On Being Published in The Ladies' Home Journal

Being in a magazine was the last thing I ever thought would happen to me.  

I still remember walking up to the sparse remains of a driveway yard sale and asking the man how much he wanted for the ugly brass chandelier.  He said, "Oh, I don't know, how much will you give me for it?" So, I said, "How about a dollar?" (You can read the original post here.)

There was never a notion in my head that a $1 decision would end up published in a nationwide magazine.  Especially a chandelier I bought when hugely pregnant with Lucy and was just glad to have done something with amidst the last few wild weeks before having baby #4! 

I mean, I LOVE my red chandelier, and I think it's great and all, but you know, I didn't think that other people would.  So one afternoon back in the fall as I'm casually perusing my email, I came across one that was entitled, "Your Brassy to Sassy Chandelier Makeover." I thought it was spam at first.  And then I read the email and about fell out of my chair.  For real.  The assistant to the editor-in-chief of the Ladies' Home Journal had somehow made her way to my little blog and wanted to do a story on my chandelier.  Get out.

You would have laughed if you had seen my shaking fingers sending a text to my hubby at work.  I was on cloud nine. At first it wasn't for sure if I'd make the cut for the magazine.  I was just happy to be considered!  But two weeks later I got the news that I had made the cut, and would indeed be in the magazine and could I please send them pictures ASAP.

I can only imagine what a writer feels when they submit their work to an editor. I submitted my photos, and they chose what they thought was best. {gulp}  That is hard.  Not sure I can explain it, but it is.  

I was so excited to see the story up on line on Monday,(go here to see that) and on Tuesday evening my hubby surprised me by stopping at the store and buying four copies of the magazine!  

And there it was on page 76! I am so humbled and excited that out of the bazillions of spray paint projects in blog world, mine was one of six chosen to be published. Wow.

Now, just as a side note to all my friends and family who may buy this mag for nostalgia's sake...you're going to need to do some editing to make it family friendly, okay?  Especially if your littles are old enough to read like mine! As you can see I took a sharpie to the front cover, and some other places in side, as well as removing a few pages, etc. {ahem} (And my apologies to anyone at LHJ may read this...I mean no offense!)

To be completely honest, and you can laugh at me if you want, but I was having nightmares about that cover and what would be on it! Truly. And thankfully, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. {insert great big sigh of relief.}

Now, about that chandelier and the wall behind it....it's looking more like this nowadays! There's a hook under the "6", that isn't there in the magazine pic, and I added hoop art above the shelf.  I made a ticking stripe cover for the chain as well because it was rather ugly.

Oh how I love the sassy-ness of a red chandelier.  Makes me smile!

I am thrilled to tell you that very soon BIG changes are coming for this laundry room. I know, I know, I keep saying that, but we've put it off long enough and finally we'll be finishing it.  Can't wait to share those details with you!  There's even real drawings...I'm SO excited!

So ladies and blogger friends, next time you're out thrifting and see some kind of ugly thing with a nice shape that can be made pretty with some paint, go for it.  Paint it. Make it pretty.  Love it. And you never know, other people may too. ;)  

Also, I want to send a great big thank you to you all for your kind words and encouraging comments, facebook shares, tweets, etc. about this.  You've made it even more fun by sharing the excitement with me! 

And for those of you telling me that I'm famous and that paparazzi is coming and to be sure and have my makeup on all the time...well, they haven't shown up yet.  Whoever they are.  But if you, friends, want to be the paparazzi, come on.  We'll sip sweet tea and I'll feed you something yummy. And if you're lucky, you won't catch me without my makeup. =D

{P.S. There's been helicopters buzzing around where we live for the past two hours. True story. They must be looking for me! Hahahaha!}


  1. Oooohhh...I love the updated wall behind the chandelier! Your hoop art is super cute! I'm so excited that you got in - congratulations! And what a great hubby to share your excitement and bring home 4 copies for you! Love that!! Can't wait to see the updates you have planned for your laundry room!

  2. Congrats, Laine! It's beautiful!! You have reason to be excited. :) I understand your feelings- my post went viral this week and is still beyond my wildest dreams. God is so good, even to bless us in our blogging ventures!
    Maybe this is just the beginning for you...you'll soon have stacks of magazines who featured you.:) Dream huge!

  3. Congratulations! I can only say that I am surprised you haven't been discovered sooner! :)

  4. I can't believe I am friends with someone so famous! Will you promise to always remember us little people? ;0)


  5. Congratulations Laine!! how exciting :) You have a great red chandelier...and a great blog too!

  6. Congrats!!!! How exciting! I used to "sharpie" my Dad's car mags for him too. ;)

  7. I would love to see paparazzi try to find your house hidden down that little road! :) Did you get that chandelier at the yard sales in Charlotte we went to way back when?? I never would have guessed how far that $1 would take you!

  8. Congrats! I just received my copy of that magazine in the mail today. My Mom gave me a subscription :)

  9. Oh my goodness; that is SO exciting. Last year I was mentioned in the Dunkin Donuts employee newletter b/c of a post I had written about one of their employees. It was my 15 minutes of fame and I thought I was all that and a bag of chips! This is far more exciting. Just goes to show how talented you are. Congratulations.

  10. Congratulations! I remember that post because I think I had just found your blog around then and thought it was such a cute project that I added you to my reader. : )

  11. Congratulations. I have a homeschool mom friend here that talked about your blog one day because she was wanting the drawer system you guys built. I was happy to say that went to college with you!=) I like being friends with a celebrity!


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