My Favorite Things
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens....brown paper packages tied up with string! I love the phrase "silver white winters that melt into spring" from that ever so popular Sound of Music soundtrack song! As I thought about what to do for my winter display window, I thought about that phrase. I thought about having that phrase put on canvas. I loved the idea, but I knew it had to have a counterpart for my window to be balanced. I needed phrase for the other side. So why not "these are a few of my favorite things."
Script words are the rage on Instagram, Pinterest and in home decor and craft stores right now. These canvases are beautiful with their white lettering and light grey muddled back ground, I love how they turned out! There are better pictures of the canvases further down.
So as I contemplated this window, I thought how fun to actually design it to represent that wonderful winter song! The first obstacle was how to get raindrops on roses. I looked at the roses that have the fake raindrops (which are actually glue drops) and I just didn't like them - yuk. I also felt like someone passing by quickly may not be able to see the tiny drops on the flowers. So here you have raindrops in the form of a chalkboard sign. The large pink rose is again for those that pass by or drive by quickly, it is the pop of color. All the roses are arranged in a galvanized feeder. You can see the feeder on my Living Room coffee table in prior posts.
Another obstacle was how to portray whiskers on kittens. I had this adorable grey velvet stuffed cat pillow that I got in Cape May this past September and the proceeds went to help some local animal charity or shelter. Don't you just love a guilt free purchase! I needed whiskers though. I tried bamboo skewers but they were too heavy. I needed them to be recognizable and large. Then I tried heavy clear thread, they were too droopy. So I settled on these straw like whiskers. I had fun dressing Mr. Cat up with a bling bow tie - because that is my favorite thing - to add that extra special accessory or bling.
The mittens were a little problematic, gloves no problem, but mittens not exactly plentiful out there. I found these light pink ones at a local vintage resale shop for $3! Score! I borrowed the copper kettle. So the last thing was finding boxes to wrap in brown paper that were symmetrical for each side under the canvases.