January 23, 2012

The Martha Stewart Show

Okay, it's time for the low-down.  First of all, the show will air on THURSDAY (January 26th) at 10am on the Hallmark Channel.

I'll give you the full story of my experience.  Read as much or as little as you want :)


I was contacted by someone from the show in the very beginning of September.  They found my blog and wanted me to demonstrate how to make the Upcycled T-shirt Dress.  I was floored when I got the email and wondered how I could even verify it was real.  She explained that they didn't have dates, but wanted to see if it would even be a possibility for me.  I didn't really tell anyone because I figured I'd wait to see if it would really happen.


I emailed them to check up on things a couple of times in the next few months and they said they were looking at January and they'd give me dates as soon as possible.  At the end of December they gave me dates and then I told all of you, since it was official.

I had to prepare a lot for the show.  They wanted dresses in all the various stages and I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off the two days before I fly out.  The day of the filming they sent an intern to pick up all the stuff and I reported to the studio later.

When we arrived they let my sisters come back with me and they told us that Jessica Alba would also be a guest on the show that day.  At that point we all texted our husbands, "Bet you wish you were here now!"  Ha!  It seems every man that breathes has a thing for her.


They had me rehearse everything with someone standing in for Martha.  At this point I was getting nervous.  They kept telling me all the things I needed to say and do and I was freaking out a wee bit on this inside, wondering if I would remember any of it.

The people who worked there were AWESOME, KIND, and REALLY FUN.  They were my favorite part.  After some rehearsing I went in for hair and makeup (which was great because I'm not a makeup expert.)  The girls who did my hair and makeup were so kind as well.  I wish I had pictures of everyone there, but I figured they might not want to be pictured on some random blog :)

My sisters headed off to the audience while I waited backstage in my green room.  I watched the show from there and they came to get me when it was my turn.  When I came out they had music playing loudly and someone there to pump up the crowd.  I kind of felt like a football player coming out as the starting line up.


The music stopped, I met Martha, and the people there quickly reminded me of what I needed to say/do.  Lastly, a kind camera man came over and said, "The most important thing you need to do is have fun."  I actually didn't feel too nervous at this point.  It did become fun.

The people I know have asked me about Martha.  What is she like?  It's not like we had tea together.  I shook her hand, we recorded the segment, and that was about it.  She was nice, but I don't know her any better than anyone of you.  It seemed like the people who worked there really liked her, and I really think that says a lot.  When the segment was done they took a picture of us together for me to have and they took one with my sisters in it too.


Martha asked if she could keep one of the dresses for her granddaughter.  Can you really say no to that?  I was excited that she liked the project so much.

I headed back to my room while they finished the rest of the show.  My sisters said Martha let the audience ask some questions after the show.  They also got samples of Jessica Alba's new natural baby products.


I brought toffee from V Chocolate for all the ladies there and gave them my "Hats Off to You" cards with Rex on them to say thanks.  (I wanted to share something and my kids and chocolate are my favorites :)

I feel really lucky for getting the chance to do something like this.  If you'd told me this would happen way back when I started this blog I probably wouldn't have believed you.

And that's the whole story.  Thanks for letting me share it with you.  See you tomorrow.

81 comments:

*shell* said...

That is AWESOME Cheri! Good for you.

Happy in red said...

Nope, I am not jealous at all ;-)
(Seriously, I am SO jealous, hahaha)
Good on you!!
Esther.

Elizabeth @Port Of Thoughts said...

Phenomenal!!!! What a fabulous experience for you and your sisters! :)

Eunice said...

That's so awesome. I've been following your blog for over a year now. Love it!

Anonymous said...

Soooo happy for you! What an exciting experience--and you looked great!

Kristín Hrund said...

That´s so exciting... and so happy for you that you had so much fun!! :-)

Unknown said...

awesome!!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my goodness how totally fun!!! I can just imagine you there with your sisters just having a blast!!
I cannot wait to watch!

Unknown said...

You're so humble! As a long-time follower, I am SO happy for your success. You've inspired many through this medium, and it'll be exciting to see your influence grow through the opportunity to share your talent and sweet personality on the Martha show.

Nicole said...

Wow!! Way to go!! That is amazing!!

Sue said...

Thank you for sharing your phenomenal experience with us. I really like Martha so I'm getting all excited reading your post! Your sisters look like fun gals!

Unknown said...

Wow, wow, wow!! So cool. I love this kind of thing. I will be watching for sure. Congratulations - how exciting for you. It also looks like you had a blast with your sisters - bonus! Thanks for sharing and the dresses are adorable!!

Unknown said...

I've been dying to hear the low down of the whole Martha Stewart process. Thanks for taking the time to write it all down!

What a cool experience for you to have. How crazy someone from her show just randomly found your blog and wa la before you know it you're on her show demonstrating your awesome skillz.

You are by far one of my favorite bloggers and I'm so happy you got the recognize you deserve!

arumdyah said...

wow! you're one of my favourite blogger and now you have met my idol.so,the result now, you become my idol tooooo:D awesome

Jennifer said...

The whole things sounds like a great experience. It is something that doesn't happen so often and you will remember it forever. Hey, even if you just stood next to Martha for a few minutes, that is amazing as she is the crafting QUEEN! Congrats to you!

audreywaldron said...

Cheri you are sooo amazing and I'm not surprised at all that you got this opportunity!!! You go girlfriend! We are cheering you on and hope for you to have more and more success!!! xoxo

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I'm so excited for you! What a fun trip with your sisters and a great memory you will always have. I know you were excited to get back to your boys and I bet that will think it's pretty cool to see you on tv! Did they only have you share your dress, I think your boys hat is pretty cool too! I can't wait to watch.

Alsacianne said...
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Alsacianne said...

Congrats Cheri! You really deserve it! Thanks for your blog, I wish I could do half of what you offer on there :)

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! Congrats on that. We always thought you were fabulous I am glad the Martha peeps think so to! Great job! Can't wait to watch it.

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

So cool! You deserve it!

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

What an awesome experience. Glad you were able to have it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Gina said...

What a great story! I am so glad you had that opportunity!

Unknown said...

Congratulations, this looks wonderful!

Delia said...

Ahhhhh! That is so amazing. You make it sound like just another day. You're cool like that.

Fionna said...

Thank you for giving us an inside look at what it is like to be on a TV show. SO COOL! What an adventure for you and your sisters. I guess it's back to reality for you all now but what wonderful memories you have to share.

The Miller Five said...

That rocks Cheri! What an awesome opportunity. How wonderful that you could share it with your sisters too. Incredible!

April Vernon said...

Wow!!! How exciting! Thanks for sharing! Love the photos!

The Wilkins' said...

I always read your blog but never commnent. However, this deserves a comment! I'm so happy for you to make it big to Martha :) And how fun for you and your sisters to enjoy a vacation to NYC! I love the pink/gray/black tshirt dress! I need one for my baby girl coming in March! Congrats again! You deserve it!

Melissa @ Bless This Mess said...

Oh my heart! I've been waiting for this post! This is so exciting! I feel like I'm living vicariously through you! This is every craft bloggers dream come true and YOU DID IT! Hurray for you!

Anna said...

That is SO awesome! I would LOVE to do that some day, talk about a dream come true!!!

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

Jennifer said...

AHHH!! Cheri!! That is so awesome!! I can't wait to see you on TV! Please keep reminding us when it airs so I can record it. So glad you had a good time. What a great experience!

- jen

Nopinkertons said...

That is so amazing. I think your blog is extremely professional and inspiring, so I have no problem believing they contacted you. Congratulations!

Kate said...

just set the DVR to record it!! My cousin's on Martha! Haha! looks like you had a blast!! <3 -Kate

Unknown said...

Congrads! Happy for you!

Colville Clan said...

That looks like so much fun! I don't get the Hallmark Channel, so hopefully I can watch it online. Thanks for sharing!

Fifi said...

What a Awesome opportunity!! Congrats!

Meegin said...

You see so calm about it...I would have been freaking out. I'm kinda freaking out for you! That is sooooo awesome! Can't wait to see the show.

Anna said...

awesome cheri! I would have peed my pants! you look amazing and it's so well deserved.

Twins Squared said...

Oh Cheri, I am so excited for you! I just know you were awesome! I'm off to set my DVR now.

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

You look fabulous and the dresses are so cute--great fabric! Where did you find cute knit??? I'm so happy you got that opportunity! So fun!!! And all your NY pics yesterday were great!

Jen said...

What an amazing experience!!!! Your awesome!

jBrink said...

Oh how fun!! What an amazing experience! :)

Julianne said...

I am marking the 26th on my calendar! :)

Congratulations on the show. I was so excited for you when you told us the big news!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Yay, Cheri! So amazing!! I never told you how I nearly fell off my chair when you made that announcement. Go, you!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Congrats on your success! So cool!

Unknown said...

That's pretty awesome! Can't wait to see it air!

Jenny said...

I am SO recording the show! I love your blog and am excited that you were able to do something this cool! You are more awesome than you really know :). Thanks for doing what you do!!

kms handmade said...

In the country I'm in I don't have access (through internet or TV) to see the Martha show, but I bet you were awesome!!! That's such a cool experience and really neat that you got to share it with your sisters! Congrats!

Kari Sweeten said...

Such awesome news Cheri!! Your dresses are absolutely adorable and I love how Martha wanted to keep one for her granddaughter! So awesome!

Tammy said...

What a fun experience! I hope they'll have you back on to show some of your other awesome ideas!

Anneliese said...

So super fun! Thanks for sharing all the details. Sounds like a dream come true. And fabulous she wanted to keep a dress for Alexis' baby--can't remember her name--but cool!

Ashley said...

Yeah! Can't wait to watch it!

Marilyn said...

Yay! I can't wait to watch, congrats--what an awesome way to start the year, you look fab in red and hope you looved NYC!!

PDTE said...

Wow Cheri,

That sounds like a "you have to pinch yourself" experience. We don't get Martha in my part of Australia, so I will have to do a web search after it airs.

Your whole trip sounds amazing and it is fantastic that your sisters could share it with you.

Thank you for continuing to share yourself in this blog.
Debra

Clares Place said...

Oh wow! Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Faby said...

Awesome congrats, good things happen to good people.:)

Beth said...

I cannot even WAIT for that show to air! So exciting. And you got in under the wire since I think the show is ending in a few months (unless another network picks her up). You all look beautiful. Another reason you are my hero!

Anonymous said...

That is so cool. I bet your blogh traffic is going to go through the roof once the show airs. I will have to find it online, we cannot get the Halmark Channel in Canada. Good for you, it is great to see that normal people are on TV. Congratulations!

Tulip and Turnip said...

I can't wait to watch it!!

Rachel said...

Very cool! I'm glad it went well.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That's just awesome ... I'm so happy for you that you had that experience! What a thing to put in the scrapbook! :)

Jennifer said...

WOW! Congratulations on being on the show. I love what you made, by the way. So glad Martha's grandaughter is going to be sporting one!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

What an awesome experience, congratulations! Can't wait to see your debut!!

Kimberly T. said...

Awesome, just awesome! Congratulations on such a very cool experience.

Siobhan said...

I am SO happy that you got to experience this!! Martha is a guru which makes her acknowledgement of your crafting prowess all the more special. I can't wait to see the show and tell everyone that I 'know' you.

Oh yeah and you look like you belong on TV!

laia.altimir said...

What a great opportunity! Too bad I can not see the program from where I live but I seek for Youtube.
I love your blog (I think I told you once) and I do not lose any of your posts.
This dress I have it still make it to my princess!
Good luck and health for you and your family,

maguiandmi.blogspot.com

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

amazing!!!!

Unknown said...

How exciting! Instyler found my Youtube video review and asked me to be in their 2012 infomercial - like you - I didn't know if it was on the up and up or not! After checking it out - I signed the release and in exchange for a video clip I received 2 instylers and the topstyler ($300 worth of product) so it was a fun experience. Congrats!

Gilda Knits said...

coolest thing ever!!! So awesome. I love Martha ANd those upcycled dresses.

Dianne said...

Wow!!! What an honor!!!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

So I am sitting here and I remember you are gonna be on the Martha show soon, I go check this post and realize it's today and 10:00, I look at the clock and it's 10:00! Yikes, I gotta go find the right network, I run to the tv, I'm one channel, off, how does that happen, luck I guess, whew, luckily it doesn't start until 12:00 or 1:00 here for some reason 2 shows. The second one says Jessica is going to be on it, so I am thinking that is the same one you are on. I'll watch it tonight! Can't wait to see it!

stephaniegiese said...

I just watched. (It was on at 2pm here in PA) and you did a great job! You were really great at remembering to give tips as you went like holding up the fabric so it wouldn't stretch and starting to sew from the bottom so it would still line up even if you messed up a little. You must be so excited! I hope this new exposure brings you many more followers. Your success is so well deserved!

Omaof1 said...

You did such a great job on the show...a real natural. The dresses were so cute, I can't wait to make one for my grand daughter too. Thanks so much for sharing all your fun ideas :)

Jenny said...

Just watched my dvr'd Martha. You were totally awesome! It was so cool to see you on tv and to see the blog header and the boys too! I read daily and it was like "my friend" was on tv ;) awesome job and you looked calm, cool, and collected!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

I just watched your segment! Sooo totally awesome! You seemed like a natural.

ps. I don't think I even formally thanked you for all you did for us after our little Afton passed. That was so incredibly kind. Thank you so much. <3

ArtistikDiva said...

Great Job Cheri- I called my husband from work and asked him to DVR it for me. So Awesome Congrats!

Charlene Austin said...

I've been incredibly sad for 2.5 years now that there are NO stations in Canada that carry the Martha Stewart show and Hallmark isn't in Canada. Boo.

I love everything Martha! I was once one of their "viewers" who got to speak live with her on TV while she gave me the back stage tour. I had emailed them asking to see the green rooms that all the stars raved about. Next thing I knew there was a New York phone number and a message on my machine. I didn't believe it at first. Just talking to her live (with a 5 second delay which is not easy when watching the show at the same time) was an incredible thrill. I would even just love to be in the audience but I'm not sure that will ever happen. Oh how I wish I could see your segment!!! So fun. Congrats. And how very cool that she wanted one of the dresses for her granddaughter. Love that.

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

Congrats to you Cheri! It couldn't have happened to a nicer blogger (gal!)

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

Rachel said...

So happy for you! It was so neat/weird to see you on Martha! Even though I don't know you personally, it felt like I was watching one of my friends!

Eileen Ng said...

Wow! This is an awesome story! Congrats!

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