Thursday, December 1, 2011

Home For The Holidays: Watch Your Christmas Tree Come Alive... with LIVING STARFISH!



Are you tired of the same old boring Christmas tree decorations? Bored with the balls? Blah with the bells? Done with the dolls, tired of the tinsel, exhausted with the elves, gagged with the garland?

Put those old decorations back under the bed. Let's try something new!

Starfish are symbols of hope and purity. I've been decorating my tree with starfish for years. And what makes my tree so special is, the starfish are still ALIVE! It's a beautiful sight to behold, and even hear. Late at night, the tiny sounds of twitching and bristling can be heard among the branches as the spiney cuties wriggle about in a futile attempt to break free.

First, you must obtain the creatures. I can catch them live, but you may need to visit your local pet store. Buy at least 2 dozen. Once home, run a fishing wire through the top of each one. Careful not to puncture the brain. Hang on branch.

You can do it your own way, of course, the variations are endless. Starfish are gorgeous when lightly glazed with rubber cement, then smattered with a handful of glitter. Acrylic paint works well too, just dab on lightly with a sponge to bring out the beautiful irregularities on the animal's arms. Better yet, douse in glow-in-the-dark paint and watch them light up the tree with their mesmerizing nocturnal "dance" for survival.

Starfish will live approx. 1 week on the tree, more or less. A light misting with salt water in a spray bottle will keep them alive a little longer. Add a shot of espresso to the mix and wow! Watch your salty friends sparkle with vigor.

I love all creatures, great and small. And I love Christmas.

Happy Holidays!
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