week of gratitude: photography

Today, it hit me how extremely thankful I am to have so many photos of the people I love.  A couple of years ago, my dad let me “borrow” his…

Today, it hit me how extremely thankful I am to have so many photos of the people I love.  A couple of years ago, my dad let me “borrow” his old Canon Rebel, and from that moment on, the lens has always been shoved into the noses of the people around me.  For those of you who like taking pictures as well, I’m sure you get it — it’s not so much trying to preserve a moment as trying to capture how beautiful life really is.  You can take pictures and make them look like how you see the world.  Isn’t that amazing?  And now, when I go through my photo files in my computer, it’s like scrolling through lists of these gorgeous people and beautiful times.  How wonderful is it that we have those images to hold on to and revisit?  xoxo

diy ampersand throw pillow

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired,…

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired, so I decided to dress it up a bit.  Read on for the full tutorial.

Cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the size of your pillow.  Cut an ampersand shape out of freezer paper to use as a stencil and iron it (shiny side down) onto the center of one piece of fabric (1).  Using gold paint and a sponge brush, stencil the design onto the fabric (2).  Once your stencil is complete (3), peel away the freezer paper and let it dry (4).

Pin and sew right sides of your fabric together (5).  Leave 2/3 of the bottom edge of your fabric unsewn, and stuff the fabric with the pillow (6).  Use a hidden stitch to close the open section on the bottom of your pillow (7).

Bam!  You’re done.  Isn’t that a chic little update?  You can tell all of your friends you got it at some expensive home boutique.  Orrrr, you could tell them you made it and watch their jaws drop.  Either way.  xoxo

the newlywed game

You know what’s fun?  Being a newlywed.  People still congratulate you and want to see your rings and ask whether it feels different now that you’re married.  It’s great!  It’s…

You know what’s fun?  Being a newlywed.  People still congratulate you and want to see your rings and ask whether it feels different now that you’re married.  It’s great!  It’s like this little cocoon of love and goodwill that follows you around.  And I’m sure that after a while, it’ll fade, and then I’ll just wish that he’d turn his stupid socks right-side-out before he puts them in the hamper.  But for now, I am fine with the socks and with everything else.

The whole sock thing, though, does bring up another point — when you’re living with someone, what about those little habits that start to come out that just make you nuts?  I mean, I really do think that our life together is just peaches and cream, but sometimes there are those teeny tiny habits that you just can’t seem to overlook in your better half.  Luckily, we choose to laugh ours off and work to better them (for the sanity of the other one), but that doesn’t mean they’re not there.

If I had to guess, I would say it drives Mr. Lovely bonkers when I leave my DIY projects half done and laying around everywhere.  Not kidding, there was a piece of posterboard with a pile of glitter on it just laying on our floor for three days straight last week.  Right in the middle of the floor.  Probably also my obsessive need to make the bed first thing every morning is a little crazy to him.  That, and the fact that I almost never – and I mean never  – refill the ice cube trays.

When it comes down to it, though, he gets used to refilling the ice trays and I get used to turning the socks right-side-out.  Because hopefully, you look past the tiny shortcomings and see the life that you’re making together, and see that it’s good.  Piles of glitter and all.  xoxo

a tour of the redesign

{Source.} Okay dudes!  I think by now lots of you have noticed that the blog has undergone a little facelift, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight some…

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Okay dudes!  I think by now lots of you have noticed that the blog has undergone a little facelift, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the new awesome features!  You were gracious enough to take the time to help me out with that little survey a while back, and I listened to what you had to say.  Here we go!

Lots of you are interested in posts that are a bit more personal and focus on my life with Mr. Lovely or my theatrical career!  If you’re into that, you’re totally welcome to click on “Happy Blog” up on the top of the page.  Happy is a blog I started a few years back, documenting random thoughts and musings, often having to do with NYC or my experiences in the theatre.  Check it out every few days if you’re into that stuff.

Also, lots of you asked for more photography.  Did you know that I’m doing a project called A Photo A Day For A Year?  There’s a link to it in the sidebar under “Let’s Hang Out.”  It’s exactly what it sounds like — every day I take a new photo and post it online.  You can follow the link to see my daily photo.  Also on the sidebar is a new section called “Featured Posts.”  That’s just an easier way to get to Lovely Indeed’s most popular projects.

If you click on “Link Love” or “Categories,” you’ll see that the format there is updated as well.  Hopefully you spend some time exploring the other blogs on my Link Love page — there are some amazing bloggers there!  And finally, at the bottom of each post is a round green button that says “Spread the Word.”  If you roll over that button with your mouse, it gives you the option to share the post on a whole bunch of different social networks!  Cool, right?

In any case, I hope you’re loving the redesign as much as I am, and I hope it makes your time on Lovely Indeed more enjoyable!  My goal is to make the blog a super-comfy place to hang out, so grab a mug coffee or tea, look around, and get comfortable!  xoxo

 

week of gratitude: the internet

I mean, can you even think of how you conducted your life before the internet? I am so, so thankful for the ease that it brings to my life and…

I mean, can you even think of how you conducted your life before the internet? I am so, so thankful for the ease that it brings to my life and particularly for the way that it bridges the gap between long distances. When you stop and think about it, to be able to talk face-to-face with someone who is thousands of miles away is beyond extraordinary. We live in the future, y’all. xoxo

bring it on, then

You know, I take a lot of garbage.  Or at least it looks that way.  To the untrained eye, it probably seems like I walk away from fights, avoid confrontation,…

You know, I take a lot of garbage.  Or at least it looks that way.  To the untrained eye, it probably seems like I walk away from fights, avoid confrontation, and let people trample on me a bit.  That’s my cover, ya see.

My mom and dad taught me an invaluable lesson when I was young:  Let people say or do what they will, be it untrue or rude or slanderous or any similar distasteful adjective, and then quietly work hard and persevere, until everyone forgets about the rude person anyway.  The amazing thing is — it works every time.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated with someone taking advantage of me in some way, or with some nasty frenemy, and by floating above it all, watched them implode in a mess of self-indulgence while I come away smelling like roses, clean conscience and all.

This maybe sounds a little preachy?  Pompous?  I dunno.  I don’t mean for it to.  I only mean this:  If you want to attack me, attack.  If you want to copy me, copy.  If you want to be rude, knock yourself out.  You will only find me continuing to do my thing, happy as a clam, while you fret and fuss and burn yourself out with your own bad vibes.  And in the end, I’ll still be here, and you’ll be long gone.

xoxo

week of gratitude: everything’s okay

Not to get too far into things, but my mom had a minor surgery yesterday, and it went better than expected.  So that’s what I’m (extremely) grateful for today.  It’s…

Not to get too far into things, but my mom had a minor surgery yesterday, and it went better than expected.  So that’s what I’m (extremely) grateful for today.  It’s funny how even minor little health issues within your family can really shake you up!  In any case, I’m so thankful for my mom, for the doctors who took great care of her, and for the fact that she’s home safe and sound (and rarin’ to go!).  Who’s grateful for something today?  xoxo

week of gratitude

Doesn’t it feel so good to be thankful?  I literally have a physical reaction to gratitude — it’s kind of like a high.  When you start looking for things to…

Doesn’t it feel so good to be thankful?  I literally have a physical reaction to gratitude — it’s kind of like a high.  When you start looking for things to be grateful for, it’s almost like you can’t stop, and suddenly life is just a little bit sparkly around the edges.  Try it.  I like to notice the small things.  Like hearing someone genuinely tell someone else to have a good day.  Or seeing a couple kiss goodbye or hello.  Or the way that it feels when you blow a really good bubble with your gum.

Last year, Lovely Indeed hosted a Week of Gratitude leading up to Thanksgiving, and this year we’re doing the same.  Sure, we’re grateful all year long, but how often do we talk about it?  I would absolutely love for you to share the things you’re thankful for, big and small.  And come back tomorrow and the next day to do the same.

Today, I’m thankful for my husband.  I know, it sounds cheesy and we’ve only been married for a few months.  But truly, there’s at least one moment every day where I have the distinct thought that he’s making my life better.  Usually more than one moment.  Usually lots.  I’m thankful for his earnest nature, his steadfast work ethic, the way he strives to make everything good,  and his ability to also be absolutely silly with me.  Does he drive me bonkers sometimes?  Sure.  But I kind of love that, too.  I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon such a wonderful man.

Now it’s your turn!  What are you thankful for today?  When you really just stop for a second and look around, what strikes you?  It could be something big, like family.  Or it could be something small, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (I’m definitely grateful for those little guys).  Let’s have a gratitude comment-fest, and share our thankfulness with each other.  Here we go!  xoxo