Skates are an iconic Canadian symbol.
Although I don’t have statistics to prove my argument, I am certain that if you are a Canadian, you probably have had skates on your feet at some point in your life. (first published in 2019)
Why skates are a Canadian symbol...
Boys and girls have skates on their feet almost from the time they can walk. All bundled up, they head to the local rink to play hockey even on the coldest winter nights. Sometimes, hockey players and figure skaters share the ice. Speed skaters practice their technique in the crisp air. Rinks are very busy places in Canada.
Every now and then, when the streets are sufficiently slick after a bout of freezing rain, someone will lace up a pair of skates, and an impromptu hockey game will be the main attraction on a suburb side street.
What do skates represent?
Canadians are resilient. We celebrate the cold and make the best of those long winter months. We learn to accept and adapt: after all, we are at the mercy of the vagaries of our weather. Some days are meant for skating while others are more suitable for rubber rain boots.
Purple skates with unicorns
The purple skates in this post were commissioned by a mother for her daughter who wants to display her first pair of skates in her purple bedroom. She asked for a unicorn theme.
I painted two unicorns, each a little different, and added lots of sparkle paint to the manes, and Swarovski crystals for the eyes and the nostrils of each unicorn. Then I sprayed silver on the blades, and added more glitter on top of the spray. When it comes to skates, more glitter is better! The ribbon also has sparkles and it left a mess everywhere!
Skates with meaning
Do you have a special pair of skates that could be made meaningful with a unique theme? I painted my mother’s skates in 2017 and gave them to my sister who proudly displays them each year in her home. Mom loved anything red so I painted our favourite bird, a cardinal, one male, one female on each skate.
Winter Wonderland Workshop
A participant in one of my November workshops sent me a photo of her painted skates. They are displayed on the hearth in her home for Christmas, They can be left as a winter decoration by removing the poinsettia and adding greenery instead. She did a great job, don’t you think? The snowmen patterns were designed by me for this workshop. They are one of several easy patterns that can be painted on skates in an afternoon. (Snowmen below)
What are your favourite winter memories? Maybe you live in a land without snow...tell us how you celebrate winter! Leave a comment in the "Leave a Reply" box below. Comments are reviewed by me before being published.