1/2 Hour Easy Summer DIY Tent Project

It’s so much fun to have the little ones home during the summer. Their drive for adventure is inspiring (and oh so tiring)!!! Here’s a fun and easy DIY project (and when I say easy, I really mean easy) to help keep their imaginative minds thriving. This project can be made in about a 1/2 hour with supplies you probably already have at home.

Supplies Needed:

  • One sheet (you can even use an old one that you have lying around)
  • Rope
  • Ribbon
  • Tent stakes
  • Sewing machine and sewing accessories

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Step 1: Sew a piece of ribbon to each corner of the street (just make sure there is enough to tie a bow).

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Step 2: Tie a piece of rope to two trees and drape sheet over the rope.

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Step 3: Determine where the tent stakes need to go in the ground (depending on where the corners of the sheet fall on the ground), and put them in the ground.

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Step 4: Tie the ribbon on each corner of the sheet to the tent stake.

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Step 5: Add some pillows, blankets, books, and anything else your kids love into the tent.

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Behind the Scenes

We’ve been busy shooting with @kmsalvagedesign to create some new baby announcements that will make their debut this October, and they are oh so lovely!!!

Her darling assistant was eager to step in and get in on the action by taking some shots of her own. We’re dying at how sweet and adorable she is!
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Be-YOU-tiful

Be-YOU-tiful! What a great reminder it is for all of us to focus on what we love about ourselves. This week we give you permission to not worry so much about the 10 pounds you might need to lose or the fact that you might not be your best self right now. Let it go and instead remember that you are be-YOU-tiful just the way you are. Download that reminder for your phone or print it up to put somewhere that you can see all week long!

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To download the Daily Lemon as wallpaper for your phone, follow these simple steps:

Open this page on your phone’s browser. Click on the image below and save it directly to your phone’s camera roll.

To download from your desktop browser:

Email the image from your camera roll to yourself, then open the image and save it to your phone. Then, go to your settings and tap Wallpaper, choose New Wallpaper, and select the image you want to save.

To save the image for printing:

Click on the image below and the download will begin.

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From Sweet to Sour

Every week we like to feature something “sweet” (like a big hooray or accomplishment) or something “sour” (because let’s face it, some weeks are hard, and must simply be survived)!

This week one our our Petite Lemon mom’s shared some good news with me. Her son was finally potty trained. Hooray!!! She was thrilled – so, so very thrilled! Well she informed me a few days later that her son had completely digressed. Something “sweet” for the week turned into something “sour.” She is ready to pull her hair out. Can you relate? Have you ever been in her shoes? I know she’s not alone, so I wanted to ask our Petite Lemon readers for some advice. What tips do you have to help her potty train her son. Do you have any tricks that worked well for you? Please share because I know she would like to turn this entire potty training experience into something very “sweet.”

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The Sweetest Sisters

We are always thrilled to see families grow. From one child, to two, and then three! These sweet girls were excited to welcome a new sister into their home. They did so with Big Sister tees personalized with their names. And, we couldn’t forget include a cute Little Sunshine onesie for the newest member of the family.

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Thanks @mindysauther for sharing your latest addition with us.

Big Sister Tees – Delightful lettering 

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Upcycled T-Shirt Dress

We all have a stack of them sitting in our home – t-shirts! Lots and lots of t-shirts. You know those t-shirts that are too short, have a stain, or you hate to toss because they are a favorite for one reason or another. Instead of throwing them out, repurpose them into a new outfit for your little ones.

Gather these few supplies: 

  • T-shirt
  • 2″ wide ribbon (1.5 – 2 yards)
  • Fabric of your choice (1.5 yards)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and accessories
  • Pins

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First, cut your t-shirt. It’s best to put the t-shirt on your child and determine where you want the skirt to hang. Add 1″ and cut the shirt. I cut about 4″ off my tee. There is no right or wrong place to cut shirt.

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Next, put the cut shirt back on your child and measure from the bottom of the t-shirt to where you want the skirt to hang. Add 3″. I wanted mine to hang about 19″ below the tee, so I cut my fabric at 22″. I left mine the same width as the fabric and cut two rectangles of that same size.

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Sew the two rectangles together on the 22″ side. Sew them right sides together so you make a tube, then press the seams open.

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Next, hem the bottom of the skirt. Turn the skirt section inside out, then fold over the top of the skirt section 1″, and press it in place. Add another 1″ and press. Then sew into place.

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Next, we’ll finish the raw edge on the top. A serger machine works best if you have one, otherwise fold over the top 1″, press, and sew. I used a zigzag stitch.

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Pin the pleats around the entire skirt. Measure along the shirt as you are pinning. I just eyeballed it, and did my best.

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You want the finished circle to fit about with the width of the t-shirt. Pin the t-shirt to the pleated skirt. The t-shirt will sit down on the top of the pleats about 1″. Sew on the top of the pleats to sew it all together.

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And…ta dah! You have finished sewing the dress.

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Add a ribbon to tie around waist of the skirt. This will cinch it all together and give it a more fitted look. The dress looks cute both ways.

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For the LOVE of Yellow!

All month we’ve been crushin’ on the color yellow! It’s the perfect color for summer (and we LOVE summer)! We though we’d show you more yellow inspiration that’s making us happy.

From top to bottom:

  • We created this yellow lemon pattern. It’s a fun hand-drawn and simple illustration of delicious summer lemons.
  • This is one of our Petite Lemon kids blowing bubbles in her favorite yellow birthday dress.
  • “Squeeze the Day” is a perfect kid quote for summer. Kids are always trying to squeeze as much adventure as they can in every summer day. Those smartie pants know what they are doing. We adults could really learn a lesson or two from them!
  • We thought these yellow bricks would be awesome as a backdrop for a photoshoot. They are sunny and bright – just what we like.

 

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Next month we’ll be on to a new color. We can’t wait to show you the next color we can’t seem to get enough of.

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Daily Lemon – Be Original

The inspirational quote for this week is simple – Be Original. So often we look around us and compare everyone’s best to our worst. It’s totally not fair, but we all do it. Download this quote on your photo to remind yourself all week that it’s okay to be you. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to not fit it. And it’s more than okay to Be Original, because it’s the best version of you!!!

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To download the Daily Lemon as wallpaper for your phone, follow these simple steps:

Open this page on your phone’s browser. Click on the image below and save it directly to your phone’s camera roll.

To download from your desktop browser:

Email the image from your camera roll to yourself, then open the image and save it to your phone. Then, go to your settings and tap Wallpaper, choose New Wallpaper, and select the image you want to save.

To save the image for printing:

Click on the image below and the download will begin.

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National Ice Cream Day (Yummy, Yummy!!)

Did you know that this Sunday, July 19th is National Ice Cream Day?!? It’s one of those national holidays that’s too yummy to miss out on. Enjoy a double scoop of your favorite flavor, all while singing the words to a catchy tune…. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

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Affordable Wedding Invitations

Planning a wedding can be soooo stressful (crazy stressful) and expensive. Well guess what? It doesn’t have to be!
Petite Lemon has come to the rescue. Shop our stylish and affordable wedding invitations (printed via our partner Shutterfly) and save!
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We are loving everything nautical, so this invite with bold colors and a rope border is perfect.

 

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