The title of this blog post isn’t just the name of a movie, it also describes how my weekend of crafting went. I think it’s important to show the occasional ‘wadder’ because, let’s face it, even the most seasoned seamstress struggles with an occasional project. The first item up on my sewing table was a pair of booties from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones (I had intended this to be part of my Spell My Name Swap package). Even though I’ve made this particular item numerous times over the past 4 years, somehow, I managed to bungle this one… just look at how large the sole is compared to the shoe! After double checking to be sure that I didn’t cut out the wrong size, I realized that the bootie itself was just too small. My only conclusion that I could come up with is that I ‘shrunk’ the material when I added the interfacing. Whatever the cause, it’s now in the trash. I am debating on trying again or making something else.
The other project that went awry is a Japanese eraser kit. This particular product has been sitting in our storage room for over a year because my oldest never took an interest in trying it. So out of boredom, my 4 year old and I decided to give it a whirl (after looking up the English instructions online). The premise is simple: roll a ball of clay, press and remove into the mold, boil your creation, then cool it off in cold water. Little do they tell you the clay sticks to the mold, doesn’t blend together well, and will fall apart if multiple pieces have to be put together and aren’t adequately smooshed together. As you can see, the final products don’t look like the ones on the box. The bottom line? If you like fun erasers, spring for the kind that are already made – they’re probably less expensive and look great. If you’re looking for an interesting activity to do with your children and they don’t mind how the end product looks, then definitely give it a whirl.