Monday, July 8, 2013

I Have News. BIG News. HUUUGE.

So...if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my snapshot last week of a list in the works.  A long list.  What wasn't clear in the photo was that it was a list of cleaning and straightening that I need to do in my house this week.  Because right now it kind of looks like we've been burglarized.

But this week is major cleaning/straightening week, and I cannot WAIT to get on top of it all.

And it has to be this week for a big, huuuge, heart-poundingly exciting reason.

Better Homes and Gardens is coming to my house the following week!

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS IS COMING TO MY HOUSE!!!

And they want to take pictures of me!  And my sofa!  The one I reupholstered!

And it is totally impossible for me to even pretend to be cool about it, I simply cannot help the overabundance of exclamation points in this post.  There will probably be a lot more to come still.  Because I am SO excited!

This is pretty much how I'm feeling (replace all "Santa" references with "Better Homes and Gardens"):


Hold on, I need to catch my breath...

Here's how it all went down:

Three weeks ago, when I was on vacation with my in-laws, I checked my e-mail in the middle of the afternoon and there was an e-mail from Kit Selzer, Senior Remodeling & Projects Editor for BHG, that said something along the lines of, "We really love your sofa transformation and would like to feature it on the "I Did It!" page of an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  Can we send a photographer to your house in the next few weeks?"

So I read this e-mail.  Then read it again.  And read it a third time.  Then I looked at the e-mail address sending it, thinking this HAD to be a joke.  But it looked legit.  So my heart started pounding and I almost shrieked with excitement before I remembered my four year old was sleeping in the bed next to where I was sitting.

Instead I sprinted up the stairs and found my sister-in-law and husband in the living room and, honestly, I can't even remember what I said because at this point I was dangerously close to passing out.  But I think it was something like, "I JUST GOT AN E-MAIL AND BETTER AND HOMES AND GARDENS WANTS TO COME TO OUR HOUSE AND TAKE PICTURES OF ME AND OUR SOFA!!!"  Perhaps marginally less shouty than this.

Marginally.

Then I called my mom and said, "I have some exciting news!" to which I am reasonably sure her first thought was, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to be a grandmother again!" (sorry, Mom) and then told her the big, not-pregnant news.  And then she asked me to hold on while she told my grandmom, who was sitting with her, and in general there was just a lot of disbelief and erratic heartbeats and breathlessness happening for me at this point.

So finally I got around to replying to Kit's e-mail with possibly less-than-cool gushing happening on my end and we set up a phone conversation for the next afternoon.

Kit couldn't have been sweeter or more calming - which, obviously, I needed - and we settled on a week to target for the photo shoot.  "Photo shoot."  Can you even believe I am using that phrase so casually?  Because I can't.  But now that the date has been locked in I am free to share with all of you, which I have been dying to do for three weeks now.

To date, my biggest worry about all of this has been the temperature in my house - we don't have central air and it has been about 1000º this past week - but thanks to the generosity of a friend who had an extra AC window unit lying around I ran two window units downstairs over the weekend and they worked beautifully cooling the downstairs down.  If any of the BHG staff venture upstairs, however, they will maybe die.

Now that the temperature issue has been addressed I am having a full-on tornado of wardrobe ideas happening in my head.  I'm supposed to look casual and fall-ish (because it will be in a fall issue), wearing something I might reasonably be wearing at home while sitting on my sofa.

Here's the tricky part: I don't know if they will be using my pillows or ones they bring and I shouldn't "match" the decor but also not clash but I don't actually know what colors will be in the photo, soooooo...I've been pretty much focusing on navy blue up to this point.  I'm hoping I'll have a little more focus later this week, or at least some fun different ideas.

In the meantime, if you have any brilliant ideas of what one should wear in a Fall issue of BHG, I would LOVE to hear it.  If I can get my act together, maybe I will share some ideas later this week and you can weigh in on your favorites.

Ultimately, the stylist will make the final call, but it would be fun for me to get your input!

So, phew, there you have it! 

I am over the moon and can't wait to share the whole process with you.  It hasn't even happened yet and it's already the highlight of my year.

And, every now and again, I remember to thank all of you for showing up and reading what I write and looking at what I do.  Thank you.  I appreciate it SO much.  I'm so flattered and humbled by this opportunity and by all of your encouragement and support.

Shucks...you guys are the best!

36 comments:

  1. WOOOHOOOOO! You know i am so excited for you!!!!!!

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  2. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! So so exciting!!!! You are going to be in BHG!!!!!! Congratulations and the biggest high five or fist pump or hug...how about all three? lol! And let's see if I can squeeze in any more exclamation points! I'm not yelling, I'm just so excited for you!!!! :D

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    1. I can't get enough exclamation points over this :)

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  3. Wow - that is soooo exciting! So happy for you - you deserve it because that sofa makeover rocks!!!!

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  4. YESSSS!!! This is AWESOME, J!!! COngratulations, so exciting & well-deserved. Seriously, what took them so long?! ;-) BHG is one of the few mags I subscribe to & I simply can't wait to tear thru that issue: "I 'know' her!!"

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  5. YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Can't wait to see you in one of my all-time fave magazines!!! xo Kristin

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  6. Yippee!!! How exciting! I would be a nervous wreck until it was over! Don't worry about your wardrobe too much, your beautiful smile and amazing couch will steal the show!

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  7. YAY for you!! So exciting, I'm sure that was one of the best feelings to get the email!

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  8. EEEEEEEEEE!!!! That is SO exciting!!!!! Congrats!!

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  9. You're right--that is huuuuuge big great wonderful news!! Good for you!! And your talents! You will have fun and I bet this just the beginning of a lot of well-deserved recognition.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
    I can't even imagine what I would be feeling!!!!
    Oh that is SO SO SO EXCITING.......

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  11. Congratulations!! Well deserved.

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  12. This is very exciting! Congratulation and great job!

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  13. Congrats!!!! Reupholstering that sofa was a work of art! Well deserved!! :)

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  14. WOW! You're officially in the BIG TIME now! Congratulations! Well deserved! Can't wait to see it!

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    1. Hahaa...don't know about "big time" but I'm pretty excited!

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  15. AMAAAAAAAZING NEWS!!! I have to say that I'm not surprised. All your projects are totally BHG worthy :) Can't wait to hear about how the photoshoot goes!

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  16. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! That is so amazing!!!

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  17. I'm so beyond excited for you! AND I LOVE ELF, lol, so I know the scene without even looking at it. Can't wait to buy your edition ;)

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS, Jennifer!!! What awesome news, I love the back page of BHG, can't wait to tell everyone I know you! :)

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  19. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. I am sooo not surprised your talent amazes me every time I see one of your DIY --- they are always BIG time and beautiful!!! You deserve it congrats!! Cant wait to see it in print. congratulations!!!!!

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  21. Congratulations Jennifer !!! :-)
    very happy and excited for you!
    I will make sure to not miss buying the Fall issue :-)

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  22. Awesome news, congrats! I will of course be looking for the article this fall!

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  23. Wahoooo! Congrats! It was only a matter of time! �� It was fun reading this, I remember going through those same emotions. It's such an awesome experience and they couldn't have picked a more amazing gal and project to feature. Congrats again!!

    xo,
    Jen

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  24. Sheesh! I'm finally catching up after our vacation and Wowza girl!!! Can I scream from the rootops for you???!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! That is a well deserved feature and I couldn't be happier for you!!!!

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  25. Congratulations! That is AMAZINGBALLS.

    I just found you at Carmel's 5th house and I'm so glad I did!

    I'll be puttering around on your pages today, dreaming of the day when I get featured in a magazine.

    :)

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    1. Hi Annie, thanks for poking around :) And thanks for the congratulations, very exciting for me!

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  26. HELLLLLOOOO!!!! Amazing!! I am late to the party as usual but just wanted to give you a big congratulatory bloggy hug!! That is so cool and reading about your reaction was so fun and totally on par with what I would be like in that situation. You have great style and will look perfect in anything you decide to wear for the shoot. Can't wait to hear details!

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  27. CONGRATS! I missed this post. How exciting. Can't wait to see it in print.

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  28. Congratulations! What exciting news! Your sofa looks amazing and I can't wait to see the feature!!

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