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AylaM:
Ever messed something up and later became glad that you did?

For me it is a small thing that happened recently, but it still makes me smile.

I am a fish tank addict.   I love fish tanks and fish.  I can waste a lot of time lost in thought staring at my tanks.  I got a new fish tank, a bigger one, that I've placed in my bedroom.  I got it all set up and one of the last installments was a blue LED light feature to run at night.  This feature was attached to the aeration stone.  It didn't stay where I put it, as I hadn't taken much care in securing it.  It dislodged a day or so later.  I was annoyed, but fixing it involved draining some of the tank and using a ladder. I was lazy and it wasn't super obvious from the front of the tank.

That night I went to bed, and as I turned out the bedroom light I noticed that instead of the "night-light" glow that the tank originally had, the LED feature had started projecting onto the ceiling.  It was annoying, and I decided I'd fix it the next day.

Then I looked at it and realize I basically had a "window" perfectly frames by aquarium plants and gravel. And when fish swam by their silhouettes were projected onto the ceiling.  Now I watch my fish as I fall asleep.

Coolest fish tank ever.

 Right now?  My angelfish is hovering in the spotlight.  I love this tank.

What are your happy little accidents?

MiseryLovesYou:
I love the term Happy Accident, I think I first heard it from Bob Ross on the The Joy of Painting.  I have happy accidents with quilting (crafts of all types really) when I run out of one type of material and have to either alter the pattern or incorporate a different material.  I'm always amazed when people are able to follow a quilting pattern exactly and all the colors and seams are just perfect, my quilting is more of the patchwork style for sure. 

My quilts might not be perfect, but each corner seam is triple stitched, which means you can wash them over and over and they never come apart, so there is something to be said for finding your style and not worrying about whether it's perfect to someone else's standard.

WillyNilly:
My DH and i drove from NY to Maine for our honeymoon.  We decided in advance we'd stop at any fun points of interest, but in general its a long drive so we wanted to keep to somewhat of a schedule.  In order to avoid known traffic jam areas, and to be a somewhat straighter line, we had a route planned that didn't keep us simply on 95 the whole way.

Well we missed an exit.  We were still in the correct general direction but not following our mapped out route.  DH was so angry (he doesn't deal with last minute changes, especially errors, well) until he realized our new route, really only about a 20 minute detour all together took us through Lowell, Massachusetts.  Well one of DH's absolute life goals, a bucket list item, was to visit Jack Kerouac's grave in Lowell.

It was an easy detour, and a perfect sunny, brisk but not cold autumn day with some leaves on the trees and some fallen on the still green grass; the cemetery was lovely. It was such a happy accident (well... as "happy" as anything involving a grave visit can be!)

shadowfox79:
Searching for a house for our final year as students, my friends and I went to see a place in a local student area which was landlord-owned (as opposed to university-owned, which was generally better). We'd made an appointment, but when we got there nobody answered the door and the landlord didn't show up.

As we left, annoyed, we were joined by another friend who had been living off-campus for a year. He and his housemates were about to move out - did we want to look at their house? It was exactly the right size, had a much nicer kitchen and living room, was university-owned and had a great security system.

For the rest of the year, everything related to that house had the word "Serendipity" in front of it. We celebrated that night with cocktails we named "Serendipity Dips".

Minmom3:

--- Quote from: MiseryLovesYou on November 14, 2012, 03:08:04 PM ---I love the term Happy Accident, I think I first heard it from Bob Ross on the The Joy of Painting.  I have happy accidents with quilting (crafts of all types really) when I run out of one type of material and have to either alter the pattern or incorporate a different material.  I'm always amazed when people are able to follow a quilting pattern exactly and all the colors and seams are just perfect, my quilting is more of the patchwork style for sure. 

My quilts might not be perfect, but each corner seam is triple stitched, which means you can wash them over and over and they never come apart, so there is something to be said for finding your style and not worrying about whether it's perfect to someone else's standard.

--- End quote ---

That's the thing I LOVE about quilting - there's a style for everybody!  I think that's the coolest thing ever!  And it's so much fun to play with colors and material.  Quilting is a blast.  Even if I do end up to perforated fingers.   ;)

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