Nailed It or Failed It: The Great Pinterest Challenge

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Once again, it’s time for the Pinterest Challenge.

Once again, I sort of forgot about it until the very last possible second. We moved houses again this week, and things were somewhat uncertain due to the Super Storm of Snowicanageddon of DOOOOOM, so I was behind. (I realize the hurricane did not affect my life until October 30th, but be nice and don’t point it out, please.)

So I needed something quick, easy, did not require materials that were more than 50 miles away, and could maybe even be done in a hotel room.

Some options I considered: How to make a heart-shaped hard-boiled egg.

But then I remembered that no one in my house likes hard-boiled eggs. And also that I am 41 years old and I really don’t have time to spend 15 minutes wrestling an EGG into a SHAPE.  And frankly, after spending a month with my family stuffed into a 500 square foot apartment, I am not feeling very heart-ish.

Then the DIY tanning solution caught my eye. Yes. You heard it right. Do-it-Yourself Tanning Solution.

I did not actually consider trying this.

I am 41 years old. I don’t have time to pretend I am not pasty-white. There is something ironic about eschewing chemicals to change your appearance, yet still being unable to accept your appearance; but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

There are a number of good tips in the comments, like if the tea doesn’t make you bronzy enough, then you can add food coloring or instant coffee to the solution. Or heck, just mix some cocoa powder into some lotion and smear that all over yourself. You will be pretty AND delicious!

Here’s what I want to know: Why not just run a hot bath, and steep some family-sized tea bags in there with yourself? Doesn’t that seem more efficient?

I continued searching until I found this – Hammered Leaf and Flower Art.

Awesome. How cool does that look?

Let me tell you, Michigan is lousy with leaves. All I needed was some watercolor paper and we were good to go.

I showed the fam.

Big said, “Oooh! You use a hammer!”

Jim just looked at me. “We can’t leave here because we are riding out the edge of a hurricane. But you want to go out in the hurricane to gather leaves?”

I’m like, “okay, FIRST of all, JIM, it’s SCIENCE. Second of all, It’s for my BLOG, JIM.”

Honestly. Men.

Anyway. I got everybody rounded up and we went outside in the freezing cold wind and rain and gathered leaves. Then we went to the dollar store, which is the closest thing to any kind of shopping, and bought a cheap sketch pad.

Arrange, cover, hammer.



Verdict? It was fun, everyone got to participate, and it involved a hammer.

If I had the proper paper, it would have turned out even better. I would do this again, so I give it

I was heard to say “Big, you can’t say ‘crap,’ that is a grown-up word.” and Big was heard to say, “But mom! You said we had to beat the crap out of it!”

But let’s pretend that didn’t happen.

Check out my Twitter Pals and see how their projects went!

15 Responses to “Nailed It or Failed It: The Great Pinterest Challenge”

  1. The Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    Ooooo, Love your results! I bet if you did these on the fronts of white folded cards (you can buy them in bulk at the craft stores), you would have a nice set of greeting cards. . . hmmmm. . .I may have to file this away for next year b/c I think our leaves are mush out there now.
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  2. Kristy Says:

    This post made me laugh. You are so funny.
    I agree with FOM. If you did this on the front of some notecards, you would totally have a great gift idea for the grandparents from the kiddos.
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  4. Tressa Says:

    Those are neat! I am glad that you came up with something to do in the midst of the storm.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Nailed it or Failed it-Chocolate cups

  5. Rose Says:

    Perfect!!! and I will be having my Princess make a few of these!!!!
    Rose´s last blog post ..October’s Pinterest Challenge: Nailed It or Failed It~

  6. Melanie Says:

    You did a project! In a hotel! And a hurricane! And it is Very Pretty! We did this years and years ago; I think my Goobs were about the same ages as your kids. Anemone still has all her pansies hanging up on her bulletin board.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Nailed it or Failed it Pinterest Challenge: Pineapple Bird (or) Happy Halloween

  7. hi kooky Says:

    Love it!
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  8. Applie Says:

    What a Florida thing to do, go out in a hurricane to have fun! You go girl!

    Love the project. I want to beat the crap out of it too. So cool.
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  9. Nan | Says:

    I’m glad you didn’t do the egg thing. Let’s not read too much into the fact that the egg thing makes me mad. Really…MAD. IS IT SO WRONG FOR A 39 YEAR OLD WOMAN TO SUDDENLY REALIZE SHE HAS ISSUES WITH NOVELTY SHAPED OVUM?!!! DON’T JUDGE ME!!!!!
    Nan |´s last blog post .."I find your lack of faith — & fairy dust — disturbing."

  10. Donna Says:

    The plants are .. dead .. Jim.

  11. Delinda Says:

    These are so pretty! This may have to be a ‘boys are drivin me crazy and need sent outside to gather leaves’ project.
    I’m not linking my blog because, hello, I’m lame, and haven’t written in ages.

  12. April Says:

    Ooh I wanna do that! What kind of paper should you use? Also: congrats on your nominations! I’m voting for you and encouraging my “readers” to do the same!

  13. Lily Says:

    Neat! I love it! And your bravery in a hurricane 🙂

  14. The Hungry Mum Says:

    Thanks for the giggles! Loved this post [especially the bit about men not ‘getting’ blogs]. Gold.
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  15. Robin Jingjit Says:

    Wow, that’s an awesome project. I’m totally going to do that with my boys.
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