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Party Planning Details

February 6, 2014

Party Planning Details

Last week I shared with you how we are throwing our little man his FIRST birthday! We decided to go with a cute little theme: Twinkle Little Star! We wanted to modernize it a bit, so I made sure to do a lot of Party Planning to help me stay on track! 

Party Planning Details

I’ve collected all my supplies and have everything ready to go! I’ve been a busy bee, trying to get it all together. I’ve made a fun little backdrop, glitterized my Minted banner (plus all the other amazing supplies for this party!) and was sure to use a lot of stars to help with the perfect twinkle star experience! I will be sure to show you all the pictures after! Today, I wanted to show you just how easy it is to make this Twinkle Little Star party simple and doable!

Party Planning Details

I think the “musts” of every party is a theme. It helps you stay focused on all the details and naturally, it will all fall in place! Don’t go too crazy with the theme – you don’t want stars galore! Just enough to give everyone a feel for it. I’ve chosen to add little stars to the banner, some stars as hanging decor, little star stickers on the cups and the backdrop. It’s enough that you see it pull together, but not so much that your head might explode! Secondly, find a color palette and choose 2 to 3 colors you want to hone in on. I’ve chosen black, white and accented with metallics. This will make buying your supplies a breeze! Stick to the colors: cups, napkins, forks, plates, balloons, etc. It should be a nice balance of each! 

Party Planning Details

Party Planning Details

I find my party supplies all over! I mostly get a whole package that comes with EVERY essential party piece from Minted’s great themed packages! I have the Blackboard Perfection Party Decor! I love that black is the backdrop of the party canvas and it goes with almost any accent color! You can use the decor as you wish, just use your imagination! 

Party Planning Details

It’s coming together and I can hardly wait to celebrate our big boy! When did that happen?! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - DIY

Heart Shaped Message Boards

February 5, 2014

Heart Shaped Message Board

I’m all about incorporating Valentine’s Day decor in a subtle and modern way this year! I decided to make something to go along with my Black Triangular Wall Hearts and my Geometric Heart Floor Mat! But also something you could keep out year round, like this Heart Shaped Message Board! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

I simply drew out my heart shape on some plywood. Cut it out with a scroll saw. Painted it with black chalkboard paint (regular black paint would work as well). Then, I wrote some fun little Valentine’s messages to leave around the house for my husband and kids using chalk! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

Since it’s geometric in shape, it can easily sit on a shelf or table with a quote you love or even as a reminder note! It’s something I know I will leave up for a while – it’s both handy and cute! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

This would also make a great gift for family or a special friend. Simply write a little love note, grab a flower for that pop of color and give them out to that lucky someone! It’s almost like a modern Valentine’s card! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

What do you think of a heart shaped message board for Valentine’s day?

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s With A Handmade Touch

February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

A couple months ago, I came across these fabulous cards made to look like polaroids. They were too adorable to walk away from, so naturally I had to get them! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I decided they would make cute little Valentine’s this year, but they needed a handmade touch! Each picture, I hand wrote a little love note or term of endearment for that someone special! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day Cards

I love the simplicity and the uniqueness of these cards! They seem so personal and perfect to give out to your closest friends and family. The pictures take you back in time and have  such a nostalgic feel to them. I think they could also make a beautiful banner for Valentine’s, with or without the written messages! The colors and pictures would certainly romanticize any room! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I’m not against buying store bought cards, but it’s sure fun to put your own twist on them if you can! It makes the cards that much more special! Now, to write a lovely note inside and hand them out! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Are you giving out any Valentine’s this year? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - Giveaway

Lamps Plus Giveaway – Closed

February 3, 2014

Lamps Plus Lighting

I am SO excited!! Today, I’ve teamed up with the amazing Lamps Plus to give my readers a chance to win $150 shopping spree! Friends, this is amazing!! 

Lamps Plus Giveaway

Recently, Pantone announced their color of the year: Radiant Orchid. I know there was a lot of disappointment from a lot of people, but I couldn’t be more pleased! It’s not particularly my favorite color, but it’s a fantastic accent color to add to any room! You don’t have to go full on purple, just add simple touches like this amazing Radiant Orchid Ovo Table Lamp and Wide Purple Lumbar Pillow

Lamps Plus Giveaway

Lamps Plus Giveaway

I’ve been itching to add this color to my daughters eclectic and whimsical room. It’s her favorite color, which is appropriate considering her name is Violet! The room feels vibrant and fresh. This color really does go with a lot more than you would think!

Lamps Plus Giveaway

If you really can’t bring yourself to like Radiant Orchid, no worries! Lamps Plus has SO much to offer! From modern lighting in every color of the rainbow, to sleek furniture and an array of home decor. You won’t be disappointed! Today is your lucky day – simply fill out the entry form below for your chance to win $150 shopping spree! Good luck!! 

Lamps Plus Lighting

 

Wall Decor / Mirror / Throw

Chair / Side Table  / Clock

Console Table / Lamp

Thanks for always being so amazing, friends! Be sure to come back next week to check out another fabulous giveaway on the blog! Giveaway open to US residents only. Must be 18 years and over. Offer expires May 31, 2014

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Thank you everyone for your participation! I wish you could all be winners! Don’t worry, you still have a chance to win another great prize next week for our 14 Days of LOVE Giveaway

XOXO, Lidy

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Giveaways Galore!

February 1, 2014

14 Days of Love Giveaways

Hello friends! I had to share with you some amazing news this morning and get your blood pumping! Over the past few years of blogging, I have been so incredibly blessed by some amazing readers who in turn, became good friends! I love your comments and words of encouragement you have shared with me these past three years. Thanks to all of YOU, I am able to continue to blog and do what brings me great joy and happiness in my life! So be on the look out for TWO giveaways on Hello Lidy to celebrate you and this month of love! 

Starting next week, I’m teaming up with Lamps Plus to give you a chance to win a HUGE shopping spree! Be sure to browse their site and start making a list of what you would like, because you could just be the lucky winner! 

I’m also collaborating with some amazing ladies to bring you 14 Days of Love Giveaways…starting today! Each day, one blogger will give you an opportunity to win some great prizes from some of our favorite brands! So check out our giveaway Facebook page often so you don’t miss out on anything! We’re talking 14 prizes people! Here is a list of what to expect the next 14 days!

Feb. 1 Oleander and Palm – $100 Land of Nod ecard

Feb. 2  Design Improvised – $100 Hayneedle ecard

Feb. 3 Sarah Hearts – $150 Wayfair giftcard

Feb. 4 Bunny and Dolly – Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag and Baby Book

Feb. 5 Poppy Haus – $100 gift certificate to Kidecals

Feb. 6 A Golden Afternoon – Tea Collection

Feb. 7 Lulu the Baker – Umba Products

Feb. 8 The Flair Exchange – $100 Tiny Prints giftcard    

Feb. 9 Melissa Creates – $100 prize package from Sassy Steals

Feb. 10 Frock Files – Eat Boutique

Feb. 11 Hello Lidy – $100 West Elm giftcard

Feb. 12 Living on Love – $75 Minted giftcard

Feb. 13 Jade and Fern – $50 Home Depot Gift Card + a Handmade Valentine

Feb. 14 Squirrelly Minds – Omiyage gift box 

Happy weekend friends! Be sure to spread the love and tell your friends and family about all the fun stuff that’s happening around here! 

14 Days of Love Giveaway

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - DIY

Valentine’s Bleached Banner

January 31, 2014

Valentine's Bleached Banner

A banner is a nice way of making a big (or little) statement on the wall! Well, that’s how I feel! You can put whatever message or reminder and it’s instantly effective! Especially for Valentine’s!

Valentine's Bleached Banner

What you will need:

Felt (in any color with sticky back)

Dowel

Twine

Scissors

Chalk

Paint brush

Household bleach

Small container

Paper straws (mine are from Target)

Valentine's Bleached Banner

What to do:

/Arrow/

1. Gather your supplies 2. Cut the shapes for the top and bottom of the arrow 3. Flatten the top of the straw 4. Remove the paper from the back of your first triangle and stick one side to the top of the straw 5. Repeat with the second triangle and line up evenly with the first triangle 6. Make slits to create the look of a faux feather 7. Remove a portion of the paper back and stick to the straw 8. Repeat! 

Valentine's Bleached Banner

/Banner/

1. Gather your supplies for the banner 2. Use your chalk to create an outline of the design you want your banner to appear as 3. Take your scissors and cut according to your chalk guide 4. Take your chalk and create the message you want on your banner. Once you are happy with the layout, follow your chalk guide with your bleached dipped paint brush (be sure to give it time to dry in between coats so you can tell how much bleach was applied) 5. Take your twine and wrap it around each end of the dowl. Tie it off to keep from unravelling 6. Make two small incisions at the top of your banner and slide your arrow through. On the back of your banner, remove a portion of the paper (about an inch from the top) to allow your felt to stick to the dowel. Secure it by rubbing firmly.

Valentine's Bleached Banner

I chose “Me and You”  as a reminder to take the time to not focus on the craziness that children bring into the picture or jobs and motherhood. In a world of chaos, it’s hard to make time for each other. Things take over and before you know it, the day is gone and we haven’t even had the chance to really relax and talk with one another. Valentine’s day is suppose to be this magical, romantic holiday. But for us, it’s just another day where we are trying to survive. And if we are lucky, we might be able to escape for a couple hours, grab a real meal and ask each other how our day was! 

How about you, any big plans?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s Flower Arrangement

January 30, 2014

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have flowers on my mind! I love it when my husband comes home and surprises me with a store bought bouquet or fresh flowers from the garden. There’s just something so romantic and lovely about having flowers in your presence! I decided to arrange a simple group of flowers to add a little romance! 

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

What you will need:

Carnations (whatever color you prefer)

Roses

Lily

Queen Anne’s lace

Greenery (to add the extra texture and volume)

A pretty container (I used a tinted canning jar)

Scissors

Flower preservative (optional)

Water

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

What to do:

1. Seperate your supplies 2. Trim the bottoms on an angle according to the heighth you need to fit your container

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

3. Fill your container with water (optional: add flower preservative to help prevent bacteria from growing) 4. Trim and discard the dead leaves or flowers and start to arrange your flowers the way you would like. I tried to keep it even on both sides, keeping my lily in the center as the focal point

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

5. Touch up where needed by filling in any gaps with your greenery 6. Enjoy! 

This is a very basic arrangement, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s texture and colors work well and it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday! For now, I’ve played it safe and made this simple arrangement work for now. Perhaps one day I’ll get a bit more experimental and make more of a bold statement! Now the mood is set, hopefully these flowers last until Valentine’s – if not, I guess I’ll just have to make a few more! 

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

Are you a flower person? What kinds of things do you like to give or receive during Valentine’s? This is the perfect kind of gift for the love of your life or best friend! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

January 29, 2014

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

Alright my friends! Here is the tutorial for the wood plant stand we made a couple weeks ago inspired by Modernica! Since then, my hubby has been thinking about ways to improve the design and decided to build another one from scratch. Using different techniques, he came up with a more modern and sleek look – I think you might agree!

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

What you’ll need:

3/4″ hardwood dowel (red oak, walnut, rosewood, teak, etc.)

1 1/2″ x 3/4″ hardwood lumber (same wood type as dowel)

1/8″ dowels

wood glue

natural wood finish (Minwax, etc.)

Drill press

3/4″ forstner bit

table saw (can be done with a jig saw)

clamps

orbital palm sander (optional)

fine grit sandpaper

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

What to do:

1. Cut two lengths of 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ longer than diameter of pot, for the crossbars. (mine were 9″ to fit our West Elm plant pot)

2. Measure halfway point on each length and cut out a 3/4″ x 3/4″ notch on table saw (use a miter jig or sled) or with a jig saw. 

 3. Clamp each crossbar into your drill press and mill out each end halfway across the forstner bit. (Forstner bits are the only bit that can do partial holes but the workpiece must be firmly clamped. Handheld drill probably not useable in this way)

4. Drill 1/8″ holes 1/2″ deep through the center of each end of the crossbars. (for 1/8″ dowels)

5. Cut 4 lengths of 3/4″ dowel to desired height of plant stand. (mine were 18″)

6. Drill 1/8″ holes in each 3/4″ dowel at desired height of pot base. (mine was the halfway point; 9″) Use a self centering drill press jig for best centering result.

7. Connect all pieces together with dowels to ensure everything fits and the stand is level. If not, make necessary adjustments for leveling on a belt sander.  Notches in the crossbars can be widened with a coarse file or go back to the table saw or jig saw.

8. When everything fits together tightly and level, sand each piece smooth.

9. Used wood glue in each dowel hole and joint, clamp everything together tightly and let sit 6-12 hours.

10. Use your choice of wood finish to seal and finish the final product. (I used Minwax natural oil finish)

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Thanks for being so supportive and interested in our little projects! Feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment below if you have any questions. 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Table Lamp

January 28, 2014

DIY Table Lamp

I am a strong believer in that, you can never have too much custom lighting in your home! My husband and I love to experiment with different textures, tools and products. Creating lighting is a perfect outlet to try all these fun elements to see how they will turn out in the end! And we are usually pretty happy in the long run! 

DIY Table Lamp

Today I wanted to share our latest creation! We came up with a great table lamp for our home. I love how sleek and modern it looks – that  globe bulb is fantastic! The wood base has a custom cutout to fit keys, change or even jewelry if it’s at your bedside table. I thought this was a great touch! 

DIY Table Lamp

The switch is small and perfect for this little lamp. It doesn’t distract and adds great personality overall! It’s bright enough to do a little reading before bed, or give off just enough light in your living area. Of course, the wood and metal make the perfect pair in my opinion. We actually went with a nickel finish to see if we might like it and it’s ok. I have to admit, I do prefer brass or copper though! 

DIY Table Lamp

The thing about these projects is it looks impossible to accomplish, but it’s actually very straight forward. That is, with the right tools, a bit of your time and motivation! You can create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home in no time! DIY Table Lamp

What do you think of this little guy? It’s a bit different than our brass swing lamp, but I like it a lot!

XOXO, Lidy

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Adventure Awaits

January 27, 2014

Adventure

Via

Hello friends! I am SO excited to share with you some exciting news! I will be joining forces with some fabulous ladies over at Craftaholics Anonymous as part of their creative team! This year I really wanted to challenge myself with finding new opportunities and new connections, so when I saw this awesome opportunity I had to take a chance. I feel so honored I was chosen, alongside some other very talented bloggers! Be sure to head over there today for proper introductions and meet some of the other amazing ladies! 

Happy Monday friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Adoption Journey - Baby Chronicles - Blog

The Mother Part

January 24, 2014

Adoption

The truth is, the past year or two has been some of the hardest years I’ve had to face so far. It’s not because of one pivotal moment that shifted the course of my life, but rather a compilation of things that has caused a vicious storm. One where I cling to my boat with all my might, my nails digging in deep to keep from being lost forever. Out in the sea of all my troubles and woes. 

There are so many little issues in my life, it was manageable at one time. When we decided to adopt, I knew it was going to be hard and at times it would feel impossible. And so we went in prepared, knowing what to expect and not allowing for those surprises. But what hurt the most, the thing I never saw coming was how different I would feel. How relationships would fold and how those little issues in our life would become mountains in the end. 

The thing is, if I had become pregnant things would be a lot more different. I would fit in with all my friends. I would pose for pictures and hold my belly. I would have all my family gather at the doctors as we excitingly discovered the gender of our little baby. We would throw a gender reveal party and cut a cute cake. We would have showers galore and play all those fun pregnancy games. I would feel and look the part. The mother part. 

But the truth is, I stood alone in a corner watching all the other women celebrate and smile for pictures. Pictures that would go in their baby albums forever. I watched as they cut the cakes and discovered a sweet baby boy or girl. I attended the endless baby showers and played all the endless games. I listened to all the moms exchange their birthing stories and laugh about things only a pregnant woman would know. 

But when you are adopting, things are so untraditional, complicated, confusing, no one knows what to do. And you miss out on all those little things that make you feel special. Normal. Your babies miss out on being passed around. Snuggled. Spoiled. Celebrated. Because adoption is a messy thing. You don’t know who you will bring home. What gender or age. What ethnicity or past. No baby pictures or belongings. Just a face known only to the system. 

And after a while, adoption loses it’s appeal. People forget and move on. There is no count down to a due date. Just a future of the unknown.  And the unknown scares people. 

And the saddest part is, you end up being alone in the end. I watch. I listen. I force a smile. Fight back tears. Say the right things. Pretend I feel normal. I try desperately to look the part. Act the part. But there’s no use. I am not normal by any means.

But what is it about being a non-traditional mother that leaves you feeling so different? 

The thing is, I felt like a mother the first day we brought our little ones home. I felt that twang of emotion when I first held our two month old baby boy. And I’ll still cry when they go to their first day of kindergarten. I’ll be concerned when they go on their first date. I’ll be excited when they find the one they want to marry. I’ll be a basket case watching them walk down the isle. I’ll celebrate when they have their own children – natural OR adopted. 

I’ll be acting the part. The mother part. Because I love my babies. They are my very own. No matter how the world may accept and treat us. They will forever be my own. 

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - DIY

DIY Triangle Stamped Tea Towel

January 23, 2014

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

I don’t know about you, but you can never have enough tea towels! We go through them real quick around here, so I decided to make a few of my own to have some extras laying around!

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

What you will need:

Tea towel fabric

Fabric paint

Sponge

Scissors

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

I simply used the same steps as here. I just love how easy it is to create a great design from triangle sponges! Not to mention, the texture each triangle has compared to the next! And since I love the basic black and white, you can always choose to add pops of color! I wouldn’t mind trying this DIY out again, using some fun color combinations! The fading of the sponge each time you stamp it would allow for an easy ombre effect!

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

Hope your week is going wonderfully! I am feeling a little giddy today, a good friend and I are hosting a blogger hangout today and tomorrow! I can’t wait to meet these wonderful ladies! We have some fun topics to discuss and I know we will gain new knowledge and insight from one another!

XOXO, Lidy

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