My Date with Ty Pennington. Plus Anissa Mayhew and a Public Service Announcement for Chicago Mombloggers

Kim Moldofsky using a band saw Reluctant Renovator

Me rocking the band saw at a blogger summit at the Craftsman Experience

Good thing I have a @RenovatorKim outfit because otherwise I’d be obsessing over what to wear on my date with Ty Pennington this Thursday night. Yes, the Ty Pennington of Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!

Well, okay, it’s a not exactly a date, but Ty and I will have an intimate one-on-one conversation in a quiet corner of the Craftsman Experience in Chicago. The Craftsman Experience is one year old and the product showcase/demo space/adult playground is celebrating with Ty and other A-list guests. Including me! And possibly you, if you make it to the bottom of this post.

Ty will be my first Design Spaz celebrity guest; I’m certain he’s as excited as I am. Though really, there’s no need for him to be nervous. I’m just like regular people.

Craftswomen womens bathroom at Craftsman studios


Now the part about Anissa Mayhew (after a bit more about me)

As I was brainstorming what to ask Ty (Is it true you were diagnosed with ADHD at age 17? Does this mean your mother is a martyr or a saint? Do you think I have ADHD? Oh look, at that shiny tool over there!), I settled on a question or two about items from his book Good Design can Change Your Life that I’d like to replicate.

But like any caring blogger, I put the question out to my community. You know, “Hey I’m interviewing Ty Pennington soon; what should I ask him?”

And less than five minutes later, the wonderful Melisa “with one s” Wells chimed in:

Anissaa Mayhew has a question for Ty Pennington

You could ask him why they haven’t chosen Anissa Mayhew‘s family for a Home makeover yet…. 🙂

You see, Anissa and her family have been through a lot of hard times and she serves as an inspiration to us all, except when she’s just making us laugh, because then we nearly pee our pants. Click on her name above, plan to spend an hour on her sites and bring a few tissues, just in case.

So I asked my people what they want and they made it clear: they want me to present a case for the Mayhew Family to get a home makeover.

They want to know that Anissa (a survivor of multiple strokes, in case you didn’t click) can comfort her daughter (a young cancer survivor; did you not click?!) in the middle of the night, which isn’t possible now because Anissa’s wheelchair doesn’t fit through her daughter’s doorway. The house could use a few other fixes to make it more accessible to Anissa. And her husband Peter dreams of a backyard therapy pool for Anissa.

With thousands of social media peeps backing her up, an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode featuring the Mayhews would certainly trend on Twitter in additional to receiving loads of blog coverage and site volunteers, to boot.

But I don’t want to simply ambush my new boyfriend Ty, after all, I’ll be meeting him as his dream date a semi-professional member of the media.

I’m not going to the full assault, but I promised I would deliver all messages left on the Reluctant Renovator Facebook page. Of which there were many.

And then even more more appeared.

Anissa’s minions took over my Facebook page and it’s actually pretty fabulous. Just like Anissa and her family.

I asked. You answered. I will print out every comment for Ty.  I will be a proud messenger.

(But maybe people should also chime in on the EMHE official page? Just in case.)


And now for a public service announcement:

This is also based on Facebook comments. I’m looking at you Lisa and Kris.

Guess what? Everyone is welcome to mingle with Ty at the Craftsman Experience anniversary party! The event is free and open to the public from 6 pm – 9 pm and includes drinks and appetizers. Guests will have a chance to mingle with Ty and participate in head-to-head DIY challenges with personalities such as Erik Buell, and HGTV host Frank Fontana. The entire event will be live streamed over the Craftsman Facebook page, but join in IRL if you can.

Let me know if you will be there and if you have any suggestions for my interview with Ty.

10 Responses to My Date with Ty Pennington. Plus Anissa Mayhew and a Public Service Announcement for Chicago Mombloggers
  1. tracey - justanothermommy
    August 30, 2011 | 7:59 am

    But what date is this date happening on? Do I just start showing up every night at 6:00?

    • Kris Cain
      August 30, 2011 | 9:09 am

      Thursday Tracey!

      Let me call the babysitter right now!! I will be there. 🙂

    • Lisa
      August 30, 2011 | 10:23 am

      Ohhh This thursday!!

  2. Condo Blues
    August 30, 2011 | 4:25 pm

    I’ll be there in spirit checking out the live streaming.

  3. Tricia @Nightowlmama
    August 30, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    WOW OH WOW> I love TY and in fact I’m being a bit of a DIY’er my self right now. I’m, remodeling my boys bedroom hope to do a Cars / Racing theme. Wonder if TY knows of any good sites to find some inspiration for something like this or perhaps he wants to come over for the best Chicago style pizza and give me a few pointers. 😀

    • admin
      August 30, 2011 | 9:42 pm

      Thanks for commenting. You know about my event with Benjamin Moore Paints on the 7th? You are welcome to come. Also my friend @Sourwine features cute kid rooms on her blog at Momformation; she might have ideas for you.

  4. Cas from Angie's List
    August 31, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hey, if Ty can’t help get them on EHM, please feel free to check out & nominate them for an Angie’s List Wishmakers project.

    We’ve been helping deserving people and families with some excellent projects since 2004.


  5. lceel
    August 31, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    I would do ANYTHING if it would be of any help to Anissa. I’ll be there.

  6. Nikki @ Mommy Factor
    September 2, 2011 | 7:07 am

    Aww man, you Chicago bloggers have all the fun. Love Ty!

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