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):

 

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

Fall Leaves & Burlap Wreath (Video Tutorial Included)

All right, I couldn’t stand it one second longer!  As y’all know, I finished my Fall decorating a few weeks ago and I thought I was going to be able to stand *not* switching out at that big burlap wreath that I had hanging up on the mirror over the mantel to something in a fall themed design.  Well, I was completely wrong, it was driving me ***crazy*** to not have a wreath that matched the rest of the Fall decor!

Here is what the fireplace/mantel/mirror looked like before with the rest of the fireplace/mantel done up for Fall:

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And this is a close-up of that wreath that turned out beautifully, but, did not match the Fall decorations:

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I have now remedied the confused decorating state that my fireplace,mantel, & mirror were stuck in and have replaced the above wreath with this one that I created after purchasing all supplies on sale yesterday:

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Here is a list of the supplies that I utilized:

  • Large Metal Wreath Frame
  • 2 Large Skeins of Burlap
  • 2 Leaf Garlands
  • 3 Resin Pumpkins
  • Coordinating Wired Ribbon
  • Grapevine Pumpkins
  • Orange Berry Stems
  • Floral Wire & Pipe Cleaners

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Here is a video tutorial for you. 🙂

And here are a couple of pictures of the finished product:

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I know it may seem silly to some of you that not having a wreath to match the rest of the fireplace/mantel decor would drive me so crazy, but, as y’all know by now, I’m a very anal retentive person who strives each day to pull my decor together into one cohesive design–I feel like I have now done that in the family room.  All is well now, and I can breathe a lot easier and not cringe with frustration when I look at that mirror. 😉 🙂

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

Deco Mesh & Birdhouse Wreath w/Video Tutorial

To say it has been hot in our neck of the woods is an understatement! It has been so hot that one of my outdoor wreaths has been losing its glued on accent pieces…<sigh>.  A couple of weeks ago, I had redecorated the Little Red Wagon (<link to video tutorial showing you how I created that decor) that sits on the front porch. In addition, I had made a new Burlap & Birdhouse  (<~~ link to video tutorial) front door wreath.  Red, cream, and khaki were some of the colors that I incorporated into the decorations.  I just happened to have a grapevine wreath already made and decided to go ahead and hang it on the front light post…welllllllll…That has ended up to ***NOT*** be one of my brighter ideas as the temperatures have soared and so has the humidity with it…that poor wreath that was held together by hot glue started to lose its accent pieces, they were literally melting off.  I knew I needed to make a new heartier wreath to hang out there asap.

So, I decided to make a Deco Mesh wreath to replace my poor, pitiful, mess of a grapevine wreath. 😉  Here are the supplies that I gathered so that I could create a new, tougher, wreath that would be able to handle the heat, humidity, and occasional thunder storm.

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  • 16″ Work Wreath
  • 1 Roll Large Deco Mesh (burlap color)
  • 1 Roll of Medium Deco Mesh (red and burlap color)
  • 2 Rolls of Burlap & Polka Dot ribbon
  • Red and Khaki colored daisies with clips on the back
  • 1 Wooden Birdhouse
  • Pipe Cleaners 

 

After watching my grapevine wreath literally melt in the heat, I did not want to use any glue on this wreath, so those flowers have clips on the back and my hubby drilled holes in the back of the birdhouse and fed tie wraps though them so that I could then loop pipe cleaners through them and tie the birdhouse onto the wreath.  I show you all of that in the video, so here is a video tutorial showing you how I created my new sturdier front light post wreath:

Here is a close-up of the finished wreath:

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In the end, I’m much happier with how this wreath looks out there on that light post, and now I know I’m not going to come home and find different accent pieces strewn about in my flower bed. 😉 lol All in all, it was a very productive day!

Ohhhh hang on a sec…I promised in the video that I would provide a link that explains about those lights in our windows (and all about our outdoor accent lighting).  Here is a link to my Special Outdoor Lighting Blog post, and here are a couple of pictures of our house at night:

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

ONE more little thing…haha…I make a sculptured bow in this video, here is a link to my “How to Make a Bow” tutorial.

Deco Mesh Fall Wreath – Video Tutorial Included

Yes, can you believe that I’m already making something to add to my Fall decorations?  The Fall accents have been out in all of my local craft stores for weeks now, and Hobby Lobby even has Christmas stuff out! Goodness gracious! At this point they might just want to leave the stuff out all year along huh? 😉  JUST kidding of course, but, it does seem to appear earlier and earlier each year.  For crafters like me though, I will admit that it comes in handy. 🙂

I decided to go ahead and make myself a new Fall Deco Mesh wreath to hang out on our front light post.  I will start decorating for Fall in September this year so that I can share my little cozy corners and different centerpieces with y’all. 🙂  Anyway,  I hosted a little craft day here at my house yesterday with my dear friends Karen and Trina, and as they were sitting at my kitchen island doing their needlepoint projects (gorgeous works of art!!), I made my wreath.  They were so patient and sweet with me when it was time for me to talk for the camera…haha–Trust me, when we three Southern ladies get together we do tend to chat right on along for the entire time…I am blessed to have them in my life!!  ❤

Here are the supplies I used to create this wreath:

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  • 16″ Metal Wreath Form
  • 1 Large (long) Roll of Deco Mesh
  • 1 Small (short) Roll of coordinating Deco Mesh
  • 1 Roll of Fall ribbon (for a bow)
  • 1 Largish sized Fall accent piece
  • Other Fall accent pieces
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pipe Cleaners

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If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below–I will do my very best to try and answer them. 🙂

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

Whimsical Summer Wreath: Burlap, Mermaid, Starfish, Metal, & Pip Berries

I was at my sweet cousin Stacey’s house a few weeks ago helping her prepare for her son’s Graduation party.  She had told me about some of her summer decor before I arrived, but, her words didn’t do her creations justice; I was in awe of how she had redecorated, her home looked amazing.  She has used mermaids, sea horses, shells, and all sorts of warm summery accent pieces all around her home, and they inspired me to try and make her a wreath that would blend in nicely with her creations.  Let me start by saying that I had made her a burlap summer wreath a couple of years ago and well, it didn’t quite fit in with her new theme (also, my wreath making skills have improved since I made that other one and honestly, I wasn’t happy with it…haha).

Here I am with Stacey (in the middle) and our other wonderful cousin Donita (left) when we were at the Grad party. 🙂

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Okie dokie…So first, let me show you the supplies that I collected to make this wreath:

  • 24″ Wreath Form
  • 2 1/2 Skeins of Burlap Runner
  • 1 Roll of Burlap and Polka Dot Ribbon
  • 2 Pip Berry Garlands
  • Scroll’y’ Accent Piece
  • 2 Metal Starfish
  • A Large Resin Mermaid
  • Sea Shells
  • 3 Large Cream Burlap Sunflowers
  • A Few Small Silk Flower Accents
  • Hot Glue Gun, Pipe Cleaners, & Floral Wire

Now to explain how I pulled all of those pieces together to make one pretty huge wreath…Here goes:

I attached the burlap to the wreath form by catching big tufts of the burlap into each chenille twist tie…I started on the outside ring and worked my way around, I transitioned to the inner ring and proceeded to work my way in the same way around the entire wreath form.  I went through 2 entire skeins and finished up with 1/2 of another skein.

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When I finished with one skein and started with a new roll, I simply started literally where I left off; I added the burlap right on top of where I had just finished and continued tufting on around.  I completed the entire outer ring finishing by again adding the last tuft right into the the same chenille tie as where I started, then the next tuft was in the inner ring.  I continued to add until I had completely finished both rings.

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The next thing that I did…Well, honestly, my hubby helped me with this part…I flipped the wreath over and centered the scroll’y’ accent piece (got it for half price at Hobby Lobby)…

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And my hubby attached it to the wreath form using floral wire…By the time he was finished, that scroll’y’ piece was rock steady.

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Now, I paused for a second and took some time to hot glue some pipe cleaners onto the back of the mermaid:

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The metal Starfish:

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And onto several Coral Starfish Shells:

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Then I took a moment to create one pretty huge bow out of the burlap and polka dotted ribbon (BTW, I have created a video of me doing a bow tutorial, if you’d like to try to make a bow for yourself, click here)  I used the entire roll to make this bow:

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My daughter mentioned that the tails of the bow actually matched the mermaid’s tail…I told her that that was by design <~~~ I fibbed…LOL…I always cut my bow tails that way, it just so happens that my bow tails look like a mermaid tail–who knew? 😉 😉

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Next, I started to add the pip berry garland to the outer ring (only) catching it in each chenille twist tie.  I worked my way around the entire wreath form–I used 2 garlands and I only had about 3 inches of length left.  Here is where I purchased this Light Teal and Vanilla Cream Berry Garland.

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Now, I was ready to start placing and adding all of my accent pieces. Of course I used the glued on pipe cleaners to attach the mermaid, metal starfish, and coral starfish.  I also used hot glue to anchor them in place.  I can’t really explain I how pull a wreath together, it is just a trial and error sort of approach.  I’ll place an item, stand back and look and decide if I like it there or if I want to move it.  I do this with each accent piece and eventually it all comes together and when I’m satisfied with how it looks, I anchor everything down with hot glue (well honestly, I don’t *always* use hot glue–I’d rather not really, but, with wreaths this size, I often need to add the hot glue to give it more stability). Sometimes this entire process happens quickly & and sometimes I will tweak for hours…haha…I really wanted this wreath to be special for Stacey, so I will admit that I did a bit of tweaking for a good amount of time. 🙂

By being able to see Stacey’s home decor in person, it made this wreath easy to create.  I ‘felt’ her house while I was there, it was warm, cozy, and whimsical in places–I *think* I managed to create the same ‘feel’ with this wreath…Here is the finished product–It measures every bit of 32+” around:

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Stacey squealed when she saw it…hahaha…Bless her heart, I just love that girl to pieces!! And this is where she hung it when she got it back to her gorgeous home–I LOVE it here, and I am reallllly happy to see that those sunflowers, creamy pip berry beads, and the coral starfish match that frame around that beautiful mirror…gosh, how pretty does that combination look?!!  YAY!! 🙂  GREAT place to display that wreath Stacey!! You go girl!!

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I cannot tell you how special my entire family is to me–I would do ANYTHING for them, and this particular wreath was made with tons of love and with Stacey on my mind while creating it. ❤

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

 

Burlap & Birdhouse Wreath & Room Decor (Soft Green and Cream)

As y’all know, our living and dining rooms sit on the front of our home <link to home tour> and are separated by our foyer & front door.  I have found that I really enjoy putting a wreath on the inside of the door.  I have a pretty large foyer and that wreath helps to carry the decor theme from one room to the next.  I use a pretty green color–I see it everywhere–along with cream & burlap as my accent colors in those rooms.  These colors lend themselves to a soft, pretty, warm and cozy design that I have fallen in love with since moving into this house. Also, using these softer colors while incorporating my other favorite design accents into these rooms presents me with a bit of a challenge being that they are not necessarily your typical country themed colors.  In this post, I will highlight a wreath that I made while on a ladies craft day last March; I made it especially to hang on the back of my front door.  I will also show you some other soft country design elements and techniques like I’ve used in my family room/kitchen area (that are decorated in the more typical country colors of burgundy, green, blue, etc…) and carried into these softer hued rooms.

Okie dokie…So, first, let me list some of my very favorite accent pieces that I usually will use to augment my decor:

  • Pip Berries (picks and garlands)
  • Lanterns
  • Burlap
  • Gerber Daisies
  • Dickens Houses
  • Candles
  • Family Pictures
  • Rod-Iron Accent Pieces

As you will see, I’ve tried my best to try and incorporate some of my favorite things into my room designs and into that huge wreath on the door.  Speaking of the wreath, let me describe how I made that real quick…

Here are the supplies that you’d need if you wanted to try to make this wreath, also here is a link showing you a bit more detailed directions as to how to make a burlap wreath:

  • 24″ Work Wreath
  • 2 Skeins of Burlap ‘Runner’
  • Pip Berry Garland
  • Accent burlap ribbon (or whatever accent you might want to use)
  • Wooden Birdhouse
  • Resin Flowers
  • Burlap Daisies
  • Rod Iron Flower & Accent flowers
  • Floral wire

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The first thing that I did was to glue pipe cleaners onto the back of the birdhouse and the wooden daisies:

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And the Birdhouse:

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Then I added the burlap to the work wreath:

Next I turned the wreath over and attached the rod-iron flower using floral wire:

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Then it was time to make it pretty, so I went about adding the pip berry garland simply by adding it in on top of the burlap, attaching it into each outer ring’s pipe cleaner…

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Then I added the bow, birdhouse, all of the daisies and other accent flowers…IMG_4568

And here is the finished wreath:

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Here I am at Karen’s house in the middle holding the wreath, I’m flanked by my sweet friends Karen and Katrina who worked on their lovely crafts on that nice day:

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Here are a few more pictures of that wreath in place:

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And of course, the pups always love to pose prettily for a picture–Left to Right–Gracie the Golden, and the Newfoundlands, Sophie and Samson. ❤IMG_4750IMG_4757

Here are some pictures of some of the other wreaths that I’ve made to go on that door at different times of the year:

And now to show you how these rooms are pulled together using that pretty green color, cream, and burlap.  I’ll start in the dining room with the tablecloth,  lantern centerpiece, flanked by rod-iron candle holders and green candles.  OH I also made that wreath hanging on the wall between the windows…

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The table runner on my Sideboard matches the tablecloth. I also was really happy when I found those sconces that are on either side of the mirror at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price:

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And then a few decor elements in the living room:

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If you’d like to read more about these rooms, here is a link to my Living & Dining Rooms blog post describing them in more detail (like where we got those rugs from, and more about the living room furniture, that lamp on the side board, etc…<here is a link>.

I’ll tell y’all, I’ll just go into those rooms and drink in the softness of the design…I love it, truly.  It calms my very soul. 🙂

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

And remember!

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

 

 

 

Lady Friends Craft Day: Crocheting, Embroidering, and Burlap Wreath Creating

Lady friends <~~~ I am one very lucky and blessed lady to have these 2 lady friends in my life.  We’ve been friends for a long, long time now; all of our kids went through high school marching band together and we three along with many other wonderful volunteers worked diligently and tirelessly for the Band Parents Association.  Oh the memories that those years evoke…<sigh>… Let me introduce these two lovelies to you; Karen is on the left of this picture and she was our hostess for this craft day, and Katrina (Trina for short) is on the right, and I’m in the middle.

IMG_4574   The one thing about time is that it marches on, all of our kids are now out in this big world of ours and they are all thriving and doing well.  The three of us try our best to get together and continue on with a tradition that we started years ago called “Craft Day”.  We all *used* to be avid Scrapbookers, and in years past that is usually what we did for our “craft” on Craft Day, but, we’ve kind of moved away from Scrapbooking and are honing our skills in other craft forms.  These two ladies are very talented and can craft in many different arenas–and dare I say, I might be able to do so as well. 😉  Regardless, when we get together now-a-days, we bring with us whatever craft we’re working on at that moment in time.  For yesterday’s Craft Day, Karen was crocheting, Trina was embroidering, and I made a large wreath for the inside of my front door.

The first thing one must do before one begins crafting is of course EAT lunch. 😉  And as the sweet Southern women that we are, Trina and I brought something to share.  Karen provided the YUMMY chicken wraps…my gosh they were good.  This is what she did to prepare them.  She cooked up a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts and a couple of bay leaves in her crock pot.  After a couple of hours, she shredded up the chicken and mixed in this luscious caesar salad dressing…

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I had brought my Fruit Salad to pair with the wraps…I did want to let you know that I added some grapes to the recipe that you’ll find in that link (need to update that actually).

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And Trina brought all of the ingredients and made us dessert…Boy oh boy was it ever tasty!! NOT so wonderful for our diets, BUT, who doesn’t splurge once in a while…I know I sure do! 🙂  Here is what Trina made:

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Okay, so now that our bellies were full, let me show you what we were working on as we wiled away the afternoon hours chatting and enjoying each other’s company…

Trina was embroidering, she is in the process of working on about 13 different ‘squares’ that will all be combined into a quilt that she is creating…wow, wow, wow!!  She called it “Redwork” that can be stitched in any color. She told me that she is using a variegated blue DMC floss and doing a backstitch.  You should see this lady work her magic! She is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!  This talented lady has made some of the most gorgeous quilts that I’ve ever seen, she has a gift that is unsurpassed!

That is going to be one awesome quilt!

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Here is an example of what the final quilt will eventually look like:

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Karen was crocheting, let me tell you a little bit about what Karen does for others, she has such a giving heart and works diligently to improve others lives, she is a very special spirit!  She crochets for two different groups, one is her church group and it is called the “Prayer Shawl Ministry”.  Here is an example of some of the things that she makes for them…some things include blankets and little hats for premature babies at local hospitals…well, let me show you what she showed me that she works on for this wonderful ministry:

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Here are a couple of things that she is working on right now…A little washcloth (or this can also be used for a preemie’s blanket…bless their little hearts… ❤  (It was about a 8″ square…)

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And here is a lovely blanket that she has started as well (she has one of the prettiest crocheting stitches that I’ve ever seen):

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Karen also helps with the “Hand’s Up” ministry, here is a link to their Facebook page if you are interested in seeing what wonderful things they do for the community.  Karen has been making winter toboggan hats for the homeless–in sports team colors.  Here is an example of all of the hats that she has finished…this is her second batch, I believe she told me that she has already made 20 and they’ve all been given out already. 🙂

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OH so many wonderful things that this lady does for her community!! Such a loving, giving, heart…WTG Karen, you are touching so many lives!

As for me, well, I created a wreath for the inside of my front door.  I will not bore you with every detail here in this post, but, if you’d like to see how I create this type of burlap wreath (with a rod-iron scrolly piece and pip berry garlands), here is a link describing the process…

Here is a list of the supplies that I gathered for this wreath:

  • 24″ Work Wreath
  • One Wrought-Iron circular piece
  • 1-1/2 Rolls Burlap Runner
  • 2 Pip Berry Garlands (purchased from the Pip Berry Barn)
  • 1 Bolt of Burlap and White Polka-Dotted Ribbon
  • A Wooden Birdhouse
  • 3 Wooden Daisies
  • 3 Cream Burlap Daisies
  • Small bunches of green and cream silky flowers

I did a little preparing before I left to go to Karen’s house as this process can take a little while–not to mention a little bit of concentration…here is what I completed and then put into my trunk to take with me to her house:

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The first thing I did was to attach the burlap to the wreath form…

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Then I packed all of that stuff up readying for transport.  I finished putting the wreath together at Karen’s house starting with attaching the pip berry garland to the outer ring’s pipe cleaners–I added the garland right on top of the burlap

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Here are the three of us holding our crafts for the day:

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Here I am holding Karen’s precious little Gretchen…What a sweetie pie she is!!!

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We felt like we had a pretty productive day!  It was getting late in the afternoon and Trina and I knew that we had to head on out to our own homes (quite a distance away), so HUGS were given all around, and we talked about setting a date for us to get together with our spouses in the coming weeks–all 6 of us will go out to dinner very soon….What a wonderful day we had!!!

***THANK you Karen for opening your home and welcoming us with your sweet outstretched arms!!! ❤ ***

After I got home, I carried in my wreath (which ended up to be quite heavy by the way…haha) and hung it on the back of my front door…Here it is in place:

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I must say one more time how very blessed I feel to have these two lovely ladies in my life…still after all of these years.  Lasting and endearing friendships are the very best kind and they should always be nurtured and well cared for.    There is one lady that used to join us for our Craft Days but has moved away now; we miss her terribly!  Kathy if you’re reading this…MWAH ❤ .  I so wish that she still lived around here so that she could join us once again…<sigh>, maybe one day. ❤

Anyway, I will close for now–Not sure what I’ll be posting next as we are fixin’ to go on an Hawaiian cruise at the beginning of April so I’m deep into “planning mode” for that trip…haha. 😉 I plan on blogging that trip though for my “Vacation” category  (AND I’m so grateful to our daughter who will be house/pup sitting while we’re away…)…***Thank you Christin!!!***

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

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

~Arlynn