November Book Club

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November’s here and I am thrilled to introduce you to this months book club read! Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant To Live by Melanie Falick. To say that I have been awaiting the release of this book for years may sounds dramatic but its true, I even wrote a little something about it the minute I got my copy in the mail, check it out.

I was lucky enough to be one of many featured makers and artists in this book, which I find myself feeling mildly sheepish about because I look up to so many of them, some might even say idolize! Anyway, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. It is going to leave you feeling inspired to create! Lookout November, the month of making (and reading) has arrived.

You can find the book here. And stay tuned for a printable poster and bookmark later this month!

Making a Life: My thoughts about a handmade life

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I’m so pleased to introduce you to Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant To Live, a book due out next Tuesday by Melanie Falick. I’ve been looking forward to its release for a few years now because Melanie somehow chose me as one of the featured makers in the series and I’ve been interviewed by her for years–she’s done a remarkably thorough job!

I’m confident in my artistic abilities and pumped up about my mission in life and here at Lars (more on that later), but I say “somehow she chose me” not as a humble formality, but because this book features a collection of artists and makers who I idolize–I wouldn’t put myself in their echelon at all. Many of them have lived longer lives and have the spaces and work to show for it. They feel more lived in, more settled, more more sure of themselves. Again, I don’t mean to downplay the work we do here at Lars, but I still feel like I’m in my artistic infancy. I’m still trying to figure out how to do my job and do it well. And these makers are people who I aspire to be.

October Book Club Art

Hello Readers! Have you been following along with us as we’ve read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Taking a stop in spooky town this Halloween season with this seemingly everyday story that is full of subtle and creepy twists turning it into the ultimate tale. This month’s illustration is by one of our very own interns, Jessica Whittaker, we fell in love with her work when she illustrated our October cake topper! We will be interviewing Jessica soon so stay tuned!

October Book Club: We Have Always Lived in a Castle

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Happy October, readers! ‘Tis the season of all things spooky! Since we’ve previously read some great classics—Frankenstein, Rebecca, and Dracula—we’re turning to one of America’s celebrated horror, mystery, and psychological suspense short story masters: Shirley Jackson. You may have read her famous story The Lottery, or The Haunting of Hill House. Her final novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, takes the creepy cake, though. This story involves members of an eccentric and now reclusive family, the Blackwoods. Merricat and her older sister Constance live with their Uncle Julian, the only members of the family still alive after the others died by poisoning. Who did it, who is the villain here, what exactly is going on, and why does the whole village despise them? This book’s unsettling undertone is perfect for a cozy, moody autumn evening. Enjoy! (Muhahaha…).

Join us over at @LarsBookClub to follow along

Order We Have Always Lived in a Castle here

September book club artwork

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How’s your reading coming along?! We have loved the guidance that Lisa Congdon has given us in her book, Finding Your Artistic Voice. And I was lucky enough to lead a Q&A at her book signing in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago and she was so inspiring. Here at the office each one of us has become a bit more comfortable with our creative voice, learning to recognize what that voice sounds like and how it shapes the work we are creating and what we want to start creating. Thanks to Lisa’s creative wisdom we are learning how to make even more creative magic, we hope that you are feeling the inspiration too!

We are lucky enough to have Lisa again (remember when she did our Craft the Rainbow poster?!) as our guest illustrator for her own book! She made this print “Openness is essential to creativity”, as stated in her book, exclusively for our shop.

Jump down to see the bookmark and how to shop it! 

DIY Knot Necklace

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Okay Lars fam, we’ve stuck craft book gold again and we can’t not share these things with you! Our friends over at Abram Books (our very own publisher!) sent us the most incredible book “The Year of Knots” written by the one and only Windy Chien. The book just launches TODAY and it needs to go in your craft library. It offers tutorials ranging from home décor to how to adorn your shoes. Just in case you needs a little more convincing on just how fabulous this book is we have included a tutorial on this wonderful knot necklace!

We went ahead and made a few modifications to the original necklace by adding in a second semicircle on it but the bones and idea behind the necklace are all attributed to the very talented Wendy Chien!  This necklace is simple yet intricate and the perfect accessory to pull together any outfit! Seriously, everyone in our office tried it on and it looked great with evert single outfit! Trust us, every outfit you own needs this necklace!

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. 

AUGUST BOOK CLUB ARTWORK

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Hello Lars readers! Have you been following along with us as we’ve read Fashion Climbing? An inside look at the fashion world, its designers, and its enthusiasts is always fascinating! Bill Cunningham’s story is a testament to hard work, determination, and the need to keep your originality, don’t you think? This month’s illustration is by our featured artist, Dylan Mierzwinski of bydylanm, who we will be interviewing soon so stay tuned! 

The print and bookmark are available for a free download. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful prints that we have in our Print Shop!

Tell us what you loved about Fashion Climbing and keep up with us on our bookclub Instagram @larsbookclub! We love hearing your thoughts!

 

National Book Lovers Day

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Happy National Book Lover’s Day to all of our bookworms out there! Paperback or hardback, fiction, non-fiction or crafting, books are a huge part of what we do here at The House that Lars Built. In fact, we love books so much that last year we decided to take our love one step further, and embark on a journey to create our own! If you haven’t already, take a look at it sometime and see all of the love we just had to put on paper!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we have put together a list of books to show some love to the novels, tomes, and treasures that have been influential in our learning and growing. We hope the books on this list are just as inspiring to each one of you as they have been for us! Whether you’re a logophile, a bibliomaniac, or just a simple librocubicularist (someone who likes to read in bed), we think you’ll find something to love. In the words of Frank Zappa, “so many books, so little time” so without further ado, we present to you a small fraction of some of our all-time favorites!

August Book Club: Fashion Climbing

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Happy August! We love an occasional book about fashion, so this month’s book is a good one, and easy summer read too. When the Irish Catholic family of young Bill Cunningham realized he was enamored with fashion, they were horrified. But Bill thrived on fancy clothing, designing hats, and making people and things beautiful! Fashion Climbing: A Memoir in Photographs is Cunningham’s posthumous memoir, detailing his interests as a boy, and big breaks as a young man. Eventually, his career led him to years of covering fashion for several publications as well as photographing for the New York Times.

Relax in your hammock and join us on @larsbookclub as we discuss Fashion Climbing!

July book club: Joyful

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Happy July! Readers, think about what brings you joy, and maybe more importantly, WHY those things bring you joy. We’ve often been taught that the key to joy lies within us, and while that is true to some extent, would you believe that a lot of it has to do with our physical surroundings? Author Ingrid Fetell Lee dives right into this in her book Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness. Lee draws from neuroscience, psychology, design, color theory, and many more subjects to reveal that we can be in control of ourselves and feel joy through the objects and space around us.

Grab a copy as you’re road tripping or lounging in your hammock and follow along with us @larsbookclub . We’d love to hear your thoughts! Enjoy! 

June book club book

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Hello readers! Many of you are changing your routines as summer begins—with travel, work, children at home, family obligations—but want to make sure you still have time for yourselves. Have you ever wondered how female creatives accomplished all they did? This month’s book, Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey, delves into the working habits of artists, writers, performers, and much more. What were their habits? What did they choose to pursue or to neglect? During our “maiden” Lars Book Club year (2016), we read and enjoyed Currey’s first Daily Rituals book, and we’re excited to read this new collection focused on women! Hopefully you can find a helpful nugget or two of inspiration this month. Be sure to follow along with us @larsbookclub and stay tuned for artwork and questions later this month. Enjoy!