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.

Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 // Part 2

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start…

Ukulele 101

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start combining your uke skills and strumming with the best of ’em.

Eeeeeek, I just want to reach into the video and tune up that little ukulele partway through!  Maybe we should expand the series and do a whole lesson on tuning? But you get the point. So whaddaya think — is it the chords or the strumming that’s more difficult for you? Strumming always came easy to me and I really had to work on the chords with my left hand. Maybe it’s different for you!

Hope you’re following along! If you are, be sure to share your progress on social media with #thelovelysquad and we can talk uke all day. It’s totally addictive, right? And to learn more, don’t forget to check out my favorite links below. See ya next time! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of…

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of beautiful sparkly gemstones, trying different arrangements and swiping them away and trying again. This is definitely a project where the process is as fun as the product!

So! Wanna make some of these bad boys for your kicks? I’ve been popping them on this shoe and that shoe and trotting all over town with ’em. And these beauties just happen to be my kit of the month over on Darby Smart, so you can order it straight to your door and have sparkly shoes ASAP!

Head over to Darby Smart to see more photos, get the tutorial, and order your own kit of supplies to make yourself some gemstone shoe clips. (Psst — you can make three sets of clips from one kit, so you can make ’em with your pals! Hellooooo, crafternoon!) xoxo

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DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 1

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in…

Ukulele Lesson

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in the form of ukulele lessons!!! I know, I’m kvelling with excitement over here too. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Or maybe you have a burning passion for the ukulele but don’t even know how to hold one? Well this here’s your lucky day. Today we’re kicking off a short series of mini uke lessons so you can strum away to your heart’s content.

Take a peek at the video to learn your first uke chords, or as a review if you already play. You should note, in the video I’m playing a soprano ukulele in C (the most common), so be sure that’s the type you have if you’re studying up using the Ukulele 101 series. Now let’s play!

If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got a few of our favorite ukulele links for ya! Stay tuned next week for more Ukulele 101. xoxo

Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all…

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all summery worlds — a little tropical, a little tangy, and a whole bunch refreshing. It took me about 20 minutes to make with just our little hand held citrus squeezer, and we were sipping this stuff in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed pineapple juice (about 1 large pineapple)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Step 1: Cut all lemons in half and cut the pineapple into large chunks (removing the skin).

Step 2: Juice all lemons with the citrus squeezer. Do the same with the pineapple! I found it to be way faster than blending and straining. Just put a couple of chunks into the squeezer and squeeze as if it was a lemon. You can fold the remaining pulp in half and squeeze again to get excess juice out.

Step 3: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to mix sugar. Chill in refrigerator; serve over ice.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

That’s it! I like my lemonade pretty tangy, so this is perfect for me! If you like it on the sweeter side, try adding an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. Or you can pour 2/3 of a glass over ice and fill with club soda to make it a sparkling pineapple lemonade, which is extra delish to the mish. I have to tell ya, folks, you’re missing out if you don’t try this one! Happy squeezing! xoxo

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this…

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams
This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this post together all in secret. It was full-on undercover DIY. But the good news is that he loved ’em and now they’re proudly displayed around our house. These little embroidered Instagrams are the perfect gift, I tell ya! They’re also a perfect first embroidery project if you’re new to the game. The prints from Social Print Studio are the perfect weight for stitching and they look so cool when they’re all put together. Let’s get to it!

Materials

  • printed Instagrams (these squares from SPS are the way to go!)
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery thread
  • thimble (optional)
  • pencil
  • scissors

Make Time: 15 Minutes per photo, depending on intricacy of your design

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Step 1: In pencil, lightly sketch out a design on your Instagram. It’s fun to draw something that adds to the photo, like a sun in an outdoor photo or an extra flower in a garden.

Step 2: With a needle, punch holes along all of your drawn lines. Make a hole at either end of each line, and space them about 2-3 mm apart in between.

Step 3: Embroider through the holes using a backstitch. There’s a great diagram for a backstitch right here! Basically, you work right to left. Start your first stitch by coming up through the back and down through the front. Make another stitch by coming up through the hole to the left of your last stitch, then down through your first hole, which already has a thread through it.

Step 4: Keep embroidering until your design is finished! Knot your thread at the back of the photo and snip the ends.

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Fair warning: this is addictive! You’re going to want to embroider little designs on every photo you’ve got. And I’m not going to stop you. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Gold Ribbon Gift Wrap (And a Giveaway!)

Have I told you my dirty secret? That I love beautiful gift wrap but actually really don’t like wrapping gifts? I know, it’s like DIY blogger blasphemy. So I’m always on…

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Have I told you my dirty secret? That I love beautiful gift wrap but actually really don’t like wrapping gifts? I know, it’s like DIY blogger blasphemy. So I’m always on the hunt for gift wrap ideas that are super cool but take approximately two seconds. And I do believe I’ve found just the thing.

I’m sure you remember my obsession with label makers, yeah? So Epson’s new label printer has been working overtime at my house, labeling everything up, down, and sideways. And the coolest thing about it is that you can design the labels on your phone! What?! The LW-600P has an app that lets you design and print right from your smartphone — you can even use the touchscreen to draw your own design if you want. Oh man I went to town. It turns out the label maker is the answer to my gift wrap conundrum. I designed, printed, and wrapped these little gifties for a girlfriend in about 10 minutes, but they’re so fun and totally personalized! Each ribbon has a story or an inside joke printed in gold ink. You can customize these babies for all of your friends, or for any holiday. And it’s crazy easy! Read on for the how-to, and be sure to enter to win an Epson label printer of your own!

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Step 1: Download the Epson iLabel app to your smartphone. Turn on bluetooth on your phone and connect it to the label printer. Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer per the instructions.

Step 2: Design your ribbon! Choose an inside joke, an old story, some song lyrics — anything you like! Pick your favorite font and style, include some icons, or draw something by hand.

Step 3: Print it out! (That’s the fun part.)

Step 4: Wrap your gifts with some fun paper and finish them off with your customized ribbon.

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Boom! I can personally guarantee your gift will a hit if for no other reason than that it’s wrapped in the coolest ribbon in town. So! Wanna win your own label maker? Enter via the Rafflecopter below and you could have one of these babies to make ribbons, iron-on labels, sticky labels, and more! One lucky entry will be chosen at random to win an Epson LW-600P label maker. Good luck! xoxo

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

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DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Get ready gang, because this project may or may not cross over from the realm of “DIY” into the realm of “home improvement!” I love putting together larger projects now…

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Get ready gang, because this project may or may not cross over from the realm of “DIY” into the realm of “home improvement!” I love putting together larger projects now that we have a home where we can really make things our own. I think my biggest problem is that I just want to do it all at once! But if there’s one thing I’m learning as a homeowner, it’s that you have to knock things out one at a time or you’ll make yourself crazy. AllModern has been so incredible at helping us get our backyard in summer shape this season, and this was the final project we wanted to tackle. So we chose a little corner of our backyard where I thought it could be nice to put a little patio area, and went to town. Now we sit back there in the evenings after Henry goes to sleep and just hang out, enjoying our handiwork. If you’re thinking of putting together a patio, I promise it’s not difficult! It just takes a little sweat and a lot of lifting of bricks and rock…

Materials

  • yard tools: shovel, hoe, rake, etc.
  • brick pavers
  • river rock
  • a selection of plants that are appropriate for your weather zone
  • decorative items like chairs or a fire pit

Make Time: 10 Hours

DIY Backyard Patio

Step 1: Hoe and rake your ground until it’s flat and level across the area where you’d like your patio. The ground under the pavers will need to be somewhat soft, so if you’ve got compacted dirt be sure to spend the time shoveling or hoeing to break it up. You’ll be glad you did later!

Step 2: Start placing your pavers. We used a level to be sure the pieces we were laying continued to stay level. Be sure that your first few pavers are square and keep placing pavers in rows until your patio is the desired size.

Step 3: Plant some vegetation around the edges of the pavers. We chose mandevilla and bougainvillea near the fence, along with a few tropicana plants and some grasses. We also included some potted succulents to break things up.

Step 4: To soften the edges of the patio, place river rock along the sides; we chose to curve the borders of the river rock to mimic the rounded lines in the rest of our backyard. Fill in the rocks around the pots and plants, being sure to leave space for things to grow or adjust.

Step 5: Add your final touches and some great lounging furniture! We used AllModern’s colorful adirondack chairs and table for a turquoise punch. The log hoop and fire pit are the perfect size for a small patio, too.

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

I am SO PUMPED to have this little corner of the yard completed! It’s so fun to have a large project and see things coming together as you chip away at it. Next up in the backyard will be a new fence, but I definitely don’t have the DIY chops for that — call in the professionals! For now, though, you can find us roasting marshmallows and drinking wine back here all summer. Who’s coming over?! xoxo

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

Raise your hand if you love a picnic! You know I do. I’ve been having backyard picnics for years, and I’ve actually been dreaming of this little project for quite a while….

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

Raise your hand if you love a picnic! You know I do. I’ve been having backyard picnics for years, and I’ve actually been dreaming of this little project for quite a while. Mr. Lovely has been into the woodworking scene lately so since he was game to help me figure it out I thought it was finally time to tackle it! And for reals, these little DIY mini picnic tables have taken our backyard picnic game to the next level.

I chose a couple more of my favorite shades from Behr — they’ve just got the best color selection! And I was a little worried about painting over a wood stain, but the Behr paint covered it beautifully. Wanna make some picnic tables? Let’s do it.

Materials

  • 1 1/2″ poplar hobby wood pieces
  • wood glue
  • saw
  • drill
  • four small hinges
  • wood stain
  • Behr paint in Solar Energy and Prairie Rose
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape

DIY Mini Picnic Table Tutorial

Step 1: Cut 16 pieces of the hobby wood, each 12″ long. Cut 2 pieces, each 18″ long. Cut four 1 1/2″ squares. Lay out 10 pieces, evenly distributed along the sides of the 18″ pieces.

Step 2: Place a dot of wood glue on either end of each of the 10 pieces. Carefully set the 18″ pieces down along either side. Place something heavy over the top of the pieces while the wood glue is drying.

Step 3: Glue three of the 12″ pieces in a U shape to form one leg; repeat for the other leg.

Step 4: Glue the square pieces to each end of the U shape on both pieces.

Step 5: Stain all wood pieces and allow to dry and cure.

Step 6: Attach the legs to the bottom of the tables with hinges. Position the hinges so that the legs can bow out slightly; this will make it less likely for the tables to collapse on themselves if they get bumped while they’re open.

Step 7: Place a length of painter’s tape at a diagonal along the top of the table.

Step 8: Paint the unmasked portion of the top of the table with the Behr paint, being careful not to allow drips to fall down into the cracks.

Step 9: Allow all paint to dry and place a thin coat of sealer over the whole project if desired.

Set ’em up for your next picnic and have a ball! I’ve been loving these mini tables — the perfect spot to keep your food away from any pests, and keep your wine from tipping over (obviously). Cheers! xoxo

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Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

Our backyard is coming along thanks to the gang at AllModern! When we moved in, there were a few old dead trees in the yard that needed to be cut…

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

Our backyard is coming along thanks to the gang at AllModern! When we moved in, there were a few old dead trees in the yard that needed to be cut down. So we did. And then we realized that even old dead trees provide shade. And YEEEESH it’s bright out there in the afternoon. Cue patio umbrella. But you know me — I can never leave well enough alone, so obviously I decided that our umbrella needed a custom DIY painted pattern on it. Have you ever painted a patio umbrella? It’s crazy easy and the effect is so pretty, because the pattern shows through underneath when the sun shines! I thought this project would take forever but I was really only painting for about an hour. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • plain patio umbrella and stand: this one from AllModern is perfect and really affordable (we got the umbrella in white and the base and pole in champagne)
  • latex paint in a few of your favorite shades
  • 2″ paint brush
  • drop cloth

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

Step 1: Lay out your drop cloth, extend and lock your umbrella, and lay the umbrella down on the cloth.

Step 2: Choose your main paint color for the umbrella. Using this color, dip the paintbrush and paint horizontal strokes across one section of the umbrella. The strokes can be as long or short as you like them; mine varied from about 3″ to 8″. Leave the edges with a brushy, unfinished feel. Leave a few empty holes here and there in the pattern so that you can go back and fill in other colors.

Step 3: Continue in the same manner with your first color around all sections of the umbrella.

Step 4: Once the main color is done, repeat the process with your accent colors. I decided to do about 1-3 swashes of the accent color on each section of the umbrella, just to make sure that they were evenly spread around.

Step 5: Continue until all of the blank holes are filled in. Leave your umbrella to dry for a couple of hours until all paint is fully cured.

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

That’s it! So easy, huh? And now you have your very own, one-of-a-kind patterned umbrella to sit under while you sip something cool and delish. If you have a backyard, I really hope you try this one out — it was so fun to make and I’m loving the color it adds to the yard. Have fun, y’all! xoxoDIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

DIY Painted Pattern Patio Umbrella

Umbrella. Base. Patio Table.

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Ombre Dip Dye Throw Pillows

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you…

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows
I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you just want to use it on everything? Yeah, that. I had so much fun with these dip dyed towels I wanted to go another round and make some new throw pillows for our couch! They’re perfect for summer and totally brightened up our living room.

If you want to make your own but you’re intimidated about getting the right supplies, you can grab a kit to make them right here! Yup, these ombre dip dye pillows are my kit of the month over on Darby Smart. The dye they have is great and works like a charm. Order your own kit and everything you need to make them will come to your door so you can get your DIY on.

Let me know if you try ’em! And always remember to share your Lovely Indeed projects on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. xoxo

GET YOUR DIP DYE THROW PILLOW KIT HERE

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows