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 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 Womenâ€™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.