Greetings from the middle of the ocean somewhere! We’ve been on board for nearly a week now and head back tomorrow. It’s bittersweet…I love solid land yet I love sun. Ah! Such a predicament!
We stopped at St. Maarten where they had an outside stand selling these lovely bracelets made from the seed of a palm tree. After they are dried out they turn super hard, allowing artisans to sculpt them. I love the colors they used and decided to do a #crafttherainbow.
Check out more photos of the trip on my Instagram feed and more to come in an upcoming post!
Brittany Watson Jepsen here. I grew up teething on the seaweed of Southern California though I preferred reading and creating in the great indoors. My mom’s favorite quote was “a creative mess is better than tidy idleness” and so my childhood was spent creating art work, music, and yes, lots of messes. On track to becoming a museum curator I was haunted by those creative messes and enrolled in permanent “creative mess status” otherwise known as a master’s in interior design at theCorcoran College of Art + Designin Washington, DC. I graduated in 2010 after spending summers working with professional creative messers including Jonathan AdlerandCelerie Kemblein NYC. There I designed products forTiffany and Co.,Schumacher, and Dempsey and Carrolland helped create beautiful interiors for fancy schmancy penthouses. The summer of 2009 I studiedtextile designand wrote a column fordesign*sponge. I marriedPaul in September of 2010 (perhaps you’re here because you saw pictures of our wedding?) and moved to Copenhagen. We have since moved back to ‘Merica–Provo, Utah to be exact–where I can currently be found crafting up a storm in our little home at the base of the Rocky Mountains and staring in front of a computer screen blogging for this here blog. Check out some of my projects here.
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Tell me! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I was home for the weekend getting to know my little new niece, Wynne. Oh man, that sweet little thing is nourishment for the soul.
The holidays are fully on my mind and I’m dreaming of a colorful, whimsical Christmas. Here are some of my favorite choices to decorate the home for the holidays. Wouldn’t a pink tree be so rad?! I like to mix it up with a healthy dose of color intermixed with some more neutral elements like white lights. It keeps it from looking too gaudy. Colorful bulbs on a colorful tree would be especially rad.
Well, anyone else exhausted from Halloween and the day has only begun? With all the costumes that went on here on the blog over the past month or so, Paul and I still don’t have some for tonight. That’s the life of a crafter I suppose. I admit that I do like the challenge of putting something together last minute. Let’s see if I’m up for it after all. Right now I just feel like staying cozy in my Mary Engelbreit sweatshirt with my green smoothie.
This week I did some experimenting with some alternative ways to craft a pumpkin. Independently from on another, Ashley, who helps me out a lot with projects, and I came up with horizontal stripes. I love how it turned out! You simply find two pumpkins in a similar size (turns out, it’s really hard to do!) and cut them in cross sections. The white pumpkin was a cinch to cut but the orange wasn’t so friendly to me. I ended up using a small little sharp knife versus a large knife, so I could really dig in.
Other than that, #CraftTheRainbow continues strong on Instagram. If you haven’t seen it, I started a 30 days of crafting the rainbow where every day I post supplies that form a rainbow and so many people have joined in! It’s been so fun seeing the submissions come in. Every time you post you’re entered to win a supply of colorful materials. And there are some GOOD prizes! Pop on over to Instagram for more @houselarsbuilt . Speaking of contests, I’m hosting the 3rd Annual Costume Contest. Read here for more details.
And thank you to everyone who participated in the 9 for Novogratz giveaway. It was such a great loot and I’m pleased to announce that Rachel is the winner. She will be contacted by email. Stay tuned for some more awesome giveaways this week and leading up to Christmas!