P Allen Smith Holiday Collection

A couple days ago, I received a beautiful, fresh, Oregon grown “snowflake” from the P Allen Smith Holiday Collection. As part of their bloggers’/writers’ challenge, I dolled mine up with “local” bits and pieces in regional spirit of the season. Some folks will cringe when they see the locust pods I tucked into the wreath. Frankly, I can’t resist them. Every year I gather boxes of them, always looking for a way to incorporate them into seasonal settings. The curly, almost polished, mahogany color just sends me. Take a look:

I customized my snowflake arrangement of greens with  local locust pods. A dollop of copper ribbon and a few twigs of lichen.

I customized my snowflake arrangement of greens with local locust pods. A dollop of copper ribbon and a few twigs of lichen.

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I customized this “snowflake/wreath,” but other styles (candy cane shapes, wreaths, swags and garlands) can be found anywhere they carry the P Allen Collection, or purchase online, at Home Depot. They come in a variety of themes.

My goal, as a part of the bloggers’ challenge, is to get enough votes to win the contest. I’ve selected the steadfast refuge of Boise’s WCA as my non-profit of choice. Should I win, the WCA will receive an entire set of P Allen’s Holiday Collection. Local readers know our WCA for providing safe places for women to live for over 100 years. The WCA started in 1910 as the Boise YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association). It was established to provide a safe place for young single women to live, eat, and socialize. Today they continue to provide refuge and support to women and children in need.

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