Trends and prodcuts boasted about in blogland. Do you follow them? Do you try them? Do you love to keep up with them? Or do you hate them?
I visit all sorts of blogs, I visit linky parties and get so overwhelmed with all the beauty I see! I won't lie....sometimes I'm green eyed with envy!
And often times I want to try almost every single one of them! (That is, if I had 48 hours in a day, and required no sleep.) LOL
But I do try some of them...and some of them are total keepers!
Like the burlap and jute trend rampant throughout blogland. Man, do I love me some burlap and jute! :)
For instance, my burlap tissue cover! I totally adore it.
And my kitchen's chandelier lampshades that I covered in jute....STILL LOVE THEM!! :) I did this well over a year ago because of all jute projects I was seeing in blogland.
Is it trendy right now? Yes. Does it have lasting appeal. Who knows. Only time will tell. But for now, I love these trends!
Modge Podge!!! I don't even have to tell you how much I love that stuff!!!
Prior to blogging, I have never used it before.
But some of the blogging trends (or products that everyone's using) I try...and they are total FAILS for me!
For instance....drop cloth curtains!
I mean, HEEELLLLLLOOOOO! Simple and gorgeous...right? Not to mention....CHEAP! :)
Recently, I tried my hand at them. Granted, I don't sew, so mine were VERY simple (and of course, I never got pictures of them....bad blogger!).
I HATED them!!!!!!!!
I left them up for several weeks....and they never grew on me....at all!
Why would I hate such loveliness?
Well, here's what you don't read.
They are stiff! I mean, super, duper, just as you image drop cloth to be, stiff! I washed them. I used fabric softener galore! I dried them with wonderful Bounty dryer sheets! I washed them again and again....still stiff!
They took me HOURS to iron! I'm not kidding. I watched two movies PER PANEL to iron out all the wrinkles. And that was only to an acceptable level...not perfect!
I used paper clips to create nice folds/creases, I left them there for weeks so they would lay nice and flowy. Guess what? Crisp and stiff, never becomes flowly. :(
Drop cloth curtains, for me.....FAIL! Why are they so gorgeous for everyone else?? I got them at Lowe's, just like everyone else. What did I miss? Or does no else tell you they are stiff? Maybe other people don't mind stiff?
I occasionally close the curtains so we can watch a movie in the dark during the day....stiff doesn't work so well for this.
I don't know why I didn't know this before. I just know it did not work for me. Does this ever happen to you?
Another example....Gorilla Glue.
I know you've seen this stuff all over blogland. There are parties dedicated to this stuff.
Have you tried it?
I have....because everyone was using for their wonderful projects!
I HATED it! It has ruined more than one project for me! Why?
It expands. ALOT!
Big, bubbly, expansion out from under every single thing I've tried it on!
I've never read that before! Have you? No one has ever complained about this problem (that I've read). I can't be the only person this happens to. Right?
Instead I have found that I ADORE E-6000!
It dries clear. It holds fabulously. It stinks (this is not a positive, LOL). But it works. AND....it doesn't expand and bubble and make a mess!
I found this stuff by reading blogs! Other bloggers use it too. So, this one...total success (for me)!
Other trends....all white rooms! This was big late last year.
It's gorgeous. But you know what I see? DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY!
I wonder who lives in these spaces? They can't have pets! Or kids! Right? I know they are slipcovered sofas....but I'd have to wash them weekly (and just live with the stains in between). I don't want to wash my sofa weekly.
This is a trend I can't wrap my head around. Not because it isn't beautiful. It is! It's just not realistic for me and my brood! :)
So.....the big question.
Do you try them? Do they always work for you they way they have for others? Or do you just read and admire from a distance? :)
How do you work the trends into your home?