Homemade Vintage Jar Lid Ornaments

When I start something like this, I normally don't know what exactly I'm going to do. I just go with the flow. That way when problems arise, I can find a way to adapt. 

I purchased mason jar lids and bands from Walmart. They're pretty cheap. 

I then went through my old stash of vintage children's photos.

Remember my old window I had hanging on the wall with vintage children's images? Well, it fell. No more window with vintage children images in the glass. That left me with some photos that weren't too banged up or torn.

First I took the band and a pencil and drew around the outside of the section of the image that I wanted. It will be a little big, but I'll go into that in a minute. 

I'm working on sheets of waxed paper because I'm going to be using Mod Podge and I am a messy crafter.

Then I took the smaller lid and placed it over the image and drew the circle and cut around it. If I'd done that to start with, I wouldn't have been able to tell what part of my image I was getting.

So I cut all my images out.

Then I took a foam brush and decoupaged the images to the lids and let them dry. There will be bubbles and creases. We're not going for perfection.

Then I tried to decide if I wanted to use ribbon or jute to make the hanger. For the plain silver lids, I used jute. For the red ones, I used ribbon.

I made a double knot. Then I took my foam brush and put a layer of Mod Podge around the inside of the band. (Is that what they're called? If not, correct me.)

I pushed the lid with the decoupaged image inside the band and held it down to let the glue adhere to it. (Or at least I'm hoping for success here!)

I looked all over this place for some other type of glue and couldn't find any, so that's why I ended up using Mod Podge to glue everything.

If you have a glue that seems easier and will adhere better, go for it.

Then after I'd held it down for a bit, I turned it over and put Mod Podge on the front. 

Now these may not stay glued. If not I'll have to go out and find another type of glue. But let's hope this technique holds because it's cold and rainy outside. And I don't want to leave Abi.

Let dry. Then you might go over it again with Mod Podge if you want.

For the red lids, I looked in my stash and found this gold piece of scrap paper. I put these circles on the lids and I'm doing something a little different.

However it isn't dry yet, so you won't be seeing that right now. 

And if it looks like crap when it does dry, you won't be seeing it at all. As it will go into the trash can.

For this project you will need:
1. Mason jar lids and bands
2. Little foam brushes
3. Mod Podge or a glue of your choice
4. A sharp pencil
5. Ribbon or jute
6. Vintage images you print off the internet, or whatever you please
7. Waxed paper to work on
8. If you're messy and clumsy like me, grab some paper towels
9. Scissors
10. Patience. Which I don't have in abundance

I never know if I'm going to end up with a diamond in the rough or a dud. If you end up with duds, toss them and just go buy ornaments.

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Abi's Having Surgery Wednesday

It is a cold and rainy morning here. Just as it's been for days. 

I had to take Abi to her vet this morning. She's been hopping around on three legs for several days. She's torn her ACL in her left back leg, and will be having surgery to repair it on Wednesday. 

Poor Charlie was so unhappy when we left early this morning. He was confused that he was being left behind. 

Abi will have to be careful for six weeks after the surgery, and how I will keep her inactive is a mystery. She is one busy girl. She likes to jump. 

But the vet said having the patio will be good because she can't run far after a squirrel and reinjure it. However, Abi is normally not too interested in squirrels. Cats, yet. It is Charlie that goes crazy over the squirrels.

Both of them are 9 years old now. Charlie has a bad back. And often during the night I hear him groan, which means "come help me get on the couch on the blankets." Why he just won't stay in the warm bed with me and Abi I don't know.

They're both even having trouble getting up the doggy steps I've had since they were pups. Sturdy wooden stairs with carpet. So I'm spending much of my time helping them both get around and up and down.

The vet was still a bit teary-eyed because the woman ahead of me, who I'd seen rush out crying, had to let hers go. I don't know how those vets do it. But Dr. Wendy is so compassionate and caring that I imagine she cries with them every time.

I'm thankful that wasn't in the cards for us. I do love my pupsters!

So Wednesday, please be thinking of my little Abi.
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Pondering The Holiday Decorating

I cooked my little $5 turkey in the crock pot. I put Stove Top stuffing underneath it. 

The night before, I was a little hesitant on what to do, so phoned Marty and she answered my questions. Thanks, Marty!

This was my flowers a few days ago. 

It's funny. I used to bake my own bread (when the children were littles) and make a perfect meringue (though I never mastered the art of the pie crust). I cooked anything and everything. I was undaunted. 

Now I'm hesitant when I cook. Back then I was a young mother and mouths needed to be fed. I guess I didn't stop to think or be afraid I might fail. I just did it. To be young is to be invincible!

But now I seem to lack the confidence with cooking I once had.

And so my little turkey, after my meal mid-afternoon yesterday, yielded another meal and a half. The half is mostly dressing with a little bit of turkey mixed in. Just enough meals not to get sick of it. 

I had a little glitch the night before. I wanted to make the fruit salad I put on my blog when I was pondering what to make. I sat down to print out the instructions. And my mouse wouldn't work. 

My other computer is not set up to the printer. Yes, I'm sure there is a way to do it wirelessly, but I don't know how, so it's a moot point. 

Speaking of computers, I downloaded Windows 10 to my Desktop, where all of my photos are stored. I then could not find my thousands upon thousands of photos. Panic mode!

So I called Cox Tech Support, and I had taken off Windows 10 and gone back to Windows 7. Still no pictures. Well, now I have them, but have to jump through several more ridiculous hoops to get there. 

I want to go back in time and not have downloaded Windows 10! Does anyone have a magic wand???

I don't know what I'd advise about downloading Windows 10...

My red geranium a few days ago

I tore into my file cabinet and took out all the crap I'd put in the bottom drawer to someday be filed, searching for the instructions that came with the mouse.

Couldn't find it, but at least I finally got the other stuff filed. 

Finally, I called Cox Tech Support. I'd googled ways to fix it on my laptop, but the instructions were muddled and I didn't quite get them.

I pay Cox Tech Support $14.95 per month to take care of my remote needs with my computers. They are well worth the price. I run into a snag or the computer is sluggish, I call them. They get on my computer, tell me to go on about my business, and they fix it. 

It's such a relief to know that if I have malware or there's something I can't figure out for myself, they have always come to my rescue.

And so we figured it out, I got my fruit salad instructions printed, and all was right with the world. And it was a good fruit salad!

I spent the rest of yesterday reading posts and moving my three little Christmas trees from one place to another. I wanted them to be clustered together, but don't have a lot of space to do that. 

I wanted the green one (the other is red and one is white: picked up the white one from Big Lots for $20) to be in an old bucket I keep in my garden space. But there wasn't room in the bucket for the little plastic "feet."

I'd been worrying with it all week. Finally, Wednesday, I appealed to Mr. Maintenance Man. (I'm tired of typing all that out. His name is Israel.) 

He got some sand and put the tree in there to hold it up in a vessel inside of the bucket. But it still tended to lean a bit, which would have driven me crazy.

So, amid the vast rains we got yesterday and are still having today, I went outside and dumped the sand and put the plastic feet back on. And that simply wasn't doing it for me. 

The making of the ornaments and decorating these trees will be simple. After I figure out where I want them. 

And really, as often happens, I think I want them right back where I started. After having moved half of the living room furniture around to accommodate my ideas, I'm back to square one. 

So today, I'll try again. I'll have a bit of leftovers to tide me over without having to think about meals. 

I'll listen to the rain and the thunder and be thankful that I'm warm and cozy inside my little lamp-lit apartment with the pupsters. 

And I'll try not to think of my thousands of photos that are now much more difficult to get to.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful readers who shine light into my life daily. 

And I strongly recommend that you don't feed your dogs turkey. It made my dogs very sick once. And the vet told me that the day after Thanksgiving is one of his busiest days of the year because people feed dogs turkey, and they shouldn't.

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Residential Moving Suggestions For New York City

Five Useful Suggestions for Choosing New York City Movers for Your Next Residential Moving Project

Moving to a new home in New York City can be quite challenging on your own. One way to overcome this problem is to choose New York Moving companies that can help you move your belongings safely and efficiently.

Here are five useful suggestions that can help you choose local movers in New York City who offer a convenient way to move your belongings to your new home:

Look for an Efficient Packing System 

Hiring a mover in New York City that uses an efficient packing system for your belongings is paramount. This is to make unpacking and then finding your belongings easier after you have moved into your new home.

Look for Movers Who Understand New York City's Street Locations 
Moving to a new home can be tricky in New York City, because it can be hard to find many of New York City's street locations without getting lost. 

An easy way to overcome this problem is to hire a local New York City mover who knows New York City's street locations well. 

This should be easy to do because most local New York City movers have the experience and knowledge needed to find addresses in tricky locations such as Times Square, Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue.

Look for Moving Equipment That Suits Your Needs 
Most local movers in New York City offer high-quality dollies, moving trucks and other equipment that offer an easy way to move your belongings. This equipment is recommended because it simplifies the process of moving your belongings to your new home in an efficient and safe manner.

Look for High-quality Customer Service
Searching for movers who offer high-quality customer service is of the utmost importance. Look for a New York City moving company that is willing to take the time to understand and meet your moving needs. 

Many high-quality movers in New York City offer superior customer service that can help make moving to a new home an easier and more pleasant experience.

Look for Specialized Packing Materials 
Many movers in New York City offer specialized packing materials that are designed to hold and transport your belongings safely while being moved.  

Searching for a local mover in New York City is easier if you look for a company that offers specialized packing materials, high-quality customer service and an organized way to help you move. 

Feel free to use the suggestions mentioned above to search for New York City movers that offer these benefits to clients.

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Mrs Meyers Products & Loving Their Blog

Can you believe that it is exactly one month till Christmas today??? November has just flashed by. 

So many of you advised me to buy Mrs. Meyers' products to clean my apartment. Well, I listened. 

Below is the order I placed yesterday at their website. (If you buy $30 worth, shipping is free!)

I should be set. Thanks for the tip!

Cleans like the DICKENS"


Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer is a real person with a real passion for keeping things neat and tidy. She is the inspiration behind Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day-- household cleaners that work like the dickens but smell nice. Thelma, an avid gardener, wouldn't have it any other way.

My Order...
Lavender Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner


$3.99 1$3.99 
Geranium Scented Soy Candle - Small


$6.99 1$6.99 
Lavender Surface Scrub


$4.99 1$4.99 
Lavender Glass Cleaner


$4.99 1$4.99 
Lavender Tub and Tile


$4.99 1$4.99 
Lemon Verbena Toilet Bowl Cleaner


$4.99 1$4.99 
Subtotal :$30.94
Shipping :$0.00
Sales Tax :$0.00
Order Total :$30.94

This is from their website:
Our products do not contain ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates.
We do not test our products on animals, nor are our products made with animal-derived ingredients.
Our packaging is recyclable and we use 25% post-consumer plastic in our bottles.
We manufacture according to exacting personal care standards in a cosmetic-grade cGMP facility. cGMP is an abbreviation for the term "current Good Manufacturing Practice", which refers to FDA regulations regarding the manufacturing, testing, and quality control of pharmaceutical and food products.
All suppliers of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day ingredients derived from Palm Oil are members of RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil). Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day supports sustainable practices of eco-sensitive areas throughout Asia, Africa and South America like the Brazilian rain forests.

Did you know...

That they have a great blog where they interview top designers, like Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy, Grace Bonney from Design Sponge, and Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine.  (All phenomenal sites!) And the blog shows how to make DIYS with detailed instructions. I'm in!

Here is one of the DIYs they show you how to make for fall...

They also have a Pinterest site that I'm going to be delving into. See here.

Check out the Mrs. Meyers website here.

I was not compensated in any way. I just want to try their products.

You spoke and I listened!

Happy day before Thanksgiving to you! My tiny turkey is still thawing in the refrigerator.

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14 Remodeling Projects That Increase Home Value

What remodeling projects will increase the value of your home and by how much?

Have you ever been in the situation where you weren’t quite sure if you were willing to go on with a remodeling project you had in mind? 

It seemed like a costly endeavor to remodel your kitchen, replace the siding on your home, or add an additional bathroom. 

Of course, if you don’t get any of your money back, these remodeling project may seem rather costly, but the fact is most of them will increase the value of your home.

Some kinds of remodeling projects will surely allow you to recoup more of your investments than others. For example, if you choose to replace a garage door, people will on average recoup 88.4% of their investment, while the same number for vinyl siding replacement is 80.7%. 

To make things easier, Contractor Quotes has made an infographic with all the different remodeling costs and how much your home value increases on average with the different projects. 

At the same time, the infographic talks about the different things you need to be aware of with different remodeling projects. 

When replacing the siding of your house, were you aware that certain types of siding require a lot more maintenance than others? 

This infographic will hopefully help you feel more ready to undertake that remodeling project you’ve always been wanting to do!

Remodeling projects that increase home value - infographic

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