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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
It's actually worse-looking in real life.

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"Put down the glue gun and walk away from the craft table," were the words I heard in my head when I was working on this lovely little gem.

Instead of heeding the warning, I persisted. And, what resulted has to be the ugliest, tackiest piece of ick I've produced in a long time. I contemplated just tossing it and never admitting to making it. Then, I decided to show you all what happens when good people get their hands on glue guns with no real idea what to do next.

The idea started out simple enough: A wine bottle, some Mod Podge and some tissue paper and I'd have a cute little vase in no time. Well, that was just to blah so, I got out some sea glass and my glue gun. What ensued wasn't pretty and so, I share, to let you know that mistakes happen and sometimes all you can do is laugh about it.

Go ahead, laugh. Regretsy would be proud of me for being able to laugh at myself.

-- Joyce

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
A super-simple technique adds a lot of style to this simple-to-make cloth.

This week's pattern, a smocked cloth, actually starts a short series of patterns featuring a new twist on an old technique. I think it looks pretty cool, too.

-- Lara