Many of you may remember that back on October 11th, during this month’s countdown I mentioned having the opportunity to participate in my first ever television appearance.
I owe my good fortune to the owner of our local scrapbook store, Georgie Stimson. She graciously "mentioned" me after one of her recent appearances on the same program and piqued the host’s interest in Papertrey’s nugget stamps.
I’ll be honest. I was pretty nervous. I mean, really, who wouldn’t be?!?! I prepared extensively for the appearance, including creating many samples of what could be done with the nuggets. I also packed my supplies 2 or 3 times, just to be sure that I didn’t forget anything!
Georgie made the short road trip to Nashville with me, and I am SO glad she did. When going to a strange place for the first time, especially when that place is a News Station, you can’t help but feel intimidated! But with Georgie by my side, who knows all the ins and outs of the facility, she made me feel much more comfortable!
When we were first led into the room where we were going to be shooting, I was surprised at the size! It was a lot smaller then I expected. There was a cluster of cameras in the middle of the room, and the perimeter was dotted with the different platforms & tables used for the various segments that they filmed there. It was really very interesting to see all that in person!
We then got everything ready on the table I was designated, while getting briefed a little at the same time. It would be a 4 minute segment, DON"T look directly at the camera, feel free to embellish but stay on track. Meryl Rose, the host, helped lead me to figure out the best way to do our little segment. We ended up using Georgie’s suggestion of having Meryl do the actual stamping of the label when the time came.
So, it finally came time to film, the camera was rolling and Meryl did my little introduction. Everything went pretty well until the last two minutes of my 4 minute segment!
#1: I get the sniffles when I’m nervous.
Why should a LIVE television appearance be any different?!?! So there I am trying to answer the questions that Meryl asks of me, while trying to *sniff* *sniff* unnoticeably!
#2: THE KNOT.
So, #2, I didn’t really notice until I got home and actually watched myself on tv. (By the way, note to self, DO NOT watch yourself on tv. Your left with a MUCH better opinion of your appearance if it solely based on your actual experience, rather then visually reliving it! LOL!) Here I am, just having finished showing Meryl how to put the nuggets in the tin when I decide that it is a good idea to tie a piece of ribbon with a simple knot around the tin. Seems like an easy enough task, right? Well, apparently not in my case! For the FULL final 2 minutes of my appearance I am looking DOWN fiddling with this totally irrelevant knot! Meryl is asking me questions about Papertrey’s product line, I’m looking down, concentrating on my little ol’ knot. Meryl asks me about the other themes or holidays we offer the nugget stamps in, I’m still working on the knot. At this point, it didn’t even MATTER whether or not the knot was tied. I STILL looked down, fiddling with that KNOT! Oh, I could have kicked myself when I got home!
Overall, it was a really positive experience, I had fun, Learned a lot and I would definitely do it again if I were asked. Although, I would probably bring a project to present that didn’t require any KNOTS!!!
Edited to Add: If you would like to see the segment I did for Talk of the Town, you can go to their website HERE. Towards the right of the page is a Video on Demand box. Scroll down through about 25 or so items and you will come to "Making Halloween Candy Wrappers with Papertrey Ink". (It is directly below recipe #4059 for Hashbrown Casserole, which is divine might I add!)