hgtv and today's parent

When I graduated from University (the first time around) I wanted nothing more than to work for a magazine. Trouble was, the country was in the middle of a recession, I had no connections and at 21 years old not a whole lot to offer. So it is with great delight that I now find myself contributing to and popping up in magazines.

In the summer, I received an email from an editor at the fairly new HGTV magazine (this is only their second issue.) She has seen the blue bedroom my partner Yasmin and I worked on that was profiled in Chatelaine magazine. She was wondering about the paint colour we used on the walls and thought it might be a good fit for a reoccurring column they have called, Wow, What Paint Color is That?

After a few emails back and forth and phone conversation to New York my job was done. I have to say that it is quite surreal to be standing in a bookstore and see your name and work mentioned in a magazine. You kind of want to point it out to everyone visiting the store! I'm proud to say that this is the first time one of our projects has graced the pages of an American magazine.

This month, I also have a small craft how-to in the Canadian parenting bible Today's Parent. I was asked if I had any ideas for a Valentine activity that parents could do with their kids. I immediately thought of all of the fabulous projects that Abbey from Aesthetic Outburst got up to last February. I remembered she made some easy felt bracelets with hearts and then attached them to cardstock to be sent out as Valentines. She actually got the idea from Katie of the blog Katie Did.

I modified the craft so that it included two different sized hearts layered over one another and opted for a ribbon in place of the felt band. I asked my friend Kristin (of Hello! Neighbor fame) if her son would mind writing some of the cards for me. There is something so delightful about kids handwriting. Thanks to both Abbey and Katie for the original idea. This craft take a bit of time to get together but once you get the assembly line of hearts and ribbons going you can make quite a few of these quite quickly.