Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design + Life / Thursday, 1 Jun 2017

June Book Club: In The Company of Women

June Book Club

Happy June, readers! We’re always excited to introduce a new book! Last month we celebrated women who work in the home (and what hard, all-consuming work it is!). But as you’ve most likely noticed, more and more women are running businesses and pursuing creative careers than ever before. This month, we’ll be inspired by over 100 innovative, visionary women who have embraced their entrepreneurial abilities! In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (founder of Design*Sponge) is a compilation of exclusive interviews and inspiring messages from women business owners all over the world. These women have followed their dreams and creative pursuits, often at great costs. We hope their advice and learning experiences inspire you to dream, overcome challenges, and achieve your goals! Follow along throughout the month on our Instagram account, @larsbookclub . And if you’re reading this month’s book, feel free to snap a pic and tag us with #larsbookclub too!  We love to see who’s reading and what you have to say! We’ll have some artwork, discussion questions, and reading suggestions up later in the month. Stay tuned!

Photo by Anna Killian for The House That Lars Built  |   Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

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Book Club + Life + Projects / Monday, 22 May 2017

How to press flowers in 3 methods

Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Australian collage artist/craft/artist extraordinaire, Beci Orpin. She’s released yet another book (she’s so prolific!) and this time it’s about things to do and make with supplies from the outdoors. It’s called Sunshine Spaces and it’s definitely one to add to your craft library. It has a lot of basics for the beginning outdoors lover, such as a guide to indoor plants, a guide to natural dyeing, and other fun projects. Today, she’s sharing her tutorial on how to make pressed flowers with three different methods. 

I am an avid collector of many things, but old books are one of my favourites – I rarely walk out of an op shop without one. Quirky typesetting and old-school printing aside, one of the things I love about second-hand books is the chance of discovering a little surprise inside them. I’ve found many treasures tucked inside those yellowing, musty pages, including some flattened Easter-egg wrappers from the 1940s, a birthday note from an aunt to a favourite niece and, best of all, several books containing some beautiful pressed flowers.

When I was a child I used to press flowers with my grandma, and I remember never having enough patience to wait the weeks and weeks before the flowers were completely dried and pressed. Luckily for me, while I was researching this project, I discovered that there are several methods of pressing flowers, some of which allow you to cheat, so you don’t have to wait forever and ever before they are ready. This is good news for me, as I still have as much patience as a five-year-old.

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Book Club + Design + Projects / Friday, 12 May 2017

Book Club artwork and discussion

artwork by Printed Peanut

How are you enjoying this month’s book club selection? We’re reading, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio  and it’s been wonderful hearing so many of you who have already read it or seen the movie. What are your thoughts so far? We have some discussion questions below to get your clocks ticking.

And to go along with it, we have worked with one of my favorite illustrators, Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut, to create some original artwork. She created a poster with a quote from the book that reads, “It’s all a matter of what you set out to do” as well as a bookmark. It would make a great Mother’s Day card, doncha think? 

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Book Club + Design + Life / Friday, 5 May 2017

Favorite design books for spring

Favorite books for spring

In general, I’m one who likes to check out books from the library as it saves money and space in your house, but design books are different. They are reference books used for inspiration or tutorials to have on hand when you’re making. For this reason, in addition to our monthly book club, I decided I would share some of my favorite design and craft books with you in a new feature called Lars Library. Every season I’ll share my favorite books, generally new releases, so you can be in the know on the latest and greatest books on the market right now, books that you should definitely add to your design library. Check in every so often for the best of the best. You can find them all on one page here.

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Book Club + Life / Wednesday, 3 May 2017

May Book Club: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

May Book Club

It’s May, Lars Book Clubbers! As we remember and celebrate mothers and the women who have influenced us this month, we wanted to share with you the incredible story of one resilient, unwavering mother whose enterprising wits and enduring humor kept her family out of poverty. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan tells the story of Evelyn Ryan, a married mother of ten children and a “contester” during the 1950s and 1960s. As she completed songs, poems, and advertising jingles for various companies, her pencil and paper kept her children fed, clothed, educated, and even entertained. Evelyn Ryan was a woman ahead of her time, providing for her family when women weren’t encouraged to do so, and had little to no say in financial matters. Author and daughter Terry Ryan tells her mother’s story and shares her prize-winning writing in a wonderfully humorous way, despite their hardships and struggle with an alcoholic father and husband. We hope you are inspired by this story, surely a tribute to tireless, hard-working mothers everywhere! Feel free to follow along with us @larsbookclub , where we’ll post quotes and thoughts from the book. Check back in the middle of the month too, when we’ll have some discussion questions and artwork up on the blog for you! Happy reading!

And after you’re done reading the book, watch it in the 2005 movie! 

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Photography by Anna Killian  |  Wallpaper from Sandberg 

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