I know this post is loooonnnngggg overdue.
My friends have been sorely disappointed in my ability to get things done in a timely manner.
But they know me, so they should expect this. No?
And there was a great write-up of our Martha Adventure on Craft Critique, so I figured that bought me a little time.
Granted, not a couple months.
Plus, I never did a write up about my Caribbean Adventure with the craft editor of Martha Stewart, so they are rightly upset with me.
So, I'm making up for it right now with a feast for the eyes of tons of photos from my super awesome NYC adventure to meet the queen herself.
We were literally invited to this special Craft Hour show about 2 weeks before the show was scheduled to be taped.
Even with the short notice, we didn't even hesitate for a milli-second when we were emailed, you don't stammer when Martha's people call.
We made immediate plans to stay with one of our reporters, Morgan, in Jersey because let's face it NYC is big money.
(Plus, I would get to see the Jersey sites and hopefully a little fist pumping)
I met Grace from Design Sponge in the waiting room.
But didn't see very many bloggers waiting.
We were invited to live blog the whole show and little did we know it was going to be LIVE.
I totally assumed it would be like the Blog Show Martha did, where the whole audience was filled of just bloggers.
But alas, it wasn't.
There was just a handful of us.
And they led us in first.
The studio is so cool in person and there is a lot going on before the show starts.
Right in front.
Like the front row.
Like 8 feet from all the action.
And when I saw the names on the seats, mine was dead center.
Right next to Grace from Design Sponge.
When I spoke to her in the waiting room, she said someone was doing a craft from her site on the show which is why she was there.
So I knew the camera would be on her at some point in the show.
Which meant chance were that I would also be on camera.
Talk about instant panic.
I quickly used my iPhone to check my hair and makeup.
And got all set up for the liveblogging during the show.
Joey came around while we were snapping away while he was getting the audience all riled up.
Then a photographer came over and took our picture.
Can you see all that nervous energy on my face?
Seriously, that lady loves to craft.
It was like she just had to finish every project she started.
It was all very calm and organized.
There's Hannah Milman, the crafter extraordinaire I got to spend a whole vacation with.
She's the sweetest person and just a fountain of information about craft.
There was a total rhythm to the entire process.
And Martha would crack jokes and say the funniest stuff.
If there was one thing I didn't know about Martha, it's that she is one funny lady.
Before Hannah's segment, she walked up and hugged Sarah and I.
And just by chance, we asked, "Can we meet Martha? Is it possible?"
Of course Hannah was like, "I'm on it."
And during one of the segment breaks, the director comes out and is like, "All of you, on set with Martha."
Now, you know everyone was instantly up and headed to the right of that table to get close to Martha.
Sarah and I went left.
It was one of the smartest decisions we've ever made.
I should screen print myself a Tshirt that says, "I went left and met Martha."
Well, since we were the only two on her left, she turned and talked to us.
MARTHA TALKED TO ME.
What did I say?
Not sure really besides my name, I know I said that.
But we talked.
And then this photo was snapped.
And Martha turned the other way and quickly met the rest of the bloggers.
And the show went on.
At the very end of the show, before the end, the director came to us and quickly said, "Everyone get ready Martha is going to you next."
Martha was going to introduce us, on camera.
And she did.
I was all clumsy and awkward because I had a laptop in my lap and had to stand suddenly.
And I know I said Craft Critique but totally didn't say my name...duh.
But it was like I instantly became a moron.
After the show, we were allowed on set to take photos.
It was a total privilege since the audience is not allowed on set.
|Sarah Moore, Hannah Milman, Hosanna Houser|
We saw it all!
Every nook and spot in the joint.
Martha's office, where all that cooking happens, the craft room...oh it was just jaw dropping.
And the prop room, where they get all there stuff for shoots and the set.
That was amazing, talk about owning everything.
And we got to pick the brains of the MSLO big shots.
Oh and see new product while still in the testing phases.
It definitely confirmed that it would be a dream come true to get to work there.
Then it was off to find a slice of pizza.
I had to compare to our delicious Chicago variety.
And I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty, if only from a very far distance.
And Time Square.
|Dana Vitek, Sarah Moore and Me...The Craft Critique Editors|
Yeah, like I said it was all amazing.
And any time I think to myself, "Why does so much crap come my way?"
I just remind myself...Uh, You met Martha.