Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bursting to tell you...

OK, I'm done. I can't wait one more day to let you in on my secret. I just didn't want to jinx anything, you know? Drum roll please...

little girl Pearl is going to be in Woman's World Magazine!!!

Here's how it happened. I wandered into the Etsy forums one day this past summer, and noticed a post from Adam in admin. The title was press opportunity, and as it turned out two national magazines were looking for businesses geared to different demographics. "Magazine B" was a better fit for me, so I submitted a one paragraph essay on how I started my business.

You know, I had my daughter, wanted to dress her in cute things, couldn't find any I couldn't do better myself, started making them, people asked where I found them, etc., etc.

So, I promptly forgot about it until I received a call from a writer at Woman's World who loved my story, and voila, after a phone interview and a photographer came to my house (more on that in a minute), it should be in the November 16th issue! Which means that it will be on check out stands on November 9th.

Oh man. So, remember back to me having to clean my house for three days straight? Yep. A photographer who was contracted by the magazine came to my freshly neatened home to take photos of my workspace. Ah, there's the rub. My workspace is also pleasingly cluttered, and in an unfinished basement. It's true. This would not do.



So I staged a nice little corner of the living room with a few bolts, my sewing machine, and who else but the P. and her best friend B. Mine was of course the one trying to hide, and her best friend stealing the show all the while. I wish I could share those pictures, but alas they don't belong to me. I was able to take a pic of "my workspace" though, just to share.



I am thrilled beyond belief, a little nervous (certainly about the picture, hoping I don't look too cheesy), and so excited about the whole thing.

So check out Woman's World on the 9th, and know that my house NEVER looks that good. Take heart.

From Minneapolis,
~Melissa

14 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow!! Congrats! and thanks for sharing the inside scoop I always wonder how those women do it. =) I'd never let a photographer into my house. lol

icicle said...

Melissa, that's great! -- congratulations! I'm going to look for WW and you for the next two weeks till I find a copy. Neat!
For two years Better Homes & Gardens wanted to do a shoot in our house for Christmas but they needed snow and those were the warmest winters ever in Vermont. Go figure. I was a nervous wreck those holidays and vowed never again -- we missed our 15 minutes, but "letting the place go" never felt better :)

Johanna said...

That is amazing! Congratulations! I hope it brings tons of traffic to you. You'd better take some vacation time for sewing.

Melissa said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Doesn't the Fashion Incubator lady call it the Bible of the fashion industry? Hope you're prepared for all the calls and emails you'll be fielding... I'm so happy for you! And I love the clean and tidy fake studio you created. Anybody who sews will see right through it:)

littlegirlpearl said...

Not Women's Wear Daily Melissa, which I cannot even imagine!! Nope, Woman's World Magazine, which is at virtually every check out stand in America, circulation 8 million. Yep, 8 million. Which is why I'm freaking out just a bit. But in a good way!

Melissa said...

Oh, only 8 million. I have no idea what you're so fussed about:) I'm super excited for you, and I'm going to show it to people and say "I know her!" (or more accurately, "I know who that is!") Yay!

Andrea on Third Street said...

Congratulations! So inspiring! I look forward to the issue.

SilverLining Designs said...

WOW! That is so fantastic. You must be jumping out of your skin with excitement. I will be looking for it on the newsstand.

Laurie Anne said...

Hi Melissa, I just stumbled upon your blog and am so glad that I did! I'm just in time to wish you my Congratulations!! How exciting!
I love your blog, intend to follow and will be back again really soon.x

Dilla said...

I was bloghopping and found your blog. Congrats on ur achievement. Do you sell your pattern as well?
-from UK + Malaysia.

littlegirlpearl said...

Hi Dilla,

I don't sell my patterns...yet...but who knows, it might be something to delve into in the future.

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,

I just saw you in WW magazine! Congratulations! I visited your Etsy site and the clothing's beautiful. Wish you much success!
LaToya

Niesz Vintage Home said...

WooHoo! Congratulations! That's so exciting.
I don't even have children and I am completely entralled by the cute clothes you make. :-)
I'll be sure to look for the magazine when I'm at the store today.

oh, and your new "studio" area turned out wonderful.

Kimberly

Jennifer said...

Congrats! Your stuff is adorable!