19 Feb

FailWin: Etched Pint Glass

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Pin Reaper: rachaelbstar

My Blog: http://blog.rachaelbstar.ca/

Twitter: twitter.com/rachaelbstar

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/97742254386666930/, image via http://www.goodguycomics.com/servlet/the-3053/Super-Soldier-Etched-Glass/Detail


What I Did: I was trying to come up with a homemade gift idea for my boyfriend on our first anniversary (yay!) and stumbled upon the Super Soldier logo on Pinterest, and wanted to do the same for the Gypsy Danger Logo from Pacific Rim.

The logos look similar, so I figured it was a great idea, found a few tutorials, namely the youtube video below, and went to buy all the supplies:
- Martha Stewart Frost Etch Effect paint (DO NOT BUY– READ FURTHER AND I WILL TELL YOU WHY)
- Standard craft paint brush
- Vinyl shelf adhesive, white (clear was too expensive for my measly budget)
- Pint glass
- exacto knife

So I get home, have a hell of a time cutting out stencils by themselves on the vinyl. I used a lot of printer ink and encountered many paper jams during this time. I refered back to the youtube video and realized I’d been cutting out the stencil wrong for FOUR. HOURS. As it says in the video, of which I completely forgot about, it is a good idea to stick the vinyl adhesive ON to the glass and have a printout stencil taped INSIDE the glass to trace. And lo and behold, it worked wonderfully.

But this isn’t the end of my saga.

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14 Feb

Reanimated: Valentine Jello Hearts

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Name: Marnie

Original Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/168322104794809717/

What I Did:  I needed a V-day dessert, and I thought heart shaped Jell-O would be great! Unfortunately, the hearts did not stay hearts when I attempted to move them from their original pan, so after a bit of attempting to drop them into the new dish and shape the droppings into hearts, I gave up, scraped at random, and made Valentine Surprise.

My Result:

valentine jello hearts pinterest fail

Next Time I Will: I don’t know if it can be saved… there should be some method to allow the jello to loosen from the pan – not sure would want PAM or flour on my jello… I had made my jello heart hopefuls fairly thin, since I desired to have a lot, so I would try having them thicker, and I would let them set overnight, rather than using the quick set method. The only win I discovered here was that you can use reusable ice cubes to set your jello much faster, and it doesn’t water down so you can make the recipe in the standard way.


05 Feb

Fail: Red and White Sugar Cookie Pinwheels, Part II

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Part I

Pin Reaper: Heather

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983868237422/, via http://www.myshineproject.com/2011/11/handmade-holidaycookie-pinwheels.html


What I Did: Thought these looked pretty. Not sure what happened. Used store bought dough. The other cookie on sheet shows how huge the “fail” cookies got.

My Result:

pinterest fail cookie pinwheel red and white

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31 Jan

Fail: Peekaboo Pumpkin Pound Cake

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Pin Reaper: stickgirl390

Twitter: @stickgirl390

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257338566179248057/, via http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/975551/pumpkin-pound-cake


What I Did: The concept of “half baking” the pumpkin shape resulted in squishy bread that wouldn’t cut-out easily. Also, my cookie cutter was too big :(

My Result:


Next Time I Will: I would avoid this project. I don’t know how it worked in the first place.

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30 Jan

Fail/Win: Twig Votives

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Pin Reaper: Meg

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/212865519861129201/, via http://thevivant.com/5-easy-diy-thanksgiving-centerpieces-break-bank/#_a5y_p=1061353


What I Did: The pin makes it sound easy, just hot glue some twigs onto a glass votive holder! So I did that, and it was very cute. Then I lit the candle, and it was even more lovely! However, about 20 minutes later, I noticed the twigs were melting off! I am sure there is a glue that can be used that is heat resistant, but I just took the easy way out and tied some jute string around the middle. Fail/win!

My Result:


Next Time I Will: Use a heat resistant glue? Or just do what I did and tie a string around it. Or a pretty ribbon. You could change it out for different seasons! I would also use nicer twigs, but this was all I had in my yard.

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