Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 // Part 2

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start…

Ukulele 101

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start combining your uke skills and strumming with the best of ’em.

Eeeeeek, I just want to reach into the video and tune up that little ukulele partway through!  Maybe we should expand the series and do a whole lesson on tuning? But you get the point. So whaddaya think — is it the chords or the strumming that’s more difficult for you? Strumming always came easy to me and I really had to work on the chords with my left hand. Maybe it’s different for you!

Hope you’re following along! If you are, be sure to share your progress on social media with #thelovelysquad and we can talk uke all day. It’s totally addictive, right? And to learn more, don’t forget to check out my favorite links below. See ya next time! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of…

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of beautiful sparkly gemstones, trying different arrangements and swiping them away and trying again. This is definitely a project where the process is as fun as the product!

So! Wanna make some of these bad boys for your kicks? I’ve been popping them on this shoe and that shoe and trotting all over town with ’em. And these beauties just happen to be my kit of the month over on Darby Smart, so you can order it straight to your door and have sparkly shoes ASAP!

Head over to Darby Smart to see more photos, get the tutorial, and order your own kit of supplies to make yourself some gemstone shoe clips. (Psst — you can make three sets of clips from one kit, so you can make ’em with your pals! Hellooooo, crafternoon!) xoxo

GET YOUR KIT HERE!

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

Like Mother Like Son

This Week + Like Mother Like Son

So I guess yellow shoes run in the family? I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and realized that Henry and I were twinning hard in these…

Like Mother Like Son

So I guess yellow shoes run in the family? I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and realized that Henry and I were twinning hard in these two photos so I had to share. Like mother, like son.

So this weekend I’m actually up in California wine country, spending some time with the Michaels team and the other Michaels Makers at a craft summit! We’re up to our ears in awesome supplies, workshops, and fun people, getting to make beautiful things in a beautiful setting. It doesn’t get much better than this. I’ll share more when we return but stay tuned on Instagram for a few peeks. Also, if you’re on Periscope, follow @lovelyindeed for some fun surprises!

What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a great one! xoxo

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Conversations with My Future Self

Would you say that you think about the future a lot? I’ve always been a planner. When Ryan and I got married we put our heads together at drew ourselves…

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Would you say that you think about the future a lot? I’ve always been a planner. When Ryan and I got married we put our heads together at drew ourselves out a five year plan, and we revisit it every year to remind ourselves what’s there, check in with what we’re accomplishing, or see what maybe isn’t so important to us any more. It’s morphed over the years, but it’s also helped us stay focused on a few key things that we’d like to build for our lives. Recently the gang at Clinique asked a few bloggers to #FaceForward and set some goals or give advice to their future selves, and I got so pumped at the prospect of examining what lies ahead. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but in my heart of hearts I truly believe that living with goals and intentions makes life so much richer. So what the heck would I say to my future self?

Dear Me,

When you woke up this morning, did ya smile? I hope so, because these are the good old days. In fact, every day of your life so far has been a good old day. If there’s one thing you must know by now, it’s that there’s no point in waiting around for something better to happen, because you miss all of the beautiful things that are happening right this moment.

#FaceForward

How old is Henry? Five? Ten? Does he still have all limbs intact and does he eat his green beans? Yes? Then you’ve done a good job. Being a mom is hard — maybe the hardest thing you’ve ever done — but you’re doing it, every day. And just that is worth a high five. If I had to wager a guess, you’re still probably pretty hard on yourself about what kind of mom you are. But here are the answers: yes, you spend enough time with your son; yes, he’s developed into a great little kid; yes, you’re doing everything you can to make sure that he has a life full of possibility. Now relax and enjoy him. That’s your job today. Does Henry have siblings? Yes? No? Guess what — either way is fine. There’s nothing wrong with having an only child and there’s nothing wrong with having four babies, or anything in between.

Do you still know how lucky you are to have Ryan? He probably still leaves crumbs all over the counter, right? Let that one go. In fact, let all the little stuff go if you haven’t already. Today, look at the big stuff. Watch him toss Henry into the air and watch him mow the lawn and watch him hard at work to help provide for your family. Remember years and years ago when you were first married and everything seemed like it was at your fingertips? It was, and it still is. The world doesn’t change after years of marriage, but your perception of it does. Try to think back to what it was like to be young and crazy and capture that feeling every once in a while.

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And what about you? Are you still working? Maybe, maybe not — either way is great. But what’s important is that you’re doing something that you love, that inspires you, that you feel excited to wake up to every day. Don’t forget in all the mom stuff and wife stuff and life stuff that you need something that is yours. Go to the gym. Hang out with friends. Spend five minutes alone. The world and the people around you will be better for it.

You’re doing good things, girlfriend. Keep on keeping on.

xo
Me

I would truly love to know — if you could give some advice or set a goal for your future self, what would it be? Leave a comment if you like; I think it’s so wonderful to support each other’s goals and share thoughts. You can also share on social with #FaceForward and join the movement with other strong, smart, adventurous women like you! xoxo

#FaceForward

Photos by Scot Woodman

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

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 1

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in…

Ukulele Lesson

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in the form of ukulele lessons!!! I know, I’m kvelling with excitement over here too. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Or maybe you have a burning passion for the ukulele but don’t even know how to hold one? Well this here’s your lucky day. Today we’re kicking off a short series of mini uke lessons so you can strum away to your heart’s content.

Take a peek at the video to learn your first uke chords, or as a review if you already play. You should note, in the video I’m playing a soprano ukulele in C (the most common), so be sure that’s the type you have if you’re studying up using the Ukulele 101 series. Now let’s play!

If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got a few of our favorite ukulele links for ya! Stay tuned next week for more Ukulele 101. xoxo

Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

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

Summer Style Staples

Summer Staples

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and…

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and true this season. You know how sometimes you just get into a groove with a few certain products and use them to death? These guys have been total workhorses this summer, and I’ve gotta give them all a big hearty recommendation. Give ’em a try! xoxo

Summer Style Staples

This watch was my Mother’s Day gift and I have a hard time taking it off.
A perfect sheer pink lip balm for summer.
This wrap-front romper is my go-to getup, especially since it’s nursing-friendly.
I’ve been rocking a backpack all summer, can you believe it? Target doesn’t carry mine any more but I’d grab this similar one in a heartbeat (or one with palm fronds on it…)!
The sandals are on super sale right now!

County Fair

What is it About a County Fair?

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that…

County Fair

County Fair

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that cost an arm and a leg, and sweltering heat so bad you feel like you’re melting. But I’m a total sucker for it all! Every last bit of it. The cotton candy, the ferris wheel, those cool misters that you walk through when it’s just too hot, and the photo booths. Oh, those beautiful vintage photo booths!

County Fair

County Fair

I hadn’t been to our county fair for probably a solid 15 years, and I was so pumped to go last weekend with Ryan and Henry I was about to burst. It turns out we forgot to pack dinner for the little dude (and oddly enough nobody was selling pureed green beans or baby cereal…), so we had to pack up early. But we were having such a blast we plan to go back this weekend with baby cereal blazing and spend a little more time running around in the dusty midway and checking out the prize winning pie/quilt/heifer.

Do you go to your county fair? You have to! Tell me your fair faves. I remember when I was a little kid bopping around, it was the Gravitron — hands down. Do you know that one? You get inside and the thing spins around so fast that centrifugal force pins you to the walls and you can’t lift your head or your hands. I think if you put me in that thing these days I would probably liquify. Blech. But oh man back in the day you couldn’t get me off of that thing.

Guys, go to the fair! xoxo

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

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Get Inspired // My Fave Instagram Feeds

It’s no secret that I’m in a serious relationship with Instagram. It’s like having a personally curated art gallery at your fingertips, all day long. Lately there are a few…

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It’s no secret that I’m in a serious relationship with Instagram. It’s like having a personally curated art gallery at your fingertips, all day long. Lately there are a few folks I’m following on the ‘Gram that I just can’t get enough of. Some people just get it, ya know? So I thought I’d share my recent favorite Instagrammers here, in the hopes that they inspire you and can add a little something to your feed that your eyeballs will love.

thiswildidea

@thiswildidea

Possibly the greatest collection of dog photos ever. Theron takes his pup Maddie on adventures that you definitely don’t wanna miss.

hol_fox

@hol_fox

Holly’s love for color and sugar come together to make an insanely beautiful feed full of the most exquisite sugar cookies you’ve ever seen.

leslieshewring

@leslieshewring

Leslie’s feed is so lovely — it’s a gorgeous example of a truly cohesive feed. She usually sticks to a simple, serene color palette that’s like a little vacation for your eyes.

candyminimal

@candyminimal

Candy Minimal is the brainchild of Matt Crump, another incredible Instagrammer! This feed is chock full of simple, bright images that’ll make your mouth water they’re so pretty.

happymundane

@happymundane

The Happy Mundane feed always inspires me with its simple, clean lines and angles. So many of Jonathan’s snaps are of simple subjects like walls or corners, but his take on them makes them look endlessly interesting!

linesacross

@linesacross

Rachel’s bright feed features a couple of hashtag series that I just love, like her dressed up pineapples!

almostmakesperfect

@almostmakesperfect

For me, Molly’s feed is a perfect mix of slices of life, DIY projects, and things that are just plain pretty. She’s got a knack for putting a new, fresh twist on trends that you never expect.

littledrill

@littledrill

Shelby’s styling is what makes her feed so fascinating to me! I can always tell which images are hers as I’m scrolling through my feed, and they always make me smile.

andrewkuttler

@andrewkuttler

I always have to look twice at Andrew’s photos because they’re so cool and often play tricks on my eyes! He’s super clever and the composition of his images is just brilliant.

corinanika

@corinanika

If you can’t take a trip to Greece, Corina’s feed is almost as good. Scroll through her images and I dare you not to want to jump on a plane ASAP.

So those are my faves! I’m always looking for more fun peeps to follow — leave a comment with your favorites and I’ll check ’em out! And don’t forget to follow along with the Lovely Indeed feed right here. xoxo

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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