Condo Blues: Craft Fail, the Book!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Craft Fail, the Book!

craft fail book

In my crafting and DIY life, I have projects that come together just as I imagined. If I am really lucky, the beauty photograph comes out on the first few tries and I look like a clever, clever girl.
More often than not, in between the coming up with a crazy scheme stage and the perfect beauty shot stage there is an epic fail stage like the time I tried to make homemade shaving cream and it exploded all over my kitchen.

The fuzzy spots in the photo are shaving cream on my camera lens.

I still haven’t figured this one out. I’m too scared to try.

And let’s not forget my latest DIY disaster, fixing a leaking shower with the wrong part and flooding three rooms of my house.

Sometimes you just have to laugh at your mistakes and move on.

It helps if you can find solidary with another crafter who’s been there. Trust me, all crafters have been there and Heather Mann, the founder of and put them into her first book Craft FAIL When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.   

Heather sent me an advanced copy of her book and I gotta say, reading the funny comments about other people’s craft fails made me finally come to terms with screwing up and flooding my bathroom over a month ago. (Yeah, I’m pretty hard on myself sometimes.)

What is even better about Craft FAIL is there are several projects I have tried and failed at too so I know I am not alone. Our first family gingerbread house was pretty bad but it was nothing like the picture I took of the gingerbread house of horrors in Heather’s book. Failing to cut glass bottles with string and fire? Been there too.

craft fail collage
I want to try making ombre candles but after seeing the Dexter like results, I’m not so sure if I should.

Husband said he wants to try making Spaghetti Baked in Garlic Bread but only if it we can make it look like failed Alien-Autopsy Garlic Bread for Halloween. I’m sure what it lacks in pretty, it makes up for in taste. I hope.

I enjoyed this book because among all the terrible failures this book is a celebration of  people are brave enough to pick up the scissors and try.  Like 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.”

You can buy Craft FAIL When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong by Heather Mann on Amazon and if you need a laugh I hope you do! Pick up a second copy for your favorite crafter as a laugh out loud gift. 

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Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book to facilitate this review. This did not effect my opinions as my opinions are 100% my own.

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