I just so happen to coordinate a window display at a vacant shop generously supplied by W. L. Peters Furniture and Appliances in Prescott. It’s part of a beautification for the town until the space is rented. The previous tenant had left behind a treasure trove of seasonal decorating items like fall floral arrangements and coincidentally, an old artificial Christmas tree! Everything was deemed for to be dumped soon, so I didn’t waste time in acquiring the branches and any old ornaments I could use. You see, I had donated all of my decorations and props to “A Country Christmas Remembered” in Spencerville (another event). Even with supplies, I still had nowhere to display it, which of course didn’t stop me!
Things have a way of coming together when you are going with the flow and feeling happy vibes about doing something you love. Sure enough I happened upon an article in the local paper about a fund raising event: Christmas trees for Children in Prescott. Participants donate to the cause (Autism) and receive an artificial tree and supply/decorate a tree. This tree is then part of an event where they are raffled off to raise further funds. I felt my calling! I contacted the organizer. She welcomed help with the decorating who came with a suitable prop! My tree dress will be part of the decor! The poor woman has but a few strands of tinsel garland with which to decorate a community hall. I was wishing I still had my hoard before I donated it all. Again life has that funny way of sending you what you need, and on a whim I contacted the Spencerville event’s coordinator. Seems they had downsized to just one building now and were overwhelmed with an excess of decorations. She was happy to loan us whatever we needed. The next day I filled my car to overflowing with wreaths, garland, ornaments, bows, bells, you name it. Anything that would fit the Dickens theme and I thanked her profusely.
This also gave me much needed supplies to furnish my tree dress and I now had a theme with which to brainstorm a decorating plan. I was so pumped that I had to visit our Town Hall to see the room where the event was taking place. Beautiful multiple paned windows filled the room with light form one side of this heritage building. It was perfect for the three wreaths I scored. I had three walls to work with and drop ceilings that can easily attach garlands to. I can’t wait to meet this lady on Monday an tell her my wonderful news!
Here’s what I’ve got planned thus far for the dress: