For every special event in Sharon Springs, we try to decorate the windows of the Mercantile with an appropriate theme.
The Mercantile is housed in an old hotel building and not a storefront with traditional plate glass. Instead we have a long row of windows and storm windows.
Because window decorations are both temporary and exposed to the elements, we never like to spend too much money but nonetheless want the windows to be inspiring.
For the 2011 Harvest Festival windows, we chose an old rhyme called The Farmer’s Prayer, placing a stanza in each window.
We enlarged images from old seed packets to use as our key element surrounds, turning each window into the cover of a vintage seed catalog.
The use of the interior storm window as an alternate plane allows for the opportunity to create depth of field, and it’s a great technique that anyone can use when decorating windows for the upcoming holidays.
The paper cut-outs were placed directly on the interior storm window, but for those cuttings that were applied to the exterior glass, we spray-mounted the images onto black foam board to make them sturdier.
To add a little extra animation to the windows, we made cut outs of butterflies. Two copies were made of each specimen. One copy was mounted on foam board and the other was folded and glued down the center. With a slight breeze, the “wings” flutter.
Click on the slide show below to see the complete prayer
Good Harvest for All