Does anyone remember Sandra Lee from the TV show Semi Homemade? She was the domestic goddess that everyone could relate to. She would make this beautiful casserole but instead of slaving in the kitchen making everything from scratch a la Martha Stewart style should would shamelessly open a can of mushroom soup and add it to her boxed noodles and pre-shredded cheese. I like to think of myself as being similar to her in that I like things to look homemade with love but if it’s not easy to throw together then I get very overwhelmed and and frustrated because really who has time to slave over anything when you have two children pulling at you from both angles? This is especially true for me when it comes to crafts. This is where often times, Pinterest fails me. Like most of us, I have a Pinterest board for everything. Every holiday, every future home remodel, and yes every birthday party for my girls until they turn 18. I like Pinterest because it provides you access to thousands of ideas from organizing your home to preparing a quick weeknight meal, but it’s also a double edged sword. I have been what I like to call “Pinterest burned” many times which would make you think that I proceed with caution when I pin, but unlike Sandra Lee who knows her limits, I clearly have not learned any boundaries when it comes to attempting party decorating for my kids. Insert my last Pinterest fail: The Magical Unicorn paper mache head:
Okay, I know what you’re thinking “that looks great, what’s wrong with the Unicorn head?” Well let me just say that you can’t judge a project based on it’s final results. Why? Because against what Pinterest would have you believe, most of the pins they show to entourage you try are rarely ever “easy” or “simple”. Take this Unicorn head. Just crumple some newspaper they said. Tape the crumpled balls and tape them together. Then paper mache over the newspaper. HA! Maybe it would be that easy if I had a degree in sculpting. This took me 3 attempts to get it to even remotely resemble a unicorn and then it was so heavy once I added all the paper mache that I had it leaning in my sink to dry and it dried in a perfectly cock eyed drunken unicorn tilt and that’s when I threw in the towel and called it done. It wouldn’t stay glued to the cardboard backing because of being askew so I had to give it a ribbon. Is it pretty-yes, but was it worth it, no! This will definitely be my first and last attempt at a unicorn paper mache head. Did I learn my lesson after this project about attempting “easy and simple” craft projects for your kids party? Of course not. But I’ll have to blog about that more in another post.