Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How I met Martha...Part two!

Creating opportunity for others is something that I not only enjoy, but I think makes my own life richer and more interesting. It helps to grow ideas and nurture relationships. For our upcoming holiday issue, my niece Emilie Ash (a senior in high school and soon to be freshman in college - she is extending her love of photography by attending art school in the fall) will photograph a feature article for HOLIDAY with Matthew Mead. It is an amazing opportunity for both of us - for Emilie to have her first published feature, for me to add a fresh and youthful perspective while not leaving the gene pool and, of course, an amazing chance to work together and get to know each other better. And who knows what the future might bring?

Indeed, my own early career had its share of exciting moments; and so I continue with my story of how I met Martha Stewart:

I was young and maybe more risk-taking than someone a bit more mature. I read in the Martha Stewart Living monthly calendar that it was Martha's birthday, so I called her office and asked where I could fax a birthday wish that she would actually read. The receptionist gave me the fax number and I wrote a nice birthday message with news of my trip to the Hamptons to attend Mary Emmerling's book launch party in Bridgehampton. A few days later the phone rang, and it was Martha's assistant extending an invitation to visit Martha at the East Hampton house and she gave me a private number where I could reach Martha on Saturday morning. I was, of course, over-joyed and thrilled beyond words. I readied my portfolio, drove the three hours to the Orient Point ferry, took two more ferries across Shelter Island and finally reached the Hamptons. An old high school friend  accompanied me and we were truly giddy about the book party, a weekend in the Hamptons, and our visit with Martha. Saturday morning arrived and we stopped at the local florist for a giant bouquet of sweet peas. I dialed Martha's number from a local pay phone (no, cell phones were not plentiful back then)... One ring, two rings and then, a voice...

(An excerpt from Friday's post, where Matthew will finish his story about how he met Martha):
We had driven by the Lily pond house at least five or six times before we arrived for the drive beyond the gate. The fragrance of roses filled the air; and as we passed a line of willowy trees, we could see a grand but simple Queen Anne-style shingled house with teal colored trim and one hundred thousand pink roses growing from arch-shaped wrought iron arbours. This was definitely someone's idea of Shangri-La. A dream come true... Would it hold my dreams, too?

To be continued...

(From a continuing blog post series on, "HOW I MET MARTHA STEWART")

What opportunity are you looking for? How would you like to participate in the creation of HOLIDAY WITH MATTHEW MEAD? Here is your chance to share ideas, jump on board, and make the most of an opportunity.




  1. Enjoying this tale.....

  2. What a great story, I can't wait to hear more. And how wonderful for your niece Emilie to be doing a photo spread for the holiday issue!

    As for my dream opportunity, I would love to write a feature article in a national publication such as Fleamarket Style or Holiday With Matthew Mead! I've written for regional publications for the last 11 years and have seen some gorgeous homes, so now I'm ready to run with the big dogs!

    Kat :)

  3. Kat and everyone, I really am reading all of these. MATTHEW

  4. Oh I am always up for an opportunity...I have been blessed lately because my images and blog will be featured in some popular pubilications...I get giddy just thinking about it and I really have to pinch myself to see if it is all a dream!!!! Love your Martha is so filled with possibilites...everyday is an adventure. xoxoxo Enjoy yours today.

  5. What a great story and a wonderful opportunity! I can't wait to read more. : )
    Health and happiness,

  6. I adore and applaud your selfless, "this town is big enough for all of us" attitude. Your Martha story is captivating and so very BRAVE! Taking chances is the best kind of fun.

    My dreams are to write for a country-inspired publication. Yours would top my list! I would also love to show you my ultra-inexpensive Newspaper Christmas tree from this past Christmas. It was my all-time favorite!

    ps - Swoony Sweet Peas!

  7. I love this Martha story because I was just about her biggest fan...back then. She IS one fascinating woman.

    How would I like to participate in Holiday with Matthew Mead? Oh gosh, of course I would, in any way! I'd just faint away if I even had a tiny picture published in a magazine. And I am good at creating vignettes....I'm just sayin.

  8. Oh, I am loving this story! Can't wait to read the rest of it... :)

    I'm so excited to have won the drawing to have my blog mentioned in Holiday with Matthew Mead, and I would LOVE to contribute as a photographer...

    As for ideas, I think a story on collections might be fun. There are so many beautiful things to collect which lend themselves to holiday decorating -- milk glass, tole trays, antique frames... the list is endless. :)

  9. This cliffhanger is just plain mean - I want to hear the whole thing! Im hoping it has a happy ending.

  10. oh my you are speakin' my language...hear from me?? and you shall...just say the word...can't wait to hear more of what you are looking for...if you need a little farm or a little fru fru, I'm your girl....maybe a dozen brown eggs to sweeten the pot?... a calf perhaps?...maybe just a recycle felt project? tee shirt jewelry? I'm all ears...and your Martha entries...well done...both the doing and the writing of it!

  11. Enjoying your "Martha" story. Looking forward to hearing more.

    My dream would be to be involved with setting up a photo shoot - start to finish. I would like to see how the entire process works - scouting the location, deciding on and shopping for the props, styling the shoot, and working with the photographer on the day of the shoot.

  12. I'm lovin' the Martha Story and can just picture the young, you going for your dreams. I think you made it big, because of this right here; you've stayed true to your readers and publishing for yourself, while risky does give you that freedom. I like magazines with articles such as "25 projects you can do" and maybe we could send in some and see who is chosen. Those are done by everyday people and are usually doable for us. I know I've used many variations of yours for quick table settings and such! Can't wait for the end of the story! Lezlee

  13. What a great story. Can't wait to hear more. I love Martha. Love & blessings from NC!

  14. Someday someone will be writing the story of "How I met Matthew"... Only the first name will be needed, and everyone reading will swoon. :)

    Happy Thursday!

  15. I have been savoring this story of how you met Martha (loooove her!)& I completely admire your confidence! Wow! I also really want to thank you for listening to your readers and asking for input with your Holiday issue. Thank You!

    If I could be a part of your new Holiday magazine, I'd just die if I got to help you put together an entertaining feature! My passion is Creating a Welcoming Home, and dreaming up & styling an amazing photo shoot/story/how-to with you would be a dream come true! Let me know how I can help you!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Check out my blog if you get a chance:
    The Blessed Nest
    ( )


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