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Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re all enjoying some spring-like weather today! It’s gloomy here today, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!

My baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday (how did that happen?!?), so I’ve been deep in the midst of party planning. If you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife) you know that we’re doing a Mickey Mouse party, as my guy is obsessed with that little mouse. He can sing the Hot Dog song with scarily accurate pitch. I’ll be sure to share all the party details with you guys next week, but for now I thought I’d show you the adorable invites I made.

DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites | Lemon Drop Life

Forgive the iPhone photo, but I realized after I started this post that I forgot to take any pictures with my good camera before I mailed all the invites out. Whoops.

These were pretty straightforward – cut the Mickey Mouse head shape out on black card stock, cut a half circle from red card stock, glue together and add a couple buttons! But remember: don’t glue the top of your half-circle down, so that you can slip your invite inside!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and get to enjoy some sunshine!

Happy Friday, Lemon-droppers! I’m sharing a DIY tutorial with you today that you guys are going to LOVE. Seriously. It’s gorgeous. 

My lovely friend, Cassie, shared this photo on Facebook the other day and I immediately texted her and told her I was featuring it on my blog – that’s right, I didn’t even give her a choice. The project is THAT good. {Cassie is blogless, in case you’re wondering – I wouldn’t normally insist that another blogger give me her tutorial to share :)} So she kindly sent me all of her in-process pictures and a rundown on how she did things for me to share with you all today. How lucky are you that I have such crazy talented friends?! Very lucky, indeed. So, take it away Cassie!

I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV’s Fixer Upper (I’m so in love with that show and the country, rustic décor), and I happened to see on multiple episodes the use of a large antique-looking wall clocks with roman numeral numbers. I fell in love. I tried to find them online and you’re talking $$$$. WOW – super expensive. So, since I had a bunch of pallets from our salt supplies {Sidenote: her husband runs a landscaping business and they do snow removal in the winter. Hence, salt supplies.}, I went to town on Pinterest and happened to find a tutorial. I ended up just using the picture for inspiration and making it my own way, though.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

I found a video on Youtube that showed me how to take a pallet apart. I grabbed our jigsaw and got to work.

1Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop LifeThe blade in the picture is not the blade we used.

We didn’t have as large of a blade as the man in the video (ours was only 5” I think), which made it a little more difficult, especially for getting the middle nails out. For some pieces, I used a crow bar to pry the boards off, but when my small muscles still weren’t getting the job done, I resorted to chopping up the vertical piece in the middle into small sections and then I was able to get the angle I needed to saw through the nails. I went to town and now have a nice little stock pile for future projects :)

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

I measured out a 40”x40” square with the wood, however, since pallet wood isn’t perfect it was something like 38”x41” – either way, it was 11 boards. Then, I sanded them all down. Since pallet wood isn’t the best you can’t be too picky, but I ran my fingers over the boards and when I didn’t get a splinter or get pricked, I deemed them satisfactory.

I put my boards in a line in the arrangement I wanted and then took two pallet boards and attached them horizontally across the back of my 11 boards and glued them in place. The plan was to use liquid nails and wood glue AND nails, but the glue held so strongly, I decided not to add more nails.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop LifeThis is after it was cut, obviously.

As you can see, my skills at getting things straight is 0%, but this clock is staying in my home so I didn’t care. Be sure to leave enough room between the two boards to put your clock kit in.

To trace the circle, I used a yardstick and measure 19” from the center to the outside edge. I did that all around the circumference and the connected the dots. Initially, I tried tying a pen to a piece of string that was nailed to the center, but the pen kept getting stuck on the boards and it wasn’t making an even circle. It took a while doing it my way, but it gave me a totally uniform circle!

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

He used a different jigsaw than the one we used to take apart the pallet.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

While he was busy doing that, I went to Amazon and looked for the clock hands. Originally I wanted 14” hands, but I couldn’t find any that came with the battery kit. So, I searched for 12” and found some! They were $26, which isn’t cheap but everything else I used for this project was free to me.

Once the clock was cut, I drew my inner circle using the same method described above. My inner circle was a radius of 9.5”. This left plenty of room for the roman numerals around the edge. Then I stained the whole clock using Minwax Special Walnut stain. I didn’t stain the back because, well, who’s going to see it?!

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

My cheap ways and laziness led me to use primer I had on hand to paint the outside circle. After I started using it, I realized it was a gray primer and not the white I was looking for, but I went with it.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

The next step was to figure out the numbering. I tried countless fonts and sizes and printed them out and laid them out on the clock. Everything failed. The numbers were too fat, so numbers 8-12 all ran together. Then I had the bright idea to stretch the numbers out. I knew I wanted size 500 font because it was the right height and I liked Big Caslon font. So, in Microsoft Word I typed out ‘I’, ‘V’, and ‘X’, at 500 in Big Caslon. I saved it as a PDF then opened the PDF and exported it to a JPEG. Then I copied it back onto Microsoft Word next to the I, V, and X I already had in the height I wanted and then made the letters in the JPEG skinnier, if that makes sense. I printed out 17 I’s, 5 V’s, and 4 X’s so  I could position them all on the clock at once to make sure they  fit. Yes, it was a lot of paper and no, I didn’t tell my husband how much 😉

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

After laying them all out, I realized I needed to outline the area the numbers would be in so that I could position them all within the same area. So I drew another circle, slightly larger than the inner circle (with a 10.5” radius). And then did two more circle with a 16” and 17” radius. Hopefully the picture below helps you understand all that.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

Then I colored the back of the all the printouts with chalk, taped the numbers in place, and traced over each roman numeral. This left me with a chalk outline that I then traced with pencil.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

Originally, I had planned to use black chalk paint I already had to paint the numbers, but I wasn’t loving the idea of that against the gray. I went to Jo-Ann fabrics and perused the acrylic paints – I wanted a deep blue, but not quite a navy. More blue-green. I ended up going with a Folkart matte acrylic called Thunder Blue. But when I put it on the clock, I hated it. It was too bright – so I mixed in some black and that made it perfect. It looks black from afar, but when you’re close up it’s a really pretty blue that compliments the gray so well.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

 

I outlined the numbers with a very tiny paintbrush, then I used a little bit bigger of an angled brush to fill in the rest. I did two coats to make it dark and even. This part took forever, by the way, but I was extra careful to stay in the lines.

When I finished the numbers, I painted the outlining circles.

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

Then, we drilled a hole in the middle and assembled the clock kit using the instructions and it was finally finished! This project took me a total of 2 months, but I had to take a big break in the middle because I threw my back out. Once we had the large circle cut, I finished it in 4 days. And I LOVE it!

Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock | Lemon Drop Life

Thank you , Cassie! Oh my gosh – doesn’t it look SO amazing?!? The first thing I thought of when I saw it was “That looks just like the clocks JoJo (we’re on a nickname basis) uses  on Fixer Upper!” I’m going to be attempting one of these in the future for sure! 

If you have any specific questions about any part of this tutorial, just post it in the comments and I will be sure to get you an answer!

Cheerio!

We have returned from our wonderful UK getaway and I can’t wait to share some photos and a recap with you guys (probably later this week).

As promised when I did the nursery reveal, I wanted to show you all how I made the paper flowers for above Everly’s crib.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

 

There are TONS of tutorials out there on Pinterest, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, here. I’ll just refer you to the tutorial I used and give you a few tips I picked up along the way.

I used this tutorial, which actually uses large sheets of crepe paper. I have no idea where to find those and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this, so I used tissue paper that I already had on hand.

Basically, each flower is made up of three layers, and each layer is a different size.

DIY Paper Flowers | Lemon Drop Life

I used one sheet of tissue paper  for each layer. I did 3 different sizes of flowers; for the large flowers, I used a full sized piece of tissue paper for the outside layer, approximately a 3/4 sized piece for the layer #2, and a piece that was a little less than half sized for the inside layer. And I just scaled down the size about a 1/4 sheet for the medium size, and about 1/4 sheet more yet for the smallest size. You get the idea. I know it probably sounds like you would use a crazy amount of tissue paper, but you can usually make good use of the scraps you cut off for other flowers.

I cut some of my flowers with rounded edges, and some of them with pointed edges for a different look. I think the pointed flowers were my favorite. Obviously if you want the center of your flower to be a different color, you’ll want to make sure that layer #3 is a contrasting color from layer #1 and #2.

DIY Paper Flowers | Lemon Drop Life

The next step is to stack the layers and accordion fold them. Then you’ll make another ‘stack’ exactly like the one you just made and tie them together in the middle with a twist tie or floral wire. Then you fan out and fluff up each layer. I attached the largest flowers to the wall with command strips and the medium and small ones with double sided tape. It doesn’t take much to keep these babies on the wall. And on the plus side, I don’t have to worry about Everly getting injured if one fell of the wall. Yep, hanging stuff above a crib makes me a bit nervous.

These are such easy and cheap decorations that have a HUGE impact.  They would make a perfect backdrop behind a dessert table or photo booth!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal

 

 

First of all, thank you guys for all the love and kind words on the nursery! So glad you guys like it as much as I do!!

Today I’m going to share the sources for everything. First off: the paint colors. We painted the walls with Silver Sky by Behr, which is a lovely cool white. We added crown molding but we dropped it down about 10 inches below the ceiling and then we used a pale purple (Lavender Lace by Behr) above the crown. It’s tough to capture in photographs, but we also carried the same shade of purple onto the ceiling.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The shelves (actually intended to be picture ledges) are Threshold from Target. I scored them on sale for $10 a piece!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

As I mentioned in the reveal post, the rocking horse is vintage – I found it at an antique store in Indy (Midland, for all you locals). The curtains are from Target.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The rattan hamper (that I’m using as a side table) is from Wal-Mart, along with the cute little geometric lamp.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

 

I ordered the glider online from Walmart. It’s the Baby Relax Hadley Double Glider and I LOVE it. The throw blanket and geometric pillow are from Target (sensing a theme here?) and the round pancake pillow is from the Etsy, shop HappyCosmos.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

The pouf is (surprise!) from Target. The rug is from Rugs USA.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal

If you’ve been around very long, you’ll recall this crib since it was the one we used in Roarke’s nursery. Well, Roarke has officially been transitioned into a toddler bed, freeing up the crib for Everly. It’s the BassettBaby Ava Convertible Crib – we bought ours at Babies R Us, but I can’t find it online. I actually couldn’t find the white one like ours online anywhere – the only ones I found were the dove gray option. The paper flowers were a DIY – I’ll be sharing the tutorial for those next week!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

 

The blanket was made by the fantastic WinnieCole – she’s a local gal and she makes seriously awesome stuff!

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted a very pale pink. I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Paint in Blushing and mixed it at about 35:65 with some white chalk paint I had. The changing pad was from Babies R Us. The little purple vase (being used to hold things like lotion and diaper cream) is from Target and the geometric decoration is from Hobby Lobby. As I shared previously, the two animal prints above the changing table are from a burnett and the print in the middle is one I made myself. Picture frames are from Target.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources | Lemon Drop Life

If there is any other specific things you saw or questions you have, comment on the post and I will be sure to address them! JP and I are currently out of the country (ooh, see how sneaky I am? London & Scotland!) so I may be a bit slow to respond, but I promise I will!

Today’s the day! I finally get to show off my little girls’ nursery and I couldn’t be more excited! It took me quite a while to get her room to a place where I’m finally satisfied with calling it ‘done.’ Mostly because I’m trying to keep two munchkins alive and happy now instead of one. It takes work.

My vision for this nursery was something I’m calling ‘sugar and spice.’ I wanted to keep things mostly sweet and simple but with some bold moments and colors sprinkled in.

But enough with the pomp and circumstance, let’s take a look at the goods! This post will be mostly pictures, but I’ll be sharing all the sources for you guys later this week!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

I love this vintage rocking horse – isn’t it so adorable?!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

This corner has quickly become my favorite spot in the room. The glider is AMAZING – I love sitting in it with her, and it’s nice that Roarke can get up there with us too. I’ve found him in her room several times reading in this chair (cue my heart melting). It’s also where I take her weekly pictures.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

In case you’re curious about the little round pancake pillow, there is a story behind it. Sometimes when I’m drifting off to sleep, my dear sweet husband plays this game where he whispers weird, random things to me just to see if I remember the next morning. Shortly after we found out Everly would be a girl, he decided to play this game and whispered, “I think Everly’s nursery should be pancake-themed.” And I remembered. So of course I had to find a pancake pillow for her nursery as a nod to my hubby.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

My next favorite thing besides the glider corner has got to be the paper flower wall behind the crib. I love the bright pops of color against the white wall. I’ll got a tutorial for these flowers coming next week – they are super easy!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted. Is it weird if I tell you that 85% of the reason I bought this dresser was for the delicious hardware? I mean, seriously, check out the amazingness this gal is sportin’.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Ya know what else I love? (In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, just about everything in this nursery is my ‘favorite’ thing.)  The prints I shared with you guys last week. They look so perfect over the dresser/changing table.

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

I am so happy to have finished this room that my sweet girl can call her own! If you have any questions about where I got any specific item or the room in general, be sure to leave it in the comments and I will address it in the source post later this week!