By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
On Nov. 19, Janet Dean of the Mathiston Florist entertained and educated the ladies of the Maben Home and Garden Club in the art of design with the latest in Christmas décor.
Janet, a Mississippi State horticulture graduate and an experienced designer, kept the ladies in awe with the beauty of her designs and the simplicity of construction.
One of the most interesting tips was the three-second rule: cut rose stems on the slant and into the water in three seconds; if you can’t get it in there in three seconds, then recut the stem.
Burlap is a big item again this year, not only used as ribbon bows, but made into flowers, covered ornaments or deco pieces.
Adding scented candles centerpieces, plus several types and textures of ribbons add greatly to the beauty of the design.
Glitter on anything and everything is still going strong; right along with anything from nature, especially bird nests, birdhouses and branches.
Wreath bases simplify centerpieces; just add picks of ornaments, birds, feathers, even some fresh greenery and some flowers.
Janet says she arranges many designs in papier-mâché bowls that can be interchanged in different containers.
Tall crystal vases when filled with natural elements, such as buckeyes, hold candles in place; place the vase into the center of a wreath: green or dried grapevine, then add picks of ribbons in various textures really add pops of color.
Metal containers are another big hit this season: gold, silver, copper and mixed colors.
The traditional Christmas colors, red and green, are still favorites, but lots of non-traditional colors are exploding out all over, such as turquoise, teal, copper, pink, purple and brown.
Domes covering deco pieces are most attractive when placed in the center of green wreaths, especially with added burst of color with picked ribbons or picked ornaments.
Apothecary jars filled with shiny ornaments are really simple deco pieces.
Even small 8-inch wreathes surrounding Christmas figurines add a pop of color in other rooms in the home besides the living room or dining room.
Janet invited all the members to come check out her shop for supplies and finished pieces.
Mrs. Jane Collins presented a beautiful and appropriate-for-the-season devotion: “Are you praising God?” She concluded her devotion by handing out tips to praise God in practical ways.
The afternoon program was finished off with a short business meeting where the club made donations to St. Jude and to the Palmer Home, in addition to reminding members that dues and calendar money needs to turned in to the appropriate person.
The Yard of the Month committee asked for suggested spots for the sign to be placed. The sign was placed in Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ross’ yard for November.
Three members gave new phone numbers to be placed in the yearbook.
The monthly door prizes, which were donated by Jane Collins and Catherine Gardner, were won by Gladys Hendrix, Lorelei Morgan and Jackie Christopher.
The Christmas Lighting Contest will be Dec. 19. Judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. Ribbons (1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM) will be awarded for Best Door, Best Window and Best Overall for the homes. Best Business awards will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention. First-place winners will win a monetary prize. Certificates will also be awarded to place winners.
The Dec. 10 meeting will be in the home of Ms. Dottie Dewberry.