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31 January 2013

365 Days of Hand Lettering: Days 1-31

Hello! Today I'm sharing days 1-31 of my 365 days of hand lettering project. It's been quite the commitment, but I am learning SO much about myself, my style, and being so inspired by the beautiful words of others. One of my favorite parts of the day is looking up the quote I'll use for the day. This post is going to require a lot of scrolling, so get that little finger of yours ready to boogie. Ready for this?

 























ALSO! My dad helped my fix my technological problems. (aren't Dads the best?!) So look to @laurenesplin on instagram for your daily dose of hand lettering. (#365daysofhandlettering).

have a lovelee day!

-Lee

29 January 2013

Triple Chocolate Pound Cake: Recipe


you guys. Trust me when I say that you're going to want this cake in your mouth RIGHT NOW. Because it is g-o-o-d. And I don't joke around when it comes to chocolate.

 y o u  w i l l  n e e d :
1 box devil's food cake mix (with pudding, optional)
1 box of instant chocolate pudding
4 eggs
1 1/4 C Water
 1/2 C Oil
3 C chocolate chips (2 for the cake, 1 for the ganache)
1/2 C Whipping Cream (for the ganache)
 Mix the cake mix, oil, water, pudding, eggs, and 2 cups of your chocolate chips together. Bake at 350* in a greased and floured bundt pan for 35-50 minutes (depending on your oven). Remove from oven, let set for 10 minutes, then remove from the bundt pan. Once removed, start on the chocolate ganache.

For the ganache:
mix your remaining 1 C chocolate chips and your whipping cream in a small saucepan on low heat until melted, then drizzle over your cake.
 mmmmhmmmmm. It's my mom's not-so-secret recipe to a quick, delicious, VERY chocolatey cake. 

you're welcome.
Actually, I'm off to go put a slice in my mouth right now. have a lovelee day!
-Lee

28 January 2013

Quote of the Week

I don't know why, but I've been a crazy dream fanatic recently. I usually don't remember my dreams, but lately I have been. At let me tell you, they are g-o-o-d! So I loved this Inception quote. Never be afraid to dream a little bigger!

Also, for those of you following along with my 365 days of hand lettering, I have encountered a small hiccup. My touchy device has stopped turning on, so I can't post my pictures on instagram! But I would like to let you know that I am still faithfully lettering, and will be sharing days 1-31 on Jan. 31st here on my blog. 

have a lovelee day! (or...what's left of it....)
-Lee

23 January 2013

Party Hats (4 ways!) : DIY

 Hello everyone! If you remember this super fun party we had the other day, you'll also recall our super fun party hats. Well today, I thought I'd share a little how-to, just for you! (4 ways, baby! you'd better believe it)
...okay, so this is more of a...let your imagination run wild tutorial than an actual step by step tutorial, because SOMEBODY (ahem...me...) forgot to take step by step pictures. But trust me, you CAN do this. Easy peasy. I'm still sharing how I made each one and I've split up the hats to four categories.

for these hats you will need:
-a party hat (to recover) OR a piece of brown craft paper, rolled into a cone (which is what I did. I like that it makes the hat taller). If you want to remember what a recovered hat looks like, journey over to that tutorial.
-hot glue gun
-glue stick
-book pages
-sparkles
-a bag of craft paper shredding, sold at the dollar store! (or any ol' craft store)
-ribbon, to secure your hat to your head

*note* To make the pom pom used on top of each hat, I used the same method that I did in THIS, my other party hat tutorial.
This hat may look tricky, but no fear! It's practically an optical illusion. If you remember back to your 1st grade fringing career, you can recreate this hat. I cut up 1/2 " by 1 1/2 "book pages and fringed the edges and then glued them to may hat in tiers, starting at the bottom and working my way to the top. VOILA!
 To create this hat, I just used a glue stick to create a circular sticky shape for my sparkles to stick to and then covered the whole thing with sparkles and shook off the excess. The sparkles on this ended up shedding a whole lot, so if I were to do this again, I'd spray the whole thing with clear spray paint (or another clear finishing spray) to seal in the sparkles. VOILA!
 For this hat (my favorite, I think! ignore the blurry picture....) I used a 1" circle puncher to punch out a bunch of circles out of book pages (from $ store books. Don't give me that look. I'm a book lover too, yo!). Then I adhered the dots to my hat using my handy dandy glue stick. VOILA!
To create this hat, I made a paper rose (I learned how to make these from my mom, but I found similar instructions here), backed it in a craft paper circle, and then backed the circle in an accordion fan background. Lots of layers for a lots-of-fun-hat.

to attach the ribbon fasteners on my hats I cut two equal lengths of ribbon and hot glued them opposite each other on the inside of my hat.

happy hat making, and have a lovelee day!

-Lee

22 January 2013

Art Journals: DIY

hello, kids! (I feel like I'm allowed to say that now that I'm 20. haha!) I hope you had a super great holdiay yesterday. I know I did, although I do wish this weekend had been a little more productive. Today I'm sharing one of my most recent projects that I absolutely LOVE. Hope you will too!

you will need:
-fabulous fabric (about 1/4 yard)
-equally fabulous, yet contrasting fabric (about 1/8 yard)
-an old (or dollar store) book.
-a drawing pad (top-bound)
-hot glue gun
-ribbon
-buttons (optional)


the first step to this project might be the hardest part, if you're as much of a bookworm as I am. But if you use a cruddy dollar store book, this should make it a little easier for you. You will need to tear out all the pages and remove the inner spine so that all that remains is the cover (front, spine, back) of the book.


next, cover the inside of your book shell with your favorite fabric. I folded the edge over once on mine and then glued it in to give it a nice, finished edge.


to make the pencil slots I put a pencil in the fabric and glued around it, over and over. This worked pretty well. I didn't do this for the pen portion, because I knew I could just use the pen lids to secure them in.


To keep my notebooks in I created little sleeves (pictured above) by using a similar method. I slipped the back cover of my notebook under the fabric and glued on both sides. For the smaller notebook I made two little mini sleeves and embellished them with buttons.


All in all, this was a very fast, cheap project and I use this thing EVERY day. If you're not into drawing or doodling, slip a regular ol' journal in there for a fun diary.

have a lovelee day!

-Lee

ps- I used my family's plastic comb binding machine to bind my notebook together. You can also find drawing notebook at your favorite craft store, but make sure you get one that is bound on the top.