Let it Snow

December 13th, 2008 in member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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I painted the graphics from an old felt pennant onto plywood.
Old Christmas lights, bands of rusty steel, plywood, junk and paint.
On the wall behind a vintage snow board.
I painted the graphics from an old felt pennant onto plywood.

I painted the graphics from an old felt pennant onto plywood.

Photo: Jim Healy Copyright 2008

When I was kid my mom would take my brother and I to Santa’s Land in Vermont. There were these strange little cabins painted bizarre colors and built to some odd scale. Everything looked vintage, even 40 years ago! As nutty as it may seem the place was very inspiring because of it crazy “carnival” colors and architecture.

I recently built this “Kids Snow Shovel Display” to look like it was from the gift shop at Santa’s Land. My design is based on memories of the colors and year-round Christmas atmosphere of the amusement park.

It's constructed of wood from a local sawmill that I cut, painted and “beat-up” to look like it had been touched by all the kids that passed through the park. I copied and painted the graphics from an old felt pennant onto plywood to create the top. The remainder of the materials are miscellaneous pieces of metal, wood, old lights, etc. that were hanging around my shop.

I basically didn’t know what to do with all these little snow shovels, so this is what I came up with.

Happy Holiday’s 


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (copyright 2008)
posted in: member junk, seasonal, metal, wood, artwork, whimsical, paint, 50s

Comments (11)

SnowmanHill writes: I love your work and the baby shovels too! Posted: 12:39 pm on December 15th
CottageElements writes: Not much left to say on this project, JunkArchitect. Everyone has pretty much said it . . . awesome!

Lami Posted: 9:06 pm on December 14th
MimiToria writes: Junk Architect this is another great project. I agree with what Kari said in the 1st post. I totally had a visual before I even looked at the photos of well worned pcs. which turned out to be accurate. Much talent you have.
As for this site I couldn't agree with you more with your statement.

"I’m truly amazed at how much talent there is on this site. I’ve never seen so many creative people in one place. Every post is an inspirational project that I’m able to take something away from. Each time I open the site it’s like going to an “Art Opening”…even better!"

I hope Sue and Kimberly see this post and realize that this is such a wonderful site they've created and have brought in a great group of truly unselfish and artistic talented people that are spread throughout the U.S. and CANADA, but are brought together with the common thread of loving junk/recycling, etc. It is truly awesome!

Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. You've amazed many of us with the pcs. you've shared thus far, and we look forward to seeing more great things from you in the future.
Gretchen
Posted: 4:21 pm on December 14th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks for checking out my stuff everyone. I’m truly amazed at how much talent there is on this site. I’ve never seen so many creative people in one place. Every post is an inspirational project that I’m able to take something away from. Each time I open the site it’s like going to an “Art Opening”…even better!

The Santa on the far left is a child’s record. I’m not sure what song is on it but the graphics are great. Posted: 3:08 pm on December 14th
Chovey writes: This is a great display! Loved the story, too!
Cynthia
Posted: 2:49 pm on December 14th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Love this! You really do have some wonderful things and I'm envious of your talent to replicate vintage finds with newer materials. What a great mix!

Candy Posted: 5:45 am on December 14th
upyourattic writes: I think this is adorable - but, I had a hard time making out the narrative - please use a larger font! Thanks!

Anyway, this is just tooooooo cute. The Santa on the far left intrigues me - what is it? Is there also a pennant next to him? And I love love the shovels!

This is by far my favorite Christmas display so far! Thanks for sharing!
Patti Posted: 11:21 pm on December 13th
catbishop writes: This is So great. Really love your work.

Cat Posted: 9:48 pm on December 13th
bridiemurphy writes: The story and the photograph of your display is adorable. The yellows with the red and green, so vintage and PlAyFuL!

The collection of shovels is precious, love the rusty red. Posted: 8:37 pm on December 13th
georgiamoon writes: You know that I think you are amazing , right? Well this is proof positive that I am correct in my opinion of your talent. Everything you do has such an authentic look to it. I think that you achieved your goal on this one. Great job as usual, Georgia Posted: 6:38 pm on December 13th
Meadowview_Farm writes: I really loved how you wanted it "to look like it had been touched by all the kids that passed through the park"....that provided such a wonderful visual picture for me - and you got it, right on the mark. This is truly just picture perfect! Thanks for sharing.
Kari Posted: 6:13 pm on December 13th
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