I’ve mentioned it once or twice here before, I think, but not only does my neighbor Ken do all of my furniture fixes, but he also snow blows our driveway for us.
Honestly, I have no idea how I got so lucky to have such an amazing neighbor. Clearly I did something pretty darn fantastic in a previous life.
Ken is generally pretty camera shy. He does not want to be famous (as if writing about him on my blog would make him anywhere near famous). But I think I’m safe with this shot of him in action …
He has a pretty heavy duty snowblower. He can get our whole driveway in just three or four passes. He often goes across the street and gets nnK’s driveway as well.
Mr. Q and I always make a point of thanking him profusely, and Ken always underplays it and says it’s nothing. But it really is something to have a neighbor who just does this for you. So I try to get him a ‘thank you’ gift each year. This year I put together a hot cocoa bar so he can go inside and warm up from the inside out when he finishes all of that snow blowing.
I started with a galvanized box that I purchased at a garage sale some time ago.
I taped off a rectangle on the front of the box and painted it with black chalk board paint. Once dry, I ‘seasoned’ it by rubbing chalk all over and then wiping it off. Next, I used my ‘cheater’ method of adding some chalk lettering. I printed a design on paper and then rubbed white chalk all over the back of the paper. I placed the paper over my chalkboard rectangle and traced around it with a pencil, thus transferring a slight chalk outline to my box.
Then I used a sharp chalk pencil to darken (lighten?) up that outline. I’ve done that on the ‘Let it’ above, but not the ‘snow’ yet. Just to give you an idea how faint the design transfer will be at first. Lastly I fill in the design with sharpened chalk (I use an old lip pencil sharpener to sharpen the chalk).
If you’re one of those people who always feels like your own hand drawn writing just isn’t quite good enough, this is a great way to fake it.
I filled the box with the ingredients necessary for a Peppermint Patty.
If you’ve never had one, it’s basically hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. You can doctor it up however you wish; whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint stir sticks, and so on.
I added these adorable cups that my Carriage House sale co-hostess Sue made.
Now Ken is all set for the next big snow.
And I hope he knows how much we appreciate him!