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Today I’m very excited to be taking part in a little Blogger Challenge thought up by Chelsea over at Pinterior Designer! She challenged me and a few other bloggers to do a DIY involving patterns of some sort. You know I couldn’t pass that up!

Plus, I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and this was an excellent excuse to play around with it :)

I’m really excited to share this project because it includes a very important reminder that I feel like we all need at one point or another. In this age of Pinterest-worthy homes, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve “perfection.” But, more often than not, that will just lead to dissatisfaction. So I want to focus more on being realistic with my expectations and enjoying everything God has already blessed me with. So let’s get started, shall we?

Just Do You | Lemon Drop Life

I’m not going to give much of a tutorial on the Silhouette portion of this project because, honestly, I was too focused on trying to figure out how to do it correctly. But there are tons of tutorials and YouTube videos out there if you’re just starting out!

I will give you one little tip that I’ve picked up so far. If you’re trying to cut out a phrase with multiple words, cut each word individually. Don’t try to cut multiple words at once. Trust me.

Once I had my words cut, I peeled off (or ‘weeded’ is the official term, I guess) the extra vinyl. And you guys. It took me WAY longer than I want to admit to figure out which parts I needed to weed out in order to get my stencil to work correctly. If any of you ever want a more thorough tutorial on how to do it just let me know and I’ll try to explain it as best I can.

Just Do You | Lemon Drop LifeSorry for the crappy cellphone pice..I had misplaced my good camera charger at this point. But, basically, you can see the faint outline of my word, with all the extra vinyl ‘weeded’ out.

Anyway, once I had my stencil cut out properly, I adhered it to my glass. I just used a few matching Ikea frames I had in my stash. Then I applied the etching cream (I used Armour Etch) with a small foam brush.

Just Do You | Lemon Drop Life

According to the instructions on the bottle, you’re supposed to leave it on for 5 minutes and then wash it off. So I did. And it was a big womp-womp moment. The glass wasn’t etched at all. So I thought maybe I just needed a second coat. So I applied another coat, a little thicker this time, and left it for about 7 minutes. But when I washed it off, it had etched very unevenly and just looked plain awful.

But I am not easily deterred. I applied 3-4 more coats and kept letting them sit for longer and longer until I finally got the look I wanted. I also googled around a bit and apparently Ikea uses some freakish glass-hybrid that is particularly resistant to etching. Lesson learned.

Once that step was done, it was almost time to hang them. I just had to decide what I wanted to put in them. I wanted some kind of a patterned fabric, but I knew the pattern would have to be subtle so as not to compete with the etched glass. I chose a blue fabric I had on hand from Roarke’s nursery. The dark color allows the etched glass to show up well, while the subtle pattern doesn’t scream, “HEY! LOOK AT ME!”

Just Do You | Lemon Drop Life

 

Just Do You | Lemon Drop Life

 

“Just do you.” Is there any better reminder for a creative workspace?

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Hey guys, I’m still alive!!! First off, let me apologize for my extended absence. After the holidays, I found myself in a bit of a creativity slump. But I’m happy to report that my juices are flowing again, and I’m ready to get back to some fun projects!

I’m visiting one of my favorite photographers today for a little Valentine’s Day mini session and I couldn’t resist the chance to whip up some cute arrow props last night!

Shot Through The Heart | Lemon Drop Life

It took me all of twenty minutes and cost me nothing. You’ll need the following supplies:

  • dowel rods (whatever size floats your boat..you could also use cake pop sticks if you want to make mini-arrows!)
  • white acrylic craft paint or spray paint
  • fabric, felt, twine, etc.
  • hot glue
  • scissors

I started by painting all my dowel rods white. Then I cut some triangles (and various other shapes) out of felt and fabric. Here’s a tip: double your fabric over when you’re cutting out your shapes so that you’ll end up with two identical pieces. Then hot glue your dowel rod in between those matching pieces.

After I glued all my felt and fabric pieces on the ends, I decorated the shaft of the arrows with a couple different things: washi tape and baker’s twine. You could use ribbon, lace, embroidery floss…the possibilities are endless!

It’s as simple as that! This would definitely be a fun craft to do with older kiddos, and if you tie little tags on the arrows, they could hand them out as Valentines!

Shot Through The Heart | Lemon Drop Life

And if you used non-Valentine-y colors, they would like awesome bunched together in a vase or as a fun grouping on the wall!

OK, I promise I’m going to try and get back to posting more regularly, thank you guys so much for sticking with me!! Happy weekend, all!

Tree toppers. I’ve always felt kind of ‘meh’ about them because I never really loved any of the options I saw available in stores. So I was determined to make something I love this year, and when I saw this tutorial from Lowe’s (you should peruse their idea gallery sometime because they have some seriously cool projects on there!!), I was a smitten kitten!

All I purchased for this project was a 300-ct. box of strike matched from Ace Hardware..I think it cost me like $2 or $3??

The tutorial on Lowe’s website is great, so I’ll just do a quick recap here.

I printed off the template for the star and traced it onto some cardboard, and then I cut it out with an exacto knife. You could probably use foam board, too. Or, ooh, how about corkboard? Then you could just paint or stencil a cute design right on it! Oooh, my wheels are turning!! But, back to what I actually did. Once I had my cardboard star cut, I drew a few guide lines on it.

DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

Then, I started striking matches! Obviously, you’ll want to do this in a well-ventilated area because of all the smoke. I’m sure my neighbors thought I was an absolutely lunatic standing on my back porch in 30 degree weather, striking up and blowing out 300 matches (and yes I ended up using all 300 for this project)! One tip: when you’re burning the matches, hold them a downward angle and kind of roll them back and forth to get even charring. I let them burn for 2-3 seconds and then huffed ‘em out.

DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

After the matches have cooled, you need to remove the burned tip. Just pinch the burned end of the match and it should pull right off. This will leave you with just the wooden stick, charred on one end of course.

IMG_5734DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

Once that’s done, it’s time to start gluing the matches onto the cardboard star. I used regular craft glue and it worked just fine. Start by laying your center matches. These will help you determine the pattern as you work your way around the star.

DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

From there, I just studied the picture with the tutorial to figure out how to lay the matches (which end points in/out, etc.). And there’s not a wrong way to do this..if you want your pattern to look different, you could always change things up!

DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

After I had everything glued down, I did a thin layer of Mod Podge over everything.

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Then I attached an empty toilet paper tube to the back with some hot glue and stuck it on top of the tree! You could also use PVC pipe, if you want it to be a bit more sturdy. Just make sure to try and put the tube in the center (or even a bit higher) because if you put it at the bottom, your star will probably lean away from the tree.

DIY Star Tree Topper | Lemon Drop Life

This picture doesn’t do it justice (stupid winter, with your getting dark at 5:00), but doesn’t it look so b-e-a-utiful?!?

It’s been a while since I’ve created a wreath, so I wanted to whip up something for the holiday season. Here’s the catch: I really didn’t feel like spending hours wrapping something with yarn or gluing on peppermints. Basically, I wanted little to no work at all. Bit of a dilemma, huh?

Well, I’m pleased to let you know I made a festive ‘wreath’ in about 20 minutes and it didn’t cost me a thing!

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

First, you need to collect your sticks. You’ll need two that are approximately the same length (the sides of the ‘tree’), one that’s a bit shorter (the bottom of the ‘tree’), and one small one to act as the tree trunk. I tried to choose relatively straight sticks with little-to-no side branches.

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

Next, I used a dab of hot glue at all the joints where two sticks met.

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

Then I wrapped each joint with some lime green yarn I already had on hand.

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

Once all the joints were wrapped, I randomly wrapped some more sections on the sides and bottom. And dat’s it, ladies and gents! Hang it on your door and go!

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

What I love about this (besides that it was fast and free), is that it’s not too precious. Does that make sense? I feel like it can really hold up to being outside in winter weather and no matter how much it snows/rains/wind blows, it will be fine!

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

Have a good weekend, everyone!

The holiday season is in full swing and I have about a thousand projects swirling around in my head! Today, I’m sharing the first one I completed this past weekend: a simple metallic triangle garland for your tree!

For our tree this year, I want to keep a very classic black/white/metallic palette, but I also don’t want to drop a hundred bucks on a bunch of new ornaments. So I’m trying to use mostly things that I already have, which equals getting a little creative (wahoo!). I have expressed many times before my love for foil tape, so it should come as no surprise that I would find a way to incorporate it into our tree! I decided to try a modern-geometric type garland. And, good news, it’s SO easy (and cheap!) to make.

DIY Triangle Garland

All you need is some string/ribbon/twine (I used twine), foil tape, and scissors. Then pop in a good ole’ Christmas movie (I happened to be watching The Story of Santa Claus) and get ready for some mindless work!

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

I started by cutting a bunch of strips of the foil tape. I didn’t measure or anything, just pulled a small section and cut.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

Then I peeled the backing off of the first strip and attached it to the twine, such that you could fold it in half.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

I did a transverse fold, but if you wanted to do it longitudinally (or a hot dog fold..does anyone else know what I’m talking about when I say that?), you could.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

Then you snip the sides diagonally so that you’re left with a nice little triangle.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

I found that doing things in groups of five (i.e. attach 5 strips to the twine and then snip those 5 into triangles) seemed to be a nice rhythm for me. I also didn’t measure out how far apart I spaced them..just kind of eyeballed it. Measuring takes all the fun out projects.

I cut about 85 strips which was good for our tree, which is 7.5’ tall. Use more or less depending on your tree size.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

You can catch a glimpse of a couple other ornaments I used, also in the spirit of not spending a ton of money: I added a piece of twine to some jingle bells I already had and made some pipe cleaner snowflakes! I’m hoping to finish up a few more things for the tree and share the full monty with you later this week!

And just for funsies, here’s a recap of all the cool ways I’ve used foil tape in the past!

Fun Ways to Use Foil Tapefoil tape wall/wrapping paper/polka dot accent wall/embellished curtains

So how you are guys decorating your trees this year?