Streamers

Photobooth Factory // Streamers

So we’ve all been hanging out on Lovely Indeed for a while now, and I’m getting to know you guys. I’m hearing you loud and clear — what you like,…

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

So we’ve all been hanging out on Lovely Indeed for a while now, and I’m getting to know you guys. I’m hearing you loud and clear — what you like, what you don’t like, and what you love. And apparently, you party animals love a photobooth backdrop. So my good news for you is that we’re starting a new monthly column here on Lovely Indeed, with a new DIY photobooth backdrop for you to try each month! You all seemed pretty stoked about this one and this one, so here’s hoping you’ll love what I have in store.

First up, a really easy and really cheap backdrop that you can put together with just a blank wall and two ingredients. Gather your materials:

  • a few colors of crepe paper
  • masking tape
  • scissors

Start by deciding the dimensions and height of your backdrop. For our purposes, I’ll be making backdrops that are meant for shots of your guests’ torso and head — not full body. So this backdrop is four feet tall and five feet wide, and starts about 30 inches off the ground.

At the top of your backdrop, stretch a piece of masking tape sticky side out, and tape it to the wall with two smaller pieces. The long piece of tape needs to have the sticky side facing outward so that you can stick the crepe paper to it.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Start attaching pieces of crepe paper, a little over four feet long. Snip the ends so that they’re square and match up the edge with the masking tape. Overlap the pieces slightly. Continue this way until you’ve worked your way across the entire backdrop.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Roll a few pieces of masking tape so that they’re double-stick, and spread them across the top of the backdrop. Cover the top edge with a long piece of crepe paper to mask it and give it a clean finish. Do the same on either end to cover the smaller pieces of masking tape.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

At the bottom, stretch a piece of masking tape across all of the crepe paper, sticky side in. The goal is to contain all of the streamers so that they don’t fly out of place during photos.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

Mask the bottom with crepe paper using the same method that you did on the top. Snip the uneven edges of crepe paper so that all of the ends are hidden.

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

There! Now party on, dolls. I think this backdrop took me about 30 minutes to put together (and about 30 seconds to break down), so it’s perfect if you’re in a time crunch for a party. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Streamer Photobooth Backdrop

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Spread the Love // My Blog Crush

Do you guys know Amber over at Damask Love? She’s one of my favorite folks online, and she has organized a super cool campaign to spread some love around blogland!…

Spread the Love

Spread the Love

Do you guys know Amber over at Damask Love? She’s one of my favorite folks online, and she has organized a super cool campaign to spread some love around blogland! It’s called Spread the Love, and she’s partnered up with Clear and Simple Stamps to help people create paper projects inspired by their favorite bloggers! How rad is that? When Amber contacted me about the project, I was beyond happy to participate and create something inspired by one of my faves.

Spread the Love

My blog crush is Danni, from Oh, Hello Friend. Danni’s blog has been inspiring me since day one, and she’s a never-ending source of kindness & creativity. The first thing that popped into my mind was how she always makes those awesome books full of notes for people that she loves. I thought that Clear and Simple Stamps would have some perfect materials to make an homage to a book of notes, inspired by Danni!

I wanted to make a little love note to some of my friends from NYC (I’ve been missing them since we moved to Los Angeles), so The States and Airmail stamp sets were perfect. I also used the Alpha Modern set to stamp some words, and cut some hearts to put in one of those perfect little envelopes.

Spread the Love

Spread the Love

Also, I have to say — I’ve never used Clear and Simple’s products before this, but they totally rocked my world. I used to be a stamp fanatic when I was younger and sort of got out of the habit, but this stuff could seriously get me back into that world. Their products are high quality and really, really fun to use. The Type A in me also loves how organized their packaging is!

Anyway! You should hop over to Damask Love to see the rest of the folks who are participating in Spread the Love! You can also learn how you can jump in and join the project. Big, huge thanks to Amber and Clear and Simple for spreading the love. xoxo

Spread the Love

Make Something

Calling All Designers

Hey! If you have a knack for design and want in on the action, I want you to be part of our Desktop Designers series! If you’re interested in learning…

Make Something

Hey! If you have a knack for design and want in on the action, I want you to be part of our Desktop Designers series! If you’re interested in learning more, check out some of our previous designers and shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com. Include “Desktop Designer” in the subject line and a link to your blog or portfolio, and I’ll get right back to ya. It’s been an awesome adventure in collaboration so far, and I want you to get in on the fun! xoxo

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Style // Bright, Brighter, Brightest

The other day, it was kind of gloomy in my hood so I decided to show the weather who was boss. I mean, does it really matter if the sun…

brightThe other day, it was kind of gloomy in my hood so I decided to show the weather who was boss. I mean, does it really matter if the sun is shining when you’re wearing three different shades of neon?

Isn’t that necklace rad? Sweet Ashley over at Sugar and Cloth made it with her own two hands and was kind enough to give it to me. It was just the pop of color that the striped shirt needed.

DIY Necklace by Ashley Rose

You might remember that bag, too! It’s made an appearance before. And the skirt was a J.Crew clearance find, but I think you can still get it in red. Oh! And do you guys know Call It Spring? It’s one of my new favorite places for great shoes that won’t bust your budget. Definitely check it out.

So when was the last time you rocked a little neon? Take that, cloudy sky. xoxo

Bright Syle

Bright Style

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DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

I know what you’re thinking. And no, I’m never going to stop with the gold leaf DIYs. It’s the best thing in the world, so just get on board you…

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad
DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

I know what you’re thinking. And no, I’m never going to stop with the gold leaf DIYs. It’s the best thing in the world, so just get on board you guys. Okay, glad we had that talk.

Now! I found myself recently bemoaning the fact that my mousepad was old and icky and had seen waaaay better days. It still functioned, but man did it look gross. So it was retouch time. If you’ve got an old mousepad that needs a little zhush (how do you spell that?) or a mousepad that just ain’t cute, this is the DIY for you. Gather your materials:

  • old mousepad
  • enough suede (or leather, or faux leather — you get the idea) to cover the mousepad
  • scissors
  • pen
  • freezer paper
  • hole punch
  • iron
  • ModPodge
  • gold leaf
  • two craft paintbrushes
  • spray adhesive

Start by tracing your mousepad onto the backside of your suede, and cutting it out. Set that aside. Punch holes in your freezer paper and cut a small square around each hole. Place them strategically on the front side of your suede, and iron them shiny side down so that they stick.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Next, use a paintbrush to paint ModPodge inside of each hole. While it’s wet, apply a small patch of gold leaf. Pat the gold leaf down with a dry paintbrush.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Let the ModPodge dry for about 30 minutes and carefully remove the freezer paper, being careful to keep the edges of the polka dot intact. Let the glue dry overnight before you use the mousepad, and be sure to dust off all remnants of the gold leaf, to keep your mouse safe.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Finally, cover the back of the suede with spray adhesive and affix it to your old mousepad. Be sure that you match the edges well before you press firmly.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Woah! So much better. And now it’s like a little polka dot party every time I use my computer. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

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Birthday Giveaway // InstaThis

Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Rachel W.! We’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize. Thanks to all for entering!  Do you guys…

Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Rachel W.! We’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize. Thanks to all for entering! 
InstaThis

Do you guys know about InstaThis? It’s a pretty sweet new company out of Chicago that will print your Instagram photos on wood or acrylic so you can hang them like art! You guys know I’m bonkers for Instagram (follow my feed here), so when InstaThis offered to send me a print of my choice and also give one away to you guys, I was pumped! I decided it would be perfect to celebrate my b-day by giving a print away to one of you lucky ducks.

For my print, I decided on a photo of a table for two that I took on a recent trip to the Farmer’s Market. I love how it turned out! The printing looks so cool on wood — the grain texture kind of shows through and it looks perfect with the vibe of the photo. And it’s fun to see an Instagram photo in such a large size, on something tangible.

So what would you print? One of you dolls will win a wood print in the size of your choosing, with any one of your Instagram photos! To enter, just visit InstaThis and then leave a comment back here with an idea of what you’d print. So easy! A few rules: this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will remain open until Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. PST, and the winner will be announced on Monday the 4th.

Many thanks to InstaThis for spreading the love! xoxo

InstaThis

Birthday

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It’s my birthday, guys! Mr. Lovely and I are home visiting the family, which is the only place in the world I want to be today. It’s been a long…

It’s my birthday, guys! Mr. Lovely and I are home visiting the family, which is the only place in the world I want to be today. It’s been a long and tiring rehearsal schedule for the show we’re doing, and since we opened last weekend we finally have some time off to spend with the fam. So tonight we’ll all be having dinner and sharing my aunt’s world-famous spice cake — my uncle and I share the same birthday, so it’s a double celebration! And as my birthday gift to you, here’s an embarrassing photo of the baby version of me. Also, we’ll be back later today with a special birthday giveaway, just for you lovelies. Have a great week! xoxo

Birthday

Sponsors

I Heart You

My toes just wiggle these days when I think of all of the awesome stuff that’s going on around Lovely Indeed! I’m so happy to be collaborating with wonderful creatives…

SponsorsMy toes just wiggle these days when I think of all of the awesome stuff that’s going on around Lovely Indeed! I’m so happy to be collaborating with wonderful creatives and brands, and even happier that we’re building a community of you wonderful readers!

We’re moving and shaking around here, so if you want in on the action, shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com. We’re currently accepting partners and sponsors for March, and there are about a zillion ways we can collaborate. So whether you’re interested in a sidebar ad or you want to talk about something more in-depth, let’s do something awesome together! xoxo

 

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Desktop Designers // Heather Myers

You guys. Can we get a hand for all of these crazy creatives who are serving it up hot and fresh every Friday? I’m so grateful for all of the…

Heather Myers

You guys. Can we get a hand for all of these crazy creatives who are serving it up hot and fresh every Friday? I’m so grateful for all of the designers working on this series. And today is no exception! Heather Myers has been around Lovely Indeed before, and we’re so stoked that she’s back with an awesome wallpaper design for you. Heather has made a pretty little home on the internet for all of her gorgeous design — she’s even got a separate site that’s focused mainly on design for little ones called river & bridge. And if that wasn’t enough goodness, you can get her designs for yourself from her Etsy shop!

Let’s hear some of Heather’s secrets (I think we’re soul sisters when it comes to our hobbies)…

Heather Myers

Big, big thanks to Heather for hitting us with such a cool design! It’s already on my desktop and phone, and it’s making me wish for summer. Don’t you just love those colors, too? Be sure to grab this design for your desktop, tablet, or phone down below. xoxo

Heather Myers

Download for Desktop.
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Our Apartment // Photo Tour

I’m gonna go ahead and ask you all to ignore the fact that we’ve now lived in this apartment for seven months, and I’m just now getting around to having…

I’m gonna go ahead and ask you all to ignore the fact that we’ve now lived in this apartment for seven months, and I’m just now getting around to having it fully decorated and sharing it. Let’s just pretend that it took me a sensible month or two to finish the place (and show you). Shall we? Great.

Now that we’ve got that all taken care of, here’s our apartment! Well, as it stands right now. I kind of like to change things (a lot), so who knows what it’ll look like next month. But for now, here she is in all her glory.

Apartment Tour

Isn’t that bar cart just the business?! Dear darling Roxy at Society Social makes the best bar carts you can imagine. I’d been wanting one forever when we were living in NYC but we just didn’t have the space. And now this little beauty has all the room it needs.

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

One thing that I loooove about this place is that we have a workspace! Just me and Mr. Lovely, in our snuggly side-by-side desks, taking on the world.

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

The living room is pretty cozy, too.

Apartment Tour

And for those of you with a keen eye, yes, that is a blank canvas hanging on our bedroom wall. We can’t for the life of us figure out what to put on it. Suggestions?

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Oh, and I still have a hard time believing that we have an actual dining table where we can eat! (And a kitchen that we can both stand in at the same time because it’s not teensy.) Seriously. I mean, eating dinner on the couch is awesome, but a girl likes to at least have an option, ya know?

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

And just a few more bits and pieces: a little patio the perfect size for two, lots of storage for books (and an ever-growing population of musical instruments), and plants everywhere you turn. We’re home. xoxo

P.S. If you see anything you love and would like to know the source, let me know in the comment section and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

Friends

Married Life // Friends

Image by Peter Turnley, via Vintage Everyday. If you’re married, or in a long-term relationship, who are your friends? Do your friendships function in the same way that they did…

FriendsImage by Peter Turnley, via Vintage Everyday.

If you’re married, or in a long-term relationship, who are your friends?

Do your friendships function in the same way that they did before you were in a relationship?  I’m curious to know! When I was in high school and college, I was really awful at keeping in touch with friends when I was dating. And I regret it, big time. I had some of the best girlfriends in the whole world and I messed it up because I was more concerned with my boyfriend. I’ve sort of forgiven myself for that, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish it was different.

But with Mr. Lovely, it’s been a different story, in a good way. I met him when I was relatively new to NYC, and so lots of our friends are people that we met together, at the same time. And I love that. There’s also the added bonus of him introducing me to some of his awesome friends (and vice versa), and really hitting it off with them. So our friends multiplied, and that is awesome.

There’s also the whole thing of having “couple friends” and “single friends.” I mean, does that make you feel old, or what? When we hang out with our couple friends, I always love it because they get it, but it all of a sudden makes me feel like I’m on a sitcom from the ’90s. Weird.

And no matter what, there’s just nothing that takes the place of having a good old fashioned hangout with a girlfriend. A couple of my besties are married or in relationships, and we always always always make time for just the girls. I don’t know what it is, but I do know that after spending time with my good girlfriends I’m always a better version of myself.

So who are your friends? I’d love to know how your relationship has affected your friendships, and vice versa. Oh, and a big shout-out to all of my beautiful friends (all over the country) for making my life so full. xoxo