Heather sent me a copy of her book to review a couple of weeks ago and I haven't stopped giggling since. These are the stories that make crafting fun and they're an important reminder that none of us is perfect. It made me think of more than a couple of times when things went horribly wrong for me.
I love decorative painting and in the 80's and early 90's I sold my painted pieces at craft fairs and craft malls. One of my popular pieces was this "Sweetheart Clock" designed by Scottie Foster.
It was carefully painted then antiqued. Now the thing about antiquing is that you have to let the patina dry in a dust free environment for at least 24 hours before adding a sealer. Dust free? In my house? That was a challenge until I came up with what I thought was the perfect solution - I'd put it in the oven. Definitely no dust in there! It was a pat myself on the back moment and in it went.
With 2 teenagers in the house plus friends, there was always something going on, so said clock was completely forgotten until I decided to cook pizza for dinner and - you guessed it, I turned the oven on...... it was the smell that reminded me what was already in the oven. I should have taken photos, but Instagram hadn't been invented then, so I'll let you have the fun of visualizing the clock in all its glory. The glue that held the wood pieces together had kinda melted and dripped and the paint had cracked in places, but I have to say, it was the BEST LOOKING ANTIQUE clock I ever made!
My story isn't in her book, but you will totally enjoy the ones that are and, yes, there are photos of what each project should have looked like and how they turned out........ The underlying moral of the stories is to learn from mistakes - preferably other people's......
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In true British fashion - KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!