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Cold, Books, and Young House Love

2012 November 29
by Becky

Look what I did last night (in a sing-songy tone)

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Yes, those are the Petersiks. You know, the phenoms from Young House Love blog?

Ok, before I talk about how much fun this book signing was, let me back up.

I’m not one to go completely nuts over celebrities or iconic figures…I’d rather just enjoy them from afar as opposed to tracking them down to snag a pic or signature.

Really, if I’m going to meet someone I admire or follow, I want it to be an organic thing where we meet while out shopping, start a discussion—maybe about which brand of whole wheat pasta we like best—and decide to go for coffee which turns into lunch, dinner, and a lifelong friendship peppered with red carpets and private jets.

You know, something simple like that.

Three years ago was the first time I did go out of my way to meet a celebrity…

It was pre-Ethan, pre-even-wanting-to-have-babies, and I was on part-time status (soon to be laid-off status) at a small St. Louis design firm. My mom (a regular watcher of Martha’s show) called to tell me Martha would be signing her new book (of which I wasn’t even aware) at the West County Mall. I finished up my half-day and scurried over to Macy’s for the deets. Two book purchases later (one for me, one for mom) and I had my place in line. In the midst of things I ran into a very well dressed man in possession of two dogs who I quickly realized were MARTHA’S dogs! We started talking and he was all too happy to hand over Sharkey and Francesca for a photo op.

Moments later, she was introduced.

OMG. She is beautiful in person. I mean totally gorgeous. Thin, tall, and perfectly poised. I expected it and didn’t at the same time.

I made friends with people in line so we when got up front, we were all ready to snap each other’s picture with Ms. Stewart.

young house love book signing, young house love book tour, young house loveToo bad it was with an old iPhone…not great quality. 

That was where I turned into an oogling, yammering idiot, completely star struck with nothing to say. I think I eeked out a “Hi Martha! Thanks for coming!” as I handed over my cookbooks. Then it was all about the picture, me asking her if it was ok, her putting on a perfect smile, my new line-friend snapping away. I may have told her I loved her daughter’s show on Sirius Radio…but I honestly can’t remember. I think I blacked out.

Then it was over. And I felt like I’d squandered my opportunity to ask her a question or say something meaningful.

Well, I wasn’t about to make that mistake last night when my friend Kristan and I attended the Young House Love book signing in Georgetown!!

It began with a very cold, very long, very dark line that wrapped down the street and back up in front of the tiny FLOR showroom. We were NOT prepared for almost two and a half hours of 39 degree weather.

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young house love dc book signing, young house love book tour, young house love

We had a fantastic time having a non-toddler-interrupted conversation, but oh man, after two hours even my knees were shivering…MY KNEES!!! We met a few very nice girls and did some people watching in line while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies from Captain Cookie & The Milk Man food truck—compliments of FLOR.

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These guys seriously have my dream job: baking cookies, seeing the sights of DC, and making people smile?! Sign. Me. Up.

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any colder and we’d need to start burning our empty hot chocolate cups for some heat, it was our turn to step into the building. Glasses of wine in hand, we started to thaw. And we remembered why we were there!

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Just a few more minutes of waiting and there they were…only this didn’t feel like my Martha experience. This was Jon and Sherry! I’ve known them for two years, up-close and personal from reading their blog posts about DIY home projects and child adventures. Things went much better this time…it was like meeting up with old friends! They signed our books as I sang praises of their recommendation to counter-sink screws when doing wood-working projects (I don’t know how we ever accomplished anything without using this method!) which I’ll talk more about on the blog after Christmas…it deals with one of Ethan’s gifts. They told us about their trials to make the book affordable, good looking, and out before Christmas. They were incredibly easy and friendly, taking time and with everyone…no rushing involved. 100% what I expected.

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young house love dc book signing, young house love book tour, young house love

And then, I was honored to be crowned “Miss Young House Love Book Signing Line Waiting Queen!”

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Actually, I ran into Miss DC Tina Montgomery in line and she was all to happy to let me try out her crown. You never know who you’ll meet in line for a book signing! And, as a rule, DIYers are always friendly.

So that was my evening…I’m still cold. But thank you to FLOR for hosting the event even if your space is super tiny (but rockin’ exposed brick and big windows). And thanks to Jon and Sherry for being so accommodating to all us fans! Being smiley and interested in what we have to say for going on four hours HAS to be exhausting. For us it was all worth the experience and some quality time spent with a good friend.

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And if you haven’t read their blog, just do it, really. It is one of the very few blogs I get delivered via email, the only one I read every week. And their book is great too! You can see (under Sherry’s hand) all my marked pages of the projects I’d like to try. It may be arriving at a few doorsteps for Christmas this year…

**I realized I’m a moron and spelled Sherry’s name wrong throughout the whole post…it is now fixed. I swore it had an “i”!

17 Responses
  1. November 29, 2012

    I’m so jealous. I wish they were coming here!

    • Becky permalink*
      December 2, 2012

      Never know! They could extend the tour to the Midwest :)

  2. Becky permalink*
    November 29, 2012

    They were great!!

  3. November 29, 2012

    So great to meet you last night! How did we miss you being crowned Miss YHL?? :)

    Thought of a few songs you may want to check out for your video. Try “Feel Again” by One Republic, “Home” by Phillip Phillips, and “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.

    Hope you’ve regained feeling in your toes…

    • Becky permalink*
      November 29, 2012

      I will check them out for sure!! Thanks!
      **Since writing this I’ve listened to them all and LOVE Imagine Dragons! It just may be a winner…

  4. November 29, 2012

    It was so great to meet you and Kristan! Yay for frozen line friends! :)

  5. Sandy Schon permalink
    November 29, 2012

    What a fabulous night!!!! Sounds like so much fun!! We really missed the “boat” by not putting you in beauty contests. Have to look at their website soon. Thanks.

    • Becky permalink*
      November 29, 2012

      Ha, no problem mom, I’m glad you didn’t. No offense to beauty queens out there, but I’m pretty sure I would not have fit the bill. Plus, I don’t think you would have wanted to be a “stage mom”…they are scary.

  6. November 30, 2012

    Very cool! My friend was actually at that same signing and was so excited but I don’t know if she got to wear a crown like you…. :) I have that book on my Christmas list, fingers crossed! Love their stuff.
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    • Becky permalink*
      December 2, 2012

      It’s a really great read. You can’t help but get the wheels turning for DIY projects after flipping through! Hope your friend had a great time at the signing!

  7. Kristan permalink
    November 30, 2012

    This was one of those nights I will always remember!! So glad we did it, despite the frozen toes, knees, and fingers!! Well worth the wait.

  8. Kristan permalink
    November 30, 2012

    PS – Martha DOES look amazing. Wow.

    • Becky permalink*
      December 2, 2012

      I know!! She is HOT! Those button-ups she wears on her show do not do her justice.

  9. December 8, 2012

    So cool you were there too! On the picture of the long line- on the very end to the right my bestie is in a red coat and I’m to the left of her with my cell phone glowing face… weird!!
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    • Becky permalink*
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  10. Tina permalink
    January 20, 2013

    What a great post about that day! Thanks for posting that cute picture–you make a fabulous queen =)

    Ms DC

    • Becky permalink*
      January 20, 2013

      So glad we met—I was honored to wear the crown, even for only a few seconds! It was all such a fun experience. Loved the pic of you on the YHL blog!

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