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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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018

How to Dye Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

What’s not to love about Bottlebrush trees? They are sweet, come in all sorts of colors and sizes, and look great in just about every setting! The downside is, they tend to be a little pricey and you can’t always find the exact palette you want. So of course, the only option we were left with was to dye our own! And you know what? It’s incredibly easy! We are already making plans for more. All you need are some natural sisal trees, which we found online, and basic liquid or powder dyes. We chose a jewel tone palette for this round, but I’m already dreaming up a pastel wonderland to try next. I love how these look sitting atop a mantel or in big glass cloches to look like oversized snowglobes. Bottlebrush Trees

Take a look at how to dye your own Bottlebrush Trees

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holiday + Life / Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018

Holiday Activity Book

Holiday Activity BookA few weeks ago we were able to attend a super fun Holiday event held by Mixbook. Mixbook creates amazing personalized photo products including beautiful books and cards. Trust me when I say they went above and beyond on the holiday decor at this event! We’re taking a team of unicorn balloons leading Santa’s sleigh! It was such a fun time and the cherry on top was seeing our new Holiday Activity book in action! We designed an interactive workbook for kids and adults alike to fill up with all the holiday cheer! It consists of ugly sweater and ornament coloring pages, a holiday bucket list, a spot for photos, a page to write your favorite holiday recipe card, and more! Take a peek at the book and be sure to pick up a few copies for you and all the littles in your life!

Holiday Activity Book

Take a peek at the inside of the book!

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DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 3 Dec 2018

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro Ornaments

This time of year it’s a good idea to always have small gifts on hand. Tis’ the season for giving and that can often be overwhelming and pricey. Which is why these Printable Retro Ornaments are the perfect solution! I’m in love with a decor with a bit more jazz to them, so we designed some paper ones that look adorable printed off and cut out! We embellished ours up with jingle bells, tassels, and wooden beads. You can even include a lip balm in the center for an extra gift! These ornaments look beautiful on the tree, adorable on a door handle, or even as a gift topper.

Let’s take a look at how to make them!

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