CraftFail — The Book!

CraftFail book!

CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong is now on shelves!

Poor Bridgit, who overestimated the size of her head–her homemade frilly lace shower cap came straight down to her chin. And who can blame Lindsey for thinking “glitter shoes” sounded like a cool, easy project instead of what it turned out to be: a puddle of sparkling glop. And really, whoever posted that incredible Spaghetti-Stuffed Garlic Bread on Pinterest should be sued. When Mindy pulled hers from the oven, it looked like a “hot mess of intestines streaming out of doughy flesh.” Mmmm, thank you, Pinterest!

Written by Heather Mann, publisher of CraftFail.com, her hilarious blog with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of followers, CraftFail celebrates the creative process, but from the other side. This is the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome. But once the laughter dies down, it also inspires a warm feel-good respect for crafters who aren’t afraid to fail. After all, even if there’s not a mortal alive except Martha who can make a Waxed Heart worthy of hanging in your window to catch the sun, why shouldn’t many try? When it goes wrong, why shouldn’t the rest of us enjoy this Epic Fail? And then look at all the full-color photos that document it.

Home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails– as one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.

About the Author

Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show “Get a Little Creative.” She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon

 

January 2013:

I’m happy to announce my upcoming CraftFail book to be published by Workman Publishing in 2014! I am so excited to be working with Megan Nicolay (my editor, and author of the amazing Generation T books), and Workman.

About CraftFail:

CraftFail.com  was  founded  in  2009  as  a  blog  where crafters could share their failed craft projects. With the rise of Pinterest, and all those pretty, pretty pictures, CraftFail has taken on the task of juxtaposing the idealized images found online with the realities of basic crafting skills. As a “friendly fail” book, CraftFail will help people showcase their own failed projects so we can all laugh together and celebrate a spirit of creativity with a whole lot of LOLs.

Workman Publishing Company, a medium-sized independent publisher, is the creator of award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and fun, educational children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books. From our What to Expect series and Page-A-Day Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and Gallop!, the one-of-a-kind, moving picture book for kids, our products inspire readers and other publishers alike

How to Submit to CraftFail, the Book

Become famous (or INFAMOUS) by sharing your fail with the world! See your photography and your name in real, actual print. Who knows, this could be the last book ever published…

Note: High resolution photography is essential.  We are looking for photographs of the finished work in all its failing glory, and multiple angles or parts of the process are welcomed.  All images should be the largest size you have. Phone photos are okay, just be sure to send the highest resolution photo. Suggested photo size: minimum 1400×1200.

Submissions: By submitting your craftfail here, you give Craftfail.com non-exclusive permission to post your photos, alter your photos (including adding our watermark and a caption), and use them on our website, marketing materials, or any other media (books, movies, video series, space operas, broadway musicals) we come up with. We will always credit you!

Submit by email at heather at craftfail.com.

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Your Website/Blog (if applicable)

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Upload up to 3 photos of your CraftFail (please send largest photo available)



Describe your fail here: what did you intend to do, what was the outcome, how did it fall short of your expectations? Include a link to your blog where you posted about it, if applicable. Also answer: Was there an inspiration project? If so, what is the URL to that project, or where did you find it?

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*By submitting your craftfail here, you give Craftfail.com non-exclusive permission to post your photos, alter your photos (including adding our watermark and a caption), and use them on our website, marketing materials, or any other media (books, movies, video series, space operas, broadway musicals) we come up with. We will always credit you!