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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?

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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.

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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!”

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“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!

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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.

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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.

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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!