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Merry and Bright Christmas Brunch

Merry and Bright Christmas Brunch

A couple of seasons ago Kathy and Becky were honored to host Mary Engelbreit and Mark Roberts for an event signing at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store in Midland, Texas. What better way to celebrate their arrival than a Merry and Bright Christmas Brunch? We always make it a priority to celebrate with our guests!

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How To Theme Your Christmas Tree

How To Theme Your Christmas Tree

“Theming for a Lifestyle” is a mantra Kathy and I live by. Why you may ask? It narrows down the choices and creates focus and direction for decorating. Christmas is no exception to this rule. Your Christmas Décor should complement your home decor. Since the Christmas tree is your largest Christmas decoration and the focal point, it is important to choose a theme that flows seamlessly with your home. 

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Miss Cayce's Christmas Wonderland Behind the Scenes

Miss Cayce's Christmas Wonderland Behind the Scenes

Miss Cayce’s is made into a new Christmas Wonderland every year, and people always ask co-owners and sisters, Becky and Kathy, how they do it. Some people like to think it’s all just Christmas Magic.

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Christmas Themes and Decor for Every Home

Christmas Themes and Decor for Every Home

Each home has a personality reflected in its furnishings, and holiday decorations should compliment the room.

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Christmas Front Door Decor

Christmas Front Door Decor

Front doors and porches are often the first impression guests have of our home, so it is a perfect opportunity to decorate.

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A Few of Kristina Leigh's Favorite Things

A Few of Kristina Leigh's Favorite Things

When you walk into Miss Cayce’s Christmas store the rush of childhood Christmas joy fills you and takes you back to the excitement of the season.

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Show Me: A Home for the Holidays

A beautiful home deserves beautiful Christmas decor! Teardrops attached to lanterns adds a festive touch to the exterior of this home. A large crescent over the double iron doors is a good choice when you’d rather not cover up the doors.

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This homeowner preferred traditional red, green, and gold with mixed greens that looked more natural. Red velvet, cheetah print and gold mesh compliment the red brick but show up well against the limestone.

Tip: taking a small crescent and wiring 2 teardrops to each side can make a large crescent.

In the entry an extra piece of garland was added over the mirror.

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Floral, ribbon, a ball spray and an ornament were added to give guests a jolly welcome. Fresh red poinsettias in an urn are the perfect touch to the gold musician angels. The winding staircase is decked out with multiple lengths natural lit garland.

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Large bows made of 4” platinum polka dot, quilted chocolate, solid matte, and shiny red metallic stripe, and music printed ribbon are a combination that coordinated the entrance and dining area to formal living room. Red poinsettias and sparkling platinum florals enhance the elegant bows.

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Tip: Use long zip ties to attach garland to banister, then wrap a piece of greenery to hide the zip tie.

An arrangement in the niche mirrors the colors and style of the staircase florals.

In the dining room fresh poinsettias in mercury glass bowls and candlesticks provide perfect centerpieces, and they are low enough to have a conversation over. A decorated 9’ garland lies gracefully atop the china hutch and again is a coordinate to the theme and color story happening around the corner.

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Tip: Remember to add touches of floral, ribbon, and greenery to sconces. This usually can be done with scraps from the larger projects.

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In the formal living room, the winter white painted mantle is the focal point commanding special attention. From the chimney hang lit garlands, with versions of the same ingredients and colors of red platinum and bronze. The upper molding surrounding the fireplace looked neglected without a hint of green. The berries just add some sparkle and make it pop.

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Tip: use remote control timers on the plug ins for easy access but also conserving energy and lengthening the life span of lighting on trees, wreaths, and garlands.

In the kitchen and family room, a more casual approach was taken. Matte gold balls, red and gold polka dot ribbon, and the brown cheetah print we saw outside with gold mesh tie up extra fun bows. Lime green glittery balls and curly wired trim add a whimsical touch. Antique gold leaf sprays and animal print flowers mix well with a red and lime berry. Merry Christmas signs, gold jingle bells, and assorted glitter package ornaments look great with the family’s own collection of treasured ornaments.

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Tip: A wooden box was built by a handy man to raise the tree up 12’ to fit the scale of the room and give more space for packages.

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Across the room two garlands were hung, attached at the corners of the mantle with a c-clamp. One laid across the mantle on top and hung over the right side while the other draped down and hung off the left side. Coordinating ribbon and some of the elements from the tree decorations were added to the lit greens.

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Filling glass jars with balls, ornaments or candy look nice on the bar or island. A favorite scripture about the holidays was ordered online in the popular chalkboard print and framed to hang over the stovetop.

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This home is ready for family and friends to visit for the holidays!

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Show Me Top 4 Reasons to Theme My Christmas Tree

Show Me Top 4 Reasons To Theme My Christmas Tree ……… part 1

“Theming for a Lifestyle” is a mantra Kathy and I live by! Why you may ask? It narrows down the choices and creates focus and direction in decorating, for a party, your home decor, a celebration or event and your Christmas Décor. Because the Christmas tree is your largest Christmas decoration it is only natural for it to be front and center!

 

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Kathy and Becky, sisters and co/owners of Miss Cayce’s Christmas store, Midland, Texas since 1984, creators of Show Me Decorating

 

Definition of a theme:
Wikipedia: “a central topic, a subject or concept (the author is trying to point out)”
Webster’s: “a unifying or dominant idea or motif with common elements”
Show Me Decorating: simplified focus, narrowing choices of common elements when decorating for Christmas, parties, events, home décor and personal style
Top 4 Reasons to Theme
1. A unifying concept or theme gives even modest home displays a professional sheen
2. Simplifies your decorating, buying
3. Saves money and time
4. Creates focus and finish

We created several new themes for Vickerman’s Showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas. We hope you are inspired to try theming for the 1st time or incorporate one of our new Show Me Decorating themes in your Holiday decorating!

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Christmas Confection accented with bright colors and sugared treats

 

Chef Santa serves up sweet treats of colorful concoctions from cupcakes to lollipops. Glittered ribbon adds an extra touch, and don’t forget to sprinkle in the multicolor candy polkadot balls. Yum! A Flocked Christmas Tree is the perfect base to highlight this fun mix of colors.

Add in your favorite collection of gingerbread ornaments, perfect for a kitchen or breakfast room!

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Peacock Splendor with regal gold accents.

 

Peacock Splendor Christmas Tree Theme is majestic shades of turquoise, blue, green and gold. Strutting a color palette that matches your homes decor will compliment the celebrations. Picking core ingredients that reflect your taste and personality will give your home its own one of a kind look and style.

The gorgeous Blue Green Tinsel tree shows off all the fabulous shades of blue. Add in your personal collection of gold, crystal or peacock ornaments and you are set to celebrate!

Peacock Christmas Tree Theme, Animal Print Ribbon,

Peacock Gone Wild, slim or narrow Christmas tree works well as a living room tree!

Leopard print ribbon, balls and ornaments added to the Peacock Tree Theme are a perfect match to our homeowners living room. Our Show Me Decorating step by step techniques will help you decorate like a designer!

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Deer, birds and furry creatures will celebrate the Christmas Season with the Enchanted Forest Christmas Tree Theme.

 

Glistening icicles and snow tipped branches, Christmas holly and Red poinsettias transform your Christmas into an Enchanted Forest! Frosty woodland snowmen and critters play amongst the CHristmas Forest shades of greens, rich ruby reds and accented with platinum sparkle and a touch of rustic burlap.

Curl up next to the fireplace on a holiday night and celebrate the Christmas season in an Enchanted forest!

Follow all our decorating How To and bring out the designer in you!

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Show Me Decorating “How To” Trim your Christmas tree

 

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

Christmas decorating since 1984

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Next post we share 3 more Christmas tree themes, Peppermint Twist, Christmas Sparkle, Metal Mix and more.

There is something for everyone!

 

 

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Show Me Your Christmas Cards

Show me your Christmas card and I will show you mine!

For years I have sent out Christmas cards to family and friends. It always included a picture, sometimes a collage of pictures and possibly a short update or letter about our family.

I also receive many cards and photos and love to decorate with them during the season. However when Christmas has come and gone I can never bring myself to throw them away. I would bundle the year together and place in a box or closet somewhere, tucked away. That is until a friend Krisann Blair (Organizing Christmas ) shared her idea of hole punching the cards and using binder rings to create a book.

Stacks of Christmas cards and letters, ready to create a Christmas card flip book!

Stacks of Christmas cards and letters, ready to create a Christmas card flip book!

Step 1: Hole punch corner of card, photo or letter

Step 1: Hole punch corner of card, photo or letter

Step 2: After all are hole punched, open Binder ring.

Step 2: After all are hole punched, open Binder ring.

Step 3: Thread card and letters onto the binder ring

Step 3: Thread card and letters onto the binder ring

Step 4: After all letters and cards are on ring, snap shut.

Step 4: After all letters and cards are on ring, snap shut.

Step 5: Keep each years cards together and attach onto a separate ring.

Step 5: Keep each years cards together and attach onto a separate ring.

3 Years of cards and letters organized into a Christmas Flip book.

3 Years of cards and letters organized into a Christmas Flip book.

Finishing touch, add a touch of ribbon tied to binder ring!

Finishing touch, add a touch of ribbon tied to binder ring!

I decided with all the different size cards and letters I would put a hole punch in the top corner and place on the ring. I also added a  length of ribbon for a finishing touch. We all enjoyed looking through the past years and how everyone has grownup, gotten taller or shorter, slimmer or ….well you know! It is fun to enjoy our family and friends through their pictures and letters and I am excited to see how many more stacks I locate from past years as I clean out and reorganize for 2014. Now I have a way to keep them organized and out on display.

Supplies:

Christmas Cards

hole punch

binder ring

piece of wired ribbon (I keep ribbon from all my Christmas gifts!)

So now you too can Show off your family and friends Christmas cards and greetings!

Happy New Year! Happy Decorating Y’all!

Becky and Kathy

PS If you too will be cleaning out and organizing your home be sure and visit Krisann for more great organizing ideas….Here is a short excerpt from her site.

Do You Know the Christmas Secret?

Merry Christmas!  My name is Krisann Blair, founder of ChristmasOrganizing.com, here to be your Christmas Coach and help you prepare for the 2013 Christmas holiday season.

Everyone celebrates Christmas differently and Christmas Organizing is here to help you develop a personal plan to create a more organized Christmas celebration.

Since December 1998, Christmas Organizing has been a resource for thousands of people just like you by helping coach them on ways to have a more organized Christmas season.

So what is the Christmas secret I am talking about?  The secret is . . .

Go check it out!

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Show Me Decorating, Fun and Funky Christmas Tree Theme

Show Me Decorating, Fun and Funky Christmas Tree Theme!

A White Christmas tree is a great backdrop for bright colors, red and white candy and spiral floral sprays.  

Show Me Decorating, A Funky White Christmas Tree Theme

Show Me Decorating, A Funky White Christmas Tree Theme

Step 1: start with a white Christmas Tree!

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, White Slim Fir Christmas Tree

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, White Slim Fir Christmas Tree

2. Pick out an assortment of florals, purchase in multiples of 3, and for a 7 1/2′ tree we recommend 12-15.

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, 29" Red & White Sequin Ball Spray for Christmas decorating


Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, 29″ Red & White Sequin Ball Spray for Christmas decorating

Tip: This floral spray is great for a tree topper, use in 3’s

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman,Turquoise Candy Polka Dot Ball- Christmas Confections Tree Theme

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman,Turquoise Candy Polka Dot Ball- Christmas Confections Tree Theme

3. Balls in large to small sizes are a great background base to your Christmas tree.

Show Me Decorating ,Vickerman, Glitter Spiral Ball Spray for funky fun Christmas Tree theme

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, Glitter Spiral Ball Spray for funky fun Christmas Tree theme

 Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, Glitter Sequin Ball Spray for Christmas tree topper

Show Me Decorating, Vickerman, Glitter Sequin Ball Spray for Christmas tree topper

Glitter Mesh Ribbon, wired and easy to make a bow with the Show Me Decorating app!

Glitter Mesh Ribbon, wired and easy to make a bow with the Show Me Decorating app!

Add in your own favorite collection of ornaments and now you have a Funky Fun Christmas Tree!

The step by step instructions are available on the Show Me Decorating DVD or the app for the iPhone or iPad.

Shop for your key ingredients and holiday supplies at Show Me Decorating

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

Fly, drive, walk or run to Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store in Midland, Texas

New Location, 1012 Andrews Hwy

the Best store just got BIGGER

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Show Me A Texas Sized Royal Red and Gold Tree Theme.

Texas Sized Royal Red and Gold Tree Theme

Texas Sized Royal Red and Gold Tree Theme

Show Me A Texas Sized Royal Red and Gold Tree Theme.

This tree is reminiscent of a live poinsettia tree. The best of both worlds, live red poinsettias encircle the beautiful Royal Red and Gold Tree Theme, and are low enough to maintain. The tree is filled with permanent botanicals (no watering required!) of big red poinsettias, glitter leaves and sprays. The fresh poinsettias fool the eye into believing this Christmas scene is a real tree!  First Baptist Church in Midland was forced to temporarily relocate to the Midland Center, due to a fire, during the Holiday season. The Show Me Decorating’s Midland team came to the rescue with a plan! A theme and color story were determined, ribbon, balls and florals were selected. The team kept in mind future decorating needs and the ability to reuse the investment decorating the Midland Center. This beautiful tree will be able to move to the reconstructed church for the NEW season and coordinate with their overall Christmas decorating theme and color story!

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Drive ,fly ,run or walk to Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store in Midland Texas

the best store just got BIGGER!

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Show Me Decorating 2013 Christmas Tree Themes Inspiration and DIY

 Show Me Decorating 2013 Christmas Tree Themes

……………………………Inspiration and DIY!

Ready set decorate! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many this is a green light to start their Christmas decorating engines! At Show Me Decorating we are Creating beautiful Christmas trees, to Inspire you to decorate and hope to Educate you through our how to tips and Decorating DIY!

To start, download Show Me Decorating Tree Trimming the app for your iphone or ipad, or order the DVD and guidebook, and gain the confidence to decorate your largest Christmas decoration the Christmas tree!

2013 Christmas Tree Theme Inspiration:

Royal Red and Gold Christmas Tree Theme

Royal Red and Gold Christmas Tree Theme

Royal Red and Gold  is glittery gold and red all over.  Your holiday tree will be a joyous celebration with gold balls, red floral and collection of musical ornaments, angels and crosses. Gold is a good investment and foundation from dressy elegant to playful casual.

Tip: Invest in the “little black dress” of Christmas: a Gold ball kit, versatile in decorating different Christmas tree themes from year to year.

Matte Gold ball Kit

Matte Gold ball Kit

Balls make a huge impact. You’ll need three sizes to give your tree depth and dimension and make your ornaments pop. We recommend the 4″-5″, 6″ and 8″ sizes or our Ball Tree Kits.  Start with the largest to smallest with the largest at the bottom, medium in the middle, and the smaller towards the top filling in your diamond pattern as you go.

Our Christmas apps for the iPhone & iPad will help you know how to decorate with the balls at www.app.showmedecorating.com

HINT! Save bundles of money with the Ball Tree Kits!

Christmas Decorations and Recipe for the Royal Red and Gold can be found on the Show Me Decorating website.

Show Me Decorating Royal Red and Gold Christmas tree theme, Bow

Show Me Decorating Royal Red and Gold Christmas tree theme, Bow

 Royal Red and Gold Christmas Tree Theme

Royal Red and Gold Christmas Tree Theme

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Bow-Layer a mixture of colors and textures of ribbon, decide on bow size, then precut ribbon, for loops and tails. layout to organize and begin tying bows and adding tails, wire to secure.

Show Me Decorating Bow App

Winter Whimsy  Christmas Tree Theme

Winter Whimsy Christmas Tree Theme

Winter Whimsy will pop the traditional red & green norm with black & white zebra stripes, checks and polka dot ribbon.  Add in your favorite snowman ornaments for a touch of Winter Whimsy.

Get the how-to Show Me Christmas Decorating app for iPhone & iPad here for all your Christmas decorating!

Winter Whimsy Christmas Tree Theme

Winter Whimsy Christmas Tree Theme

Tip: White Foil Garland- Winter Whimsy is a great filler base to add first to your Christmas tree, start at the top, tucking in and out and making a spiral as you move down the tree.

Precious Metal Mix Christmas Tree Theme

Precious Metal Mix Christmas Tree Theme

Show Me Decorating Precious Metal Mix Christmas Tree Theme

Show Me Decorating Precious Metal Mix Christmas Tree Theme

Precious Metal Mix Christmas tree Theme, Gold, silver, bronze, copper, pewter and platinum melt into a noble metallic mix fit for a King. Add sparkle to you tree with luminous shades of metallic finishes.The shimmering gold and silver florals, brushed matte pewter balls melded with antique copper and rustic bronze finials offers an added dimension of elegance.
Get the how-to Show Me Christmas Decorating app for iPhone & iPad here for all your Christmas decorating!

Precious Metals Mix Christmas Tree Theme, half Bow

Precious Metals Mix Christmas Tree Theme, half Bow

Tip: Half bows are easy and a new look for your Christmas tree! Switch the direction of the tails as you place on the tree. Combining all shades of Gold, Silver, Platinum and Bronze, the Animal print adds sophistication and the sparkle brown poinsettia is the finishing touch! Place bows on the tree in the same diamond pattern shown on the DVD and guidebook or app for the iPhone or iPad.

Christmas Punch Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas Punch Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas Punch Christmas Tree Theme. Stir in some sophistication & energy to a Christmas classic red and green tree theme with a punch of lime green. Playful polka dots and swirls of glitz and glitter will contrast and liven up your tree.

Get the how-to Show Me Christmas Decorating app for iPhone & iPad here for all your Christmas decorating!

Get our how-to app in the AppStore at www.app.showmedecorating.com

Tip: The Show Me Decorating Tree trimming DIY includes using 3  key ingredients, Ribbon, Balls and Florals. Here we used a red ball kit, and notice the depth and background the balls give.

Tip: Using a flocked tree will show off the bright Red and green!

Lime Green is a favorite of the Show Me Decorating team, mixed with Christmas red it will add that punch to your Christmas decorating

Christmas Punch Christmas Tree Theme, packs a real punch!

Christmas Punch Christmas Tree Theme, packs a real punch!

Now it is time for the Florals and sprays!

Peppermint Twist Christmas tree Theme

Peppermint Twist Christmas tree Theme

Peppermint Twist Christmas tree theme will make you as jolly as Old St. Nick!  The traditional colors of red and white take a twist. Mix checks, dancing polka dots with red velvet, and candy ribbon for a crowd pleasing collection that’s as sweet as a peppermint.

Get the how-to Show Me Christmas Decorating app for iPhone & iPad here for all your Christmas decorations.

Christmas Confection Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas Confection Christmas Tree Theme

Chef Santa serves up sweet Christmas Confection Tree Theme, with treats of colorful concoctions from cupcakes to lollipops! Glittered ribbon adds an extra sweet touch, and don’t forget to sprinkle in the multicolor candy polkadot balls! Yum!

Tip: Use a complimentary garland and wreath to decorate your mantel, buffet or bookcase. The lime green wreath and garland are decorated with the same candy ornaments as the tree. For the garland wire on 6″ matt colored assorted balls, fill in with assorted sizes of candy, add a bow to the corners, with long ribbon tails worked into the garland. For the wreath, add a bow, and wire on 3 assorted sizes and colors of the snow capped finials.

Get the how-to Show Me Christmas Decorating app for iPhone & iPad here for all your Christmas decorating!     Get our how-to app in the AppStore at www.app.showmedecorating.com

Christmas Confection Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas Confection Christmas Tree Theme

Tip: Bright colors really “show off ” against a flocked or white tree.

We hope you are inspired to Decorate for Christmas!

Happy Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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