2013: A Year in Review

2013 was a little crazy and a lot wonderful. I’m so grateful for every experience I had this year, mostly because it felt like a perfect combination of all of…

2013 was a little crazy and a lot wonderful. I’m so grateful for every experience I had this year, mostly because it felt like a perfect combination of all of the things I love — this blog, theatre, travel, fun, and family. You know I love to do a year in review (evidence here, here, and here), so let’s talk about 2013.

A year ago right now, I was bonkers stressed out with Alt a few weeks away, because I had the opportunity to both speak and throw a party for the opening night dinners. I was so pumped and so nervous, and I feel like it set the stage for a really wonderful year professionally.

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Early spring was about building friendships, and I’ll never forget the day I took this photo. Kelly, Brittni, and I went to the LA Flower Market and that day we set wheels into motion for something really cool that’s coming together soon (after literally a year in the making). So grateful for those girls and all of the other blogger friends I’ve made recently who encourage me to be creative every day.

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In May I got to spend a few days in Palm Springs with my Bestie, which was just about the best thing a girl could ask for. 
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Also in May, my sweet mom had her hip replaced. I was so thankful that it timed perfectly in my schedule to be able to stay with her through her recuperation and help her to get (literally) back on her feet. I won’t lie, it was a tough road, but Mom is a soldier and never, ever stopped being positive. So summer was filled with lots and lots of family hours, and many a front porch bubble extravaganza.

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Shortly after that bubble picture was taken, my beautiful preggo sister made another person! Little Noah came in August and taught us all that the heart has infinite room to love.

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Mr. Lovely and I were pumped this year to be able to take the stage together twice, once with a show in LA and once in my hometown. We had a ball both times, and I love being onstage with that kid. (These are a couple of dressing room and rehearsal shots.)
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In the fall we headed to NYC to spend some much needed time with our wonderful friends there, and then went on to Europe for our anniversary in Paris. Pfft. There are just no words, so let the pictures do the talking.
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Chelsey and I wrote an ebook, too! Make Your Day was a huge, unruly pile of work, but something that we are both so proud of. Talk about a learning experience. But so satisfying when we were able to put a bow on it and send it out in the world for people to enjoy.

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And finally, we wrapped up the year with maybe my favorite blog collaboration — a big project with west elm. I’m proud of the work that they allowed me to do for them, and so happy to be collaborating with such a creative, gracious brand.

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In writing this post, I keep finding myself typing things like grateful and thankful. And so I guess that was the theme of the year. I know that I put in hours upon hours of hard work, but it’s just because so many wonderful opportunities came my way. I can’t believe some of the things the year brought, and while it wasn’t only a barrel of laughs (there were some low points too), it was pretty unreal. and through everything, Mr. Lovely is always right there, being awesome and encouraging and just plain cool. So if I had to pick the thing I’m most grateful for, it would be him.

Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 3.56.25 PMI would love to know some of your most memorable experiences this year, so share them in the comments if you’re feeling nostalgic. And if you had to pick one thing to be most thankful for this year, what would it be? Here’s to a beautiful 2014. xoxo

 

Lovely Indeed’s Top 5 for 2013

Hey you lovelies! I hope you all have been very merry and got to take a little time off from your grind — I know I so loved spending lazy…

Hey you lovelies! I hope you all have been very merry and got to take a little time off from your grind — I know I so loved spending lazy time with family last week. I have some fun new year-type stuff coming up later this week, but for today I’m giving you a little dose of DIY! In case you missed them, we’re counting down Lovely Indeed’s top 5 DIY projects from 2013. Follow the links to the full posts and get inspired for 2014. xoxo

FIVE! Apparently y’all are fans of a little booze now and then, because you sure seemed to like these DIY bar bottle labels.

bottle7FOUR! Photobooths are my fave, and yours too! This streamer photobooth backdrop caught on like wildfire.

Streamers9THREE! Leather was one of my favorite materials to work with this year (and probably will be next year, too!). These DIY leather tassel keyrings are still decorating my house keys.

Tassel7TWO! This DIY scattered flower photobooth backdrop was all the rage, and so pretty I almost didn’t take it down!

flowers10ONE! You guys have good taste, because this was my favorite project this year too. I used my DIY gold leaf polka dot mousepad until it wore out, and I’m about to make myself another!

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Merry Christmas, Now Let’s Be Happy

Well, here we are. We did it — the shopping, the wrapping, the DIYs, the parties, the whole shebang. We did it and we did it good. I love the…

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Well, here we are. We did it — the shopping, the wrapping, the DIYs, the parties, the whole shebang. We did it and we did it good.

I love the hustle and bustle that is the early part of the holiday season, I really do. I love the decorations all over town and the chill in the air and people being jolly. But what I love even more is the quietness that I feel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My heart always slows down a little bit as all of the material things fall away and I can really reflect on why I celebrate the season in the way that I do.

There’s a carol with lyrics that go “Still, still, still. One can hear the falling snow.” Doesn’t that just stop you in your tracks? A night so silent and peaceful that you could hear a snowflake. I like to try to find that stillness during this part of the holidays.

So whether you’ve already celebrated your holidays or you’ll be gathering this week with loved ones to celebrate, I hope that this season brings you a peaceful type of joy that just fills you up. I’ll be setting work aside for the week to be with family and friends, and I hope that you have the chance to do that as well. See you back here next week, and have a merry, merry Christmas. xoxo

Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Happy Friday! In case your weekend is going to be full of gift wrapping, I’ve got a printable Christmas gift tag for you to download! I love this one —…

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Happy Friday! In case your weekend is going to be full of gift wrapping, I’ve got a printable Christmas gift tag for you to download! I love this one — it’s simple and pretty and lovely, and so easy to put together (featuring hand-drawn wreaths by Tristan of Besotted Blog). Click here for the download and printing instructions. Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE GIFT TAGS

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P.S. Head to Design Crush to enter today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway!

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Make and Give // DIY Leather Key Basket

It’s one for the dudes! You know I love to find DIYs that can serve as gifts for guys. They always get the short end of the DIY stick, if…

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It’s one for the dudes! You know I love to find DIYs that can serve as gifts for guys. They always get the short end of the DIY stick, if you ask me. But this one is plenty manly and plenty easy. We’re making a DIY leather key basket for all of those dudes out there who come home with too much stuff in their pockets.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes plus drying time

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Start by getting your square of leather thoroughly damp. I dipped a rag in water and spread the water over the leather until it absorbed. You can also use a spray bottle to apply the water.

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Once the leather is evenly damp, dip one of the clean, soft rags into the leather dye. Start spreading the dye evenly over the leather. Once you have a full coat of dye applied, add dye to any places that look light or uneven. If you’d like the back side dyed as well, repeat the process with water and dye on the back.

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Pinch together each corner of the square and hold with clothespins. It’s important to do this step while the leather is still wet and flexible! Once you have the basket shape in place, be sure that the edges of the leather are covered with dye as well. Set this aside and let it set until the leather is dry and a bit more stiff.

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Apply a small amount of E-6000 at each corner, under the spot where the clothespins were holding them together. Replace the clothespins to hold the corners while the glue dries.

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After the glue dries, use one more clean, soft, dry rag to buff out any excess color from the basket. (You can also add a leather finish or sealer if you like.)

And that’s it! Wrap it up and put it under the tree for your fella or your dad. And rejoice in the fact that the keys and spare change now have a cozy little place to live. Make it and give it! xoxo

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leather-basket9P.S. Head to The Proper Pinwheel to enter today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway!

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Simple DIY Holiday Wrapping

I’m about to drop a realness bomb on you. Sometimes I don’t like wrapping presents. Boom. I love the idea of wrapping presents. It’s all cozy and fun and you put…

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I’m about to drop a realness bomb on you. Sometimes I don’t like wrapping presents. Boom. I love the idea of wrapping presents. It’s all cozy and fun and you put music on and drink hot chocolate by the tree and wrap away. Until you have paper cuts everywhere and run out of tape and just can’t get your corners folded right and you’d rather be drinking wine anyway.

Anyone feel me here? If you do, this one’s for you. Super simple, super affordable, super fast DIY holiday wrapping. Let’s do it.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I didn’t get step-by-step photos for this one, but it’s beyond simple. While your bags are still folded and flat, stamp an image on the front side. Fill with your gift or goodies and fold the top over twice, toward the stamp.

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Punch two holes in the folded top section, string with twine, and tie in a bow. Done!

I used these for the West Elm gift bags and they were a hit! They’re perfect if you have a lot of small gifts to give — very cost-effective, and pretty cute to boot. Happy wrapping! xoxo

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wrapping6P.S. Head to Little White Whale to enter today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway!

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Be a Sponsor While I’m At Alt!

Image from Lovely Indeed’s Instagram feed. I’m wiggling my toes because things are happening. Big, fun things that are kicking off next year. And it’s gonna be good. January will…

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Image from Lovely Indeed’s Instagram feed.

I’m wiggling my toes because things are happening. Big, fun things that are kicking off next year. And it’s gonna be good. January will mark the start of a few new things around here, including a different sidebar and new advertising opportunities! I’m pumped to get going with it, especially because I’ll be heading to Alt Summit in January (did you hear that I’m hosting a party?!) and it’ll mean lots of extra exposure next month for the folks who are on Lovely’s sidebar.

So if you’re curious to know more or if you’d like to jump on the sidebar for January, shoot me an email at hello{at}lovelyindeed{dot}com and we can chat. Let’s make things happen. xoxo