I've had bad luck with DIY projects lately.
First there was this:
Apparently I was so focused on making sure the chevron pattern went the right way (horizontal) that I forgot to flip the letter when I traced. This was my instagram picture with the caption "this DIY couldn't have been simpler... "
Luckily I had another sheet so I tried again. And then even though it was almost perfect, I tried to rearrange it, and...well you see the picture.
Finally on the 3rd attempt, I got it right. I only had 3 sheets of the paper so it was do or die. Close up, it's not perfect but I learned from my prior mistake and let it be.
I sent my friend a phone picture and said the blog post would be titled "Decoupaging a Letter--It's Harder Than You Think." Oh well. My takeaway: it's much harder to decoupage with lightweight paper. This wasn't cardstock or even close. Also as a side note if you've never tried matte modge podge, try it! I like it so much better than glossy and it seems to hide the wrinkles better.
Then there was this.Genevieve's toddler room, but before I even took the time to blog this bed skirt, it started falling down. I used the Young House Love guide as a reference and used Velcro to attach it to her bed. It was falling down the next day. I can only assume that didn't happen to Sherry. Stinking DIY geniuses, those two. BUT in true Tiffany fashion I didn't really take my time and dust or clean her bed with rubbing alcohol (as the Velcro packaging suggested) so I took the entire thing down, did that step, and added more Velcro. I took this photo the next day.
Next up? A hot glue gun. If that doesn't work, I'll just cry. And sorry for the bad photography but I couldn't see whipping out the DLSR and editing...it would be like adding insult to injury to spend that amount of time documenting this fail.
Lastly there was this.
Genevieve's elephant hook (and I still might). I love the look of it and it would have made it look even more similar to the anthropologie version.
Summary:There is no happy ending to this story; it's just my effort to stay true to my mantra of keepin it real. It's also a cautionary tale that DIY doesn't always pan out. You're probably saying "Duh. That's why people buy stuff" And you're right. I just happen to be
-As for the letter, in the end it did come out great and besides 2 pieces of scrapbook paper I already had, it didn't cost me much (not counting the few gray hairs I most definitely sprouted as a result of my frustration).
-Genevieve's bed has slats across it so I couldn't use a typical bed skirt even if I wanted to (and do they even make those for toddler beds?).
-While the rabbits failed me, I'm not sure I could justify spending $26 on bunny figurines so at least I tried. Next Easter when the pain has subsided (I'm not dramatic or anything) I'll probably try sanding them down and painting again so maybe I can turn this fail into a success.
So you win some you lose some. It's all part of the game right?! I like to think for every big fat FAIL I have a few raging successes. And I definitely learn a thing or two every time I fail. And how does that quote go? Failure is success if you learn from it? Dear Lord, I hope so.
So tell me, what was your latest DIY fail?