First, a confession: we have a fake Christmas tree. I fear that a real tree inside the house would be just too much for our crazy little Biscuit to handle, so we keep hauling out the fake one year after year.
I realized yesterday as I put it up that I've had it for 12 years. Since I was 21. Aw. And, WOW. It was my first "real" tree (that is, taller than 2 feet) (I still have that 2 footer though!) and it does look "real," which is why I liked it. And I still like it. But after more than a decade of hard use, it's got some problems.
On the right, you can see what the branch holder is supposed to look like. On the left and front, you see the broken branch holders. What's a crafty girl to do? Fix it, of course! First try: super glue.
(Red arrow shows glue line)
Looking good, right? Yeah. Unfortunately, it didn't hold. On to Plan B.
Or should I say Plan D? For Duct Tape!
Now THAT works! It works so good, why don't we just use a little bit more...
Or, um... a LOT.
I imagine that you are skeptical here, Shayne, about a giant lump of duct tape in the middle of our tree. But never fear! Branches hide:
Let's pull back a bit here...
Now let's put the top branches on the tree and pull back for a full view:
Where's that duct tape nest?
Oh! Here it is:
Problem solved! Stuff a bit of greenery in there and slap a bunch of tree trimmings on it and no one's the wiser! Our tree lives for yet another year!
In other crafty news, I had always intended to make my own tree skirt. Two years ago, I found this beauty on sale and abandoned that plan. Cause I love this one so much!
All right. Now that I'm done fooling around the with tree, it's back to Christmas crafting!