Behind the Scenes: Martha’s Countdown to Christmas Video Shoot

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Martha and Dani Holiday 2012

Martha Stewart and Dani Fiori, “Countdown to Christmas” Shoot, Bedford 2012

I was super excited to be included in Martha Stewart’s Countdown to Christmas videos. There are 17 videos in all and they were shot at her amazing farm in “Bedford”, NY. What I love about these videos is they have the feel and sensibility of Martha’s original show, with a bit of a modern twist.

I shot my two segments the day after the nor’easter in early November (that hit a shortly after the hurricane!). While it was a bit of a weather inconvenience (good thing KF has a Jeep that I borrowed), it made for a even more beautiful, perfect, snowy Holiday “set”!

Here are some behind the scenes photos from my day on the Martha Stewart’s Countdown to Christmas shoot!

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Cantitoe Corners Farm

Just seeing Martha’s beautiful farm covered in snow put us all in the “Countdown” spirit!

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_cappuccino by Laura

One of my favorite things about visiting Bedford is the cappuccino… made by either Martha herself or her Housekeeper, Laura… you will never have a more perfect one!

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Nora with cranberry tart

The lovely and talented Nora Sigley was the chef on this shoot. Here is is with a gorgeous cranberry tart! Big thanks to Nora for helping me get a handle on the frosting piping bag for the Christmas Tree cupcakes! She is truly an all around expert!

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Farm fresh eggs

All the recipes were made with Martha’s farm fresh eggs

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Me with Daisy

This is Daisy Schwartzberg, Martha’s makeup artist. I love the look she gave me for the shoot! Check out her Holiday Makeup Tip video, also in this series

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Feather tree with SDB Santas and Gingermen

As always, Production Designer, Anduin Havens did an amazing job dressing the “set”. Not that Martha’s home needs much “set decorating”! Check out Anduin’s video on Holiday lunch ow.ly/fN4fT

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Wreath and sparkle feather tree

I loved the colors and setup of this corner of the kitchen… that wreath is made of Starbucks coffee filters! Watch the video then learn how to make one here http://www.marthastewart.com/951639/coffee-filter-wreath

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Ginger Men on set

We shot the ginger men first…

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Gingermen lineup

I have always loved these cookies. Compared to some of my other cookie designs, one might consider them “dull” but I think they are  traditional and beautiful in their simplicity (and really delicious).

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_ My and Marthas Gingermen

The ginger men we decorated in the segment- I love the crown Martha added to hers! http://www.marthastewart.com/951615/gingerbread-men-cookies

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_cones on camera

Next up, Christmas Tree Cupcakes! We always check and watch the monitor before and during shooting… here’s the ingredients for the Tree Cupcakes ready to be iced.

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Tree Cupcakes overhead view

I was totally nervous about piping these on camera. I did ok, but as you can see in the video, Martha is the real piping expert!  http://www.marthastewart.com/951598/christmas-tree-cupcakes

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Jodi Levine preps graham cracker houses

Jodi Levine’s segments were next… I LOVE her graham cracker gingerbread cottages! So cute and such a smart idea to “cut to the fun part” by using graham crackers for the house!

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Jodi graham cracker houses

So sweet! LOVE the candy cane sleighs!   http://www.marthastewart.com/270431/building-cookie-cottages-with-jodi-levin

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Vivaldi visit

As I was packing up, Martha’s cat, Vivaldi, stopped by to say hi or so I thought…

SDB Martha Countdown to Christmas_Vivaldi loves cookies too

“Hey! Where are you going with those cookies!”- Vivaldi Stewart

I hope these videos help to get you into the Holiday spirit! Thanks to Martha and her amazing producers and crew for including me in this fun & festive shoot! Merry merry!  Xo Dani

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