Happy Summer to you and yours! Today’s post will feature the lemonade stand I mentioned last summer in my DIY Homemade Ice Cream Stand post.
The meaning behind live like you’re lucky is simply making the most of what life has given you. Whether it’s taking some thrifty craft store finds to make a DIY project, or taking a curbside furniture find and painting new life into it, it’s so important for us to make the most of what we have. Embrace your talents and abilities; have courage to use your creativity to make something special!
I find inspiration from my favorite blogs, my favorite stores (Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Target, and Serena and Lily…to name a few), and Pinterest – to conjure up my next projects.
Last summer, when we planned to throw a vintage-inspired ice cream social– for my niece Claire, we decided to make her present versus buying something from a store. I had come across Dear Lillie’s tutorial for a DIY Play Stand a few months before, and it was the perfect opportunity to try something new and give Claire a one-of-a-kind gift that would provide her with endless hours of entertainment.
The day after her birthday party, we did a little photo session of her playing with her new multi-purpose play stand. She was having so much fun that she hardly noticed us taking photos. I painted a set of signs for both an ice cream stand, and a good-ole-fashioned lemonade stand. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to make additional sets for a puppet theater, a doctor’s office, a grocery store, etc.
Claire loved taking orders from her aunties, uncles, and Mimi and Pops.
This sign is hand-painted on masonite board on top of a coat of black chalkboard paint. The hand-painted text has the old-time feel of a vintage chalkboard sign, but won’t rub off! And little ones are able to write prices and sales slogans right onto the sign with chalk.
Another hand-painted piece brings some sunshine to the side-panel, and features a quote I thought of. (Hint – check back this week for a giveaway on this precious sign!).
The final touch – adding some yellow checkered no-sew curtain panels for the window of the stand.
Claire had a great time playing with the ice cream stand, but I think she had even more fun making her own lemonade – complete with her secret ingredient (goldfish crackers).
We took a ton of photos, and even managed to get one of all of us together.
Remember, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!