One thing my mom always had on display every Christmas without fail, was her snow village.
The family would all join forces, and meet up at her place one evening. My brother would generally dig into the crawl space for her special holiday treasures, then unearth box after box, with everyone getting to work.
But without a doubt, the snow village had the most boxes. Every year, we’d carefully unwrap each precious little cottage to create a dreamy little winterscape on mom’s stereo cabinet.
Mom loved the snow village. But when she passed on, I was tempted to take it. But… I had no room. That village was quite an impressive collection!
And perhaps that’s why I was never drawn to collect my own. I simply didn’t have enough flat surface avail.
So when I became the proud owner of this sweet originally hand painted print of a red VW bug carrying a Christmas tree by Craftberry Bush, (isn’t it darling?!) I knew I had to do something special with it.
Every time I glanced at that adorable print, the tree kept speaking to me. What do you need little tree…
And then it hit me. I was about to land my first ever Christmas village… or rather, crate shadow box snow scene! My style.
I rummaged through my stash for the perfect crate. The picture was clipped to a clipboard, then held in place with a screw. Perfect fit, with room to play down below.
What you’ll need
- An outdoor picture you love (you can find the red bug HERE) on a clipboard.
- Fire pit / mason jar lid, battery operated tea light, faux snow and sticks.
- Benches / 2 branch cuts.
- Trees / 2 branch cuts with evergreen sprigs.
- Spray snow.
- Plastic snow.
- Marshmallow roasting / branches and q-tip fuzz.
Cute! But this didn’t feel snowy enough for what I desired.
The crate was waxed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax (so it would be easy to clean), allowed to cure, then sprayed with spray snow.
Heavy on the bottom, graduating to lighter towards the top.
I allowed the snow to completely dry before setting it up.
A battery operated tealight was placed inside the mason jar rim, plastic snow topping it to hide the tea light, then firewood. Then the rest just fell into place.
A little scrap piece of gingham fabric was torn and hung from the tree, garland / scarf style. So cute!
We use to gather around the big ‘ol firepit on the farm growing up. During summer, the entire family would venture over every Sunday and we’d sit on our huge front yard (dandelion filled field really) and gather around for a massive wiener roast.
There is nothing like sitting around a fire. Don’t you think it conjures up conversation like nothing else?
The fire pit really does give off the cutest little flickering glow under the snow!
This little snow scene is nowhere near as grand as my mom’s village, but I’m sure she’d be happy to know all the memories my version brings up. What would your own little memory filled shadow box crate look like?
And now for the really fun part…
Today’s giveaway offers you a very unique shopping experience you are going to LOVE!
Edited to add: This giveaway is now over.
Meet Lucy, of Craftberry Bush!
I’ve known Lucy for a long time. And at long last, we finally got to meet during my Toronto trip to Blogpodium. And I was so thrilled to learn she’s every bit as amazing in person as she is online. Her heart is so beautiful, and anyone that has a chance to run into this girl is blessed indeed.
Lucy has many talents. Her Christmas home tour and photography will leave you spellbound!
But she does something extra special.
She at times offers free desktop calendars on her blog…
But she has an extra special way she shares her love of art.
Genius. So genius!
Today, Lucy has generously offered a lucky reader a $100 shopping spree from her store!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATS TO #178 SHERRI! YOU HAVE BEEN EMAILED! 🙂
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Giveaway will be randomly drawn on Dec 18th, midnight EST. The winner will be published on this post, so please check back. Winner will also be emailed and given one week to respond with full shipping address. You must be over the age of 18 to enter and have a valid email. Offer good in the USA and Canada. Void where prohibited.
Disclosure / I was not compensated for this post. Lucy generously offered her talented gifts for you to enjoy! Thank-you, Lucy!
Good luck! And be sure to return for tomorrow… it’s gonna be a gutsy, scary and exciting COOL ONE many of you have waited a long looong time for. Cya then!