diy colorblock bangle

So the other day I did this little DIY for The Sweetest Occasion, and I liked it so much I decided to make it wearable.  And thus, the colorblock bangle…

So the other day I did this little DIY for The Sweetest Occasion, and I liked it so much I decided to make it wearable.  And thus, the colorblock bangle was born.

I had this old bangle that I wasn’t wearing any more but I didn’t want to throw it out (it’s actually from a trip to Brazil, made from a coconut shell).  So I decided to do a restyle that would update it, which I could also easily undo if I ever wanted the original bracelet back.  So grab an old bangle, a few colors of embroidery thread, a glue gun, and some scissors.

Match up the ends of all the skeins of embroidery thread and glue them to the inside of the bangle using a small dot of hot glue.  Choose one color and begin wrapping it tightly around the bangle, hiding the glue spot.  Be sure that you are also wrapping over the other colors of thread.

Continue until you want to switch colors.  When you change, simply start wrapping with the new color, ensuring that the old color is now being wrapped underneath the new.  Continue changing colors as you desire.

When you near the end, snip off the ends of the colors that you’re finished using.  Continue wrapping the final color to hide the ends.  Secure the final thread to the inside of the bracelet with a small dot of hot glue.  Snip the end.

Slip it on and be prepared for everyone to ask you where you got that amazing bracelet!  xoxo

call for march sponsors

I’m so happy that Lovely Indeed’s readership is growing so quickly, and even more happy that it means that I get to partner with some amazing small businesses, blogs, and…

I’m so happy that Lovely Indeed’s readership is growing so quickly, and even more happy that it means that I get to partner with some amazing small businesses, blogs, and shops for advertising!  If you think your biz is a good fit for Lovely Indeed and would like some more info about ad space, please send an email to hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com.  We’re currently accepting advertisers for the month of March.  Be lovely!  xoxo

lovely mail

I had so much fun recently putting together a little mailer for some folks who wanted a Lovely Indeed business card.  Isn’t sending and receiving snail mail so fun?  Here’s…

I had so much fun recently putting together a little mailer for some folks who wanted a Lovely Indeed business card.  Isn’t sending and receiving snail mail so fun?  Here’s what got sent off to some dear readers.

The package consisted of a few parts:  a DIY printed glassine baggie, a DIY glitter clothespin, a few business cards, and some special stickers that I had printed up recently!

I’m out of supplies this time around, but keep an eye peeled for more reader appreciation goodness in the future!  And big thanks to you all for being such Lovelies.  xoxo

Our Town

This little excerpt from Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town is almost too much to handle — like trying to look at a beautiful light that’s just too bright.  But it…

This little excerpt from Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town is almost too much to handle — like trying to look at a beautiful light that’s just too bright.  But it also somehow summarizes exactly how I feel about life.  Don’t you wish you could appreciate every single little thing?  I think some people know how.  xoxo

Emily:  I didn’t realize all that was going on and we never noticed…  Good-by, world.  Good-by, Grover’s Corners…  Mama and Papa.  Good-by to clocks ticking… and Mama’s sunflowers.  And food and coffee.  And new-ironed dresses and hot baths… and sleeping and waking up.  Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?

Stage Manager:  No. (pause) The saints and poets, maybe they do some.

diy jewelry cabinet restyle

If you follow the blog, you probably know by now that Mr. Lovely and I are scavengers.  Not, like, those people who never go grocery shopping and only eat food…

If you follow the blog, you probably know by now that Mr. Lovely and I are scavengers.  Not, like, those people who never go grocery shopping and only eat food that grocery stores throw out, but more like we always keep our eyes peeled on the street for things that might have been tossed and look like they could have another life.  (Let’s hear it for run-on sentences.  My 2nd grade teacher is cringing right now.  Hi, Mrs. Owen!)

ANYWAY, we were in the basement of our building the other day and we found a little cabinet that someone tossed, and thought it would be a perfect restyle project to house all of my bling.  (And by bling, I mean friendship bracelets.)  Here’s the before.

Yikes, right?  It was a mess — screws sticking out everywhere, scratched-up, worn out.  So we got down to business.  My handy dude Mr. Lovely took it right out on the fire escape, removed all the weird screws and pieces of wood, and sanded it down.

Once it was bare-bones, we painted the top half gold with Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Olympic Gold (possibly my new favorite paint color).  Then, we split it in half with a diagonal line of tape and painted the bottom half with Impervex Latex High Gloss Enamel paint in black from Benjamin Moore.

We finished by adding hardware:  two old knobs from Anthropologie that we had kicking around the house, and some hooks inside the door and along one side of the cabinet for hanging necklaces or bracelets.   I did away with a weird hole on the top of the cabinet by stealing one of our Anthropologie mini latte bowls from the kitchen and dropping it there to hold rings.  I’m still planning on lining the drawer and shelves with velvet to keep all my goodies safe and sound.  And finally, here’s the after!  xoxo

diy valentine-off ii

If you remember last year, you know that Mr. Lovely and I started a little tradition of DIY-ing valentines for each other.  Last year he beat me to a pulp,…

If you remember last year, you know that Mr. Lovely and I started a little tradition of DIY-ing valentines for each other.  Last year he beat me to a pulp, and this time around he somehow topped himself.

This year I decided to take a cue from Danni over at Oh Hello Friend and make Mr. Lovely a book of notes.  Danni’s note books (inspired by The Jolly Postman) are always so beautiful, and such a cool idea!  So I gathered scraps of this and that (little things that have sentimental meaning one way or another) and went to work.  I used the sewing machine and that awesome stamp set that I love so much.

Mr. Lovely pulled out the big guns and made this:

You all know by now that Mr. Lovely and I travel quite a bit, whether it’s for work on a show or just because we like it.  So he made a map of our time together, starting with when we met on tour and following every city that we’ve been to together.  All the cris-crossing on the east coast is mostly touring.  The spot in California with all the trips to and from is my hometown.  And there are Canada, China, Japan, and Tahiti off the map.  After he gave it to me we decided to someday make a huge version:  a world map with two colors of strings for when we’ve traveled separately, and twist them together when we’ve been travel buddies.  Is this guy a keeper, or what?  xoxo

friday faves

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Time for our faves. I love hearing yours — leave them in the comment section! And by the way, Lovely Indeed is…

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Time for our faves. I love hearing yours — leave them in the comment section!

And by the way, Lovely Indeed is now on Bloglovin’, so if you’re a fan of keeping up with all your daily reads there, add us to your list. Click here to follow Lovely Indeed on Bloglovin’!

Image taken at home using Instagram for iPhone.

higher fives!

I think today calls for high fives.  I feel like sometimes we (especially women) work and work and work and pass over the little good things that happen because we…

I think today calls for high fives.  I feel like sometimes we (especially women) work and work and work and pass over the little good things that happen because we think they’re not big enough good things.  So I think some high fives are in order!

{Higher Fives by Ed Nacional.}

I didn’t book any acting jobs this week.  But I did get a callback for a pretty awesome theatre — Goodspeed Opera House.  And I went to the callback and sang, played ukulele, played guitar, and read a scene.  And I did a good job.  High five!

I totally want to give some higher fives today.  Tell us a good thing that happened this week.  We’ll ALL high five you!  xoxo

diy napkin rings on the sweetest occasion

It’s Friday!  Oh MAN I love the weekend.  And I’ve got a few fun things to kick off yours today, starting with a link to my latest DIY over on…

It’s Friday!  Oh MAN I love the weekend.  And I’ve got a few fun things to kick off yours today, starting with a link to my latest DIY over on The Sweetest Occasion.  Colorblocking is all the rage, so I made some killer napkin rings that will keep you totally on trend.  Check ’em out here.

And come back later today for more Friday goodness — I’ll be serving it up hot and fresh all day long.  xoxo

diy mason jar sewing kit

You know those moments when you’re in a store and you see something insanely cute and insanely expensive and you think to yourself, I could make that?  This is one…

You know those moments when you’re in a store and you see something insanely cute and insanely expensive and you think to yourself, I could make that?  This is one of those moments.

I was in one of my favorite stores recently and saw a gorgeous little mason jar sewing kit.  It cost more money than it had any right to, so I came home and made one.  The only thing that I was missing were the beautiful little scissors, which I picked up at my local craft store.  So let’s make a mason jar sewing kit.

Gather your materials.

  • mason jar
  • fabric
  • pen
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • cardboard
  • cotton batting
  • supplies for the sewing kit (thread, needles, pins, measuring tape, mini scissors, etc.)

Use the flat lid of your mason jar to trace a circle onto the cardboard.  Cut out the circle.  Use the ring from the lid of the jar to trace a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric; add an approximate half inch all around the circle and cut it out.

Discard the flat portion of the lid.  On the inside of the ring portion, glue the edges of the fabric circle to lip of the ring using your glue gun.

Stuff a small amount of batting into the lid.  Hot glue the cardboard circle down on the lip of the lid, securing the batting underneath.

Now stuff the jar chock full of pretty sewing goodies and keep it for yourself or give it to your favorite seamstress.  These would be amazing as favors at a shower or party, or sweet as a gift to a crafty bride-to-be!  xoxo