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  1. Callie
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    You. are. hilarious. Every post. Great job with the glitter! I actually am getting my PhD in quantum (usually known as “high energy” these days) physics, working at CERN in Geneva. And I loooove taking a break from my work to be entertained by your blog!! 😀

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    • judy
      December 10, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      This response is absolutely over the top weirdly appropriately awe inspiring-Only this blog and no other in all the universe could have actually attracted the attention of a person actually pursuing a PhD in quantum physics and halfway around the world no less. I am beginning to wonder why all the giant mirrors? Beam you up do they? Are you one of us Victoria? You can tell me-I promise I won’t tell a soul.

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    • Jacquie
      December 20, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

      It is great to know I’m not the only girl in Switzerland reading this blog! Sometimes I feel very alone here in my Americanness. Best of luck with that PhD!

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      • Kiki
        December 21, 2015 @ 5:34 am

        Made me smile. I am glad not to be the only SWISS GIRL living abroad (France – Ile de France, that’s ‘close to Paris’) and feeling often my very Swissness in this country….. Good girl(s)!!! Courage – the Swiss are nice in general (but then Geneva for us, the Swiss, is NOT Switzerland – so those living there should be able to feel as they wish – because it’s just a ‘neutral territory’ and not really Switzerland – if that’s a consolation).
        As Paris is not France (they only think it is!) – We were always made feel so welcome in all those years we visited all of France coming from Switzie or UK or Canada – and only, since we live shoulder to shoulder to true Parisians, we feel quite out of place so often.

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    • Kiki
      December 21, 2015 @ 5:35 am

      Callie; how did it go – you’ve got your degree? Come on, you’re one of us – do tell us!!!!

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  2. donnal
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    In most of our lives we strive for progress; perfection is rarely achieved. Lady, you have progress and perfection. You make me want to walk out and purchase a mirror larger than my fun sized body. Perfection would be I’d purchase the mirror and attempt to complete using your directions; this year I’ll settle for progress and pin it for next year.

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  3. Lynne from Design The Life You Want to Live
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I love you ! The first thing I thought when I saw your mirror was …. HOW’D SHE GET THAT GLITTER ON THERE?!

    Then wham bam thank ya ma’am… you shared with sugar bear.

    If I could kiss you right now, I would.

    Lynne xx

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  4. Jennifer
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    My goodness, what a great project. Thanks for all the important details! It is wonderful that you are able to test all these great ideas and then help clarify what works and what doesn’t. You never fail to inspire and bring a smile to my face! Your post makes me wish I had a giant mirror and that I could tryout what you just did. I do have a tall Mission style mirror but the tall skinny tree we got off the side of the road a few years ago is in front of it. I am sure my husband would not be amused if I decided to write festive things on the bathroom mirrors so I will just continue to enjoy yours. Wishing you the merriest of Christmases.

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  5. Dodie
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    okay, now i have to try this. Unfortunately, I do not have a kingdom mirror *sad face*

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  6. Francine Brooks
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Victoria, you are FABULOUS!! The mirror couldn’t look more spectacular. I live in Havertown and it just thrills me to know that such creative genius is in my area! Your posts are so much fun and full of goodness. Thank you.

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  7. Judy
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Closet of shame…oh honey, we all have one! (I’m guessing yours is a walk-in closet?)

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  8. Laurie
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I, for one, appreciate the scientific research you have put into this discovery. I shall proceed to write in glitter on all my glassy surfaces.

    Thanks to you Victoria, my glass is no longer adorned in glittery goodness.

    It should be noted that this will force me to wash my windows when I take the glitter writing off. This will be the first time in *cough*years*cough* that I’ve washed my windows. Now you are performing TWO public services.

    Thank you.

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  9. Julie
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Brilliant as usual!
    Bigger is better and more is also better- as you continue to prove over and over again!
    Your, no, THE kingdom mirror is decorated as it should be.
    As usual, loving your writing too! 🙂

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  10. Patricia
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    You need a team of tiny minions running about hither and fro carrying out your life changing big ideas … or at the very least, running things later not needed back to craft stores. Once they cleared out the closet of shame, they could live in it.
    Come to think about it, I need minions too.

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  11. Karen
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    I love starting my day out laughing my way through your blog post! So REAL! And by the way, I love the mirror. Joy is my favorite holiday word!

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  12. Siouxzie Q
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    The Raccoon wants what it wants.

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  13. My Crappy House
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Did you know they make clear caulk? Just sayin… Cute idea 🙂

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  14. Pattie C
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I think of myself as a highly functioning crafter, that being said I could not get a whole snowflake from the partial template you posted yesterday. It looked like it must have passed through some radiation before it hit the ground. So I won’t be having glitter snowflakes this year. It’s just as well I think I finally got all the glitter cleaned up from the ornaments I made about five years ago. Love your blog and your style.

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  15. pam
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Hmm…I wonder if Mod Podge would work? Paint your design with MP and then sprinkle the glitter on top? Of course, the massive size of your mirror might make that a bit difficult. It’s fabUlous!!!

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  16. Carole@Rustic Artistry
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    New post idea: cat litter inspired crafts. Now that’ll pull ’em in.

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    • Babzy the Elder
      December 10, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      With the option of scented or unscented. 🙂

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  17. Kiki
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    über-cool….. I did paint on a v large mirror when I lived in England (a Victorian mirror, no less, as we lived in a Victorian house!) – but of course being a v modest Swiss woman, I didn’t use any glitter – and I can clearly see my mistake now 🙂
    I had – if I remember rightly – bought a lime or chalk based white water-soluble paint and with two coats my text was nicely lisible. I did however, not thinking of glitter, add sticky gold stars of good sizes, stars I bought in Switzerland before – so I had a Swiss/English/Kiki deco nobody else had…. Thank you for the fun, dearest VE
    Bisous (kisses) from France
    Kiki

    PS: Pleeeeease, are you considering putting the ‘heart’-links back on so that I can lose even more time visiting all the commenting friends’ blogs too?!?!?! Just asking…. I DO miss them 🙂

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  18. Jennifer
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    You are brilliant, of course and are giving Martha a run for the money! Bet she doesn’t have a closet of shame, but she also doesn’t have a clever husband like Paul, who cuts right to the heart of the matter with his pithy comments. You do know all this magic has be taken down at some point, and that part sucks:-). Be sure to share the fun with us. xoJennifer

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  19. Susan
    December 10, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    When I was a child my dad always painted scenes on the big mirror behind the sofa for all the major holidays-and when I grew up he shared his “formula” with me: a paste of Bon-Ami, water, and food coloring!
    If you leave it colorless, it look like snow 🙂
    This year we are moving from BFE Oregon to San Diego-on Dec 20, so no Christmas decor this year-but next year there will be glitter galore.

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    • Nina
      December 10, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

      Susan,
      You brought back a memory!!! My dad painted Christmas scenes and greetings on windows and mirrors with glass wax! That was a glass cleaner (1950s-1960s) that you brushed/wiped on and it dried white, then you cleaned the glass by wiping it off with a clean cloth. I wonder how that would work with glitter??? Anyone out there know?

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  20. Kiki
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    szut alors – I forgot something quite unimportant but…. Here in France we get for the Christmas Season and often for Easter too delightful shop window paintings…. Nearly all bakeries, butchers etc etc get their windows painted with truly magnificent scenes and wishes for the Season. They make walking to the shops like a trip through fairyland and give me great joy and pleasure. And yes, there is a lot of white, stars, glitter and also much colour to be seen! I deeply admire the artists doing those paintings, especially in view of the size of those windows and I just don’t know how they get the dimensions right….. You would be over the moon seeing those.

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  21. Catherine W.
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love the Christmas glitz and glitter and your kingdom mirrors. But small-minded, petty me can’t help but think the “joy” looks more like “goy.” Could it be a link between Chanukah and Christmas? A nod to the Jewish Jesus bringing joy to the goyim? 🙂

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    • Zuul
      December 10, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      I’m a bit of a calligraphy nerd and it pretty clearly says Goy not Joy. Some unfortunate looping in front of the J makes it look like the cursive capital G. Victoria, you may have to start over!

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      • Terri
        December 10, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

        My first thought was that it said ‘goy’ also, but I betcha it’s a lower case ‘j’ and the snowflake is the ‘dot’.
        Beautiful mirror, V.E.

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      • Barb
        December 10, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

        I thought it said “Toy”. Uh oh.

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    • Gennie
      December 10, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

      So glad I am not the only one…all I can see is Goy, was wondering about the Jewish connection as well. It would drive me absolutely insane to leave it that way, I’m kind of guessing that it might drive V crazy now that we have mentioned it.

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    • Me
      December 13, 2013 @ 7:20 am

      To my eye, it is clearly an embellished lower case j. Art does not follow rules. That’s what makes it art.

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  22. sara
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Please where did you get your garland? Is it real? If its real how on earth do you keep it looking so lush? I live in the philly region as well and am obsessed with garland at the holidays. I have even been known to knock on peoples doors who homes look amazing as inquire about the garland. Hmmmm sounds like I have an issue lol

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    • Kit Odom
      December 10, 2013 @ 11:58 am

      Sara, check a previous Christmas post regarding the garland. V.E.B. ordered 200 yards of it from somewhere and I’m pretty sure she mentioned the source. (BTW, you’re not Jill M.’s Sara are you?)

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  23. Karen Clark
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    You’re the BEST, Victoria! Finding your blog is the best Christmas present ever!

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  24. tammigirl
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Oh, Victoria, you did good! You thought of something AND finished it. This was not what we agreed upon with our super-secret handshake.

    p.s. I had the exact same metallic-ish ironing board cover. I think I bought it someplace super fancy. Like maybe Target.

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  25. Karen
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    You are a JOY,

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  26. Kate S.
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I think you should pin images of your mirror and label them with ‘How to write on a Kingdom Mirror with glitter,’ not just a mirror. People will pop over to your blog just to figure out what the heck a Kingdom Mirror is! And once they read that story, they’all keep coming back for more!

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  27. Zandra Zuraw
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    What I love about you is that you make all of us who secretly love doing things the hard way able to laugh at the people who are laughing at us while we pretend we’re laughing at ourselves.

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    • Jean
      December 10, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

      Genius observation Zandra. We should put this on a T-shirt.

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      • Deb
        December 10, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

        …and then, laugh.
        Love the t-shirt idea. Brilliance!

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    • Kiki
      December 11, 2013 @ 1:41 am

      …. seconding that! Only few however would be admitting though?! I laugh all the time at situations like this…. & I have the wrinkles on my face to prove it! 🙂 Do we place a large T-shirt order now?

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  28. Alex
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Would rubber cement work to hold the glitter on the mirror? Then it might peel off afterwards?

    Great idea – looks beautiful.

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  29. Judy
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    You are hilarious and making Christmas so much fun!

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  30. A Fan/Follower
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Research is crucial and necessary. Besides, why simplify when you can complicate? My brain does not know the shortcut to simplifying anything! It travels its own road less traveled…….a long and winding road.
    I love Patricia’ s idea of minions living in the closet of shame. Genius, Patricia.

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  31. Amy Dobek
    December 10, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    “There is no end to my creativity when the other option is doing actual work.”

    This is the story of my life.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      December 12, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      “There is no end to my creativity when the other option is doing actual work.”

      THIS is the T-shirt we should all order!! 🙂

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  32. Lizykat
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I MUST find some glitter paint… xoxo

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  33. Alex
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Something tells me if I try this out on my IKEA mirror, your Kingdom Mirror may hate me. Sure as hell beats lipstick which every time I see on a mirror anywhere I think Good luck getting that fun off.

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  34. Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    This is gorgeous. Simple beautiful. And your writing invokes smiles and laughter and appreciation for your wit as always 🙂

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  35. Pam Dieckman
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    I love your idea and I love your mirrors. I recently read an article that mentioned glitter can be dangerous to cats if they get any in their mouths or digestive tracks . I’m a new cat owner, and my kitty is a bit of a sampler and chewer. I thought I would mention this, although your kitty may not be as problematic as mine.

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  36. Susan
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Love your “closet of shame”! Mine resides in bathtub-sized plastic tubs labeled “Possibilities”, but angst/shame is what I usually feel when I see them and think about $$$.

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  37. Babzy the Elder
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    OMG – “Closet of shame”. Great description. It’s also amazing how much of the overflow can be stashed under a canopy bed, with a nice long bed skirt to hide the shame. 🙂 The mirror looks fantastic. Also love the pillows, as well as the sleeping cat. Your home looks beautifully festive for having an especially wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      December 12, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      Waterbed drawer frames, placed strategically on bed frames BEFORE the box and mattress, afford extra storage for overflow, also, and look amazingly like princess or Victorian high beds. They can either be hidden under flowing linen, or embraced in all their glory. I get very creative when it comes to storage ideas! 🙂 😉

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  38. Katherine
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    So many comments, per usual! You are one popular woman, due your talent and that Kingdom Mirror! May I just say that I have ALWAYS wanted to be able to say to someone, anyone, “Dahling, do this” or “Do that!” Oh, yes.

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  39. Jessica@designerssweetspot.blogspot.com
    December 10, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I love this! A beautiful treatment for your awesome mirror! I would love to have a giant mirror in my house, my boys would smash it in a matter of minutes I am afraid. Love it!

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  40. AmyEbbertHill
    December 10, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    My first thought was, she used her hot glue gun. Much too boring and pedestrian! I like your idea better.

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