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 ❤

Family Room: Cozy Corner & More

Now that the staircase bannister and the fireplace decorations were transitioned over to a more every-day sort of look, I started to work my way around the rest of the family room.  The first project that I took on was this “Cozy Corner” <~~~My name for a grouping of decor that is well thought out and planned to go into a certain space>>>.  I have many such corners in my home but, in this case, this is the corner that I was fixin’ to transform:

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I hated to take that apart as I was really happy with how the Christmas decor turned out (this year was the first time I had decorated that ladder for Christmas).  Anyway, I disassembled this grouping and packed it away for safe keeping and I started to gather the items that would make up my new grouping.

The first thing that I did was to wrap a pip berry garland with a set of 50 deco lights; they are teeny tiny and are so pretty peeking out from the pip berries.

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Let me pause here and provide a link for y’all.  I wrote up an entire blog post describing how I put my Cozy Corners together, here is the link to my Cozy Corners & More post.  I *will* let you know for this project that I did have to glue some pipe cleaners on the backs of those plaques so that I could tie them onto the rungs of the ladder…Note:  I had tried to use Command Strip Velcro, but it just wouldn’t hold.

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That said, I’ll just show you how this turned out in the end. 🙂

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As you can see, I folded a lap quilt nicely and placed it over an old basket, piled some pillows on top, and placed a plaque (that matches a grapevine wreath that I made–I’ll show you that in a minute), and a couple of old Boyd’s Bears.  That sewing basket was my grandmother’s and it serves as a nice little piece with which to add a bit of interest.

In the evening hours, those little lights twinkle so nicely–BTW, those wooden stars are held onto the ladder with velcro…

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So, that little corner was complete and I moved onto the top of the credenza that sits in front of the tv and in between the fireplace and the cozy corner that I highlighted above.  I started by making up a quick little centerpiece…Here is what I came up with:

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As you can see, I gather a bunch of accent pieces but, I don’t always use every single piece, here is the finished centerpiece (I chose not to use one of the plaques and I took the yellow all gerber daisies save for that one fluffy one in the front out of the mix)…

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Here is how that end of the room looks now that it is all transitioned over to a more generic country decor:

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Then I made an arrangement to put on a side table…

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Next I moved on to a table and shelf that separate the kitchen and the family room…IMG_3404

This will give you a bit of perspective as to where these pieces are located:

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And here is that grapevine wreath that I referred to above:

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I absolutely love to decorate and as I have mentioned before, I have no formal training, but gosh, I really do get a feeling of accomplishment when I, little ole me, can actually pull a room together through decor.  I’ve had decades of practice and I’ve spent a ton of time honing my skills; at 50+ years of age, I finally feel as if I’ve found my niche. 🙂

Here is the entire family room completely redecorated for the winter months (and possibly beyond)…the big black blurb close to the fireplace is our Newfie Sophie…haha:

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In my next post, I’ll highlight the kitchen and eating area where I created a new lantern centerpiece for the table…Here is a sneak peek:

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I did a few other things in this area too, so stay tuned…and thanks a bunch for joining me as we transition my home from Christmas to every-day decor. 🙂

Until next time y’all take good care! ❤

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

~Arlynn ❤

Christmas Grapevine Wreath

Another bright idea popped into my head as I was piddling around my house yesterday morning; how about if I make a Christmas wreath to attach to the 6′ mirror that hangs above our mantel?!  Well, the first thing I needed to do was check with the hubby to see if it was even a doable task *for him* as I am not as agile way up on a ladder as I’d like to be. 😉 He assured me that he would be more than able and definitely willing to hang whatever wreath I created way up there on that mirror.

OH let me tell you a quick story about that pretty, *large*, *heavy* mirror (6′ tall x 45″ wide). My hubby actually was the one that found that on LightingDirect.com <~~~ That link is for a similar mirror, I can’t find our specific mirror at this time.  Anyway, it was delivered via 18-wheeler (freight) because it was *that* heavy.  Putting that thing up was quite the task, my hubby attached a piece of wood the width of the mirror to the back of the mirror and one of the same size to the wall, he had cut angles on the edges of the wood pieces so that the piece on the back of the mirror would snug down into the piece of wood on the wall thus anchoring it nicely and securely.  It took my daughter, my hubby (while up on a ladder), and myself to lift and muscle it into place, whew!!  Trust me, it isn’t coming back down…probably ever…haha.

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So back to my bright idea, I decided to make a grapevine wreath for this location because I wanted to stick with my planned color and rather rustic theme.  I’ll be using a pine pre-lit garland on the mantel…I bit the bullet this year and went ahead and purchased it new from Grandin Road…here is a link… Christmas Garland. Yes, it was a bit pricey, but I had a 20% off your entire purchase coupon, so I went for it.  While I was at it, I purchased a set of 5 Candle Rings; I will be adding some of the same red and gold berries to them that I used for this wreath (subject for another blog).  Those candle rings will be placed on these gold mercury glass candle stick holders that will be on the mantel…

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Okay, I know all of the components that I’m mentioning for my fireplace decor sound like quite the hodgepodge, but I *think* when I pull it all together that it will look lovely…I hope anyway. 😉

Now, I wanted to make a pretty large wreath to place on the mirror, so I purchased a 24″ grapevine oval wreath (the shape wasn’t as oval as I wanted it to be though, but it’ll do)…

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The first thing I did was to cut strips of felt and I hot glued them onto the back of the wreath so that it won’t scratch the mirror or anywhere else that I might want to hang it in the future…

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I also made a ‘hanger’ out of a pipe cleaner and I hot glued it on to where I deemed would be the top center of the wreath…

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I had purchased this little wooden snowman to add to the wreath and I knew that it’d be too heavy to glue on, so I hot glued pipe cleaners to the back of it so that I could tie him onto the wreath…

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Here are the other accents that I chose…

Some pine greenery:

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Red sparkly berries:

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Gold berries and small Christmas ornaments…

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I made a rather large bow and attached some of the red and gold berries into the pipe cleaner that I used to tie the bow shut.  I pulled them around to the front and through the bow loops to add a little interest…

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I also found these cute burlap ornaments that I thought would help the wreath feel a bit more rustic…

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Okay, so it was time to assemble the wreath…Here we go…

The first thing I attached (hot glued) was the greenery, one large piece and one smaller piece starting on the upper left bending it and circling around the top and half way down the right side of the wreath form.   I did the same thing around the bottom portion of the wreath leaving myself a bit of a space on the left side so that I could place the snowman…

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After that, I added the bow, red berries, the gold berries and the little ornaments.  I then placed the larger burlap ornaments and called it done. 🙂 Here is the finished wreath…

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I really wanted to have this wreath lit for at least a few of the evening hours so I went on the search of a battery operated light strand with a timer an I found one at Walmart! There are 3 timing options and the one I chose was to have the lights come on at a certain time each evening, they will stay on for 6 hours and automatically turn off.  The perfect solution! 🙂 AND **Bonus**  they were only $6.88!

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I do think it will look really pretty on the mirror above the mantel…I sat it up on the mantel this morning to see if the size was going work okay, and I do think that it will. I had to do a little visualizing because I will not even attempt to hang that puppy up there by myself. 😉

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Wow, I do think that it will make a nice bold statement on that mirror and it will help to pull all aspects of the fireplace decor together. Yippee!!

I’m really itching to redecorate my house for Christmas; my Dad will be coming to join us for Thanksgiving and he enjoys Christmas decorations so much, I might just decorate a little earlier this year so that he can enjoy it when he comes for our feast. 🙂


~~~Well, it is a week later and I’m amending this post just a bit, just as I’ve amended this wreath…haha.  My color pallet for my family room is going to be burgundy and gold.  Then why (you might ask) did I put that bright red plaid bow on a wreath that would be an integral part of that room’s decor? Because I lost my mind for a moment? Because I *thought* it would blend in? 😉 😉   Shoot, I was losing sleep over this little issue, so I couldn’t stand it any longer.  I made a new bow out of 2 different ribbons (burgundy and gold) because I couldn’t find any ribbon that I liked enough. I added a couple of poinsettias, some more gold berry beads, and a couple more ornaments.  I feel much better now and I’m sure I will sleep much better tonight. 😉

Here is a before and after comparison:

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And this is the wreath that will hang on the mirror…I loved that red plaid ribbon, but not enough to completely throw off my entire plan for the room. 🙂

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

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

Cousins Craft Weekend – Part 2 – Grapevine Fall Wreath

Hi Everyone!

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this little “Cousins Craft Weekend” series of posts, I was able to spend a few fun-filled and very productive days with a couple of my sweet cousins.  Here is a picture of all three of us at Stacey’s house (left to right – Donita, Stacey, and me (Arlynn):

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Stacey composed Part 1 of this series and explained how she created a deco mesh ruffle Halloween wreath and she will be composing Part 3 in which she will be describing how she created a deco mesh lighted garland to pair with her wreath. I can’t wait for y’all to see how she created that beauty; here is a sneak peak at just a piece the finished garland (that is Stacey’s gorgeous lab Piper sitting and posing so prettily):

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I will be handling this “Part 2” entry and I will be describing how I made Donita a Fall wreath for her to hang in her home.

I started out with an oval shaped grapevine wreath; I was so happy that I found the oval shaped wreath at Hobby Lobby, it really made for a pretty finished product. All of the Fall decor craft items were on sale for 40% off so I was able to pick up all of the components that I used for the wreath for a great price.

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Here is my haul, admittedly, I purchased a few extra items that I didn’t end up using, but Stacey was able to use a couple of things in her home and the rest, well, I will always be able to incorporate them into my other Fall decor:
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IMG_1921The very first thing that I did was to make a “wreath hanger” out of a pipe cleaner.  I try to always hot glue one of these to the back of all grapevine wreaths as most wreath hangers aren’t large enough to accommodate a grapevine wreath. Then I made a bow…IMG_1923

Next I took a leaf garland and laid it on top of the wreath and started to glue it into place…this process took a while because waiting for that glue to dry was frustrating.  This probably wouldn’t be an issue for y’all but, my hot glue gun is like a weapon and the hot glue that comes out of it practically melts things instead of glues things…haha.  I really should invest in one that isn’t quite as dangerous! 😉

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Since I/we had such a lovely time <rolling eyes and oozing sarcasm> trying to get the leaf garland to stay put (Stacey and Donita took their turns at holding said leaf garland in place along with me), I decided to add to the fun by looping some of the bow ribbon around the wreath and over the garland.  It sure looked pretty so I was determined to get it to work but that stupid glue was giving me issues again; to say that  I was ecstatic is an understatement when Stacey provided me with a wooden skewer to be used to hold the ribbon in place while the HOT glue dried!  Goodness gracious, what a little task, but we were laughing and joking all the way through the process which made it a bit easier.

Next, I glued pipe cleaners to the back of an initial and while that was drying, I started to place some other accents into place on the wreath.  I used acorns, pip berry picks, a few Fall colored sunflowers and added the bow;  it all came together beautifully.

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Here is the finished wreath all ready to travel home with my cousin Donita and to take it’s rightful place in her home. 🙂  She absolutely loves it which of course warms my heart! I would much rather give than receive any day of the week!! ❤

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And that completes Part 2 of our little “Cousins Craft Weekend” series.  Stay tuned for Part 3!  I can’t wait for y’all to see how Stacey put together her lighted deco mesh garland; trust me, it turned out so nice!!

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

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

Grapevine Wreath Ideas

Hi Everyone!

One of my very favorite things to make wreaths out of is a grapevine wreath form. They provide you with a nice sturdy and attractive base for any kind of decor.  I’ve made grapevine wreaths for the inside and the outside of my house and for all Seasons. They are not difficult to make and they usually go together quite quickly.  I typically will choose a pip berry, leaf, or other kind of garland to use on the wreath to help make it look fuller; I will glue that on first, then I will usually use a picture, plaque, initial, or wooden words and build the rest of the wreath around those choices.  I’ll usually pick a coordinating ribbon and some silk or dry flowers to finish off whatever look I’m trying to achieve.  I have found that creating the look I want is easier to do when I take the time to place the accented pieces onto the wreath, stand back and look at it and only when I’m happy with how it looks will I *then* use the hot glue to attach all to the wreath for safe keeping. There are a myriad of options out there and the sky is the limit, again, let your imagination be your guide and don’t be afraid to try something new. I will add some pictures of some of the grapevine wreaths that I’ve made in the last couple of years; I hope one of them will inspire you to try to make a grapevine wreath for yourself.  🙂

I’ve made several of these wreaths for gifts and some for my own use.  I made the wreath below to hang on my family room door to use with my every day decor.  A couple of cousins fell in love with it, so I decided to go ahead and make them each one for a little “just because” gift.  As I’ve mentioned before, I love to give homemade gifts, the recipients know that your creation was made with them specifically in mind. ❤

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This one hangs in our Powder Room:

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Our daughter asked me to make these two wreaths for two of her co-workers. I tried really hard to make them in colors and design specific to each of the recipients.  Apparently, they both loved the final products, so I think I was successful. YaY!! 🙂

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This was was created for the front door and when I get an itch for a change, I’ll hang this up out there.

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I made this one for Fall a couple of years ago…

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And I made this one last Fall specifically for the family room door:

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The accent color in my living and dining rooms is that pretty green that is seen everywhere I look now-a-days. I made this wreath to hang in my dining room, I really love the oval shape:

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This is another wreath that I hang on my front door at times…

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As you can see I’ve utilized the basic grapevine wreath form to make some new and different creations. I love country decor and these wreaths lend themselves so very nicely to bringing the country look into a room or onto a door.  I really hope that you will give one a try! 🙂

Until next time, y’all take good care!

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