2013 Craft Bloopers Drawing Winner!!

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We’ve laughed our way through the last month reading all of the hilarious craft bloopers you have submitted, and it’s finally time to announce a winner!! From sleeves sewn to neck openings to spray painted styrofoam disintegrating, we’ve all shown that we can laugh at our mistakes, and we’re not alone! Thank you to everyone who entered, your stories were so entertaining. However, there can only be one randomly selected winner. Congratulations to… Janice from Enterprise FL, who won a $100 Gift Certificate to CreateForLess!

Here is Janice’s Winning Entry:

I forgot to pull the gate across the door of my sewing room before I went to work, and 2 of my Afghan Hounds decided to play with my 50 yard rolls of velcro. They had it stretched from my sewing room all through the house.It looked like a big spider web!! It is still in a big ball.

And to put an extra big smile on everyone else’s face, here are some of our favorite entries from this year:

Saundra F. Staten Island, NY:

Midway through any project, I will stop, and make myself a cup of tea!. On this particular day, I’d been working on a 2 page scrapbook layout. part of one of the pages, was to make a frame to surround one of the photos. I got the brilliant idea to emboss the frame. So I made my cup of tea, grabbed three packets of one of those blue sugar packets, tore it open and shook it all over the frame I was about to emboss! I really did not notice the mistake until the sugar started glumping up, and making a big mess when I put the heat gun to melt the crystals!!..hahahaha!!..I could only laugh when I realized my mistake!!

Shara S. Farmington, AR:

I am a multi-tasker. It is not uncommon for me to do two, three and even four things at once. Sometimes, the more I tackle at once, the less productive it ends up. One night I was making spaghetti for dinner. My homemade sauce was bubbling on the stove and my freshly made garlic bread was on the stove waiting to pop oven. Since I had a few minutes while I was waiting for the oven to preheat, I decided to add some glitter to one of my projects. I added the glue and was just about to sprinkle on the glitter, when the oven timer went off. I sat down the big super size bottle of glitter on the counter and popped the garlic bread in the oven. Just then, the spaghetti sauce started to bubble and I moved my project out of the way,so it wouldn’t get saucy. I grabbed the bottle of glitter to put in on the other side of the kitchen. But, when I had sat it down, I hadn’t placed the cap back on tightly, so in super slow motion, I watched every single surface of my counter, floor, stove top and the spaghetti sauce become covered in bright silver glitter. I’ve added the wrong spice to food before and been able to correct it, but you know what? You can’t get glitter out of spaghetti sauce no matter how hard you try! We ordered pizza and I spent the evening sweeping up glitter. *Moral of the story – always put the lid back on tightly!

Ruth B. Grand Forks, ND:

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I forgot to put my paint palette away one night and came down the next morning to paw prints in turquoise blue and coral over three painting and two work tables and a rug. My cat Quackers thinks he can roam my work while I sleep.. Yes I am more aware of my paint palette now. Gotta love the big guy!!!

Debra G. Florence, OR:

I was pinning a quilt and completely forgot I was doing it on top of our water bed. Every night we discovered a new slow leak. I will never do that again!

Cristine G. Wappingers Falls, NY:

I had just received a new embossing template and couldn’t wait to try it. My craft table was crowded with papers but I just couldn’t wait ! I ran over to the couch , plugged in my lightbox and set it on the end table . Ran over, got my paper, template, and stylus, I set everything up. I sat on the couch, lifted my lightbox and put it on the arm . I began embossing with my beautiful template. Something didnt smell right! Was there a short in the wire? Oh , something is hot! I needed to get up and see what was happening ! The lightbox ! The bulb was setting my couch on fire! Luckily I caught it before the entire couch went up in flames, but needless to say I keep my lightbox away from everything but my craft desk.

 

 

Craft Bloopers Drawing

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This is a safe space. A space where it’s okay to admit that you sewed the waistband of a slip incorrectly, and it came loose and fell off while standing in a crowded elevator (it really is, Sherrill L.). This is a space where we won’t laugh at you, but with you because we’ve all been through it. Here, when you share your craft disasters, you won’t be met with ridicule, but with understanding head nods from people who have had their fair share of bloopers. At CreateForLess, we’ll actually reward you for admitting your mistakes. You could win a $100 Gift Certificate to CreateForLess by telling us your biggest craft mishap at the 2013 Craft Bloopers Drawing!

I’ll go first:

I was attempting to sew my first pattern. It was a little bit out of my skill level. It had buttons, interfacing, and even a collar. But that’s not where I started to struggle. I could not figure out what I was supposed to do with the sleeves. I ended up misreading the directions and sewing them in backward. Once I realized my mistake, I was so frustrated with the whole ordeal that I went a little too crazy with my seam ripper taking them out. I ended up ripping my sleeve right in half, along the grain of the fabric, not even along a seam! I was out of fabric to make a new sleeve, so I just added a little hem to the armholes and decided to make it sleeveless!

Here are a few brave souls from last year’s Craft Bloopers Drawing:

I was using my lo-temp glue gun attaching artificial flowers to a straw hat for AG dolls– I used one of my “That Purple Thang” tools to hold and press down the flowers so as not to burn/mess up my fingers. I dropped a flower and leaned over to retrieve it and when I sat up, I couldn’t find my Purple Thang. I bet I looked for an hour – everywhere- even down the front of my dress. After that, I gave up on the project and hours later as I was in the bathroom, there I saw it (in the mirror), stuck to my very fluffy curly hair and held securely with glue. I use a foil pie dish to rest my glue gun and Purple Thang while using it. I see now how my hair brushed it all when i leaned over to get the dropped flower. The rest explains itself.

- Linda N.

I was heading out to a New Year’s Eve party in 2005 and had carefully glued on fake fingernails using a small tube of craft glue as I thought they’d stay on better. I took the glue with me just in case I needed to re-glue a nail. As I was driving, one of the nails came loose. I took the glue out of my purse and used my teeth to help open the lid. To my horror, glue squirted onto my lips and tongue. Suddenly my lips were glued into an Elvis-like sneer and my tongue had an uncomfortable smudge of glue on the tip. I tried my best to get it off, but for the entire evening my lips had a strange little sneer and I spoke with a lisp. My friends thought it was hysterical and it was funny but I had very few dances that evening.

-Eileen T.

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While scrapbooking our Gatlinburg vacation, on our last day, I set up my camera delay and propped the camera to the view of my intended subjects (well, except myself). When I made the mad dash to get in the picture, I didn’t allow extra room for my height and the photo printing lab chopped off my head. Well, it was too late for another photo and being at a scrapbook event, I couldn’t reprint this photo from home, so I just had to be creative and draw the rest of my head onto the scrapbook page!

- Judi B.

I was knitting a triangular wrap that could be used a shawl or a wraparound skirt for a dancer. Because it needed to be wide so that it could tie around the shoulders or waist, I used a circular needle, Face it, there is no such thing as a pair of 42″ straight needles.

I took my knitting with me everywhere, including when I took family members for appointments. I’d sit in the lobby or waiting room and knit. One time, a fellow knitter struck up a conversation with me, and we found we had much in common. I just kept knitting away. When that knitter was called in for her appointment I took a look at the shawl. I had totally forgotten that I was making a flat object, and had knit over half-a-dozen rows that were completely circular. The shawl looked rather like a windsock with a triangular tail!

- Celeste C.

I keep a spray bottle with bleach for fabric when I want to remove color. One morning while getting ready for work I was just wanting to mist my curly hair to liven it up. I reached and grabbed my bleach/water combo and sprayed away. After getting my hair pretty wet I was wondering why I smelled something but could not pinpoint what it was at the moment. When it dripped onto my shirt, it dawned on me!!! OOPS!
Too late, Hope it sets a trend!

- Judy T.

If they can do it, you can do it! Send us your craft blooper today and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate!

Vote for the Craft Bloopers Winner!

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We received over 200 Craft Bloopers! We were very entertained by reading your crafting bloopers and very carefully narrowed the entries to 10. We calculated the top 10 by measuring the amount of giggling each story received.

Tell us your favorite blooper and the winner will receive a $100 CreateForLess shopping spree! Comment on this blog post to vote for your favorite! If the comment box is not below, scroll to the top and click “comments”.

“I was trying to pour some glitter back into the little bottle when the doorbell rang and startled me. I accidentally dumped the whole bottle of glitter down my front and in my cleavage. Since I was expecting a fellow crafter to join me for a night of crafting, I went ahead and answered the door with a glittery bossom. To my surprise, there stood my minister, who had dropped by unexpectedly!”
Vote for Cristen!

“One should never, I repeat, NEVER try to do a project they saw on Pinterest by looking solely at the picture. This is evident when you look at my sad, sorry excuse for a haunted graveyard, tree, and fence made from edible materials. The original project was adorable! Mine? Well, that picture tells the story. BAD implementation of a good idea, that’s all I have to say in my defense.”
Vote for Peggy

“I was making a banner for my rodeo team to hang on the side of the areana. It was 12′ x 4′. I had cut out individual characters to spell out the name of the rodeo team. The letters were 36″ high. To secure them in place before sewing, I super glued them in place then pinned so I could sew the letters to the banner. As I pulled the pins out while sewing, I would put them in my mouth as I couldn’t find my pin cushion. When I got ready to pull the pins out I COULDN’T!!! I had forgotten that I had pinned them into the banner while the super glue was still fresh. YES, I SUPER GLUED MY LIPS TOGETHER. It took 2 hours, some finger nail polish remover and a lot of pain to get my lips unstuck and the pins removed from my lips. Let’s just say, I had “really chapped” lips for about 2 months.”
Vote for Jami

“I was making a cross stitch picture for a wedding present. I had about 40 of the 75 hour it would take to make it done. I was cross stitching near a candle I had burning and managed to set it on fire. (Cross stitch fabric is very is very easy to burn). Luckily I managed to put it out and cover the burned area with the matting.”
Vote for Kristen

“I had just made a muslin dress for a doll, and I wasn’t happy with the bright white color, so I decided to tea-dye it. I set the dress near the stove, filled the kettle, and cranked the electric burner up to “HI.” I walked away to grab some tea bags and when I came back, the little dress was in flames! I’d turned the wrong knob and the little dress was way too close!”
Vote for Aimee

“While scrapbooking our Gatlinburg vacation, on our last day, I set up my camera delay and propped the camera to the view of my intended subjects (well, except myself). So when I made the mad dash to get in the picture, too, I didn’t allow extra room for my height and the photo printing lab chopped off my head. Well, it was too late for another photo and being at a scrapbook event, couldn’t reprint this photo from home, so I just had to be creative and draw the rest of my head onto the scrapbook page!”
Vote for Judi

“I was using my bed to cut out a pattern and though “Boy, these scissors sure need sharpened!” What I didn’t realize (until it was WAY too late) was I was not only cutting the material, but I was cutting through my bedspread too! I think that’s when I moved from sewing to other crafts.”
Vote for Linda

“I was sewing my best friend’s wedding dress together. As I didn’t have my glasses on, I was leaning toward the sewing machine and squinting as I sewed. I felt a tugging on my head, but I imagined it was the stress and tiredness of having worked on a wedding dress for three days straight. My sewing machine started giving me a little trouble and as I pulled the fabric out, I realized some of my long hair had gotten caught in the machine and was now very much attached to this wedding dress… I had to cut my hair so I could remove it and save the thing. My hair stylist thought the story was hilarious, but my cropping of the hair was horrendous. I’m a seamstress, not a hair stylist–thank goodness.”
Vote for Heather

“I made paper Valentine’s with my niece. She got glue all over her shorts and I told her to go ahead to the restroom to wash up. When I got there to try to wash off the super glue, she had sat on the dog and was stuck. The dog had a long coat, so I was able to get the glue and glitter off the dog and my niece (and cut away glittery dog fur!)”
Vote for Florence

“One night I woke up to my 1 year old son screaming and ran into the nursery. He blubbered and pointed to the “Brown Clown” applique wall hanging I had made for him. Most parts of it were dark, but the white fabric that I had used for the eyeballs was phosphorescent and glowing wildly. Now I am very cautious when selecting fabric and even check it out in the dark.”
Vote for Sharon

 

Craft Bloopers Winner!

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We received over 200 Craft Bloopers entries! We were very entertained reading your crafting bloopers and very carefully narrowed our entries. We calculated the top 10 by measuring the amount of giggling each story received. After that you voted on the winner!

Here is our winning craft blooper from Marcia W!

4). “My first home ec project was a sundress. Finished it looked very nice but there were a few threads here and there but I did not bother to worry about them. I wore this dress on a date to a very nice supper club that also had a band playing. After dinner my date asked me to dance, there we were, dancing having a good time, he had his hand on my waist and went to turn me out and when he did this one of those lose threads caught on his ring and my entire skirt came undone and dropped to the floor, I guess you could say it was one dance that I will never forget.”

Marcia W. from Henderson, NV

Craft Bloopers Contest!

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What’s the biggest blunder you’ve ever made on a craft project? That project gone wrong that still makes you laugh? From two heeled socks to glue accidents, we’d love to hear your funny stories. Send us your craft blooper and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Shopping Spree!

Read our past winner’s bloopers:

2010 Craft Bloopers Winner…

“When my daughter was very young, just walking really, she came up to me whining and shaking her hand. I look and almost had a stroke when I saw she had somehow found and opened some crazy glue! Without thinking I went to grab it and you know it…I was stuck to the glue which was stuck to her. I had to think for a second “ok, now what do I do?” LOL I decided nail polish remover was my best bet and managed to get it open and poor a little on and work to get us unstuck. It was a 3 stooge’s moment, but I was so grateful she didn’t get it in her eyes. I thought the house was thoroughly baby-proofed, but I was wrong! I’m grateful for the happy outcome.”

2009 Craft Bloopers Winner

“A friend and I had organized a scrapbooking day to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. We called our event the ‘Crop for a Cure’. I was working on a small thank you card for one of our sponsors of the event. I had all the right papers, and stamps and inks, even embellishments. I was happily assembling each piece (between various event interruptions) and then came time to write my message inside the card. I was drawing each word out in a beautiful curly script. Each letter fell into place: ‘Thank You for Supporting the Cr…’ but then; the swirl of my ‘o’ in the word ‘crop’ turned down instead of up and suddenly I was thanking people not for their support of an enjoyable day of scrapbooking, but for a crass bodily function that apparently had mythical healing powers. My friends will never let me forget the day they attended the ‘Crap for a Cure’.”

Click Here to enter!

Contest deadline is July 31, 2011. Limited to three entries per person. Submitting a photo of the craft blooper is optional. The winner will receive a $100 CreateForLess e-gift certificate and be contacted individually via email. Some entries will be showcased on CreateForLess.com, our Think Crafts blog and Facebook page.

Craft Bloopers Contest

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What’s the biggest blunder you’ve ever made on a craft project?  That project gone wrong that still makes you laugh?  From two heeled socks to glue accidents, we’d love to hear your funny stories.  Send us your craft blooper and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Shopping Spree! Click to Enter!

Read the winning Craft Blooper from last year…

“A friend and I had organized a scrapbooking day to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. We called our event the ‘Crop for a Cure’. I was working on a small thank you card for one of our sponsors of the event. I had all the right papers, and stamps and inks, even embellishments. I was happily assembling each piece (between various event interruptions) and then came time to write my message inside the card. I was drawing each word out in a beautiful curly script. Each letter fell into place: ‘Thank You for Supporting the Cr…’ but then; the swirl of my ‘o’ in the word ‘crop’ turned down instead of up and suddenly I was thanking people not for their support of an enjoyable day of scrapbooking, but for a crass bodily function that apparently had mythical healing powers. My friends will never let me forget the day they attended the ‘Crap for a Cure’.” 

Enjoy some of our favorite craft “Oops!” stories from last year’s Craft Bloopers Contest.

Contest deadline is July 31, 2010.  Limited to three entries per person.  Submitting a photo of the craft blooper is optional.  The winner will be chosen by the CreateForLess staff and will receive a $100 CreateForLess e-gift certificate.   The winner will be contacted individually via email and posted on our web site.  After the contest ends, some of the craft bloopers will be showcased on CreateForLess.com, our Think Crafts blog and Facebook page.

Craft Bloopers Drawing Winner

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Congratulations to Andrea B. from Lamar, MO, who was randomly chosen as the winner of our Craft Bloopers Drawing and a $100 CreateForLess Shopping spree! Andrea’s Craft Blooper was…

“A friend and I had organized a scrapbooking day to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. We called our event the ‘Crop for a Cure’. I was working on a small thank you card for one of our sponsors of the event. I had all the right papers, and stamps and inks, even embellishments.

I was happily assembling each piece (between various event interruptions) and then came time to write my message inside the card. I was drawing each word out in a beautiful curly script. Each letter fell into place: ‘Thank You for Supporting the Cr…’ but then; the swirl of my ‘o’ in the word ‘crop’ turned down instead of up and suddenly I was thanking people not for their support of an enjoyable day of scrapbooking, but for a crass bodily function that apparently had mythical healing powers. My friends will never let me forget the day they attended the ‘Crap for a Cure’.” 

After our giggles subsided, we thought we would share more Craft Bloopers Stories!  

“My biggest craft blooper happened about 20 years ago when, as a novice sewer, I was attempting to make a pair of loose fitting wide-legged pants. I somehow inverted one pant leg so that the hem of the pants ended up at the waist. I ripped it out and tried again. Lo and behold I repeated the mistake. So I ripped it out and tried once more. Again it was upside down. Ever the optimist I tried once more and finally succeeded!! We all learn from our mistakes, I guess I’m just a slow learner! :)
P.S. I’ve progressed to sewing Bridal gowns and window treatments”.

Roma M. from Missouri City, TX

“I handmade all my Christmas cards one year, completed all of them. When I began addressing the cards and signing my name on the inside, I noticed I had done this one completely upside down on the inside. Well I mailed it to a friend who was sure I made perfect cards. I included the post script by saying “just another one of my bloopers”.

Lillian K. from Durango, CO.

“I was making a box out of cardstock to put a handmade necklace and earrings in for a friend. I was so proud of myself–it was a first effort and it looked beautiful. When I finished it, I was showing it off to my sister and bragging about how easy it was to make. OOPS! When I went to put the jewelry in it, I discovered that I truly had done a good job on it and glued it together securely–on all sides! I forgot to leave one side open! Oh well, back to the drawing board!”

Jennifer S. from Wantagh, NY.

“I was anxious to welcome to my new step father to the family and since he was an accomplished violinist and a music lover I thought a cross stitch picture would be perfect. I found just the right kit and stitched away. Horrors — half way through I discovered I was stitching the vertical picture on the horizontal axis of the aida! Careful – and panicked – measuring assured me that I had JUST enough fabic to complete the picture. Whew!

I finished the picture, had it framed and presented it. He was delighted. I was delighted — until my mother pointed out that the violin – centerpiece of the picture – had no strings! I had forgotten that last detail! The picture hangs in their living room in a place of honor — and still has no strings. It is a SILENT accolade to my future – and now present – step dad.”

Becky H. from Chicago, IL

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