Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Star Sighting

The Back Story

Just a few short months ago, I was virtually unaware of a place known to insiders as the "Blogosphere."  I knew that people wrote blogs, but I didn't "follow" any of them.  I didn't realize how many people were living in this parallel universe, writing posts about every imaginable topic.  The sheer number of home design/decorating blogs out in the Blogosphere is astounding!

Need to know the perfect color of black paint for your front door?  You can find it in a blog.  Want to create the perfect tablescape?  There's a blog to show you how.  Want to make curtains out of your old maternity clothes?  Someone in the blogosphere can help you do it.  Blogs are filled with before and after pictures, tutorials, and loads of inspiration.

It didn't take too much time in the land of blogs for me to determine that there are definitely some reigning queens of the Blogosphere.  They are the women whose blog name appears on every other blog; the women who have thousands of people following their blogs, recreating their design style and seeking their advice.  One blog that would definitely qualify for royal status is "Thrifty Decor Chick." 

My good friend and blog-enthusiast, Valerie, introduced me to the blog, "Thrifty Decor Chick."  Sarah, who is thee thrifty decor chick, shows readers how to create beautiful homes without spending a lot of cash.  She is witty and creative, and has a HUGE following. 

Valerie and I have had many conversations that began with, "Did you see that Thrifty Decor Chick did ...?; "Thrifty Decor Chick would probably do ...?"

The Sighting

I have 4 hours a week without any children at home, so this morning I decided to use some of that time wisely by cleaning my house, grocery shopping, heading to my local Home Goods store.  I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the store and immediately spotted my friend, Valerie, in the lamp section.  (Great minds think alike!) We chatted, perused the lamps together, and then parted ways.  I made my way over to the bath accessories (of course!), when I recognized someone else I knew.  I was about to say hello, when I realized that I didn't really KNOW this person... I just knew who she was.  I did a double take.  Could it be her?  Was it really one of the reigning queens of the Blogosphere?  Thrifty Decor Chick herself?  I ducked behind the shelf of dog beds, grabbed my phone, and called Val.  

"Thrifty. Decor. Chick.  Can you hear me?  Get to the back of the store. Stat."  At this point, a guy stocking the shelves began to eye me suspiciously.  (Nothing wrong here, buddy.  I'm just stalking someone.  Go back to your work.)  Val came over right away and the two of us began following behind the woman and confirmed to ourselves that she was indeed "the chick."  We took a moment to gather ourselves.  Val steadied her shaking hands, and I applied some lipstick.  We then approached her...


Sarah and Valerie

Sarah could not have been sweeter or more gracious.  (I'm calling her Sarah now, 'cause we're on a first name basis.  Although in my excitement, I'm not sure I ever told her my name.)  Val expressed that she loved following her blog and mentioned to her that I just started a blog.  Of course, being a shameless self promoter dork, when she asked me the name of my blog, I could barely answer audibly.  I felt like a chorus member in a 4th grade play telling Meryl Streep that I was an actor. 

It's a Small World

When talking with Sarah, I discovered that we graduated from the same high school and she knew my brother.  She said she remembered him as being smart.  (She was probably wondering how such a smart guy had a sister who was stalking people at Home Goods and could barely put together a sentence.) 

So the moral of today's story is this... although she is a queen and I, a mere peasant, the Blogosphere may just be a small world after all.
   

29 comments:

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

You two are just awesome!! That was so fun -- I hope I run into you both again soon!! :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

You are so funny ducking behind the displays! Isn't it funny how just normal everyday people become such celebrities to us? She was probably tickled at your reaction!
I did the same thing when I started working at a magazine and one of my favourite tv stylists walked by my desk - I almost fainted! Little did I know that I would work closely with her and we'd become friends and the starstruck feeling I had that day would make me laugh later. xo

Decorchick! said...

Ha! Read about your sighting on TDC's site tonight. That is SO awesome! Sarah is a sweetheart and reigns supreme. :) Did you get her autograph? hehe. Nice to meet you!

Claire said...

Hahaha-so love the whole stalking aspect of this story-glad she turned out to be as nice as she seems on her blog!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

lol came over from TDC. you got me laughing!

Tonya said...

Visiting from TDC...this post is hilarious! I can totally relate though...I would have acted the exact same way! She is a Celebrity Blogger in my mind as well! What an awesome experience! So glad you shared your story! Welcome to the Blogosphere!

Controlling My Chaos said...

What a blast. I came over here from TDC.

Karen said...

Came over here from TDC's blog - would act the same way (especially since I'm in CA and it would be a MAJOR sighting if I saw her here)!

Dacia said...

Great story! Love that you were hiding out and called your friend on the phone. Sounds like something I'd do ;)

Katie said...

I LOVE your storytelling. Great post. I am new to this whole blog thing too (have I been living in a cave without the internet?), but luckily have some true friends that introduced me to the genius that exists in blogs.

Pacific NW Blogfan said...

lol, funny

Giggles said...

Cute post! She obviously enjoyed the meet up as she too blogged about it! Although she is a queen in your eyes, I imagine she is flattered that you read her blog! Being so authentic is her allure! Even when she spoke of her pitcher painting failure it just makes her more real and lovable!
Who knows you could follow in her footsteps!
Good luck!

Hugs Giggles

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

LOL, I am cracking up. I would totally clam up if I saw Sarah, too--in my world bloggers are way bigger celebs than "real" celebs 'cause I actually care what they have to say. Did that make sense on any level? Lol-I'll bet your traffic is cuh-razay right now!

Anonymous said...

Stopping over from TDC...you are a real hoot. Love your writing style and sense of humor. I'll be visiting again.

Monique

4littlepilgrims said...

That is very neat! I am a Flight Attendant and am always wondering if I will have anyone on my flights that I "follow"(stalk rather:)) in blogland. It's a small world after all! I love your friends whimsical artwork, so uplifting!

Michelle said...

Viiting from TDC, and yes, it IS a small world :)

I'm following you now :)

sweetteawithcindy said...

How exciting! Love your blog and sense of humor! I'd love it if you'd swing by for a visit. Sincerely, Sweet Tea with Cindy

Laurie Marshall said...

Keep up the great blogging. :) And let me just say, when Eddie Ross commented on my plans for a bedroom re-do, I was gobsmacked! I know how you feel. LOL!

Amber said...

Saw this on Thrifty Decor Chicks blog...I was at HomeGoods that day too! That's so funny! You sound like me and my friend...we talk about stalking blogs! Lol
Amber
www.the-dowlings.blogspot.com

mimi2madylan said...

How much fun! Gotta ask you to hook me up with the tablescape blog!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

Such a sweet post! I, too, am new to the blogosphere, although from Toronto, Canada. What a fun and informative world it is! Look forward to reading more of your blog. Please feel free to offer an opinion on mine, I'd love your input.

Elisabeth said...

I can imagine your shock upon finding her. I probably would have did some covert staring myself but I'm not sure if I would have had the courage to talk to her. I'm glad you did though. It makes things a lot more fun when you connect.

Loved your post and all its humor.:)

I'm sure you'll enjoy the blogging journey. It's a lot of fun!

Elisabeth

Carrie said...

I would have done the same thing! I love Sarah and am definitely checking out your site b/c I have two boys and can totally relate to wanting a pretty space that is also indestructable. haha.

Beth said...

Found you via TDC, so nice to meet ya!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

So funny! And while the HomeGoods that I hit up is in Portland OR, I'll keep my eye out for other celebs too. I just started my blog this weekend, so, yay for new hobbies!!

My Beautiful Life said...

That was a fun read. I was chuckling through the entire paragraph, "Thrifty. decor. chick. can you hear me?"

Kim said...

what a giggle, I follow her too, and came over here from hers! LOL. So glad I'm not the only not-so-creepy stalker in this world.

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

Sounds like you have the making for a great blogosphere queen yourself. Trish

Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life said...

That's so hilarious! I'm a fellow Indiana girl, and I always wonder how I would react if I saw someone like Thrifty Decor Chick or YOU out in public. You're a star too, lady!