Friday, November 21, 2014

This Girl

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DIY room to room: Botanicals


Did you know that you can find some of the loveliest botanical artwork in the world FOR FREE on the Internet. Just a simple "free botanical artwork" search and you'll come across hundreds of royalty free work. This is what I'm going to do to my house. Can't wait to pick some out! In the mean time, here are a couple of beautiful choices along with DIYs.

FREE Botanical artwork from Poppytalk
Framed botanical artwork (free) from Honey and Fitz
DIY Vintage inspired botanical hanging poster (like the one I've been dying to get from The Revolution Store) from A Merry Thought

See more DIY ideas here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3 pie crust decorating ideas

Give Thanks and Eat Pie pie stencil. Available with Cricut ready file.
You know food is not my specialty...but decorating food is something I can totally get behind. So, we did what we do best and painted the town Matisse, stenciled some sugar, and dotted some pies to make some fun and memorable pies perfect for Thanksgiving. 

Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse's cut outs at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn't go to the Tate in London). I was inspired so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course. 

The Matisse pie crust
Matisse inspired pie crust idea.
 The polka dot pie crust.
Dot pie crust.
See below for the full tutorials.

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lars Holiday Gift Guide: Kate Middleton

The holidays are in full swing here at Lars—I’ve been listening to Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas on repeat!  Something’s got to get us through this cold! I’ve been doing better at preparing more in advance so the shopping and decorating aren’t as last minute as they usually are so I thought I’d prepare some holiday gift guides for you to help you find some awesome gifts for your loved ones. I’m kicking it off a gift guide inspired by Kate Middleton…because we all have a bit of duchess in us, non?!

When I think of Kate I think classic yet fresh, luxurious yet restrained, and of course globs of jewels! Here are some of my favorite items:

  1. Some lovely blush-tone earrings that would go everything--from Christmas to fancy to fun casual.
  2. A white winter hat to keep those ears warm and dressed up.
  3. A fancy planner because every royal needs to keep a calendar.
  4. A bejeweled golden clutch that goes with just about anything.
  5. A coordinating crystal necklace, which dresses up the simplest of forms.
  6. A cozy faux fur blanket for the crisp nights.
  7. Cozy metallic flats to get you around town comfortably—we don’t all have drivers.
  8. A colorful red faceted ring.
  9. An intricate bib necklace for a holiday party.
  10. An embellished jeweled dress (and reaches the knees, just like the Queen requested ;)


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Day hat tradition

Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this pumpkin pie hat.
I was talking with my girl Hillary and she mentioned that in her family they recently started a tradition of making hats the day of Thanksgiving. As you might guess, I was all ears. Hats + holidays = I'm all about it. Not only that, but they draw names and make a hat FOR another person and have to wear it the day of Thanksgiving. Genius! Think of the possibilities with this! Well, we decided that everybody needs to adopt this tradition so we came up with a few ideas of our own. Of course, they are meant to be ridiculous. Think of Aunt Edna sporting a candy cornucopia at the dinner table!

Above, pumpkin pie hat. Below, candy cornucopia.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this candy cornucopia fascinator.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this turkey hat.
Above, Brown paper turkey hat. Below, popcorn ball fascinator. Bottom image, pinecone hat.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this popcorn ball fascinator.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this pinecone crown.
See step by step tutorials below.

Photography by Cassidy Tuttle 
Crafting by Hillary Gallip, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Brittany Jepsen