12.29.2012

Don't Laugh

I know we are through looking at Christmas, but I thought I would share this failed project.
Now you have to promise not to laugh. You know I am not a crafty one. Oh, how I admire those of you who can whip out one crafty project after another, but not me. No, I will never be Martha Stewart....sigh.

When I saw these bay leaf trees at Pottery Barn I really wanted to buy a couple, but at $89.95 it wasn't happening and that's just for one large one. Shirley from Housepitality Designs was with me and she said, " oh you can make those." Um, no, Shirley I am not crafty. Remember? Then I got to thinking about it and thought how hard could it be?

Buy two cones and glue some bay leaves on. Right??

So I bought my cones and they weren't exactly cheap. Only ones I could find were $18 each. Oh, well better than $89. Then I had to get bay leaves and lots of them. So I googled bay leaves and found a restaurant website and order two bottles of them.

That's right go ahead and laugh. I know you are! These are not the right kind of bay leaves. I needed fresh ones. Yes, I hear you laughing. So now I am stuck with two huge bottles of bay leaves and two very tall cones.

 I saw these for sale on PB's site and thought I would save you some money. Don't pay $14.50 for this twig vase filler. Just spray paint some pretzels. I will keep this on file for next year. Oh, and I will do something with the cones, too eventually.

Anyone need bay leaves??



67 comments:

  1. I would still try to use them. I just want to have my hands on them now to try ;)

    I'm not very good at giving up...even when I tried to make a feather tree and had them stuck to my clothes and hair...major fail.

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  2. Im proud of u for at least trying! Couldnt u use the leaves and just spray them? What do I know.

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  3. Very funny, but not out of the ordinary in the world of ,"Oh, I can ake that myself."

    I'm getting ready to glue oyster shells to a mirror and not sure I want to start. You get an A+ for boldness!

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  4. I did laugh, only because I am not a crafter and could see myself stuck with all of those bay leaves! Did you Google fresh herbs? I get my lavender and dried hydrangeas from Ebay, they might have them.

    Happy New Year, Kim!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. Plant a bay leaf tree; I don't think you can kill those things!
    Nancy

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  6. Ha Ha!!! This is a great post. And WOW, thats a lot of bay leaves!!! :-)

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  7. Do you have a Sams by you? You can get the bay leaves for that project there! Happy crafting to you!

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  8. Kim, why can't you soak the bay leave in water to rehydrate them and use straight pins to put them on the cones. They will dry again on their own, curl up, and you can flock them like the Pottery Barn ones. I think it would work. I would give it a try anyway.

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  9. Kim, I just sent you an email...let me know what you think : )

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  10. Sorry- I am laughing! I see lots of spaghetti sauce with bay leaves in your future- xo Diana

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  11. OK, this IS kinda funny. But, I would try using the dried leaves. The ones on the PB picture look dried???? XO, Pinky

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  12. Thanks for the laugh, Kim. It must have been frustrating, but you turned it into something to make everyone smile - and you'll make good use of everything somewhere down the line.

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  13. I'm not crafty either Kim. I would try spraying them and adding some glitter. If they look good you'll have two trees to look forward to next Christmas:)

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  14. Thinking you bought the cone at Micheals? I was looking a cone also and almost choked at the price. I then found the same ones at AC Moore for 9.00 (if I remember correcly)

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  15. I cant believe it. I thought I was the only one with filled boxes and closets of unused craft ideas!( well okay a WHOLE RENTED STORAGE FACILITY)
    I think I would also try to use those dried bay leaves. If you got those whole reinforcements (the ones from the 60's) and licked them then stuck them on the bay leaves with just a little open room at the top you could use a pearl head pin to stick it in the cone. Now you know why I have so much useless stuff stored. Either that or start making hungarian goulash. ha. Happy New Year.

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  16. There are always craft fails!! I love those PB trees - I saw an easy tutorial on how to make them over on Craftberry Bush with cereal boxes. They looked really pretty! This is a nice project since it can be nice winter decor too! Good luck with finding something to do with the bay leaves!:)

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  17. Thank you for the laughs tonight, Kim. :-) Do not feel bad... there has been many a failed craft project at my house and may I say even a couple wreath attempts that got shoved underneath the bed? Oh, and those six small napkins I sewed for my Christmas dinner? Yes, they took me TWO hours to sew. :-) By the time I finished, I was laughing at all the mistakes I had made. :-) Have a wonderful evening!

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  18. Time for a HUGE pot of homemade spaghetti! We've all been there!!! XO, Aimee

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  19. Gosh Kim, that sounds like some of the way my craft projects turned out. I just checked Google to see if there were any craft projects using dried bay leaves and saw this blog:
    http://www.sandandsisal.com/2011/12/bay-leaf-trees.html
    This gal used dried ones to make the tree. Don't know is this helps or not. Hers look small-ish.
    I like the vase filler, but I thought they were little nails at first. Great idea to spray paint pretzels.

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  20. Bay leaves are great in almost ANY soup you make too.

    And make up little Happy New Year cellophane giftie bags and give to your neighbors, maybe tied to a decent bottle of red wine - it will be a great gift and generous sweet way to get rid of your bay leaves.

    OR maybe just bag them in smaller amounts and sell them on etsy???? People sell all sorts of things live on etsy.

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  21. Funny, Kim! I wouldn't have known either! Could you use the bay leaves for layered garlands(like you see hung on the front of fireplaces), or I wonder if those have to be fresh, too?

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  22. Sorry it didn't work out as planned, but it did make for a cute story! Happy New Year, Kim!

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  23. You made me laugh Kim! Pretty sure we have all been there.

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  24. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I love the trees and I saw those twig fillers also and was wondering how to make them, I had thought about cutting up wooden skewers.

    Hope you have a great New Year.

    Lee :)

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  25. Well, I guess you can make lots of soup with the bay leaves. Will they freeze? Maybe give them to a homeless shelter. They use lots of soup.
    Brenda

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  26. Oh Kim....I am so glad you shared! Got a little giggle and felt better about all my epic fails :) Loved the pretzels. The up side is you got an unexpected blog post! Happy Holidays.

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  27. That last pic looks like the hurricane is filled with gold painted nails. I think you'd probably be fine sticking with crafts that have specific instructions with them. That's the best way for me to work. I know what you mean about not being too crafty. I have to be in the mood and have lots of patience if I am to be successful. Oh, and kindergarten level instructions help!

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  28. Oh Kim!! I must confess... I did laugh. Sorry, but it was not at you... no I was laughing 'cuz that is a typical Gee thing to do. No, really. I am in awe at some of the crafters in Blogland.
    I mean, I paint. Yup, and I design... but craft... hmmm.. I have had many an accident with a glue gun. OOhh yeah... I laugh at myself :-)
    I still do try though..
    Cheers, Gee

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  29. I would never laugh! Good for you for giving it a go. That was an ambitious project. You can always use the cones, how about a feather tree for V-Day? And you could whip up some mean sauce with all those Bay leaves ;) Maybe a big dinner party is in your future!

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  30. Wow that is a lot of bay leaves! You can use some of the in homemade Christmas scent, with lime, lemon, cinnamon sticks and cloves...the recipe was on Stone Gable this year...love the smell and I think the bay leaves make all the difference! Good luck thinking of something for the other 80% of them! :)

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  31. Funny story Kim! I got cardboard cones in the craft store...$2.49 for 18 inches. They work better than Styrofoam for glue guns. You can make garlands with your dried bay leaves. Use a needle and fishing line or any unbreakable thread. Add as many leaves as you want and any small fruit like lady apples and kumquats.

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  32. Funny story Kim! I got cardboard cones in the craft store...$2.49 for 18 inches. They work better than Styrofoam for glue guns. You can make garlands with your dried bay leaves. Use a needle and fishing line or any unbreakable thread. Add as many leaves as you want and any small fruit like lady apples and kumquats.

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  33. I made eggnog scones this week and they were a major fail. They didn't make it on the blog. I have a fail regularly. Happy New Year!
    Sherry

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  34. been there done that, well, not exactly, but you know what I mean. I love knowing I'm not alone!

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  35. Oh, you must look at what SandandSisal did with the exact same bay leaves and cones that you bought. Here's the link to her blog. http://www.sandandsisal.com/2011/12/bay-leaf-trees.html

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  36. This made me giggle so much! I have SO been there! I can just see you searching pinterest for all of the recipes you can find with bay leaves. :)

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  37. I think I have more craft fails than successes so don't feel bad. Oh, and I bet you could throw all those bay leaves on Mr. Savvy's compost pile. I know it would make for some expensive compost but it beats just throwing them away.

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you lots of joy, happiness and good health!

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  38. I think I have more craft fails than successes so don't feel bad. Oh, and I bet you could throw all those bay leaves on Mr. Savvy's compost pile. I know it would make for some expensive compost but it beats just throwing them away.

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you lots of joy, happiness and good health!

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  39. Bless your heart! I didn't see anything wrong with the bay leaves until you revealed they wouldn't work! I think you get some serious kuddos for effort! :) ~Happy New Year!

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  40. Je n'ai pas ri du tout !! seulement admiré votre belle création... Même si Noël est terminé je crois que je vais essayer de faire un sapin avec les feuilles fraîches de laurier de mon jardin. Dans l'atelier j'en avais mis dans une coupelle... Cela éloigne les mîtes disait ma grand-mère...

    Gros bisous à vous et encore tous mes voeux pour 2013.

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  41. Now, that was funny!!!! We've all been there before!!! And since when did those cones get that expensive???? Try the paper mache ones.....

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  42. Sorry, Kim. I just had to laugh a little bit. But take heart, I bet you've never pinched your boob with shear handles cutting cardboard? Have you? See my tutorial on wreath making. So the loss of a few bay leaves isn't so bad. And I have to agree with one of your other comments. I bet you could soak them in water to make then pliable again..Happy New Year..Judy

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  43. Don't feel so bad, I know there are many of us who have said, Oh I can make that for cheaper and then it turns out nothing like the picture. Not saying that I want you to go out and pay the full price, just don't give up.

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  44. Thanks for the laugh. I think you are now going to become an Italian chef. See, it's just taken you down a new road :)
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  45. Oh, I'm so glad I started with your post this morning! A laugh is a great way to start the day. :) Don't feel badly Kim, you're in good company. And one of these days you'll figure out something really amazing to do with all of those bay leaves, and then we'll all be ordering giant containers full of them. So glad you shared this one. Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  46. I am quite sorry, but I laughed :)

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  47. I think you gave it a good shot, and I didn't laugh, maybe smirked briefly, but hey, I've done plenty of stupid stuff! I ADORE the silver pretzels, and that's where I did laugh, Pottery Barn gets away with highway robbery on some of their vase fillers! When I saw wine corks one day I couldn't believe it! Who has to buy wine corks!!!
    Jenna

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  48. Kim,

    This was a funny story, it is good to know that things happen to you too.

    Cynthia

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  49. Soup, spaghetti sauce, so much cooking you can do.
    Great story.

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  50. Glad you took a chance. Love the pretzels! But the real question is, How was the Movie? I have never seen any version of Les Mis, ever... Probably the only one in the world not to have ever seen it, but I do want to. Waiting for your review....

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  51. This is a fantastic post. Sometimes buying is actually the only way to go! Maybe you will see these at your outlet...Happy New Year Kim!

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  52. Cute, cute, cute. I am not thrifty either. Love the pretzel idea. Hugs, Marty

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  53. I'm not laughing ;-) .Well you gave it a try right!I am sure you will find something to do with those cones.Maybe google recipes and see if you can find something for dried bay leaves.I do like the pretzel idea!
    xx
    Anne

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  54. I'm not laughing, I'm not laughing, ok I'm laughing! Not at you because you say you are not a crafty person. I know better, you do plenty! I'm laughing because I'm not a crafts DIY person and I've been there done this too. Probably ended up spending more than the cost of the item I was hoping to copy. Sigh, live and learn. I love your pretzel idea and I'll sure try that!
    Happy New Year Kim.........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  55. At least you tried!! I've had a few of those cones for years and I'm thinking next year I'll wrap them in the 100% cotton stuffing (kind of a brownish color) or upholstery stuffing for a primitive look. Then I'll wrap some rusty wire around them and put some rusty bells on it. I think that will work for a prim/farm look. Hope you find a use for yours as they were expensive!
    Happy New Year!

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  56. I didn't laugh but probabl because I'm not in a laughing mood anyway. I would give it a try with those - the fresh ones just dry up anyway. Hot glue them on carefully and then give the whole thing a good dousing with some spray glitter!

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  57. Hey, at least you were up to the challenge! I love those trees also...but that is kind of steep! I didn't laugh Kim because I'm not much of a crafter either...

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  58. I had to take a second look I thought the twig filler was small nails.

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  59. I had to take a second look at that filler. I thought it was.made of small picture hanging nails

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  60. Oh my!!!...You are too funny!!!...Well it really did look like an easy project!!..You know I am right along side you..."Martha" is certainly not my middle name...but I am determined....save those bay leaves and we shall make those trees..!!!...

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  61. I'm not crafty either, so I've learned to not even go there. ;-)
    Love the idea of the painted pretzels. Will need to remember that one.
    I spent the afternoon putting away all the Christmas decorations. Ready for a new year. Have a Happy New Year's Eve.......Sarah

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  62. I'm not a "crafter" either!
    I just build and sew--and count my blessings for that! ; D
    Catherine

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  63. Well, at least you tried something new! I attempted a sheet music wreath this Christmas. One of those huge ones where you roll the pages into cones. I ran out of paper when I was almost completely done with the project. I bought more vintage sheet music that was too light and it got all squisehd and ruined at the end. By the end of the whole project I had hot glue everywhere and taped pieces showing all over the place. What a waste of old sheet music! Epic fail! :) ~ Jamie

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  64. I think I will host a recipe round up in your honor. I will ask everyone to send you a bean soup recipe, which is about the only thing I use bay leaves in. I use two leaves per batch, so I figure you have enough leaves to last you through several hundred pots of bean soup.

    Bliss

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  65. That is too funny. Good idea on the pretzel spray painting.

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  66. Maybe someone already gave you this link, but this woman made really cute trees using dried bay leaves.
    http://www.myloveofstyle.com/2012/12/06/pottery-barn-inspired-bay-leaf-tree/

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  67. hahaha - that's so funny - gosh, I hate it when things don't turn out. But you get credit for trying! I saw those twigs too and the pretzels are a great substitute!

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