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It’s that time of year!  When the world falls in love….with fun foods and decorations and creative ways to spruce up holiday gatherings!  This month the craft emphasis is on ways to decorate your table and create beautiful tablescapes!

You may have had your Pinterest feed filled with lovely table settings, centerpieces and festive foods, but you know your limitations and don’t want to become the next famous Pinterest fail meme.  Don’t worry, I’ve committed a thousand Pinterest fails so I can guide you safely through all the pitfalls for a lovely, disaster-free, pinnable, didn’t-you-know-I’m-Martha-Stewart-Thanksgiving!

Candle Transfers

Not just for your table top, after the family comes to visit and sees your awesome personalized candles, they are going to want one for Christmas!  And you will be able to pop out a one-of-a-kind gift in no time and be able to have time and money for your holiday pedicure!

You can put literally ANYTHING on your candles!  Make an anniversary candle with numbers down the side to burn the candle down to each year (or birthday candles).  Photo candles to treat the grandmas. Monograms for those hard to shop for folks.  Or make one to match your tableware.

Learn how November 11, 1:30pm

personalized candles tablescapes

You will need to bring a light colored candle(s) And if you have any photos or graphics you would like to put on your candle, you should have access to that from your phone or mobile device. We will need to print that off during class. You will learn how to make your own custom candles from this class, but we will also go over how to use stamps for those who are technology challenged. The cost is $15 and you can bring more than one candle, all other supplies are provided. $15 / person (includes refreshments)

Click here for the Google Calendar event

Primitive Crates made from reclaimed wood

Build your own crate for your tabletop centerpieces.  We will also be personalizing them.  Make them for the holidays, or neutral so you can use them all year.  They make great gifts too, or fill them with goodies for a homemade giftbasket!  You might get addicted and want to crank these out for the holidays too!  They could hold your candles!

Learn how Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm
$20 / person all supplies included

Click here for the Google Calendar event

primitive crate from old fencing tablescapes
primitive crate

Tableware Workshop

This is a less specific craft because we are just going to work out all the kinks to your specific task.  We will be working on napkins, napkin rings, placecards, table runners, table cloths and placemats.  I found all kinds of pins about linen napkins.  Linen can run pretty high, so I found a creative workaround with duck cloth.  There are loads of print options and you get a similar feel and you can still make them fringed.  Of course if your heart is set on linen, you can bring that to.  I can get two napkins out of every 20 to 24 inches of fabric.  But if you get a little extra, you can make a matching table runner.  I used a drop cloth for my table cloth and I love the look.  So there are really so many different ways this thing can go.  If you need help purchasing your supplies, give me a call and I will help you decide what you need to get.

DIY tablescapes

The workshop is November 18th at 1:30 and is $10.

click here to see the google calendar event

Pumpkin Centerpiece

We are doing this centerpiece the day before Thanksgiving so those of you who love fresh arrangements can have it ready for the big day!  You can use real or fake pumpkins or flowers.

For fresh flowers, you will need

wet foam

crisp fresh flowers (not wilted in the least)

Fresh flowers pumpkin centerpiece tablescapes
Fresh Arrangement


For silk flowers you will need a dry foam disc (they are about 3 to 4 inches diameter)

pumpkin centerpiece wit silk flowers tablescapes
Silk Arrangement with Live pumpkin

Your flowers should have an assortment of 3 or more sizes and be complementary colors.  Keep in mind your pumpkin color and tableware colors.

fresh pumpkins if your arrangement sits on the top need to have short stems.

If you plan to cut your pumpkin open, be sure to feel all the sides for soft spots.  They will be starting to rot this time of year. Also, if you are cutting it open, be sure to bring a container that will fit inside your pumpkin as your pumpkin may not be waterproof (who knew?  Us Pinterest failures!  That’s who!  You’re welcome!)

Other fun things to add would be picks like a bird or scarecrow or glittered branches.

Pumpkin Centerpieces will be Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at 1:00 and the cost is $10

Click here to see the Google Calendar Event

You can RSVP to any of these classes by phone or texting 575.366.3950

Happy Holidays!



Kid classes,  Patriotic painting party,  free craft class,  a baseball craft and Saturday Supers! It’s a busy week! 

There is something you can create every day this week at Merchant Kitty

Kid Classes continue with a Captain America shield and a tribal feather on Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm! These classes are $15 and include pizza. 

Wednesday from 11 to 2pm is a crEATe!

Bring your lunch and make some festive primitive Americana style flag picks.  It’s a free event.  You only need to bring skewer sticks and mini glue sticks. 

Friday night at 6pm is an Old Glory paint party. The cost is $25/person. All supplies and refreshments are included. 

Saturday at 1:30 I will show you how to turn old baseballs (or softballs)  into vintage Americana art! It is $10/person, bring your own baseballs.  All other supplies and instruction is included.  Make as many as you want. 

Saturday night at 6:30 is a Superman painting. $25/person (includes all supplies and refreshments). 

I offer private parties as well.  You can see all the painting choices on my Board on Pinterest..

Adult Painting choices

Children’s painting choices

You can RSVP by text or phone


The schedule is posted on my website

Text alerts are also available by texting CREATE to 56654


New Painting Choices

Had a lot of special painting events getting crammed in before I drop this baby boy and be out of commission for a month.  So I have several new painting choices to add to the mix! I’ve had this Elsa painting pinned since last December waiting for a party!  So she finally got done!


And Big Hero is a very easy fun one for kids to do as well.


I have also been looking for something fun to add to the New Mexico themed painting choices which I can drag out for open parties around Cinco de Mayo.  I love this one!  I think I’m going to do some matching pillows.


I will be out for the month of October after my c section, but will be at it again in November with some festive stuff.  The open parties are still available!  Check out the open events for September:

September 18th

September 25th

September 26th

To reserve your spot, you can visit the  facebook event pages above and join, or you can call or text me at 405.464.1677, or you can send me a private message either on my Merchant Kitty Guided Art Facebook Page, or on my personal profile

I have also updated my web page to reflect all the new choices I have added recently!  You can view the choices at

or you can find out more about private parties here!