Happy Halloween!

Who’s dressing up? I have to know. Mr. Lovely and I usually toss something together from our closets (partially because it’s fun and partially because we never plan what we are…

Who’s dressing up? I have to know. Mr. Lovely and I usually toss something together from our closets (partially because it’s fun and partially because we never plan what we are dressing up as until the day of). Last year we were Lucy and Ricky, which you could only really tell because I printed out that little sign. We’re celebrating with pals tonight, and I hope you are too! Have a safe and happy Halloween, and tell me in the comments if you’re dressing up! I love the costume game. xoxo

lucyP.S. Don’t forget to RSVP for my DIY event at West Elm! Also, prepare yourself, friends, because Make Your Day is on its way. Enter Monday’s giveaway to win a free copy!

 

DIY Mountain Stamped Wrapping Paper

One of my sweetest friends got married recently, and she and her husb decided on a woodsy, rustic vibe for their big day. When I got the save-the-date and the…

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One of my sweetest friends got married recently, and she and her husb decided on a woodsy, rustic vibe for their big day. When I got the save-the-date and the invite I was so pumped — you know I’m a fan of a themed event! There was literally a tiny image of a coonskin cap on their stationery. If that doesn’t set the stage, I don’t know what does.

So obviously I wanted to play along and wrap their gifts in something really special and cool. I decided to hand-stamp some wrapping paper for the bride’s shower gift, and keep with the woodsy vibe. I’ve done similar projects to this before; it’s really simple, but so lovely to give a gift that’s wrapped with such care. Here’s how.

Materials

  • kraft wrapping paper or the inside of a paper grocery bag
  • pencil
  • stamp block or large pink eraser
  • stamp carving tool or X-Acto knife
  • scissors
  • inkpad

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Decide the shape that you’d like your stamp, and sketch it lightly in pencil on the stamp block or eraser. If you’re making mountains, a random jagged line will get the point across. (Confession: I skipped this step. I was all, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”)

Next, carefully carve the stamp along the drawn lines (or freehand it if you’re a wild and crazy guy like me). You may need to trim a little extra here or there with your carving tools once you have the general outline cut. Just do a test stamp and see if you like the shape.

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Finally, decide on a pattern and stamp away!

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If you wanna keep it simple, wrap it all up with a few different textures of twine and secure the wrapping with washi tape. Woodsy-tastic.

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Bonus points for a themed gift topper — I was so pumped when I finally found this little couple in a canoe! I have to say, I can’t take credit for the idea — I saw it here on Sweet Paul. I did, however, hunt high and low in internetland for a store that actually sold those little guys. So your welcome for that source. I’d recommend some Glue Dots to secure the figurines onto the paper.

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I loved it! My original idea was to kind of make the couple look like they were rowing on a lake through the mountains and forest. Haha! Not sure if I exactly got there, but you get the idea. xoxo

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Cozies for Fall

We finally have gotten a little bit of actual fall weather this month in LA (not that I’m complaining!), and I got all excited and pulled out every sweater I own. I…

We finally have gotten a little bit of actual fall weather this month in LA (not that I’m complaining!), and I got all excited and pulled out every sweater I own. I always go way overboard and as soon as there’s a day that’s vaguely overcast or two raindrops fall, I’m bundled up from head to toe. I’m an all-or-nothing type of gal.

Anyway, it got me all excited to hunt around online for some new fall finds. I’m loving grays, blacks, and bits of white this fall, with cool, simple jewelry. Skinnies, booties, and cozy sweaters. That’s the deal. Oh! And a bunch of you were asking about this sweater. I got it in Paris, but I actually found a really similar one that’s pretty great (and really affordable!) so I included it here. What are you wearing this fall? xoxo

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Note: This post contains an affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you eventually purchase something you see here. All items are pieces I truly love and wished to share with you! Post not sponsored.

 

Make Your Day Giveaway

Make Your Day will be officially available for purchase one week from today! But to get you pumped (and to keep our heads from exploding in excitement), we are giving…

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Make Your Day will be officially available for purchase one week from today! But to get you pumped (and to keep our heads from exploding in excitement), we are giving away a few copies this week! Winners will be announced next week and will get a shiny free copy of Make Your Day when it launches on November 4th.

You can enter to win down below! The Paper Mama and I are each giving away three copies, so there are lots of chances to win. See below for giveaway rules and all that jazz. We’re so excited, and we hope you are too! xoxo

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Giveaway will end on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 5 PM PST. Six winners will be chosen through Rafflecopter. Winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning entry email. Please see the Rafflecopter widget for full giveaway rules. 

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Santa’s Coming Early

Hey gang! If you’re looking for a little extra boost for your blog or brand around the holidays, shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com. Lovely Indeed is having a sidebar…

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Hey gang! If you’re looking for a little extra boost for your blog or brand around the holidays, shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com. Lovely Indeed is having a sidebar special for the end of the year and I’d love to rep your awesomeness. xoxo

Ten Things: Stressin’

Do you guys stress out? I don’t do it in the way that it frazzles or incapacitates me. I do it in the way where I just keep it in…

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Do you guys stress out? I don’t do it in the way that it frazzles or incapacitates me. I do it in the way where I just keep it in my head and think and think and think. And usually eventually I realize that it won’t help anything, but I can’t help stressing out for just a few minutes (or sometimes hours). I almost think that it’s healthy for me sometimes — it motivates me and usually helps me just put my head down and get to work.

So here are ten things that are on my stressy list right now.

1. Getting Make Your Day just right.
2. My hangnails.
3. A kink in my neck that just won’t go away.
4. The music that my husband likes to play while he works. It’s like stressful rock.
5. Feeling like I don’t have enough time to see my pals.
6. Feeling like I’m in charge of everything all the time.
7. Wanting to spend more time at the gym.
8. The pile of papers growing on my desk.
9. Wishing I had time for two full-time jobs.
10. The fact that Los Angeles seems to have forgotten that it’s supposed to be fall.

Ugh. I feel better now. Seeing them written out kind of takes the wind out of their sails a little bit. Maybe that’s a good exercise for me. Ha! In any case, I’m pretty excited for the weekend — I get to spend two days at Freutcamp, forgetting about my cares and just getting inspired. Will I see any of you there?

And hey, what stresses you out? Big stuff? Small stuff? No stuff at all (you lucky duck)? Let me know. xoxo

Halloween Oldies But Goodies

In case you’re looking for a couple more weekend projects, here are two of my favorite Halloween DIY throwbacks! DIY Nailhead Trim Pumpkins. I still love these things. So easy, so…

In case you’re looking for a couple more weekend projects, here are two of my favorite Halloween DIY throwbacks!

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DIY Nailhead Trim Pumpkins. I still love these things. So easy, so fast, and so cool looking!

mail2DIY Halloween Mail Mini Party. Last year when I sent these to my niece, I think she called the skulls “pirates.” Ha! Now that she’s 3, she’s all grown up and knows alllll about skulls. I loved this little project. Go check ’em out! xoxo

DIY String & Nail Art Pumpkin

The Free People store in my neighborhood has had the coolest string nail art on the wall this season, and I’ve been really wanting to try it out on something….

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The Free People store in my neighborhood has had the coolest string nail art on the wall this season, and I’ve been really wanting to try it out on something. So my poor pumpkin became a pincushion for the good of us all. Actually, he was pretty chill about it. This one is easier than it looks, so let’s get crackin’!

Materials

  • medium to large pumpkin
  • small nails
  • hammer (optional)
  • pencil
  • embroidery thread
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour

Begin by lightly sketching a design on the pumpkin. I kind of wanted it to look like a thought bubble, so I did the little swoopy bubble with words in it. You can make whatever your little heart desires.

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Push nails into the pumpkin along your sketched lines. The more detailed or curvy the lines, the more nails you’ll have to use. For straight lines, I kept my nails about a half-inch apart. If you need the hammer to tap them in, do a test run first. It doesn’t take much pressure. Also, be ready for the pumpkin to ooze a little bit of liquid at each nail hole. Just let it be or clean it up with a paper towel.

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Tie one end of a long strand of embroidery thread to one of the nails and hide the knot. Begin to work your way around the design, stringing the thread between nails.

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Keep criss-crossing the thread at random, being sure to outline the design at least once for definition. It helps to loop the thread all the way around nails rather than just around one side of them. When you’re done, tie another hidden knot around one of the nails and snip the end.

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This thing was oddly therapeutic to make! It’s a really fun one to see come together once it takes shape. I put one of these little guys on top of it so it looked like he was the one saying “Boo.” I gave that little pumpkin a big job and he did it like a champ. xoxo

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Lovely Indeed and west elm // Holiday DIY Workshop

Woah. I have so much exciting news this week I feel like my brain is on fast forward. Like trying to keep a secret when you’re a little kid! Well,…

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Woah. I have so much exciting news this week I feel like my brain is on fast forward. Like trying to keep a secret when you’re a little kid! Well, wait’s over, y’all. I can finally tell you about a collaboration coming up with my very favorite — west elm!

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but I’ve been working with the lovely folks at west elm on a holiday project that I think you’re going to swoon for. Those darlings asked me (me!) to put my spin on a holiday mantle using some of my favorite pieces from the store. And on top of that, I put together a DIY project using some of their holiday decor that I’ll be teaching at a workshop here in the Los Angeles store. The same workshop will be taught by other bloggers in west elm stores throughout California. What?! I feel so fancy.

So the pressure was on, right? I had to come up with something really cool to make. And I think I did. If you’re in the LA area, you should join me at west elm on November 14th to make DIY Typography Monogrammed stockings. They’re kind of a modern take on a classic idea, and full of holiday cheer.

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Keep an eye out for the full reveal of the holiday mantle, along with more details about the DIY project and workshop. But for now, if you’re itching to reserve your spot at the LA workshop, you can head over to the Facebook event page and RSVP! Space is limited, so grab one while you can. Price of the workshop is just the cost of whichever stocking you choose to monogram ($16-$24). You’ll leave with your own monogrammed stocking, a fun gift bag, and a tummy full of goodies.

Go RSVP! xoxo

P.S. If you’re not in LA, the workshop will also be at west elm stores in San Diego, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Roseville, Scottsdale, Emeryville, Palo Alto, and South Coast Plaza. Also, check out the west elm blog for more info on other holiday DIY workshops with some pretty wonderful bloggers.

DIY Printable Halloween Garland

If you missed it, you should head over and check out my final Halloween DIY over on The Neighborhood! Remember my old glitter garland days? Well, I decided to bring…

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If you missed it, you should head over and check out my final Halloween DIY over on The Neighborhood! Remember my old glitter garland days? Well, I decided to bring one back and offer a freebie download in case you need to make some quick Halloween decorations. Check out the download and the how-to right here. xoxo

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DIY Printable Halloween Treat Bags

Freebie alert! I’ve got the perfect printable to go with last week’s DIY treat bag clips. These printable Halloween treat bags are exclusively over on The Neighborhood, so click here…

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Freebie alert! I’ve got the perfect printable to go with last week’s DIY treat bag clips. These printable Halloween treat bags are exclusively over on The Neighborhood, so click here to go get your free copy. It’s got four different designs that you can mix and match, and it’s as easy as pressing the print button. Go get it! xoxo

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