10 Mar

Win: Ghost Family

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Pin Reaper: Amanda

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/43487952623226040/, via http://thediydreamer.com/diy/spooky-ghost-family/


What I Did: I saw this ADORABLE little ghost family on Pinterest one day, while searching for Halloween DIY decorations for the house. I really can’t stand the super scary, creepy decorations sold at stores, and this little ghost family was just precious! The instructions didn’t sound too hard, and required minimal materials. So I set forth to the grocery store to purchase the cheese cloth and the cornstarch. I already had a styrofoam ball to help shape the top of the ghost, as well as felt in my craft stash, so I was all set.

The cornstarch paste mixture REEKED, I cannot lie. Also, working the cheesecloth, which is super delicate, into this thick nasty mixture almost made me think we were about to have a Pin FAIL. But after about 30 minutes of careful manipulation, I had coated the cloth and draped it over the styrofoam tower.

It had to dry overnight and I was skeptical the next morning that it would come loose from the styrofoam but LO AND BEHOLD HALLELUJAH, this Pin was a complete success! :) I couldn’t believe how cute these came out.

I made a tall ghost for my husband, a slightly shorter one for myself, a little one for my 3 year old daughter, and a tiny one for my 1 year old son. Once the felt eyes were glued on, I added some personal touches to each ghost. A bowtie for the hubs, eyelashes for me, a bow for my daughter, and a long discarded paci for my son! CUTENESS!

One chalkboard sign later and we had a great personal Halloween decoration for the front porch.

The only thing I would say is that these are NOT reusable. After Halloween we had one humid night and they collapsed, but that’s okay! They were cheap and easy. I will be making these every year.

My Result:


Next Time I Will: I would use more cornstarch paste on the ghosts to make them not quite so delicate. Also, double up on the cheesecloth layers to add more sturdiness.

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07 Mar

Fail: Christmas Tree Meringues

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Pin Reaper: Zizi

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752057543561/, via http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/2013/12/christmas-mess-with-christmas-tree.html

pinterest fail Christmas Mess with Christmas Tree Meringues inspiration

What I Did: Looked simple enough and even looked OK when I put them in the oven, so I had high hopes. Little did I know every single one of my cute xmas trees would crack into some kind of green monstrosity.

My Result:

pinterest fail christmas tree meringue

Next Time I Will:  I don’t know how you prevent meringue to crack open, but I’m sure there are ways. I’m not really in the mood to try this again though…

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26 Feb

Fail: Panko Mozzarella Sticks

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Pin Reaper: Colleen

My Blog: theygrewupgreat-theygrewupheroes.tumblr.com

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/132293307777792346/, via http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2010/05/panko-mozzarella-sticks/


What I Did: I just wanted some mozzarella sticks…

My Result:pinterestfail110

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25 Feb

Fail: Crock Pot Lasagna

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Pin Reaper: Kat

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/70087337925395691/, via http://www.creatingthroughlife.com/2011/10/crock-pot-lasagna.html


What I Did: “It looked good! How can you mess up something so simple…right? Leave it to me. I used ground turkey instead of beef (save a cow…screw turkeys I guess?) I think the problem was the noodles. I used no boil lasagna noodles and I gather from the gooey mess in my crockpot that was a no no. I followed all the directions, cook on low 4-6 hours blah blah. Mine cooked for 5 and it burned on the bottom. Boo! My spirit is not broken however, I will pin again!”

My Result:


Next Time I Will:† Use regular noodles! I think the project could be saved by a different cook ;)

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24 Feb

User Error: Pinata Cake

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[Note that the Reaper did not use the recipe provided by Claire K Creations. The Fail here is the method of hollowing out a cake and filling it with candy, combined with the (unknown to us) cake recipe that was used.]

Pin Reaper: Queen’s Kid

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/170010954657761545/, via http://clairekcreations.com/2013/03/lime-macadamia-pinata-cake/



What I Did: We wanted to make this cake for Halloween so we decided to make the icing orange instead of swirl. You have to make two cakes in bowls so they are round. They didn’t hollow out well – no idea how they got the one in the picture so round! Basically, when we tried to ice them together, they fell apart and turned into a big gooey mess.

My Result:


Next Time I Will:  No way our cake could have been saved but light and fluffy mix does NOT work for this project so try thicker cake mix!

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