How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

I was so stoked when we found a perfect mini-crib for Baby #2, and then I realized that we needed mini crib sheets. Duh, mom. Turns out mini crib sheets are…

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

I was so stoked when we found a perfect mini-crib for Baby #2, and then I realized that we needed mini crib sheets. Duh, mom. Turns out mini crib sheets are out there, but they’re all slightly different sizes and there’s just not as much selection when it comes to patterns or fabric. I sewed a bunch of crib sheets for Hank when he was born and just decided to bite the bullet and do the same for Baby Girl! I was actually kind of pumped to do it, because I had just teamed up with EverSewn and got to sew on their fancy schmancy new sewing machine. Hoooooo-boy, this thing makes my old sewing machine feel like cavewoman days. It’s totally intuitive and I set it up in a flash (even though I consider myself a very basic seamstress). It’s simple enough to navigate for little projects like this one, but I’m also planning some more in-depth projects to really test out the fun features it has. If you’re looking for a new machine I can’t recommend this one enough!

But seriously, let’s make my baby some crib sheets.

Materials

  • 1.5 yards of fabric
  • sewing machine and notions
  • 54″ of 1/4″ elastic
  • iron
  • safety pins

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sheet

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

Step 1: Cut your fabric. For a crib mattress that’s about 3-5″ thick, measure the top of the mattress and add 12″ to both the length and width. That’s how large a rectangle you’ll need to cut. Then from each corner, cut out a 4.5″ square.

Step 2: Folding and pinning right sides together on each corner, sew a straight stitch. Leave about a 1/2″ hem.

Step 3: Iron a rolled hem around all edges of the sheet. Fold the edges over 1/4″, and then over again another 1/2″. This hides all raw edges and makes the pocket that will house the elastic. You can fold and pin if you like; I’m more a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gal and I just eyeball, fold, and iron as I go.

Step 4: Start sewing a straight stitch along the ironed hem. You’re going to sew almost all the way around, but leave an opening approximately 3″ wide unsewn. If you need to place a safety pin 3″ ahead of where you started sewing to remind yourself to stop, do that! I’ve been known to accidentally sew right on through.

Step 5: Measure and cut your 54″ inches of elastic. Attach the safety pin to one end. Gather your patience and start feeding the safety pin through the hem, inserting it through the 3″ area that you didn’t sew. Keep bunching the fabric up around the pin and feeding it through, pulling the fabric along the length of the elastic every so often. It’s smart to safety pin the opposite end of the elastic to the other side of the unsewn area on the hem; that way you don’t accidentally pull the elastic all the way through and have to start over.

Step 6: Once you’ve fed the elastic through and have a tail of elastic coming out of either side of your hem, sew the two ends of elastic together. Overlap them by about 1″ and sew a straight stitch back and forth a few times. Then pull the elastic throughout the sheet so that it’s evenly distributed.

Step 7: Finish your sheet by sewing a straight stitch along the 3″ of open hem that you didn’t sew. Be careful not to sew the elastic down with it as well!

Hooray! Crib sheets, any size you need ’em! I ransacked my local fabric store for all of the minty and aqua patterns I could find, and I can’t wait to show you how they fit in Baby Girl’s nursery. Soon, I promise! In the meantime, stay tuned for more fun sewing projects with EverSewn. xoxo

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

How to Sew Mini Crib Sheets

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

Monkey Bread Muffin Recipe

Monkey Bread Muffins

I will never forget my first Monkey Bread encounter. It was at Jones in Philadelphia. We ordered some for the table on a whim, because none of us had had…

Monkey Bread Muffin Recipe

Monkey Bread Muffin Recipe

I will never forget my first Monkey Bread encounter. It was at Jones in Philadelphia. We ordered some for the table on a whim, because none of us had had it before and it sounded fun. Cut to the plate arriving and all of the Monkey Bread being devoured within approximately two minutes flat. And ever since then, I’ve been looking for ways to chase that feeling. 😉 I came across a recipe and thought it would be fun in muffin form (and that maybe it would save me from eating an entire batch by myself if the portions were already bite-sized). These things are gonna blow your miiiiind.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packages Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits (16.3 oz size)
  • 1/2 c golden raisins
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c melted butter
  • cooking spray
  • muffin tins

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Bake Time: 12 Minutes

Heat oven to 350. Spray your muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a large Ziplock baggie.

Pop open your biscuit packages. Separate the biscuits (there should be 16 total) and cut each biscuit into quarters. Drop the quarters into the bag with the cinnamon sugar mixture, zip it shut, and shake to cover all pieces. You may need to reach in and separate pieces if they get stuck together before they are coated.

In each cup of the muffin tin, place 4 quarters of biscuit. Press gently to slightly pack them down together.

In a bowl, mix the melted butter and the brown sugar; stir until the mixture is even. Spoon a tablespoon of this mixture over each cup in the muffin tin.

Place in the oven and check after 10 minutes; check every couple of minutes until the biscuits are golden on top and cooked through (ours took about 12 minutes).

I dare you to only eat one of these! They’re best right out of the oven but they also reheat well. They’d be perfect for a party or a brunch, and I’m fairly certain you’d be the belle of the ball if you whipped up these babies! xoxo

Monkey Bread Muffin Recipe

Monkey Bread Muffin Recipe

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal: Tropical Twist

So did I tell you we were without a kitchen for the last month? We’re finally wrapping up our renovation but the last hurdle was having our kitchen ripped out,…

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

So did I tell you we were without a kitchen for the last month? We’re finally wrapping up our renovation but the last hurdle was having our kitchen ripped out, and trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in our meals. We couldn’t cook anything and we were constantly trying to find meals that would be not only easy but healthy and kid-friendly too. It was kind of a tall order until we discovered the beauty of night cereal. Night cereal! Seriously. I mean, I used to eat cereal for dinner in my college days but this is a whole different story and now we’re a bit addicted as a family.

We wanted to create something that we would all like, but also encourage Henry to use some of his favorite foods (good thing milk and cereal are already on that list). So we did a little concocting and came up with our very own night cereal: Tropical Twist.

Ingredients

  • Kashi Go Lean cereal
  • milk
  • cubed avocado
  • cubed papaya
  • roasted macadamia nuts
  • coconut flakes
  • salt
  • edible flowers (just for fun!)

Start with a bed of Kashi in a bowl (we chose Kashi because it’s packed with protein and Henry loves it, but you can choose your favorite mild-flavored cereal!). Set out bowls of your other ingredients.

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Top your Kashi with a spoonful or two of the rest of the ingredients. We let Henry kind of go to town at this point and load up his bowl with his favorites. (For the macadamia nuts, we crushed his up because he’s still working on teeth to chew nuts!) He was all about the avocado and papaya, this kid. After his bowl was loaded we added just a sprinkle of salt to bring out the savory side, and a couple of edible flowers, which he found fascinating.

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Once all of the toppings are added, pour in some fresh, cold milk to top it all off and enjoy! Night cereal truly became a total lifesaver for us during the remodel, and now it’s kind of a staple. I’m working on a couple of other concoctions to mix it up a little — but the beauty is you can really add your favorite stuff and it’s a meal in no time! Be sure to get kiddos in on this one too; it’s a perfect chance for them to take a little control in the kitchen and start playing chef.

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

Night Cereal Recipe // Tropical Twist

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

This Week + Throwing Things

Guys. I need parenting help. I don’t care if you’re parents or not — help! My sweet, funny, energetic toddler won’t. stop. throwing things. It’s not even out of anger…

Toddler Boy

Guys. I need parenting help. I don’t care if you’re parents or not — help! My sweet, funny, energetic toddler won’t. stop. throwing things. It’s not even out of anger or anything. It’s more like he just wants to see what happens when he throws them. But Lord help me, it makes me crazy. He tosses his toys everywhere (and the last thing I want to be doing is getting down on the floor to dig toys out from under the couch), he chucks books so they almost chop my feet off, and he throws his cups on the floor at meal times. And after he throws the stuff he just looks at it like, “Huh. Well there ya go.” And then he says, “Henry fro dat.”

We talk allllll the time about how we don’t throw, how it’s dangerous and it makes a mess and none of his friends or family throw things. And when we’re talking he looks at me all earnest and I swear he understands. I know he does! But then he chucks his Legos everywhere just to see them scatter and it’s all I can do to keep from tearing my hair out. That freakin’ adorable jerk.

So. Any parents deal with this? Anybody have a penchant for throwing things when they were little? I’m all ears, gang. And in the meantime, you can laugh at me while I’m on my hands and knees wiping up the cup of milk that my kid just tossed overboard.

Oh and hey — have a great weekend! xoxo

Favorite Back to School Supplies

Best Back-To-School Supplies for Grownups

Hey Lovelies! We’ve got Erin back again today, sharing her impeccable taste when it comes to back-to-school! Her favorite BTS picks have me wishing I was heading back for a new…

Hey Lovelies! We’ve got Erin back again today, sharing her impeccable taste when it comes to back-to-school! Her favorite BTS picks have me wishing I was heading back for a new school year. Read on to see her choices. xoxo

It’s back to school season and we’ve already completed our first homework assignment. You know, the kind that involves shopping around for the cutest back to school finds for grown-ups. It really isn’t a bad gig, especially if you’re like us and feeling a little nostalgic about the whole thing. If you are in the mood to freshen up your home office or add a little organization to your work life, then check out our top picks that we think make the grade!

Favorite Back to School Supplies

  1. Give your homemade lunch an instant makeover with these  DIY printable lunch bags.
  2. A tote-ally adorable backpack that was originally designed for Swedish school children in the 70s… Love it!
  3. The bkr glass bottle comes in fun and refreshing colors and will have you sipping in style.
  4. sticky note set that is intended to motivate you to get stuff done.
  5. This dots and feelings stapler is on my wish list. hint hint. 
  6. This lunch tray inspired desk organizer will help keep things in their place.
  7. I am very busy folders to state the obvious and of course keep your papers looking neat.
  8. It’s going to be an inspiring year, so a notebook is a must for jotting down those brilliant ideas.
  9. Because washi tape is my favorite and this school-inspired paper tape set is no exception.
Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

I have this love-hate relationship with baking. I love the process of it, mixing and measuring and all that. And I think we can all agree that the end result of…

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

I have this love-hate relationship with baking. I love the process of it, mixing and measuring and all that. And I think we can all agree that the end result of baking is the best part. But cleaning the mess is where you lose me. I just hate the flour everywhere and the dirty dishes with junk all over them and using twelve thousand bowls just to make a batch of muffins. So sometimes I shy away from messier projects just because I don’t wanna clean them (stop judging me). But since the gang at method is encouraging us to #fearnomess, I figured this might be the perfect time to try a project that I’ve had on my brain for a while. It’s messy but beautiful and the outcome is so pretty! I give you: Color Dipped Waffles.

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Ingredients

  • your favorite waffle mix and necessary additional ingredients (egg, oil, etc.)
  • powdered sugar
  • milk

Materials

  • waffle maker
  • popsicle sticks
  • food coloring

Make Time: 1 Hour

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Step 1: Make your waffles with your usual favorite waffle mix (or from scratch if you’re fancy). For this recipe, I like to add just a little extra dry mix than is recommended to make the mix slightly thicker. That way the waffles set up in the waffle maker in small rounds, rather than spreading out to fill the whole waffle area. Once your waffles are made, set them aside to cool a bit.

Step 2: Mix your icing colors for dipping. For each color, measure out 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of milk. Mix these together in individual bowls. (You may need to play with consistency slightly; if your mix is too runny add a dash of sugar, or if it’s to thick to dip add a splash of milk. Add in very tiny increments!)

Step 3: Color your icing! Dip a popsicle stick into your food coloring and stir it into a bowl of icing until you have your desired color. If you’re using gel food coloring like we did, take note that a little goes a long way.

Step 4: Grab a waffle and dip it! Press the waffle gently down into a bowl of food coloring, allowing the coloring to cover and adhere one portion of the waffle. Lift the waffle, let the excess icing drip off, and set on a clean plate to dry. Repeat with all of your waffles.

Step 5: Allow the waffles some time to set. The icing will become set and slightly hard, as it would on a sugar cookie. Once this is complete, remove your waffles from their drying plate and serve!

We made a beautiful little mess with this one, gang! I tossed all the dishes in a sink full of water with some fresh-smelling pink grapefruit dish soap from method and let it all soak for a while (while I admittedly tried a waffle or two). When I went back to clean it all, it was a total snap, and I just love how the method soaps smell (and I doubly love that all of the products are recyclable and made from recyclable materials — we need more companies doing good like this in the world!). Maybe it’s time for me to get over my fear of making a mess in the kitchen after all. 😉

Oh and by the way — these waffles are bangin’. They’re like a combination between a waffle and a sugar cookie and it’s like the brunch food of my dreams. They’d be perfect to serve at a party because you can make them ahead of time and just pull them out when you’re ready! And you can customize colors to just about anything you can imagine. Next up — a full rainbow! xoxo

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

Color Dipped Waffle Recipe

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

Kitchen Under Construction

Renovation Update

We are racing a baby clock, people! If Baby Girl cooks as long as she’s supposed to, she’ll be here in a little over 5 weeks. And we are thisclose to…

Kitchen Under Construction

We are racing a baby clock, people! If Baby Girl cooks as long as she’s supposed to, she’ll be here in a little over 5 weeks. And we are thisclose to finishing the renovation, relatively speaking (since we started the day after Christmas of 2015). If all goes well, we’ll be wrapped up in about a week or two — and I’m hoping down to my toes that it all does go well.

What’s left? We need to install the kitchen countertops and appliances, touch up a few spots with paint, let the new hardwood floors cure, and get our fireplace stone & mantle installed. I know it sounds like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things it’s just a  tiny little list at this point. And if that all happens over the next couple of weeks and baby girl stays put until around her due date, that means we’ll have a few weeks to clean the house and just prepare for her arrival. Cross every finger you have for us!

I mostly can’t believe that we’re approaching the end, because this has been going on for 8 long months at this point. Henry thinks that our contractor is part of the family. (And I actually think that when he’s not coming around every day any more, the poor kid is going to be heartbroken.) I’ll just be so, so glad to have our house put back together, with floors that don’t have drywall dust on them and a couch that isn’t covered in plastic in the corner. I can’t believe it’s actually going to happen soon. Countdown is on, y’all. xoxo

Feet on Carpet

Happy Friday + Things I’m Loving

Things are coming together, people! Every day a little something new happens and our house looks a bit more finished. I’ll have a full update for you next week, but…

Feet on Carpet

Things are coming together, people! Every day a little something new happens and our house looks a bit more finished. I’ll have a full update for you next week, but for now just enjoy this pretty little carpet that we got from Rug Studio to tide you over. I’ve been rolling around on it all week (partially because it’s the only thing in our house that’s not dusty).

Otherwise, I have some fun links and stuff to get you through your Friday! I know you’re sitting at your desk counting down the minutes until you can leave, so how’s about you just let me pass some time for you? You’re welcome. xoxo

The Olympics have me watching all of these rhythmic gymnastics videos, and this girl is absolutely bonkers. 

Everybody’s always like, “But you used to be an actress, you can’t be an introvert!” And I’m like, “Read this.”

We finally found a solution to fighting over outlets to plug in our cellphones. We win!

Pre-ordered my copy of Ann Shen’s Bad Girls Throughout History and I. Cannot. Wait.

Been checking out Weeknight Society and it’s brilliant if you dread making dinner every night. Check it.

We’re getting closer to a baby girl name (finally) and this list of Twitter’s ugly baby names is cracking me up! We actually were considering a couple of names on the list – HA! Can you guess which ones?

Back to School Playlist

Back to School Playlist

It’s happening, whether it seems like time or not! School’s in session for lots of folks already, and the rest of us are staring longingly at the rows and rows…

Back to School Playlist

It’s happening, whether it seems like time or not! School’s in session for lots of folks already, and the rest of us are staring longingly at the rows and rows of sharpened pencils and new binders in the Target back-to-school section. So let’s just get with it and celebrate! We put together a back to school playlist to inspire you if you’re headed back, or to get you all nostalgic if you’ve long graduated. Fair warning: it starts with maybe one of the best songs of all time. And if you can guess why some of the non-school related songs are on the list you get major brownie points! Hit the link below to see the full list and give it a listen. xoxo

LISTEN TO  OUR BACK TO SCHOOL PLAYLIST

Be Lovely

Are you In #TheLovelySquad?

Hey gang! Just a quick Monday stop-by to see if you’re in #TheLovelySquad! So many of you have sent in fab photos of Lovely Indeed projects that you’ve tried and…

Be Lovely

Hey gang! Just a quick Monday stop-by to see if you’re in #TheLovelySquad! So many of you have sent in fab photos of Lovely Indeed projects that you’ve tried and there’s nothing I love more. It’s so cool to see you getting inspired by our tutorials and putting your own spin on things. So if you’ve tried one of our projects, be sure to share it on social and use #TheLovelySquad so we can find ya — we’ll also feature you on our reader projects page right here. (Raise your hand if you’re in there already!) You can also go back and tag old shares to add it to the feed, or just email us a picture at [email protected] We want to see what you’re working on! xoxo

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

I probably have way too many notebooks. It might be a bit of a problem. Can’t help myself! There’s something so delicious about cracking open a fresh notebook and jotting…

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

I probably have way too many notebooks. It might be a bit of a problem. Can’t help myself! There’s something so delicious about cracking open a fresh notebook and jotting down your plans, brainstorms, and whatever else you’ve got in your brain. Last year we made these fun notebooks for back to school, so I wanted to put a gold twist on it this year! This year’s version is just as fun and simple to put together, so grab your supplies and make yourself a custom notebook.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes per Notebook

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

Step 1: Cut a piece of vinyl so that one corner is a square 90º and the opposite edge is at an angle. Place the piece of vinyl on the cover of your notebook, with the square corner flush with one corner of the book. Smooth down the vinyl so that no air bubbles are trapped underneath.

Step 2: Use scissors to trim away the excess vinyl around any edges of the book.

Step 3: Decide what you’d like your notebook to say. Cut out individual letters from the foil letter kit. Remove the white backing from the letters and carefully place them in order one by one, being sure to align them all.

Step 4: Use the bone folder to burnish each letter, pressing firmly and rubbing the letter into the surface of the notebook.

Step 5: Remove the clear cover from each letter. If the white letter starts to pull away with the clear cover, place it back down and rub some more with your bone folder to get the letter to adhere to the notebook.

Step 6: Place the foil down on the letters, gold side up, and press gently with your fingertips. Be sure to press the foil where each letter is. Pull the foil away. If there are some portions of the letters left uncovered, just place the foil down again, press, and pull away until you have the coverage you like.

You did it, smarty pants! I just love these things whether you’re going back to school or you’re a grownup who just needs a place to write. You can make them say anything you like (you could even label them according to what’s inside, like school subjects, work notes, or house to-dos!) and totally customize them. And I have to know — am I the only one who hoards office supplies? xoxo

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School

DIY Gold Foil Notebooks for Back to School