Crafting in the Rain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Craft Fail by Heather Mann

Being creative can definitely have its ups and downs.
Heather Mann's hilarious new book, CraftFail highlights the downs by letting us laugh at crafty disasters and reminds us that we're not alone when Pinterest-Perfection falls out of reach.

I usually try to show my best projects around here--I carefully set up pictures, edit them, and give tips and tricks for making it turn out beautifully. But I don't want you to think my life is like that all the time.
  • I've left sugar out of a sweet bread recipe
  • I tried making cookie cups by molding dough around an upside-down muffin tin and it all welded together in the oven into one big mess
  • I've had glitter spilled all over my table
  • I tried making an ancient style oil lamp out of playdough for a prop, and it ended up looking more inappropriate than anything
  • I did my best to make over a side table I got for free from a nursing home and in addition to the paint recipe and wax combination I tried to use that took chunks of paint off in weird ways-I never could get rid of the medicine cabinet smell in the drawer. eeew!

This book makes a perfect gift for the crafty (or not-so-crafty) people in your life. You'll see inspiration photos, as well as the disastrous but well intentioned results. Leave it out as a coffee table book and you and your visitors can laugh along with the witty commentary.

What have been some of your "funnest" craft fails?

Heather Mann, the founder of and, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show “Get a Little Creative.” She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Costumes! Do Tell Tuesday #46 and Twitter Link Up

Welcome to another link party! Do your kids all know what they're going to be for Halloween? We don't yet--ack!


Easy Granola Recipe

{Granola Recipe}

This is a recipe that I got several years ago from my sister-in-law and it's a favorite with my kids. It makes a great topping for yogurt or ice cream, or just a snack.

Mix 1 cup powdered milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water 
1/2 TBS vanilla
1/2 TBS cinnamon

Then pour over 
4 cups cornflakes
3 cups old fashioned oats

Mix well and spread on two cookie sheets. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stirring at 10 minutes. Let cool in pan then store in airtight container.

Do you have any favorite granola recipes? What kinds of extra things do you like to add in--coconut? almonds? raisins or craisins? Let me know!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Cupcake Diaries Amazon Giveaway

I hope you guys aren't tired of giveaways--there have been several around here lately. And today we're kicking off another one. I hope you'll join me in wishing Alli from Cupcake Diaries a very happy 30th birthday. And to celebrate, I’m teaming up with her and some of my other blogger friends to give away a $300 Amazon gift card!

$300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last Minute Halloween

{Last Minute Halloween Ideas}

We may be halfway through October now, but there's still plenty of time to bust out some Halloween projects. This post has last minute ideas from my creative blogger group and I think you'll definitely find some things you'll like here.

80s Prom Dress Costume

{DIY 80s prom dress costume}

I'm excited to be participating in the Masquerade Party at Free Time Frolics. Be sure to visit Adrienne's blog for tons of costume ideas!

You never know when you'll need a good 80's prom dress. When that occasion arises, I've got you covered. I dreamed up this little number in preparation for SNAP back in April knowing that one night there was an 80's prom themed party. I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing it for Halloween also, because this is a dress that’s begging to be worn again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Candy Wreath

{DIY Candy Wreath}
I made a candy wreath with my kids as part of this shop which has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CollectiveBias #Treats4All

Last Friday my kids had no school so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to do some Halloween crafting. Just like me, they love Halloween decorations. and so they were super excited when I told them we'd be making a candy wreath and then having a pizza lunch before we went to the park to spend the afternoon.