Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homemade herb firestarter

Greetings from Vancouver! This city is stealing my heart. I taught a paper flower workshop at the new studio/shop of Poppytalk and I'll be teaching another tomorrow (psst: there's still a couple of spots left! Sign up here).

Continuing on our glamping series, every glampsite needs a bon fire and every bon fire starts with herbs, right? Right! Kandyce of Ramblin Rose came up with his homemade herb starter, aka is nature's perfume. Trust me, you'll want in on this.

Materials: kindling, mint, lavender, twine (mint and lavender are natural bug repellents, FY!)

Step 1: Take a little of each herb and kindling and wrap with twine.

We've had a good time craft glamping. Check out some of our other crafts!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Blogger Handbook is now open & giveaway!

Glee! I've been feverishly working to put the final touches on the DIY Blogger Handbook, an online class with the new platform Atly, and it's now ready! 

I'm super thrilled about the new class as it's something I wish I would have had when I was starting out as a DIY blogger. I've learned so much along the way. In the class, I detail everything you should think about when starting out or as you're looking to improve the content of your tutorial-based blog. The class gives you the option to upgrade to "Instructor feedback" so that you can submit the deliverables to me in order to receive the best feedback and improve the quality of your work. I even hold interviews with some of the best DIY bloggers out there like Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day. There's even a section on DIY photography as taught by Trisha Zemp, the photographer who I've been working with over the past year. 

Atly is a brand new platform and has invested a lot into make the user and teacher experience a good one. It is so so easy to use and from the instructor side it's been pretty fluid (pssst: if you're looking to teach, I'd certainly look into Atly). Plus, Adam, the president of the company, and everyone else at the company has been super helpful and supportive as I've gone through the process. I've researched a lot of platforms to take this class to and ultimately I went with Atly because I feel like they are taking all the right steps to making this the best experience for learning. I used Skillshare for my Paper Flower Class, and that was a great platform for my crafts, and now I've selected Atly as the host of this new class (and possibly more, stay tuned!)
I'm joining a host of other new classes with awesome teachers and classes like
Take a look at the promo video to learn a bit more about what you'll be learning in the class and to sense my ultra enthusiasm about the class (yikes! I get a little too excited!).

AND, to kick off the class, I'm doing a giveaway for two people to take the class here, one opportunity here on the blog and the other on Instagram. You may enter in both places. To enter here on the blog:

2. Share this new class on the social media platform of your choice (can be your personal Facebook page)
3. Leave a comment here on the blogging telling me that you've entered and how you've shared the new class and why you want to take the class.

The giveaway will end one week from today on Monday, August 25th and a winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26th. 

I truly believe this class will help you create and improve the  content of your work. If you know someone who you think could benefit from it, please share the love! I mention on the class that I don't think it's a competition, but a supportive community in which we can all raise the standard of work on the Internet. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shadow puppets & Cricut template

Guys, I don't care if I'm not 10, I'm shadow puppeting! At our glamp site we totally got into the puppet spirit with this adorable animals that you can print and tell stories with. Personally, I find everything more inspiring against a pink background. I just might be painting my walls pink soon. Maybe! 
There are two ways to make this project:

  1. Free Cricut files
  2. Free PDF printable that you can download and cut out yourself
Materials: black paper, craft knife or Cricut machine, bamboo skewer or stick, Cricut file download (click here), PDF download, tape or glue

For Cricut: 
Step 1: Upload the file onto your Cricut
Step 2: Attach the skewer to the back of the puppet with glue or tape.

Step 1: Print out the PDFs.
Step 2: Cut out the page with your scissors or craft knife.
Step 3: Trace the figures onto your black paper and cut out.


Step 2: Put the PDF onto your black paper and cut out the two at the same time.

All you need is a flash light and darkness and a sheet and you're good to go! Happy puppeting! 

We've had a good time craft glamping. Check out some of our other crafts!

photography by Trisha Zemp 
shadow puppet illustrations by Victoria Riza Illustration
hair/make up by Jessie Mcarthur 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Color rock dominoes

As many of you head back to school this week, we're still glamping! There's still time to fit it into the summer, right? Well, these color rock dominoes would be good for any time of the year. I thought the color idea was a nice alternative to painting little dots onto the domino, and much more bold.
Materials: You will need 6 colors of acrylic paint, brush, 28 flat rocks

Step 1: Leave one of the dominoes blank. This will be the double blank domino. 

Step 2: For the rest of the "blanks," leave one half of each domino blank and color the other half of that side of the domino with one of each colors. Once you use a domino in a particular suit, you will not use that color again in that suit. For instance, once you make the "blank-mint" domino, you will not use another mint with the "blanks" suit.

Step 3: Repeat this process with the rest of the suits. Avoid replicating any of the dominoes. Take a look at the picture above to see the complete set of domino colors and how to paint them.

And check out our other crafty glamping projects:

photography by Trisha Zemp (in studio) and Sheena Bates (environment)
styling by Brittany Jepsen
assisting crafting by Eleanor Mika, Ashley Isenhour, Kelly Curtis 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sneak peek

I have some exciting news! I've designed 3 collections of dinnerware for a brand new company, Twig New York. Squeals! You know I love dinnerware! They're letting me sneak peek a photo just in time for NYNOW, the gift fair in NYC, which starts this Sunday the 17th. The show is open to buyers and press only so the products aren't available just yet, but once they are you will certainly know about it!

If you are part of the trade, go check out the new collections of Twig New York at booth 3148. They have collections with a few designers including one of my favorites, Molly Hatch.

Have a happy weekend!

This Girl

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY camp chair cover

The week of glamping continues! You're never full dressed without a cute camp chair coverlet at a campfire, amiright? These ones are floral and geometric all rolled into one. Check out the full tutorial below to customize your folding chairs.
photography by Trisha Zemp
crafting by Carli Randolf
Designed by Victoria Riza 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY room to room: framing

Over the weekend I found some really beautiful frames from a consignment store. Though I'm thrilled with my new purchases, I was reminded at how expensive it is to find really great frames--and mine were even rather cheap. I mean, you have a piece of art, which is already most likely pricey, and THEN you must find something amazing to show it off in. As I was looking around the interwebs I found a few DIY solutions that are fun and won't break the bank and you can make yourself. Score!

DIY art frame with washi tape by Design*Sponge
DIY art frame wall hanger by The Lovely Drawer
DIY giant art frame by Yellow Brick Home

See more DIY projects for the home here

Homemade heart marshmallows

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Floral campfire mandala

If you're just joining us here on Lars, glamping is the name of the game for the next little while (and check out our crafty treehouse video for even more glimpses of what's in store!). Of course, when we glamp, we do so with tons of fresh flowers as we soak in the mountain air. Kandyce of Ramblin Rose Cafe came up with this sweet floral mandala to circle the campsite. It's like she knows I like flowers or something...

To make this floral mandala

To make it nice and easy, she got the flowers from the grocery store (eucalyptus, spray roses in white and pink, delphinium). First we circled the pit with bunches of the eucalyptus, next we chopped off the heads of the flowers with flower cutters then arranged them around the pit.

We even added some into the logs circling the pit. Because we are so fancy.

Photography by Trisha Zemp
florals by Kandyce Carroll of Ramblin Rose Cafe