I had the honor of contributing this DIY Christmas bulb advent calendar to the holiday issue of Sister Mag magazine, a German publication from some of my favorite ladies. I’ve contributed before (here (my hair!!!!) and here) and this time I was in the company of a few other artists from around the world with an advent calendar idea.
This one is super easy to make, especially if you have a craft cutting machine, and I love hanging it in our office right now.
Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Sonoma, California with a few other bloggers to celebrate the partnership of Fortessa and Williams Sonoma at Fairmont Hotel, because, as you know, I love dinnerware, and hotels, and good people—my favorite things. I hadn’t ever visited Sonoma so it was a wonderful to chance to escape the Utah cold and go experience some delicious food and company. We got the royal treatment too: cooking class at the original Williams Sonoma shop by chef, Thomas McNaughton, of the renowned San Francisco restaurant, Flour and Water, a massage at the Fairmont hotel (I’m a sucker for a spa!).
I used my trip to practice photography. Since I’ve been blogging I’ve been able to work with a number of really wonderful photographers, because I haven’t ever learned to take proper photos (for shame!). In my mind, photography is art and who am I to take the place of someone who has been working at it for years?
BUT, I took Jill Thomas’ photography workshop in October because I finally realized that I need to buck up and learn to take my own photos. Sometimes you just don’t have a photographer around when you need one! It got me practicing though I still have a long way to go. These photos are a collection of some of my own from little Cannon Rebel, my iphone, and the photographer on the weekend. Read on →
I put on my pie pants, and as you can see, the lesser known pie hat, and enjoyed a small and simple Thanksgiving here with my mom and Paul. Paul and Mom cooked up a storm—a delicious turkey, stuffing, squash, pomegranate salad—while I sat cheering them on from the sidelines…and finishing up a secret project that I’ve been working on and hopefully can show you within the next week or so. STAY TUNED! A little hint: it’s something for you to do when you’re bored and watching tv Gah! I’m so excited to share it with you.
On more grateful note, I’ve been a bit stressed out the last few weeks and running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I’ve noticed that when the stress levels are up, my ability to recognize the blessings around me diminishes so I’m glad that we have a holiday where we are encouraged to come together with friends and family and give thanks. I needed yesterday! I’m beyond grateful for you, dear readers, and your support on this creative adventure of ours here at Lars. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, thank you for recommending our ideas to other people, thank you for making the projects that sit inside your home or party. I’m humbled that you’d take the time to read and follow along. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel like I have a support group beneath me lifting me up and I hope this space on the net provides some of that to you.
NOW! Some fun links for your weekend and some great Black Friday deals:
Isn’t it wonderful what cake can do? This cake can turn any day into an absolute WinterWonderland. Whether you’re absolutely miserable, stuck in doors due to snow or sleet, with barely any sunlit hours in the day, or like me, you’re only barely coping with ridiculously hot and muggy weather here sunny Australia.
Either way, this beautiful Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Buttercream will whisk you away to some Narnia-like realm where the snow falls in beautiful crystalline flakes, and the air is cool and crisp and the sky is bright. It’s cool, but somehow not too cold, and the woods are frosted white and beautiful. A slice of this cake and a steaming cup of hot coffee or chocolate truly will lift your spirits, no matter what kind of extreme weather you’re dealing with.
When it comes to adding meaning into decorating, I find that it tends to be the last thing on my mind. I’m usually so concerned with just making it look pretty with fun colors and patterns that I tend to forget about the people in my life and how to treasure the memories. I know. Awful.
The older I get the more deliberate I’ve become in collecting things into my life that will add value into my life. This holiday season, I’ve teamed up with the brand new company, Preservation & Creation, to create two ways to do this. Preservation & Creation believes that you can preserve and inspire a life with a purpose intended for others through their memory keeping prints, books, and canvases straight from your phone.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I printed a photo. I have over 13,000 photos floating around on my iphone, but not one preserving the memories I’ve made over the year. I wanted to change it up this year so I came up with two ways to preserve memories this holiday: 1) photo card name tags for a table setting and 2) advent calendar photo cityscape.