The collection of broken things in my home has finally became untenable. Their presence has been nagging me more than a mother nags her child to finish the summer reading books. They had to be fixed, recycled or thrown away. The last alternative gives me great pain because I abhor the idea of making one more unnecessary contribution to the landfill and/or re-purchasing a broken piece. At The Gracious Posse, we like to Think Pink and Live Green because more money saved Living Green (and being kind to Mother Earth) means the more we have for all things Pink.
Last week I embarked on a mission that is best described in the good old southern way,
I’m fixin’ to fix something.
The Easy Fixes
Some of my targets were going to be easy; it was just a matter of time, focus and glue to make it happen.
My daughter’s lighted make-up mirror had come off its pedestal, and the wires had pulled out.
It languished in the basement in the land of broken things. I couldn’t resist trying to rescue it. Using a tiny flat-head screw driver and holding the two parts just so, I pushed the wires back into the pedestal and support arms. It was challenging to not strip the protective casings off the wires. Then I screwed the mirror part onto the pedestal, took a deep breath, and presto! Very gratifying indeed, and now it’s mine.
My favorite water bottle nearly got the best of me. The glass piece in the lid had fallen out, along with the silicone gasket that held it in place.
I couldn’t get the gasket and glass to fit back together. First I tried product E6000, but it wasn’t a waterproof material, and the lid fell out again. Then I purchased the Premium Silicone Glue. Instead of using the gasket, I applied the glue to the inside of the lid, placing the glass on top and squishing the glue to the edges. The dried glue now acts as a gasket for the glass piece. Not perfect, but good enough.
Saving a Family Heirloom
The biggest challenge was the most satisfying. Many years ago I opened my husband’s leather box, an heirloom from his paternal grandfather, and the mosaic inlaid marble decoration fell to the floor, shattering into what seemed to be a gazillion pieces. I was devastated because I knew he cherished this box. Immediately I swept the pieces into a plastic bag and stored it for safe-keeping until that someday came along when I felt I could tackle the real-life jigsaw puzzle.
What worried me the most was whether I had collected all of the broken pieces from the get-go. In less than 30 minutes, I had reassembled the mosaic. Shocked doesn’t begin to describe what I felt. Quickly I took a picture to preserve the solution, then I re-glued the image a few pieces at a time. After all were in place again, I brushed a light coat of Mod Podge (matte) on top, pressing into the cracks to provide a better seal.
Short of buying him that coveted sports car, this was at the top of the list of awesome things I could do for him.
Not Meant to Be
Unfortunately I was not completely successful on Mend-It Monday. My favorite tortoise shell readers could not be saved; the hinge broke away from the frame, and no amount of super glue could save them.
Enough of me, what about you? What’s on your Mend-It Monday docket?