Party + printable + Projects / Monday, 3 Jul 2017

Printable Paris Crown and Invitations

Printable Paris crown and invitationPrintable Paris crown and invitationI love celebrating America on 4th (tomorrow!), but I also love celebrating all things French for Bastille Day, July 14th. Bastille Day celebrates the turning point in the French Revolution. Celebrated with massive firework displays, a parade down the Champs Elysees, and lots of music and dancing. Since we are quite a ways a way from France, I thought I’d bring a bit of Paris to the states!

We created a printable Paris crown and invitation so you can hold your own Bastille Day celebrations! We’re thinking a picnic where the fare includes a Charcuterie platter with the yummiest breads, cheese, and fruit. And pastries and macarons galore, of course! Maybe play a little croquet before lighting some sparklers! Bastille day or not, there is always an occasion to celebrate Paris. Print off the Paris Crown and invitations and get a jump start on your Bastille Day celebrations! Oui Oui!

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Design + downloads + illustration + Life / Friday, 30 Jun 2017

July Desktop Calendar and wallpaper

JUly 2017 desktop wallpaper and calendar JUly 2017 desktop wallpaper and calendar

Do you ever catch the wanderlust bug? Sometimes I find myself daydreaming of vacations, relaxing retreats, and exciting adventures all day long. I’ll check airfares daily, research new hotels, and plan the restaurants I’ll visit. Ah, what a vacation can do for the soul! This month’s July desktop calendar wallpaper captures my love for vacationing with a sweet illustration of a few travel essentials! Now if only I could pack that simply…I hope that you have some exciting plans for this summer so I can live vicariously through you! In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming, planning, and looking forward to my next getaway!  Let’s make July a good one! Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Friday, 30 Jun 2017

July Book Club: The Brilliant History of Color in Art

July Book ClubHello Lars readers! It’s time to introduce the July Book Club book. July’s book is an easy summer read, but a fascinating one! The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay investigates every color used in countless artwork. From Stone Age cave paintings to today’s endless array of digital colors. We have any and every color, natural and synthetic, at the touch of our fingertips. But in past centuries, certain colors were hard to find and therefore expensive! Some pigments could only be found in one specific geographic region. Others required smelly, prolonged processes just to produce mere ounces of dye. Finlay takes us back in time, when the making of colors was a remarkable feat in itself. The use of color in art was especially meaningful and symbolic.

Stay tuned for artwork and questions on the blog later this month, and feel free to share thoughts and follow along on @larsbookclub ! Enjoy!

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Life + printable + Projects / Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

New knobs! And printable door hanger

Kwikset doorknobs

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If you follow along on Instastories, you will have heard about a few crazy experiences that have happened in the past couple of months that have really jolted my perspective on a) my personal safety and the safety of my family and b) the number of crazy kooks in the world. There are much more than I realized! I wouldn’t say that I’ve lost faith in humanity, but I’m much more aware of the reality of poor behavior and how we need to be prepared for it.

Last month someone broke into my car stealing my purse containing my wallet, lots of cash, and causing $600 of damage to the car. About a week later someone broke into our studio by pushing in our doors and breaking the door frame in. Weirdly, they didn’t steal anything. These two experiences, along with stolen car parts (really!), and you can imagine that it’s been a truly mystifying, frazzled month!Printable door hanger

Kwikset approached us, right on cue, and asked if we would like to partner with them to install some new doorknobs. It was meant to be! We were interested in a smart lock that would allow us to use a special code to enter our building. We got Kwikset SmartCode 915 Touchscreen Smart Locks, both for my own home and here at the studio, and we’ve handed our special codes to our set of seasonal interns as well as those who are there more permanently. That way we can switch out the codes every semester and not have to worry about keys being lost/stolen or being handed out.

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Party + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017

Printable summer pie boxes

Leftover summer pie box

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? We’re prepping for a team pie party (stay tuned for the full details!). We’re already anticipating the leftovers so we decided to send everyone home with a cute pie box favor. We did a version for Thanksgiving but the summer months need their own! You have a choice between a fourth of July phrase or just a summer phrase. You choose!
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