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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

RIP Zorb.

Yes. It's with great sadness that I tell you that the Zorb pendant took an early exit. I wasn't ready to talk about it just yet. I am seriously heartbroken about it. As in, fighting back tears for the last few days.

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.


It doesn't look that bad in this photo but the fall broke all the paper on the inside and it's torn at both ends. I hoped that maybe we could somehow fix it but it doesn't look good. I guess we are back at square one!

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!

32 comments:

  1. oh sad! i hate when you work on something so long and hard and something like that happens. but when one door closes another opens. or when one fixture falls another goes up.

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  2. So sorry, Jane! I loved reading about it as you and Stephane's mom were making it. Does she know about it yet?
    CC

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  3. Oh, man! What a complete bummer. So much work, and it was so great. I can relate to holding back the tears. But I like your attitude: on to the next. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  4. Aww I'm so sorry that this happened, I can only imagine how frustrating it is! But I'm sure you'll come up with another great idea! :)

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  5. oh, i'm fighting back tears for you. i'm sure you will come up with something equally amazing.

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  6. Oh that stinks! I'm so sorry this happened. I hate when stuff like this happens. Cheer up - you'll come up with something just as cool - I'm sure of it!

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  7. Oh no. Sometimes out of these tragedies comes greatness! You will find the answer!
    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  8. That's terrible news! So sorry to hear that - you didn't even get to enjoy it that long! My guess is that the design could not hold the extra weight. What a shame.

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  9. Oh, no. So sorry. I made one a while ago too and know how much time and effort went into it. Just take your time making another one or how about the big flower light pendant from Ikea instead?

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  10. My thoughts are with you during your loss. :(

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  11. Oh I feel your pain. That is just so sad (and that last photo really is sad). I know you will come up with a good solution.

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  12. Oh Jane. Sooooo sorry to hear that. I loved Zorb and am sad to see it in it's broken state. Thinking of you!

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  13. Oh Jane, I am so sorry to hear, I was hoping she just needed a little TLC. But I have NO doubt you will come up with something else just as beautiful. Poor Zorb, such a short, yet beautiful life.

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  14. What?! I totally thought it's go back up pretty easily! There has to be a way to fix it? I should have asked, I assumed you would have had it back up the next morning! Poor thing! I knew you were really upset :( You'll figure it out though, and I can help brainstorm ideas to get it back up (although I'm sure you and Steph have been racking your brains!)

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  15. That's tragic! Here's to hoping you find a replacement you like even better!

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  16. Oh nooo! All those compliments and adoration must have gone to its head. :( But seriously, why did it have to fall during the party?!

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  17. I feel so bad about your light fixture. It was so beautiful, and obviously a lot of effort went into it. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with something amazing though.

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  18. oh no! so sorry to hear this! I was hoping to make one of these for myself. They look so cool! I may have to think of an alternative.

    Laura
    www.happyroost.blogspot.com

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  19. RIP, Zorb:( But I'm sure you'll come up with something just as fab!

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  20. Awe, that's so sad. I loved your Zorb, and enjoyed your posts about it...

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  21. I'm so sad for you! I loved that light...I'm sure you'll come up with something spectacular!!

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  22. What a bummer! So sorry :( It worked so well in the room, but I know you'll find something else that will be great as well!

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  23. Oh no!!! After so much work!!! And it was super fabulous. That sucks.

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  24. Oh so sad!!! My mini version for my little girls room came down too...and it fell hard! I love that other big round light Ikea has now, the one with the little flowers? That would look good...it's not a diy, unless you consider you have to assemble the whole thing!

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  25. I would've cried...just knowing all time and love you put into it! GAH! But I guess the good side is getting to put up something new (c;

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  26. so sorry about it... it was def a very cute piece... Happy Friday!

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  27. 2600 coffee filters??? OMG- you have so much patience! it looks great, and i like that it's over sized. makes it feel super modern.

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  28. This is the best decorations in the home with Christmas tress and puff ball.This is the best decorations in the living rooms.It look so wonderful.


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  29. Oh Sad Day! I am sure you will find something to fix it or make it better the second time! I have had the same mishaps with some DIYs and I always find a way to make the better the second time around!

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