It was awesome, obviously, because it’s a Martha event. First of all, her office space is so cute. I only got glimpses behind the translucent white shades they had pulled down to partition the event space, but there were rows of desks alternating with rows of worktables. The worktables were covered in ribbons and fabrics and flowers and who knows what other crafty delights. There were also big boards with magazine spreads, swatches, and notes neatly tacked in rows. The event itself was structured around several different work stations and, of course, the bars. Each workstation offered a hand-on demo of a basic technique or project described in the book. The lines were insanely long and slow and I was more interested in Martha’s cocktails, so I didn’t actually participate. But among my favorite things there were the small stuffed animals made out of old sweaters and shirts, the prints made with fabric paint and seashells, and the heirloom tomato pincushions that I want to collect and put in a jar instead of actually using for pins.
The best part of the evening was probably the gift bag. It included the book itself, the current issues of all of Martha’s magazines, a stack of coupons, and all kinds of assorted sewing/fabric supplies. Of course, I can’t really sew, don’t own a sewing machine, and will never be as accomplished as Martha. And I know that I am going to go through her book and sticky-note all the projects I want to do and then I will never do any of them, but it’s nice to dream, right?
Sneak a peak at some of the projects in the book on Martha’s website.