Lars Book Club: August

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

We hope you’ve loved reading about Drew Barrymore and her life experiences in this month’s Book Club book, Wildflower. Her love of life is apparent and her refreshing, candid way of connecting with you as a reader almost makes it feel like you’re having a conversation with her. Am I right?? Here are a few questions to consider as you finish up Wildflower, plus some further reading suggestions and a printable quote and booksmarks from the book from this month’s guest illustrator, Danielle Kroll.

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

How to press flowers in 3 methods

Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Australian collage artist/craft/artist extraordinaire, Beci Orpin. She’s released yet another book (she’s so prolific!) and this time it’s about things to do and make with supplies from the outdoors. It’s called Sunshine Spaces and it’s definitely one to add to your craft library. It has a lot of basics for the beginning outdoors lover, such as a guide to indoor plants, a guide to natural dyeing, and other fun projects. Today, she’s sharing her tutorial on how to make pressed flowers with three different methods. 

I am an avid collector of many things, but old books are one of my favourites – I rarely walk out of an op shop without one. Quirky typesetting and old-school printing aside, one of the things I love about second-hand books is the chance of discovering a little surprise inside them. I’ve found many treasures tucked inside those yellowing, musty pages, including some flattened Easter-egg wrappers from the 1940s, a birthday note from an aunt to a favourite niece and, best of all, several books containing some beautiful pressed flowers.

When I was a child I used to press flowers with my grandma, and I remember never having enough patience to wait the weeks and weeks before the flowers were completely dried and pressed. Luckily for me, while I was researching this project, I discovered that there are several methods of pressing flowers, some of which allow you to cheat, so you don’t have to wait forever and ever before they are ready. This is good news for me, as I still have as much patience as a five-year-old.

Secrets of a Charmed Life quote and bookmark

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Secrets of a Charmed life printable quote and bookmark

**First of all, if you’re not finished with the book yet, I must say that these questions have spoilers!** Have you enjoyed Secrets of a Charmed Life?? This is a story that I think many readers can relate to. We’ve all made decisions we might regret, or small decisions that changed our lives immensely – “Big doors swing on little hinges,” says W. Clement Stone. You’ve probably heard that before! It’s very, very true, and Meissner’s story centers on this truth and the characters’ abilities to bear the brunt of their choices. Here are a few questions for you to think about, but do read Susan Meissner’s questions in the back of the book (hello, they are far superior – it was tough to come up with more!). Secrets of a Charmed life printable quote and bookmark

This month’s featured illustrator one of my favorite fashion illustrators, Samantha Hahn, who handlettered a quote from the book as well as a classy lady and a bookmark. You can download the quote and bookmark below!

DIY floral staircase from Old Home Love

I’m pleased as punch to present two special guests to Lars today. Andy and Candis Meredith, from HGTV’s Old Home Love, recently released their first book of the same title, Old Home Love, and it’s gorgeous! If you’ve seen their show or know anything about them, you know that they love old homes and this book is an ode to it. It’s part love story, DIY, and inspiration. It’s also a special book for so many other reasons (go and find out!) and one of them is because it all took place here in Utah, was photographed by Chaunte Vaughn, who also photographed our upcoming book, and styled by my good friend Meta Coleman, assisted by my own sister, Caitlin Watson Boyes. And a couple of my own pieces of furniture and plants even make a special appearance 🙂 Candis and Andy are here today to share a tutorial NOT featured in the book but I know everyone is wondering about: How did you make that floral staircase featured on the cover?! Aren’t you curious?! Let’s find out! 

Hi Friends! I am so excited to share this project with you. I have been a fan of things with big scale for a long time and I am so happy that we got to showcase these beautiful stairs for our new book. This project has such a huge impact for little effort and I think it adds a PUNCH of happiness and color to our understated white space. What’s great about this idea is that you can use almost any image that you love! Landscapes, old photographs, random patterns, portraits! The sky’s the limit. And don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of doing this–it really is SO easy and took less than an hour!

Old Home Love book

Here we go!

March 2018 Book Club: Broad Strokes

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March 2018 Book Club

March 2018 Book Club

It’s time for the reveal of the March 2018 Book Club Book! “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” said author Virginia Woolf. And not just in literature, but the arts as well. Did you know March is National Women’s History month? We are diving right into women in art with the book Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn. Isn’t that a great title?? As an art history student in New York, Quinn came across female artists she’d either never heard of or couldn’t find any information about. She searched and researched thoroughly, putting this book together about 15 incredible, talented women who are frequently glossed over or were looked down upon in their day. We’re excited to share their stories with you! Follow along @larsbookclub and stay tuned for some awesome printable artwork later this month. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

September Book Club: How Art Can Make You Happy

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How Art Can Make You Happy

How Art Can Make You Happy

September is upon us, readers! Schedules often get busy, so we’ve got a short gem of a book for you to read. But small as it may be, this is a book that has BIG impact. Do you love art, but feel unknowledgeable? Do you want to engage in art somehow, but don’t know where to start? How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne shares just that and more! Payne unlocks what art can do for you, yes YOU. It can make you feel something, it can help you relate to others, it can bring awareness to the world around us. Follow along with @larsbookclub as we dive into art in a personal, relatable way. It’s a quick yet powerful read! Join us!

Stay tuned for fabulous artwork and questions later in the month! And take a peek at previous months here.

Photography by Jane Merritt

Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book

Picture Hope: The Social Distance Coloring Book

It’s a project that I’ve compiled from 64 artists from around the world who have each made a coloring page inspired by hope. The idea is that they provide the blank canvas and YOU add the hope through color. And you know what? It works! I can’t even tell you the goose bumps I got while I was working on it! COVID-19 has indeed changed so much of our routine, yet in the confusion and uncertainty we’ve also witnessed countless moments of compassion and the strength of the human spirit.

Picture Hope: The social distancing coloring book

64 Artists from Around the World

I’m going to list all the artists here because they all deserve recognition for dropping everything to make this happen:

Abbey Lossing, Alli Stocco, Ane Kirstine Bilde, Angie Stalker, Ashley Isenhour, Audrey Smit of This Little Street, Ayang Cempaka, Beci Orpin, Brooke Smart, Caitlin Connolly, Cat Seto, Corrie Beth Hogg, Danielle Kroll, Darcy Miller, Dylan Mierzwinksi, Elizabeth Graeber, Ellie A. Osborne, Emily Isabella, Emma Block, Eva Jorgensen, Flora Waycott, Hannah Gumbo, Helen Dealtry, Hilary Onyon, Jackie Diedam, Jacqueline Colley, Janna Morton, Jen Hewett, Jess Whittaker, Jessie Kanelos, Weiner, Jéssyka Gomes, Jordan Sondler, Josefina Schargorodsky, Julie Marabelle of Famille Summerbelle, Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow, Katie Kortman, Kelsey Garrity Riley, Kendra Dandy, Libby VanderPloeg, Lisa Congdon, Loris Lora, Madison Blake, Maria Trolle, Meenal Patal, Merrilee Liddiard, Meta Coleman, Mia Saine, Michéle Brummer Everett, Michelle Christensen, Miranda Sofroniou, Monica Dorazewski, Natalie Apuzzo for Winter Water Factory, Normandie Luscher, Phoebe Wahl, Roxy Marj, Samantha Hahn, Sarah Jane Wright, Sebastian Curi, Suzy Ultman, Tara Nearents of Rad and Happy, Tonya and Steve Vistaunet of A Happy Vista, Victoria Riza, Yelena Bryksenkova

Creativity is Important Now More Than Ever

I’ve spent my career developing The House That Lars Built, whose mission is to encourage people to make things with their hands. We believe that the act of making has the power to heal and improve your well-being. The goal of this book is the same and it’s needed now more than ever. Coloring is a simple yet profound act that allows for meditation and mindfulness and this coloring book is even more profound because of the many voices of support behind it.

Donate for Coronavirus Relief

You can purchase Picture Hope in our shop and donate for larger amounts if you wish.

You can find the printable book over in our Shop!

And if you do some of the coloring pages, we’d love to see them! Tag us with #PictureHopeColoringBook

September book club

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We are thrilled to introduce you to the latest and greatest from artist and author, Lisa Congdon, Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, our book club selection for September. I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile because, secret’s out–I’m hosting a Q&A with Lisa THIS FRIDAY at the Salt Lake City West Elm from 6-8pm. This is your chance to come and meet Lisa and hear her encouraging words about how to find your creative magic and turn it into your secret power.

Can’t wait to see you there! And join us throughout the month over at @LarsBookClub where we will be sharing some of our favorite tidbits from the book as well as an exclusive print from Lisa for our new Print Shop. 

Lars Book Club: September

free printable artwork by Jill deHaan for The House That Lars Built How’s the reading going? Are you following along with our Lars Book Club Instagram posts? I get it – there’s ALOT of info in Michael Rosen’s Alphabetical. But I hope the facts and history haven’t made your eyes glaze over. If so, just skip to the next chapter! 🙂 There’s sure to be a topic to interest you. Have you picked a favorite chapter (or letter) yet? How Rosen researched each of the letters and themes associated with them is mind-boggling to think about. I’ve truly enjoyed learning about where the language I speak and alphabet I use every day comes from. We take so much for granted! Below are some questions to think about, plus a couple further reading suggestions.

This month we have partnered with letter artist, Jill De Haan, to create a beautiful quote from the book: “Every letter tells a story.” It’s available as a free printable as well as a bookmark in three different colors. Downloads below! 

Dracula Book Club Artwork

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Dracula Book Club Artwork

Can you believe it’s halfway through October, readers? Has Bram Stoker’s Dracula put a bit of classic spookiness into your fall season? 🙂 We’ve got a few questions for you below, as well as some other classic creepy stories you might want to add to your list of October reads! This month’s amazing artwork was illustrated by Yas Imamura of Quill & Fox. It’s a little bit dark and spooky and I love it! If you’re unfamiliar with her work, be sure to check her out!

March Book Club: Craftfulness

March Book Club of the Month: Craftfulness

Stay tuned for this exciting read along with one of our favorite illustrators (can’t wait to share who it is with you!).

What does it mean to join Lars Book Club?

There’s no official induction, just pick up a copy, read with us, and participate in the discussion going on over at @LarsBookClub where we share snippets from the book along with discussion questions, and reminders. And mid-month we share a poster inspired by the book by one of our favorite artist. You can see some of our previous artwork over in our Lars Print Shop here. The artists design a  bookmark, which you can download for free or you can download the artwork, get it framed or matted and keep as a reminder of some of your favorite reads.

We’re glad to have you a part of our club!

You can find Craftfulness here

 

Book Club artwork and discussion

artwork by Printed Peanut

How are you enjoying this month’s book club selection? We’re reading, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio  and it’s been wonderful hearing so many of you who have already read it or seen the movie. What are your thoughts so far? We have some discussion questions below to get your clocks ticking.

And to go along with it, we have worked with one of my favorite illustrators, Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut, to create some original artwork. She created a poster with a quote from the book that reads, “It’s all a matter of what you set out to do” as well as a bookmark. It would make a great Mother’s Day card, doncha think? 

Get the free printables and discussion questions below!