Love for Young House Love

Nov 13, 2012 +

This blogging thing is a funny thing. You start to read someone's blog and over time, you feel like you know that person. You know what his or her bedroom looks like, what her kids look like, what she did with her family on the weekend. You get to fall in love with her a little bit and start to believe that, if you ever met up for coffee, you'd chat like you've been friends forever. And you feel this way about someone who in actuality is sort of a stranger and someone you have very low probability of meeting in real life.

Those thoughts were running in my head yesterday when I went to see John and Sherry of Young House Love at their book tour stop in Toronto. If you don't know John and Sherry (where have you been??) they are probably the most popular DIY bloggers on the continent. I've known the Youngsters for years - we've been blogging about the same amount of time, have visited each other's blogs, and have corresponded over email - but really we are only virtual friends. So maybe they found it a little awkward when I gave Sherry a bear hug, and then John too...


... but they were kind enough not to flinch at the abundance of affection coming from this short Canadian :) John and Sherry were everything you'd expect them to be - affable, down to earth, and genuinely excited to be meeting all of their fans.


As a blogger who is also writing a book I thought it important to come out and support other bloggers turned authors. But I also thought it was cool to witness this important time in blogging. John and Sherry are amongst the very few bloggers who have managed to parlay their passions into full-time careers. They've managed to grow their blog and write a book, while raising a family and staying true to who they are.

I didn't expect to walk away further inspired by the intrepid twosome - but that's exactly what happened. If you've ever had a passion and wondered if you could make a modest income from something you are happily doing for free, or wondered if your hobby could lead to other opportunities you haven't even imagined - it can. The lineup of 400 people last night was full of people who are passionate about crafting, decorating, renovating, DIYing, blogging, and creating. Maybe there was the next Young House Love among them?

John and Sherry were a young couple with no DIY experience who decided to start a blog. And now they're on a North American tour with hundreds of fans waiting in long lines to get a signed copy of their book. That is awesome. I took away a copy of a book but also a new spark in my fire. Find your passion, believe in what you're doing, and do it well. Well done, John and Sherry.


I couldn't recap the event without mentioning these lovely ladies who made the time in line just fly by. Lisa, Janine, and Grace - I didn't realize waiting two hours could be so fun!

P.S. Go now and buy the Young House Love book. Its the perfect holiday gift for the DIYer in your life.

32 comments:

  1. What an inspiring post Jennifer...thank you for this lovely start to my morning. ;)

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  2. If you’re interested, a few of us are getting together a link party all about YHL book projects:http://sandpaperandglue.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/diy-action-squad-assemble/
    :)

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  3. barbara @hodge:podge12:49 PM

    What a great event! I wonder if they will stop in Vancouver? I just browsed through their book and want it for Christmas! Love how inspiring they and you are! Can't wait to see and read YOUR book!

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  4. wow...great turn out. I totally need that spark.

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  5. how2home12:49 PM

    Lovely pics! It was such a great event, too bad we didn't bump into you :( Can't wait for your book signing :) 

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  6. JenniferMag12:49 PM

    I attended that signing as well, and I saw you come in, but I was too nervous to say hi to you. I was uber nervous meeting Sherry and John and wish I could have went back in time to really express to them how they inspire me. And since I didn't say it to you either, I can do so on here where you can't see my face turn red - You truly inspire me to get off my butt and start creating a space that I can come home to and love on a daily basis. You take time out of your day to reach out to us and give us a glimpse into your world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  7. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

    That's so sweet of you to say Jennifer! I know how you feel. I felt like I was 14 again, all giggly and excited when I met Sherry and John! Good for you for making your home yours - it really is worth it :) Thanks for reading along. xoxo.

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  9. Sounds like so much fun - and so glad they lived up to your hype! They seem fantastic, and like so many others their blog was one of the first I read regularly!

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  10. Thanks for sharing photos from the event. I couldn't make it out, unfortunately, but am so glad to see how many people attended.

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  11. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     Too bad you couldn't make it Seema. It was a great event and West Elm is always a fun place to hang out.

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  12. lipstikevents12:49 PM

    Awesome recap. I loved reading everyones tweets last night about the event. I must buy their book asap! Early Christmas for moi!

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  13. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     You must buy it! Its an early Christmas gift for me too ;)

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  14. I love seeing some of my favorite bloggers together! So cool. They'll be in Houston (about 1.5 hours from me) Thursday, so I'm going to try to make it.

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  15. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     Woohoo! Have fun in Houston.

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  16. Jennifer Eastman12:49 PM

    These guys are great and I love your photos. The event here in NYC was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy so I look forward to it getting rescheduled. In the meantime, it was great to see the signing in your area!

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  17. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

    Hope it gets rescheduled soon. Sherry mentioned that Toronto reminded her of her time in NYC. They'll probably have a blast in their old stomping grounds.

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  18. I was there too! Too bad I didnt recognize you "in real life" or I would have said hi! http://wafflingdesign.blogspot.ca/

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  19. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

    Aw, that would have been fun! It was like a giant bloggy love fest last night ;)

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  20. Vel Criste12:49 PM

    I love what your wrote, truly John and Sherry are very inspirational. Who knew that sharing something would lead to all this?! The talent, dedication, passion and love is the common thread that links you all and I know that with this, comes only more success! Have my copy already on the first day it came out, can't wait to see have YOUR BOOK on my hands soon too!

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  21. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

    Thanks Vel! They are still so humble about it too. Hard work does pay off.

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  22. I can't believe how fast the time flew by waiting with you, Grace and Janine!  I agree, it was amazing to see the lines and excitement that an ordinary couple with a lot of imagination generated.  Makes you realize that the sky is the limit! :)

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  23. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     It is! A great reminder to keep dreaming & doing.

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  24. Christine Dovey12:49 PM

    I SO want to magically have this blogging thing turn into what they and you are doing!!! I think writing a book is just the total cream of the crop when it comes to accomplishments!

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  25. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     You are well on your way m'dear ;)

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  26. Grace_senseandsimplicity12:49 PM

    It was great to see you again Jen and so nice to have such nice company to while away the hours.  John and Sherry really are inspirational with their busy book tour while still posting twice a day - where do they find the energy?  I finally got my post done too.

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  27. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

    I seriously don't know how they do it. They've worked hard to get what they are and deserve every success.

    Awesome post. I might have to borrow some of your pics ;)

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  28. Great recap, Jen! It was such a fun event, and great to see a couple pouring themselves into their passion and having so much success! Can't wait for YOUR book signing! :) 

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  29. ramblingrenovators12:49 PM

     Thanks Gemma! I promise the line won't be as long, ha!

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  30. Janine Morrison12:49 PM

    Couldn't have asked for better line up buddies! Thanks for sharing the night Jen, it was a pleasure.

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  31. Thanks for this post! I couldn't make it to Toronto yesterday and was bummed out about it! At least I can live through your post! Glad you enjoyed it : )

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  32. sherrym8112:49 PM

    Love, love love!!! I read YHL and your blog everyday. It has given me great idea to make my house a home. Plus now that I found Tonic Living through you guys, I am in LOVE!!

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