Desktop Designers // Caroline Hutchison

Caroline Hutchison

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wildflowers in our hair.
-Susan Polis Schutz

When I was working with all of our awesome calligraphers on the Desktop Designer project to choose quotes, I gave each one a few choices and let them decide on their favorite. I was so excited that Caroline chose this one, because I think it’s so perfect for spring. It feels so free and happy, and it’s such a beautiful sentiment.

And Caroline Hutchison was the perfect artist to bring it to life! I love her style — it’s the perfect combination of clean and whimsical, feminine and fun. I just adore what she did. Caroline is the creative behind Linalulu Paperie, where she specializes in custom and template hand-written paper goods. She’s also got an Etsy shop filled with both custom and ready-made stationery (I love this one!). And now she’s right here, giving you this gorgeousness!

caroline1Caroline keeps busy with both a full-time job and Linalulu Paperie during her spare time!  Outside of her business and art, she loves hanging out with family, friends, and her sweet husband. Read on to get to know her a little better, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.  And be sure to download your freebie desktop wallpaper below!

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Caroline Hutchison

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Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Are you guys music lovers? Music is so a part of my life I need it like water. I was actually a music major in college, and it’s still part of my profession at times. Mr. Lovely and I are always listening to records & the radio, making up songs, or plunking stuff out on the piano or ukulele. I really think it’s good for my soul.

Recently I’ve been on a Joni Mitchell kick. She’s not new to me; I’ve been listening to her since I figured out I was secretly a hippie, sometime in college. But I’ll leave her music for a long while and then come back to it and remember that I never should have stopped listening to it because it’s so good. I mean come on! Do you listen to Joni? It’s like she’s seen the inside of my heart. Gah.

Right now my favorite is All I Want from the Blue album. It just feels like a sunshine day with the windows open, and being young, and happy, and hopeful. Do you have reactions like that to music? These lyrics just get me:

I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun,
I want to be the one that you want to see.
I want to knit you a sweater,
Want to write you a love letter,
I want to make you feel better,
I want to make you feel free.

Her lyrics are just so simple but so true. I feel like she’s one of those artists that’s somehow able to take the things that everybody feels and express them so eloquently.

Side note: I just read back through this post and it sounds like an entry in my high school journal. So many feelings! Haha! Whatever, I’m leaving it. And while we’re on the subject, do you have any musicians or artists that just get you? I would love to know who! xoxo

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

Gold pencil necklaces have been the stuff of my dreams lately. They used to be a pretty popular accessory for ladies, which I think is so adorable. I came across a couple of vintage ones in an antique store recently, from the 30′s and 40′s. They were mechanical pencils and you could refill them with lead. So you always had a pencil at the ready — and you were super stylish to boot. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era! So I dreamed up a way to make a substitute, until I find just the right vintage pencil necklace. This one is super simple and I made it with things I already had around the house!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes (plus drying time)

Start by drilling a small hole into the metal portion of the pencil. I used a 1/8″ drill bit, but be sure to use a bit that will make a hole large enough to accommodate your chain. Use the metal file to file down any rough edges. Clear the hole of any debris by blowing through it or inserting a toothpick to clean it out.

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Sharpen the pencil until it’s your desired length. I wanted a pretty short pencil; it’s about 3″ long.

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In a well-ventilated area, paint the pencil with liquid gilding. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

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Cut a length of chain about 30″ long by detaching one link with your jewelry pliers. Insert one end of the chain through the hole in the pencil. Use the one open link to connect the two ends of the chain together. Be sure the link is closed tightly and secure.

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

Slip it over your head and you’re good to go! It won’t write, but it sure does look cute. I think it could be the perfect gift for your schoolteacher friend or an aspiring writer. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

DIY Gold Pencil Necklace

Easter Egg Bonanza

I was taking an Eastery walk down memory lane this weekend and realized that I have quite the library of DIY Easter egg posts! I thought I’d revive a few of them in case you’re looking to get eggy this week before Easter. Follow the links to the individual posts and tutorials! Have a gorgeous week. xoxo

DIY Easter Eggs

The O.G. washi tape eggs.

egg5White ink and a feather stamp make for some really pretty specimens!

egg6These are a little wordy! You’re a good egg.

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Because I had a whole bunch of extra rhinestones.

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Ah Friday

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Forgive me, I’m taking a break today. Except I’m technically sharing a post so I guess I’m not? But it’s not really a real post. It’s a non-post post. (This is what the inside of my brain looks like right now.)

We’re taking it eeeeasy around here today because I’m tired, yo! I may not have mentioned it but Mr. Lovely and I are doing another show together (yay!) and our new schedule is making for some really long days. So when I’m done with blogging and making things and all that jazz during the day, we head right out for a four or five hour rehearsal at night. Phewph!

The show, by the way, is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and if you’re in LA you should come see it! And if you’re not, you can check out this little video on our Indiegogo page so you can see us making fools of ourselves.

So! That’s all I got, ya’ll. I hope you’ve got beautiful things planned for this weekend! I’ll be singing and dancing and learning how to spell weird words like syzygy. xoxo

Married Life // Dating

HowAboutWe

Mr. Lovely and I are serious homebodies. We have a home that we love to spend time in, just being comfy and together. So sometimes we have to make an actual effort to get ourselves dressed and up and out of the house, especially when it comes to going on official “dates.” Do you still go out on dates if you’re married or in a long-term relationship? Mr. Lovely and I have a standing Friday lunch date, but that’s pretty casual. So when I found out about HowAboutWe for Couples I was pumped to try out their service.

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HowAboutWe “helps people fall in love and stay in love” — how awesome is that? You guys know I love love. I just so enjoy spending time with Mr. Lovely and finding new adventures. I even love seeing other people on dates enjoying each other’s company. I just think it’s so sweet. So HowAboutWe for Couples seems so brilliant to me; they organize and curate these awesome dates and you choose your fave. It’s like picking an experience off of a menu. They set everything up, you choose your adventure, and everything’s taken care of. (There’s also a service for singles that takes online dating offline so you can get out in the world and meet peeps!)

When we were looking at some dates to choose, we almost couldn’t decide! Mr. Lovely wanted to go paddleboarding but I thought it sounded a little cold for spring. I kind of wanted to take a brunch cruise, but we were looking for something a little more laid back. So we finally figured it out — a progressive date, starting at Yuca’s Tacos and ending up with ice cream sandwiches at Coolhaus. Tacos and ice cream? Come on. This date was made for us.

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

It was so nice to head to some places we’ve never been, and to have a reason to spend some time together not working. It’s kind of crazy that I even feel like we have to “find” a reason to go on a date. And this whole thing has made me excited again to find new things to try and places to explore right in our town. It was such a treat of a day and by the end we were so happy to have just had the experience. That kid was cracking me up, too — the tacos and ice cream were both so good that he was on a total food high (see Exhibit A, below). And it was so fun to feel kind of like a VIP on our date because the restaurants knew we were coming and took such great care of us!

HowAboutWe

HowAboutWe

So what about you? Is your dating game on point? Or would you try a service like HowAboutWe to get your dating mojo back in gear? If you’re interested, Lovely Indeed readers are getting the hookup with a special deal to try it out! Just click here and you’ll get $50 off of your first date booking! It’s actually a really great deal; we found that your dollar goes a long way with HowAboutWe. I’d love to know what date you guys would choose, so check them out and let’s gab about it! xoxo

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This post is in partnership with HowAboutWe; all opinions are my own.

DIY Bunny Slippers

DIY Bunny Slippers

DIY Bunny Slippers

I’ve never had bunny slippers before! They totally make me giggle. And I thought they’d be cumbersome to wear, but these little bunnies are just as comfy as can be! And I think I figured out a way to make them that’s so simple even the anti-crafty folks will want to tackle this one. Here we go!

Materials

  • plain pair of slippers (these came from Marshalls for about $7!)
  • pink and white felt
  • lace or decorative fabric
  • scissors
  • glue gun

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start with a basic pair of slippers. I found these with a little bow and it actually worked out perfectly!

DIY Bunny Slippers

Cut out all of the face shapes from fabric. You’ll need four felt ear pieces, four lace ear pieces that are slightly smaller than the felt pieces, four eyes, and two noses.

DIY Bunny Slippers

Hot glue the lace pieces onto the felt ears.

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On each ear, put a small bit of glue at the front of the base and pinch in half to shape the ear.

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Glue the pieces of the face onto the slippers. The ears should nestle under either side of the bow, and eyes and nose go a little farther down the front of the slipper. (Experiment with placement before you glue them down!)

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Let everything dry and slip them on! I am loving bopping around the house in these while we wait for Easter to come. And by the way, don’t be afraid to experiment with different eye or nose shapes — these bunnies are fully customizable! Have fun. xoxo

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