That’s A Wrap!

Crafter, Kristin St. Clair and Stylist, Chip Glynn

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My Martha credentials with one of my favorite fortunes ever!

When people ask me “What was it like to work with Martha?” my answer is always the same… It was amazing, challenging, creative, bonding, all hours, fast paced and the buzz and energy of the job was like at no other place. Working on The Martha Stewart Show was one of the best experiences of my life. From the first day I walked into Chelsea Studios, NYC, it felt like home. The similarities to my co- workers only solidified the family feel… (YOU arrange a bowl of apples on the counter until they are just so too?! You also hoard strange and random “craft materials” in bins and boxes because you never know when you might need them?! It’s not only me?) Being surrounded by a team of such creative people in every aspect of the job- food, producing, camera work, directing was incredibly inspiring. The things I learned there I apply to my life daily.

After seven amazing seasons the Martha Show wrapped yesterday. I cried a few times thinking about it, leading up to it, day of and was actually sort of relieved I didn’t have to be there on set at that last take (even though in that case crying at work would be completely acceptable!).

Martha Show Wrap Party sign

Martha Show Wrap Party sign at the entrance of EN Japanese Brasserie, NYC

I was honored to be invited to the wrap party. When one door closes another opens… and in Martha’s thank you speech to us she reminded us of that and promised that her upcoming PBS “Cooking School” Show is just the beginning.

Martha's Speech

"7 Seasons of informative, inspiring, how- to content..." How amazing!

…And so even though parts of us were sad that it felt like the end of an era, we cheered and posed for pictures and congratulated and toasted each other for a job very well done.

Here are some fun photos from the party…

Kitchen manager Nikki Elkins, Lead Crafter, Hosanna Houser, Kitchen Chef Nora Singley, Crafter and Florist, Aaron Caramanis

Kitchen manager Nikki Elkins, Lead Crafter, Hosanna Houser, Kitchen Chef Nora Singley, Crafter and Florist, Aaron Caramanis

 

Crafter, Kristin St. Clair and Stylist, Chip Glynn

Crafter, Kristin St. Clair and Stylist, Chip Glynn

 

Robert and Fran

Lead Stylist, Robert Diamond and Supervising Producer, Fran Brescia

 

Stylist and Bestie, Tamara Dilworth, Lead Food Producer, Greta Anthony, Stylist Molly McGuire, Aaron Caramanis

Stylist and Bestie, Tamara Dilworth, Lead Food Producer, Greta Anthony, Lead Stylist Molly McGuire, Aaron Caramanis

 

Me and Anduin Havens

Smiling with Anduin Havens, (amazing) Production Designer and Art Director

 

While posing for a staff group shot, I snapped this photo in front of another staff photo

While posing for a staff group shot, I snapped this photo in front of another staff photo

 

EN Japanese Brasserie food- beautifully presented and delicious!

EN Japanese Brasserie food- beautifully presented and delicious!

 

EN Japanese Brasserie fried chicken

...especially the fried chicken!

 

Striking a pose with Robert, my fave person to chat fashion with!

Striking a pose with Robert, my fave person to chat fashion with!

 

Audience Coordinator, Laura Coppola and "the best warm up artist in the biz", Joey Kola

Audience Coordinator, Laura Coppola and "the best warm up artist in the business", Joey Kola

I did pretty well in the crying department at the party… until I saw Assistant Producer, Noel (Noellie) Rosselli with this sign. I was glad we both managed to hold it back and smile. Noel started the “glittered wrap sign tradition” a few years ago and its inspired by the cue cards the producers use behind the cameras on the show. Of coarse the season final wrap card of the Martha Stewart Show would be glittered! Every year after we made one and this was the final…

Assistant Producer, Noel (Noellie) Rosselli with the sign she made tradition...

That's a wrap on fabulous party!

 

Justin Batey, Production Coordinator (or as I like to call him- answerer of all questions) directing everyone to the afterparty

Justin Batey, Production Coordinator (or as I like to call him- answerer of all questions) directing everyone to the after party

 

Camera Man, Ron Rigoli, Food Producer, Courtney Knapp, Stylist, Kelli Bishop

Camera Man, Ron Rigoli, Food Producer, Courtney Knapp, Stylist, Kelli Bishop

For all you Martha “superfans”, check out this amazing Martha Show slideshow created by Stephanie Fitzhugh (of the Martha Show promotions department)! Cheers to the Martha Show… Cheers to 7 amazing seasons… I can’t wait to see what’s next!  Xo Dani