DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkins for Fall

I know. I KNOW, OKAY?! I know it’s still summer but so help me September hits and I’m all “jeans and boots and pumpkin spice this and cozy sweater that.”…

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

I know. I KNOW, OKAY?! I know it’s still summer but so help me September hits and I’m all “jeans and boots and pumpkin spice this and cozy sweater that.” I know it’s a horrible thing I do to myself because it’s going to be summer until the middle of October (for crying out loud) but I just can’t help it. I needed a little fall in my life. So I grabbed some pumpkins from Michaels and did just a teeny, subtle little golden DIY that will satisfy my fall tendencies until it’s actually appropriate.

Materials

  • craft pumpkins
  • gold leaf
  • gold leaf adhesive
  • paintbrush
  • gold leaf duster brush
  • washi tape

Make Time: 10 Minutes per Pumpkin

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Step 1: Apply a strip of washi tape around the lower third of the pumpkin and smooth into the crevices to ensure coverage.

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of gold leaf adhesive around the bottom of the pumpkin, covering all the area below the washi tape. Be sure not to let the adhesive pool; a little goes a long way.

Step 3: Allow the adhesive to dry for a couple of minutes, until it’s tacky to the touch. Then cover the adhesive with gold leaf. Take a sheet, press it into the adhesive, and pull away the orange backing. Repeat until all of the adhesive is covered.

Step 4: Use your duster brush to buff away any excess gold leaf until the surface is smooth.

Step 5: Remove the washi tape to reveal a clean top edge.

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

These golden gourds are making me pretty happy! It’s just the right amount of fall to sneak into the house without annoying Mr. Lovely because it’s barely September (see how sneaky?!). If you want to get a teeny touch of fall into your world, hit Michaels — they’ve even got these fun half pumpkins you can jazz up. And if you need a little more fall inspiration, check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to in the link-up right here. Happy (almost) Fall! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

I’m a doodler from way back. I have notebooks full (yes, I totally saved them) of pages and pages of doodles in between my high school and college class notes….

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

I’m a doodler from way back. I have notebooks full (yes, I totally saved them) of pages and pages of doodles in between my high school and college class notes. I can’t bear to throw them out! There was some serious art going on there, people. Patterns and sketches and lettering and all kinds of fun stuff. Now that I’m a grownup (…right) I’m still a fan of doodling but I’ve moved onto cooler mediums than my old ballpoint pen. These handy dandy Painters, for example, are just the right thing for doodling some cool patterns on these little tubs I picked up in the Target Dollar Spot recently. I was overflowing with office stuff and I figured since we’re doing some grownup back-to-school projects, I should be getting myself organized! So these paint pen patterned office containers were born and I love ’em to pieces.

Materials

  • Painters in fine tip
  • containers for your office stuff (the Painters contain acrylic paint and will work on just about anything — plastic, wood, glass, metal, fabric, and more!)
  • washi tape

Make Time: 15 Minutes per container

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

Step 1: Wipe down your containers to be sure they’re free of dirt or debris.

Step 2: Prep your Painters. Shake well with the cap on, then remove the cap and press the tip on a clean, dry surface until paint begins to flow.

Step 3: Start doodling some fun patterns! If you’d like a block of color behind your patterns, begin by taping off a section of your container with washi tape.

Step 4: Fill in the taped section with a paint pen. Remove the washi so that you have a block of color.

Step 5: Begin drawing in your pattern. I recommend starting at the top and working your way down, to avoid smearing the paint as you work.

Step 6: If you’d like to layer your paints (like in our triangle pattern), be sure the first layer is dry to the touch before you layer more paint on top of it.

Step 7: Allow all paint to dry thoroughly, fill your containers with office supplies, and enjoy!

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

These little tubs have been so helpful lately as I tackle DIY projects in our studio; it’s so awesome to be able to just grab all my paintbrushes or pens and have them handy. And i’m loving using the Painters for more projects here and there! They’re even perfect for paint touchups on furniture pieces that get scuffed and household stuff like that. Next up I’m planning on updating a few picture frames with these bad boys. I’ll keep you posted on that one!

Now if you need to to a little organizing yourself, there’s a monthly contest between now and December where you can make your own creations using Painters; each monthly winner will get a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have a different theme each month (this month is School, Office, Electronics, and Fitness). Submit your homemade creations to elmers.com/painters, where you can also download a coupon for Painters products. Go to the website to learn more! If you enter, be sure to share on social with #StyleByAisle and #PaintersStyle so we can all check out your projects! xoxo

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Office Containers

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

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those…

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those ol’ clipboards are just kinda… dull. There, I said it. No offense, clipboards. So the paints came out and my old friend gold leaf made an appearance and BOOM my clipboards are fancier than I am. I love the color this little project adds to a wall, and with a piece of art on one of these babies the gold leaf peeks out from underneath juuuuust the right amount.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Step 1: Tape off a diagonal line with washi tape. Paint the bottom portion of the clipboard. Remove the washi.

Step 2: Learned this one the hard way: allow that paint to dry and cure completely, or your gold leaf will stick to tacky paint and make a mess!

Step 3: Paint short brushstrokes of gold leaf adhesive over the painted area. Make sure the adhesive is just a thin layer, and don’t allow it to pool.

Step 4: Once the adhesive has dried for a minute or two and is tacky to the touch, place a sheet of gold leaf face down over the brush strokes.

Step 5: Pull away the sheet and the gold leaf should stick to the areas with adhesive. Repeat the process until all the brushstrokes are covered.

Step 6: Use the duster brush to buff away all the excess gold leaf.

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Load up your new clipboard with art and hang ’em on your walls! Or, if you’re extra fancy, just use these clipboards at work in your office and impress all of your colleagues. Think you’ll give these guys a try? What colors would you use? I had a heck of a time narrowing it down but I think they’d look awesome in a whole rainbow of colors! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Pencil Sneakers for Back to School

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of…

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” And I’m sorry if I’ve quoted You’ve Got Mail before, but it just may be one of the most perfect movies ever. But I digress! Back to the business at hand, which obviously is painting cute little pencils on your sneakers for back-to-school! I was looking for some sneaks at Payless Shoe Source the other day and these caught my eye. They’re super comfy and the perfect transition from summer to fall! After I wore them once or twice I started thinking that the lines on them reminded me of binder paper and I totally knew what I had to do. I’m thinking of grabbing a pair of kids’ shoes from Payless and making my little niece a matching pair, because she’s starting kindergarten this year. Let’s all make ’em!

Materials

  • striped sneakers
  • craft paint in yellow, pink, and gold
  • small paintbrushes
  • black Sharpie

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

Step 1: Paint a diagonal thick yellow line on the toe of your sneaker. This will be your pencil.

Step 2: Paint a small gold triangle at the base of the line, which will become the point of your pencil.

Step 3: Paint a rounded pink square at the top of the pencil. Allow all the paint to dry thoroughly and go over any spots that may need more coverage.

Step 4: Begin tracing the outlines of your pencil with the Sharpie. Start very lightly so that you don’t overdo it; you can always add more black. Trace the outer edges of the pencil and create a few lighter lines in the center.

Step 5: Draw a small triangular tip where the lead of the pencil would be; also draw a few scribbles coming from the pencil.

Step 6: Trace the eraser by drawing a flattened oval at the top and two lines on either side, almost connecting with the lines on the sides of your pencil. Then draw a few arcs where the metal would be that connects the eraser to the pencil.

Step 7: Repeat the process on the other shoe, mirroring the image you created on the first.

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

That’s it! Tell me these aren’t the cutest things you’ve seen all day. I’ve been bopping around in them and they’re keeping my feet pretty happy (and also making me wish I was picking out more back-to-school shoes!). Hope you try them out! And if you’re outfitting yourself or your fam for back-to-school, hit up Payless for lots of other cute styles. I might have come home with a couple of extras, just in case… For more inspiration, check out Payless on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  xoxo

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via RhythmOne. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sparkler Heart

This Week + Happy Fourth!

Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans?…

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Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans? We’ve got some of our best pals staying with us for the weekend so we’ll be BBQing and swimming and basically trying not to melt.

That’s it, gang — nothing more today than a wish for a wonderful and safe Fourth. Happy celebrating! xoxo

 

Spiked Watermelon Rosemary Punch for July 4th

The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday…

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The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday that the whole nation can celebrate together, to take some time to appreciate our history and the things that have made us great. I also love that it’s in the dead of summer, because that means we get to celebrate with all of the things that summer brings — swimming pools, BBQs, and a little something cool and refreshing to sip. So we whipped up this little punch recipe for your July 4th celebrations, so that we can all say cheers for America together! It’s a perfect, simple recipe to bring people together for a laid back Independence Day party.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 5 lemons
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • club soda

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To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish.

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I love how the rosemary adds just a little extra oomph to the watermelony flavor! And since I’m such a watermelon fiend in the summertime, this punch is right up my alley. So! What will you be doing this 4th of July? Do you have any special traditions or celebrations? Hopefully there’s a firework or sparkler thrown in there somewhere. And while you’re planning your festivities, you’ve gotta try this crazy delicious recipe and make a #Punch4Everybody! Please, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly and have a safe & fabulous 4th! xoxo

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Modern July 4th Table

A Modern July 4th Table

This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best…

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

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This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best pals come in from out of town to visit and I wanted to put together something special for a fun outdoor meal. But rather than go the typical red-white-and-blue explosion that usually goes along with the 4th of July, I thought it would be cool to do a modern take on a patriotic tablescape. So I browsed around on AllModern and picked up a few things that are turning out to be some of my new favorite pieces for backyard entertaining!

We stuck with navy, white, and a few metallic touches for the whole shebang. I did a quick DIY treatment on some simple flatware (tutorial is on the way soon!), and used my favorite DIY gold leaf succulents (from a couple posts back) instead of florals. I also thought it would be cool to have a little bit of a geometric theme, so the square pedestal and square dish sets were perfect. I’m loving those little Pantone dish sets! They’re almost like bento boxes that you can mix and match.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

The white garden stools are around for extra seating or for overflow of dishes and glasses. Like a really cute little mini bar! And best of all — that big beautiful table. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been pining for a backyard dining table. You know the opening sequence from Parenthood? That’s what I’m talking about, y’all. Dinners in the backyard with candles and plates getting passed back and forth and bottles of wine and lots of ridiculous laughing. That’s my plan for this beaut of a table.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

So what are you up to this Independence Day? Do you do a sit-down dinner, or do you roll more laid-back style? Check out our picks for your July 4th celebrations down below! xoxo

Vifah Dining Table / Pantone Dish Set / Cake Pedestal / Flatware / Table Runner / Napkins / Carafe / Copper Mugs / Gold Glasses / Garden Stools

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Father’s Day Recipe // Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us…

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us up a batch of waffles for us to share. I had the idea to do a waffles-in-bed type of thing for him for his first Father’s Day, until I realized we’ll be out of town! So I surprised him the other day with a new waffle recipe and it was a major hit. And these ain’t no ordinary waffles, guys — they’re packed with protein and nutrients and good-for-you stuff (but they’re so delicious Mr. Lovely didn’t even notice how healthy they are).

Ingredients

The secret to this little recipe is the Vanilla Protein from ALOHA. When I found this stuff I was so  excited — protein powders usually taste like chemicals to me but this stuff just tastes delicious. It’s all vegan and organic, and has so many nutrients it’ll make your head spin. It also made this batch of waffles totally filling and didn’t leave us with that shaky sugar high an hour later.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Mix the protein with your usual waffle mix in a large bowl. Add egg, oil, and your milk of choice. Stir gently until the mixture is smooth. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron. Once heated, drop a large dollop of mix into each section of the waffle iron and cook as usual.

Once your waffles are made, roughly chop up two sections of the ALOHA Superfood Chocolate. And how brilliant is it that by adding chocolate to these bad boys you’re actually adding more nutrients?! The Superfood Chocolate is made with fruits, veggies, fair-trade cacao, coconut sugar, and contains a whole slew of antioxidants. Also, I was pumped to find out that it melts like a dream. Put your chopped chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to smooth it out and drizzle it on those waffles like a professional. Finish the plate with a little dusting of powdered sugar if you’re into that sort of thing.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleI asked Ryan if he’d lend me his hands to get a photo of the waffles, and after I took the photo he literally took the plate and ate them all before I even realized what was happening. Soooo — I guess they’re pretty good. And I couldn’t get too upset with the guy, I mean they’re Father’s Day waffles, after all!

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Have you tried any of our waffle recipes? What’s been your fave so far?! xoxo

This post is created in partnership with ALOHA. All concepts and opinions are my very one. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Word Art for Mother’s Day

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love…

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love to make her laugh. So when I was thinking of something that might be fun to make her for Mother’s Day, I came up with these silly little papercut cards. You can make them say anything in the whole world, give them to mom as a card, and she can frame them or hang them as art for ever and ever. It’s like a grownup version of giving her something you made at school so she can put it on the fridge. Like that. But cooler.

Materials

  • cardstock in various colors
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • printer, or a cutting machine like the Cricut

Make Time: 1 Hour

Decide what you’d like your mom’s art to say. I went with a few different sayings; if you like mine you can download them here: 1/2/3/4. If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut (which I can’t recommend enough – it’s brilliant), upload the files into the Cricut design space and cut them out of colored cardstock. If you want to get familiar with a Cricut, you can check them out at your local Michaels store!

If you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear! You can cut these old school style, with scissors and a craft knife. It’ll just take you a while longer. If you’re cutting them old school, print the files on colored cardstock using your printer, and cut out the words with your cutting tools.

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On a contrasting color of cardstock, spread a thin layer of glue stick. Press the two sheets together.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Cut away the excess until your art is the size you’d like (these are about 5″ x 7″).

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Give them to your mama and make her giggle! Unless you decide to have them say something really sweet. Then give them to your mama and make her cry. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Be sure to check out the links below to see what the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up for Mother’s Day, along with some other springtime celebrations! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art


DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty…

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty on a table, especially with these gorgeous poppies. And speaking of poppies, aren’t they such an incredible flower? I didn’t used to like them much but now I think they’re so beautiful and kind of sculptural but still ruffly. It’s the best of all the flower worlds. So let’s make some centerpieces!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Start by emptying out your egg shells. Carefully score a round hole in the top of the egg and cut it away with a sharp knife. Empty out the yolk and white (you can freeze them to save for later!). Wash out the inside of the egg with warm soapy water and let them dry thoroughly.

Once dry, paint the upper half of the egg a bright spring green. While the paint is still slightly wet, paint the lower half of the egg a slightly darker green. Blend the two colors together a bit at the border for an ombre effect.

Fill each egg about halfway with water and place them in your egg crate.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Cut the stems of your flowers to about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your eggs. Insert flowers into the eggs. Arrange the flowers to your liking, being sure that each egg is full enough of flowers so that they remain upright and don’t fall out the side.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Set it out on your table for Easter and celebrate! xoxo

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Easter Brunch Idea // Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple…

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been a million years since I did a waffle post on the blog so these spring beauties were the perfect time to bring it back! The perfect idea for an Easter brunch: edible flower waffles!

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

They’re crazy simple to put together — all you need is your favorite waffle recipe (which obviously should be this one) and some edible flower petals. All of these insanely gorgeous flowers came from Flower Muse and I had the absolute best time pretending to be a florist! We worked with Flower Muse on Meet/Make/Do last year — they’re an absolute dream. You can order flowers online and they ship right to your door direct from the farm. When these showed up they were so fresh and perfect.

So! Whip up your waffles. For these, I liked waffles that didn’t reach the edges of the waffle maker so they had unfinished edges. To get that look, just don’t fill your waffle maker with batter — leave a little space around the sides. Once your waffles are made, stack ’em up and sprinkle them with petals. Here’s a great resource about what kinds of flowers are edible. Always be sure to check whether they’re safe before you ingest any plants or flowers! We used tulip, rose, peony, carnation, and dandelion petals.

especially think you should serve ’em like this:

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

How pretty is this for an Easter brunch?! It’s like a meal and a centerpiece all in one. Boom. Two pretty birds. One pretty stone. You can drizzle them with syrup or honey, or even dust with a little powdered sugar, too. Hope these petals find their way to your table! xoxo

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Flowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.