Life / Friday, 27 Nov 2015

This week & Black Friday deals


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:

Get 3 free Creativebug classes for free for Black Friday with a trial subscription

Everything in my shop is 20% off from now until Monday night! Enter THANKS2015

What this person learned from keeping a gratitude journal

My DIY Blogger Handbook class on Atly is 50% off from now until Monday! Enter THANKFUL50 at checkout

25% off at Anthro with code SHOPTOIT

These are the prettiest ornaments for a tree

Up to 70% off at James Perse

45% off at with code BLACKFRIDAY

30% off Anna Joyce designs (and a portion goes to the American Cancer Society) with code GIVEGOODGIFT

Free shipping and 20% off at Macy’s

How to get more people to museums. Te he he! 

25% off sale at Nordstrom

30% off Urban Outfitters

25% off at Oh Happy Day party shop! 

I’m super into coloring books lately, here’s one that I’m thinking of gifting for the holidays  (this one is gorgeous too!)

And you’ll need some of these to go along with the previous :) 

40% off at Body Shop

Love this pretty dress for a holiday event

Massive Black Friday deals at H&M

Ideas for setting a table with wallpaper


Happy weekend!

Photo by Cassidy Tuttle from our Pie hat tutorial 

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christmas + Food / Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015

Gingerbread layer cake with lemon buttercream

Gingerbread layer cake with lemon butter creamGingerbread layer cake with lemon butter cream

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.

Recipe and photos by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

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christmas + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015

2 ways to preserve your memories this holiday season


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.preservation-creation-photo-cards

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.


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christmas + Design + Party / Monday, 23 Nov 2015

Christmas party line with Modify Ink

The House That Lars Built party line Modify Ink

Hooray! Along with our holiday cards, I’m pleased as punch to release our new holiday party line with Modify Ink. As I’ve mentioned before, Modify Ink is an ultra-custom party and art printing website with a fine editing software that allows you to customize every single detail of your party down to the exact color palette you are wanting for your party, because we all know how annoying it is to have something be so close to what you want, but just not quite there. This is the fix!

The House That Lars Built party line comes with a number of fun party decor items like bunting, monogramed garlands, cupcake flags, place cards, invitations, menu cards, labels (perfect for sodas or wine!), party hats, gift tags and gift labels. Here, we turned our cupcakes toppers into ornaments and hung them from Christmas trees. You also have the option to have Modify Ink craft everything for you or you can choose to pay less to do it yourself.The House That Lars Built party line Modify Inkmodify ink the house that lars built-ornaments 17modify ink the house that lars built-ornamentsThe House That Lars Built party line Modify InkThe House That Lars Built party line Modify Ink

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