Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Kitchen is a Total Diva


Smack-dab in the middle of an ordinary, slightly-strange day...

...this little bit of happiness blooms.

My kitchen is in this month's Midwest Living mag. 
You know I'm fond, fond, fond of all kinds of magazines, right?

As much as I've never held this sort of thing as a goal, it was a lot of fun.
(Except for the part where I felt the need to scrub my kitchen to within an inch of its life.)

The story was supposed to run next summer, but something changed and they asked if they could bump the shoot up to February, with roughly a 10 day notice. So, we did! As usually happens, we were shooting a summer story in the dead of a polar vortex winter.

There was so much snow piled up outside. Everyone trudged in wearing gigantic snow boots.

The stylist (Sara Reimer) and photographer (Werner Straube) were amazingly kind and interesting and down-to-earth. It was a long day (10 hours!) but such an interesting and fun experience.

One of my favorite things is that they didn't bring in many props, other than food. Several times, Sara asked me, "Is this something your family would actually eat?" I loved it. I loved that she was committed to keeping us real and authentic.

Hi, Siley!

We got our wires crossed a bit and I didn't realize they wanted a kiddo in a shot. Cory and I unanimously agreed that Silas would be the least camera-shy and natural, so we ran down the street and grabbed him from school.

He was, uh, not happy that we made him leave his Happiest Place on Earth.

He wouldn't smile for any of the pictures.
There were tears.
And bribes.
Everyone was probably thinking, "This is your most camera-ready child?"

But they rolled with it, because they're normal, awesome people.

In the end, he smiled for exactly 9/10ths of a second. And they caught it! And it looks ridiculously genuine, which profoundly illustrates the power of media.

Later in the day, after school was over, he was all smiles and a million questions. (Ruby ended up with a last-minute cameo, too.)

If you want a closer look, go grab the June issue of Midwest Living. I'll save you the leg-work and tell you Walgreens is your best bet. (Cory discovered this on a wild goose chase yesterday.)

Meanwhile, I'm filing this experience under Life Almost Never Makes Sense Anymore and heading in to tackle the dishes piled up in my messy, well-loved kitchen.

Happy Tuesday!


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54 comments:

  1. I wish they had that magazine here. I would buy it FO SHO (also, is that how you would write that? just picture R saying it and you know exactly how I am saying it also).

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    1. I just typed "fo sho" in a text last night, so yes. :)

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  2. You are such a star!!! I love it. hilarious about Silas not smiling.

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  3. HOw super awesome is that? Will you come overhaul my kitchen so it can be a diva too? Right now it's just kind of a...what's the opposite of a diva? Degenerate? Did I spell that right? I hate my kitchen. hahahah

    It's nice out now. Let's meet up!!!

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  4. Walgreens here I come!! Yippeeeeeeeeee :-)

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    1. Of course my cuff made it into the shot. :)

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  5. Sometimes life is just crazy fun! Glad you got one of those moments....and in the dead of winter!

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  6. Is it possible to buy this magazine on the west coast??? I'm sending my mid-western friends on a mission to find this magazine for me! And then I'm sending it to you to autograph :)

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  7. Flower Patch Farm Girl you are the coolest!

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  8. How completely wonderful! A kitchen can shine and spread its love too! Who knew...

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  9. This is awesome-wonder if I can find a copy out here in the Northwest? I'll be on the hunt!

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  10. The pictures can be found on the Midwest Living website:

    http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/decorating-ideas/low-cost-country-kitchen-ideas/

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  11. So awesome!! I stumbled upon your pin today on Pinterest and thought,"Wow, that looks like Flower Patch Farmgirls kitchen" Congrats and enjoy !

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  12. so awesome! i must find me a copy!

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  13. Did you ever in a bazillion years imagine? Think of all those pre-pinterest pages you ripped out of magazines and now your IN one! That is crazy town! Enjoy the fun!

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  14. That's so exciting!! And to think that little barstool I picked up from TJ MAXX is now FAMOUS!! I can't wait to run out and get the magazine. You're so cool…I kinda can't believe I shared a meal with you :) Which reminds me, I owe you money for that duvet cover! I'll send ya a check this week….as long as I don't get sidetracked reading all about you and your kitchen ;)

    XOXO,
    Angie Pants

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    1. Lady. I already took the duvet down to OH and stuffed it in my childhood dresser drawer, with high hopes of delivering it in person sometime this spring/ summer. Aren't we due for a salsa reunion???

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    2. A salsa reunion is always a good idea! Looking forward to it!!

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  15. Very exciting, but not terribly shocking - you and your husband have done such a beautiful job making your home beautiful on a budget. I've often come to your pictures when I needed inspiration. SoOo fun, though!

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  16. That is so exciting! Your diva looks great-especially that beautiful blue island.

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  17. that's so crazy awesome cool!!!!!

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  18. So so fun! Congrats- can't wait to track a copy down!

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  19. I am soooo happy for you {and your kitchen}! It IS a beautiful space after-all. Congratulations!

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  20. Oh my word, how FUN!!! I have that magazine sitting on my coffee table--I'll have to actually open it and read it now! :)

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  21. SOO cool!! Congrats!!

    P.S. I've tried to leave a comment on about ten posts and my device did something funky every time. I just need you to know I pulled your Smoke Break post and your tattooed man in Sunday school this week. Best lesson ever.

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    1. (Pulled up those posts and showed everyone...I realized I left that out...)

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    2. I love it!!
      We had Easter lunch with some of the smokers. Best ever. :)
      And be praying for Billy (tattooed friend).
      xo

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    3. Yessss!!

      And done. The quote beneath B led to some of THE best discussion.

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  22. Aww so fun, so happy for you! Love your pretty new kitchen!

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  23. Wow..that is supper exciting!! I don't usually get that magazine..but I will run out and get a copy now! I don't comment that often...but I am following you along...so I feel like my friend is famous now! lol!
    Sharon

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  24. Well now if that just don't beat all!

    SO FUN!

    Congratulations to you and your kitchen!

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  25. Well done my pretty...well done indeed!!

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  26. Oh how fun, Farmgirl! It is all so gorgeous.
    p.s. I love that our Busy Bee Society coffee mug made it into a shot.
    Sincerely,
    T-Benj

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  27. I redid my kids' kitchen, and Bh& G came to shoot it for their August issue of Kitchen + bath Makeovers. Warner was our photographer too, and he was very kind and down to earth. I subscribe to Midwest living, so I saw your spread earlier this week.....at which point I non-chalantly mentioned yet again to my husband "yep, read her blog" He's pretty unimpressed with bloggers-in-magazines. Even if it's one he's married to. I, on the other hand, LOVE to see bloggers featured because they are REAL homes from REAL people. With REAL kids who also are not impressed with bloggers-in-magazines. ;)

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  28. That's very cool!! Congrats! I love your kitchen & your blog!

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  29. this is awesome! i looked it up online. love love love everything about it! congrats for being featured!

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  30. Congratulations! What exciting news. I am certainly going to buy the issue. Your home is so right for a magazine shoot! Lovely and cozy!

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  31. How cool and exciting! Not sure if I can find the magazine here but I will be looking. They will probably be back to shoot your cute living room next : )

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  32. YAY! This is so fun. I still can't believe how relaxed you were at dinner that night after the day you had! I wish I were closer so I could see the magazine spread right now -- but I'll have to wait until we're back in your neck of the woods. :-)

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  33. whoop whoop! that's awesome…it looked fabulous.
    I'm always AMAZED at how light they can manipulate a room to be, especially since you mentioned that they did the shoot in the dead of gray winter. :)

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    1. Totally! Though we do get a wicked-good amount of natural light in here. #allwindowsnowalls :)

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  34. This is cool, you have an awesome kitchen!!

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  36. Found it at Costco! Loved it!!

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  37. i want to go to there.
    i am a nerd and still haven't seen it!!! you are so fun. i am so happy for you. :) for reals.

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  38. Can you tell I am catching up on posts?! This is super awesome. I looked at the pics online, but I want the magazine in my hands. Tomorrow I will make that happen. :) Congrats!!

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