12.07.2011

Candy Cane Centerpiece & Give-Away

 Whew......I don't know about you but either I have had too much spiked eggnog or I am just plain old and worn out.  I think it's the latter.......too bad!  :)   All these blogging parties have been a blast.  Problem is, it makes me want to go back home and redo my Christmas decorating.  There is so so much inspiration out there!  Thanks to our hostesses and all those participating.  Today, Sherry of the blog, No Minimalist Here, is having us all to her house for a holiday dining looky.  I haven't seen what she has done yet, but knowing Ms. Sherry it's going to be fabulous.  I am joining in with a little tutorial and a GIVE-AWAY today.   I am also joining Tamara, over at the Greenhouse Diaries, for her Great Poinsettia Challenge.  Thank you Tamara for this fun challenge. :)
Look at the candy cane
What do you see
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my savior
Who is sinless and pure
"J" is for Jesus, my lord,
that's for sure
Turn it around
& a staff you will see
Jesus my Shepard
Was born for me
Years and years and years ago, back when Santa Claus first began,  I saw this little item, in Southern Living magazine I think, and kept it filed in the back of my mind.  Today, it comes out of that far away region.  I thought it was just so cute, easy and inexpensive to create, and a colorful, bright and charming centerpiece or table decor.  It would be so cute at a children's dining table, in the kitchen (where I put mine) or to give as a gift.  



 Here's a little tute on how to make this sweet centerpiece.   I chose a small poinsettia and was lucky to find them at Lowe's for 98 cents.  Yeah, you heard that right....98 cents.  People were buying them up like crazy.  Anyway,  you could use the original container but I removed mine, because of the lip.  I replanted in a used plastic store bought icing container.   It's important to punch some holes in the bottom for drainage.  I used an old ice pick.  You could also just leave the plant in the original container and slip inside another container.  


I found my candy canes at the Dollar Store for guess how much?.......a dollar!  :)  I used 3 dozen but yours will be more or less depending on the size of your container.   Then just simply hot glue the candy canes all around.  Try to use a container with no rim.  Use lots of glue and a high temp. gun would be best.  That's it!  Easy Peasy!  (hint....if you have trouble with getting hot glue on your fingers, use a metal thimble...works like a charm)


To go along with this sweet treat today, I would love to offer a GIVE-AWAY.  I was recently sent some cook books to review by Flame Tree Publishing of Fulham, London.  I have to tell you, they are truly delightful.  Loaded with gorgeous photography of each recipe, as well as tips and hints and fabulous old fashioned prints.   Not only will you enjoy the recipes but you could use the images in your art work.  :)   You will have your  choice of either Family Teatime or Grandma's Recipe Treats,  each totally charming.  Just leave a comment on this post and I would love for you to follow if you aren't already and let me know.  I made the Lemon Bars you see pictured here from the Teatime book.  Aren't they pretty?  They are not real real sweet and perfect for tea time or breakfast.  I will be serving these at Christmas.  I look forward to seeing you and don't forget to sign up.
 



Family Teatime, edited by L.K. Bulbeck and published by Flame Tree Publishing, is priced at £9.99. For more information please visit the Flame Tree Website
Grandma’s Recipe Treats, edited by L.K. Bulbeck and published by Flame Tree Publishing, is priced at £9.99. For more information please visit the Flame Tree Website


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18 comments :

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Thanks for the mention and for joining my party. The candy cane vase is adorable! A really cute project. This would be perfect for a hostess gift.
Hugs,
Sherry

Pattie said...

Can't wait to see.... Happy Holidays

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh, I love recipe books! I am a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Sarah said...

Cute idea. Thanks for sharing this.
Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

Bonnie said...

Your poinsettia with candy canes caught my eye right away. It is a great focal point. Those lemon bars look delicious! Great message on this post.

Shelia said...

Hi Lynn! Oh, this is absolutely precious! I love this idea and one I could do. 99 cents? Wow! Now that a little bargain.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.be a sweetie,Shelia ;)

Leann said...

Hi Lynn

I've been following for quite awhile my friend. Love the use of candy canes for added Christmas beauty. and those lemon bars look great. Count me in on the giveaway I'd love to win a copy.

Enjoy the season!

Leann

Crimson Heart Studios said...

I love that you have the true meaning of the candy cane posted. Your centerpiece is really cute. Come by my blog if you have the time. I have a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway. I think you will like it. Blessings, Cindy

Sue said...

This is just so darn cute, all wrapped up in candy canes! You are not alone in the "can't handle it anymore" department. LOL I have had the worst time trying to get organized this year and am still not done. I can't find things..... Age related, perhaps? Now excuse me as I go searching for those little bottle brush trees that go in my village..... hugs, Sue

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Your candy cane flower pot is so sweet!

Dee

Marydon said...

What a simple yet gorgeous idea. I wil have to give this a try! Our Lowe's doesn't sell the Poinsettias THAT cheap, lucky you!

Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

GIVEAWAY ENDS 12/9

~~Rhonda said...

The vase is really cute. I have been wanting to do something like to hold a large candle. Maybe this year!
My daughters made a candy cane tree that turned out really cute. You can see it here, amidst the Christmas clutter on the kitchen table.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/christmasnotebook/6439953501/

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos! ~~Rhonda

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

I love the candy cane verse - I always forget that one! Nice to be reminded. And, candy canes for a vase, not bad (okay, surrounding a pot). BUT those lemon bars look like they taste awesome. Yum. Would love the recipe if not the book!
I thought I followed you last week, but I am now. I've been having trouble with the following feature. Hm. Wonder what's up with that! Anyway, it really is off to bed for me now (just said that on your Pink post and on Beverly's and ... it's definitely time to hit the hay!) Thanks & Hugs, Jenn

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

PS - ooh I see I barely got in on the deadline! But, if you don't see my little black and white dog profile on your followers, let me know. It's there now. We'll see if he sticks! :) Jenn

Anonymous said...

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Margaret Cloud said...

What a great idea, will have to give it a try, thanks. You always have such great ideas to pass on to us. Have a nice weekend.

http://findingsecrettreasures.blogspot.com said...

I love your candy cane planter! The perfect home for your Poinsettia!

Sarah said...

Of course I'd love to win!! I'm a follower! :)

HaPpY (late) pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

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