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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Armstrong Residential Ceilings. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Not to be confused with the fifth dimension.

In recent years, it seems like people are starting to pay more attention to the ‘fifth wall’ of every room – the ceiling.

Yep, ceilings are getting the royal treatment..everything from paint…

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…to nailhead treatment…

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…to wood planks.

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And, thanks to Armstrong Residential Ceilings, your options just expanded a little bit more. They have all kinds of products and creative inspiration that you can check out on their website. But let’s explore a bit together, shall we?

They offer a whole line of a wood ceilings, my personal favorite being the Woodhaven weathered look. A wood planked ceiling could work with a variety of styles and in virtually any space. So versatile!

If you’re looking for more of a cottage feel, you could go for a beadboard ceiling. We have breadboard on a wall in our guest bath, and it’s still one of my favorite looks in our house.

And maybe you’re not in the market for updating your ceiling at all. They have metal ceiling tiles that can also be used a stylish tin backsplash for a kitchen.

They also offer helpful hints and solutions for remodels and ceiling repair. It’s your one stop ceiling resource! Head over and check out their site today!

 

 

 

I am officially writing this as the mother of a one year old. How in the world did that happen?!? Last Saturday was my little guy’s first birthday, and we spent the day celebrating him in all of his awesomeness!

I shared with you guys a while ago that we were planning a pirate-themed soiree, so now I’m here with all the deets!

First, let’s talk food. I wanted to keep things super simple – think, stuff that people can serve themselves – because I didn’t want anyone tied to a kitchen or serving food. We had coney dogs, meatballs, fruit cups, a veggie tray, and some chips & crackers. But of course, we had to theme it out a little bit.

So the coney dogs became pirate ships…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And the meatballs became cannonballs…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

The fruit cups were dolphin cups..

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what would a pirate party be without fish & chips (Goldfish crackers and potato chips)?

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And to wet your whistle we provided lemonade, sea water, and pirate rum!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Cute, huh? And let’s not forget the star of the show…CAKE!

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

As the backdrop for the cake table, I simply hung some streamers in coordinating colors and strung up a banner I picked up at Target. So cheap and easy!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

Originally, I was going to do the streamers behind Roarke’s highchair where he would eat his cake, but then I got an idea that I loved SO much more!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I created this little ‘1’ display out of various Instagram photos from the past year. I’m so totally in love with this little tribute to my sweet boy and everyone really enjoyed seeing how much he’s changed!

The highchair you can see a glimpse of in that picture is actually JP’s old highchair that I gave a little makeover last summer. I loved being able to use a piece of his dad’s childhood for such a special moment.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what kind of blogger would I be if hadn’t whipped up a fun little pennant banner to decorate it with? I’ve got a super easy tip I’m going to share with you guys in another post for how to get perfect triangles without measuring!

I created a cute little display over the gift table with some wood letters and paper fans. Another cheap set-up that makes a big impact!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I knew there would be a few small kids coming to Roarke’s party and I know how tough it can be to keep kiddos entertained indoors for more than 5 minutes, so I thought I’d try and help out a bit! I picked up a couple pirate-themed things that they could color and put them in a basket with some crayons.

 

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And now the question on every one-year-old’s mind: WHAT am I going to wear to my birthday party? Luckily, I took care of that, too. I whipped up a design and printed it on some heat transfer paper to make this adorable little onesie! Please forgive my juvenile humor, I couldn’t resist :)

 

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

For favor bags, we gave each buccaneer an eye patch, a pirate rubber duck, bubbles, and some rad temporary tattoos. Ya know, for the rebellious babies.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

All in all, the party was fantastic and I’m so happy we were able to share it with our whole family. And to my precious little man: you’ve brought so much joy and happiness to my life and I love you to the moon and back!

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…and the only cure is spring! You thought I was going to say “more cowbell“, didn’t you?

To say I’m over winter is an understatment. We got MORE snow over the weekend, and I’m hoping it was the last time! So, what do you do when Mother Nature just won’t cooperate? Bring a bit of spring inside, of course!

Our entryway has been a bit of a work in progress since we moved in. I’ve always wanted to do something with big impact on the wall behind our buffet, but I also change my mind a lot so I don’t want to do anything too permanent. The last time you saw the entryway was when I created the DIY yarn wall.

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And it stayed like that for almost a year, but I’ve been craving something different for a while. When I was browsing Rifle Paper Co. the other day and come across this wrapping paper, I decided it would be a perfect candidate for a faux wallpaper treatment!

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Isn’t it bee-yoo-tiful??? And SO springy?!? It’s like a breath of fresh air for me.

As for the nitty gritty tutorial details, there really aren’t any to speak of. The paper sheets are 19.5″ x 27″ and come 3 to a pack. It took 4 packs for me to cover my whole wall.

Faux Wallpaper | Lemon Drop Life

Obviously, our stairs are attached to this wall, which meant I had to do some angled cuts on the paper to get it to match up. It was really simple: I just held up the full sheet of paper and then pressed into the crease where the wall meets the trim which created a fold in the paper where I needed to cut.

Faux Wallpaper | Lemon Drop Life

I tried several different methods for adhering the paper to the wall: double sided tape, sticky-tack, photo squares, foam adhesive squares…I found the most effective method was a combination of double sided tape and foam adhesive squares. I did double sided tape all around the edges of each sheet and then put a couple of the foam adhesive squares in the middle of the paper to help take some of the weight off of the tape. The paper is on the heavier side so the tape wouldn’t do the job by itself.

I’d also suggest slightly overlapping the edges of the paper so as to get a cleaner line.

As you can see, I loaded our buffet up with some family photos. At first, they were all of Roarke (which was totally fine by me!), but it was looking kind of shrine-y. As in, “Hello, welcome to our home…please worship and adore our son.” So I threw in a couple with JP and I in them for good measure. I don’t know why I don’t have more of our personal photos out in our house…they always make me so happy to look at. Which is why this has definitely become one of my favorite views:

Faux Wallpaper | Lemon Drop Life

I love seeing our gallery wall in the background..so much happy in one view! Mental note to self: add more photos/art to that wall!

So are you all as ready for warmer weather as I am?!

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!