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Our first-annual American Made Workshop in New York City was a bustling celebration of design, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Martha, Pilar, and our editors mingled with the honorees, top bloggers, audience members, and luminaries from the food and fashion worlds. Click through for a few of our favorite moments.
Here, Knot & Bow's Lauren Swett peddles her brightly colored wares in the Our Finds shop.
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Martha starts the day with yoga instructor James Murphy, director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.
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A trio of volunteers serves breakfast at the American Made Cafe.
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Meet the Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, tells the American Made gala audience that small businesses are key to economic growth.
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A Fashionable Bunch
Fashion panelists Ralph Rucci, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, and Tory Burch discuss the secrets to their success.
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The Wise Man
Calvin Klein's advice for young designers: "You have to know what you’re good at and how you’re different from the crowd. You have to have drive and work hard, but you have to be special -- give them something they don’t have.”
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Marc Evan from NYC's Maniac Pumpkins demonstrates his carving prowess.
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Marc even did a custom carving for the event.
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Martha shared five things "everyone should know," including how to remove thorns from roses using a washcloth.
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When Martha asked J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler what's in store for his company, he said: "Keep doing what we do -- better."
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Leaving Her Mark
Crafts editor Jodi Levine screen printed the American Made logo onto takeaway totes for audience members.
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Honoree Erika Allen and Martha Stewart Living's own Stephen Orr share the secrets to kitchen composting in a master class.
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Meticulously handcrafted dolls from Vintage by Crystal.
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50 Nifty United States
A patriotic display of pans made by Wisconsin-based metal sculptor and American Made craft honoree Alisa Toninato.
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Miyuki Sakai artfully embroidered the awards given to each of our 11 honorees and Joanna Kuczek, the winner of the the Elevator Pitch Competition sponsored by The UPS Store.
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Girl with a Green Thumb
American Made Gardening Honoree Flora Grubb turns air plants and succulents into art.
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Air Plant Prep
Participants in the Urban Gardening Master Class could make a vertical garden, terrarium, or aerium to take home.
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On the Blue Carpet
Our guests of honor -- the 2012 American Made honorees -- strike a pose with Martha.
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A Tantalizing Tower
A collection of artfully displayed crafting supplies by Studio Carta in the Our Finds shop.
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All Hands on DeckCreative Director Eric Pike helped out at a Make and Give station featuring Avery products.
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Boxes in BloomThe colorful dotted strings on these packages were made using simple circle stickers.
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A Steady Hand
Crafts associate designer Tracy Chou created a sophisticated frosted jar using Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint during her demonstration.
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Diggin' in DirtIn our American Made classroom, students got their hands dirty in a kitchen composting demo led by garden editor Stephen Orr (seen here) and Gardening honoree Erika Allen.
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Crafter on Duty
Anyone walking through Grand Central was invited to make the camp-inspired necklaces from our July issue.
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Plethora of Paper
Counters were covered with colorful paper, craft punches, and cutters for visitors to play with.
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A Family Affair
The pom-pom making station was a popular spot. With a pom-pom maker, the fluff balls are easy to create.
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Even the volunteer crafters got in on the key chain creation.
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