Lots of people have been asking how I got my necklace published in Better Homes and Gardens and so I thought writing a post would be the best way to give you the whole story.

How I Got My Product Featured in Better Homes + Gardens | The Merriweather Council Blog

So in case you were wondering…

Back in July, I was on a little family vacation out in the boonies (not really, but it felt that way since I am so used to city livin’) somewhat removed from society and I got an Etsy convo from Mary Andrews (merchandising admin at Etsy) and she asked if I would be interested in submitting some necklaces to “potentially” be featured in the november issue of BHG for the story “simply handmade.”

OMG OMG OMG! Me?! NO WAY?!” I shouted.

Of course they needed me to send the stuff out the next day in order for it to be there in time…

OH THE STRESS!” I shouted.

But, oh yeah duh, I never leave my box of threads home, and just by chance I happened to have a few pendants with me.

I CAN! I CAN! Of course I want to! Sign me up, Mary!” I shouted.

So I wrote back a big fat HECK YEAH and she put me in contact with the editor for the story. We went back and fourth a few times and she told me exactly what they wanted and sent me a color chart so I could match colors for the spread.

OH MY GOODNESS I CAN’T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY HAVE THESE COLORS OF FABRIC WITH ME!” I shouted.

So far, so good. I knew I could at least accomplish making the pendants.

QUICK! DAD! HELP!” I shouted. “I NEED A CHAIN TO PUT THESE ON!

And so we went off in search of a jewerly store. $30 later, chain obtained.

BUT I HAVE NO BUSINESS CARDS OR PRINTER TO WRITE OUT A LETTER!” I shouted.

I emptied out my suitcase and my bag and all my pockets and my mom’s wallet and my mom’s bag and any other place a Merriweather business card might be hiding and found one! One! That’s all I needed.

Sat down and hand wrote a little letter and all the info they requested and DIYed a somewhat cute wrap job with the limited materials I had and sighed in relief.

BUT DAD! HOW WILL I SHIP IT THERE IN TIME!” I shouted.

And so we went off in search of a FedEx store. No FedEx store for hours.

WHAT ABOUT UPS!” I shouted.

UPS had a location closer to us! Score city!

OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM SENDING THINGS TO BHG!” I shouted.

$29 later, necklaces and handwritten info are on their way to BHG and we went back to the beach.

Smiles all around.

But, at this point it was still just a “potential” feature. A few weeks later, I realized I would need to stock up on supplies *fingers crossed* if the necklaces made the cut, so I wrote to the editor  and she said I was in!! Yippee!!

A couple weeks after that, they sent me a proof of the spread so I could see it all and it looked so pretty!

And the rest is history! My necklaces returned back to be safely and the feature was published. I’m so thrilled and thankful that my creations are featured in a magazine that people I know are subscribed to! A magazine that my mom used to give me to cut up (after she read it all of course!) to use for decoupage when I was younger. Crazytown. Still pretty amazed actually.

So crazy.

Big sigh of relief.

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Oh, hi! Welcome to The Merriweather Council. I’m Danielle and I am a maker in business and mentor to other makers in business. I teach you how to turn your crafty tendencies into profits!

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