DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

I’m going back to my DIY roots, y’all. Last week it was leather, this week it’s liquid gold. Two of my favorite DIY supplies, and they’ve been sadly waiting for me in my closet until I got inspired to use them again. Well it’s on, dudes. After these marbled candleholders, I got to wondering if liquid gilding could do the same thing. And it CAN! Boom. Gold marbled everything. Starting with a pencil cup.

Materials

  • plain glass or metal pencil cup (this one happens to be spray painted white from an old project)
  • small tub filled with water — be sure you don’t mind if it gets gold paint on it!
  • popsicle sticks or toothpicks
  • paper towels
  • liquid gilding (I love this one!)

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

In your water tub, use the popsicle sticks to gently drop some liquid gilding onto the top of the water. If you drop it gently, it should stay on the surface.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Use the popsicle stick to swirl the gold around a bit and spread it evenly over the water.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Hold the pencil cup sideways and gently roll it over the surface of the water. As you roll, it will pick up the gold from the surface. Continue to roll until you’re satisfied with the coverage. If there’s a spot that gets missed, you can just gently set that spot down on some of the remaining gold.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Set the cup on a paper towel to dry. When the gold is dry to the touch, gently wipe away any other remaining water droplets and smooth out any bumps. Let the cup cure for another day or so.

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

Eeeeeeek I’m super into how this one turned out! It’s better than I imagined, and it was a really fast, cheap update for my desk area (which was getting kinda boring). Hope you try it. Stay golden. xoxo

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup

My Phone Likes to Play Dress Up

Phone Case of the Month

I admit it. I think it’s kind of fun to dress up my iPhone with fun cases.  It’s like an accessory for your accessory. Whatever, it makes me happy. But what I think is absolutely insane is that lots of phone cases cost as much as 25 or 35 bones. Seriously? That’s kind of bonkers. Which is why Phone Case of the Month is so brilliant.

Phone Case of the Month

Phone Case of the Month

You know those old jelly-of-the-month clubs? Yeah, this is like that, but way better. For 10 bucks a month, Phone Case of the Month will send you a new case each month. The cases are pretty adorable — I saw those pineapples and I was sold. Each month there’s a new, limited edition design, with only 200 of each printed. So not only are they cool, but you won’t have the same case as every other Joe Schmoe.

I’m also really loving the feel of the cases! On the outside they have a silicone coating that feels velvety and is easy to grab (which is pretty cool because my phone slips through my fingers kind of a lot…) but on the inside there’s a tough poly carbonate. Yeah! And I have to admit I had so much fun opening the little package the case came in — there were fun goodies tucked inside, like stickers and tattoos and bubble gum. The gang at PCOTM totally gets it.

Phone Case of the Month

Phone Case of the Month

So if your phone likes to play dress up like mine, go check them out! And just for you pretty kitties, we’re offering a $5 discount on your first month if you enter the code lovelyindeed at checkout. Now if you’ll excuse me, my pineapples and I have some Instagramming to do. xoxo

Phone Case of the Month

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DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

I love back to school time. Loooooove it. “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” (First person who knows where that quote is from gets a fat ol’ virtual high five.) I have no school to go back to any more, and I don’t have kids in the back to school game, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream up some schooly-type projects. I’m kind of all about this little DIY woven pencil pouch right now! I keep switching out the stuff inside — pencils, makeup, receipts, whatever. It’s perfect! All the materials can be found at Michaels (in store or online), and if you’re a teacher you even get a bonus 15% off. And by the way — teachers, thank you for being teachers. Quite possibly one of the most difficult, thankless jobs in the world. So thank you!

Materials

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Fold the bottom third of the mesh up toward the top and clip on either side with the binder clips. Be sure that you use the tiny squares to line up the mesh so that it’s folded up the same amount on either side.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Cut 24″ of the cotton cording. String it through the bottom of one side of the mesh. Even out the ends so that the center of the cord is at the bottom of the mesh. Take one end of the cord and string it through every other square on the mesh, in and out until you reach the top. Then take the other end of the cord and do the same, but weaving in the opposite in/out direction of the first end. When you reach the top, tie the two ends together with a double knot in the back of the pouch and snip the ends.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Repeat the weaving process on the other side of the pouch.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

On the front bottom of the pouch, find the center point where you’ll anchor your button. Weave a length of cording through two squares from the inside of the pouch. String the cording through the button, back through the mesh, and tie off on the inside of the pouch. Double knot and snip the ends.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

On the top of the closing flap, use the same weaving method you used on the sides to weave two lengths of cording, one from the left and one from the right. When they meet in the middle, tie them both off with double knots and leave the ends long. To close your pouch, just fold the flap down and wrap the cording tightly around the button.

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

Put all your goodies inside and rock it out! If you’re heading back to school, hope your preparations are wonderful! xoxo

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

DIY Woven Pencil Pouch

 

Check out the links below to see more from all of the #MichaelsMakers!

Dreaming of Home

I’m going slightly crazy. Remember how we talked about dealing with change, and how the toughest part is the transition where you’re stuck in the in-between? I feel like I’m stuck in the deepest in-between I could imagine right now, and it’s starting to drive me a little loco. We know we are moving but the move is still a couple of weeks away, and in the meantime all I want to do is get my hands on my effing house so I can make it into a home. Geez! I want to put together the nursery for the baby. I want to decorate a living room. I want to plan our new office space. And it’s making me bonks that I can’t do any of those things.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my poor Pinterest Home board is bursting at the seams with ideas and inspiration (not to mention my Nursery board). So until I have a real home to dress up, I’m relying on that space to keep my ideas straight. And if you’re into it, a few of my very favorite spaces to look at for inspiration:

Home Inspiration

The studio kitchen at A Beautiful Mess headquarters had me at yellow cabinets. And that subway tile. Come on.

Home Inspiration

That there is a completely DIY bathroom, y’all. Can you deal with it?! I just love the simplicity and that it was totally a homegrown project. And speaking of bathrooms, this tub and pink wall combo. I don’t think I have to say anything else about it.

Home Inspiration

Home Inspiration

Still pretty in awe over that sliding closet door that Mandi made over on Vintage Revivals. Mr. Lovely and I really want to try to tackle one of those bad boys. And I have just always loved this feature on Dash Wanger’s baby boy nursery. It’s so bright and cheery and simple.

Home Inspiration
Home Inspiration

Loving this living room with a mish mash of textures and pops of color!

Home InspirationAnd I’m pretty sure that workspace is the stuff of my organizational dreams. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to have a place to put my tools that isn’t right next to my sweaters in the closet.

Just dying to put all of these ideas into action! Do you have any faves? Or any great recommendations on places to look for home inspiration? If you have a great home Pinterest board, leave it in the comments — I’d love to check it out! xoxo

P.S. We’re making some decisions on paint, flooring, and more this week — head over and like Lovely Indeed on Facebook, as I’ll be crowdsourcing some opinions! Ya know, because I can’t make decisions on my own.

DIY Gold Pattern & Honeycomb Heart Gift Wrap

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

When the queen of DIY is having a bridal shower, you just gotta do a little something special to wrap her gift, am I right? I was so bummed to miss Kelly’s east coast shower, but I was so happy to have a chance to wrap up her gift in something unique (and inspired by her projects!). Kelly and her fella have a whole gold thing happening with their registry (of which I completely approve), so I thought it would be fancy to do a little hand-printed gold heart pattern on my trusty favorite kraft wrapping paper. To top it off, one of Kelly’s old projects inspired the 3-d honeycomb heart on top! Here’s how you can recreate it.

Materials

  • kraft wrapping paper
  • gold paint pen – I used this one!
  • honeycomb paper or various shapes (I used a diamond and it worked great!)
  • scissors
  • pen
  • tape (regular and double-sided)

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Start by cutting the right amount of wrapping paper for your package. Using the gold pen, start drawing a pattern. I chose to cover it in crazy little hearts! Work your way across until the paper is covered with the gold pattern.

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

Wrap the gift with the paper. Then, decide on the right size for your honeycomb heart. On one side of the closed honeycomb, trace a half heart shape next to the flat edge. Cut out the heart.

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

Once you open the heart, you’ll see that you need to trim down the middle section of tissue paper in the honeycomb and shape the heart a bit. Trim away bit by bit until you like the shape. Then use your double-sided tape to affix the heart to the top of the gift.

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

Bam! A Chelsea-meets-Kelly-worthy bridal shower wrap job. You could customize this a million ways — be sure to check out Kelly’s original honeycomb gift topper tutorial too! Three cheers for Kelly and Jeff for being awesome and engaged! xoxo

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

DIY Patterned Gold Wrapping Paper with Honeycomb Heart Gift Topper

Baby Stuff // 3

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I asked my husband to take a bump photo. He assured me that it was great. And that’s the face I was making. My double chins and I no longer trust him.

It’s happening, guys. Random people are starting to make comments about the tummy. Lots of folks asking if it’s my first, and a few really sweet comments. But mostly it’s stuff like, “Well enjoy the first year because after that it’s terrible.” Or “You have no idea what you’re in for.” And I always just sort of smile noncommitally and move on, but I really want to let those people have it! Listen, I know that a kid is going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and that every moment will be an exhausting challenge. But who says you can’t find joy in that? And why would you go around spreading misery about your children when you could celebrate instead? And why in the world would you say these things to a complete stranger? Deal with your issues on your own time, bro. You guys know my philosophy — life is what you make it. And my plan is to keep that mindset going for as long as I humanly can.

Rant over! What else, let’s see… Getting up and down is becoming a little cumbersome, but I try to pretend that it’s not. Ha. Gotta hang on to that mobility for as long as possible. I can still touch my toes, so I consider this week a win! Here’s more. xoxo

WEEK 24.

EATING everything bagels with onion cream cheese. Oh. My. Lord.

DRINKING Diet Pepsi with one ton of ice and I ain’t sorry about it.

READING Baby Wise. Any moms out there read it? Yeesh. It’s a little intense. They’re like, “You could do things this way or you could do things that way. But if you did things that way you would be stupid and a horrible mother. So do things this way.”

WANTING to sit directly in front of the air conditioning vent at all times. I’m. Hot.

SLEEPING okay! I found this magical pillow combination that involves a Bump Nest, which is the best pillow in all the land. Pregnant or not.

WEARING whatever doesn’t make me sweat or look like an egg.

FEELING a little wobbly in my heart. Anything nice makes me bizarrely emotional.

LOVING that I’m not having pregnancy headaches any more! There were a few weeks there where every day I would get these splitting headaches. And one day recently I realized that they were just… gone. Major.

DIY Leather Fringe Pendant Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Leatherrrrrrr! I haven’t done a leather DIY in quite a while, and it’s just been too long. You guys know how I love the stuff. And this project just takes a few scraps, so you could even upcycle some leather from an old purse or something. (Don’t forget to go faux if you’re not into the real leather thing.) I love rocking this little fringe pendant necklace!

Materials

  • leather scraps, at least 2″ wide and 4″ long
  • scissors
  • fine cable chain
  • ruler
  • E6000
  • clothespins
  • jump ring
  • needle nose pliers

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Start by cutting three complementary pieces of leather into rectangles that are 2″ wide. The color in the front will be the shortest rectangle, and the color in the back will be the longest.

Trim the bottom ends of each rectangle into a point.

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Carefully cut fringe into the pointed end of each rectangle.

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Use the E6000 adhesive to glue the pieces of leather on top of one another, longest in the back and shortest in the front.

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Cut about 30″ of chain. Connect the two ends of the chain with a jump ring using the pliers.

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Apply a strip of E6000 to the top of the back side of the leather. Fold it over a section of the gold chain. Gently affix some clothespins to hold the leather closed while the glue dries.

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

Put that baby on and rock it out for the rest of the summer and into the fall! This one’s super easy to make for a gift as well — personalize the colors and surprise a sweet friend. Have fun! xoxo

P.S. For more leather DIYs, head over here!

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace