It’s the last Monday of the month which means it’s time for the Int’l Bloggers Challenge. This month challenge is a little bit different from the others. We’re exposing some of our epic fails. Gasp!!! Something you don’t see often in a world where information is readily available and all you need to do is go to Pinterest to see pictures of stunning DIY projects and decorating ideas? I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like it’s all a little bit over the top. I’ve seen some beautifully decorated homes and thought, who on earth dusts all that stuff. And all those DIY projects where something that’s perfectly functional has been turned into something that collapses in a heap the minute you’ve finished staging the photo. If you’ve got a minute or two to spare let me tell you the sad story about my epic fail when I decided to make my hubby a man curtain.
Even the name is a little ridiculous, but I that didn’t phase me. I figured it would make it easier to get to the number one spot on google if someone ever decided to type in “man curtain” 😉 And it all started with this contraption here.
That thing is apparently called a Guy Wire Turnbuckle and I have no idea how it ended up in our stash of arbitrary things. Nevertheless it was there, and it looked like a very manly thing. Now I’ve never been one to shy away from playing with manly things so I gathered up a whole bunch of chains and some wire and started thinking about what I could do that would go viral and put our name up there with the other blogging greats. People like Mary, Keri, Katrin and Pili.
That’s when inspiration struck. Why not wire the chains to the turnbuckle to make a manly version of a beaded curtain.
No one’s done that before, right? It would be the perfect décor in a man cave or even garage. I could already see myself walking onto the stage to get my award for turning the world of DIY around. And the best thing about the man curtain was that it could be used for storage too. Just add a few hooks and viola.
And that’s when the epic fail happened. That darn curtain became so heavy it stayed on the wall for all of maybe 3 minutes, before it came crashing down in a heap and taking a whole bunch of hubbies tools with it. It left a dent in the wall on the way down and a crater the size of Mount Vesuvius on the garage floor.
We were lucky to survive the fall with all of our appendages intact. This is a family friendly blog so unfortunately I can’t share the words hubby used. Suffice to say that quite a few hardened criminals would have been proud of my man. That’s the thing about DIY and life in general. Not everything works, but we move on and we learn something valuable in the process, even if it’s just the realization that old limbs can still move really quickly when disaster strikes.
[tweet_box design=”default” float=”none”]When you succeed, move on by sharing. When you fail, move on by learning.[/tweet_box]
I’m glad to say we could salvage some bits and piece, although my pride was in tatters for a few weeks. Those chains went to making a dreamy garden swing and my new found appreciation for gravity helped me figure out how to defy it and make this HOME shelf, our most popular post ever. Well that is until I figure out how to make a light weight man curtain, so I can bask forever in blogging glory 😉
Everyday somewhere, someone is doing something silly that could lead to an epic fail. That’s what makes us human. I honestly believe that failure is something we all need to celebrate instead of hide, so we can learn and grow together. It’s only when you fail that you begin to realize that good things don’t happen overnight and that sharing failure often brings us closer together. Talking about sharing, pop on over to my beautiful friends from the IBC to see of their epic fail.
P.S. If you’re willing I love you to share some of your fails in the comments below so we can all grow together.
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