Miss Cayce's Christmas / teen

Show Me A Lifestyle of Giving Goes Beyond the Christmas Season.

Create and give back, Miss Cayce’s home of Show Me Decorating partnered with Coton Colors and their Attached to a Cause Event!

and here is what happened……kids in the Permian basin benefited!

A Lifestyle of Giving

A Lifestyle of Giving

A Lifestyle of Giving Goes Beyond the Christmas Season.

Christmas is a time of giving and Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store has honored that tradition for over 30 years! Owners & Sisters Becky McCraney and Kathy Harrison are home town girls raised in Midland by parents Clarence & Betty Murray who still live here down the street from Kathy. Becky & Kathy graduated from Lee High school and have raised their families here also. They love the Permian basin and believe in giving back to the community that has helped them grow their business.

Kathy, Becky, Betty (mom) and Clarence (dad) at the NEW Miss Cayce's Christmas Store

Kathy, Becky, Betty (mom) and Clarence (dad) at the NEW Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store

It takes only one visit to the seasonal Miss Christmas Store to keep you coming back for more. The sisters and their staff work all year buying, planning and displaying the fabulous products purchased from all over the world and preparing their marketing strategies to include fun-filled events that feature specialty exclusive merchandise with great artist and vendors. But it doesn’t stop there; these events are always partnered with a charity that benefits as well.

Kathy and Becky were thrilled to partner with Coton Colors for their 2nd annual Attached to a Cause, charitable giving program Art with Heart, and Midland’s own Rays of Hope was the perfect fit.

Coton Color's attached to a cause.

Coton Color’s Attached to a Cause. Art with Heart.

Rays of Hope offers classes for children and teens who have experienced a loss due to death, divorce or other painful transition. Kelsee Jones says “Our goal at Rays of Hope is to provide a safe, neutral place for children and teens to do the work of grief.  Through facilitated peer support groups, we encourage children to use the creative arts as tools of expression.” If you know of a child or teen that needs this, please call (432) 684-5437 for more information.

Kelsee, of Rays of Hope, accepts the Happy Everything Platter from Coton Colors and Miss Cayce's

Kelsee, of Rays of Hope, accepts the Happy Everything Platter from Coton Colors and Miss Cayce’s

Kathy and Becky present Kelsee and Rays of Hope, the donated Art Supplies and Color Me Happy Coloring books.

Kathy and Becky present Kelsee and Rays of Hope, the donated Art Supplies and Color Me Happy Coloring books.

Having seen the positive impact of artistic expression while volunteering with pediatric patients Coton Color’s designer Laura Johnson created the “Art with Heart” Gallery Attachments for their second annual Attached to a Cause program. A portion of the proceeds from these limited edition attachments and the corresponding Color Me Happy Coloring Book will benefit the art therapy program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additionally Coton Colors will donate one coloring book for every one sold. Read more…

Coton Color's Happy Everything Base, Gallery Art attachment, Color Me Happy coloring book

Coton Color’s Happy Everything Base, Gallery Art attachment, Color Me Happy coloring book

Miss Cayce’s hosted their own “Art with Heart” event benefiting Midland’s Rays of Hope. During the month of February, Miss Cayce’s asked their fabulous customers and Coton Color fans to donate art supplies for Rays of Hope and in return they received a 20% off coupon. The sisters also offered the opportunity to Buy a Book and Give a Book. For every “Color Me Happy” Coloring Book purchased, Miss Cayce’s donated a book to Rays of Hope.

As a parting gift, Coton Color’s and Miss Cayce’s donated an “Art with Heart” Gallery Attachment and Happy Everything Base to Kelsee Jones at Rays of Hope, to give the children a place to display their works of art for all to see.

the gift of a Coton Color's Happy Everything Platter and Art attachment.

the gift of a Coton Color’s Happy Everything Platter and Art attachment.

“It’s a win, win for everyone” says Becky each year the girls select several of the many worthy organizations from our area to team up with. Sometimes it’s actual % of sales given, a raffle ticket for a chance to win a huge special prize like a completely decorated tree with Christopher Radko ornaments or customers bringing PJ’s for Safe Place and receiving a discount on store purchases.

Amongst the many charities that have benefited from Miss Cayce’s and the communities generosity are High Sky Children’s Ranch, Hospice of Midland, Rays of Hope, The Midland Junior League, Samaritans’ Purse, Christmas Shoe Box, Hunt for Heroes, American Red Cross, Safe Place, Young Life, Girl Scouts Of America, the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, Buckner Children’s and Family services and Casa De Amigos just to name a few!

Our store requires so much of our time and talent that it’s hard for us to serve on boards or lead out in each one of the wonderful organizations available to our community but this way we can give back in these big and small ways.

In 2013 the sisters moved their retail store to a NEW location at 1012 Andrews Hwy (behind Westlake Ace Hardware) growing from 8000 sq ft to over 16,000, allowing them to expand current lines and add new ones. Coton Colors is a manufacturer of colorful, handcrafted pottery, creative giftware and seasonal pieces to live life in style. They are a key supplier in the new location. The Coton Colors line along with new Home décor (rugs, lamps and furniture) is available year round at special events or by appointment, (432)689-7192.

Miss Cayce's Christmas Store, your NEW "Happy Place"

Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store, your NEW “Happy Place”

Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store will open for the 2014 Christmas season in their NEW location, 1012 Andrews Hwy, on Friday Sept. 5. Bring your friends and families, experience your NEW “Happy Place” and we will serve you a warm cookie and a soft drink while you shop. We promise you’ll be glad you did.

Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, instagram and twitter, www.CayceChristmasStore.com

Happy Giving y’all,

Kathy and Becky

Create, Inspire, Educate to Decorate

Show Me Decorating for all your seasonal decorating!

The following is  a list of art supplies Rays of Hope can always use:
Fun & colorful duct tape
Large construction paper (legal size or larger)
Scissors (all sizes)
Acrylic paint
Canvases (small/medium)
Paint brushes (all sizes)
Hobby Lobby or Michael’s giftcards (we use these to purchase frames for our teen photography class)
Dry erase markers/erasers/cleaner
Clear tape
Ribbon
Yarn
Google eyes
Cardstock
Glitter glue
They can use all kinds of art supplies, so any donation is wonderful!
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Show Me a Tween tree…upside down?

Rebecca's tree..... upside down or inverted?

A tween is considered a girl ages about 9-14…too old for toys, but too young for boys….follows fashion trends (@urbandictionary), so how do you decorate their room for Christmas? An upside down tree? It is actually called an inverted tree, and what better way to let them express themselves and their style than on a tree!

Rebecca followed the Show Me Decorating steps www.app.showmedecorating.com

A theme and color story

Ribbon

Florals

Balls

Check out Rebecca’s You Tube videos where she demonstrates on the upside down tree that is an inverted tree. The inverted tree is made with the shorter branches attached to the pole at the bottom and branches get longer as they are progress up the pole. It comes with a stand similar to any faux tree stand and can sit on the floor. She chose a simple look by placing the tree in an oversized tree ornament stand. The Rest of the steps at the bottom :)…

Angled view of tree!

Fun colors, textures and finishes make for an interesting tree

Glitter pink flower sprays,and blue chenille curls are funky florals used in this tree!

Peace, Love and Christmas!

Who is ready to decorate? We want to help and Show You How!

www.app.showmedecorating.com

www.bowapp.showmedecorating.com

Our Show Me Decorating apps, find all the basic steps, tips and techniques to get started!

Rebecca is definitely leaning towards a teenager and her decorating changes every year. Enjoy last years tree…..notice some of the same decorations?

Rebecca used a 4 1/2 white tree, elevated on a colorful box for her tree a year ago!

The bright colors really pop against the white tree!

Rebecca's Tree compliments her room! She can sit and wait on Santa!

Hummm…I wonder what is in store for 2011???? any guesses? a wall tree above her new bed?

Check into see….

Happy Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

No iPhone? No problem get the DVD and guidebook at www.CayceChristmasStore.com

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Show Me Some Birthday Cupcake Cones!

Yummy goodness in a cone! and it is not melting!

Rebecca turned 13 this year! She is officially a teenager! So this called for a fun birthday party which included Pizza, “Big, Better, Best Scavenger Hunt,” Purple Cows, and Cupcake Cones. We are always looking for new ways to serve birthday cake!

We decided not to bake the cupcake batter in the small cones (as many have done) but to use the larger waffle cones and stuff them with layers of cupcakes and frosting.

Steps

We made 1 box each of butter and milk chocolate cake mixes.

We did 2 sizes of cupcakes, miniature and regular. We needed the smaller ones to stuff in the cones first and then top off with the large cupcake, filling with buttercream icing in between. The icing acts as glue to hold it all together! Here is a step by step look at the process (in the pictures!)

The Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes in 2 sizes.

First stuff a miniature cupcake in waffle cone

Now pipe buttercream frosting on top

Tip: Piping the icing in was the best method, we used disposable bags with the tip cut off.

Add another mini cupcake

We made some all vanilla, all chocolate and some mixed and used the icing colors to differentiate.
Tip: We matched our icing colors to the birthday paper goods for a coordinated look!

Piping on second layer of frosting

Add large cupcake and ice the top to look like an ice cream cone & sprinkles add the finishing touch!

Cupcake cones, drying on a box

Tip: We used a box with a lid and made holes for the cones to stand up in while the icing dries. A shoe box worked great also.

Rebecca taste test one! yum!

Big better best winners!

The winners returned with a Hello Kitty waffle iron, toaster and a Harley Davidson mini collectors grill!

Big Better Best Scavenger Hunt

http://www.perfect-partygames.com/teen-scavenger-hunt.html

We decided our drinks would be the Purple Cows (like we enjoyed from the Shake Shack on our New York trip!) to go with our fun food, vanilla ice cream and grape soda!

http://shakeshack.com/mobile/menu/madisonsquarepark.php

Show Me Decorating is always about creating, inspiring, educating and then you decorating (or in this case entertaining) with simple step by step ideas.

We enjoyed our party! My little girl is a teenager!

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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!

Happy Decorating

Becky McCraney

Owner

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