Book Club + Life + printable / Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

Lars Book Club check-in: Frida Kahlo printable & bookmark

Frida Kahlo quote printable

We all know Frida as a pop icon, but it’s so fascinating to read about her life’s history through her biography by Hayden Herrera, Frida Kahlo, for this month’s book club selection. Even knowing how she got into painting is so fascinating. I still have a ways to go before I’m done, but I thought I’d pipe in with some encouragement to start. And! Even more encouragement is a free printable illustrative quote and bookmark by this month’s guest illustrator, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

Lars Book Club moderator, Julie Richardson, has created some questions to get you thinking about the book. Feel free to comment in the comments section about your thoughts about the book and her life as well as over on the Instagram account.

Check out the discussion questions and printables below and join @LarsBookClub on Instagram Read on →

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paper + Projects / Monday, 18 Jul 2016

DIY paper medinilla plant


I’ve been a huge fan of Fideli Sundquist‘s paper art work for a number of years now. She creates the most impeccably beautiful vignettes out of paper cuttings. They’re drool-worthy. Such precision! I anxiously bought her book, I Love Paper, and was thrilled to find out that she recently released another book, Paper Garden. Unfortunately, Paper Garden is only available in Swedish at the moment. I asked her if she’d be willing to share one of the projects with you in English and she generously agreed. Hooray! I selected one of my favorites from the book, the medinilla. I’d love to have a medinilla in real life, but this paper version is just as delightful.

See how to make it below! 

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Design + Life + Round ups / Friday, 15 Jul 2016

9 Instagrams to follow for National Ice Cream Day

9 Instagrams to follow for National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream done is July 17th and we are celebrating with a big helping of some gorgeous eye candy! Instagrammers have gone wild photographing America’s favorite dessert and there seems to be a certain pattern: bright background, delicious cone, globs of ice cold scoops. BUT, it’s gone up a notch with some clever pun makers. Here are some clever Instagammers to follow to celebrate National Ice Cream day. Read on →

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Art + Design / Thursday, 14 Jul 2016

5 Floral coloring books

Pretty coloring book round up

The longer the coloring book craze continues, the prettier the coloring books get! I have found a few floral stunners that I’d love to share with you today! Of course, I couldn’t help but throw in our own ;). They’d be perfect for some summer traveling down time. Enjoy!

Birdtopia by Daisy Fletcher
Flowers Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen (hey! that’s me!)
Wildflowers by Lisa Congdon (and Flora & Fauna too!)
Floribunda by Leila Duly

Photo by Anna Killian

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collaborations + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016

DIY flower lights

Bright lab lights paper flower tutorial

Have you seen these bright colored cotton ball light sets that are super common outside the US, by chance? Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day spotted them while living in Paris, and opened up Bright Lab Lights in 2014 as a US distributor. Hooray! They come in a variety of beautiful colors that you can custom pick out and they come in the prettiest box. The lights alone are gorgeous, but in that box they are perfect for gift giving, which I’ve done a number of times now.

We thought it would be fun to jazz them up for a party or home decor so we came up with this flower party garland, which is so so easy! We even have templates for you! We topped it off with some tassels and gold leafed beads and such. Too cute! DIY paper flower lights using Bright Lab on The House That Lars Built Read on →

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