Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DIY Fail

It's been rainy here for the past couple of days. I won't lie and say that I'm feeling bright and shiny, because I'm not.
Damn clouds.

This week has been lacking in a few departments; mainly sunshine & KU basketball, both of which I'm missing dearly.

I have managed to squeeze in a few flicks along the way that have made the days seem a little less dull.

Remember that kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
He made me cry in August Rush, too. And dazzled in Finding Neverland.  
 This kid ^
Freddie Highmore.

He's a doll. Seriously. 
And he's got to be some sort of genius in real life because he always plays really smart kids and pulls it off with ease.
Anyway, back to the point.
He plays the main character in [my favorite on the list] The Art of Getting By.
A show about the angst that is life as a senior in high school, and a girl who just won't cut you a break [Emma Roberts].
He's sullen in this movie and it's got kind of a heavy feel to it, but the ending is spectacular and it just makes the whole thing come together. 
Which is kind of an essential component to a movie, so bravo.

Next Up:
The Help
 I wanted to see this movie for many reasons.
One being Emma Stone was a main character.
and two; I heard it was a fantastic book.

Note that I wanted to read the book first, but I didn't get around to it.
So the movie had to do.

It did not disappoint.
Not even a little.

The plot was amazing, and the drama with the segregation and racism blew me away. Might've cried a little during certain parts; don't judge me. 

Next, I have to read the book.
There's no getting around it.

And last, but certainly not least - The Muppets
I told Kenzie I would take her to this, and to be quite honest I was dreading it a little bit.
I thought it was going to be incredibly silly [which it was], and not at all entertaining.
Why I was thinking this, I don't know.
Boy was I wrong.

I laughed.
A lot
And loudly.

It was only an hour and a half long so it flew by, and afterward I felt like a total jerk for even thinking that I wouldn't like it.

In other news

I had my first DIY fail.
That's right, people.
It wasn't pretty.
I got these bulbs at HL with the intention of creating this:

Mistake numero uno: Buying glass bulbs.
This was not on purpose, but it did happen. 
In turn I now have random shards of glass scattered in corners of my kitchen, all thanks to my lack of attention to detail and/or clumsiness.

Mistake numero deux: Not measuring my mantle.
Well, I take that back; it wasn't even the size of the mantle, it was the fact that we have three GIANT speakers on our mantle that take up any space I would ever want or need to utilize for crafty goodness.

Mistake number three: Continuing this project even though the signs were clear that it wasn't working out.
Not only did I have nowhere to hang this "garland," but it was also an apparent safety hazard. But, being persistent [and a dreamer] I powered through, hoping for a decent outcome.
Here's what I got.
The garland turned out cute, but I really needed smaller, less fragile bulbs to use, as well as somewhere useful to put it. For the time being I had it hanging on the knobs of the cabinetry which didn't work at all. Really it just looked dumb. So every time I walked by it I resented that stupid garland and continually pondered something else I could use the ornaments for.

Finally last night I was determined to do something different with it.
I had this great idea in my head of making a Christmas tree solely made of ornaments.
A good idea in theory, the plan backfired on me.
I started off by trying top-to-bottom gluing first. You know, start with the top of the tree and work my way down. Then I realized that wasn't going to work. 
At all.
Next, I attempted starting at the bottom. Without any sort of guide.
Hint: If you're making a circular object made out of other circular objects, your circles have to be darn-near perfect. 
My "circle" was really an oval.
And don't think you can attempt to re-shape that oval. Oh, no.
Refer to mistake numero uno. Those suckers will shatter. They will not glue back together.
Not awesome.

By the time I had made each layer of ornaments and gotten to the top, my tree was all sorts of discombobulated. And leaning.
It looked like I had attempted this project after two bottles of wine.
[after I was finished I wished I had. It might've turned out better.]

I topped it with a ribbon to really put a cherry on top of that ugly little tree.
It didn't help.

I'm not going to show you a picture because it's too shameful.
And because I don't have my camera with me.
But take it from me, you don't want to see it

All I can do at this point is laugh every time I walk by it.
Matt laughs too.

So we got that out of it.


  1. Jenn - Jenn26point2 @ SparkPeopleDecember 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Here's an idea for making your ornament tree (which is a really cute idea, by the way). To make a perfect bottom circle, why don't you pick up one of those goodies tins from the craft store? You know, the ones people give cookies in. Get a really big one and place your bulbs in it, making the perfect circle (it should even allow you to fill in the circle with more bulbs to make a flat filled bottom). Not sure if that makes sense to you, but it does in my head! Good luck!

  2. That's a great idea!! Thanks so much!


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