DIY Leather Tassel Keychain

Lovely Indeed + Darby Smart

Hey hey Monday! And happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve got some fun news for you to celebrate! I’m stoked to announce that Lovely Indeed has partnered with Darby Smart. Have…

DIY Leather Tassel Keychain

Hey hey Monday! And happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve got some fun news for you to celebrate!

I’m stoked to announce that Lovely Indeed has partnered with Darby Smart. Have you heard of them? Darby Smart teams up with makers to create kits from DIY projects, especially for you! Inspired by these leather tassel keychains from a few months back, we got together and put all of the materials you’ll need right into one handy dandy kit! You can order it, have it shipped right to ya, and make one of those bad boys without having to lift a finger.

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They sent me a kit and within about a half an hour I had a brand new keychain. The materials were beautiful (it’s really great leather), and it was so exciting to see how easy Darby makes it to DIY.

The kit is on sale now for $17, which includes shipping. (A total steal!) And this way you don’t have to go hunting around town for leather or keyrings or any of that business — just a few clicks and it’ll come straight to your doorstep and you can get crafty.

So head over to Darby Smart to order your very own kit, and don’t forget to look around a bit! There are dozens of awesome projects that you can choose from as well. (Although I am a bit partial to the tassels…) Hooray! xoxo

CLICK HERE TO ORDER LOVELY INDEED’S DIY TASSEL KEYCHAIN KIT

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DIY St. Patrick's Day Projects

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Projects

In case you’re still looking for a few St. Patty’s Day projects to tackle this weekend, take a stroll through our archives. Here are a few quick and simple ones…

In case you’re still looking for a few St. Patty’s Day projects to tackle this weekend, take a stroll through our archives. Here are a few quick and simple ones that are perfect for your green celebrations. Have a great weekend! xoxo

DIY St. Patrick's Day Projects

Make yourself some candy shot glasses.

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A DIY “Don’t-Pinch-Me” barette.

DIY St. Patrick's Day ProjectsAnd some cute little pompoms for your feet!

Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do (And a Giveaway!)

I’m so excited that it’s here — the day that I get to share all the beautiful details that came together for Meet/Make/Do! When Kelly, Brittni, and I were conceiving…

Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do

I’m so excited that it’s here — the day that I get to share all the beautiful details that came together for Meet/Make/Do! When Kelly, Brittni, and I were conceiving and planning the event, I really had no idea what it would be like in real life. But I have to say, it surpassed what I hoped for and turned out to be more inspiring than I could have envisioned. And I’m grateful to say that it’s in large part due to our wonderful guests, the vendors that donated goods, and our beautiful sponsor Bing, who brought the event to life.

We chose a vacation home in Palm Springs to host the event — it was like a dream. We stocked it with our favorite items and supplies, and when it came time to work, we let our guests use anything and everything they liked in creating a project. We had Microsoft Surface tablets to help with research, and we were able to use Bing’s tools to help us put ideas together. (My very favorite one is the “Pin from Search” tool! Add an image to your Pinterest boards right from your search and it will always link to the right spot. Brilliant.) Watching our friends work their creative magic was so, so cool. People were throwing ideas around left and right, and at the end of the day, everybody had created something. We were lucky to have Mary of Mary Costa Photography there capturing everything; her images are just gorgeous.

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Our supply buffet featured goods from Shop Sweet LuluFlower MuseWest ElmThe Fabric Store LA , Landis CareyTweedle Dee Designs, and World Reclaimed.

As is the case with most events, we hit an unforeseen snag — the house we rented was burglarized while we were out. Thankfully, everyone was safe but there were things taken. It was unreal, and all I could think about was getting our guests to a place where they felt safe. Have you ever been in a situation like that? I was shaking on the inside but trying to stay calm and positive for our guests. It was pretty scary for a second. So we whisked them off to The Saguaro hotel, where life is a rainbow. I was so grateful that we were able to relocate easily.

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The next day was spent exploring, talking shop, sharing ideas, trading tips, and ended with probably the best accidental pajama party ever. I am so grateful for each and every one of our guests, and the inspiration they provided just by being there! It truly feels like we’re all old friends now — we have this experience to share, remember, and build on. So many thanks to the girls who were there: Ashley, LexyChelseyMelanie, ErinDanniBrittany, and Jenn.

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We were happy to be able to work with a number of totally killer vendors for supplies and styling materials. Shop Sweet Lulu provided a bounty of party and craft goodies, which was so fun. Our house was overflowing with gorgeous blooms from Flower Muse. West Elm contributed some of their most beautiful tabletop goods for styling. The Fabric Store LA supplied some incredible fabrics for people to use. And Minted sent along lots of paper goodies for a dinner at The Ace Hotel (more on that soon!).

Meet/Make/DoHow gorgeous is this little dinner setup by Jenn? I love how she styled the West Elm pieces (plates, flatware, glasses). So many more beautiful projects like this one to come — our guests were so creative.

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A swag bag for each guest was filled with a bunch of beautiful stuff! A scarf from Coveted Things, soap from Etta & Billie, napkins from Fat Eye Design, dish from Landis Carey, tape and notebook from Lovely Pigeon, tote bag from Michelle Dwight Designs, utensils from Mr. & Mrs. P, rose bath salts from Oh So Pretty, necklace from Seoul Little, scissors from We Love Citrus, and coasters from World Reclaimed.

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Scarf from Coveted Things. I love what it says — it felt just perfect for the group of amazing women that gathered.

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Michelle Dwight Designs made us these adorable custom heart totes! They were a big hit.

In addition, we showcased goods from a whole slew of makers and artists in the house. It was important to us to find pieces that were beautiful, well-made, and well-curated. I’m so grateful to all of the vendors that helped us:

Almond milk from Almond Milk LA, edible cookie dough from Edoughble, hand-crafted pottery from Landis Carey, delicious jams from M. Greenwood Jams, custom illustrated menus and name cards from Striped Cat Studio, photobooth props from Tweedle Dee Designs, wooden bowls, candle cups, and cutting board from Wind and Willow Home, and wooden trays from World Reclaimed.
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And lucky you, we’re each giving away a swag bag to one of our readers! We were so pumped on them we wanted to share more. Follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below for entry. Open to U.S. residents only. So many thanks to everyone who made Meet/Make/Do possible, and to you guys for getting to the end of this insanely long post! Happy entering! xoxo

All images by 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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DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

A new use for gold leaf! (As if I needed one.) I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, unsure if it would work. But I figured St….

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

A new use for gold leaf! (As if I needed one.) I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, unsure if it would work. But I figured St. Patrick’s Day could be the perfect time to test it out! Just grab some green polish & some gold leaf and you’ve got yourself a pinch-proof mani. I debated calling it the “Pot o’ Gold Manicure,” but let’s be real — I would wear this year round, St. Patrick’s Day or not.

Materials

  • green nail polish
  • clear nail polish
  • gold leaf
  • clean, dry craft paintbrush
  • nail file

Make Time: 30 Minutes plus drying time

Start by painting your nails solid with the green polish (I used Essie Mojito Madness). Let the polish dry thoroughly.

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Decide on the fingers you’d like to dress up with gold leaf. Starting with one finger, paint a very thin, light layer of clear polish. Be sure to cover all of the edges of your nail. Blow on it a bit to get to slightly dry. When it’s just a bit tacky, apply a small section of gold leaf, just large enough to cover the entire nail.

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

Pat the leaf down with the paintbrush, ensuring that it gets into the crevices of your nail and cuticle. Let the leaf sit for a minute or two.

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Using the dry paintbrush, gently start to buff away the excess leaf around the edges of the nail. If you rip some leaf, just repeat the process and patch with a little clear polish and some extra gold leaf. Use a nail file to file away the excess on the top of the nail.

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Once all the extra gold leaf is cleaned away, finish with a coat of clear polish to seal it on the nail.

Bingo! Golden tips. I’m real excited to rock this out on St. Patrick’s Day (and probably every day after that). Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

DIY Gold Leaf Manicure

Ojai

Travel // Off to Ojai

Image from Ojai Rancho Inn. Oh haaayyyy, Ojai! I know, I know, a super original joke. I just can’t help it. I’m taking off today for a teeny mini-vacay with…

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Image from Ojai Rancho Inn.

Oh haaayyyy, Ojai! I know, I know, a super original joke. I just can’t help it. I’m taking off today for a teeny mini-vacay with Mr. Lovely, and we’re heading just a bit outside the city to Ojai. Can’t wait for some time to relax, chill out, get recharged, and have a little belated birthday celebration.

If you’ve ever been to Ojai I’d love to hear your tips! We’re looking for great spots to eat, pretty hikes, fun shops, and everything in between. So let me know if you have any recommendations. Stay tuned this week, though, because I have some killer stuff coming up that you won’t want to miss (here’s a hint: Palm Springs peeks, giveaways, DIYs, and more!). xoxo

DIY Leather Shamrock Keychain

I love, love, love quick and simple. If I can be creative and come up with something that will take me all of ten minutes but still look awesome, I…

DIY Leather Shamrock Keychain

I love, love, love quick and simple. If I can be creative and come up with something that will take me all of ten minutes but still look awesome, I consider that a great day. So I was pumped when these little DIY leather shamrock keychains came together in less time than it takes to microwave your dinner leftovers. And if you’re forgetful about St. Patrick’s Day, just whip up one of these for your keyring and you won’t get caught without some green.

Materials:

  • leather scraps
  • scissors
  • keyring
  • E-6000 (or similar strong glue)
  • pen and paper

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Start by sketching out a shamrock on your paper. Cut out the shamrock and trace onto the back side of two pieces of leather. Cut out the leather shamrocks. Also cut a small strip of leather, approximately 1 1/2″ by 1/4″.

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Fold the leather strip in half and glue the ends together. Then glue the ends to the back side of one leather shamrock.

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Spread glue on the back of the other shamrock and lay it carefully on top of the first. Be sure that the glue adheres but does not seep out over the edges. Wipe away any excess glue.

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Thread your keyring through the leather loop and add your keys! Take it out for a spin. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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DIY Leather Shamrock Keychain

Work Hard & Be Nice

Ten Things: Thankful

Print from Minted. Glassware from west elm. Necklace from Seoul Little. Flowers from FlowerMuse. Phewph. I’m ready for a weekend, y’all, how about you?! I’m going to weekend so hard, Saturday…

Work Hard & Be Nice

Print from Minted. Glassware from west elm. Necklace from Seoul Little. Flowers from FlowerMuse.

Phewph. I’m ready for a weekend, y’all, how about you?! I’m going to weekend so hard, Saturday and Sunday won’t even know what hit ’em. (I love using “weekend” as a verb, don’t you?)

In any case, what with Meet/Make/Do behind us and now tying up all the loose ends, it’s been a long time coming that I have a chance to stop thinking about work for a bit. I’m heading into the weekend pretty wiped out but happy and so grateful for so many things. So I thought I’d keep it simple today and just have a Ten Things post about what I’m most thankful for right now.

1. My eternally rosy glasses.

2. Meeting gracious, kind, generous people.

3. Clear skies after rain.

4. Trader Joe’s.

5. Being able to read situations clearly and make a decision.

6. Sweatpants.

7. A husband who just gets it.

8. Looking through a zillion photos.

9. Knowing that you’ve done your best.

10. Sweatpants. Yes, again.

Leave me a note about what makes you feel thankful! And have a beautiful weekend. xoxo

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

Better Homes & Gardens Makeover Madness

You guys! In true March Madness style, there’s a tournament going on. But this one ain’t got nothin’ to do with basketball — it’s a DIY tournament, ya’ll, and I’m…

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

You guys! In true March Madness style, there’s a tournament going on. But this one ain’t got nothin’ to do with basketball — it’s a DIY tournament, ya’ll, and I’m in it. Better Homes and Gardens recently contacted me to let me know that I had been selected to participate in their BHG Makeover Madness tournament, and I was stoked! They chose a few of their favorite DIY makeover projects online, and Lovely Indeed’s Ikea Lack Table Upgrade was on the list. What?! Awesome.

So now, here’s the deal. BHG has created a bracket of DIY faceoffs. Every day there’s a faceoff between a couple of killer makeover projects, and today is my day! So if you’re into that sort of thing, head right over here to vote for your favorite. And if you like mine the best, that’s even more rad. Once the final four are decided, there will be an in-person makeover challenge with the finalists! (Which sounds simultaneously thrilling and super scary.) So go vote and help decide who’s going to be in the finals! Big thanks to BHG for all of the DIY fun, and to you guys for being the best, as usual. xoxo

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Married Life // Overshares

So I’ve been getting lots of questions about Mr. Lovely lately, and how he feels about this here little blog series on our marriage. Some folks ask if he’s cool…

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So I’ve been getting lots of questions about Mr. Lovely lately, and how he feels about this here little blog series on our marriage. Some folks ask if he’s cool with what I share, or if he knows what I’m going to write about before I write it, or if he thinks it’s too much.

I always kind of think it’s funny, because I would never, ever share something that I thought he wouldn’t be cool with. It’s not like I’m just tossing our dirty laundry out into the world for everybody’s entertainment. These posts are definitely calculated, y’all. And there have been a couple of posts that I ran past him first, just to be sure that it’s not something that he wants to keep just between the two of us. And to be honest, usually he would share way more than I would! (That crazy kid.) He’s sort of an open book, which is simultaneously awesome and terrifying. Ha.

But! All of this is to say, there are definitely things that I feel are “overshares” when it comes to talking about marriage. Do you have portions of your relationship that you consider nobody else’s business? I’m sorta of the opinion that there has to be a handful of those things — otherwise, what do you have between the two of you that’s sacred and just yours? And when other folks are talking about relationships, I tend to shy away when I feel like they’re oversharing — like I’m eavesdropping on something that I shouldn’t be, whether or not they are offering up the information.

So how about you? Do you hold a few things back when you share about your relationship? Or do you let it all hang out, ugly bits and all? And I’m also kind of curious about how you feel when other people overshare. Guys! Let’s talk it out. xoxo

P.S. Find the tutorial for the streamer photo backdrop right here.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirt

I’m letting you in on a little secret — I asked Mr. Lovely what might be a cool St. Patrick’s Day DIY project and he said, “All I want is…

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

I’m letting you in on a little secret — I asked Mr. Lovely what might be a cool St. Patrick’s Day DIY project and he said, “All I want is a shirt that says Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” And so here it is. In exchange for the shirt I made him model for me. (Although we all know that kid is the opposite of shy.) So you can thank Mr. Lovely for this little freebie download!

Materials:

Make Time: 1 Hour

I’m just gonna come right out and say that I didn’t cut this thing by hand. I used my handy new Cricut Explore machine, which will cut just about anything in the world. My hands were so happy that they didn’t have to excruciatingly cut this whole thing with scissors. Basically, you just create or upload a design, put your material on a cutting mat, insert it into the machine, and press go. Amazing. So that’s how I cut this.

That being said, there were definitely days when I cut this stuff by hand, so it can be done. Start by printing your template. You can print it right onto the freezer paper; just cut it to 8.5″ x 11″, tape it gently to a piece of printer paper, and send it through your machine. Then cut the black part of the design away until you are left with a stencil.

Once you have the stencil, set the paper shiny side down onto the t-shirt. Be sure that it’s centered, and then iron the paper onto the shirt, being sure to get all the edges around the words.

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Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt to be sure that no paint seeps through to the back side. With a sponge brush, apply paint to the exposed areas of the design.

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Peel away the freezer paper and let the shirt dry thoroughly.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Put this baby on during your St. Patty’s Day celebrations! I’m thinking it would also be adorable to shrink the design a bit and put it on a onesie or tiny tees for your kiddos. Have fun! xoxo

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DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do Snippets

We met. We made. We did. I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning…

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We met. We made. We did.

I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning I’d wake up super late, so glad to be in my own bed, feeling happy that the event was successful but excited to be back home. And I am kind of, but mostly I just miss the women that we were able to spend time with last week. It sort of felt like going to the coolest sleep-away camp you can imagine and leaving with 12 new best friends. I actually woke up at about 5:00 this morning, anxious to look at everyone’s photos some more on the #MeetMakeBing hashtag. I just keep scrolling through them and remembering little moments I may have forgotten.

There were a few times when I looked around at people creating or learning or talking shop or just talking life and thought, “This is exactly what we wanted to make.” People worked together to create things. People were helping each other when they got stuck. Everyone was an art director and everyone was an assistant, graciously sharing tips or expertise or just time and effort. And yes, there were hiccups and we had to think on our feet at times, but that’s what events are about.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about what we did at Meet/Make/Do, along with bunches of projects and DIYs that we created for and at the event. But for today, enjoy a few photos from my phone while I unpack about a million boxes. I still can’t believe that we were fortunate enough to have Bing help us bring the event to life — and fortunate enough to have a crew of ridiculously brilliant women come together in Palm Springs. (See below for links to their blogs!) Have a beautiful week, guys. xoxo

The House That Lars Built

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You Are My Fave

Oh, Hello Friend

House of Earnest

Sugar + Cloth

The Proper Pinwheel

The Paper Mama

Mary Costa Photography

Paper & Stitch

Studio DIY

Lovely Indeed

Meet/Make/Do

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