A few more favorites from the beginning

It’s honestly been so difficult to chose which sets to share with you here. There have been so many great cookies that have pushed me and made me proud. Nevertheless, I’ve done my best and here are a few more sets from the first half of this crazy cookie journey!!

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Factory South was a new store that Shauna West from Perfectly Imperfect was opening. I love the simplicity of the black and white and simple lettering.

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I had a few of these cookies pinned on Pinterest like the Adirondack chairs from SemiSweet Mike and the bbq grills from SweetAmbs.

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This, I believe, was the first time that I painted on cookies. I quickly fell in love with the process but to this day haven’t nailed it. I won’t give up though! This is only one part of the full set and it was for a little girls birthday party.

I had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with two business owners turned friends. Laura Jean and her husband Cody were running a coffee cart at the time and their good friend, Nalin is an illustrator and wedding stationer. We pulled our talents together to offer a bunch of fun Valentine gift sets!

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On one of our visits to Montgomery we were put in contact with a handful of amazing people. Two of them were Adam and James and they were in the planning stages of opening a beer garden. I believe it’s been two years since Goat Haus Biergarten opened and I couldn’t wait to send them this fun set to congratulate them!

C'est La Vie Continued. . . .

My first order from Evan was a sweet and simple set for a first birthday party. C for Collins and little party hats in pink, grey and mint made up this precious order. (Side note: Collins recently turned SIX years old!!!!!) Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a period of immense growth for me.

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Evan kept the orders coming; weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, shop owners. The orders continued to challenge and push my limited knowledge; larger quantities, more intricate designs, techniques that I hadn’t done before. I bet you don’t give butter a second thought huh? I didn’t either but quickly learned that butter has a certain amount of water in it and each brand is different. Cookies not holding their shape? Could be the butter. So I had to find the butter that worked and only use that. Shipping day gave me anxiety beyond measure! There is no secret formula for shipping sugar cookies. I can’t tell you at the beginning what shipping will cost because every cookie is a different shape and size, therefore I can’t say that I can fit 3 dozen dolphins into a certain size box.

My learning process was purely trial and error. We’ve all grown accustomed to fearing failure, but I’m telling you failure is the best way to learn. Learn from your mistakes, reassess your process and figure out how to do it better. It’s truly not a reflection on your ability or inability, it simply is just how it is. I was reading someone’s Instagram story and their new phrase is “I guess I just haven’t learned that yet”. What a healthy way to look it! Anyway, here are a few stand-out orders either because it was a major accomplishment or just a set that I am proud of during this part of journey.

Life Song for Orphans This set was for a fundraiser that was being held in Montgomery. I believe this was my first logo order.

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These really don’t need an explanation. To take it up a notch I added his actual signature to each cookie along with a border. These were way too much fun!!! This is Evan G. Cooper by the way!

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Ivy & Klein - this set was the logo for this couples wedding. I had never done anything so detailed before!

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When Evan called me to talk about this next set, I almost cried! Shauna West, a shop owner and author from Troy, Alabama had just released her book “The $50.00 Home Makeover” . Click here to see the video of her release party and see if you can spot the cookies!!

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Chelsea from E + ME became a recurring order and one that I always looked forward to. Chelsea was a new shop owner and being able to help sweeten her shops birthday celebrations was such encouragement for me at this point.

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Every year at Christmas, the Governor’s Mansion is opened to the public for tours. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated by volunteer designers from around the state. You can read more about the 2019 tour here. One year, Evan asked if I could provide cookies for the room that he was set to decorate, the dining room. He was also having a Christmas Open House shortly after and needed cookies for that event as well. My husband and I decided that this would be a good time to deliver cookies to him, meet him and check out Alabama!

I added the holes on each side of the cookie so that they could be strung with ribbon and kept as keepsakes to hang on their tree. There was a cookie with each of the Governor’s children and grandchildren’s names as well as the Governor and his wife.

I added the holes on each side of the cookie so that they could be strung with ribbon and kept as keepsakes to hang on their tree. There was a cookie with each of the Governor’s children and grandchildren’s names as well as the Governor and his wife.

At this point in the journey, the seed of moving to Montgomery had already been planted. Bill and I spent just a few days over Thanksgiving there and connected with a sweet realtor who kindly showed us several different houses, knowing that we were only looking and no where near ready to buy a home and move. This would be the first of several trips south for us.

Thanks so much for coming along on this journey with me, not only look back over the beginning but even now, while we settle in to our new home and state. Thank you for your support, your patience and your love! I wouldn’t be here without you!




My Two Cents on Creating a Spa-like Bath Retreat

Can we talk about dreams come true for a moment or two?  Yes? Great!!! Although I’ve had a few of my dreams come recently, the one I’d like to share with you today is this…….guys, THIS IS MY NEW MASTER BATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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There are so many things about this house that I absolutely adore, but personally this is my favorite!!!!  I had a soaking tub years ago and have missed it every day since. Maybe not every day but trust me, there have been a lot of them!!! Literally one of the first things that I set out to accomplish was a bath tray.  I started pinning bath tray ideas before we even got to Alabama. You can follow me on Pinterest here. Here are just a few.

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Image via Pinterest: https://pin.it/mrl3ql6lzqdso2

I love the subway tile in this bathroom, which I’m happy to report that my shower has subway tile! I also love how the faucet and knobs are on the wall and not a part of what seems to be a stand alone tub. Plus, candles. Enough said.

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Image via Pinterest: https://pin.it/ritld2xl32w5wj

I really like the rustic bath tray, candles (of course) and the addition of flowers. I’m not sure that there is any benefit to adding flowers to your bath water except a pretty picture. I still may try it :)


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Image via Pinterest: https://pin.it/zahmo6efzpkps7

I shared this pin to show you that you don’t have to a fancy stand alone/soaking tub to create a spa-like retreat for yourself. I love the subway tile and how they continued with the black and white design while styling the tub. Adding a plant is always a bonus!!

I only became “slightly” obsessed, seriously, it wasn’t even that bad. Lol  I looked at options on Amazon but they all seemed to standard, which is fine, but I wanted something a little more me, plus they were a bit pricey.  A few weeks ago we made the trek to Atlanta to go to IKEA and I found these two shelves in the as is section.

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I didn’t originally plan to use one as tray but it just so happens that one is long enough to be used as a bath tray!!!!!  Insert happy dance here!!!! So now comes the fun part!  One thing we did get slightly obsessive about after moving here is plants.  Every time we walked into Lowes or Home Depot my crew immediately went to the garden section.  Eventually, I joined them.

It’s so addicting!!!! Also, some of these plants were not mine, Like maybe two. heh heh heh

It’s so addicting!!!! Also, some of these plants were not mine, Like maybe two. heh heh heh

The next thing I did was find some flower pots and containers in colors that I wanted to bring to the bathroom, which happened to be pink.  I don’t think I’ve ever really used pink in my decorating, but there’s just something about a creating a space that is going to nurture and nourish not only your exterior but your interior as well.  The hushed pink and blush tones just spoke to me. Notice that I went with a few plants that brought the same colors in.

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I had a few of the items on hand already, such a the milk glass vase, the driftwood, the pink hobnail container and a few other things. My daughter bought me the llama print for Christmas and I think she’ll be a fun addition to this space.  I added a few old brass candlesticks that I had on hand, but they’re still in need of candles.

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I made sure to grab some bath salts and bubble bath as well.  I will most definitely switch this tray up frequently, adding and taking things away to suit my need or my mood.  One night I cleared off the majority of plants to make room for my laptop so that I could Netflix and bathe if you will :)

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Definitely need more candles.

Definitely need more candles.

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The rest of the space is still evolving and waiting to find it’s identity.  Currently I’m torn between the fancy finishes in here and my love and need for a bit of boho.

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I hope that you feel inspired to create your own bath retreat! Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton (if any) money. Shop your house for likely and unlikely things to add to your shelf. Have fun with it and make it uniquely you!!!

Happy soaking!!!!


















My Two Cents on Simple Hospitality

Hey friends!  I just had my first opportunity to have some friends over and I wanted to share a few little hostess tips with y’all!!!  

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The first tip is to make the decision to open your doors, your home and your heart to hospitality. This can be a tough first step. The world, with all of it’s commercials, magazines, television shows and social media posts may have made you feel like you have to have a stocked arsenal of supplies, foods, beverages and the perfect space to host. Let me tell you, that is not true at all. Are those things nice? Absolutely but they are not necessary.

I think I need to host a porch party!! is that a thing? If not it totally should be!!! Thank you Lord for this front porch <3

I think I need to host a porch party!! is that a thing? If not it totally should be!!! Thank you Lord for this front porch <3

Okay so remember that we just moved to a new state less than a month ago. Remember that moving is a huge undertaking. Remember that unpacking and settling into your new abode is a time taker. Also remember that you cannot wait for the perfect time because the perfect time does not exist. I won’t lie, I was a tad bit hesitant to invite people over for most of the reasons above.

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Add to that, I had no plan in place. I didn’t prepare any fancy food or drinks, didn’t have matching plates and napkins and didn’t really want to take the time to “worry” about those things. That is the second tip, you don’t need a grand plan or much of a plan at all!!

I was going to make sweet tea but was a little hesitant to offer it to these southern gals. (I am from the North ya know).  So instead I grabbed a pretty glass pitcher, some mint leaves, water and a lemon. I was hoping to bake in the morning but instead asked my son to bake some chocolate chip muffins (he does this fairly often). The third tip: use what you have on hand or can easily out source!

One of my favorite things to do is fling these patio doors open!!!!!! These doors are at the end of our dining room and lead to a sweet little patio and our side yard.

One of my favorite things to do is fling these patio doors open!!!!!! These doors are at the end of our dining room and lead to a sweet little patio and our side yard.

This Alabama Spring weather has just been heavenly!!!!  We were able to swing our patio doors wide open and just enjoy not having to be closed off from the outside. We raised up the giant, old windows and enjoyed the breeze wafting through the house. It was glorious!

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We had a nice time chatting and catching up and I can’t wait to do it again!!! I have some bigger ideas in my mind for a bit larger of a group so stayed tuned for more!!

The fourth and final tip is to remember, when your guests accept an invitation from you, they are doing so because they want to be with YOU. They seriously do not care if your house is perfect or lived in, they don’t expect a giant spread or a big fuss. They just want to be with YOU.

Let’s vow to take the stress out of hospitality. It’s too much work. It’s not worth the effort and YOU are more of a gift to others than you give yourself credit for!!!

Happy Hostessing!!!!



















My Two Cents..........Entry Way

Hey friends!! I had a few of you ask me on Facebook to share some things about decorating and since we just moved to a new home, there’s a lot of that going on!! I’ve had the opportunity to guide our mortgage broker on design direction for her lake house, my friend who actually bought the home that we just moved from needed some farmhouse hutch inspiration and another dear friend needed to create an area to leave her kiddo’s messages and what not. While I would have loved to have been side by side with each of these sweet gal’s, time and distance doesn’t allow it, so I did it via Face Time and Instagram!

Anyway, I think I’ll call this “My Two Cents”. I’m no professional but I do enjoy changing up and creating fun spaces so if you’re interested, please join along!!! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about decorating your space and I’ll do my best to help a friend out! So here’s our first installment of “My Two Cents”.

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I needed to create an entryway wall in my living room because our new home doesn’t have a foyer or a coat closet.  Luckily I decided against selling my locker sets before leaving NJ! In our previous home these lockers hung out in our dining room for a time and on either side of our fireplace in the family room.  Now they are front and center in our living room! They fit right where I had hoped they would and I’m loving the extra storage and decorating space they’re giving me!

Can you see me?? Hello!!! Hi!!!!! Hey!!!!

Can you see me?? Hello!!! Hi!!!!! Hey!!!!

We did bring a few coats with us to ‘bama but we haven’t really needed them and I doubt that we will any time soon! Right now they are also holding our PlayStation, Wii and other wires that we haven’t dealt with yet.  Also some plastic bats for wiffle ball, frisbees and our dogs leashes.

I wanted to create a seating area in-between in case someone needed to sit and put shoes on or whatnot.  I previously had a bench there but it was pretty narrow and not very comfortable to sit on. So we swapped it out for my grandmother’s hope chest, it’s deeper for sitting plus more storage space!!  

Here’s the view as you’re coming in the front door.  They’re pretty rusty so one day I’d like to freshen them up a bit with a coat of paint and maybe new hardware, but I’m not sure that part is even possible.  

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Here is the opposite direction.  I’m kinda in love with my front door and the view through it!  But having a glass paneled door takes some getting used to, so I’m playing around with the idea of hanging a sheer curtain or maybe a drop cloth curtain, we’ll see.

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So fun new fact for you, I’ve recently discovered my love for vintage hangers!!! We brought an old armoire with us and it had a few old, wooden hangers in it, plus I think I already had one.  What a fun idea to hang them in our entryway! I’d love to find a few more, it’s not something I ever thought about doing before but I love it! I’d also love to find some vintage letter cards or something to hang from one or a few that spells out “Wanna Hang” or “Lets Hang”.  

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The old flower bucket is home to our campfire sticks.  I started collecting vintage thermoses a few years back, I think when I first found JoRetro, my favorite vintage/Pyrex store in Havre de Grace, MD.

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I picked up the little yellow truck locally (NJ) around Christmas last year and added it atop a few vintage books.  A desk lamp from Target, small farm stool and globe round out the top of the first set of lockers! Did you notice under the stool the bright yellow bowl upside down?  It has a little Ger from Mongolia on it. It was a gift from my daughter, Jessica from her time teaching in there a few summers ago. Some of you may want to call it a Yurt, but in Mongolia, it’s Ger.

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I love my print from Nalin Stationary, it’s a great reminder to enjoy whatever season of life you find yourself in.  These truly are the good ol’ days!!

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Beside vintage thermoses, books, and hangers, I also have a thing for vintage suitcases.  Not only are they cute, and fun to decorate with, they’re a great option for additional storage if that is something that your current living situation is lacking. I threw my extra decorative pillows int this metal hamper/basket from Target along with a little throw blanket.

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Books, boxes, stools, and suitcases are great ways to add some height to a vignette, look for items that will compliment the colors, shapes, and sizes of the things you are already using and don’t be afraid to switch things out if it just doesn’t feel like it’s working. Stepping back and getting a fresh perspective is something that I would encourage you to do often. I will sometimes live with something for a few days or more just to see if I still like it after a while.

Although you will find many decorating rules out there, the only one truly applies is this, “It’s YOUR home, decorate it with things that bring YOU life, that make YOU smile and brings YOU joy!” There really is no right or wrong. As for style, what are you most drawn to? For me, I can’t really claim one specific style. I love vintage/antique, farmhouse, primitive and a little modern. So I find a way to mix it all together. For years I stressed over finding “my style”. I think I finally realized I had it all the time, it’s called MINE.

Honestly, there are bigger things in the world that we could and should spend our time thinking about. When it comes to your home, it should be stress free and completely you!

I hope you enjoyed My Two Cents. Remember, I’m willing to give them any time you would like them!!!

Happy Decorating!!