Personalize Holiday Décor with a One-of-a-Kind Wreath

We’re so excited about the holiday season here at Paul Michael Company! While there are so many fun elements in holiday decorating—trees, ornaments, ribbons, snowflakes, gingerbread houses and more—today we’re focusing specifically on wreaths.

Nothing says the holidays quite like a seasonal wreath, and the great thing is, it can be personalized for your own style and color scheme. Designers at our Creation Stations are on hand to help make custom wreaths (and garlands, too!) based on your selections. Get inspired by these Paul Michael wreaths…

Stop by one of our four locations in Lake Village, Monroe, Lafayette or Canton to look at our wreath-crafting supplies, and enjoy personalizing your holiday décor this year with a one-of-a-kind wreath!

Interested in our other holiday décor, too? Visit our Facebook page for a peek at Holiday 2011 at Paul Michael Company.

Classic Holiday Decorating: Red and Green

We’ve done a post covering colorful holiday décor beyond red and green, but for those of you who love this classic color scheme, we’re all for embracing it. Many holiday memories include these two quintessential colors, and there’s something nice about sticking with the tried and true.

We love holiday décor at Paul Michael Company, and have some great red and green items in this year. Take a peek…

There’s nothing like over-sized candy canes, lollipops, ornaments and snowmen to get you in the holiday spirit.

Your guests will love a red-and-green holiday table setting like this.

Red-and-green wreaths make perfect holiday door decor. 

Our shelves are bursting with holiday ribbon for our crafty shoppers.  

Which color scheme are you decorating with this holiday season? Classic red and green? Non-traditional colors like blues, pinks and purples? Metallic gold and silver? Leave a comment to let us know—we’d love to hear from you!

Images: Paul Michael Company Holiday 2011

How to Stylishly Work Ribbon into a Christmas Tree

Would you love to have your tree beautifully wrapped in ribbon this year? For those of you who want to do it yourself, Paul Michael Company has made another holiday how-to video featuring Ms. Christmas, Julie and our elf, Ann, and this one shows you how to work ribbon into your tree for a stylish effect. Take a look…

Ms. Christmas not only takes you through the process of decorating your tree with ribbon, but also shows you techniques for doing so with two different types of ribbon: wired ribbon and mesh ribbon. And here’s an insider’s tip (shhhh): It may be easier to work ribbon into an artificial tree than a live tree.

Would you like to top your ribbon-wrapped tree with a gorgeous bow? Check out our video on how to make a bow for a tree topper.

At Paul Michael Company, we think Christmas decorating should be fun! Stop by one of our four locations for help making your holiday decorating even merrier this year.

Don’t Miss Paul Michael Company’s Holiday Party!

Paul Michael Company’s last event of the year will be held on Dec. 8—that’s this Thursday!—from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For this Holiday Party, you can look forward to 25 percent off one regularly priced item, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, hourly drawings, demonstration custom creation stations in full swing making garlands and wreaths, and special events at each location.

Lafayette, LA
Our Lafayette store is having the party catered by Joey’s, offering live music and will also have the local animal shelter set up a booth for pet adoption.

Monroe, LA
Our Monroe store is having a Christmas photo booth for entertainment. Paul Michael Company will decorate the area, and customers will receive a souvenir picture. But that’s not all…

Cypress Alley Designs will have their special  jewelry creations on display (jewelry by them shown above), and Shellie Tomlinson is having a print giveaway promotion. Anyone who buys one of her books in the month of December and mails in their receipt will be registered for the Moonlight and Magnolias print. (The Monroe store will have Shellie’s personal matted-and-framed copy of the print on display through Dec. 8.) Also at the Holiday Party, you can enjoy fruit, cheese, finger sandwiches, desserts and wine and cokes.

Lake Village, AR
The fun at our Lake Village store includes a wreath-off contest, Joey Williams catering, and Pippa’s Famous Margaritas.

Canton, TX
Our Canton store will have a band for live entertainment, and Granny B’s candles will be doing a trunk show of their holiday home fragrances. There will be demonstrations on how to use Paul Michael Company’s deco mesh, ribbon and stems for holiday decorating. The Junior League of Tyler will be bringing cookbooks, including kids’ cookbooks, and great food and drinks will be on hand.

So mark you calendar: This event will take place Thursday, Dec. 8. Head over to our Facebook event page to RSVP! We can’t wait to see you at the party!

More Paul Michael Designs are in the Works!

We want to update everyone on where in the world Paul is!

It might look like he has run off and joined the carnival, but Paul actually ran off to an auction and bought more serious woodworking equipment!

Looks like there will be many more designs coming your way once Paul gets his new factory up and running—it will take a few months, but he has an array of new designs, from wall art to furniture and tabletop accessories. This new equipment is essential for executing the designs.

Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page to keep up-to-date on all the latest goodies from Paul Michael Company!

Giving Thanks: 3 Things Paul Michael Co. is Thankful For…

With Thanksgiving here tomorrow, we thought this would be the perfect time to share what we’re thankful for. Here are three things Paul Michael Company is giving thanks for this holiday season:

  1. We are thankful first for our fantastic, dedicated employees—they are the Paul Michael Company.
  2. Our customers who feel like they are part of our Paul Michael family—their enthusiasm and excitement keep our energy positive.
  3. On a lighter note, each of our furry kitties who watch over the shop and soothe frazzled nerves with a purr.

Happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our post on our holiday hours and Black Friday sale!

Paul Michael’s Holiday Hours and Black Friday Sale!

On behalf of all of us at the Paul Michael Company, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. As we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Among those blessings are our customers! In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for each and every one of you! We value your patronage and appreciate you bringing the Paul Michael Company into your home.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you Black Friday weekend! You can see our store hours for each location below:

Store Hours

LAFAYETTE
FRIDAY 11/25 8am-8pm
SAT 11/26  9am-8pm
SUN 11/27 10:30am-6pm

MONROE
FRIDAY 11/25 8am-8pm
SAT 11/26  10am-8pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-6pm

CANTON
FRIDAY 11/25: 9am-7pm
SAT 11/26  10am-6pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-6pm

LAKE VILLAGE
FRIDAY 11/25 9am-6pm
SAT 11/26  9am-6pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-5pm

Am I a Salesperson or Counselor?

A mother-daughter shopping couple was in need of some design advice for holiday wreaths and garlands. I was helping them, and eagerly we started picking out color schemes and all the stuff to put the decorations together. We began with the basics, and then went to our gorgeous ribbons.

They disagreed on which one went best with our designs. Things started to get heated between them—downright mean, even. I tried to find a ribbon they both liked, but the whole experience turned out to be way more than just the ribbon. All this anger and crazy talk started, and I just quietly disappeared into the store.

Still—oh my gosh!—they found me, and we tried to continue shopping. After two hours of helping them I felt like I needed to put out my “10₵ counselor is in” sign. No one was smiling, so I tried to help them with humor. When they were close to checking out, I asked them, “OK, I know who is going to pay for the Christmas decorations, but who is going to pay me for the counseling session?!” There was a giggle from them, and they replied, “We have already paid for that! Many, many times.”

“From now on, just come to Paul Michael’s for some retail therapy; it’s cheaper and seems to work!”

—Deborah Michael

Wacky, Fun Things Our Customers Say: Why One Husband Decided to Start Decorating

We had a great show in Houston! There were thousands and thousands of shoppers, all so excited to shop Paul Michael. Glitter stems and picks, ribbons and ornaments were tossed about like popcorn in a theater. And with crowds like this, we often have funny stories at the end of the day—we consider them “customer encounters of the THIRD kind.” Needless to say, we thought it would be fun to share some of these on our blog. Here’s the first:

An elderly couple was shopping for a new wreath for their home. At first the man wasn’t engaged at all, until he watched our designers. The woman decided that they, too, wanted to make their own wreath, so she was trying to pick a color scheme, components and more when suddenly her husband got totally into it, took charge and designed his first wreath—and it was a great one to boot! His wife became a little frustrated at this point and said to him, “After 40 years of marriage, you decide now to help me decorate? I thought you just liked baseball!?” He replied, “Well dear, you never told me all these pretty ladies were here, and I’d be the only guy.” The wreath he designed was beautiful. We think we put him in touch with his artistic self, which he never knew existed!

Be sure to check back to read about more of the wacky things our customers say. You can even subscribe to have our updates delivered straight to you!

How to Make a Bow for a Beautiful Tree Topper

We know many decorating enthusiasts out there are already getting out their holiday décor, including seasonal evergreens. If you’re thinking about placing something other than a star or angel atop your Christmas tree this year, consider using a big, beautiful bow—you can even make one yourself! Not sure how? Not to worry! Paul Michael Company has made a holiday how-to video featuring Ms. Christmas, Julie and our elf, Ann, that takes you through the bow-making process.

Just watch the video, and soon you’ll be a pro at making pretty holiday bows, from starting with the tail of the ribbon to looping and twisting until you’re finished. About five yards of ribbon is all you need for a large bow.

Be sure to watch for more of our helpful videos and decorating tips throughout the holiday season. You can even subscribe to our blog to have our updates delivered right to your email inbox!

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