Posts Categorized: Life

Book Club + Life / Friday, 29 Sep 2017

October Book Club: Rebecca

October Book Club

Hello readers! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was such a big book club hit last fall that we chose another creepy classic to ring in October. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is the story of a young woman who marries wealthy estate owner Maxim de Winter, and learns the ropes of high England society as she becomes the new mistress of Manderley. But all is not as it seems. Maxim is often haunted by the past, the cryptic housekeeper Mrs. Danvers hovers and smiles in unsettling ways, and the mystery of Manderley’s first mistress, Rebecca, is never far from everyone’s mind. What really happened to Rebecca? And though she is deceased, will the new Mrs. de Winter ever escape her influence?? Daphne du Maurier is a master at sucking you in with sensory details, describing the setting, the stately house, the tossing sea. It’s wonderfully spine-chilling. 😉 Follow along on @larsbookclub as we discuss Rebecca and piece this gothic mystery together. We hope you love it! We’ve heard nothing but rave reviews! Later in the month, we’ll have artwork and discussion questions to share. Enjoy!

Photography by Clara Jones

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Art + Artist Feature + Life / Thursday, 28 Sep 2017

Artist Interview: Kelsey Garrity Riley

Artist Interview
We were lucky enough to have Kelsey Garitty Riley as our September Artist Interview! She was also our book club artist for “The Glass Castle”, and we absolutely love what she came up with! If you haven’t seen it, make sure to check out the printable here. That being said, Kelsey grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her art career. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and now resides in New York. We’ve taken a peek inside her studio and asked her a few questions to better understand her process and thoughts as an illustrator. We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look into her creative wonderland!
Kelsey Garrity-RileyRead the full interview here!

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baby + Life + Projects / Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

2 baby nursery projects using the Cricut Maker and Explore

As you know from Monday’s post, Paul and I are thrilled to be having a baby boy in January. I didn’t think I could love anything besides baby girl accessories (aka: flowers and smocked dresses and stockings!), but the more I research, the more I’m really into getting into the whole baby boy vibe. It’s not where I would have gone naturally, but so far it’s been a fun challenge. We wasted no time in starting our preparations and today we teamed up with Cricut to showcase their brand new Maker machine versus their Explore machine, which we already love so much.
Use these templates to create this DIY stuffed whale

Here’s the thing about the new Maker machine: with their new rotary blade, you can cut out fabric! GAME CHANGER! Just think: patterns for dresses, blouses, kids toys, and STUFFED WHALES! Not only that, but soon with their knife blade you’ll be able to cut out wood. I attended their release party in July and I was truly impressed with its capabilities. One medium I’m particularly excited about is the holy grail, CREPE PAPER. You better believe that we’ll be putting our machine to work non-stop. In fact, we have a holiday garland in the works using the Maker.

We’ve contrasted this with their Explore machine, which we still love for it’s capabilities with paper, particularly cardstock and vinyl. We created this paper ship entirely out of Cricut templates, which you can download and create on any Cricut machine. I can’t wait to put it up in our nursery. And to think it’s all been done using the Cricut machine! I’m just tickled….blue! DIY paper ship with free templates

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Life / Monday, 25 Sep 2017

We’re having a…

The House That Lars Built Brittany Jepsen gender reveal

Listen, I was very hesitant to do a gender reveal video, or any type of videos for our new baby, but I learned that the creator in me can’t stand the thought of letting awesome ideas pass me by. If you can’t make fun videos for a baby, when can you?! Plus, I LOVE surprises! And this is a pretty good one.

So here’s how it all went down. I told Paul, aka: not-an-Instagram-husband, that there’s a thing called “gender reveal videos” and he was like, “no” and I was like, “how about you choose whatever it is that we do and he was all “ok, we hike to the top of a mountain and then there you will find out” knowing full well that the only way to get me to the top of the mountain is to blackmail me with releasing private/exciting information.

My friend, Jenner Brown, was kind enough to get on board film it for us. Here’s how it went.
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Life / Friday, 22 Sep 2017

Flash Studio Sale!

Studio Sale at The House That Lars Built

Happy Autumn! The seasons are changing and we’re looking to clear out our studio! Over the course of a year we acquire a LOT of stuff—odds and ends, props, craft supplies, clothing, furniture—and we’re looking for people to take them off our hands. We’re holding a FLASH studio sale (flash = very short!) studio sale on Wedneday, October 4th from 6-8pm in our studio in Springville, UT. And bonus! We have some friends joining us! We have our friends at Freshly Picked, Merrilee of Mer Mag, Eva of Sycamore Street Press, Meta Coleman, Alma Loveland of Caravan Shoppe, Merrilee, of Mer Mag, Ryan Watson, the token male and also my brother who has some rad stuff for guys, and others!

For more information and to RSVP, go to our Facebook event site! 

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