Young House Love Book Singing

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have you ever met a supa-star? I brush elbows with the rich and famous often. Ok, totally kidding. But this past weekend Sherry and John from Young House Love blog came to Dallas for their book signing and I was totally there! They are definitely famous in the blogging world and their book just hit the New York Times bestsellers list!

Ya see, I am addicted to their blog (a-dicted...literally) and someone had this genius idea to have them write a book about "243 WAYS TO PAINT, CRAFT, UPDATE & SHOW YOUR HOME SOME LOVE." Seriously, best. idea. ever. Go buy the book and you will see.

The thing is that not only is their blog and home fabulous, but they write their posts in a way that you feel as though they are your best friends (and you secretly wish they were!), so when my friend Jessica and I saw they were coming to the West Elm in Dallas I was totally screaming inside with joy/excitement.

Leading up to the "big day" I had been reading that people were showing up to their book signings hours, HOURS, before it even started. For instance, in Chi-town the line started forming at 5:30 AM for a 1:00 PM <----PM book signing. Yikes! Their book signing in Dallas was scheduled for Saturday at 11:00 AM, but there was no way I was getting up before 6:00 AM on a Saturday. Ok, I totally would have, BUT luckily I knew that us Texans move slightly much slower then those northerners. I called Jessica and we decided we would get there at 8:30 AM and hope for the best.

With our sack chairs, chicken biscuits, and coffee in hand we arrived at the West Elm in Dallas and  BAM this is what the line looked like. (Sorry to the man I caught with his eyes closed!)

We were 10th in line. TENTH! Holla! We didn't have to wake up early and we got a bomb-dot-com spot in line. Basically it was a perfect day and it wasn't even 9:00 AM....on a Saturday.

It was really fun waiting in line. Jessica and I got to catch up on life...even though we talk weekly. We are both newlywed and new homeowners, so we just chit-chatted about painting and DIY'ing...much like the Young House Love book! I took a run walk to Starbucks for us and the guy made my tall drink a grande on accident and gave it to me at no extra charge. Like I said, best-morning-ever. Even getting pooped on by a bird didn't ruin my morning. As Jessica said, "It's ok because it is white on white!" Hahahah!

I dropped the poop jacket in the car and got back in line just in time for the cookies and hot coco. We might have consumed 4000 grams of sugar that morning between Starbucks, coco, and cookies, but I was super-fine with it. The hot coco was delish and the cookies were adorable.

We waited inside for about 45 minutes and made friends with the people around us. Everyone was so excited to meet Sherry and John, and the beautifulness of West Elm just added to everyone's giddy feeling. I scoped out items that I wanted to look at after I got my book autographed and then was crying inside not surprised they were ten times out of my price range. But hey, I got some great inspiration ideas!


Then like magic, the time had arrived and a lady announced that Sherry and John would be coming out in 30 seconds! I would be lying if I said my heart didn't start to race and I wasn't grinning ear to ear. Within 30 seconds, from behind the super expensive beautiful Christmas decorations, and bookshelves, emerged Sherry and John! They were exactly how I had imagined. John's bow and Sherry's wave instantly portrayed their sincere happiness to have so many fans there to see them.

It was finally our turn and I was so. freaking. excited. I don't remember much except Sherry said she loved my outfit (I swear I didn't dream that!) and they were such nice people. I tried to not geek out too much and grin too large...

Inside my book I drew a picture of where I was going to place the real picture that I took with them. If you read their blog you would know that Sherry sometimes calls herself $herdog, so I thought it was only fitting that I went by the same, $ardog. After I told her I was going to cover it she said it was too cute to cover and she suggested I put it on the opposite page. I mean it is her (and John's) book, so I am totally on board with that idea. She drew that little red heart...

A lot of people draw in their books, bring them gifts, have them sign items other than the books, so I wanted to join in on the fun!

As you can see it was a complete success. Even getting pooped on didn't ruin my happiness. I got to catch up with Jessica and see two of my favorite bloggers all within one bright and early Saturday morning. This girl is happy.

Thanks, Sherry and John, for coming to the Big D!

B-t-w, do you see their adorable little girl, Clara, up there in that picture? Ya, all the more reason to go check out their blog!

Happy Monday! Time to start mentally preparing for the abnormally large amount of food I am going to consume by Thursday night...I cannot wait!

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  1. That's fun!! And is that your new shirt from a few posts ago that I liked? Either way, looks great!

  2. I got pooped on too while pumping gas last week. Lol.. what's wrong with us?!?!

  3. awesome.. i love the little house cookies.
    btw in some cultures it is good luck to get pooped on by a bird.. birds only, all other poop bad!

    1. Hahha I'll take all the luck I can get! Thanks for that cool info :)

  4. Yay!!! So fun!! Love your picture with them! My sister went too and got a book signed for me too! Be glad you got there early! She said they got there at 11:45 and didn't meet them until 2:45pm!! Following you on IG now too!

  5. Oh so fun! I have loved their blog for many years! I got to meet and chat with Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage a few years back, I'd love to meet John and Sherry though too!!! Found you through the link up!

    1. Lucky! John and Sherry are SUPER sweet!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  6. Aren't they they best?!?!

    Thanks for stopping by!