December 15, 2011

Sending Wreaths as Gifts using Tapeswell.com

I have many customers who send my wreaths as gifts.  If you would like to send a wreath as a gift it is easy; when you place your order, you can either tell me via phone, email or contact form that you will be sending this as a gift or you can make a note during checkout.

Additionally, I will include a hand written card (with your message of course) to your recipient to include inside of the shipping box. This adds a very personal touch to the gift as a whole and the recipient will feel you took more time in choosing their gift as well as writing their special message.

To really make it special, I wrap my shipping boxes in additional decorative tape (when available) making it look as if it is wrapped in ribbon, of course it is just tape, so it doesn't interfere with shipping. I found a great company I purchase most of my decorative tape from and it is tapeswell.com.  They have a large variety for all occasions, seasons and uses.







Here is a wreath I've boxed up for shipping and then I've wrapped the box in the red damask tape in a present-like fashion for the holidays.



It just gives it an extra touch don't you think? Their shipping is fast too. You should give them a try.

Until next time,

Happy Wreathing, Ya'll

December 11, 2011

It's A Deco Mesh Christmas

Once the Christmas custom orders started to settle down, I had to get busy with decorating my own home. And due to the success of my ebook, Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design, I decided to decorate the outside of my house with deco mesh.  Since the colors of red and lime green were extremely popular this year, I decided to use these colors for the outside of my house.


First, I started by making ten deco mesh wreaths for each of my front windows.


I used 18 inch artificial evergreen wreaths as my base. These are sold at every hobby and craft store and are very inexpensive.  I used the 10-inch deco mesh ribbon and alternated the colors to give it more of a whimsical look.  I have to say that creating a deco mesh wreath on this type of wreath form is more difficult than any of the other wreath forms. I first had to mark points where I wanted to tie in my deco mesh.  Then I needed the deco mesh to extend past the wreath form, both on the outside of the wreath and the inner circle of the wreath.

I created a video demonstrating how I marked my wreath and tied in the deco mesh here:








I made the garland around my door using two 9-foot x 14 inch evergreen garlands, two 10-inch colors of deco mesh in red and lime green colors and 30 yards of ribbon in 3 different patterns.  I then wired each ornament and flower into the garland.  I also demonstrate how to make a deco mesh garland my ebook.



My urn planters were stripped of their fall plants.  I had already spray painted tree branches black that I use in my planters year round to give more height and dimension and decided to leave these in.  I wrapped the deco mesh around the base of these branches an added floral picks and ornaments in the same color scheme of red and lime green down the center of the deco mesh.  Bright red poinsettias flank the door.

Here are more pictures of my urns:


Thanks for looking and I hope this helps with your own decorating.

Here is another deco mesh garland made for a customer that was shipped.



As you can see from the picture below, it was huge (measuring 24 feet). I guess I could have removed the dirty tennis shoes before snapping but this is my life. LOL



Time to start planning for Mardi Gras!

December 4, 2011

Holiday Deco Mesh Wreaths

Poly Deco Mesh, Deco Poly Mesh, Geo Mesh, Decorator Mesh, Art Mesh...it's all the same and extremely popular right now though it's been around for many years. It's a great and inexpensive way to add a punch of color to your decorating, whether it be for the holidays or for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations or weddings. Depending on how you dress it up, it can either be funky or more traditional; making it very versatile.

The vinyl mesh is soft, durable and waterproof making it perfect for outdoors or indoors. The mesh material holds it shape well! Deco Mesh comes in many patterns and colors. Mesh with the metallic foil woven in is very popular during the holidays because it adds extra sparkle when the light hits it.

Check out some of the wreaths I've made and sold on my website, www.southerncharmwreaths.com:










































You too can learn to make your own deco mesh wreaths here: Learn to make Deco Mesh Wreaths

November 21, 2011

SALE! Save Money By Making Your Own Wreaths!

My absolute FAVORITE reference book is newly REVISED and ON SALE for a limited time!! Nancy Alexander's Secret Vendor List saves me $100s EVERY DAY, still! How? Because I've implemented Nancy's proven techniques! This ebook is so full of tips, SECRETS and techniques, it will have you saving money too! Get introduced to vendors you have NEVER heard of including a deco mesh vendor selling 20-inch mesh wreath forms (that's right..20-inch for smaller wreaths), 21" deco mesh ribbon roll for as low as $3.50 a roll, and where I now purchase my lush greenery at rock bottom prices! You will not be disappointed!! Nancy is always available for your questions and offers a money-back guarantee, so you have NOTHING to lose...See more here or by clicking the book image below!

Thank you Nancy for always providing the best information on wreath making!

November 2, 2011

Another Amazing Deal to Share With You!

This deal is just too amazing to pass up and I had to share it with you! I know my competition will be upset with me for sharing with you my secrets to making successful wreaths and decorations but some things I just can't hold back on...that is just how I roll!

If you have purchased my ebook, Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design, then you will recall that I spoke of a DVD I purchased when making my first fall wreath, Pumpkin Patch by Nancy Alexander with LadyBugWreaths.com.  I have also purchased Nancy Alexander's other DVDs and they are ALL very professional and VERY informative.  Nancy is a great teacher and motivator giving such detailed steps slowly that anyone, regardless of skill, will be able to replicate.  So when she released this Christmas DVD package and at a discounted bundled price, I knew I had to share!  If you purchase all three DVDs together, the discount is so great that it is basically like getting one DVD for FREE!

Start learning NOW so you can start making your own silk floral wreaths for Christmas!
To take advantage of this amazing deal, just click on the images below and it will take you to her website.



Unlike other DVDs you may have purchased online before, Nancy is ALWAYS available to answer any questions and help you achieve your goals in any way she can. You WILL BE MAKING AMAZING wreaths, centerpieces and decorations in no time flat with this HUGE package of resources! 

October 13, 2011

Sam's Club Sells Deco Mesh for $6.98 & Ribbon (50 yrds) for $7.98!

2011 Sam's Club Display

As I find great deals, I want to pass them on to my followers! There is no hiding the fact that I absolutely love, love, love wired ribbon and purchase it in great quantities! For the holidays, I love adding ribbons to my trees, wreaths, garlands, presents and more.  Sam's Club is a great place right now to purchase ribbon and deco mesh for your decorating and gift giving needs.

I've purchased the ribbon and mesh from Sam's and they are very good quality and come in a nice selection.  The ribbon is thick with a heavier gauge wire.  I also like the way Sam's adds test bows (see pic) to their display so that you can see what a bow will look like with the different ribbon selections.  Here are the prices I've seen at my local Sam's Club:

Ribbon: $7.98 for 50 yards, broken down that is 16 cents per yard or 5 cents per foot...crazy cheap!

Mesh: $6.98 for 10 yards, it's hard to find deco mesh this cheap anywhere unless you purchase in great quantities from wholesalers.

I've noticed, and other suppliers have confirmed, that customers are purchasing Christmas decorations and supplies sooner this year than last year.  So don't wait, check out your local Sam's club quickly before it's gone.

September 21, 2011

30% OFF Sale

August 16, 2011

I have to share this awesome deal with you!

If you have purchased my ebook, Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design, then you will recall that I spoke of a DVD I purchased when making my first fall wreath, Pumpkin Patch by Nancy Alexander with LadyBugWreaths.com.  I have also purchased Nancy Alexander's other DVDs and they are ALL very professional and very informative.  Nancy is a great teacher and motivator giving such detailed steps slowly that anyone, regardless of skill, will be able to replicate.  Her Ribbons & Bows DVD is a necessity for all wreathers alike. I highly recommend Nancy's DVDs and now she is holding a HUGE special on her fall series...purchase all three DVDs together and save almost $38!! That's like getting one DVD for FREE!

To take advantage of this amazing deal, just click on the images below and it will take you to her website.



P.S. Unlike other DVDs you may have purchased online before, Nancy is ALWAYS available to answer any questions and help you achieve your goals in any way she can. You can be making great wreaths in no time flat with this MASSIVE package of resources!

July 25, 2011

July Means Peaches

Hubby stopped by the produce stand and picked up a bushel of peaches last week and I finally got around to making a cobbler. I thought I would share my peach story and cobbler recipe with you!

As you can see I already used half for the recipe below

I have always loved peaches! As a little girl, my mamaw introduced me to the fruit when I was visiting with her one summer. I remember the sweet juices dripping off my chin in a sticky mess. I was in heaven and mamaw couldn't believe I hadn't had a peach before. I ate so many peaches that day, I made myself sick. Every July after that mamaw made sure peaches were at her house when I came to visit.

One year she told me that I could plant the peach seed in the yard and it would grow into a tree. Well I was all over that! I thought to myself a whole peach tree to myself with unlimited peaches, hot dog! So mamaw helped me plant that peach seed in the back of her yard. Every time I would visit she would show me the tree and how much it had grown. Eventually we were eating peaches off of MY peach tree. Sweet! Every visit mamaw would point out MY peach tree and remind me of our memories we had made together.

As an adult and struggling to grow my own produce, I would think back to that peach tree. How did that tree grow from a seed without effort? No pesticides, no pruning, what the heck? I couldn't help but wonder if mamaw planted a peach tree and painstakingly kept it alive so that when I visited we could relive our special moment visit after visit. Yes, she would do that!

Hot out of the oven!

So Simple Southern Peach Cobbler
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
8-12 cups peeled & sliced fresh peaches
sprinkle of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a 11x15 inch baking dish.
Blend together flour, baking powder, sugar and milk.
Pour batter in baking dish over the butter. Pour fruit in middle of batter and do not stir.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.

July 24, 2011

30% OFF Summer Wreaths

July 16, 2011

Summer Silk Wreaths For Front Door

I chatted with a lady on twitter the other day. She lives in Australia and she was asking if people in the states still put wreaths on their doors all year round. We'll of course given my wreathing passion, I had to respond back to her. "Of course we put wreaths on our door all year," I responded. Most put wreaths on the front, back and side entryway doors. LOL Wreaths make our homes inviting for our guests.

She responded back that where she lives, they only display wreaths during Christmas time. Wow I thought, learn something new every day. I relayed my amazement to this fact and suggested that she start a new trend there in her Australian town. She replied that she should and was tempted to make a wreath for her son's 5th birthday. I was excited that I inspired her and told her to send me pictures if she makes a wreath; so I hope she does.

But this tweet from a total stranger in another country got me to thinking. As I drive my children here and there, we see wreaths on most doors. When we drive to the coast for family vacations, there are wreaths on most doors. Wreaths are the norm.

If you are looking for summer silk wreath ideas, I've included some in this post. Some of these wreaths are for sale and some I've sold. But I have to wonder, what is the norm where you live--wreath or no wreath?



July 7, 2011

Non Traditional Door Wreath

This article was and I wanted to share it with you...


These are a unique idea instead of a traditional door wreath.   They are die-cut wooden wreaths that have been hand-painted and personalized.  A neat idea for screen door entries too. Below are a few different designs, again posted by seasonaldesign.  Eileen states they range in price from $29-$79 and found them on various artist websites:


If you are crafty by nature, then SEARCH “unfinished craft wood wreath” on Ebay.  You’ll find various  unfinished versions of these wreaths in different shapes and sizes and all of them are reasonably priced from $5-$7.  

I would probably recommend covering the back with felt so that they don't scratch the door plus it will give  the wreath a buffer when the little ones slam the door shut.

Do you have any non traditional wreath ideas? If so message me, I would love to pass them on to my facebook fans & add to my blog.

July 5, 2011

Another Poly Deco Mesh Wreath Sold!

While I do love and have an attachment to all the wreaths I design, I have to say this wreath was one of my favorites. I love it so much, I will be putting it on the cover of my new ebook, "Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design", which is scheduled to be released later this summer.

Deco mesh is the hottest craze now in wreath and floral designing and the owner of this wreath will be the envy of the neighborhood. This extra large funky wreath will easily last all summer. The deco mesh in this wreath consisted of a deep purple mesh with metallic foil which makes it sparkle. I attached additional white deco mesh into the wreath giving it more fullness. I added two types of ribbon to giving this wreath more texture; the primary ribbon was a 2.5 inch purple with white polka dots and the other was a white deco mesh. There were five large whimsical Gerber daisies in white tucked here and there.

This wreath measured 31 inches wide by 31 inches long and 11 inches deep.

I do not have the materials to remake this wreath but for more poly deco mesh wreaths, visit my website www.southerncharmwreaths.com!

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June 12, 2011

Hot Pink Passion Rose Peony Wreath Sold

This hot pink silk floral wreath was rich and vibrant in color. A great way to add a punch of color to your door for the summer. The flowers in this natural looking silk wreath consisted of Peonies, Roses, Hydrangea and Dahlias. I am now out of supplies for this wreath. I will re-list this wreath on my website (southerncharmwreaths.com) if I can find more supplies.



June 7, 2011

Another Significant Milestone Enjoyed!

There are only a few times in our lives that we reach milestones of significance and there is no greater joy than watching ones child achieve one of these. It was with great pride that I watched my oldest son graduate from high school this past weekend and it was such a bittersweet moment.

He has been an exceptional role model to his younger siblings and I'm so proud of the choices he has made. He has truly become a fine young man right before my very eyes; such an honor and blessing to have him in my life.

It is sad at times to see his high school journey come to an end but also a joyous time as he begins a new journey in his life by continuing his education at the University of South Carolina. The only university he even considered!

Of course for his graduation party, I had to make a USC wreath to adorn our very proud door. Here he is clowning around in front of it.


Another photo with his brother and sister.

However, the colors for his high school were green and white so I used green and white Poly Deco Mesh for inexpensive decorations. Check it out...

mesh wreaths

I made bows with the Poly Deco Mesh ribbon and hung throughout my house and on my mailbox.


I made these centerpiece swags using Poly Deco Mesh material and a dismantled wreath form (I demonstrate how to make these in my ebook, Learn Poly Deco Mesh Wreath Design). You could dress these up with tall candles on either side or by tying on wooden symbols of his youth (boy scouts, confirmation, etc.) or pictures of him growing up, I just ran out of time.

Poly Deco Mesh comes in all the school colors so you can tailor these decorations to meet your school color needs. While I used two rolls of different colors, some rolls of Poly Deco Mesh come already woven with two different colors on one roll (here is an example at trendytree.com).

Thanks for letting me share...now back to working on my ebook. Hope you are all trying to stay cool!

May 16, 2011

I made this Poly Deco Mesh wreath for my daughter!

I have made several wreaths for friends and their daughters. My daughter has been begging me for over a year to make a wreath for her bedroom. I actually started this wreath during Christmas season but always put it on the back burner. She was so thrilled to come home from school to see I had finally finished it.

mesh wreaths


I hand painted her initials to match her room colors.





I had leftover fairy ornaments from Christmas I had saved for her special wreath.



As you can see this turned out to be a big wreath. It measures 31 inches round and I used two rolls of the Poly Decorator Mesh; one in pale pink with foil and one in lime green. The ribbon is a 3-inch wired fabric ribbon with a harlequin pattern.


I added pale pink beads and also a pale pink & lime green beaded garland.

We are just waiting on daddy to hang it up and then I will take a picture and post once it's on the wall.

If you are interested in learning how to make your own Poly Deco Mesh wreaths, sign up for my ebook here! It is scheduled to be released mid summer 2011.

Don't forget you can purchase a Poly Deco Mesh wreath here on my website.
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