• Four Tips For Better Photos
  • Plotting a Travel Gallery Wall
  • The need to create
  • The Biggest, Best Kind of Project
  • The Future of Lovely Etc.
  • 10 Best DIY Projects of 2014

Recent Posts

The Dollar Store Goes Vintage…

I have a project to share today that I am pretty excited about.  This is one of those quick and super inexpensive projects but it can definitely make an impact. I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for stylish storage baskets and bins to help keep things organized.  My absolute favorites are old crates, boxes, and baskets but those can get expensive and are often hard to find.  So I set out on a mission to turn some plastic storage bins from the Dollar Store into … [Read More...]


Four Tips For Better Photos…

I’ve loved taking photographs as long as I can remember.  I have not, however, been very good at it for most of that time. To be honest, I still wouldn’t classify my photography as particularly amazing, though it has certainly come a long, long way in even just the past few years. Photo from 2011.  Yikes. Photo in same area 2014. So far, everything I know about photography is the result of many hours of googling and lots and lots of trial and error.  But I have managed to learn some … [Read More...]


Plotting a Travel Gallery Wall…

So, gallery walls.  It turns out I really, really love a good gallery wall.  We already have four gallery walls in our house, but I’m itching to create another one. (Even as I type this, four sounds like a lot.  But it doesn’t look like a lot at all.  They are spread throughout the house from the colorful gallery in the master bedroom to the big photo wall in the family room, the small gallery in the nursery, and the instant gallery wall in the foyer.  And hey, it’s my house and I love a … [Read More...]


The need to create…

It should come as no surprise that I love DIY.  (If you’re surprised, you really haven’t been paying attention to what goes on around here!) It wasn’t always that way.  When I was a kid, I was the brainy one.  Instead of art classes, I took extra math and science. (Yeah, I was a huge nerd and proud of it.) But by the time I got to college, I was starting to realize that I just really liked making stuff.  I started making collages.  Then I moved on to scrapbooking and card-making.  I … [Read More...]


The Biggest, Best Kind of Project…

So earlier this week I talked (rambled?) a lot about what I want Lovely Etc to be all about in 2015.  I’m planning to get back to big, bold projects that make a big, bold impact in my home.  And of course I plan to do it for as little money as possible. Well in the spirit of big bold projects coming up in 2015, I do have some news to share. Wait for it… We’re having a baby! The biggest, best kind of project of all. Our little tadpole is due to join us at the end of July and we are … [Read More...]


The Future of Lovely Etc.…

So the past few weeks I’ve been a bit silent. With the start of the new year, it felt like the perfect time to step back from all the doing and do some thinking.  About all kinds of things – but a big part was about how I feel about the past year of blogging, what I loved about it, what I hated, and what I want to see happen this year. Blogging is the Best…and the Worst I know it is so, so easy to become trapped by our own expectations.  I’ve been blogging for three and a half years now … [Read More...]