I Committed a Pinstrosity

Have you heard of Pinstrosity? It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious.

We’ve all had that one craft project or recipe that failed. Miserably. This is a website that features peoples failed DIY-wreckapalooza projects when everything goes wrong.

It happens to the best of us, especially if you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-glue-gun-pants DIYer like me.

It happened a few months ago. I was trying to be productive – my only goal for the evening was to stay away from the television and that time-sucking giant wormhole called the internet. Simple quest, right?

I briefly thought about sanding down my desk and refinishing it. “No, no no,” I thought. That’s one thing that actually doesn’t need to be worked on around here. No sir. The desk stays the way it is.

So I decided I was going to practice my lettering. I’ve always admired beautiful typography (hello, graphic designer here) and want to take the time to learn more.

So I got out my fancy tips and bottle of ink. And immediately proceed to spill it everywhere.

I don’t even know what happened. Oh yes, actually, I do know what happened. I got it EVERYWHERE.

Exhibit A:
All over my desk. My desk that, 10 minutes prior, I had declared perfection and in no need of work. This was the best I could do to clean it up.


Exhibit B:
All over the inside drawer and the contents inside.

Goodbye craft supplies drenched in black India Ink.


Exhibit C:
All over me. My hands? Black.

My favorite jeans? HUGE ink stain.


Exhibit D:
This was the worst one. The carpet. The cream carpet.

There is now a medium pepperoni pizza sized black schmear all over my carpet.


For the last six months I’ve been living with it. I can’t wait until spring to take that desk outside and sand her down!!

I guess you need to be careful what you wish for?

I know I’m not alone! What’s your recent crafty/DIY/cooking mix-up been?



17 thoughts on “I Committed a Pinstrosity

  1. I think Pinstrosity is a great way to see beauty on mistakes 🙂 I would like to try that one with my illustrations that has gone wrong, it would be laughable but lovable :)) And your calligraphy is really good, i wish i could do something like yours :))

  2. I spent hours decorating some mugs that I thought were dishwasher safe — turns out they weren’t! Things always look easier on Pinterest (:

  3. Oh No! Your poor desk 😦
    My recent fails include purple pot of glitter tipped upside down on my cream rug! This was cleared up straight away but i am constantly finding it everywhere.
    My next was a baking disaster, I made a perfect chocolate fondant type covering for a cake then dropped a freezing cold can of redbull accidentally into the bowl! The whole think was solid in seconds disaster. Lol all the best and love your post! X x

  4. I am re-purposing old vintage suitcases to make them into a nightstand for my room. Tons of storage, and an awesome look! First, since they are so old, I had to rip all the insides out. The old school hanger racks for pants, the weird flappy pockets, etc. One of the metal pieces cuts my finger open. Then, I burn myself with the hot glue gun. And to top that all off, I stapled part of my finger when stapling the new fabric in! That was only the first suitcase… kind of nervous to go on!

  5. Oh I know just want you mean….. I work with indea ink everyday, and I can NOT believe I’ve never spilled it! But I have had a few escapades with oil paint, watercolor, flour, sugar, soap, shampoo, coffee, and pretty much anything else that can spill. It’s just a matter of time…


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