Nailed it! A major craft fail…

Yep, I nailed it.  Well, I certainly found something else that I’m not very good at.  It falls in the same category with cooking, I guess.  Anyway, I thought I’d share my tale of woe with you.

You can laugh.  It’s okay.  The hubby and his dad already did.

In fact, they still are…

puzzle nail art

I know I’m a bit on the odd side sometimes, but I just loved the look of these nails!  Polishpedia had a great video tutorial and assured me that this is a simple project that even  a moron could do.

Well, they didn’t use those exact words, but that is what they meant…

The Bad…

diy puzzle nail art fail

The instructions state to paint on the first color and allow it to totally dry before going to the next step.

Easy enough.

Except the silvery white that I used required a few coats.  It was already looking messy.  But I pressed on…

diy puzzle nail art fail

I was supposed to allow it to dry.  And that was the plan, but there were other crafty projects needing my attention.  I have crafty ADHD.  I just can’t sit there and watch nail polish dry!

So I carefully painted a green chicken, and finished another big project.  And I’m thinking I might have messed up my paint job a bit.  Sigh…

diy puzzle nail art fail

No problem.  I touched the paint up, and then waited until the next day when I was sure it was dry to go to the next step.

So exciting!  I clipped a couple pieces of tape and applied them to my nail as shown above.  (Note: it might be best to cut up a bunch of tape before you start). Just saying.

diy puzzle nail art fail

I then painted the areas not covered with tape with a pretty pink.

Somewhere at this point, the dogs needed put out.  So I can’t say that I sat there quietly.

And on the way back from the kitchen, I just may have stopped and answered my phone.

Oh… and there was an email I needed to answer.

diy puzzle nail art fail

I carefully removed the tape before the nail polish had dried.  Hmmmm…..

diy puzzle nail art fail

For the little puzzle piece notches, I was to put a drop of color on the edges of the pieces.  According to the instructions, it would flatten out when dry. So I pressed on.  You never know how a project will turn out if you don’t finish it.  Right?

…and the Ugly!

diy puzzle nail art fail

Ummm…yeah.  They are dry now.  Those little dots?  They feel like braille.  Braille on a sandpaper like surface.


The hubby says not to quit the day job.

diy puzzle nail fail

I think I’ll stick to crafting with toilet paper tubes

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  • Joyce August 12, 2017, 7:20 pm

    Oh so funny. I’ve had similar results so stick to painting one color on my toe nails. They seem to turn out better. By the way, I love your page and all,of the wonderful crafty things.

  • GERT August 12, 2017, 1:46 pm


  • Andrea Kruse July 24, 2014, 12:13 am

    Loved your story. Sorry about the nails though, I have to say if you would have “nailed it” you would have forgotten about it after a while. Now you have a story you can tell and retell. It is epic. #client

    • Susan Myers July 31, 2014, 11:08 pm

      So true! And it does make a decent story. That’s why we call it the Sitcom, I guess! LOL!


  • Susan Kirby July 22, 2014, 11:37 am

    You are such a hoot! This would be me for sure: thanks for saving me the time/shame! I was definitely NOT born with the uber beauty treatments gene. I did read on Pintrest that if you “paint” the skin around your nails with white glue it will keep the polish off. Just peel it off when nails are done. Assuming my ADD doesn’t kick in first and I just rip it off!

  • Penny Owings July 22, 2014, 9:43 am

    Yes! You nailed it! That’s about how mine would turn out too! You’d think as crafters this would be an easy project and come out perfect every time. WRONG! I’ve got the ADHD crafter thing too. Thanks for starting my day off with a good giggle!!!

  • DiEtta July 22, 2014, 9:29 am

    This is the way everyone of my mornings should start……”with an amazing story……that made me laugh so hard!” Ahhhh memories of “nail art,” I have many! Thanks for sharing Suzy… went well with my coffee and morning news. Suzy maybe you should check out this…..just google: How to make Solar Lights out of “canning jars”…….so fun and so so easy! I think you will have fun making them. DiEtta 🙂

  • kidhauler1948 July 22, 2014, 8:44 am

    Thanks for showing us your FAIL,I am sure we have all had a few of those but it is so nice to know others do too even with your expertise. Happy Crafting!!!

  • Amy July 22, 2014, 6:50 am

    Such a good story! Started my day with a good lol 🙂

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