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A Favorite Tradition: Our Christmas Card Display

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  • December 19, 2015

One of my favorite things to do every year around the holidays is to come up with a fun way to display our Christmas cards. Skipping happily to the mailbox is one of the highlights of my day, and I love keeping all the cards on display in our house throughout the holiday season.

This year, I decided that the kids art display station I redid a while back would make the perfect spot for all of our cards!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

It makes the perfect display! And with the lights around it – gah – it’s SO pretty!!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

There’s not much of a how-to to this one. I just taped some twine on the backside, and clipped the cards to it with mini-clothespins I got at Target.

This whole area of our house is so cheerful and cozy – it looks so pretty at night!

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My cotton ball/jingle bell wreath is still going strong. You can check out that tutorial here.

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Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas decorations are just my favorite, guys. No ifs, ands, or buts. They’re just the best. The lights, the colors, the lights, the texture…did I mention the lights?! If I could find a way to leave my tree up all year round, I would. Maybe I can just decorate it for each holiday? No??

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

How are you guys displaying your cards this year?

You can see my past displays here, here, and here.

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Kids Art Display Station

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  • September 23, 2015

Happy Hump Day, y’all! I’ve got a really cute project to share with you today so let’s get to it!

You might remember a few weeks back when I visited the World’s Longest Yard Sale and hung out with Krylon as they made over pieces for their first ever Pinterest 127 Yard Sale. (read more about it here). We got to check out tons of Krylon’s products that day and I walked away with something I was WAY excited to try out: chalky finish spray paint.

That’s right. Chalk paint in a glorious little spray bottle. Basically, that means busting out spray painting projects even quicker because you can cut out the prep step. Consider me sold! And I already had a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Earlier this summer, I picked up a folding screen that had a bunch of slots for pictures. Something like this:

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

How bout that lovely orange-y oak. No bueno. BUT I instantly imagined this being turned into a fun way to display my kiddos art. And with a little help from Krylon’s Chalky Finish spray paint in Misty Gray, that’s just what I did!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Let me just say, this stuff goes on like a dream. It sprays evenly and has great coverage. I almost covered the entire screen (front and back) with one can. And my favorite part? All I had to do beforehand was wipe everything down with a lint free cloth. No deglossing. No sanding. No priming. That’s my kind of project!

Now let’s take a look at our new display station!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

This was such an easy project – the spray painting took me about 15 minutes and then I just taped some of the artwork we had right to the back. Easy peasy!

Each window had a piece of acrylic and a backing to hold photos in place. I decided to paint a few of the acrylic panes with some chalk paint to give my kids another place to draw and play!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Eventually, I want to make this whole area a little art area for the kids. My plan is to move that (recently redone) desk up to our guest room and get a small table for the kids so they can have their own place to sit and create!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Our home is a place where I want our kids to feel free to run, play, and have fun; I’m so excited to start working on this little space for them!

Feeling inspired? Well, I’ve got a treat for you. The other bloggers that I hung out with at the Krylon event are also posting fun project makeovers for you today! So be sure to hop around and check out their projects! (Note: I’ll update this post throughout the day as their posts go up.)

Vintage Desk Makeover from Kimm at Reinvented

Step Stool from Pam at House of Hawthornes

 

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DIY Faux Marble Painted Table

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  • September 9, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I posted my plans for sprucing up our kitchen. And I”m happy to report that I’ve made a little progress! Namely, in they way of updating our kitchen table.

If you’ve been a long time blog reader, you may remember way back when our whitewashed our table (which I got on Craigslist). It’s been that way ever since. But in my DIY newbie-ness, I didn’t seal it as well as I should have and it was a bit of a mess. The finish was worn down and scratched in many spots, so I was always a bit embarrassed to have guests sit down at our table. Picture me trying to strategically cover every scratch with table runners, plates, cups, you name it. “I’m sorry you can’t reach your plate, Mom, but I really need it to stay in that spot, mmkay? Thanks.” Not terribly convenient.

I have long been a lover of marble topped tables (who isn’t?!), but the real deal is pretty pricey, not to mention probably not the most baby/toddler friendly option. So, what’s a DIY-er to do? Duh.

I surfed Pinterest for some tutorials and they were all pretty similar. Then I came across this one from Gorgeous Shiny Things that had a video of her demonstrating the technique. This was TOTALLY helpful for a visual learner like me. I can read tutorials over and over, but if I can see it, I’m sold.

Her video is awesome, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here but I will tell you that when I first started painting my base gray-wash on the table, I was scared. Real scared.

IMG_1601I apologize for the low-quality pic – I was snapping these with my phone, as I was  too scared to step away from my table for fear it might turn into some angry faux-marble monster.

BUT. I persevered and it got better.

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

So, my biggest tip for this technique is BE BRAVE. And don’t give up just because things looks bad.

Geez, this is turning into a regular ol’ motivational speech.

Seriously, though. While I wouldn’t say this is a foolproof, can’t-fail technique, I would say it’s forgiving and what you might perceive as an ‘imperfection’ can be used to your advantage. I would say the key to this technique is a great blending brush and lots of layers of gray and white. Even when I was finished, I dipped my sea sponge in white paint and sponged lightly over the whole table.  So, it just takes lots of back and forth. A little gray here, then cover with some white, then add in a little more veining, etc. I will say one thing I would’ve done differently is starting with a lighter gray to begin with. As you can see from those photos above, my gray was pretty dark, so I ended up added a lot of white layers to really lighten it up. Save the dark gray for your tiny veining. Or maybe you want that really high contrast look; that’s the great thing about this technique – no two people will do it the same!

Enough blab – wanna see the finished product?

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DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I sealed it with a gloss poly to try and add to that looks of stone and protect it really well. And I used plenty of coats this time – momma doesn’t want this finish scratching!

And who could resists styling up their newly refinished table for fall? Not this gal!

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

Funny story – I clipped the yellow flowers from one of my neighbors yards. Not their yard, per se, but from the end of their driveway where they had a bunch of these growing up along with other weeds around some trees. They literally had their garbage cans sitting practically on top of these. And the homeowner pulled up while I was clipping them. Picture me, red-faced and flustered as my neighbor says, “Can I help you?” No, don’t mind me. I’m just clipping weeds from your yard to use on my kitchen table. I think they thought I was trying to case their house for a potential robbery. Neighbor of the year, right here.

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

Isn’t my little helper the cutest?! He was smelling the “pitty fwowers”.

Now on to tackle the rest of my kitchen to-do list!

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DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites

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  • March 20, 2015
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!

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Fixer Upper Inspired Pallet Clock

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!

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DIY Paper Flowers

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  • February 9, 2015

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

 

 

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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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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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