ic Kathe With an E: Craft Fail

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Craft Fail

My buddies Jen over at 
Janel at
have started a new
every other week 
Stinky Linky Party!
Stinky Linky Party
The only rule is:
Your link must be to a blog post that is stinky smelly, stinky because it's terrible, stinky because it was a pain in the neck, stinky because you can't take pictures worth squat.

Well there is another party coming up 
and I do have something worthy to 
link up.

You may remember
 and the round glass globe I bought
fully intending to get all 
crafty on it and have a pretty new 
piece of art for my garden.

Let's just say that "art" is subjective
and beauty is in the eye of the beholder shall we?

In the past I have taken nail polish
and poured it into clear glass
Christmas ornaments and they have
turned out beautifully.
I was sure I could do the same
with this globe.

 I gathered a couple bottles
of nail polish from my stash
and prepared to create beauty.
 I poured them all in, and swished them around like I did
with my Christmas ornaments.
Nothing happened!
They swished some but, it was quickly 
apparent I was going to need a 
55 gallon barrel of nail polish 
to cover the inside of the globe.
I didn't have a 55 gallon barrel of nail polish handy
so, I thought maybe if I dumped in some nail polish remover
it would thin it and thus become swishable.

I was wrong.

Plan B.

I let the polish and remover dry and
then watered down some craft paint
and swished that around.

Unfortunately it only covered where there 
was no polish.

It turned out all blothchy
and unevenly covered.
And, it smelled like a 
nail salon the day before Prom!

I put it out in the garden anyway.
 I kept it away from my roses 
so that it didn't stink those up.
Luckily, the plants 
have grown up around it
making it less noticable
In fact, if you stand back far enough,
it looks pretty darn good!
  What about you?
Do you have a project that,
in your mind, was going to 
take the blogging world by storm
but, wound up being a ole fail?
Dig out those photos, if you haven't burned them,
and share them at Jen & Janel's party.
We are not alone!

Click here to see where I may be partying this week.

And don't forget to come by on Tuesday's
formy link party.


  1. Thanks for sharing your stinky globe project. Yes, I do have quite a few stinky projects where try turn to fail. I think your globe appears to be an alien life form living in your garden. Just quirky enough for you to have planned it all the time to look just like that!

  2. Is it bad that I think it actually looks good?

  3. LOL - What a great idea for a party :) I agree with, Laura - I think your globe still looks good!

  4. LOL - What a great idea for a party :) I agree with, Laura - I think your globe still looks good!

  5. LOL! I can feel your pain! Mind you to be fair, your globe looks pretty good in your garden! But it's so annoying when a brilliant idea doesn't turn out right!

  6. Looks pretty good to me. But I know exactly what you mean. And sometimes it's after putting in hours of work on a project that just doesn't end up what we'd envisioned!

  7. How funny! It looks pretty good to me but I'm not much of a crafter! Fun party! hugs, Linda

  8. Looks good from where I sit! Great idea, anyway. I have a couple of these globes, wondering what to do with them. I don't think I'll try nail polish, though. ;)

  9. I am currently in the "to-be-continued" stage of one of those "brilliant DIY projects going to take the blog world by storm"... that ended up falling apart catastrophically two days after I made it! My hubby seems to think he can put it all back together somehow, though (so it will stay)... so I refuse to call it a "fail" until all attempts at revival have been exhausted! Saga to be continued...

  10. I think it looks pretty good! It looks like a neighborhood kit threw a beach ball in your flowers! lol Seriously, I don't think it looks bad. The color is pretty!

  11. Oh what a great idea for a linky party! Mind you - that glass ball actually looks quite cool in your garden!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Ha ha, that's funny. Really too bad you didn't have a 55 gal vat of nail polish handy. Be more prepared next time, LOL ;)!

    It looks pretty, though.


  13. LOL....I love your sense of humor....Great post!

  14. I like it, lol, and think the burst of color is perfect for the garden!

  15. Ya know, I don't think it looks bad at all. I'd put it in my yard! :)

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  16. Have to agree with the other comments, I think it's alright, and it's pink so automatically a winner!

  17. In the photos, the pink looks lovely and it looks gorgeous in your garden! I think your idea was really great. Man I wonder if I took a photo of my last craft fail for the linky party...it was bad...gluey sand everywhere.

  18. A nail salon the day before prom...LOL! I'm so glad you shared this, good to know:)


  19. AHHH!! This is Awesome!! Kathy- first...you are the sweetest EVERRR for shouting out the party in your post! A big kiss coming atcha! And Second..holy prom smell! What in the world!?!!! This is Awesome. Straight up Awesome! Loved it so so much thank you for sharing your smelly oh god I have a headache from reading it-- smelly project!

  20. I should have known by the title of this post that you were part of Jen's goofy bunch of bloggers!! Love this post. I have so many flops that I need to blog about. Have a great weekend!!

  21. I like this!! This is so goofy it's fun!! But gosh darn you must have been high from sniffing all that nailpolish!! Featuring this on my Facebook page...for sure!

  22. It actually didn't turn out so bad :) I love that you shared all your ways of trying to figure out the best way to get it covered. I'm sure you were smelling the nail polish and remover fumes for a while. :)

  23. Haha, I have projects that look awesome from far away too.:)

  24. A great idea, Kathe! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

  25. You are so brave! I never share my craft fails. Of course, you call this a fail when it still looks ok. My fails are shameful. Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

  26. Cover it with some flat, iridescent marbles and it will look terrific! The blotchy color will not look blotchy any more.

  27. Yes, we all fail sometimes. I am all about embracing the imperfections so this is a perfect example of that. It's pink so it's all good really.
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  28. stinky linky, giggle. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .xo

  29. I am glad that I am not the only one who has craft fails. I think that since yours looks great from a distance, you are golden (s long as you are upwind) :-D Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  30. I think it looks good in your garden! :-)
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  31. Pink, pink, you stink! Just kidding, I just couldn't resist. Out in the garden amongst the plants it looks quite cute. I can see why it bugged you at first, but we never give up, right? You know the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  32. I think it turned out really good! But, I totally get what you mean when something comes out different than what you had planned in your head. Haha! Thanks for sharing this at our Weekend Wonders party!!

  33. Too funny Kathe, I love the idea of the Stinky Linky! I actually love pink and think it looks fine. But I do wear glasses ya know. lol Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday. Have a great week.

  34. What a fun party idea! To be honest though, I like how this one turned out - love the color! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  35. Actually, I think it looks really good in the photos! It may not be stinky enough for the party! He he.

    Warmly, Michelle