Lars Book Club check-in: Frida Kahlo print & 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 an 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 prints below and join @LarsBookClub on Instagram

Lars Book Club: July

Frida Kahlo biography

Have you been enjoying the Lars Book Club so far? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Do you like the book choices? Have any requests? Last month we read Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work and we will discuss it after the jump. Today we announce the book selection for July. The Lars Book Club is conducted by Julie Richardson. Add to the conversation and follow along for more inspirational quotes and discussion topics on our the @LarsBookClub Instagram account.

July 6th marks 109 years since the birth of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most celebrated and unique artists. Her personality and aura were described as mysterious and magnetic, with her piercing, direct gaze, and a fire or passion that came from within. I knew little about Frida before deciding to feature her in our Lars Book Club, and am now fascinated! What a unique, driven, intense woman, who suffered much pain and hardship, and recorded all of that on canvas. Frida also had a very tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, another revered Mexican painter. Learn more about Frida, her life, and her very personal works of art this month as we read Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (the cover of the one we got is different than the one on Amazon. Don’t fret 🙂

Daily Rituals printable quote and bookmark

daily-rituals-quoteIt’s about time for a check in to see how you’re liking the Lars Book of the month. We’re reading Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work by Mason Currey this month. Have you picked up a copy? As someone who owns their own company and whose success depends on how I manage my time, I’m intrigued by famously successful artists, scientists and others managed their schedules to produce some of the world’s greatest works and innovations. PRINTABLE-BOOKMARKS

Monica Lynch is this month’s featured illustrator. She created this beautiful quote that you can download and print off from the book along with a printable bookmark. Get the full downloads below! And stay tuned for a full discussion when we announce the next book at the beginning of next month.

Gender reveal stork pinata

Stork pinata gender reveal

Ashley is a very good friend to everyone around her. She volunteered to help a friend announce the gender of their baby with their friends and came up with a stork piñata to do so. Such a clever idea! Inside the stork they filled candy and decorations in pink to announce the girl they were having. I loved the idea so much I asked if they could document the process.

Lars Book Club: The Artist’s Mother printable quote

mother's day quote on The House That Lars Built illustrated by Jordan Sondler Mother's Day quote illustrated by Jordan Sondler for The House That Lars Built

Hey-o! Just popping in to see how you’re doing with this month’s book club book, The Artist’s Mother. It’s more of a visual catalogue of pictures and paintings by some of the most iconic artists, but it goes into some details about their mothers.

From here on out we’ll be featuring a quote that you can print off for free (download here) from each Book Club in the middle of each month as illustrated by a guest illustrator. One of my favorite illustrators, , is kicking it off with this one:

“The eyes of a mother are the first mirror we encounter. A good mother provides a true reflection.”

We’ll be going over the book at the beginning of next month and introducing the book for June then as well.

Get The Artist’s Mother here.
Download the illustrated quote here

Illustrated by |  Photo by Brittany Jepsen

Lars Book Club: May

The Artist's MotherEvery month Lars Book Club contributor, Julie Richardson introduces a new book to us, and reviews the previous month’s book along with some discussion questions. For the month of April we read The Reason for Flowers. Take a look after the jump for her review! Feel free to leave your own comments about it!


Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and as this year’s book list was put together, I thought it’d be fun to read something this month that honors mothers, but in a unique way. So in all my searching and scouring of book lists and websites, I was excited to find May’s book, The Artist’s Mother: The Greatest Painters Pay Tribute to the Women Who Rocked Their Cradles, by Overlook Press, Introduction by Judith Thurman.  Maybe you’ll know some of these artists, or maybe not. But either way, it’s an interesting look at how each of them portrayed their mothers through prints, paintings, and drawings. Enjoy this look into their lives.

And to all you mothering figures out there – you are appreciated, loved, and irreplaceable, for “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” — William Ross Wallace

Lars Book Club: April

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WELCOME TO SPRING! I’m absolutely thrilled for the sunshine and blooms (though I hear it’s snowing on the East Coast?)

For each Lars Book Club book we’ll be recapping the previous book and announcing the new book in the same post. You can find both after the jump from Lars contributor, Julie Richardson.

The new Lars Book Club

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Lars Book Club

Remember when I tried starting a Book Club two years ago? Almost to the day? One of my requirements was that it was a low-stress commitment. However! Clearly, I couldn’t even keep up my own promises and I let it slip. It took me ages to finish the first book! Gah! That was NOT a good start. Well, I decided I wanted something that would still keep me accountable and also include you, my dear readers, with books that we both potentially love so I asked my dear, long-time friend, Julie Richardson, to take over the Lars Book Club.

Why? Read below! And find out how to join!

Zodiac pinatas

Zodiac pinata aries

I’m absolutely tickled to introduce you to today’s guest contributors, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle of one of my all-time favorite stationery companies, Hello Lucky! These two are creative masterminds who have inspired me in so many ways. Eunice’s wedding as featured here, was a huge inspiration for my own wedding. They take the simplest of projects and turn it into something extraordinary and clever. Welcome, ladies! 

We were appointed hosts of a sex reveal party for an expecting couple and wanted to plan something unexpected! We landed on a piñata, because what’s not to love about piñatas? The astrological inspiration allowed us to personalize it based off the babies birth month. We filled it with candy (nuts/ no nuts) and let the parents have at it!

Astrological piñatas are great for birthday parties too! They make an entertaining and special addition to any party theme. Added bonus- They’re super fun to make (even more so to destroy).

-Eunice and Sabrina Moyle | Hello!Lucky

3 Valentine’s Day piñata boxes

 

It’s been a while since my school days when everyone brings in a homemade box to store their valentines from classmates, but after our hair product pinatas for Rubi’s workshop, we wanted to piñata everything! Thus, Valentine boxes were in order. We made some red lips, a Love Bug with a trunk that opens, and a hot air balloon. Each one I’m trying to figure out how I can display on a permanent basis. They are too cute!
Hot air balloon pinataLove bug valentine box

Find the full tutorials below! 

DIY Bunny Party Hats

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Tic Tac® brand. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac Pack Program; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

As you know, it’s my personal belief that all holidays deserve a party, and Easter is no exception. That’s why I came up with this DIY bunny party hat to celebrate in true bunny style. They’re perfect for an Easter hunt or sporting at the dinner table. No big pink bunny costumes (a la a certain Christmas movie) needed! See below for the full tutorial.DIY bunny hats

I used the new Bunny Burst Tic Tac® mints to inspire my color palette for the bunny hats. They are a blend of artificially flavored green apple and grape mints and, of course, I ate a few along the way, to really get into the spirit. These little mints were the perfect confetti accessory for the table scene. Wouldn’t they be cute left out as a surprise for your guests mixed with the party hats?!DIY bunny part hats

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DIY Easter bunny party hats

Materials:

Instructions:

  1.  Make the party hats with this template. Any classic party hat template will do.
  2. Cut out eyes and noses for the bunny with simple circles and triangles and long thin pieces for the whiskers.
  3. Attach the eyes and nose with glue dots.
  4. Draw in a simple mouth with your permanent marker.
  5. Cut slits in the side of the hat with your craft knife.
  6. Cut out ears and fold at the bottom about ¼” up.
  7. Insert the ears and secure with tape inside.
  8. Attach twine to the sides of the inside of the hat to tie around the head. Secure with tape.

Voila!

Enjoy the Easter party with your new bunny hats!

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Photography by Trisha Zemp

This post was sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. All content and opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep The House That Lars Built running!

For more Easter craft ideas and inspiration, take a look at the Lars Easter Pinterest board.

How to throw the garden party of the century

how to throw a garden party

Are you ready for some oooos and ahhhs?! Natalie Norton did an amazing job at capturing A Midsummer Mingle and I’ve been dying to share the pics with you.

If you’re just joining me, I threw a garden party with Sarah Jane Studios, Mer Mag, One More Mushroom, Sycamore Street Press, Caravan Shoppe. It was a way to say thank you to all the people out there who support us because we couldn’t do what we love and without you. It turned out to be a party much bigger (and better!) than any of us intended, but we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out so we’re boldly calling it a success. I’m dividing the photos into two parts–they’re just too lovely not to share all of it with you. It couldn’t have happened without the support of many, many people–especially Cricut— so stick with me as I attempt to thank them here.

I learned so much from this event so I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on what to do and what NOT to do.

You might also be interested in these Midsummer posts

You can see midsummer party part 2 here and part 3 here and the video here

We also made a playlist here and have made several crafts like this cake topper, baby mobile

balloons in the pool at your party
floral head crown

 

How to throw a garden party

To do #1: Throw a party! But only do so if you’re totally committed to throwing a party. I initially texted everyone and said “how about a stress-free party to celebrate midsummer?” That “stress-free” party turned out to be anything but, and of course, the timing was horrible for everyone involved. I think had we known what we were getting ourselves into, we may not have done it, but we committed to throw it and make it the best we could for the sake of a beautiful event with lovely people.

To do #2: Involve other people. I originally thought of throwing a Midsummer party by myself. I suppose I could have done it on my own, but it wouldn’t have been as good, well-thought out, and meaningful had I not invited other hosts to come on board. By bringing on others, we grew closer, relied on each other, and helped bring creativity and loveliness out into the world, which is ultimately our end goal.

To do #3: Involve sponsors who believe in what you do. Sponsors like Cricut and Save-on-Crafts, Atly, Land of Nod, and Blickenstaffs and many other raffle and swag bag sponsors and vendors made the party possible. When you work with people who believe in what you are doing and mutually get something out of it, there ain’t nothin better! And tell you what, these sponsors have been so supportive and generous. We couldn’t have been more humbled by the support. PLUS, they helped make the party look good!

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Balloon installation
To do #4: Create a unique focal point to the party. After the success of the balloon installation I did for BHLDN, I’ve been dying to try out another and actually have one that people could see in person. I teamed up with Partyland who graciously came in last minute to provide the balloons. They even introduced me to a machine they invited that creates the twisty shape you see here. It’s called EZ Twist and I’m so pleased with the shapes it created. I’ll be talking more about it in the next post.
Creating something unique for a party means at least one decorative element that you haven’t seen anywhere else. Go on Pinterest for the rest of your ideas.
vintage camper food truck

Catering

To do #5 Delicious food/drinks that fits the branding of your eventRamblin Rose Cafe catered the affair and it was THE PERFECT marriage. They have a lovely menu of tea and toasts and I tell you, their flavors are unique and botanical and DIVINE. And their lemon lavender tea is out of this world. If you’re local, go see them every week at the Farmer’s Market in SLC. And, AND, they come with the cutest get up including this vintage camper and signage. Everything was perfection (minus running out of cups…oopsies, my bad!)
When selecting food or drinks for your own event think of how you want your guests to feel. Is it a fun and whimsical event? Go with a cotton candy truck. Is it a relaxed, casual event? Go with a food truck. Here in Utah we’re lucky to have so many options.

Signage

To do #6: Signage. No matter how large the party is, signage will always help. We knew we needed lots because we were directing our guests through meandering pathways to discover different “experiences” around the garden. We knew we would need arrows and explanations. Enter Cougar Copy. Local print shop Cougar Copy provided all the printing and they went above and beyond like the banner you see here. I’ve been using them for the past year because they are so wonderful to work with. You just send in your files and all you do is pick them up. AND, they’re prices are fantastic. Karen, thank you so so much!
felt ball garland

Color branding

To do #7: Color branding. We settled on some colors and branding that helped set off the theme for the rest of the event. Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag did all of the branding and color selection. It helped when adding on sponsors who helped out like Aubry of Hello Maypole graciously provided mini garlands for every attendee and included some garlands for my section of the party, but more on that on the next post.
Wear all white at your garden party

Dress Code

To do #8: Dress code. Once a dress code is requested, it immediately unifies the group and gets guests more involved. We asked our guests to dress all in summer whites. I hope it wasn’t so much of a headache as it was a fun assignment to go through your closet or find a new ensemble. I found a dress from Danish label Ganni off of ASOS that I love, love,  love, and have been wearing it every day since. Turns out they have a ton of beautiful white summer dresses. I would have worn any one of them had I been all Kim Kardashian and changed every half hour.
Dancing around the maypole
Dancing around the maypole

Entertainment

To do #9: Entertainment. Merrilee arranged to have a Maypole troupe come and perform for us. They were amazing and really set the stage for the event.
We actually tried to get an acting group to come perform a scene from A Midsummer’s Night and some folk dancers to come on board too, but it didn’t quite pan out. We’re not complaining here, but just imagine the awesomeness that could have been!
We also had a ton of crafting going on. Each blogger/company, had their own “station” where they displayed the Cricut project we created for the event and had supplies out so they could display them. Cricut was present with a number of their brand new machines so people could come try them out for themselves. I’ll be talking more about our projects later this week.
Come create with cricut
flowers by Lizy's Lilies

Flowers

To do #10: Flowers!
You guys know me by now. Everything, especially a garden party, must have flowers. Flowers can be a large part of the budget but it was so important in this instance to set the mood. Lizy Bowden of Lizy’s Lilies stepped in with the florals and did a smashing job. Aren’t they so gorgeous! She added them throughout the balloon installations too. If you’re budget is not so large, go with less or be strategic in where you place them. Initially we had them everywhere but we had to par it down to a bit in the end.
A very important element to the party was floral crowns for all. Amy Anne, along with some magical helpers, stepped in and created 150 floral crowns! It was insane yet so perfect for the event.
Floral crown

Treats

To do #11: Treats! You must have some little tasty treats that get people off their diets for one night. Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe supplied delicious goodies for the event and they were knock your socks off tasty! They’re located in Utah and Idaho and if you get a chance, go!

 

Lighting

To do #12: Lighting! The key to the success of this garden party, among other things, was lighting. We wanted to create a magical wonderland for our guests and this could only have been achieved with good and adequate lighting provided by Save On Crafts, my go to source for craft and decor supplies. They have these little lights called Fairy Berries, which the name alone will make you die of cuteness, but they added the perfect amount of delight sprinkled throughout the garden. We also added a TON of bistro lighting throughout as well as tea lights, lights in jars, lights on branches, and a dozen other lighting techniques. Save on Crafts has it all and they are so well priced! I couldn’t recommend them enough.
party ware from Shop Sweet Lulu
To do #13: Cute partyware. For cute party decor details we turned to the go-to party source, Shop Sweet Lulu. They provided the cutest confetti cups and plates and straws for us. (Psst: word on the street is that they are getting a cute site makeover soon!)

Cake!

To do #14: Cake! ME, my baking intern, created these delicious Scandinavian-inspired cakes. Not only are they beautiful, but they were delish. Cake is a must. And cute cake stands like these ones from BHLDN are perfect (and they’re having a 20% off sale right now! Go quick!)
Cakes by ME Hammond. Cake stand by BHLDN
Watermelon mint water

Refreshing Drinks

To do #15: Refreshing drinks. Ours was a non-alcoholic event and being a garden party, refreshing infused drinks were a must. Ramblin Rose Cafe provided some delicious infused waters like watermelon mint.

Create a hashtag

To do #16: Create a hashtag. Hashtags for your specific events are now a party standard. If you’re super unfamiliar to what a hashtag is, it’s a way to archive photos on social media. If you add a hashtag to an event (simply use the # sign and add your phrase after and voila!) then your guests can look through all the photos in one place. Ours was #amidsummermingle and we provided several signs around the venue including this one which lined the back fence of the tennis court.
Use a hashtag at your event
Hello Hackworths and Natalie!
A big shout out to Sarah Jane and her husband Ken for making the midsummer pole. It turned out so well! And we used fabric from Michael Miller to create the ribbons. Thanks to Carli Randolf for sewing them!
Dancing around the maypole
Rachel of Darlybird, above, and her mother Laura of the adorable fabric and knitting shop Harmony in downtown Provo provided earrings for all the guests in the swag bags and adorable lavender sachets.
lavender sachet
Red Rock Hot Club

Hire an awesome band

To do #17: Hire an awesome band! When you can, hire a band! We searched high and low to find a French gypsy jazz band. Turns out, most were in France! But we ended up getting the best of the best with Red Rock Hot Club. I felt like we were in the movie Chocolat and Johnny Depp was playing for us.

Involve Local artists

To do #18: Involve local artists. It just so happened to work out that a couple of local artists were able to provide some artwork to be put on display like Jann Marie and Kev Nemelka.
Jann Marie Studio
Blickenstaffs was one of our generous sponsors. They created a sweet experience where you could write notes and stick them in bottles and they’ll be sent out to sea.

Get help!

To do #19: Get help! Though it’s #19 on the list, it should really be #1. Do yourself a favor and when people ask if they can help, say yes! All of these people above played an instrumental role in helping out with the event. They contributed countless hours in making this event possible and I am so so grateful. I’m especially grateful for these two below, Brynn and Kelly, who spear headed the efforts. They worked with my indecisiveness and last minute calls for Home Depot runs. They kept us on track and organized when I was going nuts. Thank you so much.

And last, but not least, these lovely ladies who have been a source of sound advice and strength in recent months. I moved here a year ago and feel so lucky to have such wonderful people by my side. I’ll be talking more about them in the next post.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Lizy’s Lilies for the florals
Ramblin Rose Cafe for the food
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly Bird, atly, Hello Maypole