Oh dear Pinterest!

As you may already know i’ve been working on one of my bucket list items: Do a project from Pinterest every month for a year. And unfortunately as you may also see i haven’t posted about my March project. Why? Because i didn’t do one 😦 I had all the plans in the back of my mind, looked for the items i needed and then ran out of time.

March turned into a busy month where my fiance started a new job, wedding plans were in motion and then the big holiday that seems to take up lots of time….Easter just jumped out of nowhere and took over the days.

Then i woke up this morning and Nathan said to me “It’s the 1st today right?” And i couldn’t believe it! April already! I can’t even remember what happened in March, it flew by so quickly!

But the long and short of it anyway, is that this bucket list item has to be shelved for a while. I missed a month  so would have to start again from month one and at this moment in time i don’t think i’d be able to commit to it.

So instead of starting again and then failing again i’ll put this aside for now and start again later in the year after our Wedding.

My sincere apologies to anyone following along! I too was hoping for an interesting pinterest year. At least i’ll still be here completing (hopefully) other Bucket list items still. More posts to come soon!

February Pinterest Challenge

In the second month of Pinterest……I didn’t really find success….

This month I selected to wrap a balloon in yarn to make a sort of balloon shaped wool/hanging piece. (It didn’t really have a name!)

Here is the pin I chose to recreate; http://pinterest.com/pin/9851692906349561/

So I got out my wool, blew up a balloon and mixed up my own craft glue.

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And let’s just say the home made glue was the wrong choice. The idea was to dip the wool into the glue and then easily wrap it around the balloon to create the image you can see on the Pinterest link above; a pretty and decorative piece. Unfortunately because I made my own glue and it wasn’t quite right for the project it made the wool gooey and hard to work with. The wool also ended up feeling quite gluggy and heavy.

The wool seemed to stick to everything except the balloon after I had dipped it; my hands, my coffee table, my shirt, Yuk! After much struggling I managed to wrap it all around the balloon. Then I left it to dry hoping that the appearance would improve as it dried. This didn’t really happen; my glue dried in weird flaky bits off the sides of the wool and doesn’t really have an appealing appearance.

See for yourself. (Thank you to my partner Nathan for holding it up for me!)

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On the plus side it was like being a kid again playing with art and crafts, mushing the glue everywhere and in general just having fun!

Perhaps next time I can use more appropriate glue that would achieve a better result and leave that wool a little easier to work with.

But for now back to the Pinterest board to find something to try in March! Wish me luck!

January Pinterest Challenge

In the first month of Pinterest……I didn’t leave myself much time…..

My sudden desire this month to start my bucket list item; “Do a project from Pinterest every month for a year” was a bit late. In fact I only decided a couple of days ago to do this so it meant I either had to do a very quick and easy project or cut a few corners. I went with the cut a few corners option; I’d still end up with a completed project it would just use items I already had at home rather than things I’d had to go out and source. After all I only left myself with about five days to complete this first project before the end of January rolled around.

Now, drum roll please….the project I have selected is “Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal”. Check it out, it’s amazing! A great way to write what you do every day, and over the years you can look back and see what you were doing that time last year. (From Design Sponge: http://www.designsponge.com/2010/12/diy-project-vintage-postcard-calendar-journal.html)

Of course there were many problems; I didn’t have any vintage postcards. I decided instead to cut up an old cardboard box I had around the house. Not as nice to look at but equally effective in dividing my months up. I also didn’t have any index cards so I used an old exercise book, got out my guillotine and cut 365 lined sheets for the calendar.

I also didn’t have a date stamp so I went through and wrote out each date on each piece of paper. January 1st, January 2nd………….right through to December 31st.  And lastly I used cut out letters to label the dividers.

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And here it is! (Excuse the plastic container it’s sitting in – it is just a temporary home for this quick project)

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Now that’s January done! I didn’t really do the project justice because of the short time frame but next month I’ll have so much more time to work on it and to actually source the correct items for the task instead of cutting corners with pretty much every item needed.

But for now I think I should go and prepare for February’s task! So check back next month for the next Pinterest project!

12 Months of Pinterest

I thought it was time to start one of the bucket list items I have that is going to take me a bit longer than some of the others. It’s a 12 month project…..it’s “Complete a project from Pinterest every month for a year!”

Now this may not seem like a big deal to a lot of crafty or arty people out there but for me it’s huge. I’ve never been very good with starting a hands on project and completing it; I guess you could say I don’t have a lot of follow through. For example, I have a half finished knitted scarf in the cupboard that is full of holes, a cross stitch sitting on my desk that is gathering dust and a sketch book that has half finished drawings. So to take on a bucket list challenge like this will take all of the dedication I have.

There are a few rules for this big bucket list challenge.

  1. I have to have found the project via pinterest.
    (If you don’t know what pinterest is, check out my link at the bottom)
  2. It has to be a craft/art/creative project of some sort.
    (No cooking projects allowed as I cook anyway so it would be cheating!) 
  3. I have to COMPLETE the project in the allotted month. Not just start it, not just try it but complete it.

I’ll be posting here each month with whatever project I select so if I fail you’ll all know and be able to tell me off! Scary thought, hehe.

I’m now heading off to work on this month’s project.  As I’ve left it until very late in January to start this bucket list goal I’d better kick my butt into high gear and get moving! Wish me luck!

P.S. If you’re interested in checking out my pinterest boards or just pinterest in general just follow the link below. If you want to see the possible projects I could be doing over the 12 months, want to have a look at my picture bucket list or a whole bunch of other things I’ve pinned head on over and check it all out!

http://pinterest.com/03laura/