Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lace Covered Mason Jar

Coffee Rooster // Torani Loves This

Good morning. Today, I'm excited to share a DIY project that I worked on yesterday. It all started about a week ago when I picked up a mason jar from Dollar Tree. Thanks to my hanging out on Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Here are all of the supplies I used. I found some pretty lace at JoAnn Fabrics that was only $5.99 per yard. I couldn't have been happier that it was 40% off. Now since the jar isn't very large, I only needed about 3/8 of a yard of fabric which is enough to cover 3 since my daughters wanted to fancy up their jars, too. It only came up to $1.50. I already had some Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive on hand so the only other thing I needed was some pearls and a flower.

First, I started off by separating the lid from the jar. With the project that I have in mind, I didn't have a need for the top, so it was simply discarded. Second, I peeled off the label.

I didn't think of it when I was at JoAnn Fabrics, but I wasn't sure if I needed to use one or two layers. I finally decided that using a single layer should work just fine, at least I hoped it would.

I ended up with too much lace, so I trimmed the fabric down even more. I only needed enough to cover the outside of the jar up to the rim.

Once I had the right amount of lace, I positioned the jar. I wanted to make sure the lace would be secured to the glass so I started by spraying some of the adhesive spray on only one small section at a time wrapping it around as I continued.

Then I sprayed extra on the bottom of the jar and folded over the end piece.

Along the neck of the jar, I used my hot glue gun to make a small trail. (I know, my glue gun has definitely seen better days). Making sure that my pearls are nice and straight, I started wrapping the pearls around the neck of the jar. Again, I only worked on one small section at a time. The final step was to hot glue the flower on.

That's it! It was super inexpensive and very easy to make... even for me.

Putting it in front of a mirror shows you a little more detail. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.


And after...

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day begins and ends beautifully.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Rooms With A View

Good morning. A few weeks ago, I had a post called, rooms with a view. Since I don't have a great view from any window in my apartment, I often wonder how great it would be to wake up in the morning to an amazing view. Well, I'm still daydreaming...
looking out the window

Husmannsplassen i Hidlesundet: Koselige Rørstrand-krukker

Window with a View...
Oxford, England - Blackwells
Toro Canyon House, Santa Barbara, 2012


window seat/the view is paris

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Day At The Park

Pine Tree

Hello again. You may notice a couple of changes on the blog. A few days ago, I disabled my Google plus account and reverted back to the original blogger. I am no longer able to join any circles, which I won't miss because it's a feature that I never used anyway. Unfortunately, this process wiped out my 'about me,' but that's okay. It gave me an opportunity to think of a different introduction for myself. Most of it is still the same, I just tweaked it a bit. The good news is that I am no longer a no reply blogger.

Also, my daughters and I went to the park. It was 70 degrees with beautiful sunny skies. We couldn't have asked for better weather.

There are actually a lot of parks where I live, but I like this park more because it's right near a farm.

My oldest brought her skateboard along.

So my youngest and I walked along the trail and talked.

Then we all started collecting leaves.

Our favorite part was walking on the leaves and hearing them crunch. 
After the park, we stopped at the dollar store next. They actually have mason jars now so we picked up three of them for each of us. 
I have a fun mason jar project in mind that I'd like to try soon. I'll see how it goes. See you next time and have a great weekend... :) 
 The Little Corner 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Decisions, Decisions...

get out
This morning, I decided to take a trip to Home Goods. I was on a mission to find lamps for the end tables in my living room. I'd already been to Target and although I saw a couple of them that would really work for my space, they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I know that the right lamp plays a part in the over all room design and décor. So, for me, this is a really big decision.

Well, I started my morning with breakfast at Panera Bread. I ordered a bagel and hazelnut coffee, but when asked if I would like anything from the bakery, I couldn't help but drool at all the goodies in the case.

I considered it but, since I was already starting my day with a lot of carbs, I resisted the temptation.

So, after my belly was full, I headed to Home Goods next. Normally, I browse through the entire store, but today, I went straight to the lighting section. I saw these same lamps at Target and I think they are so cute. They are very affordable and I love the base.

These lamps could also work. They are adorable and totally within my price range.

After browsing for a bit, I finally left Home Goods. I had some ideas, but I wasn't ready to call it a day just yet. I hadn't been to Pier One in a long time, so I decided to go there next. I automatically knew that anything at Pier One would be pricier, but I needed to see all of the options before I could decide.

This is the first one that caught my eye. It's a very unique design and it's definitely not your everyday lamp.

Then I saw another one. It's the one right smack in the center with the bling. If you ask me, that is lamp magnifique. It's a very stylish lamp that comes with a very sleek shade and an extremely high price tag.

So, here's where I could really use your input. Out of the four lamps shown, do you have a favorite? Which one do you think would work best on my end table?

Here's a reminder of what my end table looks like. It's pretty small so I don't want a lamp that is so large, it'll take up all the space on the table.

Thanks for your help and have a fabulous weekend... :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Today I Am Thankful
Hello, thanks for visiting me again. I don't know what it was about today, but I just couldn't seem to get enough oatmeal. For breakfast, I had steel cut oatmeal with blueberries, chia seeds, sugar and cinnamon.

Then I spent a little time outside. You know, I gave myself a goal a couple of months ago. I planned to read the entire bible. I still have a long way to go since I only got as far as Deuteronomy, but I'm gaining so much knowledge along the way. Well, this morning, I decided to do some reading out on the deck again. I know there won't be a whole lot of days ahead where I can sit outside and do this. Well, at least not without wearing a sweater and gloves. So I'm enjoying it while I can.

When my sister visited me this summer, she surprised me with the coffee mug that's on the little table. It quickly became my favorite and I use it often.

Here is where the oatmeal craving kicked back in. That evening, I decided to bake some oatmeal raisin cookies.

It was my first time baking them and let me tell you, the recipe was very easy to follow.

They turned out great and everybody loved them. I definitely plan on making them again one day.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup of light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract (Yes, Tablespoon!)
1 Tablespoon of molasses
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of raisins


Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the oats and raisins on low speed. The dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Chill the dough for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll balls of dough(about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely . The cookies will continue to "set" on the baking sheet during this time. Cover cookies and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Enjoy and have a blessed day... :)
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