christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Oversized Paper Christmas Stars

Oversized Paper Christmas Stars

With winter in full swing, I was searching for something to warm up my home during the dark, cold months. These Oversized Paper Christmas Stars were the perfect solution. These magical stars have are a common sight during the Christmas season in Scandinavian countries and have recently gained popularity in the United States and Canada. Traditionally hung in the window and filled with string lights, the stars would welcome visitors during the long and dark winters. We used our Cricut machine to create a small version to use as a tree topper a few weeks ago, so make sure you check out that post for a handful of Swedish-inspired Christmas decorations! These stars use the same templates, we just enlarged the size for an oversized result.

Learn how to make your own Oversized Paper Christmas Stars to welcome visitors this season! 

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christmas + Life / Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Gift Guide: $25 and under

How’s your holiday shopping going? For once, I took advantage of Black Friday and bought some essential items I’ve been eyeing throughout the year. But now it’s time for the thoughtful items for friends and family and we’ve got you covered. Over the next few days we’ll be sharing 4 gift guides with you: $25 and under, $50, $100, and one for kids, because that’s my favorite of them all these days. We’ve scoured the web searching for just the right items: colorful, whimsical, yet refined. You can find the full list below!  Read on →

christmas + DIY + Projects / Monday, 10 Dec 2018

Family Photo Heirloom Ornaments

I mentioned about a month ago that I sent in my 23andMe kit and that I was anxiously awaiting the results. (see the post here if you missed it!) Well, I got my reports back and I want to share my findings with you. The 23andMe DNA service makes the most amazing Christmas gifts if you’re still struggling to find the perfect thing! I got these for my parents, and they absolutely loved them! Read on →

Artist Feature + Artist Interview + illustration + Life / Friday, 7 Dec 2018

Illustrator Feature: Emma Block

Emma BlockThis month for the Lars Book Club we have been reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I am loving it! Our illustrator feature Emma Block created the lovely book art inspired by this book. It will have you longing for a cozy night in. Perfect for these cold, dark winter months! Emma is a British illustrator whose work we have admired for years. She graciously let us peek into her workspace as she gave us some insights into her career and how she got there. If you haven’t checked out her Instagram page, you’re in for an inspiring treat!

So let’s dive into the interview!

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 6 Dec 2018

Painted Pinecone Wreath

Painted Pinecone Wreath

There is never a wrong time for a wreath on your front door, but I would argue that December is the PRIME time. There is just something about a wreath on your door during the holidays that screams festive and non-Scroogey, perhaps the worst insult of them all. As much as I love a traditional green pine wreath, I wanted to go outside the box for this one. I came across the idea to make flowers out of pine cones a few months ago and was immediately intrigued. You basically cut the pine cone in half to reveal a sort of flower bloom shape. For this Painted Pinecone Wreath we decided to mix pinecones with fresh pine boughs but put it into a fresh color palette. Everything got a painted a fresh coat of white and then we added a few pops of color, and a dash of our favorite gold leaf.

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