Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Good-Bye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin’

If you are a blog lover, you probably know that Google Reader is going away on July 1st.  This prompted me to figure out a new way to see/store/view the blogs I follow. I recently read a lot of positive comments about Bloglovin’ and it seemed simple and easy and quick.  So, yesterday I made the switch, and I have to say, I am also “lovin’” it!

Bloglovin’ is a super easy way to keep track of all blogs you love with easy to read breakdowns of each blog post for each blog.  You just sign up at www.bloglovin.com, enter an email and password, and it will prompt you to “accept” that they can import your favorite blogs from Google Reader right to Bloglovin’.  Super simple and takes no time at all.  Hurry, only about a week left to transfer!

Bloglovin’ also has a free app so you can access your favorite blogs on the go.  I am also lovin’ this feature!  I’m not sure what system you currently use to read blogs, but I hope you will find me on Bloglovin’ so you know when Life.Love.Larson updates with new posts!

I have added a new button on my sidebar that you can click on to follow me via Bloglovin’.

I would love for you to follow along via Instagram and Pinterest too!  Click the icons on the sidebar to follow!  I am also debating starting a FB page for L.L.L.  Would love to hear any feedback on whether or not you like hearing about new posts on FB or not.

I also wanted to send out a huge thank you to Kirsten at 6th Street Design School blog.  She was kind enough to include my DIY Life Preserver in her Last Weeks Links Series on her blog!

Sorry about the wordiness!  Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fourth of July “Wreath”

First things first when you get home from a long vacation…put a new wreath on the door to go with the season.  Everyone’s first thought, right?  No, just in my crazy world!

We fly our American flag all year long when it is nice outside, and I wanted to bring a little something classic red, white, and blue to the door.  In true DIY fashion, I did some digging around and found this red tin star that was collecting dust in the basement.  I have had this since we lived in Texas and I will always hold onto it for memory sake (two stints in TX, so we are honorary, right?).

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I usually pull this star out at the holidays to use as inside décor, but never thought about putting it on the front door.  A quick trip to Hobby Lobby for some ribbon and our festive “wreath” was hung.

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It’s all very classic looking, which I love.  I found the ribbon in the massive 4th of July section at Hobby Lobby for 30% off.  I also added two very small felt pads to the back of the bottom two pieces of the star so it won’t damage the paint job upon opening and closing the door.

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I think it works especially well with our blue front door (that I am still loving, by the way).  Not every “wreath” has to be round!

Linking up with:
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://savvysouthernstyle.net/

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/
http://lilluna.com/
http://whipperberry.com/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/
http://itsoverflowing.com
http://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com/
http://www.skiptomylou.org/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/

http://lollyjane.com/

Monday, June 24, 2013

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Well, we have returned from an amazing trip and it is truly bittersweet!  The reality is that today is the first day I am really back in the swing of things.  Jet lag is over, groceries have been purchased, and most of the unpacking is done.  The inside of the house is a total disaster and I am doing all I can to avoid it.  It’s not working. 

I will recap our trip in upcoming posts, but until then, I will leave you with a little real life in the world of Life.Love.Larson.  I like to give you the best of me on a regular basis, but as I hope you already know, real life sometimes most of the time looks like this…

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Jealous, aren’t ya??!!  Yep, back to reality!  Going eight days without hearing “mommy, mommy, mommy” was simply glorious, but my kids are sure making up for it today…

Once I get my mess cleaned up and get my life back in order, I will be back to posting! xoxo

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Recent Happenings & A Getaway

The summer seems to be flying by already!  We are keeping busy with gymnastics, VBS, tee ball, pool time, hanging with the neighbors, and checking things off our summer list.  I have been working on a few house projects here and there, and will be blogging all summer (just probably not as often or as consistently)!

Amongst other things, we have learned my sister and her family are moving to Singapore in August.  We finally moved within 3 hours of each other, and now they will be 20 hours travel time away!  We are really so excited for them.  What an amazing opportunity and life experience to share with their kids.  We are movers, so we get it.  I know two years will go by so quickly.  I’m trying not to think about it too much as I know when the time comes, it is going to be so hard on both of us…and the cousins…and my parents.  We are lucky we have such a strong connection, and distance never seems to phase us, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  Looking on the bright side, I see a trip to Singapore in our near future!

And speaking of trips, our 10 year anniversary trip is right around the corner.  We are traveling to Europe with my sister and her husband, who also celebrate 10 years this year.  We are so happy to be spending time away sans kids!  Thank you for all of your sweet emails, texts, and comments about that anniversary post.  I think it hit home for a lot of you!

Birthday party fun with my favorite girl…

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A new indoor/outdoor rug for my mudroom.  Loving the bold pattern.  That door will be black soon!

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Spending precious time with cousins before they move.

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Rescuing turtles with grandma…

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Donating items to the OK tornado victims…I think this hits close to home for them because they are aware of what “tornado alley” is and that we live in it.  Thankful for no sirens or trips to the basement this year in KC, and happy to help out those affected.

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DIY tile & wrapping paper coasters for the patio, using the same technique used here.

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Dance recital and a soccer game in the same day…that’s how she rolls!

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Pre-K graduation…I can hardly stand it.

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In general, just growing up way too fast!

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This will be my last post for a few weeks.  Total travel time is almost two weeks, and I will be completely signed off.  Please follow me on Instagram @amlarson3 to see travel photos along the way, and I will be sure to update you all on entire trip when we return! 

As always, thank you for your visits, comments, pins, emails, etc.  I am lucky to have such loyal and amazing readers!! ♥

Until then, Auf Wiedersehen and Arrivederci!!  xoxo

Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY: Personalized Life Preserver

Our next door neighbors threw a nautical themed one-year birthday party for their son this weekend.  My friend asked if I would make something that could be used as party décor, and also go in his room after the party (his bedroom is also nautical theme).  She sent me this inspiration post, and I got to work on it this past week.  I love the way it turned out!

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I tweaked a few things from the original inspiration, but overall, the concept is the same.  Supplies needed: navy craft paint, rope, canvas drop cloth (smallest size), a wreath form, batting/stuffing, stencil or something to create your letters/numbers.

I realized later on that I did not do a good job of taking pictures along the way, so please refer back to the original post for additional pictures, instructions.  I started out using a straw wreath form and covered it in some extra batting I had laying around.  This will be covered, so no need to make it even.  Just make it plush enough that the life preserver will look thick in the end.  I used masking tape to tape the batting together.

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Next, I cut a small drop cloth in half and laid it across the bottom and top halves of the wreath form (similar to original post).  I started cutting, forming, twisting, and manipulating the drop cloth around the wreath form.  I secured the back with safety pins.  As you can see, there are creases on my final product, as that was the only way I was able to make it work.

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Once the drop cloth was secured, I got to work on his name and birthday.  I used the same font choice from the original post, Boston Traffic.  I printed and cut out the letters/numbers, and traced around them with a pencil onto the drop cloth before painting.  This was definitely the most time consuming part because this font has several different pieces for each letter/number.  I used blue painters tape to make sure my spacing was even and just eyeballed.

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Once the letters were painted and dried, it was time for the rope.  You can buy this nylon rope at any hardware store.  Mine came from Home Depot, and I bought a large pack versus buying by the foot.  You will need more than you think. 

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Just like the inspiration, I wrapped the rope around each side 5 times and secured with a little hot glue.  I then cut four equal pieces of rope to go around the preserver and also just tucked it under the rope and used a little more hot glue.

Here is a shot of how my friend styled the life preserver for the party.  The bunting is made of fabric and ribbon.  Too cute!

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I have never made anything like this before, so it was a fun challenge for me.  I also love giving handmade gifts, especially to sweet little boys!  Ahoy, Matey!

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Linking up with:
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://savvysouthernstyle.net/

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/
http://lilluna.com/
http://whipperberry.com/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://craftionary.blogspot.com/
http://itsoverflowing.com
http://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com/
http://www.skiptomylou.org/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/

http://lollyjane.com/

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Painted Niche: SW Urbane Bronze

One quick project I worked on last week was to paint the niche in our dining room.  I just used a sample can of Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze to make the niche stand out a bit.  This is a perfect spot for a dark, moody accent wall.  The rest of our house has very light walls, and I wanted to go with something bold.

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I wanted something dark, but I thought true black would be too stark with the black and white curtains and the black dining table.  I have read about this color, Urbane Bronze, on several blogs, and it seems to be the perfect deep brown/charcoal grey/light black color.  I like how it contrasts a bit with the curtains.  I think it grounds the space and makes it sort of masculine and cozy.

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I love the way the bar cart looks against the darker paint.  I still have some styling to do with the bar cart, and you can see the beginnings of what will be an eclectic gallery wall in the niche.  More to come on that black and white piece (hint: it’s framed wallpaper)!  Here is a before and after…

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Updated Dining Room To-Do List:
table
chairs

lighting
curtains
piece of furniture for niche
Rug or no rug?
Paint the wall of the niche space or leave as is?
Window coverings for the front two windows
Finish styling the bar cart
Eclectic gallery wall in niche
Have a dinner party!

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