Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Martha Moment

Ok, so pretty standard day yesterday. Got up, dropped the girls off, went to work. The municipality for which I work is a member of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, and I have helped with their annual luncheon since its inception. So I was off to the Detroit Renaissance Center to help set up and help run the raffle/silent auction table.

I was told parking would be sparse due to another event at the Ren Cen. Imagine my surprise when my boss said, "Yeah, because of Martha Stewart (eye roll)". I was like, "Excuse me????" She was going to be there as keynote speaker as part of some professinal women's group. She was signing copies of her new books.


So after my volunteering stint, I made my way up to the event. I purchased a copy of her Craft Encyclopedia to be signed. As I started progressing in the line, I suddenly realized I was in the V.I.P. line, by accident of course (no one stopped me and I was actually directed to the line in the first place-- I musta looked "professional" heh).

I started getting REALLY nervous as I passed a whole gaggle of women in a separate line from the general public who may very well have been waiting for hours. Then someone outed the woman behind me-- she had actually gotten into the V.I.P. knowingly, and women started heckling her. I just kept thinking, "Crap, this lady better not bring me down with her....I'm too close now!!!"

Sooooo I got to meet her for like a millisecond. I wanted to say something about Handmade Detroit. About the craft movement. About Etsy. Should have said something about my grandmother, who passed away couple years ago, who was a florist and would have loved to have known I got to meet Martha, one of her idols. About how I used scads of ideas from her Weddings magazine for my own wedding. But I didn't have the chance. I said thank you-- mentioned something random. Moved on (there's my orange arm on the right side of the pic below).


Had I known earlier, I would have tried to put something together for her-- a basket of Detroit crafter crafts or something. I would have at least given her my CARD, for Chrissake!!! Still kinda pissed I didn't have any forewarning. By the way, she is way more beautiful in real life. Her hair, makeup, and nails were FLAWLESS. But then again, she's Martha, right?

I didn't get a picture with her either, but I did get some (albeit blurry) close-ups of her alone on my phone. And I did get her autograph. And I got to see her in person!!! It was a good thing. :)

6 comments:

Kate K said...

That is HUGE! Woot for you! Next up: meeting Rob Pattinson - and that time you better have me with you!

Whatifer said...

I'm not sure about this. I mean, she was in jail...she's a convict, but the woman decorates a MEAN CAKE!! That is so awesome! and You are too!!

Jessie said...

Probably better that you didn't know about it ahead of time - imagine the pressure of preparing something for her! I actually had her nephew spend the night at my house once (in the guest room, of course!) and I was a wreck!

Alli said...

Wow, that is so cool! I agree with Jessie - I don't think I could handle the pressure of preparing something for her! I would probably freak out and end up staying home, haha.

Rachael said...

I love how her ink pen perfectly matches the paint in the picture. Oh Martha...

Sarah and Jack said...

SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got Martha's autograph. ARGH. Hate you right now. (wink)