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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mousey Thrift Store Fix-up

As some of you know, I collect mouse ornaments and figurines.  I found the little guy above at a thrift store for 50 cents!  There was only one problem. The sugar on his spoon was missing, and the spoon was no longer attached properly to the bowl.  But that, of course, didn't stop me from getting him!

When I got home, my first thought was, "What am I going to use for the 'sugar'?"  And for some reason I just couldn't think of anything.  The easiest and most obvious choice seemed to be a piece of cotton ball, but I knew that would look dumb.  So I asked my very smart hubby for help.  I showed it to him, and asked what I could use for sugar.  He looked at for a second, and almost immediately he said, "a packing peanut."  Why didn't I think of that?

So I went to grab a packing peanut.  I'm always getting packages in the mail, so we usually have a large supply!  To attach the spoon back to the top of the sugar bowl, I simply used the hot glue gun.  (I was going to gorilla glue, but it just wasn't working.)  And then I tore off a piece of peanut and used the hot glue to attach it to the spoon.  Very quick and easy!



Here's how it turned out. Very cute! And you can't even tell it's a packing peanut unless you pick it up and look really close. In my opinion, this was 50 cents well spent! So if you're shopping at a yard sale or thrift store, and you find something you like, but it has a minor flaw or break, don't get too disappointed. It just may be an easy fix!

-Jerri

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