So, I don’t know if y’all know this about me, but I’m a total nerd for Young House Love. I’ve been reading their blog for years, I comment pretty faithfully , and I am basically in love with everything they do.
I have a blog crush, if you will.
Knowing this (if you didn’t, you do now!) about me, it should come as no surprise that I’ve been eagerly anticipating their book signing here in Austin ever since they announced it like, forever ago. I may or may not have been counting down the days. And guess what? It was last night! Corey and I headed to the bookstore right after work – we got there almost an hour early, and all of the seats were already filled…apparently we aren’t the only ones with a blog crush on John & Sherry! Thankfully, I snagged one of the very first standing spots and had a pretty perfect view of their “stage”.
(Apologies for the not-so-awesome iPhone photos. I wasn’t about to lug my big ol’ DSLR in there!)
Watching their videos and reading their posts, I’ve always thought to myself that there is absolutely no way they’re actually that friendly, funny, and just likeable in person. No one is really that likeable, right?
Um, WRONG. They’re just as adorable and hilarious in person as they are online, if not more. They were constantly cracking little jokes throughout their presentation and were so incredibly approachable and friendly. I loved them in person. They talked for about 10 minutes, then allowed the rest of their speaking portion to be set aside for questions from the crowd. Their talk was super interesting, though, so let’s focus on that first.
They have talked so much about the book and the process behind it on their blog so far that I was kind of expecting most of what they said to be a repeat of things I’ve already heard – but surprisingly it was all new and it was (of course) fantastic. They talked about the 5 big differences between writing the book and writing for their blog and, while I’d never put much thought into how the two are different, it was fascinating to hear their take! They explained that when they’re blogging, most of what they do is in response to a need. They need a new media cabinet? They find a gorgeous mid-century dresser and clean it up. Their kitchen is dark, dated, and not very functional? They give it an insane makeover, bringing in tons of light and function. But with the book, it was so much more open – they could do whatever they wanted, and there were really no limits on what sorts of projects they could do or what style they could do them in. If you’re familiar with the book/their blog, you’ll know that a ton of the projects in the book are a pretty different style or color palette from what’s in their house, and they said that was half the fun, because they got to try out things that they’d never do in their own home. It was really cool to hear their take on what it was like and how it was different, so I really enjoyed their little talk.
The Q&A session started off with a bang (pun intended) when the very first question was why Sherry had her bangs pinned back (it was wet and rainy) and the second question didn’t get asked because it was going to be the same thing. Sherry joked about how it had been quite a scandal when she posted about her new bangs on Instagram, because everyone thought they were fake. She promises they’re real (and they should have a post going up about them today!) and she’d never trick us all into thinking she got bangs when she didn’t.
Yup – we ask the hard-hitting, totally relevant questions here in Austin.
I was amused by how many of the questions were about Sherry’s hair, her non-pregnant status, and other completely-not-about-DIY topics. But, I guess that’s the sign of bloggers who people truly care about, right? They handled the questions (that I’m sure they’re getting tired of) with complete grace, though, and were making us laugh throughout the whole thing. I even got to sneak in a question about how hard it was for them to come up with all of the ideas for their book (answer: not very, and even easier once they decided to separate it into rooms, because then they had more of a focus). Once the questions were answered, it was time to head upstairs for the book signing!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter/Instagram may have seen that I brought two books to the event…one for Corey and me…
…and one for one of you!
But we’ll get to that in a minute.
I was totally nervous going up to talk to John & Sherry at the signing, because I’m totally awkward in these sorts of social situations. I am the worst at small talk, and I was terrified I would just stare awkwardly at them the whole time I was at the table. Luckily, they’re super sweet (have I mentioned that yet?) and put me right at ease. We chatted a little bit as they signed the book (and John complimented my bicycle scarf!) and then we headed out. But, not before signing THEIR book. They are bringing a blank copy of their book that they got during the editing phase to all of their signings (it just has the cover of the book, but all of the pages are blank) to have everyone sign. It was almost completely full already, but Corey and I managed to find a blank page to make our mark.
We had so much fun going to meet John & Sherry last night, and I’m so glad we did it (even if it did get me home way past my bedtime because I’m apparently 90 years old and need to be asleep by 10:00).
And now, for the part you care about – the giveaway! I’ve got one signed copy of John & Sherry’s book to share. All you’ve gotta do is leave a comment, and I’ll pick a random winner. I’ll leave it open until midnight on Sunday, January 13th.
Have you ever been to a book signing? Would you have been geeking out over meeting John & Sherry as much as I was?