Monday, October 27, 2014

Craft Fail - A New Book To Love

From the moment you pick up this 
uniquely sized book you will smile.

Heather Mann
Founder and Chief exceutive failer at
Best job title ever!
“Written by Heather Mann, publisher of, her hilarious blog with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of followers, CraftFail celebrates the creative process, but from the other side. This is the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome. But once the laughter dies down, it also inspires a warm feel-good respect for crafters who aren’t afraid to fail. After all, even if there’s not a mortal alive except Martha who can make a Waxed Heart worthy of hanging in your window to catch the sun, why shouldn’t many try? When it goes wrong, why shouldn’t the rest of us enjoy this Epic Fail? And then look at all the full-color photos that document it."

I love this book because I have always tried to show my mistakes.  Usually, when I have a craft fail I learn something new or find a different way to make some sort of a craft recovery.

When the Craftfail Facebook page went live I immediately "liked it".
Pictures like these appear in my feed and I simply laugh out loud.
People's willingness to share their disasters is inspired.  

I think what is important to note is this.

We are not laughing at,
we are laughing with.

I especially enjoy the holiday craft fails.  
I too have fallen in love with a Martha Stewart cake photo 
that was impossible to recreate in my own kitchen.

With my own projects I have determined that mistakes and fails can often become beautiful things.
This resin filled bezel was made from a piece of paper that had a major misprint.  Those "mistakes" were so interesting I turned them into jewelry.  

The book has seven chapters covering home decor, fashion, holiday, food, Martha, Kids and other Craft Fails.  Food Fails is a delight.

I think one of my favorite food fails is the Craparons.
I can't imagine seeing a macaron in the future 
without smiling about this version.

It goes without saying this book is a fun read.
It will provide a much needed laugh on a day you are down.
If you have a Craft Fail, you will feel you are in super company!
"  was  founded  in  2009  as  a  blog  where crafters could share their failed craft projects. With the rise of Pinterest, and all those pretty, pretty pictures, CraftFail has taken on the task of juxtaposing the idealized images found online with the realities of basic crafting skills. As a “friendly fail” book, CraftFail will help people showcase their own failed projects so we can all laugh together and celebrate a spirit of creativity with a whole lot of LOLs."
The Craft Fail Website:

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Crafty, Beady Links

Art Bead SceneArt Bead Scene Editors take the October Monthly Challenge using Milton Avery’s painting Autumn as inspiration.
A Bead A DayThink it’s okay to go crazy with sparkle? Lisa does too! Stop by A Bead A Day to see her latest find!
Taking a Fall DriveCherie uses the colors of fall as inspiration for some new pictures.
Beading ArtsLearn how to make the very popular wrap-style bracelets that you see everywhere these days!
Carmi’s Art/Life WorldFun saying in resin filled bottle caps will make you smile today.
Homemade Halloween Cupcake TopperMake these darling Halloween cupcake toppers to delight the kids. Just grab the free printable and have fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Themed Necklace

It really is a good time for me to be wearing such hot colours.
This choker features some handcrafted glass and neon Swarovski.
There are glass beads and a little wood.
 The main skull and matching glass dangle beads are a gift from my friend Karen.  I just loved this set and didn't want to wear them any other way.
Ready for any event this month!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Antiquing in Allentown Pennsylvania!

I have just unpacked my antique haul from my weekend trip to Pennsylvania.
Everything you see is from just one store.
 In the Merchant Square Mall I discovered Hidden Valley Treasures.  I was so overwhelmed when I walked in that I neglected to take a picture of the whole store.
Bonnie, the owner is known as the "linen lady" and clearly needs to become my new best friend. 
Look at the piles and piles of beautiful linen.  Everything is clean and ironed and her prices are excellent.
 There was so much more to see in her store however.  
She has been in the Mall for 22 years and her inventory was wonderful.
 This gingham apron has the most wonderful hand sewed rick rack.  The quilted pin cushion caught my eye as well.  The work involved to make just one...sigh.  
 I found some sweet vintage beaded projects.
 I can't tell you how hard it was not to buy everything.
 These handmade items I will incorporate into other projects.
 Those napkins are incredible.
She also allowed me to pick through stacks of her costume jewelry.
Several hours went by and it was time for me to go.  I could have spent the whole day with Bonnie.  
A wonderful store with a wonderful owner!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Resin Filled Pocket Watch Pendant

 I wore this new necklace over the weekend and received several very nice compliments.  I am so happy with how it turned out.
What makes the watch so unique is the unusual background I started with.
Every year, I spend time in the Pebeo art section in the BHV department store in Paris.  Their samples and demonstrators have the most fabulous work on display.  Your hand automatically reaches out to touch the surface of these pieces.  
I used Pebeo mixed media reactive paints to create my background.
 To begin, I decided to add a very thin layer of resin into my bezel.  
I wanted to seal my paint before I added a second layer of imagery.
 This gorgeous rub-on is from a Crafter's Companion Fairyopolis card making set I presented a few years ago on the Shopping Channel in Canada.  I have never seen more beautiful rub ons.
 Here is the rub-on, now floating on that first clear layer of resin.
 I added some glitter glue and gold marker lines to accentuate my floral imagery.
One more pour of resin finished my pendant beautifully.
I love resin!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Resin Filled Bezels

This is the season of orange.
I do love this colour and seem to only use it in October.
I am showing you some fun and easy to create resin filled bezels today.
What makes them easy is the already designed artwork from Lisa's shop on Etsy.
All I did was cut my images, seal them with mod poge in the bezel and then pour in some resin.
 How cute are these?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Upcycling Older Sculptural Art

I have added a new piece of artwork to my home!  It is a refreshed version of a very "brown" old framed head.

 When I found my artwork it was hanging behind a lot of other paintings.  I actually thought the head was wood.  I was attracted to the idea of a 3D portrait, but knew I could not live with the original colour scheme.
 It wasn't until I deconstructed the canvas that I discovered the head was heavy for a reason.
 It is made of cement!  Happily, it was also made in Canada.
 I used spray paint to get my new art deco shiny colour palette of black and silver.
 The new background is this gorgeous velvet wallpaper I found in Paris.
I love it now!