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good to know: how to tie an adjustable knot

When it come to parties, UPPERCASE knows how to do it.  At their recent Alt Summit mini party they had tubs of beads, skeins of twine, and other fun goodies…

When it come to parties, UPPERCASE knows how to do it.  At their recent Alt Summit mini party they had tubs of beads, skeins of twine, and other fun goodies set around so folks could make jewelry while they chatted.  I obviously had to make a necklace for my most perfect niece, because she’s starting to love jewelry.

But!  I didn’t knot it right up because I wanted it to be adjustable but didn’t know how to tie those fancy-schmancy adjustable knots.  So I came right home and learned how to make one, and come to find out — they are neither fancy nor schmancy.  They are crazy easy.

Step by step:  Tie one end of your string into a loose knot.  Insert the other end into the loose knot and pull through until there is a tail a few inches long.  Tighten the first knot firmly.  Tie the remaining loose end around the first string.  Tighten knot.  Adjust the knots by slipping them back and forth.

See?  Oh my gosh!  Now we can all be brilliant together.  And my niece is going to love this.  xoxo

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serious business {cards}

It’s Monday!  And I’m kicking off the week with a special peek at Lovely Indeed’s fancy new business cards.  Let’s start with the what, and then we’ll get to the…

It’s Monday!  And I’m kicking off the week with a special peek at Lovely Indeed’s fancy new business cards.  Let’s start with the what, and then we’ll get to the how.

Ta-da!  I thought the rounded-corner, double-sided action was nice, so I definitely wanted to get them professionally printed.  That said, though, they obviously needed a DIY touch, so here’s what we did.

I enlisted my {brilliant, awesome, patient} sister for some help and we got down to work.  She started punching out polka dots from a roll of pretty gold washi tape that I had in stock.

She would hand me stacks and stacks of little sticky polka dots, and I would place them {painstakingly, one by one} on each business card.  There was a little trial and error involved, but eventually we got it down to a science.

It was a bit of work, but I’m so pleased with how they turned out it was definitely worth it.  And now, because I love them so much, I want to give them to you!

I’d love to send you some snail mail with my business card and another special little surprise that I had printed up especially for Lovely Indeed readers!  If you’d like to get some pretty mail, send your mailing address to hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com and it’ll happen!  (Promise, no junk mail, and your address won’t be distributed whatsoever.  This is just for funsies.)

Thanks lovelies, and I hope I get to send you something cool!  xoxo

**UPDATE 2/4/12:  Business card mailers are no longer available, but keep an eye out for future Lovely Indeed reader appreciation offers!

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adventure weekend

I came across these two amazing pieces of art recently and they wanted to be next to each other. {Adventure by Katie Rodgers.  Sunspots II by Pat Steir.} It’s pretty…

I came across these two amazing pieces of art recently and they wanted to be next to each other.

{Adventure by Katie RodgersSunspots II by Pat Steir.}

It’s pretty dreary here, but wherever you are, I hope you have an adventure this weekend!  xoxo

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the fire escape

So here’s a fun story (and by fun, I mean awful).  When I take photos in my apartment for all of those DIY projects I do, I usually have to…

So here’s a fun story (and by fun, I mean awful).  When I take photos in my apartment for all of those DIY projects I do, I usually have to take them on the fire escape because it is literally the only place where there’s any decent natural light (the joys of an airshaft-facing apartment).  So no problem.  Here’s where I do all my DIY-ing:

A little crazy, I know, but we have to do what we have to do.  And most of the time, it works.  But you know when it doesn’t work?  When you go out onto the fire escape in the winter with no coat and no keys to your apartment and you let the door close behind you.  That’s when it gets a little tricky.

Okay, here’s what happened.  I went out with my camera to take some photos.  I thought I left the door ajar.  I didn’t.  It was cold and kind of drizzly, but I had shoes on, so I started walking down the stairs (I’m sure my mom is wishing she never saw this post).

I made it to the bottom, and then realized that not only did I not have my keys, but I also had no phone and no money.  So I tried collect-calling Mr. Lovely.  It didn’t work enough for me to get through, but it worked enough for him to know something was up.  So I walked into the diner next door and begged them to let me use the phone, which they did.  I called Mr. Lovely and missed him, but thanks to the wonders of Caller I.D. he called the diner right back and I asked (cried) him for some assistance (please please please do something to help me).

I went back outside to wait by the pay phone in case he needed to call back, because I had figured that the folks at the diner were kind of over the homeless-looking girl running up their phone bill.  So somehow Mr. Lovely got a hold of our Super, who happened to magically be around the corner, who showed up right at the moment when it really started to rain.

So Super Nick walked me back into our building and gave me keys to get into the apartment, and I have never, ever, ever gone out on the fire escape without keys, money, or phone ever again.  xoxo

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alt summit: i learned stuff too!

So amidst all of these sparkly, spangly, fun-tastic things that I’ve been posting about Alt, you may have been thinking that it was just one long party.  The deal is,…

So amidst all of these sparkly, spangly, fun-tastic things that I’ve been posting about Alt, you may have been thinking that it was just one long party.  The deal is, it was kind of the opposite.  It was lots of focusing, listening, learning, networking, and thought about Lovely Indeed and where I’d really like it to be headed.  So while we may have come home with lots of crazy photos like this one:

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…we also came home with so many wonderful new ideas and goals, it’s gonna take a while to sort through and implement.  But I thought a good place to start sorting would be here.  So let’s do it.  My faves from Alt.

Camille Styles on building your brand:  “Every single thing you do — good or bad — is defining your brand to the world.”

Jasmine Star on having an authentic voice and knowing your assets & limitations: “If you can keep it real with yourself, you can keep it real with everyone else.”

Jasmine Star on staying true to your originality (especially when you’re discouraged at others’ successes): “You can’t compete with the appearance of limitless everything, but nobody is as good at being you as YOU.”

Pilar Guzman on traditional vs. new media: “The blogosphere at large has demanded a certain amount of authenticity.”

And three beauties from Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest, who gave a keynote speech:

“Discovering things about the world helps you discover things about yourself.”

“It’s okay if you don’t know what to do, but being around people who inspire you is a good first step.”

“There are so many things that are good enough — why not make the one that’s beautiful?”

Of course, there were a zillion more things that I scribbled down and brought home with me.  I just feel so lucky to have been a part of it all, and it was truly inspiring to see so many creative people striving to integrate their creativity into their livelihoods.  (And okay, the sparkles and spangles didn’t hurt either.)  xoxo

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ten minute deliciousness

Let’s keep it real — I’m no cook.  I like to bake, and I like to eat, but cooking?  Not so much.  That’s usually Mr. Lovely’s department.  Which is exactly…

Let’s keep it real — I’m no cook.  I like to bake, and I like to eat, but cooking?  Not so much.  That’s usually Mr. Lovely’s department.  Which is exactly why I was so proud of myself the other evening when I dreamed up this ridiculously delicious (and embarrassingly easy) meal!

Grab a baguette, some brie, and some salami.  Slice the baguette into 1-inch thick pieces and drizzle with olive oil.  Top each piece with some salami and a piece of brie and broil for 5-8 minutes, until brie is melted and bread is crispy & brown on the edges.

Toss together a simple salad (ours was literally lettuce, tomato, and balsamic) and eat!  You guys, I’m an amazing cook now.  Boom.  xoxo

 

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you know I love a photobooth

Why are they so fun?!  It’s kind of intoxicating to be handed a bunch of props and sat in front of a camera.  (By the by, does the background on…

Why are they so fun?!  It’s kind of intoxicating to be handed a bunch of props and sat in front of a camera.  (By the by, does the background on these look familiar?)  In any case, one more little tidbit from Alt — Method threw a mini-party and had Smilebooth stop by for some photos, so we jumped in with some new friends.  This is me and Mr. Lovely with Carmen, Katie, and Kohli — three of the coolest kids at Alt.  xoxo