Not all my ideas are good.

beautiful failure

I’ve been thinking up Christmas crafts for my next installment over at Alpha+Mom and my recent projects have gone horribly wrong. Luckily, I have enough time before my next post is due to test them out. But I thought you’d like to see my latest failure.

wrapping party

I had this idea that I would take some yarn in pretty colors, dunk it in liquid starch, wrap it around some styrofoam cones and make these really cool cone-shaped string trees. Not string cheese, string trees. Cool idea, right?

string trees


Bethany took some really pretty pictures of the craft while it was going down. It had so much promise…

first sign things are not really going to turn out

But the next morning, after the starch had dried, things did not go well. That yarn and string would not budge! I pushed and pulled. I finally had to loosen the yarn with a knife.

uh...this doesn't look right

What came off looked pretty sad. Not really very cone-like at all. I fully expect to see this on Craftastrophe someday.

Princess Leia?

Maybe I could save them for Halloween next year and be Princess Leia in neon.

elephant snout? monkey, er I mean elephant see, elephant do

Or an elephant?

I think I’ll take another crack at this. Maybe I’ll try more starch or putting some tinfoil down on the cone first…I don’t know. It might work, it might not. Good thing I have about five more ideas up my sleeve.

wee wool cross stitchery!


Something so cute it makes me want to break out a needle and thread and cross stitch AND I DON’T EVEN LIKE CROSS STITCH! I feel like I should ramble on about this so I can fill up the space here and fulfill my requirement to keep my ads below the 600 pixel line for blogher but I really don’t have anything else to say other than this is CUTE, you should buy it! If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.