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.
Wow! This is an exciting day! I am part of the Blogland Tour.
I have the opportunity to introduce you to my friend, Jeanette. She is one of my blogging friends. Her blog is Country Design Style.
Have I ever met Jeanette? No, but I LOVE her style. Do I want to meet Jeanette,? You betcha! We are kindred spirits, in that both have a love for rustic, thrifted and refurbished items. Not only that, but she is patient kind and FULL of talent. Her vision and insight is beyond compare. AND she has been featured on Houzz. Woot woot!
So it is my honor for YOU to meet my dear friend, Jeanette.
Some of my favorite projects that have inspired me on Jeanette’s blog are:
Her repurposed blogging desk, which once was a dresser.
Jeanette’s scrap wood mantel. YES! SHE MADE THIS MANTEL. Can you say LOVE???
How awesome is her ottoman makeover?? Yes, this was featured on Houzz.
Oh! And did I mention that Jeanette lives in a cabin? Yes, she most certainly does. And it is GORGEOUS. To see a FULL HOME tour, visit here.
As for another part of the Blogland Tour I am suppose to answer 4 questions. Are you ready?
And here we go…
Hmmm…That is a REALLY good question. I am working on a lot of projects. But are these are the most recent:
a thrifted mirror,
a decoupage project,
and a mosaic tabletop. Yes, I have been working on this for a year now. I think it’s time to finish it, wouldn’t you say?
I would say my work differs because I have done DIY, furniture makeovers, had my own style as long as I can remember. I am a lot older than most bloggers. I am 56 years old. The average blogger in my genre varies from late 30s to mid 40s.
I do what I do, because I love it. I love to create. I love to share what I create. I enjoy having somewhere to share it.
My creative juices never stop. Never, ever! Sometimes my brain won’t stop. Hubby will often ask me, “Does the creativity ever stop?” My answer is always, “NO, but sometimes I wish it would.” I don’t have nearly enough time in my lifetime to get everything done that my brain can conjure up.
Honestly I have projects in my head and on paper from 2-3 years ago that are still waiting for me to accomplish them. It’s not that I procrastinate. It’s that there is a REAL need for some to get done, and others are just for fun.
That’s me in a nutshell.
NOW for you to meet 3 of my other blogging friends. I hope you will pay each one of them a visit and tell them I sent you.
Cat is the oldest of 5 daughters in my family. My mother had awful morning sickness with all of my sisters for the entire pregnancy. So growing up, she taught me how to cook so that I could help in the kitchen while she was trying to keep her composure in the other room. After I left home and went to college I took some cooking classes as electives and just loved them. From there, it’s just been a process of teaching myself various techniques, trying new things, and doing A LOT of research in cookbooks, online, and just flat out experimentation. I love to make new creations. And I am grateful that I have a husband and two awesome little girls who have been my guinea pigs in this journey. Join me on my blog: He Married Me For My Cooking.
Julie started her blog Sum of their Stories almost exactly a year ago to share her love of all things crafty. Brought up in a “don’t buy it, make it” environment she was inspired by her Mum and Grandma’s to try all sorts of crafts. Julie describes herself as an enthusiastic amateur and just wants to encourage others to have a go too. She has a selection of tutorials for sewing, knitting, crochet, paper craft and recycling projects and even a few family recipes.
Hi, my name is Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything I have a wonderful hubby and kids that put up with me organizing, rearranging, and decorating our home constantly.
Organizing is a passion of mine, so much so that I made a business of it. I love sharing my ideas on organizing your home and life and especially what works in my own large family (I have 8 kids and 9 grand kids). I also enjoy decorating, thrift shopping, crafting, gardening and DIY projects. Thank you for letting me share my ideas, transformations and thoughts with you.
Thanks for joining me on the Blogland Tour.
I LOVE sharing other bloggers with you as well. I am blown away by the blogging community as a whole. They support and help one another constantly.
Make it a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
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Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I most certainly did. I had visits to the pool, a date with my Hubby, and painting some “new” thrifted pieces of furniture. I can’t wait to show you what I have been up to. BUT, today I have a Book Page Crafts Board just for you. It is filled with book page crafts chosen just for you AND made by me.
I started making book page crafts years ago. I have always felt that making a book page craft gives a worn and torn book new life.
Time for another Field Trip Friday! This time I am sharing my Michaels HomeTalk Pinterest Party-which was SO exciting and FUN! I love sharing my Field Trip Friday Michaels Hometalk Pinterest Party with you today.
The Pinterest Party was on Feb 16th, in Henderson, NV. I had been planning for weeks for this day. I was really excited and nknew my party attendees would be too.
Okay let’s get started on the Field Trip… The Michaels classroom was set up with different ideas and crafts to get your creative juices flowing. There was everything from burlap, to chalkboard ideas, to mod podge and stenciling available for anyone to try.
I brought my own treats for the party goers. I filled vintage jars with candy and tied each of them with vintage rick rack and poms. I also brought water bottles that I modified to fit the party. Complete with my business card!! (A tutorial for those is coming next week)
The staff at Michaels could NOT have been nicer or more accommidating. From left to right: Jennisha, Melissa, Christain (Asst Manager), and me. Christain made public announcements about the party every 15 minutes in hopes to bring customers in the classroom. (We now follow each other on Pinterest)
We had this table set up right in front of the store with my Spring Inspired Fleur Pot and the Chalkboard Labeled Bathroom Bottles along with cards and invitations to join Hometalk and enter to with $100 Michaels gift card.
Jennisha and Melissa were amazing! Jennisha would help customers find what they needed to make their Pinterest Party projects. Melissa stopped people on their way into the store to tell them about Hometalk and invite them to the Pinterest Party.
These is the first 2 guests to our party. They were so sweet. They didn’t stay to craft, but they had a ton of questions for me. They are planning a baby shower. I helped them with choosing colors, to making labels for the candy bar, to what type of glitter to use, and how to emboss. It was really fun to get to know them.
There were at lesast 25 people that walked through the classroom browsing and asking craft questions. I talked to each one sharing the Pinterest Party ideas. We talked about what Gesso is, how to make jewelry, how to write on a chalkboard, what should you buy to fill a brand-new craft room with, bakers twine, etc… It great to hear their ideas and creativity.
Below is a collage from the highlights of the day.
These are my cute friends that came to support me. Yep, even HE made a craft. They each opted to make a bathroom container out of a flower pot for q-tips and cotton balls, using craft paint and gold leaf.
This is Jerica. She was SO great! She came to the party with a bag full of her own Pinterest pin ideas and evrything she needed to start a craft. She shopped the store and came back with an arm full of items for her project. She made her own 3-D K that she is going to decoupage labels on for her boyfriend. She was the life of the party and a pleasure to get to know.
This cutie bought a journal and decorated it with pre-made flowers and stenciling. SO cute!!
This is the regional manager, Denise. She was there observing and after watching us for a little she was inspired to craft something for her home.
Denise was very accommidating and we had a great time crafting together.
All in all it was a wonderful day filled with new friends, creative juices, laughing, and new ideas. Most of all Pinterest worthy projects.
Thanks Michaels and Hometalk for giving me an opportunity to be a part of such a fabulous event! It was my dream as a blogger to be one of “those” bloggers. And I was able to achieve that goal at the Pinterest Party.
Thanks for joining me for Field Trip Friday, Michaels Hometalk Pinterest Party. It was a blast and a dream come true!
Make it a field trip Friday!