How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

DIY Wine Bottle Carrier + BIKE GIVEAWAY!

It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with my bike. Mr. Lovely surprised me with it one birthday — ohhh MAN it was a good one. I…

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with my bike. Mr. Lovely surprised me with it one birthday — ohhh MAN it was a good one. I had no clue, and we walked out to the garage to leave for breakfast and it was sitting there with a big bow on it and I didn’t even register that it might be for me. I think it might be the best gift I’ve ever gotten to date. We ride our bikes all over town, we dress them up, we take them traveling. We’re a biking family, guys. And I am so stinking excited to be partnering with Pure Fix Cycles for perhaps our coolest giveaway ever — you can win the Pure Crosby Bike, just like mine!

But first, because obviously you’ll need a way to transport some celebratory champagne on your new bike, a DIY. Every good bike needs a way to carry a little bubbly, right? Okay, okay — it works for wine too if that’s your thing. This fancy little wine bottle carrier is a snap to make and looks totally profesh. We figured out all the measurements for ya so all you have to to is cut the leather, hammer a few rivets, and take off to a picnic on your new wheels. Follow along below to make your own!

Materials

  • four pieces of this leather
  • rivets and setter kit
  • two 3/4″ buckles (we found ours at Michaels with all the other leather crafting supplies)
  • hammer
  • scissors
  • leather punch

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to Make a Wine Rack for Your Bicycle

How to Make a Wine Rack for Your Bicycle

Step 1: Cut all of your leather pieces. Follow the diagram to cut them all to the right size. We’ve labeled each piece to make the steps easier to follow! On the two small pieces, cut a small slit at the halfway point and insert your buckles on each of them.

Step 2: Start by connecting piece 6 and piece 5 together into a T shape with rivets (there should be instructions for the rivets in your kit), with piece 6 on the top and piece 5 on the bottom. Align the edges so that the top of piece 5 is flush with the top of piece 6.

Step 3: Connect piece 1 to the bottom of your T; overlap about 2 inches of piece 5 on the underside of piece 1.

Step 4: Connect piece 4 to both sides of piece 1, creating a cradle for the bottle. You’ll overlap about 1 3/4″ on both sides; piece 4 should be on the outside of piece 1.

Step 5: Fold piece 7 in half and connect it to piece 1, facing the buckle toward the open part of the cradle.

Step 6: Fold piece 8 in half and connect it to piece 6, facing the buckle in the same direction as the first.

Step 7: Fold piece 6 into a circle large enough to fit around the neck of a wine bottle (it should overlap by about 1 inch). Connect the circle with rivets.

Step 8: Connect pieces 2 and 3 to pieces 6 and 1; align them to the pieces with the buckles so that they’ll clasp evenly.

Step 9: Test it out on your back bike rack (it’ll also work on the center bar of a men’s bike!). Punch a single hole in pieces 2 and 3 at the length where you’d like the bottle to hang. Attach it and you’re all set to party!

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How fun is this?! I love outfitting my wheels with cool little accessories for cruising around. And now, the good stuff! You have a chance to win my exact bike, this pretty little Crosby from Pure Fix! We’re hosting the giveaway on Instagram, so head over and find out how to enter! It’s a piece of cake. I can’t WAIT to give one of you lucky duckies a set of wheels for the holidays. Big thanks to the gang at Pure for helping us celebrate! xoxo

ENTER TO WIN A PURE CROSBY BIKE!

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

How to Make a Leather Wine Bottle Carrier for Your Bike

This Is My Festive Sweater

Lovely Indeed Holiday Sweaters are Here!

Hey party people! Remember the big news I’ve been keeping under my hat? Well here it is! I’m so over the moon pumped to share with you that I’ve designed…

This Is My Festive Sweater

This Is My Festive Sweater

Hey party people! Remember the big news I’ve been keeping under my hat? Well here it is! I’m so over the moon pumped to share with you that I’ve designed a couple of holiday pieces with & Apparel!!! It’s Lovely Indeed’s first big product collaboration and I’m on cloud nine about it. I designed the pieces with you, my favorite lovelies, in mind – so now you can have a little lovely in your closet!

This first one I like to call “The Festive Sweater.” So if you’re headed to a Christmas sweater party this season you can show up in this little number while everyone else has ornaments glued to their shirts. Ha! I wore mine to Thanksgiving and my uncle was like “Hm. That’s clever.” So I KNEW it was a hit! (He’s a man of few words.) It’s got multicolored embroidered stitching and is secretly suuuuuper comfy. (FYI, I’d order a little on the larger side — I usually wear a small top and this is a medium.) It also looks adorable tucked into a skirt!

This Is My Festive Sweater

This Is My Festive Sweater

I can’t wait to show you our second piece, debuting very very soon. For now, hop on over to & Apparel and snap up your Festive Sweater before they’re all gone! You can use code BLACK25 for 25% off through the end of today!

Thanks so much for all your kind words about the new designs over on Instagram! It’s been a total thrill and I can’t WAIT to see y’all sporting your sweaters this season! xoxo

SHOP THE FESTIVE SWEATER

This Is My Festive Sweater

The Holiday Collective

The Holiday Collective Giveaways

Hey gang! Recovered from your turkey coma? I hope so, because you’re going to need to be up and at ’em for this excitement. The Holiday Collective is launching a…

The Holiday Collective

Hey gang! Recovered from your turkey coma? I hope so, because you’re going to need to be up and at ’em for this excitement. The Holiday Collective is launching a three-week giveaway extravaganza, with a daily giveaway from now until December 14th! Each giveaway will be hosted by a different blogger in the Collective, and you can enter to win them all. Ya know, if you’re into winning awesome prizes and stuff like that. The full list is below with links to each blogger, so mark your calendars for your favorite prizes and head to each blog on the days you’d like to enter.

Just consider us your ambassadors of festivity! Now let’s party! xoxo

Friday Nov. 27 | Design Improvised | $400 box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies
Saturday Nov. 28 | Pars Caeli | $100 to Seedling
Sunday Nov. 29 | Fall for DIY | Silhouette Cameo
Monday Nov. 30 | Squirrelly Minds | $200 to SnapBox
Tuesday Dec. 1 | This Little Street | $200 to Anthropologie and a beauty assortment box
Wednesday Dec. 2 | Idle Hands Awake | $150 to Artfully Walls
Thursday Dec. 3 | A Bubbly Life | $250 to Pottery Barn Teen
Friday Dec. 4 | Alice & Lois | $200 to Banana Republic
Saturday Dec. 5 | This Heart of Mine | 4 pairs of Livie & Luca shoes
Sunday Dec. 6 | The Merrythought | 1 adult bike & 1 kids bike from Brilliant Bicycles Co.
Monday Dec. 7 | Shrimp Salad Circus | $200 to Michaels
Tuesday Dec. 8 | Lovely Indeed | $150 to Social Print Studio
Wednesday Dec. 9 | A Girl Named PJ | $250 to BRIKA
Thursday Dec. 10 | Brepurposed | Welcome package & 2 yards of modern jersey fabric from Spoonflower
Friday Dec. 11 | Damask Love | Cricut prize bundle
Saturday Dec. 12 | Hey There Home | $200 to Pottery Barn
Sunday Dec. 13 | Alice and Lois | Minted gift card
Monday Dec. 14 | Hello Lidy | A pair of Lotta from Stockholm clogs (up to $200 value)
Tuesday Dec. 15  | Lulu the Baker | $200 to Design Life Kids

A Giving Tree

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” -Hamilton Wright Mabie A conspiracy of love?! How awesome is that turn of phrase? And ol’…

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“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
-Hamilton Wright Mabie

A conspiracy of love?! How awesome is that turn of phrase? And ol’ Hamilton was right, the holiday season does feel that way, doesn’t it? It’s the most beautiful time to give of yourself, share joy, and spread love. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this year I have something that I’m so grateful for I can hardly believe it. Since having Henry, I’ve been teaming up with Pampers for a few different projects, and this year they offered their partners an incredible opportunity: a $2,500 grant to use in their community as they see fit, to help make life #BetterforBaby. Pampers believes that babies are the most powerful agents of change in the world, and when a baby comes into your life, you’ll do anything you can to be better for that little one. So they entrusted us with the honor of using the grant money in our community to help make a difference.

My absolute first thought was one of my favorite local holiday traditions — the Soroptomist Community Christmas Tree. Each year, our Soroptomist chapters partner with social services agencies and city schools to create a list of disadvantaged youth, from birth to age 17. Their needs are notated, and each kid gets a card with their needs and a couple of Christmas wish items written on it. You’ll see everything from diapers, to warm winter coats, to backpacks, to bicycles — these kids need it all. Each card gets clipped to the tree and hundreds of community members come to take cards, purchase the needed items, and return them to be wrapped and given to the kids. It’s the most beautiful example of giving, from the organization that it takes to run the project, to the people who come and purchase the gifts. And because of the tree, there are thousands of babies and kids in our community who are outfitted with basic needs like diapers and clothes (and who get a special gift or two that would perhaps not otherwise be possible). This year is the tree’s 30th anniversary, which is incredible in and of itself.

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We went as a family to the tree last weekend to drop off the grant donation, and to pick a name from the tree ourselves as well. It was perhaps one of the coolest experiences I’ve been afforded in this crazy blogging career. There was no big ceremony, no party, nothing special — just the joy of being able to give back to my own community and to help give a few little ones a special Christmas. The grant money will be used to help complete the need and wish lists for multiple babies, kids, and families.

Sometimes I look around at my family and friends as we spend time with Henry and I get overwhelmed with gratitude at how much love and support there is surrounding us. And other times my heart feels heavy at the thought that there are babies growing up in the world who might not have that. But sometimes combating that heavy heart is as simple as doing something. Trying to make a difference. Taking part in the conspiracy of love. So many thanks to Pampers for spreading that around to make things #BetterforBaby, and to all of the wonderful people in all of our local communities who are helping to make a difference. (Check this out for more about #BetterforBaby — or if you need a good cry.)

Wishing you all a beautiful Thanksgiving, and hoping that you have a million things to be thankful for. xoxo

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How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Crafternoon // DIY Rhinestone Sprinkled Ornaments

I love a good holiday crafternoon, don’t you? This little project would go perfectly with a gaggle of your besties, the soundtrack to White Christmas on repeat, and some spiked…

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

I love a good holiday crafternoon, don’t you? This little project would go perfectly with a gaggle of your besties, the soundtrack to White Christmas on repeat, and some spiked eggnog! Invite your crew over to make a whole batch of these little rhinestone sprinkled ornaments and it’s guaranteed to be a good time. They’re crazy easy to make and look mighty fine on the ol’ tree, if I do say so myself.

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

These just happen to be my kit of the month over on Darby Smart, so the icing on the cake is that you can order the kit and every supply you’ll need will get delivered in one handy dandy box! I love no-fuss, no-muss projects, don’t you? And how fun would it be to order some kits for yourself and your pals, then make them and trade each other for your faves? Or put them together and guess who made which. Ha! Mine would definitely be the ones that looked like they belong on Rainbow Brite’s Christmas tree.

So schedule yourself a little Christmas crafternoon and get some bling on your tree ASAP! xoxo

ORDER YOUR KIT HERE

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Weekend Trip

A Weekend Trip & $500 Hotel Giveaway!

A couple of weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed out of town for a quick little weekend adventure! We snuck away and took Henry to Sacramento, which is…

A Weekend Trip

A couple of weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed out of town for a quick little weekend adventure! We snuck away and took Henry to Sacramento, which is actually where we tied the knot. We’ve been wanting forever to go back to the places where we hung out while we were planning our wedding, and it was so cool to do that now with little dude in tow.

A Weekend Trip

We cozied up at the Comfort Inn® Hotel, which was totally perfect — an awesome home base to come back to in between adventures. They’ve been hard at work, updating and creating change that makes a stay there even better. Big white fluffy beds to snooze on (or jump around on; see the little video we made for evidence), Wi-Fi and charging stations aplenty for working during Henry’s naps (crucial, because we always work on the road!), and an even better breakfast (you know I love a wafflemaker)! They even provided a crib for Henry, which was awesome. We’re so used to traveling with a crib for him that it seemed like such a luxury to have one on site. It was a perfect spot to rest up and recharge for all three of us.

The hotel was right by the American River Bike Trail so we brought our bikes and took Henry for a spin. Did you know that there’s a whole field of sheep on the trail? They all had little lambs and we stopped to hang out. We ran around downtown a little the next day, hitting a few great restaurants and spending a good chunk of time in the Capitol. It was so quiet and empty inside and I loved every second. I could sit in the senate chamber room forever. And they were putting the lights on the big Christmas tree outside, which melted my heart.

A Weekend Trip

A Weekend Trip

On our last night we took Henry to Old Sac, which is where we had our wedding reception! It’s so funny to go back to a place and see it through a different lens, now as a wife and mom. Before, I probably was mostly concerned about fitting as many things into a day as possible. Now I’m thankful for things like quiet hotel rooms and an easy, healthy breakfast that I can feed my son. Perspective, huh?! Traveling with Henry along for the ride as a party of three is definitely different than the old footloose, fancy-free days of traveling just as a pair. But every trip we take with him is better than the last, and I’m so grateful to be able to have him along. As parents though, I think our number one travel tip is to stay somewhere that suits little one. And on this trip, Comfort® helped us head out every day totally ready to tackle some killer adventures.

A Weekend Trip

We had such a gorgeous couple of days that we want to give you the same! We’ve partnered with Comfort Inn & Suites, by Choice Hotels to give one lucky winner a $500 credit to stay at your favorite Choice Hotel! Pick a destination and see for yourself just how awesome they’ve become with their new upgraded experience. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us about a trip you’ve taken (near or far!) that changed your perspective on things. Be sure to also leave an email address where we can reach you in case you win! Giveaway will close on Friday November 27th at 8 am PST. Happy travels! xoxo

A Weekend Trip

P.S. For more, find Choice Hotels on YouTube.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels. The opinions and text are all mine.

Yellow Fall Tree

This Week + I Have a Secret!

The trees in our town are ON POINT, guys. Look at that bad boy! My sister and I rolled up to a space in a parking structure the other day…

Yellow Fall Tree

The trees in our town are ON POINT, guys. Look at that bad boy! My sister and I rolled up to a space in a parking structure the other day and this beauty was staring us in the face and I was like, “LOOK AT THAT TREEEEE!” And my sister just goes, “I feel an Instagram coming on.” Does she know me or what?

Okay but let’s talk about my secret. I’ve been keeping it and keeping it and it’s so exciting my eyes are watering and I can allllllmost tell you what it is! Keep a keen eye on my Instagram this weekend for a few hints, and next week you better WATCH OUT because we’re letting it loose on the world. And because I just can’t keep my mouth shut, let’s just say you better roll up your sleeves because it’s gonna be good.

In the meantime, check out a few of my pals and all of the beautiful stuff they’ve been creating! Happy weekend! xoxo

Freakin’ confetti chairs! Can I have them around my dining room table?
Patterned clutches with your own artwork on the fabric.
Did you know that we started a pop-up blog?! It’s called The Holiday Collective and it’s rad.
This makes working with tile look super simple.
The cutest holiday cake topper!

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

DIY Fun Image Transfer Collage Gift Wrap

I have a new obsession and it’s called packing tape image transfer. Have you ever done this?! You guys, it’s one of those crafting techniques that is so simple but so cool to…

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

I have a new obsession and it’s called packing tape image transfer. Have you ever done this?! You guys, it’s one of those crafting techniques that is so simple but so cool to see happen. I kind of can’t stop doing it — I have stacks of image transfers just waiting to find a home in a collage or on something awesome. And as luck would have it, we’re entering into the perfect season to use this handy skill on some totally fun, funky, one-of-a-kind gift wrap! I started wrapping prezzies for my little teenage cousins and I think they’re gonna flip out for it.

I learned the technique with Creativebug — have you heard of them? If you’re crafty, you definitely need to know this gang. For a few bucks a month, you get unlimited access to this insane library of videos teaching techniques and how-tos in all kinds of different skills and mediums. There’s everything from weaving to watercolor and more, and the instructors are all legit and so talented (I had the opportunity to learn from a few of them in person earlier this year!). One thing I particularly like is that you can download a mobile app and watch the videos wherever. I took the image transfer class out in my garage while Henry was napping! Ha!

Just look at this big beautiful mess of image transfers, y’all:

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

I had a stack of magazines that were waiting to be read (right, like moms have time to read magazines?!) but they were the perfect source for some cool images to transfer. A little packing tape, a little magic, and BOOM these gifty beauties were born. I won’t spoil the surprise in case you want to take the class, but suffice it to say that this is just one transfer technique and they get cooler and cooler. Depending on the method, you can transfer onto paper, wood, chipboard, art journals, all kinds of stuff.

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

And now some super good news? Creativebug is running a few really killer deals for the holidays so you can try it out! Now until November 30, you can test it out free for a month if you use code COZYCRAFTS. Isn’t that the coolest? Give it a try and I promise there are a whole mess of classes you’ll want to take, especially if you’re starting to make holiday gifts.

And now let’s talk about the really important things. What would you put your image transfers on?! I just plastered a bunch on my refrigerator and you probably should too. xoxo

TAKE THE IMAGE TRANSFER CLASS
TRY OUT CREATIVEBUG

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

How to Make Packing Tape Image Transfer Gift Wrap

This post is sponsored by Creativebug. All opinions and concepts are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

10 Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Have a few tough people to shop for this year? I’ve got you covered! There’s nothing better than finding the perfect thing for someone who has it all, am I…

Have a few tough people to shop for this year? I’ve got you covered! There’s nothing better than finding the perfect thing for someone who has it all, am I right? It’s just so fun to see someone open a gift and get genuinely jazzed about what you chose for them. I scoured Darby Smart (one of my very favorite online spots for not just craft supplies, but awesome artisan pieces) and found something for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

For your always-accessorized BFF, this fun DIY animal necklace holder!
For your nephew who loves to be silly, a golden triceratops planter with an air plant for him to take care of.
For your craftiest pal, a kit to make their very own brass himmeli plant holder.
For your mom who loves staying organized and cool, a couple of leather and canvas clutches to hold all her goodies.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone On Your List

For your sister who just loves flowers, a gorgeous floral watercolor pillow.
A little stocking stuffer for your sleepy boyfriend: a Marathon Napper pin.
For your husband who has lots of state pride, a wooden state sign for the wall.
A handmade gift for your trendy neighbor — a yarn wall hanging!
For the clutzy friend who’s always dropping her phone, a pretty pastel case to protect it.
And for your sweet-tooth niece, some donut socks that’ll make her the envy of her class!

So! Are you a last-minute type of shopper, or have you been finished with your holiday shopping since June? I have to tell ya, since the advent of online shopping I’m so much more organized with my gift-giving. Here’s hoping we’ve helped make your job a bit easier and that a few of these gifties make their way onto your shopping list this year! Happy Holidays! xoxo

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

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Style // Distressed Denim

Phewph, guys! We’ve been traveling all over the place for work lately and I’m so happy to be able to say we’re staying in one place until the end of…

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Phewph, guys! We’ve been traveling all over the place for work lately and I’m so happy to be able to say we’re staying in one place until the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong — I love traveling, but when the holidays are here I kind of just want to be close to home and feel comfy and cozy. I’ve been living in lots of plaid, and these distressed jeans that I can’t, for some reason, seem to leave behind when I’m traveling.

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

I told you about my love for Hudson jeans before, and I swear they somehow magically fit my body like no jeans I’ve ever tried (they don’t even stretch out after a few wears!). I’m especially loving this pair because they’re kind of the opposite of mom jeans. (“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” If you know that quote please tell me and we can be best friends forever.) Call me crazy, but I’ve kind of tried to almost up my style game a little bit since Henry was born. It just makes me feel better, ya know? When I’m at least somewhat put together I feel at my best, like I can tackle everything a day in the life of a mom throws at me. And truly, wardrobe workhorses like a good pair of jeans take the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning and make my day that much easier.

And since we’re talking about mom stuff, this photo kills me:

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Henry found something across the street that was absolutely fascinating and he had to tell me right this minute. I think it was a dog.

One little detail on these I love is the unfinished hem! It’s got a little British rock vibe that is just so cool-girl, and you can dress it up with heels or down with some flats for running around during the day. Perfect with a comfy plaid top, kinda untucked for that oh-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-tuck-in-my-shirt-the-whole-way look, which I’m a fan of. A simple watch, a colorful bag, and out the door.

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Give it to me straight — do you do distressed denim? Or are you more of a clean cut gal (or guy!)? Not gonna lie, the torn out knees in these bad boys are making me feel kind of cool. Big high five to Hudson for helping moms everywhere stay on top of their denim game! xoxo

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

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

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

I think I’ve been sending Christmas cards to family and friends since I was in college. It’s a tradition I just love and I look forward to it all year….

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

I think I’ve been sending Christmas cards to family and friends since I was in college. It’s a tradition I just love and I look forward to it all year. For the last couple of years we’ve put together our own photo cards, from start to finish, and I thought it would be awesome to show you how! This year we did it all — created a DIY backdrop, took our own photos, edited them, and ordered through Minted, which has been my very favorite way to get snail mail greetings printed for years now. (When they added the recipient and return address printing feature it changed my world!) Read on for a full how-to on getting your own holiday photos, and be sure to enter to win $250 worth of holiday cards from Minted down at the bottom of the post!

Materials

  • black posterboard
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • glue dots
  • black washi tape
  • smartphone level
  • camera with tripod
  • remote shutter

Make Time: 4 Hours (to complete backdrop, take photos, and order online)

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

Step 1: Cut your black posterboard into 2-inch strips. Start placing the strips in lines on the wall, about 7 feet tall (unless you have some really tall people in your photo!). Use glue dots to affix the strips to the wall, and the level on your smartphone to make sure they’re straight.

Step 2: Add horizontal stripes in the same way; make your stripes about 6 feet wide.

Step 3: Add thin stripes of washi tape over your wide stripes, on every other row to create a plaid pattern.

Step 4: Set up your camera. If you’re using manual settings be sure to test the light and set your camera on manual focus. Have someone stand in, set the focus on them, and be sure to stand in the same spot for your photos. We use a Canon and a Canon remote shutter; if you’re doing the same you can follow our steps to set up the remote. If not, do a little web search for how to set up your own!

Step 5: If you’re using a Canon, set your camera to 2-second timer mode. Set your remote to no delay. Stand in front of the camera and click the remote shutter to ensure it’s all set up right. That’s it!

Get your holiday duds on and snap away! If you’re taking your own photos like this, you just kind of have to go for it. Be silly, try different poses, and just try to act natural while someone holds the remote shutter and snaps away. You’re bound to have a whole bunch of crazy photos (like the one below where Henry started crawling away), but you’re also going to get lots of fun candid stuff.

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

Now for the good stuff! The awesome team at Minted is giving away $250 credit toward your own holiday cards! The ordering process there is so fun and simple — just upload your photos, choose from their incredible selection of cards, customize it, and you’re all set. We chose the Cherry Merry holiday photo card and I love love love the simple, fun design. You have to try the printed address option, too (it’s saved my poor hands from addressing hundreds of envelopes over the years). Enter to win right here! Big thanks to Minted for helping our holidays be a bit brighter! xoxo

ENTER TO WIN $250 TO MINTED FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

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