Trade & Made: DIY Geometric Mobile

It’s here! Today’s the day that everyone participating in Trade & Made will reveal their projects. I can’t wait to poke around and check out what everyone else did. But…

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It’s here! Today’s the day that everyone participating in Trade & Made will reveal their projects. I can’t wait to poke around and check out what everyone else did. But for now, here’s mine. Ta-da! I decided to make a DIY geometric mobile to hang up at home.

In deciding what to make from the materials that we were sent, I knew I didn’t want to get too cutesy or “crafty,” and I wanted something that was kind of modern, simple, and geometric (because you know I’m all about the geo these days). I also kind of wanted to use the materials in an unexpected way, so this is where I landed. It’s a pretty simple process, so follow along to make your own.

Materials

  • wooden dowels
  • wooden beads
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • glue
  • embroidery thread
  • metal ring

Make Time: 1 Hour

I used Deco Art paint and paintbrushes to paint each of the dowels and beads a different color. (You can find the dowels and beads at Michael’s.) Paint these and set them aside to dry.

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Cut three lengths of embroidery thread (also found at Michael’s), each about an arm’s length, and set aside.

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When the paint is dry, spread a bit of glue on the end of a dowel and slip the end into the bead of the corresponding color. Repeat with each color.

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Arrange the dowels in a triangle. The ends should overlap in kind of an infinity loop — the end with a bead on it is always on top of the adjacent dowel. Add a dab of glue at the joints to secure the mobile.

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Tie a double knot with a length of embroidery thread around each joint, ensuring that the ends of the thread are left even with one another.

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Gather all of the thread in the center above the mobile. Slip them together through the metal ring (from For the Makers) and tie one knot. Be sure that you pull each thread evenly so that the mobile is level. Trim the ends of the threads to your desired length.

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Find a cool spot to hang your mobile and let ‘er rip! And if you want to give it as a gift, paint the end of a kraft tag (from Michael’s) and write a little note. I hung mine underneath a fan so it kind of twirls in a lazy spiral every once in a while. I love it! Big thanks to the girls at Trade & Made, and be sure to check out everyone else’s projects! xoxo

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Style // Tees & Shorts Two Ways

I have been jumping for joy lately that some of my favorite stores are carrying shorts in lengths that are comfortable for us folks who are not in the daisy…

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I have been jumping for joy lately that some of my favorite stores are carrying shorts in lengths that are comfortable for us folks who are not in the daisy duke fan club. I was pumped to see that Old Navy has so many awesome shorts in different lengths. So if you like living on the edge, go for the 3-inch styles. I’ll be rocking my 5-inchers and feeling great about myself. (They have even longer ones, too!)

On a recent trip to Old Navy I thought it would be fun to pick out some tee and shorts combos and see how differently I could style them. Because they had such a wide range of shorts, I chose a couple of vastly different ones and went to town.

The first combo is very laid-back-Cali. I love these Sweetheart cutoff shorts — so comfy. I’ve been running around in them lots so far. And I’m a sucker for anything with a map on it, so that California tee was a no-brainer. I paired it with my favorite TOMS and a little Marc Jacobs crossbody bag, and I was ready for an adventure. I could run around in this all day.

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When I saw these printed shorts, I snapped them up immediately. The pattern is so cool! And I grabbed one of their super-soft vintage tees to go with it. When I got home I tested it out with an old tuxedo jacket from my closet and BAM — I’m calling it a summer tuxedo. I’ve always loved the way that shorts look with heels, too. Carry a little clutch with it (this one is the Kate Spade wicker clutch), and you can take this look straight to the theatre. The fancy theatre, y’all.

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So whaddaya think? Do you have a favorite look? Or are you a shorts person at all? For a long time I avoided them in favor of dresses, but these are really making their way into my wardrobe as staples. Hope you try some out! xoxo



This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

I Need New Bedding

This post is sponsored by Crane & Canopy. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! Mr. Lovely and I…

This post is sponsored by Crane & Canopy. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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Mr. Lovely and I have been sleeping on the weirdest combination of bedding for years now. I mean, I love to mix and match pillows and sheets and all that, but it’s kind of a crazy hodgepodge that really doesn’t make sense or even look that good. And we’ve literally had a white down comforter with no duvet cover on it at all for a couple of years. Geez.

So when Crane & Canopy contacted me about their duvet cover line, I kind of went into this bedding wonderland dream world. I’m loving their duvet covers right now because they have all of these beautiful options with pretty patterns, but they’re not so overwhelming that I couldn’t still have some of my own pieces mixed in. The patterns are subtle and beautiful but still really fun. And since grey is my new favorite color to put everywhere, these are just perfection.
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The Balboa. The Ashbury. The Octavia. The Page. The Cortland.

They also have this brilliant Signature Duvet Cover. Get this — it’s made to look like your top sheet is folded over on the top of it all nice and neat, but it’s attached to the duvet. So your bed always looks fancy-hotel-status-gorgeous. Another bonus — their duvet covers have hidden zipper closures. How many hours of my life have been lost to wrestling with buttons on my old duvet covers? Ugh.

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The Noe.

Do you have a fave? I think I’m loving The Octavia the best. The little teardrop pattern is just too good to pass up. Although I do love those pops of yellow on The Ashbury, too. They have so many more great ones — be sure to check ’em out. I’d love to know which ones you like! And if you’re needing a bedding revamp like I am, Crane & Canopy is offering Lovely Indeed readers 10% off of any purchase over $150 for the next week! Just enter code LOVELY10 at checkout. The discount is good until August 5th! xoxo

Ten Things: Guilty Pleasures

Okay, this is me baring my soul. Let me just preface this one by saying I hardly ever do these things. I cannot italicize that hard enough. But every once in…

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Okay, this is me baring my soul. Let me just preface this one by saying I hardly ever do these things. I cannot italicize that hard enough. But every once in a while, I just wiggle my toes with pleasure and let myself feel absolutely great about picking something on this list and doing it with complete abandon. Don’t judge me, okay? And please please please don’t leave me hanging — put your guilty pleasures in the comments! xoxo

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Married Life // Tips For Year Two

Around this time last year, I posted about our first year of marriage, and the things that we had learned along the way. I thought it would be cool, as…

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Around this time last year, I posted about our first year of marriage, and the things that we had learned along the way. I thought it would be cool, as long as the blog is around, to do the same every year.

It’s funny, because I really still feel like a newlywed. We’ve accomplished so much together over the last two years (including numerous jobs, career changes, and a cross-country move), but I still feel like we were just on the dance floor at our reception, happy and exhausted and content after a perfect wedding day. But I really notice the changes that we’ve undergone in the day-to-day stuff. Little things we do or don’t do because we are getting to know each other in the way that you only can when you’re living with someone, day in and day out. Those are the things that I think have changed this year.

Read on for my top five tips for year two!

Food // Avocado Lime Spread

So my favorite sandwich shop in LA makes these amazing sandwiches with avocado spread. And for some reason it tastes like a million unicorns came down and sprinkled glitter all…

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So my favorite sandwich shop in LA makes these amazing sandwiches with avocado spread. And for some reason it tastes like a million unicorns came down and sprinkled glitter all over your tastebuds. In a good way. I mean, I think it’s just avocado, but it’s like the best avocado you’ve ever had on a sandwich. So I wanted to make some.

True to fashion, whenever I want to be fancy I just add salt, pepper, and lime to anything. So that’s what this spread is! Literally, you cut up an avocado, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper, and squeeze in a lime wedge. But what made me feel super cool making it was the fancy mortar and pestle that the folks at RedEnvelope recently sent over. We go through a lot of guacamole in our place, so this thing is going to see some action! And it’s so pretty I kind of want to leave it out on the counter.

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So now that I have the mortar and pestle, I can mash up an avocado like nobody’s business! (You should have seen me before, trying to use the back of a spoon. Not cute.) I put this spread on my turkey sandwich for lunch yesterday and I won’t lie — it tasted professional. xoxo

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Trade & Made

I’ve been super inspired by collaborations with other bloggers these days. So when Erin & Laura approached me to be a part of their new project, Trade & Made, I was…

I’ve been super inspired by collaborations with other bloggers these days. So when Erin & Laura approached me to be a part of their new project, Trade & Made, I was pumped. Trade & Made is an interactive craft challenge, and some of my best pals and favorite bloggers are playing along. We all have been sent a box of materials and instructed to create a project, with only the materials in the box. I’m so excited to see what the other women have up their sleeves!

To be honest, it’s a little nerve wracking — these girls are all seriously creative, and while it’s not a competition, I’m a little intimidated by the crafting royalty. But nonetheless, I got the box of goodies a few days ago and I’m seriously pumped to dig in. Check out what was included in the package.

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Lots of awesome sponsors filled the box with all kinds of inspiring stuff — Clear & Simple, For the Makers, Michael’s, Deco Art, and Specialty Bottle all hooked us up with some pretty rad materials. Right away, I was inspired by the pink and yellow color palette and I’m pretty sure I’m going to head in that direction, so my project will definitely involve painting! But for the full reveal and to see everyone else’s projects, tune in on July 31st.

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And if you visit the Trade & Made site you can follow the links to all of the participants to see their projects as well. Not to mention the fact that you should just go ooh and aah over the website — it was designed by our girl Gloria, of Little White Whale! Remember her desktop design?

Be sure to check back on the 31st and see what everyone makes! xoxo

DIY Ombre Watercolor Shoes

I’ve been more and more interested in watercolor paints lately. I love how fresh they look, and how they can deliver so much color impact without ever feeling heavy. It’s…

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I’ve been more and more interested in watercolor paints lately. I love how fresh they look, and how they can deliver so much color impact without ever feeling heavy. It’s so dreamy! I wanted to get painting on a different type of canvas, so I picked up some plain white kicks and made myself some DIY ombre watercolor shoes. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

  • plain white canvas sneakers
  • watercolor paints
  • small paintbrushes
  • water
  • paper towels

Make Time: 30 minutes

Start by removing the laces from your shoes. I liked mine that way, so I ended up leaving them off! At the toe, paint on clean, clear water. This will help to move the paint around on the shoe canvas.

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Mix up your color. Use a fair amount of paint and water to mix together enough to cover both toes; you don’t want to run out and have to try to recreate the color. Make a little puddle of your chosen shade.

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Gently, start applying paint to the wet areas on your shoe. You’ll quickly get a feel for how the shoe sucks up color. If the color gets too saturated or sticky on a certain spot, add more water and try to move it around a bit.

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After you have your first color, paint a little more clear, clean water at the edge and apply the next color. Always apply more water if the colors are having trouble blending into an ombre effect.

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Continue until you’re happy! I just wanted to do the toes, and I love the effect. It’s a perfect pop of color against the white background. Let the shoes dry thoroughly (I would give them a few days), and be careful where you wear them — a rainstorm might not be the place for these beauties. Have fun! xoxo

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A Giveaway For the Makers

  Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Aileen for winning a box of supplies from For the Makers! Big thanks to all who entered. Remember that whole post I…

 

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Remember that whole post I wrote about how I consider myself a Maker? It’s for that reason and about a zillion more that I’m beyond stoked to bring you a pretty awesome giveaway today. Have you heard of For the Makers? If you haven’t, get on it yesterday! It’s a subscription service and website that makes creating so, so easy. You can sign up and each month they’ll send you a box of goodies to make specific projects, complete with instructions and all of the materials you’ll need. Cool, huh? They recently featured an interview with yours truly that you can read here.

They also recently sent me a mixed box of materials for funsies, and I got to create anything I wanted from the contents. My brain almost exploded. I mean, look at all of this fun stuff!

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In the end, I decided to decorate that killer brass cuff. I glued on some pretty elastic and a chain of stones, and then went to town decorating it with these awesome vintage rhinestones. They had some shapes in there that I’d never seen! This is going to be a new fave for sure.

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So one of you lucky ducks will win a box of materials from For the Makers, valued at over $50*! They’ll pack it full of some of their favorite items and you can make to your heart’s content. It’s seriously like Christmas when you open that thing. All you have to do to enter is visit For the Makers, come back here, and leave a comment about one of their projects that you’d love to make. We’ll announce the winner a week from today! (U.S. residents eligible only, gang.)

“We believe that we tell the world who we are through the things we create, discover, and share.” That’s their motto. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Happy entering! xoxo

*Contents of box will vary.

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Come With

Dudes. There’s about to be an end of summer spectacular all up in this here blog. In August, Mr. Lovely and I will be celebrating our two-year anniversary in Paris…

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Dudes. There’s about to be an end of summer spectacular all up in this here blog. In August, Mr. Lovely and I will be celebrating our two-year anniversary in Paris and London, and in September, we’re celebrating Lovely Indeed’s third birthday! Can you even believe that? We’re about to have some awesome stuff happening here, and there’s a red hot sponsor deal so you can get in on the action.

If you’re interested in being a sidebar sponsor for Lovely Indeed and spreading the word about your blog or biz, shoot me an email! I’ll tell you all about the sidebar sale and we can team up to double the awesome. Come with! xoxo

Ten Things: Words That Gross Me Out

Going big or going home on our second installment of Ten Things. Let’s just get this right out in the open, right here, right now. Here’s a list of ten…

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Going big or going home on our second installment of Ten Things. Let’s just get this right out in the open, right here, right now. Here’s a list of ten words that gross me out so much I avoid saying them at all costs. And I absolutely have to know your words, too. Let’s have a gross word comment extravaganza! xoxo

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