DIY + holiday + Projects + valentine's day / Monday, 21 Jan 2013

Send a Valentine’s day care package

Being married to someone from another country we’re always away from family in some way so care packages are of utmost importance (remember the Ultimate Care Package?). And because you can pretty much send anything through the mail I got to thinking of all things heart shaped, which lead me to the idea of making a box, which lead me to think of paper mache boxes. I thought they’d be a fixture at Michael’s, but turns out they only sell small little 3 inchers so I had to buy one on Amazon. I’m sure it will get a bit of damage in transit, but I don’t really care because I think it would be a joy to receive if I do say so myself.
You will need: paper mache heart box 12″ (see link for where I bought mine), paint brushes, acrylic paint (choose your own, but definitely get a white), goodies to fill the care package (conversation hearts are a must!), pencil, eraser, white paint pen
Step 1: Paint the outside of the box pink. Paint inside if you’re hard core.
Step 2: Use a pencil and write in simple lettering your phrase.
Step 3: In a darker color, paint on the letters.
Step 4: Use white on the outside of the letters to create a relief.
Step 5: Do your goody thang.
Step 6: I used a white paint pen to write on the address onto the other side. 

I’m kind of stoked to take it to the post office and ship it on it’s way. There’s a chance it might be cheaper to send it with one of those flat rate boxes, but I’ll give it a go this way for ultimate impact. I’ll let you know. Paul’s brother is in for a treat.

Wanna see some more Valentine’s surprise ideas?
Heart attack idea
Heart attack in the lawn
Heart attack in the snow

Life + This week / Friday, 18 Jan 2013

This week

In my daydreams of moving back to America, sub-freezing temperatures didn’t really factor in, but, of course, this is the “worst winter we’ve had in a long time”, says everyone all the time. That’s what Denmark told me when I got there, too, so I’m starting to sense a pattern here…

Our new home is nestled against the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah and for all of you who think that Utah is in the midwest, it might help to clarify that the Wasatch Mountains are the Western most part of the Rocky Mountains.* Denmark is probably the topographical opposite of Utah and more of the equivalent of Iowa so we’re a bit overwhelmed by the grandness of it all. One day I was on a road trip in DK and someone pointed out the “highest point” in all of Denmark. I honestly, did not know where they were pointing. It looked like a sledding hill.

Anywhoo, enough about the weather, this week we settled in a bit more into our new place, spent an hour and a half at the Social Security Administration and are now eating from silverware and not plastic spoons and forks. Here’s to the weekend!

photo from my Instagram feed @houselarsbuilt

*I worked together with a friend from Utah at Anthropologie in Rockville, Maryland for 3 hours a week for a year a few years back. Our manager called her “Midwest” in his Southern drawl. I guess 3 hours a week doesn’t buy respect.

flowers + my shop + paper + Projects / Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013

Smell the roses on Valentine’s day

I was honored to be asked to make some gift toppers for Terrain for the holiday season and I decided to keep the flower momentum going for Valentine’s day. I handcrafted some roses in 5 colors–off-white, lavendar, yellow, light pink, grey–and topped them off with some handpainted details on the leaf and bloom. They’re perfect to top a gift or give as a single flower to your love–romantic or platonic.

Order them today on the The House That Lars Built Etsy shop. Choose from Pink, purple, off-white, grey, yellow.

Style + This Girl / Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013

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DIY + Life + Projects + Review / Thursday, 10 Jan 2013

Top 3 of 2012

I’ve been going through my pictures of the last year to make a synopsis in the next few days and I’ve noted two things: 1) If you didn’t know me in person it appears that I only make pretty things and go on trips (I wish!) 2) I’m getting better at what I do. And I don’t mean that in a “I’m the best in the whole wide world” way, but sometimes I’d cringe at what I was putting out there into the universe with my work because things didn’t work out as perfectly as I had imagined, but looking back though some were inevitably lame, I’m overall pleased with my oeuvre. I can see how I’m more mindful of a successful DIY from concept to styling to photography. Mind you, I worked super hard last year in coming up with my DIY concepts and execution so I guess it was a natural product of time and hard work. I got to work with some really stellar photographers (who I miss dearly!) and I got to make projects for some really great magazines and websites.

Based on page analytics, these three projects were the most visited on The House That Lars Built. I’m always so surprised at what is more successful over another project. What were some of your favorites? Would you have guessed these ones?

1. Friendship bracelet chevron rug won be almost double
2. Heart attack package beat #3 by almost double again
3. Kissing bridal clothespin