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Most Embarrassing Blog Moments {Mary Kay Giveaway!}

I spend a substantial portion of my time thinking, planning, and meditating on how avoid embarrassing myself. I also spend a fair bit of my time royally embarrassing myself. The paradox in which I live.

But, lucky for you, in honor of my one year blogversary I'm sharing about my blunders this past year in the blogging world! You see, to share about how I embarrass myself in regular everyday life would require a 5 part miniseries entitled, "Avoid everything This Girl Does, and You Will Have a Successful Life". HBO, if you're reading this, I'm open for contract talks.

February: Giveaway Month!
Yes it's true, I'm celebrating my One Year Blogversary for the entire month of February! Woop woop! To thank you for all your lovin' I've partnered up with some fabulous ladies to bring you some uber fabulous giveaways all month long!

Scroll to the end of this post to enter to win 
$30 in Mary Kay goodies!

And, be sure to enter the Freshy Fig Vintage Jewelry giveaway already in progress
This giveaway ends Friday, 2/15 at midnight (PSD). Good luck!

My Own Worst Enemy
Ok, what you really came for. Forget about free stuff, I know what you really want to see are the most mortifying blog moments of your truly.

#1 I was the proud owner of "Cleaver Nest" for 2 whole days
Spelling's not my strong suit.

Which is unfortunate when an eager young blogger logs into Blogger and registers for her very first blog! With nervous anticipation she requested the name she had thought long and hard about, Clever Nest! She hit "enter", and to her delight, the name was available! Oh sweet bliss!! She enthusiastically saved her new blog name, and began setting up her own little space of the blogosphere.

A few days passed.

As the bushy tailed blogger-to-be typed in her shiny new web address, a curious thought struck her. Does my name look a bit funny? she thought. Does it says what I think it says? It does...right??

A quick investigation with spell check revealed the whole horrible truth.

Her beloved blog name was not the witty DIY moniker she believed it to be, Clever Nest. In it's place (to her horror (and shame)) she discovered she was the proud owner of a rather menacing innuendo instead, CLEAVER NEST.

It cut like a knife.

It was like being on a chopping block.

With stabbing pain of mortification she cut to the quick and sliced up that blog at once! I no longer own a blog about cutlery in the home. You can check, I'm pretty sure it's correct!

#2 The time I hung a Turkey butt on my wall

Ok, this moment wasn't so much an honest mistake as it was a serious lapse in objectivity. I wrote about a style dilemma I was having with this painting I found in my parents' garage. I thought it was super! Free art, matched my colors, kind of cool and quirky, what's not to love? But my husband and friends thought, well, that I'd lost my mind.

Not sure who was right, me or them, I took a poll seeing if the rest of you felt the same way, and if you could identify this painting's subject matter. After some confused guesses, here's what one of you had to say,

"I feel really, really bad saying this and I almost didn't comment...but I do not like it. I wish it were a little more weird, then it could be an ironic art statement:0) What is it? It looks like a turkey butt!"Melissa @ No.2 Pencil

Note to self. Whenever the words "turkey butt" are applied to an item in your home, and you have to explain that it's a glass fishbowl and not a featherless bird waving it's fanny in the air like it just don't care, it's not quirky, or cool. Very not cool.

Laughing, I ripped that foul thing down off the wall!! and thanked my lucky stars I have people that will tell me when I've completely taken a detour off the road that we like to call "normal". What are friends for?

#3 Holy Restickable Gluestick, Batman 
When projects I've worked so hard on go so, so wrong my first instinct is to hide it or burn it before anyone can question my ability to carry a crafter's license.

But I made a commitment in the beginning to stay totally and completely real with you, and share the triumphs as well as the sad, ugly fails! And I'm glad I did!

We're all human, and if you can't laugh along with me at my paint chip art debacle, or my leaky hairy sensory bottle, you have never crafted at all.

There's a theme to my flops. I'm usually in a hurry, too gung ho to gather the proper tools, or Andrew is about to wake up from his nap and I've got to get my project off the floor.

Case in point, my attempt at the highly popular paint chip art. All I had on hand was a restickable gluestick, and not much pre planning. I can't explain it much better than I did in this post.
 It's just ugly. It hurts my eyes.

Same goes for my sensory bottle that went bad. And sticky. And hairy... and wet. The trifecta of flop-dom?
Those two posts,  #1 make me laugh, and #2 remind me to get off my high horse, 'cause the gods of crafting can still bop me on the head from time to time if I don't watch it! Read them for yourself and have a good laugh!

#4 My first giveaway garnered a whopping 3 entries, preeety sure by the same gal
I'm still not recovered from this, guys. And I really, reeeally didn't want to talk about it! My very first giveaway had a lot wrong with it. For one I didn't know what I was doing, so my audience was much too narrow. The monetary value was rather low, a whopping $5!, and on top of all that, I didn't know how to promote giveaways very well either.

Put all those factors in a jar, shake 'em up, and what do you get? A giveaway that gets not one, not two, but three whole entries!

*covers face in shame.

I felt bad for my sponsor, and for me. Mostly for me.

Bless you, Daniela, for entering my giveaway! You kept me from putting a paper bag over my laptop and never ever blogging again.

Mary Kay Giveaway!
Speaking of giveaway! I'm sure you'll want to get in on this good stuff. You will. Right, Daniela??
This giveaway brought to you by my friend Kimberli. She is offering all Clever Nest readers $30 in Mary Kay makeup and skin care products, your choice! I use their makeup and skin care products everyday, and have to say I am hooked. Especially their matte wear foundation, which lasts all day, no joke.

There are so many products to chose from, and lots under $30! I love their lipstick and lip gloss. Click on the image to see all the colors!
Happy with the makeup you already have? How about adding some high quality brushes to your arsenal? Click to check them out.

Mix and match! You may get as hooked as I am!

Here's how to enter. Mandatory entry- visit Kimberli's Mary Kay site and leave a comment telling me what you'd get if you won. More entries earned for becoming a GCF follower of Clever Nest, liking Clever Nest on Facebook, and tweeting about this giveaway (you can do it every day)!

Giveaway ends 2/22/13 at midnight PST. Winner will be announced on 2/23 right here on the blog! Come back to see if you won.

                       Visit Kimberli's Mary Kay site here!

Good luck!

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