DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Geometric Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Over the last couple of years, washi tape has become my favorite go-to material when it comes to decorating easter eggs (remember these and these?). I still love dye and…

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Over the last couple of years, washi tape has become my favorite go-to material when it comes to decorating easter eggs (remember these and these?). I still love dye and all that jazz, but geez this is just so much cleaner and quicker — and you can make all kinds of really rad designs. So just to inspire you, I’m keeping the tradition alive with another way to use your washi tape come Easter. It’s super fast and I’m pretty sure anybody can tackle this one.

Materials

  • hard boiled eggs at room temperature
  • washi tape
  • scissors

Make Time: 10 Minutes

To start, be sure your eggs are at room temperature or you may have a hard time getting the washi to stick.

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Peel off a 2″ section of washi tape.

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Cut a 1/4″ piece that has clean edges on all sides. From that piece, cut a tiny triangle and apply it to your egg. Repeat this until your egg is covered with a sprinkling of triangles.

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Repeat on all of your eggs and put ’em in one basket! (Get it? Gah, I’m the cheesiest.) See? Simple, quick, and pretty festive for Easter. Have fun! xoxo

P.S. Head over here for more Easter egg ideas!

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs

 

Ten Things: Spring

Is there anybody out there that doesn’t like the spring? No, seriously, this is not a rhetorical question. I’d really love to know if any of y’all are not spring fans….

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Is there anybody out there that doesn’t like the spring? No, seriously, this is not a rhetorical question. I’d really love to know if any of y’all are not spring fans. Maybe if you have allergies?

Because I’m a fan. I think my favie fave season is summer, because I just love that Vitamin D, but spring is a good one too. And here are my ten reasons why.

1. When we were growing up on the farm, spring meant getting to hold brand new chickies after they’ve hatched.

2. That first day when you go outside and the chill is gone from the air.

3. Buds on trees.

4. The April showers that bring May flowers and all that jazz.

5. Speaking of flowers, all of those gorgeous spring flowers that you just don’t see during the winter.

6. The start of sunshine on your shoulders.

7. Dresses with no tights.

8. Color everywhere.

9. Awards shows!

10. People get happier (goodbye, polar vortex!).

Okay, your turn! And have a beautifully springy weekend. xoxo

Palm Springs Style

Palm Springs Style

Do you ever have trouble packing for a trip? So often I’ll think that I did a great job packing and then get to a place and have all the…

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Do you ever have trouble packing for a trip? So often I’ll think that I did a great job packing and then get to a place and have all the wrong stuff. Or feel like I look like an alien. I remember one recent trip back to visit friends in NYC. My California was showing — I was a vision in pink, sticking out of a sea of black.

So on our last trip to Palm Springs, I decided to go big with the packing and rock out some pink pants that might not usually see the light of day. If there’s anywhere to make pink denim work, it’s that city. You would almost look out of place if you weren’t wearing something like that. Combine it with your brightest bag and a some fun patterns. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Obviously we had to get these shots at The Saguaro Hotel — you’ve never met a place with such perfect colors. And I’m sure you’ve heard me raving about them already, but do try to stay there if you’re in Palm Springs. We needed a place to stay during Meet/Make/Do when we were in a bit of a bind, and the staff was just so gracious and accommodating. So Mary and I spent some time running around and snapping photos.

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The ol’ vintage scarf in the hair trick has been my go-to lately for days when my hair is a mess (read: I didn’t wash it). Keiko Lynn has a simple tutorial right here for a really quick way to tie it up. I use this one all the time.

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So what’s the verdict, dudes? Do you pack clothing depending on where you’re headed (weather aside)? Would you wear hot pink in NYC, or black in the desert? Do tell. xoxo

All photos by the magical Mary Costa Photograhpy!

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Pinterest Party

Brace yourself, guys — I’m getting all fancy with my Pinterest boards lately. I decided to do this experiment where I try to pin things all in one color palette…

Brace yourself, guys — I’m getting all fancy with my Pinterest boards lately.

Pinterest Party

I decided to do this experiment where I try to pin things all in one color palette for a short period of time. Have you ever tried that? It happened once by accident for me and I thought it looked so pretty when I looked at all of my pins together. So I tried it on purpose! Turns out, it’s a bit of a challenge.

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It’s tricky for two reasons. First, you really have to scour the internet for inspiring things in the color palette that you’re working on. And second, if you see something else that you want to pin but isn’t in the color palette, what the heck do you do? I ended up pinning those things to a secret board for a while until my little experiment is over.

Pinterest Party

But anyway, if you go to see all my pins you’ll get the idea. You’ll also notice where it abruptly began, because the colors get all mixed again. I probably won’t do it forever, but right now it’s a really fun creative challenge! And it kind of makes me curious — have you ever manipulated your pinboards in a similar way? What do you think about when you pin and share an image? xoxo

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

This little project was daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it these pillows were pretty fun to make! We thought it would be neat to have…

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

This little project was daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it these pillows were pretty fun to make! We thought it would be neat to have some custom pillows in our Meet/Make/Do location, with a shout-out to our sponsor Bing. So I got right down to it and put together these DIY letter pillows. Here’s how!

Materials

  • fabric
  • batting
  • sewing machine and tools
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour per letter

In searching for the best way to make the letters, I used Bing’s image search for a little help. By the way, have you heard of Bing Rewards? While you search, you can rack up points that you can use towards shopping, donating, and more. I’m about thisclose to some free Starbucks, guys. And you gain points every time you search for stuff. Brilliant.

But let’s get to the nitty gritty! Start by doubling up your fabric and using a ruler and pencil to draw a letter on the top layer. Each part of the letter should be around 6 inches wide to allow for hems and stuffing with batting. I used about a half yard of fabric for each letter. Once the letter is drawn, cut it out of both layers so that you have two pieces of the same letter.

DIY Letter Pillows

Pin the layers together with right sides facing (be sure your letter will be facing the correct way when you turn it right side out!). Sew a straight stitch around the outer edge, leaving a 1/4″ hem. Leave an opening of about 3 inches to insert the batting. Flip the letter right side out through the opening.

DIY Letter Pillows

NOTE: For letters with an inner opening such as B, P, or D, don’t sew the inner openings during this step. Sew the outer edge, leaving a 3″ opening, and flip the letter right side out. Then on the inner openings, fold the fabric in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Sew these separately with the pillow already turned right side out.

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Once your edges are all sewn, stuff your pillows with batting. You may need to use the pencil to push the batting into the corners of the letter. It helps to slightly understuff the pillows during this step.

Finally, fold the fabric of the open portion in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Starting at this section, sew a straight stitch all the way around the edges of the pillow to create a finished look.

DIY Letter Pillows

You made it! Big kudos if you attempt this one — they’re a little intimidating but if I can do it, so can you. Hope you have fun with it! xoxo

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

 

Three tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other images by the insanely talented Mary Costa Photography.

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

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Travel to Ojai

Travel // Ojai

Oh, Ojai. Where do I start? Really, it’s a tiny little town. Village-y, if you will. But it’s like the perfect little snack of a place to go for a…

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Oh, Ojai. Where do I start? Really, it’s a tiny little town. Village-y, if you will. But it’s like the perfect little snack of a place to go for a few days to recharge. It’s like a vacay appetizer.

We took off on a Tuesday from LA, and would have been there in an hour flat if we didn’t stop at the J.Crew Factory store on the way. (Duh.) After we rolled into the Ojai Rancho Inn I pretty much dropped all of our bags and ran off with a camera, leaving Mr. Lovely to fend for himself. This place is too cool for school. I felt like I was definitely in the cool kids club for a couple of days. It’s got a throwback summer camp vibe (somebody asked on my Instagram if we were on the set of the Dirty Dancing movie!) with updated touches — indigo tie-dye curtains, woven leather lawn chairs, and cruiser bikes that you can borrow on the honor system. You can chill out by the pool, roast in the sauna, build yourself a fire in the evening, hang out in a teepee (!!!), and admire the crazy collection of cacti on the property. The owners, Chris and Kenny, are so sweet and kind. I’m on team Rancho all the way, if you ever need a spot to stay in Ojai. See photos of the Ojai Rancho Inn and read about the rest of our trip!

DIY Typography Garden Markers

DIY Typography Garden Marker Download

Doing a little early spring gardening this weekend? This oldie but goodie project is the perfect companion for your little seedlings. Find the full DIY and freebie download here. These…

DIY Typography Garden Markers

Doing a little early spring gardening this weekend? This oldie but goodie project is the perfect companion for your little seedlings. Find the full DIY and freebie download here. These typography garden markers will help you keep your garden organized and super-cool to boot. Have a great weekend!

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Ten Things: Coveting

Do you ever just get so itchy to go shopping? Gahhh I have it bad recently. I think whenever a new season rolls around I just want to go and…

Do you ever just get so itchy to go shopping? Gahhh I have it bad recently. I think whenever a new season rolls around I just want to go and chuck my whole wardrobe and start fresh. I never actually do it, but I sure do dream about it. Sometimes I find that browsing pretty stuff online almost does the trick, though. So I decided to dedicate today’s Ten Things to my materialistic side and try to avoid spending a bunch of money by just sharing pretty things with you. We’ll see if it does the trick, yo.

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Glasses. Clutch. Clock. Hair scarf. Phone case. Dress. Top. Lip gloss. Swimsuit. Shoes.

That alarm clock is killing me slowly with cuteness. And I’ve never had a high-waisted swimsuit, but I’m thinking this might be the year to test one out, retro-style. Has anybody ever rocked one of those? Would love to know your opinion.

Phewph. Okay, I feel a little better. Although now I just kind of want to go on an accessory shopping spree at F21. I’ll try to hold it together. Have a great weekend! xoxo

 

Minted

Taco Party at the Ace Hotel with Minted

The Ace Hotel is one of those places that I see so much online I feel like I almost had been there already when I saw it in person. We…

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Minted

The Ace Hotel is one of those places that I see so much online I feel like I almost had been there already when I saw it in person. We were working with the awesome team from Minted to put together a little dinner during Meet/Make/Do, and when we saw that the Ace has what they call a “DIY Taco Bar,” we knew it was too good to pass up. We were pumped to have Minted on board to help us create a pretty, modern fiesta for the evening!

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It was such a fun night — a make-your-own taco situation on the stargazing deck under the night sky felt so relaxed. So we wanted to use some of Minted’s pieces that had a similar relaxed, simple (yet beautiful!) vibe. We thought the ombre watercolor menu card would be a great place to start. The deep blues in the palette seemed just right, so we got the corresponding place cards and Kelly whipped them into some papel picado! How brilliant is that?

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Minted

On the table, we wanted to continue the modern fiesta feel so we included some gorgeous florals interwoven with cacti. Kelly also made some great table confetti with Minted paper. (So cute!) I think my favorite thing was being able to include a print for each of our guests. We chose a few that we loved and included them in the place setting. The Nice Work print is like it came straight out of my heart. I loved watching people open the packages to see which print they got!

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Minted

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Another little touch that I loved was a tiny box full of Mexican candies! Have you ever had Mexican candy? I love it. It’s so super sweet and right up my alley (most of it, anyway). We put a few pieces in Minted’s kraft favor boxes and wrapped them up with an inky blue velvet ribbon. We also loved getting to use one of their killer photo backdrops during our celebrations! I think it’s so brilliant that they offer customizable backdrops that you can hang up and take down easily, and use again later.

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Minted

It was a beautiful night and I want to do it all over again! Big thanks to Minted for helping us deck out our dinner. xoxo

Photos by the lovely Mary Costa Photography.

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

DIY Floral Chandelier

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Hi guys! Popping in today to share some of the blogging I’ve been doing outside of Lovely Indeed! There’s lots more lovely to be had, so follow the links for…

DIY Floral Chandelier

DIY Floral Chandelier

Hi guys! Popping in today to share some of the blogging I’ve been doing outside of Lovely Indeed! There’s lots more lovely to be had, so follow the links for some fun surprises. xoxo

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My desk is a mess — this is the perfect holiday for me.

I love the photos from this DIY floral chandelier.

We use this local map to go on fun adventures in our neighborhood! You can make one too.

Have you done your taxes yet? These apps helped us get done and filed weeks ago.

Mr. Lovely did a handy little post about the name change process when I took his name last month!

The perfect pet-sitter download!

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Painted Air Plant Bell Cups

I loved making these little guys! They served perfectly as an invite gift for our Meet/Make/Do attendees, and mine is now happily perched by my desk while I work. They…

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

I loved making these little guys! They served perfectly as an invite gift for our Meet/Make/Do attendees, and mine is now happily perched by my desk while I work. They took some experimenting (I went through about 4 different designs before I settled on one, but I love how they turned out; a gold rim was just the extra touch they needed! These would make a perfect little spring gift or an addition to an Easter basket, so read on for the full DIY.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

For starters, I had seen these little bell cups before but I didn’t know what they were called or how to find them! So I did some quick research with Bing Image Search that led me in the right direction. After a bit more searching I found out where I could buy some locally.

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Once you have your bell cup, start by wiping it down with a dry cloth to rid it of any debris. If your bell cups are on sticks, you should be able to remove the stick from the bottom. It may leave a tiny hole, but then you have the option to hang up your air plant cup, like one of our guests did!

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Place painter’s tape around the bell cup about halfway down, in a horizontal stripe. Smooth the edges to be sure no paint seeps underneath. Paint the upper half of the bell cup.

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Carefully remove the tape and set the cup aside for a few minutes to dry. (Mine dried really quickly!) Once dry, paint a complementary color (I used gold, because duh) around the top rim of the cup.

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Once the cup is dry, pop your little air plant inside and set it on display!

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

I loved sending these in the invite packages to our attendees! It’s so fun to get special parcels in the mail. Big thanks to Jordan Brantley for designing us a killer invite to go with these little air plant cups, and to Bing for helping us make it happen. xoxo

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

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DIY Air Plant Bell CupsThis post is sponsored by Bing. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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