Make Your Day Sale

You guys! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you still on a turkey hangover? If you’re just not ready to get out of your pajamas yet, you can do some holiday shopping…

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You guys! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you still on a turkey hangover? If you’re just not ready to get out of your pajamas yet, you can do some holiday shopping right here, right now, on your comfy couch. Hop over to Make Your Day and get your super sale copy! If you haven’t gotten one yet, or would like to get a few copies for friends, don’t forget our super Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales. Today and Monday only, enter code HAPPYHOLIDAYSALE to get 30% off the purchase price of the ebook! Check out what a few fancy folks are saying about Make Your Day.

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Make Your Day is filled with some great gift ideas that even the reluctant crafter can make. Add a little spunk to your house or knock out the holiday gifts, this book makes it easy and is just a delight to look at.
-Jenny, Hank + Hunt

This digital book is for the maker who likes getting use out of the things they make. Make Your Day is for those of us who don’t want to go buy a million new supplies to make one DIY.  Chelsey & Chelsea focused the book around using what you may already have in your home to make every moment of your day more special and more beautiful.  It’s a dream to look through with gorgeous photography and adorable illustrated steps for each DIY.
-Moorea, Moorea Seal

Everything is gorgeously styled (would you expect anything less from these ladies?!?) and expertly photographed.
-Lexy, The Proper Pinwheel

Unique and easy-to-make projects that anyone can successfully recreate.
-Alison, The Alison Show

I love the styling and the photography throughout the book, but what I love most is the passion behind the whole project. In a nutshell it’s about a love for DIY.
-Cyd, The Sweetest Occasion

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Head to the shop and be sure to get copies for yourself and your friends. Thanks so much for all of your support, and we’re wishing you a great kickoff to the holiday season. xoxo

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Ten Things: Thankful

Here we are, guys. I love the opportunity to be grateful, so let’s be. I could fill a book with the things I’m thankful for, but here are ten that particularly make…

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Here we are, guys. I love the opportunity to be grateful, so let’s be. I could fill a book with the things I’m thankful for, but here are ten that particularly make me shake my head and wonder how I got to be so blessed.

1. Mr. Lovely. And his complete and total understanding, grace, kindness, and love towards me. And his joy for life.
2. My family.
3. The opportunity to be carving my own path.
4. Knowing who I am.
5. Music.
6. The things I take for granted, like ample food, shelter, and safety.
7. Babies.
8. Friends of all kinds.
9. Travel and the ability to see the world.
10. You all, Lovely Indeed, and the world that has been opened up to me since I began this adventure.

I’m wishing you all the very best Thanksgiving, and hoping it’s filled with your favorite things. Please feel free to leave a few things that make you feel thankful in the comments. I’d love to read them over the next couple of days. xoxo

DIY Thanksgiving Placecards

Had to squeeze in one more printable for you before turkey time! If you’re still in need of a last-minute addition to your Thanksgiving table, head over to the Neighborhood…

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Had to squeeze in one more printable for you before turkey time! If you’re still in need of a last-minute addition to your Thanksgiving table, head over to the Neighborhood to download my final Thanksgiving design. They’re art deco placecards, and they’re so easy you could probably have your dog make them for you. Unless he’s busy. Go get ’em! xoxo

P.S. Are you still needing an advent calendar? I’ve got one right here that tells the whole Christmas story. Print it out and share it with your kiddos!

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Make Your Day Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

If you haven’t had a chance to snap up Make Your Day yet, you’re in luck! We’re having two magical days of super sale, on Friday and Monday. (We couldn’t…

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If you haven’t had a chance to snap up Make Your Day yet, you’re in luck! We’re having two magical days of super sale, on Friday and Monday. (We couldn’t let Black Friday and Cyber Monday slip by without celebrating, could we?)

On Friday the 29th and Monday the 2nd only, you’ll have a chance to get Make Your Day at 30% off  — the deepest discount we’ll ever have. We’d love for you to grab a book for the holidays and DIY some gifts, or purchase multiple copies and gift them away as presents! So we’re cutting the price to help you with a little holiday giving.

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On Friday or Monday, enter code HAPPYHOLIDAYSALE at checkout to get your discount, and start DIYing. And don’t forget, all purchases before December 24th come with bonus holiday materials. There are printable placemats, gift tags, and a calendar to get you organized for 2014! xoxo

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24 Merry Days

Ohhhhh boy, do I have a surprise for you. If you’ve never heard of 24 Merry Days, your day is about to get a whole lot better! 24 Merry Days…

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Ohhhhh boy, do I have a surprise for you. If you’ve never heard of 24 Merry Days, your day is about to get a whole lot better! 24 Merry Days is a sort of advent calendar of giveaways. Starting on December 1st, we’re celebrating 24 days, 24 bloggers, and 24 different giveaways. And this year Lovely Indeed is in on the fun! I can’t tell you yet what I’m giving away, but trust me — you’re gonna want it.

Organized by the adorable Audrey from This Little Street, this year’s 24 Merry Days is chock full of really incredible prizes. We’re giving away gift cards to places like Land of Nod and Anthropologie. We’re giving away art for your walls and rad jewelry. We’re giving away furniture. And dudes, we’re giving away a C1 bike from PUBLIC Bikes. No joke! There are tons more prizes, and part of the fun is that you never know who’s giving away a prize on a certain day.

Be sure to check back during the month of December — all of the participating bloggers (it’s a pretty wonderful group) will be directing you to the giveaway of the day, so you’ll always find out where to go to enter. You can also always check out the giveaway calendar here. I’m so grateful to be involved in such a fun and festive project, and glad to be able to hopefully spread some cheer your way! xoxo

giveawaysJust a few of the prizes: A Lowe’s chair, Swedish Hasbeens shoes, a West Elm side table, the Little Goodall Lion Coat, and a PUBLIC bike.

DIY Papier Mâché Bowls

So I have this thing for bowls. Mr. Lovely always makes fun of me because I’ve never met a bowl that I didn’t like. So I thought it was high…

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So I have this thing for bowls. Mr. Lovely always makes fun of me because I’ve never met a bowl that I didn’t like. So I thought it was high time I try to make some. I haven’t done the old glue and paper routine since I was in 4-H, and I kind of forgot how cool it is. And this particular tutorial isn’t even really legit papier mâché. It’s kind of a 21st century fast-forward version. Which is okay by me. Want in? Let’s do it.

Materials

  • newspaper
  • ModPodge
  • balloons
  • empty cups
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • craft paint
  • liquid gilding

Make Time: 2 Hours (plus drying time)

Full disclosure: This is one of those projects that I thought I made up in my head, and after some web searching, realized everyone else did too. So I followed a bit of this great tutorial over at Julie Ann Art, and adjusted some specifics as I went along. I’ll include my step by step here.

Start by cutting your newspaper into strips that are about 1″x3″. (Size can vary — no biggie.) Blow up a few of your balloons, and vary the size if you’d like to have nested bowls like I made.

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Paint a layer of ModPodge around the end of the balloon. One by one, apply the strips of newspaper, ensuring that they soak up glue as you apply. Once you have a base layer of paper covering the glue, apply more ModPodge and paper. Keep going in this order (glue, paper, glue, paper) until you have about 5 or 6 layers of paper covering all areas of your bowl. (It’s important to be sure that it’s thick enough to hold its shape.)

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Stand the balloons in the empty cups to dry, being sure that they’re stable and won’t tip over. Allow your balloons to dry thoroughly — I left mine for about 24 hours. After they’re completely dry, gently pop the balloons and pull away from the bowls.

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Trim the uneven edges around the tops. Flip the bowls upside-down and cover with craft paint (it may take multiple coats). Allow to dry. Flip back over and paint the inside of the bowls with liquid gilding. Leave for a day or so to completely dry and cure.

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Yeah! These are rad! I think they look pretty fancy if I do say so myself. Right now they’re holding some of my overflow accessories, but I think they’d make pretty cool desk organizers or spare change bowls too. Make some! xoxo

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West Elm Workshop

I can’t tell you how much I loved my most recent collaboration with West Elm! From styling our holiday mantle to the DIY monogrammed stocking workshop we recently held together,…

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I can’t tell you how much I loved my most recent collaboration with West Elm! From styling our holiday mantle to the DIY monogrammed stocking workshop we recently held together, it was all a total blast. And I have to tell you, the West Elm gang is maybe the classiest brand I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I love being able to share them with you, mostly because I so admire their commitment to quality, the way they reach out to their community, and the beautiful things that they create.

It was such fun to host another workshop at the LA location — there were quite a few guests who had never been to the store and were blown away by the place. And it’s true! If you’re in LA and have never been, you’ll lose your mind when you set foot in it. On top of that, the team had decked our workshop area out and made it a holiday DIY wonderland (I think the hand-painted polka dot table covers were my fave). Not to mention that amazing hanging installation of embroidery hoops. The creativity is just endless.

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I was so excited to have goodies from Ticket Chocolate and Simple Things Pie Shop on our menu! The hot chocolate on a stick was a hit, and the mini pies were just perfect for people to nibble.

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I loved putting together some merry little gift bags for our guests, too! I hand-stamped some baggies (full DIY to come!) and filled them with little pieces from some of my favorite shops. The bags had pieces from Thatch and Thistle, Genevieve Santos, Lana’s Shop, Treasure Imports, and Amanda Catherine Designs (and a little handmade something from yours truly). I’ll be sharing a peek into the bags coming up soon! We were also super pumped to have Mary Costa there taking photos — she’s becoming my go-to gal for event photos because she has such an awesome eye and always snaps the best moments.

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But my very favorite part of the whole evening was just watching people enjoy each others company while they were creating. People were coming and going and getting to know each other; by the end of the night about 25 people had made stockings (lots of folks made two!). It’s so wonderful to be able to bring people together in the spirit of making, and see the creativity that swirls around. So many people individualized their projects in ways I never would have thought of, and I loved that. It was a fantastic group!

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I’ll be sharing the full DIY tutorial soon, which will have printable templates for the monogramming! For now, I hope you enjoy a few more photos. Big thanks to the West Elm team for putting together such a merry time! xoxo

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Photos by Mary Costa Photography

Ten Things: Proud

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending Freutcamp. Leah from Freutcake put together a jam-packed bootcamp for bloggers and creatives and I came away pretty inspired. One of her…

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A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending Freutcamp. Leah from Freutcake put together a jam-packed bootcamp for bloggers and creatives and I came away pretty inspired. One of her speakers was talking to us about creating our brands, standing behind them, and not being afraid to claim all of your hard work. She called it putting on your “Kanye West Thinking Cap,” which I thought was hysterical. If there was ever a dude who wasn’t afraid to be proud, it’s Kanye.

Now, I actually have a really hard time tooting my own horn, but I had to do a reality check recently because I was almost finding myself ignoring a few major milestones. So in the humblest way possible, a few things that I’m currently proud of:

1. Chelsey and I decided to write an ebook and we did it.
2. Just beat a really hard Candy Crush level.
3. Pitched a crazy idea to a big brand recently and they went for it.
4. Finally made appointments for some annoying dental work.
5. Our apartment is clean, after weeks of being buried in DIY rubble.
6. I’m working hard to have a clear idea of a path for Lovely Indeed, and the path looks awesome.
7. Pushing outside of my comfort zone in a zillion ways.
8. Being there for friends and family when they need help.
9. Not letting myself get taken advantage of.
10. I can finally (mostly) drive around LA without opening my maps app.

What about you? I’m serious — I would love to hear something that you’re really proud of right now. And I’ll give you a big ol’ virtual high five. Have a great weekend! xoxo

P.S. Thanks so much for all of your support with Make Your Day! Don’t forget to use code MYDAYISMADETODAY at checkout for a special reader discount. Get it here!

Dressing for Work

This post is sponsored by Calypte Collection. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! So I work from…

This post is sponsored by Calypte Collection. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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So I work from home. And sometimes that’s awesome, and sometimes it makes me crazy. Can I roll out of bed and stagger to my desk and start my day in my pajamas? Absolutely. But sometimes I just feel better if I take the time to get myself ready, head out into the world, and find a cozy place to sit and work.

I’m trying to mix up my schedule a bit more with regards to all of those things, and so I’ve started to get myself to a local coffee shop every now and again to get my work done. And I don’t necessarily have to get all gussied up, but I usually do have a kind of uniform — comfy, simple layers with some great jewelry. I feel like it’s kind of a gal’s secret weapon to dress up a really simple outfit with some killer accessories, because you can look really put-together but not sacrifice the comfies.

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Recently, my go-to has been this chunky, awesome bracelet from Calypte Collection. I love the gunmetal chain with the big white stone, and even though it’s big it still feels light on my wrist. I’ve been stacking it with everything! It’s perfect for running around doing errands and looking a little glamorous, if I do say so myself. I’ve also been loving wearing it while I’m taking my work to the coffee shop. (It just came out in gold, and I might have to snap that one up too! Seriously. So good.)

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Also, maybe this is weird, but I’ve been using the Calypte tassel bracelet as a keychain. I love it! You know I’m a fan of a tassel. It makes my keys easy to grab and my keys tell me they’re fans as well. Or they would if they could talk. I’m getting a little jealous, though, and might have to turn it into a bracelet again soon.

So what do you think? If you work from home, do you ever make the effort to get yourself together and work out in the world? I’d love to know!

Also, be sure to head over to the Calypte Collection Etsy shop and have a look around. It’s filled with all kinds of other gorgeous stuff! I’m thinking of raiding the place for holiday gifts to give to a few stylish pals. And bonus! If you do a little shopping at Calypte Collection, be sure to leave a note at checkout saying that you found the shop through Lovely Indeed. You’ll get free shipping in the U.S.! Okay, back to work! xoxo

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Family Recipes // Persimmon Cookies & A Giveaway

Ever since I can remember, my Aunt Sandy has been baking with persimmons. She’d bring these little persimmon bread loaves to Christmas Eve for all the kids, and we’d all…

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Ever since I can remember, my Aunt Sandy has been baking with persimmons. She’d bring these little persimmon bread loaves to Christmas Eve for all the kids, and we’d all talk about how we liked to have them for breakfast on Christmas morning. These cookies are pretty legendary in my family, too. I tried them for the first time last year and realized how easy they are! So now, without further ado, the family secrets are being let out for you all to enjoy.

Aunt Sandy’s Persimmon Cookies

Ingredients

1 c. persimmon pulp
1 t. baking soda
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
2 c. flour
1 egg
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips (or raisins if you prefer)
optional: 1 c. nuts

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Prepare your persimmons. If they’re pretty soft, you should be able to cut off the top and squeeze out the pulp. If they’re not so ripe, take the skin off, cube, and puree them in a blender until you have a pulpy consistency. About 3 persimmons should make one cup of pulp.

Beat the pulp, baking soda, sugar, and shortening until creamy. Add egg, flour, spices, chocolate chips, and nuts (if you choose). Mix until you reach a doughy consistency.

Cover a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and drop spoonfuls the dough onto the sheet. (These cookies don’t spread — they’ll stay the same shape that you drop them in, so keep that in mind.) Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes, depending on your oven.

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I hope you love these! They’re so easy, and they just taste like the holidays to me.

And now, even more fun! I’m loving this little screen printed tea towel from Celina Mancurti! Her Etsy shop is full of eco-friendly linens that she screens by hand. I also think her mission is wonderful and fits right in with our Family Recipes series; Celina aims to make modern-day family heirlooms that can be passed on to future generations. Isn’t that lovely?

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UPDATE: Giveaway now closed (11/26/13). Thanks to all for entering!

You can enter down below to win a hand-screened Tis The Season linen towel just like this one! Just use the Rafflecopter widget to enter in any number of ways. The towel would be such a great holiday gift, especially if you pair it with some killer persimmon cookies. I know. Brilliant. xoxo

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Blogging // Community Interaction

One of my favorite things about blogging is the sense of community that it encourages. It’s crazy, but I’ve met some of the kindest, most creative, most encouraging people ever…

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One of my favorite things about blogging is the sense of community that it encourages. It’s crazy, but I’ve met some of the kindest, most creative, most encouraging people ever because of this career. And especially lately, as you lovelies are becoming a little more vocal, I find myself so thankful for the Lovely Indeed community in particular. Your comments and your interactions on social media are so gracious, funny, and real. And I love it.

The idea of community interaction is something that I’ve been trying to improve on lately. For a long while in the beginning, I was blogging to almost absolute silence, because I didn’t really have many readers to speak of (except for my ever lovin’ mom). And then when people started leaving comments, I obviously enjoyed it but I never occurred to me to actually turn it into a conversation! Duh. So that’s where I am now, doing my best to facilitate conversation and share with everybody.

The idea of comments on a blog is kind of tricky. As bloggers, we all want to engage our readers and get people chatting. But sometimes I look at the really huge bloggers with hundreds of comments on a post, and I have no idea how they sort through them all. I suppose at a certain point, it’s just plain impossible to reply to every message. Add to that the tweets, Facebook messages, Instagram comments, and emails, and you could start to spend all day just replying to all of the correspondence.

So how do you manage it all? For myself, I’ve started a sort of priority list when it comes to responding to all the fine folks that reach out. A personal email always gets a response, even if it’s a quick one. Same goes for comments that include a question, unless it’s already been answered in the post or in another comment. Next up is general blog comments. After that, I hit social media. My Twitter and Instagram tend to be the most active, so I’m trying to improve my response time there. Finally, Facebook is kind of sleepy for me but I try to at least “Like” any interactions there to acknowledge that they happened.

So what about you? Do you find yourself getting bogged down in responding? Or do you have a different system? If you’re a blogger, I’d love to know your thoughts on the whole thing! And on a related note, just another heartfelt thanks to you all for sharing while you’re hanging out here. It truly makes my day to hear from you. xoxo