It's all about the Joy of the season.
After decorating the inside of the house, I wanted to find a "cost effective" (free) way to decorate the outside. I started by walking around our little neighborhood and collected fallen tree branches.
I gathered some in a large galvanized basin. Added some berries and rose hips for color, a few lights from the strand I put around the front door. I sat the basin in my antique sleigh (so many wonderful memories brought back by that old sleigh). Oh, wait! I have skates...hmmm. Add some fur to them, replace the laces with ribbon and a little ribbon to decorate them. I added various branches of greenery and Voila!
A few more branches here and there...
The bench was looking a little bare, so I made a sign simply by spelling out "Noel" in driftwood on an old piece of wood. I framed it with scraps (using a small manual hand saw! No more power tools for me!!!)
I added the garden angel my son gave me and a tiny white bird. My watering can with some branches in it, & moss for the angel to rest on.
I found an old weathered board behind our workshop, this time I spelled out "Joy" with some driftwood, a little white rope to hang it and I'm almost done...
For the last little touch of Christmas magic I needed snow!
I sprinkled flour lightly on everything. So pretty!
I enJOYed every minute of it!
Total cost: $0
I hope you enjoyed my photos.
On a different topic, my son organized another charity event on Dec. 7th, with all proceeds to be shared between the Richmond Firefighters Charities & The Richmond Sockeyes Scholarship Fund.
Because money is so tight these days, and I wanted to donate some things for the silent auction, I decided we needed to make some things.
The Three Kings.
Mike did the building & sanding, I did the painting.
We also had parts of a 100 year old door in the workshop, just waiting to be used for something...
We also framed two photographs I took at Finn Slough.
The Fire On Ice Event was a success with over 200 people attending, many great items donated for silent auction,
a fifty/fifty draw, raffles and tickets sold for the pub night.
I am the very proud mother of a wonderful, kind hearted son. There's a lot of JOY in that too!
Wishing you and yours much Joy in this season of giving.
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