Hello 2023! Anyone there? Ha! After a legit nothing to do break (except make sure kids are alive), it’s good to be back at it ready to tackle a new year. But, I am already feeling nostalgic for the terrific year that was 2022. We had some really wonderful moments as a team along with some awesome milestones. I’ll be tackling those another day, but I wanted to share our top ten posts of the year. Honestly, it’s always a surprise to see what the top ten are because I can never anticipate them. Let’s go!
Our top ten!
I’m going to do it Letterman style by starting with our top ten and working our way down the list. Do you have any guesses what they could be? Any personal faves? Honestly, I wouldn’t have guessed any of them myself–ha! But you just don’t know!
In homage to Ukraine, we made some paper sunflowers as a reminder of the people’s strength and courage at such a difficult time.
As you know, we love a good paper flower and had yet to do it, so it’s a great time to make the DIY paper sunflower. I had also done an Instagram Live with an amazing Ukrainian embroidery artist in Ukraine to learn how to do their iconic Ukrainian star. You can see that here. That was a real highlight for me this year.
We took a nod from former Lars contributor, Corrie Beth Hogg, for this one. I wanted a vase to match our new kitchen so we did a papier mache version. I love how it turned out!
The wonderful thing about papier mache is that you can make it in whatever shape and style you want. Here’s how to make a papier mache vase!
I announced a new direction to Lars, after some internal discussions focusing on color. I’ve talked about the trend of society moving away from color and I realized there had been times in my life when I was Color Scared. Here’s the essay about being afraid of using color.
I plan on addressing this more this year so stay tuned!
2022 was a year of wreaths! We did one for every holiday including this DIY paper heart wreath. We made some ombre templates to go with it. You seemed to like it too!
You can find the full paper heart wreath here. And see below for the top wreath of the year!
I turned 40 in June last year but we were right in the middle of a crazy project so I ended up postponing activities until September when I went on an amazing trip to France with my closest friends. It was incredible! I made this list to give more ideas about how to celebrate your 40th birthday.
I was curious how other people celebrated their 40th birthdays so I did some research and shared it with you here.
Our paper palm was one of the most popular projects from 2019 so we decided to turn it into a wreath. I think it would be perfect for spring time!
You can find the full tutorial for the paper palm wreath here.
4. Paper orchid
The flower making bonanza continues with this beautiful paper orchid. Honestly, real life orchids are very tough for me to keep alive so this paper version is just what I needed!
I talked about a shift we are making here at Lars and I shared a bit of it here. We’ve had even more changes internally that I need to discuss with you soon!
We started a new series about how to use your sewing machine properly and this post “how to thread a sewing machine” was your favorite! We also did a video series on Instagram. You gotta check out this song. It’s perfect wouldn’t you say?!
Listen, I’m not saying that this isn’t a great post, but I have to admit how surprised I am by this being our number 1! Three ways to fold a love letter! I guess you are writing way more love letters than I ever imagined?! Ha!
There they are! Our top ten from 2022. I love them all even though I’m surprised by some of them. Let me know what you think in the comments. And if there’s anything you’d like to see this year, let me know!