Every once in a while, I'll get an idea that looks great in my head but could go either way after I make it.
One good example is a necklace I made last night with twine and buttons. I was inspired by the blog P.S. I Made This. Its author is always using everyday items to make really cool, trendy-looking things. She's made necklaces with toy soldiers, packing tape, Chinese finger traps and many, many other items.
Pulling out a package of assorted white buttons for the apron I made the other day got me thinking that they might look cool in a necklace. I'd originally purchased the twine for my garden, but I like its texture and natural feel. I've used it in other projects, like making a bow for my wine-cork wreath.
I cut various lengths of twine (long enough to fit around my neck), threaded an assortment of white buttons onto them and tied knots to keep the buttons where I wanted.
(A few tips if you want to try it - find buttons with large holes and string them onto the twine right after you cut it, so it doesn't have time to fluff up. And make sure your strands are long enough that tying knots won't make them too short to pull over your head.)
I was imagining a flowy, natural-looking necklace. And for the most part, I succeeded. It looks OK, I guess, and could be worn with the right outfit. But it's a little bit scratchy, and really just not what I expected.
Has this ever happened to do you? What did you do about it?