Monday, September 27, 2010

Maker Faire

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I told you I won a ticket to Maker Faire over at the Martha Stewart Crafts Blog? Well, this was the weekend!

Maker Faire was a fair all about creativity from crafts to inventions. Lots of creative artsy craftsy types were all gathered in Queens NY to attend this unique event.

I ended up going by myself - my family abandoned me. They had more important things to do like going to the playground and raiding the ice cream truck.

I've learned I can't compete with ice cream.

I ended up taking the subway over to Queens rather than trying to figure out how to drive there. I'm not that familiar with Queens so I thought the subway would be the easiest solution The subway ended up being more than just the subway. First I drove down to the subway, parked my car, had to take a shuttle bus because the 1 train wasn't running, got on the A train and then switched to the 7 train.

OK, maybe driving wouldn't have been too bad after all.

Saturday had to have been the hottest day and this event was outdoors! At least the part I went to. It was huge and I never made it to the indoor exhibits.

My first order of business was to make a beeline over to the Martha booth.


I wanted to say hello and thank them for the winning ticket.

Everyone at the booth was so nice!


I have to say, their booth looked amazing! Of course, what else would you expect from Martha?!?

In the Halloween spirit, they were making paper mache bones and they welcomed everyone to help.



This was definitely a fun project that I think my girls would get into.

They were also making butterflies that you basically cut out and put on a stick with ribbon. Another fun one for kids. But in this case there were mostly adults doing it. Me being one of them! I thought the girls would like to see it and schlepped it all the way back home but somehow lost the ribbon tail along the way. They were still impressed.

They were so nice to give me a couple of magazines - Martha's special Halloween issue and the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. I even got to take a picture in their booth. So exciting!!


There were other companies there doing demos and fun craft projects. This was definitely a hands on event.




Another section was filled with artists selling their creations.

Tara - the woman at this table ( was actually spinning her own yarn.



Such great colors!! It makes me want to learn how to knit or crochet!

At another table I just loved these dolls. Awww - they were so sweet!


Meet the artist... Amy from Her business is in Austin but you can check out her designs on her website. Her designs are not just on these dolls but she prints on pillows, bags, aprons and more.


Basically, everywhere you turned there were fun and interesting things to see...











a great place for people watching also...



Eventually it got way too hot for me so I left for my loooooong trek back to Riverdale.

Thanks Martha!!


The Shutter said...

Oh wow! That looked like such a great afternoon. Perfect weather and a photographer's delight. Lucky you an afternoon to yourself with your camera! Great snots. xo

Heather Fonseca said...

Wonderful photographs! Thanks for sharing. Looks like great fun.

Unknown said...

Ooooh I wish I could have gone to that!!! Looks like so much fun.
Great photos too.

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