Friday, October 29, 2010

martha, magnolia, and marcia

Yesterday was my big day in New York City. Due to traveling time (more like 4 hours each way), my best friend and I kept our plans to 3 simple things: Martha (Stewart), Magnolia (Bakery), and Marcia (Ceppos/Tinsel Trading Company).

I just was not able to make the dress from my previous post work so instead decided to dress very Martha-like. Even wearing our brightest colors, my friend and I were seated in the back row of the studio. Oh well.

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The set and staff were decorated for Halloween because as it turns out, the show tapes just one day in advance, so yesterday's show aired today: The Bone Show with Ryan Kwanten.

The program consisted of six segments: cooking, crafts, guests. It's filmed like a live show with quick pacing and no second takes. Once taping was finished, Martha asked if there were any questions from the audience. Should I?

Somehow in a blur of excitement, I raised my sweaty hand. Even though the ticket confirmation stated "no gifts" I brought a tiny favor-sized bag, like the one shown above, packed with a couple of my treasures for Martha just in case.

Into the microphone I said something like, "Hi Martha! I'm a crafter and a blogger and you're such an inspiration to me, could I please give you a present?" Martha had me give the wee gift to a stage hand followed by me blurting something like, "Your Essential Glitter collection is my favorite craft item." She agreed that it's a fabulous set. Did that just happen?

As we had hoped, we were treated to a swag bag containing a skeleton puzzle, a voucher to an online bead shop, and a Nintendo DS game. (Martha: My boys thank you for 2/3 of the gifts!)

Next, my friend and I were off to Greenwich Village to Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes.

Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.
~ Joe Fox, You've Got Mail

At this point, it was 5:30 p.m. and I had been up for at least 12 hours but it was time for the final stop on the tour: a must-do of mine for 2010, a visit to Tinsel Trading Company.

The store was decorated beautifully for an event the following day to celebrate Wendy Addison's participation in a new book, Celebrations.

I said hello to owner Marcia and she remembered me from May's Antique Textiles Vintage Fashion Show & Sale, which thrilled me. (Between that, the lack of sleep + the cupcake, I could have fainted - LOL).

It was a really wonderful day!

Thank you for listening to my long story and for always cheering me on. It means the world.

Better than candy!

Happy wishes for a fun and safe Halloween!



Jill said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking us along to NYC with you! I've never been, but I can tell that I could totally hang with you in NYC!

I love that you got to talk to Martha~ her glitters really ARE great, aren't they?! I love what you wore that day, and I really think that you should have been given a better seat... hee hee.

Fall in New York... that's my most favorite quote from good ol' Joe Fox. F. O. X. :)


koralee said...

What a dream much fun...wish I lived closer to NYC!

I have met marcia...she is amazing...but have never been to her store.

Have a great weekend...I know you will ride high on the memories of that trip of a while.

Thank you soooo much for sharing...and it is soooo neat that you spoke to Martha...I would of had shivers.


Diane said...

You must be flying on a cloud somewhere over N.Y. that all sounds dreamy, all that excitement in one day... thanks for sharing your whirl wind tour!
Hugs & kisses, Diane

stefanie said...

wow, what a day!!!!! looks perfect...that tinsel trading looks like the best store in the world!!!!

Lisa said...

Did you just cross off 10 things off your bucket list? WOW! What a great day!

debi said...


I gasped out loud when I read the part about you asking Martha a question! Way to go Elyse!!!!

I'm so glad that you and your friend had such a wonderful and exciting time in New York!

NanaDiana said...

Oh Elyse...You knew I had to stay up and read your blog, didn't you? I am so glad that you had such a fun day in NYC. How wonderful that you were brave enough to raise your hand and pass a gift to Martha! And that trip to the shop - what fun. Now that I see your picture I know why I like you so remind me sooo much of one of my best friends in the world, Carol. She lives in FL and we hardly ever see each other but we were old friends from the moment we said Hello 13 years ago. I think you are a "carol" inside somewhere...and now I will always equate you with her! lol

As you know, I will be saying a special thank you to you very soon. Have a wonderful Saturday, mean Elyse! Hugs-Diana

Bella said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. How cool that you got to talk to Martha. :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What an amazing day you had! Thank you for sharing it.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh sweetie, what a wonderful day you had! You look so CUTE! Look at that set! To die for and Martha is so pretty and thin! Oh my, you were able to talk to her and give her some of your tinkered treasures! She will love them! We might be seeing you on her show!!!! She loves bloggers, Etsy shop owners and crafters!

That sly Joe Fox trying to get her address! No, no, no! I hope to see New York in the Fall someday! You lucky girl!

Happy Halloween Elyse!


Alison said...

Everything about this post makes me green with envy!!! From Martha to the cupcake to Tinsel Trading (a dream stop of mine) -- what a glorious trip! Thanks for sharing.


myletterstoemily said...

way to go, for being so brave on martha's
show! what a thrill.

thank you for the fun trip to the city!

Anonymous said...

Oh Elyse how exciting to go to a Martha Stewart taping and to give her some of you little treasures. I bet she is going to look you up and have you on one of her shows after she sees your darling gifts!!

bee blessed

Miss Baptista said...

You are one lucky girl !
You had the time of your life,
thanks for sharring.
wish you a fun Halloweenweekend !

It's me said...

I never been looks Martha!!!! see her show making........happy weekend darling.......enjoy all the things about New York in your love love Ria...

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh Elyse! to meet Martha face to face! how I envy you! but am so glad that you had such a great time in NYC! have a great day!

Flutterby Patch said...

Although I'm 5,000 miles away your post made me feel like I was tagging along and visiting all those wonderful places with you (Meg Ryan included!) Fabulous. Eli x

Suz said...

What a thrilling day. You have guts,girl, and I am so proud of you for standing up and talking right to Martha. I only wish I could have seen it.

Tinsel and Magnolia are both on my bucket list. To think that I didn't even know they existed and my daughter went to school out there for four years...UGH!
Breaks my heart.

You looked GREAT! They were the dummies!


Shellie said...

sounds like a truly wonderful day! BLISS!! let's get together soon so you can fill me in on all the details xoxo

jeanetteann said...

What a lovely day Elyse I bet you were in seventh heaven. Oh to have a store like Tinsel Trading in my part of the world. sigh Love your blog xx jeanette

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh what a lovely day, thank you so much for taking us along!
Oooohh how wonderful giving Martha a gift. Your outfit looks so pretty by the way.
Your days looks & sounds perfect.
Happy Halloween Weekend

Riet said...

What a nice trip, you have make. I'm a little bit jealous. Thank you for share your experience.
Have a nice weekend.
Regards from Holland, Riet.

Jen Kershner said...

That sounds like an amazing day! Especially the Tinsel Trading part. Totally on my bucket list!

Claudia said...

Well Martha should have put you in the front row! Good for you for asking a question - I think I would have been too shy. (Hard to believe.)

Did you buy anything at Tinsel Trading???

And any quote from You've Got Mail makes my day. I think it is time to watch it again.


Sandi said...

Lucky you Elyse!! What a fabulous day you had!! It sounds like a perfect day out!!

Nancy said...

Thank~You so much for sharing your wonderful day with us! I dream to have a planned day like that, you are one lucky girl! WTG with your gift for Martha!! I just Love it!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Squeeeeeeeeeeeel! You are amazing. Oh, I am so glad they handed you the microphone! Well, how could you not be in heaven, Martha, Marcia and cupcakes!

Fall in New York, sigh I lived on 72nd between 1st and 2nd and worked Midtown and then Downtown. I used to love to walk home from the 6's building and peek in the windows along Madison. My friend lived in the cutest little flat in the Village, and she had a tiny fireplace too.

Someday, you will be a guest on the Martha show!

Kim said...

What a wonderful day! Thank so much for taking me along.

Jeanne said...

What an amazing day this must have been for you and your friend! And to actually get a present to her - well that was the icing on the cake!

Roselle said...

I love the outfit you chose. Nice to see you "talking" to Martha. What a dream day with all you did and thanks for sharing with us :)

Tami said...

Hi Elyse..thanks for stopping by today..oh my goodness what an exciting post! Don't you love NYC? You are making me want to plan a trip..and you got to give Martha a little gift!!! Oh & Tinsel Trading? The best!!!
Have a great weekend! xo Tami

Anonymous said...

Such a perfect, perfect day! Ooooo, would we ever have fun together if'n I ever made it to your corner of the world! :)
Wishing you a very happy weekend, Elyse!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good for you, Elyse! So glad you were a brave girl...don't think I could have done it! I'm sure Miss Martha loved your treasures!

What a beautiful picture you paint of NYC in the fall--would love to go sometime!

The shop looks amazing! I LOVE Wendy Addison's beautiful collections!

Hope your Halloween weekend is wonderful!


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

It sounds like a perfect day in NYC!
Next time...let me know and I will meet up with you! So cool that you were able to gift Martha and talk!!
Happy Halloween!

Rose Brier Studio said...

Elyse, it sounds like the perfect day! You've made me want to see You've Got Mail again, as well as wander around NYC with a friend. So glad you could give your gift bag to Martha! I bet she really likes it!

Jennifer said...

You lucky girl!!!! I live in NY and never even thought about going to a Martha taping! So glad you got to go to Magnolia and TT...Awesome right!!!???

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a wonderful, wonderful day, so happy you are out there having a ton of {although sleep deprived!} FUN! xoxo Lidy

Creative Grammie said...

Wow! You had a dream-come-true day! Going to Tinsel Trading is one thing that I would love to do; how lucky you are.

Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween! Wow I love your coral sweater and taupe blouse for a different cheery fall look...I am glad security did not jump on you and thought you had a bomb in your bag!
I loove those pink roses at Tinsel Trading..thank you for sharing your tour.4 hours back and forth ugh! I am lazy internet the only way to travel! Are you going to Artful event in Feb in Tampa?

pinkstilettos said...

How lucky are you girl! I have been dreaming of going back to New York for some time now and this makes me want to go even more!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Elyse Sweetie...
I have always wanted to go to NYC and I have always wanted to meet Martha. You actually stood up and spoke with her. OMG, I must have your autograph. (And before I forget, I loved your choice of wear for the occasion. You looked so beautiful sweetie.) And you mentioned her best product of all, her glitters. Love, love, love it.

Never having been to NYC, I loved the photo of the sidewalk stroll shot. So beautiful, and I will email your my address so I can have my sharpened pencils. Love it. Ha! Ha! Ha!

I loved my stroll through Tinsel Shop. How exciting to get to go there, through you. Thank you so much for hanging in there with such a long day so that I too, could see the trip. Many hugs to you sweetie.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Heidi Meyer said...

What an awesome and dreamy trip!! Thanks for sharing! Heidi

cottage farm villa said...

Elyse ~ After seeing those photos, no wonder people who live in NY, LOVE NY!!! I wanted to jump right into the pic and walk down the lovely streets!! Thank you for sharing. How fun. I think I have added something to my bucket list!! ox

Nany said...

Hi... sweetie...long time no commenting but always seeing you...what a fab...great day.congrats...and as always thanks for sharing....

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

What FUn!! You looked so cute for Martha, perfect attire I do say!!

Tinsel trading... oh my... what a wonderland!!


Brenda Kula said...

I must check out this Tinsel Trading Company. I bookmarked it. Well Elyse, you look positively beautiful and radiant in what you chose to wear. I'm so glad you had a good time!

Torie Jayne said...

What a fabulous trip! I am so excited for you, thanks for sharing, Have a sweet day!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

so jealous!

Marie said...

LUCKY,LUCKY you! so exciting to hear. enjoy the thrill!

Little Pink Studio said...

Looks like a dream day to me!
Did you buy any treasures and Tinsel Trading?
It's a dangerous shop! :)
xo, Cerri

Beach said...

OMG, however did you manage to speak. I would have just died!

Elise said...

sounds like so much fun!! hope your fall is lovely!!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Elyse you Lucky Girl!!
that is SO awesome you gave her a gift!!!
One day maybe she will be doing a craft with YOU!!!! :)
Going to a Martha show is a dream of mine!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a wonderful day! I can just imagine how delightful your time was. Thank you for sharing with us!

~Lovely Vintage Country Life~ said...

Oh my gosh! I am sooooo totally jealeous! It looks like you had a fabu time. Please stop by and see me at my new blog
Smoochies <3

Andrea Singarella said...

You look so pretty in pink, Elyse! Glad you girls had a great tip to the Big Apple! No placce quite like it, is there?

Carmel said...

Oh - Tinsel Trading! That was on my list for my visit to NYC last year. I was so excited I think I had a chat with absolutely everyone who was serving in the shop at the time. I had bought an American Girl doll for my daughter and they looked after her while I looked around and did my choosing. I was in there a LONG time.
I'm jealous you got genuflect at the altar of Martha.
Have a super weekend.

Anonymous said...

Oh i didn't see the show..I'll have to watch it back and look for you!
that's so exciting..and so very nice of you to treat THE martha that way!

good for you and your sweaty hands! lol

have a great day!

ciao bella

creative carmelina

Amy C said...

you look phenomenal, love your outfit!
Looks like a fun fun trip