February 28, 2011

Another Trip to the Martha Stewart Show

It was a cold, wintry day, when my niece and I headed to the city to see The Martha Stewart Show for a 2pm taping. After a delicious turkey blt panini at The Dish in Chelsea,we walked over to 26th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

This was my third time at the show and my niece's first. She was so excited.

Wearing our bright colors as requested by the Martha team in their confirmation email, we were seated on the floor. Yeah! As I posted here, these seats are very close to Martha and all of the action.

It pays to be nice to people and follow instructions. You will get good seats. However, no matter where you sit in the studio, you will most likely be watching the monitors because there is a team of about 20 surrounding Martha during the course of the show. Cameramen, cue card people, studio directors.

The studio is set up in three sections. Cooking, crafting and gardening.

Here are some photos of the studio.How gorgeous are these tulips?This is her crafting area.This photo is much further away than it actually is. In reality, this group of seating was about 3 feet away.Imagine this next photo with 5 more cameras and 15 more people. This was pretty much what I saw the entire time - this cutie pie cameraman. Eye candy.Usually Martha and her crew are spot on with the time but the taping which was to start at 2pm, began around 2:30pm.

This show was not as good as the two others I had been to. I felt as if this was a "Hey, we need a show. Let's get some guests."

The 10am taping that day which was live was a Citrus show and the guests received juicers and a $50 gift card to Talbots and were invited back to the afternoon taping because they were some people short.

The first two segments featured John Baricelli. You may have seen him before. He has been with Martha since CT days and is a great baker. He baked a hazelnut cake and I would love to visit his SoNo baking company in South Norwalk, CT - hence the SoNo - South Norwalk. Sort of like SoHo which stands for South of Houston Street. How many of you knew that?

I digress.

Next up was Margaret Roach who is Martha's former editorial director. She gave it all up to live on a farm in Upstate NY. We received her new book as a gift. It sounds like an interesting read and I love the title.After talking about her book, she cooked vegetarian baked beans and we received this bag o' beans.Joey Kola, Martha's audience guy hands out free stuff during the commercial breaks. He handed me this item which I saw a few weeks ago on her show. It is a scallion slicer.The last segment was with some farmer from Idaho or Iowa and poor Martha. It was like pulling teeth with this guy. Boring. He made some kind of bratwurst dish.

After taping, Martha sticks around for a few questions. I have to say, she looks terrific for 69 and is much thinner than what you see on tv.Here are her shoes.Some questions asked were, "How involved are you in the wedding issue?" She said she chooses the cover and photos.

Another question was, "Do you get nervous on camera?" Her reply - no.It was a fun day with my niece who had a great time. She was however, bummed about the beans.

If you are in NY, try to get tickets. I have to say that everyone associated with the show from the audience wranglers on the street to security and everyone inside the studio are some of the friendliest people I have encountered. Super sweet and they do a great job.

Hope you enjoyed spending the day with me and Martha. Stay tuned for more photos of our day in the city.

60 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I have to laugh at your niece being bummed about the beans! My eyebrows just about shot off my head, I'd love a bag of Rancho Gordo beans! Sounds like you had a great day:@)
PS-I think April's Celeb Cook-Along will be Martha.

Jo said...

Carmie, Another great time, with Martha Steward, this would be sooo much fun..I'd love to go!
Thank you for sharing we can enjoy with you.
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Have to laugh about the beans, I'd be bummed, too! I lucked out one year and saw the Mike and Juliet show, they were giving every audience member a pink Kitchenaid Mixer. my friend had gone the week before and she got ice cream. Sometimes you get lucky! Sounds like a fun day!

Curtainsi In My Tree said...

Thanks for sharing your visit to the Martha show i enjoyed that

I felt like I was there. sorry your niece didn't care for the beans?
She needs the iron LOL

I found you on The Between Naps on The Porch blog

Janice

Janet Ellis said...

Sounds like so much fun and now I think I am headed into the kitchen to put on a pot of beans for dinner:-))).

Joanne Kennedy said...

How fun. I'm surprised Martha didn't have enough people for her 2nd show. I would think she would be sold out for a long time.

I'm also shocked they let you bring in a camera and take pictures. I would have thought she would be strict on no photos.

Just goes to show you that I don't know anything really :)


Glad you had fun!

Barbara Shallue said...

Thanks for the tour - looks like fun (especially all the gifts!) and I did NOT know what SoHo stood for - thank you!

michelle said...

Another great show!! I am so glad that you had fun and great seats again!!! I said it before but I would like to say it again, I would just love to live on that set!!! :) Great gifts you got too!

the cape on the corner said...

the talbots gift card would be good, or as a gift. is it wrong to regift that? lol at your peeler...the fun of going is that you just never know!

Kristina said...

I'm a new follower from the blog hop! I can't wait to read more of your posts.

~Kristina
www.cobbled-stone.blogspot.com

alissa said...

I'm just dying over here Carmie!!! Still can't believe you've been to see Martha three times. You got so many great photos. Glad you had a fun day with your niece!

Mary said...

Your description of the day was the next best thing to being in the audience. This was my first visit here and I've spent some time reading your earlier entries. I really enjoyed the time I spent here today. I'll be back. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Megan said...

her set is so beautiful I want to live there.

what's up with the heels?

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Oh, I am so jealous! LOL I watched this show on tv and loved it. Funny I got Margaret's book after I saw the show and so far love it. Have you started reading it?

Angie @ Linen + Verbena

thatgirlblogs said...

I love her and wish she were my aunt or something so I could benefit from that creativity! Thanks for sharing these!

Rene said...

Wowzers! There is so much eye candy on the set I could look at these pics all day. That must have been a blast!

Beck's Chic Life said...

I am so jealous!!! I really want to see Martha! The set looks amazing! New to your blog! Love it!

Kathleen said...

Hi Carmie, just popping in to say hello.
I was in CTS yesterday and looked for you, LOL!
I am with your dn about the beans, no can do!
Are you anxious for Spring?

Jill said...

Wow, what a gorgeous kitchen and craft area. Lucky Martha, huh?

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

So neat! How much are tickets? The set is gorgeous!

Jacqueline said...

I am soooo jealous! What a great day. How fun to see how it all works, and I can' believe there are that many crew members. I would love to be there. The set is fabulous and so well done. How fun to get to ask questions.

I had been wondering how old she was and I can't believe she is 69! Love it, that she is that age and so busy annnndd wearing heels! You go girl!

Bobbi said...

So cool! That's probably as close as I'll ever be to a live taping, haha. I want to see Ellen really bad, but know that would never happen. I come to NYC once a year and spend the day roaming around, but I love it! Love your blog, it's really nice! Have a great weekend! ♥ BJ

Christina said...

I'm so jealous! Everything is SOOO picture perfect...wow! I WANT those tulips in my house NOW!! :)

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

ahh that looks like so much fun!! I definitely want to try to go one day :) thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. have you entered my 500 follower giveaway yet?)

Jackie said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for linking up.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That looks like so much fun. I haven't been to a show taping since I was a kid growing up in Calif. I would love to see Martha! Thanks for linking to JFF this week.

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

Wow!!! I'd love to go there someday... how fun!!! I had to laugh about the beans... too funny!!! I hope you will share this over at the Project Party Weekend! http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

Holly said...

I would die to go see a Martha taping. I don;t worship her, but I would love to see her. She did so much for the craft and homekeepig industry...and her business skills are amazing too. I cannot believe she is 69! Great recap.

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Lucky you! I would be over the moon to be able to sit in on a show.
-barb-

Crystal said...

Ok, 3rd time! Why didn't you take me? Oh wait, we hadn't met yet! Let me introduce myself, I'm Crystal and Martha is my hero! Visiting from the blog hop and now following!
Hope you can follow me too!
:)

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

How fun! And you even got free stuff and to take pictures in the studio, awesome! I went to Oprah last year, NO pics allowed whatsoever and it wasn't her favorite things episode to my dismay, I didn't even get any free beans either. ;) Still a super cool experience. Thanks for linking up to Flaunt it Friday!

Real Crafty Mama said...

I watch this show everyday, you are so lucky to live so close to go. I have that book on hold at the library.

Monica said...

I'm green with envy...I love Martha Stewart!!
Just stopping by from Follow Along Friday, I'm your newest follower and I hope you will follow back.
Monica
http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

I don't think it's possible for me to be more jealous!!
I'm a new follower and would love the follow back!
http://itssewlisa.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Thanks so much for telling us all about your visit to the Martha Stewart show. I especially loved the pics. I am hoping to travel to NYC and will now make it a point to try and get tickets to the show.

I am so new to blogging. Until a few weeks ago, I hardly knew what a blog was. Lol Yours is the first blog that I have ever left a comment on!

Chrissy Farnan said...

How fun - I would love to see a show. I spoke to her once on XM Radio she was taking calls and I got through.

Fun post!

Ladybird Ln said...

Oh my goodness how exciting! I didn't know Martha was 69, WOWsers! Thanks for sharing your experience with us... who probably won't make it to New York anytime soon!

Carlee,
ladybirdln.blogspot.com

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

okay, your linky post totally rocks over mine. new follower from weekend blog hop.. would love a visit back.. laura@imnotatrophywife.com

http://imnotatrophywife.com

Miranda said...

I'm your newest follower. I found you at KoJo's. You are so interesting, and I'm so glad you shared your Martha trip!

Miranda
www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I am so in love with her set. The green color is divine. I love her. I would love to visit her show one day. Thanks for posting cool pics.
ladeedacreations.com

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Even if you ended up with beans, it must have been really cool to see Martha. I had no idea she is 69!! She looks amazing! What a fun day. :) Thanks for sharing.

Santa Beso by La Donna said...

What a wonderful opportunity. I would love to have just a millimeter bit of her talent. She's amazing!! Thanks for posting. Saw you at Amanda's Serenity Now link up party.
Thanks for sharing!!!

doreen said...

Very very cool. Just dropping in via Java to see what you have been up too.
Did I ever tell you I met my husband online?
It can happen:)

shopannies said...

wow that would be great love martha stewart she is one of a kind with so many super ideas

wendy said...

So enjoyed your report of the Martha show. Two things I throughly enjoy, Marth Stewart and reading blogs. I would love to go to her show someday. I've recently begun taping her shows to watch at a later date and can pass through the commercials that way. Thanks for the pictures as well...very fun to read and see.

Sachiko said...

I am so glad that you had awesome time there. Thank you for sharing the story with us.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

that sounds like alot of fun!

classic • casual • home said...

I loved every bit of this post! Thank you! I thought Martha commented on one of my posts but it was actually my teenaged son!
Bummer
:)
Mary Ann

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

How interesting! I've always wondered what it was like to watch one of those shows.

CREATIVE MIND said...

its just awesome to see this post..waoo..i am in love with Martha from almost one year..actually i am using internet from 1 year,& i was not familiar to her work or site before,thnx to internet also..hmmm

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How fun!!! Would be so neat to be right there- what a fun day! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

How fun!!! I wish I could go to a Martha Stewart show! :) Very cool!! And it looks like you got some fun gifts!

Thanks for sharing your story on Fancy This Fridays! Can't wait for your next one! :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carmie...

Ohhh...what fun! If I am ever in NY...I will definitely go see Martha! Isn't her studio just fabulous! I have always just adored all the beautiful dishware that is displayed on the shelves...ahhh! Sounds like you and your niece had a wonderful time, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing this fun experience with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party! Great post!!

Have a wonderful week!
Chari @Happy To Design

Robyn said...

I SO enjoyed this! Thank you so very much for sharing! New follower too!~

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

After seeing many episodes of Martha, is was nice to get the inside scoop too....

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Fiona said...

I loved spending the day with you and Martha, thanks! And I will be looking for that book to read as well.

Miss Kitty said...

Hi! Love your Bergdorf Goodman window photos in your header...I took pictures of them too on my recent trip to NYC. I was thinking "OK, now everyone on the street knows I'm a tourist". I'm glad I was not the only one doing it. If I get to go back to NYC, is it hard to get tickets to the Martha show?

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

I am green with envy and just in time for St. Patty's Day! LOL!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity and/or adventures! :)

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Meghan said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog! I loved reading your martha posts - so fun! I completely agree about her staff, and I love how you snapped a picture of her shoes too!! :)

Jenny said...

What fun! It was interesting to see the show from a life audience perspective.

Saw you post on Holly's. Neat read.

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