Thursday, October 13, 2011

Deco Mesh Christmas Angel

Tried to create an Angel.  She still needs a halo, thin gold garland of stars on her head.  Hopefully it looks like an Angel.  She is huge, 36" tall.

Christmas Wreath - Tree Shaped

32" tall, flat backed wreath is perfect for doors, walls or even at a graveside.  I will be offering these in several color schemes.  One as shown is $30.  I will have these at Farmer's Market on Saturday.  They would look great with my Glitter Wire Monograms as well!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Christmas Tree made from Deco Mesh

Work in progress, now that I have the basic shape and how to do it down I can go back and embellish the tree.  This one stands right at 3 ft tall and took a roll and a half of the mesh.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Unity Candles

This is my newest Unity Candle design and it has been well received.  These shipped last week.  Notice the crystals on the trees?  I am Etsy's leading Unity Candle store.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Deco Mesh Candy Cane

My first attempt at a deco mesh candy cane.  Needs some ribbon embellishments and a snowflake.  It is about 3 ft tall.  What do you think?  Does it look like a candy cane?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Decorating is almost done

I am trying to get stuff made for farmer's market and at the same time get my house decorated.  LOVE fall!  Here are a few of the things I made for myself.   The grapevine angel makes such a welcoming arrangement.  I do offer those for sell in my ETSY STORE. 

 Took the "witch's is in" wreath to the market and sold it. Had priced it high enough I figured I could keep it. But a gentleman from IN decided he needed it more than I did :). I had bought the wood stocking at a trade show in OH so it was the last one.


One corner of my living room.  My youngest son and I painted the bench in the corner together when he was like eight or nine.  It was a flea market find.  The day we painted it was so cold we could only stay outside for a moment or two at a time.  I cherish that memory. 


Here in Kentucky we stack our pumpkins beside the door. I started making these grapevine witch's hats a few years ago. They are labor intensive but I love the look.  I had to try out pumpkins to find just the right ones.  Kind of like trying on an outfit but the opposite.


 Easy monogram pumpkin wreaths for kid's doors or to place along a driveway, door, etc.  I sell these at the Farmer's Market as well.  Polka dotted ribbon and deco mesh bow finish it off.  These are also easy to ship and they are $11 plus shipping if anyone would like one.  They are also a great teacher's gift.




Thursday, September 15, 2011

Snickerdoodle Muffins

The taste of wonderful Snickerdoodle Cookies in a warm, mini muffin just welcomes your love. Anyone that knows me knows I love making mini muffins. While some recipes are family secrets this one isn't. Ever since I saw a labor intensive recipe for these on line and tried it, I just knew there should be an easier, less messy way to get that same great flavor. After many attempts and lots of shared muffins with family and friends I developed this quick, easy and lessy messy way to get those wonderful muffins.

SNICKERDOODLE MUFFINS
By Lynne Carey

Ingredients:
One box of KRUSTEAZ Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix (ignore all directions on box)
One large egg
One stick of butter, softened at room temp (don't melt and add hot butter to mix)
1/4 c. water
3 tbs. milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with PAM or cooking spray. Open box and set the cinnamon sugar mix aside. Add all other ingredients to large bowl and stir to create dough. Stir till well mixed and it pulls away from edges of bowl, scrap down sides. Sprinkle 2/3rds of the cinnamon sugar mix over the dough stirring to swirl it in. I do 1/3 and stir then the other 1/3 and stir. Reserve the other 1/3 to sprinkle over the tops. Scoop and drop into mini muffin tins (2/3 full). When all tins are filled sprinkle remain mix over the tops before placing in oven. Bake 12-15 minutes or until tops are set. Check with toothpick or knife. The smell is awesome and is a good indicator of doneness as well. Makes 34-36 mini muffins.

If sharing the recipe please give credit or link to my blog. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Deco Mesh Mail Box Wreath




Just quickly did this tonight. It isn't complete as I couldn't find the rest of my flowers in all the boxes in the studio. I need to learn to label, lol.

Supplies - one roll of deco mesh 21" wide in your choice of color
- scarecrow from the Dollar store (this one was $5 and I broke most of the stick off the back so he could sit not stand)
- flowers, fruit, filler
- floral pins (often called greening pins, U pins, S pins, etc)
- clear packing tape
- scissors, wire cutter

Step 1 - Take a piece of styrofoam and use clear packing tape to adhere in to your mail box.



Step 2 - Stick scarecrow into the center of the foam block allowing his legs to dangle off each side of mailbox.




Step 3 - Take deco mesh in your choice of color. Gather one end and get up close and personal with your scarecrow by pinning this in his crotch area on the foam. Use two pins.





Step 4 - Make loops by gathering (not twisting) the decorative mesh and pinning to the block. I went to the left first, around the front, to the right and the around the back. I used about 1/2 a roll of the mesh. There are 10 yards on a roll.




Step 5 - Cut and add flowers of your choice around the block, sticking through the mesh into the foam. Add fruit and other picks as desired.





I have done this for all seasons with different centerpieces (pumpkin, angel, snowman, season metal decor)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mason Jar Light Sets and Putkas


Farmer's Market is starting again for me in September. With that in mind I have been making lampshades for it. I just decided to add a few to my etsy store as well. This is a set - you get the shade of your choice, one cup of my scented Putkas (OrangeBerry, Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon Vanilla and a battery operated tealight. The shades are hand cut and assembled by me with love. You provide the regular mouth mason jar. Besides the fall ones shown I have snowmen, roosters, santa, apples, florals, friendship, rustic, prim, etc. I also loaded a set of three into my etsy store. A little bit of trivia for you....years ago I used to create a line of 8 shades exclusively for Longaberger Basket Company. Their shades were designed using their artwork and went on their Blue Ribbon Mason Jars. Need shades and have your own fixins and lights? Just let me know and I can do a custom listing for you on etsy for just the shades.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Weddings - Table Numbers and more






I must confess I took a summer vacation from my blog. It has been so busy with weddings that I just needed to take a break. For the benefit of my brides I maintained my facebook page for them on a daily basis. But since brides rarely visit here, just those canvasing for crafting ideas, I didn't blog. But summer is almost over. That means a slow down in the wedding season and a chance to work on fall crafts for my return to the Farmer's Market the first week of September. This is the first time in many years that I won't be working in the retail decor business which means I get to enjoy working on fall/christmas crafts in the season instead of putting things out in May at Hobby Lobby, where I worked. I long for the first cool breath of fall, the first chill of the air, the way Mother Nature dresses herself in Autumn hues, embellished with late blooms of mums. I sleep better, have more energy and more creativity in the fall. What about you? My fall buying trip is in two weeks in OH. Fall is coming!!! My booth at the Farmer's Market will overflow with Grapevine Wreaths, Witches Hats, Banner, Garlands, Pumpkin Poo, Witches Brew and more. But to get it ready I have lots of work to do and wanted to share a few of my favorite wedding orders from the summer.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Its been awhile ....pics






I mainly update my facebook page now but know many still come here. Here are a few of things I have been working on over the last few weeks:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mesh Wreaths, Spring Wreaths, Unity Candles, lots of pics









I don't update my blog as near as often as I do MY FACEBOOK PAGE so for the latest pics always check there. But I have been busy since leaving my other job. Here is what I have been doing:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just a few unity and memorial candles


these are all shipping today or have already shipped. There will be many more this evening.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lots of pics from the last week








Unity Candles, Memorial Candles, Chair Tags and so much more

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beyond the Cupakes in Cupcake Shooters



Aren't these new containers exciting? The clear plastic allows you to see the treat you are about to enjoy. The traditional way to do so is to simply put two mini cupcakes and icing in the push up container. While that is yummy and great for a kid's party, the containers are also great for other treats. Here are some of my favorite no mess, no utensil ways to enjoy. All are great for your summer entertaining:

*Banana Pudding Pops - Place a vanilla wafer in container, add a spoonful of pudding, another wafer then more pudding, repeat layers and finish off with a dob of whipped cream

*Mud Pie Pop - Cute and edible - Crush chocolate cookies in a bowl, add about a half inch of the crumbs to the push up container, then layer in chocolate pudding - inserting a gummy worm or bug(or even a couple) into the pudding so it is visible against the plastic, then another layer of cookie crumbs, a dab more of pudding and finally finish off with a gummy worm or bug of your choice :)

*Strawberry Shortcake Pop - Take the poundcake dessert cups you see at groceries - cube it. Place several cubes of shortcake in the push up container. Add fresh sliced berries and whipped cream. Repeat layers and garnish with a slice of fruit. This actually works with other fruits as well. Laura Rogers of WBKO suggested adding blue berries for a red, white, blue sweet treat for Memorial Day or July 4th parties. What a great idea!

*Cheesecake Pop - Crush graham crackers in a bowl and add about 1/2" to your container. Then add a tablespoon or two of cheesecake pie filling (I use Jello brand), more cookie and then more pudding. Garnish with a slice of fresh fruit.

*Ice cream pop - Why not use your favorite receipe for homemade ice cream and create your own push up pops?

*Frozen Slushie - Make your favorite alcoholic or non alcoholic frozen drink receipe and enjoy.

Part one of the video is HERE
Have an idea? Hit comments and I would love to hear yours.
Need containers? - BUY HERE Call me or send me a note per comments or EMAIL. Shooters are $12 per dozen plus KY sales tax (if in KY). If local you can pick up or I ship. Enjoy your summer - you earned it!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Unity Candles, Wedding Fan Programs and more.









It has been a busy week in my studio. Now I face Kentucky Derby, proms and Mother's Day in my day job as a floral designer. But I needed to get some photos up.  Remember you can purchase through my ETSY STORE AT www.wreathartist.etsy.com