Craftenhagen + Crafts + Design + Life / Monday, 23 Jul 2012

Craftenhagen!

Thank you to everyone who came to the first Craftenhagen workshop last week. We had the best time! Sarah Goldschadt was our visiting workshop teacher who taught us how to make “owlies” her famous little guys as featured in a darling little book called Microcrafts. My studio turned out to be much too small to hold everyone, but we got up close and personal and discussed what we want to do in upcoming workshops.
It was so fun to see friends who I hadn’t seen in some time like Elena and other brand new friends like Denica and Elina from Seriously…We Think Free. Not pictured here is Mette Rankin of Bureau of Betterment
How cute are these sisters? Anne and Sarah are gems and I can’t thank them enough for bringing their energetic spirit.

 Sarah had just received the first copy of her new book, Craft-a-day and proudly showed it off.

Next month we’re joining Etsy’s Craft Party on Friday, August 24th. Our goal is to get 25 people in attendance so please spread the love! Please sign up here.

Craftenhagen’s website and Facebook site

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Life + This week / Friday, 20 Jul 2012

This week

Last night’s Craftenhagen was a success! We had quite the group at the studio making the space seem so small. I’ll talk more about that next week.

Top left: Are you taking a look at these hollyhocks here? Magical! My friend Alissa described them on Instagram as “So strong and self-assured. So inspiring” and I have to agree.
Top right: Paul and I went on a run/ride on Bastille Day. Of course, I wore my Lauren Moffat Bastille Day dress aka my 4th of July dress.
Bottom left: Wreath making with some sticks I picked up from Iceland
Bottom right: Our landlord’s garden. They gave us a little patch too and I can’t wait to see how they do.

This week:
Iceland waterfalls
Beautiful paper flowers by Lyndie Dourthe
My sister is looking for a job in the arts. Anyone? Part 1 and Part 2
This Girl and looking for tips on Southern France

Photos taken from my Instagram. Follow me at @houselarsbuilt and on Twitter.

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Home + Interiors + Style + This Girl / Thursday, 19 Jul 2012

This Girl: XV

This Girl  |  Reads  |  Gardens

I started this This Girl with the “reading” room that I found from Katy Elliott as I’ve been scouting out places to go in the South of France in September. Anyone have any tips? I’m looking for one place where we can stay for a number of days that an art lover would love. A town with cute shops and markets. A town where we can find fabrics and flowers and where we are inspired to paint and photograph. Am I the biggest mooch alive? I swear I’m not super needy in real life, I just trust my dear readers’ opinion. Shoot!

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Artist Feature + Design + Friends of Lars + Textiles / Thursday, 19 Jul 2012

Caitlin Watson Part II

Part 2 to yesterday’s shameless plug to find my sister, who’s straight out of college, a job doing something creative whether it be textile work or installations or something crafty. I blogged about her BFA show back in December where she created textile patterns and then turned them into clothes so that when you arrive you had something to put on. She’s also created some graphic rug patterns which I would LOVE to have beneath my feet.
Check out her  full website here. Ok, universe, work your magic! 

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Art + Artist Feature + Design + Friends of Lars / Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012

Caitlin Watson part I

By now it’s probably obvious that I adore my sister, Caitlin Watson. She is the epitome of effortless creativity in dress, art, design and just plain living. She just graduated with a BFA in painting and sent me created her online portfolio. If you could only see the things her portfolio doesn’t show of her childhood work. Oh man, there are some goodies (remember this?). Well, you can imagine my delight when I finally saw this project that she’s only described to me in words where she imitated our mom’s modeling pictures from when she was a wee lass for a school assignment. I nearly died. Partly because Mom is kind of cheeseball (sorry, mom, it’s true non?) which meant that Caitlin is equally cheeseball. The best part about it is that she shot them all herself at her house with a timer.
And you know what? She’s now on the hunt for a job or internship and I’m shamelessly putting it out to the blogging universe hoping that some kind soul knows of a good fit for her. She’s not partial to a specific place just the right fit for her and her talents (I think NYC would be a good fit personally!). She’d like to focus on installations or textile work or crafts or painting and let me tell you she’s good at it all. So, if you’re looking or know someone looking for someone oozing with creative goodness, contact her at watson.caitlin@gmail.com and check out her portfolio here.

This is part 1 of 2 as the next post I’ll show some of her pattern work next.

And don’t forget Craftenhagen tomorrow night! 

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