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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This is the wreath that hangs on the mirror over the fireplace (I’m looking a smidge disheveled here…lol):1V4A8677.jpg

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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Harvest Sign 2016–With Guest Blogger My Cousin Stacey

My sweet cousin Stacey has been kind enough to share another one of her amazing creations with all of us!!!  Wait till ya’ll see *this*!! ❤

This is me (in the black blouse) with Stacey:

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Okie dokie…Take it away Stacey!!

*****Hello Everyone!! It’s your favorite random relative of Arlynn’s, Stacey!! I’m here to show you how to do a Fall decor item that requires ZERO crafting or artistic ability! Woo! (It’s also great for getting out some aggression as you get to beat the snot out of a plank of wood!) So, lets begin the easiest craft project I’ve ever created!

I had a VERY large wall space that I wanted to cover. I needed a piece of art (or something) to cover a space approx 4’ long by 1’ tall.  I scoured Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Kirklands and everywhere in between looking for such a large piece with no luck. So that meant I was going to have to create something.  I wanted something to compliment the decor I already had on the opposing wall.  Pretty rustic and quite specific. (No, sadly, I did not create this
beauty) But, no worries, I was on a mission and once that happens, crafting magic is about to go down!
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I started by creating my “ingredients” list.  Plank of wood 1’x4’. (You can make yours any size you like!), chalk paint and wax, brushes, cloth, roller brush, sander/sand paper, tools to distress wood (chains, screwdrivers, hammer, etc) letters to attach, hooks for hanging and a glue gun to attach your letters.
First place I headed to was my other favorite craft store…HOME DEPOT!!  Oh my goodness y’all! I love me some Home Depot! Those guys see me and turn the other way because they know I’m going to make them cut, sand, search or reach something for me! LOL!  Suck it up buttercup, I’ve got decor to create! But, they got lucky this time because I found a super cheap plank of pine for $9!! It was exactly the size I wanted too! (1’ x 4’).  So, I grabbed my plank and headed on over to Michaels to snatch up some chalk paint and search for the metal letters to attach.
Once at Michaels my search began. The chalk paint was no problem! I chose a yellowish tone called “Tuscan Gold” and a brown antique wax to go over top.  Easy peasy, light and breezy! Onward towards the metallic letters! Oh man, I am gonna spell the heck out of some Fall words!! Pffft!! Not so much! My husband (God Bless him) and I spent a BAGILLION hours pulling out all the letters they had on the shelves and a good amount of time on the scrabble word creator app trying to spell Fall themed words! Goodness Gracious!! It looked like my “easy” craft idea was going to be a bust. But, I’m no craft quitter! So, I got to thinking, lets mix up our media. I took both the metallic letters and some painted wood letters and finally had enough to spell a word!! YESSS!! I had chosen the word HARVEST.  I figured that was better than some of the other words we had the letters for like Hokey, Chokey, Jokey, Sock, Whore 😳, Oyster and Shylock. But, I don’t know your life. Maybe you would like to create a nice “Shylock” sign. In that case, you’re in luck! But for me, I had my heart set on Harvest.  Thankfully, on the other side of the store, they had some red/gold painted wood letter and I screeched “I CAN SPELL HARVEST NOW!”  I’m sure the lady that was beside me thought, “Lady you need to spell MEDS”.  Oh well, not the first time someone thought that! SO HA!  Once I had purchased all my ingredients we headed home and the fun began!
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I took my plank outside with some chains, a hammer and some assorted screwdrivers.  Basically, you want to use whatever tools you have to “distress” your plank of wood. Good time to get out those frustrations! I wanted a pretty distressed look so I just whacked the heck out of that plank of wood! Don’t forget to do your edges! This comes into play later when you put on your wax top coat. See all those divits and scratches? Thats what you want. Looking back, I wish I would have added more! Also, I used a little hand held sander to round the edges and remove the splintered pieces on the corners. You don’t want any sharp angles. We want to make this thing look old.
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Next step, Paint that Plank!! I loved the Fall-ish yellow of the Tuscan Gold. It also complimented the red in my wooden letters.  Now, be patient and let it dry.  Who am I kidding, I only let it dry for about 30 min.
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Once your beautiful plank is painted. DON’T FORGET YOUR EDGES!! It’s time to move on to the wax top coat.  I chose a warm chocolatey brown. I figured this would look like years of dirt and wear.  Guess what?! I was correct! Mmmmm, look at that! All aged planky goodness!
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I brushed on a good amount of the brown wax and took extra care to get into all the nooks and crannies! Even on the edges! Then, I wiped off a little bit with a dampened cloth. Be careful you don’t remove too much or you won’t get the super aged look we were going for.
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 Finished product! A nice aged looking plank with just a little bit of effort.
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Also, see why distressing the edges was important? Now all the sides are gorgeous too!
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So this is pretty much the hardest part of this project! Your kidding me?!? NO, I am not! Only thing left is to attach your letters and the hanging hooks.  Can you believe this project?! So easy and so professional looking! I love that (if you can find the letters) you can make one for anywhere! Maybe Sock wouldn’t be such a bad word to spell after all!! Would be great in a laundry room! Hahaha! Here is my final project! It’s glorious! It has the metal in it that I was looking for and it’s just the right size! Oh, I forgot to mention that I just attached my letters with hot glue.
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And hung in the perfect spot:
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Seriously, how easy is this?! Now get out your word finder app, head to Home Depot and Michaels and spell some words!Enjoy making your house a home by crafting your own glorious creations!! Until next time, smooches from Stacey 😘 *****
Arlynn here again—THANK you SO much Stacey!!!! You are awesome and you have inspired me to try to do one of these beauties, and I’m guessing that you’ve also inspired many more!! LOVE you bushels and pecks and (((hugs))) around the neck!! MWAH!! ❤
I hope y’all have enjoyed this wonderful blog post from Stacey—She is a very talented lady!! 🙂

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

Happy Fall Y’all 2016 Series: Family Room Fireplace/Mantel & more–Video Included

Happy Fall Y’all!! Yeah, I know, it’s not quite Fall *yet*, BUT, it is September, so that is close enough for me. 😉  I love Fall decor, the warm and cozy feeling that comes with this sweet decor is something that I so enjoy creating each and every Autumn. 🙂  This year is no different, although, now-a-days, in our new home, it takes me a bit longer to get everything accomplished. 🙂 I always start with the fireplace hearth and mantel, and this year was no different.  I was so excited get started too because I had broken down and purchased a gorgeous new mantel swag and candle rings from Grandin Road–They are so pretty and wow, do they ever make a huge statement!  I LOVE the final look. I also purchased 3 new black candle sticks (only because they come in a set of 3–and I already owned 3 but needed more to accommodate those lovely candle rings)… Here is a link for those candle stick holders.

I created a little video to go along with this post…And will more videos as I work my way around the house in my decorating frenzy…Here are some pictures of what I highlight in the video:

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As I tell y’all in the video that I always replace most of my generic decorations with my Seasonal decor.  I do leave some of the “staple pieces” (for lack of better descriptive words) in place…like the Dickens houses and the clock on the mantel, and the ladders w/pip berries and just a few other items on the hearth.  So basically, I truly do recreate the wheel for Fall and then for Christmas.  And this year, I had to go out and purchase a couple extra bins to accommodate the generic decor that I remove I won’t use again until January–All of the Fall decor will be replaced by Christmas decor and that will stay up till the end of December. 🙂  It took me quite a few years to collect all of this decor for both Seasons; I’ve done it a little bit at a time.

Here is the fireplace completely changed over to Fall. Whew, I was bushed after doing just this…No, it’s not hard physical work, but, I use a lot of whatever brain power I have left to create this look…haha. 😉  JUST kidding, y’all know that I LOVE this sort of thing…I honestly do thrive on the creative process.

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Another one of my staple pieces that stays in place and that I use as a base for my Seasonal decor is this large Longaberger basket.  Here is how I decorated it up for Fall this year:

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And the last thing that I highlight in the video is the staircase–I made all new plaid bows for the swag points this year as well as a new “spray” for the bullnose.  I also added a little fall wreath to the bullnose…I had written a blog about that little grapevine wreath showing you many different ways in which it could be used…Here is a link to my blog post highlighting that little wreath:  “Not Just a Fall Grapevine Wreath”.

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Here is the top of the Credenza that sits under the tv; I did create the centerpiece:

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One last thing, I mention in my video are some quilted Fall placemats that I utilize on the family room end tables, and then they also sell a runner that I purchased, one for the kitchen’s Island and one for one other table.  I purchased them last year, but, here is a link for a set of four quilted placemats–UNfortunately, they are not available at this moment in time but, if you check back, they might come available later in the Season.

ANYway, I plan on trying to finish the rest of the back portion of the house today and I will do a walk-thru video of everything in this part of the house. And then I’ll transition into the living and dining rooms and use some of that pretty green color to create the Fall decor  in those rooms.  For now, here is a video of what I’ve created up to this point. 🙂

 

*In decorating there are no mistakes, just unique creations!*

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

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 ❤

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**

 

 

 

Pick A Theme & Carry It From Room To Room

I’ve spent a ton of time here in my Blog showing you how I transition from one Season/Holiday to the next via my decor.  But, I have not shown you how I came up with my generic/every-day decor and how I made it work through-out our home.  When we were building our new retirement home…

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I spent the months that it was being built trying like heck to figure out how I was going to decorate.  In my other home, I admittedly went a smidge overboard with my decor–in other words, I filled every single wall/corner/shelf that was blank and available.  Don’t get me wrong, I think I did a good job, I just think I didn’t need to do quite as much…less is more and all of that you know?! 😉  SO, I knew that I loved “country” decor, but not the primitive everything looks really old kind of country–I do love that look too, but, I didn’t think it would be appropriate for this home.  Okay, so I was getting frustrated trying to hone in on exactly where to start, after all, I was going to have to recreate the wheel so to speak–start from scratch–pull my hair out and…well you get my drift.  One day, I finally sat myself down and listed the things that I love and things that I’d used throughout my many years of decorating that always turned out nicely.  My list included:

  • Pip berries (garlands and picks),
  • Lanterns
  • Gerber daisies
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Baskets
  • Willow Tree Figurines
  • Dickens Houses
  • Wooden Plates
  • Mini-lights

That was rather an eclectic little list I had going, but, as you’ll see, my “theme” became all of those things rolled into one cohesive design that has worked out beautifully in this home.  I will highlight the back part of our home in this entry where I’ve used burgundy, khaki, & cream as my major color scheme.  The staircase separates the family room/kitchen/eating area from the living and dining rooms that sit on the front of our home.   I’ll do a separate post describing those rooms at another time; I use khakis and creams in there as well, but my main accent color in those rooms is a soft green.

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Instead of explaining each and every  decor element, I think I will just show you some pictures and give you links to my blog entries that will show you how I put certain things together.

Let’s start out with the kitchen, as you can see by the pictures below, I incorporated lanterns, baskets, wooden plates, and dickens houses among other things to create the Above The Kitchen Cabinet Decor

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I love to work with those kitchen windows; I’ve incorporated wooden plates, gerber daisies (wooden and silk), pip berry picks…Here is my The Ever Changing Kitchen Window Decor post:

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Moving on into the family room area, our staircase is such a focal point, and my daughter actually gave me the idea to hang pip berry garland wrapped in white lights onto the railing.  Talk about warming up a large space, adding that lit garland and then making bows to go at the swag points has become one of my favorite design elements in the house (we do switch it out for Christmas with pine garland); the entire idea started by me using burlap and swagging it onto the staircase).  Here is a link describing all of the different ways in which I’ve switched up the Staircase Railing…My most recent design is pictured below…

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I made all of those bows, and then I made a swag our of pip berry picks and gerber daisies to attach to the bullnose…IMG_3417IMG_3365

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The fireplace is another focal point; I typically decorate the mantel and hearth.  I have utilized, a pip berry garland, dickens houses, willow tree figurines, wooden plates, and a few other accent pieces to pull it all together.

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I made the wreath that is hanging on the mirror above the mantel…If you’d like to try one for yourself, here is a link as to how I created it…

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Creating Cozy Corners is another little design trick that I’ve honed over the years…I implemented my little trick on either side of the hearth as shown above, and also in the corners on either side of the credenza as shown below…

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IMG_3403 (1)As seen in the picture above, I have found that adding Rod-Iron Scroll’y’ Pieces and Accent Lighting to my space helps to pull everything together nicely…

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Lanterns are some of my most favorite things with which to work…I use them to create table centerpieces and have them scattered about throughout our home…

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Here is the Powder room, I have tried to decorate it in much the same way as I did the kitchen and family room areas as it is close by.  I just made this wreath right after Christmas, I tried to pull in all elements of my decor, i.e. gerber daisies, rod-iron (owls), pip berries (I used a pip berry garland)…OH goodness, why don’t I just give you a link, here is how I made that Burlap, Pip Berry, & Rod-Iron Wreath. 🙂

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Lastly, one other way that I pull all of my decor together is my incorporating some of the same accent elements into my little flower arrangements, for this decor theme, I’ve used pip berries, gerber daisies, and that same burlap ribbon that I used to make the staircase bows.

I made these little arrangements for the kitchen window decor:

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I made this basket arrangement to sit up on a shelf in the family room:

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And one more, I made this arrangement to sit on a table in the family room:

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My goal is to always create a warm, cozy, & welcoming space and I think I’ve accomplished that goal nicely–I sure stressed for a long time while trying to pull it all together in my head though.  It wasn’t until I got moved into this home and started to work with the different spaces that it finally all came together into one cohesive design.  I hope that I’ve helped to maybe give you an idea of how to incorporate your favorite things into your home decor and in turn how to make one cohesive design–You can do it, all you need to do is to start compiling a list of the things that you love. 🙂

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

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

 

 

 

Rebuilding My Lil’ Red Wagon Decor

Our weather has been crazy around here as of late.  One day it is 20 degrees and then the next day it is 60, no wonder everyone is sick!  We had an awful storm go through here last week and it decimated the decor that I had in my Little Red Wagon (<~~~Link to show you all of the different ways I’ve decorated up this wagon in the past).  This is what it looked like before the wind lifted everything out of the wagon and broke some lantern glass and carried some of the other accent pieces through the yard and beyond…sheesh!

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Regardless of the mess I found after the storm, I had already planned to redo the wagon decor for the rest of the winter months.  I wanted to get rid of the pine ‘Christmassy’ looking garland as well as create a new small wreath that would pair nicely with the front door wreath.

Here is a quick synopsis of how I put together that small grapevine wreath…

Supplies:

  • One small grapevine wreath form
  • One pip berry garland (it was one I had leftover from another project)
  • Gerber Daisies
  • Metal three tiered sign w/chain
  • Red and burlap chevron wired ribbon
  • Old Boyd’s Bear (that I literally just found while I was cleaning out some stuff in my basement)

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This little wreath went together very quickly…I started by hot gluing the pip berry garland onto the wreath form

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Then I used a pipe cleaner to attach the 3-tiered sign onto the form…

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I glued the bottom “Laugh Often” section to the wreath…

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After that was completed, I made a bow out of the ribbon and I tied the bear onto the wreath with floral wire (I didn’t want to glue him on just in case I might want to use him for something else in the future).  Then I placed the gerber daisies where I thought they looked nice and glued them into place.

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Here is the finished wreath…

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So, now, let’s move out onto the front porch and I’ll show you how I built that wagon decor…I started by collecting a few items that I thought I might use…

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Then I placed the blanket into the wagon…

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I put a large picture holder that would hold that little wreath into the left corner…

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Then as often happens to me, I totally got into the creative process and FORGOT to take more pictures of each step! Grrrr…As you can see though, I have a white crate sitting on top of a milk can sitting behind the wagon, I love to use that to add interest and a little bit of depth to the project.  Then I started building the rest of the decor starting inside the crate with that wooden heart, moving into the wagon and placing the bigger bear on a little stool in the right back corner and adding metal star stands and garland, metal butterflies, a solar lantern, and a tuft of reddish berries. 🙂 When creating these types of grouping, I usually build from left to right, back to forward, and then up and work my way down…to the ground this instance..I hope that made sense…lol. Here is a link to one of my posts that describes how I put together groupings like this, it is entitled How To Create Cozy Corners & More. 🙂

In the end, this is what I came up with…

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And here it is paired with the front door wreath…

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I also wrapped a string of brown corded white lights around the wreath and wrapped a strand around that pip berry garland that I have draped over the white crate.  (If you are interested in purchasing brown corded white lights, here is a link to Factory Direct Craft, that is where I always get mine. 🙂

Here is the wagon in the evening hours…

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You can even see it from a distance, it just add a bit of warmth and coziness to the entranceway. 🙂  As y’all know by now, I’m all about warming up my spaces and trying to make them as welcoming as can be. 🙂

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

~Arlynn ❤

Easter & Springtime Transitions

“Lazy” is not a word that is *ever* used to describe me, “procrastinator” is not either, but, this year, the thought of switching my decor around for Easter and then Springtime has evoked both of those words into my swirling brain.  My hubby and I are leaving for a Hawaiian cruise in April and well,  I’d have to decorate for Easter then tweak said decor for Springtime all before we left.  NOT interested in doing that in any way, shape, or form, not to mention the fact that I am quite enjoying the redecorating that I did after Christmas, truly, I’m loving it ‘as-is’.  SO, I will show you what I did for Easter/Springtime last year. 🙂

The first thing that I did last February was to create a new Easter wreath:

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I will not bore you with the details as to how I made this wreath, but if you’d like to know the basic process by which I create a burlap wreath, click here and that will take you to one of my burlap wreath entries with a bit of a tutorial included. 🙂

When I made this wreath, I wasn’t sure where it would end up, as you’ll see in this post, it made it’s way from here to there until it landed on it’s final resting place through Easter. 🙂

This is the very first place that I place it:

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It didn’t take me long to move it to another location, it was way too bright (for lack of a better descriptive word) for the fireplace space.  So I moved it to my dining room and I made a lantern centerpiece to match…

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Here is a closer look at the centerpiece…

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Again, I will not bore you with all of the details as to how I put this centerpiece together, but, if you’d like to do one for yourself, click here for some more detailed instructions. I was really happy with how this turned out; so airy and whimsical, it sure brightened up that room.

Next, I moved to the family room and to the hearth and mantel…

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This decor lends itself to more of a country feel and I honestly didn’t remove any of my everyday accent pieces, I simply moved things around to accommodate a few bunnies (ceramic, wooden, stuffed, and muslin), an easter egg garland, and I made a bow or two to match…

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Next, I moved over to the kitchen table…

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I had never purchased “Spring” dishes before in my life. But, last year I found these plates at Home Goods for $5 a piece, the tablecloth for $15 (60×104), and the napkins for $5 for 8…awesome prices. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some flowers (to redo the lantern centerpiece to match the tablecloth and napkins) all of which were 50% off that week. Oh yes indeed, I made out like a bandit.  I also made the little napkin rings…easy peezy, I just tied a ribbon around the napkin and hot glued sweet little silk flowers to the tails of the bow.

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After Easter, the tablecloth remained on the table for the month of April and I replaced the “Happy Easter” sign in the centerpiece with some pretty metal birdies and some wooden daisies…

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Okay, so the inside was tweaked for Easter and a wee bit for Springtime (although honestly, my basic decor doesn’t change all that much for Spring except for that all of the gerber daisies that I have scattered about starting at right after Christmas finally come into Season…haha). 😉  I DO love me some gerber daisies!! 😉

ANY hoot, I digress, I set my sites on the outdoors…The first thing that I did was make a pretty Spring deco mesh wreath to hang on our light post.  Again, I’ll not bore you here with the ‘how-to’ details, but if you’d like to see how I put my deco mesh wreaths together, click here… These are the materials that I gathered up for this particular deco mesh wreath:

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And here is what I created:

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I also replaced the decorative flag to match that wreath.

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Next, I decided that I wanted to add a little Easter’y’ somethin’ somethin’ to the front porch.  So, I grabbed that wreath off of my dining room wall (replaced it with a picture) and grabbed up some crates from my basement and utilized my grandmothers milk can that is always sitting out there and created this little “cozy corner”.  (If you would like to see my basic instructions for cozy corners, click here). Here is what I came up with, that wreath had found it’s final resting place…;) …

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I did this before I purchased my little red wagon.  Click there if you’d like to see my little red wagon and how I switch the decor out to match the Season. That little wagon will be an awesome tool when I go to decorate for Spring *next* year. 🙂

Last but not least, I redecorated my mailbox utilizing the same basic idea that I describe in my Seasonal Mailbox Decor post.

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As you can see, we didn’t have our driveway paved last Spring, that big project happened this past summer. 🙂

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I’m a little bit sad that I won’t be switching things out for Easter/Springtime this year, but, some years are just busier than others, and this year we have other things happening.  Thankfully, our daughter will be staying here while we are away watching the house and the pups…I’m sure they won’t mind that the decor is going to be staying in the more generic realm. 😉

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

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

~Arlynn ❤

 

 

Seasonal Mailbox Decor

I was so excited to move into our new home a few years ago for many reasons not the least of which was where our mailbox was located and that in our neighborhood it seemed to be a *thing* to decorate on and around mailboxes. YaY!!   Of course this idea fell right into my wheelhouse so the creative juices started to flow and I started to plan out how I would be changing my mailbox decor as the Season (or in most cases the months) change.  The first thing that I came up with was that I was going to utilize all of my wooden hanging signs that I’d been collecting for over a decade.  I used to hang them on a bracket off of the front porch of our other home.  Here is a link to where you can find the sign bracket.  I do not use the bracket on my mailbox, but you could use it on your front porch, on a fence, or on any number of other places. Here is a picture of the bracket–that is not my sign though..;)

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Here is a picture of all of my signs save for the wooden heart that is hanging out on my mailbox right now:

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If you’d like to purchase them they can be found at here at PiperClassics.com…

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All of the signs come with little chains attached to the top of them so we screwed little hooks into the underneath wooden portion of our mailbox.  This made the signs super easy to change out.

 

 

 

 

You’ll also notice that our mailbox has a trough that juts out of the back; that is a pretty spiffy little addition and it provides me with another receptacle with which to decorate. 🙂

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I found this solar mason jar to sit in that trough at Home Depot, gosh it does look pretty in the evening hours.

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For a little while, I had two of them sitting in and on the trough…

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I’ll now show you how I change out the mailbox decor as we go through the months and seasons of the year. 🙂

Both of these pictures were both taken the very first January that we resided in our new home:

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There are our Newfoundland doggies Sophie and Samson. ❤

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For years and years…actually for decades…when we lived in our other home, our mailbox was located across the street from our house and it was situated immediately next to another mailbox.  Its location didn’t lend itself to festive decorating hence my excitement about being able to decorate this new mailbox.  My hope is that this silly mailbox might provide folks with a warm, welcoming feeling as they enter our driveway; as y’all know, bringing forth a “warm & welcoming” feeling through my decorating is always my goal. 🙂

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

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

~Arlynn ❤