“Pinterest? Yeah, my wife does that stuff. Her cooking has improved but everything else is kind of a fail,” said my HUSBAND a few weeks ago in front of a bunch of people at dinner. I give him the death stare/have you lost your mind look and he goes, “What? It’s true. You can cook better but the crafts? Come on Babe…” I”ll give him this, he’s brave and honest. He’s right too; most of my crafts, well, are an epic fail…but he didn’t need to point that out so publicly Anyway, today, I’ll help you by sharing what I’ve learned that HAS helped me get better whether he thinks so or not. You have to remember 3 Things: don’t be cheap on everything, don’t reinvent the wheel, and follow the directions.
Don’t be TOO Cheap
You get what you paid for is what I’ve come to learn. You get bottom dollar projects, you’re most likely to end up with bottom dollar looking results. I say, instead of looking for CHEAP things, look for inexpensive things or just flat out great deals. The word “cheap” has an appropriately negative connotation. I’ve learned that it is better to spend more time hunting for a fantastic deal or to spend a tiny bit of more money on something of better quality than to buy something cheap right off the bat.
Cheap paint, on a cheap canvas, using cheap brushes means you’ve got bristles stuck in sticky paint that won’t dry on a canvas that feels like it is made out of fiberglass. Upgrade or coupon hunt to save money.
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
There’s a reason why people invented things like mix & bake cakes and paint-by-number paintings–it’s because doing it the long way is hard and you have a better chance at failing the long way. I’m not saying NEVER try…but take baby steps and work your way up to harder stuff.
For example, I spent HOURS creating my own customer stencils this door hanging I wanted to do. EPIC FAIL. I wasted a little over 3 hours designing and painstakingly cutting out all of my letters and designs. Waste of time because I found something very similar at the store for a few bucks. Also, store bought stencils will likely be made out of plastic which is less likely to cause accidents…unlike my paper stencils. So, lesson learned: don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. I’m a big fan of DesignerStencils.com.
Follow the Directions
I’d be lying if I said I read the directions for things. But I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to this crafting stuff. Turns out, there are reasons as to why you must thoroughly clean a surface before painting on it or certain glass bead making projects should only reach a certain temperature…I’ve learned that the directions deserve at least a quick passing glance. Sometimes your own common sense or personal preference might trump what the directions want you to do, but sometimes those directions do come in pretty handy. I’ve wasted some money (which I lose sleep over even if it is just a few bucks) by not reading all of the steps to something.
So the next time you’re on Pinterest and see something you just have to try, read what the original author has written before you try it. Trust me, looking at the sample picture and trying to recreate something isn’t always the best choice. Plus, that original author probably put a lot of time and effort into creating something and would like for you to click on their site and leave them feedback. The next time you start a project, think of me and my epic fails and learn from my mistakes. [Sidenote: To make myself feel better about my fails, I visit this site: PinterestFail.com]