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Salvage Operation.

Posted on | December 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

Several years ago I made an awesome and easy wreath to put around a candle as a table centerpiece.

Every year in January I took the wreath off the table and hung it up in the shed for the following Christmas.

Too bad that sometime over the past year, the mice discovered my wreath.  And because they are stupid, they thought the little red berries were real.  I know you think that is harsh and judgmental.  But I stand by it.  If the mice had chewed 1 or 2 berries, discussed the terrible taste amongst themselves, and then decided the berries were fake, I could handle that.  But no.  They chewed the berries on an entire 1/2 of the wreath before realizing their mistake.  WTH?

So I was left with a wreath where 1/2 the berries were chewed down to expose their fake styrofoam insides.

Now anyone else would probably figure they got their use out of it and toss that wreath in the trash.  Honestly, I considered that.  But while I was searching through my Christmas boxes for a possible replacement table centerpiece, I stumbled upon the perfect fix.  In a bag from Michael’s containing marked down Christmas supplies, I found some frosted pine cones.  You know, frosted to look like they are coated with a dusting of snow.


I stuck them in my wreath on the side of chewed berries.  So now the whole thing looks like it’s frosted with snow.

Well, the whole one side of it.  The other side is fine and looks like it did originally.

Which is OK by me.  Because no matter what side of the dining room table you’re sitting on, you can only see one side of the wreath at a time.  Plus, everyone knows snow can drift on just one side of an object, depending on how the wind is blowing.  We just happen to have a southerly wind blowing in the dining room.  That’s natural, people.

Feel free to use this tip in your own household.  I bet they still have some of those frosted pine cones at Michael’s. Or frosted holly leaves.  Or frosted pine branches.  Whatever you need to fix the damage caused by the mice in your shed.

Aren’t you glad you’re a subscriber?  After all, you can’t get these kind of tips from HGTV.  But you can count on me to be keepin’ it real.

Now I need to go set some mouse traps.  Perhaps I’ll use the fake cheese from the kids Mousetrap game…..


9 Responses to “Salvage Operation.”

  1. Lynda
    December 20th, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    You made my day! My kitties did that to my fall wreath with similar orange bittersweet berries on it. Pretending it was snow covered wasn’t an option, so I just cut off the chewed ones.

  2. Ferne K
    December 21st, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Your story was a great way to start the day. Thanks for a good laugh.

  3. Vicky
    December 21st, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Lovin”it as usual. Made me laugh aloud. ‘ bin there

  4. Lin
    December 21st, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Those berries get fragile after a couple of years and I find that mine sort of break apart on their own. So, I’m sorta giving the mice the mulligan here…it might not be them at all.

  5. Jill
    December 22nd, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I bet the mouse version of PETA is sending around some sort of FB petition to get people like you under control.. feeding fake berries to defenseless mice.. for shame, I mean, YAY! I hope they pooped outside your wreathe. Awesome post! Nothing keeps you down for long sista!

  6. Lisa D
    December 22nd, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    At least your mice have the decency to stay outdoors!! Ours move right into the specialized “pest proof insulation section” of our attic! The wreath does indeed look festive and beautiful, but I don’t know if I really want that thing on the same table as my food anymore…. just sayin.

  7. Jodi
    December 26th, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    You are so freak’in funny!

  8. Alex
    January 4th, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    How about using red fingernail polish to cover the berries again? Would that work? Could you bribe a child to paint them?

    Or whatever color fingernail polish you feel would match the rest of the festivities.

  9. admin
    January 4th, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    That’s a brilliant idea! I’m sure I have some red fingernail polish leftover in the cabinet. With my perfume and earrings and other things that have been gathering dust for years now….;)

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