Pinterest Fails

Whenever I comment on a great food I have eaten or complement a cool project someone has done, it’s usually followed by the phrase, “I got it off Pinterest”.

Pinterest is a great source for ideas and when my internal alarm clock goes off extra early, I find myself perusing the endless pictures of recipes and decorating ideas.  Through these sessions, I have created 59 boards of things I like and would like to do.

Many of our lake house ideas have come from Pinterest.  The corrugated metal shower and ceiling Allen and his brother constructed is one of my favorites.

lake house master bathroom lake house master bedroom

Along with the light fixture my dad made from a funnel.

lake house master bathroom

You can find ideas and tutorials on just about anything crafty, so when I found some ideas for garden décor, I was inspired to try a few.

Most of my projects turn out fine.  I like to incorporate simple accents throughout the garden to compliment the flowers which I see as the main focal point.

One project I used an old bed frame to border the back of my ornamental grasses.  flower bed with bed rail ornamental grass

It’s been painted a variety of colors over the years and was a super easy project.

This summer, on Pinterest, I saw where someone had made a flower from a kitchen whisk.

Looked easy enough.

whisk-flower

from Pinterest

I was picturing in my mind what a whimsical accent this would be in a container planting.  So, I jumped in my car and headed straight for the dollar store.  I believe the price was $.97 so I bought one.

One.

That gave me only one chance to make this work.  What they don’t tell you is how soft and bendable the wire is on these things.  Yet, once it’s bent, it is extremely hard to manipulate into another shape.

I should’ve bought two.

whisk-flower2

not bad, just sad

Overall, it wasn’t terrible.  Realistically though, it looked like a toddler had created it.  I still stuck it in a basket of dried hydrangea blooms and called it good.

Another project came to me as I was cleaning out the barn and found quite a bit of tie wire.  Tie wire is soft, easily cut, and used as a fastener.  I always keep some handy in case my chicken wire fences need to be reinforced.

I remember seeing another  Pinterest project that involved tie wire and a blow up beach ball.  You simply blow up a beach ball and wrap tie wire around the ball.  When you get your desired look, let the air out of the ball and voila, instant outdoor decor.

In my mind, I envisioned these balls decorated with solar lights hanging from the trees or sitting in my flower beds emitting a casual, relaxed glow.  It would be amazingly cute and talked about for decades.

Since it was summer, I just happen to have a beach ball handy and I quickly blew it up and began to work.  I could not get the beach ball nice and full to save my life.  I tried and tried to blow it up more but every time I tried to push the little plug back into the ball, more air would come out.  One step forward, two steps back kind of thing.

Maybe it was the tie wire.   The directions called for a specific gauge of wire but my original packaging was long gone.  The wire I had was very bendable and I could tell right away  this project was going south on a fast moving bus.

Optimistically, I continued.  Maybe it was one of those projects that would miraculously be perfect when I removed the beach ball.  As I carefully wrapped the wire around the not so full beach ball, I could tell this was not going to be the case.  My frustration increased as each and every wire wrap around the ball took on a hideous, distorted shape.

Realization set in and I knew in my heart this project was not going to turn out as I had expected.  So, with heavy heart, I let the air out of the beach ball to face the cold, hard truth.

It was then, that my frustration turned to laughter.  I laughed and laughed.  I walked away and when I returned, I laughed even more.  Never had a project turned out so bad and made me laugh so hard.

wire-beach-ball2

It made me think of the Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the other”

As bad as it was, I couldn’t make myself throw it out.

I decided to keep it in the barn, on the bench, so I can see it when I first walk in.

And every time, even months later,  it makes me laugh.  I’m also sure it will be talked about for decades-just not in the original way I had imagined.

Although some people (ok most) will see this as a Pinterest failure, I see it as a reminder to not take myself so seriously.  Don’t get me wrong, my pitiful garden globe will never see the outside of the barn.  It will, however, make me smile every time I see it.

And, for me, that is not a failure.

Happy Holidays!

Brenda

I’m linking this post with The Chicken Chick Blog Hop

 

 

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
This entry was posted in Arkansas blogger, crafts, do it yourself, Family, Garden, Home and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Pinterest Fails

  1. Nikki Gunn says:

    Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard, I am crying! You get an “A” for effort girl! Someone needs to compile a book of all those Pinterest fails! You made my day, thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mish says:

    Too funny! I think Pinterest is over-rated….hehehe.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh my stars, I was laughing way before you. Even before “going south on a fast bus.” It reminded me of all those recipes on Facebook that never turned out quite as good as they looked. Are you growing any garlic this fall?

    Liked by 2 people

  4. ginana says:

    I love this. It may be globally challenged but I think it makes a quirky pumpkin. I love that you kept it. A sense of humor is definitely required when attempting Pinterest projects.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. gina says:

    A sense of humor is definitely required when attempting a Pinterest project. This may be globally challenged but I think it makes a quirky pumpkin.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Home's Cool! says:

    Too funny! I laughed and laughed. And I love it!
    I would keep it in the barn, though. ❤

    Like

  7. Lisa Lee says:

    I am laughing so hard, mostly because I can totally relate! A+ for trying!!!

    Like

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    Oh, I’ve travelled down this path. Looks so easy to make, why, anyone can do it. Ha! I usually end up laughing at my pathetic attempt at recreating the latest thing-a-ma-bob and, for a buck or two in material costs, it’s worth it. 🙂

    Like

  9. Home's Cool! says:

    Thought I’d add: Today I found out Pinterest failed ME! They’ve eliminated all my boards! 😦

    Like

  10. reinventedkb says:

    That is hilarious. I have my share of those too.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    Like

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s