkin ring or anything else in that realm. I am in awe of the crafty sorts who come up with projects for American Baby and Parents magazine. But I trust that you, dear GoodyBlog readers, have some creative spark in you, and would be psyched to win a big package with $171 worth of supplies from EK Success and their Martha Stewart Crafts!

Here’s what is in the prize: A pad of 24 sheets of crafting paper, which I understand you use as background in a scrapbook. (Don’t laugh at me, I’m still learning this stuff!) The web site also assures me you can use this as wrapping paper, which is more my speed. I wrap plenty of gifts!  

Also you get a $99 Craft Station. This sounds serious. It’s got a lightbox, people! Your scrapbooking will be all pro. You can read the details here.

But wait, there’s more! You also get a snowflake hole-puncher worth $25, so you can make a cute pages about sledding or skiing, or other wintery things. And finally you get this $31 set of glitter. They say it’s for scrapbooking as well, but I feel like I could coat a bunch of Christmas-tree bulbs with glue and dip them in these glitters and they would be fab. Maybe I’ll get crafty after all. 

Leave a comment below, up to one a day, to be eligible for the prize. You can comment through Wednesday, December 12th, and we’ll randomly choose one winner after that. Tell me if you’re already a big-time scrapbooker, or a wannabe, or if you’d repurpose all these supplies for other kinds of crafts. Your answer won’t affect your chances of winning, I swear…I’m just curious! For the complete rules, click here. Goody luck!

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Martha Stewart Christmas Cartoon on Hallmark Channel

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Martha Stewart and the Christmas TreeWhat was craft maven Martha Stewart like at 10-years-old?

We can’t answer the question, but a new holiday cartoon special called “Martha and the Christmas Tree“ will feature an animated 10-year-old Martha Stewart.  The cartoon will be the first in a ”Martha & Friends” TV series that will debut on the Hallmark Channel this upcoming Monday, December 20 at 7:00 pm EST. 

A collaboration between Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, A Squared (A2) Entertainment, and AOLKids, the holiday special will feature “a 10-year old Martha Stewart as a problem-solving, craft-loving, generous spirit who, with the help of her three best friends, comes to the community’s rescue during the holiday season” ( 

A clip of “Martha and the Christmas Tree” shows a 10-year-old Martha with her recognizable adult haircut, dispensing fun advice and tips for Christmas crafting and baking.  The animation, done in sweet, simple pastels also features her two French bulldogs (who talk, of course!).

Four more feature-length cartoons will debut next year along with 26 webisodes (plus related games and projects) on

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Ocean Spray Bogs up Rockefeller

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

When you think of New York City, you might not automatically think of a cranberry bog. Yesterday, however, the good folks at Ocean Spray decided it was about time New York got a bog of its own and created a 1,500-foot Cranberry Bog at Rockefeller Center, with special guest Martha Stewart taping her show live. The company created a Thanksgiving table full of children from New York City Public schools who spent the day eating delicious foods and participating in fall-themed crafts.

The event was sponsored by Share Our Strength’s “Families Feeding Families” campaign, aimed at ending childhood hunger by 2015.

The “pseudo” Thanksgiving table was complete with Martha Stewart cranberry-inspired garnishes and foods such as a “Cranberry Trifle.” The table itself was surrounded by more than 2,000 floating cranberries, so all of the children and staff had to wear boots and waders to enter.

Click here for more information on Martha Stewart’s Kid Friendly Thanksgiving recipes and fall-themed crafts.

And here for Ocean Spray Cranberry inspired recipes.

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