Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Moss Covered Boxes

Well....I told you I'd be changing my centerpieces!  I just didn't know it would be so soon!
I've been making these for a loooooooooong time.  And I'm gonna show you how as well!
Please note...this WILL make a mess
First you need this:
All this stuff came from a wholesale florist supply company called Halls in Atlanta.  Well, except the ribbon.
Thanks sister.  If you want info on where that came from just ask!  Gotta find out myself.  I did however find some at Michaels but it was too wide.
The candles and candlesticks came from Crate and Barrel
Here we go:
16 Rectangular florist foams (I added two after I took this pic)
4 Large bags of moss
Hot glue gun
Large bag of wire floral picks
Long wooden skewers
Assorted fruit (live or fake)
Water chestnuts
Now, here's what cha do:
secure the foam into boxes
I did 2 small and one large
(The small ones need four and the large ones need 8)
and, I stacked the foam for the large box sideways to make it taller.
 cut the skewers off at the foam (make sure it doesn't come out the other end!)
 take your wire florist pick (not sure what these are called)
 place the moss all over the box and secure it into the foam with the picks making sure there are no gaps
Now, be sure that you really cram those picks in because you don't want the silver picks to show through

 Cover the entire box
 Take your ribbon.  Any will do but I chose burlap
 Drape it over the box
 And wrap it around the box
 Tie in the middle
 And tie a bow

 Let the tails fall over and cut the ends at an angle
 Take a pick, press it in the fruit and secure it onto the box.  If you use water chestnuts hot glue them on.
I really wanted to use artichokes but couldn't find any!
 Here's the finished product!!!
and again!
The cost?  Around 50.00
ask me any questions!!!  I'll answer!
happy night y'all!

Time for Some Christmas Planting!

Every year I plant these:
 OH how I love my amaryllis!
I start with a simple bowl or vase.  These came from Anthropologie and I think they still have em.
 I fill mine with stones.
The stones came from Michaels.  Now. You can use stones or dirt.  Which ever you desire.
 It's just this easy.  
Trim the roots.  Secure the bulb in the stones so that they don't tip over when they grow taller. And keep em watered!
(How bout that blue screen on my TV back there?)
And while I'm on the blue screen.... Why don't they just make a simple ON-OFF button on remote controls anymore? I can't get the darn blue screen off my TV.
I mean really.  All I want is an ON-OFF button....ON-OFF.   Is that too much to ask????
 Don't worry, I'm not leaving these little babies alone by themselves on the table.  Because I use all live greenery, I don't decorate til the 2nd week in December.  And I'm sure you'll see what I do.  Trust me.

Actually, as I'm looking at this pic I realize that I'm going to move these somewhere else.  Maybe to the buffet and then I've got a surprise for you for the centerpiece of my table.  Probably Wed or Thursday's blog.
Now, on to paperwhites....I usually order all of my bulbs from a company on line but this year I just got em at Home Depot....i.e. cheap.
Let's hope they will thrive!
Start with a bowl, any kind that you can find from your house.  I chose this one that just sits around and gets stared at
 since this bowl is quite porous,  I lined it with plastic wrap-actually, that stick and seal stuff (or whatever it's called, I'm too lazy to get up and check that out for you) (I'll let you know if it works)
 fill with dirt or stones
 then just stick those sweet little babies in there! Be sure to water frequently
 So, now that I decided the amaryllis will be on the buffet, I will move these somewhere else!  Heck, I may just put paperwhites all over my house.  I love the way they smell.  Some people however think they smell like badddddd breath. (I must like the smell of bad breath) 
Be sure to stay tuned!  As soon as I find some really good magnolia leaves I'm gonna show you how to make a magnolia wreath.  I'm also going to do moss covered Christmas boxes.  Both are fun, simple and beautiful!
Have a wonderful Tuesday y'all!

Monday, November 29, 2010


Time to stock up on the world's favorite adult (and kid) beverage holder!!!
and guess what?????
THEY'RE 40% OFF!!!!
It's a brilliant invention for a handsfree beverage enjoyment!!!
It's a DOOZY!
My smart, sweet, wonderful son sells these!!!  AND I might add, is having a sale on them right now for Christmas!
Look at all the things you can do while "THE DOOZY" holds your beverage!!!
 not a bad swing while holding THE DOOZY
 even lil kids like THE DOOZY!
 don't know that I'd recommend the bottle one here
 or here
 now...this is a TRUE Southern gentleman.  Notice he takes his shoe off before putting it on the table
and he's MAN enough to wear a PINK DOOZY
 Dogs love THE DOOZY
 and....they come in LOTS of colors, AND you can have them customized!!!
This is THE PERFECT stocking stuffer!!!
and type in
for your 40% discount!!!!
Have a great Monday y'all!
(it's W's birthday!)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

On to....What to Give THAT Man for Christmas.....

Why do men never want anything????
 I mean, I can think of a million things I want and W doesn't want a thing.  It's the hardest thing in the world buying for a man.  Seriously folks.  (well, unless it flies or floats....anyway, you know the joke...rent it.) okee dokee....moving right along......
Well, I found this absolutely wonderful company.  So look no farther than.....
Colonel Littleton
(straight outta Tennessee)
here's a few little items "I've" put on "W's" wish list for him
this beautiful alligator agenda
and it comes in leather for 1,000.00 less
 a money pocket holder
 coasters for his office
 luggage chains
 eye glass holder
 seriously, for the man who has everything.....a leather flyswatter
 I Pad case
 I think this money clip is Divine!
a very unique knife
 "W" would love this
we gave these last year as business gifts and they were a huge hit
 Now on to pens....
W's favorite thing.  He collects them
These all came from The Fountain Pen Hospital

Orvis again

and Orvis again (a really, really great jacket)
And if yo man likes to grill....definitely The Big Green Egg (it's the BOMB)
and...some steaks to go on that egg....and...let me tell you.  If you wanna make someone really, really happy, send them these steaks.  Seriously folks, you WILL NOT ever eat one better.
Personalized stationary for the man (like W) who likes to write Thank You notes
(a very personal gift)
Now, if your man hits his ball in the woods a lot....this is the club for him
a Taylor made rescue club. (ask W)
and,,,if you wanna get a few laughes...a custom made bobblehead
and finally....if you're a Bama Fan (sorry, just had to throw this in there!)
There ya have it!!!  Some manly man gifts!
have a great Sundee y'all!!!