DIY Gold-Toe Flats

While I was in Old Navy recently, looking at some shirts, I came across these rockin’ neon pointy-toed flats. I fell in love with the shape and the color (and the…

DIY Gold-Toe Flats
DIY Gold-Toe Flats

While I was in Old Navy recently, looking at some shirts, I came across these rockin’ neon pointy-toed flats. I fell in love with the shape and the color (and the price!), and thought right away that they’d be perfect for a little golden project that I’ve been thinking of for a while now. So I snatched ’em up.

If you want golden toes, too, here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

Start by taping off the area that you’d like to gild (ScotchBlue tape has become my favorite for gold leaf projects — it makes nice, clean borders). Make sure you tape the area where the shoe meets the sole also.

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

Paint a liberal amount of ModPodge on the taped-off area.

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

Gently lay gold leaf over the ModPodge and carefully pat it down using a clean, dry paintbrush.

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

Let dry completely, and carefully peel off the tape. Use the dry paintbrush to brush away any excess gold leaf.

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

You’re ready to step out! I love how these look. It’s probably best to be a little careful with these guys (don’t wear them in the rain or to a monster truck rally or anything crazy like that). But other than that, have a ball making them and wearing them. xoxo

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

DIY Gold-Toe Flats

Lovely Indeed Around the Web

Just wanted to pop in and give you a few links to hit up on your lunch hour! Lovely Indeed has been making lots of appearances around the web this…

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Just wanted to pop in and give you a few links to hit up on your lunch hour! Lovely Indeed has been making lots of appearances around the web this month, so check ’em out if you haven’t already. xoxo

I’ve got a desktop wallpaper for you here

Don’t forget about the garden marker download I made here

… and I’m a Crafty Superstar over here!

Photobooth Factory // Cinco de Mayo Fringe

There was no way this backdrop wasn’t going to happen. I mean, if Cinco de Mayo isn’t an excuse to have a photo wall full of giant fringe, I don’t know what is. So…

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There was no way this backdrop wasn’t going to happen. I mean, if Cinco de Mayo isn’t an excuse to have a photo wall full of giant fringe, I don’t know what is. So there.

This was my first project ever using the most delicious crepe paper I have ever found. It’s from Carte Fini, and it’s this amazing, heavy, delicious crepe paper that comes in a long, rolled-up sheet. (It’s about 19 inches wide and 8 feet long.) You can find it in other party stores as well; just do a search for “crepe paper rolls” and it should produce lots of options. If you want to make this backdrop, here’s the low-down:

Materials

  • crepe paper rolls in various colors
  • scissors
  • paper cutter, if available
  • masking tape

Make Time: 45 minutes

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First, cut your crepe paper into strips that are 5 feet long and about 6 inches wide. It’s okay if your width isn’t exact!

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Using a paper cutter or scissors, cut 1-inch-wide fringe along the strips, leaving about 2 inches intact.

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Tape your fringed paper to the wall using multiple pieces of masking tape. Start at the bottom and work your way up, hiding the masking tape of the previous rows as you go.

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On the top row, roll your masking tape so that it’s double-sided and hidden behind the crepe paper.

Set up your camera and snap away at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Mr. Lovely and I had fun messing around with this one — the ukulele even came out to play. Have fun, amigos! xoxo

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Desktop Designers // Keema of Pencil Me In Stationery

  Today’s lovely Desktop Designer is a pro with color and pattern. Just looking at Keema’s site, Pencil Me In Stationery, is a fresh breath of inspiration and delicious design….

 Desktop Designers // Keema of Pencil Me In Stationery

Today’s lovely Desktop Designer is a pro with color and pattern. Just looking at Keema’s site, Pencil Me In Stationery, is a fresh breath of inspiration and delicious design. (I’m a particular fan of this diamond pattern!) And if downloading her desktop wallpaper isn’t enough, you can bring her designs into the rest of your home if you visit her sweet Etsy shop.

I just love what Keema put together for today’s download! The colors are so gentle, and so are the words. It’s the perfect peaceful thing to have on my desktop as a reminder. Here’s a little more from Keema.

Desktop Designers // Keema of Pencil Me In Stationery

Big thanks to Keema for the loveliness she’s sharing today! Be sure to download her design below. And if you love this design, there are a few similar ones in her Etsy shop — check them out here. (By the way, I also checked out her friend Lauriana Mae’s music, and it’s awesome!) Have a great weekend, all! xoxo

Download for Desktop.
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Desktop Designers // Keema of Pencil Me In Stationery

Oh, I Want To Go

Image by Jeremy K. Spencer. Serious case of wanderlust happening over here right now. And it’s a good thing, because we’re going to be away from home for about 6…

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Image by Jeremy K. Spencer.

Serious case of wanderlust happening over here right now. And it’s a good thing, because we’re going to be away from home for about 6 weeks soon — May and June are full of work trips, play trips, and family business that’s taking us out of town (lots more details to come).

But I think that Mr. Lovely and I have lived this crazy, on-the-road life for so long because of all the touring that now if we are in one place for more than a few months, we both get a little itchy. And I’m pretty cool with that. I’ve always had a desire to go and see everything. Just everything. To be honest, it’s almost overwhelming sometimes because I feel stressed about seeing as many places as I can. I want to get to know the whole world.

For today though, I’ll have to trick myself into thinking that I’m jetting off to somewhere amazing. I think if I could go anywhere today, it would be Paris. And I’d run around with my camera in one hand and a baguette in the other, just doin’ my thang. I’d stop at a flea market and then a flower shop, and then go sit on my patio and sip something delicious while the sun went down. There. That sounds good.

Come on, play! If you could go anywhere today, where would it be? xoxo

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother’s Day Gift Tag

I love, love, love celebrating my Mom. I hope you love celebrating yours, too, so I dreamed up a really gorgeous DIY for Mother’s Day, which is on May 12!…

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

I love, love, love celebrating my Mom. I hope you love celebrating yours, too, so I dreamed up a really gorgeous DIY for Mother’s Day, which is on May 12! I’m so excited about this one, because we collaborated with the lovely Lana from Lana’s Shop again. (Remember the desktop wallpaper she made for us?) It’s so inspiring to work with her, and I think we make a pretty good team! A few special words from her:

I hope you enjoy these tags to share your sentiment with all the amazing mothers and women of all forms in your life! Things are best homemade (if you ask me), and no one will appreciate it more than mom. For future custom gift ideas, take a peek at how to get started on your next project with me. 

So this DIY has two parts, and the first one is Lana’s gorgeous printable gift tag. She put so much love into this project, and we both hope you download it and give it to your ever lovin’ mama! The instructions are simple. First, grab your free download here and print it out.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Cut out both pieces.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Use a glue stick to stick the two sides together, being careful to make sure that you glue the inside right-side-up. Fold in half.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Punch a small hole over the printed guide, and string it with ribbon or twine.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Isn’t it just the most lovely? I think the inside is so wonderful, and I could fill a whole book with the reasons why I love my mom. Be sure to write something awesome! Now if you want to put Lana’s gorgeous little tag on a floral bangle bracelet, like we did, read on for instructions. You’ll need:

  • about 20 medium-sized blooms (we used ranunculus!)
  • floral wire
  • floral tape
  • scissors

Start by taking the leaves and stems off of your blooms. Leave about 2-3 inches of stem.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Cut 30″ of floral wire and form it into a circle large enough to fit on your mom’s wrist like a bracelet. Wrap the wire around itself a few times to secure and strengthen the bracelet.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Begin attaching the blooms to the wire. Cut about 6″ of floral tape, hold a stem against the wire, and wrap the tape around the stem & wire, just at the base of the bloom. Continue the process around the wire, keeping the blooms close together. Trim stems if needed.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Continue the process until you’ve covered the entire bracelet.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Gently tie on Lana’s tag and present it to your mom on Mother’s Day! I think this is such a cool, modern take on a traditional corsage. I think it would also be perfect as an alternative corsage for prom, if you know any teens! And FYI, as this is a project that involves fresh flowers, be sure that you hold off making it until shortly before you intend to give or wear it. You wouldn’t want any droopy blooms!

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Big thanks to Lana for the beautiful printable. Be sure to visit her site and check out more of her awesomeness. Now go celebrate your mom! xoxo

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Gem Piñatas

First and foremost, let’s all celebrate the fact that I finally learned how to get the tilde over the n in piñata. It’s the little things, guys. And now, on…

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

First and foremost, let’s all celebrate the fact that I finally learned how to get the tilde over the n in piñata. It’s the little things, guys.

And now, on to the main event! Mr. Lovely calls this project “Cinco de Diamonds.” I thought that was pretty funny, but since you can use these rad little guys way past Cinco de Mayo, I’m just calling them gem piñatas. I put them up by my desk to take some photos for this post and I’m having a hard time taking them down! So my desk is now blinged out with piñatas until further notice. Let’s make some.

  • white cardstock (or thin cardboard i.e. a cereal box, if you want to fill them with candy)
  • computer & printer
  • scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • glue stick
  • tissue paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • twine

Print out this download and cut along the solid lines. Then, make creases along all of the dotted lines. (Note: If you want to fill your piñatas with candy, you’ll need to trace the template onto the cardboard. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in the dotted lines and crease along them.)

DIY Gem Piñatas

Using small pieces of tape, join the two edges of the bottom of the gem.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Tape the small pieces at the top of the gem together.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Tape the top of the gem down on all sides. If you want candy in your piñata, here’s where you should fill ‘er up. Also, if you’d like to hang your piñatas seamlessly (that is, without taping the twine to the top like I did) follow the step below that outlines covering the top of the gem with tissue paper. Then, punch a small hole in the top, string the twine through, and knot it firmly on the inside. Then tape down the top of the gem.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Cut out the extra heptagon (woah, fancy algebra word) and trace it onto a piece of tissue paper. Cut it out and use the glue stick to adhere it to the top of the gem.

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Cut strips of tissue approximately 3/4″ wide, and fringe it.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Working on one facet of the gem and starting at the bottom, glue on strips of fringe unti you’ve reached the top. Trim the edges so that they’re clean.

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

Repeat this process on all 7 sides.

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Trim any excess fringe and use ’em to decorate your fiesta! I think they’d be pretty cool as a Cinco de Mayo dinner place setting, or as a party favor if they’re filled with treats. But for now, I’m kind of loving them hanging up with a little washi tape and baker’s twine. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas
DIY Gem Piñatas DIY Gem Piñatas

Food // Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Okay, so it’s not food per se, but it’s on the top of my list of refreshing treats lately, so I thought I’d share my most recent obsession with you:…

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Okay, so it’s not food per se, but it’s on the top of my list of refreshing treats lately, so I thought I’d share my most recent obsession with you: cucumber-lemon-mint water! It’s a mouthful, I know (no pun intented). But seriously, this stuff is a constant in my fridge these days and I think it’s only going to get better when summer rolls around. It’s so refreshing I just want to give it to everyone! And I won’t lie, it feels kind of glamorous to drink. It’s like accessorizing your beverage. But I digress.

It’s beyond simple, so here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • handful of fresh mint
  • pitcher
  • water

Slice the cucumber and quarter the lemon. Remove long stems from the mint. Toss all of it into the pitcher; I like to give the lemon a squeeze and roll the mint in my hands a bit before tossing them in so the flavors are really happenin’. Fill the pitcher with water and refrigerate.

Pour yourself a long, tall glass and enjoy! xoxo

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

Spread Love

It’s been quite a week in the news, y’all. Sometimes the world is so scary I don’t even know how to process it. I get so overwhelmed by the unthinkable…

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It’s been quite a week in the news, y’all. Sometimes the world is so scary I don’t even know how to process it. I get so overwhelmed by the unthinkable things that happen. But I always try to remind myself that the only thing that will combat evil is good. So please, let’s all put good into the world. Let’s pray and hug and say kind things. Let’s help others and do good deeds. Let’s spread love.

If you or someone you love has been affected by all of the madness this week, know that the world is praying for you. Have a peaceful weekend, lovelies. xoxo

Desktop Designers // Kate Wong

Kate Wong is a little tornado of creativity. Seriously, if you visit her portfolio or her Striped Cat Studio design & blog site, it’s impossible not to get lost in all…

Desktop Designers // Kate Wong

Kate Wong is a little tornado of creativity. Seriously, if you visit her portfolio or her Striped Cat Studio design & blog site, it’s impossible not to get lost in all of the fun. When she said she might want to contribute something to our Desktop Designers column, I was so stoked! Take a second to check her out and you’ll see exactly what I mean. (One of my favorite things she does is her dog stalking series!)

Kate’s design has got me all dreamy-eyed for Spring, and kinda makes me want to take a trip to Paris. For a little more about her inspiration behind the work, read on!

Desktop Designers // Kate Wong

Desktop Designers // Kate Wong

So gorgeous, oui? Big, beautiful thanks to darling Kate for the inspiring design. And you lovelies can get this one for dekstop, tablet, or phone below. Have fun! xoxo

Download for Desktop
Download for Tablet
Download for Phone