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Weaving has always intimidated me, but now I’m not really sure why! This was my first toe in the water when it comes to weaving and suffice it to say, everyone I know is getting something woven come Christmas. It’s SO COOL. It’s just so fascinating to see it come together as you weave those babies in and out. Now here’s the deal. I’m by no means a weaver, and I don’t even actually know the technical terms for a lot of what I did. So if you want to follow the step-by-step for this one, I’ll try to make it as clear as possible. Down below I’ve linked to a weaving references that should help if you get stuck. And now! In the spirit of spring and new beginnings, here’s how to make a modern woven wreath for and freshen up your spring decor! Materials
plain cotton yarn
more yarn or roving in various colors, weights, and textures
tapestry needle or yarn needle
optional: plastic fork
Make Time: 3 Hours
Step 1: Tie one end of the plain yarn around the back of a rung on your wreath form. Wind it around and around the wreath form until you arrive back at your original piece. I recommend keeping a set number of wraps within each section of the wreath form for regularity. Tie the loose end to the wreath. This is called the warp.
Step 2: Now prepare to start your weft. If you were weaving on a regular loom, this process would look a little different, but here’s what I found to work best on the wreath form. Thread your tapestry needle with your choice of yarn or roving. Start by inserting the needle through the back and up through the front of the wreath form, pulling through a foot or two of length to work with. Then start weaving. You can go under and over every line of the warp if you wish, but I chose to go over every two and under every two. I felt like this helped the round shape of the wreath keep its form nicely and not get too tight. So start working over and under, pulling the yarn as taut as you’d like. I was working with that white fluffy yarn that you see on the first row, so the stitches made a bubble shape. To finish off a strand of yarn just weave it through the back of the wreath and tie off somewhere convenient.
Step 3: Probably some high-key weavers are going to get annoyed by this, but next I put in some accents of really thick roving. I wanted to plan out where those would be ahead of time, so I added them at this step. These are the pink accents you see below. Use the same over-under technique to add these accents.
Step 4: Next I wanted some thinner roving, which you see in the yellow stitches. To do this, use the same technique we used in Step 2. You’ll find that the stitches take longer to add up with the thinner yarns (obviously). You’ll also want to keep scooting your lines of weft close together to create that tight woven pattern. Someone once told me a plastic fork works well for this and it totally did! You can use the tines to get into the warp and skootch the weft closer together. Weave your weft as you like, in various patterns or colors.
Step 5: After I finished the yellow weft I filled in with more thick white weft using the same process.
Step 6: Add pompoms if you like! We have a tutorial on making pompoms here. We just left two long strands of yarn on our pompoms, weaved them through the wreath form, and tied them around the back to secure.
Yayyyyyy! I kind of love it. And now I’m not scared to try a larger weaving on a loom, which I’ve been wanting to do forever for the master bedroom. So stay tuned for that. If you need a little extra help in the weaving department, we referenced this post a lot and it was very helpful! Also, we found all of our materials at Michaels — and I’m excited to say that I joined the Michaels Makers program for another year, which helps me bring you fun projects like this one. 🙂 Wait til you see what we’re dreaming up next! xoxo This post is sponsored by Michaels. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
I admit it. Tiny clothes are so. much. fun. I had no idea what kind of mom I would be on the whole “dressing your kids” front, but I can freely admit now that I have the greatest time doing it. We get asked pretty frequently when we’re out and about where we find our kids’ clothes, and I’m always happy to share. So we’re sharing here too! Every so often we’ll do a little Family Style update to share what the kids are wearing on the daily. No special styling, no fancy pictures, just the kids in the wild, doing what they always do in the things they always wear. You’ll probably start to see some trends as far as where we shop for them, because we’ve narrowed it down to a few stores that are quality, affordable, and have lots of fun choices. But I know I could have really used some ideas when I was first learning to dress these punks, so hopefully this will be of some assistance to any parents out there who need some inspiration.
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We are up to our ears in flowers over here and I am not one bit mad about it! I love this part of spring. And I love giving flowers to people — there’s something special about it, right? Something really lovely about these little blooms that are only around for so long, like tulips and daffodils in the spring, and how they brighten a room. With Easter this weekend and Mother’s Day soon, I wanted to put a very simple project together to spark some ideas for anyone who needs to wrap up a bouquet for someone special. And because I’ve been so inspired working with the P-touch Embellish lately, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you yet another way you can put that bad boy to use. This one is so simple, and totally cost-effective too. All of the florals you see here are just simple stems that you can find in your grocery store (or even better, grown locally!). Materials
Brother P-touch Embellish and ribbon cartridges of your choosing
Step 1: Start by printing out your ribbons on the P-touch Embellish. If you don’t have one yet, you can find the printer, along with ribbon or tape cartridges, at Michaels(there are lots of different colors and styles to choose from). For this project, you’ll want to print an extra long ribbon. So press the “Ribbon” button and select Layout number 1. It will then prompt you to input your text, so type out what you’d like to say and format it. We used Atlanta font in all caps, size small. Next it will tell you to select your ribbon length; we worked with a length of 20 inches and it was plenty for these smaller bouquets. Use the arrow keys to select your length. Finally, press print and cut your ribbons once they’re printed.
Step 2: Compose your bouquets. For simple arrangements like these, I like to use two or three main blooms with some filler that has lots of texture and color. Place your stems in a small bunch.
Step 3: Leaving a 3-inch tail, wrap a ribbon around the stems of the flowers, with the words facing outward. Keep wrapping until both ends are somewhat even in length. Tie in a double knot and manipulate the ribbon so that the words are clear and legible.
Step 4: Trim any unwanted ribbon ends, and trim all of the flower stems so that they are the same length.
Step 5: Place the bouquets into a vessel with a little water at the bottom to keep them fresh; just be sure the ribbons don’t dangle into the water.
My mom happened to be babysitting Maggie while I was putting this project together and thought the printed ribbons were so. cool. And I totally agree. She and Maggie were watching the P-touch Embellish while it was printing and they were both totally enthralled. I think for Mother’s Day I’ll put a nice big bouquet together for her and make the ribbon say something extra rad — maybe a poem, or song lyrics? Part of what I love about this easy idea is that you can customize it in so many ways, whether it’s different color ribbon or the placement of the text. Whatever you choose, we’re wishing you a spring full of flowers! xoxo
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Psst. Hey. Hey you mom. You want in on a secret? These fancy-schmancy-looking parfaits took about one minute each to make. And my kids love them. Like, deeply love these things. I’m not sure if it’s the fancy cup, or the tiny spoon, or the fact that they’re filled with Wonderful Halos, but my children practically inhale these treats. And that’s awesome, because every bit of them is something that I feel good about serving to those little munchkins of mine. As far as snacks go, I feel like I’m a middle-of-the-road mom most of the time. I really strive to stay away from sugary stuff and we do pretty well there, but sometimes we just get bored with the same old thing. So when I can come up with something (like these mandarin granola parfaits) that my kids love and that are packed with healthy ingredients, I seriously feel like I should hang a medal around my neck.
And not for nothing, but presentation is key, right?! Give a kid a fancy cup and a tiny spoon and they’re on top of the world. So this is like the icing on the cake. What really matters is what’s inside. Those pretty layers of Greek yogurt and granola are a perfect combination with the Wonderful Halos. The sweet, seedless, and easy to peel Halos mandarins provide a fun, colorful, and healthy pop to finish it all off! Ingredients
Start by spreading a layer of yogurt at the bottom of your cup. If you’re serving from an individual portion of yogurt, I like to use about half the container. If you’re using a larger container, spread about a third of a cup.
On top of the yogurt, sprinkle a layer of granola. I like to use a granola that’s not too tough to chew, in case you’re serving to little ones with budding teeth. Spread about a quarter cup of granola.
Peel a Wonderful Halos mandarin and split in half. Slice the halves a couple of times so that once you separate the mandarin wedges, you have small chunks of fruit. Sprinkle the mandarin chunks over the granola.
Top it all off with another dollop of yogurt — either finish off your single-serve container or use another third of a cup.
Garnish with a dusting of granola, a couple of mandarin wedges, and a sprig of mint for fun.
Can you imagine if you showed up with these for a school snack or birthday celebration? Kids and moms alike would be in heaven. It’s a perfect idea for snack duty because they’re so simple and fast to make (especially if you do it assembly line-style), but are healthy and bursting with Pure Goodness. High fives all around! xoxo
I don’t know when I developed such a fascination for decorating Easter eggs but something tells me I can blame Pinterest. I particularly love the no-dye Easter egg ideas, because the whole dye thing is fun but such a mess and kind of limiting. But as it turns out, Easter eggs are quite a versatile little canvas when you start branching out with your materials! I’m a big fan of spray painting eggs these days (especially faux eggs that you can use year after year), but the folks on this came up with some even cooler ideas. Feast your eyes on these no-dye egg ideas and recreate your favorite. And before you get lost in all of these insanely creative projects, click the link below to pin the ideas so you can keep track of them all in one place.
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Okay gang, who loves movie night?! Anybody out there have a standing movie night on the weekends? I’m just gonna put this out there: when Pitch Perfect 3 was in the theatre I went to see it with Ryan, which was cool, but I kind of wish I had gone with my main pitches, ya know? So now that it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray, I’m setting up a do-over and having a Pitches Night In! This movie night is all about cocktails, popcorn, nail polish, and no dudes allowed. I’ve been dying over these movies since the first one, and I’m so pumped that the Bellas are back for one last call. Word is that the DVD and Blu-ray also have lots of extras that weren’t in the theatre (like musical performances, extended scenes, and a gag reel! I. Love. Gag reels.). So in honor of all you awesome nerds who love a cappella as much as I do, here’s a love letter in the form of a cocktail recipe: The Aca-Spritzer Smash.
berry-flavored sparkling water
In a rocks glass, muddle one whole strawberry. Fill the glass with ice. Pour in one ounce of vodka and a splash of simple syrup. Fill with the berry-flavored sparkling water and give a stir to incorporate all ingredients. Garnish with blueberries (you don’t have to skewer them like we did, you can just drop them right in the glass!) and add a cute straw. If you want to make the cocktails into mocktails, just leave out the vodka!
Serve these pretty little sips as your pitches walk in the door and I promise it’ll be a great start to your Pitches Night in! But just in case you’re a movie night overachiever, we’ve got a few more ideas for you… Nail Polish Station Set up some Bellas-inspired nail polish shades in case your best pitches need to dress up their digits while you watch the movie.
Personal Movie Night Trays Grab a few trays and set them up for your gal pals! Add a cocktail and a personal popcorn stash to each tray so everybody can get comfortable without having to reach for the popcorn bowl.
Add Some Swag Bonus points for this one, big time. Create some t-shirts with fun phrases from Pitch Perfect 3 and let your guests snag their favorite. Just get some plain tees and iron-on letters and go to town.
Now get your movie night on! Not gonna lie, I’m totally that person who sings along. I just can’t HELP MYSELF! The dang songs are so catchy and they always have me missing my choir days (yeah, I said that). Have you seen it yet? I’d love to know your favorite song from the movie. Here’s a little trailer to refresh your memory:
Have a great weekend y’all, and cheers to your Pitches Night In! xoxo Please drink responsibly, and only if you are 21 or older.
This year on Valentine’s Day, I set up a little surprise party for our family in the studio and made pancakes in the shape of x’s and o’s. My kids went nuts. So I’m keeping a good thing going for Easter! Apparently I’m pretty handy with a holiday pancake. Who knew?! But I definitely think you should join me and make bunny pancakes for Easter.
Half the fun, of course, is eating them in your jammies. And all of my over-the-top Easter morning dreams came true in the form of these bunny jams. There’s just something that gives you all the heart eyes to see your little family in matching jams, right down to the baby in a onesie. So. Cute. These are the Rabbit Rider jammies from Hanna Andersson (and if you’ve never had Hanna jams, they’re realllly comfy — soft and smooth and just so good).
So once you’ve got your jammie game on point, get your pancake game rocking! I learned a few things with my XO pancakes that helped the bunnies go pretty nicely.
Step 1: Mix up your favorite pancake batter from scratch or from a box. We don’t judge! But either way, the key is to get out alllll the lumps. No lumps allowed. I used a whisk and then an immersion blender to really smooth it out.
Step 2: Fill an icing bottle with the batter and attach a regular round tip. Be sure there’s a wide enough opening for the batter to squeeze out fairly quickly. We used an 1/8″ tip.
Step 3: Heat up a griddle or pan. I like to cook these on a lower heat because they cook really quickly.
Step 4: Working quickly, squeeze out a circle and fill it in. Then squeeze two ears that connect to the circle. You have to move swiftly so it all cooks evenly. You’ll probably need to flip it after only 10-20 seconds or so.
Step 5: Flip the pancake to cook on the other side, remove from heat, and make more bunnies!
I garnished ours with some fresh fruit and the kids just thought it was the fanciest thing. They were jumping around the studio and having the best time. We always, always sit at the table for meals, so the fact that we weren’t making them sit down to eat had them totally over the moon. I love doing these special little things to make holiday memories! I think bunny pancakes are going to be in the picture for lots of Easters to come. Matching jammies and jumping on the couch included. 😉
Do you have any Easter traditions? And more importantly, are there any matching pajamas in your future? I’m kind of already planning our Christmas jammies and I’m wondering just how long I can get away with making us all match before the kids catch on… Ha! xoxo This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
Opinion expressed by paid consultant. This post is sponsored by Brother. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
Is it just my kids, or do all kids love looking at photos of themselves? Maggie is fascinated by it! Henry, too, and it’s funny to see him look at an old photo and try to figure out whether the kid is himself or his sister (there are some striking similarities!). I’ve started making little photo books for each of them, so that they have their own record of their lives and the milestones that they’ve hit. Can you imagine being the star of your own book when you’re 2 or 3?! Best thing ever.
When I started putting the books together, I wanted a super simple way to do it so that it didn’t take a ton of time or scrapbooking skills, but would look fun and colorful. (Side note: I’ve always admired scrapbookers and paper crafters, but I just was not built with the patience to do it. I like my DIY projects to be a little more “instant gratification.” Blame it on my short attention span.) So it hit me: label and ribbon printer! Duh. I used the P-touch Embellish to really quickly and easily label photos, or put dates or fun little sayings, and it all came together perfectly. It prints onto tape in a few seconds, and the different colors or patterns of tape cartridges are so fun to play with for this particular project. Here’s how you do it! Materials
Brother P-touch Embellish and tape cartridges of your choosing
patterned paper for decoration
Make Time: 20 Minutes
Step 1: Start by covering the front of your book. Apply glue stick all over the front cover. Adhere some patterned paper to the front, aligning it with two edges. With the notebook closed, apply glue stick to the back cover and wrap the paper around, adhering it to the back. Trim all excess edges of paper.
Step 2: Decide on your front cover photo. If you like, choose a contrasting scrap of paper and cut it out to act as a photo backing.
Step 3: Use the P-touch Embellish to print out your child’s name. We used the white tape with little red hearts for the front of Maggie’s book. Take some time and decide on one of the many fonts, styles, and sizes that are available. (I love that part!). Once you’ve got your name typed out, print the tape. We used three different pieces of tape for Maggie’s name — first, middle, and last. We also printed out the date of her birth.
Step 4: Once all of your tapes are printed, use them to attach the photo and decorative paper to the page. I love this step because it skips having to glue the photos down. The tape serves as adhesive and decoration, all in one step. Makes things super fast and simple.
Step 5: Keep going! We worked through Maggie’s first year chronologically, including various milestones or family trips. Each page had a different patterned paper on it and we used varying tapes (pastel pink, pastel blue, and the white with hearts) with the P-touch Embellish to label photos, dates, or ages.
She loves flipping through this little book! And I’m loving adding a page every so often. The book is about half full, so as she grows we can add photos. If you want to make one for your kiddos or your family, you can get the P-touch Embellish at Michaels — it really speeds up the process of putting together a little photo book like this. It would be perfect for labeling pages in a store-bought baby book too. And I’m sure any mom out there would agree that any time-saving tricks when it comes to documenting those babies are well worth it! Have fun! xoxo
As we speak, I’m about to embark on at least three of these Easter projects with the kids in our family and I’m super excited. I combed through our Pinterest pages for my favorite pretty, modern, festive Easter ideas and hand-selected these twelve to share with you all because I thought they were just too good to pass up! There’s a little bit of everything, whether you’re looking for kid crafts, Easter decorations, sweet treats, or Easter basket fillers. So take some time to poke around and see what might be fun to try! And like I always remind you, you can pin this post by clicking on the link below so you won’t lose it. Pin it and try a few before April first! xoxo
Henry and I have been diving deep into the world of Rice Krispies Treats these days. It’s kind of a fun project to do with kids because you can’t mess it up, it’s super fast, and there’s lots of pouring. You can put that kid in charge of pouring cups of Rice Krispies until his heart is full to bursting. And he’s absolutely certain that he’s “cooking.” So we put our heads together and decided to make you guys some RKT’s (that’s Rice Krispies Treats, duh) for Easter, in case you need a project to do. And we alllll need projects to do. Materials and Ingredients
Make Time: 30 Minutes
Step 1: Melt your butter in a pot. Once melted, add the bag of marshmallows and melt those as well, stirring frequently.
Step 2: Once the marshmallow mixture is smooth and melted, turn heat to low. Add 5-6 drops of neon pink food coloring and stir until the color is even.
Step 3: Pour in cereal and mix until covered with the melted marshmallow. Spread into the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula that has been sprayed with the cooking spray.
Step 4: Use the cookie cutter to cut out bunnies.
Step 5: Melt your white chocolate according to the instructions on the packaging. (You won’t need much; we used about 10 wafers total.) Spoon the melted chocolate into a small ziploc baggie.
Step 6: Snip just a bit of the tip off of one corner of the baggie, and pipe the white chocolate onto each bunny ear. Allow to cool and harden.
If you like, turn them into pops by inserting a little candy stick into the bottom of each bunny. These are so fun, and both of the kids thought it was such a treat to munch on them. Mags particularly loved that they’re pink. Once I started styling them for the photos and used my favorite sprinkles, I realized that the bunnies would be extra cute with some fun sprinkles on top too. We’ll have to try that next time. I think if you sprinkled as soon as you spread them in the pan they would stick nicely.
Have fun! xoxo