Years ago, long before the world of HGTV, DIY Network, and Food Network; long before blogging on home decor, DIY projects and cooking was popular, there was a model turned homemaker who paved the way for the rest of the "all things home" world. Her name was Martha Stewart.
In 1976, she and a modeling friend started a catering business...in her basement! Martha became the pioneer in entertaining, meal preparation, home decor, crafts, gardening....you name it, she did it. But wasn't Julia Child the pioneer in the cooking world, you might ask? Maybe, but I'm not writing about Julia Child, I'm writing about Martha Stewart. Although, rumor has it that Martha once had dinner with Julia Child, thus launching her career. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to substantiate this tidbit.
I couldn't wait to read her books on entertaining, decorating, cooking, and gardening. She had the "Midas" touch - her plants lived, her food didn't burn, and her chickens laid golden-colored eggs. They were actually blue and green eggs, but she made money off of them (that "Midas" touch).
It's a good thing was a phrase tagged at the end of every sentence (similar to the current that's what she said hype). I would sit riveted to the TV when her show was on. I loved seeing into her home and wanted to emulate everything she did. I even committed an egregious sin - I coveted Martha Stewart's life. For me, being invited to one of her fabulous dinner parties or even being able to Trick-or-Treat at her house on Halloween, would be the ultimate coup.
Give me a break, I was young and fantasized alot.
Over the years, the "empire" grew. More books were published, a new magazine emerged, her own line of household products appeared in stores, and there were more guest appearances on TV. Everyone knew and wanted to be Martha. Even Saturday Night Live spoofed her...topless! But we won't go there.
It seemed she had the inside track on everything. We later found out she did (I forgot to mention that Martha also once worked as a stockbroker). Which resulted in a little prison stint -- something that is never good for anyone's career. Just ask Wesley Snipes!
Even though it seemed that Martha bounced back from her days in the big house, the Empire was never the same. Her TV shows were not renewed, guest appearances waned, publications flailed and book sales plummeted. Fortunately, her company became profitable once again in 2006 and she was back at the helm as chairman of her company in 2012.
So the age old question is, where is she now? Right here. Looking as good as ever!
While Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia isn't as lucrative or as large as it once was, Martha is still alive and kicking - wait, that was a Simple Minds song. The image above is from a 2013 news article at DailyMail.com. Her website, MarthaStewart.com is still available, offering recipes, household cleaning hints, craft projects, decorating advice and gardening tips. For a 73 year-old, she is still hanging on in the ever-changing world of the internet and "all things home". She even has a blog, martha up close and personal.
What about you? Did Martha Stewart influence you in any way? As you think about it, I am going to water my cactus and remove the scorched casserole from the oven! It's a good thing!
*all images were borrowed from the internet: buzzfeed.com, dailymail.co.uk, theatermania.com, merrimentdesigncompany.com, gigglesgalore.net, and NEW YOU magazine via dailymail.co.uk.