The ampersand was on sale the day after Christmas at Hobby Lobby. I love their large letters, but I am not a fan of metallic anything (although I did read that metallic is one of the top trends of 2012...doesn't matter unless it is tarnished silver, I am not a fan.) The snowflakes were three candle holders for $5 at the Goodwill half off sale. I tried to take off the candle holder part because I just liked the snowflake part, but it was welded on there to stay for eternity.
The silver pedestal is a Slavo find for 75 cents. The chunky white candle holders I think came from Hobby Lobby's 66% off clearance aisle a few years back. (Do you hit that aisle first when you go to Hobby Lobby? Thrift Chick and I never shop the front of a store...we head right to the back for the sale racks)
This old church attendance/hymn number sign is one of my favorite purchases as of late and it was a real impulse purchase. Last fall we were checking out of Salvo and I gave one last look back (you know in case I missed some treasure) There it was leaning against a post. I paid three dollars for it and left it in all of it's old shiny varnished state for my fall mantle. I liked the height it had, but just wasn't sure about it overall. Thrift Chick has been after me to put words in it. I gave it a coat of spray paint and sanded it for this display. I like it better, but I think it still needs some work. For this quote I did each letter separately on velum to mimic the old letters churches used. It was very tedious and I am not sure it was worth it...it may have worked just as well to do whole words.
Whenever I am doing these seasonal vignettes, I always worry that they are too crafty...those of you who are a little older remember when we all had tons of homemade craft goodies displayed for every holiday. I don't want to return to those days. However, I do enjoy changing things up every few months.
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