Ode to a ping pong wreath

Do y’all remember my beautiful wreath?

Do you remember when last week I came home to this?? (the hot glue melted a bunch of the balls off):

Then in typical “it’s-supposed-to-be-spring-but-it’s-gonna-snow-2-weekends-in-a-row” style, Kansas City got a little of this:

And did I mention that I have 3 of these?:


Lessons from my ping pong wreath’s short life:

  1. I don’t think my kids or the weather helped my poor wreath out any.
  2. CLEARLY… I used the wrong glue.
  3. One should never, EVER put anything you like between a front door and a storm door.
  4. Oh and, styrofoam breaks easily after being banged against a slamming door a hundred times!

Bummer lessons to learn.

So Saturday morning, the eldest of the little people in my home showed me that my wreath had fallen off the door and was laying here:

After hanging it back up (I refuse to let this wreath die peacefully)….. you couldn’t help but notice this:

Uh yeah…. little problem. But we left ‘er up anyway and by the end of the day she looked like this:



My ping pong wreath has now gone to wreath heaven.

Stupid ping pong wreath.

Better Luck Next time!
Blessing,
Jen

 

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55 comments
  1. Shauna
    Shauna
    April 7, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I am sorry but i did chuckle just a little after reading this post after I cried of course. May it rest in peace. you should have left it up, it looks like an S for your pal Shauna:)!

  2. Lou Cinda
    Lou Cinda
    April 7, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Okay, I have to admit, my heart hurt for you! I know how time consuming this was, but…..I laughed my butt off! This would SO happen to me! Oh, yeah it would! Never say die, leave that puppy up until the bitter end. Just know, she had that one day of beauty and perfectness before…..well, before she fell apart. I can understand this completely because I just recovered from the “painting sidelights black” nightmare!

    God rest her litt yellow soul…..

    Have a great week!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  3. Laretha
    Laretha
    April 7, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Oh my…I am laughing so hard. What is hilarious is the fact that you actually took pictures of it before you picked it up from the front porch…and that you left it up Saturday.

    I think you should listen to Lou Cinda…leave that puppy up! Her comment cracked me up.

    Not laughing at you, just with you. It’s funny now isn’t it?

  4. Laretha
    Laretha
    April 7, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Okay, I know this might be kinda mean, but it’s seriously funny. One of the blogs you follow is having a “Doors to Adore” party about front doors – with wreaths or without.

    Seriously, you must provide this post as a link. You know you must! You have a door to adore…I adored the wreath for a second! 🙂

    Still laughing…

    Here’s the link to their post:
    http://kariandkijsa.blogspot.com/2009/04/doors-to-adore.html

  5. KC Mom
    KC Mom
    April 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Ha! Well…it was pretty…until it fell apart! Too much weight I’m thinking. Those heavy balls on that wreath form. I think you should paint ping pong balls instead of golf balls.

  6. Amber
    Amber
    April 7, 2009 at 11:39 am

    It was such a great idea though! Poor little wreath….

  7. KC Mom
    KC Mom
    April 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Wait a minute…you did use ping pong balls. But I got looking at the pictures againa and I noticed your styro wreath…it might have needed to be the wide kind. Plus…hot glue on styro has never worked well for me…

  8. Stacey
    Stacey
    April 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Oh I’m sorry to laugh a little. That looks like something that would happen to me. It was very pretty before it fell apart!!

  9. KarenHarveyCox
    KarenHarveyCox
    April 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    This was such a great post. We have all had those days, when we try to be creative, but pets, kids and mother nature get in the way. Your idea was brilliant none-the-less. I love how you shared this adventure!!

    Karen

  10. Lazy Mom Leslie
    Lazy Mom Leslie
    April 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The wreath was beautiful in the beginning! I can only imagine how frustrating this was, but I have to admit I was laughing! It was even funnier that you were taking pictures of the progression of the demise of the wreath! Love it!

  11. Vee
    Vee
    April 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Hahahaha! Thanks for the levity! This looks so much like my life all too often. But it really was a sweet little wreath once upon a time.

  12. A Touch of Country
    A Touch of Country
    April 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I am so sorry BUT I just had to chuckle at your poor wreath…split down the middle! lol….It just wasn’t meant to be I guess…sigh….

  13. Screaming Meme
    Screaming Meme
    April 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    You are the cutest thing Ive never seen! You made my morning! 🙂

  14. Janet Cole
    Janet Cole
    April 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Absolutely hilarious! It is so refreshing to see a decorating blog in which not every project is perfect!! This post made my whole day, probably my whole week…thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. Chandy
    Chandy
    April 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    New to your blog, and LOL! Poor wreath you subjected it to a slow and painful also cold death… 😉 Great door though!

  16. Valerie
    Valerie
    April 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Hi neighbor…I just love when I run across a fellow Kansas Citian!

    Your Door to Adore story is absolutely hilarious!

    Now I am off to puruse the rest of your blog!

    Hurry up Spring,
    Valerie

  17. Nancy
    Nancy
    April 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Oh, I had to laugh just a little! 😉 RIP pretty wreath! Nancy

  18. Kim @ Manning Family Tree
    Kim @ Manning Family Tree
    April 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    That was too funny!! I’m still laughing thinking about it. I could just picture it’s final death. Sorry, but way funny!

  19. Ele at abitofpinkheaven
    Ele at abitofpinkheaven
    April 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I’m so sorry for laughing at your “wonderful turned out sad” wreath. Isn’t that the art and craft world, do or die?

  20. 9405018--Pat
    9405018--Pat
    April 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I’m so sorry, for laughing….But I live in South Kansas City and I had the same trouble with my wreath….I had plastic eggs everywhere….Will Spring every get here!!!!!Take Care…Pat H

  21. Shelia
    Shelia
    April 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry about your beautiful wreath. But I have to tell you, your story was funny!
    BE a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  22. CeramiquesDeCherie
    CeramiquesDeCherie
    April 7, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU FOR POSTING THIS! And now I will happily return to my pitiful little back patio that has suffered the harsh mountain winters, with a smile on my face and note to self….all outside beauty is only temporary oh and…no ping pong wreaths. That was sooo cute!
    Cherie

  23. susan
    susan
    April 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    My first visit and I loved it!! Life just happens and that is what makes it so interesting—not nearly so much fun if you had a perfect floral wreath!! Leave it up!

  24. Misti of Studio M Designs
    Misti of Studio M Designs
    April 7, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I like the new look, it’s got STYLE! You are hilarious, girl! Loved your story… That poor wreath. If we say “Bless it’s heart” in true southern fashion, does it make it any better?
    ~Misti

  25. Sweet Caroline
    Sweet Caroline
    April 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, that was a dang funny story. We all have something like that happen. This will be the most memorable wreath…

  26. The Summer Kitchen Interiors
    The Summer Kitchen Interiors
    April 8, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Oh….if there was a winner for this post today – we’d pick you – this, by far, is the most entertaining & funny {sad too!} post!
    Thanks so much for the laughs {it’s nice to know you aren’t the only one….!!}
    Karla & Karrie

  27. Maridith
    Maridith
    April 8, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Okay, I am so glad to know I am not the only one who has creative malfunctions!! That is so funny, I was laughing the whole way through and I am still laughing. Not at you, with you!!! It did look really beautiful when it was one piece!!

  28. Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista
    Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista
    April 8, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Oh no! What a nightmare! It kills me when the wreath falls down…but never would I have imagined such destruction! Bless your little wreath making soul! Thanks for sharing though…what a laugh! 😉
    Ashley

  29. Wagonwife Designs
    Wagonwife Designs
    April 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for showing us the creativity sometimes has its drawbacks. We have all been there, but are not always brave enough to share it. I think we can all laugh with perfect understanding. It looked really great when it was completed-looked family freindly too. Ahhh I remember those days with the door slamming too many times to count. The good news… you get to use your creativity again!

  30. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents
    Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents
    April 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Oh, so sorry! The wreath is/was adorable, tho! And at one point I thought I needed it, as it looked kinda like an “S”, my first initial. Poor wreath!! Cute post!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

  31. Fauxology
    Fauxology
    April 9, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Jennifer – You are a breath of sunshine. Your poor little wreath is living la vida loca up in heaven now. Resting in pieces. 😉

  32. Girly Stuff
    Girly Stuff
    April 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    That one picture was so…the wreath symbol formerly known as Lemon Ball Wreath.

    You had some great times together.

    Try a Raspberry Beret next time!

    And remember…you did more than the rest of us…at least you had a Lemon Ball Wreath!

  33. fabulousfinishes
    fabulousfinishes
    April 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    This wreath turned out so pretty, I admired you in the first post when you were making it, even thought about tackling it myself, if I ever stumbled on ping pong balls.

    This post just crackled me up, even though I’m sorry your wreath disintegrated. I was waiting to see a photo of your kids beaning yellow pingy balls at each other on the front lawn!

    (gotta say, the wreath was even pretty hanging all flop-ish-ly – almost like one planned it that way!)

  34. Kimba
    Kimba
    April 29, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I adore you for posting this! I’m nearly crying from laughing so hard! I WILL be sharing this with my readers.

    Love it!
    Kimba

  35. Melissa @ The Inspired Room
    Melissa @ The Inspired Room
    April 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    {choking from laughter}

  36. Kara
    Kara
    April 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    You are hysterical! I was thinking about making the same wreath, but now I’m glad I waited. I would be so mad if this happened to one of my projects. You have a great attitude!

  37. ~Linds~
    ~Linds~
    May 1, 2009 at 2:31 am

    True Kansas City style!!! I’m a Kansas City Gal myself and the ping pong balls are beginning to fall off my wreath as well. 🙁 Mine is still holding up but I don’t think it’s too far behind yours!

  38. joro
    joro
    May 1, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Your posting brought a much needed chuckle! I thought only things like this happened to me. One thing I learned a few years ago on a craft show is that hot glue is very temperature sensitive. A lot of crafters suggest using tacky glue (long term) together w/ hot glue for the quick bond.

  39. rachel blazer
    rachel blazer
    May 1, 2009 at 3:24 am

    i LOVE that you put it back up- i mean, that’s just awesome. : )

  40. Heather
    Heather
    May 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I feel your pain here! My stars and garters! Your wreath did have a few issues didn’t it? Hopefully it is R.I.P. never to be resurrected – I once threw out a perfectly ghastly wreath that had survived a mini tornado and three seasons on my front door only to find that it had been unearthed from my garbage bin and found it’s way unto my neighbors door – unbelievable! I saw it on our nightly walk with the dog and I couldn’t believe my own eyes, so dragged my husband out to confirm my suspicions! Too funny! The dog enjoyed the extra walk though, so all’s well that ends well!

  41. A.D.
    A.D.
    May 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Too funny! I had my own wreath disaster a number of years ago. I made my most favorite wreath ever one June, then we immediately went away for about four days. When we got back, a pair of birds had built a lovely nest right in the center of my new wreath! And three eggs were already laid! I couldn’t be so mean as to destroy their nest, so we roped off the front porch, sent our visitors around to the back door, and waited for those birds to hatch. Weeks and weeks later, the babies flew off. But by this time my wreath had been completely destroyed. When I took it down to inspect the damage, I saw that a 4th baby had been kicked out of the nest, had died, and was now presently intertwined in the grapevine wreath base. I screeched and made my husband deal with it. I’ve never had another wreath on my front door b/c birds ALWAYS come to build a nest as soon as I try putting one up.

  42. gina
    gina
    May 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    What lovely blog! Found it via The Inspired Room’s post and I’m glad I did. 🙂 It was such a pretty wreath in it’s short life. The house I am moving into has a storm door and I was contemplating just taking it down… but I’m sure it will be handy to have for these New England winters.

  43. Amy Jo
    Amy Jo
    May 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    HA! You are more persistant than I would have been. That’s hilarious!

  44. Traci
    Traci
    May 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you so much for a great laugh! Thanks for sharing the “oops” in your life. It makes us perfectionist all feel a little better when things don’t turn out as planned. I’m going to share this one with my mom, she’ll get such a kick out of it.
    Bless you!

  45. Amy
    Amy
    May 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hysterical! I laughed so hard reading this! May your poor wreath rest in peace…thank you for sharing this story!

  46. Sarah
    Sarah
    May 7, 2009 at 4:14 am

    So sad…poor wreath! I think we can all relate though 🙂

  47. Jancey Craig
    Jancey Craig
    August 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Poor wreath. I did get a laugh out it, made my afternoon. I love how you took a picture after each breakdown.

  48. A
    A
    September 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Doesn’t this wreath look funny or something… I’ve seen ping post look better than this.

  49. Funky Junk Interiors
    Funky Junk Interiors
    October 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    LOL!! The one time when a before picture actually rocks, eh?

    There’s this super annoying remitten rap music pounding from my son’s room right now, and it’s the perfect background to this post… hearing AND seeing insane? Nothin’ like it.

    Wiping funny tears from my eyes again…

    Funky Junk Donna

  50. design_aholic
    design_aholic
    December 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hysterical!!

    I’m so glad you chronicaled a NOT PERFECT craft attempt. God knows I’ve had plenty of those, but I haven’t had the courage to post them yet. LOL

    Merry Christmas!

  51. Denise
    Denise
    January 20, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Coming over from Funky Junk. That is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing. I love a good laugh! 🙂

  52. Popcorn Served Daily
    Popcorn Served Daily
    March 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    And here I was going to make the identical wreath with the surplus of lemons in my back yard! Scratch that idea. Your misery brought a chuckle out of me. Life is rough!

    Lisa

  53. Necel from the Old House in Texas
    Necel from the Old House in Texas
    March 31, 2010 at 2:04 am

    This is the funniest post I’ve read in a long, long time. Thanks for the laugh. I’m sorry the wreath had to die for my entertainment.

  54. Debbie
    Debbie
    April 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    That was one cute wreath, I do not mean to chuckle but I can, because my last project just went to pot too….I made a cute bird feeder and hot glued all these pretty stones to it….today they where all over the ground…so now I need PLAN B, have not come up with it yet!

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