If I do say so myself, I think I’m pretty good at letting go of the things that I create. Many of you often leave comments saying that you wouldn’t have been able to part with this or that, and I know what you mean. But for the most part, I am happy to sell my items on for someone else to enjoy.
But every once in a blue moon I finish something and realize that I don’t want to part with it. Such is the case with today’s project.
I purchased an old wooden grain shovel (or at least that’s what I was told it is) at a barn sale last summer. I paid a little more for it than I usually would spend on such items, mainly because it had the perfect surface for a stencil. I was immediately able to picture it dressed up for the holidays!
Unfortunately, once again I neglected to get a ‘before’ photo … I’m going to work on being better about that. If I had one, I’d insert it here 😉
I had purposely purchased the Rudolph & Co stencil (from Wallcutz) in a size that would fit on the toy truck that I shared last week …
and coincidentally, it also just happened to be the perfect size to fit on this shovel.
As you can see, once again I went with my black and white color scheme. I painted the background in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky, and then stenciled using their Drop Cloth.
Next up I used clear wax on the entire thing, which freshened up the remaining unfinished wood without taking away from its vintage patina.
I hung it on the wall next to the cupboard in my piano room. It works perfectly with the rest of the black and white Christmas décor that I use in that room.
Is it weird that I use a perpetual calendar as Christmas décor?
I know that a lot of people would be tempted to dress up the handle of the shovel with some greens and maybe some ribbon, but I like the simplicity of it without that.
Maybe I’ll grow tired of the grain shovel, and next year I’ll sell it on. But for now I think I’m going to hang onto it.
How about you, do you have a hard time letting go of things? Or are you more like me, keeping only the really special ones, and letting the rest go to be enjoyed by someone else?