In reflecting back over the past year (and a few months) since I started blogging, I realized that I usually share a cool project, list the how to’s and send it out into the blogosphere and the world of Pinterest, but rarely share what happened to all of those projects over the next days and months. Instead of giving you a glammed up version of my best projects of 2012, I thought I’d share a few mistakes, changes, and fails that came AFTER I hit the “publish” button.
1. My pantry. While I love my pantry, I wrote that post mostly to show my organizing abilities in order to land a spot on a local TV program. It worked! And my pantry went crazy viral. I don’t have a “fail” for my pantry, but some of the comments were hilarious and worth taking a look at. Especially this one “Your pantry is gorgeous but howwww can u in good conscience feed your family all of that processed crap?maybe now that u have organized your chips u could spend a little more time cooking healthy for them and yourself .” Seriously?!
2. Tripple Succulent Centerpiece. This was as pretty as it appeared…for a few days. Then I realized that the wood was cracking because of the water that I was feeding the plants. I quickly went to JoAnn’s and bought small glass votive holders, a package of 12 for around $6. I transplanted each plant into the glass vases and put them back in the sugar mold. But that was only the beginning. I forgot to mention that I have a black thumb for most indoor plants. The succulents died a slow cruel death mocking me every time I walked by. Meanwhile, my little planter was getting pinned repeatedly, only serving as a constant reminder of my fail. After a few months of looking at dead plants, I replaced the plants with candles and the embarrassment with warm candlelight. All in all, the price of the tiny plants was still less than purchasing a pricey arrangement from a florist, so I guess all is well.
3. One of my all time favorite projects of 2012 really never caught on. It is my Marquee Light Up Star. Maybe my photos never did it justice. Maybe the scale didn’t come through the computer screen, or maybe the fact that it looks like it is heavy metal but yet light as a feather wasn’t clear with my poor photography skills. Anyway, the fail on this project? I made it from light weight foam core board in order to strap it to the top of my Christmas tree. THAT was the whole purpose of me making the star. Did you see it on top of my tree? No. I hiked it up the ladder, strapped it on top of my 9 ft tree (with no problem, might I add) but I accidentally made it TOO HUGE! It was way off scale and looked redonculous. So now it sits on a plant shelf overlooking my family room. Cool, but not nearly as dramatic as I had planned. Oh well.
4. Sofa Fail. Did you see the post I did about how to pick out the perfect sofa? Well I followed my 9 out of 10 of my own advise except for the one about making sure it will fit. My husband and I found the perfect leather sectional at Macy’s this past summer. It was all leather, would fit perfect in our soon to be completed basement, and had a bed built into one side. All for $1000! We quickly snatched it up and placed it in the family room until the basement was complete. Just before Christmas the carpet was laid and the painting complete. It was time to move the new sectional into the basement. THIS is where the FAIL becomes crystal clear. There was NO possible way to get it down the stairwell. And I mean NO way. How do I know? Because we pushed, shoved, turned, and cussed until we finally placed it back in the family room only to reveal gashes, holes, and scratches in all the walls that the sofa had touched. For a moment it was literally suspended in the air held up only by corners jammed into the dry wall. Major repair was necessary as was busting out a basement window in order to finally get it into it’s perfect place. Upside? We now know how to remove and repair a broken basement window. I was so upset that I did not take a photo of my own FAIL, but the one I used in my post was a creepy forewarning I failed to heed.
5. OK, this project was officially completed in 2011, but I had to add it to the list. My Union Jack drop table. While I did list the fails and how difficult this project ended up, what I didn’t add was that I have NO place in my house for this adorable little table. So it has sat in storage pretty much since I finished it. Now for the good news, I’m giving it away! First one to comment and pick this little guy up gets it. I’m in Orem, UT so be sure you are ready for a road trip if you aren’t local. I’ll email the winner to coordinate a pick up.
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