Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Project: Ribbon Wreath

Morning Everybody!!

Today, we'll be discussing the craft that deflated every last ounce of crafting enthusiasm in my body and led to my not contributing to this blog for a good, hot minute. It might be my least favorite craft of all time, the dreaded RIBBON WREATH.

Take a good look at it's pure evil.
It's super cute, right? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Of course I found the thing on Pinterest, pinned from an absolutely fantastic little site known as The Long Thread. They have tons of sewing and fabric-related crafts with complete DIY tutorials, so if that sort of thing is your cup of crafting tea, go check them out!! Apparently, fabric crafts are NOT my forte, however.

I guess I should start by explaining my dire obsession with wreaths. It is my sole purpose in life to accumulate an unreasonable number of wreaths for each holiday and season of the year, and I'll be damned if my wreaths aren't the best on the block. IT'S A MATTER OF PRIDE AND UTMOST IMPORTANCE.

Totally, not even a little bit.

So, of course I thought the wreath was adorable and that it would be super cool to be able to customize it to exactly what I want. Hence, I took on the ribbon wreath project. I went to Michael's and picked out some ribbon, totally ignoring the instructions from the pin. I decided that it might be a GREAT idea to get wired ribbon (first mistake) so that it would be easier to arrange the hang-y bits and make them look nice. Also, my house is the color of a gender-neutral baby shower (a pale, and terrible yellow) so I thought orange would not only match, but really liven the front door up a bit.

My wreath and pile of ribbon.
As you can see, the concept of the craft is pretty easy - tie ribbon to a wreath and viola. I should note that since my ribbon was sort of sheer (my second mistake), I had to paint the green wreath thing-er with orange paint 3 times, so that the green wouldn't show through and look weird. While it dried, I began cutting my ribbon into the appropriate lengths. And cutting...and cutting....and still more cutting.

I don't want to see another pair of scissors.

Guys, there was so much cutting. Not only did I have to go back to Michael's twice for more ribbon, but it took a total of FOUR spools of the shit to barely cover the entirety of the wreath. I was literally cutting, on and off, for about 3 weeks. Furthermore, the wire in the ribbon made it difficult to create uniform, forget attractive, knots. Lastly, the sheer ribbon looks weird on the door, because it's sheer. [Duh.] I recommend doing the opposite of what I did if you decide to try this and get non-wired, opaque ribbon.

Here's how stupid my wreath looks:

It looks totally scraggly!! I'm ashamed!!! Luckily, it doesn't look THAT bad from farther away:

Slightly better, still terrible.
I'm so totally bummed by how it turned out. However, I'm not giving up yet on my dream for a good-looking DIY wreath. My next attempt at a summer wreath will commence soon so stay tuned for more Craft Implosions from yours truly!!

If you totally one-up'd me on this project, send in your pics!!! We want to see them!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012


I wanted to tell you guys about a cool new Pinterest related site called PinFavs, put together by my friend, Ryan.

The site takes all the best pins (the ones that are re-pinned over, and over again) and organizes them by your favorite categories so you can easily find the most popular pins! It's about time someone de-cluttered Pinterest!

Give the good man a visit.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Follow Us on Twitter!!

You can now follow PinterShit on Twitter @PinterShit!!! We will tweet blog updates and whatever else we want. Maybe we'll get super ambitious and run some sort of Craft Challenge with a prize. You never know, but you'll only find out by following us!!

Now here's Jude Law (meow):

Project: Personalized Alphabet

Good day, PinPeople!!

Today, we are buying a ticket to Lizz Town, where she does crafts for her goddaughter. The idea, of course, came from Pinterest, but I have no earthly clue who to give original credit to, as the pin simply directs me to an enlarged picture of the pin:

Awwwwh, that's super precious for the sweet little one in your life!! There were no real directions on the pin, since it links only to a picture, but the concept is pretty simple. Print an alphabet with the letter of the kiddo's name in a different color, put the cute little adder in on the bottom, frame, done!!

Here's how Miss Lizzie proceded about her craft:

1) See the adorable poster on Pinterest and decide that your goddaughter NEEDS one.
2) Open up Photoshop on your computer.
3) Remember that you don't have Photoshop because it's ungodly expensive.
4) Open up Paint on your computer.
5) Stare at it for a while trying to figure out how you're supposed to use Paint to make something nice.
6) Decide to use Word to create the big beautiful letters, because in Word you can use the alignment that automatically spaces it out right. 
7) Copy (I used PrtScn) and paste it into Paint and enlarge as needed.
8) Wait until there's a Walgreens coupon code out and have them print it out on nice big poster paper.
9) Buy a frame at Michael's.
10) Poster ($16.25) + Frame ($8.62) = Voila! ($24.87)

Here's a picture of the completed project:

Fantastic!! I think this is a supreme PinWin, especially considering there were no directions involved. Hooray!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Project: Glow Jars

Oh, have I got a good one for you today...

There has been a pin floating around for some time now, showing us how to very simply make a super cool glow jar:

Yeah, that one!!! I thought this would the perfect thing to entertain and amuse my toddler, so I set to work right away to make him his very own. Of course, this is a Pinterest thing, but the pin comes from VIPpins, which I don't think is the original author of this project, but it's the closest I can get to giving proper credit. 

The basics of the project are as follows:

1. Get mason jars.
2. Get glow-in-the-dark paint.
3. Paint dots inside the mason jar.
4. Fill with water (?).
5. Be amazed.

Whoa! Super easy! Surely, I can paint dots with the best of 'em. I went to le craft store and picked up my supplies:

That's my hubby in the background, trying to provide a white backdrop (his idea) for my photo. lolz. What I have there is just a pack of 6 glow paints, which cost me about $9.00, so not too bad. We already had mini mason jars in the house, which is how you know you're a craft nerd.

I decided such a vast array of glow-paint colors dictated that I must painstakingly, over a period of 3 days, add 3 colors to each jar, one by one. I chose to do one jar in pink, orange, and yellow, while the other jar was blue, green, and white, more like the one from Pinterest.

Here you can see me adding dots, and how it looked:

Green jar

Red jar
In case you were curious, here is how my jars look from the side:

It should be noted that the directions stated the more dots, the cooler it looks so I did my best to add TONS of dots.

Alright, pretty exciting. Now here's where the directions get a bit iffy...the recipe stated that somewhere along the way, I would need water. HOWEVER, it did not specify WHY I needed said water. I put on my science-hat, and figured that water in the jar would multiply the glowing effect by creating reflections. I'll accept my science trophy later, for being so smart and all.

My husband was exceedingly skeptical that this project would work at all. Namely, questioning the integrity of the glow-paint itself to actually glow. He decided to cook my jars under this extreme halogen lamp for maximum glow:

Alright! You guys ready to see my super mega cool glow jars???


BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! OMGosh, what a complete and total CRAFT IMPLOSION!!! Now I should note that the jars do glow, just not even close to the awesomeness level the pin promised me. 

Has anyone tried and pwn'd this project?? If so, we want to hear from you!!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Project: Indoor Spring Onions

Green onions...

We all need them, but only occasionally, and then they come in a giant bundle that goes bad in the bottom of the fridge before you've used more than the 3 sprigs you needed for that one recipe that one time.

It's time for a scallion revolution! Of course, our project was found on Pinterest, but the pin came from Budget Savvy Diva, who posts on her blog with alarming regularity. This project is so incredibly easy and wallet-friendly, we can't believe we didn't think of it sooner:

There it is!! And that's basically all you need to know about it, too. After you've purchased and used your green onions, simply fill a mason jar with a bit of water and stick the ends just right on in there. I placed my mason jar on my kitchen windowsill and walked away.

Check it out!!! Those are the onions that came from the fabulous home of the fabulous Miss Lizzie. They just grew like magic!! To use them, just snip them off the bulb and put the bulbs back in the jar and then you too, can have a never-ending supply of fresh green onions for a one-time investment of roughly $1.00.

We're calling this one a TOTAL PinWin for ease of project and reward of bottomless onions!

Blog Fail

I'm a little ashamed to say it, but...

PinterShit is BACK, ya'll!!!

After a personal hiatus involving nothing of particular interest, I am once again, here to entertain, amuse, and poke further fun at, well, myself and others like me whose specialty involves fail.

Pinterest inspired projects are not the only thing I suck at, you see.
I'm a terribly distracted and scattered sort of thing.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is: