So remember when I mentioned that I was featured in a crafting article for All You magazine? Yeah, I have a few stories about that.
(OF COURSE I DO.)
I thought y’all might like a behind-the-scenes peek at what it was like to work with the magazine, like I used to share back when I was frequently working with scrapbooking publications. Spoiler alert: fairly non-glamorous but I was still hugely honored to be asked and so I spent a few weeks stalking my mailman once the issue was due to hit newstands.
One morning I woke up early to the sounds of a torrential downpour. I ventured into the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee and as I happened to glance out of the window I noticed what looked like random pieces of mail scattered all the way down our street. And that unfortunately the trail of mail started at our driveaway and ended at the bottom of our incredibly steep, super hard to push a stroller up, hill. As I trudged up and down the hill in the pouring rain collecting soggy envelopes I was mentally cursing the insensitive person who broke into our mailbox, presumably to steal our identities, and then strategically discarded our mail every few feet.
I recounted this story to my husband, expecting some sort of commiseration and was met with silence. Turns out, someone who shall remain nameless helpfully got the mail the day before, sat it on the trunk of the car, and then drove off the next morning trailing all of our letters behind him.
(But actually him.)
So here I am with my copy of the magazine after I spread it with tissues stuffed between the pages to dry in our bathroom for a few days. Like I said, glamorous.
Anyhow, I made two different projects for consideration. The other project is a bookend, which I liked the most and will share in another post because it didn’t make the final cut.
Here is the first take of the soap-dispenser project that I sent in to the magazine. This is what ended up in actual use in my kitchen. I found this cute owl wine pourer in the 90% off clearance at Target after Halloween. I sanded it to make it look less shiny. The powers-at-be at the magazine asked me to use a more generic pourer since the owl wasn’t available to everyone for purchase. They also asked me to add more color to my photo.
Luckily they asked for those changes the week of Scarlette’s tea-party themed birthday party, which is why I happened to have lots of flowers and petit-fours on hand. I don’t just keep petit-fours around, y’all. Although I’m seriously considering rethinking that policy because have you ever HAD a petit-four? I mean, who doesn’t want constant access to bite size pieces of cake? So that is how I ended up with this, which is what the magazine ended up publishing.
I’m curious to know which version you like better! In hindsight there are a lot of things about the styling of these photos that I would change but I literally had a deadline of about seven days for this project, this is what is actually in my kitchen and it was a really fun experience.