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Happy weekend, lovelies! Im doing something a little out of the ordinary today and posting on a Saturday. I know I promised you all a nursery reveal this week, but Roarke was home sick from daycare a couple days, which means momma had no time for room styling and taking pictures! So, I thought I’d pop in and share another quick project with you guys :)

It never fails: after I take down all of our Christmas decorations, I always crave clean and simple. Honestly, I end up leaving most of our table-tops and walls as bare as possible. But, slowly, I’m starting to crave a little more decor (I can’t hold out forever, ya know) and our entryway buffet was the perfect candidate for a little fluffing. I still didn’t want anything too over the top, so I set out a little collection of frames to display some pictures of our growing fam. I wanted to hang something on the wall above the buffet, but again, just wanted to keep it pretty simple. So, I busted out this cute little project!

DIY Rope Art | Lemon Drop Life

 

Here’s what I used: blank canvas, scrap fabric, 3-ply natural sisal rope, and gold rub-n-buff. If you wanted to keep it super simple, though, you would just need a blank canvas and the rope. Luckily, I already had all the supplies I needed on hand, so this cost me a big, fat goose egg! My favorite kinds of projects :)

To start, I drew a large oval on the back side of my fabric.

DIY Rope Art | Lemon Drop Life

 

Then I cut it out, and adhered it to the canvas with a bit of hot glue. I lightly traced the word ‘home’ on the fabric so that I had a visual guide to follow. Next, it was time to glue down the rope, following the guide I had traced.

DIY Rope Art | Lemon Drop Life

 

The rope was bit stiff from being all coiled up, so you might want to stretch it out a bit before gluing it down. It will naturally want to lay a certain way, so try to use that to your advantage when possible.

After I had my word created, I did a little rope border around the fabric, and that’s it! It took me less than an hour, and that was with having to take a couple kid breaks.

DIY Rope Art | Lemon Drop Life

 

It was the perfect, easy project to satisfy my crafting craving!

I am going to work on getting the nursery photographed this weekend, so I hope to share that with you guys on Monday or Tuesday! Hope you all have an awesome, relaxing weekend :)

Popping in today with a fun DIY and a little peek at baby girl’s nursery. I hope to be sharing the full reveal with you guys next week – just have to do a bit more zhushing.

When I shared my initial design for her nursery (oh so long ago), I talked about being inspired by the old adage, “Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.” From the get-go I envisioned a pretty little calligraphy-inspired print with a portion of that saying on it. Initially, I had planned to create a stencil of the phrase with my silhouette and use copper leaf, but at the last minute I decided to hand-write they phrase and just use copper leaf around the mat. It was such a fun way to glam up a plain old picture mat!

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to do the same:

  • picture mat
  • painter’s tape
  • sable hair paint brushes
  • copper leaf
  • metal leaf adhesive
  • latex gloves (not pictured)
  • exacto knife (not pictured)

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

First, tape off your design of choice. I did a simple thin frame on the inside of the mat.

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

Then, apply your adhesive (I used one of the brushes to spread it out) and let it dry until it’s tacky to the touch, but doesn’t come off on your finger. I waited about 15 minutes, but follow the directions on your specific adhesive.

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

Now it’s time to apply the copper leaf. You can buy metal leaf in two forms: flakes or sheets. I bought mine in sheets. Take note that the oils on your fingers will break down the metal leaf pretty quickly, so you’ll want to wear latex gloves for this part. In order not to waste, I used a sharp exacto knife to cut my sheets into smaller, more manageable pieces. Use one of the sable hair brushes to smooth out the copper leaf and ensure it’s well adhered.

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

Once you’ve got the entire area covered, use your brush to remove any excess flakes, and then remove the tape! You can seal the copper leaf, if you choose to, but since mine was going in a frame I didn’t feel like it was necessary.

And here’s the final result!

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

I hung my print over Everly’s changing table, flanked by two adorable prints I had made by the talented Anna Burnett. Aren’t they adorable?? I love that they’re sweet, yet still whimsical. It’s exactly the vibe I wanted for this nursery!

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

I think the copper leaf dresses up my handwritten print (imperfect as it may be) just the right amount. I’m actually considering doing the other two as well. What do you guys think?

DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat | Lemon Drop Life

I can’t wait to show you guys the rest of the nursery! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

Raise your hand if you skip to the mailbox this time of year in hopes of receiving some Christmas cards from your friends and family. I’ve got both my hands enthusiastically raised over here.

Every year, I try to find a creative new way to display our Christmas cards (you can check out some ways I’ve done it in the past here and here). So of course this year was no different!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

This one was really easy, guys. Just pick up some embroidery hoops and clothespins, add a little hot glue, and voila! Cute Christmas card holders to hang on your wall!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

One tip: flip a few of your clothespins so they face the inside of the hoop – you’ll fill more space that way!

I also picked up a few extra embroidery hoops and filled them with some fabric scraps I had on hand (you can iron yours before you use them, if you’d like – I’m a rebel). I love the extra color and festive-ness they add!

DIY Christmas Card Holders | Lemon Drop Life

 

This is one super simple DIY that takes almost no time or money at all, you guys, and it makes such a big impact when you combine a few of them! How do you guys display your Christmas cards?

I’ve officially been putting up Christmas decor in our house for, like, three weeks now and I still have more I want to do. What can I say – I just can’t get enough of this holly jolly season! One of the first things I got up, though, were our stockings.

Growing up, stockings were always one of my favorite things. I loved the sight of all of our classic red and white stockings hung on our stair banister, and they were always the first thing we opened on Christmas morning. We’ve used the same stockings the last few years, but we only had three of them so I knew I needed to order new ones this year. I wanted something simple that would be stylish for years to come, and I actually ended up ordering them from Oriental Trading (unfortunately, I no longer see them on the website).

I knew I wanted to add a little something extra to personalize the stockings, so I picked up some wooden letters from the craft store along with some gift embellishments I picked up in the dollar section at Target.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

At first, I considered attaching the embellishments directly to the stocking, but realized I would be leaving them a lot more versatile if I didn’t do that. Considering how much I love to change things up, I figured it would be best to not actually alter the stockings themselves, that way I could change up the embellishments down the road if I want.

The first thing I did was add a little sparkle to the wooden letters – what’s Christmas without glitter?!

I coated each letter in some Mod Podge, and then sprinkled on some glitter. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the glitter, a lot of it will shake off. And be sure to do the pouring over something that you can easily use to pour the excess glitter back into its’ original container.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

After I had each letter sufficiently coated, I did another layer of Mod Podge on top to seal it and prevent the glitter from constantly flaking off. So far, it’s worked pretty well.  Once the letters had dried, I affixed the extra embellishments with hot glue – burlap bows with a bell for the ladies and red felt Christmas trees for the gents. Then I simply hung them on the stocking hanger with each stocking.

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

It was so simple to do and it just adds just that extra touch that our stockings were in need of!

Simple Stocking Embellishments | Lemon Drop Life

 

I love seeing them all lined up in a row!

Sooo..remember when I showed you guys the new and improved view from my bed? It looked something like this:

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

Well, now it looks something like this:

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Well, hello GIGANTIC TV.

Let me explain. With the impending arrival of bebe #2, we’ve had to do a bit of a room shuffle in our house. What was the guest bedroom is becoming her nursery, and therefore JP had to give up his man cave (*gasp* the horror!) to become the guest room. So, his huge only-meant-for-a-man-cave TV had to go somewhere.

Ever since we got married, I have been staunchly against having a TV in our bedroom. I’ve read a million articles about having a successful marriage that basically said putting a TV in your bedroom is the kiss of death. It shows your partner you’re more interested in The Bachelor than them, and before you know it you guys barely even talk anymore. But the truth is, JP and I love relaxing and watching movies or a good show together. Most nights, we ended up laying in bed and watching Netflix on his iPad anyway. And since we’ve moved it into our room, we’ve started a new nightly routine where Roarke lays in bed with us and we all watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and have some play/snuggle time. It’s become a really sweet tradition that I find myself looking forward to at the end of every night. So, bottom line: TV in the bedroom – not so bad.

But let’s get real here and talk about the beauty underneath the TV. That killer mid-century modern dresser.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop LifeThe angle of this picture makes that drawers look uneven, but they’re not.

I scored this lovely on Craigslist for $75. Originally it was all dark walnut, but I painted the drawers white, and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

And I’m totally gaga for the original brass hardware that came on the drawers! The shadows are making them look funky and scratched here, but in real life they are gorg! And just in case that whole TV-in-the-bedroom thing is bad for a marriage, I put a lucky horseshoe on the dresser to counteract any bad mojo. ;)

So you might be asking, what happened to the gallery wall? Well, it got shifted to another wall in our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

I don’t feel like it looks as ‘complete’ on this wall, if that makes sense, but I think adding more pictures and filling up the wall over time will do the trick! And we’ll add definitely be adding more photos once baby girl arrives!!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

So that’s the current state of our bedroom..anyone else been shifting any rooms around? I have to admit, I’m kind of digging the fresh spin on spaces that had previously been untouched for years!

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