Posts Categorized: Projects

coloring + Projects / Friday, 26 May 2017

Printable coloring page

Every other Saturday morning we’ll be sending out a newsletter with a free printable coloring page and I thought I’d share the one we’re sending out tomorrow. Isn’t it adorable? It’s some fruity pomegranate goodness to get you in the mood for Memorial Day road trips or yummy downtime. 

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Photos by Anna Killian for The House that Lars Built   |  Illustration by Madison Blake 

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DIY + Food + Party + Projects / Thursday, 25 May 2017

Donut Flower Bouquet

Donut Flower Bouquet
Are you aware that National Donut Day is June 2nd? There is absolutely no other way to celebrate Donut Day than by eating donuts. Let’s hold each other accountable, shall we? Not that we need an excuse to eat donuts, but it does ease my conscience a bit. However, these are not just your typical trendy bakery donuts. I’m looking at you maple bacon donut. No Sir, not for National Donut Day. This is a Donut Flower Bouquet!

Donut Flower Bouquet

Move over cake pops, we’ve transformed donuts into a bouquet that will give fresh flowers a fun for their money! Two of our favorite things combined into one. Take store-bought mini donuts, slide on our paper flower template, stick on a skewer and you’re set! We’re confident semi-homemade queen, Sandra Lee, would be proud. These would make great party favors, handouts, or a sweet gift. Gift them individually or fill a bakery box with an entire bouquet! Happy National Donut Day!

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Party + Projects / Wednesday, 24 May 2017

How to curl a balloon

For our Midsummer Mingle event a few years ago, Partyland, a local party store here in Utah, supplied us with balloons along with a little contraption to create some curled balloons. At the time they were selling these simple contraptions, but sadly they aren’t selling them anymore. Instead, they taught me how to create my own DIY version and I’m sharing it with you today. Hooray! They are such a fun and easy take on party decor. Read on →

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DIY + garden + Life + Projects / Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The gardens of my dreams and where to buy them

Dream gardens and where to buy them If you follow along on Instastories you’ll know that I’m an enthusiastic, though still a novice, gardener. Like a shamelessly proud mother, I give a daily update on the growth of my garden. I have about 8 peony plants which are going WILD this year. You really must take a look. They’re bonkers. Now, I don’t have a huge or ideal garden, but I do have a bit to work with so I’ve maximized my space by going vertically and turning to container gardens. I now have hanging baskets and a number of vertical planters. I’ve slowly become comfortable with the notion that I just might be that crazy plant lady.  So today I’m sharing some of my favorite garden inspirations and where you can buy the flowers to replicate it yourself.  Read on →

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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 the outdoors called Sunshine Spaces. It’s definitely one to add to your craft library. It has a lot of basics for the beginning outdoors lover like 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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