Not only that, BUT this blog post is part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments. If you are arriving here from Petticoat Junktion, Welcome! I am SO happy to have you here today. And, if you follow me on a regular basis, you KNOW how happy your visits make me.
Welcome Back to another Inspiration Monday Party.
We are so glad you are joining us today!
Some of the best things about summer are the long days
just begging to be filled by days at the pool with the family,
lounging on the porch with a good book and an ice cold glass of lemonade,
and of course, all the extra time we can squeeze in for crafting!
Today’s features are five fairly simple crafts,
just perfect to keep you busy this summer!
This week’s features were chosen by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
Electric Pressure Cooker Eggs by Crafting a Family
Easter Button Bunny by 3 Winks Design
Spring Mantel by Sweet Parrish Place
Coloring Book Decoupage Easter Eggs by The Chic Country Cottage
Floral Bunny Towel by Flamingo Toes
Carrot Crescent Appetizers by This Mama Loves
Bird Nest Candlestick by The Everyday Home
Spring Mantel by Worthing Court
Are you feeling inspired? We are, too!
You have probably heard me mention my trip to SNAP. It is a HUGE blog conference held every Spring. This past Spring, I WON a ticket to SNAP! I know! It was really a blessing to attend. One of the cool and exciting things about SNAP besides the incredible classes, sponsors, hosts, parties, and roommates is the fact that you also can go on a Thrift Store Field Trip at SNAP.
And was it ever amazing. From meeting new friends, seeing incredible pieces of vintage items, we were guided on the trip by Mandi from Vintage Revivals and Brooke from All Things Thrifty. They are like celebs in the DIY, crafting, thrifting blog world.
Our first stop was with George. He owned ACRES of salvaged, used, worn antiques. I wasn’t in his garage very long before I spotted this:
Oh my goodness…
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.
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.
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.
Make it a terrific Tuesday!
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.