How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

DIY Yellow Velvet + Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched…

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched a drill before. And it’s the perfect little piece for a whole bunch of different spots in your house – we have it at the foot of the bed now but I think I might move it to the entry way. Or maybe bestow upon it the responsibility of being our new coffee table.

So get to it! You can find the full tutorial right here. It’s a low-pressure project with a high-five payoff. At least, we’ve been high fiving ourselves since we made it. But we tend to really love high fives around here so maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever. Go make one for yourself! Xoxo

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

DIY Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is…

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is a total snap. That’s resin, folks. We have a few projects like this one coming up and I can’t wait to share! But for now, how about an easy DIY that you can personalize and give to all of your besties this Valentine’s Day? I think some conversation heart paperweights will probably do the trick.

And the most beautiful thing is that the paperweights are my project of the month over on Darby Smart! So if you decide to make some, you can order a kit and everything you need will come wrapped up in one happy little box. I appreciate stuff like that more and more these days, since time is precious and sometimes I just don’t feel like hunting down materials. So whenever I put together a kit I always try to use supplies that you’ll love and most likely use again!

I have to tell you, I agonized over what words to put in these! I debated for a while about using some of the old tried-and-true conversation heart sayings but in the end I made up a few of my own. What’s better than a conversation heart that demands brunch?! Nothing, I tell ya. So head over to Darby Smart for the full tutorial and snap up the materials if you need those too. Have fun! xoxo

GET YOUR CONVERSATION HEART PAPERWEIGHT KIT HERE

P.S. More conversation heart projects!

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

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Sacramento City Guide

We live just a short drive from California’s capitol, and I’ve been wanting to put together a Sacramento city guide for a while now! Sometimes Sac gets overlooked when you…

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We live just a short drive from California’s capitol, and I’ve been wanting to put together a Sacramento city guide for a while now! Sometimes Sac gets overlooked when you think of a travel destination in California, but I’m here to tell ya the city is getting cooler by the minute. So many great independent shops and restaurants are popping up all over, and there’s a ton to do. Read on for our favorite spots to eat, drink, shop, and more — and as always, if you’ve got a little one traveling with you look for baby tips in italics.

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Read on for the full Sacramento City Guide!

Red and Gold Manicure

First Friday List // Favorite Characters

We did it! It’s Friday! The first work week of the year is over and we effing did it you guys. A bit about my week: I started out on…

Red and Gold Manicure

We did it! It’s Friday! The first work week of the year is over and we effing did it you guys. A bit about my week: I started out on Monday morning all ready to crush it and then around 11 am we found out my mom had been in a car accident. She was fine (thank goodness) but shaken, and the car was totaled. I’m crazy protective of my mom and after I heard the news I cycled through this really insane series of emotions — first fear that she was really going to be okay, then stress at getting her examined by a doctor, then a weird bout of anger at the driver who hit her car, and finally relief when I got to see her after the whole fiasco settled down. The rest of the week was spent researching and test driving new cars, which is a job in and of itself!

But I digress! Mom’s fine and it’s Friday and so we’re starting a new series that I am puuuuumped on! If you’ve been around a while you know that I. Love. Lists. My pal Moorea Seal recently released her book The 52 Lists Project and it’s gotten me all inspired to start listing again. There’s a different prompt every week and I thought it would be super fun to share my current list here on the first Friday of each month. Today’s is an interesting one: List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.

I started jotting some things down and realized all of mine were women! Check it:

Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)
Sally Bowles (Cabaret)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Betty Haynes (White Christmas)
Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
Amelie Poulain (Amelie)

I started looking at them to find similarities and kind of started seeing a pattern — they’re all imaginative, passionate, and kinda stubborn. They’re stick-to-their-guns kind of gals who know their own minds and believe 100% in what they stand for. And most of them are also a little bit crazy. Sooooo I’m thinking I accidentally picked women who I see myself in? And also who maybe I would like to emulate a little bit. Sometimes I think I could stand to listen to my gut a little more and trust myself in my decision making. Seeeeee how rad these lists are? They totally open up things in your brain that you didn’t even know you wanted to know. Thanks, Moorea. (And by the by, you can get her book right here and list along if you like!)

So who would be on your list? I love knowing this kind of stuff about you guys — share a few of your favorite characters in the comments! Do we have any in common? Happy weekend, y’all! xoxo

10 Fab Winter Coats

10 Fab Winter Coats

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to…

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to stay cozy while you’re running around. Since I’ve lived in California, I haven’t had to worry too much about a coat because the winters here are like oooh, brrrr, it’s 60 degrees. I mean, toss a sweater on and get over it. But either it’s getting colder or I’m getting soft, because I’m freezing! And I finally need to get my act together and spend some of my Christmas dough on a little something new to occupy my coat rack. Been pulling together some of my faves, and I thought I’d share!

10 Fab Winter Coats

Pastel Pink Collarless Coat
Faux Fur Leopard Coat
Blanket Wrap Coat
Red Boiled Wool Walker Coat
Pink Boucle Coat with Inset Bib
Persimmon Collarless Coat
Notch Collar Coat
Yellow Two-Way Coat
Check Plaid Toggle Coat
A-Line Babydoll Coat

I’m thinking maybe something with a little color, yeah? That yellow one actually unzips at the bottom and becomes a moto jacket, which is pretty sweet! But that pale pink on the top left may be my favorite of them all. Which would you pick? And what kind of coat do you rock in the winter? xoxo

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

DIY Ombre and Gold Cocktail Napkins + a Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have…

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have to go back to work?” Well, figuring you needed a little pick-me-up to get you through January, I teamed up with Chambord to give you a little mini party just #BecauseNoReason. We whipped up some fizzy raspberry cocktails and these gorgeous ombre and gold cocktail napkins, so you can invite all your BFFs over and have a Yay January party! Here’s how.

Materials

Ingredients

  • Chambord
  • club soda
  • lime

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Step 1: Pour the desired amount of dye into a bowl with hot water (more dye = a more saturated color). Thoroughly wet your cocktail napkins. Use rubber gloves to protect your skin!

Step 2: Dip one end or one side of a napkin into the dye. The longer you leave it in, the deeper and more saturated the color will be. Allow the dye to bleed into the napkin a bit, but leave some of the napkin plain white.

Step 3: Remove the napkin once it’s the desired color. Run the napkin under hot water to remove excess dye (be sure to hang the dyed end down under the water so the dye doesn’t run over the un-dyed part). Repeat and dye all of your napkins! If desired, run them through a wash cycle to be sure all excess dye is removed.

Step 4: Paint random brushstrokes on the dried napkins with your iron-on adhesive.

Step 5: Cut a square of foil and place it over all the areas with adhesive. With an iron on the hottest setting, press down very firmly on the foil for about 7 seconds (you might want to test it a few times first on a scrap of fabric!).

Step 6: Remove the excess foil and you’ve got golden brushstrokes!

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Now all you need is a cocktail to put on that pretty napkin! This one’s simple as can be and totally delish. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in one ounce of Chambord. Fill with club soda and garnish with a lime round. Ta-daaa! Raspberry Italian Soda with a kick. Say cheers to the new year and have a ball.

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

So take that, January! We’re gonna party like it’s the holidays all year long. Please, as always, drink responsibly and wait to raise a glass until you’re over 21. Cheers! xoxo

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

This post is sponsored by Chambord and Refinery29. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

DIY Resolution Reminder Bracelet with Handmade Beads

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with…

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with the best intentions, right? And then as January wears into February, sometimes we forget what we even were so adamant about resolving to do in the New Year. So! How about we wear a pretty little reminder to keep us headed in the right direction? I had some handmade beads left over from this project a while back and I think what we have right here is the perfect use for them.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Step 1: Make your beads. You can use the instructions from this post; if you’re using air dry clay, you’ll just allow them to air dry instead of baking them. Make one bead for each of your New Year’s resolutions. Mix up shapes and sizes for fun!

Step 2: Once the beads are dry, string them onto the eye pin.

Step 3: Clip off the excess of the eye pin. Leave enough to grab with your pliers and twist into a circle (mirror the circle on the other end of the pin).

Step 4: Measure a length of chain about the size of your wrist or a bit tighter. Open a jump ring with the pliers and use it to connect a length of chain to the lobster clasp.

Step 5: Use the pliers to open a link in the center of the chain and connect the link to one of the circles on the eye pin.

Step 6: Connect the other half of the chain to the other side of the eye pin.

Step 7: Finish by adding another jump ring to the open end of the chain, so that the lobster hook can be inserted through the jump ring to close the bracelet.

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Wrap that thing around your wrist and let it remind you what you’re working towards this year! I think it’s such a rad little reminder, and even a fun conversation starter. So — how many beads would be on your bracelet? xoxo

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

2016

Twenty Sixteen // Desktop Wallpaper

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? This has become a tradition around here, and…

2016

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This has become a tradition around here, and one of my favorites. I don’t do resolutions, but at the end of every year I sit down and think through what I need to focus on in the future. I boil it all down and it becomes this: a barometer of how I’m living, whether I’m on the right path, and where I’d like to be in a year’s time. Pretty much none of it is tangible or quantifiable. It’s more about what’s inside. And for me, I’ve always found that when what’s inside feels good, what’s outside tends to fall into place.

You should go back and read through my old ones (links are below). It’s pretty interesting to see what’s stuck around, what’s totally new, and what’s cycled back in from a previous year. Do any of these ring true for you? What would be on your list? In case this gets ya right in your ever-lovin’ heart, you can download it to add to your desktop as a little hug from me to you. Let’s make this year a beauty. xoxo

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See past years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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Happy New Year + A Little Tip from Me to You

Happy New Year, lovelies! I am basking in the new year glow and sitting pretty because after hustling through the end of 2015, I’m feeling pretty ready to tackle this…

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Happy New Year, lovelies! I am basking in the new year glow and sitting pretty because after hustling through the end of 2015, I’m feeling pretty ready to tackle this year. At the end of last year, I organized all of my computer files and supplies in my office, and I’m feeling pretty cool about it all. And I just wanted to give you a teensy tip if you’re doing a little New Years organizing!

I’ve been wrangling my craft paints for what feels like years now (because it literally has been years), and I finally, finally figured out a smart way to store them. I snagged a few of these little bins from Michaels which just happen to fit a whole bunch of paints perfectly in there. They stack too, so if you have a whole bunch you can stack ’em on up. And you know that it ain’t organized in my book unless it’s in rainbow order, so these bad boys are all lined up pretty.

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But the best part of it all is that I’m storing them upside-down now, so not only can you see all the colors without having to lift them out of the bin but it also means the paint is down by the lid and ready to squeeze outta there. No joke, this little bin of paints has saved me frustration every time I’ve pulled it out to use it. So there! Just a quick little tip for your organizing pleasure. Can I get a HOLLAAAA from my fellow Type-A creatives?!

See you back here next week! Can’t wait to get 2016 all revved up and share the barrage of awesomeness we’ve got planned for you! xoxo

P.S. To get lots more organization inspiration, see what the rest of the Michaels Makers did to their work spaces right here!

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Let Your Heart Be Light

Merry Christmas

Well lovelies, I’m signing off. I’m ready to hunker down and spend a good long Christmas break with my family, and I hope that you’re able to do the same….

Let Your Heart Be Light

Well lovelies, I’m signing off. I’m ready to hunker down and spend a good long Christmas break with my family, and I hope that you’re able to do the same. You know I get a little sentimental this time of year (read: always), and so I just have to say: thank you. Thank you for being here, for coming back, for being a part of my crew. I love this space and my job and you all, and I hope that you love it here too. It’s because of you all that I get to do what I do and I am deeply grateful.

I’m sending you all my best holiday wishes, that you find yourself somewhere warm, and happy, and surrounded by people that you love. We’ll be back on January 4th for a fresh, new year. And for now — let your heart be light. xoxo