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As (Never) Seen On Pinterest

The rumors are true, I write for CraftFail now.
My apologies if you couldn't hear that last sentence over the sound of me tooting my own horn.
I can't lie, it is a crazy amount of fun, mostly because I get the opportunity to document proof that Real Life is not what Pinterest would have us believe. Sadly, a lot of folks will never visit the exotic locations they pin, or wear the cutting-edge fashion, or host the elaborate children's parties they've pin-planned - and all you have to do is peek at CraftFail to know that not all Pinterest crafts and recipes end up looking exactly like the inspiration photos.

Not by a long shot.

But I'm here to make you feel better - to remind you that most people's lives aren't exactly pin-worthy. And to prove it, some awesome bloggers and I have collected some "non-pins" from our Real Lives to share. And so, I bring you...


FOOD

Toulouse and Tonic

My life And Kids


HOME DECOR


Mommy Shorts



PRODUCTS

There's More Where That Came From

Four Plus An Angel


DIY and CRAFTS

Ninja Mom



TECHNOLOGY


My Life And Kids


FASHION



HEALTH and FITNESS

Frugalista Blog



KIDS

The Mom of the Year

Our Small Moments


Do you feel better now? I know I do.

For more from these ladies who aren't afraid to get real - and get real funny - follow us on Pinterest! We're the Top 35 Most Pinteresting Moms, so you know it's bound to be full of awesome.


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62 comments:

Jessica Watson said...

Oh my gosh this is hilarious and almost makes me wish I took a photo the time my son pooped in our train table right next to Thomas. Totally added to the organization.

Nicole Shaw said...

Bravo! My favorite is definitely "Penny on the tracks?" Genius.

Paige Kellerman said...

Perfectly Browned Greenery ...now that's the pin for me! You did such a great job. Love it! Now, I'm off to go organize the media center...

Anna at www.mylifeandkids.com said...

Oh my gosh - I'm dying!! LOVE!

Toulouse said...

I LOVE your real life pinterest board. It's hard to choose a favorite but I think I'm going with My Life And Kid's TV. I'm adding it to my Try-at-Home Board. Now just to acquire some duct tape and a giant piece of silver cardboard.

Jackie said...

Love it!!

I will admit to doing a few of these.... diaper box for storage is one of them.

Janine Huldie said...

I absolutely love this and there are just too many to decide which is my favorite. Great job and so many wonderful contributors on this one, too :)

Robyn Welling said...

Now THAT'S a hefty dose of realism! Thanks so much for sending your pic, I loved it!

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks, lady! I have a special place in my heart for your earigami. :)

Robyn Welling said...

Eh, just drape the curtain over it. ;) Thanks for playing along!

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks! You know I love your gingerbread house, but that TV screen protector absolutely killed me. :)

Emily S said...

Thanks...I needed that laugh. I feel normal again.

Robyn Welling said...

Some of these are really practical - it's too bad they'd never pass Pinterest's strict standards. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

Thank you - I'm not the only one! Yay!!!

Robyn Welling said...

They're an awesome group of ladies, for sure - and it makes me love them that much more to know they have corners of their homes as un-Pinteresty as mine. :) So glad you liked it!

Robyn Welling said...

Perfect - that's exactly what I was going for. Part of me was a little afraid people would be like, "What? My house *does* look like Pinterest!" ;)

Keesha said...

It is going to be sweeping the DSM-V. PIS - Pinterest Inadequacy Syndrome. I feel it daily! Brilliant!

Abby said...

I don't use Pinterest and have never read Craft Fail, but you cracked my ass up with this post. If that was what Pinterest was really about, I might actually consider joining the cult.

Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point said...

I've never trusted Sir Topham Hatt either. Or anyone named Topham for that matter.

fishducky said...

I'd never heard of Craft Fail before, but it was HILARIOUS!! I'll check it regularly now!

Heather - dollarstorecrafts said...

Hee hee, this post is hilarious, Robyn. Not that I'm surprised! You are awesome!

Meredith said...

Fantastic! I can't stop laughing over the PartyPanda being upset about her obviously air-brushed cohort. Waif-like models are the worst.

Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. said...

YES I feel better now! I LOVE that you write for Craft Fail. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have discovered it. Nothing else has come close to soothe my experience of parental ineptitude. :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE this Robyn (and friends)!! Hilarious. And Jessica's comment above about her son pooping on the train table? I die. Pinterest makes me feel so inspired and self-loathing at the same time. And yet, I can not quit pinning. Consider this my official cry for help.

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks - I feel it too! It's both awesome and terrible.

Robyn Welling said...

Unfortunately, this kind of Pinterest wouldn't be very inspirational - although I do wish I could grow even one herb successfully, so it might help me set more realistic goals.

Robyn Welling said...

It's always wise to keep a strictly anti-Topham attitude. He's no good.

Robyn Welling said...

I'm SO glad, Fishducky! You won't be sorry, it's high-larious!

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks, I'm so glad you liked it! :D

Robyn Welling said...

Aren't they? That poor panda looked a little on the undernourished side. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

It's an awesome site overall, and nothing tops it for making yourself feel better (although I've written about a few of my own fails, so I guess maybe I can't say that anymore). ;)

Robyn Welling said...

How does Pinterest manage it? I have the same love/hate relationship with watching Hoarders - and that's just what Pinterest is, it's computer-based idea hoarding.

P.S. one of the things that I love about you is, if Jessica DID take the poop picture, you already have the perfect pin board for it.

Anonymous said...

Laughed at all of these. Too true that between Facebook and Pinterest and lots of craft blogs, it looks like everyone is having a perfect life but me! lol

AudreyN said...

Oh my goodness thanks for all the laughs! Glad I'm not the only one failing at crafts!

Courtney said...

Brilliant! Just brilliant! I could have submitted MANY more. My house is very unPinteresting. (Does that even make sense?)

BadParentingMoments said...

SO hilarious! My absolute favorite part? "In Unison: Shut up, Martha!" Brilliant post!

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms said...

They were all hilarious, but the one that spoke to me were the frames with the manufacturer's pictures in them. I have had a "Girlfriends" frame on my desk for THREE years. My daughter asked me if the women in there were my high school friends or my sorority sisters. I just hung my head in shame and said they were my imaginary friends. :) Ellen

Kim said...

So funny! Very clever.

TNMom said...

The um "mitered" trim cracked me UP! Break over knee....looks like that's exactly what they did! LOL! I hate and don't use Pintrest for this reason, It makes me feel like a bad mom. I will be looking at craft fail and possibly adding to it! Thanks for the laughs Robyn! Devan

Michele said...

I think I have at least 5 places in my house that look just like these pics. I prefer to call them frugal ideas.

another jennifer said...

Nice. Personally, I hate Pinterest.

I tried to make cake pops one time and they came out looking like nipples. That definitely wasn't pin-worthy!

Robyn Welling said...

It's easy to feel that way, isn't it? Rest assured, our lives around here are faaaaaar from perfect. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

Thank YOU for being here to laugh at all our failures - you're not alone in your craft fails, that's for sure!

Robyn Welling said...

It absolutely makes sense - LOVED your pics, and your post today. :)

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks, mama! Poor Martha takes the criticism for over-achievers everywhere, doesn't she? Oh well, she can go sob on her piles of cash.

Robyn Welling said...

Ha! I have such a long history of doing this, I had a frame on display years ago with a picture of a jubilant bride (or a woman posing as one, anyway), and my husband (just a friend at the time) replaced the picture with a postcard reminding me of a dental appointment. It took me almost a year to notice. Sigh.

Robyn Welling said...

Thanks!

Robyn Welling said...

I often gaze at that trim and wonder, "What the hell?" Did they put it up like that, or did it break later? Who knows, but I swear I WILL (probably) fix it someday.

Send me any craft fails you have - I'd LOVE to write them up!

Robyn Welling said...

Exactly! It's still perfect, just a different kind of perfect. RIGHT??? Please say yes.

Robyn Welling said...

I'm laughing just thinking about it! If you took pictures, I'll be your best friend FOREVER if you send them to me. :) I've been on the fence about trying cake pops, but if they're potentially funny, it might push me over the edge.

mare ball said...

Oh my gosh! These are hilarious! Love the cupcakes, and the fancy shoes. Love Martha's comments too. What does she knows?!??

Robyn Welling said...

Right? She just has to be the Everything expert, doesn't she? I had to laugh at myself when I found those flip flops - what am I keeping them for?!?

Jessica Stilwell said...

I would TOTALLY join Pinterest if it was like this!
J

Sparkling said...

I'm pretty sure the mitred trim is my favorite. Followed very closely by the stroller parking.

Robyn Welling said...

We should make our own Pinterest! One where even the least crafty among us could pin away with the smug belief that we might actually make the things we pin someday. ;)

Robyn Welling said...

Unfortunately, it's all realer than real. I have to see that trim every time I go up and down my stairs - and yet, how much can I really complain when it's STILL LIKE THAT after all this time? The worst of it that you know it'll be one of those things we'll have to fix when we're trying to sell the house, and it'll be really easy, and we'll kick ourselves for leaving it all crappy the whole time we lived here. ;)

Marcy said...

Hilarious! I loved the earigami and the toy shelves made from diaper boxes.

Robyn Welling said...

Earigami is one of my faves, too - I'd like the toys shelves more if they weren't mine. ;)

Michelle said...

Hilarious! And the diaper box storage bins, in a word, classy. I'm going to steal that gem of an idea. :0)

Robyn Welling said...

The best part of that storage system is that it's expandable. Not *sturdy* at all, but expandable. :)

Terrye Toombs said...

lol The DIY Princess crown looks like an attempt at a princess pirate. :) all she needs is a swashbuckling sword! And maybe a parrot.

Robyn Welling said...

I agree - and I think I'm going to try talking one of my daughters into being a princess pirate this Halloween!

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