1 This was the second time I journeyed to Chicago to appear on Steve's afternoon show. As always he was his funny, droll and amazingly comedic self.
2 Here's the stage at NBC Studios in Chicago where Steve Havey Show is taped.
3 Clever graphics were everywhere - I especially liked this one.
4 My three segments were all linked to the holidays and the possibility of sending gifts through the USPS.
5 I showed Steve some personalized holiday gifts for the special women and men in his life, and how easy it is to ship them through the USPS. Here we're making no-sew slipper socks.
6 Here we're making aromatic bath snowballs. We also made holiday paper coasters and stamped fabric pocket squares.
7 I also taught Steve how to wrap an odd shaped toy, and how to fill a box with paper shred to bed the gift. In the end, we put the gifts in a USPS Priority Mail box.
8 Steve made lots of very funny jokes - most of which were totally unscripted! We laughed and laughed.
9 Here's one of Steve's co-executive producers, Jason Kurtz, and my producer, Judy Morris, preparing items backstage.
10 Stage manager Wes MacMillan, co-executive producer Jason Kurtz, and Kelli Bishop, one of my former stylists from the Martha Show who now works on Steve's show.
11 This is Kim Hartman, a food stylist, who did the baking for the cookie segment. Here you can see pistachio spritz cookies, chocolate-hazelnut shortbread squares, cinnamon-almond stars, and raspberry palmiers. All the recipes appear in our holiday cookie story in the December 2014/January 2015 issue, available on newsstands now.
12 Judy Morris and my Corporate Communications staffer from MSLO, Jana Branson.
13 My administrative manager Dorian Arrich travelled to Chicago to see Steve's show - but more importantly to visit her mother, who was celebrating her birthday! Both Dorian and her mother adore Steve.
14 A sound check and mike adjustment with sound engineer Greg Pavis.
15 Greg took good care of me. He and everyone else were so nice.
16 Be sure to watch the final segment, which will air on December 15. And don’t forget to tune in to Countdown to Christmas, my annual holiday video series on http://www.MarthaStewart.com/countdown, where I share other unique and shippable gifts.