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!!

















C' est La Vie !!

In 2014, I received an order for a Paris themed 13th birthday party. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Paris, France, so I was really excited for this order. Little did I know that this would be the set that would start a whole new chapter in my cookie journey.

There are so many fun things you can do with a french themed set It was hard for me to stick to just the Eiffel tower as the only Paris icon. I decided to add plaques with the birthday girls’ initial and a few french words.

Flood first - detail after

Flood first - detail after

Becca also wanted the color purple and butterflies to be a part of her order. Taking each part of what a client shares and finding a cohesive way to bring it all together into the perfect set of cookies is always a fun challenge! I really loved how this set came out even though I struggled a bit with the butterfly design. To this day, it’s still a cookie that I struggle with.

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For the writing on the plaques I used a food safe marker. Those became one of my favorite tools to use. You can find them on Amazon.

For the writing on the plaques I used a food safe marker. Those became one of my favorite tools to use. You can find them on Amazon.

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Here is where a few things intersect; the first takes us back to the days of when blogs ruled the world. The Lettered Cottage was and is one of my favorites. I can remember years ago walking through a Home Depot and seeing Layla and Kevin Palmer on the cover of a magazine and thinking, “I know them!”. Isn’t it funny how social media makes us all feel like we’re friends?

When Instagram graced the socials with it’s presence in the fall of 2010 I found Layla and so many other talented people to follow! Through Layla I found Evan G. Cooper, an Alabama based wedding and event planner. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous wedding and floral photos that he shared in his feed.

Eventually Evan followed me back and would occasionally leave a comment. At this time I didn’t have a separate IG for cookies, it was just mixed in with my personal feed. After sharing the Paris themed set on Instagram, Evan left me a comment that read something like this, “I sure wish you shipped, because I could use some cookies for a party I have in a few weeks!” {insert bulgy eyed, jaw dropping emoji here}

Once I recovered from such a message I kindly asked him for his email and told him that I would love to talk to him more about this party and the possibility of shipping cookies. I hadn’t ever shipped cookies before and had no idea where to even begin. I was not about to let that stop me though. I found out what he was looking for, gave him a price and waited. In the meantime I took to the internet to learn how to ship!!


……to be continued

Side note Today is the 18th birthday of the sweet girl who wanted a Paris themed 13th!!! Happy Birthday Becca!! I’m so glad that I get to call you friend <3


Turn Back Time

So we’ve decided to take a bit of a break in the new year. Some things in our lives are shifting and we need to adjust accordingly. But since you all are super awesome and we love you, we didn’t want to leave you in the dark. We thought it would be fun to turn the clock back and take you along as we re-visit our journey from the beginning. You can follow along just on Instagram if you’d like with the pictures and short captions or come over here and sit for a bit as we share the stories behind the cookies! It should be fun and we sure do hope you’ll stick around!

So here’s the story: I’ve always enjoyed baking and with five kiddos, you know Christmas Sugar Cookies were a hot mess of poorly chosen sanding sugars and sprinkles, not to mention the very generous amounts that each cookie received. Ahhhh the good ole’ days. Such fond memories, maybe it was such a mess because I was too busy watching the visions of perfectly decorated sugar cookies dancing in my head. You’ve seen them on the magazines, the perfect royal icing, Holly Jolly Santa with an actual twinkle in his eye, super cute mittens with delicate snowflakes!! Gahhhhhh I just knew I had it in me and couldn’t wait to give it a try!!!

Flash forward a bit and we find a beautiful snowy day brought just that opportunity to my door!!! My children had been all bundled up in their many layers and sent outside to frolic in the snow and that’s when it hit me!!! THIS IS MY CHANCE!!! So I grabbed the magazine, all of my supplies and got to work!! It was glorious!!!! Sadly I don’t have any pictures from those early days, but as you’ll soon see, they were not very good. They didn’t look anything like the ones on the magazine cover and the “perfect royal icing” was perfectly spilling over the sides of every cookie!!!!

I didn’t give up though, I started to make them for our family gatherings; Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, you get the point. A few years in and I had started to wonder if anyone outside of the family would be interested in in some of these cookies for their family gatherings. I shared that thought with my husband and just as I had finished I received a Facebook message from my pastors' wife and friend. She was inquiring if I could make 5 dozen engagement sugar cookies for her son’s upcoming engagement party!! After my jaw hit the floor, I explained that I didn’t really know what I was doing but if she was sure, I was willing to give it a shot!!!

Even though the request wasn’t for anything super fancy or technical I was super nervous. An engagement party is a pretty big deal and although the cookies weren’t a vital part of the evening, it still wasn’t something that I wanted to mess up!

The pictures that I initially shared today on Instagram were not these cookies, although they were for the same couple. Here are the engagement cookies that I made for my very first event



So there ya have it!!! Yellow and grey/silver hearts and circles with their initials and love. I had NO idea of how to flood, I hadn’t a CLUE about consistency in my icing, didn’t have a selection of piping tips and certainly didn’t even know that Kopykake was thing!! But my friend loved them, her son and wife-to-be loved them and their friends also loved them. So I continued. I posted to Facebook in February for Valentines Day and they were a hit!!!

Third times a charm

Jaysen and Julia set up our skinny tree the other day and I realized that all of the ornaments and trim that we had for it was previously sold at one of our yard sales. I would have loved to buy all new ornaments, although it would have been really hard to narrow down a style (gosh I just love it all!!).

I remembered my box of dried (read: dead) hydrangeas that were still sitting in the garage and thought I’d use them on/in the tree. I mean, why not? It still doesn’t feel right to just toss them out into the compost - so I might as well get as much use out of them as I can.

On Small Business Saturday, the mister and I visited some of our local shops and I grabbed a few bags of vintage ornaments for $3.00 per bag. I had spotted them a few weeks ago and had talked myself out of buying them then. Do you do that? Of course, I couldn’t stop thinking about them afterwards and I was certain that someone would have grabbed them up at this point. But, there they sat, waiting just for me!!

I love the colors and the age spots, they add so much character and is such a beautiful reminder of days gone by. I wonder, how old are they, how many places did they call home, were they handled by little hands? Did they sit in their box waiting until Christmas Eve to make their debut or were they a part of the entire holiday season? I will never know their history, but I do know that they are cherished right now.

As a little girl, my family and I would wait until Christmas Eve before decorating our tree. Before bed, I was allowed to put the first ornament on the tree and had to leave the rest for Santa. I’m sure as I got older that tradition changed a bit.

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Merry Christmas from little Lorraine

I feel like the tree could still use a little something, but I don’t quite know what that is yet. We also need a topper but I have a feeling it’s going to stay exactly the way it is right now - and I’m okay with that.

I am loving the reflections that are bouncing off of the ornaments, from the sun streaming in or the twinkle lights, it’s just beautiful!! Oh let me share one word of caution on using dried flowers on your tree. If you have large dogs with big, wagging tails, you may not want to use dried flowers, unless of course, you’re okay with this happening ….I guess I should have thought that through a little more.

What were your childhood traditions? I’d love to hear them!!