Serendipity (noun): luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. Do you believe in serendipity? I sure do!! I believe that everything happens for a reason… good or bad. If you’re not of the serendipitous kind, you may be after this story.
Do ya’ll remember my fascination with old wooden shoe molds? I just love ’em! And remember my junk buddy Liz from Junktion Alley who came all the way from Texas to be at the Grand Opening of Rusted Roots?? Okay. Now we have the characters, I can tell the story! So, when Liz left our Grand Opening she continued on her junk gyspy route with her sweet granddaughter in tow!! They have been on a wild adventure of finding junk and making memories all across the US. So, when she spotted shelf upon shelf of old wooden shoe molds up in Pennsylvania, she immediately sent me a picture! Asking… “Do you want these???”
Ummmm, yeah!!! I love them!! I was especially intrigued by the ones with the red stripes… especially with Christmas coming!!
And the graphics were just amazing!!
She asked the owner of the shop if they could cut us a deal if we took all of the lighter colored ones… and BOOM!!! The deal was in the bag. And the shoe molds were in the trunk of Liz’s car!! Woot woot!!! Shoe molds headed to NC from PA!!
As soon as the box arrived I couldn’t wait to tear into it!! I picked out two molds that I would add to my collection and I knew the rest were destined for a holiday makeover! We started by finding a dowel that fit the hole in the top just perfectly. We drilled the tiniest of holes in it just enough to screw the end of a bottle brush tree in place. We took the original stand off of the tree. Then slid the tree with it’s new dowel stand right into the hole. That way it doesn’t damage the integrity of the shoe mold and you can just pop the tree out if you want after the holidays!!
I cut some red burlap that I had into strips and tied it around the middle of the shoe mold. The hubs wasn’t feeling it, but I thought it added just the right holiday snazz!! And brings out the red stripe on the mold.
So, what does all of this have to do with serendipity??? Well, once I received the molds I asked Liz where she got them? She sent me a picture of the shop, named Serendipity in Carlisle, PA. I chuckled and told her, see it was meant for you to find those shoe molds!!
She laughed and said, no, the real serendipity is the fact that we were lost and had pulled off to figure out how to get back on the highway we needed!
Talk about serendipity!! Ha ha!! I just love these little trees… and you can get your own at the Rusted Roots shop!! They are $14 each. Many of you have asked if we can ship our items. Right now, we just don’t have the manpower to do that. But we have some things in the works for the new year that will hopefully allow us to start shipping!! We want to spread our Rusted Roots as far as they may grow!!