destroying my IRCC projects is a habit for my son. I thought it was up high enough, but they're climbers and it was sparkly and important to me so they had to have it. I was in the other room fixing dinner and came in to them using it to hit a ball around the living room. One had it and the other had my new parasol I got for Mother's Day at the Renaissance Faire and planned to paint. That's broken too.
So, now there's a long crack in the back of the part that holds the feathers in and it doesn't hold the feathers in so well. After staring at it for quite some time, I've come to the conclusion that if I go ahead and mount the feathers on cardboard or leather or something I can insert it into the fan handle and glue it inside the pocket so there's no functional stress on the handle. I've got a small mirror I had considered attaching to the back of the handle anyway and it should cover the crack. I'd say that's tomorrow's project but I'm still a bit riled up about it so I might wait a day so I don't make it more of a mess than it already is.
As for the parasol, they pulled one of the struts out of one of the ribs. They're bamboo with a small wire pin and they pulled the pin through the bamboo, leaving a groove. I can either push it back in and wood putty the damage or drill a new hole close to the original. That's also going to wait a day.
Just to reassure you, both boys are still alive.