Archive | February, 2013

Baby Love

27 Feb

Grady and I are on a mission to stretch ourselves creatively this year! That was part of the reason behind starting this blog. It serves as a creativity accountability partner. In the past month or so photography has been my focus, something I’ve always been interested in but never disciplined enough to actually work at. Here are a few of my favorite shots from a 3-month shoot with my nephew Bruce.

Bruce was born on Grady and I’s one year anniversary, November 12. I like to think Bruce and I have a special bond because we both came into the Nichols/Tyndall family on the same day. He is so precious and I just love him!

Bruce on The Lovely Lantern

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Share the Love Giveaway

14 Feb

Bagged + Loaded Giveaway

Heart Tote from Bagged + Loaded on EtsyRemember this Signature Personalized Heart Tote from Bagged + Loaded that I posted on my Valentine’s Picks for Her Gift Guide?

Well, here is your chance to win your very own! Tammy with Bagged + Loaded has graciously offered to give away a tote to a lucky reader! Be sure to visit Bagged + Loaded on Etsy and explore all the amazing totes available. Just think of all the possibilities: bridesmaid gifts, diaper bag, welcome bags, travel or just because!

 See below for how you can enter to win.

To Enter:

Complete any of the following tasks:

Like Bagged + Loaded on Facebook
Like The Lovely Lantern on Facebook
Favorite Bagged + Loaded on Etsy
Sign Up to Follow The Lovely Lantern Via Email (Look to Your Right)


Leave a comment on this post stating which of the above four tasks you have completed.
Your name will be entered into the drawing once for each of the above tasks you complete if you leave a comment on this post stating which you have done (4 chances to enter).

The Bagged + Loaded Tote Giveaway will be open February 14th until 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be selected at random and contacted via email. If a response is not received within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected.

Good Luck and remember to share the love this Valentine’s Day!


Thank you so much to all who entered the Bagged + Loaded giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner is…
Rebecca B. 

Congrats and be expecting an email from me!

The winner was selected using

Valentine’s Day Picks for Him

12 Feb

Just a few picks for the man in your life. These are all husband and dad selected and approved!
For the Man in Your Life
1. Garden and Gun
Find it here.
This magazine has it all: Food, Travel, Gardening, Sporting Life, Arts and Music, Stunning photography. Southern ladies, you will love it too.

2. Anson Belt and Buckle
Find it here.
Both my dad and my husband rock these belts. They are micro-adjustable with detachable buckles. Super stylish and the technology is just plain awesome.

3. MensDept. Hair Products
Find it locally here.

4. Olloclip 3-in-One iPhone lens
Find it here.
Clips on to your iPhone for fisheye, wide-angle and macro shots.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Picks for Her

9 Feb

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Single or taken, it’s just fun to celebrate love around you. Love of friends, family, children or a spouse. Plus, there is chocolate EVERYWHERE! It’s just awesome to me that there is a whole day dedicated to love! Here are a few finds that any gal would be thrilled to receive on February 14. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Her - The Lovely Lantern

1. {Made with Love Cookie Stamp from World Market}
Find it here.
This cookie stamp will make your sweet treats extra special with a personal message.

2. {Foiled Hearts Infinity Scarf from Charlotte Russe}
Find it here.
This adorable heart scarf would make cupid swoon.

3. {Signature Personalized Heart Tote in Mustard from bagged + loaded}
Find it here.
bagged + loaded has many fabulous totes but this one tugged on my heart strings!

4. {On the Mark Necklace from Stella and Dot}
Find it here.
This little arrow certainly hits the mark.

5. {I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg}
Find it here.
Grady gave me this book for our anniversary. A simple answer to the question “Why do you like me?”

“Even if it was way down at the bottom of November even if it was no place particular in January I would go on choosing you and you would go on choosing me over and over again”

Excerpt from I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and illustrated by Jacquline Chwast

A Stately Rug Project

4 Feb

The hubs and I are working on converting our spare bedroom into a home office and we have sad carpet. In an effort to try to cover some of the carpet and spruce up the room, we upcycled an old jute rug into a new awesome rug. This rug was an old one from Pier One that had collected some stains and was stored away in the attic. It’s amazing what you can do with paint.

Here are the steps to how we created this special rug.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 1: Place masking paper under the edge of the rug to protect your under surface from paint and tape the outer edge of the rug with painter’s tape if you wish to leave the edge its original color. (Lines on the rug are light reflections from blinds). We also put down a plastic drop cloth under the rug.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 2: Start your first coat of paint with a foam roller. I used Olympic brand flat latex paint from Lowe’s in a deep gray color. I’ll warn you, fabric soaks up a lot of paint. It took several coats and about a gallon of paint to achieve the final look. Don’t get discouraged if it looks really strange drying.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 3: Paint until desired color is achieved when dry. See how strange it was looking in between coats! I painted at least two coats the first day, let it dry over night, painted another, let it dry and the painted one final coat and let it dry over night. This wasn’t a quick and easy DIY project. It took me two weekends to complete.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern
Step 4, 5 and 6: Google search the image you want to stencil on your rug. I wanted the outline of NC, so Grady found an image of the map. It needed to be big since this was an 8×6 ft. rug so we uploaded it to Block Posters to resize the image. Download and print the newly sized image. It will print on 8×10 sheets and you may need to trim out edges according to how the image prints. Once you have trimmed the edges, piece and tape the sheets together to form the whole image again.

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Step 7: After you tape the image together with Scotch tape, I would go back over the edges of the outline with packing tape. This makes the next step a little easier.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 8: Convince your husband, friend, parent or anyone else to cut out a very big stencil using the outline of the image and an xacto knife or box cutter, while you go to the gym because you are kind of over this project. If those options are not available, you will have to cut out the stencil yourself. This is where the packing tape over the edges comes in handy. It makes the xacto knife glide smoothly as you cut.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 9: Lay out your stencil and tape down the edges. You can use masking paper again under the edges of the stencil to protect your already painted rug surfaces. Make sure you use a measuring tape or ruler so the stencil will be centered.

Painted Rug Project - The Lovely Lantern

Step 10: Using a paintbrush of your choice (I started with smaller one and moved to a larger brush after the first coat) paint inward toward the center of the stencil so your edges will stay neat. I painted two coats, let the paint dry over night and painted another coat the next day.

State Stencil Rug - The Lovely Lantern

Step 11: Remove stencil and reveal exciting new office rug!
The lovely state of North Carolina.

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