Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Art Imitates Life

Some time ago, back when I was in 7th or 8th grade, I decided to make chocolate brownies. I got out the box of mix and gathered my ingredients. I was very careful, repeatedly checking the directions for proper measurements and instructions.  I poured the batter in the pan and put it in the oven which I had preheated properly. Something didn't look right, too runny. I couldn't put my finger on it.

I called in my older sister and explained the situation. I opened the oven the show her the batter and she asked to see the directions. As I held up the box, insisting I had followed it to the letter, she started to grin. She asked if that was the box of mix I had used. I replied that it was.

She gently pointed out that it was unopened.

Which meant I had completely forgotten to incorporate the dry ingredients.

Which meant it lacked a great degree of substance.

Which explained the runniness and bright color of the batter.

All of which earned me a place in the oral history of the family, a dubious distinction at best.

Why am I sharing this very embarrassing moment with you, gentle readers? Because last night I made this:

As I approached the last ring, I wondered why it was so hard to manage. I looked at the picture and realized my mistake. I had failed to join the six picots that hold the thing together.

Which meant it lacked a great degree of substance.

Which explained the floppiness and sloppy nature of the finished form.

All of which I now share with you, gentle readers, my tat-family.

As I did with the brownies, I went on the finish the star, with a great deal of chuckling and head shaking.

Some things never change.

I have learned that if you can't laugh at yourself, everyone else will laugh at you. I'd just as soon you laugh with me.

If you need me, I'll be making bricks without straw.


  1. Okay, that killed me. (It killed me then, and it killed me again today. In fact, it kills me every time I think about it.)

    xo Older Sister

  2. Enchanting story! Teaching middle schoolers is like this a lot which makes for fun days if you're willing to laugh as you are.
    I will probably chuckle all day over this, thanks!

  3. Love it. Get it. Happens all the time!
    Fox : ))

  4. Been there, done that!! :) You are not alone!! :)

  5. It's all those darn details that are to blame...pesky joins :)

  6. I've been known to tat that way also... can't say that I've had the brownie experience, though! ;-)

  7. PS...I would sure like to know where you got that pattern from..? I would like to try putting a bead in a ring, very soon...!

  8. I had a previous message, but I don't know where it went...that is why I have the PS..darn..!

    I more or less said that for a beginner, you're doing something that I have never done yet, and that is put a bead in the center of a ring..there, now I feel better!

    1. Your comment went to my post about the TIAS, so it didn't completely disappear on you, it's just playing hide and seek.

      How did you know I was trying to put a bead in the center of a ring? I didn't do that on this piece, but was discussing with someone this morning about another piece! A little psychic are you?

  9. Aaaaannnndddd I see another error. There are supposed to be six points on this star. Gah! Dangnabbit!