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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Fans take pictures of author, television personality and home guru Martha Stewart at Macy's City Creek Thursday June 19, 2014.
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart spends the day in Salt Lake City

More than 150 fans attend book signing

First Published Jun 19 2014 09:12 pm • Last Updated Jun 20 2014 10:33 pm

Everyone knows that Martha Stewart "absolutely loves" to work in her garden, prepare delicious meals and throw parties for family and friends.

But there is at least one thing the best-selling author, television personality and entertaining guru considers pure drudgery and happily delegates to someone else.

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"I don’t have time to vacuum," Stewart admitted before a book signing Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Her "happy household" has three dogs, four cats, 26 red canaries and "I don’t know how many magician doves because they breed so quickly," she said. With that many animals, "We have to vacuum every day, and I work too much to do that."

In fact, on Thursday, the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, got up an 4 a.m. to pack and fly to Salt Lake City where she was the keynote speaker at Alt Summit SLC, a convention for design and lifestyle bloggers held at the Grand America Hotel.

Later she signed copies of her cookbook "Martha’s American Food" for more than 150 fans at the Macy’s in City Creek Center. After the event, staff said she was headed to San Francisco for another full day on Friday.

"You have a fabulous city here," she told the mostly-female crowd who earned a spot in line by purchasing at least $50 of products from Stewart’s lifestyle line.

Stewart said fans can read about her Utah visit sometime next week on The Martha Blog, which is written by her sister.

"She’s a good writer and knows my voice," Stewart said, during a pre-signing media interview.

"She’s very thorough, but I do get to edit her," she said with a laugh.

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Paula Daniels of Holladay, arrived at Macy’s three hours before the 6 p.m. signing so she could be the first in line to meet Stewart. She knitted while she waited in line.

"I’m kind of the Martha at the law firm where I work," said Daniels. As the client services coordinator at Ray Quinney & Nebeker, Daniels organizes the meetings, plans lunches and takes care of client and employee needs.

"I’m the kind of person who likes everything to match and be perfect. You know, OCD," she joked.

Claudia Padilla who was right behind Daniels in line, was just as excited about meeting her "hero."

"I love Martha, I watched her show when I lived in Mexico City," she said. "She’s amazing. She cooks. She decorates, and she makes money doing what she loves."

And of course, she can pay a housekeeper to do the things she doesn’t like.


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