Though I'm new to Utah, I had definitely caught wind of the Beehive Bazaar, a market for local artists and crafters. I was super flattered when they asked me to participate so I'll be showing some huge paper flowers and baby paper flowers this weekend, Friday and Saturday at The Riverwoods (the old Gap space). See you there? For more info, check out their Facebook page.
If you haven't noticed, I've been on a paper flower workshop extravaganza recently. It started with the SLC Pop-up Shop, then when I found out I was going to NYC and DC I connected up with some people who helped to make it happen there too. Then, last week when I returned home to Utah, I gave two more. Overall, I've given 6 within 2 weeks. And I love it! I'll give a couple more recaps in the next week or so but first, the Anthropologie workshop at the SLC shop. I was flattered to be asked to lead a workshop for their Mother's Day series taking place all around the nation and paper flowers were the perfect fit.
Look at everyone who came. I saw some old friends (like Aly and Tanei) but mostly new friends like Aubry from Hello Maypole, Nassari, Jessie and her mom (so cute), Amanda James, Chelsea James, Jen, Tiffanie, and more. Thanks everyone for coming! And thank you to the managers at Anthro who were so kind and helpful, as well as the ladies at headquarters, Kelly and Laura.
Do you see the very distinguished lady with the yellow bag? She should have TAUGHT the class. She made 2 in the amount that people made one AND she totally showed me up.
For some reason I didn't get a picture of the full spread of treats from Eva's bakery in SLC (which I hear has a lovely storefront too), but, they were delicious! Being out of the country for a few years you tend to miss all the cutesy food trends like cake pops and striped paper straws so I more than made up for them that night.
Then, Jen Eliason and Tiffanie were kind enough to do an impromptu photo sesh with everyone's flowers and an Anthro apron. Thank you Jen and Tiffanie!
If you want to see more pictures from the event, take a look at the hastag #anthroevents on Instagram and more pictures on Anthro's Facebook wall today.
Here's the deal (or "dill" as some Utahns like to say): Last year I attended the blogger's conference in Berlin, The Hive. As I recall, the hem of my vintage dress was unraveling and I was overjoyed when I found a sewing kit in the bathroom. Someone was thinking ahead! Because I love nothing better than multitasking, I decided to take the kit with me and sew it while I was listening to the speakers. I'm classy like that. Well, that turned into me putting it in my bag, which turned into me taking it home that night. Which then turned into me taking it home with me to Copenhagen. Nice, Brit. Well, needless to say, I felt horrible. I told the organizers of the shindig and they said something along the lines of how we should make a new one and pass it down each year. Like a spirit stick at summer camp. I was all about that. So, here it is! You can even download your own sewing kit, but don't worry, it won't have the same confessional on it.
Supplies: sewing box (I found one that's magnetic so the pins stay, perfect for traveling! Get it from Amazon here), muslin bag 8x5" (from here), travel scissors, mini sewing kit with needles and thread, measuring tape, safety pins, big safety pin, patches, hem tape, templates, iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics (from Amazon here), sticker printer paper (from Amazon here)
Step 1: Print out your templates. The Inside template goes on the box and you can print that on sticker paper (see supplies list above for recommendation). The outside template goes on the muslin bag and can be printed on an ink-jet printer.
Step 2: Trace the paper to the size of the box and cut it out.
Step 3: Stick it onto the box.
Step 4: Insert your materials into the kit. The metal objects will stick to the magnet for easy transport.
Step 5: Follow the directions on the package for the iron on transfer. My tip: Make sure you don't hold the iron on too long like me and burn it a bit. And cut completely around the parts of the text.
I hope someone has a need for it this year at The Hive. Wish I could join you, ladies! Have a wonderful time!
I'm back from the East Coast and now I've had a bit of time to detox now and enjoy the Utah spring. It's GORGEOUS! The cherry blossom stage is done here, but the lilacs are in full bloom and you know I love me some lilacs (my ode to Danish lilacs should make me embarrassed, but I'm shameless) Thanks to our unknowingly generous next door neighbors, I snagged some lilacs for every room in our house. Oopsies. As much as I love seeing flowers in their natural state, I think it's such a shame not to enjoy it inside too, so...call me a thief with no shame. I know lilacs are donzo in California but maybe they're still going at it where you are? Take advantage of them. Snag some! Here are three ways to arrange them, no professional flower arranging skills needed.
1. Lilacs arranged in one big vase. The beauty of lilacs is that they are clumpy so they naturally fall in a beautiful, full way. Mine is sitting on my table for all the smell and enjoy.
2. One lilac stem in a teeny tiny vase. I got this "vase", which is actually a battery jar from the original Thomas Edison company, from the local antique store. Isn't it adorable? I placed it on my owl side table, which you can't really see, but it's awesome and should make an appearance in the future.
3. Lilac clumps in a mug. I took off all the leaves from these lilacs and stuck them in my brand new mugs by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville. She paints them and sells these on her Etsy shop here.
He's too precious.
Supplies: To achieve this look, you'll want a collection of vases in various sizes. I love using jars, those battery jars I mentioned above, mugs, cans, pickle jars, peanut butter jars. I only own one real vase from Ikea. You'll also need flower cutters, lilacs, and floral tape if you really want to be fancy. I didn't use floral tape here because they worked out without it. The floral tape is to create a grid across the tops of the jars to make sure they even spread out.
To arrange the flowers: Start by criss-crossing the flowers and then inserting the subsequent stems at angles. This will help them keep their shape.
Easy squeezy. Do you have lilacs where you live? I don't ever remember seeing them in Orange County growing up so moving to DC where it grows like weeds, was a revelation.
I had a Kiwi reader send this over and of course I had to show it. It's Chantal Goya singing "La flamme et le feu" and according to my limited French that's the flame and the fire? or phlegm and the fool? Or something like that. It's amazing to me how trends repeat over and over. I mean, how many times have you seen these tissue flowers in store windows now?! I hear trends repeat themselves every 7 years or so. I'm hoping this oversized flower trend continues for awhile because it's just too good!
Haagen Dazs gifted me a trip to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point--it's like they KNOW me!--for my most recent Moment for Me. (If you're just joining us, I'll be doing a few of these Moments for Me in the next couple of moments. Feel free to create your own #hdmoment) I brought along my buddies Audrey, Griff, and Michele for a trip to the buds.
First off, I guess I was expecting, well, Holland, to my trip to the Tulip Festival. I came to find out that it really just means paths of tulips. Still beautiful. But not this. Just good to know in case you keep going around the bends of the path and think that you somehow missed it. You didn't.
Along with the tulips there were other goodies like the daffodils and kale. I love kale! Give me some of that electric purple any day!
We had to take this pic. Had to.
Here I am being all poetic with a line from Secret Garden at the Thanksgiving Point Secret Garden.
And here we are being all Three Stooges at that same Secret Garden.
Man, I'm loving these Moments for Me. Haagen Dazs is nailing it! Check out more Moments for Me here and start adding in your own!
Preface: I am a bit of a walking zombie from all this traveling so this will either be really cheeky or lacking in luster.
We all know I'm joking, right? Right? I got some flack from Al Roker, so I just want to be clear. For those of you just joining, I entered the Kentucky Derby hat contest on the Today Show and they flew the three finalists into NYC last week for the show to choose the winner.
Here's how it all went down. First up, I couldn't have asked for better weather in NYC. NYC, you treated me well. I had shipped my huge paper flower rose hat prior so it was there waiting for me when I arrived. Cute lil' thang. We got a glimpse of the prize the day before: a replica of the real Kentucky Derby trophy.
We stayed at a hotel across the street from Rockefellar Plaza so that early the next morning we could be ready for our big day. The other two ladies were so sweet. One was from Nashville and the other from Louisville, so as the lone Westerner, I felt a bit illegit. I mean, how do you compete with two Southerners? It should be illegal. That morning I arrived to the studio stripped of make-up so that they could make me over Ooompa Loompa style.
Oh oh! I must say that the night before, I raided Anthropologie right across the street for a more appropriate outfit for my TV debut. And I found a peter panned collar shirt with HORSES RACING on it. I mean, does it get any better?!
Behind the scenes, you watch the show live as it's being filmed. The guy from The Office was on it that day. Darryl. Craig Robinson to be exact. He made us clap for him when he arrived back in the studio from his interview. Well, of course I'll give you a round of applause!Your studio audience doesn't.
Was I nervous? Not until I got on the stage and had to stand--perfectly still--with the huge hat on my head. You see, I have a habit of fainting so this would have been one of the less preferred places to faint. McDonald's ball playground? Much preferred. Soon, June Ambrose, celebrity stylist, was the judge along with Al Roker. I muttered some nonsense, which you can watch above. One thing I wasn't allowed to mention? This here BLOG! Truly!
And then...drum roll please...... I won! Now, if you watch the clip, you'll hear the part about how the other contestant based her hat on her 7 friends and two of them are cancer survivors. Guys! There is no way I should have won this contest! I mean, give it to the cancer survivors for crying out loud! Well, now I have a huge carry-on to take with me. I'm thinking of turning it into a DIY project. But what????? Any ideas out there?
First thing, if you're reading this and you're in America and it's May 2nd at 9:15EST (or 10:15) turn it to NBC and watch yours truly vying to win the title of Best Hat on the Today Show Kentucky Derby contest. I guarantee an embarrassing flub with Al Roker.
Do you remember my fruit balloons? Well, I was at the darling shop Harmony on Center Street, Provo the other day (where I'm teaching a paper flower workshop on Saturday, May 11th. Sign up here), and I was eyeing the honeycomb tissue hearts hanging up and all of a sudden it struck me: those hearts are strawberries! So, I had to turn them all into fruits. Rachel from Darlybird was kind enough to provide the tissue balls and hearts. She's got a great assortment of colors and shapes and they're at such a great price. Wouldn't these be great fun for a spring event? Event or not, they'll be in my studio permanently starting now.
I won't do extensive directions with these because you can probably catch the drift, but I'll give a few pointers.
In January, we moved from Copenhagen, Denmark to the university town of Provo, Utah. Our new neighborhood is situated next to the football stadium, which hosts more professors and retired professors than students. The homes were mostly built in the 60s and many of the original owners still reside. We love it. You can imagine that this place is filled with people with stories to tell. Lots of stories.
I wanted to share these stories and MSN recently gave me the chance to do so. As you might know, MSN has launched some brand spankin new services and products that allow us to know things faster than ever before (4x faster than other sites). These days, it's both awesome and overwhelming how fast and accessible we can attain information, isn't it? I wanted to slow it down a bit here on Lars for a new series and celebrate those who capture the essence of what I think MSN is going for with their new "Know. Now" campaign, which includes three statements that I will be highlighting over the next three months. The first up is "consume culture" as reflected by the wondrous Fay Garfield, my jubilant neighbor.
Fay loves life. You can feel it. And she will tell you! Music consumed her life. At the age of 14 she was put behind a piano and asked to play along with members of her family of the Shepherd Orchestra, which played gigs throughout the area--oftentimes 3-5 a week. She learned to play by ear, a difficult skill to acquire, and one that carried her through a 30 year career in the orchestra. Later when she had children, she would play the piano while her daughters, Trina and Trish, sang. They participated and won many talent shows throughout the area. Her sons all played instruments as well and participated in the orchestra at various stages. Recently, she marched to the music department at BYU and asked to learn how to read music and they turned her away telling her that what she has is a gift and that they should be learning from her. We all can.
Eventually, Fay learned to play the concertina, a cousin instrument to the accordion, by practicing in a field near her Spanish Fork home so that her 8 siblings couldn't distract her. We were privileged enough to get a concert from Fay and let me tell you, she's still got it!
Don't think that Fay is a one-trick pony. She met her first husband, who owned a roller skating rink, when she was 19, and as a pair they roller skated professionally. Now, this isn't your typical roll-around-the-rink pair. These two were that couple who elaborately skated in the middle of the rink while you skated around in circles in awe. You remember that couple, right? When asked what type of costumes she would wear, she said, "skimpy ones".
I asked Fay if she had an regrets in life and she said, "I would say that I could be greater, but I'm pretty great". Here's a woman who is not afraid to celebrate a life well-lived, eh?! That doesn't mean that she didn't have her share of adversities. She just chose to rejoice in the positives.
Ashley and I had a ball getting to know Fay. Our timing was perfect too as the next day she was moving to Southern Utah to live closer to her kids. I'm a firm believer in that things happen for a reason and meeting Fay was in the stars.
Thank you to Fay's daughters, Trina and Trish, who were so great in making the arrangements.
Stay tuned for next month's installment.
This post was done in collaboration with the new, faster MSN that keeps you in the know. It has unparalleled speed and coverage, is perfect for touch, and is available on mobile. Experience it for yourself at MSN.com. Flowers by Sarah Winward Photography by Ashley Thalman