Here is the story from the beginning, in case you are just tuning in now. Before Christmas, I took on the task of gluing coffee filters to my Ikea ball in the hopes of creating a beautiful puff ball for my large living room. Realizing how much work it was going to be I gave up early on. Stephane's mom was visiting and took the project on, working at it each day until it was finished.
2600 coffee filters, 100 glue sticks and 30 hours later, it was finished. Just in time to be hung up the same day the tree went up. We nicknamed it the Zorb (we sometimes call his mom Zizi, plus orb makes Zorb). It was love at first sight. I smiled every time I went into the room. It quite possibly became my most cherished home decor possession.
So here is how it went down. We had Stephane's birthday party here on Saturday night. The Zorb made for a great topic of conversation and was admired by everyone. Not only because it was pretty and much bigger than most anticipated but because the amount of work is obvious, when you see it in person.
Not long after the party started, it fell. No rhyme or reason for it. It just fell.. out of the blue. (I mean honestly why did it have to happen with everyone there?) I was busy in the kitchen at the time so I was not there to witness. Stephane took me aside and broke the news. I blinked back tears, then, several times that night and over the next few days.
|such a sad looking photo:(|
If I knew for sure it wouldn't happen again, I'd make another in a second. I'd rather not take the chance though. In reality, I think it was just too heavy. My mind is spinning with more DIY lighting ideas!