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!