DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Ombre Dip Dye Throw Pillows

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you…

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows
I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you just want to use it on everything? Yeah, that. I had so much fun with these dip dyed towels I wanted to go another round and make some new throw pillows for our couch! They’re perfect for summer and totally brightened up our living room.

If you want to make your own but you’re intimidated about getting the right supplies, you can grab a kit to make them right here! Yup, these ombre dip dye pillows are my kit of the month over on Darby Smart. The dye they have is great and works like a charm. Order your own kit and everything you need to make them will come to your door so you can get your DIY on.

Let me know if you try ’em! And always remember to share your Lovely Indeed projects on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. xoxo

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DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

Pink Wall Pink Backpack

This Week + How Life Goes

Lovelies, I’m in one of those moods where I’m in love with the world. The beautiful, crazy, messy, difficult world. We came back from our trip to Denver early this…

Pink Wall Pink Backpack

Lovelies, I’m in one of those moods where I’m in love with the world. The beautiful, crazy, messy, difficult world. We came back from our trip to Denver early this week and ever since, Henry has been a little off his schedule and a bit fussy. We came back to piles of work. We came back to a dogsitting gig for a dog with fleas. We came back to a messy house and an empty fridge.

But you know what? For some reason I find it all kind of wonderful. Because that’s just how life goes, right? Some days are perfect and some days you have a messy house and some days you win the lottery and some days you stub your toe one too many times. You can choose to wish the time away and wait for tomorrow or you can choose to just hang on to the moment and laugh about the empty fridge (and just order a pizza, for crying out loud). As usual, I’m not sure I’m expressing myself as eloquently as I should but the bottom line is this: Today, right now, my life feels perfectly imperfect and just exactly right.

Hoping you feel the same today, and that you have a weekend full of whatever it is that you love to do! xoxo

Spiked Watermelon Rosemary Punch for July 4th

The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday…

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The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday that the whole nation can celebrate together, to take some time to appreciate our history and the things that have made us great. I also love that it’s in the dead of summer, because that means we get to celebrate with all of the things that summer brings — swimming pools, BBQs, and a little something cool and refreshing to sip. So we whipped up this little punch recipe for your July 4th celebrations, so that we can all say cheers for America together! It’s a perfect, simple recipe to bring people together for a laid back Independence Day party.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 5 lemons
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • club soda

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To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish.

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I love how the rosemary adds just a little extra oomph to the watermelony flavor! And since I’m such a watermelon fiend in the summertime, this punch is right up my alley. So! What will you be doing this 4th of July? Do you have any special traditions or celebrations? Hopefully there’s a firework or sparkler thrown in there somewhere. And while you’re planning your festivities, you’ve gotta try this crazy delicious recipe and make a #Punch4Everybody! Please, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly and have a safe & fabulous 4th! xoxo

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Modern July 4th Table

A Modern July 4th Table

This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best…

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

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This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best pals come in from out of town to visit and I wanted to put together something special for a fun outdoor meal. But rather than go the typical red-white-and-blue explosion that usually goes along with the 4th of July, I thought it would be cool to do a modern take on a patriotic tablescape. So I browsed around on AllModern and picked up a few things that are turning out to be some of my new favorite pieces for backyard entertaining!

We stuck with navy, white, and a few metallic touches for the whole shebang. I did a quick DIY treatment on some simple flatware (tutorial is on the way soon!), and used my favorite DIY gold leaf succulents (from a couple posts back) instead of florals. I also thought it would be cool to have a little bit of a geometric theme, so the square pedestal and square dish sets were perfect. I’m loving those little Pantone dish sets! They’re almost like bento boxes that you can mix and match.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

The white garden stools are around for extra seating or for overflow of dishes and glasses. Like a really cute little mini bar! And best of all — that big beautiful table. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been pining for a backyard dining table. You know the opening sequence from Parenthood? That’s what I’m talking about, y’all. Dinners in the backyard with candles and plates getting passed back and forth and bottles of wine and lots of ridiculous laughing. That’s my plan for this beaut of a table.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

So what are you up to this Independence Day? Do you do a sit-down dinner, or do you roll more laid-back style? Check out our picks for your July 4th celebrations down below! xoxo

Vifah Dining Table / Pantone Dish Set / Cake Pedestal / Flatware / Table Runner / Napkins / Carafe / Copper Mugs / Gold Glasses / Garden Stools

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game (And a Giveaway!)

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had…

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had a Frozen theme. She seemed to be under the impression that we made the game to look like Anna and Elsa’s dresses — and oddly enough it did happen to go perfectly with her party decor. But that’s mostly because Behr paint has some primo color selections and these were the ones that I was totally digging! But Anna and Elsa aside, my whole family has been having a ball in the backyard with this little DIY cornhole game. (Psst — don’t miss our giveaway with Behr, at the end of the post!)

Materials

  • Behr paint in Glass Tile, Rainwater, Little Bow Pink, Inked, and Shea
  • 1″ plywood
  • four large hinges
  • drill
  • saw
  • sander
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape
  • fabric
  • dry beans
  • sewing notions

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Cornhole Game

Step 1: Cut out your wood pieces. Note: We made our game a little smaller than standard size. Feel free to size up your pieces if you’re a stickler for the rules! Cut two small rectangles, each 8″ x 18″. Cut two large rectangles, each 34″ x 18″. At the top of the large rectangles, cut a 5″ hole in each. Sand all of your pieces.

Step 2: Connect your large and small rectangles by drilling hinges into the wood.

Step 3: If desired, paint a coat of primer or white paint on your wood to prepare it for painting.

Step 4: On the top of the large rectangle, paint a layer of your first color. Work your way about halfway down on the edges to create a rough triangle. Do this on both boards and allow to dry.

Step 5: Mask a triangle shape with painter’s tape, just above where the first color color ends. Paint a stripe of your next color, again leaving a rough bottom edge.

Step 6: Continue working your way down the board until you have all the stripes you’d like. Finish with your last color creating a large triangle at the base of the board.

Step 7: With a 1″ foam brush, paint a ring around the hole cut in the board.

Step 8: Make your beanbags. Cut out 16 squares of fabric, each 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. If you’d like different colors for different teams, and a gold side to your beanbags like ours, cut out 8 gold squares and four squares each of two different colors.

Step 9: Put right sides together and sew a straight stitch around all sides, leaving about 2″ open.

Step 10: Flip the bags right side out.

Step 11: Fill the bags about 2/3 full of dry beans. Sew them closed with a hidden stitch.

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DIY Cornhole Game

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DIY Cornhole Game

Get your cornhole on all summer long! I tell you what, this game is addictive. If those beanbags are laying around, you can bet that sooner or later you’ll have a full on cornhole tournament fired up in your backyard.

And! If you want to make your own, or if you have some other paint projects that you want to tackle, the gang from Behr is hooking you up with  a giveaway! Enter below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win three gallons of Behr paint for all of your summer DIY adventures! xoxo

Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

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DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner…

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner over on Swooned — check it out if you missed it! It’s simple as can be and perfect for weddings, showers, or just for any old fun dinner party. And even better, you can plant the succulents when you’re done with the table runner and they’ll grow for ya! It’s the DIY that keeps on giving. See the full tutorial here. xoxo

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Flying With Baby

This Week + Baby’s First Flight

Well gang, it happened! Henry earned his wings. We flew to Colorado yesterday for a quick family trip and his first flight was pretty decent, if I do say so…

Flying With Baby

Well gang, it happened! Henry earned his wings. We flew to Colorado yesterday for a quick family trip and his first flight was pretty decent, if I do say so myself. And bonus: being in charge of a baby totally made me focus on something other than my little fear of turbulence, so it was a win-win!

We’ll have more details about our trip coming up later, along with some of our recommendations for flying with baby that made things lots easier. But for now, a few pretty things and fun reads for you to cruise around while you start your weekend! What are you up to for the next couple of days? xoxo

Plan the perfect picnic.
Jus this one photo makes me want to go to New Orleans.
A few tidbits about the American flag that I never knew!
Rose flavored rock candy – uh, yum.
We already celebrated Father’s Day, but if you still need ideas Brittni has got you so covered.
And speaking of Father’s Day, you should probably definitely make these.

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

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That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Blue Sky Palm Tree

Why I Love Instagram So Dang Much

I asked recently what you all thought the future held for blogging, and some of the responses were so cool! One in particular had to do with Instagram, and it…

Blue Sky Palm Tree

I asked recently what you all thought the future held for blogging, and some of the responses were so cool! One in particular had to do with Instagram, and it got me thinking about how much I love that platform and exactly why. Because I know that I love to share there, like so many other people, and I know that I especially love to see what everyone else shares there, too. Sometimes even more than reading blogs. And I think I’m figuring out what it is that’s so awesome about it.

For me, it’s like the most beautiful timeline of my life with Ryan (and now Henry!). Ryan did this super fancy, nerdy thing with our tv at home — he set it up so that the screen saver on our tv is a random slideshow of all of my Instagram photos ever. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite things in the house. Sometimes we’ll leave it on and I’ll find myself taking a walk down memory lane just watching different photos slide across the screen. And it’s the best documentation of our lives together. We look back at photos and have the best time remembering things — trips, projects, meals, parties, weekends at home, getting married, bringing Henry home.

But beyond that, I love that Instagram encourages users not just to slap any ol’ photo up there and call it a day, but to be creative and intentional with the memories you make and share. Have you ever taken part in a Weekend Hashtag Project? Every Friday, Instagram encourages users to share a photo with a new, creative hashtag that they’ve made up. And they’re all so thoughtful and they encourage you to look at the world in a new way, which I love. They also have introduced me to so many creative people from all around the world, and I think it’s fascinating to see what other people share and what their version of beauty is.

Not to mention, how much fun is it to live vicarously through people? I love when people take trips and Gram it up — it’s so inspiring on so many levels. I’ve planned trips or outings to so many different amazing places because it looked fun on Instagram. No joke. It’s broadened my world (I truly mean that — no irony or sarcasm!).

So what about you? Are you as into it as I am? I know it’s not for everyone — lots of folks find it overwhelming or just plain too much. Why do you love it? Why do you hate it? Tell me your thoughts! xoxo

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a…

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a concert band and the band plays onstage at a park in our neighborhood. Everybody who’s not in the band comes to watch and have picnics. And let me tell you, the picnic game is fierce. You have to go the night before and set out your blanket if you want a spot or it’ll all be taken up. People bring out their best gear — I’m talking white tablecloths on picnic tables, candles lit, the whole shebang. I like to keep it simple but I did want to fancy up a picnic blanket this year, mostly so we would be able to recognize it in the sea of blankets. So clearly a little giant embroidery was in order!

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

We also stocked up on some primo picnic gear from AllModern! (Now I won’t have to feel like a schlub next to the white tablecloths.) Read on for the picnic blanket how-to, and details on our favorite picnicking pieces.

Materials

  • striped blanket
  • yarn
  • large sewing needle for knitting
  • scissors
  • colored chalk

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Step 1: Sketch out your design on the blanket using the colored chalk. Be sure you make a mark dark enough to remain visible.

Step 2: Thread your needle with the yarn, tying a knot at the end. Begin embroidering at the end of your first word, using a split stitch. This diagram is better than I could ever create — check it out if you don’t know a split stitch! If you run out of yarn, tie a hidden knot behind the blanket and thread your needle with a new piece. Knot it to your old piece and continue your split stitch.

Step 3: When you’ve embroidered your whole design, knot your yarn firmly at the back of the blanket and snip the ends.

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

I love this blanket! We’ve started keeping it in our car just in case — ya know, for picnic emergencies. And when we’re toting stuff to and from the park, that basket with leather handles has been the perfect carry-all. Check out a few more of our recommendations for a perfect picnic!

For cheeses and charcuterie // Cheese Tray + Tool Set
For lounging // Mrs. Pillow + Coral Pillow
For outdoor dining // Retro Glasses Plates
For sharing food // Marble Lazy Susan
For a family-style dish // Oval Platter
For small extras // Buttering Board
For carrying it all // Half Moon Basket

Do you have anything in your town like our Concert in the Park? Do you go? I don’t know what it is but I just love an event that brings the community together like that, especially in the summer. Hope you make yourself one of this fun little blankets and find a place to picnic soon! xoxo

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals