DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 3 Dec 2018

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro Ornaments

This time of year it’s a good idea to always have small gifts on hand. Tis’ the season for giving and that can often be overwhelming and pricey. Which is why these Printable Retro Ornaments are the perfect solution! I’m in love with a decor with a bit more jazz to them, so we designed some paper ones that look adorable printed off and cut out! We embellished ours up with jingle bells, tassels, and wooden beads. You can even include a lip balm in the center for an extra gift! These ornaments look beautiful on the tree, adorable on a door handle, or even as a gift topper.

Let’s take a look at how to make them!

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Design + Life / Friday, 30 Nov 2018

December 2018 Desktop and phone wallpapers

Not a creature was stirring, not even a….MOUSE! Tis the season for an adorable mouse dressed in florals to sit atop your technology all in the name of the HOLIDAYS! Set this adorable critter as your desktop calendar/wallpaper or for your phone and let the spirit of the season take over, much like the mouse infestation that’s currently our work studio. Enjoy! 

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 29 Nov 2018

Paper Holiday Greenery Gift Toppers

Paper Holiday Greenery

Chances are you’ll wrap more presents this month than you have this whole year! The House That Lars Built is here to make sure those gifts are in tip-top shape before tucked under the tree. Wrapping a gift is a part of what makes a gift special. It shows that you spent a little extra time on someone. And we all know that time equals love!

We took brown paper packages tied up with string and added a little something extra. I love the idea of topping presents with fresh greenery, but decided paper was a better route since it’s cheaper and I already have it on hand. I used ASTROBRIGHTSⓇ paper to create all the seasonal toppers and tied them on with some red and white baker’s twine. Read on →

christmas + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

Head to Toe Swedish Christmas with Cricut

The Christmas season has arrived and everyone on the Lars team is putting up their tree! It’s always difficult determining how I want to decorate my tree each year: classic red and greens, all white, lovely pastels? However, changing your holiday decor each year can get a bit pricey… but not when it’s done with paper! This year we partnered up with Cricut to create a Head to Toe Swedish Christmas made entirely out of paper! That’s right, ornaments, garlands, tree topper, and gift tags that you can cut out with your Cricut machine and be done in a jiffy! We were inspired by traditional Swedish Christmas decor; Straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars, all turned into paper versions. So DIY your holiday this year and tap into the Christmas spirit.

Get the templates to make your own!

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

November Book Club Art

November Book Club ArtReaders!! How have you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? So many of you said you’d read it, and would read it again! Have you read the book and seen the movie (and which did you like better)? This book truly strikes a chord with so many of us, whether we relate to the book’s themes of loss, love, or uniting with others in the face of something dark and terrible. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows included some superb questions in the back of their book (really, they’ve touched on everything!), but here are some others we’d like to ask you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on Instagram @larsbookclub! This month’s fantastic artwork was illustrated by Emma Block and will have you dreaming of a cozy night in!

November Book Club Art

Discussion Questions

1. How did the book’s format of letters and telegrams influence the story? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

2. The book was filled with fabulous characters. Which one did you relate to the most? How were Dawsey and Markham V. Reynolds different, and what kind of influence did they have on Juliet?

3. How has a book or book club helped you make lasting personal connections? Do you think books really can find their way to you at just the time you need it?

November Book Club Art

Download the Book Print and Bookmark Here!

November Book Club Art

If you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you might like:

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (a 2016 book club pick!)

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan

 

Photography by Jane Merritt  |  Artwork by Emma Block