Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Zoe Gets Ready For Christmas

It has always been a process for me to know the difference between what I am capable of doing versus what I really should be doing.  One of the things I've almost forced myself to do over the past couple years is to admit when something isn't my area of expertise and ask people who know how to do it to help me.  Who better to ask to help me with Zoe's windows than my very creatively talented friends Janice and Karen.

Like many of the other people mentioned in Zoe's journey, they know my philosophy for the store and my aesthetic likes and dislikes well.  I knew that I would like whatever they came up with for the window decoration.  My only really need - that it not be expensive!

Last week, Janice sent me a picture she had found showing their concept for the windows.  I gave it a thumbs up and she and Karen came to the store to get a good look (and do some measurements) at the windows.  We had agreed that we would get together on Monday to decorate the windows since the store is closed on Mondays and Janice would be going out of town for Thanksgiving later in the week.

Before I show you the final product, I'd like to take you on a journey of how they got there.

Start with The Washington Post

Roll newspaper into cones and spray with silver paint

Assemble snowflakes

Buy Garland

Cut Garland Apart

Glue Garland Balls to Snowflakes

Hanging the snowflakes (with fishing line)

Add plum colored ornaments, snow, and wooden Christmas trees...

Plus gorgeously dressed mannequins...

And you have a "Window Wonderland"

I'll include nighttime pictures (plus how to vote for your favorite Old Town Alexandria window) later this week.

Next up:  Visiting the Alive! Food Pantry


  1. Thank you, Caroline! I am SO pleased with it. Exactly what I wanted!

  2. Looks wonderful Susan! I love the tutorial! How did Black Friday go at Zoe?
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Debbie B.

  3. Beautiful! And priced right too! I need a Janice and Karen in my life. :)

  4. Thanks Debbie and Juice! Believe it or not, they were able to find everything (including the spray paint and ornaments) for about $25. The perfect price! Blog post coming on Black Friday!