I’ve always wanted snowshoes to decorate with. As in, EVERY. SINGLE. WINTER. I just haven’t landed any in my area. I’m not near any antique stores so this dream just never came to pass.
Until this year.
I knew I wanted this year’s Christmas theme to be forest-like… and boy would snowshoes be perfect. My thoughts were actually driving me a little crazy.
And then I got an email.
Long time reader and friend Sandy has actually been to my place before, dropping off some old junk HERE!
And it just so happed that she had some snowshoes that she didn’t have a use for and asked if I wanted them before she got rid of them!
WHAT. IN. THE. WORLD?!
So I teamed up with her husband Colin and daughter Ginette that drove for HOURS to attend an event out my way. We met up in town and I was all too happy to take those pesky things off their hands… 😀
But they didn’t just give me two. I was handed FOUR.
Oh my goodness…
Where are the pictures of this exchange again? Bad, bad blogger forgot. I was too excited about the dang snowshoes.
Oh, and then Sandy mentioned to me, “You can sell the ones you don’t want…”
Yeah, NO. I’ve waited too many years for these to go anywhere, plus they are all being used! More on that soon…
I just adore them all. So thank-you dear Sandy for thinking of little ‘ol me. You have NO idea what a perfect Christmas gift this was to me!
Now about that sign…
If you’ve already read Christmas Miracle #1 post HERE, you’ll already know the story about my beloved General Store sign I’ve procrastinated making for 2 years.
Well, this appears to be the year to make all dreams come true, because if you get two miracles, you may as well combine them together…
Hello there snowshoes in a forest Christmas kitchen windows with my beloved 2 year dream sign!
Festive, and all about nature. The forest to be exact.
But first, would you just look at that beautiful beast all stunning in that window?!
Pretty pretty pretty! I love the shape and texture and story behind snowshoes. There’s nothing not to love.
And the snowshoe even hides the outlet behind it too! Total bonus.
How I find free evergreen branches
Right after a big windstorm, I head over to my favorite strip of country road to gather up evergreen branches along the side of the road.
I do this every year if not more than once. I’ve gone 3 times so far! It’s the best way to get evergreen branches for free, plus you’re actually helping cleanup the neighbourhood as well.
I promise to make a video of the dead trees I picked up… oh goodness… you will die. Coming soon.
How the valance was made
First up, the sign was centred over the windows.
I then inserted screws to the sign to hang branches from.
The branches were positioned to resemble a garland of sorts. They both had weird kinks in them with super right angles so it worked out really well!
And of course, little Christmas trees finish the story off right.
And to the right is a little red and black Buffalo Checked wooden Christmas tree tucked into a crate to hold pens by the phone.
I didn’t document this process for the blog post, however you can click the short video below to view.
(Black and white trees gifted to me by The Little Green Bean)
Click above to learn how to make the Buffalo Checked trees.
Ahhh. I love it!
Merry Christmas to me… x 2!
So… why General Store and why a 2 year wait you ask?
You can read that whole story and learn how to make the sign HERE
General Store is a new stencil design from HERE
It includes a super cool wax aging technique that turned out really cool!