Friday, 31 October 2014

REVIEW: Craft Fail, When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong

CraftFail

We've all had those tries, those attempts at recreating something we've seen on Pinterest regardless of your craft or baking skills. The attempts of times I've tried to make something I've pinned and turned into a failure has been often I will confess. Like this twig wreath I attempted when autumn arrived which ended up being far more cardboard then twigs, or the Christmas bauble wreath that had more baubles on the floor within a week of it hanging. Plus let's not talk about all the times I forget to measure in the baking powder or soda into a loaf or cake. Trust me, there have been many fails on my part.

And yet I still love to try. I guess that's all part of the fun. 

Now there's a book that is great for the crafters in your life if you're needing some inspiration for Christmas gifts already. The Craft Fail book comes out of the craftfail.com by "failure enthusiast" Heather Mann filled with real life tales and confessions of all those Pinterest projects be it home decor, fashion to food fails, anything and everything that never turned out quite right. With over 200 colour photographs and oh so many craft fails, you can't help finding yourself gigging along.

You don't need to be a crafter or baker to appreciate the fails, nor to laugh along. And you really will laugh. But that is part of the fun. Craft Fail reminds us that those failures, those mess ups are part of the fun of crafting, or baking or DIY. Mess ups help us recognize and appreciate the times they do go right but that even when they don't we're still learning something.

Our crafts may never turn out Pinterest perfect - but you know what, we can darn well try.

I'd love to hear what some of your craft fails have been! 

Craft Fail - When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong by Heather Mann
Workman Publishing // November 2014 // ISBN: 9780761179924 // RRP $12.95 (US)
 A copy of Craft Fail was sent to me for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own.

13 comments:

  1. Haha, this sounds like the perfect book for me. I've lost count of the times I've failed to make something look like the thing I wanted it to.

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    1. Yeah, things never seem to turn out like they look in magazines/online!

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  2. I always have baking fails - too much baking soda/not enough normally

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    1. I often forget about it completely ...

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  3. I'm so bad at crafts that I've never even tried to recreate something I've seen!! That's rather sad now that I come to think of it ...

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    1. Aw you should give something to try! I always try, get half way and think "what the hell am I doing", ah well, playing around with crafts is half the fun to me!

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  4. Check you out getting the free stuff!

    I'm all for enjoying failures! I've been storing up failed recipes for a food fail blog post (I said it first, definitely my idea), it's always pretty funny. My first crafty thing I tried was a complete fail too, I should share that :)

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    1. I know right, but keeping it realz. I love the idea of a failed recipe post sounds like a giggle. The amount of times I mess up simple recipes is ridiculous.

      I will try not to write a similar post beforehand ;)

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  5. I'd love to check out that book! I have had so many crafting fails. Some of my most recent ones are when I don't mix my resin quite right and they slowly begin to melt. But they it is slowly enough that I don't notice until I happen to glance at the fridge and they are all misshapen...

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    1. Ah man that sucks! Melting things reminds me of the time we left the fire on at my parents and all the vintage snowman candles melted, they turned into some funky looking snowman after that!

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  6. Thank you so much for checking out the book & sharing about it!! xoxo

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  7. I'm a big fan of the fails both to laugh at and execute.
    My biggest may have been the 'scones' that turned into one massive, blueberry coloured, mash potato textured lump and left me weeping on the kitchen floor. Bad times.
    M x

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  8. Have you ever seen this website? I pretty much love it a lot! http://pinterestfail.com/

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