Friday, October 03, 2008

We Celebrated!

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To make my TV debut last night more fun I made Lauren and I some chocolate covered strawberries and bought champagne for me and sparkling apple cider for her. It was a celebration even if it was just the two of us. I chose not to have anyone over because I wanted it to be a relaxing evening. If I had people over I would have been more stressed out!
Lauren walked in the door with two of her friends just as I finished making these. The look on her face when she saw these was priceless and she yelled out to her friends "LOOK WHAT MY MOM MADE!" Chocolate covered strawberries are one of her favorites!
Thank you all so much for all the nice comments and emails you left about my performance. It was okay for me...the only thing I hated is how fat I looked but at least I'm down about 20 lbs since that was filmed last May!!!

Have a good weekend!

Edited to add: If you don't know what I'm talking about...I was on HGTV's show "Rate my Space" last night as one of the inspiration rooms. It will air a few other times so you can check the HGTV website. The episode is called "A Romantic Cabana with an Island Vibe"


Penny Suzie said...

That was a great idea, just you and your daughter celebrating. And even though it was just the two of you, you made it so special. You looked fabulous. Don't worry about it. And by the sounds of it, you're doing well on your diet anyhow... in spite of chocolate covered strawberries!!!

I was very sleepy, but I managed to stay up until 1 AM to watch the show. It was really very well done. Congratulations to you. The only thing my house might be inspiration for is "how not to's". My shop however, people love.

Anyhow, have a wonderful weekend. I'm going with a very good friend tonight on a "First Friday Art Walk". All the art galleries and unique shops stay open until 9 pm and you just walk around the city and do what you want to do. Some of the restaurants provide outdoor sampling of the goodies inside. Tonight however, I'm hoping for something more like hot coffee or cocoa! It's been chilly!


just a little bit shabby said...

WOOHOO! I'm glad you celebrated!!
Congrats, again!

PS I usually look to see your new blog on my lunch hour.!

Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy
I wasn't home last night so I had to tape the show and just finished watching it this morning. You did great! You looked very relaxed, not nervous at all. It was so exciting to see you in person and see more of your beautiful home.
What a thrill it must have been for you.
hugs, Rhondi

Joy said...

Wow, that was you! I loved that segment! It turned out awesome.
You all did great!

Dana said...

I watched the show last night and my hat's off to you. Great job!
You certainly are an inspiration!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

How sweet of you to make a special evening for you and your daughter. I think you looked great! I love the fact that you wore light blue and white to match your home.Did people at your work watch it?
20 lb!!! How did you do that? It has taken me a year to loss 10.
Have a great day,

Sarah said...

I SAW YOU! I watched just to see if it was the episode you were on. When I heard that it was island theme, I was like "naw, no way" but low and behold, they used your inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness graciousness!

~I was just thinking about you and the show!~
(you said it would be in the fall-and here it is!)
taped it on our dvr.


Your Cottage Home is ROMANTIC! Your amoire(s) is most beautiful!

*so so happy for you!*

Yummy on the chocolate covered strawberries. sweet.

fascinatingfinds said...

My husband and I anxiously awaited last nights episode on HGTV, and it certainly didn't dissapoint. Fabulous episode, loved the makeover they did.

I cheered your name out loud when they showed you, and I looked at Adam and gleemed "I know her. We've never met, but I totally know her".

They showed some great shots of your charming home. How very exciting indeed. How proud you must be, being an inspiration to the lovely couple that was featured. Congratulations and well deserved.


The Old Painted Cottage said...

Sorry for any confusion on the last comment. I was signed in under my friend Cheryl's name (fascinating finds). I was helping her with her new blog this morning. The comment was from me, Jennifer at The Old Painted Cottage!


Silvia said...

I have to watch it again, headache and island theme don't mix, I did not get everything of it tho.But thanks god for re-runs!And I didn't think you lokked fat, thats all in your mind!

Janet said...


I tried to catch glimpses as I watched the debate with my husband. We are political opposites so we usually avoid any polical shows, but not last night. I caught your picture, but that was all I saw of you. I didn't much care for all the curtains outside and I thought the "plantation shutters" looked like bifold doors (lack of depth). I was too tired and bored from the debate to watch the repeat RMS at 1:00 AM. Hopefully I will catch you in a rerun.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

how fun!! congrats for you!! I will have to look for the show! they strawberries look so yummy!~!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!! hugs! Britt :-)

Debbie from NJ said...


You looked fabulous, and not nervous at all. Wow, those strawberries look yummy. Glad you celebrated!! Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi again Cindy! Like I said last night, you are adorable and you DID NOT LOOK FAT (even with the extra the tv cameras add you still didn't!lol)Congrats on the 20lbs not an easy thing! Have a great weekend - sincerely, Jeannette

Susie Q said...

What a lovely way to celebrate!

You looked marvelous Cindy!I was so proud of you! I kept checking back and forth from the debate but I clicked back just as your segment came on! I was so excoted for you and tickled to see you and your home.

Congrats on a job well done sweet Cindy!


Glenda said...


As I told you before you did a great job. I too would have hated to see myself on the boob tube. What did your mom and dad think ?

Congrats on the 20lbs. I don't know how you stuck with their food.

But the other thing is I noticed in your pictures today was that candle on the table. That is so neat how that's melting.


Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations on your television debut! I dont have cable so I didnt get to see it, will it be online anywhere?

Suzann said...

I taped the show and just finished watching it. I think you did marvelous! I cannot even imagine how awesome you must feel knowing that you inspired someone's decorating. I love that you did something special so that you and your daughter could celebrate. You have such a beautiful home and the more I get to "know" you, the more I see what a beautiful heart you have. Congratulations!!

fascinatingfinds said...

Thanks so much for the email about my home. Now that I've actually had time to visit your blog I'm upset I missed the show. I will look for a repeat and i'm sure I will be repeatly checking on your blog...I love it! Cheryl from cherylsfascinatingfinds

Anonymous said...

Oh Cindy, the strawberries look so fabulous. It makes me want to eat them. But we have no strawberries here in Germany when there is fall. And yes, if it´s possible, let us know where we can see you on the show. Maybe you have a link for us.
Have a nice weekend, too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy!

You were fabulous on TV last night and you looked fantastic!! Way to go, your home is just gorgeous. I told all of my friends to watch too. Congratulations on a job well done!


CONNIE said...

Chocolate-covered strawberries.... so delish! You deserved it!

I live in the East Coast and my BF and I had to watch the VP debate. I had RMS recorded and I watched it this morning! Oh, Cindy, you have such a sweet voice and you look so natural! Your romantic home looks beautiful on TV...How I wished your feature was a little bit longer!

Stacey said...

I watched and it was awesome. I felt like I was watching a friend on tv. Kept telling my husband, "There she is!" Isn't blogging strange and wonderful?

Southerner said...

I wanted to watch but we were watching the debate and missed it. I hope I can catch it another time. Congratulations. I really want one of those strawberries! Why do you tempt us so?

My Petite Maison said...

Hi Cindy,
It's nice you and Lauren celebrated together. I love doing things like that with my daughter - that's what moms and daughters are all about... and gee, those strawberries look delish!

I said it last night, but you were delightful ;)

Dolly said...

Congrats Cindy,
I didn't get to see the show {we don't watch tv}
but from the sounds of all these comments it went very well for you!

I am happy for you!

Hugz, Dolly

Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

Congrats on your debut! What a beautiful yummy treat for celebrating. I love your blog!

LivingTheLife said...

Those strawberries look delish...makes me want to run to the store and buy the goodies to make them for my daughter who is coming for a visit this weekend...I think she will have the same reaction as your daughter... as she loves chocolate covered strawberries.

I was fortunate enough last night to watch the debate and TIVO your debut on Rate My Space. I was unfamiliar with the format b/c I've never watched it before...but it was cool how they incorporated the beach cottage style out of 3 totally different inspirations...I of course LOVED yours the most. You did a very good job, a natural I might nerves were evident to me...and everything looked fab...including you. I know you are proud of loosing 20 lbs...we all think we need to loose more weight...but honestly I did not think you looked like you needed to loose any doesn't tv add a few sweetie you looked just fine...but I am happy for you that you had a goal of loosing 20 and you reached I need to reach that same goal :) Way to go on the show...I was thrilled for deserve all the accolades you receive...inspirations abound throughout your sweet cottage.


Mary said...

Saw the show this afternoon with my friend, Robin, who taped it for me. You were great! You have such a pretty voice, too. And the few glimpses of your home were such a TREAT! Congratulations!

Happy To Be said...

Cindy, I watched you last night on TV... great show..I also come by your space on RMS and have send many people to your spaces there when they are trying to do the shabby chic look...You looked really cute girl...I have been following your blog for over a year now but first time I left comment..I also am from Calif, Sierra foothills...but did live in San Jose many year ago...Just love your blog..and like our great governor would say "I'll be back"
hygs and smiles...Gloria

Carla said...

I enjoyed seeing you on HGTV last night. You looked very poised on camera and your house was beautiful. I was just disappointed the makeover home didn't use more of your style!!

Polly said...

You looked wonderful! And I had to laugh at Jennifer's comment. I said almost the same thing to my husband! "I know her. We haven't actually met, but I know her!*

Great job! Now, onto the cover story in Romantic Homes!


Lisa said...

You deserve a special celebration. I am furious as I missed the show last night while helping the daughter. Keeping my eye out for it to run again though. Guarantee you were terrific as always! Congratulations again!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

I saw it and cheered a bit for you-great work!
chris p

TinaTx said...

I was at a class night so I watched this morning (I love TiVo!) I thought you were great! You looked so relaxed.
Those strawberries look yummy!
Congrats to you!

Laura said...

Cindy you were GREAT!! I give you alot of credit you seemed so calm and your house looked so pretty. I felt like I was watching a friend, pretty cool actually!!!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Oh my goodness!! I missed it! I will have to search HGTV to see when it airs again! I am sure that you were awesome and your home beautiful! Can't wait to see it! Congratulations to you!

Cottage Magpie said...

What a pretty table of treats for the evening celebration! I think I already mentioned we watched the show last night -- and I made my husband watch too. I had to keep rewinding so I could show him you and your home. I recognized every snip from the blog! Congratulations! :-)

~Angela :-)

Sue said...

Your such a sweet mom. My hat is off to you!!!!


Bambi said...

So how is "our" star today?! I'm glad you and Lauren got to celebrate together. What did she and your son think? Were you able to rest after your debut?! If HGTV is smart they will find some other show to feature you and your lovely home on! Hope your "day after" was great!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your HGTV spot!

Debbie said...

How about Cindy last night! Wow Cindy I loved it and it was so cool to see you! You looked fabulous and you spoke so articulately. I certainly enjoyed the show so much and I can see why they used your inspiration piece. What a lovely asset you were for their show!

What a lovely and perfect celebration to top off this achievement.

Shabbee Chick said...

Cindy, I watched it with my hubby and you looked great! I said "There's my friend!"!!! BTW, your armoire looked MUCH better than theirs!!!

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh it looks like y'all had a wonderful evening!

I hope to get to see it online. We do not have cable or satellite.

Congrats on the big debut! And I am sure you looked great!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I just got to see the show tonight. After selling all day a First Monday we came home and I couldn't wait to get the tivo on and see YOU. You did a wonderful job and I must say you were beautiful.... you just stood out and had such stage presence....... I'm thinking you need your own show.......I can't imagine how it must of felt..... I was trilled just to watch my friend...

Anonymous said...

Congrats Cindy!!!!!!

That was nice of you to make those strawberries.

I'm from Canada and we can't see that show here so I'm really disappointed.......but hopefully one day I will.

Congrats again.

Jean said...

Cindy, I loved the show. I am so happy I know a celebrity. You were so at ease. You know what they say, cameras add pounds on you so it wasn't really you. Besides I did not think you looked fat. You looked great with your blue on. I love what they showed of your home but I wanted to see a lot more. It was a evening for you and your daughter to celebrate. You have a wonderful evening.
Jean in Virginia

twinkle said...

I watched the show tonight and enjoyed it very much. It was nice hearing your voice! I wish they would have spent more time with you in your home. I think your ideas are fabulous!
Celebrating with your daughter was a nice touch. A MOMENT TO REMEMBER. Keep those ideas flowing, okay?

AnnaSam said...

I'm glad you celebrated also.You deserve it!And the strawberries look wonderful. Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Oh Cindy! You are a beautiful woman! Loved the whole show. I never get a chance to watch anything -with so many people in our home- but I "declared" that the tv was mine at 9:00! Also, I made everyone leave the room so they wouldn't talk during the show. I didn't want to miss one second of it. I'm so glad I got to see it. You should be very proud of yourself. (I would have celebrated too if it were me! Glad you made it a special time with your daughter. I bet she is so proud of you) Ivy

Neabear said...

We recorded the show on our DVR because we were at bible study or on the way home when it was on. But we watched after we got home. It was so cool to see you on TV. I told my husband,"There she is" I recognized you and your home. What fun to be on HGTV.

Adrienne said...

Oh Cindy - You deserved to celebrate. I was so excited I set the VCR to tape incase something happened that I missed it! My sweetheart watched with me. I told him he just couldn't imagine how wonderful you whole house is because he only saw one thing. I hope you can be on TV again and give a tour of your wonderful home and the story behind all the beautiful things that fill it.

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Okay, I just gave you an award you've already received! I bet you're getting tired of being so popular, Cindy! Congrats on the spot on TV. I hope I can see it while it is still airing!

diana said...

watched it... loved it... wanted to see and hear more about Cindy... wish all of us could have brought sparkling drinks over and watched together.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I watched "you" instead of the debate!

It was much more fun. :)

Fleur de Bee said...

LOVE the setup for the Strawberries!!! YUM! So happy you celebrated! You deserve it! I finally have my new blog up and running so I have linked you. Have a great weekend!! Can't wait to see you on TV!

xo Molly (thatballerinagurl on Flickr)

Michele said...

Cindy, I thought you looked beautiful on Rate My Space last night, and I thought you came across as very relaxed.....even though I know you said you weren't. Your home looked awesome on TV, and it was surreal to see it on TV after seeing it on your blog, so I bet it was even more surreal for you who actually lives there...LOL!!! GREAT JOB!!!

Oh, and those strawberries looked gorgeous and oh so delish!!!

Michele R.(CA)

Elizabeth G. said...

Congratulations! I wish that I could get that channel. I would have loved to see that show.

I love how you toasted your success with your daughter. Everything looked beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

Anecia Ross of Red Water Texas said...


I thought the build up all of this time about this show was going to be a program about YOU and not some other couple. I even talked my hubby into watching it.. and for what? A GLANCE?

I told him they must go on to your story afterwatds and then it ENDED!!!

Wow, I feel very misled. I'm sure your fans do too, even if they aren't saying so.

Marge said...

Congratulations on your spot. I can't remember hearing your voice as so many others did. Maybe a podcast added to your blog with the shot of your broadcast included on another post?


Claudia said...


Alas, I didn't see your episode yet, but I will check the listings on HGTV and you can be sure I will watch it. How exciting for you! And well deserved! I love how you decorate your home. I hope you and Lauren loved your divine treat of chocolate covered strawberries.

Stop by my blog sometime; I just redid a sideboard and turned it into a kitchen island. Every time I look at it, I think of you. I think it is something you would like.

Thanks for your wonderful blog!

Meadowsweet Days said...

Hi Cindy,
Unfortunately, I just found your blog so I missed the show, but I will watch for it to replay again! I am new to the blog world, and I'm so excited to find all of these lovely places to visit. Please visit my new blog, Have a wonderful weekend! Carol

Wagonwife Designs said...

You did a great job!!!!
Glad you took the time and made it extra special with your private celebration.
Congrats again,

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Cindy, I am so very proud of you for being on HGTV!...You really do deserve it!...Your home is charming!...I will have to check to see when the show will air again! Wishing you a lovely, relaxing weekend!....Heidi XO

Tanya said...

Oh, I Should have taped it so I could see it again. All I saw was a quick camera pan of you sitting on your couch reading a magazine. I sure wish they would have shown your pretty home.

Tanya said...

I forgot to mention that I have never watched that Rate a space show and probably never will again but it was worth checking on because of your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, do you know the lucky people who got the decorating make-over? I trally loved their tropical island patio!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy....

Woohoo!!! That was fun. I actually DVR'd it since I was watching the debate and now I can watch it over and over. You did an awesome job! That would be hard. I have never been in front of a TV camera before and your home looked wonderful as always. The room they did was gorgeou! Wouldn't it be fun to have an outdoor area like that right outside your bedroom. I was laughing because the rug they used I almost bought at PB instead of the zebra one!!! Again, congrats!!


Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

I actually just finished watching the show because I had it recorded and you were wonderful! You looked so at ease and much more relaxed than I would have been. You looked beautiful too. Maybe you'll meet the man of your dreams that may have watched it ;)

I love the small party of two idea for your celebration. It looked gorgeous! Did you save me some champagne and strawberries??


mgster said...

totally enjoyed seeing you on Rate My did a wonderful job! I have to tell you that just reading your blog daily and faithfully, I just feel like I know you! And I feel like I know every inch of your beautiful home and all the lovely things in it. Good job, girl!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Now that little spread looks like something that should be in a magazine! Love those chocolate covered strawberries and your champagne flutes! It all looks so beautiful with your lovely creamy white things!


Sandy said...

Wo! Congrats Cindy - and thank you for visiting my site and for your warm welcome.

I'll be back to visit you too.

Love Sandy

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if the people who only caught a "glimpse" of you actually watched the whole show.

I thought the part where you told about buying thrift store finds, etc. was very good and it did show the living room, which is what you told us would be shown.


LillyB said...

You did a great job Cindy! I am so happy for you!! I think they should give you your own show!!!! God Bless you!!

ROXY said...

I loved the show!! I thought you and your home looked beautiful!!! Wow 20 lbs....that's huge!! If you don't mind me asking, how are you losing it?

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have seen you debut! I can imagine how excited I would be to be part of this and think it is wonderful you got to be a part of the show!

Congratulation on 20 lbs!!! you are probably twice as energetic now, as if you needed anymore energy. It looks like you must be one of those energizer bunnies!!!

Blessings to you


Patty Ann said...

Cindy, Just add me to the list of ladies so excited to see your beautiful face on HGTV. I would have known your soft sweet voice anywhere. Just like I thought it would be. I must say that I believe the Rate My Space show could improve their rateings IF they would simply go to the top rated RMS homes, visit with the owners and let them tell their story. They could do maybe two or three in a 30 minute show. Remember Country at Home or Kitty Bartholomew's show, NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. We don't need another "fix it up" type show. We can go to the DIY Network for a full time dose of that stuff. Show us the simple beauty of the homes of every day people & let's start with yours! You rock girl. God Bless, Patty Ann

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Southern Heart said...

Hi Cindy...I wanted to stop by and let you know that my son and I watched your RMS debut, which we had taped. We both enjoyed it so much, and I thought you were a "natural" on relaxed and not nervous a bit! My son, who's 17 really not much into decor said "wow, she has a great place!". That was a huge compliment. :)

I was thrilled for you, and I'm so glad that you and your DD had a special night enjoying it, too.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy! Hubby and I enjoyed RMS much more than the debate! Your home is beautiful (loved the armoire). I can see why it was picked to be an inspiration!
What a fun time, to celebrate with your daughter and in such a delicious fashion! Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

It was so cool to see you and hear you talk! I got to show my husband one of "my" bloggers that I'm always telling him about.

How cool that you got on this show!

Laura said...

A beautiful home AND chocolate covered strawberries? Heavenly!!
Your site truly inspires me!

Workin' MAMA! said...

Okay, your blog is my newest discovery - thanks to Meredith at Like Merchant Ships - linked from a link - to a link - from a link -
I'm here! love your blog -
I'm a fan - and not that easily persuaded -
You have done a beautiful job on your home projects - love it!