Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My One and Only Flaw

I have a flaw. Many of you may have your idea of what that one flaw may be, but let me spare you the speculation. The flaw that I am talking about is.....I am uncrafty. As much as I want to be...as much as I dream about being...as much as people make me think I could be... I am UN crafty.

I have been addicted to blogs for awhile now. I waste alot of time on them. First I started with family blogs and then it grew to craft/home blogs. I thought to myself many times, "That looks easy. I could do that". Turns out I was wrong. REALLY wrong. I now know that if I want something, I need to purchase it from a store and not try to recreate it.

This is what I have been up to lately. I show this not for "ooh's and ahh's". I also do not show this for "boo's and hisses". So watch your comments!!

All good craft bloggers go thrifting. They buy junk. They show you what they bought. They spray paint it, add little details and work their magic and show off the finished masterpiece. Sounds easy? I can do that, right??
So, I head off to Goodwill and buy some junk. Here I am showing it to you.

I spray painted the big oval platter, the cheeseplate base and the clock all black. Can't mess that up can ya?

I ended up putting stuff on the platter because it turned out ugly. The cheese plate which was gonna be one AWESOME cloche, looks like a black cheeseplate.

I was gonna paint this awesome urn black, but luckily I waited 'til after I ruined the other junk. I decided against painting it. I made a topiary ball and stuck it on top.
I actually liked the way this turned out. But #1 I really have nowhere to put it (it certainly doesn't look good against this green wall) and #2 it gave me the false idea that I could make topiaries (you'll see what I mean in a minute).
I didn't even have the good sense to know what this thing was. I just saw it, thought it looked neat and figured I could spray paint it. I ended up not painting it since it was a cool bronze color.
It suddenly dawned on me...IT'S A WREATH-HOLDER!!!! DUH!!!


I got this awesome cabinet from my friend Jill. I wanted to paint it black. Tim said no. I have no idea why!?!?!?! Anywho. craft-bloggers use scrapbook paper to snaz things up a bit. So I thought, "why not?".


It's not as bad as it looks, although I think I'm gonna replace the plaid paper with the toile paper. Good thing it's 2 for $1.
Here it is with some stuff I stuck in there. At the bottom you can see the clock that I painted and added a stripe of polka dotted ribbon.

Also. Here's a "B" plaque that I made. Some craft blogger gave a tutorial on it and challanged her readers to make one. This is my plaque. It looks good from a distance but please don't look at it up close.
Speaking of "B" 's. Here is another home made project. I used left over toile scrapbooking paper from the cabinet fiasco and put it in these frames as backing. I cut out one of the practice "B"s that Tim used when we redecorated the bathroom a couple of months ago and paired it with a family picture.
It didn't turn out too hideous but I certainly couldn't sell it at PotteryBarn.
I saved the best (or should I say "worst") for last. The Topiaries. It sounds like a horror movie title. It lives up to it's name, I promise. I have a love affair with topiaries. I have a problem purchasing them because they are way too expensive for me to justify buying, especially the really nice one's. I see craft bloggers with fake topiaries all over their houses. Topiaries that they made themselves. I can do that, right???
I have to tell you, they looked so good in my mind's eye. No, they looked AWESOME in my minds eye. Somehow they got lost in translation from my mind's eye to my uncrafty hands.
They are still on top of the cabinet because I just couldn't bear to throw them out. You can't just throw a love child out on the street ya know. I'm not heartless...just crafty-less.
Enjoy the laugh. I think I am going to stick with family blogs and forget about craft blogs. They make me feel bad about myself and I have too many other things to feel sorry for myself about! haha


kayla said...

Let me tell you something sister...you are WAY too hard on yourself! I think you did an awesome job with your thrift store finds...I'm serious. I love your cabinet and all the cute things you made for it. I love the wreath on the wreath stand and I love your topiaries...they are VERY cute...leave them there! Your house is adorable and you know it!

gayleen said...

OMG! Sweetie you make me laugh! At least you are willing to try and make a topiary. I don't do crafts, I paint......I don't even scrapbook. I live in Utah; everyone scrapbooks here, but no...not me. Poor Parkerboy is going to get a box full of photos when he leaves.
BTW I love the cabinet!!

jill said...

Wow!! You have been busy! I guess
In all honesty, I think you did a fabulous job!! It is sad, though, that I had to get your crafty news from your BLOG and not on the phone!
You have an eye for stuff like that. You really do - I envy that. Why don't you come over and decorate my house for me?

LsuFan said...

Ok Kelly!! Quit being so dang hard on yourself I LOVE what you have done!! And that cabinet OH MY GOSH!! I LOVE IT

Jensen Fam said...

Those topiaries are adorable! I love them!

Shelf looks tons better in your house instead of Jill's office. I like your touches. I am so onto a green theme as well. I wonder how that happened? ;)

I love the bird under the cheese thingy. Super creative and very cute. You should antique the stuff you painted. Just take a piece of sand paper and go crazy on the edges. It looks really cool and if you don't like it, paint over it again. I bet you could even antique the pots for the topiaries. If you can't tell, I love to antique. I am in no way suggesting that your creative gems need any help, just a thought. :)

And you could make that urn thing into a seasonal piece. I've seen the cutest things placed on urns. I am on the hunt for an urn myself for my front porch. You should stack 3 different sized pumpkins on it (I think you sent me that blog too? and pottery barn suggested it so it must be hot) and I know you could come up with something creative each season change to put up there?

I so want to go shopping now and decorate! But wait, I just bought Abby a dress and shoes to coordinate today and totally blew my budget. I never thought I would buy my kid shoes for one specific outfit! I'll send ya pics. :)

John and Brieanne Dabney said...

I'm not the only one!!! Yay! Actually, the stuff you made isn't half bad. Mine would have looked a LOT worse. But hey - we have other talents, right? (that's what I have to keep telling myself :)

Nancy Booth said...

Well, I love your crafts and you are really doing good coming from my genes. I really have no talents so you keep up the good work, OK?