A few weeks ago I got an invitation in my email for a holiday workshop with Martha Stewart and Home Depot in New York City. It said spots were limited so I needed to respond ASAP. Basically before finishing the email I forwarded it to AJ and said: “Make it a getaway?” He didn’t respond for an hour. That hour felt like forever. I could feel every other person who received the email was responding before me and I could feel that precious seat to meet Martha slipping away from me. Dramatic. Mmm hmmm. Ridiculously so. Especially since this eventually happened:
AJ and I drove out to the city the night before and stayed in a fun new Hyatt in Yonkers. I arrived early (I was the first person) and almost immediately met Kelly Elko from Eclectically Vintage and Michelle from Iron and Twine. We were escorted upstairs where lunch was waiting for us… I was that girl who went up to take seconds even though not many others did. I mean… how often am I going to get to eat food made by fabulous chefs at Martha Stewart’s headquarters? These little butternut squashes are some sort of hybrid. They were cute and delicious (how often do you describe your food as “cute”?).
I’m a sucker for any sort of smoked salmon… I almost asked for it off my fellow bloggers plates when they clearly didn’t like smoked fish. But then I checked myself because I didn’t want to be that weird. I needed to make a good impression. 🙂
The show kitchens… it reminded me of the displays I walk through and oogle at Home Depot on steroids and with a lot more cameras in the ceiling.
Look at THAT SINK!!!
The crafting portion of the event was being broadcast live on Martha’s Facebook page. It was interesting watching it happen, it was all recorded on this handheld device on an iPhone 6.
Martha and Kevin Sharkey (Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating) made ornament kissing balls and garland from her ornaments that are sold at the Home Depot.
Some people were asked to get involved and craft some bows. Michelle, who I mentioned before, is in the gingham. Stefanie, from Brooklyn Limestone, has the blond hair and pink scarf, and Kelly, Eclectically Vintage has red ribbon going through her face. 🙂
After the crafting session we went into one of the kitchen’s for eggnog, cider and cookies.
Don’t you love that Kitchen Aid Mixer? It’s such a gorgeous gorgeous color.
I’m dreaming of a range like that. 🙂
I brainstormed about my outfit from the moment I got the invite and then of course, I run out of time to have AJ snap photos of me in it. Clearly I am not a fashion blogger. I had these skinny black pants that I’ve worn on repeat, and some Michael Kors shoes that I scored at DSW but no top till the night before the event. I then found this Max Studio top at TJ Maxx in the exact color I wanted… I love when things work out like that.
All in all it was a fantastic time and I’m thrilled we made the trip out to the city for it! It’s always nice to get a way with AJ… even if 10 hours of our trip is spent driving or sitting in traffic. 🙂