So. Just in case I haven’t bored you all with the details of my appearance at the MTV Movie Awards gift suite, here’s a little rundown.
I’ll start at the beginning.
I flew out of Portland on Wednesday, June-something. I convinced my husband to drive me to the airport at 5 a.m. – a time of morning at which I am barely functioning. Then the plane was delayed. Thanks San Francisco and your ever-present cloud cover. I could have slept in another two hours.
I'm on a plane!
I’m a nervous flyer, but since I had a layover in San Fran, I thought it best that I didn’t take an Ativan. Last time I did, I was zonked out for half a day. By late afternoon, I had arrived in Phoenix. Between the hours of 4 and 10 p.m., my sister and I managed to cram in a mani-pedi, a trip to Michael’s for frames, dinner, and a stop at Hobby Lobby to purchase the decor and acoutrements for my display. Nothing like waiting ’til the last minute is what I always say.
Don't let its unassuming facade fool you. It's the best store ever.
Thursday we got up early to drive to L.A.
Having neither plants nor animals on board to be inspected, our time at the border was brief.
Our hotel was in Anaheim (long story) and it wasn’t ready yet so we headed up to L.A. Or is it down to L.A.? I couldn’t tell you. I am still mystified and baffled by the entire California freeway system. The signs don’t match the maps. The exits are not numbered. I might have used some profanity. But thanks to OnStar, we finally made it to The London Hotel in West Hollywood. We set up my booth pretty quickly and headed back to Anaheim. It takes at least two hours to travel the 34 miles between L.A. and Anaheim. For the record.
Day One of the MTV Movie Awards gifting suite was hot and humid. Eighty-four percent humidity is not even humidity, right? Isn’t that called rain? Anyway, it was hot and sticky but we were on a rooftop in Hollywood and there was a DJ and all the Coke Zero we could drink. It was a pretty surreal experience, as you might imagine. I am not a very, um, outgoing person, so the idea of talking to anyone I’ve never met is slightly terrifying. However the scene was just so surreal (yes, I realize I’ve used that word already) that I was completely cool with it. We were all assigned our own photographer, who took photos of the celebrities with our product. There was a ton of press there and I did four or five on-camera interviews that I wish I could re-do. I kept forgetting if I should be talking to the camera or the interviewer, so I ended up looking all shifty-eyed. And have I mentioned that they were also filming two reality shows at this event? Because they were.
This is SO not my thing.
Day Two was more of the same, with the added bonus of completely numb toes from an unfortunate shoe choice the day before.
My sister was gaga for the boys from New Moon and I was just as pleased to meet three people from Glee, which was pretty much my entire goal for the weekend. Mission accomplished. All in all, it was a great event. Great experience, great exposure. I’d do it again.
My sister and I took a ton of photos, but these are my faves.
Max Ryan (Sex And The City 2)Frankie Muniz
Kiowa Gordon from Twilight movies (right) and his bandmates
Iqbal Theba (Glee)
Kaycee Stroh (High School Musical) and Shar Jackson (Moesha)
Roger Cross (24). He made me laugh.
Mayim Bialik. You remember Blossom, right?
Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical)
Christian Siriano. He won Project Runway.
Greg Germann (Talladega Nights, Ally McBeal)
Renee Olstead (from Still Standing - and an amazing jazz singer)
Booboo Stewart (Eclipse)
Jason Whyte (Avatar)
Josiah Leming (American Idol)
J-Wow (Jersey Shore)
Debby Ryan (Disney Channel). My kids were super excited.
And here’s one of the YouTube videos that has cropped up. This one starts off with MY PAINTINGS, which is cool; and does not show me at all, which is even cooler.
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I have three pieces of art by Rachael and I love them all. They are all beautiful replicas of my "fuzzy kids," and are especially meaningful now that two of them are no longer with us. She has captured their look, their colors and their expressions perfectly. Rika Bering, West Linn, Oregon
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I was first introduced to Rachael's work on Jenny "The Bloggess" Lawson's blog. I was so mesmerized at how beautiful Rachael's Dia de Los Muertos painting was, I commissioned Rachael to paint one of my bridal wedding pictures Dia de Los Muertos style. Rachael went far beyond what I imagined the portrait being and I could hardly contain my excitement when I saw it for the first time. Her attention to detail and her ability to turn an emailed idea into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bridal portrait are just a few of the things that make her the amazing, talented artist that she is. I would absolutely recommend Rachael to anyone looking for beautiful, custom art work. Trisha Reid, Monroe, Georgia
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I discovered Rachael's portraits on the Pioneer Woman's website a few years ago. Never thought I would be able to commission one, but a few months ago, my sister-in-law had to put her beloved cat Moesley to sleep because of his medical conditions. She felt immensely sad, so did I. A couple of months prior to that, I had lost my cat when we moved and she had been the one to comfort me when I was so sad. Luckily, we found my cat. When I heard that she had to put her's down, I wanted to do something special for her and for Moe. So our family, (parents, two brothers, and us) pulled together to commission the portrait. It turned out so beautiful and my sister-in-law loves it. It is a very special gift. Thank you Rachael... for sharing your talent for everyone to enjoy. Christy Stephensen, American Fork, UT www.beastoryteller.com
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Rachael is working her way through all the furkids and the real one as well!. Our first painting, of the "favorite child", Sir Knuckles the Cardigan Corgi, blows me away every time I see it. She captured him perfectly, big Corgi ears and tongue. Our most recent addition to the collection, Bernie is just as great. Some of the kitties will be here soon in all their orange, fluffy glory. We also love the picture of our daughter Sarah--her grandparents loved it as a gift last Christmas! Jennifer B., Fort Worth, TX
After seeing Rachael's work on The Pioneer Woman's blog, I knew I had to have her capture the sparkle in my dogs' eyes. She perfectly reflected the awesome mutt characteristics (floppy ears, crazy fur and all!) of my dogs, Quigley and Kia.This year, I surprised my sister and brother-in-law with a portrait that captured the unbelievable cuteness of their dog, Lewis. Everytime I've opened the package with my new portraits, my eyes fill with tears and I smile ear to ear. Now my portraits hang prominently in our living room where everyone always comments on how beautiful they are. Thanks, Rachael, for creating wonderful artwork of my cute fuzzy ones! Amy Bowman, Oklahoma City
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When I sit writing in my snug living room, I face that picture and it never fails to bring a smile to my face! Dawn, Morris onewillbetaken.com
i found rachael through kevinandamanda.com. rach painted howie and miley for amanda and i knew instantly i wanted my boston terriers (maggie and mia) painted. our older BT maggie had just been dx with cancer (age 12) and we didn't know how long maggie would be with us. maggie was my husbands's first dog ever so i gave him the paintings for christmas 2011. we just lost maggie 2 days ago (2/4), she lived for 14 yrs and 1 week exactly. i am so happy i decided to have rachael paint the girls. i had them painted individually and now they hang on our wall in our living room. when we are missing maggie, we can just look up and see her sweet little face. thank you rachael for giving us a priceless treasure. our hearts are broken but her memory will live on through your painting. thank you so very much. amy, fort collins, colorado