On TV with Rachael Ray!
Yesterday I came out of hiding in a BIG WAY. My DIY segment for the @rachaelrayshow aired on Friday, February 15th! Today I’ll share all the details about how this happened, direct links to the projects they featured…and a video chat talking about the “behind the scenes” experiences.
The segment was all about what $1400 will buy you in housing across the U.S. It began with an email from a producer, and we set up a call later that day. During the call I answered a few questions in regards to our housing costs and the size of our house. The next day (Friday) I heard back that I was chosen for the segment and would be flown to New York on Monday for filming! It was so surreal and it happened within a 5 day span!
Over the weekend I had homework — I was asked to create a home video of our DIY projects. I asked if there was any specific DIY they wanted to focus on, but they said “film every DIY” we’ve ever done. I don’t think they realized just HOW MUCH we’ve done ourselves…so I shared hours worth of video (more about that in the behind-the-scenes video). It made me laugh hearing the audience chuckle at how I hide my mail. You never know what’s going to resonate with readers or a live audience. I was happy to join a budget DIY segment — because that’s what this blog has always been about!
Watch: My Home Video for The Rachael Ray Show
Then we were flown to New York to film the DIY segment with Rachael in front of a live audience
My episode wasn’t recorded but it’s syndicated. You can Google season 13, episode 95. After my home video, I had the chance to to do a live DIY on stage with Rachael. @rachaelray is every bit of her adorable self in person as she is on tv (and so is her amazing staff). This is the lady who taught our generation to cook, and now her #30minutemeals is making a TV comeback!
Projects they featured:
I filmed SO many projects! I was SURE they would choose our BIGGEST projects to feature, like our whole-home DIY Pergo installation, or some of the furniture we’ve built. But they chose simple, achievable DIYs. It’s a good reminder that not everyone has a woodshop, power tools or a willing “significant other” to put to work. I’ll share more of those projects — after all, this blog began when I was a single mom learning how to fix up my home on a budget.
If you’re new to my blog, here are some of the links to the projects they shared:
- The Paris map art (over my entertainment center)
- Baskets to hide mail + painted kitchen cabinets
- Winter botanicals / free printables.
- Our house tour (of our current & previous houses)
- I try to share links to exact or similar decorating sources I use in my home
- Browse more of my budget decorating ideas here.
How the Rachael Ray Show found me:
If you’re wondering how all of this happened, this came out of the blue. Here’s a 3 minute video clip about everything from the day I got the email, to our real life the behind-the-scenes experience. I start giggling in the middle of it, it’s funny now but making the home video was a little stressful at the time.
I don’t love doing video because of the real life interruptions. Maybe that’s something I need to get over — but for Rachael Ray they wanted it to be professional, and as hard as I’d try there was either a technical glitch (my iPhone storage would fill up or a toilet was flushing). The nerves started to kick in at home while filming and it was the hardest part of the entire experience for me. We’re going to try to fix that so that filming is a bit easier. :)
I’m beside myself that this opportunity even happened. And to be honest – it’s my family that made this possible. My husband let me leave my software sales career behind to pursue my creative business. He helps me execute all of my ideas, makes all the wood cuts and takes on home projects without complaint. He’s a saint. My kids have gotten used to my creative pursuits and watched me wreck the house — only to put it all back together again in better form. They’re awesome and creative souls, too. My family is my “why” – even though it isn’t always apparent in the chaos of home renovations and my consulting business, it’s my love language.
Even if this TV appearance becomes a one-time thing, it feels like the universe is telling me to tune into a higher frequency and to step out of my comfort zone. Not everyone will love me —or— my projects. I won’t gain everyone’s approval. Some people are critics. Maybe I bombed and I don’t know it yet. ? But none of that will matter if it’s my calling and it’s something I love to do.
But something tells me people are really looking for unique ways to beautify their home on a budget. Not a TV budget…one for real life. If that’s what you’re looking for then you’ve come to the right place!
Thanks so much for all the encouragement and well wishes. This has been such an exciting adventure. ?
Congratulations! What a thrill that must have been.
I’m already subscribed so how do I access the printables?
Hi Joanna! The password is at the bottom of all of my emails. :) let me know if you still need help! I’ll email you as well.
Wonderful!! Congratualtions on your tv debut! You were just like a pro.
You definitely come across as a professional! That’s why I like Rachel…she seems very “every day” people and you come across the same way! Not an easy task unless you are a genuine person…..can’t fake real!! Anyway, I’m glad to have found you and look forward to more posts! Your home is beautiful!!
Karolyn, thanks…that’s the sweetest comment. :) It was so fun being on the show. We still a lot of work to do on our house was since we just moved in August. But it’s been a really fun journey. We hope you’ll stick around!
I agree, the experience of a lifetime!
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us!
LOVE IT! I especially love that the life lessons you took away from this can be applied to everyday situations and give us all a little nudge to “reach higher”.
Jeanette, I’ve been meaning to comment on your Rachael Ray appearance–this is somewhat late, but so impressed with your professionalism and genuineness on the show. I had my husband watch it back and he had an A-ha! moment when he saw the video of your home showing the botanical prints on your wall since I printed them and they were above our mantel during the Winter :) Thanks again for the free printables!
Keep us posted and let us know when you’ll be on t.v. again! You are a natural talent!
Hi Susan! Thanks so much for commenting about the episode. There is no recording of it anywhere so I haven’t been able to see it after it aired…it was SO fun and we were so well coached. We barely knew we were filming. Funny that your husband recognized the blog and associated the projects, that’s great! We weren’t allowed to mention our blogs on air, too. Good catch!