Blogging // Coming Up with Inspiration (Part 2)

Finding Inspiration for Blogging

I can’t tell you how many people have asked me over the years whether I have trouble coming up with things to write about or share here on the blog. And for the most part (aside from the odd dry spell or creative rut — we all get ‘em), the answer is no. What I’ve always loved about this space is that it’s essentially just a journal of the things that Mr. Lovely and I like to do or include in our every day lives. We travel, we eat, we make things, we have deep convos. And all of that gets shared here. I think life is just the greatest inspiration. But there are definitely times when I have a more focused intent on creating posts to share, and that’s when I go to my tried and true methods of stirring up some inspiration.

Noticing a Need Oftentimes if I’m feeling like I want to make something and just don’t know what, I’ll check out my surroundings to see if there’s anything I need. The day I realized that my mousepad was old and tired, I accidentally made one of my very favorite DIYs! Similarly, if I feel like there’s an empty space on the internet where there could be a great conversation, I’ll put together a blog post (or series) that addresses it. That’s why I started writing about Married Life.

Window Shopping Mr. Lovely and I are notoriously frugal, but it don’t cost nothin’ to window shop baby! I love going to beautiful shops that have either gorgeous merchandising or really lovely things for sale (or both!) and getting inspired. Sometimes just seeing the way that other people organize or create is enough to get me inspired.

Local Adventures Go somewhere new! Every town has a whole mess of spots to explore, whether it’s a restaurant, a park, a shop, or an event. I love finding things in town that I didn’t know existed — and that’s a blog post in and of itself right there!

Travel I’ve had wanderlust my whole life. And traveling is one of the things that inspires me most. Sometimes our worlds are so small, and we travel in the same paths every day, and we forget that there are places, communities, cultures, vistas, roads we’ve never seen. Go see that stuff if you have the chance. Notice everything you can and see how it enhances your creative vibes.

Talking with Pals Inspiration doesn’t have to cost a dime. I’ve had more than a few creative lightning bolts strike while I’ve been brainstorming or just talking shop with friends. And sometimes I find that the best ideas come from chatting with people in an entirely different industry than mine! It’s so refreshing to get a totally new perspective, and it can sometimes open your eyes to an idea that was sitting right in front of you.

I’d love to know how you get inspired to do what you do! Whether you’re a blogger, teacher, doctor, or anything in between — where do you go or what do you do when you’re in a rut? xoxo

P.S. After I wrote this I realized I wrote something similar about a year ago — and interestingly enough, it’s a little different! See more tips for getting inspired from last year.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

I’ve been wanting to try this forever and hallelujah it worked! I recently found this new transfer paper that works like gangbusters, so I really wanted to see how it would look with some of my favorite Instagram photos emblazoned on a t-shirt (or a tiny onesie for our little dude!). As it turns out, it looks pretty rad. And now I want to make one for everybody I know.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

If you like the photos I used from my own Instagram feed, you’re in luck! I’ve got them right here for a freebie download that you can just click and use. There’s some ocean waves for a little person and a camera for a big person. If you’d like to use mine, just download and print onto your transfer paper according to the instructions on the packaging.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

If you’d like to use your own photos, you’ll need to export one of your Instagrams from your iPhoto program. Open it in Photoshop and crop it into a circle in the right size for the shirt that you’ll be using. Save and print on the transfer paper.

Once your photos are printed, carefully cut around the edges.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

Lay down a pillowcase on a flat surface like a table (not an ironing board — too soft). Be sure that the pillowcase and your shirt are both ironed and free of wrinkles.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

Peel the backing off of the transfer and lay the transfer printed side up. Place the tissue paper from the transfer packet over the transfer, and with an iron on high heat, press firmly on the image, moving the iron slowly around it for about a minute.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

Let the transfer cool for a couple of minutes and gently remove the tissue paper. Booooom! Super cool shirts for everyone.

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

Definitely follow the washing directions on the packaging to keep the transfer in great condition. We’ll see how the onesie fares once baby comes along and covers it with who knows what. But until then, I’m pretty stoked on this project. They’d make awesome baby shower gifts for a funky mom, or personalized presents for your pals. Hope you try it out! xoxo

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirt & Onesie

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

Okay, gang. It’s just a big empty space right now. And there’s dust everywhere and no doors on any rooms and the bathroom doesn’t have a floor. But its ours and I love it. I wanted to share some of these crazy (and maybe slightly terrifying) peeks at the new house in its current state! It’s very much in the middle of a mini-renovation — we decided to do a few things to it before we move all of our stuff in. Here’s the lowdown.

We put a coat of white paint on the whole inside of the house, so we’d be starting with a clean slate. I loooove how it’s just a big white box right now. So bright and so many possibilities. These are the two living rooms (slash dining rooms? We don’t really know yet.). The big project right this minute is that all the original hardwood in the house is getting sanded and refinished. Fingers crossed that it’ll be good.

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

The kitchen cabinets got some paint, too — white on top and black on bottom. That mega-fabulous tile straight out of the 1950’s will be going soon. We’re hitching up our britches and going to see if we can DIY a new countertop and backsplash. Yikes. (Anyone have experience with that? Would love to know how it went!) Also new flooring coming in the kitch.

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

Laundry porch view. Just because.

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

More 1950’s tile. I know. Some of you are like, “Yaaaayyy!” And some of you are like, “….”. I don’t know what camp I’m in yet. But we’ll be living with the mint green tile for a while. In the meantime, we’re putting new tile on the floor.

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

A hallway with so many closets and drawers I could just die. New hardware is on the way — I’m having a hard time not choosing gold everything.

New House Sneak Peek Before Photos

And the three bedrooms all look like some variation of the one below. There’ll be a master, a nursery, and an office. A whole office space, with a door on it and everything! You can’t imagine my happiness. Oy.

New House Sneak Peek Before PhotosSo! We have just a little bit of work cut out for us. But it’s the good kind of work, where at the end you get to sit back and survey your DIY kingdom and wiggle your toes because you are exhausted and it’s rad. Stay tuned for lots of projects and updates. And have a great week! xoxo

Two Quick Things

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Hey hey, it’s Friday! And so to let you get on with your Fridaying, I just have two things to say. Thing one: I have decided that a fall color palette doesn’t have to be all oranges and yellows and browns. I accidentally pinned all of these pinks and corals and neturals and navies on my Pinterest boards, and I hereby decide that it’s my go-to fall color situation this year.

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Watercolor. Stairs. Recipe. Camping. Quote. Cake. Rocks.

Thing two: thank you. I don’t know if you’ve felt it here on the ol’ blog, but I certainly have — I’m a little scattered lately. With baby brewing and the big move, I feel like I can hardly keep track of everything. But all of your words of support and kindness about the new house and the little guy are so appreciated, along with the fact that you just come back to read each day. I truly make an effort to share things here that mean something special to me, and I hope you feel that. So thank you for being rad and just being. And hey — have a great weekend! xoxo

Baby Boy Names

Baby Boy Names

You guys! I’ve got the best game ever for your Thursday. It’s that one game where you help us decide what to name our kid.

Okay okay just kidding. I mean, we have a few front runners but I know there are a zillion names out there that we haven’t thought of, and I’d love to hear your favorite boy names! Here are our parameters.

One. Nothing too trendy. We’re just not the people that are going to name our kid something super hipster and make him deal with it his whole life. My sister brought up a good point — ya gotta be able to picture the name working for a baby and for a grown man. Word.

Two. Nothing so popular he’ll be one of seven kids with the same name in his kindergarten class.

Three. Something that goes with Foy. Our last name can be tricky — pairing it with a first name that’s too short sounds kinda choppy.

That’s it! Seriously, if you have any boy names that you love I’m so excited to hear them. Leave us a comment! xoxo

Marriage // Tips for Year Three

marriage tips for year three

I almost forgot! Our anniversary went by in such a blur I almost passed by this little post, which has become a tradition. I love looking back at another year married and realizing the lessons we’ve learned. This year has felt pretty grown-up; we’re having a baby, our businesses are a focus, and we’re in our first house together. Along the way we’ve had bumps and bruises that have both tested us and thrilled us. Here’s what we learned in year three (for years one and two, go here and here!).

Side note: I know I love to call him Mr. Lovely, but sometimes I’d rather save the extra letters and just type Ryan. So. Introducing Ryan. Ha.

Choose to Find it Funny.  It might seem sometimes like we laugh off important matters, but for us it’s a way to stay positive. There have been so many times when we’ve felt overwhelmed as a team or that we were up against something insurmountable, and one of us would make a joke that would make it feel half as scary right off the bat. When we choose to find humor in a situation, it helps us see that it might not be the end of the world after all.

Lean on Each Other. Many hands make light work, and all that jazz. Literally and figuratively. I learned this year, without a doubt, that we are stronger as a pair. We get more done, we have better ideas, we are bolder, kinder, smarter, and better in every way. When I lean on Ryan for support I know that the outcome of whatever situation we are in will be better. And I hope he thinks the same, vice versa.

Give Space. We live together, we work side by side at home, we hang out together — it’s a lot. Don’t get me wrong, we like it that way. But this year I finally started reading Ryan’s cues about when he might just need some space. Usually it’s brain space. Maybe he just needs a couple of hours of quiet while he works through something. But physical space is important, too. We never blame each other if one of us needs a little time alone.

Let it Go. I’m still working on this one, it’s one of my challenges. You know those teeny tiny things that people do that just make you crazy? Don’t call it out every time. Ryan loves to whistle. (I think I might have said this before.) But he doesn’t whistle real songs, just sequences of random notes. It actually, literally hurts my brain. But as many times as I can, I just let him whistle. Because what fun is it if someone is shutting you up or breaking you down all the time? Let the little things go.

Build Up. I feel my best when Ryan gives me words of encouragement or love or praise. From something as simple as “Thanks for getting the mail” to something bigger like “I’m proud of the work you’re doing.” I realized earlier this year that I was letting so many opportunities to build him up pass me by. So whenever we have a chance, we encourage, thank, or just recognize. It’s become important for us to build each other up.

Who else has marriage tips?! Where are you in your marriage or relationship, and what are you learning in this season? I’d love to know the things you’ve found out about making this incredible adventure work. xoxo

DIY Painted Pattern Sneakers

DIY Painted Pattern Sneakers

Okay, so I know that little dude won’t be fitting into these for a good year, but this just couldn’t be helped. These shoes needed to be made for my unborn child and that was all there was to it. While we’ve been looking around at baby boy clothes, we’re finding that there’s definitely some cool stuff out there for tiny men, but it’s sometimes few and far between. Or everything has “Daddy’s Little Slugger” on it. Or some variation of a turtle wearing a baseball cap. So I’m taking matters into my own hands and making our dude a few things that I really love.

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This project was so fast it kind of blew my mind. I thought it would take forever but it actually took about 10 minutes flat. And now I’m kind of tempted to make a big-person sized pair for myself. Mother-son matchy matchy shoes? Too much? (I kid. Sort of.)

Anyway! To get the full tutorial on how to make these puppies, head over to Momtastic. Go get the low down! xoxo

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