There’s something about getting older.
The way it creeps up on you.
It’s that moment when you notice the hood of your eyes drooping a little too much and you’re starting to look like your Grandma Violet.
Or the moment when you snap a selfie and realize your face is starting to resemble a wrinkled, deflated balloon.
I’ve seen the changes creeping up on me. Albeit small, but they’re still there.
In a society where we place everything on how we look, we can’t help but to note these changes. We also realize that at nearly 40, there are no televised Miss America contests for the 30-Somethings and Beyond who rock fine lines and rough, DIY-calloused hands.
There kinda is.
I’m proof of it.
Because I just won the Duluth Trading modeling contest!
Back in April I entered into their Duluth Trading Company’s 2015 model search contest at the ripe age of 37.
And I was one of the 9 winners!
It didn’t matter that my hair was undone in that pic.
My lips looked a little parched, too, like the dust from my garage had dried them out. LOL.
I wasn’t looking particularly “dolled up” while cutting tile for that cute tiled table top I was working on.
But they liked me. They saw my moxie.
In fact, they chose nine tough winners with moxie. Here are all of us that won:
Deep Down in Utah
For the prize, we got some cash and new clothes, but we also got to do a modeling test shoot, which finally took place this week in Utah!
That’s one of the reasons I hadn’t been around this week posting. (I.HAD.NO.WIFI.AT.THE.RESORT!). The horror!
We were shooting on location at the farm where one of the winners lived with her family.
It was a family property that had been passed down to her from the 1800’s!
Everything was old and soooooo awesome! I’m talking authentic homes, barns, and furniture handed down from generation to generation. It was such an honor to walk that property and see the original structures and stuff sitting around the land!
One of the winners, Krista (there in the black), and her son, lived in the other home, but this home on her property was built by her great-great-grandfather. I loved its originality!
(That was Kyle, the photographer, on the left, with his assistant, Ron, on the right).
And look what I found in the kitchen of that house! That fridge was awesome!!
Krista, one of the model winners, is to the left, with her hubby. And Michele in the black jacket was the Art Director.
I’m a suburban girl, but after this week in Utah, I have to admit that part of me yearned to have a piece of land like this.
I always thought I loved having people around, but seeing that solitude of their own land… ahhhh…..made me reconsider where I could see myself living.
I had asked Krista’s awesome 8-year-old daughter what she liked best about living there on that land, and she gave me the best response: “I like being free.”
She was such a Taylor-Swift-loving sweetheart!
Almost made me wish for a daughter! LOL #donehavingkids
And the fact that Little Miss Sylvia had climbed up on the roof of one of the old properties was proof that she, indeed, was quite free!
See her there on top of the house?! LOL
A couple of us glanced over to see her on top of the house and were like, “OMG!” for her safety, but of course, it wasn’t the first time she’s climbed on the roof. She was quite the farm girl pro ;).
Although it was a beautiful property….
…we couldn’t just hang out all day ogling the land. We had to get to work and do our photo shoot.
This test shoot doesn’t necessarily mean all the winners will end up in the Duluth Trading catalog. If they got some great shots they can use, we will. But it was to see how we did in front of the camera and if we’re photogenic, how the clothes fit us, etc. And hopefully, they’ll use our shots and want to work with us more on upcoming shots!
Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to say where we shot or show you any of the test shots! I reeeeaaallly wanted to, but since they asked me not to….well, you’ll just have to wait to see them!
(That’s Mike, the media guy. And don’t forget Starsky, one of the dogs).
I hope I did okay! I felt a little self-conscious at some points, I had to admit, because I don’t have that classic “Duluth” look. Plus, I’m not a hunter or a farmer, which is predominately what the Duluth models are.
But DIYers are working women, too, and hats off to Duluth for choosing me to not only represent a diverse look, but also representin’ the power-tools-paint-brush-wielding women of the world! LOL
I got up early on the day I was leaving and watched the sunrise, which was magnificent! And so peaceful. No one else was nearby!
(Same view during the day)
I ended up having to leave later that day, which was a day earlier than everyone else, so I could get back in time for Open House at my kids’ schools.
But on the 2.5-hour drive back to the Utah International airport by myself, I kept stopping on the side of the road to take these amazing shots. I had never seen such mountainous beauty quite like this!
Every turn in the road unveiled another scene even more lovely than the first!!
Now that summer is officially over and I’m all back and settled in, I’m ready to get back to DIY.
School starts on Monday for the kids and–OMG!!–all the kids will be gone! You know what that means? More time to work… more projects… more room makeovers… and more time to devote to you guys–uninterrupted!
So what have you guys been up to since I’ve been gone?? Leave a comment below and fill me in!