Friday, February 22, 2013

In the words of Clark Griswold, "If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be anymore surprised than I am now".

This book showed up in the mail on Friday. I hadn't ordered any books lately so I wondered what on earth....?

Then I flipped it open and realized...

oh yeah! Someone wrote me over a year ago asking about using the pallet wall in a book - and I said sure. But I forgot about it. And then I was more surprised by this:

because I don't think I'd even built the garden at the time that the editor contacted me about this project. wow!

There have a been a few times that people have requested to print my projects in other publications (and one TV producer called me about a show appearance once!) - but nothing ever came of it. I don't ever expect that stuff to actually pan out, so I disregard it now.

But this was a fun surprise- maybe I should do a giveaway? Because I have a new copy of the book and let's face it - I probably know everything there is to know about building stuff out of other people's trash. Maybe someday I'll be known for something else. (hopefully it won't involve a mugshot lol)

I'm overwhelmed with life lately so I'm taking a break. I'll be back eventually, after I find some rest. If you want to throw your name in the hat for this book, leave a comment here with a way to contact you. Hope y'all are surviving this winter!
Posted by Katy On 7:05 PM 19 comments


  1. That is so cool! We'll miss you; don't stay gone too long, I'm probably going to need a lot of advice on fixing old things soon...

  2. oh my gosh, did you get paid a million dollars and now the beach house is paid for?? haha, but seriously, that is awesome...and I love that line....

  3. Hang in there. You've weathered storms before, you'll get through this one too.


  4. Hey girl, congrats on your project being published! Very well deserved! I have been "taking a break" for a while... rest up my bloggy friend!
    dee dee

  5. You're a rock star (sorta kinda). Congrats on being published.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting for you. I bet your kids are so proud of their Mom! Cheers Katy!

  7. How cool that your projects made it in a book. You deserve the praise! Enjoy your rest from blogging (and don't feel guilty about taking the break).

  8. Congrats! Enjoy your time off, you certainly have earned the break!

    (And definitely throw my name in the hat if you are doing a giveaway, the only way anything will be built around here right now is if the building materials are free, lol)

  9. Yay! That is really neat. Get some rest!

  10. how cool is that! and yes, take some time to regear and process what in the heck has been going on. sometimes i have to go into quiet mode. so i will shhhh til you come back.

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  12. Congratulations! Love the to find the time!

    joellecwilson at gmail dot com

  13. Congratulations!!! I love reading about your accomplishments.

  14. Wow, congratulations! What a treat. Such a great idea needs to be shared like that.

  15. I'd love the book but you would first have to autograph it!!! <3 Don't go!!! This is a way for you to blow off some steam, you need this outlet as much as we need it!

  16. I love your blog and your pallet magic! I'm a single mom to just one kiddo, but I am also a career changing full-time law student turning 40 this year. I think I stumbled upon your blog at just the right time. Thank you for sharing so much of your journey. Blog when you need to. Take a break when you need to. We can only share the gifts we have been given when we nurture them through periods of rest and recovery.

  17. I want a book!!! I love your blog and love your inspirations. Thank you Pinterest for helping me find you!


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