Desktop Designers // Danielle Sutherland

Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina DOWNLOAD PARIS WALLPAPER I’m particularly stoked about today’s Desktop Designer because she and I go way back — way back to…

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Paris is always a good idea.
-Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina

DOWNLOAD PARIS WALLPAPER

I’m particularly stoked about today’s Desktop Designer because she and I go way back — way back to the days when I was teaching high school and she was one of my students! Flash forward to now and she’s a stunningly talented, super-cool, fully grownup married lady who I’m so happy to say that I count as a friend.

Danielle Sutherland is a Design Researcher here in the Los Angeles area, and fills her hours both in and out of work with creative adventures. Not only is she a baker (girl after my own heart!) but dabbles in hand-lettering in her spare time. Though I’d call this a little more than dabbling…

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I mean, come ON! Never in a million years could I make something that cool. I’m always awed by folks who can visualize something in their head and then make it come to life with pencil and paper. And the fact that Danielle chose this particular quote is pretty cool, because she just arrived back from a Parisian honeymoon with her new husband! She said some of her favorite moments were just walking in the evening along the Seine, and so we decided a Parisian night sky would be the perfect background for her awesome lettering. Here’s more from today’s creative!

danniinterviewSo many thanks to Danielle for jazzing up your desktops with a little Parisian love! Check out more of her style on Pinterest, where she curates some totally beautiful boards. Don’t forget to download your wallpaper, below, and have a beautiful weekend. xoxo

DOWNLOAD PARIS WALLPAPER

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

Next up in our DIY game night series, we have something for the little ones! Thought it would be fun to share this one this week, what with the exciting…

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

Next up in our DIY game night series, we have something for the little ones! Thought it would be fun to share this one this week, what with the exciting news and all. These actually turned out way cooler than I thought they would! Do you ever have one of those ideas that you think will probably work but you’re not really sure? This was like that. But I love these, and maybe someday our kiddo will be flipping them around with chubby little fingers. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

  • natural wood blocks (these are 1 1/2″)
  • nontoxic craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil
  • painter’s tape

Make Time: 3 Hours (plus drying time)

DIY Sky Blocks

Begin by deciding what you’d like on each side of the blocks. We did four different skies (sun, moon, clouds, and stars), and a diagonal line on the two remaining sides. Paint the base color on all sides — dark blue on opposing sides, and light blue on opposing sides. In between painting, allow each side to dry fully.

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

With the blues painted, paint the two remaining sides white and allow them to dry. Then lay a piece of painter’s tape on the diagonal on both of the white sides. Paint the untaped section gold, remove the tape before the paint dries, and allow all of the base colors to dry.

DIY Sky Blocks

Now the fun part! Arrange the blocks in a tidy square and lightly sketch the first design with a pencil. Keeping the blocks in a square, gently paint inside the pencil marks. I needed two coats for this part.

DIY Sky Blocks

Allow the design to dry and repeat with the other skies! Be sure that while you’re adding the designs, you flip the blocks over the same way every time so that you stay organized with which sky goes on which side.

I love these! They’re great for arranging into the different sky pictures, and also making patterns with the diagonal sides. And we didn’t have a baby handy to come in and play with them, but Mr. Lovely seemed to really like stacking them…

Have fun! xoxo

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Sky Blocks

DIY Painted Can Vases

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Hey gang! Popping in to share some links to my recent posts elsewhere! These links pair particularly well with a lunch hour and a Diet Pepsi (or Diet Coke, if…

DIY Painted Can Vases

Hey gang! Popping in to share some links to my recent posts elsewhere! These links pair particularly well with a lunch hour and a Diet Pepsi (or Diet Coke, if you’re into that sort of thing). Click around! xoxo

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Every week, I’ll be sharing the ins and outs of my pregnancy over on Momtastic! I’m really pumped to have a space to share and chat with other moms-to-be. Check out the first post (and hear what’s really been making me feel ill) right here.

A few upcycled ideas to get your garden in fighting shape! You’re gonna flip for the last one.

We get around on our bikes more and more! Would you ever bike to work/lunch/the grocery store?

Gah! My husband is so smart about this stuff. I’m glad I can let him worry about it.

This little baby giraffe toy kills me!

Tin cans make some pretty vases, if I do say so myself.

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

Iiiiiiiii love this one. I love it. When Mr. Lovely and I were in Ojai a couple of months back, we had a major hankering to play a few hands…

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

Iiiiiiiii love this one. I love it. When Mr. Lovely and I were in Ojai a couple of months back, we had a major hankering to play a few hands of rummy and we didn’t have any cards! So some DIY Instagram playing cards was obviously the answer. Amiright? This tiny deck of cards has come in handy a few times already, so get set to make your own! You’ll need to reference this post about how to print Instagrams, and this here tutorial picks it up from there.

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

Start by getting all of your Instagram photos printed, using our Instagram printing tutorial. Then download and print the playing card file.

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

Once printed, cut out each playing card, using the lines as guides for cutting. Put a few strips of double-stick tape on the back of a card.

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

Being sure that both the card and the photo are right side up, affix a photo to the center of the back of the card.

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

Trim the edges to be sure they’re even. Repeat with each card until you have the full set!

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

These are so fun! We did realize one thing after we made them — if you pay close attention, you might be able to memorize which photo is on the back of which card. So if you play with card counters, beware! But we’ve used the deck a few times and still don’t remember what’s what, so it’s all in good fun. Hope you enjoy! xoxo

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing Cards

DIY Instagram Playing CardsP.S. Just because I like how my husband looks when he drinks a Coke. Also, see the rest of the DIY Game Night series for more ideas!

DIY Instagram Playing CardsTutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other photos by Whitney B. Lucas Photography.

 

Oh Baby

Oh Baby!

So… What’s new with you guys? Same old same old over here, ya know, good weekend, all that, and oh we’re having a baby. Okay just kidding, we are pumped!…

Oh Baby

So… What’s new with you guys? Same old same old over here, ya know, good weekend, all that, and oh we’re having a baby.

Okay just kidding, we are pumped! Also terrified. But pumped! All the usual things that probably every first-time parents have ever felt. And it’s kinda funny, we toyed with all of these fun/creative/crafty ways to make the announcement here, but in the end I just wanted to plain old tell you guys. Sometimes simple is best, right? I’m about 13 weeks along and just so happy to finally be sharing the news! Now at least I can publicly say there’s a reason that I’ve been bloated and puffy and queasy with the skin of a troubled teenager for the past three months. So there. I’ve been busy making a person.

I’ll be sharing more as we make our way through this crazy adventure, but for today, let’s just celebrate. We’re so over-the-moon excited to have a little buddy on the way, and kind of can’t believe it’s actually happening. Hope you all have a fab weekend and that you’re celebrating something today too! xoxo

Desktop Designers // Christie Jones

DOWNLOAD KEEP IT SIMPLE WALLPAPER I need this reminder more than you’d imagine. For a long time I had a paper with these very words taped over my desk; now…

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DOWNLOAD KEEP IT SIMPLE WALLPAPER

I need this reminder more than you’d imagine. For a long time I had a paper with these very words taped over my desk; now I can just put it right on my desktop!

Do you ever have your best ideas while you’re asleep? So does today’s Desktop Designer, Christie Jones — in fact, it’s why she named her business bedsidesign. How perfect is that? After scribbling all of her creative ideas onto a bedside journal for some time, she decided to turn them into a blog, and eventually a calligraphy and design business. Her site is just bursting with loveliness, and I keep wishing I was still on the east coast so I could take one of her calligraphy classes!

One thing that truly struck me while I was toodling through Christie’s site is that 5% of all her sales are donated to Charity : Water. Isn’t that cool? Sometimes as a freelancer it’s tough not to hang on to every penny, not knowing when the next job will come along. But it’s such a beautiful and brave thing that she has chosen to do, and I think it speaks volumes! Here’s a bit more about this awesome creative.

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You can download Christie’s desktop wallpaper below! And for more bedsidesign, follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Have a beautiful day! xoxo

DOWNLOAD KEEP IT SIMPLE WALLPAPER

P.S. See all the past desktop wallpaper freebies right here.

Grilled Pineapple Plank Tilapia

You guys, summer is my favorite. The swimming, the sun, the fresh fruits, the backyard barbeque parties, I love it all. And more than anything I love the smell of…

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You guys, summer is my favorite. The swimming, the sun, the fresh fruits, the backyard barbeque parties, I love it all. And more than anything I love the smell of somebody grilling. Mr. Lovely made up this sort-of-fancy-but-mostly-easy recipe to celebrate what feels like the beginning of summer here in LA, and I can fully attest to its deliciousness. And here’s something crazy — if you want to get your summer on but don’t have a grill of your own, you should pop into an Old Navy store on Memorial Day weekend, because every Old Navy in the country is giving away a Weber grill. What?! Yeah. Let’s cook.

Ingredients

1 fresh whole pineapple
2 frozen tilapia filets
soy sauce
sea salt
pepper
olive oil
baker’s twine

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Grill Time: 30 Minutes

Start by cutting the pineapple to prepare the planks. Cut the top and bottom off. Then slice off the four sides of the remaining pineapple. Cut the sides so that some of the fruity flesh remains on them; that way the juices will really help marinate the fish as it cooks.

Take the tilapia (still frozen) and coat both sides of each filet with a light layer of olive oil (we used our Misto to spritz it on). Then season both sides of each filet with soy sauce, salt, and pepper — a light sprinkling of each should do it.

Sandwich each filet between two pineapple planks and tie together using baker’s twine.

Place on the grill with medium to high heat, depending on your grill. These will cook slowly because the fish is frozen, so be patient! Ours took about 30 minutes. When the pineapple looks dehydrated and somewhat blackened, test the fish to see if it’s ready.

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That’s it! Untie the planks and serve your pineapple tilapia over some jasmine rice or whatever is your favorite. It was perfect with the leftover fresh chunks of pineapple. Delish to the mish.

So! If you don’t have your very own grill, get thee to Old Navy this weekend and enter to win! And super bonus, every piece in every store in the country will be on sale (up to 50% off!). Can’t you just see yourself outside in the backyard with a super-fun summery maxi dress while you’re enjoying your delicious meal? Go snap one up! For more info, follow along on their Facebook and Pinterest. If you’re in the LA area, you’ll definitely find me trolling the sales — you know half of my closet is already from Old Navy. Here’s hoping this recipe helps you kick off a beautiful summer grilling season! xoxo

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Navy Memorial Day. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

When we moved into this apartment, I absolutely lived for this grey accent wall in front of our desks. Our apartment building actually paints an accent wall for free when you…

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

When we moved into this apartment, I absolutely lived for this grey accent wall in front of our desks. Our apartment building actually paints an accent wall for free when you move in, and we didn’t originally want one. But they pushed for it and we did it and I loved it. Now, after two years of staring at a grey wall while I work, I want to punch this accent wall in the face. Right in the face.

So we can’t paint over it, and basically all we can do is wait it out until we move and not have to stare at it any more. Except I’m going crazy from the grey so I decided to fudge the rules a little bit with some wall decals. Ha! Sticking it to the man with polka dots, y’all. That’s how we do. So these wall decals from WallsNeedLove are totally brilliant, and I’m now a super fan of giant stickers for your walls (my next brilliant idea is a faux wallpaper pattern in the bedroom).

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (for a small wall)

The decals come with awesome instructions and a little applicator tool, but just for kicks let’s talk it out. The instructions tell you to individually cut around each decal, start peeling a corner of the decal, and smooth it onto the wall with the tool while the rest of the decal peels away from the backing.

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

Full disclosure: I followed that process for the first three. Then I just started gently peeling them off the backing and putting them on the wall. Here’s what I think! I think if you’re working with a larger decal it would be crucial to apply them with the tool. But these little 2″ dots went on perfectly with the peel and stick method. So test it out and be careful!

For a confetti wall like this one, it’s kind of brilliant because you don’t have to measure anything. You can just put polka dots up willy nilly and keep taking a step back to be sure that you like how things are turning out. If you stick a decal on and decide it’s no good, gently use the edge of a craft knife to lift the decal off. I was able to reuse the decals that I peeled off without damaging them. Another little note: this wall has a bit of a texture to it, which is visible in the decals. I tested ahead of time to be sure that it wasn’t going to bug me, and I don’t mind it! So be sure you test a decal on your chosen wall first.

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

So get your confetti on until you like the arrangement! My eyeballs (and my heart) are so much happier now that there’s something cool happening on this giant grey wall. And for funsies, check out a little video of the whole thing coming together!

I want to hug the WallsNeedLove gang for fixing my can’t-paint-my-apartment-walls problem! Gold polka dots forever. xoxo

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

DIY Gold Confetti Wall

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

How to Print Mini Instagrams

How to Print Your Own Mini Instagrams

I love me some Instagram. I think that it’s the perfect combination of creativity and sharing — I love that it’s a social app that’s more than just words. But…

How to Print Mini Instagrams

I love me some Instagram. I think that it’s the perfect combination of creativity and sharing — I love that it’s a social app that’s more than just words. But what I like even more is getting the photos off of my phone and having them in real life, so I can have them around the house.

There’s a super fun project coming up this week for our game night series that involves Instagrams, so I thought it would be cool to do a tutorial ahead of time about actually printing your own mini Instagrams at home! Let me preface this by saying that it’s a super quick-and-dirty method, and it’s best for photos that you’d like to print in a small format. Also, this tutorial has instructions for Mac computers — I’m way more familiar with Macs than PCs! Finally, this tutorial is a little more technical than we usually do, but it’s easy as pie and it’s so having these mini photos all over the place. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
  • printer
  • white cardstock

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Start by going to Pictacular and signing in with Instagram to access your own photos. Click on “My Photos” in the left sidebar. Click on a photo that you’d like to print to enlarge it. Once enlarged, right click on the photo and select “Save Photo As,” and save it to your desktop.

How to Print Mini Instagrams

Repeat with all the photos that you’d like to print.

Open Photoshop, and open all of the saved photo files in your photoshop program. In Photoshop, open a new document with the following specifications: 8.5 inches wide, 11 inches tall, 300 pixels per inch, CMYK color mode.

How to Print Mini Instagrams

Drag the photos one by one into the new document. Do this by clicking on a photo in Photoshop and dragging it over to the blank document tab. Hover there until the blank document pops to the front, and release the screenshot onto the blank document.

To make sure each photo is the same size, first set your preferences. In the Photoshop menu bar, select Photoshop > Preferences > Unites & Rulers. Be sure that the units are set to inches. Press okay.

How to Print Mini Instagrams

Back in the document, select a photo and hit Command + T. An adjustable bounding box will appear around the photo. Adjust the photo by holding Shift, clicking on a corner of the photo, and dragging slightly smaller until the little unit ruler tells you the photo is 2 inches square. Release the mouse and press Return to resize. Repeat and resize each photo.

How to Print Mini Instagrams

How to Print Mini Instagrams

Once your photos are all on the document and sized, save the document as a PDF and print away. Once printed, cut out your photos and put ’em all over the place! These are also the perfect size for the DIY we have coming up later this week. Have fun, shutterbugs! xoxo

How to Print Mini Instagrams

Desktop Designers // Maggie Waller

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Matisse DOWNLOAD FLOWERS DESKTOP WALLPAPER I love today’s quote! It’s a helpful reminder to me sometimes that there are…

Desktop Designer

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
-Matisse

DOWNLOAD FLOWERS DESKTOP WALLPAPER

I love today’s quote! It’s a helpful reminder to me sometimes that there are beautiful and good things all around you, if you can stop focusing on the negative. And Matisse found such a simple and beautiful way to put it, didn’t he? Those artistic geniuses, I tell ya.

Speaking of genius, today’s designer has totally stolen my heart. Maggie Waller of Type + Title has this style that I just love. The simplicity of her work has such a strength to it, especially when there are so many popular styles of calligraphy right now that are on the more heavy-handed side. I love that it’s something a little different!

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At Type + Title, Maggie is a calligrapher, letterer, and freelance designer. She’s also got this really beautifully curated blog that’s just a treat for the eyes! If you just can’t resist, head to her Etsy shop and look through all of those goodies too (I have to — have to — get this little winky face temporary tattoo!).

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Download this beauty below and put it on your desktop for some pretty inspiration. Thanks, Maggie! xoxo

DOWNLOAD FLOWERS DESKTOP WALLPAPER

Gifts

A Few Good Gifts

We’re about to enter what I lovingly call “wedding season.” I feel like the months of June through about September are always jam-packed with people getting hitched, and this year…

Gifts

We’re about to enter what I lovingly call “wedding season.” I feel like the months of June through about September are always jam-packed with people getting hitched, and this year is no exception — we’re invited to five weddings in the coming months! So naturally, it’s also wedding shower season and anniversary season. You know where I’m headed with this, right? Gifts.

Gifting for these shindigs can be so tricky! Lots of times I go straight to the registry and take care of it that way, because obviously the happy couple is asking for what they need. But more and more, I like to include an extra little something that’s just for fun. Maybe they need a toaster, but what would be really cool is an at-home-gin-making-kit because they’re into that sort of thing. I was cruising through Uncommon Goods the other day and I kept coming across all of these great little trinkets that would make perfect wedding (or shower or anniversary!) gifts.

I love this online shop because they provide a platform for artists and makers to get their goods out into the world. So they’ve got a huge selection of handmade items, in addition to an awesomely curated collection of other goods, the majority of which are made in the U.S.

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Ya know, I never would have registered for this flipping rad is this DIY lomography camera, but how cool would it have been to get as a gift to take on our honeymoon? (You can take it apart and decorate it however you want — snap it up soon, it’s discontinued.) We have some friends getting married soon who are bike enthusiasts, so I’d love to include this little bike care kit in their gift. That extra little thoughtful gesture means a ton — I still have and treasure some of the off-registry gifts we got for our wedding.

So what’s your take on the whole thing? Are you a straight-off-the-registry-gifter? Or are you a gifting renegade? xoxo

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