Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + Style + This Girl / Friday, 13 Dec 2013

This Girl & the making of

I’m experimenting with more sponsored posts this week, but want to make sure it’s not totally off kilter for Lars. If it is, just say, “Brittany, you’ve gone whack” and I’ll reign it in. Sponsored posts allow me to do better and more original posts and I’ll only accept them if it’s a good fit for the brand, if I believe in it, or if it’s something that challenges me creatively. 
First up, Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, asked me if I would create a post using their new Smart Search feature. I had been given a Surface RT earlier this year when I worked with MSN on my “These are the people in my neighborhood” series so I already had access to the new Windows 8 operating system. I gave it a whirl for this week’s This Girl and thought I’d share how I go about creating this series while trying out Bing at the same time.
Every This Girl is created differently. I might be struck by a white linen dress I see and then construct a story of what that girl might do in her linen dress. Would she go on a picnic? Or lounge on a chaise? Then I might search for those terms. This week, I knew I wanted to do a tartan theme because I LOVE me some tartan, especially at Christmas time. I think tartan has a misconception for being stuff. In fact, my dream is to do a hip tablescape with tartan or make some awesome pants out of it or something. I digress…
I knew I wanted a rug in there because I’ve seen some beautiful tartan rugs before so I typed it in and found the image above. Such a beautiful scale and color palette. With that, I knew I needed to keep it in the blue color palette so it would fit and I would need a table and a girl so I searched for those things until I found the perfect counterparts to this blue rug.
I bounced a few ideas around until I found a pleasing combination and this is what I came up with. 
The Smart Search allowed me to view the results without actually having to open a browser, but I got down to business and wanted to see all of my options at once. I found the suggested topics also helpful because I ended up finding images that were helpful and I bookmarked.
ANYWHOO, if you’re looking to create a similar idea, perhaps this might be a helpful way to do it. Try it out for yourself here on Bing
This post is totally sponsored by Microsoft Bing Search (could you tell?!), but all opinions and content are my own. #thisisbing
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christmas + collaborations + DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 21 Nov 2013

5 gift topper ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my talented friend Kate Zaremba for while now (I wrote about her work ages ago–she did textile designs for Rachel Antonoff)–and finally the time is here! Kate recently launched her illustration company where she does adorable prints, wallpaper, gift wrap, cards and custom illustrations. She was kind enough to supply me with some of her brand new gift wrap and I made 5 simple gift toppers for them with all the instructions below. PLUS, we’re doing an Instagram contest where she’ll make an original design based off of YOUR inspiration. Just post a pic of your inspiration, tag it with #giftwrapinspirationcontest and follow @kathrynzaremba. The winner will be selected, Kate will design some gift wrap, and you’ll receive it as a gift. FUN huh?! Head on over to instagram for more info. Contest ends Monday, November 25th.

In the mean time, let’s make some gift toppers for her gift wrap! I made 5 of them: a perfect bow (based one one I’ve been spotting around blog town lately but can’t seem to find an original source for), holly and berries, paper pom, the pendant, the forest. Aren’t they cute? They’re so simple to make and would be easy for any holiday gift. 
For some really lame drawings that I did to show how to make them all, read full instructions below. 

I hope these drawings are sufficient. It’s more of an experiment. I can’t draw super well with my tablet so they are super childish, but hopefully they do the job. 
One thing for the bow, I sprayed two pieces of her gift wrap together so that it would be firmer. 
With the pendant, I sprayed two pieces of her paper front to back so that it would be firmer.

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collaborations + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 27 Jun 2013

DIY shapeable headband

This is a full on DIY week! Phew. I’m exhausted. A couple of months ago Scarves.net asked me to come up with a DIY for one of their scarves. I decided go with a shapeable headband that you can turn into a turban or bow or whatever your heart desires. How do you get the look? Find out here.

photo by Maurine Dashney

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collaborations + DIY + Party + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Make a maypole

Midsummer is now behind us, but dancing around the maypole can be done all summer long. And you know what? This maypole is the EASIEST thing to make. Whenever it comes to actually having to construct something, I get really nervous and anxious–the same way I feel about cooking. I was really hesitant to make a maypole just for that reason, but with a little help from my friends at Home Depot, I think I came up with the easiest solution (with a nod to Martha’s maypole) that can be done by yourself for really cheap, which are my two requirements for most things in life.

You will need: 10 foot 3/4″ pole (I got a galvanized metal pipe for $1.59 from Home Depot), a metal circle that fits onto the top of it (I have no idea what the proper term is called, but show them the picture or go to the plumbing section), a wooden circle 8″ (mine is from Joann), nails (with a top that is wider than the 4 small holes in the metal circle), glue that holds metal, white spray paint, thumbtacks, ribbon (I got 18′ ribbon from Joann)

Step 1: Fit the metal circle onto the end of the pole. Make sure the circle is flush with the pole. Mine fit without sliding down, but if yours is sliding a bit, add some glue onto both the pole and circle and leave it to dry over night. 
Step 2: Add some glue onto the top of the metal circle and to the bottom of the wooden circle in the center that fits the width of the metal circle. Leave it to dry.
Step 3: When it’s all dry, add in the nails into the four small holes.
Step 4: Spray paint it all white. Let it sit over night.
Step 5: Find the center of the ribbon and center it onto the wooden circle. Tack both sides of the ribbon onto the circle.
Step 6: Take your next ribbon and do the same. Continue adding on more colors. Each side of the ribbon will be for one dancer.
Step 7: If you’re adding flowers, use a circle flower oasis from the craft store. Use wires to secure it onto thumb tacks.
TO PUT THE MAYPOLE INTO THE GROUND:
Materials: 4′ rebar 1/2″, hammer
Step 1: Hammer the rebar into the ground. Here the ground was so hard we only got it in about 5″, but it was secure! 
Step 2: Slide the pole onto the rebar. If needed, dig the pole into the ground a bit too.

This Midsummer series was a collaboration between Ciara Richardson, the photographer, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, and myself. To learn more about how to celebrate Swedish Midsummer, check out last week’s post. And once again, a huge thank you to my helpers: Audrey EllsworthMaurine Anderson, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Jenny Ellsworth 

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collaborations + DIY + giveaway + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 24 Jun 2013

Make a camera strap & Laura Ashley giveaway

Happy Monday! I’m happy to kick this week off a brand spankin new collaboration for Laura Ashley’s blog. I LOVE Laura Ashley and grew up on their florals (didn’t we all?), so this is a perfect marriage. Over the next six months I’ll be creating some DIYs and floral-related posts on their blog to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand. Wahoo! First up: a camera strap made from one of their super soft floral scarves. I’ve had my ugly black camera strap for a year now and it was time for an upgrade.
Supplies: scarf, 2 split rings, 2 chain closures, scissors, sewing machine OR needle/thread, scrap of leather, pen
Step 1Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You’ll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it. 
Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.
Step 3: Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.

Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.

Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather.
Step 6: Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather.
Step 7: Stick the leather to the scarf in place.
Step 8: With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.

DONZO.

To kick off the series, Laura Ashley is giving away this same scarf to one reader. The iconic floral scarf is 100% modal (modal=so soft) and is lightweight, so it’s a perfect summer scarf.

TO ENTER:
1. Check out the Laura Ashley site and “follow” The House that Lars Built on Instagram (@HouseLarsBuilt)
2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered.
3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.

The giveaway will end one week from today, Monday, July 1st.

Good luck!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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