How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging.¬†Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. ūüėČ xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to Travel to Europe on a Shoestring

How to Stay in Europe on a Shoestring

Even though it was a few years back, I get asked all the time still how we managed to stay in Paris for about¬†three weeks and spend almost nothing on…

How to Travel to Europe on a Shoestring

Even though it was a few years back, I get asked all the time still how we managed to stay in Paris for about¬†three weeks and spend almost nothing on lodging. And because I’m not actually sure I ever divulged my secrets, I’m gonna break it down for you here, especially because I’m sure it’s a trick we’ll use again after our kids are a teeny bit older. It was a new way to travel for us, but not entirely outside our comfort zone since we usually use sites like Airbnb or Homeaway to book our travel. But before we talk details of how to stay in Europe on a shoestring, here’s the big picture: we stayed in a lovely apartment in a beautiful part of Paris for almost 3 weeks and paid about $150 total.¬† Wanna know how?

Flash charms

Happy Friday + An Old School Giveaway!

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re…

Flash charms

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re a student and you just looooove school so Fridays bum you out? (HAHAHAHA I actually just made myself laugh.) Whatever! I love Fridays so let’s high five.

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that we’re having a newsletter-exclusive giveaway next week! So if you’re not signed up to receive our newsletter, you can enter your email down below and get the goods. We hereby promise not to bombard your inbox with junk — we usually send something every few weeks and it’s always got exclusive content for just our newsletter crew! So what’s the giveaway, you ask? A few hints: It’s just for funsies, it’s pretty old-school (I used to collect these babies as a little kid), and OH there are a bunch of pictures of them right here. I couldn’t resist! Get your name on the newsletter list to see more. And Happy Friday! xoxo

Heck yeah, I want that newsletter!


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How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

DIY Surprise Sidewalk Messages

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown…

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown with fun notes in vinyl! I was trying to think of a new way to leave these fun little messages, and vinyl turned out to be perfect — you can lay it down fast, it’s durable if people walk on it, and it’s a no-mess clean up when the time comes to remove the messages. They’re also pretty simple to make, especially if you have a cutting machine. It was a spur-of-the-moment project so I don’t have many process photos, but we’ve got a detailed tutorial for you below. So put together a surprise sidewalk message for somebody fun (or for your whole town, like we did!).

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sign

Step 1: Decide on what you’d like your sign to say. In your cutting machine’s design program, spell out your words in as large a font as your vinyl will hold.

Step 2: Use the cutting machine to cut the words out of the vinyl. For now, leave the backing on the vinyl.

Step 3: Weed out the excess vinyl from the vinyl sheets, leaving only the vinyl words on the backing.

Step 4: Take a length of clear tape slightly longer than the length of your words. To remove a bit of tackiness from the tape, run it over a carpet or your clothing a couple of times. Then place it over the lower half of your first word, adhering it to the top of the vinyl. Repeat with another length of tape over the top half of the words. This tape will serve to keep the words intact as you remove them from the backing and place them on the ground, rather than having to position each letter individually. (Note: you can also use vinyl transfer film for this step, but it’s a craft supply that’s a bit obscure. Tape works just as well!)

Step 5: When you’re ready to place your vinyl down (I recommend doing this on site), peel the vinyl letters off of the backing while keeping the tape intact on the front. Then place the words down where you’d like them and press firmly to get them to adhere.

Step 6: Gently and carefully peel away the clear tape from the front of the letters. Smooth the letters down once more and you’re good to go!

I love seeing these around as we wander downtown! It’s so fun to see people snapping photos of them as they discover the messages. What would you write, and who would you write it to?! I think a birthday or anniversary message could be super fun — you could even put it on a window or in a mirror, instead of on the ground. Now I’m off to think of our next sneaky project! xoxo

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

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Baby Stuff // 13

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but we are officially halfway through this pregnancy, dudes! Time is fuh-lying, despite how much this little nugget is giving me a…

Pregnant woman with hand on stomach

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but we are officially halfway through this pregnancy, dudes! Time is fuh-lying, despite how much this little nugget is giving me a run for my money. And speaking of which, who’s up for a little overshare of a pregnancy update? Remember when I used to do Baby Stuff updates with Henry? We left off with him at #12 so I just decided to pick it up at #13, even though this is baby number two. I’m in a chatty mood today so let’s go.

WEEK 20.

EATING allllll of the carbs. And the fruit. But definitely not meat. Uggggh.

DRINKING¬†La Croix like my life depends upon it. And obviously plain water too. But seriously why didn’t I think of La Croix with my last pregnancy?! It’s saving me from mind-numbing boredom when it comes to my beverage selection. Although I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’ve craved a beer every. single. day. of this pregnancy. Corona Light, please.

READING¬†absolutely nothing about babies! Suck it, baby books! This ain’t my first rodeo.

WANTING¬†just for one day to feel perfectly well. This adorable child has been giving me persistent nausea since day one. Like, all day. With Henry it went away at about 14 weeks and here we are at week 20, still woozy. It’s admittedly waaaaaay better (I was on anti-nausea meds for a while and have been able to stop them completely), but there are still times of day when I just need to lay down for a sec.

SLEEPING¬†is starting to get challenging. I forgot this about last time but for some reason when I go to bed my nose plugs. So there’s a lot of mouth breathing going on. Super sexy, right?

WEARING dresses and only dresses and more dresses please. Maternity pants are a JOKE.

FEELING¬†like I have NO EARTHLY IDEA how we’re going to manage two kids and two jobs. Ryan keeps saying, “I know it’ll work.” And every time he says that about something he’s right. But he’s a little more laid back than I am. I like to have a plan and there is no way to know what to even plan for right now!

LOVING the kicks. Ah, the kicks make it all worth it. This little nugget is like Henry; he liked to kick me around in the morning before I got out of bed. I had forgotten until the other day I was waking up and feeling these little flicks in my tummy. It was like the kiddo was saying good morning.

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Lovely Indeed Reader Survey

UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed! Thanks so much to all for helping with the survey, and congrats to Danielle D.! It’s about that time! We’re doing some planning for the…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed! Thanks so much to all for helping with the survey, and congrats to Danielle D.!

It’s about that time! We’re doing some planning for the future of Lovely Indeed and we need your help! I always look to you, our awesome readers, for guidance when we’re amping up the blog because¬†you’re the whole reason we’re here. We want to make this a place where you love to come, get inspired, and have a blast. So we put together a survey so you can tell us all of your thoughts — good, bad, and everything in between. We’re always so grateful to have your input and I wish I could give you each a huge hug in return for your help with our surveys! But since that’s probably pretty impossible, we’ve got the next best thing — a GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away $150 to the shop of your choice to one lucky winner who completes our survey. Like seriously, you name the store and the gift card is on us. So use the link below to complete the survey, then come back here and enter the Rafflecopter to win!

TAKE THE LOVELY INDEED 2016 READER SURVEY HERE

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A million thank yous! This time around we’ll be doing something a little different and sharing the survey results with you, so stay tuned in the next couple of weeks! xoxo

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Happy Friday + Rom Coms

Hey! It’s Friday! That’s kind of the best news I’ve heard all week. As usual, we’re full steam ahead over here — construction chaos, walls being demo’d, people coming and…

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Hey! It’s Friday! That’s kind of the best news I’ve heard all week. As usual, we’re full steam ahead over here — construction chaos, walls being demo’d, people coming and going, baby with a cold, ya know – the usual. But it wouldn’t be any fun if it was boring, right?! Right.

Anyway, I have some deep thoughts today about movies so gather ’round. My sister and I went to see Mother’s Day (on, ya know, Mother’s Day) and it was cute and all but also it was kind of really bad! Yeah, I laughed at some of it but it was so contrived and awkward and kind of halfway-acted by some of my (usually) favorite actors. And it pretty much just made me wish I was watching Love Actually again for the first time. Or You’ve Got Mail. Or When Harry Met Sally. But it made me realize that Hollywood kind of forgot how to make romantic comedies! Seriously! There are some truly amazing movies being made right now but ain’t none of them for chicks. I miss the 90’s, when every rom com was gold.

So what’s your fave? Like, could watch a million times, know every line, wish you were in it favorite romantic comedy? I’m fairly certain mine is You’ve Got Mail. Come on, it’s a masterpiece. That caviar is a garnish!

And on that note, enjoy your weekend, Lovelies! xoxo

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to Make Homemade Orange Bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is,…

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is, we gotta make him something special! If the guy likes a good drink, have I got a perfect project for you. This little concoction is crazy easy to make and takes almost no time to put together, but it does need to marinate for a few weeks, which is why we’re sharing the idea a little early. You can mix up a batch of these homemade orange bitters for Dad and use them to make the most delicious cocktails (everything from an Old Fashioned to a Rob Roy) on the block while you’re celebrating him on Father’s Day!

For the full recipe, see our post over on Momtastic, and get ready to play mixologist! It’s a really fun one to put together because you can put your own flavor spin on it and tailor it especially to the recipient. Go get a jump on your Father’s Day gifting right here! xoxo

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Ice Cream Balloons

Throw the Cutest Ice Cream Social Ever

Image from Oh Happy Day Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the…

Ice Cream Balloons

Image from Oh Happy Day

Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the internet for the prettiest ideas and coolest inspiration, so sit back and grab two scoops while she shows you her faves. xoxo

Hiiii,¬†Erin here! With the 80 degree temps making an appearance in¬†Portland, I’ve been celebrating and¬†soaking up every single moment¬†in the sun. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain but it really makes a girl¬†appreciate the sunshine. And with the warmer weather’s arrival,¬†all I want to do is live one of my childhood dreams¬†and host an ice cream social! Whether you’re planning a summer BBQ¬†or pool party, an ice cream social is a must! Here are a few of my favorite DIY party ideas¬†to make your next soiree a la mode!

Ice Cream Social Ideas1. Print these ice cream cone wrappers and then “rap” your way to the perfect par-tay!

2. Dish it up in style with this DIY ice cream caddy.

3. Ice cream sundae tacos?! Yes, please, and thank you!

4. DIY mini honeycomb ice cream garland that is too cute to boot.

5. Love these pint-sized monogrammed favors.  Fill them with ice cream or anything that floats your boat!

6. DIY ice cream cone balloon weights¬†that will make your party “pop”.

7. These adorable DIY ice cream cone macarons are too pretty to eat!

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

DIY Floral Wall Clock

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made…

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made out of fake leaves, with little tea cups marking each hour on the clock. The first time I saw it I was like, “Huh, cute idea, but those dusty plastic leaves are bumming me out.” And then the next time I saw it I was like, “How cool would that be if it were real flowers?” And Ryan was all, “Dude. Make it.” And I was like AAAAHHHHHH yes! Good story, huh? I knew we’d be working with Flower Muse soon and I was so excited to use their gorgeous florals to put this baby together.¬†And that is how our DIY floral wall clock was born. I love, love, love it. Can’t you just see this thing gracing the wall at a spring party or shower? While I was making it, Ryan said something about how it would be perfect at a Cinderella-themed wedding. And while Cinderella-themed weddings aren’t necessarily my thing, you have to give the dude credit for having that in his brain.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Step 1: Start by covering your wreath form with the greenery. One stem at a time, wrap the stem of the greenery and a section of the wreath form together so that the stem stays affixed. Work until the wreath is completely covered.

Step 2: If you like the hands on your clock movement, great! I wanted a more modern and colorful look for ours, so we switched it up. To do the same, cut two strips of cardstock — one long one for the minute hand and one shorter for the hour hand. Use double stick tape to affix the cardstock to the appropriate clock hands and assemble your clock movement according to the package instructions.

Step 3: Place a nail or hook in the wall where you’d like to hang your clock and hang the greenery-covered wreath. Start placing clumps of larger flowers around the clock where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours would be. You should be able to trim the stems to about 3 inches and just weave the stems through the wreath and greenery and have them hold. If you find that some flowers want to fall, use a bit of floral tape to affix a stem in place.

Step 4: For the smaller hours (1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11) place a small flower like a billy ball at each hour mark. Use the same technique as described in Step 3.

Step 5: Affix the clock movement to the wall in the center of the wreath using wall putty or something similar and removable. If desired, include a couple of smaller blooms around the clockwork to soften the look.

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Eeeeeee it’s so pretty! If you leave the florals in water until just before you put this together, it should last about a day or so. If you want to put it together a day ahead, you could probably get away with it if you kept it refrigerated overnight — just be sure all of the flowers are affixed really firmly before you store it. And when you’re done with the clock, you can use the florals to do something like this! Sigh. I wish it could stay forever. Tick tock, ya’ll! xoxo

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.