Monday, December 1, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday

We had a busy week last week, as most families in the US. Despite a slowing economy, we were excited to see the lowering cost of gas. We packed up the car with lots of snacks, clothes, and books and headed off to Grandma's. The day after Thanksgiving, my family goes out and picks out Christmas trees. It's always a full day event and lots of fun. So when we got home on Sunday, we put up our tree and started decorating. And then... I started to get frustrated...

Last Christmas we had a four day old baby and after the holiday, I was recovering from my C-section, exhausted and just ready for life to get back to normal. So the ornament packing wasn't as thorough as usual. Add to that a move in the last couple of months ... and you have broken ornaments and a very thrifty Mama trying to salvage them.

So here I am while my husband and Big Boy are decorating the tree, frantically trying to glue ornaments back together with Mod Podge which could only go so far, but it was all I had in the house. Sitting there, waiting, waiting, waiting, and trying to hold them together while they bonded. Yes, I do know I'm crazy to think it would work. But it did save Ariel's face and bust. However, the rest of it...

I'd planned on hitting Walmart in a couple of days, but on a whim, I thought I'd check out the Dollar Tree while I was in there this morning. That's when I saw it, three different types of the glorious invention: Super Glue. I never thought I'd find it there, but I'm so glad I did. I threw a package in my cart and practically ran to the checkout. I had to try it.

Here's my sad little bunch of broken ornaments. Ariel was practically glued from the Mod Podge and it also worked on the flip flops, but nothing else. I later found other ornaments on the tree that needed repair as well.

Big Boy gladly offered to take my picture while working on this project. Not too bad for a 3 year old.

And finally my happily fixed ornaments. I breathed a sigh of relief. It just felt so nice to have this little project done. I hate having things like this just sit around and accumulate, waiting to be completed. I also love having these little miniature memories on our tree. It's like a special scrapbook that only gets opened at Christmas. Just adding to the magic of the season.

And for a thrifty Mama like me... great tackle!

To see what others are tackling this week, check out Tackle it Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Mom.


Anonymous said...

great tackle! :) I swear they have everything at the dollar store these days!

BarbaraLee said...

B/c we are doing a homemade x-mas we are making ours. It should be interesting.

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