Yesterday Diana and I drove into the city to be audience members at The Martha Stewart Show. Well, the things that can go wrong usually do whenever I make plans. First, Mr. Diva wakes up sick with a bad sinus infection, then my daughter’s school calls to tell us she has another migraine headache and needs to be picked up and lastly, I can’t find Mr. Diva’s secretary to pick up my son after school…UGH!
Nothing was stopping me (and lucky I found Mr. Diva’s secretary and she took care of everything…yeah Carol!) With traffic and potholes, it took us less than 30 minutes to get there from Staten Island (one of the 5 boroughs of NYC).
Well, to say Martha Stewart is larger than life is an understatement! She’s a brave woman to do a huge billboard of herself.
Anyway, after waiting outside the studio in the cold rain for more than an hour, we get our show tickets and are upgraded to VIP Seating as promised (notice the blue line?).
The staff put us in a Briefing Room where we are given questionnaires, releases and raffles.
We were asked to come up with questions specific to the Mother’s Day theme they were filming. There were bottled water and homemade cookies for us, but for some reason no one would dare touch them. So, in typical New Yorker style, I got up and helped myself. Soon the heard (other audience members) followed my lead.
My question was, “Martha, as this will be your first Mother’s Day without your Mom (her Mom passed away in November), how do you plan to keep her wonderful memory alive?” Well, my question got me a “star.” A star would mean that you were selected to ask Martha your question on camera.
Diana, not to be outdone by me, also got a star for her question: “This will be the first Mother’s Day my Mom and I are living in different states. How can we both celebrate Mother’s Day?” or something to that effect.
More entertaining than any of Martha’s guests, was Joe of Crowd Control. He was simply a riot!
Martha’s Craft Studio was beautiful (but much smaller than my studio). However, I noticed she copied my pink boxes (see below). I spoke with one of her staff about this and they laughed as they knew it was probably true. They admitted the pink boxes were most likely empty and just used for stage props.
First Martha and Melissa Errico made Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake (she gave us her new CD, Lullabies & Wildflowers…if you want it it for free, just post in the Comments section below and I’ll mail it to you). She’s the wife of tennis star Patrick McEnroe (who also made a guest appearance). Melissa was adorable…a definite disaster in the kitchen!
Jacques Torres then made an incredible chocolate purse filled with chocolate shaped lipsticks, makeup compacts, etc. Pretty cool! (Jacques, feel free to send one to my Mom…she’d just love it!)
Diana and I never got to ask our questions (my question was completely forgotten about while Diana was prepped by the staff to ask her question) as Martha got a bit weepy when they showed a tribute to her Mom at the end of the show.
I must say that Martha Stewart is beautiful in person. She looks years younger than her age.
Diana and I had a wonderful time. But the best of all was every studio audience member was given a Flip Video Camera and some delicious Jacques Torres’ chocolate! I’m already playing around with the video camera as it is so easy to use! Soon I’ll be the You Tube Diva…haha! And half of the chocolate is already gone!
oh, and I thought my fellow fabric hoarders would find this amusing:
Hope everyone’s day is off to a great start!
(only kidding Martha!)