My 3 Monsters: Craft Fail Book Review

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10.29.2014

Craft Fail Book Review

Hi guys!  Did I ever tell you about that one time one of my ideas was almost in a book?  

No?  Well it's true.  My chore chart printable was in the running to be included in the new book, Craft Fail, by Heather Mann.  Can you believe that?! It didn't make the cut, but that will forever be this little blog's nearest claim to fame.  You've all seen the Craft Fail website, right?  It's a hilarious showcase of gorgeous things people saw online {usually on Pinterest} and tried -- with varying degrees of success -- to re-create themselves.  Heather's cool sense of humor and positive attitude keep the vibe uplifting and fun, rather than snarky and mean.

My little chore chart was supposed to be the inspiration project for someone else's funny interpretation, but I've had my share of REAL craft fails in my day.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  The beautiful "whatever-it-is" you see on Pinterest and try to recreate without reading the instructions all the way through . . .or at all.  The intricate braided hairstyle . . . or bow on a package . . . or baking technique . . . or whatever.  That skill that took the person who posted it years to perfect, and yet we all think will be so simple to teach ourselves in an afternoon.  Craft Fail celebrates that can-do, or at least can-try, attitude!


The best thing about Craft Fail is that it is "a celebration of the creative process", as Heather describes it in the introduction.  As a full-blown perfectionist, I can relate to the desire to do only what I'm good at and steer clear of things that might make me look like -- Heaven forbid! -- I don't know what I'm doing.  I can't tell you how many projects I have attempted that have not made it onto the pages of this blog.  I fail at least as often as I succeed!  

Craft Fail is like a little self-help book for me, giving me permission to just try things. And then laugh at myself when I'm not great at them.  Because we can't all be great at everything all of the time.  We can't!  In the online world of crafting, it's easy to get overwhelmed looking at hundreds of blogs with their beautiful "glamour shots" of finished projects every day. It's easy to feel like you are drowning in everybody's social media perfection.   Craft Fail is a nice reminder to laugh at yourself and never stop trying something new.  

Happy Crafting, friends!

Amy

 

I was given a copy of Heather Mann's book, Craft Fail, from Workman Publishing to read and review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for checking it out. I wish we could have used your chore chart!! Take pics for me next time you have a fail!

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