I usually just kind of think of these type of project 'disasters' as a learning experience for myself and the students. I think the need to explore and try out new ideas is part of the teaching/learning process. Otherwise we tend to rely on the old standbys and eventually fall into a rut. Even my old standby (The Face Card Observation) changes somewhat most every year. I've done this particular project since way back in my middle school teaching days in the 70's.