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Ana White
October 29 2013

Well, I can't thank you enough for all the positive comments and just in general day-making-kindness that you all sent my way when we posted the casting call a couple of weeks back.  I am so thankful and excited to have an opportunity to work with you to bring our shared love of DIY to hopefullly television!  It's even more awesome that the plan is for us (yes, as in maybe me and you us!) will be part of the show!

So I wanted to take a second to update you on the status of our HGTV pilot we are planning to film.  Originally, the pilot was scheduled to film in mid November 2013.

But as you know, I'm in the last trimester of pregancy, and would have been 35-36 weeks pregnant during the filming.  

Yes, as in one week away from being able to deliver a full term baby.

I had originally agreed to film regardless, because I know waiting until after the baby is born doesn't necessarily mean things are easier.  Moms, you know what I'm talking about.  Just because you aren't pregnant any longer, doesn't mean you aren't still carrying a baby.  You still carry a newborn, only in a sling, and now the baby needs feeding, diapering, and constant nurturing, day and night.

And while preganancy has definitely slowed me down some, I've been as busy and productive as ever.  It just might take me a little longer and I have to take breaks more often, but I still get things done!  

PILOT RESCHEDULED

But ultimately, the network decided to move the pilot shoot dates to February 2014, after the baby is born. 

I know, I was bummed too!

But this is definitely the right decision.  And I can't help but feel a sense of relief that I'll have a little time to focus on welcoming our new baby.  I just might have time to work on that nursery afterall!  

And a little extra time to spend with our daughter, while she's still our only baby and while we still can read an entire Junie B. Jones book the night before library day. 

CASTING CALL STILL OPEN!

I am so sorry if you have applied to be on the pilot show, and the rescheduling has created any issues for you. But I also wanted to take a second to further extend the casting call - to those of you who maybe couldn't make November, but February is more doable - you can still apply (see below).

And even if you don't live in Fairbanks or Anchorage, it's our hope that we will be able to film more episodes throughout Alaska - so please apply anyway!  I'd love to travel throughout the state.

And for those of you not in Alaska - I am truly sorry that with a child in school and a newborn on the way, we have choosen to limit our travel - at least while our children are young.  Perhaps someday though!  

XO Ana

SEEKING ALASKAN FAMILIES WITH REMODELING NEEDS FOR EXCITING NEW TV PROJECT

Are you a resident of Alaska with a home in need of a facelift? Is it difficult for you to import the goods you need to rejuvenate your residence? If your family home has real renovation needs, but your location makes them impractical, then we want to hear from you!

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An acclaimed television production company is searching for families with home renovation needs in the Anchorage & Fairbanks areas of Alaska for a new HGTV project.

We are especially seeking families with children under the age of 18 who are struggling with making major repairs & renovations due to their location, budget, and lack of resources. Whether you need minor repairs or major maintenance—if you are looking to take your home to a new frontier, we want to hear from you.

To be considered, or to nominate someone, please write to us at casting@hotsnakesmedia.com with the following information [**if you are nominating someone else, please be sure to include their contact info, as well**]:

•    Your full name & the names of your family members (including ages)

•    Your city & state of residence

•    Brief cover note discussing your interest & your home renovation needs

•    A few current photographs of your family & home

•    The best phone number(s) at which to reach you

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Ana White
October 16 2013

So why do you DIY?

Is it about saving money, getting exactly what you need for your home and family, or are you just a sawdust addict? Is it about building greener, re-using materials, and limiting shipping waste - are you all about locally grown furniture?


image credit Kristen Duke Photography

The more I build, the more I understand that DIY is about so much more than just home improvement. But when I first started building my own furniture, it was simply about being able to get what I wanted for our home on a limited budget.

When we moved into our home, I would longingly flip through magazines and catalogs, dreaming of transforming our bare rooms into spaces inspired by the photographs.
But we live up here in Alaska, where ideas and inspiration are readily available, but the actual products and supplies are too expensive to ship. You have to cross Canada for the nearest IKEA or Pottery Barn, and even a Target is hundreds of miles away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve typed in my Alaska zip code, just to be told, “Sorry, we don’t ship to Alaska.”

With limited shopping options available, I tried secondhand stores and Craigslist. But even our used furniture market is limited to what someone else could ship to Alaska.

My DIY furniture story starts with our Farmhouse Bed. After sleeping on a mattress on a floor for years, I finally gave up, and accepted that my dream bed would never be bought and make it to Alaska.

Instead, I would have to make my dream bed right here in Alaska.

And I did.

My Farmhouse Bed was the first piece of furniture I made, and we still sleep on it today. Of course, we went on to furnish our entire home with DIY furniture, most of it made from lumber grown locally.

DIY truly saved us.

Recently, I was approached with the idea of working with other Alaskan families, who have similar frustrations as I did, on a new HGTV project. I have wanted to take what I do - what we all do - into television for so long. To show people, instead of just tell them, that yes, you can make your own table, bed, bookshelf, kitchen - even your own house. You can do it. Even if you are someone like me, without years of experience and a shop full of expensive tools.

This just is the perfect fit. I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s finally happening, that we will begin shooting a pilot TV show this fall.

But I am going to need some help from you. I don’t want to be in a show that’s just about me and my family - I want to be part of a show that is about other families - maybe yours - making their own home dreams a reality through DIY.

We need you to be part of the show!

So please - if you live in Alaska, and want me to come help you with a project, let me know! Here’s all the details and how you can be considered. I’d love to come visit and work with you and your family!

PS - Get your submission in right away - the lucky family will be selected and the renovations will take place before the Thanksgiving holiday!!!

SEEKING ALASKAN FAMILIES WITH REMODELING NEEDS FOR EXCITING NEW TV PROJECT

Are you a resident of Alaska with a home in need of a facelift? Is it difficult for you to import the goods you need to rejuvenate your residence? If your family home has real renovation needs, but your location makes them impractical, then we want to hear from you!

***

An acclaimed television production company is searching for families with home renovation needs in the Anchorage & Fairbanks areas of Alaska for a new HGTV project.

We are especially seeking families with children under the age of 18 who are struggling with making major repairs & renovations due to their location, budget, and lack of resources. Whether you need minor repairs or major maintenance—if you are looking to take your home to a new frontier, we want to hear from you.

To be considered, or to nominate someone, please write to us at casting@hotsnakesmedia.com with the following information [**if you are nominating someone else, please be sure to include their contact info, as well**]:

• Your full name & the names of your family members (including ages)
• Your city & state of residence
• Brief cover note discussing your interest & your home renovation needs
• A few current photographs of your family & home
• The best phone number(s) at which to reach you

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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