Book Review and Interview with Heather Mann

Do you need a good laugh?  Do you need a good laugh about YOUR craft fails?  I KNOW I do.  CraftFail was just what I needed.  I am happily talking about a Book Review and Interview with Heather Mann today.

Craft Fail

I am one of the lucky few that get to see Craft Fail before it hits the shelves.  It has been a joy to read.  But first let me tell you a little bit about the author:

Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and co-host of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.

Here is a little insight about CraftFail:

But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process.Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

I was able to interview Heather.  This is how the interview went:

Question #1: Why did you decide to write CraftFail?

I have learned so much about the power of failing from running the CraftFail website that I wanted to share! And I wanted to share the LOLs, too, of course!

Question #2: What motivates you?

I am extremely motivated by the process of being creative, and also by the excitement of posting my creations online! I love to share with others who have a like-minded love of creativity.

Question #3: What do you want your readers to gain from your book?

First, I hope they’ll be entertained! Second, I hope they are encouraged to look at failing in a different light — it’s not something to be avoided, but to be embraced. I have learned so much from my various CraftFails, and I hope my readers will too.

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It was late at night when Hubby and I hopped into bed.  I told him I had a book he might like to look at with me.  He said, “Meh, okay.”  Within just a few minutes of reading the tears were running down our cheeks from laughter.  We laughed till we cried.  We could relate in so many ways.  AND, we have been through more craft fails of our own than we could ever count.  Heather nails it on the head with what it is like to fail at crafts,  She sees the reality of Craft Fails and embellishes it perfectly.  The photos, the writing, and the humor is what every crafter can relate to on so many levels.  It is a MUST READ for EVERYONE.  I will definitely be sharing CraftFail with my family and friends.  It is a great gift.  I think anyone who reads CraftFail will laugh as much as I did, if not more. I can’t wait to look through my copy again…OH WAIT!  I have several times, already!

Pick up your copy of CraftFail soon.

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Make it a terrific Tuesday!

Meegan

Create An Inviting Fall Porch

Fall is in full swing around here.  Well, as far as decor goes.  Weather, well that is another story.  It was in the 90s yesterday and the low 70s last night.  I am enjoying the warmth as long as I can. BUT, I do love to Create An Inviting Fall Porch.

Today I want to show you how I can Create An Inviting Fall Porch in minutes with LITTLE TO NO COST.  It’s fun easy, and you can just what you have around your home.

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Inspiration Monday Party

Welcome to Inspiration Monday

Don’t you love this time of year?
Time for sweaters and boots,
and firing up the crock-pots,
sipping apple cider and pumpkin everything!
Be Inspired…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
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This weeks features were chosen by Debbie from Refresh Restyle  

 

Fall Farmhouse Kitchen from Love Grows Wild

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  No Bake 2 Layer Pumpkin Pie from Cincy Shopper No-Bake-2-Layer-Pumpkin-Pie-Recipe

 

  Book Page Pumpkins from View from The Fridge Book-Page-Pumpkins-6h-650x433

 

  Fairy Pumpkin from Primitive & Proper fairy pumpkin

 

  Smoky and Spicy Paleo Chili from The Happy Tulip paleo chili │thehappytulip

 

  Fall Mantel from Sweet Pea Fall Mantel

 

  Please keep in mind:

– Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)

– Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.

– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.

– By linking up to Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Meegan


Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Hello and Happy Friday!  I am sorry my post is up a little late today.  I had one of my less effective days yesterday.  The definition of that means: I had a seizure last night.  I am okay, but need to lay low at least for the next 24 hours or more.  It’s ALL good.  I am fine, just s-l-o-w…

BUT, I am excited to tell you about Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival!

I was contacted by a local bloggers to visit the Fall Harvest Festival.  I could hardly wait to see what it was all about.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

The Fall Harvest Festival is at Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas.  

The hours are:

Weekdays: 2p.m.-5p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m.-5p.m.

Floyd Lamb Park has beautiful scenery, complete with birds, ducks and geese beside the lake.

 You will get to select your own pumpkins right from a home grown pumpkin patch.

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 There are a least half a dozen peacocks grazing the area.  (Don’t you LOVE their colors?)

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 Hayrides and Horses: There are a variety of horses to get you around (Belgian & Percheron horses)

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 My gorgeous view on the hayride.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

During the weekdays, the hayride is ideal for the little ones.  There are a few large spiders and grave yards to spot. Then on e the weekends, it gets a little scarier with zombies wondering through your hayride path.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 Petting Zoo: You have around 20 animals to explore (donkeys, goats, llama’s and more!)

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 The corn maze is really fun for everyone, as well.  There are also a large variety of pumpkins to choose from as you find your way to the end.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Over all, it is a great way to spend family time on a Fall afternoon.  For prices and contact numbers visit: http://doubletreecarriage.com/harvest-festival/  Ask for Barbara to help you.  She is SO nice and informative.  Steve will give you a great tour and show you the rescued animals in the petting zoo.

I hope you have enjoyed Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival.

It was a fun trip.

Now for some blogger fun!

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Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Hello my friends.  It has been a great week with Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway.  Have you been following along?  There have been SO many amazing ideas, techniques and pillow creativity.

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Nineteen bloggers received 1 yard of fabric and 1 pillow form from Online Fabric Store.  We each choose our fabric and design.

If you aren’t into making your own pillow, did you know that Online Fabric Store NOW sells their own pillows?  Check it out, right here.

 YOU can make from 1 yard of fabric purchased from Online Fabric Store, too.

If you haven’t ever visited OFS, you should.  Your eyes will be filled with fabric eye candy for hours.

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We are happy to be giving you a chance to win your OWN fabric from Online Fabric Store.  We have a giveaway for TWO $100 Gift Cards.  YOU could win ONE!  Be sure to enter in the form at the end of my post.  

Now let me show you how I made my pillow with Waverly Bits and Pieces SeaGlass Fabric and  1 pillow form.

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I used a 16×16 pillow form.  I cut my fabric 18×18 to allow for seams.

Before I sewed each side together, I tore strips of fabric to make ruffles.

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Each strip was 2 1/2 inches wide.

Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Using a wide stitch, I gathered my ruffles right down the center of each torn strip.

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After they were gathered, I carefully pinned them to my pillow fabric.

I sewed them on right where I had the gathered seam.  (Down the middle)

Four ruffled strips would sit perfectly on my pillow.

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 Voila!!  My new pillow!

I am really happy with my fabric and my lovely pillow as an accessory.

Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

  I am glad I  chose Waverly Bits and Pieces SeaGlassFabric.  It blends well with our home decor.

I LOVE my fabric and how my pillow turned out.

Have you seen this week’s Dreamy Decorator pillows?  There is such a variety ans so many to chose from.

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Thanks for stopping by for Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway.

Enter today for YOUR chance to win ONE of TWO $100 Gift Cards to Online Fabric Store in the form below.  I would LOVE to see one of MY readers win!!  Make it a great day.

 

Meegan  

 

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Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals

Good Morning and welcome to the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals. Thrift Benefit is a DIY blogger event to bring awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues and the rescues that care for the animals that share our journey.  Take some time to Google a thrift shop in your area that does support animal shelters. Visit them and spread the word to help our cause.

What better way to help animals in need, right?  You have want you have been searching for and the animals receive help, too.

Last year when I was a part of this group, I told you about our dear sweet Airedale, Lacy.  She was by far the sweetest dog we ever had.  Until we had Cinnamon.  Cinnamon was also an Airedale.

I was not on the look out for a dog, but when I met Cinnamon, my eyes watered and I knew I loved her.  Airedales have a kind disposition and are very loyal to their family. She was a sweetie.  After I had met Cinnamon, her owners knew how much I loved her.  She wasn’t getting the attention she needed from them.  They knew our family would be delighted to own her.

They showed up at our door with Cinnamon, as a gift for our family.  Again, tears came to my eyes.  We were able to spend 2 1/2 years with her.  Cinnamon passed away from cancer.  It broke our hearts. But she is still in our hearts 10 years later.

Even though I don’t have an animal shelter sponsored Thrift Store in my area, I am still excited to be a part of this group and animal shelter awareness.

Please take some time and watch the video below to meet some of the bloggers, their pets and the coordinator of our group, Jeanette Chaney.

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I love thrifting, as you know.  I found a door at my local thrift store for $20.

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 I was not REAL sure where I wanted to put it in our home.  BUT, I did know I WOULD find just the right spot for it.

Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals

After having it sit in our living room for days I finally gave it some color.  This loveliness of a door is painted Antique Coral by Valaspar.

Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals

While visiting my local thrift store a few weeks ago, I found 3 rectangle baskets for a dollar a piece.  Hmmm…NOW I know what I want to do for my thrifted door!

thrifted door and baskets

After laying them on my door, Hubby helped me by screwing each basket in place.  It only took a few minutes before the door was looking how I pictured in my mind.

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Now it was time to fill the baskets with bathroom necessities.

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Washcloths.

thrifted door with toilet paper

Toilet paper.

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AND, magazines for Hubby’s reading time (BIG smile)

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The thrifted door has now found a home in our master bathroom.

Did you happen to notice that I added some aged numbers to my new bathroom door?  Any guesses as to what the address means?

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Thrifted Bathroom Door From this to this

It’s been a real treat to be apart of the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals.  I am honored to help my community in any way I can.

Please visit ALL the other Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals posts from 21 of my friends.

Enjoy your day!

OH! And the address???  It is the exact time Hubby and I were married. (How fun, huh?  I love it!)

Loves!

Meegan


Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway

Hello everyone!!  I am happy to share an Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway!

It’s going to be a REALLY fun week!  Nineteen bloggers received 1 yard of fabric and 1 pillow form from Online Fabric Store.  We each choose our fabric and design.

If you aren’t into making your own pillow, did you know that Online Fabric Store NOW sells their own pillows?  Check it out, right here.

Everyday from today until Thursday we will each share what we can make from 1 yard of fabric from Online Fabric Store.

Fun with Fabric and a Giveaway

NOT only that!!! But there are TWO $100 Gift cards to Online Fabric Store!!  I told you it was going to be a REALLY fun week…

Come back each day this week to see more pillow ideas and fun.  I will be posting mine on Thursday.  I LOVE my fabric and how my pillow turned out.

Let’s get started with today’s Dreamy Decorator pillows.

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Tuesday

 Wednesday

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Come back each day this week to see more pillow ideas and fun.
Thanks for stopping by for the Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway!!

Enter today for YOUR chance to win ONE of TWO $100 Gift Cards to Online Fabric Store.  I would LOVE to see one of MY readers win!! Tell your friends and family, too!  Share it on all your social media.  We are really excited about this giveaway!     Make it a marvelous Monday.   Meegan     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspiration Monday Link Party

Ahhhh…. the comforts of the Fall season.
It goes by fast…so get inspired, and try something new from Inspiration Monday Party.
We are FULL of Inspiration from around the blog-o sphere…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
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This weeks features were chosen by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate .com (If you were featured, please find your “feature” button on the sidebar…)


No Bean Pumpkin Hummus by Skinnyfitalicious

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Homemade French Bread” by Oh Mrs. Tucker!

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“Beer Can Chicken Recipe” By Broward Saves

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Balsamic Roasted Green Beans by Life a Little Brighter

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Bold and Fancy Yellow Chair by Petticoat Junction

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DIY Spooky Etched Votives by My Tiny Side Kick

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Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.) – Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. – Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties. – By linking up to Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.

 


Save with the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event

Hello, hello!  I am so excited to let you know about the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration!  I am also excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys!  I am a huge fan of Dollar Tree for many reasons.  I like their craft section, Holiday decor, snacks, and drinks.  AND, I can save even more during the anniversary celebration!

 Let me tell you all about it…

Anniversary Event Details:
Celebrate Dollar Tree’s anniversary from Sept. 28, 2014 through Oct. 11, 2014 with tons of new Bonus Buys with up to 58% more FREE for each item!  Can you believe that?? 58% MORE for each item!  Wow!  Do you know what this means?  Larger packages, larger quantities all for the same price!

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The Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration is coming just in time for me over the upcoming months and Holidays.  As you know I have 21 grandbabies.  Their ages range from 15-1 yr.  During the Holidays I will need lots of snacks. Things like popcorn, goldfish crackers, Sunny D drinks, quick dinners, condiments, and even Tide detergent for those messy crafts we will be making.  Why would I pay more somewhere else when Dollar Tree is having their anniversary celebration?

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Many of your brand-name favorites are available for a limited time in larger sizes, but are STILL only $1 each. From cleaning supplies and home décor, to health and beauty care, snacks, beverages, and so much more, Dollar Tree stores will be packed with super savings.

Shop in stores and EVEN online for these two weeks, but remember — quantities are limited, so hurry in today to stock up on these incredible deals!
While shopping at Dollar Tree, stock up on your Halloween decor, candy, costume accessories and more.  It’s only a $1, so why not??

I made my Halloween Wreath with purchases from Dollar Tree.

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I bought everything from the straw  wreath to the moss and ALL of the creepy accessories at Dollar Tree.  How fun is that???

Save with the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event!
Set the date, mark your calendar and set your phone for the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration!  I know, I am!!

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Field Trip Friday with Dear Emmeline

It’s Friday!  And you know what that means, right?

Yep, It’s Field Trip Friday with Dear Emmeline.  I have been following Jessica since her beginnings as a blogger.  I have always been pulled in by her decorative style, and accessory choices.  You could say I want to be her when I grow up.  Now sit back and enjoy Field Trip Friday with Dear Emmeline.

Hello!  My name is Jessica and I’m the writer behind the DIY and lifestyle blog Dear Emmeline.

When Meegan asked if she could bring her readers on a field trip to my blog I of course said yes!
I began my blog near the end of 2011 as a creative outlet after my second child was born.  By the beginning of 2012 I started refinishing furniture and selling it online in local Facebook groups and Craigslist. Eventually, I made a few local connections and began consigning my furniture out of a local barn sale.  When the barn was taken over by Cassie of Primitive and Proper and Sarah aka The Thriftress they graciously allowed me to continue consigning.
Some of my favorite furniture makeovers include this Cross Stitch Dresser, my son’s Woodland Dresser, and an Old Pickup Blue Dresser.
Gradually, I began adding in crafting, sewing, and DIY home decor projects.  Our Embroidery Hoop Pendant Fixture is a reader favorite.
In honor of fall, one of my personal favorites is an easy Faux Cornhusk Wreath.
As of late there hasn’t been a whole ton of small projects or furniture refinishing going on.  In February my husband and I bought a new home.  The main portion of the house was built in 1910 and was in need of major renovation.
We began our renovation journey the very night we closed on the house.  We furiously worked on the house during March and into April at which time my husband had some health issues and I was nearing the end of my third pregnancy.  After the baby was born and hubby was feeling better, we resumed work on the house and were able to move in just before school started at the end of August.

So far we’ve revealed a half bath and our full bath.

This month I plan to focus on finishing up the boys’ camp themed room.
We’re also in the process of waterproofing the dirt cellar and having central air and heat installed.
Once the heating system is in and we’re ready for the late fall and winter weather, I hope to add the finishing touches in the 2nd half bath and kitchen.
For now much of the house still feels like a blank slate but it’s been fun putting our stamp on the space little by little.  If you would like to follow along with our renovation progress, we will continue posting room reveals, DIY projects, and decor tutorials on the blog.
You can also follow Dear Emmeline here:


 

 


Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!
“Now it’s your turn! Introduce yourself in the comments and if you have a blog, leave a link so I can come visit.”
 


Stop over and visit anytime,

Jessica
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jessica.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to have you here for Field Trip Friday with Dear Emmeline.  I know my readers have enjoyed your field trip as much as I have.
Make it a Field Trip Friday everyone!
Meegan