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Stenciled Stepstool for Benjamin

* This post is sponsored by Michaels and DecoArt. The ideas and opinions are mine. * 

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Graphic from the Rhonna Designs app.

Many years ago, I painted and decoupaged a stepstool for my oldest nephew. That thing has been well worth the time I spent on it, because he still uses it and loves it. Guys, those letters were cut by hand. I did not have a Silhouette at the time. That was a labor of love! 

Stepstool for Logan 2010 | Queen of Everything

When Logan’s little brother Benjamin came along in 2013, we could tell right off the bat that this child was going to be a little more daring than his older brother. Whereas Logan was cautious and not a risk-taker, Benjamin has kept all of us on our toes. He is into everything, ON everything, and I just hope that my sister and brother-in-law have excellent health insurance because I foresee many ER visits for this one! 

Handle Stool |  Michaels | Queen of Everything

Since Benjamin is not scared of anything, I decided that maybe his stepstool didn’t need to be *quite* as big and tall as Logan’s stepstool. Luckily, Michaels had one that was going to work out perfectly. I picked it up, along with some paint, stencils, and spray sealer and was on my way! 

Primed and Painted White | Queen of Everything I got it home, primed it, and painted it white. Once that dried, it was time for the fun part! 

Stencil Choices | Queen of Everything

I love both of these stencils, but ultimately I went with the houndstooth pattern for the stepstool. The diamonds were a little more “shabby chic” than I was going for. 

Stencil Applied to Stool | Queen of Everything

I used some repositionable spray adhesive to make the stencil lay flat on the top of the stool. I tried it without it, and I can now say that I absolutely do not recommend that! Just use the spray and thank me later.

Base Paint Over Stencil | Queen of Everything

I defer to my friend Lindsay on all things painting (have you seen this?? Even more amazing in person!), so of course her blog came through for me on advice on how to tackle this. I found this tutorial, and the takeaway from that was to put down a coat of the base color over the stencil. It forms a “wall” to keep paint from seeping underneath the stencil. Friends with blogs are handy to have around! So, I painted over the stencils with the white paint I used for the stool itself and let that dry. 

Painting In the Stencil | Queen of Everything

Extreme Close Up of Stencils | Queen of Everything

As you can see, I decided to go BOLD for this design. Benjamin is bold (oh, you have no idea how bold that child is) so he needed a stool to match his personality! This also happens to match his bathroom, so that was a factor as well. 

I used the cheapy sponge brushes (one for each color) to apply the paint. I buy those things in bulk! They are the best. I did not “brush” the paint on, I “dabbed” it on. The key is to not have a ton of paint on the sponge – brush it off until you think it’s too dry. If you have too much paint, it’s going to make a mess underneath the stencil. I found that brushing the paint on led to paint getting underneath the stencil, and I do not have time for that! I ended up doing two coats, because some colors really needed a second coat (mainly the darker colors). I took the stencil off while the paint was still drying. I did not want to take the chance on it getting stuck!

Triple Thick | DecoArt | Queen of Everything

Once the paint dried and I fixed the little mess-ups (everyone has them, no one is perfect!), I took the stool outside and sprayed it with this awesome Triple Thick Brilliant Gloss Glaze from DecoArt. I LOVE this stuff. It comes in a jar or a spray, and I’ve probably gone through two jars of it recently – I’m not even kidding. It’s my favorite sealer spray. I gave it three coats of this stuff, because Benjamin is only 20 months old and is not going to be gentle with this! I let it cure for 24 hours, just to be safe. I love that the Triple Thick actually brightens the colors once you spray it on – it really makes a big difference!

Finished Stepstool | Queen of Everything

Finished Stepstool | Queen of Everything

It turned out just like I wanted it to! Of course, I had to rush it over to get Benjamin’s approval ASAP:

Benjamin Climbing | Queen of Everything

Benjamin Smiling | Queen of Everything

(Sorry the pictures are blurry, but he never stops moving!) I think he loves it. I’m definitely glad I didn’t get him the bigger stepstool!

For the project, I used Americana Multi-Surface Paint – available at Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration! Everything for this project (except for the cutie nephew) can be found at Michaels – in store or online. 

In case you’re interested, these are the colors I used!

Americana Multi-Surface Paint Colors | Queen of Everything

(Iris, School Bus, Lipstick, Leprechaun, Blue Bird, Chartreuse, Night Sky, Poppy, and Deep Turquoise) 

* This post is sponsored by Michaels and DecoArt. The ideas and opinions are mine. * 


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Christmas Gift Guide for Women 2014

Also known as Heather’s Wish List 2014. True, maybe I’m in the minority – I know a lot of women that would not want power tools under the Christmas tree, but I also know a lot of women that would LOVE to have some awesome tools. I kept it pretty generic, and I would love any/all of these things – well, I have a Kindle Fire, but other than that… here is the Christmas gift guide for women! *Some links are affiliate links*

Womens Gift Guide 2014 | Queen of Everything

1. Stanley Adjustable Sawhorse Twin Pack  2. Vera Wang Perfume  3. Southern Living Community Cookbook  4. Emily McDowell “You Can Do It!” Mug  5. Rockwell VersaCut Circular Saw  6. Gold Beaded Bracelet  7. Sharpies  8. Kindle Fire  9. Starbucks Gift Card (or really ANY gift card!)  10. Ryobi One+ Sheet Sander  11. Philosophy Hope in a Jar  12. Pom Pom Throw  13. Skinnytaste Cookbook

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Christmas Gift Guide for Men 2014

I asked my husband to come up with a general list of ideas for a Christmas gift guide for men, in all price ranges – he apparently had a blast, and now wants to be able to shoot fire out of his hands… so, here you go. Most of these are available through Amazon Prime (LIFESAVER) so you can have them before Christmas! *Some links are affiliate links*

Mens Gift Guide 2014 |  Queen of Everything


1. Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones  2. Cards Against Humanity  3. Timex Premium Original Men’s Watch  4. PYRO Fireshooter  5. Moleskine Classic Notebook  6. Chisel Dock (iPhone 6)  7. Dollar Shave Club (best $$ spent all year!)  8. Swiss + Tech Key Ring Multi-Function Tools  9. Sipping Stones  10. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses  11. Solid Cologne Collection  12. Stewart Stand RFID Blocking Stainless Steel Wallet  13. La Fenice 

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Christmas Ornament Swap

Earlier this year, I joined a Facebook group started by Lauren of The Thinking Closet for Silhouette users/bloggers. The members of that group have been so helpful with so many things! One of the things we do are swaps – this summer I did a tag exchange, and we just had a Christmas ornament swap. 

If you know me at all, you know I am a sucker for Christmas ornaments, as evidenced by the insane amount of Rubbermaid containers in my garage all labeled “CHRISTMAS”. Or maybe it’s the fact that I have two different themes for my Christmas trees – funky and fancy. We alternate years because Kevin prefers the funky tree (bright colors – lime green, orange, turquoise, purple, hot pink, bright blue) and I prefer the fancy tree (browns, creams, pearls, silver, gold, lots of glitter). This year it is funky’s turn to play. Someday I will live in a house big enough to have two trees up so I don’t have to take turns! 

After emailing with my swap partner a couple of times, I learned that she 1) loves music, 2) loves Disney, and 3) her favorite color is blue. I figured I could hit two out of three with the ornament I made for her! 

Glittered Felt Circles | Queen of Everything

I cut varying shades of blue felt into small circles (about the size of a nickel). Once I thought I had enough, I poured a little bit of Mod Podge into a bowl, and got my glitter ready to go. Since I am a glitter freak, I had plenty of colors to choose from, so I chose colors that coordinated with the felt. It’s really kind of sad that I had everything for this project in my craft room, but also kind of convenient! 

I dipped the bottom of the circle in the Mod Podge, and then dipped it in the glitter. Honestly, the most time consuming part of this project was cutting out the circles! Once the glittered circles were dry, I layered them onto the ornament with hot glue. (The ornament was a paper mache ornament like this one – found at craft stores or online)

Blue Felt Glitter Ornament | Queen of Everything

Start to finish, it probably took me an hour – but I was at my best friend’s house, talking and drinking the whole time, so I’m sure it normally would have taken 30 minutes! Obviously, I didn’t use my Silhouette for the project, but it wasn’t a requirement.

I sent off the ornament to my swap partner, and received this in exchange – I love it! We love Elf in my house, so it is perfect. It will definitely have a place on the funky tree this year!

Smiling's My Favorite | Queen of Everything

We will probably deck the halls this weekend – I would prefer to do it after Thanksgiving, but the weather is supposed to be nicer here in a few days, so I plan on taking advantage of that! Have you decked your halls yet? Finished up any projects? If so, share them on Your Big Finish and you will be entered to win prizes OR cash! (Who doesn’t need cash for Christmas?!) Hey, it’s fun to just look at the projects on there too – maybe they will inspire you! 

* This article is sponsored by Black+Decker



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Updating my front porch decor

*This article is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER*

November To-Do List | Queen of Everything

Since Black+Decker gave me the push I needed to finish a few projects around the house, I’ve been excited about all of them! I woke up yesterday morning and headed straight to Home Depot for supplies. I decided to check off the 2nd item on the list – paint pot on front porch and make a rolling platform. My front porch decor is seriously lacking, and I feel like it’s time to step up my game since our house looks like the “Scrooge” house on the block.

Before | Queen of Everything

I had to work quickly, because, well, it’s COLD here in Texas. We’re not used to this! I wiped off the pot and got all of the grass and dirt off of the bottom of it, and then waited for it to dry. 

One coat | Queen of Everything

2 coats of Rustoleum 2x Key Lime spray paint later, and it looks like a totally different pot! It brightened everything up, which was just what my front porch needed. (Above picture is after the first coat)

Finished pot and wheeled platform | Queen of Everything

I also made a wheeled platform for the pot, since it is so heavy and difficult to move. I used one of the leftover pieces of wood from my lamp, painted with with Rustoleum 2x Dark Gray spray paint, and added 4 wheels onto the bottom. Simple, and took about 15 minutes after the paint dried! 

Closeup of large pot and cart | Queen of Everything

My original plan was to get a huge pot of mums to set in the pot, but they were all gone – I waited too long to buy them. Instead, I picked up a rosemary tree and it looks Christmasy AND smells great. Bonus: I can use it on chicken! If I can manage to keep the rosemary alive, I’ll just keep adding seasonal flowers around it as the seasons change. For now, I’m just going to add some greenery around the rosemary pot. 

Key Lime Pot with Rosemary | Queen of Everything

So, 2 things checked off of my list! I’ll be adding them to the “Your Big Finish” page, and if you have completed any of YOUR projects, you should add yours too. There are many prizes to be had, and I would love for one of my readers to win!


*This article is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER*

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The Queen’s Favorite Things #1

The Queen's Favorite Things | Queen of Everything

In lieu of showing you yet another picture of my unfinished embroidery project, I thought I’d share a few of my current favorite things. Now, this can change by the minute – but this will be pretty up to date! (Some links are affiliate links)

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo | Queen of Everything

Ah, dry shampoo. Whatever did I do without you? Oh yeah – I sprinkled WHITE baby powder into my DARK BROWN hair. Good looking out, Heather. I’ve tried many, many dry shampoos and Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo is by far my favorite. It doesn’t stink, it doesn’t take forever to “soak in”, and it’s not expensive! It was on sale at Target a couple of weeks ago, so I grabbed two cans. I’m stocked for a while now! This is great for second day hair. I actually have been putting it in my hair at night before bed and it seems to work even better, so there’s a little tip for ya.

Parenthood | Queen of Everything

Okay, I know most (if not all) of you know what “binge watching” is. Most people do it with shows like Orange Is the New Black, Arrested Development, The Office – fairly lighthearted shows. Not me, though. Nope. I chose to watch all 4 seasons of Parenthood that were available on Netflix over the course of about 2 weeks. Big mistake! I got sucked in and I will just say that Parenthood is most definitely NOT lighthearted. It has its funny moments, but for the most part, that show deals with some serious issues! Now I need to catch up on the current season (5), but I needed to cleanse my Netflix palate. With The Office. Then it’s back to The Braverman family. 

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So, a few months ago I won a nice gift from Larissa over at Prodigal Pieces – 2 beautiful teacups, an Etsy gift card, and a Home Depot gift card. SCORE, right? I *finally* decided I was going to spend that Etsy gift card last week. Don’t you hate it when you see everything you want, and then when you can actually purchase it – you can’t think of anything to buy? Or is that just me? Well, I went back and forth, to and fro, you get the point – and I landed on this bad boy. If you haven’t figured this out yet – I’m pretty sarcastic. I say, “How about no?” quite a bit. Obviously, this was meant for me to have – so I made it mine. Bonus: The girl who makes them lives in Texas! Her shop is called Snark Factory on Etsy – this thing is awesome. (I will warn you, there are some pieces that might be seen as offensive to some people – nothing crazy, but it’s there!) Go check her out. I’m sure you can find something else I’d like to have. 

Rimmel Kate Moss 08 | Queen of Everything

If you know me at all “in real life”, you will know that I am slightly addicted to lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm. It’s a real thing, y’all. I probably reapply lipstick about once an hour, sometimes more. It’s not like the lipstick I buy doesn’t last, because it does – it’s a mental thing with me. I kind of freak out if I don’t have lipstick with me at all times. I really can’t explain it. Anyway, I found myself without my other favorite lipstick the other day, so I had to make a quick purchase. This is the first Rimmel lipstick I’ve tried (I’ve used some of their mascara and loved it), and I love it. It’s the perfect “neutral” color – I generally either wear a reddish lipstick or a pinkish-brown and this is a great pinky brown. (Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate 08) It IS matte, though, so obviously I have to put a gloss over it. I’m really just feeding my lipstick addiction. 

Foldover Elastic | Queen of Everything

If you have long hair like I do, I’m willing to bet that it ends up in a ponytail more often than not. Mine is generally up in a messy ponytail by 9:00 AM, because it is HOT in Texas in the summer! Plus, I don’t like my hair blowing in my face. I’m really not sure why I have long hair since I seem to hate it (I like it). For years and years, I used rubber bands. First, the kind with the balls that would pop your fingers and make you want to cry or punch someone. Or both.

Evil ponytail holders | Queen of Everything

Yes, those are instruments of the devil.

Then I moved on to the regular ones minus the balls on the end. They hurt, and they popped your fingers too, but they didn’t bring the pain quite like those SOBs right up there. THEN I discovered hair ties and the angels sang. Now, people will sell them and charge a ton for them – don’t be crazy. I make them for super cheap, and so can you. It’s called foldover elastic. You can find it at the craft stores, but I’ve had the best luck buying it online. (Pick Your Plum sells it every once in a while and I stock up when they do! Best prices and best color choices!) I even made a tutorial on my old blog (RIP RCHOTX) for them – I have one or two on my wrist at all times, a few in my desk, and a baggy of, oh, 200 of them JUST IN CASE of a ponytail emergency. 

Embroidery Progress | Queen of Everything

HA HA, I got you suckas! You knew I couldn’t not post a picture of the progress on my top secret embroidery project. I only have two words left to do, and the only reason it’s not finished is because I had to take a 3 day migraine break. I think that we’re back in action after tonight, so you are in luck. It’s going to be awesome! 

So, do you agree or disagree with me on my favorite things? What are some of YOUR favorite things? 


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Mirror Makeover with DecoArt!

Reviving a Mirror With Paint | Queen of Everything

* DecoArt provided me with most materials for this project. All opinions are mine. If you have any questions, please see the Disclaimer tab at the top of the page. * 

Frame before | Queen of Everything

Please excuse my foot! It isn’t easy taking a picture of a mirror!

I purchased this mirror at Kirkland’s a few years ago, not knowing for sure what I wanted to do with it at the time. I paid $5 for it because it was SO beat up, but I knew I could make it pretty again. Once I was invited to become a DecoArt blogger, I had to come up with some type of project and pitch it to them – so this mirror came to mind. I could do a mirror makeover AND get it out of my craft room closet at the same time! 

Paint Color Choices | Queen of Everything

DecoArt provided me with some of their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, wood filler, Clear Creme Wax, and a wax brush for my project. I wasn’t sure exactly how this mirror would turn out, since it had a lot of chips and scratches on the frame (which is plastic made to look like wood). However, having used several kinds of chalky finish paints in the past, I knew I could make it work for this mirror makeover. It covers everything! (PS: I decided that I would use the Vintage color for this project… now what to do with the New Life color? Hmmm…)

Wood Filler | Queen of Everything

After dusting the mirror off (don’t look at me like that!), I applied some wood filler to the deeper missing pieces and let it dry. So far, so good, even though it was plastic. I wasn’t aiming for perfection here, but I needed to do SOMETHING to make it look a little better! While that was drying, I covered up the mirror with cardstock and Frog Tape. Hey, it worked like a charm. I didn’t really want to have to scrape paint off of the mirror, so better safe than sorry. 

Zinsser Bulls Eye | Queen of Everything

Primed | Queen of Everything

Once the wood filler had dried, I took the mirror outside and primed it. Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 dries super fast, so within 30 minutes I was ready to put some color on it! FYI: This primer also comes in quart and gallon cans if you want to brush it on. I know you don’t have to prime things when you use chalk paint, but I generally think things turn out looking a little nicer when you do prime, and I feel like it saves me from having to put an extra coat or two of paint on it. Priming is just one extra step and I do it when I can. I must admit, I think it looked really pretty in just plain white! 

Ready to paint | Queen of Everything

I took the mirror back inside the house to paint. I covered my craft table with an old towel, set the mirror up on painters points, and got my supplies out. A couple of weeks ago, I was at the grocery store, probably buying something tasty but not healthy, and noticed that they had styrofoam trays for sale. I’m pretty sure they are the trays that the butcher puts the meat on before wrapping it and labeling it – but at 30 trays for $1, I had to get them. I’ll probably go get more because they are cheaper than my usual paint tray made of foil! (And yes, they were new and packaged – I’m not using old, nasty meat trays for my painting projects.) A former co-worker used to save all of her frozen dinner trays (washed) for her paint projects. We creatives can get pretty creative when we have to!

First coat | Queen of Everything

I put the first coat of paint on in less than 15 minutes – even with all the ridges! I knew I would be doing at least 2 coats so I wasn’t trying to make it perfect. This paint dries fairly quickly, so I was ready to do a second coat after about 30 minutes of drying time, if that. 

Second Coat Full | Queen of Everything

I decided to water down the second coat of paint, because the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is pretty thick! I suppose you could add water TO the paint, but I’m too chicken – so I dip my paintbrush in a cup of water, and then into the paint. I’m sure I’m doing things the hard way, but I can control how thick/thin the paint is by doing it this way. The second coat went on fast as well, but I took a little more time making sure every bit of the mirror frame was covered with paint. 

Once the second coat was dry, I decided that it didn’t need a third coat (yay!) so I left it alone for about an hour just to make sure it was completely dry before waxing it. 

Finished Mirror | Queen of Everything

Guys, I really liked this wax, and I’m not just saying that because DecoArt is watching me! It was creamy, went on like butter, and was easy to work with. I’ll definitely be getting some of the other colors they have now! It took very little wax to get a shine on it. The brush they sent me was good too – at first, some of the bristles fell out, but I think that is probably to be expected with any new paint/wax brush. As my friends know, I tend to get impatient when something is tedious – as waxing tends to be – but not this time. I’d say I had it waxed in 10 minutes, tops. The wax is quick drying, but I let it sit for a few hours before moving the mirror to take pictures. Now, a few days later, it’s just fine and looks GREAT! 

I love that Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax is more widely available than some other brands. I don’t always have time to drive to the places that sell the Annie Sloan / Maison Blanche / Cece Caldwell paints, but I can almost always make it to Michaels or Home Depot if I need to.

This was a fun, quick mirror makeover and I really love the results I got with the paint and wax! 

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Project Road Trip: Lap Desks for Kids

The winner is Jenn from Rook No. 17! I have emailed her and if she does not respond within 24 hours, I will let pick another winner 🙂 Congrats, Jenn!

Don’t forget that you can use the code QUEENOFEVERYTHING for 10% off through 5/24!

My family doesn’t take lavish, super expensive vacations. I mean, ANY vacation is expensive, but we’re not fancy people. Anything that gets us out of Texas and away from the summer heat counts as a vacation in our book! This year, we’re taking a road trip to Colorado. 7 adults, 2 7 year old boys, and a 1 year old. Yes, you read that right. We’ve lost our minds. In an effort to keep the boys interested in something besides their iPads/Kindles/DVD players, I’ve taken it upon myself to entertain them with OTHER things. I’m calling it Project Road Trip, because it is definitely a project! The first thing I’ve made is a lap desk for each of them to use in the car. 

I’ve had a Silhouette for a few years, but have only cut paper with it – UNTIL TODAY. I used vinyl for the first time. I do believe I’m a changed woman! I ordered 2 lap desks from Amazon, and I had vinyl from Expressions Vinyl

Lapdesk Design | Queen of Everything

Up until I actually opened the Silhouette software last night, I wasn’t sure what I was going to put on the lap desks. I’m obviously a very “flies by the seat of her pants” kind of girl (not really), so when I saw the USA in the Silhouette Online Store, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Why those 5 states, you ask? Well, that’s where we are going! We are staying in Colorado for a week, but we are driving from Dallas/Fort Worth through New Mexico to get there. Then why Utah and Arizona? Because we’re going to the Four Corners Monument, so technically we will also be visiting those states! My 7 year old nephew is super excited about getting to be in four states at one time. It blew his mind.

Vinyl Pieces | Queen of Everything

I don’t know why I was so scared to cut vinyl all these years. It’s actually easier than cutting paper! I did learn a few things through trial and error, though, so here are a few tips from this newbie. 1) “They” say you don’t have to use a mat when you cut vinyl. I tried it, and I’m here to tell you – that didn’t work for me. I’ll try it again, because it would be so much easier to NOT use a mat, but I didn’t have time to keep messing with it and ruining vinyl – so for me, the mat was easier. 2) Cut the vinyl with scissors before putting it in your machine. Say what? The sheets I ordered were 12″x24″. The mats I used today are brand new and very sticky. Trying to peel a long, extra piece of vinyl off of a sticky cutting mat was no easy task. It’s fine, we all survived, but after doing that twice my brain finally kicked in and I cut it to a smaller, more manageable size that was still big enough for the design. 3) Use a smoothing tool. I used the “scraper” from Cricut (I prefer Cricut tools and mats over Silhouette brand – easier to find, and generally less expensive) and it smoothed out any wrinkles from wrestling the vinyl off of the cutting mat.

Texas Our Texas | Queen of Everything Next, I peeled the vinyl off so just the design was there. I had freaked out about “OMG, I have to use transfer tape! How do I do that? OMG!” – but this was such a simple, easy project that I didn’t end up using it. However, as I do more and more complicated, intricate things, that transfer tape will come in very handy. Here’s a video that explains how and when to use transfer tape (2nd one down). 

5 minutes later, I had this. 

Logans Lapdesk | Queen of Everything

Jacobs Lapdesk | Queen of Everything

Why didn’t anyone ever tell me it was so easy? 

I did learn a few other things during this process, so I’ll share those with you as well. For this project, I used Oracal 631 vinyl (indoor). Had I actually researched it a little more, I probably would have used Oracal 651 (outdoor) instead. Why? This will peel up, especially once a 7 year old boy decides that he wants to pull up the panhandle of Texas. I did find out that using a blowdryer on it will sort of “seal” it and make it more difficult to pull up. I’ll be doing that before I give these to the boys, for sure!  

The best part of this whole lap desk project? This:

Logan | Queen of Everything

SO worth it. That’s why I felt so bad about the next thing I did. I gave it to him for a quick picture, and I took it away from him after I got the shot! He can’t have it until our road trip next month! <cue sad trombone> This is why I’m not a mom. Aunts can pull those kinds of stunts and get away with it. 

Expressions Vinyl was so nice and gave me a $25 gift certificate code to give away! I mean, if *I* can cut vinyl, anyone can. Now you probably want to know how to enter for the $25, huh? It’s simple. All you have to do is comment below and tell me about your favorite vacation memory. That’s it! I mean, it would be nice if you liked Expressions Vinyl on Facebook or checked out their website too (the website has several helpful videos for scaredy cats like me) – but all that is required to win the $25 is a little comment. 

BONUS! The nice guys at Expressions Vinyl have also given Queen of Everything readers a 10% discount code, good for 2 weeks from today. All you have to do is enter QUEENOFEVERYTHING in the coupon code box at checkout and boom. 10% off. 

I can’t wait to hear all about your vacation memories! I will choose a random winner in one week, on Monday, May 19th. Good luck! 

 * I was given product for review. All opinions are mine, good and bad! * 

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Travel Jewelry Repair Kit Queen of Everything

Travel Jewelry Repair Kit

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Somehow, I have become the “craft how-to/jewelry repair” person at my office. I guess word spreads quickly, because it seems like I get an email, phone call, or visit almost daily from someone wondering how to make or fix something. Even my husband comes home from HIS job with questions from his co-workers. What the heck?

After another co-worker jewelry dilemma today (actually, this was a shoe with a beaded decoration on the top), I decided that I would just go ahead and put together a “travel jewelry repair kit” to keep at my desk for anyone that needed it. I’m sure you know that costume jewelry is very popular right now, and I’m sure you also know that it is fairly inexpensive. As a result of it being inexpensive, the quality generally isn’t all that great! However, I can’t make this stuff myself as cheap as I can buy it, so there you go.

I included a miniature tube of Super Glue, teeny tiny needles, and a couple of clamps. The Super Glue dries quickly, but you really don’t want to glue your fingers together – so that’s where the clamps come in. The teeny tiny needles are for stringing beads back together if necessary. I’ll be using all three of these components tomorrow when we set out to fix the broken shoe jewelry!

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I purchased the Super Glue at Target (it came in a pack of 2 for about $3-4), the needles came from a craft store (cheap!), and the clamps are from Harbor Freight ($1.00 for 8!). This all fits in a snack size Ziploc baggie, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. You just never know when you might need this kit!

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How To Make a 12x12 Paper Organizer Queen of Everything

How to Make a 12×12 Paper Organizer

How To Make a 12x12 Paper Organizer Queen of Everything

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I need to go ahead and file this project in my “Why didn’t I think of that?” category that takes up a rather large space in my brain. For years, my paper “collection” has haunted me. Some might call it hoarding, I call it having variety – but still, I had no good way to organize all of my 12×12 paper and needed to do something fast. And cheap.

Old Paper Shelf  Queen of Everything

As you can see, my ghetto fabulous paper organizer was nearing the end of its life. See the sagging up top? The top left shelf basically falling down? I had to think of something, because this thing was dying a quick death. Yes, I made this “organizer” a couple of years ago. It worked for a while, but I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted for this room. After many hours of searching on the internet for a solution (okay, confession: I am very easily sidetracked and probably, really, only spent about 45 minutes actually looking for this idea), I had a winner. Now, to be very clear, I do not take credit for this project! I mean, I take credit for it in that I made it and purchased the supplies for it, but it was not my idea to begin with. I stumbled across this video and knew I had found the winner.

12x12 Paper Organizer Supplies  Queen of Everything


Zip Ties  Queen of Everything

These are all the supplies you will need! Okay, scissors too, but if you are reading this blog I am assuming you have several pairs of scissors at your disposal. I purchased the wire organizers from Target (similar on Amazon, if you would rather go that route), and the cable ties from Harbor Freight (similar on Amazon). The whole project cost me less than $50 and less than 1 hour to put together.

I decided to make my organizer 2 cubes tall and 3 cubes wide. I have another shelving unit that it had to sit on, so I needed to make sure it wasn’t too wide to fit on top. Also, I’m short and have T-Rex arms, so I had to take that into consideration as well.

Zip Tie Placement  Queen of Everything

I used the first box to make the actual frame for the organizer – just follow the instructions that are included (I know how difficult that can be for some of you to do). Once the frame was put together, I used the extra pieces to start making the shelves. This is why you need two sets of the wire organizers!

I used 4 zip ties per shelf to hold them in place. I cut off the long ends and that was it! The nice thing about making your own organizer is that you can place the shelves however you want to – I left one shelf out so I had room to put my Silhouette machine on it. (I also reinforced that shelf with some extra zip ties, just in case!)

Paper Paper Paper  Queen of Everything

(This is what I pulled out of the old paper organizer. This is only the loose paper collection – the paper pads are a whole different monster!) I did put my paper pads on the bottom shelves, and guess what? I still have room for more. <Insert evil laugh>

Paper shelves AFTER  Queen of Everything

The shelves are still a little bit messy (I have more shelves now than I did, so I can separate the paper better now – by color/holiday/fancy, etc.) but that is a project for another day! My new shelf is so much sturdier – and nicer looking – than the old one. I’m in love!

I’m happy to answer any questions you have – leave a comment or email me via my contact form!

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