Saturday, September 08, 2007
oprah

her show called me once. can you believe that? it was back in 2004. i remember it so clearly. it was around six o'clock on a monday night. i was bathing my then two and three year old children. i let the machine get it as i always do at that hour, and my husband called out asking if i was hearing the voice on the recording. of course, it wasn't opes herself, but it was one of her producers. i came into our bedroom and caught the end of the message, not completely understanding what was going on. i replayed the message as soon as i could, sending my husband in to finish up with the kids. i remember shrieking as i heard that the oprah show was interested in having ME come to talk about my distressed furniture techniques. i had emailed the show - you know that page on her site that is looking for people to be on the program? they had asked if you had a passion for making things from trash to treasure - and, uh, YES, i did! i had written a fine little note about how i had been doing that very thing and, voila, they called me. for a week following the producer and i corresponded with each other. i sent him pictures, he asked for a demonstration video, i complied. he kept me in the loop for a bit...and then....nothing. a few days passed and i got an email thanking me for everything but, "the show had been redirected." they decided to go with the big shots instead of the everyday folks and they had rachel ashwell on the the show. well, duh, i could have told them she would have been better than me. so why did they go and get my hopes up like that? i am still recovering. seriously.
  posted at 7:31 AM  
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21 Comments:
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Oh. You would have been great. I think you are better than Racheal Ashwell...and I really like her stuff. Hope school is going great!! One of your blogs fans!!

Beth.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger mo said...

after readin' your blog entries i'd say it was oprah - and her audience - who lost out!

i wanted to send your toothless child somethin' and have looked and looked for your email address to no avail! you can find it here:
http://www.mojacksonslildoodadshop.com/toothfairy.html
...if you will send me an email address i will send you a download link for the art....probably just in time for the next tooth drop!

thank you for sharin' such beautiful words and snaps!
xoxoxoxoxoxomo jackson

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger hqm said...

You are just as good as Rachel Ashwell!

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger ~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What an honor that you were considered...... wish they would have chosen you, and then I could be like "Oh, I know her." ;)
I'm having a tea party on my blog today; stop on over and perhaps that will lift your spirits! I'm almost as fun as Oprah!!
:)

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Someday they may call you again... Rachel Ashwell is so yesterday. (okay, not really, but in Oprah world she is.) Many of us have never even received an "O" call! I tried to get her to call an artist shop in Michigan that's been there forever (her neck of the woods) and they never heard from them. So feel very fortunate that they were interested!

 
At 7:51 PM, Blogger Becka said...

I had some aunts who graced the Oprah stage back in the mid 90's. I only wish it had been an honor. One of them ended up being disowned and the whole thing was an embarassing circus. I have fun telling the story though. My mom and her sister were on the Oprah show..."Poor white Trash".

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Oh no... I would have been so sad! I think it's great that they contacted you though, how cool is that!

I also have a passion for refinishing vintage what-nots I find that need a little rescue. I just finished up an amazing dresser for my little ones.

Your blog is so great. I'll be back for sure!
Tiffany

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Sue said...

How exciting to even have been considered to be on Oprah! Sorry they didn't follow through. Congrats on the potential invite any way, you would have made a great segment for them. Their loss.
Sue

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger paige said...

get out!!
well you are still a celeb for those of us out here in blog land & those fortunate enough to hang with you!!
too funny you are girl

 
At 8:00 AM, Blogger Southern Sugar said...

Wow Beth, that is so cool! The best would have been if you AND Rachel were on together and you could've met her. I think you would have been fabulous on Oprah!

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Sugar Bear said...

That sucks! I'm sure you would have been great. The sort of same thing happened to me. I was going to be a call in guest on one of her XM shows. Corresponded back and forth and then nothin!
Karla

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Meg said...

Sometimes you hear stories about people who submitted their work for one show, didn't make it on, but then they are called back for something else...something even better. Maybe that's the case with you, homedaisy. I'd love to see you up there on that stage, giving Oprah and her pal Nate some tips!

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Jolene George said...

First of all...love that phone. Second....how cool would that have been if you'd had been on Oprah. They missed out on your great talent.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger lauren said...

oh, i'm so sorry! that exact thing happened to me with the Rachael Ray show! i even sent all this stationery and samples for the staff and the guests on the show and the taping ran over. guess who got cut? yours truly. :( but i was honored that they would consider me. and the guests were a military family whose husband/father was in Iraq, so i was glad to be able to give something back to them.

maybe we'll get our big talk show break someday!

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Will you give us a mini-lesson on distressing furniture? I want to distress a few pieces, but am not sure what to do. Specifically, do I need to put a glaze over the furniture once I distress it?

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger homedaisy said...

you all are too sweet to me. such encouraging folks out there - thank you!
katie, i will write a post for you soon!

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger Gardengirl said...

Too bad for Oprah....she missed out but what about the martha show??? I need some lessons on distressed furniture techniques and would love to see you on the show.

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Susie Q said...

Okay, so I have the same phone in red! Cool huh? No? Okay, but I do! *grin*

Now, the way I figure it, you are heads and tails ahead of all of us! We have never even been considered by the Oprah show. AND it was O herself that lost out. Or, it was all of US who lost out...I am thinking awe should begin a letter writing campaign.

Rachel who?? Bethy that is who!

Hope school is going well!

LOVE the photos below! Too sweet.

Hugs,
Sue

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger kjquilts said...

Oh my goodness! Your story reminds me of the time Christopher Lowell's show called my daughter after she sent him some pictures of her painted furniture. They told her they would use them on the show and then a few months later...they wrote to say they wouldn't be using her pictures after all. She is still mad at Christopher Lowell! LOL!

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger PAT said...

I can only repeat the other folks! I would have loved to see your work on Oprah!

Pat

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

that is so exciting! I was an Oprah addict. When I was a guest instructor at a spa in Mexico, I met a woman who worked for her. I about died! The poor woman was probably SO sick of my questions.

 

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