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The Luck of The Irish (2012 Revamp)

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What a fun way to Welcome Spring and spread some “Luck” to all who passby……

Be sure to go to www.ShowMeDecorating.com to see all the Green St. Patty’s Day products! Click on Colors then Green..

A door swag or teardrop is a great alternative to a wreath! The pop of Zebra black and white ribbon adds an unexpected touch!

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A green piece of fabric is the grounding for this tablescape.

Happy St. Patricks Day! a touch of Zebra is carried out in the daisy flower!

One of our “newest” designers has been a quick study of all things Show Me Decorating!

Remember the Show Me Decorating steps:

1.Pick a theme: Holiday (Christmas, Easter, Madigras) or Celebration (Graduation, baby shower, wedding)

2.Choose a color story, this allows you to narrow your choices and focus

3.Gather your materials, look around your house and repurpose everyday items (all red dishes for Valentines day, pastel containers or baskets for Easter)

4. Pick a focal spot, an area where everyone will enjoy (top of a buffet, shelf in a bookcase, fireplace mantel, entry table)

5. Create a welcome doorway and offer a great 1st impression

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St. Paddy’s Day is a Day to Have FUN

Treat the kids to a few GREEN treats

Becky will turn her kids Milk green what a surprise!

Here’s a cute idea from Pinterest-

St. Paddy's Day

Leprechaun Lunch from Pinterest

Go see the step by step from Bloom by Design at  http://bit.ly/XEgiuC

Or for your little Leprechauns’ how about a little bit of GOLD…

Lil Pot of Gold from poppiesatplay.blogs...

Lil Pot of Gold from
poppiesatplay.blogs…

Here’s wishing you a Pot of Gold at the End of Your Rainbow!

Create, Inspire, Educate, Decorate…..

Happy Decorating yall!

Becky and Kathy

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A Warm Welcome with Wreaths!

Tues. July 10th, 11:00 EST,

A Warm Welcome with Wreaths…

Merry Christmas in July on the “Show Me Decorating Radio Show“!!

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Wreath Front Doorway Christmas

Creating a warm and inviting entranceway begins with your front door! A Christmas wreath is a common icon during the holiday season. Have you ever asked yourself why? Where did the tradition of decorating with a wreath come from and is there a spiritual meaning? When we are filled with questions the 1st place to search is……. Google of course! Here is what we discovered.

Christmas Wreath

Its Meaning, History and Types

One of the most popular holiday decorations is the Christmas Wreath. You will see Christmas Wreaths used in many different ways and in many different settings. It is common to see them on the stairway, hanging on walls or doors, or even as a centerpiece on a table. From individual homes to large corporate offices, Christmas Wreaths are a pleasant sight throughout the holiday season.

What is the Meaning of the Christmas Wreath? The term “Wreath”, curiously enough, is linked to our word “Wrist”, with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English’s “wrethe”, meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland.

Wreaths have been used symbolically for centuries. The circle or ring shape is symbolic of eternity or eternal life, because the shape has no beginning or end. Read more http://www.holidaydecorations.com/Christmas-Wreath.html

 Wreath Making by Georgeann Walton

Show Me Decorating Wreath Mark Robert's fairy Christmas

Designer, artist and creator extrodinaire!

Georageann Walton grew up in Stanton Texas….always drawing and crafting from the start with a wonderful grandmother who was creative herself….and a great teacher …learned to sew and played with clay…..whatever interested her…..they went and got the supplies….! Georgeann loved her “MiMi” and it was always a good day when she got notebook paper and a new box of crayons!

She went to the Art Institute in Dallas Texas in the 80’s for graphic design… worked at Arnold’s of Dallas….a mom and pop store like the chain hobby and craft stores now…in fact she said those people come in to check out Arnold’s several times …really a store before it’s time! She learned lots there!

She continues to share her talents at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store, designing, teaching and training!

 Georgeanns tips on making your own wreath!

Pick your theme or color story, Santa’s, angels, nutcrackers, snowmen, or match your home décor with colors that coordinate or compliment

Determine the style: whimsical, dressy or country etc.

Where is your wreath going: outside (will it be protected from the elements or exposed) or inside

Show Me Decorating wreath & mantel Christmas

Shop for good quality products:

1. Start with a quality base, a well made wreath with good wired branches

2. Ribbon with wired edges will hold its shape, quality fabric

3.Florals that are made well…..Georgeann likes to give ’em the shake test before she purchases them….to make sure they will withstand a little wind! She also learned that every flower has a face, turn and shape it. Florals can give projection and dimension

4. Filler items that coordinate and support the theme or color story, ornaments, balls or decorations

Georgeann always wants to tell a story when making a wreath….it’s part of the fun for her…..and she usually starts with a focal point….not just a little something…but something with some size (everything is bigger in Texas)….remember most of the time if you are putting this on your front door….you want people to see it from the street….so say you wanna do a Santa wreath….pick one that’s 10- 12 inches or so…..or bigger……another trick she uses and it seems to always be a favorite is she puts in a sign….it helps tell the story and gives your guests a little greeting when they approach your door…..so think about what would Santa a say…..maybe you could find a Ho Ho Ho sign…..or for sure a Merry Christmas……also look for ribbon that helps complete your look…. other fillers to add interest…..berries…..flowers……maybe some toy ornaments or package ornaments…..the sky is the limit……she always gathers things up in a basket…..if your things look good in the basket…..they will look great and work on your wreath!

As far as construction you will need a few items to make things easy….good scissors, wire cutters….floral wire…. glue gun

Putting your wreath together- ALWAYS fluff your wreath……it’s been crammed in a box…..give it a face lift before you decorate it!……..Sometimes and especially when she first began she would kinda lay her product on the wreath to see the best placement for the items…..think of your wreath like a big clock….say we are doing a Santa theme wreath…..maybe you would put your Santa at the 7 8 9 10 )cuz he’s big remember)spot…..your bow maybe at the 12, 1 spot…..and your Merry Christmas sign at the 3 or 4 o’clock spot……you have formed a triangle.. she works alot with triangle placement…..this makes it pleasing to the eye………now the wreath will tell you where you need to fill in with floral or your package ornaments ( in the blank spots)… you can use a glue gun….wire….or a combination….and she thinks that’s best for a long lasting wreath…..storing up in the attic make glue become loose…. !

If you have any desire what so ever you can be taught to create….just for so many years the designers wanted to make it all a big secret and make it appear really hard to do….but it’s not…surround yourself with sharing women…..and no telling what kind of artists you will see that you are…..fear stops us…..stop fear…..go make something pretty……and then brag about it!…… it’s okay!….then teach someone else!

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Show Me Decorating Wreath over the mantel Christmas

Types of Christmas Wreaths

While there are many designs and styles of Christmas Wreaths, they mainly fall into two categories, the Decorative Christmas Wreath and the Advent Wreath.

The Decorative Christmas Wreath is made simply for crafts and holiday decorations, similar in use to Christmas Lights. These have a different purpose than other types of wreaths. Wreaths give a house or office the “finishing touch” to the holiday decorations. Their symbolism and look just give the area the little extra Christmas feeling. Decorative Christmas Wreaths are usually made of evergreen leaves, holly, or other materials which symbolize life throughout tough winters.

The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath is a tradition that is a part of folklore from centuries ago. The Pre-Christian Germanic people during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths and lighted fires as signs of hope in the coming spring and renewed light. The 16th century Catholics and Protestants used wreaths as symbols to celebrate their hope in Christ, the everlasting Light. From Germany, the use of the Advent Wreath spread to other parts of the world.

Traditionally, the Advent Wreath is made of four violet or rose candles in a circle of evergreens with a fifth candle in the middle. Each day at home, the candles are lighted before the evening meal, one candle for the first week, and then another each succeeding week until December 25th. The last candle is the middle candle of the wreath. The lighting of this candle takes place on Christmas Eve and represents the birth of Jesus Christ. read more http://www.holidaydecorations.com/Christmas-Wreath.html

Happy Decorating yall!

Kathy and Becky

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Easter Decorating Can Last Through Spring & Summer!

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It’s Spring! I love to change out my door for the seasons but I like one that can last more than just one month. Now my bright and colorful doorway will be perfect for Easter and will go through the summer.

Step One: The Materials & Theme!

Last week I took a trip to a local floral wholesaler since Miss Cayce’s doesn’t have a spring line yet! I wanted good quality floral and ribbon. I was looking for great spring colors and good texture.
The Base!
I chose an interesting loop for my base. I loved the green mossy look with grapevine. It’s fun and different than the round transitional wreath that has been on my door since January.

Different Style from the normal wreath!

Add Textures!
Show Me Decorating has taught me that texture is good so I picked two different greenery backgrounds for my first layer.

Notice the difference in texture between each other and the loop!

Ribbon!
Such an important ingredient and one of the hardest to find! Good wired ribbon with great color will add a such an impact and finishing touch.

Colorful & Wired!

Florals!
I picked my favorite spring flowers-Zinnias and Gerber daisies. I also love geraniums but didn’t find any that were as real looking as these. The most fun part of decorating is using things that catch your attention or that you love!

The colors go with our themed ribbon!

Tools!

Essential to easy decorating, great scissors for cutting ribbon, floral wire to attach bows or floral to my loop, needle nose pliers for bending wire or flowers or snapping floral wire, chenilles and zip ties to attach greenery or to use on bows.

Gathering tools beforehand increases efficiency!


Step Two: Let’s Decorate!

Attaching the Greenery!
I use the zip ties to attach the fern to the loop! Much better than hot glue because I can move it around or next year if I want something different it’s easy to remove.

A Show Me Decorating Technique: Adding Texture!

Placing the Flowers!
I like to decorate on an upright surface so it was easy to hang on the door and place my flowers. I used our Show Me Decorating technique by starting with the largest and working my way down. If I didn’t like where I put it, I just pulled it out and placed somewhere else. I attached my flower stem’s in the middle with a zip tie. You could also use floral wire or a chenille. I cut the long white piece and the middle will be covered with my bow.

Place the flowers how YOU want it!

Bows!
Now, I’m ready for my bows. I tied a half bow with the lime green ( you can tie great bows if you have the Show Me Decorating Recipe for Holiday Decorating App), then I tied the Pink/lLime green polka dot with two loops on each side and tied the yellow embroidry across it. I then placed another half lime green bow with a long streamer to weave down my arrangement.

Adding the bows to the middle!

Finished!
I’m ready for Easter this weekend and Spring/Summer. I’m not a designer but I followed what Kathy and Becky have taught me and I don’t think I did half bad!

My Front Door Finished!

Quick Tips!

Good quality product with wire in the floral and ribbon. It makes all the difference in the world when you work with it because it’s forgiving and moveable! It will also last longer because if it get’s smushed in the attic over the winter I can fluff it or reshape it!
Happy Decorating Y’all!
Jennifer Sharrick

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