Crafts + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 14 Dec 2017

Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity

Nativity scenes are one of those quintessential Christmas decor items I feel like I need, but always have a hard time finding one that I like! Stockings fall into that same category, but I’ll have to wait until next year to tackle that project. For this Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity I was inspired by a set my mom created when she was young. She used a variety of wooden spindles and finials that she collected and painted them in fun bright tones (it was the 60s after all). I haven’t been able to locate them in our storage at my parents house for years otherwise I’d love to show you her version. For our version we added additional wooden elements to create the exact shapes we wanted. Add some detail with acrylic paint and they’re transformed into a beautiful nativity that you can pass down for generations to come! The best part is scavenging for the materials and creating the figures from the treasures you find; the possibilities are limitless. That said, we link to the specific ones we bought so you can recreate it yourself!

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DIY + Life + Projects / Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017

Swans a Swimming Tablescape

Swans a swimming tablescape

The Christmas fanatic inside of you has been dying to create this Swans a Swimming Tablescape! Is there a more iconic Christmas song than The Twelve Days of Christmas? It also happens to be the one that gets stuck in my head more than any other song, but what can you do? We wanted to create a tablescape appropriate for the holidays but on the more untraditional side of things, AKA no red, white, or green. So using The Twelve Days of Christmas song as our inspiration, we give you the Swans a Swimming Tablescape! A paper swan nestled on a bed of greenery and paper flowers along with more swans a’ swimming in the form of printable name tags and a DIY swan!

Swans a swimming tablescape

Learn to make the Swans a Swimming Tablescape after the jump!

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DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

DIY rope tote

DIY rope tote

I love me a good craft book, particularly one that rethinks a material in a completely new way. “Roped In” by Gemma Patford is one such book! Not only does this book show you how to make everything from accessories to home decor items from rope, there are recipes, and additional projects that will all bring a smile to your face! The thing about all of these projects is how well made they all look! No one would ever guess you actually made this DIY Rope Tote because it looks like you could buy it in a store! You are sure to have a blast trying out all these ingenious, yet simple, techniques to create beautiful items. All of the projects included, like this DIY Rope Tote we are featuring, would make great gifts, by the way. Christmas shopping just got easier!

Check out the full tutorial for this DIY rope tote!
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accessories + DIY + Projects + Style / Monday, 11 Dec 2017

DIY Beaded Mittens

DIY Beaded Mittens

Winter has finally arrived and we’ve been dealing with some pretty chilly temperatures. We’ve enjoyed the season’s first snow and the colder days are begging for mugs of cocoa and cozy sweaters. If you’re lucky (or unlucky for those of you with a cold weather aversion) enough to live in a climate that requires warm weather ware, then you’ve probably been unpacking the extra layers. But just because you’ve got to bundle up, does not mean you have to look like a lackluster marshmallow. Slip on a pair of these DIY Beaded Mittens to solve your winter woes!DIY Beaded Mittens

We wanted to glitz things up this year and when we happened upon the stunning knitwear work of Laerke Bagger, we were immediately inspired! I can’t imagine how much time it takes her to make all her stunning creations. A boring pair of mittens is the perfect vehicle for loads of sparkle and a fun way to pump up a winter outfit! This project is ideal for a few nights in watching holiday movies.

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Design + Life / Friday, 8 Dec 2017

20 Calendars to Kick off 2018

2018 calendar round upOne of my favorite things about the new year is the need to buy a new calendar! I like to have a wall calendar above my desk at home and a desk calendar for work. Not only does this help me keep track of the day today, but it is also a perfect way to add a little pop of art into your life. All the more reason to make sure you buy a lovely calendar! We’ve scavenged the internet to find a handful of beautiful calendars to kick off 2018, all Lars approved. It’s the perfect thing to start the new year off on the right foot. Did we mention they make great gifts? Everyone needs a calendar!

Take a peek at the full list below! 

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