Are you looking for the perfect holiday or birthday gift for that CRAFTER who has every scrapbook paper, button, glitter, adhesive, twine, sticker, paper punch and ribbon? Errrr, dare I say "Craft-aholic". Well, I have got your answer!!!
The book CRAFTFAIL celebrates that not every craft project that we do is worthy of "pinning" - and that it's alright to fail. I'm definitely not one for failure (you know I'm an attorney right?) but not every craft project that I make will garner the much desired "thumbs up" or "double tap" on social media. It's ok though - when you craft you are attempting what many will not dare to do -- be creative!
Thank you Heather Mann for celebrating crafting in a very comical way!!!
Beautiful festive turkey cookies end in a sad, hot mess of icing. Cute, “easy-to-make” glitter pumpkins become a puddle of sparkling goop. A gingerbread house becomes what can only be described as a house of horrors. Like it or not, we’re all familiar with the crushed expectations of the creative process, because let’s face it, we’re not Martha.
CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.
But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.
About HEATHER MANN
Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.
A Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Lifestyle Book, Fall 2014
Library Journal Editor’s pick for Fall 2014!
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Disclosure: Mothership Scrapbook Gal was not compensated for this book review, but did receive a complimentary copy of CRAFTFAIL to read and be inspired by! It worked and the crafting (and failing) will continue to take place at Mothership Scrapbook Gal Headquarters in Riverside, California.