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Swap It Like It’s Hot Reveal

Flea Market Swap Day 3 | Queen of Everything

This was my second time to participate in Swap It Like It’s Hot (if you recall, I built a dang lamp last time!) and I knew I didn’t have the time or inclination to go THAT far again… but I’m still pretty happy with what I ended up with! I received items from Cassie at Primitive & Proper – she threw me for a loop but that’s kind of what this whole thing is about. Links to all of the projects are at the bottom of this post!

Swap Items | Before | Queen of Everything

I opened up the box and saw the 2 candlesticks first. Funny thing – I just purchased 2 eerily similar (just taller) candlesticks from Goodwill a few weeks before! When I get around to working on the taller ones, I’ll have a nice set of 4. 

Candlesticks | Swap It Like It's Hot | Queen of Everything

I decided to keep it simple and just paint them with chalk paint… but then I realized that I don’t really use taper candles. I found some cute glass crown tea light holders at a craft store and knew exactly what to do – after the paint dried and I waxed the candlesticks, I attached the crowns with hot glue. Obviously, I love crowns. I’ll get much more use out of these now that I can put votives or tea lights in them!

She's Crafty | Swap It Like It's Hot | Queen of Everything

I’m pretty sure that most people that were alive in the 70’s had this exact same bedsheet growing up. I know I did! I used to hate them – but seeing it again made me realize that maybe my mom was (obviously) way cooler than I thought she was when she bought the sheets for my twin sized bed.

I recently decided that I like to do hand embroidery, and I had a huge piece of fabric just begging for *something* – and my project was born. I hand stitched “She’s Crafty” onto the sheet (shout out Beastie Boys) and fell in love. It needed a little something else, though. What kind of craft project doesn’t involve glitter, I ask? Certainly not one of mine. So yeah, I glittered some petals and leaves. Then I decided to take it one step further and sew some beads onto one of the flowers. I could’ve gone on for days, but I was officially out of time (I am a procrastinator… obviously). I wrapped it around a canvas, stapled the heck out of it, and called it done! It will be perfect hanging in my craft room. 

I didn’t end up using the book for anything, but I have 2 little nephews that will love to read it! Thank you so much, Cassie! I had a blast with your items!

I was lucky enough to get to send “junk” to Jaime from That’s My Letter… I’m excited to see what she did with her items! 

Be sure to check out all of the other blogs as well – we’re on day 3 of 5! Share, comment, and give some love to my friends! I’ve included all of their blogs below.

Swap It Like It's Hot 3 | Queen of Everything

 

Day 1- Monday
Run to Radiance // Decor Adventures // Year of Serendipity // 58 Water Street // Don’t Disturb This Groove // Like Saturday // Artsy Chicks Rule

Day 2- Tuesday
Two Purple Couches // While They Snooze // The Gathered Home // Black and White Obsession (You’re here) // Ciburbanity // Restoration Redoux // Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Day 3- Wednesday
Primitive & Proper // Queen of Everything // That’s My Letter // Finding Silver Pennies // Migonis Home // Windgate Lane

Day 4- Thursday
I Am a Homemaker // Town and Country Living // Thoughts from Alice // Our Southern Home // Chic Little House // SG Style // Two Thirty~Five Designs

Day 5- Friday
Gourley Girl & Guy // The Thinking Closet // The Charming Farmer // 2 Little Superheroes // Shades of Blue Interiors // Live Pretty on a Penny

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Christmas Decor AND a Giveaway!

After working in retail for 20 years, I kind of became “immune” to Christmas. It was (obviously) the busiest time of the year, and I would literally come home from work and go to bed from about Thanksgiving through mid-January. Now that I’m no longer working in retail stores, I’ve had to readjust my Christmas thinking and get with the program! Last year was my first year out of retail, so it just didn’t “feel” like Christmas – and I didn’t put up any Christmas decor. ANY. This year, I wanted to change that. Over the past few days, my husband and I have decorated the living room for Christmas and I love it. Front Door Wreath | Queen of Everything As much as I would LOVE to have two trees, our house just isn’t big enough for that. Hopefully our next house will have room, because I have two (technically THREE) different themes for my trees that we alternate between. My personal favorite is the tree we have up this year – I call it the “Fancy” tree. It consists of gold/copper/brown/cream/silver/glitter/mercury glass ornaments, with a couple of dark red/purple ornaments thrown in because they are sentimental. I have a burlap and muslin tree skirt that I (painstakingly) made a few years ago for it. Brown Glass Ornament | Queen of Everything Crystal Ornament | Queen of Everything Crystal Teardrop Ornament | Queen of Everything Purple Beaded Ornament | Queen of Everything Red Diamond Ornament | Queen of Everything Glittered Swirl Ornament | Queen of Everything Burlap and Muslin Tree Skirt | Queen of Everything Star Tree Topper | Queen of Everything The next tree we have is the “Funky” tree. It is fun – we use a white Christmas tree and bright, colorful ornaments (think orange/lime/turquoise/hot pink/purple/silver) and a really sparkly tree topper. We have lots of fun decorating that tree! Last time we used it, I wrapped some bright flannel around the base of it.  Then, my husband’s favorite tree – the “Hallmark” tree. Both of us received ornaments from our grandmothers growing up – they would fill up the whole tree! We also made quite a few ornaments by hand our first Christmas living together – we didn’t have money to buy a bunch of fancy ornaments, so we painted a lot of ornaments that year. Kevin is much more sentimental than I am, and I know that he would love to use all of those ornaments every year.  Fancy Tree 2014 | Queen of Everything Until I have a house big enough for a small forest, we’ll have to settle on one of them!  Peace on Earth Garland | Queen of Everything Since our teeny tiny house doesn’t have a fireplace, I bought a wooden mantel a few years ago in Canton (have you been? You should go, especially if you live in Texas!). In this house, we really only had one place to put it, and I don’t love the location, but it will just have to do. I made a “Peace on Earth” garland using my Silhouette Machine, and my eyes were bigger than my tree – it was WAY too big to fit on my small little wimpy tree. We moved it to the mantel and it works – but we are moving it yet again to above the TV, where it will stay! I also haven’t completely decided what we are going to decorate the mantel with, so it’s still a work in progress. PLUS – and I’m sure some of you can understand my pain – I am missing a box of Christmas decor that I purchased last year. I can’t find it anywhere!  Stockings Were Hung | Queen of Everything Candles and Vase | Queen of Everything I bought these mercury glass votive holders a few days ago and love the way they look. Currently, we have these sitting on my stereo cabinet with a vase full of sparkly round vase fillers (also purchased in Canton!).  I think the reason I love my “fancy” Christmas stuff so much is because it is relaxing. There is nothing better than sitting in the living room at night with the overhead lights off, and just the lights on the tree on and the candles burning. 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

1. Pineapples and Pinecones // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Architecture of a Mom // 4. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 5. Two Purple Couches // 6. Chicken Scratch NY // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. One Dog Woof // 9. Ginger Snap Crafts // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body // 13. weekend craft // 14. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Living My Given Life // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. The Kim Six Fix // 19. Home At Eight // 20. Queen of Everything // 21. Tried & True // 22. McCall Manor // 23. unOriginal Mom // 24. Create it. Go! // 25. From Wine to Whine // 26. GetSilvered // 27. It’s Always Ruetten // 28. Nearly Handmade // 29. Mama Sonshine // 30. Silhouette School // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Create & Babble // 33. Sowdering About // 34. Where The Smiles Have Been // 35. My Favorite Finds // 36. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 37. Designed Decor

Silhouette Giveaway!

And I’ve saved the best for last. My Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners! The prizes up for grabs? First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle! $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit! $219.98 value. Pretty sweet, huh? We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list. To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link. Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power. So, hurry up and enter! {This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.} a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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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Favorite Projects from #swapitlikeitshot

Now that it’s been a week since we first posted our #swapitlikeitshot projects, and I’m (almost) fully recovered, and divorce proceedings have been halted (my husband and I do NOT do DIY well together) – I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects from the other participants and the link party participants!

(These are in no particular order, yada yada yada…)

Makely Home Glitter Bookends

Well, obviously these HAVE to be in my top picks, because GLITTER. And also, I love Lindsay to pieces. And, GLITTER.

Windgate Lane MCM Table

Since I have such excellent taste (or maybe I’m just cruel), I had to throw this one in as well. I mean, I *did* buy this for Bee at Windgate Lane. I got lucky and was able to meet her for lunch and deliver the goods, since she’s local to me. Bee probably hates me, but I just love the way this turned out!

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Carrie at Making Lemonade got me with this one. Yeah, pretty sure I’m gonna be copying this little project, if I can find a wire basket like this! My house is so tiny, there just isn’t much room for knick knacks – but guess what? I can sure hang stuff from the ceiling! 

Now for my favorite link party participant projects (say that 5 times fast):

http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chair-reupholster-in-greek-key.html Pam at Simple Details found a classic cane chair at an estate sale (LUCKY!) and took it from boring to awesome just by giving it a little bit of love. I would be so thrilled to find a chair or two like this to play with!

http://safaffect.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/diy-glass-pendant-light-fixture/

Ever since I made my lamp for the swap, I’ve become obsessed with lighting in general. I love how simple this is, and how much better it looks than it originally did! I would love to make some more light fixtures, so I’ll be keeping this pendant light from SafAffect for future reference!

http://www.homemadebycarmona.com/the-golden-touchstorage-bowls/

Gold is finally growing on me. I hated it until maaaaaaaaybe 6 months ago, and I have no idea why. Now? I can’t get enough. Ursula at Homemade by Carmona transformed these $1 Goodwill bowls into something I would probably buy from a store, just by using gold spray paint. I’ll be picking up every bowl in sight from now on. 

So, did you find any projects that you just fell in love with? Do you have one to add? The link party is up for another week, so keep on adding! 

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Swap It Like It’s Hot – LAMP EDITION!

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Swap It Like It's Hot 2 | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

When I was asked to participate in Swap It Like It’s Hot Part 2, I jumped at the chance. First, I was so excited to go pick something out for someone else (I got my buddy Bee from Windgate Lane), then I was excited to see what someone else picked for me, and THEN panic set in. What in the world was I going to make?

Swap It Like Its Hot 2 | Pulleys | Queen of Everything #swapitlikeitshot

Well, Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors got my name for the swap. She sent me … two pulleys! What was I going to make with pulleys?!

Any smart person would logically decide, “I’m going to make a lamp!”. Really? A LAMP was the first thing that came to my mind? Why, I’ve made hundreds of lamps before (I’m lying). How difficult could it really be (pretty difficult)? I had a picture in my mind and I was determined to make it a lamp reality.

Base of Pulley Lamp | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

Pulley Lamp Off | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

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Close up of pulley OFF | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

So, here it is! Thanks, Rachel – I love what I made from the pulleys (yes, I only used one), and I would be willing to bet you never dreamed I would see a pulley and automatically jump to “lamp”. Go figure. It was not easy to make, it was pretty tedious, and I am so proud of myself for actually making it happen. Big ups to Tom, Makely Home’s resident husband, for helping me come up with a design for it and not making me feel like an idiot when I was trying to explain to him what I had in mind. That house is full of smart people, they come in handy! Big ups to Brittaney, my BFF, for staining wooden blocks with me into the wee hours of the morning while watching “Bad Words” (by the way, completely inappropriate movie!). Big ups to my husband, Kevin, for helping me when I was freaking out about how to make this happen and telling me that he liked the choices I was making. Big ups to Color Cord for just being awesome. I emailed them to ask a question, and got a response within 15 minutes. WHO DOES THAT? Color Cord. They make me want to make a million lamps. Also, they didn’t pay me a thing to say this. This was BY FAR the most DIY project I have ever taken on. Who knew?!

Now that you’ve seen what I made, go see what everyone else made with their thrift shop swaps! I am pretty excited to see what these crazy girls made with their stuff – and I’m also pretty excited to see what YOU have made with thrift shop goodies. Link it up, y’all! Here are all of my partners in crime… I know what I’ll be doing when I have a break at work! Charlotte at Ciburbanity also set up a Pinterest board that features the past #swapitlikeitshot projects, as well as the ones from this go round, if you are a Pinterest person.

2 Little Superheroes
AKA Design
A Chic Little House
The Chronicles of Home
Ciburbanity
Decor Adventures
Desert Domicile
Finding Silver Pennies
Gourley Girl & Guy
The Happier Homemaker
Hearts and Sharts
A Home Full of Color
Makely Home
Making Lemonade
My Passion For Decor
Primitive and Proper
Queen of Everything
Rooms For Rent
Shades of Blue
Stone Gable
Thoughts From Alice
Town and Country Living
Two Purple Couches
While They Snooze
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Windgate Lane

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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. 

How About No Necklace | Snark Factory  Queen of Everything

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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How To Be Nice on the Internet

Being nice on the internet | Queen of Everything

I know, I know. It sounds silly, doesn’t it? How to be nice on the internet? Really? 

Well, it’s been pretty rough in that arena lately. I haven’t personally been the victim of an internet meanie recently, but I’ve seen lots of it go down. And, because I’m a blogger, I mainly see it on blogs and social media (big shock, right?). 

Now, this is not to say that I’ve never been rude/snarky/tacky/mean on the internet, because that would be a big fat lie. In fact, I would venture to say that every single one of you has said something online that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. Right? I’ve done my fair share of it, but now I really make a concerted effort to be nice online – I try to go by the saying that was pounded into my thick skull by my parents throughout my childhood: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It is more difficult than you think! We all slip sometimes. It’s normal. No one is perfect!

I used an adorable pic of my nephew to illustrate my point – I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the vast majority of us were raised to be nice to other people. We were taught manners. We were taught to ignore or walk away if someone wasn’t nice to us. Our family is already teaching those kinds of things to my nephew at just one year of age! Unfortunately, he will grow up in a world full of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. that most of us did not have to deal with until we were older. We will have to teach Benjamin how to handle the responsibility that those things bring. 

Yesterday, I witnessed a post on a Facebook group for a home/DIY website that grabbed my attention. This blogger that had been featured was being attacked – not because of her project, but complete strangers were attacking her parenting skills. Huh? How do you even think about saying someone is a bad parent from 3-4 sentences on a DIY project? It went on and on, and I have some friends that jumped in and defended the blogger. These people were jumping to conclusions about something as personal as parenting from a picture of a project that was meant to keep a child from ruining a TV. News flash: no matter how “well-trained” your kids are, they’re not perfect. It was appalling the way this woman was being attacked. 

Front view | Queen of Everything

I got ripped to shreds on this same Facebook group for *gasp* painting wood. It was my antique stereo that we refurbished and redid. They didn’t like the fact that I painted the wood (that’s kind of the running joke with most bloggers – “they’re gonna get you for painting that wood!”). They didn’t like the fact that I covered the speakers with new fabric. They didn’t like the paint color. They didn’t like the fabric I chose. You know what? I did it for ME. Not anyone else. ME. I have a fairly thick skin when it comes to this kind of stuff (no, it wasn’t always that way, but it comes with age in my case!) but not everyone does. I blew them off and moved on. 

Just today, someone used another blogger’s comments section as her own personal political platform. What she was saying had very little to do with the actual blog post, and it made several of us think that this person was just looking for a place to get people riled up. It worked. I definitely have my beliefs and views, but I try my best to keep them off of the blog. There is a time and place for everything, and I choose to keep my blog about what I want to keep it about. That’s another thing: it’s MY blog. I can write what I want. So can commenters! That’s the nice thing about living in the USA – freedom of speech. While I may not necessarily agree with everything you are saying, I am glad you have the opportunity to say it. So many other countries do not have that freedom. However, like I said, there is a time and place for everything and it just came across as a little bit hateful. 

That said – comment! If you don’t like something, that is fine. Tell us! BUT tell us why, and in a tactful way. We all learn from each other! My style is definitely not everyone’s style – I know that. We just like to hear from you. Period.

I like to think that the bloggers I know (in real life and online) stick together. We may not all love each other to pieces, but when it comes down to it – we’re going to stand up for each other. The DIY/Craft blogging community has honestly been nothing but helpful for the most part – everyone encourages each other, we help each other when we need it, and I feel very lucky to be a part of it. 95% of the time, we have nothing but nice comments and readers – but it’s that 5% that makes some of us want to take a step back. 

I know this has been a little bit preachy, but it’s been weighing on my mind. Have a great week and I PROMISE I will have something up this week. I’m working my fingers to the bone!

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Things I Saw That I Loved #6

Things I Saw That I Loved Queen of Everything

First, I need to show all of you what I’m working on. I promise I haven’t just been binge-watching Parenthood (bad idea, don’t try it) or eating Cheetos Puffs. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that waaaaaaaay back in April, I went to Round Top with my friend Lindsay. We saw lots of weird stuff, but also lots of great stuff. Of course I only bought the great stuff (Lindsay was questionable – oh, hey, Lindsay!), but my favorite purchases were two fabric pieces with sayings printed on them. Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I decided one night this week to start embroidering over the letters. Mind you, I’ve never embroidered a thing in my life, so I am totally winging it. I’m also totally rocking it, if I do say so myself. I can even do it while I’m (not) watching Parenthood 6 episodes at a time! 

Screenprint Before | Queen of Everything

Screenprint During | Queen of Everything

See? I’ve been busy! I bought another one with a different saying on it – I have big plans for that one as well. I’m going through this one pretty quickly, so I might actually have a finished product to show you this week!

Down to business:

Here are some of the Things I Saw That I Loved from this week. I hope you enjoy my favorite picks of this past week, and maybe find some blogs that YOU will love too. Let me know if you find some new blog loves! (PS: I’ve included links back to the original blog posts, and I’ve also pinned them on Pinterest for you so they are easy to find/repin.)

Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves | Boxy Colonial

I’ve featured Boxy Colonial before, because I think she’s awesome. I’m really sad that I missed out on Haven Conference because I would have gotten to meet her! I love the way these shelves turned out, I love the stain she used, and I even love the way her kids are using them. Pretty much love all around. Send me some?

Anthro Inspired Beaded Necklace | Happy Hour Projects

Adrianne over at Happy Hour Projects makes the coolest jewelry – and she makes it look so simple. I love this necklace, and I’m going to attempt it! It will require purchasing a few tools, but I’m not scared – I’ve worked on jewelry for half of my life! I just love the way this turned out. 

I Spy DIY Gem Necklace | I Spy DIY

Speaking of jewelry, I’ve had this one saved for a while to share. The first thing I look at when I see people is their jewelry. It’s habit, I know, but that’s one of the side effects of working in a jewelry store for so long! I am loving the big gemstone/druzy trend, and this post from I Spy DIY links to a great website for purchasing them to make your own. I purchased a druzy necklace for myself on our trip to Colorado and it’s one of my favorite pieces!

Druzy Pendant | Queen of Everything

Herringbone Painting | Ooh I Like That

I received a huge, heavy box of paints from DecoArt last week to try out for them, and I just really couldn’t think of what to do with them. As soon as I saw this, I knew. I love all the colors in this canvas by Ooh I Like That! I’m a little obsessive, though, so mine will most likely not be as “spontaneous” as this one, unfortunately. Maybe I’ll just close my eyes and slap paint on it – knowing me, I would tape off stripes to divide the colors, and that is SO not the point of this project. Anyway, love it!

Rug Bench | Ciburbanity

My friend Charlotte at Ciburbanity has really good taste. As in, I would give her the keys to my house, walk away, and let her redecorate the whole thing (at her expense, of course – I’m generous like that). She finds the BEST deals and turns them into these perfect little things, like this bench of hers that I really, really want. I never would have though to cover the top with a rug!

I hope you liked this batch of awesomeness! Have a great week!

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Things I Saw That I Loved #5

Things I Saw That I Loved Queen of Everything

 

Yeah, so it’s been a while. I’m back, though! 

Here are some of the “Things I Saw That I Loved” from this week. I hope you enjoy my favorite picks of this past week, and maybe find some blogs that YOU will love too. Let me know if you find some new blog loves! (PS: I’ve included links back to the original blog posts, and I’ve also pinned them on Pinterest for you so they are easy to find/repin.)

Summer-embroidery-hoop-art-Crafts-Unleashed

How fun is this easy little craft from Crafts Unleashed? I LOVE the fabric on the embroidery hoop and never would have thought to do that – I think it just makes the whole project! 

Pom-Pom-Pillow

This Pom Pom Pillow just looks like something that needs to be in my life, right now. PLUS, this Dena character is a laugh a minute (I mean, with a blog called Hearts & Sharts, how could she not be?!). Go read her. Now!

Retro-Camper-Embroidery-Hoop-Art-with-Free-Pattern

Flamingo Toes has been KILLING IT lately. I love everything she is putting up. So much so, that 2 of the Things I Saw That I Loved are from her blog. Yeah, you read that right. TWO. Also, I’m obviously having a love affair with pom poms. 

Huge-Fabric-US-Map-Hoop-Art

I mean, if you don’t think this is adorable, I don’t want to know you. It looks like a ton of work, but the payoff is awesome! Great way to blow through some fabric scraps – and I know we all have those. 

Sewing Machine Cover

A few years ago, during an impromptu craft night with the girls, I made a sewing machine cover. It does the trick and looks cute, but not like this one does. Plus, if you spill wine (or vodka, whatever) on this one – it wipes right off. Not that I know from experience or anything. Maddie Moes hit this one out of the park! 

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Things I Saw That I Loved #4

Things I Saw That I Loved Queen of Everything

 

Did you follow my trip to Round Top with Lindsay on Instagram? If not, you missed out! (Well, the pictures are still there, but you know. Real time shopping and all that jazz.) Turns out, the Round Top area does not have awesome cell service, so we had to improvise and post when we could. Just follow the #werockroundtop hashtag on Instagram and be prepared to see some creepy stuff. Round Top definitely had a theme going, guys, and you’ll figure it out after the first few pictures. I will do a full post about our day soon, I promise. I didn’t post *all* of the pictures to Instagram.

Moving on!

Here are some of the “Things I Saw That I Loved” from this week. (It is looking like this is the “My friends are awesome” edition!) I hope you enjoy my favorite picks of this past week, and maybe find some blogs that YOU will love too. Let me know if you find some new blog loves! (PS: I’ve included links back to the original blog posts, and I’ve also pinned them on Pinterest for you so they are easy to find/repin.)

Raptor Mama's Project Life Planner Pages

Raptor Mama does a LOT of Project Life layouts – and blogs, and makes other crafty stuff too. She ordered some planner pages and tweaked them to make them into what SHE needed. I love it! I am thinking I need a copy for myself. Maybe if I were more organized, this blog would have more posts than it does… I’m really impressed with what she’s done! And jealous of all the fun stuff she gets to do.

Vintage-Saftiplass-Panels | Makely Home

 

Now y’all. I was so excited to see this post from Makely Home come up. Why? Because I got to HELP make these! Okay, all I did was put some rubbing alcohol on strips of metal and glue those strips of metal to wood… but I still helped. Lindsay’s house was awesome. I loved it. And I love these panels she made. I have no idea how she comes up with everything she comes up with! 

Stenciled Goodnight Moon Art | Ciburbanity

 

My friend Charlotte from Ciburbanity had a pretty exciting week. She’s a good secret keeper too – know why? She filmed an episode of Flea Market Flip LAST SPRING and didn’t tell anyone until very, very recently. It aired this past Sunday and I’m not gonna spoil it for you… but I want to know what she did with her half of the prize money 🙂 Anyway, this stenciled sign is in her dining room. I love it. 

Gold Dipped Plumage Cabinet | Boxy Colonial

 

Isn’t this gorgeous? This pretty thing was in the East Coast Creative Blog’s link party for Crafting With The Stars (have you been following that? I’m really good at picking the winning project this time around) and I had to click and comment on it. It just caught my eye and I love how she painted the legs GOLD! Gretchen at Boxy Colonial knows what’s up. 

Green Lady | Windgate Lane

 

Obviously, I need to go hang out with Bee at Windgate Lane more often so she can teach me her ways. (You may remember her from the very first edition of Things I Saw That I Loved…) She only lives about 45 minutes away! She loves the Rub N Buff as much as I do (oh yeah… I wrote a post about Rub N Buff but shockingly haven’t finished the whole project yet!) and I LOVE the green color she chose. I love bright colors on things that aren’t normally bright colors. Hello, I have two bright orange chests in my craft room. Bee did a beautiful job on this and I’m going to go steal it from her… right now. See ya in a few, Bee!

TGIF, right? Enjoy your weekend (I’m going to the Main Street Arts Festival and to see The Mavericks – best concert ever!) – have fun! Show these bloggers some love, too!

 

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