Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Treat Bags

Found time to finally get these bags ready to put on etsy.  They are personalized with the message of your choice.  Handmade paper bags are 9" x 5" and colorful!  Order or See HERE

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Unity Candle

You can tell that September and October are busy wedding months.  These are some of the fall unity candles and memorial candles I have shipped this week.  I love the way the basic design is made unique by the choice of colors for the wedding.  Want to order one?  Click HERE to get to my Etsy store.




Monday, August 27, 2012

PARDON MY DUST

Trying to revamp the look of my blog and failing miserably. So poke around, wipe your feet and don't laugh to bad as I work on it. It is a busy time of year for me so it might look this way for a little while

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Paper Straws - Oh la, LOVE them


I too have joined the fan club of paper straws and started offering them in the Bowling Green, KY area as well as on Etsy. I have stripe and polka dotted version. Just email me at wreathartist@aol.com if you need some :)
See how I used these in decorating:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wedding Fans, Wedding Programs






This year I have already made quite a few sets for couples. One design was also shown in the Something Blue section of Kentucky Bride magazine. Check out some of the fans I have shipped through my Etsy store this year.


You can also see more on Pinterest from me by clicking on the Pinterest link in the right column of the page or click HERE

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crockpot Pulled Pork Butt




I found a recipe on Pinterest that I wanted to try to use as a starting point for the crockpot. I love my crockpot and use it all the time. It must have been a working woman/mother that created the first crockpot :) My family favorite is my Chicken and Dumplings made in the Crockpot. Cracker Barrel's can't touch mine, they are so much better (at least that is what my family and friends tell me). But I wanted something new and decided to try and do this. It also lets me make it ahead and freeze it for summer dinners.

1 Boneless Pork Butt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tbspoon Lawry's Seasoning Salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup coke (love the way it fizzes in the crockpot)
1 Vadalia Onion
1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's Bar-B-Q sauce



Preheat Crockpot on high while prepping. Chop the onion into wedges and scatter in the bottom of crockpot. Note - I spray my crockpot with PAM before using, saves scrubbing later.
Place the pork butt on top of onions. Pour OJ and then the coke over the butt. Sprinkle with the Lawry's and then the Brown Sugar. Squeeze half the bottle of sauce over the butt and reserve the other half. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or until fork tender. Remove from crockpot and let rest for 10 minutes. Take two forks and pull the meat apart placing in a glass bowl. Add the remaining bar-b-q sauce to desired consistency. I got enough meat from my pork butt for two meals for three people. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Deco Mesh Flip Flop Summer Wreath

I save the red, white and blue decor till early June. So for my May, early summer, I went with a flip flop theme. I created giant flip flops and attached a wooden Curlz monogram for my wreath. Attached it and added some bright butterflies. My mailbox is a car stopper, lol. I went with the three colors of mesh I sell (hot pink/white, yellow/white, aqua/white plaid) and more flip flops. These are kids flip flops from the dollar tree. I created two more of the giant flip flops for the wooden post. Would this decor catch your eye?




Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Easter Centerpiece Video segment from today




Today on WBKO Midday Live we made an adorable bunny centerpiece for your Easter decorating.  We used a 12-14" grapevine wreath, moss mat, moss rocks, greenery and spring flowers.  Quick and easy project.  They only keep the video link like for a few days so if you want to watch click on the links here
My live tv segment one is at - http://www.wbko.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6837170

segment two is at - http://www.wbko.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6837174

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kirkland's got in these cute mossed birdnest baskets for $9.99. They stand about 13-14" tall. This is what it looks like plain.


I cut up a few dogwood stems from Hobby Lobby and added to the basket as well as a few sprigs of pip berries.  I want to get different eggs but this is all I had on hand.




Thursday, March 1, 2012

Deco Mesh Easter Mailbox Decor

I have a love/hate relationship with my mailbox. I live in a sharp curve and this really slippery when wet. After losing multiple mailboxes, including the indestructible ones, we put up a pole box. It is just a pole with a box, UGLY!!!! But I have found I can dress it up easily for the holidays. There is a retirement home a few blocks away and many of their residents were customers of mine over the years. So they like to see my mailbox decorated up. Today was a BEAUTIFUL day. 70 and sunny on March 1st. Super nice after yesterday's severe weather outbreak here. We are supposed to get that again tomorrow :(. But in the meantime I needed to decorate it for Easter.     



The top part features an Easter Basket overflowing with spring flowers. The "grass" skirt is actually deco mesh that I have used a slicing technique on to create the layered effect of grass.



At the base of the pole I added another basket of flowers and a Easter bunny peeking from it.



Lots of swirls and puffs of several different colors of deco mesh wrap around the pole. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mason Jar Wine Glasses

Today on MIDDAY I shared a few ideas for incorporating mason jars into a vintage wedding theme.  I showed how to make the Mason Jar Wine Glasses as well as a few other ideas.  The Mercury Glass Candle Holder actually hangs or is beautiful on a table.  It came from Kirkland's in Greenwood Mall and is orderable in four different colors.  The one shown is the pewter colored one.  To personalize it I used a rhinestone pin from the Wearables section of Hobby Lobby.  Take wire cutters and remove the clasp and then hot glue it to the metal work on the front of the candle holder.  You can also glue those to the mason jars if you get the smooth mason jars from the Crafts department at Hobby Lobby.  The mason jars for the wine glasses came from the Dollar General store and are $7.99 for a case of 12.  The candle stick holder also came from there for $1 each.  Use E6000 glue (Hobby Lobby) to glue them together letting them sit for 48 hours before washing.  They are a great take home favor.  If you need custom tags for them I am happy to work with you on a paper order to create just what you need. 

Wedding Season 2012 has begun

I love this time of year.  Holiday decorations are packed away as are all the supplies to make them.  Now I can concentrate on my Wedding projects.  I attended my first Bridal show of the season this past weekend with my good friend Terri, Celebrations Off Main in Russellville, KY.  She had her MOJO Photo Booth at the show and I got to help her with it.  Seeing all the new excited brides was wonderful but in a few cases it made me feel old.  Several of the "little girls" I coached years ago in cheerleading/drill team are now getting married.  Where did the time go?  I haven't posted many wedding photos on here lately since the focus has been on seasonal decorating.  But I want to share a few.  These table numbers were shipped last week to a couple that decided they didn't want to use "numbers" but to personalize it with the names of their favorite Bob Marley songs.  The others are photos of things that have all shipped over the last few weeks to brides across the USA, Australia and Canada.  Hopefully this evening I will get the photos of how to make the "Red Neck Wine Glasses" posted as well.  I demo'd those today on our local midday news show.  Follow me on Pinterest, visit my webstore or you can drop me an email or join me on Facebook.






Sunday, January 8, 2012

Join Wreath Artist on PINTEREST

Hi I am Lynne and I am addicted to PINTEREST!  Judging by the response and chatter about PINTEREST I bet many of you are as well.  If you are on PINTEREST follow my boards at http://pinterest.com/wreathartist/  If you aren't on there yet and need an invite just drop me a comment with your email in it.  I won't publish your email but will send you an invite.  Happy Pinning!  I am going to start moving several of my online photo albums there over the coming weeks.  Happy Pinning and don't forget to send me a link to your boards so I can follow you!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Valentine Wreath from Deco Mesh

Took advantage of the 65 degree day which is rare for January in southern Kentucky.  Got my Valentine Wreath made and up on the front door.  Donated the Christmas Wreath and stuff to St. Vincent De Paul's thrift store.

Is this one pink enough?  I decided to give it a new twist.  It is built on a grapevine heart basket with two shades of pink deco mesh spirals.  The basket area is filled with pink dew drop roses, pink and white filler and glittery pink heart picks.  Curly metalic heart ting ting sprays were made by wrapping them around a broom handle, removing and wiring to a floral pick.  Love the wreath and want one like it?  You can order from my etsy store for under $45.

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.