Ten Things: Relax

Ten Things: Relax

These days, I’m feeling anything but relaxed. Alt (and the prep leading up to it) was such a whirlwind, and now we’re elbow-deep in planning for Meet/Make/Do. So I’ve got…

Ten Things: Relax

These days, I’m feeling anything but relaxed. Alt (and the prep leading up to it) was such a whirlwind, and now we’re elbow-deep in planning for Meet/Make/Do. So I’ve got my game face on until about mid-March, when I’ll hopefully take a mini vacay and breathe for a bit. But I thought I could at least daydream about relaxing, and that got me thinking about my favorite ways to chill out. Some of them are weird and don’t seem relax-y at all; others are straight out of a relaxing textbook. Or would be, if there were such a thing.

1. Working out outdoors.

2. Cooking breakfast and eating it at home.

3. Travel.

4. Hunting for yard sales in our neighborhood.

5. Marathoning a favorite tv show.

6. Swimming.

7. Sharing a meal with friends or family.

8. Taking a camera out on a walk.

9. Binge-reading a junky novel from cover to cover, preferably in a beach chair under an umbrella.

10. Driving when I don’t have to be somewhere.

Basically, you’ll find me doing all of the above in March (hopefully)! I love the process of working hard toward a goal, achieving it, and then being able to recharge and regroup. So what about you? What are your favorite ways to relax? Let me know and then go chill — it’s the weekend! xoxo

Valentine Giveaway

Lupa & Pepi Valentine Giveaway

You guys. February is my birthday month, and this year I’ve decided to give you the presents. We’ll be celebrating each week with a new giveaway, and I’m pretty sure y’all are going…

You guys. February is my birthday month, and this year I’ve decided to give you the presents. We’ll be celebrating each week with a new giveaway, and I’m pretty sure y’all are going to love what’s happening.

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So first of all, are you ready for Valentine’s Day? It’ll be here before you know it, and Rachel from Lupa & Pepi has got the paper goodies to help you celebrate. Remember the business cards she made for Lovely Indeed? Rachel does all of that and more at Lupa & Pepi. Her shop is filled with stationery, notecards, gift wrap, and other fun goodies. My personal favorite are the secret admirer postcards from her shop! You can send an anonymous love note via Lupa & Pepi and let Rachel play cupid for you. And if you’re a not-so-secret admirer, you can get the postcards as a set and send them to whoever you like. The majority of the items in the shop can be personalized, which is so cool, and rumor has it that Lupa & Pepi will be launching a shop right on the website very soon, with some fun new designs!

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So if you’re still planning your Valentine’s Day, get in on this giveaway! You can enter to win a Lupa & Pepi Valentine Package, filled to the brim with paper goods, handmade pieces, sweets, little gifts, and more (a little insider information: the secret admirer postcards are up for grabs, too!). And the good news is that the giveaway will end with time to send out your Valentines. Follow the entering instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Many thanks to Lupa & Pepi for spreading the love! xoxo

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Sidebar & Sponsor Update!

Okay, guys. I’m taking a little bit of a leap here and trying something that I’ve always been curious about but a little scared to do. Have you heard of…

Passionfruit Ads

Okay, guys. I’m taking a little bit of a leap here and trying something that I’ve always been curious about but a little scared to do. Have you heard of Passionfruit Ads? It’s like an online marketplace that helps organize and sell sidebar ads on blogs. And as of right now, Lovely Indeed has its very own ad shop there!

So what does it all mean? Basically, you can purchase an ad on Lovely Indeed’s sidebar right from the shop. It eliminates a lot of back and forth, and makes things like uploading ad art and payment super easy and safe. I’ve been toying with the idea because I love being able to represent other bloggers and businesses on the sidebar, but the upkeep with changing out ads monthly becomes quite a bit of work. So we’re trying this out. And if you’re thinking of sponsoring, I’d love to know if you like the idea! (By the way, did you also notice I recently revamped the sidebar? I wanted to give the ads a little more space to shine.)

The other cool thing is that you don’t have to wait until the 1st of the month to jump on the sidebar. You can purchase an ad any time (like at 1 am while you’re on your couch in your pajamas) and it will run for one month from the day you purchase. There are handy reminders when your ad is about to expire, so you can choose to stay on or finish up the month.

And one other fancy little thing — I’ve finally added Blog Business and Organization Consulting to Lovely Indeed’s services! I get so many questions about how I stay organized, how I run my editorial calendar, and the path that I took to turn blogging into my job. So now, I can distill that information to you one on one and make it apply to you and your blog or business. You can find that service in the ad shop as well!

So if you’re thinking of jumping on board, check it out! You can find the Lovely Indeed ad shop here, or right on the blog in the Collaborate page. I sincerely hope that if you choose to advertise with Lovely Indeed, this will make the process awesome for you! xoxo

DIY Valentine Crackers

Who says crackers are just for Christmas?! Not this guy. I made some DIY Christmas crackers as gifts this year and decided to use my leftover cracker snaps on some…

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Who says crackers are just for Christmas?! Not this guy. I made some DIY Christmas crackers as gifts this year and decided to use my leftover cracker snaps on some DIY Valentine crackers too. Waste not, want not, y’all. Just switch up the color scheme and the little gifties inside, and it’s a perfect gift for your Valentine or your Galentine (Parks and Rec, anyone?). Let’s make ’em!

Matierals

  • cracker snaps
  • cardstock
  • clear tape
  • double-sided tape
  • decorative paper
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • tiny gifts to stuff inside

Make Time: 20 Minutes

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Start by cutting all of your pieces to the right size. Cut a 5.5″ square of cardstock and a piece of decorative paper that’s 18″ x 7″. Gather the rest of your materials. (Tip! If you just have plain paper, draw a pattern on it like I did.)

Roll the cardstock into a tube and tape closed. Tape the tube to the center of one of the long edges of the paper.

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Insert a snap into the tube and center it. Tape the ends of the snap down onto the paper on either side of the tube.

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Roll the rest of the paper around the tube and secure with hidden double-sided tape. Gather the paper at one end of the tube and tie with a ribbon.

Insert your toys and trinkets into the other end of the tube, being careful not to pack it too tightly. Tie off this end of the paper around the tube and trim the ends if necessary.

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Give your crackers to your Valentine! Make sure you tell them to grab onto the paper on either side of the cracker and pull straight apart to make it pop. What would you put in yours? xoxo

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Lovely Indeed Elsewhere

Lovely, Elsewhere

Hey gang! I’m finally back in my own house and sleeping in my own bed after my travels, and boy is it good to be back. This morning, in case you…

Lovely Indeed Elsewhere

Hey gang! I’m finally back in my own house and sleeping in my own bed after my travels, and boy is it good to be back. This morning, in case you need a little extra food for thought, I’m sharing some of my recent contributor posts for The Neighborhood and Momtastic! I love contributing, because it give me a chance to write about things that I don’t necessarily share here on Lovely Indeed. Take a peek through some of my January work!

My favorite apps for getting organized (I use ’em every day!).

I’ve been hiking a whole lot recently. Do you like to work out outside?

This setup would have gotten me out of so many jams.

I say it all the time: We live in the future.

And (secret reveal time) did you guys know that Mr. Lovely blogs too? Is that the cutest, or what? He blogs about manly stuff and super-smart tech stuff, which I think is so cool. Check out some of his topics:

Tech shortcuts that save a ton of time (he’s always teaching me these!).

What do you do with your old electronics?

And if you’re looking for a little extra DIY action, head over and read my posts for Momtastic. This month I shared DIY fridge organizer magnets and DIY heart crayons for Valentine’s Day.

Hope you like a little dose of something different today! See you tomorrow — I am so antsy for you to see the Valentine’s Day DIY I have cooked up for ya. xoxo

Gold Foil Business Cards

New Business Cards {And a Reader Discount!}

While I’m running around Alt this week passing out Lovely Indeed’s new business cards, I thought I’d give you all a little peek as well! Rachel from Lupa & Pepi…

Gold Foil Business Cards

Gold Foil Business Cards

While I’m running around Alt this week passing out Lovely Indeed’s new business cards, I thought I’d give you all a little peek as well! Rachel from Lupa & Pepi designed another set of business cards for me this year, and I love ’em so much I’m wiggling my toes.

If you remember last year’s cards, these probably look a little familiar. But what we didn’t have last year was — oh, I dunno — gold foilI’m seriously so pumped about the foil embossing with the letterpress I feel like it’s Christmas all over again. Gold has become such a staple around here I thought it would be cool to include some on the cards, so Rachel made it happen. And I love that the little heart still has a pop of color on the front.

On the backside, Rachel actually had a kind of crazy idea that I ended up loving and going for. Because the card is so simple and clean, she suggested just including my logo, name, and the @lovelyindeed handle. Since I recently switched all of my social media over to the same username, I kind of thought it was cool. And I know it’s a bit of a risk, not including a web address or an email address, but I kind of love it! It feels different and fun, and hopefully people will know that there are a million ways to find me at @lovelyindeed or lovelyindeed.com. In any case, it was a decision that I’m glad I made, and I loved Rachel’s suggestion! The rest of the backside is a full bleed letterpress (in reverse, so the only thing that doesn’t have color is the information).

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It’s just so wonderful to collaborate with other creatives — I love that we made something together that wouldn’t have existed if only one of us was working on the project! Be sure to check out Lupa & Pepi to see more of Rachel’s work. (I’m loving this new pattern in her shop!) She’s also offering a reader discount of 20% off design fees on custom business cards, so check it out if you’re in the market for some awesome. Just email Rachel at [email protected] and mention Lovely Indeed before January 31! xoxo

P.S. Yeah, my name is different now. It only took me two and a half years to take Mr. Lovely’s last name!

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Gold Foil Business Cards

DIY Cement Valentines

I suppose I could start this post off with some really terrible pun about setting your love in stone this Valentine’s Day, but I won’t do that. (See what I…

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I suppose I could start this post off with some really terrible pun about setting your love in stone this Valentine’s Day, but I won’t do that. (See what I did there?) Instead I’m just gonna say that these little DIY cement valentines are rad. I’m really enjoying working with cement these days, and every time I use it I’m surprised by how easy it is. We’ve used the stuff before, but this time we’ll be doing a little variation on the process. Let’s make some valentines!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (plus 1 hour setting time)

Start by prepping your materials. It’s important to have everything ready to go once you start mixing the cement, because this stuff dries fast. In your disposable cup, measure 12 tablespoons of Cement All (water to cement ratio is really crucial, so I recommend leveling off the tablespoons). Then measure in 3 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon of water. Stir immediately and vigorously, being sure to get rid of all dry chunks of cement.

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Pour carefully into the molds and smooth the tops of the hearts (which will eventually be the bottoms) if needed. Set aside to dry for one hour. After one hour, carefully pop the hearts out of the molds. If desired, sand the bottoms of the hearts so that they’re smooth and flat.

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If you’d like, paint your hearts with craft paint. Let dry and begin the stamping process.

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To stamp, decide on a short word or two and get your stamps in order. Load ink onto the stamp from the black ink pad and be sure to practice first on a piece of scrap to get the feel of the stamp. Stamp the letters onto the center of a heart and let them dry thoroughly.

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Run around on Valentine’s Day and hand them out to all of your buddies! They’re perfect because you can make them for your honey, or a friend, or your cute little niece. I’d love to hear what you’d have your hearts say, too. Have fun! xoxo

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Meet/Make/Do

Design by Jordan Brantley! I’m pretty pumped today, because I finally get to share with you guys something that I’ve been working on for months. (Like… 8 months, to be…

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Design by Jordan Brantley!

I’m pretty pumped today, because I finally get to share with you guys something that I’ve been working on for months. (Like… 8 months, to be exact.)

Last spring, Brittni, Kelly, and I had the chance to hang for a day or so while Brit was traveling here in LA. We spent some time at the flower market, brunched at a favorite restaurant, and then the two of them went on to work on a few projects together. At some point, Brittni made the offhand comment about how cool it would be if we could bring some of our favorite creatives together for a few days just to hang out, create, daydream, and help each other with projects. We were like, “Well obviously that would be awesome…” And at first it seemed like something that would never happen. But the more we talked about it, the more we wanted to make it happen. So you guys — we are.

We are making it happen! It’s happening! I still kind of can’t believe it. Next month, we’ll be gathering some wonderful, beautiful, creative bloggers together in Palm Springs for about three days of creating, brainstorming, learning, sharing, and just being inspired. It’s called Meet/Make/Do, and that’s exactly what will be happening. Meeting our pals, making stuff happen, and doing fantastic things.

I’m excited because it’s all very experimental, and so we have the ability to mold it into anything we like. (That, by the way, is also the totally scary part. Ha!) Our goal is to have our guests (and ourselves!) leave feeling inspired, and with some beautiful content to share with you all. Whether that means a new project they complete, or a photo tour of Palm Springs, or just a recap of the event, we hope that it inspires people to create something new.

And most of all, we are so grateful to be working with the folks at Bing, who are sponsoring Meet/Make/Do and making it possible. We’ve been using Bing tools to bring the project to life, and I can’t wait to share that with you as well. You may have already seen it, but you can follow the hashtag #MeetMakeBing to keep up with the event and how it takes shape.

We hope you’re excited to see more, and we are pumped to share with you! More updates to come. For now, stop back here tomorrow for a fun little Valentine’s Day DIY! xoxo

Traveling This Week

Hey gang! Just stopping by to share plans for the week — today I’m off to Salt Lake until Saturday. I’m pretty pumped, because you know I love getting out…

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Hey gang! Just stopping by to share plans for the week — today I’m off to Salt Lake until Saturday. I’m pretty pumped, because you know I love getting out of town and getting inspired.

The first couple of days I’ll be attending an event with Cricut, where it sounds like we’ll be treated to lots of fun surprises and crafty goodness. Can’t wait to share that with y’all. And starting on Wednesday evening, Alt will be rocking for the rest of the week! I’m kind of ansty to get started because Brittni, Ashley, and I are hosting a mini party to cap off the event! We’re throwing the Glimmer, Shimmer, & Shake party, which basically means our room will be the sparkliest dance party you ever met. We’re bringing in DJ Chic Bangs to spin and we’ve been bedazzling decor for weeks. See that shoe up there? Yeah, I’m not wearing that. It’s a centerpiece. Deal with that. In any case, if you’re at Alt, you better come shake a sequined tailfeather with us! (If you do, be sure to use #GlimmerShimmerShake when you post photos so that our pals who can’t make it can share in the fun.)

Not to worry, though, gang — I’ll have new posts for you every day this week, even though I’ll be out of town, kicking off with a pretty exciting announcement tomorrow that you won’t wanna miss! Follow me on Instagram for updates on the week, and you have a great one too. xoxo

Ten Things: DIY Blogging

Sometimes I just have to giggle about how weird it is to be a blogger. Especially, for me, a DIY blogger. I consider myself a maker, you guys know that,…

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Sometimes I just have to giggle about how weird it is to be a blogger. Especially, for me, a DIY blogger. I consider myself a maker, you guys know that, so even though Lovely Indeed covers lots of crazy topics, I do love working with my hands and sharing what I make.

But sometimes while I’m conducting DIY-type business I stop and just think how crazy it is. First of all, that it’s a job at all (which I love and am so grateful for). And secondly, the bizarre behavior that I and the rest of my DIY blogger pals tend to exhibit. You can spot a DIY blogger a mile away if you know what you’re looking for. So I thought I’d share a few things that I find myself doing and then laughing about. Here we go.

1. Hoarding weird junk like cardboard tubes and scraps of fabric “in case they come in handy.”

2. Stopping in the middle of every single project to take step-by-step photos.

3. Knowing exactly which kind of glue is good for sticking any two things in the world together.

4. Thinking “I could make that,” shortly followed by “But will I make that?” every time you’re in a store.

5. Covering up that one part of the project that you smudged and didn’t have time to fix for the photos.

6. Having intimate knowledge of the layout of every craft/fabric/hardware store in a 20 mile radius.

7. Standing, laying, sitting, contorting the body into any position just to get the right photo. (Exhibit A.)

8. Having 18 pairs of scissors because they each do something just a bit different.

9. The endless hunt for the perfect glue gun.

10. Glitter on the bottom of my feet. Always.

If you’re a blogger, what are some of your kooky tendencies? And if you’re in another line of work, what is some of the weird stuff you do because of your job? I love this game! Have a great weekend. xoxo

Alt Summit Prep for your Blog

Last week I shared a little bit of my philosophy on dressing for Alt Summit, and while that’s obviously the fun part, I kind of wanted to get into the…

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Last week I shared a little bit of my philosophy on dressing for Alt Summit, and while that’s obviously the fun part, I kind of wanted to get into the nitty gritty of what I do to get my blog all shined up and spiffed out for the conference. Alt is so jam-packed with opportunity it can make your head spin, so I always try to have all of my ducks in a row when it comes to the business end of my blog before I head to Salt Lake. There’s nothing worse than having an opportunity present itself and realizing you just ran out of business cards, or your site crashed, or your social media pages are out of date. Here’s the checklist that I like to run through to make sure that everything is ready to rumble for Alt. Continue reading