About

My name is Arlynn and I’m a housewife and crafter from the South.  I moved here when I married my soulmate oh so many years ago.  My hubby and I have two beautiful daughters who are now out on their own and thriving in this big world of ours. I’ve done many things in my life, but, most of them revolved around raising our girls and involving myself as a volunteer in their schools.  Also, we have 2 Newfoundland dogs named Sophie and Samson and a Golden Retriever named Gracie all three of which I absolutely adore.

A bit about my background, I come from a very loving, God fearing family whose traditions run deep and love runs strong; they are all (aunts, uncles, cousins–I’m an only child) very special to me!  Unfortunately, we are all scattered and live in different States, but when we are together we make the most of every moment (we just had a family reunion here at our home last May–Here is a link to my post telling you about our Family Reunion Decor and Craft Projects).  Both of my parents were educators, and they raised me up to be a loving and honest woman. My family shaped and molded me into the woman I am today. Sadly, we lost my precious Mom a couple of years ago. My Dad is still going strong, he plays golf daily, travels extensively, and is as healthy as can be.

All of that said, I’ve been crafting for decades…literally…haha. I decided to start this blog because when I would post my newest crafting or diy project on my Facebook page, it seemed like folks were interested in what I was doing. A few friends and one of my daughters have encouraged me to try and start a blog because they feel that I have a lot to offer; I hope that they are right and that there is someone who might take one of my ideas and utilize it in their home.  I have no formal education in interior design, but I love to create warm cozy spaces and I love to decorate my home in a welcoming manner. I make wreaths and centerpieces among other things and I utilize my very symmetrical nature to create spaces within my home that are pleasing to the eye. I love to craft and create! All of that said, I am completely new to blogging, so please be patient with me as I am learning as I go.

My hubby and I moved into our retirement home a couple of years ago and I’ve been diligently working on decorating our space. I change the decor as the Seasons change. Sit down, relax, and do a little crafting with me! 🙂

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

19 thoughts on “About

  1. May

    Hi Arlynn, I have just found your youtube videos and web page – you are a crafty lady and I have enJOYed what I have seen and leaned today 🙂 Thank you for all your time and effort to bring your ideas and knowledge to the public, I will return, have a WONDERFUL Christmas!

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    1. Hi May—Thank you so very much for your lovely words! It only took me till I was in my 50’s to have enough confidence in my crafting to bring it out and share, so you don’t know how much your words touched my heart. 🙂 You have a wonderful Christmas as well. 🙂 And you are welcome back to my page’s’ anytime!! 🙂 ❤

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  2. lydia d. mcclendon

    Just read your blog- love it too! I too am a late bloomer and love your work ! Besides your beautiful huge dogs 🙂 ! Keep on keeping on ! Have just found out about making mesh wreaths and going to make my first one after reading your blog. Just a little nervous. Have always wanted to try but didn’t know how and another co- worker and crafty person showed me hers so I think I can do it to. Wish me luck. Now to head to the craft store and take out a small house loan, I want to do so many projects – so little time! 🙂

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    1. Hi Lydia–Thank you, thank you, and thank you again… so much!! Don’t you be nervous sweet lady, you are going to be able to do it, I promise!! 🙂 I will wish you much luck though, but, I’m betting you won’t need it! 🙂 🙂 Hey, I just had a thought, I’m not sure if you’ve found my YouTube channel yet, that might be a fun place for you to check out to get step by step instructions as I do wreaths and centerpieces and such. 🙂 Here is a link to the main channel, I have “Playlists” there that you could peruse through. 🙂 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsk0jnd3ivHjNmiktnCKnVw

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  3. I just found your page thru a link on the Princess Alaska cruise forum about your packing list. Thank you! I love the outfits you put together. I hope to spend more time reading thru all of your page when I have the chance so maybe this will be answered – but what are your favorite stores? I like so many of the items you showed. We are cruising the Inside Passage this May. Look forward to following you.

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    1. Hi Patty! OH I’m so glad that you found me on the Alaska Cruise Facebook forum (I’m actually one of the Admins for that group…haha). 🙂 Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for all of your sweet words! 🙂 Regarding which stores I frequent, Dress Barn is my favorite (I’m a plus sized girl, and their clothes fit me nicely), I also go to Avenue sometimes, as well as Lane Bryant—but LB is so expensive, unless I have a coupon, I will not go through the door. 🙂 I like Macy’s sometimes too, they have some lovely plus clothes and they have great sales. 🙂 I hope this helps girl…don’t ever hesitate to ask me any question that might come to mind—and, you are gonna love the Inside Passage, I can pretty much guarantee you that. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Cindi Kallas

    Hi Arlynn,
    What a lucky day for me when I found your YouTube videos that ultimately landed me here. Your home is stunningly decorated! I can’t wait to give some of your decorating ideas a try, i.e. The lantern centerpieces and the wreathed! I, too, love pip berry garlands and country decor. Your dogs are adorable…in a big dog way! Your idea for your lighting remotes, I have borrowed, and placed my Amazon order! I can’t wait to view your next video, watch your lovely home turn into a spring dream, and view your terrific crafting and decorating ideas. I am a retired (4 years) elementary teacher from PA where we have the best seasonal changes, as you. Today was our first significant snowfall, and more is due tonight. Have a wonderful day! Until next time….Cindi

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    1. Hi Cindi,

      Oh my gracious girl, I cannot tell you how touched I am to read all of your sweet words! Wow, you have really blown me away! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me and to let me know that you’ve found me. You’ve touched on all things that I love to share…my doggies, decor, and little tidbits of information, i.e. the lighting remote. 😉 BTW, our daughter is an elementary teacher, and both of my parents were teachers…I chose not to teach in a classroom, but, I think I am doing a bit of teaching here and on YouTube. 😉 I grew up in Maryland, just South of you there in PA. 🙂 I’m sure you saw my little video on YouTube of our snowfall from this morning, it was so pretty!! ANYway, thank you so much again to leaving me such a lovely comment, I really appreciate every single word. 🙂 ❤

      ~Arlynn

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  5. Deb

    Hey Arlynn, can’t believe I’ve been missing out on your blog. My head must have been under a rock. Been watching your videos for a few months, and I must say, I look forward to spending the with you. I love to do all sorts of crafts and since we retired to FL I have no one to share that with. I was so happy to find your videos. You have sort of become my crafting buddy. Happy to have found your blog too.

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    1. Hey there Girlie!! I’m so glad you found my blog, this is where the “sharing of my life” stuff began. 🙂 I started this about 1-1/2 years ago and then branched out into YouTube last September (2016). 🙂 Welcome to my little site here too!! ❤

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  6. Eudene Clay

    Hi Arlynn. I have a God daughter who also is named Arlynn and you are the 2nd person that I know with her name.
    I just found you on YouTube tonight by accident when seeing your name I had to open it. I am so glad that I did. I love your personality and you are so talented with all of your crafts. I’m in just awe!!! Your home, your 3 pups and your family are all so beautiful and warm and inviting. I have probably watched 15 videos off and on since this afternoon. I love them all. Your tutorial are just awesome and so easy to follow for me ( trying to learn to do some crafts on my on) I’m very new at this. I’m 66 and I guess you can learn something new at any age !!! Lol.
    Im trying to get your blog set us to watch and your Instagram as well. Thank you so much. I hope to chat back with you soon and to watch many more of your other videos. Again Thank you Eudene Clay from Alma Georgia in the Deep South !!! Our daughter (our 2nd baby a girl was stillborn and full term) and a niece are both educators too. My husband retired 3 yrs ago from teaching high school science also. But he does sub for the schools now and has done long term subbing too. He still loves to teach kids and to stay in tune with them. We have 3 grand kids our grandson 16.5 yrs old (10th grade) a middle granddaughter 14 yrs old (8th grade) and their sister 10 yrs old (4th grade). Sorry for rambling on but you have a way of making a person feel as if they’d known you forever.

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    1. Eudene Clay

      Im trying to get your blog set us to watch and your Instagram as well. Thank you so much. I hope to chat back with you soon and to watch many more of your other videos. Again Thank you Eudene Clay from Alma Georgia in the Deep South !!! Our daughter (our 2nd baby a girl was stillborn and full term) and a niece are both educators too. My husband retired 3 yrs ago from teaching high school science also. But he does sub for the schools now and has done long term subbing too. He still loves to teach kids and to stay in tune with them. We have 3 grand kids our grandson 16.5 yrs old (10th grade) a middle granddaughter 14 yrs old (8th grade) and their sister 10 yrs old (4th grade). Sorry for rambling on but you have a way of making a person feel as if they’d known you forever.

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      1. My gracious Eudene—I’m *just* seeing this…I never got notified that your sweet message came in…I’m so sorry girl. Thank you so much for telling me more about you and your family (I’m so sorry to hear about your baby girl being stillborn…so, so sad). Educators abound in your family too. 😉 We love our teachers huh!! 🙂 AND no problem about rambling, I do it all of the time!! 😉 🙂 ❤

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    2. Hi Eudene!! Wow girl, thank you SO much for all of your sweet words! First, let me say that that is so neat that you actually know 2 people with your sweet God daughter’s (and my) name! I’m so glad that you came across me on YouTube, I just started that channel last Fall and I’m really enjoying it, I started my blog a year before that…And I was 54 years old when I started writing and 55 when I started YouTube, so I get what you are saying when you say that you can still learn new things at any age…I say GO US!!! ❤ I'm so glad that you find my tutorials easy to follow, that is something that I thrive for truly–When learning said something's' new, it is nice to have a good template (so to speak) to work from.

      You are from the "deep" South…hahaha…I LOVE Georgia, such a gorgeous State! I'm so very sorry to hear about your baby girl being stillborn, that is so sad. 😥 Having Educators in the family…sounds very familiar. 🙂 I think I've mentioned somewhere that my sweet mom was a Science teacher as well. 🙂 You sound like a lovely lady with a lovely family (one of these days I hope to have grand babies like you), and feel free to "ramble", I love meeting new people and I'm so glad that I've made you feel like you've known me forever…that is a good thing. 🙂 ❤

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  7. Leslie Derrington

    Hi Arlynn,

    I stumbled upon your you tube videos by mistake the other day, boy am I glad I did!!! I am a 58 year old stay at home Mom of two, Mom-Mom of four incredible grandkids!! I work part time for my husbands company at home, and we just completed a dream project we have wanted to do for the last 30 years, a full size barn with farm animals! I have always loved all animals, especially my dogs. I love your dogs!! They are so adorable. Nothing like a dog for your “best friend!” Anyway, we went out and got three miniature Pygmy goats, a miniature horse and a miniature donkey and her one year old baby!! What fun they are!! We have a regular little farm now. A dream come true after living here in Pennsylvania at our home we built for 34 years!! Anyway, just wanted to tell you how talented you are in your decorating and narrating on camera. Don’t think I could ever do that!! My home is mainly country with a lot of antiques and auction finds thrown in. I love anything crafted home made, just wish I had a bigger house!! Keep up the good work. I think you have a real knack for narrating and decorating!! You’re a natural!! God bless you and your family. Leslie Derrington.

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    1. Hi Leslie–Aww, thank you so very much for all of your sweet words girl and than you for telling me about yourself. It sounds like you have a flair for decorating yourself…I love antiques and auctions finds too girl. 🙂 God Bless you too!! ❤

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  8. Sus Stone

    I am organized women like you. I appreciate your details to each aspect from luggage to shoes, tops, jackets, etc., with links. You Rock Lady. Thanks for making my 2018 Alaska cruise easier.

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