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Craft Critique Meets Martha Stewart: Part One

By Sarah Moore, Editor-in-Chief

I don’t know about you, but meeting Martha Stewart has been on the top of my bucket list since I started subscribing to Living, 20 years ago.  As a crafter, and a woman, I am contractually obligated to worship her.  Simone and I were thrilled when we recently received the invitation to live blog from the audience for a special “Craft Show” edition of the program.

We had no idea what to expect, as the details given to use were vague.  We hoped to at least get a glimpse of ourselves on camera, and maybe a mention for the site.

When we arrived at the NYC studios we were ushered past the line of eager fans and led into the waiting area where comedian and audience “fluffer” Joey Kola got us all psyched up for the big event!


After being practically ordered by the show producers to use the washroom before the show, we entered the studios.  They smelled delicious even though there wasn’t a cooking segment on our show.

The spacious studio was decorated for “The Craft Show” with huge pom-pom flowers!  As the excitement over took us we were guided to our seats right in the front row! 

This fun shot was snapped for the Martha Stewart Show Facebook page!

The atmosphere was so energetic.  Simone and I were so impressed with the staff, rushing around, setting up each project with perfection for Martha and her guests.  There were tables set up for each craft, laid out with supplies carefully.  The staff would them move the tables in and out of place as the show progressed.

The pristine set is ready for action!

Comedian Joey Kola gets us and the audience psyched up!

Camera shots for each segment were being set up ahead of time, the cameramen checking whatever it is they check, zooming in close to each area and setting up their shots.  Meanwhile, Simone and I got our computers fired up and ready to blog and tweet!

 Martha Gets a primp between commercial breaks


We thought Martha was in rare form.  She was funny, and seemed to really be enjoying herself. One of the things we loved most is how Martha didn’t “drop character” or the craft she was working on during the commercial breaks.  We watched her finish each and every craft,  paying careful attention to the quality of her work.

If you missed “The Craft Show” you can watch most of it online.  Unfortunately you will miss the end where we all got to stand up and introduce ourselves and Craft Critique.  Simone live blogged the entire event while I tweeted, and honestly, we were so wrapped up in the excitement of it all we needed to watch the show ourselves to see the highlights!

Of course the very best part of the show for us was when we were able to take a photo with the queen of craft herself!  We even had a brief chat.  She asked us the name of our blog and she probably said something amazing to us, but we were too dumbfounded by the experience to remember. 
All in all, it was a dream come true and we are so grateful to have had the experience!
Stay tuned for Part Two where we take you inside the offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia!
Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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7 Responses to Craft Critique Meets Martha Stewart: Part One

  1. Annette A. March 16, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    So awesome….Martha is the queen of crafts. I am always amazed what she comes up with.

  2. Debbie March 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I was excited that I was able to see the Martha Stewart show that day she did the Craft Show. If was great.
    You’re so lucky and blessed to have been guests there.

    Thanks for sharing this great adventure with us. I felt like I was there with you. (well… nearly)

    Debbie

  3. janine March 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    That is the coolest ever!! Thanks for sharing the story and all of these amazing photos.

  4. Barbara H March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I did not get to see the Craft Show when it aired. I want to thank you so much for posting the link, I got to see all the videos. Amazing! Also, love the list of blogs I found on her site too. Martha always has great crafts and tools.

  5. Cricut Design Chicks SWARM March 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I watched the show and blogged with ya.. not sure if I ever knew if you were seeing it. i even commented on this blog… it was fun!! I saw when you all stood up!! did anyone ever win all those awesome MS tools??? I love seeing all the reviews on this site!! Doris
    parkernana5@cox.net

  6. Karen Hornsten March 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    I am so intrigued with your visit. How exciting. I am visiting Martha’s web page often for inspirational ideas and I love her magazine. Fabulous opportunity for all of you. Envious!!!!! I secretly loooong for Martha to visit my Etsy shop! Kind of a silly dream to say the least.

  7. pezadoodle March 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    what an amazing experience! i too adore martha stewart. it would be a DREAM to see her show live!!!