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:

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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 ❤

 

Deco Mesh Easter Wreath & Easter Decor Shopping Trips and Hauls

I am gearing up to do a little bit of Easter/Spring decorating in the coming days–Not too much, but just enough to bring a touch of one of my favorite times of year into our home. 🙂  I’ve only decorated this new house once for Easter, so I didn’t have many decorations to work with, I’ve been out and about doing a bit of hunting and gathering as of late. 😉  My YouTube channel is really growing nicely, so I am going to be linking some of my shopping trip/haul videos here for y’all to take a peek at…I’ve been a busy girl, like the energizer bunny–There *are* days that I wish I could find my “off” switch though..haha.  ANYway, before I give you all of those links, I will post the supply list and the video that goes along with my new Easter Deco Mesh wreath (it will hang out on our front light post). 🙂

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Here is that supply list:

  • 1- 16″ Metal Wreath Frame (with the chenille ties already attached)
  • 1 Roll of 21″  Deco Mesh in a burlap color
  • 1 Roll of 10″ Deco Mesh in pink
  • 1 Roll of Burlap and Pink Chevron Ribbon (for a bow)
  • 1 Bunnies accent piece
  • 3 Sparkly Pink Flowers
  • Scissors, Pipe Cleaners, & a Hot Glue Gun

Okie dokie…Here is my YouTube video tutorial–I do a craft bow tutorial in the video too:

Here is a link of one my shopping trips and Easter haul videos:

And here is where I explain how I’m going to decorate with the new items and I also show you what I’ve used in the past. 🙂

And here are a couple of “Car Chit-Chat” Videos that I’ve made up in the last couple of days where I’m collecting a few more supplies with which to get my Easter/Spring decorating completed. 🙂

A-n-d, my decorating will commence today!! YaY!! Finally! 🙂

Until next time, y’all take good care!

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Decorations (Cream Burlap Wreath Tutorial Included)

I have tried something new this year, can y’all believe that I’ve really never decorated many spaces for St. Patrick’s Day?! What?  Sheesh, incredibly unbelievable…haha.  Well, that is not a completely true statement, I did make this deco mesh wreath for our front light post last winter.

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I just did a voice over YouTube tutorial for this wreath, here is a link if you’d like to take a look at how I brought this little beauty together:

Other than that one thing, the only other thing that I did last year was to hang one of my little decorative accent signs on our mailbox and tie a green plaid bow around it.  This year, I did add some green and white flowers and a shamrock decoration to the mix.  Here is a picture of what it looks like this year:

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Okay, so those two spaces were completed, and I knew that I didn’t really want to decorate up the inside of the house—I’m waiting for Eastertime to do a tiny bit of redecorating for that lovely Holiday, not wishing my life away again, but, I’m looking forward to the bright and pretty colors that comes with some Eastery decor.

Okay, so now that that decision to not decorate inside was made, I set to the task of doing a little something more with the outdoor spaces. The first thing that I did was to make a cream and green burlap wreath for the front door.

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And get this, I came up with a spiffy idea regarding this wreath.  I decided I didn’t want to use any glue on it because my plan is to remove the green/St. Patty’s day accent pieces leaving the cream burlap in place and then adding Eastery accent pieces making it so I get two wreaths out of one so to speak.  Here is a little video I made for my YouTube channel in which I describe and show you what I mean:

And here is a video tutorial (including a craft bow tutorial) of me making that St. Patrick’s Day cream and green wreath:

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And here is the supply list for that wreath:

  • 24″ Metal Work Wreath with the chenille ties already attached
  • 1 Skein of Cream (or Off-White) Burlap
  • 1 Roll of Green Burlap Ribbon
  • 1 Large Cream Burlap Flower
  • Green Wispy Flowers
  • Green Carnations
  • Tooth Picks (wait till you see what I used those for…;) )
  • Floral Wire, Wire Cutters, Scissors, & One Pipe Cleaner

All righty, now that I had my front door wreath taken care of, I turned my attention to the  other accent pieces that I wanted to add to the outdoor spaces.  So I went to our “And That” store to purchase some things that I would use in my little ‘red’ wagon that sits on the front porch.

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And here it is in the evening:

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And here is my video tutorial showing you me shopping for all of the outdoor decorations and then explaining my haul:

And finally, here is my video of me getting all of my decorations in place. 🙂

Here are some close up pictures of the finished product. I am completely thrilled with how everything turned out–even that plastic tablecloth that I got to go into the wagon, it worked out perfectly. 🙂

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Next up, I’ll be waiting patiently until it is time to decorate for Easter–I didn’t get to do that last year because we were on our Hawaiian cruise…so I’m looking forward to doing it this year.

Always remember:

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

Christmas Switch-Out: Living & Dining Rooms, Outdoor Decor, and *Bonus* Snow Doggies

Ding, ding, ding!! 😉 I am finally finished with all of my redecorating tasks for this Christmas Season, whew, that was a bit of a marathon this year.  Well, if truth be told, it is every year, but the good thing about the passage of time is that it helps one to forget the difficult parts of tasks and only remember the good feeling that one gets when said tasks are completed. So as I do every year, I had approached this year’s redecorating with the same fervor that I do every year. 🙂

I will give you links to my two YouTube videos where I show and tell you how I completed all of the decorating and in addition, I provide a few tutorials–two lantern centerpieces and one of a centerpiece around my Grandma’s lamp in the dining room.  Here are a few pictures of what is featured in the first video link…”Episode #4″:

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Here are a few pictures of the second link I will provide for you below.  In this I will show you how I decorated the outdoor spaces (in the freezing cold weather…gracious I was shivering while trying to talk…haha).

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All righty…Here are those two links—**Stay tuned though** as I will also share some pictures of the pups in the little snowstorm that we got the other day as well as show you a little video of them romping around a bit. 🙂

 

 

We got about 3 inches of snow the other day, and our 3 pups had a great time playing around in it–and are still having fun going outside and just plopping down in it.  The temperatures have been so cold that the snow is still laying pretty much where it fell.

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They had a blast playing out there, we didn’t get too much snow, but, it was enough to provide some entertainment and a couple of good romps for all three of them–Sophie and Gracie are both 9 years old now, they acted like they were 9 months old…haha…Here is a little video show you the sheer joy a few snowflakes can provide:

All righty, I’ll close out this little post, I have another thing to share with you in the coming days, I made a new cream burlap Valentine’s Day wreath to hang out on our front door and will provide you with the tutorial in my next post. 🙂  Here is a sneak peek at the final product…

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I hope y’all are staying dry and warm, the temperature on my computer says that it is a whopping 8 degrees outside at the moment (very cold for these parts).  Temps are supposed to rise later this week, but, for now…brrrrrrrr…I think I’ll go and cuddle up with one of the Newfs and get me a nice hot cup of tea. 🙂

Until next time, y’all take good care!

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

~Arlynn ❤

Christmas Switch-Out 2016–Family Room, Kitchen, Kitchen Eating Area, & Powder Room

Oh my goodness gracious y’all, I’m so tired!  <~~~ I’m only half kidding…lol… I have been diligently working on getting our house put back to its “normal” self.  Before I lament further, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a VERY Happy New Year!!  I wish nothing but happiness, great health, and whatever else your hearts desire to come to you in this nice, fresh, new year. 🙂 AND let me take a moment to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your day to read my ramblings and look at all of my pictures. 🙂  It seems that my little Blog here is doing pretty well, and that is due to all of you out there who have stopped by to join me on my crafting and traveling journeys. 🙂  I am humbled by each and every “like” and sweet comment—thank you all from the very bottom of my heart. ❤

All right, back to the subject at hand,  Chris and I started this marathon process a few days after Christmas when we took both Christmas trees down. Since then,  I’ve been working each and every day, whittling away at each little space i.e. the fireplace mantel and hearth, table tops, cozy corners, lantern centerpieces, and beyond.  All along the way, I’ve also been creating YouTube videos, actually, I’ve created a new “Series” entitled “Christmas Switch-Out”.  So far, I’ve created 3 videos showing y’all my ‘switch-out’ process and then sharing how I redecorate in a more generic way.   I do not decorate for “Winter”, instead I redecorate using regular country decor that I can augment with Holiday/Seasonal decor, i.e. maybe a heart or two for Valentine’s Day, a Shamrock or two for St. Patty’s Day, possibly some Bunnies for Easter, well, you get my drift.

I have finished the rooms in the back portion of our home and those rooms include the family room, the kitchen, the kitchen eating area, and the powder room.  Below, I will post link to my first three videos in my YouTube series for y’all…but, first, here are some pictures of some of the spaces and things that I’ve created in the last week or so. 🙂

Here is the Mantel:

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And the Hearth:

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The Staircase:

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A Cozy Corner:

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Okie dokie…As you can see, I’ve been quite busy–and so has Chris, poor soul has been carrying my bins back downstairs and getting everything organized down there.  He is such a trooper!! 🙂  Here are 3 links, Episodes 1, 2, & 3 in my new YouTube Series:

 

 

 

I still have two more videos to create, one will highlight the living and dining rooms and the second one will highlight what I’ve done outside.  🙂

For now, Sophie, Samson, Gracie, and I say:

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

~Arlynn ❤

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Cream on Cream Burlap Wreath: Stacey’s Christmas Gift (Video Tutorial for Wreath and Craft Bow Included)

Tis better to give than to receive–Yes, that has been Stacey’s and my mantra for our entire lives.  Y’all have met my sweet cousin Stacey, she has helped me out here on my Blog and on my YouTube channel by adding her expertise and fantastic creations.  Stacey and I have a very close family, we are all God fearing folk who are spread out through several States and unfortunately, we don’t get to see our extended family nearly as much as we’d like.  Stacey and I live fairly close to one another though, well relatively speaking anyway, about 100 miles separate us, but, we do try to make an effort to see one another more often than not.  Stacey and I grew up in the same town, and we are both only children and our Dads are brothers. Our part of the family has always gotten together on Christmas Eve to celebrate, Stacey and I always exchange gifts on that most special of days. 🙂   Here we are this past Christmas Eve at my Dad’s place  (Stacey is in the pretty green top). :

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I had made Stacey this wreath this past summer, specifically to hang on that pretty framed mirror which is hung above her fireplace and to go with her summer decor (which is awesome!).  Here is my Blog post where I tell you how I created this wreath… Whimsical Summer Wreath:

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When I was standing there looking at this wreath on a visit this past summer, Stacey had mentioned quickly in passing that she’d like something to hang there for all Seasons and mentioned a all-cream wreath, in other words she’d like to have some decor on that mirror for all of the other times of the year when a certain Holiday isn’t being celebrated.  So right then and there, my wheels started turning…And that is how the idea for this ‘Cream on Cream Wreath’ was born.

I started collecting the supplies that I’d need to create a cream on cream wreath, the first thing that I needed was cream colored burlap…That was harder to find than I thought it would be and I ended up ordering it online from here.  Note:  Its actual color is called “off-white”.

Here is a Supply list with everything else that I used (please see more detailed pictures in the video that is posted below):

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  • 1 – 16″ Work Wreath with the chenille ties already attached
  • 1 – Roll of 14″ x 10′ Roll of Off-White Burlap Runner
  • 2 – Cream Pip Berry Garlands (you won’t need both, but you’ll need more than one)
  • 1 – Wooden Cross with rod iron accent cross (I spray painted the cross cream to match)
  • 1 – Roll of Craft Wired Ribbon (with a bit of gold thread running through it)
  • Green leafy foliage
  • Gold leaves
  • 1 Burlap Flower
  • Scissors, Pipe Cleaners, Wire Cutters, & a Hot Glue Gun

Instead of yammering along here in the body of this blog, I will just hush up and let you take a look at how I created this wreath for my sweet cousin. 🙂  OH and wait till you see the box that my hubby Chris created for me to hold this wreath so that I could wrap it up–and *bonus* it also provides a safe place in which to store it when Stacey isn’t using it…:)  Here is a picture of the wreath nestled into that spiffy box–and it had a lid too!…

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Here are a couple of pictures of Stacey opening her gift notice the not so spiffy wrapping job, that box was a bear to wrap…haha. 😉

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And here is Stacey standing in front of her fireplace with her new wreath hung on that pretty cream colored mirror. 🙂 I *think* she likes it! 😉 ❤

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YaY–I love it when a plan comes to fruition…This was a challenge because I wanted to make something soft and pretty and something that would make a statement but not overwhelm her room, I *think* I succeeded. 🙂  That smile on her face touched my heart like you would not believe–It is truly better to give than to receive — Stacey *got* me with her gift to me too this year…a subject for another blog post later…;) 🙂

All righty, here is that video tutorial and it also includes a craft bow tutorial:

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

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

~Arlynn ❤