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Wheeee! A new column! A few fine folks have been asking about some of my favorite fonts, so I thought we’d start a little feature for it. So every week…

Wheeee! A new column! A few fine folks have been asking about some of my favorite fonts, so I thought we’d start a little feature for it. So every week we’ll feature one of my favorite fonts here on Fontalicious. How do ya like them apples?

Up first, a funky little sans font called Blanch. I love its height and the rounded corners, and the shape of the “m” is my fave. So I tossed it onto a quote about summertime, and BAM. Meet Blanch. xoxo

diy glitter thumbtacks

I’ve been craving a real-life inspiration board.  I mean, Pinterest is great.  But sometimes I come across scraps of ephemera in the real world that I want to be able…

I’ve been craving a real-life inspiration board.  I mean, Pinterest is great.  But sometimes I come across scraps of ephemera in the real world that I want to be able to pin up right in front of me, so I can be inspired by them all the time.  We’ll get to the actual board next time around, but we’re gonna start with the pins.  Let’s do it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Stick all of the tacks into a porous surface that will hold them while you work.  I used a scrap of corkboard.  Cover the head of each tack with Elmer’s.  Sprinkle the glue generously with glitter.

Glue and glitter all of the tacks.  Let the glue dry for about an hour, and gently dust off the excess glitter.  Then cover each tack with the Dimensional Magic.  You may have to experiment with the right amount to get it to stay on the head of the tack without overflowing.

Let the Dimensional Magic dry, and add another coat if you like.  A second coat will add a little shine and volume to the top of your tacks.  Let them dry overnight and you’ll have the sparkliest tacks in town!  I’m also pretty stoked to show you the full inspiration board, so check it out next week to see the tacks in action.  xoxo

brighten up//emerald city

It’s quite possible that one of my favorite movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. There’s that moment when the Emerald City finally comes into view, and you…

It’s quite possible that one of my favorite movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. There’s that moment when the Emerald City finally comes into view, and you just know that Dorothy and the gang are going to make it home. So today, we’re loving all things emerald! (Especially that lacy little unmentionable.) Happy Monday! xoxo

Sugar. Tassel. Unmentionable. Le Creuset. Hat. Top. Necklace.

hanging on

Source. Can I vent? Just for a sec. I suddenly find myself in the midst of a few weeks where I really just have to slap a smile on my…

Source.

Can I vent? Just for a sec.

I suddenly find myself in the midst of a few weeks where I really just have to slap a smile on my face, buckle down, and hang on. We left NYC about two weeks ago, and since then, have stayed in four different cities, found a new place to live, and attended a wedding weekend. On top of that I’m teaching at a two-week music and theatre camp. And to round it out, my family is finally trying to get my grandmother’s house all cleaned up, as she passed away earlier this year (I didn’t mention it at the time).

It’s been a really full couple of weeks, mostly with wonderful stuff. But I think I underestimated this little life transition and the toll it would take on me. I can’t for the life of me keep up with the clock, and the jet lag just won’t let up. I guess I’m just looking for a little solidarity! Have you ever felt overwhelmed, or like you signed up for too much and just had to push through? I’d love to know how you got through it.

Okay. Thanks for the vent sesh. xoxo

travel // delaware

So before Mr. Lovely and I left NYC, we made it a point to get a few things crossed off the ol’ list. One of them was to finally see…

del1So before Mr. Lovely and I left NYC, we made it a point to get a few things crossed off the ol’ list. One of them was to finally see Delaware, so away we went!

Now, maybe y’all from Delaware can help me out here, but I didn’t quite get it there. True, the historic parts of the quaint little towns are beautiful with all of the crooked brick and storm cellars, and I could just picture people walking the cobblestone streets hundreds of years ago. But other than that, I have to be honest — it was kind of a strange place. It felt sort of forgotten. Anyone know what I’m talking about? And if you’re from Delaware, drop some knowledge on us! What’s your favorite stuff there?

In any case, we definitely found some pretty little corners to hang out in. Here are some snaps for ya. xoxo

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phillip light

Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the…

Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the web and just fell in love with his illustrations.

Phillip was kind enough to give us a little Q and A about himself and his work. Read on if you want to be impressed.

Tell us what you’re studying!
Right now I’m an Art major at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Illustration, but I will be transferring to Art Center College of Design as an Entertainment Design Major for the fall term 2012. I will be studying various aspects of the Concept Design field for Animation, Film, and Video games. After school I would love to work for an animation studio as a Visual Development Artist/Character Designer!

Do you have any favorites among your body of work?
I just finished an illustration called “Laundry Day” which I’m really happy with and is definitely one of my favorites so far. I’m also really proud of my redesign project for the story “The Paper Bag Princess.” (Hey Phillip, “Laundry Day” is our favorite, too!)

What are your favorite tools? Do you prefer to work digitally or on paper?
I’m really in love with Photoshop CS5 which is the digital program I work in a majority of the time. I just think it’s really amazing to use brushes that create the effects of traditional tools without having to actually go out and by them. Haha! But I still love drawing traditionally. I always do my drawings on paper with pencil before I color them in Photoshop. My favorite traditional tools to use are colored pencil and ink with a brush.

I loved Phillip’s work so much that I commissioned him to do a drawing of my niece for her 2nd birthday. I was completely blown away by what he came up with!

Is this guy amazing, or what? He’s also always up for a commissioned piece (and his rates are amazingly reasonable, if you ask me!), so contact him for more info if you’re interested. Thanks Phillip! xoxo

diy painted mason jar

One of my best girlfriends just got married.  For her shower, we were all sent empty mason jars and given the task of filling them up with little gifts for…

One of my best girlfriends just got married.  For her shower, we were all sent empty mason jars and given the task of filling them up with little gifts for the bride.  I decided to take mine one step further and decorate it, too.

I happened to have white and gold spray paint, so I went to town.  I painted the outside of the entire jar white first.  After it was thoroughly dry, I masked off the upper half of the jar and painted the lower half gold.  (I put some gold on the lid too — just for good measure.)

That’s it!  It’s so simple, and I think it makes a vintage-looking mason jar a little bit cooler and more modern, which is a little more my friend’s vibe. And in case you’re wondering, I filled it with nail polish! xoxo

do you like voting?

Hey! Remember the t-shirt I styled for Junk Food Clothing? Well, the rest of the bloggers have their outfits styled and it’s time to vote for your favorites! Head over…

Hey! Remember the t-shirt I styled for Junk Food Clothing? Well, the rest of the bloggers have their outfits styled and it’s time to vote for your favorites! Head over to Pinterest to see all of the looks and vote. And if you follow Junk Food on Pinterest, you’ll be entered to win the t-shirt that you like the most!

Just click here to follow Junk Food, then repin your favorite outfit from the board called Bloggers LOVE Junk Food. You can vote for me if you like — the winning blogger gets to choose five Junk Food tees, and I’ll give some away here on Lovely Indeed! xoxo

brighten up//sunset

Today’s Brighten Up looks a little chaotic, maybe because that’s how my head feels right now! Chaotic and beautiful. This week I thought we’d celebrate those spectacular California sunsets that…

Today’s Brighten Up looks a little chaotic, maybe because that’s how my head feels right now! Chaotic and beautiful. This week I thought we’d celebrate those spectacular California sunsets that have every color of orange and pink you can imagine. Except today’s bonus is that you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down — I’ve got a sunset for you right here. Happy Monday! xoxo

Necklace. Watercolor. Five. Easy. Drops. Camera.