monday funday: valentine giveaway!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  I thought I’d jazz up this gloomy Monday with a little something for you all:  a giveaway! I had so much fun making those grown-up Valentines last…

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  I thought I’d jazz up this gloomy Monday with a little something for you all:  a giveaway!

I had so much fun making those grown-up Valentines last week, I decided to play Cupid and give some of them away.  Up for grabs:  the “I Love You Garland” and the “Be Mine Heart.”  Enter to win and use them however you like!

Click here and here to see the low-down on how each of these beauties was handmade by yours truly.

You can enter up to three times, and here’s how:

1st Entry:  Leave a comment below and tell us how you’ll use them.

2nd Entry:  Make sure you’re a follower on Twitter, and retweet the giveaway.

3rd Entry:  “Like” Lovely Indeed on Facebook and say hello on our wall.

The winner will be chosen at random, and will win both Valentines.  Entries will end tomorrow, Tuesday February 1st at 9 p.m. EST.  Best of luck, and have a gorgeous week!  xoxo

diy valentine: twirly heart

Okay, friends, here’s the last of the grown-up Valentine extravaganza!  Today’s project is quick and easy, and just a little whimsical. Grab some cardboard or cardstock, cut it into a…

Okay, friends, here’s the last of the grown-up Valentine extravaganza!  Today’s project is quick and easy, and just a little whimsical.

Grab some cardboard or cardstock, cut it into a 2 inch x 2 inch square, and glue some colored paper onto both sides.  I rounded my corners to give it a polished look.

Cut out a heart from a fabric or paper scrap, and glue it in the center of one side.  Flip the card vertically, and on the other side, draw an arrow as though it was piercing through the heart.

Then, pierce the card on either side horizontally, and use a needle to insert some thick thread or baker’s twine into each side.  Knot the thread.

You’re done!  When you twirl the strings super fast between your thumb and forefingers, the images should blur and become one!  Being the completely clueless photographer that I am, I had trouble capturing the image, but you get the idea:

Give one to your honey, make one with some kiddos, spread the twirly love all around!  xoxo

diy valentine: your love is my drug

Hey dolls!  Today’s grown-up Valentine is a little silly, but I thought it might spur your imaginations up, away, and out of the box (of chocolates).  It’s a little tribute…

Hey dolls!  Today’s grown-up Valentine is a little silly, but I thought it might spur your imaginations up, away, and out of the box (of chocolates).  It’s a little tribute to Ke$ha, whose song “Your Love is My Drug” was one of my summer jams of 2010.

You’ll need a 6 inch x 6 inch piece of cardboard or cardstock, some colored paper, scissors, glue, and a pen.  Start by covering your cardboard with a piece of colorful paper.  Glue down the front, trim the edges to about a half inch of overhang, cut at the corners and fold over to make a clean finish on all edges.

Then, cut out a bunch of little hearts in different colors.  At the same time, cut out a small elongated oval shape in two colors, cut one in half, and glue it on the other (to make a little cartoon pill).

Glue your hearts into a pile shape on the front of your cardboard placard, and top the pile with your pill.  Use your black pen to write your message (think scratchy writing on the bathroom wall), and don’t be afraid to smear it a little bit.  We’re going for Valentine grunge here, folks.  Add a little “Rx” detail if you like, and give it to your sweetheart to let them know you’re addicted to love.  xoxo

diy rubber stamps on the sweetest occasion

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Valentine post to give you breaking news: My newest guest post is up on The Sweetest Occasion!  I’m pretty stoked on this one — it…

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Valentine post to give you breaking news:

My newest guest post is up on The Sweetest Occasion!  I’m pretty stoked on this one — it was super easy, absolutely free, and kind of adorable, if I do say so myself.  Pop over to Cyd‘s blog and see the post by clicking here.  And for you hard-core folks, here’s a little sneak peek.  xoxo

diy valentine: be mine heart

Up next in our DIY Valentines-for-grown-ups cavalcade is this little ditty, inspired by these adorable little “placecards” made by Ashley Meaders. All of Ashley’s creations are so sweet and inspiring,…

Up next in our DIY Valentines-for-grown-ups cavalcade is this little ditty, inspired by these adorable little “placecards” made by Ashley Meaders.

All of Ashley’s creations are so sweet and inspiring, and the wedding for which she created these little beauties has to be one of my favorites of all time.  (See more photos of it on Once Wed here.  I could look at these photos all day long!  All photos, including the one above, were taken by Our Labor of Love, another super-cool site for you to check out if you haven’t already.)

Anyway!  Let’s get down to business.  All you’ll need are some fabric scraps (I chose some in a vaguely Valenine-ish palette), needle and embroidery thread, a safety pin (decorative if you wish), scissors, and something to stuff your heart with.  I happened to have some cotton balls, which worked like a charm.

Cut two heart shapes from your fabric scraps and begin sewing around the edges with embroidery thread, wrong sides together.  A few stitches before you reach your starting point, stuff the heart, and then continue stitching until it’s closed.

Cut a small rectangle of a contrasting fabric, and dust off your embroidery skills:  stitch in any words you like.  I chose “Be Mine.”  If you’re new to embroidery like I am, here’s a super-easy how-to.  Believe me, you don’t have to be an embroidery champ for this little project. In fact, if it’s a little crooked or off-center, it’ll probably be cuter anyway!

Now pin your embroidered rectangle onto your heart, and you’re done!  Present it to your sweetie with a wink and a smile.  (Or use it as a place setting like Ashley, or stuff it with lavender and put it in a drawer, or use it to top off a box of chocolates.  You get the point.)  xoxo