Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let there be light! (As long as the electrician is a woman...)

OK, so check out this amazing Anthropologie-inspired glass ornament chandelier.
Breann and Hillary are co-writing this brand new (and really fabulous) blog called Things We Fancy.
You know what they don't fancy...? That their 2-week old blog that already has a Hater. Seriously? Oy.

Anonymous was unclear about where, exactly, the light source came from in this post....
Yep, the other commenters are right -- this says nothing about where the light actually comes from! To me, it looks like there is one light bulb connected to a simple light fixture, which is wired up to the "light wire" (the electrical wire that sticks out of your ceiling when you remove your old light fixture). I understand she is clueless about "man things"... but COME ON! There is all sorts of information on the internet about how to do it. Don't be helpless. And at least tell your poor readers where the light is coming from! (e.g., it's not coming from Christmas lights inside of each ornament.)

As a woman and a crafter, I resent this stereotypical helplessness!

Our Slammed Bloggers Say:
Oh, Hey ANONYMOUS! Nice of you to stop by with your cynicism. We're actually pretty impressed that our blog has been live for less than 2 weeks and we already got a rude anonymous comment! Looks like we're doing something right!

You're right, we should have been a little more clear as to the light fixture in the chandelier. However, if you weren't such a jerk, you'd see in the above comments we explained where the light was coming from to our "poor readers." They were also followed up via e-mail.... that CLEARLY makes them super unfortunate.

Yes, we could have EASILY looked up some YouTube video on how to install a light wire, but what's the point if you already have someone there who knows how to do it?! If your husband was a mechanic and you had a blown transmission, would you go take classes on how to fix it yourself? No, because that's freaking dumb. You're right though, asking a husband to install a wire because he knows how and I don't want to electrocute myself makes me totally helpless.

As women and crafters, we resent your stereotypical anonymous comment!

Viv Says:
Perhaps Anonymous needs more than one light bulb to read by...? Because it was clear to me in the text of the post that there is one wire/one light bulb illuminating the chandy. (And let's say i didn't read it 2 gud: there's a pitchur of a single bulb in the middle a'that cluster o' or-nam-nets...) Perhaps negativity impairs your vision?

Additionally, it seemed pretty obvious that the line about "asking a man for help" was pretty tongue in cheek. These gals seem far from helpless. Poking around their newly formed blog, I can tell that I will be a frequent visitor due to their innovation, inspiration and utter lack of Helpless Female Syndrome.

Anonymous? As a woman and a crafter, I resent that you let your snarky, holier than thou, Gloria Steinem-ish nature take over and tried to tear down other women, rather than support them. So much for us girls trying to stick together. Boo to you.

Mandi Says:
What. The Crap.  You know what I think this is?  I think this is a case of "Someone got to a project before I could"-itis. Which is the technical term when seeing a really great knockoff project that you had on your 15 mile long to do list, and being jerkish and lashing out that someone made it before you did.  This projects is super cool and CLEARLY you can tell that there is just one light bulb in it...let me refresh your memory:

Yup pretty sure they aren't all filled with Christmas lights...

What do You say?


clearness said...

That is very gorgeous. Good work and you know what they say about hate mail, when you get it, you know you've made it.

The Scrappy Housewife said...

A woman and a crafter, but clearly not a brave one. Also, tongue in cheek sarcasm must elude them entirely. Wow.

Condo Blues said...

I love the light. Anon ruffles my feathers because you don't try to get someone to try a DIY out of their comfort zone by INSULTING THEM!

Judy C said...

Why Anonymous? If you have the courage of your convictions, use your name. And what is wrong with a collaborative effort? Maybe the husband likes to be a part of the creative process. As someone who grew up with constant complaints about my own interests, I must object. The best thing, in my humble opinion, if you don't like it do it better and post it.

Lesley said...

I despise the cowardice that comes with anonymous comments. It's absolutely ridiculous to think that you can put on a mask, attack someone and then be expected for what you did to be taken as anything less than an attack.

I hope this person feels ashamed of the feelings she put upon these lovely bloggers by criticizing their work that obviously took a lot of hard work and devotion.

Jealousy is an ugly color on you Miss Anonymous!

MiMi said...

Someone was one current short of a full light bulb that morning. Grumpy.

Leanne said...

I saw this at Anthropologie and was wanting to try making it. They did an amazing job. Kudos to them for jumping on it so soon. Poor Anonymous must have a really sad life. I hope they can be more supportive in their comments next time. We all like to be uplifted, not put down.

Anonymous said...

Poor Anonymous. She probably also kicks puppies and takes candy from small children when she's not trolling the Interwebs...

Fabulous project-I think I'm going to give this one a shot.

Cherished Bliss said...

I will never understand people who feel the need to be rude! The picture above pretty much explains it for me! Not to mention the nice sentence at the end opening yourself up to answer any questions!

Great job with the light by the way!

Anonymous said...

I totally believe that if you don't piss someone off out there then you're not really putting it all out there ... not like posting about a project should piss someone off ... but hey, they felt the need to leave a lengthy comment - must really have hit some nerve :) stopping in to follow from today's hop. Hope you can visit soon and return the favor - oh and check out my book that's on sale right now through Amazon - yes, that was a shameless plug but it is only $0.99 :)

Jen said...

Congratulations, Anonymous. You just gave these "helpless women" another "poor reader". Joined!

katie said...

alright, alright. i apologize! at least two comments were right - i was grumpy that day, and i didn't get the sarcasm. but it certainly wasn't jealousy - in fact, i was inspired by the project, which was how i arrived at the blog in the first place.

i didn't expect my tone to come off as negatively as i see now (upon re-reading) that it is. i'm sorry for any hurt feelings.

love the idea of this hate mail blog -- and the fact that you made me think again about my actions. =)

Maggie and Curtiss Bradford said...

These posts are getting fewer and farther in between! Which, really, is a good thing, because all the nasty commenters in blogland are finally learning to keep their rude comments to themselves. But on the other hand, I miss reading new ones!