YouTube Channel Info, Car Chit-Chat, & Hobby Lobby Haul

***NOTE***– My YouTube Channel is now back up and running! YaY!!!  Here is a link:  Arlynn’s Country Craft Corner

Hi Everyone!!! Arlynn here! Welcome back to my Country Craft Corner! Thank you all for sticking with me and following me on over here on my Blog site, this is where I will be if and until YouTube restarts my channel.  In the video below, I explain what happened to my YouTube Channel.  I also include a car chit-chat from yesterday and my haul from Hobby Lobby.  I am moving forward and not allowing this little hiccup to get in my way.  Y’all mean way too much for me to give up and stick my head in the sand…not gonna happen.  ANYway, here is that video!! ❤

 

 

Thank you all so much for following me on over here for the time being.  I will keep y’all informed regarding my YouTube Country Craft Corner channel.

MUCH LOVE to you ALL!!

~Until next time, y’all take GOOD care!

~Arlynn ❤

Switch-Out To Patriotic Decor

Hi everyone! Thank you all so very much for stopping in here to see what I’ve been up to as of late…a-n-d…I’ve, as you will see as we go through this little post, have been keeping myself very busy.  As y’all know by now, decorating and redecorating for each Season/Holiday is a passion of mine.  So as we were approaching Memorial Day at the end of May, I started to plan, create, and get myself all revved up to start my switch out to my Patriotic decor.  I normally will switch everything over to the Patriotic by Memorial Day and that is how it will stay until after the 4th of July.  So instead of talking y’alls ears off here, let me show and tell you (via my YouTube video tutorials and tours) how I achieved my goal of bringing in some of the Patriotic.  By the way, I only redecorated the back side of the house, I left the living room, dining room, and foyer alone.  Okay, so here we go.  I started with our mailbox, here is how it looks after I took inspiration from that mailbox cover—trying to create the same feel in the back trough that is depicted on the cover:

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So while I was outside, I went ahead and did some more decorating up by the house.  I switched out the lightpost wreath to a deco mesh one that I had made last year, I also switched out the decorative flags, placed a burlap wreath that I had made a couple of years ago on the front door and then I added a few Patriotic things to the red wagon decor.

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Here is my YouTube video where I show you how I put that mailbox decor together and then I give you a tour of the front sidewalk decor and beyond. 🙂

Next up, I moved on into the house and I started redecorating at our kitchen table by replacing my red and white gingham tablecloth with a navy blue one and then I added a table runner on top.

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I made the lantern centerpiece to pair with that runner.  Here is a my YouTube video where I show you how I put the centerpiece together:

Next up, I worked on a few accent centerpieces:

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And here is my YouTube video showing you how I created those three centerpieces:

And last but not least, I finished decorating the rest of the family room including several “cozy corners”, the mantel, the hearth, the kitchen hutch, and more.  Here are some pictures first, and then I’ll give you a link to my home tour video:

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And here is my YouTube Home Tour Video:

 

Last but not least,  and a little bonus footage, Chris and I took a trip down to Hampton, Virginia to go to the “Bodacious Bazaar”.  Chris’ Mom had a beautiful wind spinner that we wanted to purchase and the vender that supplied that spinner was going to be at that bazaar.  Here is a little video of our road trip down to the bazaar, and then I haul what we purchased.

And here are a few pictures of where we placed that sweet bike, chair, & lantern shepherd’s hook.  Both spinners are in the backyard along with the butterfly balancer 🙂

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And I brought a little of the Patriotic feel to the bike and the chair. 🙂

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Chris rigged up some low voltage lights and attached them into those lanterns and they come on and go off with the rest of the pretty accent lighting in front of the house. 🙂  IMG_6340.jpg

And that, my friends, is that…As I mentioned above, I’ve been a busy lady. 😉 It does feel good to get everything switched over though, it was a task, but, one that I totally enjoyed!

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting, there are no mistakes, only unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…Summer!

As most of you know by now, I absolutely love to decorate and redecorate our home…I truly am in my “Happy Place” when I’m able to switch out to a new fresh look.  Such has been the case for the last couple of weeks when I diligently worked on putting my Easter decorations away and redecorating with some summer decor accents.  At first, I had told myself that I was going to use ALL of my red and white gingham decor pieces–the ones I had used for our Family Reunion. I came up with that idea after one of my YouTube subscribers has asked me how I set up my kitchen island for buffets or dinner parties.  That brought to mind the red and white gingham, mason jar, and gerber daisy decor and hence my decision to switch back over to that for summertime.  I did change that family reunion decor up a bit when I decorated though, I ended up using just a touch of red and white gingham and throwing in pops of yellow and red here and there. Come along with me as I walk you through all that I created.  Let me start by sharing a YouTube video that I created and where I show and tell about how I came up with the Family Reunion decor and accent pieces, talk about how I might set up my island for a buffet, and I demonstrate how to make a quick and easy centerpiece. 🙂

I was now ready to start the redecorating frenzy–And trust me, it is a frenzied event when I go to switch my decor out.  Thank goodness for Chris and his muscles and good knees, as he helps me by carrying bins up from the basement. The very first place I started to redecorate was out at the mailbox on the Monday right after Easter. 🙂 Here are a few pictures of my mailbox design, and then I’ll share my YouTube video in which I show you how I put said design together. 🙂

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Next, I moved onto the other outdoor decor.  I switched out the wreath on the front lamp post, changed out my flags, switched out the gazing ball for a red one, and recreated the Little Red Wagon arrangement, finishing up by replacing the front door wreath:

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Here is the little red wagon in the evening hours:

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And here is my YouTube video where take you for a little walk down the front sidewalk and then I demonstrate how I decorated my red wagon:

All righty, now that the outside was all switched out, I proceeded into the house and started redecorating in there.  The very first thing that I worked on in there was the centerpiece that sits on the kitchen island, and to make a copious amount of bows to be used on our staircase.   Here is a video where I share how I put that together along with showing you items that I purchased from CraftOutlet.com.; it also includes a bow tutorial.

My next task was a pretty large one, it was time to change over some and create other new centerpieces.  So the first thing that I did was go around and collect all of the Easter centerpieces and arrangements and congregate them onto my hub, the kitchen island.  Here are all of the arrangements that I had made for Easter:

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I was sad to have to deconstruct these beauties, I had worked hard on them. 🙂  Here is a video where I show you how I took these apart and packed them away and how I created my new centerpieces for the summertime.

Here are some pictures of the family room, kitchen, kitchen eating area, and powder room redecorated for summertime:

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Here is a video where I show you how I put together this ^^ sweet little arrangement:

Now it was time to move on into the Living and Dining rooms–I didn’t do too, too much in there because I decided that I would leave my “generic” decor with the green accents in there for summer.  I did recreate my dining room lantern centerpiece and I created a new little arrangement in a mercury glass mason jar..first pictures of those arrangements and the other living/dining room decor, and then a video showing you how I created both arrangements. 🙂

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And, I was finally finished…This process took me a couple of weeks to complete.  Here is a video where I give an entire house tour showing you all of the redecorated spaces up close and in detail (and I even venture upstairs and do a quick little tour up there as well):

All righty, that does it for now…As y’all can see, I’ve been a busy lady over here in Virginia.  We are ready to go (decorating wise) for summer, and it has been feeling like summer as of late too, temperatures have already been in the 80’s and 90’s! Yikes!! Welcome to summertime in Virginia…100 degrees with 100 percent humidity….Not even kidding about that…lol. 😉

Here are a couple of more shots of the house after dark, Chris did such a fabulous job on the outdoor lighting!

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~Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

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

~Arlynn ❤

A “Fun” & Whimsical Deco Mesh Wreath

I woke up one day and had a bright idea! That happens to me a lot…haha…I have my best ideas first thing in the morning—I have no idea why that is, probably because my mind is forever moving and trying to come up with the next craft to create or room to decorate during the day, so when I sleep, ideas finally have a chance to come to the surface.  Anyway, that morning’s bright idea was that I wanted to create a wreath for our daughter Christin’s Kindergarten classroom. I knew how she had her room decorated, it was done up in owls and soft greens & blues…It looks so sweet! So I decided that a deco mesh wreath would be the perfect thing to pair with her room’s decor. 🙂  And when I found this Owl Trio in Hobby Lobby one day, I just couldn’t resist, I had to build a wreath around them!

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I have made a video tutorial for my YouTube crafting channel, and I’ll put a link for that below, but first, I’ll give you a list of the supplies that I used to create this ‘fun’ and whimsical wreath (the first three letters of Christin’s last name are F-U-N, and her students call her Miss Fun, so I had to incorporate those letters into this wreath. 🙂

Okie dokie, here goes:

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  • 1- 16″ Metal Work Wreath with the chenille ties already attached
  • 1 Large (21″ x 24′) Roll of White Deco Mesh
  • 1 10″ Roll of Teal Deco Mesh
  • 1 Roll of Teal wired Craft Ribbon (for a bow)
  • 3 Wooden letters of your choosing
  • A Wooden Owl Trio (or any other accent piece of your choosing)
  • Gerber Daisies to match (I chose 3 gold, 3 blue, & 3 pink ones to match the owls)
  • Hot Glue Gun, Scissors, & Pipe Cleaners

Here is a picture of the finished wreath—I am very happy with the final result! 🙂

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And here is my Video tutorial that I have posted on my YouTube crafting channel (the video also includes a “Car Chit-Chat” where I tell how Chris and I met among other things):

 

Please feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Crafting Channel…Here is the main link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsk0jnd3ivHjNmiktnCKnVw

I also have an Arlynn’s Travel YouTube channel and here is that link, you are more than welcome to subscribe to that one too. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7UGfiVFpaEZwBiuzAhyS2A

 

~Until next time, y’all take good care!!

**In crafting there are no mistakes, only unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

Outdoor Easter Decor (w/YouTube Videos Included)

I had such a great time decorating for Easter this year.  As I mentioned before in my It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…Easter! (w/Links to my YouTube tutorials included) post, I had only decorated this house once for Easter/Spring.  So, I did need to recreate the wheel this year–I love recreating the wheel btw, one of my very favorite pastimes. 😉 Unfortunately, I did break my monthly budget…um…by quite a little bit…haha. BUT, that’s okay, I will now have the items that I’ll need to redecorate moving forward in time.  I have really enjoyed the lighter and airier colors that Easter and Spring bring forth–it is quite different than my every-day decor and I am patting myself on the back for a “job-well-done”…haha…NOT really, but, I’m pretty happy that the creative juices flowed in the direction that my mind’s eye had pictured. 🙂

I have now finished the outdoor spaces as well.  I started redecorating out there with the front door wreath, if y’all will remember, I had the bright idea to use the same cream burlap wreath that I created using St. Patrick’s Day accent pieces and no glue for my Easter wreath.  So, I pulled my St. Patty’s Day wreath off of the front door and I pulled all of the green accent pieces off and replaced them with pinks and soft greens and transformed it into an Easter wreath that I truly love!! 🙂  Here is a picture of the finished Easter wreath and then my YouTube video showing you how I brought the transformation to fruition:

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And here it is in the evening hours:

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So after that little task was completed, I moved onto my other outdoor spaces, one of which was my “Little Red Wagon” that I love to redecorate for each Season.  Here is what I did to that, one of my very favorite spaces to work within:

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Then I moved on down the sidewalk where I placed my Deco Mesh Easter Wreath & Easter Decor Shopping Trips and Hauls:

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And changed out my decorative flags:

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After that, I moved on out to the mailbox and finished the outdoor decorations:

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The doggies and I posed for a few pictures too. 🙂

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Here is my YouTube video where I give you a tour of the outdoor spaces:

 

Okie dokie, that’s it for now…I’m quite satisfied and happy with how everything turned out and now my mind is already awhirl with ideas of what will come next…been thinking of revising the red&white gingham/mason jar/gerber daisy decor that I had created for our family reunion…uh huh, that’ll probably be next once May arrives. 🙂

Remember what I always say:

**In crafting there are no mistakes, only unique creations**

~Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

The Rest Of My Indoor Easter/Spring Decorations (w/links to my YouTube videos included–tutorials & a home tour)

Life throws us curves at times doesn’t it?  Please accept my sincere apologies for not getting this blog post written a little sooner, although if truth be told, I just finished my indoor Easter/Spring decorations the other day.  But, I needed to push the pause button with my decorating and my blogging/vlogging–My sweet Aunt Midge passed away last week, and I needed a little bit of time to mourn, reflect, and to go and spend a little bit of time with my family.  Crazy things like what I’m about to tell you happen to me all of the time, and I don’t know if it is a good or a bad thing, but, it is a *thing*.  Chris and I had scheduled a visit up to “God’s Country” as we call it because I had commissioned a lady to make me a sign like this:IMG_4475

I saw that one of my cousin’s had gotten one, then another one got one, so I wanted one too, and I got one for my cousin Stacey (who y’all have met here on my site), and then my cousin Donita and I split the cost of one and we gave it to our Aunt Barb (Stacey’s Mom).  SO that means that most of us here in my family have one of these precious signs now.  It contains all of the old hymns that we sang as a family when I was growing up, and to this day, every time we’re together, we sing these hymns. I cannot tell you how special this is to me.  ANYway, that’s the backstory of the sign, but, what I wanted to tell y’all was that my Aunt Midge who was in a nursing home up there in God’s Country happened to take a turn for the worse on the day that we were traveling to collect our signs. Bless her heart, it was so special for us to be able to go up and visit with her for that day—she passed away the next evening and her funeral (really a celebration of her amazing life, she touched so many with her sweet ways, knowledge of the Bible, her piano playing, and much, much more) was last week.  When my Mom was dying, I happened to be shopping across town and got a feeling of dread and I literally hopped in my car and drove the 100+ miles to my Mom’s nursing home–I walked in and my Dad asked…”How did you know? I was just getting ready to call you”…Whew…cold chills when up my spine and I was very grateful that I had listened to that little inner voice that told me to GO.  SO, anyway, I ramble…But, I wanted y’all know where I’ve been and why it has taken me a bit of time to stop, sit, and write a blog about the rest of my Easter/Spring decor. 🙂  Here is where that sign went to live in our home–We added that scroll’y’ piece over it and the clock to the left of it to try to pull all of the decor together.

NOTE:  If you would like to get one of these signs, here is the contact information:

Craft Allie on Facebook
Orders can be taken through Facebook or email at Ali.Candelas@yahoo.com or phone at 301-268-0816.

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So onward we soldier folks…Okie dokie, when last I wrote, I do believe I left off at the fireplace. This sweet little arrangement is what I created next.  It sits on a table that is between our family room and kitchen.  I found that sweet little bunny at a country store we have in our town…I’ll post a video where I give a little tour of that store and where I show you how I created that centerpiece. 🙂

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I did add a few things to the kitchen windows:

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Next I moved into the dining room where I created this lantern centerpiece, switched out my tablecloth, and added a pretty Springy table runner:

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Here is my YouTube video where I show you how I put together this dining room table:

And just the other day to finish my indoor decorations, I added a few little things to the living room to bring Spring and Easter into that space. 🙂  Of course I did make a video of that too and I will post a link below the pictures.

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Here are a couple of shots of the family room and then the living and dining rooms:

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And here is my YouTube video where I show you how I finished up the living room, and then after that I’ll share a “Car Chit-Chat” video that has a home tour of everything that I did for Easter/Spring after the Chat. 🙂

Next, I’ll be moving outside and decorating out there for Easter. 🙂

**In crafting there are no mistakes, only unique creations** 

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…Easter! (w/Links to my YouTube tutorials included)

Do y’all know what I realized this year?  I had only decorated this our new house once for Easter.  What?!  That hardly seemed possible, after all, I live to decorate for every little thing. 😉  But, nope, I had only decorated once, so I’ve gone on a mission this year, I’m trying to add a little bit of the Easter/Spring feel into our home.  This has proven to be a bit of a challenge for me in our family room area because my usual decor lends itself to the more traditional country colors of burgundies, reds, dark greens, tans, khakis, and so on.  In that one year that I had decorated, I had purchased a few things, and had only done the fireplace hearth, but, this year, I’ve been on a mission to find more decor accents that I can incorporate into our home to bring in the light and airy feeling of Easter and Spring.  Well, little did I know when I found an egg garland in Hobby Lobby one day that I would base my entire design around that–at first I thought that garland was a little over the top with its gold tipped eggs of all pastel colors of the rainbow, but, I’ve really embraced it for my family room, and as you’ll see, I’ve incorporated it into every little venue and centerpiece.

This year, my plan is to only decorate “here and there” for Easter/Spring…WISH me luck please!!  I’m trying really hard not to re-create the entire wheel (so to speak) like I do for Fall and then for Christmas–As much as I love the creating and decorating process, I do not love the pulling out of Seasonal bins and then un-decorating and storing all of my decor. I’m trying to keep some of my existing decor in place and augment with my Easter accents so I don’t go through the *pulling out of hair and gnashing of teeth* part of the redecorating journey.  I’ve been somewhat successful, but, admittedly, I have done a bit of recreating of that wheel…haha.  Although, I do think I’ll only be left with one bin of things that I’ve removed to make room for the Easter/Spring accents and therefore will only have 1 or 2 Easter/Spring bins versus the 8,9, & 10 (not exaggerating) bins I have for Fall and then Christmas.

All that said, I will show you what I’ve completed so far in the family room, and I will not be expanding my efforts too much further, meaning, I will not be removing any more decor in this area of the house.  I have switched out my kitchen table’s tablecloth and redone that lantern centerpiece though, I’ll show you pictures of that below.  From now on, in this portion of the house, I’ll just be adding an accent piece here or there to continue the theme throughout the kitchen and possibly powder room. 🙂  (I’ll put links to the YouTube Videos that I’ve created during this process below).

Here is the “Cozy Corner” that sits beside the tv credenza, admittedly, I did remove all of the decor and created this new design; there’s that new bling’y’ egg garland, and I wrapped it in pastel colored lights–OH gracious, did that ever make it pretty!

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I switched out the table runner, added a couple of bunnies, and made a new centerpiece for the top of the credenza:IMG_4462.JPG

There’s a bit more of the egg garland peeking out of the centerpiece:

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Here is the mantel, and instead of removing the pip berry lit (with white lights) garland, I simply wrapped another egg garland in those pastel lights and added it right on top of the pip berry garland…wow, I didn’t know if that would work out, but, I LOVE it…Other than the garland, I simply replaced the candles, made a couple of bows and added them to either side of the garland, and added a couple of ceramic bunnies on either side of the clock.  I can’t tell you how happy I am with this mantel…so light, so airy, so, so pretty–if I do say so myself…lol…nothing like patting one’s self on the back a bit huh?  haha

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And here is the hearth–I made a new lantern centerpiece, and admittedly removed a good bit of the more traditional decor…this is the focal point in the room, I needed to really work with it and lighten it up in feel and design in order to bring everything together. I also redid the “cozy corner” basket design I have sitting right next to the credenza.

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Here is the kitchen table–I had purchased the tablecloth last year, and I had some of the lantern centerpiece’s accent pieces, but, I did add a few more things to it this year…like…some of that egg garland, I’m nothing if not consistent. 😉  I also found a lovely golden butterfly light strand here at Victoria Trading Company.

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I fell in love with those sweet little “praying” bunnies that I used to anchor the corners of this centerpiece. 🙂 ❤

Okie dokie…That about does it for what I’ve completed so far…I do have a table runner to add to the Island, and I might redo the centerpiece that I have sitting up there, and I plan to do a little something with that table that sits between the family room and kitchen…and then maybe add one or two things to the Powder room…maybe..haha. 🙂  I will then move into the living and dining rooms, I do have supplies to redo the dining room table’s lantern centerpiece, but that is about it for in there…we’ll see if I’m satisfied with that. 🙂

I’m pretty proud of myself that I’ve been able to step outside of my box and expand my decorating into the pastel arena—I’m quite happy with the results so far. 🙂

Here are a couple of links to my YouTube channel.  I’ve been making tutorial videos (along with a car Chit-Chat too), as I’ve been working my way through this process. 🙂

Remember what I always like to say:

**In crafting there are no mistakes, *only* unique creations**

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤