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May 2012

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Kelly + Zack 4ever

Did everyone enjoy their Memorial Day weekend? I know I did! We had absolutely GORGEOUS weather here (high 90’s and sunny all weekend) and we were able to do a little bit of relaxing which was much needed!

But of course you guys know I couldn’t sit on my bon-bon all weekend long..I just HAD to get a little project time in πŸ™‚

This one was an idea I’ve had floating around in my head for a couple months and I’m just happy to see it finally get done! It’s a little DIY art for our living room:

I’ve always been a Saved By The Bell fan. The episode where Zack and Kelly break up at the dance still makes me cry.

It’s the Holy trinity of some of my favorite trends: metallic, chalkboard, and scrabble letters.

I started with a 22 x 28 frame I bought at Hobby Lobby. I spray painted it with Krylon’s Ivy Leaf. Then I bough a piece of sheet metal from Lowe’s. {Sidenote: if you’re trying something like this yourself, Lowe’s was just about the only place I was able to buy sheet metal. Don’t know if that’s the same everywhere or not, though.} Then we cut our piece of sheet metal down to size using some tin snips. Caution: Use gloves when cutting sheet metal, it’s very sharp!

Once we had it cut to the right size, I used some Liquid Nails to adhere it to the frame. The frame I bought didn’t have a backing so that’s why this step was necessary. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a frame with a backing you wouldn’t need to worry about this step!

I also added some small finishing nails behind the sheet metal, just to be on the safe side.

While I was waiting for the Liquid Nails to cure up, I got to work on my DIY Scrabble tiles. I simply used the craft wood squares they sell at Hobby Lobby. Although they’re more like rectangles. I toyed with the idea of cutting them down to be squares, but in the end I decided I didn’t really mind the look of the rectangles. Then I just drew on the letters and numbers with pencil first, and then traced over and filled them in with a Sharpie.

Then I stuck a magnet on the back of each one so they would stick to the sheet metal.

Originally I planned to paint the chalkboard part on myself, but after thinking about it I decided to use vinyl decals instead. I wanted the option of being able to take them off if I ever wanted to change things up in the future. Unfortunately, though, I had a tough time finding decals as big as I wanted them (I was looking for them to be about 12″ long and 4″ tall). So, I hopped on Etsy and found a shop called HomesteadingCottage and the shop owner was nice enough to do a custom listing for me. She was great to work with and had my decals shipped out the same day I asked for them.

So once I got those, I stuck them on the sheet metal and I was good to go! I love that I have the ability to change it up at any moment. So one day it might look like this:

And the next day it might look like this:

That one was JP’s request. Someone’s a bit amped for the new Dark Knight movie.

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A Good Reminder

I recently came across this photo on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with the saying.

Such a simple and important reminder. I knew I needed to incorporate it into our home somewhere, so I decided to do a little editing to one of our wedding photos.

I downloaded some free fonts fromΒ dafont.comΒ {Sidenote: I’m curious as to what other sources are out there for fonts or graphics..suggestions, please!}Β and played around with it in Keynote until I was happy with how it looked {Second sidenote: I really enjoy doing graphic design-y type stuff like this but I desperately need Illustrator or some other program to help with it..again, suggestions welcome!}. I uploaded it to ImageKind and voila! A custom little piece of art for our home.

I hung it in our stairway next to my DIY Subway art. I envision totally filling that wall up with photos/art. Pretty stoked about that!

Me likey!

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Best In Show

Hello lemon-droppers! Just popping in on this beautiful Sunday afternoon with my Best In Show for this week!

I love what Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs did with the landing area on her stairs. This could so easily have been a forgotten space, but instead she turned it into something useful and sweet! That half table is genius!!

Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. was featured on DesignSponge this week with a really awesome organizational idea for small kitchens. And really you could apply this to any small space..bathrooms, offices, entryways…the possibilities are endless!

Ok, obviously we all already know that Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! is awesome with all of her crafty little ideas. And here’s her latest: a cute little animal planter for air plants. A craft that combines animals and plants that are impossible to kill? I’m in.

 

{Disclaimer: If you like these projects and want to pin them to Pinterest, please go back to the original source to do so!}

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Weekend Happenings

Whew, what a whirlwind weekend! (How’s that for alliteration?!) It was Β filled with banquets, gardening, church, and a little bit of shopping for JP’s new office. So I thought I’d share just a few quick snapshots with you guys!

Mother’s Day Banquet

Dessert table

With my beautiful mother after Sunday School

Did everyone else have a good weekend??

{PS- I made a Facebook page specifically for Lemon Drop Life, so go and like it to get all the updates that way!}

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The Beginnings Of An Office Makeover

Wanna see what we’ve been up to lately?


JP recently took over his grandfather’s old office at the church and we’ve been working on updating it! I wish I had a before picture for you guys because it already looks SO different! So far we’ve painted the walls and trim, ripped up the old carpet, installed new laminate flooring, and had those super awesome bookshelves built by a guy in the church (he did an AMAZING job so if you’re in the Lafayette area and need carpentry work, just let me know!).

So the next thing on the agenda (after we finish painting the bookshelves) will be furniture and accessories..my favorite part! It may take us a while to get that part truly finished because, as you all know, that’s the part that takes $$$. BUT we should have some cool changes to show you very soon!

And I’ll see if I can dig out an old picture of what the office used to look like just so you can see the difference!

Have a good weekend everyone..don’t forget to give your Mom a big hug and a kiss! I’m so excited because I will actually get to be with my Mom on Mother’s Day this year, which hasn’t happened in a while!!

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The Blogging ‘It’ Factor

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me love certain blogs. Why am I instantly turned off by some blogs and immediately drawn to others? I’ve got several blogs in my reader (86, to be exact) and I’ve subscribed to most of those for well over a year. Of course, no two blogs are the same but I do find that my favorites tend to all have a few factors in common.

Humor – I love a blog that makes me laugh. More than that, I love a blogger that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Prime example: YoungHouseLove. It was the very first blog I read, and I’m sure most of you are familiar. John and Sherry are the William and Kate of the bloggy world. And people are drawn to them because, along with their amazing creativity and style, they are not afraid to share silly moments/stories/photos/videos. What blogger girl doesn’t want to be Sherry Petersik’s best friend?! She’s hilarious. Another example: Katie at BowerPower. She is so witty and I totally get her sense of humor. I found something in her I can relate to. Which brings me to my next point…

Relatability – My spell check insists relatability isn’t Β a word, but it should be. Being relatable is what really hooks your readers. People want to feel like they’re talking to their friend, not just reading a tutorial. Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect illustrated this so well with her 25 things posts. Without fail, I always found myself reading them saying, “Oh, that sounds just like me,” or “Ohmygosh, I can’t believe she does that, too!” And I instantly felt connected to her. Sometimes your readers just want a glimpse into the real person behind the computer.

Creativity – Obviously, this is a pretty big one. Readers want content that is fresh. Few do this better than Mandi at Vintage Revivals. I’m constantly amazed by her creativity. She’s totally unafraid to try new things and never apologizes for her style. I love her boldness. Another blogger who’s creativity inspires me is Courtney from A Little Glass Box. She does some awesomely creative crafty stuff, and it’s always on a budget that anyone could work with. Plus, she loves glitter. Case closed.

Photography- This is something you might not think about as much, but good photography is a must. In the age of Pinterest, being able to take a beautiful photograph is super important to increasing your blog traffic. One of my favorite blogs is Under the Sycamore. Ashley’s photos of her home and her family are so thoughtful and sweet. I look forward to them every day. And if we’re talking about styling photos, it’s hard to beat Miss Mustard SeedΒ or The Lettered Cottage. You can tell their photos are really well thought out. And yes, it would be easier to just photograph things as is, but in the end the extra effort it takes to style your photos is well worth it. This is something I’m really trying to work on.

Blog Layout – This kind of goes hand-in-hand with pretty photos. First and foremost, blogs are visual. Even if you have great content, chances are you won’t get people to stick around if your blog isn’t visually appealing. It needs to be eye-catching and easy to navigate. Β I love just staring at Nicole’s blog, Making It Lovely. It’s so pretty! And here’s a good example of this. I visited a blog, Chasing Sunshine, for the first time today, and I was instantly attracted to it. I had no idea what she even blogged about, but I instantly made a note to myself to check it out when I got home. Your design matters. It’s people’s first impression of your style. This is something I hope to work on in the near future..I want to add some easy navigation menus and do a little blog redesign.

Sorry for the wordy post, guys, but this is just something I’d been thinking about lately. Do you agree with me? Or maybe you have a different category you would add to this list? Let me know all about it!

{Sidenote: One of my sister-in-laws called to my attention yesterday that my e-mail subscriber wasn’t working. This has since been fixed, so if you’re tried to subscribe by e-mail but it didn’t work you should be able to now! And always feel free to let me know if something on the blog is acting wonky so I can get it fixed!}

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DIY Fabric Tassle Garland

Hello, lemon-droppers! Let’s kick off this week with a simple craft, shall we? I came across this fabric garland on Prudent Baby and fell in love! She already laid out a nice tutorial, but I thought I’d attempt to do my own for you using lots of pictures and as few words as possible. Here we go!

I cut rectangles that were 24″ x 18″.

Use a rotary cutter. Your hands will thank me.

That’s all she wrote, folks! A simple 12 step progress that doesn’t involve rehab πŸ™‚ And then just repeat until you get as many as you want..I did 14.

This was super quick and easy and I love the impact it has! It only took me about an hour and half to do, which makes it all the better πŸ™‚

Anyone else done any quick and easy crafts lately??

Linking up at Home Stories A to Z and Tip Junkie

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Craft Room Storage Is On Lockdown

I owe you guys so many craft room updates it’s not even funny. But in my defense, I have an excuse. I was scouring Craigslist for the perfect storage unit to put in the room to store all of my supplies. And it took me for.ev.er.

BUT (clouds parting, angels singing) I finally found the perfect piece. So, let it be known: if you can be patient long enough, your will find what you’re looking for. DON’T settle for something you only feel ‘meh’ about.

Ok, enough lectures..you guys want to see what I found, don’t you?

I know, she looks rough. But I had totally fallen in love with the idea of some kind of industrial locker-style storage and when this popped up on CL for $30, I absolutely had to jump! And in case you’re wondering, that’s not rust on the bottom-right corner..it’s just some dirt!

I had JP drag the beast out into the yard and first I roughed it up with a fine grit sanding block. That helped loosen up a lot of the dirt and general schmutz-iness that had accumulated on it, and then I vacuumed up the big chunks of gross stuff and wiped it down with a tack cloth.

Then I hit it with a couple coats of spray primer.

After the first coat.

After the second coat.

At this point, you’re probably wondering what color I went with and it took me quite a while to decide. I considered a mustard yellow, a tangerine color, a metallic gold, an olive-y green…the list goes on and on. In the end, once I took into account all the things that were already in the room (pale pink walls, silver foil treatment on the wall, the bright floral rug), I decided to go with a teal blue color. And it came in the form of this spray paint from Rustoleum called Night Tide.

Before we get to the big reveal, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. It took A LOT of spray paint to get this thing covered. Four cans to be exact. Maybe if I’d done another coat of primer it might’ve taken less, but c’est la vie. And let me tell you the first two cans were brutal. It was a somewhat windy day (big spray painting no-no), but I was so determined to get this done that I just pressed on. And in the end, there was more spray paint on me than there was Β on the locker. Seriously, my hands looked like I had just finished tickling a sweaty Smurf. Not to mention the fact that I had major nozzle finger (I don’t work out much). But then I discovered my saving grace.

Praise be to Jesus..how did I not discover this sooner?! I’m sure all of you smarty pants DIYer’s already own one, but if you’re on the struggle bus like me: GO GET ONE OF THESE RIGHT NOW!! Thanks to this lovely invention, I can actually feel my index finger and my skin is its normal pale, ghostly color.

So you ready to see my lovely Smurfette (What, you don’t give your lockers nicknames? They must feel so unloved.) Β in all her glory?

She’s pretty huh? In person the color is much more even than it appears here..the window is causing some weird shadows. And what’s that in the corner of the picture? Uh-oh…someone’s been working on a craft table and hasn’t shared it! It’s coming soon..I promise πŸ™‚ But of course Smurfette wasn’t made to sit empty..she longs to be filled with craft supplies!

Ahh, so much better. I haven’t quite gotten the organization down to a science yet..I just kind of threw everything in there and hoped for the best. So I’ll let you know when that changes.

Part of what I loved so much when I saw this piece was that I knew those long cubbies in the middle would be perfect for storing wrapping paper..wahoo! And now that I see this photo I realize two things: 1) I need more wrapping paper and 2) those storage baskets need to be white. So they will probably be getting sprayed soon.

This photo is a little better representative of what the color actually looks like. It’s pretty right? I love the boldness of it against the pale pink walls! Getting the storage situation under control is definitely giving me the push I need to get this room finished already!!

Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick

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