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DIY Rope Art

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  • January 24, 2015

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 🙂

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DIY Copper Leaf Picture Mat

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  • January 15, 2015

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!!

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DIY Christmas Card Holders

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  • December 18, 2014

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?

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Simple Stocking Embellishments

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  • December 8, 2014

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!

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Master Bedroom: Remix

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  • September 2, 2014

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!

{Psst – I’m so pleased to welcome back one of my sponsors, Sew My Bliss…check out her Etsy shop, she makes some adorable totes, pouches, and diaper bags! You can click over using the link above or the icon in my sidebar!}

 

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Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery

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  • August 12, 2014

Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery | Lemon Drop Life

 

A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

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Family Gallery Wall

Show of hands: how many of you have about a thousand family photos on your computer that you keep meaning to get printed and framed? Yeah, that’s me with both my hands up.

I print yearly photo books for our family (which reminds me, I need to finish up 2013..whoops), but I’ve always meant to also get some printed and framed. Recently, we inherited some really nice black frames with double mats from a friend who was moving, so  I took that as a perfect opportunity to print some family photos and create a little gallery wall in our bedroom!

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I decided to stick with black and white photos to keep a cohesive theme and I made sure to select a mix of different orientations. I ordered my prints from mpix.com and I am thrilled with the quality; I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to get photos printed! (I’m not sponsored by them in any way, I was just really satisfied with their product!).

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I had 4 frames for 8×10’s and 3 for 11×14’s. I think if I had been doing this gallery wall from scratch (i.e., I didn’t already have these frames) I would’ve been tempted to also do some 5×7’s for more variety, but honestly I’m so happy I didn’t. I love the large scale of these photos and the fact that I can see them from across the room when I’m lying in bed!

Yeah, this view? My favorite. Minus the lily white legs.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

And of course, I’ll be adding some more photos once bambino #2 gets here. I’ll probably pick up a bunch of black Ribba frames from Ikea the next time we’re there, and they should blend in nicely with the other frames!

And I can’t end this post without showing you guys this adorable little lamp.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

 

I picked it up at Wal-Mart (go figure!) for $9.99! The shade was originally white, but I added a little copper paint to the top and bottom for some extra oomph..cute, right?! I love how it ties into the wooden plaque.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let all those precious family moments sit on your computer, get them printed and hung somewhere in your home!

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The Fifth Wall

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…

The Fifth Wall | Lemon Drop Lifevia

…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!

 

 

 

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Eat Cake Or Walk The Plank!

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  • March 28, 2014

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.

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

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!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

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I’ve Got A Fever…

…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!

Faux Wallpaper | Lemon Drop Life

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?!

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