How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize Your Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got…

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got a Crosley portable turntable for Christmas to keep in the studio, and we spin records in there while we work when we get sick of our playlists. But I got bored with it one day and decided that it would look way better with a little pop of pattern and color on the inside, so we experimented and I’m loving the way it turned out!

Materials

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the inside of the record player lid. You’ll need measurements for the large back side, and all four small rectangular adjacent sides.

Step 2: Measure out and mark these dimensions on your white vinyl. Cut out the pieces and adhere them to the corresponding areas of the inside of the lid. The white vinyl will help make the patterned paper appear more smooth, and also make it so that you can easily remove the paper should you ever wish.

Step 3: Measure out and mark the dimensions of the large back side of the lid on your patterned paper. Tip: If you’re marking with pencil, make the marks on the back side of the paper to avoid smudging.

Step 4: Cut out this piece and line the back side with double stick tape. Place this down over the white vinyl and smooth it down on all edges.

Yay! The zebras are pretty happy in there listening to their music all day. And I love that with this project nothing is permanent — the record player is protected from damage and you can always switch out the paper or take it off completely if you want to. So if pops of color and zebras ever go out of style (are you KIDDING ME?! 😉 ) you’ll be good to go. xoxo

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Craft assistance by Shari Stamps

 

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Fourth of July Spiked Jello Stars

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though…

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though I’m abstaining these days, it’s not stopping us from hosting a shindig here and there so I decided to test out a recipe for the Fourth of July — booze-spiked Jello stars! It’s like the Jello jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make if you’ve got the right molds and you can make a whole bunch of them at a time. And if your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well! xoxo

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Materials

  • silicone star mold
  • Jello packages in red and blue (6 oz packages)
  • cooking spray
  • water
  • alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
  • measuring cups
  • pot

Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep; 2-3 Hours Chilling Time

Step 1: Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.

Step 2: Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.

Step 4: Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches.

Step 5: Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

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8 Ways to Make your 4th of July Extra Festive

I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it…

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I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it all — the dawn’s early light and all that jazz. I’ve been collecting a few of my favorite ideas from friends around the web who know how to celebrate in major style! Try a couple or try them all and you’ve got a 4th of July that’s bound to be extra festive. xoxo

8 Ways to Make 4th of July Extra Festive

A firecracker garland that you can make in a snap!

Bomb pop granita shots. Do we even need to go on?

A tie-dye mani that you can do yourself!

Sign me up for two of these Pop Rocks ice cream sandwiches.

Get refreshed with some spiked watermelon rosemary punch!

Loving the old-school festive vibe from these red, white, and blue streamers.

Hand out sparklers to your guests in style.

Deck your phone out too!

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

DIY Photo Timeline for a Baby’s Nursery

Henry’s getting so old so fast, and now with the new little nugget on the way I’m all nostalgic for when Hank was a teeny tiny guy. We don’t have…

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Henry’s getting so old so fast, and now with the new little nugget on the way I’m all nostalgic for when Hank was a teeny tiny guy. We don’t have a ton of photos (or maybe any?!) of him in his room, so I thought it would be cool to make a little timeline for him using photos from our Instagram feeds and private pictures. He’s getting to the age where he likes to point out people in photos and he’s fascinated when he sees himself in a picture, and realizes it’s him. I think it kind of blows his mind – haha! Command™ has these new photo bars where you can hang the bar once and then switch out the photos as you like. So as Hank gets older he can pick the photos that he wants in there and change them any old time (as soon as he can reach the bar!).

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Step 1: Attach the wire photo hangers to the bar according to the directions on the packaging.

Step 2: Clean the area of the wall where you’d like to hang the bar with rubbing alcohol and let dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Pull apart the hanging strips and press them together until they click.

Step 4: Remove one side of the liners and place the sticky side down on the back of the bar, one set on either end.

Step 5: Remove remaining liners and firmly press the bar onto the wall for about 30 seconds. To ensure the hanging strips are stuck well, remove the bar by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling up from the wall (not straight off). Press each strip on the wall firmly for 30 seconds. Wait 1 hour to reattach the bar; do so by lining up the bar with the strips on the wall and pressing until you hear each strip click.

Step 6: Fill the wires with your favorite photos!

This little timeline of photos has me all nostalgic for that little tiny baby! It’s unreal how quickly time flies when you have a little person growing to illustrate it right in front of you. I included a photo of me pregnant with Hank to help him understand what’s happening to my tummy now, and show him that when he was in there I was big too! He loves to wake up from his nap and go over to the wall now and point at each picture and have us tell him about it. Such a fun addition to his little man cave! xoxo

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Invitations and Party Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly…

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly great at it, but it’s just so stinking fun to mix colors around and watch them swirl together! I started painting this colorful, stripey pattern and decided that it was destined for a printable. So! If you’re hosting a party soon, you can download this pretty watercolor pattern and print it out to use on menus, invitations, and more!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our printable watercolor background. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Menu Cards (product #80505). (You will be able to print three of the same item on one menu sheet.)

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and complete the menu or invitation with your desired info! Use the toolbar on the left to add and edit any text you like.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank menu card sheet. Separate the three strips and you’re ready to go!

You could use this pattern for so much — summer BBQs, grad parties, baby showers, and just about any other shindig you can imagine. And with the design software, you can use it vertically like we did or flip it and make it horizontal, too. So what’s your next party?! xoxo

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

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

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Baby Gender Reveal // How to Make Color Fight Powder

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and not worry about the cleanup,” I was like oh it is ON. Combine that with the fact that we were looking for a fun way to announce the gender of Baby #2 and we had the perfect storm, gang. SO! This post is jam-packed with not only a super rad tutorial on how to make color fight powder, but we’re finally telling whether we’re having a boy or a girl! Be sure to get all the way to the bottom of the post to find out. 🙂 That, and I’m sure you want to see a bunch of gratuitous photos of Ryan and I deep in the throes of a color fight.

Materials

  • cornstarch
  • water
  • food coloring gel
  • oven
  • baking sheets
  • mixing bowls
  • food processor

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time, Overnight)

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Step 1: Measure out your ingredients. Per color, we used 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water. Mix these together thoroughly; I found it easiest to just squish it all with my hands until it was blended.

Step 2: Mix in your food color. Add a bit at a time until you have the desired color — we wanted ours super saturated so we used food coloring gel, rather than drops.

Step 3: Keep mixing different bowls of color until you have all of the shades that you want. Set the bowls of color somewhere to dry where they won’t be disturbed. Leave them to dry until the surface is cracking (ours took a couple of days).

Step 4: Use a fork to break up the dry mixture into large chunks. Place these chunks in a food processor and grind them to as fine a powder as you can.

Step 5: Spread each different color out on a baking sheet. Pre-heat your oven to about 300, turn it off, and place the baking sheets inside for about 15 minutes. This helps remove any remaining water from the powder.

Step 6: Remove the sheets from the oven. If your powder is fine enough to through, great! You’re done. If not, I recommend running the powder through the food processor again to get it as fine as possible. The finer the powder, the more poof you’ll have during your color fight!

So after all of that, obviously our hands were a little dirty. And by a little dirty, I mean filthy and stained and an absolute mess. method’s non-toxic (and heavenly-smelling) hand soap to the rescue! We even used it after the color fight so we could drive home without staining our car. Clean as a whistle. (Side note — we actually used method detergent on our clothes as well, and all of the color powder came out!) Ryan was pretty pumped that my colorful shenanigans didn’t ruin any of our stuff. 😉

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

“But Chelsea,” I hear you saying, “didn’t you say something about a gender reveal?” Yes, yes I did. And so I’m pretty excited to finally tell you that we’re having a…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

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How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

IT’S A LITTLE GIRL!!! Oh my gosh a baby girl. I still don’t know what to think. Another crazy, wonderful adventure! But more about that later. Right now, we have a color fight to attend to.

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

And seriously, if you try this one out be sure to have lots of cleaning supplies handy (particularly hand soap) because it’s bound to get a little messy. And as soon as you start touching things with the powder on your hands it’s everywhere! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes for a realllllly fun time, in case you can’t tell from the photos of Ryan and I throwing the stuff directly in each other’s faces. What a guy. xoxo

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Color fight photos by Scot Woodman

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!

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

A 5 Minute DIY for Your Next Party

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking…

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking for. But I did find these cute wooden spoons in the dollar bins, along with some good ol’ fashioned craft paint. I think you see where I’m going with this, yes? These took me 5 minutes to paint, about 20 minutes to dry, and they’re ready for a summer party!

Materials

  • wooden utensils
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape

Make Time: 5 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Step 1: Place a piece of washi tape at the base of the handle of each utensil.

Step 2: Paint your desired color of craft paint on the handle. Let dry; repeat if you’d like more coverage.

Step 3: Remove washi tape and party!

I have to tell you, I’m becoming a bigger fan of quickie DIYs every day! I love making, but mama’s got a time budget, if you know what I mean. Hope you try this super fast project for your next celebration! And if you need a little more summer party inspiration, you can see what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to right here. xoxo

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

Use Instagram Photos to Wallpaper Your Cabinets

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how…

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how to decorate using your own Instagram photos. All in all there are about 10 different projects, but this one was definitely my fave. You can check out all of them right here, but I thought I’d share a few extra photos and details of the cabinets that we wallpapered with our Instagram photos!

We asked for some help from our favorite Instagram printers, Social Print Studio, to print up a couple of their posters.  You can select the images you want to include in the poster, so you can customize it a little bit; I chose lots of photos that had pink and blue tones so it would feel cohesive. It’s also way easier to just get a poster with all your images printed in one place than to wallpaper your cabinets with single photos.

So once you have your posters, measure the inside of your cabinets, trim the posters to the right size, remove the shelves, and just tack up your posters with glue strips or something similar. That way you can reposition it if it’s crooked, or it’s easily removable if you change your mind.

And that’s it! Then you have a colorful interior to your cabinets waiting for you every time you reach for the hairspray. Fun, huh? xoxo

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and…

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and lovely! You can use it for everything from a light perfume to a face toner and more, and it’s pretty darn simple to make.

We put together this pretty project for the lovelies over at Swooned Magazine, so if you want to find out the how-to, head right over and check it out! There’s even a free printable for the label, so we’ve got ya covered from start to finish. Oh and by the way — it makes your kitchen smell like roses for days. Try it out! xoxo

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging. Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. 😉 xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!