My Better Homes And Gardens Photo Shoot

Part 2 of my story…….

(You can read Part 1 HERE)

*Thank you all for the support! I loved reading all the sweet comments yesterday. They made my day. I don’t know why I was nervous to tell you all :)

The next day the photographer and stylist came back to the house around 9 am for the shoot. When they came I was using my juicer to make homemade lemonade for lunch later. My 4 year old was sitting on the counter helping me peel the lemons. I had my hair curled but not fixed. I was in my PJs and no make up. Hey, they had seen me at my worst already so this was an improvement :) Plus the lemons covered up the old fridge funk. Laura, the stylist, ironed the wardrobe she brought for me as I worked on the lemons. Don’t worry. I educated her on Downey Wrinkle Release. We chatted too while we waited for the photographer to set up all the cameras and other equipment. Then my husband took the two youngest and headed out to my mom’s for the day. I got changed into one of the many cute outfits Laura had brought and finished getting ready. Then we got started.

Laura Hull ( the stylist) and Edmund Barr (the photographer). Two of the coolest people EVER! I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we had. I was so nervous before they came that they were going to be stuffy and business like. Snobby, uppity, etc. But they were unbelievably AWESOME. Edmund has got to be the cutest dad. He lit up every time he talked about his kids. He is ridiculously talented and managed to make me look pretty good in the shots. And Laura and I could be twins separated at birth. I stopped counting all the times one of us would say “Me too!”. We have a lot in common. You know how when you meet someone and you gel right away? That was how it was for my husband and I with these guys.

Okay, back to the shoot:

I forgot to mention that along with the 49 million things I was trying to do to get ready for all of this that I also had to find a wood ladder and paint it white. The art director at BHG thought a white ladder would be good for me to stand on so I was closer to the ceiling that they wanted to make the star of the room. Oh that ladder. That is a post for another day.
It has been a long time since I have had so much fun!!! As a stay at home mom my life is faaaaaaaar from glamorous. I mean, it couldn’t get farther from it. And so it had been a long time since I felt cute. A loooooong time since I had a whole day to focus on me. There were no kids. I had adults to talk to. It was nice. And I didn’t cry once. Up until that point whenever I thought about it I would tear up or full on sob. I was so excited and happy. I did a pretty good job of separating the shoot from the magazine, if that makes sense. I did pretty good until Edmund would say things like “Smile pretty cause 22 million people will read this.” I had to tell him to stop because then it became real and that is when it was overwhelming.
We laughed a lot. I learned that if I tilt my head to the right it looks like “Come hither..” and if I tilt my head to the left it is sweet and innocent. Thanks Edmund! Now I now how to flirt with my husband :)
After we were done with one pose we would gather around the computer to look at them. They had professional things to say  like talking about “hard lines and soft lines”. My contributions were things like “I like that one cause it has less crotch.” (I was sitting cross legged on the bed) I am sure they thought I was a goof.
It was not at all how I had imagined it would be. I know this was their everyday. They have done this for a long time. But it is probably the only time for me. It was amazing and memorable.

After the shoot I had prepared a (late) lunch for them. I figured it was the least I could do after they were at my house most of the day. I was surprised to learn that this was the FIRST time someone had fed them. Isn’t that nuts? I had called my husband when we were wrapping things up and had him come back home. We all sat around the table to eat and visited for over an hour. I think it is sad when you meet fun new people that you know you will probably never see again.

I don’t want to be famous. I don’t care if people like my bedroom. I care that something I decided I wanted at age ten was able to come true. It gave me the courage to try for other dreams I have. And I hope that you do too. Just go for it! Just ask. You never know. It may just happen. The worst thing that can happen is that someone tells you “no”. Then you keep trying until you get a “yes”.
Thank you for reading my 2 part novel. Thank you for letting me share something special. I took shots of the shoot but I am saving them for another day :)


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  1. Tammy @ she wears flowers says

    That last paragraph brought tears to my eyes! I am so glad you had fun and realized one of your dreams and I am grateful you shared that with us!!

  2. Rachel says

    Yesterday I commented that I was jealous and that is true. :) But I think that the thing I am most jealous of is that you have a room that is magazine worthy! :) You look beautiful in the pic above! And I think that it was totally awesome of you to make lunch in the midst of your stress! At least it sounds like you were truly able to enjoy it. Still excited for you!

  3. April says

    How fun! I am dying to see it!!! Congratulations. I totally agree with you on the asking part, too. I was telling my hubby about this last night and I said see it could happen for me too! He just kinda looked at me like sure…lol…but it is definately inspiring to see someone reach a goal like this…makes me want to try that much harder to reach mine! So very happy for you. Thanks for sharing your expirience!

  4. Jenni says

    It is amazing how two strangers can make you feel so comfortable and like you were meant to be in the same room with them! I am glad that you learned a thing or two from them too (thought that was cute about the head tilt and the flirting with your husband thing)! I also think that it is awesome that amongst the craziness you made them lunch, how sweet!

    Can't wait to see the article! Congratulations once again!

  5. Jenny says

    Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed every bit of it! I'm thrilled for you and it makes it even MORE special that this was a lifelong dream of yours. Well deserved!

  6. Christine says

    I just read both parts. Holy Crap!!! Our blogs are the same age (minus one week for me) and I am inspired by all of your success. U go girl!!!

  7. laxsupermom says

    Yay! I'm so glad you were able to relax during the shoot. It's awesome when you get to work with people you really like. Can't wait to see pics of it.

  8. Kindra-At Home With K says

    I have been enjoying reading your dream day with BH&G! Wow! As a stay at home blogger, I understand how special this day was for you. I can't wait to see it in print as well.

    On a side note, I'm surprised no other home owners have fed them lunch! I have several blog friends that have made it into country sampler magazine and they all fed they photographers/stylists.

  9. Emily [On the V Side] says

    This makes me smile.

    So glad you have a fun day – looking forward to seeing the feature! :)


  10. Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya says

    22 million. Lets just pause on that for a moment shall we?!
    So happy for you!!
    Glad you had your day of glamour & dreams coming true.

  11. Jaime @ Our Journey says

    Wow! I just got caught up and read both your posts … absolutely FANTASTIC! I'm glad you survived the mad rush leading up to your photo shoot but I can imagine it was every bit worth the stress! Congratulations on your childhood dream coming true! I cannot wait to see the issue of BHG! Thanks for sharing your journey with us and I'm happy that you've received a lot of support from your blog family!

    Jaime @ OH SO Chichi

  12. Coffee and a Mop says

    I am just so happy for you! I told my mom about it yesterday and she got so excited (she does't even know you lol!!) We both get Better Homes and Gardens! Do you know which month your article will be in?

    Oh and think about this – you have 2000 followers…imagine how many you will have once it gets in the magazine! lol.

  13. Amy at Ameroonie Designs says

    Stacy, I am simply so happy for you! What a tremendous experience to have such a big dream come true! I am glad you were able to so thoroughly enjoy the day and lived every moment of your big chance! Congratulations again!

  14. Nancy says

    And THAT is how a stay-at-home mom can put her imprint on the world! I shared with you last week in my email that (at 6 months into this SAHM thing) I am having a hard time realizing my impact on anything of consequence. I was a teacher before staying home with my son, teaching being a profession (among many) that clearly touches the future and makes an impact. Staying home feel insular at times, and I have been struggling to figure out if doing the laundry or grocery shopping means anything.

    All this is just to say that you have inspired me to see these small things as meaningful to the creation of our home, which is place we all want to love to be. And just by doing your thing, you have not only inspired me and many others, but also you realized a childhood dream! That is truly amazing! I am so happy for you and cannot wait to hear about the issue release.

  15. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says

    You'll have to tell us when the magazine is coming out so we can all look for it. I feel like I know someone famous!

  16. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    So happy that the shoot went well and was stress free for you! I bet it will be fabulous in the magazine! Congrats! :)

  17. Stephanie says

    That is so amazing! How exciting! Congrats on having a childhood dream come true! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the pictures!

  18. Becky says

    That was an amazing story and I'm so happy that you got to have such a wonderful opportunity and that you had fun doing it! Congrats, I can't wait to see your bedroom pics in BHG!

  19. Sarah says

    Again, thanks for sharing your experience with us! I really am so happy that you are able to live out a childhood dream!

  20. MeenyMoe says

    I loved part 2 of this story!! Can there be a part 3? Please, please, pretty please?! :) Sounds like you had a lot of fun. So glad that it turned out so well so you didn't stress again a second day! I'm so very happy for you! I can't imagine what doing this felt like to you. A dream come true, for sure!

  21. Anonymous says

    First of all, I LOVE that you had so much fun with the shoot and hit it off so well with them. Congrats!!

    Secondly, I have a really 'dumb' question… I loved your last paragraph of just asking, and I have been wondering how they heard about your ceiling. Did you submit it to them for consideration? Or did they just 'happen to hear' about it?

    I am not a crafty blogger but people have been telling me for years to try to publish my writing somehow, but I have no idea how to go about the process and it is overwhelming to think about. So I was just wondering about your situation!

    Congrats again!

  22. Stacy says


    After re-reading the post I realized I never talked about that part. I did on my family blog, so I must have thought I covered it here as well. I did email a picture to BHG. It was an email I found on the internet and I had no idea who it was going to. Luckily who ever it got to forwarded it to someone, who forwarded it to someone else and so on until it made it's way to the Senior editor of decorating. It must have been meant to be because I had no idea what I was doing!

  23. Shauna says

    Congratulations! I am so glad that I found your blog. What an inspiring story and what an amazing experience for you. Congrats again. What talent you have!

  24. GaMtnScrap says

    OMGosh! I am soooo glad that you got to enjoy Day 2 so much! It sounds like you had a WONDERFUL experience and that makes us all smile! After all the prep and the not-so-great-Day-1 you had, you deserved all the fun you had on Day 2! Congrats again!

  25. Becky Dunham says

    Wow Stacy – that must have been quite the experience! I am so glad it was you and not me :) I would have been bawling I am sure. Your story (both parts) had me laughing at loud – love your comments for the pics! Do you know what issue you will be featured in? I want to make sure I get it :) I am so happy for you that your dream came true!

  26. Becky says

    Congratulations!!! This is phenomenal, and I hope you love the spread they do on you! What a great accomplishment, and you represent us mommas of many kiddos really well. I'm thrilled for you. Your month leading up sounds absolutely insane. I'm glad you made it through, and how wonderful that you fed them. I'm so glad you're the considerate one.

  27. Christina says

    Such an amazing story!! i cant wait to read it and see all the pics!! crotchless of course;)
    i am so happy for you! happy that it is over and done with and you and your famiy can now breath and also happy about your wonderful experience!! GOOD JOB!!

  28. Michelle@Somedaycrafts says

    Totally awesome! YOu deserve it! Congrads on reaching a dream. You will have many more dreams come true!!! You rock!

  29. Sabrina says

    This was great 2 part post. It is always great to read about someones dreams coming true. It is also nice to know that I am not the only crazy person out there who tries to get too much done in too little time, just so things look perfect.

  30. says

    Wow! I just read both posts…so much fun to read. How very exciting! That has been a dream of mine since I was twenty getting the magazine in the mail every month. Thanks for taking us on your journey and I can’t wait to see your shoot. Found you through CG today…awesome ceiling btw!


  31. says

    I can totally understand why you were running around like a mad woman! I would have done the same thing!!! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see the article. What a great story! I enjoyed reading your “novels” and understand why this was such an important event for you. How wonderful that your dream came true! Onward and upward.
    Cristin :)

  32. says

    What a fun experience. I just had my picture taken for the newspaper about a month ago and I thought I was completely overloaded with stress. I wasn’t sure that the newspaper photographer cared if I look good or not, but he was so sweet. BUT, not anything like was you went through! You and Michelle Obama are in the same magazine! OK I’m gushing, but I’m so happy for you. Congrats on going after your dreams. :)

  33. Dixie says

    I am new to your blog but I love it! I think you are so darling, talented, witty, creative and inspiring! I think that you feeding them lunch is so amazing! I thought to myself, would I have been that thoughtful? I doubt it. I would have thought and thought of something to make for them and finally come to the conclusion that I couldn’t do anything good enough and would have x-nayed the idea entirely. You inspire me because you dare. I dare to paint a wall or move furniture because it can be repainted or moved back and no one will know I failed. I need to dare.

  34. says

    I loved reading Part 1 & 2 even if you doubled my blood pressure and made my head spin with all you took on AND accomplished in such a short amount of time. You are amazing!

  35. says

    I know I’m late to *this* party, but I just found this post, and it’s new to me!

    Congrats to you on the BHG photo shoot! It is truly awesome when great things happen in my friend’s lives!

    Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re living *YOUR* dream! (Which I think is key to not be jealous of our friend’s successes) :-)

  36. says

    Hi, Stacy, I’m a newbie to your blog and I love it! I found you through Blue Velvet Chair and am so glad. You are amazing, first for being “Not Just A Housewife”, and staying home with your kids! That’s THE most important job there is. You are so talented and I love your story. It thrills my heart to “see” one’s dreams come into being! Your ideas and projects are wonderful and I hope to spend more time with you here. Congrats on the Better Homes gig!

  37. says

    What a wonderful experience, and such a fun entry to read, too! I just adore your DIY projects, but I’ve got to tell you how nice it was to read that you, too, experience the “ohmigoshdiditakeontoomuchorwhat” panic that strikes the rest of us. Thank you so much for letting us know you really are human. And, btw, you look AWESOME in the photos!

  38. Nicole Stone says

    Stacy, I’m new to your Blog, but I read every last word of these 2 posts. It sounds like such an amazing experience…the craziness and all! I know this was a year ago, but I’m so glad I got to read this, it was almost like I was there ;) Keep up the terrific work, and I look forward to seeing all the great things you have to share! ~Nicole

  39. says

    Hi! I just found this your post and this blog! You are great. I love what you said about celebrating with you and not diminishing it because we are jealous. You are right! we do that. YOU ROCK! thanks.