{Book Review–CRaFT FaiL}

Heather Mann, author of the new fun book {CRAFT FAIL} sent me a copy to dig into…

Craft Fail book

Being an avid crafter (pretty much my whole life & certainly a  BiG piece of my current life!!) – I can certainly relate to the title.

Flipping it open…reading about the tries & awesome photos made me literally laugh out loud, sometimes feel sad for the outcomes (& actually made me feel pretty stinkin’ good about myself!  and apparently so very humble – ha!)

My mom was an artist (oh how I miss my mama!!) and was creating something all the time.  She was very edited and neat and not what you think of when you think of the word ‘artist’.  She did not flit around painting here & there – rather she knitted and scupted and decorated and sewed… She went back to school in her 40’s (after working in the airline industry for decades) and got first her bachelors and then her master’s in art.  Not for a promotion, not for a career… just for her… for the love of learning… for the love of creating.  This love of creating certainly rubbed off on me.  She instilled this love in me (thanks mom!) and I utilize it every single day.

The CRAFT FAIL book was hilarious but I also found a deeper meaning within these pages… that not everything is as easy as it looks… that you sometimes have to try and adjust and edit and shift things around and practice, practice, practice before a project might work out.  We might not be able to create like the professionals do (who might have teams working on creations with amazing photographers and lighting & have, themselves, probably practiced to perfect their craft!)

Being a handmade artisan/creator with the NORTHERN COTTAGE SHOP – I know from personal experience that items are not perfected quickly or without many, many prototypes and trials and re-do’s before they are exquisitely ready for customers to bring home, to give as gifts, to cherish.  There is a much bigger investment in creations than just the one product being created and shipped!

But… All of us can (& should) approach projects knowing they might turn out fabulous or….they might not!  But to remember to enjoy the process of creating… not just for the end product but for the journey!!  And to LauGH along the way….big ol belly laughs…and then maybe start over (or not!)  Maybe tweak/finetune it to make it your own…um, maybe read the directions (ha!) … or maybe just enjoy that you created something whether it worked out or not (regardless of whether it looks like the inspiration photo!)

Who hasn’t been perusing pinterest, saw a gorgeous project and thought…”I can sooo make that”… if you go look at my pinterest boards, you’ll see I have inspirations to create many many many crafts and recipes, etc.  They may or may not actually get created, they may or may not actually turn out…but I’m fine with that.  You can see more of my in process creation on instagram if you want to follow along there.

I just love how Heather is a real person, trying real crafts and not afraid to show us the ugly (though sooo funny) results – she is a brave girl indeed!  She has founded two super popular websites: CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com so she is no stranger to the world of crafting and yet…she can’t always create with perfect results  - Love that!!

Some funny excerpts:

ummmm pretty?

craft fail funny

and this one really threw me for a loop – I was thinking pasta for dinner but perhaps not… maybe next time you try out spaghetti stuffed garlic bread (oh yum that does actually sound good!) – it WiLL turn out and look/taste like perfection! 

autopsy garlic bread craft fail review

Here is what the books creators have to say about it…

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.    

I dare ya to go grab a copy for yourself (or for a gift to the craft mavens or craft-challenged in your life) & bring on some laughs and remember…

Enjoy the Journey & Savor the Moments!

Happy day to you!!

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{New Northern Cottage Creations}

Whew!!  This business thing is keeping me busy!!  I am thankful that I’ve always loved creating.  My creativity seems to be on hyper-drive lately!!  There are so many many many things I WANT to CReaTe!  Seriously – my list is about a million things long… you might just get a glimpse of some of those things with my stocked up pinterest boards!!  some of those things will have to wait but I sure do have a large bucket list.

But I have been able to be creative in new & wonderful ways recently….

I’ve been creating lots of new quilts using new and lovely fabrics

And…

I’ve been playing with felt blooms….they are very satisfying to create & put together….I have lots of ideas for these babies…

Did you see the BLooMiNG CRoWNS in the shop?

Felt Flower Crown Headband {NorthernCottage}

Blooming Headband Crown ♥ {NorthernCottage}

Handmade Felt Flower Crown Art {NorthernCottage}

 

Blooming Crown Headband {NorthernCottage}

Wouldn’t these make the most gorgeous crowns for a rustic wedding (for the bride, flower girl, bridesmaids?), or perhaps dress up time for a favorite little girl, or just for everyday…just because…

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This is what’s been keeping me busy…

I sew, I cut, I plan, I post, I list, I photograph, I contemplate, I pin (with actual pins and on pinterest – ha!), I strategize, I cook, I bake, I instagram, I love, I teach, I clean, I organize, I try, I brainstorm, I stain, I paint, I mow, I garden, I read, I study, I discipline, I revise, I eat, I drive, I walk, I adore, I sigh … I get to do it all!  What a wonderful life!

 

I’ve kind of fallen in love with INSTAGRAM!!  you can follow northern cottage on instagram here – it is just so happy & positive & encouraging & well…if you’re there, you know!! ♥

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I’ve listed these GoRGeouS Dinner Napkin Sets in the shop – only two sets of 8 are available – when they’re gone they’re gone…

Wouldn’t they make a tablesetting // family dinner so special and pretty?  They have the perfect tones and color combination of peach and purple and grey and creams….all rustic and vintage-inspired goodness!! Each individual handcrafted napkin is unique and features a mix of delightful designer fabrics patchwork quilted together with a soft neutral linen backing sigh!!

Couture Dinner Napkins {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Dinner napkins{NorthernCottage} Pretty Dinner Napkins

{NorthernCottage} Quilted Dinner Napkins

Of course, I’ve been making lots of garlands and quilts from the shop too but thought I’d share some of these NeW creative endeavors with ya!

I love crossing stuff off my to do list (but there always seems to be more to add, doesn’t there?)  Such satisfaction in getting it done!  I don’t sleep a ton – but that’s pretty normal, right?

Happy day to you!!

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{Custom Caramel Apples Bowls}

 

Caramel Apple Bowls {NorthernCottage}

Autumn is setting in!  Isn’t it funny how our food and eating changes with the seasons?  We really like caramel apples around here but they are so messy and so much work and after you’re done eating the outside layer, ehhh – what’s the point?!

Caramel Apple Sundaes yum {NorthernCottage}

So…we create them our own way…

Caramel Apple Sundaes {NorthernCottage}

We cut up apples into wedges or bite sized pieces, drizzle with caramel and then pop on the toppings of our choice.  Usually half an apple (fyi…honeycrips are our FaV!!) is enough for each person – just a nice little treat.

Of course, ya have to make the toppings cute, right?

Why NOT place them in a vintage muffin tin?  A cute display makes them all the yummier!!  It turned out to be a very nice little after school snack!!  bit hit with the kiddos!

{NorthernCottage} Caramel Apples and more!!

This round we offered mini chocolate chips, heath bits, chopped pecans, shredded coconut (you could also use crushed up pretzels, mini m&m’s, oreo bits, peanut butter chips, etc etc etc)  You could even add ice cream or whipped cream to the mix (if ya really really wanted to) Really the possibilities are endless and each person can make their own concoction to suit their mood & tastebuds!  YuM!!

Individual Caramel Apple Bites {NorthernCottage}

Caramel Apple Bar {NorthernCottage}

HaPPY FaLL y’all!!

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{Cozy Autumn Quilts} ♥

As we move full force into crisp autumn days, we get to enjoy the things that come with the passing of summer… like eating up the last Garden Produce, less lawn mowing (yay!), seeing the beauty surrounding us with amazing colors of the changing leaves (what a show we have here in the northwoods!)

We’re saying farewell to shorts and t-shirts and moving into jeans and warm sweaters, trading out flip-flops for leather boots (with cute little socks peeking out, of course!)

And curling up around a fire with a warm cozy quilt.

I’ve been sewing up a storm with lots and lots of custom quilts sized from darling CRiB sized, to THRoWS, and TWiN BeD sized and MoRe.  I’m loving every minute of it!  I get to work with these amazing customers and custom select the PeRFeCT fabric palettes and combinations that fit them, their cozy homes & their busy lives.  What a joy it is to be able to provide something that gives a little extra comfort at the end of a hectic day or to make a very special gift for a very special someone. ♥  I get to help provide a soft place to land at the end of the day!!  Amazing that I’ve ended up here, getting to do this!

Here are some shots of some recent creations that have made their way to their new homes (all over the globe ♥ … to europe, israel, canada, austrailia and many right here in the U.S.)

Sweet Cottage Quilt {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Custom Crib Quilts

Cozy Cottage Quilt {NorthernCottage}

Gorgeous Sweet Quilt by {NorthernCottage} Romantic Cozy Quilt {NorthernCottage}

{NorthernCottage} Happy Quilt

{NorthernCottage} Happy Quilt

I’d LoVe to make a quilt (or a sassy little garland or coordinating hoop art) for you or for someone you adore!! ♥

You’re invited to pop over to the shop to explore and order a READY to SHIP or CUSTOM Ruffle Rag Quilt – as well as all kinds of other pretty goodies!!

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