Here we are, guys. I love the opportunity to be grateful, so let’s be. I could fill a book with the things I’m thankful for, but here are ten that particularly make me shake my head and wonder how I got to be so blessed.
1. Mr. Lovely. And his complete and total understanding, grace, kindness, and love towards me. And his joy for life.
2. My family.
3. The opportunity to be carving my own path.
4. Knowing who I am.
6. The things I take for granted, like ample food, shelter, and safety.
8. Friends of all kinds.
9. Travel and the ability to see the world.
10. You all, Lovely Indeed, and the world that has been opened up to me since I began this adventure.
I’m wishing you all the very best Thanksgiving, and hoping it’s filled with your favorite things. Please feel free to leave a few things that make you feel thankful in the comments. I’d love to read them over the next couple of days. xoxo
Had to squeeze in one more printable for you before turkey time! If you’re still in need of a last-minute addition to your Thanksgiving table, head over to the Neighborhood to download my final Thanksgiving design. They’re art deco placecards, and they’re so easy you could probably have your dog make them for you. Unless he’s busy. Go get ‘em! xoxo
P.S. Are you still needing an advent calendar? I’ve got one right here that tells the whole Christmas story. Print it out and share it with your kiddos!
If you haven’t had a chance to snap up Make Your Day yet, you’re in luck! We’re having two magical days of super sale, on Friday and Monday. (We couldn’t let Black Friday and Cyber Monday slip by without celebrating, could we?)
On Friday the 29th and Monday the 2nd only, you’ll have a chance to get Make Your Day at 30% off – the deepest discount we’ll ever have. We’d love for you to grab a book for the holidays and DIY some gifts, or purchase multiple copies and gift them away as presents! So we’re cutting the price to help you with a little holiday giving.
On Friday or Monday, enter code HAPPYHOLIDAYSALE at checkout to get your discount, and start DIYing. And don’t forget, all purchases before December 24th come with bonus holiday materials. There are printable placemats, gift tags, and a calendar to get you organized for 2014! xoxo
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Ohhhhh boy, do I have a surprise for you. If you’ve never heard of 24 Merry Days, your day is about to get a whole lot better! 24 Merry Days is a sort of advent calendar of giveaways. Starting on December 1st, we’re celebrating 24 days, 24 bloggers, and 24 different giveaways. And this year Lovely Indeed is in on the fun! I can’t tell you yet what I’m giving away, but trust me — you’re gonna want it.
Organized by the adorable Audrey from This Little Street, this year’s 24 Merry Days is chock full of really incredible prizes. We’re giving away gift cards to places like Land of Nod and Anthropologie. We’re giving away art for your walls and rad jewelry. We’re giving away furniture. And dudes, we’re giving away a C1 bike from PUBLIC Bikes. No joke! There are tons more prizes, and part of the fun is that you never know who’s giving away a prize on a certain day.
Be sure to check back during the month of December — all of the participating bloggers (it’s a pretty wonderful group) will be directing you to the giveaway of the day, so you’ll always find out where to go to enter. You can also always check out the giveaway calendar here. I’m so grateful to be involved in such a fun and festive project, and glad to be able to hopefully spread some cheer your way! xoxo
Lowe’s chair, Swedish Hasbeens shoes, a West Elm side table, the Little Goodall Lion Coat, and a PUBLIC bike.
Just a few of the prizes: A
So I have this thing for bowls. Mr. Lovely always makes fun of me because I’ve never met a bowl that I didn’t like. So I thought it was high time I try to make some. I haven’t done the old glue and paper routine since I was in 4-H, and I kind of forgot how cool it is. And this particular tutorial isn’t even really legit papier mâché. It’s kind of a 21st century fast-forward version. Which is okay by me. Want in? Let’s do it.
- empty cups
- foam brush
- craft paint
- liquid gilding
Make Time: 2 Hours (plus drying time)
Full disclosure: This is one of those projects that I thought I made up in my head, and after some web searching, realized everyone else did too. So I followed a bit of this great tutorial over at Julie Ann Art, and adjusted some specifics as I went along. I’ll include my step by step here.
Start by cutting your newspaper into strips that are about 1″x3″. (Size can vary — no biggie.) Blow up a few of your balloons, and vary the size if you’d like to have nested bowls like I made.
Paint a layer of ModPodge around the end of the balloon. One by one, apply the strips of newspaper, ensuring that they soak up glue as you apply. Once you have a base layer of paper covering the glue, apply more ModPodge and paper. Keep going in this order (glue, paper, glue, paper) until you have about 5 or 6 layers of paper covering all areas of your bowl. (It’s important to be sure that it’s thick enough to hold its shape.)
Stand the balloons in the empty cups to dry, being sure that they’re stable and won’t tip over. Allow your balloons to dry thoroughly — I left mine for about 24 hours. After they’re completely dry, gently pop the balloons and pull away from the bowls.
Trim the uneven edges around the tops. Flip the bowls upside-down and cover with craft paint (it may take multiple coats). Allow to dry. Flip back over and paint the inside of the bowls with liquid gilding. Leave for a day or so to completely dry and cure.
Yeah! These are rad! I think they look pretty fancy if I do say so myself. Right now they’re holding some of my overflow accessories, but I think they’d make pretty cool desk organizers or spare change bowls too. Make some! xoxo
I can’t tell you how much I loved my most recent collaboration with West Elm! From styling our holiday mantle to the DIY monogrammed stocking workshop we recently held together, it was all a total blast. And I have to tell you, the West Elm gang is maybe the classiest brand I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I love being able to share them with you, mostly because I so admire their commitment to quality, the way they reach out to their community, and the beautiful things that they create.
It was such fun to host another workshop at the LA location — there were quite a few guests who had never been to the store and were blown away by the place. And it’s true! If you’re in LA and have never been, you’ll lose your mind when you set foot in it. On top of that, the team had decked our workshop area out and made it a holiday DIY wonderland (I think the hand-painted polka dot table covers were my fave). Not to mention that amazing hanging installation of embroidery hoops. The creativity is just endless.
I was so excited to have goodies from Ticket Chocolate and Simple Things Pie Shop on our menu! The hot chocolate on a stick was a hit, and the mini pies were just perfect for people to nibble.
I loved putting together some merry little gift bags for our guests, too! I hand-stamped some baggies (full DIY to come!) and filled them with little pieces from some of my favorite shops. The bags had pieces from Thatch and Thistle, Genevieve Santos, Lana’s Shop, Treasure Imports, and Amanda Catherine Designs (and a little handmade something from yours truly). I’ll be sharing a peek into the bags coming up soon! We were also super pumped to have Mary Costa there taking photos — she’s becoming my go-to gal for event photos because she has such an awesome eye and always snaps the best moments.
But my very favorite part of the whole evening was just watching people enjoy each others company while they were creating. People were coming and going and getting to know each other; by the end of the night about 25 people had made stockings (lots of folks made two!). It’s so wonderful to be able to bring people together in the spirit of making, and see the creativity that swirls around. So many people individualized their projects in ways I never would have thought of, and I loved that. It was a fantastic group!
I’ll be sharing the full DIY tutorial soon, which will have printable templates for the monogramming! For now, I hope you enjoy a few more photos. Big thanks to the West Elm team for putting together such a merry time! xoxo
Photos by Mary Costa Photography
A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending Freutcamp. Leah from Freutcake put together a jam-packed bootcamp for bloggers and creatives and I came away pretty inspired. One of her speakers was talking to us about creating our brands, standing behind them, and not being afraid to claim all of your hard work. She called it putting on your “Kanye West Thinking Cap,” which I thought was hysterical. If there was ever a dude who wasn’t afraid to be proud, it’s Kanye.
Now, I actually have a really hard time tooting my own horn, but I had to do a reality check recently because I was almost finding myself ignoring a few major milestones. So in the humblest way possible, a few things that I’m currently proud of:
1. Chelsey and I decided to write an ebook and we did it.
2. Just beat a really hard Candy Crush level.
3. Pitched a crazy idea to a big brand recently and they went for it.
4. Finally made appointments for some annoying dental work.
5. Our apartment is clean, after weeks of being buried in DIY rubble.
6. I’m working hard to have a clear idea of a path for Lovely Indeed, and the path looks awesome.
7. Pushing outside of my comfort zone in a zillion ways.
8. Being there for friends and family when they need help.
9. Not letting myself get taken advantage of.
10. I can finally (mostly) drive around LA without opening my maps app.
What about you? I’m serious — I would love to hear something that you’re really proud of right now. And I’ll give you a big ol’ virtual high five. Have a great weekend! xoxo
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