LA, Baby!

July 11th, 2005 · 27 Comments · Me, TV

If you’ve been reading the Crochet me blog (links: here we come, day 1, photos, moment, day 2, day 3), you know eight Crochet me magazine designers were in LA last week. We were taping five episodes for Uncommon Threads, a new show coming out next year on the DIY Network, and having a blast.

I was on this fabulous adventure with
Marlo, and
There were three of us on each esispode, so each of us appeared in either one, two, or three of the five episodes taped.

This is a long post because I didn’t get to blog while we were actually in LA, so I’m giving you the whole trip in one shot.

Day 1: Tuesday

I was the last of the group to arrive. Partially because I was the only one coming from the East Coast and also because I wasn’t taping until Friday, so it wasn’t necessary for me to be there early.

My flight was supposed to touch down in LA at 9:34 pm, but my plane was delayed by weather. When it finally arrived, they had to repair the radar. Once in LAX, the PrimeTime shuttle took me to the Burbank Hilton. I finally crashed in my room at 1:30 am (4:30 am my time), quietly but unsuccessfully trying not to wake my roommate, Julie. I tried to sleep in the morning, but my body was ready to get up; it was still on Eastern time.

Day 2: Wednesday

hotel room view
The view from my hotel room.

Josi, Julie, and Tiff taped early morning, and Cecily, Chelle, and Marlo taped late morning.

I spent most of the day with Kim, hanging out, chatting, and crocheting. It was fantastic. We talked, laughed, and shared. It was like we were old friends even though we’d never met in person before that day.

In the evening, our entire group went to Unwind to shop, chat, and crochet. It was great fun! I was tickled to find something special to buy. After a good while at the yarn shop, our tummies were grumbling, so we went to an Indian resturant. We ate and stayed far too long, talking, talking, talking, and having a great time.

Unwind storefront
Unwind yarn shop, storefront.

Unwind yarn shop, inside.

group at Unwind
The Crochet me group at Unwind. Back row: Tiff, Kim, me, Marlo, and Julie. Front row: Chelle, Josi, and Cecily.

Tiff and Donna at Unwind
Tiff and me at Unwind.

Kim at Unwind
Kim, happily making a purchase at Unwind.

Day 3: Thursday

After breakfast with Kim, Josi, and Shannon (her group was there taping other shows), I walked over to the studio with Kim and Josi. We hung out and enjoyed the atmosphere and dressing room while the rest of our group taped two shows. Julie, Marlo, and Tiff taped in the morning and Cecily, Marlo, and Julie taped in the afternoon.

Crochet me dressing room door
Our name on a dressing room door!

Crochet me dressing room
The Crochet me dressing room.

Stage 1 door
The stage door to the Uncommon Threads set.

Uncommon Threads set
The Uncommon Threads set. Julie is to the left in green and Cecily is behind the counter.

Day 4: Friday

This was the final day for Crochet me taping. Kim, Cecily, and I were the only ones there, so the dressing room was quiet and low-key compared to the bustle of previous days.

Kim and Donna
Kim and me in our dressing room. Is that makeup??

group at Stage Door
Cecily, Kim, Lettie (our segment producer), and me at the stage door. Woo hoo, we’ere done taping!

Day 5: Saturday

The PrimeTime shuttle arrived at the Hilton at 5:10 am to take me to LAX. After a long day of traveling, I touched down at my quaint little one-gate airport at 6:30 pm, Eastern time.

hotel room
A last look at my room. Julie had already left the day before.

PrimeTime shuttle
The PrimeTime shuttle drops me off at LAX.

Waiting to go through security at LAX.

home airport
Home at last! (Our tiny little airport.)

My husband greeted me with a dozen white roses at the airport.

It was fabulous to return to a home-cooked meal, including fresh salsa made with tomatoes from our garden.

The next day I opened a bag of Dove chocolates, and if you’ve ever had them, you know they have little sayings indside the wrappers. The first two I pulled out said, Make “someday” today, and Test your limits and keep going. I think that says it all. I’m exhilarated and proud and I’m tearing up a little bit just writing this last part. Many thanks to Kim and everyone who made it possible for me to be a part of this!

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Julie // Jul 12, 2005 at 12:05 am

    Awesome post! A+++++++++. You actually made me tear up at last comment as well. Great photos. I’ll just delete my blog post and direct to yours.

  • 2 Judith // Jul 18, 2005 at 1:34 pm

    Crochet has sat on the back burner for such a long time…thanks for bringing it to the front burner where it deserves to be. I hope I get to see what you taped!

  • 3 Chie // Jul 12, 2005 at 1:10 am

    Donna, I’ve known you since before Crochetville started, and I’ve seen how hard and how much you’ve worked for our ever-growing crochet community. I am so very happy for you and other talented ladies!!! :)

  • 4 Luvtocraft // Jul 12, 2005 at 3:48 am

    Donna, what an awesome experience! Congrats on reaching your “someday”! :)

  • 5 Kelley Cardell // Jul 14, 2005 at 7:23 am

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading it and visiting the other ladies’ blogs to read their perspectives. I love the sayings from the little Dove chocolates that you pulled out. I’m going to have to remember them! Again, great post! It was great to see a post from you again. :)

  • 6 Deneen // Jul 12, 2005 at 12:17 am

    How fab for all of you, can’t wait to see the show. How hopelessly romantic of your husband.

  • 7 sUsAn // Jul 12, 2005 at 1:26 pm

    How very cool, Donna!!! I look forward to seeing the show!

  • 8 Anonymous // Jul 14, 2005 at 6:36 pm

    I am so excited about seeing this show! Great post!

  • 9 Joy // Jul 12, 2005 at 8:53 pm

    I’m getting goosebumps just reading this! What a fabulous time!!!

  • 10 Vera // Jul 11, 2005 at 11:14 pm

    It looks like all of you had a wonderful time. I really looking forward to seeing the show!

  • 11 Tiffany // Jul 12, 2005 at 5:30 am

    Just reading about our trip made me tear up! It was so much fun to meet you and everyone else!

  • 12 rebecca // Jul 12, 2005 at 4:02 pm

    oh wow! how completely fabulous!!! soooo, the big question is – you gonna buy a tv and all that to watch your show?! he he heee
    remember to let us all know in plenty of time so us cheapies (okay me) can go out and get cable for the duration of this show!!!

    i’m so happy for you :)

  • 13 jana // Jul 12, 2005 at 4:44 am

    sounds like you gals had a fab time!!! i soooo wish we got the diy network, i dont even know if we can get it on our cable up here in vancouver. great post!!

  • 14 Regina // Jul 11, 2005 at 11:39 pm

    Sounds like you had a blast out here in my homeland. Very cool!

  • 15 Karla Cardell // Jul 14, 2005 at 7:25 am

    That last comment should have come from ME not my daughter. Had the wrong info typed in…

  • 16 Julie // Jul 12, 2005 at 12:43 am

    That looks like a great trip! I had a lot of fun reading Kim’s blog about the trip and was glad to see you pop up on Bloglines. :) I’m so glad you and Tiff are home!

  • 17 Cecily Keim // Jul 12, 2005 at 4:36 am

    the pictures are awesome….

    but damn! that tomato is killer! the sad tomatoes i just bought at the store look so anemic in comparison… i envy your tomatoes!

  • 18 Becky // Jul 12, 2005 at 8:35 am

    wow oh wow . sounds like you all had a great time and keep us up to datw on when the show is coming out so we all can tape it. And save it to watch over and over again. :) :) :+:

  • 19 Kimberly // Jul 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Wow! What a great trip – sounds like you had a fabulous time! I will have to have someone tape the show for me so I can see it next time I go back to the States!

  • 20 Stacie // Jul 12, 2005 at 1:02 am

    Wow! Congrats on your taping. That is too cool Donna!

  • 21 Laura // Jul 12, 2005 at 1:40 am

    Wow, what a detailed Blog. Thanks

  • 22 Megan // Jul 13, 2005 at 9:19 am

    Wow, What a fun time you gals had! Congrats on the show, I really can’t wait to see it!!

  • 23 Jewels // Jul 12, 2005 at 1:06 am

    WOW, what a great experience of a lifetime for you – deserving one too for all you do. Way to go Donna!

  • 24 lulu // Jul 13, 2005 at 3:07 am

    wow, what a great time you all had..i wish i got that channel…
    you all looked so pretty.

  • 25 Shelle Cain // Oct 28, 2005 at 6:52 pm

    WOW!!!! Congratulations! I am soooo jealous! (but very happy for you!!) I have written to DIY and HGTV for a couple years now, wanting to be a guest (or host-ha ha) of a show about CROCHET! I’ve always told them “You have TWO shows about knitting, but nothing about crochet! I’m going to have to get Satellite again! I miss watching DIY!! WAHHHHH!! We just have cable now, and don’t get it, but at least we do get HGTV. Well, congratulations – I am so excited for you! What a wonderful opportunity. I’ll have to get someone to tape the show for me. God Bless!
    Crochetingly yours, Shelle Cain Rushville, Indiana

  • 26 Yarn Tomato : Crochet Blog » Blog Archive » Me on DIY: Uncommon Threads // Oct 6, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    [...] This was one of several episodes we (a group of designers from Crochet me) taped last July in LA. It was quite an experience and a lot of fun to meet everyone and be there together. [...]

  • 27 crochetoholic debb // Nov 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    What a great trip, loved reading about it….I haven’t seen a post in some time now???

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