How I Landed My Work on HGTV’s Fixer Upper

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“How did you get your artwork on the show??” This is one of the most common questions I get from people who find out my work has been on the show, Fixer Upper. But really, It was very simple. I’ll break it down for you.

Do Some Research

The weekend before I sent that first email to the folks at Fixer Upper, I binge watched the show. I had never seen it before but had watched it at the suggestion of my husband and mother-in-law. Like everyone else, I was hooked. By watching the show (more like obsessing over!), it gave me some context and a sense of whether or not my work would fit in. Obviously, it did and I got to work googling how to get in touch with them.

Just Ask!

Yup. You know you can’t wait for opportunities to land in your lap, right? If there is a show you want your work to be included on or a popular design blog you want to be featured on step one is simply asking. What is the worst that can happen? They say “no” and you move on.

Show Your Stuff

Where can your work be seen now? What other media coverage have you had? Has anything else notable happened with regards to your work? These are all things to include in your outreach attempts. It simply creates credibility and validates your abilities as a creative.

Be Genuine

People who get a lot of pitches can smell BS from a mile away. Keep your tone conversational and friendly but don’t completely over do it. Share a little about your background, your story, why you love what they do, and leave it at that. Short, sweet, and sincere.

Practice Patience

I know sometimes when doing your own PR or trying to market yourself, you send out emails and who KNOWS if anyone is reading them. Right? I feel like this all the time. Odds are though, someone is reading them! But if they don’t respond right away (or at all), don’t take it personal. It may not be the right time or fit for whoever you are reaching out to. When I emailed Chip and Joanna, it was more than a month before I heard a peep back from them. And even then, it took months before I saw my artwork on the show. (Actually, a friend of mine tagged me on social media because Joanna instagramed my piece front and center!! I had *almost* forgotten about it!)

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Ready, Set, Launch! The New AIMM Collection Is Live. (Plus a Giveaway!)

I know what you are thinking…it’s about time, right?! I have been working on these pieces for what seems like forever. And I’m finally ready to put them out into the world. When I look at them, I couldn’t be more proud. I hope you enjoy them as well!

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Hat tip to the amazing photographer and my friend, Alyssa. She just moved back to Houston and lucky for me she was available to do these shots for me. If you are in the area and you need some similar work done, give her a shout. Below are some other pics that I love.

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modern wall art, wood wall art, wood sculpture, handmade, etsy, unique wall art, geometric art, living room art, bedroom artmodern design, modern art, unique wall art, reclaimed wood, living room art, bedroom art, home decor, geometric artSome other news I have includes my work being sold in a few more shops around the internets – Great.ly and AHAlife.  And as soon as I can get my stuff listed, I will have a few pieces in a gallery out of NYC called Uprise Art. Pretty cool, huh? And last but not least, AIMM will have a piece in the DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2015! Yeah, you know…HGTV!!! Can someone please pinch me?

So, in celebration I figured I would do a giveaway of one of my new pieces. Here’s the deal.

1. Head on over to my instagram feed and find the picture below. This arrow piece will be the prize.

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2. Follow my instagram feed and like the photo.

3. Re-post the photo and tag me (@brianna_land) along with the hashtag, #AIMMgiveaway.

And that’s it! I’ll pick a winner at random this Friday, April 17. XO!

Adrift In My Mind Etsy Shop!

I started playing around with woodworking last year around the time I found out that Whimseybox was moving to Boulder, CO and I was going to be out of a job. It has been about a year now and this thing that started out as an itch I had to scratch has turned into something that I can’t not do. Hope that makes sense.

The funny thing is, I have never considered myself very “crafty” at all. I kind of joked all the time that I was the opposite actually. Even though the past several years of my life have kind of revolved around crafty folks, I never considered myself part of the club. But what I’m doing now just clicks. I am not by any means an excellent woodworker and I’ve taught myself everything by trial and error. There are surely better ways to do some of the things I am doing, but for now it works.

So, I’m putting myself out there and opened an Etsy shop with count them…2 items for sale! I will be adding more as quickly as my hands can make them, but I hope you like what is there now. I also have a meeting tomorrow with a really awesome shop that I totally admire to talk about some of the things I am making. Not sure if anything will come of it, but I’ll be sure to report back here if it does. Here’s what I have up in the shop so far.

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This is listed as a coffee table, but could be hung as a wall panel also.

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This one is my favorite for sure. This took a lot of work to get everything lined up correctly and the colors right, but I love the result.

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This is an Instagram photo of the panel before I cut off the edges. I think it looks pretty cool this way, too!

I’ll be sure to update here when I post new things in the shop. Go have a look at Adrift In My Mind and let me know what you think!