Are you looking for new ways to beautify your home this holiday season? Have you always dreamed of making your space look like the magic from out of a Hallmark Christmas movie? 

Well, one small Wheeling business may be able to help you make that kind of magic this holiday season. Making Magic, LLC recently opened its doors to share its retail space with the public. If you’re not familiar, Making Magic is a full-service florist located in Warwood. Owner Terry Jill Bonar is equipped with all the makings to craft custom floral arrangements for your festive needs. 

Perhaps what is so special about her business is that nothing Terry makes can be replicated. So, anything you order from her will be uniquely yours to enjoy. “It is hard for me to repeat the same thing. I can do something similar, but all my decorations are unique. I never mass produce anything,” says Terry.

In addition to taking regular orders for custom holiday centerpieces, Terry offers a few options to help you make your own magic this season, including a wreath rehab clinic and a gift wrapping class. 

  • An example of the festive items Terry creates.

Rehab For Your Tired Decor

This clinic is an opportunity to bring an old wreath or other decoration to the shop for beautification. Terry will work her magic so you can bring your beloved holiday decor back home with new life. Drop off for the wreath rehab clinic begin on December 1 and is available through December 15. At drop off, Terry will chat with you about your vision for the piece. She’ll then add her magic touch—adding accents like ribbon, bows, and pine—and can have it available within 2-3 business days for pick up. The cool thing about this clinic is that it is a nice way to recycle some of the things we already have. If you have a keepsake that needs some freshening up, Terry has an eye for this kind of fixer-upper.  

“I have all of the things we need to get it’s life back and it is recycling and reusing what we have so I feel really good about that. I’m a huge thrifter and I love to recycle and upcycle.” – Terry 

Become A Master Wrapper

If you’re anything like me, you lose the tape at least 12 times while gift wrapping. Not to mention that I can never get the bows to stay put. Terry is all too familiar with the struggle. That’s why she is offering a class for about 10 participants to learn how to effectively wrap a beautiful gift and enjoy some wine while doing so (BYOB). Participants can bring 3 packages of different sizes. Terry will have wrapping paper and bows available for use. The class will cover how to make your tape disappear and how wrap a nice bow without any adhesive, among other tips and tricks. This class will be offered in the next couple of weeks. More information will be available via her Facebook. So, make sure to follow Making Magic on social. 

For those who might not be able to make the class, no worries! Last year, Terry created a live video to help teach folks how to wrap well. If you’re looking for some tips, the video can be accessed on her Facebook page here.

After more than a year of renovations, Terry’s flower shop is now open to the public with regular hours. You can stop in and see the magic for yourself Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Her shop is located in Warwood at 1913 Warwood Ave.

It’s no surprise that Making Magic is quite busy this holiday season. Terry is still finding time for her favorite holiday tradition of getting a live Christmas tree from Feisleys Tree Farm with her family. But, that won’t stop her from being ready to help you make some magic of your own using her favorite holiday accent, pinecones. You might also catch her adding roses to your pieces for a touch of elegance. 

If you’re looking to liven up some traditional décor or just order a custom piece for a loved one, you can visit the shop, which is now open Tuesday-Saturday 12-4 p.m. Terry also takes orders by phone at 304-830-0585, and, of course, via Facebook messenger for your convenience. 

• Sarah Clark works full-time at an international law firm. A Wheeling resident, she earned her bachelor’s from Ohio University and her master’s in Communication Studies from Ball State University, where she developed her passion for storytelling and skills in project management. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her Dalmatian, Anakin Skywalker, and dabbling in all things poetry and performance.

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