Monday, November 5, 2012

It's here!! It's here!!

What's here, you ask?  Only the book written by my very favorite blog in the whole wide world Young House Love, that I pre-ordered on July 1st!  It's the same blog that I talked about here.

I received an email last week that it would actually arrive today but the UPS man (or was it Fed-Ex?) decided that Christmas should come early for me so he delivered it on Saturday!  Unfortunately (and ironically), I couldn't dive into it right then because I was getting dressed to drive 2 hours to Cincinnati to take a trip to IKEA.  Why is it ironic?  Well, IKEA is "their jam" and also Cincy was the very first stop on their first ever book tour....because this is their first ever book.  Sadly, I didn't get to make it to their book tour stop because I had already planned a little weekend girls' trip to Myrtle Beach.  I was sad that I couldn't be a part of their first stop on their book tour but I'm hoping I can catch them somewhere else even though all of their other stops aren't exactly close.  I think they're in the process of scheduling one in Atlanta so you can bet your britches that I'm gonna drive the 6 hours down there to see them! 

Before I get into my love affair with this book, let's back up to last week.  I stopped in Barnes & Noble to say hi to a friend that works there and thought that maybe I would just walk by the Interior Design section and just SEE if they already had it in stock.  I strolled by and look what I saw!

I was torn.  Should I "cheat" on my exclusive copy and look at one of these other books?  I didn't know what to do.  So I casually picked one up and my breaths were getting very short and shallow.....then I got light-headed because of my lack of oxygen.  I have to say that I've never reacted this way over a book.  A book, people.  A book!  So I rubbed my hand over the cover.  Turned it over and rubbed my hand on the back.  Should I open it?  I didn't know what to do.  I took a deep breath (still feeling light-headed) and opened the cover.  

Ahhh!  This may just look like a meaningless pattern to you but it's not.  They designed it themselves based on a little heart logo of theirs and turned it into a pattern that screams Young House Love!  When I saw saw this pattern, I knew this was fo' real.  I basically just slowly fanned the pages out so I wasn't technically cheating on my copy.  I was just getting a preview.  I mean, anytime Justin Timberlake comes out with a new movie, I know I'm gonna spend my money and check out his fine self.  Just because I watch the preview on TV and rewind it over and over again doesn't mean I'm not gonna enjoy every single second of the full-length movie.  

After my little rendezvous with the book, I put it back on the shelf and then hoped that all those people around me didn't actually see what had just happened with me and this book.  It was a private moment.  

Back to my copy!  I got home late Saturday night, slept in til about 9 but when I got up, it was on like donkey kong.  Before I even had my breakfast, I set up shop on the couch.  Stretched out on the couch with blanket....check.  Book....check.  Post-its to flag projects I want to do....check.  Tippy pouting because this book is going to more attention than her today.....check!

I seriously wanted to read every. single. word. of this book.  I even read this page....the page that nobody reads.  I'm tellin' ya.....I was serious about this book.  Oh, did I mention that I've never pre-ordered a book in my life?....And I ordered this one 4 months in advance.  

One page into the book and Tippy had the mentality of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." big of a loser would I be if I told you about 6-7 hours later, I read all 336 pages.....all 10 chapters....all 243 ways to paint, craft, update & show my home some love.  The only thing I didn't read was the 10 pages of resources because I knew I could easily refer to those pages if I needed to know where something in their book came from.  Thank God for that extra hour we gained yesterday because that allowed me more time to park my butt on the couch and only get up to pee and eat.  Right before I was about to start reading chapter 5 about organizing, I realized it was 1:28pm and I should probably go brush my teeth for the first time today.  I'm not kidding.  I had this day completely blocked off for Young House Love.  I didn't even take the time to play with my new stuff I got at IKEA the day before....actually, it's still in the car. 

So my opinion of the book?  It's great.  It's cute.  They're cute.  I love how their sense of humor is all over it.  It was exciting.  It had great ideas.  Leave your house right now and go buy it....or just get on your computer and order it.  Actually....scratch that.  You'll have to wait for it to be delivered.  Go.  Right now.  Get it.  Oh, and check out their blog when you get back.  (Like they actually need my help in getting followers....Ha!)  But I'm not doing it for them.  I'm doing it for you.  You're life (and home) will be better.  Promise.

Update: Look who commented below!  Ahhhhhhh!!!!! 

Another update:  One of the photos I posted above made it in today's Young House Love post! This is the greatest day of my life!


  1. Ahhhhh! You're so sweet. Thanks so much for the kind words! So glad you loved it. And Tippy = the coolest dog on the planet (tied with Burger). Seriously. The coolest.

    Sherry (& John)

    1. I just died. And Tippy? Well, she's trying to get into the tequila and have a fiesta up in here!

  2. Now I'm getting excited to get my copy too! Glad you had a nice day with them. ;o) And don't you love how sometimes she comment bombs unexpectedly? Those two are MY jam. Great post Shari!

    My best, Lynn

    1. Thanks, Lynn! You will LOVE LOVE LOVE the book! And yes, I I think I died 10 times over again when I saw her comment!

  3. Visiting from YHL -- yes, I stalk their post comments! Your post just made me literally lol! Too funny!!

    Fabulously Vintage

    P.s. I totally would cheat on my copy in B&N too.. don't be ashamed!!

    1. Thanks for stopping in! Glad you enjoyed it. When it comes to YHL, I take it seriously!