CRAFT FAIL {Book Review}

I was given an advance copy of the book to review. All words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Do you remember last year when arm knitting was all the rage? All of the cool kids were making these beautiful, cozy scarves for the winter….and “it was so easy” ! Well, I tried my hand at this craft called arm knitting. I knew I was going to have a new beautiful scarf to add to my collection, and that’s what everyone was going to get for Christmas, too! Well…I tried…and I failed. I found myself in a tangled up ball of fuzzy blue yarn. 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

I have had my fair share of Craft Fails, but I don’t usually post them here. I figured my readers would rather see my projects that were a success and turned out beautifully. I’m rethinking that stance after flipping through Heather Mann’s Craft Fail : When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong*. Because y’all…these Craft Fails are hilarious! I love a good laugh {and love to make people laugh….even if at my own expense}, and this book is definitely full of laughter inducing moments! 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

You will find horribly entertaining photos, hilarious anecdotes, and even some tips on how to avoid failing at certain craft projects. If nothing else, it will make you feel better about your own “Nailed it” moments. ;) 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...available now!

Craft Fail* is available on shelves now! If you need a laugh, don’t hesitate to grab your own copy! It is sure to entertain! :)

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Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Hello there! I’m still alive! This past week or so has been one of those upside down, backwards, “why is time moving so fast?”, “when can I have a nap?” kinda weeks. Just pure craziness over here! :) 

Before the madness began, I did manage to do a bit of sprucing up in our pantry. I did some major re-organizing in the pantry a couple of years ago and it served us well for a very long time. Lately though, I’ve noticed that we were running out of space and having a harder time keeping things neat. So, I decided it was time to rethink things in there a bit. 

 Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I took everything out of the pantry and gave it a good scrub and some fresh paint. I went with a dark charcoal grey for the walls and a crisp white for the shelves and door {Alabaster by Sherwin Williams}. 

I realized we were wasting valuable vertical space by not using the inside of the door to its fullest potential. I removed the existing hooks and installed a wire shelving unit. I wanted something like the Elfa shelves from The Container Store, but I didn’t want to fork over that much cash for this particular project. I searched high and low to find the right shelves. I was looking for a unit that could be attached to the door {not and over-the-door hanger} and with adjustable shelves. I finally found this unit from Amazon* that met my needs for a much better price. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I reused the same baskets to keep the shelves neat and organized. The labels are solid outlet plate covered painted with chalkboard paint. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

I love these hanging baskets* that I use to store the plastic wrap and baggies. These are another great way to utilize unused space. 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

 

The door organizer opened up a lot of shelf space for us. I’m able to keep my cookbooks, canisters, and a few other “pretty” items to make the pantry look pretty while being fully functional. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when pretty and functional are married! 

Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

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Small Pantry Makeover and Organization

Do you have any unused space you could utilize in your home? Vertical storage is a miracle when it comes to organization!

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Happy Monday, y’all! I have a fun craft project to share with you today! I’ve talked before about how we have a ton of kids on our block and how we like to make their Trick-or-Treating experience a little more fun for them. Along with having our dog in costume, we like to decorate the front porch in fun, non-scary ways {especially since most of the kids we see are little ones}. Thanks to Mod Podge, we’re stepping it up a notch this year in the decor department. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsI am so excited about our glow-in-the-dark pumpkins! This is a very simple project, but it adds a whole lot of fun! Who doesn’t love stuff that glows in the dark? To make your own glow-in-the dark pumpkins, you will need: 

  • A pumpkin — faux or real will do
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
  • A foam craft brush
  • A pencil 
  • A permanent marker

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe first step is to paint a coat of Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge on your pumpkin. The more coats you paint on, the better your pumpkin will glow. I did a total of 3 coats. Allow each coat of Mod Podge to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next. I set mine on my Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat to dry. It worked better than just newspaper or wax paper because it don’t get stuck to the mat. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsWhen you are finished coating the pumpkin with Mod Podge and it is completely dry, you can sketch on a message or image with a pencil. When the pumpkin is glowing, your message will have a sort of silhouette effect. I found a scripty font online to use as a guide for my “Happy Halloween”. If you’re not as confident in your freehand abilities, you can use a transfer method. Print out your image and color the back of the image with pencil. Place the paper against your pumpkin {pencil side down, print side up} and trace the words or print in pencil. This will transfer the graphite to your pumpkin. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe next step is to fill in your words or image with a permanent marker or paint. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsAllow your pumpkin to “charge” in UV light. Either sitting it in the sun or using a black light works well. Then, when it gets dark you will have a fun glowy pumpkin! 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

 

Isn’t that great? Everything is more fun with glow-in-the-dark! You can find more crafty ideas here:

DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge

3 DIY Decoden Cell Phone Cases with Mod Podge + Dollar Store Jewelry

Plaid Blog – Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay

Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board

Plaid Website

The Plaid Palette Blog

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