Life Love Larson: July 2012


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

State Silhouettes, Revisited

Last year I made and framed state silhouettes to be used as art in our last house (to celebrate all of our moves).  You can find the complete post and DIY instructions here.  When we moved into our new house in Kansas, I wanted to change them up a bit, and of course, add KS to the mix!  And, lucky for me, Kansas is about the easiest state to trace and cut!


The changes include new scrapbook paper, more cohesive frames, new mats, and little red hearts have been added to the area of the state in which we lived.  The frames, paper, and mats are from Michael’s (the frames come in a 2-pack and be sure to use your 40% coupon).



The states are hung near our back door, in the kitchen eating area.  I find they are such a conversation piece.  Every person that walks in our door says something about them.  I wanted them to be easily seen, but in a casual space in the house. They are now much more streamlined and clean looking and add a nice little pop of color.


States on our journey: 

Iowa (Iowa City) – Where Steve and I went to college, met, and started dating
Texas (Dallas) - First move right out of college, first real jobs, first real apartment, shortest amount of time spent here
Florida (Orlando) – Got married while living in Florida, lived 2 miles from Universal Studios, enjoyed being newlyweds before kids!
North Carolina (Charlotte) – One of our most favorite cities we have lived.  Bought our first house here.
South Carolina (Columbia) – Longest we have ever lived in any one place (3 years), both kids were born here, made some dear friends here, bought our second house.
Texas (San Antonio) – Bought our third house, loved our neighborhood, only lived there for 16 short months.  A wonderful city!
Kansas (KC) – Bought our fourth house, kids will start school here, trying to settle in and settle down for a little while!  Loving it!

Texas, of course, gets two hearts since we repeated this state!


Time will tell if we ever move again (I stopped trying to predict these things 3 moves ago)!

Because moving has been a large part of of lives, I love having this little reminder of where we have been and how far we have come together.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Homemade Dog Treats

The kids and I were wanting to try something new, so we whipped up some homemade dog treats for Samson.  Two ingredients, bake, and you are done!

Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Elevated Dog Bowls

We have an eight year old Great Dane, Samson, that we have had since he was 8 weeks old.  He is our third kid and is about as sweet as they come.IMG_7252Large dogs must eat/drink from an elevated dog bowls.  Since we are DIY kind of people, we made our own version when he was little and have been using the same method ever since.IMG_7215These are cheap side tables from Target (I think we got them 5 years ago for $10 each).  Steve used a jigsaw to cut a circle to inlay the dog bowls.  The stainless steel bowls are from a pet store and we have had them for as long as we have had Samson.  These are the perfect height and the bowls can easily be lifted in and out.  IMG_7210

IMG_7216Before cutting, make sure to measure the bowl below the “lip” of your dog bowl so the bowl doesn’t fall through the hole!  I clean mine with soap and water and they have held up remarkably well.  This is our second set of DIY elevated tables in 8 years (which includes 4 moves with him).IMG_7212We purchased the first set of tables at IKEA, and this set is from Target.  This project is quick and inexpensive if you are in need of elevated dog bowls for your pooch!IMG_7215

IKEA still sells these LACK side tables for $9.99.

LACK Side table IKEA Easy to assemble. Low weight; easy to move.

I couldn’t have a “dog'” post without mentioning our second Great Dane, Hillary, who passed away a year ago in March.  If you are a dog lover, you can read about her here.

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