Well, failure may be a little harsh so how about “ode to unsuccessful crafty attempts” (doesn’t really have the same ring to it, though). In the interest of keeping it real, I figured I’d share my latest, not so successful projects.
Remember when I mentioned that I wanted to attempt the Muffin Tin Monday experience? Well, let’s just say it was not yet what I had hoped. The super creative mom on the blog offers up fun themes that you can follow every week and then people can post their creations to get ideas. This week was a “no theme” week so I figured I’d just do shapes – nice and easy. Well, also a little boring. No picture – too boring. And my other problem was that my girls only ate about 1/6 of the food I put in the muffin tins. Bummer. Emma did mention, “What a cute breakfast, Mom!” … and then proceeded to complain about 5/6 of the contents (hence the 1/6 eaten). No good! Ugh! But I am determined to give it another go! Next week looks like a fun theme so let’s see where it takes us :)
Failure #2. Canning. Not the actual canning process (which I actually enjoyed and even Ted helped me with!) but rather the recipe I tried. I took a tomato canning class back in July and the instructor gave us all her favorite marinara recipe. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since and have been looking forward to it. So I headed to the farmers market on Monday and the sweetest tomato farmer ever gave me a whole box of her too-ripe tomatoes, which would be perfect for sauce. How great is that?! Well, to cut to the chase, the recipe said to cook down the sauce for about 30 minutes, so I figured starting this project at 9pm would be okay. Um, no. Apparently most tomato sauce needs to cook down for hours. So I wound up with very thin sauce and too little sleep last night. No good. But it does taste really good:
So my next canning adventure will not start at 9pm and will include plenty of hours to cook down the sauce. Off to find that sweet tomato lady next week :)
So not to leave on a depressing note, my $3.74 dress from Target is making me happy, happy, happy
Ultra comfy and great to pair with leggings or jeans and flats – or my super cute new fall boots if the weather would ever cool the heck down! (**And as I just reread this post – I noticed cute little half naked baby in the back – lol!)
And on the crafting front, I finally tried my hand at making baby leggings (aka Baby Legs) from a pair of knee high socks after reading this little tutorial. And oh my, this is easy peasy! Seriously took about 15 minutes, max (and that was including having to rip out two rows of stitches – ugh!) and they are so cute:
(And I hope you’re not reading this, Erin – these are about to make their way to your house for Mr. Stewart Little!) So I picked up a few more pairs of socks:
Heehee! So if you are having a baby soon – I am probably making you a pair! Heehee!