DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put…

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put some of what we were working with onto something physical, instead of it just living in the computer. I had a big blank table runner and a dining room that needed a splash of color, so I think you can see where this is heading. I love this project because it packs a lot of color and is kind of so simple you can’t go wrong. So pick your favorite colors and let’s get to it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner tutorial

Step 1: Lay out some cardboard or newspaper to act as a backdrop and catch any stray brushes of paint. Place the table runner on top.

Step 2: Choose your colors. We chose three colors for the large painted pieces (yellow, aqua, dark pink) and two for the accents (light pink, navy).

Step 3: Use your main colors to paint some abstract splotches on the length of the runner. Use one main color to paint the largest splotches. Use a secondary color to paint a few smaller ones, and a tertiary color to sprinkle in here and there.

Step 4: Once dry, use your two accent colors to paint some strips of smaller, abstract dots. We layered the light pink over the dark pink, and put the navy in at random.

Step 5: Let dry and place it on your table.

I also love that this is a sneaky little preview of what the new blog design has in store! You’ll probably notice some familiar themes once we relaunch, which should be soon. And in the meantime, my dining room table is a lot more cheerful with all of this color splashed around on it! xoxo

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

I love you, go away

I Love You, Go Away

I initially jotted down the title and concept for this post back in December. I was tired, and still in newborn land, and Henry was super clingy, and Ryan and…

I love you, go away

I initially jotted down the title and concept for this post back in December. I was tired, and still in newborn land, and Henry was super clingy, and Ryan and I hosted about a million parties that month, and I just wanted five minutes to myself. Cut to now — Maggie’s getting bigger, Henry’s in a daddy phase, both kids are finally not sick, and Ryan and I have barely looked each other in the eyes for the last month. So suffice it to say my current sentiment is less “I love you, go away” and more “please come give me all the snuggles.” But it definitely isn’t always this way.

Sometimes as a wife and mom I feel like there’s a constant stream (perhaps barrage would be a more appropriate term?) of stimuli. And a never-ending list of requests that only moms for some reason can fulfill. Mommy tell me that butterfly story – honey where are my shoes – did you already nurse the baby – how to you get barf out of clothing – may I please have another pancake – I can’t find my fire truck – mommy I wanna sit on your lap. And I love looooooove these three creatures I live with but DANGIT some days I want to tell them to figure it all out and let me brush my teeth in peace. I love you, go away.

I don’t know where the peanut butter is, maybe check the cabinet where we have kept it for the last 5 years. I love you, go away.

No I cannot build you another tower because you knocked over the previous 14 towers that I made for you. I love you, go away.

Yes I know you are cold but I’ve had a toddler and an infant hanging off of me all day and I need some personal space so this half of the couch is mine please. I love you, go away.

Okay, so that last one made me laugh. But truly! There are days when I feel that way. And I hope I’m not hanging myself out to dry by saying this, and that there are some of you out there who feel the same. It isn’t even exclusive to moms — there were times when it was just Ryan and I that I just needed a recharge by myself. Maybe it’s that whole introverted-extrovert thing (INFJ, anyone?), or maybe it’s just a human thing. Sometimes we need to take time by ourselves and that’s totally natural. It’s like I was saying here, I feel I’m at my best for my family when I take a few minutes to myself.

All of this being said, one of my goals as a mom is to not wish any moments away. I know all too well that these babes will be off to college in the blink of an eye and I’ll be aching for the days when Henry would want me to build that 15th tower. And as a wife, I’ve been trying to dig a little deeper lately and find kindness and love where on the surface it may feel like there’s only impatience. But I’m also taking it easy on myself and trying not to feel guilty when I have a moment that I’d love to lock myself in a room and just read a book for a while.

Make me feel normal, guys. Do you ever get to this point? Are there things that your partner or kids do that make you want to lock yourself in your own room just to get a second alone? xoxo

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Happy Weekend + Happy Birthday!

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so with all the hoopla we’ll probably celebrate it later on. And after this many birthdays, I’m good to just keep it low-key anyway. I’ll save the big celebrations for my 40th. 😉

What are YOU up to this weekend? xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Drawn to You // 2

I lift my lamp. I’m not political. I’m just not, and I make no apologies for it. But I do still love my country and I love all people and I…

I lift my lamp.

I’m not political. I’m just not, and I make no apologies for it. But I do still love my country and I love all people and I love love. Things just seem out of control in our world right now and it feels right to combat it by adding beauty to the world. So when Isabela and I were talking about what we could draw for you this month, we hit on something that felt right. You can download this design to print in 11″x14″ format, or download for a computer desktop below.

Do you know this poem? It’s at the base of the Statue of Liberty. I remember reading it on one of my visits there when I lived in NYC.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-Emma Lazarus

DOWNLOAD TO PRINT
DOWNLOAD FOR DESKTOP

I’m just loving working with Isabela on this series! We’d love to hear from you, too — if you ever need some inspiration hit us with a theme and we’ll get on it. Find more from Isa in her Etsy shop here and her Instagram here. xoxo

I Lift My Lamp

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for…

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for a Valentine’s gift. It had a dot on every city we had been to together, with a string connecting the cities in the order in which we had traveled to them. It was a masterpiece. I found it the other day and I thought it would be super cool to recreate it larger, and with the additional places we’ve been together and now as a family with our kids. So here we are. This thing is a work of art! And we’ve got a free printable so you can make your own DIY travel map too.

Materials

  • printable map
  • small brads
  • embroidery thread
  • craft knife
  • optional: computer, printer, and white paper
  • scissors
  • double-stick tape

Make Time: 2 Hours (or less if you have only a few places on the map)

Step 1: Download our printable map and head to a print shop. The map is sized to 11″x17″ to give you lots of space to add your cities. Have them print a color copy for you.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to make a small incision dot on every city you’ve visited.

Step 3: Insert a brad through each dot and fold the metal prongs back behind the paper.

Step 4: Separate a single strand of embroidery thread from a package of floss. (Most embroidery threads have six strands wound together. You’ll need something pretty thin for this so a single strand works well.)

Step 5: Decide which brad to start with. Wind your thread around it a few times and tie it to itself. Trim the end.

Step 6: From there, crisscross the map from city to city, mapping out your travels. If you run out of thread and need more length, repeat Step 5 on your most recent brad and start a new thread.

Step 7: When you get to your final city, tie off the thread in a similar manner.

Step 8: For locations outside the U.S., I approximated their location on a smaller scale, just off the map a bit. If you have locations outside the U.S., label them with a small printed city or country title. We used Century Gothic Bold font, size 7. Print and cut your city or country name and affix to the map with a tiny bit of double-sided tape.

We framed and hung ours so we can marvel at all the traveling we used to do! Granted, the first couple of years of our relationship we were on tour but MAN that’s a lot of cities. There are also a few missing that we’ve been to separately but never traveled to together. And now we have some places, like Tulum, that we’ve been with our little ones. I have a secret dream to have a mural wall of a world map and do the same thing in greater detail. Someday! xoxo

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

I Am the…

I started thinking the other day about the delegation of duties between myself and the hubs and how interesting it is which jobs fell to which person. Some of them…

I started thinking the other day about the delegation of duties between myself and the hubs and how interesting it is which jobs fell to which person. Some of them are very traditional (he mows the lawn, I do the laundry), and some of them seem totally random. It made me want to start listing out all the things that I am in our family, just to see it on paper. I even asked Ryan and he came up with some that I never would have thought of (apparently I’m the only one who puts gas in the car?!). So here’s my list. Leave me a list of a few of the things that you are! xoxo

thank-you card writer
laundry washer
vacation planner
barf cleaner
ukulele player
closet organizer
photographer
cupboard cleaner
party planner
bottle washer
breastfeeder
dish doer
suitcase packer
dust bunny wrangler
early riser
memory recorder
gas getter

Scenic vista

Road Trip, Party of Four

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days…

Scenic vista

Cherry blossoms

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days in our old LA hood and it felt so good to get out of town. Now that the little one is more and more a person every day, we’re getting our travel plans in order and we’re excited to be hitting the road more.

The kids did great (see here for all of our travel tips with kids!) and we were so happy to spend some time with our LA friends. I helped out at a dear friend’s baby shower and got to pat her little baby bump. We hit up Universal Studios for a few hours to see all of the Harry Potter stuff, but Henry was mostly excited to hug a Minion. He also got his very first barbershop haircut, which was the most adorable (we usually cut his hair at home). We ate at some of our favorite Studio City spots, and I was even able to sneak away for a mani with a friend and some shopping at Bonjour Fete, the cutest little new shop on Ventura.

I took my big camera but forgot a memory card, so these snaps are all old-school blog post style, straight out of my phone. Which maybe is a little bit refreshing? Because this is truly what our trip looked like. Playgrounds, baby snuggles, a little sunshine, and a lot of fun. xoxo

Paper poppy centerpieces

Culver Hotel

Hogwarts Castle

Boy hugging a minion

Baby snuggles

Toddler's first haircut

Playground

Boy eating a waffle

Bonjour Fete

Bonjour Fete

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two year old and an infant, Valentine’s Day is pretty low key. So we’ll probably be cheersing champagne while we sit on the couch and watch an episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend in our pajamas. (Do you watch that show? Ohhhhhh my gosh it’s hilarious. And uncomfortable.) Anyway, whatever you’re doing I hope it’s a blast, and that your Valentine presents you with something chocolate. Or something sparkly. Or both. xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to…

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to bring you some fresh DIY vibes, and I’m so excited to have her on board. Can you even stand her first project? These cacti are on point. (Get it?!)

Hey Everyone! I’m Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and I will be popping in once a month to share a colorful new DIY project with you. Crafts, colors, and patterns are my jam, so I am so excited that Chelsea has asked me to come and spread the joy of DIY with you all this year! First up on the crafting list are these amazing DIY colorful cacti soaps. Soap making may seem intimidating, but I promise, if you can use a microwave, then you can make these soaps!

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Wouldn’t you just love a few of these colorful gems in your bathroom? Not only are they fun for you to use to clean your hands, but they make amazing gifts too. Just package up a few in a clear bag and top with a few pom poms or a bow for the perfect gift.

Materials

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Step 1: Begin by cutting your soap into 1″ chunks. Microwave 1-2 cups of soap (depending on the size of your pan and how thick you want your finished soap to be) in 15 second increments until just melted.

Step 2: Add your essential oils or scent and a few drops of your desired soap colorant. Mix well to combine and then pour into your mold.

Step 3: Spritz with the rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then let sit for 1 hour to harden.

Step 4: Once hard, use the cookie cutter to cut out your cacti soaps. If you use a metal pan instead of a silicone pan, you will need a small offset spatula to remove the soap from the pan before cutting it. Or you can place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan before pouring in your soap to ease the removal process.

Once all your soap is cut, you are ready to package it or give it away. Oh, and don’t throw out those scraps, they can be melted down again and reused for another soap project!

Thank you so much for reading along, and hopefully you now feel inspired try making your own DIY colorful cacti soaps! xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Rainy Horizon

Happy Friday + Rain Rain Rain

Oh hey, California! How ’bout that rain! I always find myself so torn because I know that my home state definitely needs water, and that all of this rain is…

Rainy Horizon

Oh hey, California! How ’bout that rain! I always find myself so torn because I know that my home state definitely needs water, and that all of this rain is actually starting to make a dent in the drought. But I’m definitely one of those people who gets all bummed with days and days of gloomy weather. I feel like it’s been raining for my whooolllle life. (So dramatic.) Like, maybe we could just stick one day of sunshine in there every once in a while? Anybody have a contact email for Mother Nature?

I kid, I kid, obviously. I’ll just get out my rain boots and ride it out. What’s the weather where you are? Do you find that weather affects your attitude? Whatever the weatherman is telling you today, hope you have a  beautiful weekend! xoxo