Friday, 18 October 2013

A Vision vs Reality...


Do you ever have a vision of a spectacular crafty project in your head but when it comes to actually doing it, the results are nothing even close?

Well this is mine. I had seen a few altered light bulbs turned into hot air balloons floating around pinterest. They looked amazing!!! So I had a crack and well...

I thought this would be a perfect 'Ingvild Bolme' project, with her cute little steampunk embellishments, and that was probably the only part I was right about.

Thinking this would be a quick project, 6 weeks later and hmmm...To start with I borrowed my hubbies soldering iron and mini blow torch. He promptly followed this up with a fire extinguisher and fire blanket on my desk ( the man knows me too well!). So about $25 worth of globes later, burnt fingers and feeling somewhat deflated, I retired my industrial tools and opted for the crafty ones.

First problem, due to medication and drinking copious amounts of coffee per day, my hands tend to shake like a detoxing alcoholic with parkinsons. So trying to do something of this size was challenging! Secondly, I never seemed to have what I wanted, so would buy stuff, then it wouldn't work out, so I would buy more stuff. This was a recycling project right ...

So this is what $50 worth of light globes and 6 weeks of going cross eyed gets you...

A very sad looking hot air balloon...




I had great visions of a ton more embellishments and decorations but my poor little 2Crafty chipboard cog wasn't have any of it and has the sags big time. A little too embarrassed to hand this in as DT work. I thought I would share my failure with you guys :)

So what's your greatest crafty flop?

G xox

14 comments:

  1. I actually love it and am super inspired to try it out myself. Not a failure but an awesome inspiration for others to try!

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  2. I actually don't see it as a flop, it looks great.. but i did get a giggle at your journalling in this post.. Just as well any form of creating is an experiment and there are no wrongs, just things that may need some adjustments!! After all how was any of the worlds best inventions ever developed?? by lots of creating!!!

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  3. oh wow this is such a great and cute idea.
    Thanks for showing....

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  4. Oh my, this turned out truly stunning!

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  5. Heeheee...LOOOVED the story:):) looks better than I could do that's for sure.....I put my flops outta my mind quick smart...but I'm not as tenacious as you, which is probably why they don't get remembered.... Full marks for keeping on keeping on!!!!!!!

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  6. Your story is heartfelt. I had to laugh, but it's not really funny....all your efforts have paid off....this is a real beauty! It may have cost you $ and used a lot of time, but you ended up with something very unique and rich looking! :)

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  7. If this is a flop, then your successes are truly stellar! Stunning colours and textures.

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  8. Don't be so hard on yourself! Your balloon, though costly is lovely! :D

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  9. I think the balloon looks amazing and I loved reading your post, I could just visualise you with the soldering iron, fire blanket etc, glad you shared the picture of your creation.

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  10. I think it's a perfect steampunk hit air baloon . Love it!!!

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  11. I think it's a perfect steampunk hit air baloon . Love it!!!

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  12. Oh I CONSTANTLY have the problem of dreaming up fabulous projects in my head but never getting them translated onto paper. Pretty much every single layout! LOL! And as for posting real life crafty 'flops', well..... you've seen my latest post about the wonky birthday card haven't you?!

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