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 ❤

Christmas: Deco Mesh & Ornament Garland Wreath

Sometimes the best laid plans turn upside down on a girl, yes, indeed, my plans to make a beautiful new wreath were set up one way in my mind, but the creation process of said wreath looked nothing like my well thought out plan!  Let me back up for a second, to say that I was a happy camper to have found this teal, light green, and silver ornament garland in Walmart was an understatement.  IMG_6095.JPGIMG_6094.JPG

I had added the same exact thing only in burgundies and golds into my staircase garland and beyond so I knew that it was crazy easy to work with…or, so I thought! lol  Gnashing of teeth and pulling out of hair is what comes to mind when I think of myself making this particular wreath…BUT, it was all worth it in the end because it turned out beautifully. 🙂

Admittedly this one cost me a pretty penny to make as I ended up having to use 2—yes 2 of those ornament garlands and each one cost $24.98…so $50 alone just in the garland, yikes.  I had purchased 2, but my thoughts were to only use 1 on the wreath…harkening back to my very first “the best laid plans” sentiment…yup, didn’t work out the way my mind’s eye had planned.  ANYway, here is the entire supply list for this wreath—All of the rest of the things that I purchased were on sale for half price at Hobby Lobby, so in reality it didn’t cost me *that* much to make considering how pretty it turned out in the end–less a few teeth and hairs…;)

 

Supply List

 

  • 1 16″ Metal Work Wreath (with the silver chenille ties already attached)
  • 2 Boxes of 8.5′ Shatterproof Ornament Garland (from Walmart)

Here is a link:  Shatterproof Ornament Garland

  • 1 Roll of 21″ x 24′ of White Deco Mesh
  • 1 Roll of 5.5″ x 30′ Silver Deco Mesh
  • 1 Roll of Wired Craft Ribbon (White w/Teal and Blue Sparkly Snowflakes)
  • 2 Silver, Spiky Picks
  • Pipe Cleaners, Hot Glue Gun, Scissors, & Wire Cutters

 

All right, instead of lamenting further here in this blog post, below you will find a link to my YouTube tutorial where you can see how I put this entire wreath together. 🙂  First though, a few pictures of the finished wreath, I placed it in my living room and have now dubbed this space as my “teal cozy corner”:

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All righty, here is that YouTube tutorial:

 

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

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

^^^Definitely my mantra today!! ^^^ 😉 😉

~Arlynn ❤

Plaid and Burlap Wreath (Link to YouTube tutorial included)

My Aunt Barb, Cousin Stacey and I are going to be heading to my Dad’s place soon and we are going to be bringing a little bit of Christmas cheer to his new place.  Have I expressed before how much I love and adore my family–Uh, yeah, I think I have…haha…There are SO many reasons why I love them, doing things like decorating my dad’s place for Christmas is just one of many.  They and I have been gathering some items and we will pull our efforts together and bring them all to fruition at dad’s place helping to usher in the Season for him.

At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to contribute to this little project, so the first place I went was to my ‘store’…my basement.  My basement is the holder of many different treasures, items from the past, items that I currently use, and items that I discover when I’m down there searching for something totally different. So I collected a few little items that will go in the “What I’m taking to Dad’s to decorate for Christmas” bin.  Here are just a few little things that I collected:

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My wheels started to turn when I put my hands on that plaid ribbon pictured below.  First let me say that one of the ladies in my wreath making class had used a very similar ribbon on her pretty wreath, and I remember thinking to myself when I saw her’s, wow, that looks so familiar and I love that!  So, when I was scouring around in my basement and when I  picked up that bolt of elusive ribbon, I then knew why I loved her’s so much—I had purchased some for myself–duh, I did *not* even remember that I had gone into Hobby Lobby after Christmas last year and grabbed up a bunch of ribbon when everything went on deep clearance. 🙂  I digress…

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OH and one more thing, I also purchased Dad a small Christmas tree–His request, he didn’t want something huge, which I can totally understand. 🙂 So I picked him up one of those pretty little trees (4′) that one might put on their porch beside a front door…it is already in a ‘vase’ of sorts, and it is an easy up and down item and it came already decorated…perfect for him and us (easy for us to put up). Note the red ornaments and poinsettias on the tree in the picture…;) 🙂

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Okay, as I was saying, my wheels started to turn when I put my hands on the ribbon because I knew that I wanted to make my Dad a burlap wreath and that ribbon would be perfect to utilize for that little project.  Not to mention the fact that I had already created this centerpiece to go on his coffee table, so I wanted to make something that would pair nicely with it and that little tree:

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Here is the finished wreath:

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And here is a picture of the wreath and the centerpiece together:

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Here is a supply list just in case any of you might like to try making a wreath like this of your own:

  • 16″ Work Wreath
  • 1 Skien (and a little more) of 18″ x 15′ Burlap runner
  • 1 Roll (and a little more) of a colored coordinating burlap – 5.5″ x 15′
  • 1 Roll of wired craft ribbon (for bow)
  • 2 long pine branches
  • Rusty Christmas Bell
  • 2 Poinsettias
  • 4 Red Christmas ornaments
  • Pipe cleaner, Hot Glue Gun, & Craft Wire
  • Scissors & Wire Cutters

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And here is my YouTube tutorial video that show you how I pulled this wreath together:

I can’t wait to travel to my dad’s place and pull all of our ideas and the items that we’ve collected and created together to help dad see and feel Christmas all around him–I know he will enjoy it all immensely as he was and is always the biggest Santa Claus in my life!! He makes Christmas special for us every single year, I hope that Barb, Stacey, and I can help make Christmas special for him this year. ❤

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

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

~~Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night…<3 ~~

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

Christmas 2016: Burlap & Snowman Wreath (for Burlap Wreath Making Class)

I have updated this blog post today. I taught my wreath making class last evening–Please enjoy all of the pictures of the gorgeous wreaths that the ladies who attended created! 🙂

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I have officially finished my first crafting project for the 2016 Christmas Season. This burlap and snowman wreath was so much fun to create–This is an easy little wreath that anyone could create without too much trouble.  I’ve made a tutorial video and have just uploaded it to my YouTube Channel,  I will post a link to that below.

Let me give you a tiny bit of a back story about this wreath.  My daughter Christin is a teacher and one of her colleagues has asked me to come to their school and teach (what me teach?) a class showing how to make a burlap wreath. 🙂  So I humbly said that I would be honored to do that, and then I started to wrap my brain around what I might like to make as a demonstration for them–I thought I would make a burlap wreath to display, one that they…

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Christmas 2016: Staircase Ornament Garland, Mantel, & Hearth

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…around here anyway…haha. 🙂  I have again started to decorate for Christmas way earlier than most probably do, but, I have found that it takes me quite a while to get everything into its place and all prettied up.  In addition, my Dad who will be here for Thanksgiving, love, love, loves Christmas decorations, so I wanted to get them up for him–And one of our daughters and her beau will be on a cruise over Christmas and we are going to celebrate Christmas with them on Thanksgiving–all good reasons to decorate a wee bit early this year. 😉   I started working on the staircase bannister today—actually, Chris started working on it before I did…by the time I even opened up one of my peepers this morning, he had attached the garland that we had put together last year, all I had to do was a bit of tweaking and adding of big, beautiful bows.  I wrote a long blog about the process that we went through last year, so I will link that here, but, before I give you that link, here are a few pictures of the finished project–We didn’t change a thing from last year’s creation:

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Here’s that link:

Staircase Pine and Ornament Garland

Another link from last year, because I did have to teach myself how to make those big bows:

Big, Beautiful, Christmas Bows

I’ve also created a little video tutorial of sorts and along with my blog explanations, if you’d ever want to try something like this, it should be a snap for you. 🙂  In this video, I also show you how I decorated up my mantel, hearth, and credenza today.  Here is my blog post from last year giving you all of those particulars–I didn’t really do too much differently this year…If it ain’t broke don’t fix it and all of that huh? 😉 😉  And before I give you that link, here are today’s mantel and hearth creations:

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IMG_0747.jpgHere is the link to last year’s blog post where I explain all about the mantel and hearth:

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And last but not least, here is a link to my YouTube Video Tutorial that I created today (11/10/16):

Christmas 2016: Pine & Ornament Garland, Mantel, & Hearth Decor

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

Centerpieces: Fall to Christmas in a Snap

I’m getting a bit of a head start on my Christmas decorating this year in that I decided on a whim that I would go ahead and make up several — as in 4 — Christmas centerpieces. 🙂  As I’ve explained in the past, I always use the same “staple” pieces when creating my centerpieces…i.e. lanterns, trays/plates/bowls, & candles…throughout each Season.  I just change out the accent pieces to match the Season in which we are celebrating.  So my first task for 3 of the arrangements was to deconstruct them and put all parts and pieces into labeled ziplock bags so that when I pull my stuff out next year I won’t get completely overwhelmed and I will have provided myself a clue of where to start the Fall decorating frenzy.

Here are the 3 centerpieces I deconstructed and reconstructed with Christmas accents:

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I *thought* it would only take me a short amount of time to complete that task, but, pffft…I had obviously lost my mind for a moment, because it took me quite a little while to take apart, label ziplock bags, wrap up breakable items, etc…etc…BUT, I finally got it all completed and packed away.  I then had to venture down into my basement where all Holiday bins–thankfully, well organized and succinctly labeled for my own convenience– are located.  I needed to gather up the supplies out of their specific bin necessary to reconstruct my Christmas centerpieces.  And **bonus** I collected up the parts and pieces for another centerpiece that I had created anew last year and added it to the queue–certainly I could do a ‘quick’ video showing how to put 4 centerpieces together. 😉  Uhhh, *quick* might not have been the correct word to use, but, I did manage to get all 4 centerpieces completed and I am quite happy with the results.  Sooooooooo, I would say, even though my video is a bit over 24 minutes long, I was still able to transform my centerpieces over to Christmas and recreate a new one “in a snap”.

Here are the 3 centerpieces that I recreated after de-Fall’ing’ them. I’ll post a link below to my YouTube video tutorial–in which I explain every step for each little project. 🙂

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And here is the 1 centerpiece that I made up specifically for the Christmas Season:

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Today, I will be de-Fall’ing’ the rest of the house—Think of me, say a prayer for me, sent me a good thought as this chore is my least favorite thing to do in my decorating endeavors. 😉  That said though, I will definitely take the time to pack everything up nicely and in an organized fashion because I know when I take the time to do that, the next time that I go to decorate, it will be a ‘snap’!! 😉

Here is the link to my YouTube “Centerpieces: Fall to Christmas in a Snap” tutorial…

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

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

~Arlynn ❤