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The Awesometown Fiesta for MSN

I was so, so stoked when MSN asked me to style their dinner party at Alt! The new MSN for Windows 8 is fast, smart, and beautiful, so we wanted…

All New MSN

All New MSN

I was so, so stoked when MSN asked me to style their dinner party at Alt! The new MSN for Windows 8 is fast, smart, and beautiful, so we wanted to be sure to make the party that way, too. Beyond all that, the brand has a really fun side, so I wanted the dinner to reflect that as well. And that’s how Awesometown was born.

I knew I wanted a big typographical installation to tie it all together, and I couldn’t get pinatas out of my head, so we went with it! The Awesometown pinatas hung overhead all night, and we let the fringe take over on the chairs and on the gold photo backdrop we made. I stuffed little canvas bags with all the necessities for a party — paper straws, swizzle sticks, flags that read “Awesome,” and photobooth props (obviously).

Awesometown Fiesta with MSN

It was so fun to see people enjoying the fiesta, and I loved how colorful and over-the-top it was! I mean, if you’re in Awesometown, you’ve gotta go big or go home. Thanks MSN! xox

All New MSN

All New MSN

Lupa & Pepi Business Cards

Business Cards // Gold Heart Giveaway

Update! Winners have been chosen and will be contacted individually! Thanks to all for playing along. Have you ever worked on a project that was really important to you, and…

Update! Winners have been chosen and will be contacted individually! Thanks to all for playing along.

Lupa & Pepi Business Cards

Lovely Indeed Business Cards

Have you ever worked on a project that was really important to you, and in the end been so happy with the result you can’t stop looking at it? Working on my business cards with Rachel from Lupa & Pepi kind of felt like that! It actually sort of felt similar to when we got our wedding photos back — I just kept flipping through them over and over.

Lovely Indeed Business Cards

We met Rachel last year at Alt and became buddies right away. She’s got a fantastic papergoods shop and an eye for awesome design, so Mr. Lovely and I were stoked when she agreed to design our business cards! (Roundhouse Designs also did her website, so you should see what they put together.) If you have a sec, you should read the story behind Lupa & Pepi, because it’s kind of adorable.

Rachel nailed it on the letterpress that I was looking for, and I want to hand these things out like candy! For Alt, I jazzed up the cards a little bit with a handmade sleeve. But the best part was a little leather and gold leaf heart clips that I made to go with the cards! By the end of the conference, I was seeing those little hearts on sweaters, in hair, and on bags. I loved that people loved them.

Lovely Indeed Business Cards

Lovely Indeed Business Cards

So you want one?! I’m giving away five of them — one each for the blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Here’s the deal:

  • To win one here, just leave a comment.
  • To win one on Facebook, make sure you like Lovely Indeed and write a note on the wall.
  • To win one on Twitter, follow and tweet at me.
  • To win one on Pinterest, follow me there, pin one of these photos, and tag me in it.
  • To win one on Instagram, first follow me, then Instagram a heart shape and tag me in it!

Easy peasy! Entries will close Sunday the 3rd at 6 p.m. PST and the winners will be announced on Monday. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Leather and Gold Leaf Heart Clip

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HP at Alt!

You guys know that HP is one of my awesome sponsors around here right now, and at Alt I had the chance to hang out with them! They took the…

You guys know that HP is one of my awesome sponsors around here right now, and at Alt I had the chance to hang out with them! They took the work that I’ve been doing (along with a few other bloggers) on the HP ENVY TouchSmart, and featured it on an experience board, in one of the lounges at the conference. It was so bonkers to see my name up there with some of the bloggers that I love so much!

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For my experience board, I shared photos and screenshots of all the programs I used to design a blog post that I have coming up! The programs that ended up being super-helpful for that were Paint and Fresh Paint (which is so awesome — it’s like fingerpainting on the touchscreen). I can’t wait to share the design I made, even though you get a little sneak peek of it on the experience board.

HPAlt1Stay tuned next week for the full design, and a little more about my favorite HP TouchScreen features! I’m devising a way to show you guys the touchscreen in action, and I think it’s going to be pretty cool! xoxo

I wrote this review while participating in a program on behalf of HP and received an ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO and other products as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are mine.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

You know that Parks and Rec episode where Leslie Knope is celebrating Galentine’s Day with all of her friends? And she writes 5,000 word essays for each of her friends…

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

You know that Parks and Rec episode where Leslie Knope is celebrating Galentine’s Day with all of her friends? And she writes 5,000 word essays for each of her friends about why they are so awesome? I love that episode. And this here little necklace is like my own version of a Leslie Knope Galentine’s Day gift.

I have so many wonderful girlfriends, and I love to celebrate them! So I thought it would be cool to give little necklaces with secret messages for each of my lovely girls. You could even make yourself one, with a sentiment that you’d like to keep close to your heart. Either way, I love this project. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • mini bottles with cork stoppers
  • screw eye
  • jump ring
  • 24″ of chain
  • washi tape
  • white paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers

Start by screwing a screw eye into the cork. Next, use the pliers to open one link in the chain and connect both ends. Close the link securely around the two adjoining links.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Open a jump ring with the pliers and connect the screw eye to a link in the chain.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

 

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Put a small strip of washi tape on your white paper. Cut it into a small rectangle that will fit into the bottle when it’s rolled up. On the white side, write your message. Roll up the paper and insert it into the bottle.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Firmly insert the cork into the bottle and ensure that it won’t be easily pulled off.

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

Give these to someone you love! You can tell them what it says or put a little tag on it that lets them know. Happy making! xoxo

DIY Message in a Bottle Necklace

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Lessons Learned: Alt Summit

Images by Justin Hackworth. Boom. That happened. Mr. Lovely and I are back from Alt, exhausted from the learning/hustling/partying, and inspired by the new friends/wise words/endless possibilities. Looking back at…

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Images by Justin Hackworth.

Boom. That happened. Mr. Lovely and I are back from Alt, exhausted from the learning/hustling/partying, and inspired by the new friends/wise words/endless possibilities. Looking back at my Alt experience last year, it’s kind of interesting how very different my time was there this year.

I’m still so grateful and humbled to have had the experience to speak on a panel. I couldn’t be more thankful for my pals who came and sat in the front row so I wouldn’t be nervous, and for the fact that you couldn’t see my hands shaking when I changed the slides. (Come on, you would be nervous too!) And hopefully in that blur of an hour, we helped even a few people figure some things out.

There are too many highlights to try to remember, so I’m going to break it down to a few lessons I learned this week. If you were there too, I’d love to hear yours. And if you weren’t, hopefully this will serve to inspire you as well. Because I feel kind of ready to take over the world.

1. Always introduce yourself. Even if you’re shy or nervous. Most people are really nice.

2. Twitter is a supertool. Don’t neglect it.

3. It’s okay to give away some of your secrets in a community like this one. (Just maybe not all of them.)

4. And speaking of the blogging community, it’s maybe one of the coolest bunch of people ever. The creativity was so intense you could almost reach out and touch it.

5. If you’re not hustling, someone else is.

6. It’s okay to miss out on some things. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

7. There is no such thing as being over-prepared.

8. In order to succeed, you have to know your definition of success. Think about exactly what it is that you want, and make a path to get there.

9. Do first. Blog second. Make sure that you’re living a full life in the real world, and the online life will benefit.

10. Never, ever pass up a photobooth.

xoxo

SmileboothImage by Smilebooth.
Darcy Miller

Wise Words for a Saturday

We’ve got one more day of Alt Summit, but I thought I’d share some wisdom from the insanely talented Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. She’s literally called…

We’ve got one more day of Alt Summit, but I thought I’d share some wisdom from the insanely talented Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. She’s literally called the Celebration Expert at Martha Stewart Headquarters, so this girl knows how to party. And here’s what she has to say.

Darcy MillerI mean, it doesn’t get much simpler than that. Have a great weekend — we’ll be back next week with recaps galore, and some new DIYs for Valentine’s Day! xoxo

 

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Do the Hustle

You guys! First of all, I just need to put it out there that our DIY and Pinterest Alt panel happened and we made it through alive! Seriously, we were…

You guys! First of all, I just need to put it out there that our DIY and Pinterest Alt panel happened and we made it through alive! Seriously, we were all nervous like a bunch of dorks but we hitched up our britches and did the thing. Not gonna lie — I’m relieved that it’s done, so I can focus more fully on the rest of the conference. But it was awesome and I’d totally do it again.

And speaking of panels, I sat and listened to a couple of really great ones. And I think that the best thing I heard all day was from Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook, who I loved for just telling it like it is. (Sometimes we bloggers can get a little sugar-coated.)

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When she said it, my brain went “Yes.” And it’s true in any discipline where no one is pushing you but yourself. If you don’t hustle, someone else will. All day yesterday I was looking around at the attendees, and you can see the people who are out there, doing the work to get the results. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, sometimes it’s hard, but it always pays off to do the hustle. xoxo

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DIY Scalloped Photobooth Backdrop on Poppytalk

Hey! In case you missed it, feast your eyes on my latest DIY for Poppytalk! It’s a fancy little photobooth backdrop. Head to Poppytalk for the full tutorial, and some…

Hey! In case you missed it, feast your eyes on my latest DIY for Poppytalk! It’s a fancy little photobooth backdrop. Head to Poppytalk for the full tutorial, and some more photos of me and Mr. Lovely making fools of ourselves. (You know you love it.) xoxo

DIY Scalloped Photobooth Backdrop

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MSN Fiesta Sneak Peek

So yesterday, a gaggle of bloggers descended on Salt Lake City and the poor town never knew what hit it. No joke, you can spot one of us from a…

So yesterday, a gaggle of bloggers descended on Salt Lake City and the poor town never knew what hit it. No joke, you can spot one of us from a mile away, and it’s kind of fun to play “Find the Blogger” out on the street. (Colored jeans and a topknot are a dead giveaway.)

Yesterday was a day of getting-to-know-you events, and I may or may not have attended four parties. Four! I have to say, it was a fantastic day, but I do get a little shy sometimes and it’s hard to keep pushing yourself to make introductions and be part of every event that happens. So I’m deciding to take things as they come and just do the best I can.

Today I’ll be speaking on a panel about DIYs and Pinterest, so cross your fingers for me! I think the panel is going to be pretty killer — I’m speaking with some amazing folks (I’m still pinching myself to be alongside Melissa, Chris, Jenny, and Jill!). And here’s just a quick peek at the dinner that I styled yesterday for MSN. We’ll have a post after Alt featuring some of the DIYs we created for the dinner, and lots more photos! xoxo

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It’s Here!

I can’t believe it’s finally time to head to Alt Summit. After months of planning and prep, Mr. Lovely and I are heading out to learn, meet, and dream with…

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I can’t believe it’s finally time to head to Alt Summit. After months of planning and prep, Mr. Lovely and I are heading out to learn, meet, and dream with bunches of other bloggers and creatives. The days will be busy, but I’ll try to give you a little recap here and there in case you’d like to keep up with us! I’ll also be tweeting and Instagramming up a storm, so be sure to follow me there.

I’ve got my work cut out for me at Alt. I’m not just going to the conference as an attendee, I’m also speaking! (Yikes, I’m nerveous.) But I’ll be sure to post a recap of our panel on Effective DIYs and Pinterest — and if you’re headed to Alt, you’ve got to come hear it in person! It’s going to be seriously chock full of amazing info.

On top of that, I’m also styling the dinner that MSN is throwing for some of the attendees, so keep an eye out for photos of the fiesta that I created! I’ll give you the low-down on some of the DIYs as well.

In any case, it’s a big weekend, so wish me luck. I’ll need it! And as always, I’m so thankful for you guys and the support that you give to me (and all of the other bloggers that you love). You’re the reason I do all of this work; I want to give you the very best content and experience I can. Here we go! xoxo

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

DIY Lovely Indeed Tote Bag

I am seriously decking myself out in Lovely Indeed DIYs for Alt Summit. (If you missed it, you can see last week’s DIY business card holder here.) Today, I’m whipping…

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

I am seriously decking myself out in Lovely Indeed DIYs for Alt Summit. (If you missed it, you can see last week’s DIY business card holder here.) Today, I’m whipping up a tote bag to haul around my computer, notebooks, and other essentials — but the awesome part is that it’s got Lovely Indeed’s logo on it.

We’ve used this technique before, but we’ll go over the specifics if you need a refresher. For starters, grab your materials:

  • blank canvas tote bag
  • black craft paint
  • freezer paper
  • printer
  • scissors
  • iron
  • sponge brush
  • cardboard scraps

Start by printing out this file of Lovely Indeed’s logo. Trace it onto your freezer paper and cut it out. Iron your tote bag to rid it of any wrinkles. Next, put your freezer paper stencil onto your tote bag shiny side down. Make sure that it’s straight and aligned, and iron it so that it adheres to the tote bag.

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

Insert the cardboard into the tote bag to ensure that no paint seeps through. With the sponge brush, gently paint onto the exposed areas of the stencil.

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Remove the freezer paper carefully and let the bag dry completely.

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Bam! You’re repping this awesome blog all over town. And when people ask where you got it, you can say you made it yourself!  xoxo

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag