Evergreens Creations Class at the East Windsor Senior Center on Tuesday


Yesterday was a huge success of making amazing evergreen creations with attendees at my annual class, but there is another chance if you are available during the day and would like to join my next session at the East Windsor Senior Center located on Main Street in Broad Brook, CT.  It will be held Tuesday, December 10th, 12:30 – 2:00 pm.  If interested, we have a few seats open.  Contact me either via cell: 860-977-9473 or containercathy@gmail.com.

To give you an idea of what you can make, take a look at these photos below of the regular sized kissing ball and wreath.  The candle centerpiece is unique – we won’t be making them in this beautiful sleigh as one attendee did yesterday – what a GREAT IDEA, but the candle centerpiece you can make is just as beautiful.  See my Classes on this blog for other photos.

Every year, the creativity increases by the attendees.  I’m always impressed with their new twists on how to make their evergreen creation more – well CREATIVE!  We had attendees make topiary balls for a beautiful pot outdoors, another attendee brought a cute sleigh to create her candle centerpiece, and even another attendee installed red lights in her kissing ball – WOW.  Stunning, which I will share those photos later.

But for now, this is just a peak of items from yesterday’s class below.  If interested in this week’s Tuesday class at the Senior Center, please contact me right away.

Take a look at other photos on this blog for what you can make with fresh evergreens, including the instruction and materials.  For more information, contact me 860-977-9473.

And enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Thank you – Cathy Testa

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Winter Gardening Fun – From Making Kissing Balls to Evergreen Holiday Creations!


It is only four more weeks until Cathy T’s 4th annual Evergreen Kissing Ball and Holiday Creations Class.

Photo Creation via Bitstrips

Photo Creation via Bitstrips

At this class, you have the option to make either an Evergreen Kissing Ball (hung outdoors during the holidays), wreath, mailbox swag, or candle centerpiece.  The class gets filled with a group of wonderful attendees ready to have some holiday crafting fun before the shopping and other preps begin this year.

This is a great way to dress up your outdoors with some fresh greenery and add some decorating features during the winter! Yes, nothing is prettier than snow on beautiful evergreen creations.  When birds stop by to visit, it is even prettier.  And when you have holiday guests over, and they step outside for some fresh air, they will have something very pretty to admire – made by you.

Photo by Cathy Testa

Photo by Cathy Testa

It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already excited for the holidays – because of this annual event.  Nothing is nicer than the smell of fresh fragrant evergreens in your surroundings, knowing you created it, and you got it done early so you can enjoy it for the entire month of December and up through after the holidays – evergreens outdoors last well into early February.

There are only a few more seats remaining, so if you are local to my area (East Windsor/Broad Brook, CT), and are interested, please sign up soon.

Evergreen Kissing Balls by C Testa

See more information HERE or contact Cathy Testa at containercathy@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Cathy Testa

Evergreen How-To Holidays – Open Studio Days

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All of my friends will think I’m an evergreen junkie at the rate I’m making holiday creations and offering hands-on how-to sessions in my classroom in Broad Brook, CT – BUT there are only two weeks until Christmas, so now is the time to make something beautiful to adorn your home during this festive season.

So for the next week, from Tuesday through Thursday, December 11-13th, you still have the opportunity to sign-up for a hands-on making session.  Sessions are available day or evening hours by appointment, so pick a time convenient and call me:  860-977-9473 or email me at cathy.testa@aol.com.

Each beautiful hand-crafted evergreen item, made by you, includes an amazing selection of beautiful fresh evergreens, mechanics to make your item of choice, and instruction.

Sure, you can buy one somewhere, but nothing beats the feeling of making your own to keep at your home or give as a gift during this holiday season.  Plus, the size you result with is very large and an amazing value – so call today if interested.  We can work out a time that meets your schedule during this busy holiday season.


Candle Centerpiece

Candle Centerpiece

Candle centerpiece:  Includes mix of evergreens, tapered candle, treated pine cones, mechanics and instruction.  Cost: $25 + tax.

Mixed Wreath

Mixed Wreath

12″ Mixed Greens Wreath:  Includes mix of evergreens, 12″ base ring size, one sided, when finished is approximately 20″ finished size.
Cost: $25 + tax.

Garland container topper (left)

Garland container topper (left)

Door Hanging Swag:  Includes mix of evergreens, bow tie top, and pine cones.
Cost: $22 + tax.

Container Topper or Window Box Topper:  My own creation!  It consists of a garland style mix of evergreens, that can be placed on top of the soil on your outdoor containers or window boxes.  Includes mix of evergreens, mechanics, and pine cones.  Cost is based on length and size of item.


Because I’m a evergreen junkie, I just can not resist having some of the usual types of evergreens in my selections.  Besides the balsam and fraser fir, included are blue berried juniper, white pine, Korean fir, cedar with beautiful mini cones attached, noble fir, holly with red berries, and yew.  Yes, yew – which is a beautiful dark green filler in arrangements.


Undecorated kissing balls are available for sale and 10″ fraser fir wreaths, hand-made by me, Cathy T.  If interested, call me today, supplies are limited.  Bow color based on your preference.  Supplies are limited so don’t hesitate to contact me.  Hope to see you soon.  And Happy Holidays…Cathy T

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