Friday, 26 July 2013

NOT so perfect timing!!






























We have been trying to prepare our home to be photographed for a magazine~and unfortunately for us it has been #ELL!
The timing couldn't be worse-my husband was locked out from work because of a labor dispute and we have found ourselves in a terrible position financially.
With 5 kids, 2 cats, 2 dogs, mortgage, food, bills, gas, (did I mention 5 kids??)  our budget is LOW if at all! Our kids are on summer break, under foot and complaining of boredom all day-well, why can't you go outside and play for HOURS like 'I' did when I was a kid?? I didn't sit around harping at MY mother! We have nowhere to send them for even a nice FULL day -and that makes it hard. Trying to get things done but then you have to break to cook them all lunch and then clean up etc.
We have some more painting and trimwork to do-the editor wants these photos VERY SOON-we have been under an EXTREME amount of stress. I was actually close to calling it OFF-except for the fact that I 'KNOW' I would regret it horribly if I did. You have to try to style your home geared toward the fan base of that particular magazine-so I was terribly upset when I found out my girls room probably wouldn't be featured in the issue. I have to change the wall color and add some decor touches and TRY to make it work because I promised my girls they would see their room in a magazine one day! I understand every one goes through a battle of some sort at some time- and some are much easier than others -this may not be as bad as some of the other battles I have faced in the past but it is my battle (right now) and it's draining!  I have dreamed of my home being in a magazine for about 20 years now-with everything going on I just wish this wasn't so hard. I am determined to make it work-because I KNOW the satisfaction would be beyond my expectations!
~I wish you all the best in whatever battle you are fighting right now~
~Mel

27 comments:

  1. I hope everything works out for you including the job for your husband. Whenever I go thur a battle I always keep saying to myself "This too shall pass."
    It helps! You have a beautiful home so I wouldn't worry to much!

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  2. Mel...I so enjoy your blog and your home looks picture perfect as it is! I can totally relate with your stress. I have 5 children also (all grown now), but when they were little....things would get rough. With one income, bills, food, car stuff, kid's stuff....it could really get to me..but one thing you have to remember....you have a great family and this will pass and make you stronger.

    Your pictures are beautiful and provide so much inspiration...it's just uplifting to read your blog. Hang in there...things will get better!

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  3. Your home looks fantastic--so cozy and welcoming. I'm sorry preparing for this magazine shoot is coupled with employment and money stresses. When you see it in the glossy pages, I hope all this will be a distant memory! It really must be exciting to anticipate this, though!

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  4. Ah Mel, I've been there. The anxiousness of not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from. Take a deep breath and just make do with what you have. Your home is beautiful as is. Believe that this is a great opportunity for your children, too, and believe in yourself. I dream of a living room like your's, truly I do. Hang in there and know that out here in blogland, you've got our support.

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  5. Your home is just lovely!! It will all work out. I totally understand about the money thing as well. I guess that is where the true creativity comes in...working with what you have. Take a deep breath, keep your heart in peace, and watch it come about!!
    Blessings, Diane

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  6. Your home is just so nice and cozy. I can't imagine the stress the photo shoot would be. But congratulation......just do your best.
    So sorry about your husband's job. I hope they reopen the doors soon. How scary. I haven't been in that situation but very close.
    (((((HUGS)))0

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  7. Your home is gorgeous. So sorry about the added stress the magazine shoot is causing but I'm glad you had the foresight to know that you'd regret it if you canceled it. It will be lovely and so rewarding in the end!

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  8. I can imagine the stress! If it is any consolation, I sure wanted to dive into that bed! And I to think your home is gorgeous!

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  9. Hang in there, Mel. Everything will come together - it's just hard to see it when you're in the middle of it all. Your home is so sweet and charming and your photos are gorgeous. Keeping a good thought for you and your family!

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  10. Melanie...oh my gosh darling..you do sound stressed to the max..which I could help..but just think of the end result it will be worth it,right?? What magazine is going to feature you,it had better be one I can get a copy of...now just calm down and enjoy....xoxo

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  11. Wow-I'm sorry you're under so much stress! It seems like things always pile on at once. But that's SUCH an exciting opportunity for you to be published-your house definitely looks magazine-worthy! :)
    Susan

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  12. So sorry, I hope it all works out and that your spouse is working soon. It looks beautiful.

    Maybe you could borrow things from other rooms to style the girls' room, or maybe the linens could be flipped to the other side if they are two sided.

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  13. I often enjoy your blog and admire your decor.I send many blessings your way and pray your husbands company will reopen.I wish I was close as I sure would help you out in anyway I could.I even have lots of paint laying around.I am in Oregon I have no idea where you are :( I feel your pain in other ways but feel your pain.Blessings!

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  14. I just love the stick chair outside the building. It looks amazing and just my style!!!

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  15. Hello Melanie, I'm Endah from Indonesia. Your pictures so lovely . I really love the kitchen. The outdoor stick chair looks so excited. I invite you to visit my blog, if you have a moment.

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  16. Wow Mel I can't even begin to imagine how overwhelmed you must be. Why is it that the timing of things is always so crappy? Your home is going to look so beautiful on those glossy pages, I can't wait darn it! Your in my thoughts ~ Meg

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  17. Love your decor!! Soothing colors are wonderful. Oh, love and love some more those sofa covers! I can't find anyone around here who can do it. Called a lady who actually lives a bit far but I would take the sofas there but she told me to just buy new sofas since they are pretty inexpensive now a days! Imagine that. Lovely photos!

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  18. Your home is beautiful Mel. I can only begin to imagine the stress of the photo shoot and add to that the lock out -ouch! Thinking of you! BTW does your local library have any 1/2 day programs where you could drop the young ones off?

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  19. I love your house Mel! Makes me want to go paint everything white :)

    Please let us hear of the final decision and see pics of your beautiful home in the magazine.

    Oh, and I can totally relate to kids underfoot when you're trying to get things done!

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  20. Wow, beautiful blog. I love your kitchen.

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  21. Such a beautiful home and blog. I am so tickled to have found you. I sm following. Sulk by for a visit. Blessings!

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  22. Your pictures are lovely. I feel as if I want to step right into them. Your comments about the children brought back a memory of my mom telling us (there were 5 of us) "Go find something to do or I'LL find you something to do!" which meant WORK! So I guess kids are so different now! Will be lifting your family up in prayer. Good luck with your endeavors. Have a blessed week!

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  24. I just LoVe how you decorate with white. Sometimes people back away from it with children but you show it works! I am sooo happy to have found your blog.

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  25. Just found your blog and since I just bought a farmhouse I really love being inspired by your posts. You have a lovely home. I own a tiny house that is 8' x 18' and I get several requests and invites a year from magazine editors, to be included in their magazines. The last two were from Italian shabby chic style magazines. I have refused them all. They don't offer to pay for my time or to hire someone to shoot professional pictures to send to them, so for me it makes no sense. Reading what you are going through confirms why I need to continue to say "No" to future magazine editors requests. I hope life begins to smooth out for you and that your dream of a magazine spread is worth all the stress.

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  26. "Discovered" you recently on Pinterest. Our taste in d├ęcor is very similar! Your home absolutely beautiful. Would you mind telling me the paint color of the pink bedroom. Most all pinks are just too saturated for me, but yours is perfect! Thank you much!

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