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DIY + Projects + valentine's day / Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014

Make a woven Danish heart pouch

danish heart instructions
dansk hjerte
Christmas in Denmark is symbolized with a heart. It’s quite common to spend the Christmas season making woven hearts out of paper and hang them everywhere–on a Christmas tree, on garlands, on postal stamps. They’re really sweet. Here in America we don’t use the heart for Christmas, but as you know from all of my projects within the last week, Valentine’s Day. SO, I morphed the Danish Christmas heart into something a bit different–a leather pouch. Because I love making things practical in addition to cute.
Materials: leather scraps (you can get some from Amazon), small Velcro circles, scissors, heart template (download here), pen
Step 1: Cut out the template and trace it onto your scrap of leather.
Step 2: Cut out the leather.
Step 3: Fold the leather strip in half and crease.
Step 4: Weave together by starting with the first little strips on either color and placing it outside of the other.
Step 5: Move onto the second strip and place it under.
Step 6: Move to the last and bring it out again.
Step 7: Now start with the next strip and repeat the process but do the opposite pattern of the first strip.
Step 8: Repeat to the last strip and do the same pattern as the first strip.
Step 9: Turn the finished heart into a pouch by placing the adhesive velcro circles onto the inside of the pouch on either side.
instructions for Danish heart
danish hearts out of leather
pouch leather heart
I had made a few hearts and then realized that I could use them at a Valentine exchange that I attended over the weekend. I figured I needed to do something a little extra to them so I added in an arrow to complete the package.
I made the arrow out of a bamboo skewer and black paper (see more instructions here).
valentine heart
valentine's day idea
photography by Trisha Zemp

DIY + Projects + valentine's day + video / Monday, 10 Feb 2014

3D Leather heart pins

3D leather heart tutorial
If you hate Valentine’s Day, I apologize in advance of this whole week–it’s gonna be heart-centric. But let me clarify that I’m not about the lovey dovey mushy Valentine’s with long stemmed roses and and baby’s breath. I’m all about the happy, friendly, let’s-show-people-they-are-loved Valentine’s. And who doesn’t want that?! These projects are intended for a bit of friendly happiness.

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giveaway + Life + Style / Saturday, 8 Feb 2014

Tie giveaway

I’ve talked about QP Collections before (here and here) and now I’m pleased to do a giveaway with them just in time for Valentine’s Day. Because who has a gift for their guy yet??? (don’t answer). QP does THE BEST ties for guys. I’m talking lovely florals…ok your guy doesn’t do florals? You’re not along. They have madras, linens, and a Santa Fe line that I’m dying over.

To enter:
1. “Like” The House That Lars Built on Facebook or Instagram @houselarsbuilt and sign up for QP Collections newsletter (sign up at bottom of home page).
2. Leave a comment telling how you’ve entered and which tie you would choose if you’re the winner.
2. Last day to enter is Monday (so it can arrive by Valentine’s Day).

AND, he’s offering 15% off to everyone. Use the code LARSBUILT15 at checkout.

Good luck!

Style + This Girl / Friday, 7 Feb 2014

This Girl

rosie assoulin pink
Charleston exterior in pink with swirling topiaries
baby pink minimal Scandinavian interior

This Girl gears up for Valentine’s Day in delicate blossom pink.


alt summit + collaborations + flowers + Projects / Thursday, 30 Jan 2014

Hand-lettered floral hanky collaboration

I’ve admired the calligraphy of Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You for awhile now and I was thrilled to work on this handkerchief with her for the Secret Garden party we threw at Alt Summit (along with Alix of A Ruffle Life and Erin of Candy Kirby Designs), the annual blogger’s conference in SLC (more deets to come on that). I created two floral designs and she added in her beautiful lettering and Spoonflower, the design-it-yourself-we-print-it company, generously sponsored the printing of 200 hankies as our takeaway at the party. They were gone in about 15 minutes. Yikes!

Isn’t her lettering dreamy? She is even offering a Valentine’s calligraphy workshop in SLC soon and teaches online. Check here for more deets.

ALSO, if you’re in Utah, there’s a network night for creatives in SLC tonight from 7-10 at Charcoal Loft Studio on 435 W 400 S, Suite 200. You should come! Check here for more deets.

The beautiful, crisp white photos are from and the yellowy one is mine.