I Was Contacted

1.22.2011


First let me say thanks for going over and taking a peek at Joan's blog. She really did appreciate it.

Now, I have been keeping a little secret. I never realized that by putting photos on my blog and linking 
to parties that there are people from magazines scouting these things.
I received an email the other day and at first thought it was a scam. It said Christmas mantel
request from Better Homes and Gardens. I thought what? I opened it and sure enough
they were requesting permission to use a certain photo of my Christmas mantel that I had linked
to  Layla's mantel link party. 



This was the photo attached in the email that they want to use for a video series on bhg.com. for the holidays this year.
Yea, it's not the magazine, but it is something that will be seen by a lot of people and I am quite
honored that they want to use this shot.

They went on to say they needed it in a 300 dpi or larger. I didn't have a clue what that meant, but
I knew someone that could surely tell me. I emailed Kat and she answered me right away and explained about resolution to me. She had me send her the photo so that she could tell me what dpi it was. Thanks Kat for the help.  I wrote bhg.com back and they said they would see if they could use the photo I had since it was only 180dpi. A few days later they wrote me back and they are
going to use it! I am thrilled that it is a go.
They also wanted to know how I attached the Santa head to the mirror. I told them with a command strip by 3M. Stick it on and then after Christmas it just pulls right off.

The moral of this story is that it does pay to link up to these parties. You just never know who
is looking!

So get linking,

KIM

104 comments:

  1. Congratulations Kim! You definitely deserve to be featured.

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  2. Congrats Kim - that is super exciting!

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  3. oh, that is soooo exciting!!!
    you should explain what 300dpi is, I have heard that that is a good quality shot...but what is it!

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  4. Congrats Kim! That's super. Neat surprise huh!
    Sherry

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  5. Kim, How exciting for you! Congrats and well deserved. I bet they will be calling you again for even more pictures of your beautiful home. I am very happy for you.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  6. I can't say I'm surprised! But I am delighted for you! Congradulations!
    Best,
    Susan

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  7. How fun, Kim, you certainly deserve it with all of your hard work. I'm sure an actual magazine is right around the corner :). Blessings, Kim

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  8. Congratulations Kim!! So exciting. I'm glad that so many people will be seeing your beautiful home!

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  9. I am so thrilled for you. You deserve this. Soak it in.

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  10. Wow! Very impressive and I know you are thrilled beyond words. And it's your words that always make me laugh...when you said you didn't have a clue what a 300 dpi photo is, I had to chuckle (hey, I don't have a clue either...)

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  11. That's so exciting!! Congratulations!!

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  12. Congratulation Kim! It was a beautiful Christmas mantel ~ your whole home is beautiful! Tammy

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  13. Hi Kim,
    This is great news! I'm not surprised though because your mantel is beautiful and I remember oohing and ahhing all over it this past December.

    I'm excited for you.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  14. That is so cool and very well deserved! You never know what will happen next! Look at Miss Mustard Seed!!!

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  15. OMG I am so excited for you KIM! You just never know who is looking and lurking, that is so cool! Congrats, you totally worked hard and deserve it!

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  16. Congrats Kim! That is wonderful! It was only a matter of time before one of the mags wanted to feature you. I know you must be thrilled! Big smiles!!!

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  17. YAY!!! Congrats Kim, you deserve to be recognized, and I am so happy for you:)

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  18. Great advice! I'll remember that one. And of course, congrats!
    Brenda

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  19. Hi Kim, It's Pebbles (Dee) from RMS I hope you remember me. I've been a follower for a while and just had to say congratulations you totally deserve this!

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  20. Yep, you never know, I'm so very happy for you Kim and that was a great idea on how you attached the Santa to the mirror, funny how they had to ask you huh? Again congrats, so well deserved!

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  21. Congratulations! You just never know do you! It is a great shot with the Santa on the mirror. A great idea. Recognition well deserved!

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  22. Kim you so deserve this acknowledgment of your wonderful decorating! Congrats!

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  23. Congratulations!!
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  24. Congratulations Kim! So excited for you...your mantle does look wonderful!!!

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  25. Congratulations, Kim. Your mantel is very pretty and definitely deserving.

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  26. Oh my goodness~CONGRATULATIONS! How super exciting for you! :)

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  27. Yay Kim, I am so happy for you but not at all surprised your photos and home are just lovely.

    Congrates Kelsie

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  28. Kim - That's so awesome! Congrats! I'd be doing a little happy dance :) Those command strips are the best invention ever!!!!

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  29. Congrats!! What a thrill for you. I know that alot of people will be admiring your mantel. I get emails from them showing different decorating ideas all the time. I bet your photo will be one of those they send out to people during the holiday season. You'll have to let me know when they post it so I can look for it.

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  30. Congratulations Kim ~ how exciting for you! Wow ~ Your mantel will get alot of looks and it was so lovely ;-)

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  31. Thanks so much for all your sweet comments.

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  32. Wow, congrats. It's like a mini fairy tale! An inspiration to the rest of you us. Can't wait to see it on BHG! liz

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  33. WooooHooo...Congrats! That is Fantastic!

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  34. Congratulations! That's fantastic -- you must be on cloud nine. You go girl :)

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  35. Can't wait to see it on their website next year. Congrats. My guess is it won't be the last time they ask to use your wonderfully decorated home.

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  36. You deserve it, I'm surprised no one else has asked.

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  37. Fantastic, Kim! The honor is well deserved. I'm thrilled that you are getting this attention. ~ Sarah

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  38. That is so Cooooool!!!! You deserve the recognition, how exciting. I love your blog, and so appreciate you sharing your techniques and paint colors.

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  39. Oh Kim, congratulations!!!!! What an honor and you definitely deserve such recognition. All of your vignettes are always stunning and you definitely have a special talent. This is really wonderful. Congrats again. Hugs, Marty

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  40. Yowza - huge congratulations to you!!!! What an honor.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  41. Congratulations Kim! Your mantel is gorgeous, as are all of your projects and you deserve to be seen!

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  42. Congratulations Kim! Your mantel is gorgeous, as are all of your projects and you deserve to be seen!

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  43. how exciting Kim!!!!
    Congratulations!!
    what a wonderful honor!

    joan

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  44. Wow, holy cow, dang, fantastic, incredible, terrific, marvelous, oh my the words just are pouring out in my excitement for you Kim. Congratulations!

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  45. Congrats!!! That is so fabulous. Isn't it the most amazing feeling ever to be acknowledged like that?!? :)

    Donna

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  46. thats terrific news Kim and you sure deserve it... I am so happy they acknowledged the beauty you create.
    This could start a whole new career for you~!

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  47. What a great deal, Kim. Happy for you!

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  48. That is so wonderful Kim. Congratulations. Keep us posted.

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  49. Congratulations! Just wait till they take a good look at the rest of your blog...they will be contacting you like crazy! You definitely deserve the recognition!

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  50. Congratulations! I know I have said it before, but I LOVE your blog. It is one of my all time favorites! Your home is beautiful. I am ready to try the painting technique that you shared recently - the distressed mirror.

    I have not tried linking to one of the parties yet... I am still new to blogging - I am just sure I will do something wrong :-)

    Thanks again for sharing your ideas and your gorgeous home.

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  51. Congratulations! Your home is beautiful and you deserve this honor! How exciting for you!

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  52. Congrats, I can't wait for the holidays to see it. The Santa on the mirror is sooo creativeI I had Romantic Homes contact me through my blog, saw my stuff and asked if I wanted to submit a project for the "Make it" section. That is how I got in, oh yes! They scout the blogs! Your photo's are so amazing it makes me want to get a real camera LOL!

    Carol

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  53. Congrats Kim! If anyone deserves it, it is you. Not only are you extremely talented, you never fail to always stop what you're doing and help the rest of us when we need you. My guess is this will be the first of many opportunities for you! I personally think you are AWESOME! :)

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  54. Congratulations! You are so talented that it's not a surprise that they found you!

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  55. Congrats! That is terrific news. You have awesome style. It was only a matter of time.

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  56. That is so cool! It's hard to believe that people are working on Christmas right now isn't it! Congrats and thanks for the info!

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  57. Yay! Congrats Kim! I always say that your house should be in a magazine!!! You totally deserve the attention!! I'm sure there's a lot more to come too.

    -heather

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  58. What great news! It was such a beautiful mantle. :) Congrats!

    ~ Kim

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  59. Wow, y'all you are making my head swell!!

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  60. Congrats its a beautiful mantle,very well deserved feature.

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  61. Congrats - that is well deserved as you have a wonderful knack for decorating.

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  62. How exciting!!
    Congrats!!

    ~Cindy~

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  63. Wow, congratulations and what an honor! Keep us posted!

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  64. KIm that is unbelievably awesome!!!! I am so happy for you and it is so well deserved! Congrats!

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  65. How awesome is this, Kim?! And I'm not surprised a bit! Congrats!!

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  66. Omgosh Kim this is so exciting!!!It will be so fun to see your mantel on BHG!!! Wow! Congratualation to YOU!!! Kathysue

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  67. Whoo hoo!!!! You go girl!!!! I'm waiting for the day The Nate Show contacts you! If you need a partner to go with you I'm always down!!! haha!!!

    Love ya Kim!
    Jennifer

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  68. Wow, how exciting! Congratulations, Kim! It is so well deserved also...Christine

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  69. Congratulations Kim! How exciting for you.

    Gail

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  70. I think they know a winner when they see it! Glad for you to be recognized. You deserve it.

    You energize me to try harder to accomplish my goals.

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  71. Forgot to say that I think 3M should use your picture in their advertising. Of course, they should pay you for your idea.

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  72. That's so exciting and so well deserved, Kim!

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  73. Congratulations Kim, How exciting!! Your mantel is gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  74. That is so cool! Congratulations, Kim! You'll have to let us know when it goes viral : ) so we can see it.

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  75. WOW Kim, that's so exciting!!.. Congratulations! Your decorating deserved magazine exposure, it's that good!

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  76. I'm just surprised it took someone this long to contact you! Your home is beautiful and very magazine worthy!

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  77. What fun, Kim! Well deserved and so exciting! Please keep us posted ...

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  78. I can certainly see why, it's very beautiful!! :)

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  79. Congratulations!! That is amazing! I love when good things happen to good people.

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  80. Congrats! You definitely deserve it! :)

    - Lauren

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  81. Congrats to you, special lady! You have a beautiful home & fantastic taste...how exciting that is for you! I'm sure there will be more wonderful things like this for you in the future!

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  82. Congratulations, Kim! If ever there were a person who made a BETTER HOME, it is definitely you! You deserve this honor. Hugs and a big high five! Tanna

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  83. Kim that is so exciting! I'm so happy for you - because you give others so much home inspiration, and I'm glad you are being recognized for your beautiful contributions and ideas. Enjoy the spotlight!

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  84. Kim, congratulations!!! You deserve it too, your blog is simply amazing it's no wonder it caught Better Homes and Garden's eyes. Well done, young lady, have a wonderful Sunday, xoxo tami

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  85. WOW!Congrats!...who knew!I didn't realize that!..love BHG mag, it is one of my fav, I'll be lookin'!

    ~Jo
    ~LazyonLoblolly

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  86. Kim - woot woot! That is awesome news. I think BHG is missing out by not showcasing your home more, but who knows...maybe that is next!

    My blog is exactly how the publishers of Country Woman found me when they published my kitchen. Who knew right? Can't wait to see your mantel in all its glory this Christmas.

    Congrats again!

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  87. Hi Kim-

    How cool is that? It is exciting to see your work on a major site. Earlier this year I saw a photo of one of the rooms I did for a decorator showhouse back in 1997 show up on the site. I had no idea they were going to use it. It was a nice surprise. I am so excited for you! You will have to keep us posted.
    My best- Diane

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  88. Kim,
    Kudos! What a great feather in your cap! (That was a great mantle!) I know it will be next Christmas, but can't wait to see it... please make sure you let us know.

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  89. Just wanted to tell you congrats! It's so exciting to be on BH&G. I just love their magazine and their site too. It will be so fun to see your mantel up there and I can say, Hey I know her! ;)

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  90. congrats on the feature - very exciting

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  91. That is soo exciting Kim!! Congrats!!! Also loving the new "new" bench! It looks wonderful.

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  92. How exciting! I'm not surprised...you photos of your home are prettier than anything in any magazine! I'm so happy for you! I will be able to say...I knew her when! heehee! ♥

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  93. I must have missed this post. What an incredible opportunity Kim!!! You have to be so excited!!!

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  94. That is wonderful!!! Congratulations. I know you are so excited. The picture is beautiful! Love & blessings from NC!

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  95. CONGRATS Kim...that is so exciting! Honestly, I knew it was just a matter of time before you were "noticed" by some magazine company! Really, your photos and talent is endless. Congrats! XOXO ~Liz

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  96. Just catching up as I've been in Beverly Hills for the weekend and Wow a lot has happened!!! Yippee for you, you certainly deserve it, I wondered how long it would be before you were in big print! Way to go my friend!

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  97. I love your doggies they are precious.I especially like the photo of your baby with the dryer ball toy looking at you while you are blogging.That is so cute!sillshill.blogspot.com I found you at Rita-may-recipes.blogspot.com

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  98. hi Kim, I'm trying to catch up and WOW how EXCITING!!! although it's no surprise that your beautiful home got picked!! :)

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