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Crafty Failure & a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!

There comes a time in every crafty person’s life when they have a crafty fail. A time when they look at their jumble of something covered in glue and think, “What did I just do?”
Sadly, today was mine. I’d like to tell you that this was my first. It’s not. I’d like to say that it won’t happen again. It will. But, dang if it isn’t the most frustrating thing ever!

The boys and I had just come home from a park play date and they immediately went down for a nap. Usually about this time I’m absolutely useless, but for some reason I was completely full of energy and decided to tackle every project that I had stacked up in my room.

I made a new curtain for my kitchen window, I hung up fancy hooks and a wreath on an empty kitchen wall and a few other items on my entry wall. I had successfully used a power drill which I’m pretty sure Jerad will be proud of and a little bit scared at the same time.

Now for the crafty fail….I had been wanting to make my own fancy cork bulletin board for awhile now, and even had the frame and cork. It was to be my “central control station.” All my lists, Todo’s and such would be displayed beautifully on an otherwise boring wall.

So I set to work. It ended up being like one of those times when you are super tired, driving home, and then upon arrival, not even remembering how you got there. I took a step back, looked at my work and wondered if little evil craft minions had taken over my body.

I couldn’t have made something this bad, could I? Ooooooh, yeah.

Here’s the picture.

Now, if you’re like my wonderful mother, you’ll say, “oh, its not THAT bad.” It is. The cork board for one ended up being to thin, so it was wobbling and tearing. I couldn’t seem to cut a straight line to save my life so a lot of the edging came out crooked, which made for extra sticking out the side.

Then I think somewhere along the line, I just got lazy…look at the back of this thing!!!!

I was actually brave enough to try and hang it on the wall….it looked like an earthquake was happening and I feared for my toddler’s head.

So needless to say, I threw in my crafty towel for the day. I may try and tackle this project again, I may not. Right now, just buying a nice bulletin board sounds fabulous.
Did I learn from this disaster? Maybe. Crafting while hyper may not be the best choice for me. Definitely need to pay more attention….especially with power tools and glue guns.

Now for the giveaway! I believe we all need a little coffee encouragement during a crafty fail!
Leave a comment below telling me about one of your crafty fails and if you learned anything! On Thursday, June 14th “Pick Giveaway Winner” will randomly choose one of you fabulous readers to receive a $20 Starbucks Gift Card! Please only one entry per person!

Good luck and happy crafting!

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  1. Ok lady, I thought I could sew off a pattern, ya fail. I ended up cutting all the fabric wrong. When I started to sew the sleeve one side was inside out and one side was right side out. Ya, that fabric became scrap fabric real quick. Btw- I didn’t think your craft fail was the bad. I like the idea!:)

  2. My crafty fail was during my rush to make Christmas presents at the last minute. I was attempting to make a purse that I had in my mind with no patturn and the project was way bigger than I imagined. The purse came out way too small because I didn’t think about seams and some how, probably because I was super tired, When I attached the linning I double stiched it on backwards so when I put the linning on the inside the outside was the back of the nice pretty decorative asian inspired fabric that was suppose to make up the purse. When I began taking out the stiching the delicate fabric just began to unravel. Epic crafty fail.

  3. This is seriously so timely because I had a major craft failure today. I tried to reupholster our dining room chairs…which really weren’t upholstered to begin with. After the foam was a little too small, the staples from the staple gun weren’t holding and the nails were ripping the fabric, I plugged in the glue gun. Thankfully, I thought twice and decided if it didn’t work, the glue would just ruin my chairs. After wasting a couple hours, my dining room chairs still look like they did this morning.

  4. First of all, I’d like to say that I <3 your blog! Soo much fun to read. =]

    I have numerous crafty failures but the ones I never seem to forget are the ones sitting around the house waiting for my hands to finally get them started. Ever since the introduction of pinterest, I have been inclined to try out everything I see. So I end up buying the required materials for the project but many, and I mean MANY times, the materials just sit there…dying to be put to some good use. Haha!

    I just keep telling myself, I'll get to it someday. In the meantime, I'll just continue searching for more fabulous pinterest ideas!

  5. It’s funny because I have the exact same failure as Jessica last year! I too failed on reupholstering some bar stools. The staple gun was awful and wouldn’t staple in and then when it did it would rip the fabric. Bad thing is, the day after this project my house got broken into. Funny thing….the staple gun was stolen, lol…and unfortunately the bar stools were stolen too- maybe they made it look pretty? doubtful. lol.

  6. Ok so my recent craft fail was just last week. I decided that there was no way I could put my son’s “home-from-the-hospital” outfit in a box to gather dust, so I was going to make a shadow box with it (I’d never done a shadow box in my life). First, I misjudged the size of his outfit and bought a box that was too small. Then, I found the cutest fabric that I just HAD to use (never mind that it was WAY too busy) After realizing both of these things, I decided that I would MAKE it work because I was so anxious to get it done. After hours of trying to make the outfit fit, along with our hospital bracelets, his beanie, a photo, and his first spoon, I realized that there was no way I was hanging this proudly on my baby’s wall. A cluttered, messy looking Fail! Thank goodness I used pins and didn’t permanently damage his baby items. I have since redone this project with a larger shadow box and plain fabric. Much better 🙂

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