Today (Valentine's Day)(also my sister's birthday; have a good one sis!) was definitely one of the weirdest days of my life. Five days ago, I posted my Make-Out Practice Pillows on my blog and made an Instructable for my creations. Three days ago, I started getting dozens of press requests from big news sites like Huffington Post, Metro, and UK's Daily Mail. They had seen my pillow on a number of share sites like DesignTaxi and Buzzfeed.
Yesterday evening I was on an Australian morning radio show--they interviewed me about the pillows and we all had a good laugh about the "kissing cushions." My creepy creations were featured on Tosh.O's blog and Perez Hilton. Suddenly, only a few days after I sat at my sewing machine and stitched these pillows into the world, the CPR mouths had gone viral.
Then the calls really started rolling in. I was interviewed on WGN Morning in Chicago this morning (which thus far is my favorite of all the coverage, and if you only want to watch one of these videos, watch WGN). Chicago must have a great sense of humor, because within minutes of the broadcast orders from all over the city flooded my inbox. Yay Chicago! You will own more Make-Out Practice Pillows than any other city in the world!
Throughout Valentine's Day I was interviewed for a news bit that wound up on USA Today's site, was contacted by a daytime talk show and an ESPN show with requests to use Make-Out Practice Pillows on their sets (why?!), and appeared on our local ABC Action News in the evening.
I cannot describe how odd I have felt this entire day. I'm not one to get excited about recognition or being on television, and my initial reaction to the interview requests was to decline and save myself the awkwardness and embarrassment. I get super nervous about things like talking to adult humans while other adult humans are listening--the idea of skyping into the WGN Morning show kept me up all night last night as my mind raced through thoughts like but what does being an "artist and designer" really mean? and I hope my hair looks less "Hagrid" and more "Hermione third-year-plus." With a butterfly stomach and a belly full of tea, I managed to make words into full sentences for each interview, which seemed miraculous; my brain felt like mushy zombies. I kept reminding myself all day to just take whatever came my way and to be thankful for it.
More press weirdness is in the works, and I will share it when it comes to pass. For now, if you are not thoroughly disturbed (or if you are, but you are ok with it) and you want a Make-Out Practice Pillow for yourself or a friend, you can purchase the pillows through my store (P.S. I have a store now. Stores are cool).