Craft FAIL | Valentine’s Day Crafts

I don’t know why I think I craft CAN because I always craft FAIL. It was only a few days ago I was feeling all proud of myself and, you know, industrious and creative. I even blogged about it.


Well, all my positive crafty feelings are gone now. Just a distant, silly memory.

My inspiration and purpose in craftiness was to create a funky Valentine’s Day craft, which I accomplished sort of. I mean it was still a craft fail but I did learn something. And then posted it.

The Epic Results of my Craft Fail

Unfortunately, through all the crafting I plugged up my sink. Except it didn’t quite connect that said sink was plugged. And then I ran the dishwasher. Deep down I knew something was wrong. And I considered turning off the dishwasher. But then I deemed myself paranoid and stepped out for a couple hours.

Well, we all know where this is going

While I was away my dishwasher backed up and flooded my little galley kitchen a bit. Like, a big puddle. Except this little “mistake” also impacted the person living below me. And now I have to pay.

Thankfully I have insurance, and even though I didn’t know for sure if it would cover utter stupidity, apparently it does. My mistake falls into the “water escape” category, which is good to know just in case there’s a next time.

But it won’t because I will give into my paranoia from now on

When I called my insurance guy to, you know, take responsibility for what happened and learn what I had to do and what will happen next (this is my first time ever using my insurance), he couldn’t stop laughing. In a nice way. I think he was trying to calm me down and also let me know this is a regular situation and this is what insurance is for.

Anyway, so we chatted for a while and once I’m finished reeling from shame and embarrassment I’ve decided I would like to hear the recording of that conversation. Because it must have been really funny, you know, for everyone else but me. I remember uncontrollably sobbing and telling the insurance guy how my strata manager told me I was going to have to pay “big bucks” and I didn’t know what that meant and why do I ever try to do crafts anyway because I’m so bad at them…and unfortunately so much more.

But in the meantime, I’ve also decided I would like to turn this extreme negative craft fail into a positive life lesson.

  1. First of all, I have insurance. And so I will only be responsible for my deductible. It could have been so much worse.
  2. Secondly, I have savings, and well, this is what savings is for.

Except, what if I get even more creative (in a NON-crafty way) and try to raise the $500 by doing random tasks or extra work or by doing certain things I’m afraid of like contacting local businesses to sell my toques or entering writing contests?

Thinking in this way doesn’t make me feel better or anything, but it is a distraction. And perhaps something really amazing can come out of this situation.

Any suggestions?

I don't know why I think I craft CAN because I always craft FAIL. It was only a few days ago I was feeling all proud of myself and creative. Sigh.

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My name is Robyn Roste and I'm a freelance writer in Abbotsford, BC. I help purpose-driven businesses translate their heart message into words so they can create meaningful connections with their customers.