Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Dreams and Wishes

This December, I got to realize a lifelong dream to be a window dresser when Kathy Downing, owner of Downing's Do It Best Hardware store in downtown Yellow Springs, gave me the chance to create a holiday display in her front store window.

Inspired by the annual car trips my family took into Chicago at Christmas time to look at the elaborate mechanical window displays at Marshall Fields and other department stores, I set to work using recycled and repurposed items along with a wonderful selection of miniature stores and houses provided by Kathy. Starting the week of Thanksgiving, I gradually added more and more items to the window to create the illusion of an impending winter snowstorm. If you look carefully, you will see a tribute to two local artists and yarnbombers, Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon.

Thank you, Kathy, for allowing me the opportunity to work in such a unique venue and discover the magic of Extra Glittery Tulle. Happy New Year to my sweet village of Yellow Springs, OH. May we all realize our dreams and wishes in the New Year.