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Sometimes in the theatre world, there isn’t enough of artists encouraging other artists.  Maybe that’s why I find the Animator Letters Project so inspiring.  Go read a few of the…

Sometimes in the theatre world, there isn’t enough of artists encouraging other artists.  Maybe that’s why I find the Animator Letters Project so inspiring.  Go read a few of the letters that established animators from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and the like have written in encouragement to aspiring animators.  It’s lovely.  Here’s one of them.  xoxo

{Letter from Pixar animator Austin Madison, via Animator Letters Project.}

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diy stenciled stag painting

There’s a spot in our building, down in the basement, where tenants leave things that they don’t need any more.  It’s kind of like a free, in-house thrift store.  It’s…

There’s a spot in our building, down in the basement, where tenants leave things that they don’t need any more.  It’s kind of like a free, in-house thrift store.  It’s great.  The other day, Mr. Lovely was passing by and spotted this old brown frame with a blank canvas in it.  Being the super-awesome Mister that he is, he immediately saw DIY potential and snagged it.  He brought it home and we made this.

It’s a super-simple project, and while we chose a stag for our shape, you can do it with any shape you like.  Here’s your list of materials.

  • an old frame
  • muslin fabric
  • black spray paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • sponge brush
  • spray adhesive
  • freezer paper
  • scissors
  • iron

Then just put it all together and hang it up!  Depending on the type of your frame, you could also staple your fabric in — or just get a blank artist canvas from a craft store and stencil right onto that.  We were just using what we found.  Hooray for upcycled art!  xoxo

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diy paper trees on the sweetest occasion

Hey hey hey!  The Sweetest Occasion is gettin’ Christmasy wid it, DIY style!  Bop on over here to see my latest DIY — you can do it on the cheap…

Hey hey hey!  The Sweetest Occasion is gettin’ Christmasy wid it, DIY style!  Bop on over here to see my latest DIY — you can do it on the cheap (read: free), and it’s kind of adorable, if I do say so myself.  xoxo

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Good Monday morning, ya’ll!  I hope that by now you’ve successfully come out of your turkey coma and are happily going on about your holiday business.  We had a great…

Good Monday morning, ya’ll!  I hope that by now you’ve successfully come out of your turkey coma and are happily going on about your holiday business.  We had a great weekend of relaxing with good food and good buddies, and now we’re back in the game!  So naturally, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss hair.

I don’t hate my hair.  But I don’t love my hair.  I’m guessing this is probably how most girls feel.  Most of the time I’m cool with what I’ve got, but some days I wish I could trade my fine hair for a thick, extra-long mane so I could braid it every which way.  I’m pretty sure that if I had some more hair, you couldn’t get met to not braid it.  Don’t you just love these?  xoxo

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diy advent calendar & free printable

Happy Saturday, Lovelies!  I’m here bringing you a little bonus weekend DIY.  You all know what an advent calendar is, right?  I remember, when we were little, having the ones…

Happy Saturday, Lovelies!  I’m here bringing you a little bonus weekend DIY.  You all know what an advent calendar is, right?  I remember, when we were little, having the ones where you pop open the perforated doors and there was a picture or a piece of candy waiting behind them.  This year, I decided to make one for my niece, who is getting smarter and smarter, and likes to discover new things.

I decided to go simple, and have each day of the calendar tell a small part of the story of the nativity — the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  Along with that, my niece loves stickers, so for each day, I included a little number sticker for her to play with and maybe get used to what some numbers look like!  And finally, I had to mail this bad boy across the country, so I decided to keep the materials flat and easily collapsible.  Here’s how all of that came together.

All the printables that you’ll need are right here for you to download.  Other materials in the project are as follows:

  • 24 clothespins
  • ModPodge
  • glitter
  • twine
  • business card-sized envelopes (I used some tiny glassine ones)
  • number stickers
  • wax paper
  • cardstock
  • printer
  • scissors
  • Scotch tape

Then just cut a length of twine long enough to allow for all of the envelopes to be clipped together, pop all of the clothespins on, and hang it on a wall!  Be sure to keep all corresponding numbers together and in order, and you should be good to go.  A nice, sparkly way to carry you right into Christmas.  Happy holidays!  xoxo

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happy thanksgiving

We’re spending Thanksgiving in NYC this year, celebrating quietly with some good food and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (one of my faves).  I always miss my family during the…

We’re spending Thanksgiving in NYC this year, celebrating quietly with some good food and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (one of my faves).  I always miss my family during the holidays, so (like last year) I’m posting some images that feel like Thanksgiving at my parents’ house.  Holidays there are mornings with Mom’s footsteps in the kitchen and Dad out working on the ranch in the fog.  Inside the house it looks like tangles of red berries and stacked pies.  I’m missing it today, but it makes me all the more thankful that Mr. Lovely and I will get to spend some time there over Christmas, which will be here before you know it.

We’re taking a little bit of a long weekend here on Lovely Indeed, so we’ll see you back around the ol’ blog on Monday.  Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, do it with love and celebrate the people close to you (no matter how far away they might be).  Be happy and be thankful.  xoxo

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week of gratitude: having enough

Today, I’m thankful that I have enough.  I’m thankful that I have enough food to eat, enough money to pay rent, enough clothes to wear, and enough opportunities to keep…

Today, I’m thankful that I have enough.  I’m thankful that I have enough food to eat, enough money to pay rent, enough clothes to wear, and enough opportunities to keep myself happy and healthy.  Sometimes I feel like that’s an exception these days, as I see so many people struggling to make ends meet, or see people asking for money on the subway or on the street, or watch as people write out signs on cardboard that say things like “Hungry and Homeless. Anything Will Help.”  Every day I know that I am blessed to be able to live a comfortable life, and when I’m lamenting the fact that I can’t afford those jeans or that phone, I need to remember to take stock of what I do have — enough.  xoxo

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diy tinsel photobooth backdrop

We’re having our (2nd) annual Christmas party this year, so Mr. Lovely and I wanted to spice it up a bit with a photobooth!  I wanted to have a super-sparkly,…

We’re having our (2nd) annual Christmas party this year, so Mr. Lovely and I wanted to spice it up a bit with a photobooth!  I wanted to have a super-sparkly, borderline-tacky backdrop, so here’s what we came up with.  Wait ’til you see how easy it is.  Just grab this stuff:

  • an armful of tinsel garland (dollar stores are awesome for this!)
  • dowel or pole of some sort
  • twine
  • thin wire

Get your pole, curtain rod, or (like me) detach the handle from your broom.  No joke.  This is my broom handle.  Cut tinsel garland into 7-foot lengths.  Fold each length in half, and at the folded point, attach it to your broom handle by wrapping it with a small amount of wire.  Repeat this until your broom handle is full.

The next and last step is to tie a length of twine or rope to each end of the handle and hang it up on your wall.  It should be pretty lightweight — a single nail is holding this one just fine.

BOOM.  Backdrop.  Just make sure that when you and your buddies are taking photos of each other, you keep the photos within the edges of the tinsel so that it looks like it goes on forever (like the photos below!).  If you want to be able to take full length shots, just double up the length of your tinsel.  Have a ball!  xoxo