Our First Giveaway! A Visa GC from the Pretty Providence Team

So I’m just popping in to share some very exciting news! You might have guessed by the mysterious title that it’s Lemon Thistle’s first ever giveaway and it’s a biggie! As part of being a Pretty Providence contributor (I’m still having to pinch myself about that one) I get to participate in their monthly giveaways- and since I’m Canadian, they’re making sure that all the giveaways are now available to you in Canada too- they seriously rock, right?

So cut out the small chat and show us the goods, right? This month is a $100 Visa gift card up for grabs and I wish I could enter because that thing would be gone in a flash around here! I wish I could say I’d spend it on something fun… but my kids are growing so fast that it would probably get blown on tiny clothes and such. But I’m sure if you win (and I hope you do) that you’d spend it on something much more exciting! Like a night out… or an awesome piece of artwork. And I hope you show me these wonderful things so I can share in your excitement.

Here goes nothing! (Find a little message from Sarah over at Pretty Providence below)

$100 Visa gift card giveaway! Pretty Providence & Team


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Printable Baby Scattergories- Fiesta Style!

I’m back as promised to bring you the cute little Fiesta Scattergories we used for the my sister-in-laws baby shower a couple weeks back as a free printable! I love printable party games- they’re so easy to pull together and are great ice breakers for a crowd that’s not too well acquainted. This one is a simplified version of the normal Scattergories game and is so much fun to see the creative answers everyone pulls out. My favourite of the night was definitely a tie between bootylicious and bodacious to describe the new mama.

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Creamy Lime Watermelon Cake


Creamy Lime Watermelon Cake - lemonthistle.com

Before I share with you this super yummy recipe (if you can even call it that, it’s so darn easy) can we have a quick coffee date/ girl talk sesh? That’d be awesome, because I feel like there’s been a lot of lemons this week and not so much lemonade. #reallife Our little town made national news because of a crazy rain storm and flash flooding. Since we’re in the middle of replacing our windows and hadn’t trimmed them out yet, our basement took a bath. So instead of framing last night, we were saving stacks of baseboards on sawhorses and tossing all the towels and blankets we own on the floor to try soak up the water. We were already behind schedule to get our suite done. Speaking of floods, our bathtub started leaking again tonight. And today our fridge stopped working… but it started again. But only after I spent two hours on the phone trying to get a service call on warranty. And I’ve spent three nights scrubbing the haze off our kitchen backsplash and am only about 1/3 of the way done. Top that off with not much sleep because my little man has been teething to the max? I don’t mean to be a downer but I’m feeling a bit worn down.

We’re also in the midst of some big changes. We’re moving churches for the first time since before Shane and I met- which is a great thing, it’s time for us- but it’s overwhelming. Plus I’ve got less than two months before I need to either go back to work or figure out some kind of income from home. Maternity leave is so close to being up. I’ve been a bit of a basket case. Having this little blog as an outlet to take my mind off things, and focus on the awesome crafty things I want to do with my spare time has been a huge help though. So thank you for reading and being so encouraging. Seriously, you rock.

Now, on with the sweet stuff! This watermelon looks like a cake (which every party needs), but is such a refreshing treat in the summer heat. I’d seen this recipe for a watermelon cake on Pinterest and was taken with the idea. When we decided we were going to do cakeballs for the Fiesta instead of a cake, I thought this is the perfect sub! The funny thing is everyone thought it was cake until I cut into it- it’s a tricky one. I followed the tutorial on how to cut my watermelon, but decided my ‘icing’ needed a bit of something something. That’s really what this post is about- I’m sure you can figure out the watermelon bit on your own. (Cut the ends off then cut the rind off like a cylinder. And as for process photos- I didn’t take any because I really hadn’t planned on posting this. I just had SO many favourable reviews on this ‘cake’ that I couldn’t keep it from you. So I hope you’ll forgive me once you try it out. [Read more...]

DIY Hoop Mirror: Anthro Knockoff

I’ve had this project floating around in the back of my mind for quite a while. I’d pinned this Anthropologie hoop mirror, but couldn’t justify the price tag of almost $200! Last week when Kayla posted the Look 4 Less Challenge and invited everyone to participate, I knew this was the perfect project to take on. I showed my hubby a few photos of pricy things I thought we could knock off and how I thought we could do it… and this was by far his favourite. So being the best husband ever, he helped me pack up the kids and took us to Michaels for our embroidery hoop, then called up a glass cutter he’d known from his days as a service manager to get the mirror cut for me. He pretty much did all the leg work for me- so while I did all the crafting, this one was definitely a team effort.

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Fiesta! A Super-fun Baby Shower

I’m so happy with how my sister-in-law’s shower came together for this weekend! She is the best new mom ever- suggesting margaritas at a baby shower? How cool is that!? We may have taken her suggestion and ran with it. Remember our inspiration? It came to life in all the best ways.

A Fiesta Baby Shower! - lemonthistle.com

We harnessed the fiesta and brought out the cacti, enchilada sauce tins, colourful blankets and even the tequila. Is that taboo at a baby shower? It was tasteful, I promise. There are so many details for this shower I’d love to share and I’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to share them… and came up empty. So we’re going to just follow along with the pictures… shall we? [Read more...]

Design Tutorial- Make Your Own Favour Tags

Last week when I told you about how I do hay bale seating on a budget, I promised you I’d show you how to make these S’more Love tags. I’ve been putting it off in hopes that I’d get some photos from the wedding to show you how beautiful they looked in action, but we’re not having luck in the ‘photography getting done quickly’ department.

Design your own favour tags! (Using no expensive programs!) -lemonthistle.com

This design tutorial really can be used to make anything design-y (technical term) without dropping a cent on fancy programs. I do use the Adobe programs for more complicated things and for my photo editing, but this time I used all online free software and so that’s what I’m sharing today. I also made some game cards for the shower I’m hosting this weekend using the same resources (inspiration here) and I’ll be sharing those as a freebie later this month. What I’m getting at is there’s free programs to do pretty much anything. I will warn you that this post got a bit wordy on me- but it really is simple to do. [Read more...]

DIY Open Shelving for our Kitchen!

Ooh our kitchen is almost done! I can’t wait to share it here and don’t know why I haven’t been posting more updates. We’ve been using our kitchen for a couple months now, but the finishing touches are finally in the works. A while back, we installed these open shelves above our dishwasher and I couldn’t be happier with them! They took way longer to get on the wall than we expected because of DIY’er error… or DIY’er ‘didn’t think ahead’. Speaking of didn’t think ahead… I didn’t get any nice styled photos of the shelves since the night we put them up (so you get this functional, but not totally tweaked photo) because our kitchen has been a work zone! I’m talking back splash, friends… if you’re following along on Instagram you might have seen a sneak peak and it really is coming together so well!

DIY Open Shelving - Ikea hack - lemonthistle.com

When we were planning the kitchen, my original dream was ALL open shelving instead of upper cabinets. My ever-logical hubby talked me out of it because no one wants to see everything we keep in those cupboards. Plus, for space- we needed an over the range microwave. There was no way around it. So I settled for this small little bank over the dishwasher, right before the dining room. The best part about these shelves? They cost us less than $20 each! (we used stain and clear coat we had leftover from refinishing our floors, if you don’t have those it will cost a bit more)
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Fiesta! Baby Shower Inspiration

Guys! I’ve had a very exciting day! Are you following me on Twitter or Instagram? It’s a secret… but there’s a couple sneak peaks over there!

Fiesta! Baby Shower Inspiration - lemonthistle.com

Next weekend I’m so excited to be hosting my sister-in-laws baby shower at our new place. It’s her second, so we’re having a girls night/ baby shower fiesta instead of the traditional afternoon cupcakes and coffee. I’m pretty giddy about it- I know I could use a girls night… and some precious cuddles from my new niece! I thought I’d share some of our inspiration for the party- since it’s all I’ve been eying on Pinterest lately. [Read more...]

Over Here! DIY Hand Painted Felt Banners

Big news guys! If you follow me on Twitter, you might have already heard… but you’re talkin’ to the newest contributor over at Pretty Providence! And… my first post with them was yesterday! SO exciting, right? That means that I’ll be sharing a DIY project over there once a month, and I couldn’t be happier.

Yesterday for my first post I made these little hand painted felt banners for over the twins’ cribs… and a couple other ones but I haven’t decided where they will live yet. The twins room is slowly coming to life! I shared my inspiration for their two tone walls here, and their new light here… but there’s more happening and I can’t wait to share when it starts to look a little less like a work zone!

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Celebrate Being Alive: Free Printable

Being Alive is Something to be Celebrated Every Day - free printable! -lemonthistle.com

Guys, you’re in for a treat! Today I’ve got a freebie for you from the incredible Jana Miller. I found Jana when she left a comment on my pancake party and found myself an hour later ogling at all the hand drawn goodness. So I hopped on to email her and ask if she would be kind enough to create something just for you guys- and would you believe it, she said yes! [Read more...]