Crafts + DIY + etsy + Party + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012

How to make an ombre wedding cake pinata

I have to say that this is one of my favorite shoots I’ve done. And there’s a lot more where these come from. ooOOOoo! I did this one for the Etsy wedding blog and talked about creating an interactive wedding favor, hence the fortune cookies inside with little love fortunes. I also thought a wedding cake would be a nice alternative to the couple who doesn’t really do wedding cakes or sugar. But let’s face, the real reason to have a pinata at a wedding is…who doesn’t want to hit stuff? I’m sure it would release a lot of tension for the couple as well as the wedding planners.

Get the full instructions here.

Thank you Amanda Thomsen for taking these beautiful photos! 

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

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.

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!

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!