Life Love Larson: April 2011


Friday, April 29, 2011

Our Very Own "Princess Kate"

You might have heard about a little wedding that took place?

I think this lovely gal gives all Kate Elizabeth's a good name...

The Duchess of Cambridge. By Mike Marsland/WireImage.

Of course we think so because we have our very own
Kate Elizabeth...

And you better believe I have been telling her that she has the same name as the new princess (technically Duchess but she doesn't know the difference)!!! 

I know the Duchess' full name is Catherine Elizabeth with a C, but we like her as Kate Elizabeth with a K, much like our own little princess (or so she thinks, anyway :)!
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Front Door Wreath

Here is the latest wreath to adorn my front door.  I made this a few months back and busted it out a few weeks ago.  I have a very brown brick house, so a pop of color is a must for summer (well, I know it is technically still spring, but when it is 100 degrees, it feels like summer)!

I'm linking this up to the CSI project.  Go check out all the other wreaths and get inspired!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wine Cork Art

Kate and I did a little shopping today, and as usual, Anthropologie never disappoints.  I didn't buy anything, but just walking around the store gets me inspired!  I could transport every single piece of home decor, furniture, clothes and displays to my own home and be very happy.  A girl can dream!

I was instantly drawn to two displays in the store and as I approached them, both were made out of wine corks.  So, I did what any normal, middle of the day shopper does, I busted out my camera!  I very recently had a friend ask what she should do with all of the wine corks she has collected over the years, so Liza, this one's for you!

How cool is this?  Simple and appears to be fairly easily put together - wine corks glued together in a giant pattern (but what I don't know is how it is adhered to the wall).  They also painted the ends of the cork that are facing out white.  Looks good against that great denim wall color. 

Here is another similar pattern. What a great personal touch in the home of a wine lover.   I guess my hubby and I need to start putting back the wine so I can create one of these! 

While I was at it, I took a few more inspiring pics.  How impressive is the wine cork planter?  Yes, those are plants you see amidst that giant cork ball.  What an impact!

Colorful wall art...

How cute is this bench/coffee table?  Looks so "homemadeish" and cozy!

They also had some great knobs, books, and bowls on sale, but I saw those before I knew I had my camera in my bag!  :)
Sunday, April 24, 2011

DIY: State Silhouettes

We move a lot.  By a lot, I mean 5 states/moves in almost 8 years of marriage!  We have come to embrace our moves and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and explore new places.  We never expected that this is where our life path would lead, but I am so grateful that it has.   You learn a lot about yourself and a lot about each other when you have to rebuild a new life every few years!

I knew when we moved into this home in Texas that I wanted to create something to celebrate all of our moves.  I thought about getting a map of every city to frame, and then I got lazy and didn't want to track down the maps.  So, here is what I came up with...

State Silhouettes

This project was simple, inexpensive, and quick.  It packs a punch because of the colorful scrapbook paper against the black silhouettes.

I started out by finding five frames.  I used three that I already had, and purchased two at Goodwill for $1.99 each. 

 I painted them all out in an off white paint (free sample paint I received  from Valspar).  I painted two coats and then distressed the edges and corners.

I then googled "____ State Silhouette" and several images come up.  Simply print one out on regular paper, cut it out, trace that image onto cardstock, and cut it out again.  Repeat with all of your states or images. 

Tip:  Make sure to trace your image upside down, so the pen doesn't show on the side that will eventually face out.

I picked out 5 different patterns of scrapbook paper that would fit in my home, inserted them into the frames, and taped the silhouettes to the top.  I added some picture hangers to the back and voila!

I decided to put them in my newly painted kitchen to add a little pop of color (not in order of moves though-too predictable) and I thought they would be a good conversation piece.  They definitely turned out to be as I hosted a get together recently, and they were the first thing people commented on! 

Cost breakdown for all five prints: 
Scrapbook paper:  $1.65
Frames: $4.00
Cardstock:  $1.20
Paint:  Free
Total:  $6.85

These state silhouettes aren't for everyone, but you could easily change the silhouette to something important to you!

Linking up with:
Tip Junkie handmade projects
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Cute Print

I love framed prints.  Such a good filler for a gallery wall or to stand alone to make a bold statement. 

I have a few in my house that I have posted about here.  I also saw this post on Three Men and A Lady and emailed Michelle (the blogger) to get a free copy of this...

I love how she framed this simple print in a fun, bold colored frame.  This will be going in my kid's bathroom!  Just need to find the time to print it off and get it done! 


SA celebrates Fiesta every spring to honor the memory of the battles of The Alamo and San Jacinto.  It is a 10 day festival full of parades, parties, and activities.  Boy, does this town know how to celebrate!  We were lucky enough to attend the Cavalier River Parade on the Riverwalk with a pre-party at the hotel located on the river.  We noshed on delicious food, drank a few drinks, had front row seats at the parade, and had well behaved children.  This entire combination made for one great night out in SA!

It was windy, but beautiful!

Of course, I was checking out the decor at the party.  I really wanted to bring eight of these home with me for my dining room table that doesn't exist yet!

Gorgeous paper topiaries lined the patio-loving the bold colors of Fiesta

Enjoying a night out, even if our kids were with us!!  :)

Look at this fab dessert

Eva Longoria was the Grand Marshall of the parade-she is stunning!

Both of the kids had a blast and we can't wait to celebrate again next year!

Drew also had a Fiesta parade at preschool.  The older kids decorated their bikes, scooters, and strollers and the younger kids made shakers and hats to walk in the parade.

My little cheeseball was so excited to see us waving at him!

I think this picture is demonstrating how badly kate wishes she was in preschool too!

Drew and one of his best buddies

Who doesn't love a Fiesta?????
Sunday, April 10, 2011

DIY: Jewelry Holder

I spotted an old, distressed window frame a few months back and knew it had to come home with me.  I turned it into a jewelry/earring holder and it is now something I use every single day.

Here is the original window frame that caught my eye...

I added chicken wire to the back of the frame using a staple gun.  I then added wire picture hanger to the back in order for it to hang on the wall.

I simply hang the earrings from the chicken wire. You could also use opened up paper clips to hang necklaces.  I can't fit everything, but I hang my most favorite pieces for convenience and a little color!

I never realized how nice it would be to have my earrings organized as opposed to laying around mismatched in a jewelry box.  It makes it so much easier to remember what you have and to easier to change it up!

I couldn't resist how distressed and weathered the frame looked.  I like to think about the home this old piece used to be a part of and I feel lucky that it is now in mine.  Love it.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pillows, a Cushion, and a Throw

After my no-sew pillow cover post, I decided I would post about all the pillows in my house.  My sister first turned me on to mixing and matching different pattern and color on throw blankets and pillows.  I have brown walls, white curtains and brown leather couches, so a pop of color from pillows is a must!


Red/Cream Striped:  Pottery Barn (on sale for $13)
Blue/White Chevron:  Dwell for Target ($24.99 new, but I paid $10 for it at Goodwill with the tags attached)
Green Floral:  Cover is made from (2) World Market napkins for $6

Red/White:  same as above, I have two of them
Blue/White Bird Pillow:  Homegoods on clearance for $8!

Green Floral:  I made two of these no-sew pillows in this fabric
Silk Blue:  Homegoods for $19.99


(3) Black and White:  IKEA ($12 each and that includes the insert!)
Blue Silk with Black embellishment:  Pillow was from Kirklands for $7.99 and I jazzed it up.  More to come on that in another post!


Bench Cushion:  Pier One for $39.99
"1" Pillow:  Pottery Barn Outlet ($17.99)


Red/White Striped:  Pottery Barn on clearnace for $13.99 (it's an outdoor pillow that I use indoors)
Orange:  Crate & Barrel from like 10 years ago (no idea on the cost)
Colorful Striped:  IKEA ($6)

Lastly, my sister picked out this cute throw for me when we first moved in.  It is from Homegoods ($19.99).

There you have it!  And don't buy expensive pillow inserts!  Go to Ross or Kirklands or somewhere that sells inexpensive pillows, purchase a pillow you either like or don't like and remove the insert. 

Happy Wednesday!
Monday, April 4, 2011

No-Sew Pillow Cover

I don't sew.  I don't own a sewing machine.  Maybe in my next life or when my kids go off to school...

When I saw this tutorial on how to make a no-sew pillow cover, I had to give it a try.  Besides paint, the quickest and cheapest way to change up a room (if you ask me) is to change and rearrange your pillows! 

The fabric used in the tutorial were (2) 20 x 20 cloth napkins from World Market.  So, I quickly popped up to my World Market to see what I could find.  I know I am spoiled to have a Hobby Lobby, World Market, Homegoods, and Target all in the same spot (within 3 minutes of my house)!  I think my husband thinks otherwise :).  I digress.  So, I purchased two napkins in a fun springy fabric for $3 each.  I don't really have any green in my house, but I like the reds and magentas and blues in this fabric, and the green makes me think spring!

I also purchased some Stitch Witchery (from Hob Lob).  Cost was about $3.50.

Then I propped up the laptop and followed the tutorial.  Cut one napkin in half.

Use a damp cloth and iron to adhere the stitch witchery (see tutorial for how and where to use this).  These pics are just to give you an idea of how it goes, not a tutorial!   

Thirty minutes after I started, I had a $6 pillow cover and I don't sew!  I used a pillow insert from another pillow I wasn't currently using.  Loving this fabric for spring.  Can't beat the price for a custom pillow cover! 

Thanks to Centsational Girl for the idea and the step by step tutorial.  I went back a few days later and grabbed two more napkins.  I completed another pillow in the same fabric for my loveseat.  I actually got a little fancy and made a custom fit one for a smaller pillow insert I already had at the house.  I could get used to this whole "no sew" stuff!
Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Best Things In Life...

aren't things...

First time at the driving range!

Teaching a money lesson...they each had to pay me $1 out of their piggy banks to get a toy from the Dollar Store!

Making paper airplanes with Daddy

We had two, yes two, surprise parties to go to this weekend.  We have never had a babysitter two nights in a row!  We felt young again! :) 

Quick Movie Review:  Just got done watching Tangled.  The four of us started watching it, Drew left to watch hockey about 15 minutes in, Kate left after about an hour in because of her 2 year old attention span, so Steve and I watched the last 40 minutes alone.  :) Such a cute movie-would definitely recommend if you haven't seen it yet! 

Hope you all had a great weekend!