Let Your Heart Be Light

Merry Christmas

Well lovelies, I’m signing off. I’m ready to hunker down and spend a good long Christmas break with my family, and I hope that you’re able to do the same….

Let Your Heart Be Light

Well lovelies, I’m signing off. I’m ready to hunker down and spend a good long Christmas break with my family, and I hope that you’re able to do the same. You know I get a little sentimental this time of year (read: always), and so I just have to say: thank you. Thank you for being here, for coming back, for being a part of my crew. I love this space and my job and you all, and I hope that you love it here too. It’s because of you all that I get to do what I do and I am deeply grateful.

I’m sending you all my best holiday wishes, that you find yourself somewhere warm, and happy, and surrounded by people that you love. We’ll be back on January 4th for a fresh, new year. And for now — let your heart be light. xoxo

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

12 Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can…

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can make yourself. And who doesn’t love something handmade with a little love? Check out these beauties and click through to get the full tutorials from each of the fabby makers behind the projects. Happy making! xoxo

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Gemstone Bobby Pins from Tell Love and Party
Gemstone Shoe Clips from Lovely Indeed
Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins from Proper
Painted Basket from Tell Love and Party
Agate Stone Wall Hooks from Lovely Indeed
Hexagon Ring Dishes from Homey Oh My

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Technicolor Dog Leash from Studio DIY
Hula Tassels from Damask Love
Gold + Colorblock Cutting Boards from Lovely Indeed
Ombre Jenga from Lovely Indeed
Marble Dipped Mugs from The Sweetest Occasion
Gold Foil Art from Sugar & Cloth

P.S. Three more super easy DIY gifts!

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

DIY Champagne Emoji New Year’s Pin

Why is that dang champagne emoji so cute?! I can’t get enough of that one, and in case you can’t either I’ve got a fun idea for ya. While you’re toasting on…

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Why is that dang champagne emoji so cute?! I can’t get enough of that one, and in case you can’t either I’ve got a fun idea for ya. While you’re toasting on New Year’s Eve and clinking glasses full of real bubbly, all the cool kids are gonna be wearing a little mini bubbly on their sweaters! Hashtag champage, y’all.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Step 1: On a flat surface, roll out your clay until it’s about 1/4″ thick. I like to use a smooth, round water glass to roll out clay, rather than a rolling pin.

Step 2: Now you’ll need to draw the outline of the champagne bottle on the clay. My recommendation is to draw a mirror image of the emoji, so that the underside of the clay will end up being the front of the pin; this will make for a nice, smooth front. Gently draw the outline of the champagne bottle on the clay with a pointy carving tool. Be sure to include the bubbles and cork!

Step 3: Slice away the excess of the clay with a knife clay tool.

Step 4: Smooth any rough edges of the clay with the flat edge of your knife tool. Do any detailing that you need to make the edges nice and crisp.

Step 5: Leave the clay on a flat surface, flat side up, overnight to dry.

Step 6: When the clay is fully dry and hardened, you can use a small piece of sandpaper to smooth away any leftover rough spots.

Step 7: Paint your champagne bottle just like the emoji! We used a dark green for the bottle, yellow mixed with gold for the label, yellow mixed with white for the shiny portions of the label, gray and white for the bubbles, and tan for the cork.

Step 8: Allow the paint to dry fully. Flip the bottle over and use E6000 to affix a pin back to the backside.

Once the glue is dry, pin that baby on your sweater and party like it’s 2016! Better yet, make a bunch for you and your besties and wear ’em all over town while you celebrate. Happy new year, y’all! xoxo

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

DIY Festive Animals for a Kid’s Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now…

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now they live on a tiny tree just for him. Tell me these guys aren’t the cutest!

It’s a really quick and simple little project if you still want to add some holiday cheer to your place. Check out the full project and lots more photos over on Momtastic! xoxo

P.S. Lots more holiday DIY fun right here!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

December Lovely Girl

December Lovely Girl // The Kind Heart

Each month we feature a new Lovely Girl, meant to inspire you to explore the zillions of ways you can live a lovely life. These gals are based on real-life…

Each month we feature a new Lovely Girl, meant to inspire you to explore the zillions of ways you can live a lovely life. These gals are based on real-life lovelies that we know and adore — each one of them is redefining loveliness just by being who she is. Check out what our amazing illustrator Kristine Brookshire dreamed up this month! And if you love her as much as we do, you can get the original painting right here in Kristine’s shop.

December Lovely Girl

The Kind Heart is almost a personification of the holiday season. Around her, you feel warm, welcome, and comfy (and you might not even realize it, but you just have to gravitate toward her glowy circle of happiness). Kindness is her sweet spot, and it’s effortless for her to live that way. Quick with a smile, easy with a hug, and geniunely pleased as punch to be a part of the human race, The Kind Heart might just make you think that the world will be okay after all. She sees everything through a lens of love, and around her, we do too. xoxo

December Lovely Girl

DressStationery. PenBoots. Clutch. Scarf. Champagne Candle. Nail Polish.

P.S.  For more awesome illustrations, follow Kristine on Instagram and Facebook.  And to find out what kind of Lovely you are, see the rest of the girls right here!

This Week

What a week! What a month! You guys, I love December. Did I tell you I’m singing in our local symphony chorus? We’ve been having lots of holiday concerts with…

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What a week! What a month! You guys, I love December. Did I tell you I’m singing in our local symphony chorus? We’ve been having lots of holiday concerts with the town’s symphony orchestra and I am up to my ears in beautiful music and holiday cheer. It’s been lovely! Other than that, I’ve been so, so pumped on our Lovely Indeed holiday designs for & Apparel — did you see both of them?! I can’t decide whether I like the sweater or the tee better — but you can get them both right here for 20% off with code LOVELY20. Cross my heart, every single time I wear them around town I get so many comments (especially the sweater!). If you grab one, be sure to share a photo of yourself in your festive gear with #thelovelysquad!

What else, you ask? I must have the coolest friends in all the land because Rachel from The Crafted Life put together a killer e-course that is right up your alley if you’re a blogger! It’s so inspiring to be surrounded by all of these amazing creatives doing wonderful things. Her Photo Styling 101 course is a perfect little package filled with tips on how to make gorgeous images for your blog or Instagram feed. Check it out here!

So! What’s everybody doing this weekend? I’ll be meeting up with a gang of fellow singers to do some Christmas caroling at the ice rink downtown, so suffice it to say it’s gonna be pretty cheerful up in here. Happy weekending! xoxo

 

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

DIY Wood +Gold Leaf Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite…

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite store than another scarf or pair of mittens. And that’s okay! In fact, it’s kind of awesome, because I can just stock up on card to a bunch of different stores from Gift Card Mall and call it good. But the real DIY quandary is how to wrap all of those cards, right?! I mean, I guess you could stick it in an envelope and hand it over but where’s the drama in that? Up your game, people! Here’s a quick little project that’ll knock your pals’ socks off when you hand over their packaged gift card — wood, leather, and gold leaf never looked so pretty.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Step 1: Paint the front side of one wooden rectangle.

Step 2: While the paint is still wet, place little patches of gold leaf on the wood so that the leaf sticks to the paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly afterward.

Step 3: Cut two leather rectangles. One should be 3″ x 2 1/2″ and the other should be 3″ x 1/2″. Round two corners on the large piece and one end of the small piece.

Step 4: Spread E6000 on the two long edges of the large piece.

Step 5: Affix the large piece to the two pieces of wood, with the painted side facing out (as though you were attaching a spine to a book).

Step 6: Affix the small piece to the back outer edge of the unpainted wood piece. This will be your latch.

Step 7: Place a small piece of velcro on the end of the small piece of leather and the corresponding velcro on the painted wood; be sure they match up when the holder is closed.

Step 8: Allow all paint and glue to dry thoroughly. Then place a small glue dot on the back of your gift card and place it inside the holder. Close the holder, secure the velcro, and you’re all wrapped up!

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Aren’t these rad?! I’m planning on mass producing a bunch of them while I watch White Christmas and Love Actually (only the two best Christmas movies ever). And if you’re needing to search through a nice array of gift cards, hit up Gift Card Mall at your local grocery store or right here online. Then wrap ’em all up in your fancy holders, pop them under the tree, and high five yourself for being so crafty. Happy wrapping! xoxo

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

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

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

DIY Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors…

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors run and soak into the paper is just so fascinating, isn’t it? And lucky for me it’s forgiving, because you can kind of pretend to know what you’re doing even if you’re a total newbie like me. High five. If you have secret watercolor dreams too, I’m here to tell ya that you can totally tackle it! I recently took Creativebug’s watercolor holiday card class and was whipping out brushstrokes like a pro in no time.

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

We’ve talked about Creativebug before, and if you missed it you have to catch up. If you’re a DIY fan or a maker, it’s a brilliant idea for trying out new projects or techniques. For a few bucks a month you can have access to their library of how-to videos, and learn all kinds of stuff! You can add classes to your own personal library so they never expire, and you can download the app and watch from anywhere. New classes are added all the time, and the instructors are top notch. I had the pleasure of working with a few of the teachers at a conference this year and this gang takes “making” to the next level, y’all.

We already had our Christmas cards printed up, but I wanted to hand paint a few special cards to go along with gifts, so the watercolor class was perfect. I kept kind of stressing out about getting it just right (hello, Type A creative!) but as it turns out, you kind of can’t go wrong with watercolor. The little wreath painting is a total snap, and you could probably even do it with kiddos if you wanted to have a crafternoon together. I especially love the little patterned liner that Courtney teaches in the class. Custom painted cards and liners? How fancy are we, you guys?!

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

And one more word to the wise: if you’re a maker with like-minded friends, Creativebug has a December special where you buy one year membership and get a free one to give as a gift! You could go in together with a pal, or surprise somebody with DIY magic that’ll last the whole year. Truly, I love the gift of creativity, and this is the perfect way to give it.

So whaddaya think?! Would you be more likely to try out our image transfer gift wrap, or paint up some holiday cards? I think I’m planning on tackling a woven tapestry next – anybody wanna take the class together and trade notes? Let’s make something! xoxo

TAKE THE WATERCOLOR CLASS

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

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

This is My Festive Sweater

Lovely Indeed Holiday Wear

Didja get your Lovely Indeed Festive Sweater yet?! Thanks so much for all your kind words and excitement about it — I’m as pumped as you are! Did you also see that…

This is My Festive Sweater

Didja get your Lovely Indeed Festive Sweater yet?! Thanks so much for all your kind words and excitement about it — I’m as pumped as you are! Did you also see that we released our gold holiday tee too?! We couldn’t design something without our signature golden touch, so the Let Your Heart Be Light tee was just the perfect addition. I love the handwritten feel, and it’s so cute layered with some of your other holiday pieces!
Let Your Heart Be Light Tee

Be sure to snap up your Lovely Indeed holiday sweaters + tees before they’re all gone! And if your boyfriends or husbands need a little hint, just send them a link to this blog post. I think they’ll get the picture. And if you get one, be sure to tag a photo of yourself wearing it with #thelovelysquad, so I can see how adorable you are!

SHOP THE FESTIVE SWEATER
SHOP THE LET YOUR HEART BE LIGHT TEE

Let Your Heart Be Light Tee

This is My Festive Sweater

Social Print Studio

$150 Social Print Studio Giveaway with The Holiday Collective!

It’s here! Our final giveaway of 2016 in what has been a crazy-fun series of prizes! If you missed it, we’ve been hanging out over on The Holiday Collective, a…

Social Print Studio

It’s here! Our final giveaway of 2016 in what has been a crazy-fun series of prizes! If you missed it, we’ve been hanging out over on The Holiday Collective, a pop-up blog for the holidays created by some of my favorite makers. In addition to bringing you exclusive DIY content to help you get super festive, The Holiday Collective is in the middle of three weeks of daily giveaways, with a different prize from a different blogger every day! You can see the full list down at the bottom of this post — you can still enter the giveaways from the last couple of days, and there are six more days of giveaways coming, too!

But let’s get down to business here, y’all, because we’re talking about 150 smackers to my very favorite printing company, Social Print Studio! I’ve been so pumped to get to know and work with the SPS gang more closely this year, from DIY projects and games to workshops! And now they’re offering one of you cuties $150 to go crazy in their shop! You can get all kinds of printed goodies to make your Instagrams (or any images!) into tiny cards, big squares, huge oversized prints, photostrips, books, rip-off calendars, buttons, magnets, and I could go on. No joke, my house is littered with SPS prints and I love every single one of them.

So let’s do it, right?! You can enter in the Rafflecopter below; the giveaway will only be open for 3 days so hop to it! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the giveaways from The Holiday Collective, along with all the DIY goodness that’s getting racked up over there. Have fun! xoxo

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The Holiday Collective

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)