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

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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

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DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

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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DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had…

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had a Frozen theme. She seemed to be under the impression that we made the game to look like Anna and Elsa’s dresses — and oddly enough it did happen to go perfectly with her party decor. But that’s mostly because Behr paint has some primo color selections and these were the ones that I was totally digging! But Anna and Elsa aside, my whole family has been having a ball in the backyard with this little DIY cornhole game. (Psst — don’t miss our giveaway with Behr, at the end of the post!)

Materials

  • Behr paint in Glass Tile, Rainwater, Little Bow Pink, Inked, and Shea
  • 1″ plywood
  • four large hinges
  • drill
  • saw
  • sander
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape
  • fabric
  • dry beans
  • sewing notions

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Cornhole Game

Step 1: Cut out your wood pieces. Note: We made our game a little smaller than standard size. Feel free to size up your pieces if you’re a stickler for the rules! Cut two small rectangles, each 8″ x 18″. Cut two large rectangles, each 34″ x 18″. At the top of the large rectangles, cut a 5″ hole in each. Sand all of your pieces.

Step 2: Connect your large and small rectangles by drilling hinges into the wood.

Step 3: If desired, paint a coat of primer or white paint on your wood to prepare it for painting.

Step 4: On the top of the large rectangle, paint a layer of your first color. Work your way about halfway down on the edges to create a rough triangle. Do this on both boards and allow to dry.

Step 5: Mask a triangle shape with painter’s tape, just above where the first color color ends. Paint a stripe of your next color, again leaving a rough bottom edge.

Step 6: Continue working your way down the board until you have all the stripes you’d like. Finish with your last color creating a large triangle at the base of the board.

Step 7: With a 1″ foam brush, paint a ring around the hole cut in the board.

Step 8: Make your beanbags. Cut out 16 squares of fabric, each 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. If you’d like different colors for different teams, and a gold side to your beanbags like ours, cut out 8 gold squares and four squares each of two different colors.

Step 9: Put right sides together and sew a straight stitch around all sides, leaving about 2″ open.

Step 10: Flip the bags right side out.

Step 11: Fill the bags about 2/3 full of dry beans. Sew them closed with a hidden stitch.

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game
DIY Cornhole Game

Get your cornhole on all summer long! I tell you what, this game is addictive. If those beanbags are laying around, you can bet that sooner or later you’ll have a full on cornhole tournament fired up in your backyard.

And! If you want to make your own, or if you have some other paint projects that you want to tackle, the gang from Behr is hooking you up with  a giveaway! Enter below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win three gallons of Behr paint for all of your summer DIY adventures! xoxo

Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

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DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner…

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner over on Swooned — check it out if you missed it! It’s simple as can be and perfect for weddings, showers, or just for any old fun dinner party. And even better, you can plant the succulents when you’re done with the table runner and they’ll grow for ya! It’s the DIY that keeps on giving. See the full tutorial here. xoxo

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

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That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair