MiniMakers Event with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studio

MiniMakers Workshop Recap + GIVEAWAY!

I wish from the bottom of my heart that everybody I know could have been at our MiniMakers event with The Land of Nod! It was maybe the most fun…

MiniMakers Event with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studio

MiniMakers Event with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studio

MiniMakers Event with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studio

MiniMakers Event with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studio

I wish from the bottom of my heart that everybody I know could have been at our MiniMakers event with The Land of Nod! It was maybe the most fun workshop I’ve ever hosted — when the first kid walks into the room and bolts for the giant mushroom tent you know it’s gonna be a good time. Read on for a mess of fun photos and a really cool GIVEAWAY!

This Week + Workshop Weekend!

Hey gang! Ducking out a little early this week to head to San Francisco and prep for our MiniMakers workshop with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studios! I’m…

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Hey gang! Ducking out a little early this week to head to San Francisco and prep for our MiniMakers workshop with The Land of Nod and Social Print Studios! I’m pretty excited to meet and make with a bunch of parents and kiddos and it’s going to be incredible. (FYI, we have one or two spots left open, so check out the ticket page if you want a last minute adventure on Saturday!) If you’re not able to attend, be sure to follow along with #MiniMakersSF on Instagram to see what we’re up to.

See you back here Monday for a week that’s packed full of fun stuff! Can’t believe it’s almost Halloween already and that we’re working on Thanksgiving and Christmas projects around here — it’s about to be really festive, guys. But first, weekend! xoxo

Workshop Flash Sale!

Hey gang! Special surprise for you this weekend — we’re having a super fast flash sale on MiniMakers tickets! Grab a ticket for our family DIY workshop this weekend at…

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Hey gang! Special surprise for you this weekend — we’re having a super fast flash sale on MiniMakers tickets! Grab a ticket for our family DIY workshop this weekend at half off — the lowest it’s gonna be. And the discount goes away Sunday evening, so if you’re thinking of grabbing some tickets do it before they’re gone! Use code FlashSale50 at checkout to get your sale price.

It’s shaping up to be a completely gorgeous event (think a kids’ library decked out by Land of Nod, a made-to-order cotton candy cart, and more DIY craftiness than you can shake a stick at) so come join us! xoxo

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Family DIY Workshop in San Francisco with Land of Nod!

Major fun news, gang! We’ve got a workshop coming up! My good pal Amber from Damask Love and I have partnered with The Land of Nod to put together a…

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Major fun news, gang! We’ve got a workshop coming up! My good pal Amber from Damask Love and I have partnered with The Land of Nod to put together a DIY workshop for parents and kiddos! Amber and I both had sons within about a week of each other last year, and since becoming moms we’ve wanted to create opportunities for parents and kids to hang out and make things together. So this is our inaugural workshop and we’re so pumped!

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The event is called MiniMakers and will be in lovely San Francisco, our favorite city by the bay. And because fall and Halloween are approaching, we’ve whipped up a super-cool DIY that kids and parents can do together in preparation for the autumn holidays. We’ll be making gorgeous felt woodland animal masks — perfect for a Halloween costume, play time, or just to hang on your wall and admire! (Pssst — the masks will also come with little wall plaques in case you wanna hang ’em up like art.) Equally rad: the workshop will be held in the Social Print Studio headquarters, which we’ll be decking out with Land of Nod goodies to get you inspired for fall (and there may or may not be a Nod giveaway or two!).

I’m so excited to have you and your family come and create with us! For parents, it’ll be an awesome chance to spend some quality time with your kiddos. For kids, it’ll be a wonderland of creativity and play time. Each child will leave with their own DIY mask and every attendee (parents and kids alike) will scoop up a goodie bag filled with awesome pieces from brands that we love. There will be snacks, beverages, and a few more fun surprises!

A few more details! The project is best suited to children ages 4-8; if you’d like to bring a kiddo who’s outside of that age range, just shoot us an email to chat about it. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the workshop. Tickets are for purchase here; your ticket price includes a 3 hour workshop, all crafting materials, food and beverages, individual gift bags for adults and children, and entry into Land of Nod giveaways.

We would LOVE to see you there! Bring your MiniMakers and come get creative with us! xoxo

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
MiniMakers Felt Mask Workshop
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Lovely Indeed | Damask Love | The Land of Nod

Social Print Studios, San Francisco
Saturday October 24th
10am – 1pm

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Fox and deer masks inspired by Illistyle.

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

This little project was daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it these pillows were pretty fun to make! We thought it would be neat to have…

DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

This little project was daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it these pillows were pretty fun to make! We thought it would be neat to have some custom pillows in our Meet/Make/Do location, with a shout-out to our sponsor Bing. So I got right down to it and put together these DIY letter pillows. Here’s how!

Materials

  • fabric
  • batting
  • sewing machine and tools
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour per letter

In searching for the best way to make the letters, I used Bing’s image search for a little help. By the way, have you heard of Bing Rewards? While you search, you can rack up points that you can use towards shopping, donating, and more. I’m about thisclose to some free Starbucks, guys. And you gain points every time you search for stuff. Brilliant.

But let’s get to the nitty gritty! Start by doubling up your fabric and using a ruler and pencil to draw a letter on the top layer. Each part of the letter should be around 6 inches wide to allow for hems and stuffing with batting. I used about a half yard of fabric for each letter. Once the letter is drawn, cut it out of both layers so that you have two pieces of the same letter.

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Pin the layers together with right sides facing (be sure your letter will be facing the correct way when you turn it right side out!). Sew a straight stitch around the outer edge, leaving a 1/4″ hem. Leave an opening of about 3 inches to insert the batting. Flip the letter right side out through the opening.

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NOTE: For letters with an inner opening such as B, P, or D, don’t sew the inner openings during this step. Sew the outer edge, leaving a 3″ opening, and flip the letter right side out. Then on the inner openings, fold the fabric in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Sew these separately with the pillow already turned right side out.

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Once your edges are all sewn, stuff your pillows with batting. You may need to use the pencil to push the batting into the corners of the letter. It helps to slightly understuff the pillows during this step.

Finally, fold the fabric of the open portion in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Starting at this section, sew a straight stitch all the way around the edges of the pillow to create a finished look.

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You made it! Big kudos if you attempt this one — they’re a little intimidating but if I can do it, so can you. Hope you have fun with it! xoxo

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DIY Letter Pillows

DIY Letter Pillows

 

Three tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other images by the insanely talented Mary Costa Photography.

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

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DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Painted Air Plant Bell Cups

I loved making these little guys! They served perfectly as an invite gift for our Meet/Make/Do attendees, and mine is now happily perched by my desk while I work. They…

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

I loved making these little guys! They served perfectly as an invite gift for our Meet/Make/Do attendees, and mine is now happily perched by my desk while I work. They took some experimenting (I went through about 4 different designs before I settled on one, but I love how they turned out; a gold rim was just the extra touch they needed! These would make a perfect little spring gift or an addition to an Easter basket, so read on for the full DIY.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

For starters, I had seen these little bell cups before but I didn’t know what they were called or how to find them! So I did some quick research with Bing Image Search that led me in the right direction. After a bit more searching I found out where I could buy some locally.

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Once you have your bell cup, start by wiping it down with a dry cloth to rid it of any debris. If your bell cups are on sticks, you should be able to remove the stick from the bottom. It may leave a tiny hole, but then you have the option to hang up your air plant cup, like one of our guests did!

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Place painter’s tape around the bell cup about halfway down, in a horizontal stripe. Smooth the edges to be sure no paint seeps underneath. Paint the upper half of the bell cup.

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Carefully remove the tape and set the cup aside for a few minutes to dry. (Mine dried really quickly!) Once dry, paint a complementary color (I used gold, because duh) around the top rim of the cup.

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

Once the cup is dry, pop your little air plant inside and set it on display!

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I loved sending these in the invite packages to our attendees! It’s so fun to get special parcels in the mail. Big thanks to Jordan Brantley for designing us a killer invite to go with these little air plant cups, and to Bing for helping us make it happen. xoxo

DIY Air Plant Bell Cups

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DIY Air Plant Bell CupsThis post is sponsored by Bing. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do (And a Giveaway!)

I’m so excited that it’s here — the day that I get to share all the beautiful details that came together for Meet/Make/Do! When Kelly, Brittni, and I were conceiving…

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Meet/Make/Do

I’m so excited that it’s here — the day that I get to share all the beautiful details that came together for Meet/Make/Do! When Kelly, Brittni, and I were conceiving and planning the event, I really had no idea what it would be like in real life. But I have to say, it surpassed what I hoped for and turned out to be more inspiring than I could have envisioned. And I’m grateful to say that it’s in large part due to our wonderful guests, the vendors that donated goods, and our beautiful sponsor Bing, who brought the event to life.

We chose a vacation home in Palm Springs to host the event — it was like a dream. We stocked it with our favorite items and supplies, and when it came time to work, we let our guests use anything and everything they liked in creating a project. We had Microsoft Surface tablets to help with research, and we were able to use Bing’s tools to help us put ideas together. (My very favorite one is the “Pin from Search” tool! Add an image to your Pinterest boards right from your search and it will always link to the right spot. Brilliant.) Watching our friends work their creative magic was so, so cool. People were throwing ideas around left and right, and at the end of the day, everybody had created something. We were lucky to have Mary of Mary Costa Photography there capturing everything; her images are just gorgeous.

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Our supply buffet featured goods from Shop Sweet LuluFlower MuseWest ElmThe Fabric Store LA , Landis CareyTweedle Dee Designs, and World Reclaimed.

As is the case with most events, we hit an unforeseen snag — the house we rented was burglarized while we were out. Thankfully, everyone was safe but there were things taken. It was unreal, and all I could think about was getting our guests to a place where they felt safe. Have you ever been in a situation like that? I was shaking on the inside but trying to stay calm and positive for our guests. It was pretty scary for a second. So we whisked them off to The Saguaro hotel, where life is a rainbow. I was so grateful that we were able to relocate easily.

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The next day was spent exploring, talking shop, sharing ideas, trading tips, and ended with probably the best accidental pajama party ever. I am so grateful for each and every one of our guests, and the inspiration they provided just by being there! It truly feels like we’re all old friends now — we have this experience to share, remember, and build on. So many thanks to the girls who were there: Ashley, LexyChelseyMelanie, ErinDanniBrittany, and Jenn.

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We were happy to be able to work with a number of totally killer vendors for supplies and styling materials. Shop Sweet Lulu provided a bounty of party and craft goodies, which was so fun. Our house was overflowing with gorgeous blooms from Flower Muse. West Elm contributed some of their most beautiful tabletop goods for styling. The Fabric Store LA supplied some incredible fabrics for people to use. And Minted sent along lots of paper goodies for a dinner at The Ace Hotel (more on that soon!).

Meet/Make/DoHow gorgeous is this little dinner setup by Jenn? I love how she styled the West Elm pieces (plates, flatware, glasses). So many more beautiful projects like this one to come — our guests were so creative.

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A swag bag for each guest was filled with a bunch of beautiful stuff! A scarf from Coveted Things, soap from Etta & Billie, napkins from Fat Eye Design, dish from Landis Carey, tape and notebook from Lovely Pigeon, tote bag from Michelle Dwight Designs, utensils from Mr. & Mrs. P, rose bath salts from Oh So Pretty, necklace from Seoul Little, scissors from We Love Citrus, and coasters from World Reclaimed.

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Scarf from Coveted Things. I love what it says — it felt just perfect for the group of amazing women that gathered.

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Michelle Dwight Designs made us these adorable custom heart totes! They were a big hit.

In addition, we showcased goods from a whole slew of makers and artists in the house. It was important to us to find pieces that were beautiful, well-made, and well-curated. I’m so grateful to all of the vendors that helped us:

Almond milk from Almond Milk LA, edible cookie dough from Edoughble, hand-crafted pottery from Landis Carey, delicious jams from M. Greenwood Jams, custom illustrated menus and name cards from Striped Cat Studio, photobooth props from Tweedle Dee Designs, wooden bowls, candle cups, and cutting board from Wind and Willow Home, and wooden trays from World Reclaimed.
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And lucky you, we’re each giving away a swag bag to one of our readers! We were so pumped on them we wanted to share more. Follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below for entry. Open to U.S. residents only. So many thanks to everyone who made Meet/Make/Do possible, and to you guys for getting to the end of this insanely long post! Happy entering! xoxo

All images by Mary Costa Photography.

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

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Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do Snippets

We met. We made. We did. I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning…

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We met. We made. We did.

I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning I’d wake up super late, so glad to be in my own bed, feeling happy that the event was successful but excited to be back home. And I am kind of, but mostly I just miss the women that we were able to spend time with last week. It sort of felt like going to the coolest sleep-away camp you can imagine and leaving with 12 new best friends. I actually woke up at about 5:00 this morning, anxious to look at everyone’s photos some more on the #MeetMakeBing hashtag. I just keep scrolling through them and remembering little moments I may have forgotten.

There were a few times when I looked around at people creating or learning or talking shop or just talking life and thought, “This is exactly what we wanted to make.” People worked together to create things. People were helping each other when they got stuck. Everyone was an art director and everyone was an assistant, graciously sharing tips or expertise or just time and effort. And yes, there were hiccups and we had to think on our feet at times, but that’s what events are about.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about what we did at Meet/Make/Do, along with bunches of projects and DIYs that we created for and at the event. But for today, enjoy a few photos from my phone while I unpack about a million boxes. I still can’t believe that we were fortunate enough to have Bing help us bring the event to life — and fortunate enough to have a crew of ridiculously brilliant women come together in Palm Springs. (See below for links to their blogs!) Have a beautiful week, guys. xoxo

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The Proper Pinwheel

The Paper Mama

Mary Costa Photography

Paper & Stitch

Studio DIY

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Off to Meet/Make/Do

Well guys, the day is here! We’ve been planning this shindig for months, and today is finally the day we head out to Palm Springs and meet our other blogger…

Meet/Make/Do

Well guys, the day is here! We’ve been planning this shindig for months, and today is finally the day we head out to Palm Springs and meet our other blogger pals there for a few days of creativity. I’m so excited-nervous-happy-scared! Try that emotion on for size.

But truly, it’s gonna be great. And I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to put together something like this to share with other people. Meet/Make/Do is an event like no other that I’ve ever participated in (let alone planned), so I’m really pumped to be going on this adventure. So many thanks to Bing for helping us make it happen!

The next couple of days might be quiet around here, but our social media feeds will be filled with updates so you can follow along while we work and play. Follow the hashtag #MeetMakeBing on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up! And after the event, we’ll be sharing recaps, stories, DIYs, and more, so keep checking back. And with that, we’re heading to the desert! xoxo

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Design by Jordan Brantley! I’m pretty pumped today, because I finally get to share with you guys something that I’ve been working on for months. (Like… 8 months, to be…

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Design by Jordan Brantley!

I’m pretty pumped today, because I finally get to share with you guys something that I’ve been working on for months. (Like… 8 months, to be exact.)

Last spring, Brittni, Kelly, and I had the chance to hang for a day or so while Brit was traveling here in LA. We spent some time at the flower market, brunched at a favorite restaurant, and then the two of them went on to work on a few projects together. At some point, Brittni made the offhand comment about how cool it would be if we could bring some of our favorite creatives together for a few days just to hang out, create, daydream, and help each other with projects. We were like, “Well obviously that would be awesome…” And at first it seemed like something that would never happen. But the more we talked about it, the more we wanted to make it happen. So you guys — we are.

We are making it happen! It’s happening! I still kind of can’t believe it. Next month, we’ll be gathering some wonderful, beautiful, creative bloggers together in Palm Springs for about three days of creating, brainstorming, learning, sharing, and just being inspired. It’s called Meet/Make/Do, and that’s exactly what will be happening. Meeting our pals, making stuff happen, and doing fantastic things.

I’m excited because it’s all very experimental, and so we have the ability to mold it into anything we like. (That, by the way, is also the totally scary part. Ha!) Our goal is to have our guests (and ourselves!) leave feeling inspired, and with some beautiful content to share with you all. Whether that means a new project they complete, or a photo tour of Palm Springs, or just a recap of the event, we hope that it inspires people to create something new.

And most of all, we are so grateful to be working with the folks at Bing, who are sponsoring Meet/Make/Do and making it possible. We’ve been using Bing tools to bring the project to life, and I can’t wait to share that with you as well. You may have already seen it, but you can follow the hashtag #MeetMakeBing to keep up with the event and how it takes shape.

We hope you’re excited to see more, and we are pumped to share with you! More updates to come. For now, stop back here tomorrow for a fun little Valentine’s Day DIY! xoxo

Traveling This Week

Hey gang! Just stopping by to share plans for the week — today I’m off to Salt Lake until Saturday. I’m pretty pumped, because you know I love getting out…

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Hey gang! Just stopping by to share plans for the week — today I’m off to Salt Lake until Saturday. I’m pretty pumped, because you know I love getting out of town and getting inspired.

The first couple of days I’ll be attending an event with Cricut, where it sounds like we’ll be treated to lots of fun surprises and crafty goodness. Can’t wait to share that with y’all. And starting on Wednesday evening, Alt will be rocking for the rest of the week! I’m kind of ansty to get started because Brittni, Ashley, and I are hosting a mini party to cap off the event! We’re throwing the Glimmer, Shimmer, & Shake party, which basically means our room will be the sparkliest dance party you ever met. We’re bringing in DJ Chic Bangs to spin and we’ve been bedazzling decor for weeks. See that shoe up there? Yeah, I’m not wearing that. It’s a centerpiece. Deal with that. In any case, if you’re at Alt, you better come shake a sequined tailfeather with us! (If you do, be sure to use #GlimmerShimmerShake when you post photos so that our pals who can’t make it can share in the fun.)

Not to worry, though, gang — I’ll have new posts for you every day this week, even though I’ll be out of town, kicking off with a pretty exciting announcement tomorrow that you won’t wanna miss! Follow me on Instagram for updates on the week, and you have a great one too. xoxo