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Pinterest Camp is coming up!

A large group of my friends and family used to have Pinterest weekends quite often. We planned WAY in advance, gathered supplies, talked about what we were going to drink (food came second after alcohol)… but we kind of got busy and quit doing them for a couple of years. Now with two of my cousins having babies soon, we decided that we better have another party. It looks like we have a group of about 12, which may be our biggest yet! We’re calling this one Pinterest Camp. Why? I don’t know, other than we will be in sleeping bags on the floor. While my aunt’s house is big, it’s not big enough to sleep all of us! (Some of us are not cuddlers…)

I have started pinning to a board for Pinterest Camp, but haven’t made firm decisions on what to make. Here are a few ideas I have found and love!

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Merry & Bright via You Are My Fave

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Gold Leaf Ornaments via The Sweetest Occasion

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Vintage Holiday wreath via Cathie Filian

My problem is that I go in with high hopes of getting everything accomplished, and while I do get more done on those weekends compared to sitting at home by myself, there is so much going on and it’s easy to get distracted. I think I can probably get all three of these made if I try!

What are some of your favorite Christmas decorations that you use year after year? Let me know!

 

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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 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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