Miss Cayce's Christmas / summer

Show Me Bright, Fun, Flip Flops and a pop of Black and White

Show Me Bright, Fun, Flip-Flops and a pop of Black and White

So bright you might need shades!

What says summer better than Flip Flops or (thongs as we called them in high school)?

I love color and I love, love black and white, and mixing together is triple love.

I also love to repurpose, reuse and recycle my decorating decor.

Hop on in...everyone is welcome!

Hop on in…everyone is welcome!

I took my Easter/Spring wreath, removed the easter focal points and eggs and now I have a great base for my summer flip-flop wreath.

Repurpose and reuse Easter/Spring wreath base

Repurpose and reuse Easter/Spring wreath base

Gather your ingredients:

wreath base

ribbon

flip-flops (Hobby Lobby) in assorted colors

Assorted wired ribbon in bright fun colors to coordinate with flip flops!

Assorted wired ribbon in bright fun colors to coordinate with flip-flops!

At $1.59 a pair, I bought extra to make some fun flip-flops with my granddaughter, Emma!

Next match up ribbon with flip-flops and cut in lengths, about 1 yd to 1 1/2 yds.

 1 Pink flip flop tied with orange paisley wired ribbon.

1 Pink flip-flop tied with orange paisley wired ribbon.

Take length of ribbon and tie onto wreath base

Take length of ribbon and tie onto wreath base

Ribbon tied on ready to add 2nd flip flop

Ribbon tied on ready to add 2nd flip-flop

2nd flip flop tied on

2nd flip-flop tied on

Now continue the process of cutting length of ribbon and tying onto 1st flip-flop till all are complete.

P1050411 P1050412Now attach additional pairs of flip-flops to your wreath base. I chose to stagger the pairs and hung last pair lower on bottom of wreath.

3 pairs of flip flops tied on to wreath base

3 pairs of flip-flops tied on to wreath base

Final pair of flip flops tied on

Final pair of flip-flops tied on

Burlap wired ribbon will add the finishing touch!

Burlap wired ribbon will add the finishing touch!

Now I can flip flop into summer entertaining!

Now I can flip-flop into summer entertaining!

I love the whimsical relaxed look of this wreath!

So I think I will put on my thongs…Flip-flops and head to the pool for some sun!

Happy Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Show Me Summer Time Seashells and Celebrations

Show Me Summer Time Seashells and Celebrations

Show Me Sells Seashells by the Seashore….or should I say decorates with seashells…..

Summertime brings on lazy days, boat outings on the lake, travel, walks on the beach, family reunions and weddings!

I have two ideas involving seashells, flip flops, wreaths and the all important ingredient….. Ribbon

We recently set sail on the Carnival cruise ship the Magic! What an incredible trip with our daughter Rebecca and her best friend of all times to celebrate their 15th birthday’s!

Jena and Rebecca celebrated their birthday's with a dolphin ride in Cozumel, Mexico

Jena and Rebecca celebrated their birthday’s with a dolphin ride in Cozumel, Mexico

We love the sand, the sea and the beautiful blue of the Caribbean water!

Maya Key, Isla Roatan Honduras

Maya Key, Isla Roatan Honduras

While on our trip I collected a few seashells, rocks and coral that had washed up on the shore. Since this is a favorite of mine I have a glass jar in my bathroom filled from many of our trips. However it was full and while shopping at Hobby Lobby I spotted 50% off glass jars with lids and snagged one! It is perfect and as you can see and it still has plenty of room for more shells so I can take more trips!

Seashells Show off in a Glass Jar

Seashells Show off in a Glass Jar

Now I love decor that can do double duty, and since our son Will recently proposed and Susan accepted I have wedding planning on my mind.

Will and Susan

Will and Susan

We have been discussing parties, engagement celebrations, wedding decorations and reception centerpieces and I had an

ah ha moment!

I could dress up this glass jar for a warm, inviting, summertime engagement celebration!

The theme is established: seaside

List of ingredients:

Glass Jar: Hobby Lobby

Seashells collected or purchased at craft stores

Wreath

Ribbon

Ribbon selection and twister grass wreath

Ribbon selection and twister grass wreath

I have a choice to go with a more rustic elegant look, touch of burlap, more mono chromatic or bright, fun with a touch of black and white!!

Who wants to see both?

1st option: Rustic Elegance

Glass Jar with twister grass wreath

Glass Jar with twister grass wreath

Closeup,rustic elegant seaside centerpiece

Closeup,rustic elegant seaside centerpiece

Glass jar and twister grass wreath ready for ribbon

Glass jar and twister grass wreath ready for ribbon

Burlap wired ribbon with a Caribbean blue edge is perfect!

Burlap wired ribbon with a Caribbean blue edge is perfect!

Tie bow and add a longer tail to work around the wreath

Tie bow and add a longer tail to work around the wreath

Simple, classic, rustic elegance

Simple, classic, rustic elegance

Great centerpiece for a beach party

Great centerpiece for a beach party

Wired ribbon bow, burlap with turquoise blue edge

Wired ribbon bow, burlap with turquoise blue edge

I want to add a table runner to extend the centerpiece down the middle of my table, there are several options: purchase a table runner to coordinate, use a length of material or mesh. I think I will opt for the mesh because it is light and breezy!

I need to add a welcoming front door piece and the Glory Haus Happily Ever After burlee is it,

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Just add a bow to coordinate and create a great 1st impression for your guest! (gift to the engaged couple to decorate their new home!)and personalize with wedding date!

Next post…..Option 2: Bright Fun with a touch of Black and White!

Happy Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Show Me Bunko Party, 4th of July Style

Show Me Bunko Party, 4th of July Style

Mom, ready to host her Patriotic Bunko party!

Mom, ready to host her Patriotic Bunko party!

Our mom has always been a great hostess. We grew up with wedding showers, bridesmaid luncheons, graduation parties and a host of celebrations large and small.

She always allowed us to participate and by doing so, we all learned to entertain and love to!

She has a group of friends that take turn hosting their Bunko group. We are so proud that mom hosted this month because she had not done so since she broke her arm, had surgery and survived therapy!

The 1st step to make your entertaining easier is to decide a theme, and because it fell the 1st week of July, a patriotic theme was chosen (plus she had a collection of red, white and blue goodies) So mom gathered up her red, white and blue table cloths, flag squares, patriotic pails (to fill with candy), star centerpiece explosions, and small red, white and blue candles. Card tables were set up for bunko play and her dining table was set to serve buffet style.

Bunko tables are set and ready for fun!

Bunko tables are set and ready for fun!

Coordinating Patriotic paper goods mean less clean up!

Tip: Investing in washable table cloths allows for multi-purpose use from party to party.

Place table cloth on table and add collection of patriotic goodies.

Place table-cloth on table and add collection of patriotic goodies.

Abe Lincoln stands tall on antique metal lunch box, beaded necklaces (used to mark the bunko) add some whimsy!

Abe Lincoln stands tall on antique metal lunch box, beaded necklaces (used to mark the bunko) add some whimsy!

Metal picnic basket elevates the red tulips with a red, white and blue floral garland tucked in.

Metal picnic basket elevates the red tulips with a red, white and blue floral garland tucked in.

Next was deciding the menu and a picnic theme came to mind, with fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and Blueberry Ice Box Pie.

Easy as Pie! for the 4th of July!

Easy as Pie! for the 4th of July!

Tip: To enjoy a party, plan food that is pre made: potato salad, broccoli slaw salad kit and fried chicken. (no hot kitchen or last-minute prepping) Serve food in platters and bowls that coordinate with your theme!

Platters, bowls and serving pieces were gathered up to coordinate with the table-cloth and marked with post it notes of food they were to hold. White bowls, red platters and blue specked tin wear were all put to use.

The centerpiece was created from a drum lunch box (mom’s from a high school fundraiser), a metal picnic basket (which belonged to the original Miss Cayce’s), a basket of faux red tulips and ivy (they resides year round on the kitchen table) and an Abraham Lincoln wooden figurine from my collection.

A metal cross is displayed on the corner of the picnic basket, a nod to the sacrifice of so many for our freedoms!

A metal cross is displayed on the corner of the picnic basket, a nod to the sacrifice of so many for our freedoms!

Tip: When creating a centerpiece, consider shopping your home, bookcases, shelves, cupboards and closets for items that relate to the theme. Use different textures, materials and heights for interest.

Now have fun in displaying the food. Fruit is perfect for summer and what says picnic more that a watermelon. Be creative and scoop out all the melon leaving a bowl you can carve to serve it in.

"Watermelon Bowl" and cantaloupe are a refreshing summer time treat!

“Watermelon Bowl” and cantaloupe are a refreshing summer time treat!

"Watermelon Bowl"

“Watermelon Bowl”

Filled serving bowls and trays become part of the centerpiece, when food is served buffet style.

Filled serving bowls and trays become part of the centerpiece, when food is served buffet style.

Good food displayed is great food and a fun celebration!

Presentation, presentation, presentation!

Happy Decorating Y’all and Happy Birthday America!

Becky and Kathy

Guest are welcomed at the front door with a fun firecracker popping 4th of July wreath, a hint to the celebration inside!

Guest are welcomed at the front door with a fun firecracker popping 4th of July wreath, a hint to the celebration inside!

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Show Me Your Patriotic Pride

Show Me Your Patriotic Pride 

I love summer and I love America. The fact that two of my favorite holidays are close together, Memorial Day and the 4th of July allows for multi use of my collection of patriotic goodies.

It is a great time to gather all the Red, White and Blue and start decorating.

The front door and porch are the first place to start.

Red Tinsel Wreath with Popping firecracker and big Red Check bow!

Red Tinsel Wreath with Popping firecracker and big Red Check bow!

It is as easy as 1,2,3 4th of July!

Red Wreath (also used for Christmas & Valentines)

Red Wreath (also used for Christmas & Valentines)

A great wreath base is key, heavy wire construction and good wired branches allow for using over and over.

Gather ingredients, Ribbon, focal point and star garland

Gather ingredients, Ribbon, focal point and star garland

3 Key ingredients, wreath base, ribbon and focal point.

the back of the Celebrate America with Roundtop Collection's large Explosion! has a wire loop to attach to the wreath.

the back of the Celebrate America with Roundtop Collection’s large Explosion! has a wire loop to attach to the wreath.

No glueing allows for items to be repurposed from year to year.

Add the length of ribbon securing with the wreaths wired branches, attach the focal point, tie a bow.  Need to know how to tie a bow?  We have an app for that! www.ShowMeDecorating .com

Now we are ready to add the bow.

Now we are ready to add the bow.

Learning how to tie a bow is easy, especially with our fabulous wired ribbon.

Learning how to tie a bow is easy, especially with our fabulous wired ribbon.

Our wreath is complete, adding a warm welcome and great 1st impression to the front doorway.

Our wreath is complete, adding a warm welcome and great 1st impression to the front doorway.

It also looks great on the front of the house for all to see!

It also looks great on the front of the house for all to see!

Happy Birthday America and Thank you to all our Brave men and Women who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom I enjoy!

 

Happy decorating y’all!

Becky and Kathy

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Do you create a good first impression? (2012)

I st impressions matter!

Will Your 1st Impression, Open or Close Doors?

You never get a second Chance to make a 1st Impression!

You CANNOT, NOT make a first impression.

 

People always form an initial impression about us, our homes, our offices, our businesses the 1st time they come in contact with us, in person, over the telephone or at our front door.

The experts differ on the number of seconds it takes to create a 1st impression, but between 7-17 !

Vision leads the pack of our senses used to make a first impression, smell is second.

Cleaning, sweeping, fresh paint, clean glass, cobwebs, etc (don’t miss up high)

 

“The 1st time I passed through the country of Switzerland, I had the impression it was swept down with a broom from one end to the other every morning by housewives who dumped all the dirt in Italy” Argentinean Journalist

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A Welcoming Entryway

  • Pots
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Round Top metal pumpkin with purple and lime green dots! I love the way the green sweet potato vine pops against the orange

Assorted sizes, proportion to entry way, freshly planted and maintained

  • Flower Beds

Cleaned, trimmed, planted, mulch

    • Furniture
    • My bench with fall cushions, new fall wreath on the front door, notice the lime green berries that coordinate with my color scheme!

A bench, chairs, pillows, and rugs allows you to treat your front porch like an outdoor room. Leave plenty of access and don’t overcrowd.

  • Lighting

Nice fixtures, sconces, all price ranges, sizes and colors or finishes,

  • Wreath, door piece or banner

What Season is it?

Everyday- coordinate with the color of door, house trim and brick. make sure the wreath or door piece is proportionate to the size door. step and view from the street.

 

Summer- consider a “fun”doorpiece to celebrate summer! flip flops, sunglasses, beach toys and garden tools

 

Fall/ Halloween- many wreaths and door pieces can be created to change from fall to Halloween and back to fall. adding some spooky is fun for trick or treaters. celebrate the beginning of fall and school starting with a decoration made from school supplies!

Welcome Trick or Treaters!

Wire on fall garland and fall picks, add ribbon bow and a fall sign as your focal point

Lisa Frost canvas banner coordinates brick and trim

 

Christmas –this is the time to go all out! add the sparkle and shine!

 

Winter/ Valentines- a plain grapevine wreath accented with a large fun bow can be placed after Christmas, think about adding a valentine or oversized heart to celebrate Valentines Day

Welcome to my home! Happy Valentines day!

Easter/ Spring- bright greens (St. Patricks Day) are a welcome sign after a cold winter, easter grass and easter eggs, complete with a basket and bunny can make a welcome entrance way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Changing of the Seasons

  • Pick out a visible location or spot in your home (mantel, entryway table, island, buffet, etc.)
  • learn to tie a bow www.app.showmedecorating.com from our “How To” app! $2.99

This Egg-tra special display celebrates Easter!

Storage Solutions

  • Clear  Store holiday and seasonal decorations in clear tubs clearly marked with the holiday or season will make it easy and convenient to decorate

 

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Happy Decorating y’all!

Kathy and Becky

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Open or close doors….Ist Impressions

I st impressions matter!

Will Your 1st Impression, Open or Close Doors?

You never get a second Chance to make a 1st Impression!

You CANNOT, NOT make a first impression.

 

People always form an initial impression about us, our homes, our offices, our businesses the 1st time they come in contact with us, in person, over the telephone or at our front door.

The experts differ on the number of seconds it takes to create a 1st impression, but between 7-17 !

Vision leads the pack of our senses used to make a first impression, smell is second.

Cleaning, sweeping, fresh paint, clean glass, cobwebs, etc (don’t miss up high)

 

“The 1st time I passed through the country of Switzerland, I had the impression it was swept down with a broom from one end to the other every morning by housewives who dumped all the dirt in Italy” Argentinean Journalist

A Welcoming Entryway

  • Pots
    Follow Me on Pinterest

    Round Top metal pumpkin with purple and lime green dots! I love the way the green sweet potato vine pops against the orange

Assorted sizes, proportion to entry way, freshly planted and maintained

  • Flower Beds

Cleaned, trimmed, planted, mulch

  • Furniture
  • My bench with fall cushions, new fall wreath on the front door, notice the lime green berries that coordinate with my color scheme!

A bench, chairs, pillows, and rugs allows you to treat your front porch like an outdoor room. Leave plenty of access and don’t overcrowd.

  • Lighting

Nice fixtures, sconces, all price ranges, sizes and colors or finishes,

  • Wreath, door piece or banner

What Season is it?

Everyday- coordinate with the color of door, house trim and brick. make sure the wreath or door piece is proportionate to the size door. step and view from the street.

 

Summer- consider a “fun”doorpiece to celebrate summer! flip flops, sunglasses, beach toys and garden tools

 

Fall/ Halloween- many wreaths and door pieces can be created to change from fall to Halloween and back to fall. adding some spooky is fun for trick or treaters. celebrate the beginning of fall and school starting with a decoration made from school supplies!

Welcome Trick or Treaters!

Wire on fall garland and fall picks, add ribbon bow and a fall sign as your focal point

Lisa Frost canvas banner coordinates brick and trim

 

Christmas –this is the time to go all out! add the sparkle and shine!

 

Winter/ Valentines- a plain grapevine wreath accented with a large fun bow can be placed after Christmas, think about adding a valentine or oversized heart to celebrate Valentines Day

Welcome to my home! Happy Valentines day!

Easter/ Spring- bright greens (St. Patricks Day) are a welcome sign after a cold winter, easter grass and easter eggs, complete with a basket and bunny can make a welcome entrance way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Changing of the Seasons

  • Pick out a visible location or spot in your home (mantel, entryway table, island, buffet, etc.)
  • learn to tie a bow www.app.showmedecorating.com from our “How To” app! $2.99
  • This Egg-tra special display celebrates Easter!

Storage Solutions

  • Clear  Store holiday and seasonal decorations in clear tubs clearly marked with the holiday or season will make it easy and convenient to decorate

 

like us on Facebook Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store  http://www.facebook.com/MissCaycesChristmasStore or

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Happy Decorating y’all!

Kathy and Becky

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Show Me Costa Rica Vacation Memories!

Peering out my kitchen window I can read my sign “Pura Vida”…… and it takes me back on vacation! (if only for a moment)

Watch the video version of this blog at http://youtu.be/k9FuXyTyiTE below!

 

As back to school approaches I am still enjoying the family vacation to Costa Rica through my pictures and travel souvenirs!

Will and Rebecca having fun!

As many tourist do, we got caught up in shopping! We enjoyed the local hangouts and loved all the tropical vibes of Costa Rica! One shop “the Costa Rica Coffee Experience” in Jaco had wonderful customer service! We bought coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, tea, t-shirts, a colorful butterfly and a scarf! The staff was so gracious and generous with coffee samples and information on all the spices, native plants and gifts of Costa Rica.

Shopping "the Costa Rica Coffee Experience" Jaco, Costa Rica

After returning to reality and dry West Texas, I was unpacking all my goodies, the thought crossed my mind to create a wall decor for my back patio that we could all enjoy and remember our fabulous trip and the lush tropical greeeeeeeeeeen!!!! (ok we are in a drought so this is a big deal even if the leaves are permanent botanical, they are green and look real!)

Tropical palm tree by pool in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

I hope  you enjoy and as always our goal is to create to inspire, to educate so you will decorate!

View of vacation decor from my kitchen

Lets Get Started!

Gather all materials: Tropical leaves purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby, travel souvenirs, green florist wire, green pipe cleaners and green florist tape. My inspiration came from all the lush green landscapes we saw, colorful flowers and butterflies and the Costa Rica motto “Pura Vida,” Pure Life!

1. Gather materials: Tropical greenery and vine base

2. Collect Vacation trinkets from travels

3. Freeform vine for base, (grapevine wreath could also be used)

I like to work with my base on an easel , the freeform vine allowed me to have a structure to wire everything to. It also looks like the vines we saw hanging everywhere.

4. Big leaf, feather leaf and vine wired together

5. Camoflauge mechanics with green florist tape

6. Using a green pipe cleaner blends into greenery twisted to hold loop together

7. Greenery stems are bent and twisted to form a loop

8. The freeform vine and tropical greenery wired together

9. A green pipe cleaner attach to screw eye on back of butterfly

The souvenirs I purchased came with hooks, however picture hanging materials can be added when needed.

10. Focal point wired on, butterfly and "Pura Vida" sign tops it off!

At this point a bow could be added, and if you need to know how to tie one, we show you how on the app!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/show-me-decorating/id386099720?mt=8

However I purchased a colorful scarf and decided to use it running thru my design and secured with a wire (no glue allows me to wear it at a later date!)

11. Scarf run through, ready to hang and enjoy!

Notice how the greenery looks just like the greenery from the tropical palm tree! Amazing!

So enjoy your vacation or trip a little longer by assembling a decorative wreath or swag to hang and make use of all your favorite travel souvenirs!

As always……..

Create, Inspire, Educate you to Decorate!

Happy decorating Y’all!

Becky McCraney

Back to school is next…………….

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Show Me Some Flip Flops & Flamingos!

What says Summertime better than Flip Flops ? (or thongs like we used to call them! Ha!)

I was ready to change to an all out Summer Time wreath. So while perusing the isles @hobbylobbystore, I spied flip flops in every color and they were on sale!

Flip Flop sale!

So I chose pairs in different sizes and colors for interest and variety. Next I purchased a plain grapevine ($5.99 a great inexpensive base) and decided to spray paint it a bright green. (This color would pop off my dark brown door)

Grapevine and spray paint

Tip: When spray painting objects it is best outdoors, and using an empty box allows the paint to have better coverage.

We like to use indoor/outdoor spray paint

Tip: A gloss fast drying spray paint works great!

Now gather all your materials

What goes better with Flip Flops than Flamingoes? Flamingos were purchased from Wally’s Party Store for about $15. When making a wreath I like to have variety of colors, patterns and sizes. I also have my stash of ribbon in a clear tub marked ‘Ribbon’ for easy access.

Tip to Recycle:

I recycle or reuse all those little or big pieces of ribbon, bows and trim from packages, gift bags etc. This is a great project to use up all those saved pieces!

Pink Bow is wired to left side of wreath

I tied a bow out of left over Christmas Ribbon from Rebecca’s tree and added a black and white polka dot ribbon tied across the middle.

Tip: If you need to know how to tie a bow you can learn how with our Show Me App for iPhone & iPad!

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Back of flip flop with wire attached

Next I prepped all my flip flop pairs by attaching wire onto the back wrapped around the middle tab. This allowed me to wire the flip flops onto the wreath.

Flamingo with pipe cleaner legs

Brown pipe cleaner hot glued into leg holes.

Pair of flamingos attached

I placed one flamingo in the middle of the wreath and wired on with the pipecleaner legs (this won’t show after ribbon and flip flops are added. The other flamingo was attached with thin wire around the neck and one of the legs under the body.

I like to work with three focal points on wreaths:

One: The bow

Two & Three: The flamingos

The flip flops and ribbon will  be our supporting stars!

More flip flops wired on!

Dress up flip flops with ribbon tied on

Add assorted ribbon pieces tied on to grapevine

The More ribbon the merrier! I added a green bow (still tied from a package) to the neck on the flamingo to hide the wire. I let longer lengths of ribbon hang from the bottom of the wreath. Have fun mixing and matching with the ribbon, loop it through the grapevine and tie.

Summer is Welcome

Show Me some flip flops and flamingos and I will Show You a fun summer time wreath!

Show Me Decorating is here to Create, Inspire, Educate you and you go Decorate! (or entertain)

Happy Summer!

Becky McCraney

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Show Me Some Creative Summer Time Fun!

It all starts with “I want to make something (it’s 9pm) what can I do, I am bored!”

That is what happened on a Thursday evening with my 13 year old Rebecca. As we searched around we located a blank canvas (bought on sale at Hobby Lobby) and then we pulled out our stash of scrapbook paper (also from Hobby Lobby). Gotta love that store (and their sales!) and decided with the half jar of Modge Podge we could create a fun canvas for her new room she is decorating! The square canvas was the exact size of the square scrapbook paper that looked as though it was hand painted in orange and dry brushed with pink.

Rebecca decided to create flowers by tearing shapes, round and oval and layering different patterns of paper to create a bohemian flower pattern. She also decided to copy one of her music sheets from Piano titled “Believe”. The contrast of the black and white music against the orange was beautiful.

Step 1. Rebecca gathers all her materials!

She painted the canvas with Modge Podge and then laid on the orange paper and smoothed out any air bubbles. Next she painted the area for the sheet music (laying it on an angle) smoothed out the air bubbles and painted the entire top with Modge Podge.

Flowers are next.

Tip: She drew her shapes on the back of the paper with a pencil and then tore them out using the pencil marks as a guideline.

2. Flower layers, with torn edges

Tip: After deciding on paper, background, shapes, color story or theme, layout the design before gluing down.

3. Laying out the design

4. Modge Podge the background layers

5. Layers of 1st flower

6. Modge Podge layers of flower

7. Brush on top coat of Modge Podge

8. Additional torn flowers and leaves are Modge Podged on

After the canvas dried over night, she dry brushed black acrylic paint on the edges to give a finished look and signed her name! Now to decorating her room!

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Show Me some flip flops on sale and I will show you a summer time wreath that you will be head over heels crazy about……

Flip Flop sale!

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“Show Me” a May Day basket!

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers!Well not in West Texas this year. We are in a total drought, yet I am still longing for some spring flowers. As I begin planning a spring wreath for my front door, I first went in search of a premade wreath with the ivy and flowers already attached. What I found was not big enough!

Pre-made wreaths

So while shopping I recalled the idea of a “May Basket” and begin to search for a “basket” for my front door! I love to improvise or repurpose an item for a different use than originally intended.

Metal wire basket with lining

Here is what I found on my shopping trip. This wire wall basket is used for brick walls or fences with growing plants, ivies or flowers. It was the perfect size to fit my door.
Hint ( know what size your door is before you go shopping)
Next because of our drought situation and not wanting to water plants on my front door I opted for the next best thing, permanent greens. As you can see there were lots to choose from! So how do you decide you may ask? I wanted ivy and trailing greens as realistic as possible and I also wanted two different plants to incorporate. The small needlepoint ivy and a trailing begonia ivy fit my look. Many of the greens were too shiny and plastic while these were very realistic!

Checking out the ivy and greenery

Next I wanted some spring color and decided on Pink Gerber daisies, orange marigolds, dogwood branches and a small yellow filler flower.
(Hint, I will repeat these colors in my closest flower beds and it will fool the passerby into thinking it is all real!)

Spring flowers add a pop of color

Now its time to assemble. I start by layering green styrofoam, gluing with hot glue the first piece to the bottom lining. I then cut and layered two more pieces glueing in between with hot glue. This will secure the arrangement with the door opening and closing and our crazy West Texas wind!

Wire wall basket filled with styrofoam

Now for the greenery, I cut the main stem and insert into the styrofoam, placing one on the left and one to the right. I did add hot glue before pressing into the styrofoam.

Greenery in wire basket

I spread out the ivy stems and shaped as needed.
(Hint: The great thing about wired product you can shape it and it stays in place!)
This is even pretty with just the greenery, but it’s spring and I want to add my flowers. I purchased them in groups of three and cut the stems as needed and added a touch of hot glue before pressing into the styrofoam.

Spring flowers in all my favorite colors.

The great thing about this arrangement is it is free-flowing and natural looking! Easy to do. I did group the Gerber daisies because they grow that way. The dogwood was very long so I was able to cut it in half and use in more places. The pop of white will show from the street.

Cute wooden welcome sign

This cute birdie will welcome all the guest who come to the door! I decided to take the ‘Welcome’ off and use the bird tied to the lower half of the basket and then wired the welcome sign at the top! Don’t be afraid to remake something to fit your design!

Welcome to my home!

So while West Texas prays for May showersI will welcome all who come to visit with my “May Basket.” Show us your Spring wreath or May Basket!

Becky McCraney
Becky@CayceChristmasStore.com

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Easter Decorating Can Last Through Spring & Summer!

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!
Jennifer Sharrick

Jennifer Sharrick & The Sharrick Family

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