The Mister and I were strolling through an antique store over two years ago and the potential findings were pretty bleak. The pickings had already been picked - and we were finding nothing. We were towards the end of the huge store when I looked up towards the ceiling - and what did I see?
A big ole Paragon Tree Pak from back in the day - complete with tree topper and ornament hooks! You should have seen the store's lights bouncing off of those ornaments! Glory day! I started squeal-speaking in the sort of incoherent gasping gibberish that is only reserved for the "oh my god, I have never seen this in my life!" kind of finds. Mister Kitsch had kept walking but after hearing the ruckus, stepped back (probably in deep trepidation) to see what I was making such a fuss over.
The sad part was that it was just after Christmas and I was dead broke - and this thing was remarkably out of my usual price range for "fun" items. I don't remember exactly what all ensued but I do recall making all sorts of deals with the Mister about how I'd pay our bank account back if he'd let me get it. A few minutes later, a store clerk was climbing up high into the rafters and bringing it down. I remember hiding my face with my hands as she did, completely terrified that those ornaments were going to spring out of their packaging, straight to their deaths on the concrete floor.
Luckily, the whole shebang came down and out of the store intact. But that was two years ago. Since then, it's been hidden away in a closet. We finally got off of our duffs a couple of weekends ago and started the process towards getting it on display. We figured that a glass shadowbox would be the best option and off we went! Well, off the Mister went! I don't claim to be able to cut a straight line with anything so it was he who used the power tools.
Luckily, the place where he works has a complete shop so we were able to go there and use all of the equipment. I went with him to cheer him on and to oversee the process (which I'm quite good at).
Here he is cutting the notches for the glass to sit into in the frame.
Here is the Mister many steps later.
The box has been completed and he is now measuring things up for the glass.
While he was slaving away, I made this intro board in case we ever decided to give him his own feature on Ranch Dressing.
...which he says will never happen because he hates when I show him on the internet.