A pancake cake. I know, I know "but the calories, the sugar...", SNOOZE FEST! It's a PAN and it's a CAKE! A pancake cake! And it's delicious, which these days is my hashtag 1 requirement. Can you imagine anything more scrumptious to arrive to than a pancake cake surprise awaiting the birthday boy/girl?
I came upon the work of Melbourne-based artist Louise Saxton on Pinterest awhile back and I stopped dead in my tracks. I don't know if you can tell the scale of these works but it consists of hand embroidery and other found objects from around the house. Aren't they exquisite?
Heart Garden, made of reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulle Major Tom 2010, made of reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulle Weep, 2009 Last Gasp, made of reclaimed needlework, lace pins, nylon tulle
You guys loved the birthday cake chandelier. Hooray! Well, continuing on the Lars birthday celebration, here's another for you, a birthday candle crown. Your birthday is no longer complete without it, right? Ashley nailed it again with this fun crown that your special birthday friend will love.
This week the Internet was all abuzz with talk of Merrilee Liddiard's new kid's craft book, Playful, that I styled with Meta Coleman and photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat. And thanks to you, it's #1 in paper crafts, puppetry, and toys! Above is one of the scenes of the cardboard rowhouse scene. Isn't it dreamy?! Wahoo! Is it conceited to give it away as gifts for baby showers? Because I kind of want everyone to see it! Order your own copy (on sale!) here.
This week we also made the raddest stop motion video and I can't wait to share it with you soon. Don't you love teasers?!
Merrilee has become a good friend since making it last year and I'm so proud of her and excited to see where this takes her. Her work is impeccable. She has a true love of crafting for kids and this book is evidence of that with the clever and simple projects she created that are perfect for a rainy day. Her work as a professional illustrator is sprinkled throughout the book with darling illustrations here and there.
This was a true collaboration in every sense of the word. I was brought on as the wardrobe stylist and Meta did the props but we worked hand in hand and relied on each other for opinions and back up. The world of kids is one I never thought I would enter pre having kids but I've loved getting to know the world a bit better. I mean, how can you know when it turns out like this?! I found so many wonderful clothing companies that I wish I could keep for my own kids some day.
I think we created a book that captures what it's like to be a child. There's color and whimsy and cute details.
This is one of my favorite scenes with the Brooklyn row houses. We initially tried to get it as the cover of the book, but then there turned out to be so many other favorites.
Could you die over these sweet little girls? Merrilee shows how to make these adorable wooden face necklaces and we matched the hair. And the adorable clothing from Wunway Kids was perfection. Wunway became a go-to source for much of the book because they nail their style. Meta knocked it out of the park with the stacked books.
These little lovebirds genuinely love each other. Aren't they the sweetest?! I had Merrilee draw on some bird details onto her tights to reflect the cardboard bird costume.
This one might be my favorite. Of course, I say that to all of them though. The party scene was so much fun to create. Meta opened up her home for much of the shoot and this one was in her little girl's room with the amazing chalkboard wall. I love the drama created with the blackboard. It was a wonderful way to show off the cardboard tiger pinata. And, this was also the birth of the famous balloon arch. I knew I wanted to do some type of installation with balloons and I gathered a whole lot to go crazy with it. I hadn't yet perfected the technique so by the time it was ready to shoot much of the balloons were gone--they hadn't stuck to the wall or to each other. But at least a few of them stayed and it was just enough to create a festive look. And I love all the bright clothing with shops like Wolf and Rita, Zara, Wunway, gorgeous leather shoes from Nathalie Verlinden, and some of Meta's vintage pieces.
This bird pattern from Wolf and Rita is one of my all-time favorites!
Ohmyword. The kids in this scene are too much (especially little Nohea, second from right!). We used Goat Milk's awesome white basics to create this puppet parade scene as well as some adorable wellies from Polarn O. Pyret.
And if you don't think that's magical enough, take a look at the trailer for the book done by Jenner Brown and styled by Meta Coleman and Merrilee Liddiard.
Are you dying?!
But these are just a few of the images from the book. You'll need to run and grab it for yourself! Playful is now available at book stores near you or you can get a copy on Amazon here (and it's on sale!!!).
I thought you might like some sources on where I got the clothing so here you go:
It was this time 6 years ago that I started The House that Lars Built for a residential design class for graduate school. I used my new blog as a place to put my homework assignments and my ode to Trader Joes* and other frivolous yet totally important stuff. It continued that way for a couple of years until our wedding was released online and people started to ask how we made the decor from it, like the big paper flowers. Soon I was getting asked to contribute DIYs to different websites and all of a sudden, without realizing it, Lars became a DIY site. Though it's only been a couple of years that I found the DIY focus on Lars, it's been SIX years since I started it for class and that deserves a celebration, non?
To kick off the birthday festivities Ashley made a birthday cake chandelier that would be perfect to create as an heirloom piece and bring it out for each holiday. She took the traditional tiered chandelier, flipped it upside down, added some birthday candles, and voila! Let's get to it shall we?
Whenever I see cork in the craft store I always think that there's gotta be something awesome to make with it. I have yet to experiment with it but I found other people making rad projects out of it. Here are some of my favorite.
Is everyone back in school now? We thought we'd brighten up your bak-2-skool gloom with a rad playlist from Kev. It's all about insecurities, secret crushes (including one of my all time favorites from Feist), and young party life. I've been listening to it all day and I'm anxious and excited and ready to party all at once.
Take a listen here or play the Spotify Playlist below. And take a look at all the photos after the jump.
No, I haven't been keeping a secret from you. I don't have a long lost daughter but after this shoot I thought about stealing her. Isn't she precious?!
I've been spotting all these mommy bloggers writing reviews about Kiwi Crate and I never thought I'd get asked to write one because I don't have kids. Little did they know that I'm the neighborhood craft hangout! I get kids dropping by all the time to come and craft with me and I have to say it's the highlight of my week. It's probably the highlight of theirs too to see an adult who doesn't put their "toys" away. My house is a crafty mess 95% of the time. SO, you can imagine I was thrilled when Kiwi Crate asked me to review their craft kits. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have something ready to go the next time they stopped by.
Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like music, color, robots, and safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together especially at the start of a new school year. They make it super easy for parents to provide meaningful experiences for their children without running around trying to find all the materials. It comes in a cute green box with everything you need to make it. It's much cheaper than buying the materials yourself. Each monthly crate includes all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 hands-on projects including a 16 page magazine with additional activities, delivered straight to your door.
They are announcing today 4 new brands including their Koala, Tinker, and Doodle crates. the Koala is aimed at 3-4 year olds and aids in developmental processes. The Tinker is aimed at kids 9-14 and is focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. The Doodle is aimed at girls ages 9-16 and is focused on rad DIY projects like friendship bracelets, candles, and pouches.
9 year old Swayzie and her sister Eliza, 2, were kind enough to join me in making some finger puppet farm animals last week and we had a ball. The kits were great for the age gap though Eliza's animals were a bit more, ummm, mutant with either one eye ball or none or 5.
Look at those little hands! I die.
Swayzie was such a good older sister. She taught Eliza how to make the puppets. At one point Eliza gathered all of them together and said "best friends". Heart melt. Oh boy, if I'm gushing about other kids now just wait until I have kids of my own. Aghh!
Eliza's four eyed chicken.
Swayzie's puppets were perfectly normal with no mutations.
I've said it before and I say it again, the moment I am with child I will go full on mommy/craft blog. WARNING! But in the mean time, it was fun playing a mommy for a day. Thanks for indulging me! And do consider signing up. As a future working mommy I think it would be the best time saver.
Ever reach that point where you just need to sit and do nothing? That's me this week. Only I'm still waiting to sit down. I have some fun projects in the works that I can't wait to show you one day. One day...meaning, it's coming but I can't show you yet. I know. I'm a tease.
This photo above is from my instagram (@houselarsbuilt). Chat Books hooked me up with my Instagram photos in printed form. At first I thought it would be silly to see all my pictures in print (what's the point of having them digital, right?) but many of them are from our time in Copenhagen so I'm loving the memories they trigger in tangible form. Chat Books is giving everyone the chance to print their pictures for free when you enter BRITNY at checkout. You have to order at least 3 books and then you'll get your first one free. It's pretty fun especially if you use Instagram as your scrapbook. Just download the app to get started and they make it really easy to pick your photos.
As you might remember, I’ve been struggling to find the perfect shade of pink to paint the walls of
our house. In fact, I currently have a wall of paint swatches waiting to be
painted solid. For some reason I’m super wary of making the wrong decision
because I don’t like investing time and money into something that I may change depending on my mood.
I take every home renovation idea seriously including paint colors.
However, I finally
found inspiration for the perfect shade of pink with a tea towel I’ve been
saving for awhile but the problem was, how do I translate that into the perfect
LUCKILY, Valspar stepped in at the right time and introduced
me to their new line of paint + primer in one , Valspar Reserve. It features HydroChroma Technology which offers exceptional color matching
and super-strength pigments. It gave me the confidence to find the perfect
shade. With over 3,000 color options they gave me plenty to work with.
I finally have the perfect shade so which one did I choose?
Watch the video!
It’s called Valspar Snow Pa and I can’t wait to show you
what I’m doing with my place and how it works in my basement apartment. Stay
tuned for the full reveal soon!