Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY Wednesday--Dino Planter.

This is one of my favorite DIY's to date---just because it is so quirky and fun!  I have seen similar planters (also in other forms other than dinosaurs) online and on Etsy and though I am a huge advocate for buying and supporting handmade, sometimes it is just cheaper and more fun to do it yourself if you can.

What you need:
Toy Dino or another hard plastic animal to your liking--the bigger the better (got mine at Target)
Spray paint of your choice
Heavy duty kitchen knife
Plant--cactus is a good one because it does not need a lot of room for rooting and requires little maintenance.


First you will need to take your knife and carefully cut a section from your toy that the plant will end up fitting in.  This was a lot easier than I thought it'd be and took about two minutes.  Also, you will want to poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of the toy where the plant will be (sorry no picture).
Next you will need to spray paint your toy in an open and ventilated area.  If I had thought ahead a little more I would have primed it first.  So, since I did not prime it--it took two coats of spray paint and a bit of patience.


Once your toy is completely dry, all you have to do is carefully transfer your plant into your new planter--providing it with enough dirt and a little water to start.



Voila!
So easy my friends!  Waiting for the paint to dry is the most timely part of this project.  Depending on what plant/succulent you get, this project could range anywhere from $5-$10.  I am definitely going to make a couple more of these guys when I find the perfect toys.  

Just the right amount of quirky for my little home :)

Please feel free to share pictures with me if you end up doing this and let me know how it goes for you!

P.S. If you live in MN--you best be outside today!--B-E-A-utiful!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Confessional

The baby is sleeping.
The house is quiet.
I have wine in hand.
I think it is time I confess a few things.
You see, my confessions are not sins per se, and are pretty harmless to everyone around me, yet deep inside me looms guilt and negative self talk for these things.  You probably don't know these things when looking at me or even being my friend, but they are there--hidden beneath shame.  Well, let me just get on with it and explain in hopes of some sort of weight lifted, guilt releasing, positive outcome and sighs of "There, I said it!" 's.  We'll see...

Confession #1:  I did not breastfeed my baby.
I had every hope of breastfeeding Everett just like books say, friends did, and society preaches.  It didn't work out so well for us though.  We had it for a couple of months and then slowly, supply wasn't meeting the demand and then drip drip drip....dry!  No matter the pumping, talks with lactation consultant, herbal supplements, etc. It didn't come back.  I was devastated.  All throughout pregnancy all you hear is that it is the best for the baby and you just assume everything will work out.  Maybe I 'quit' trying to early.  Maybe I didn't pump enough right at the beginning.  Maybe I should not have went back to work so early. Maybe I should have listened to my gut more than the doctors.  Maybe if we just would have tried a little longer....I beat myself up over these things.  I bury my head in shame when the topic arises hoping that people will not ask of my experience with the fear of gasps, and 'how could you!" 's.  It's unrealistic I know.  It happens. Not everyone can breastfeed and my brain knows this, yet I still feel guilt.  I find no judgmental thoughts running through my mind when others tell me they cannot or did not breastfeed, so why must I....we as women...moms...beat ourselves up inside, privately, in secret over something so unimportant.  I mean really, in the end my baby is happy and healthy and will not give two hoots when he is a teenager if  I breastfed or not.
Sigh.
It's time to let it go. Say it, accept it, and let it go.
I did not breastfeed my baby.
There. I said it!

Confession #2:  Sometimes I don't go to church.
Gasp!  Yeah, Big deal. I know.  Its just  a nagging guilt this one.
I grew up in the church and can hardly remember times of NOT going to church on Sundays.  So, to skip every now and then to have a slumber party (yes they still happen and yes they are still awesome!), sleep in, have 'home' church, or just hang with the family seems like I am doing something wrong.  I know God does not judge me for how many Sundays I attend church and could care less about that and more about my heart.  Again, my brain knows this so why the guilt?  Is it because the habit and tradition is so far en grained in me that anything else seems wrong...off...?  Or is it because I worry about what other people think--family--friends--you know the church going folk.  Don't get me wrong, I love love LOVE my church, but sometimes my Sunday feels more like a Monday and it just doesn't happen.  I promise myself to be better about this because I want Everett to grow up going to Sunday school and being exposed to the Bible--so maybe that is where the guilt is rooting itself....In the "You're not going to be a good mom in the future if you don't start changing your ways now" little bugger.
Sigh.
Sometimes I don't go to church.
There. I said it!

Confession #3:  I fake it till I make it.
So this is just silly.  I am not guilt ridden over this one, I just feel like, well...a faker.  I feel like that in many aspects of my life I have faked it till I made it to a certain point.  Example--playing guitar.  I started to learn how to play guitar in like 8th grade and kind of just taught myself through listening to music and looking at my dad's chord book (my dad was quite the guitar legend).  I would play and play and loved it and even ended up playing on my worship team in high school and in college.  Wanna know something though?  I couldn't play any song by heart, I didn't know how to play a scale, I barely knew how to tune it and the only chords I learned were the 20 general ones that were in just about every song.  I made it, but I faked it.   Another example--Photography.  I have a dang sweet camera and I can take some dang sweet pictures, but it is merely an accident.  I don't know anything about the mechanics of my camera or lenses or which one is better than the other for what not.  I don't know camera lingo and sure as heck couldn't tell you about my f-stop or shutter speed.  I just see my subject, I take the picture how I want to see it creatively or not so creatively and that's it.  No more thought went into it than, point, focus and snap. I make it. but I fake it.
Same story with sewing, being fashionable (ha!), cooking, baking, cleaning, etc.
Sigh.
I fake it till I make it.
There. I said it!

Confession #4: I am not completing a triathlon this year.
Now this one is a strange confession right? I just feel I had to confess it after proclaiming that I would do a triathlon this year.  I wanted to.  But well, at the same time I didn't.   You see, I just have a little competitive edge about me when it comes to me and my sister.  I feel like if I'm not going to be even with her, well then hell I am going to one up her!  A couple years ago we ran the Twin Cities marathon together.  Reflecting back on it now, it was such an awesome accomplishment and something I will remember forever! (especially my ipod breaking at mile 4 and me getting the 'runs' at mile 7--boo!) But that summer I had not planned on signing up for it until she did and convinced me to and well, if she's going to do something cool then I want to too...little sister syndrome...anyone...anyone? Well, that is how I get. It sucks.  I ended up running a whole lot of races I didn't really want to just because I wanted to do something cool to and be able to measure up.  After all, what do I have to show for myself besides a cute kid?  So this year, the pressure came again.  She signed up to do the marathon again and well I talked myself into doing a triathlon and was very head strong about it.  Prime training time passed...and passed...and passed and now well we are well into summer and I've only been on my bike once and swimming...yeah...right.  It's just not going to happen this year, which part of me is thankful that I am not making myself do something I don't want to and am not ready for , but I also feel sad and disappointed in myself that I didn't achieve a goal I had set before me.  I really would like to complete a triathlon in the future, I think it'd be a blast.  I just wasn't as ready for it as I thought I'd be.  The summer is not over yet though and there are still plenty of running races to accomplish....IF i so choose!  There is just nothing like crossing a finish line!
Sigh.
I am not completing a triathlon this year.
There. I said it!

Phew!
Good for if you if you read this far...my guess is I lost 98% of readers at 'I think it's time to confess a few things"! And to have no pictures...well that's just blog suicide!

I'm all confessed out.  It feels good though.  It's all out there.  The nagging, self loathing little guilt's that creep into my being are released for all to see.

Crap.

:)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Doily Necklace Winner!

Well, I was a bit lazy today, so I let random.org pick the winner.  ( I tried to be techy and get it to read on the post, but I failed.)

Out of 13 comments/new follows---it picked #2!

Elizabeth W Please send me your full name and address as well as your preference of necklace from my shop-- via my email at: lauralilarson@gmail.com.  I'll get your package out by Monday!

Thanks everyone for participating----stay tuned for more free stuff! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY Wednesday--Dried Apple Chips

I love me some dried apple chips, but do you ever look at the back to see how really not healthy they are for you? Sheesh!  Doing food DIY helps you to control the ingredients and make it as healthy or not healthy as you desire!  I found this recipe for dried apple chips here.

Once again another super easy DIY, however this one did take about twice as long as it says---at least for me and my little oven.  Might turn up the heat a bit next time!  It took a whole 4 hours to bake 'em, but the prep process is easy peasy!

Ingredients


    4 apples, fresh (sliced paper thin) Mix of Splenda and ground cinnamon--optional

Directions

On top of 2 large cookie sheets, use parchment paper or cooling racks (like you'd use for cookies). If using cooling racks, line cookie sheets with aluminum foil.
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
Core, then slice 4 apples as paper thin as possible (a mandoline slicer is helpful if you have one).
Spread the apples in a single layer on top of the parchment paper or cooling rack.
Sprinkle lightly with a cinnamon/Splenda mix.
Cook in the oven for 1 hour.
Turn over, sprinkle again with Splenda/cinnamon and bake for another hour until lightly browned.
Store in an air-tight container, such as a zippered sandwich bag.

Number of Servings: 8



Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 42.4 
Total Fat: 0.3 g

Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.1 mg 
Total Carbs: 11.0 g 
Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g 
Protein: 0.1 g


(That's right folks, you can eat a few handfuls of these suckers and still keep the muffin top under control!)



Here are a few snaps from my process:





Remember an apple a day.....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A little 2 a.m. guilty pleasure

Yes. It has struck again...the insomnia bug.  At least this time I am draining my brain into the internet rather than organizing all of my storage bins.....or not.

This will be short.....and oh so sweet.

I am slightly obsessed with this cute little pair.  I posted a video of them together HERE a couple months ago and just think they are so fun!

I love the sass that this little lady has!

Time for me to pick up my guitar and teach Everett how to harmonize!

Enjoy my guilty little pleasure! (Ok, so I don't know why I call it that---but it's 2 a.m and I'm not in bed, so I feel a little guilty....)

(Be sure to turn the music player to the right off while you listen to these guys!)


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Dad's Day.


Baby daddy and the boy went to the ball game today.  Everett's inaugural  Twins game--surely being a Larson--it will not be his last.  Curt said he did great and loved the sights and sounds!  That's mah boy---just like his daddy, loving him some good 'ol baseball.  Here are a few photos from the game compliments of Mark (who also brought his little guy!) our friend and photographer.  Check out his other stuff HERE!




 I am so glad that Curtis got to spend the day with his boy.  Happy Father's day hunny--you are a wonderful father and partner in crime as we mess up...err....raise our beautiful and perfect boy!

 Since we're talking about dad's, gotta give a little tribute to the man who knows everything and has helped to make me the person I am today.  This is one of my favorite pictures--though we look freakishly happy--I think we were.

 


 Happy Fathers day to all the Daddy's out there!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Giveaway--because I can!

Today's giveaway is from yours truly's shop--Paisley Maze!



You will win ONE of the above necklaces--winners pick!
Please leave a comment for your entry and tell me what you are doing/have done for Fathers day.
For an extra entry you can become a follower on this blog----yep, bribing people to like me, that's how I roll.

Giveaway ends next Friday 6/24--a winner will be announced then as well.

Have an awesome weekend!

(Paisley Maze is also having a sale through June for 25% off your purchase--check out the shop announcement for the sale code.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

DIY Wednesday--Fail.

Sometimes you just have to admit failure, and this time is one of them. 

I know what I SHOULD have done though, so I will humbly present this DIY to you for you to try and maybe have more success than me :) 

What you will need:
Glass bottle of any kind
Glue Gun
Paint (this was my mistake---I suggest spraypaint!)
Newspaper (to keep it clean)


 Take your glue gun and make a design of your choice on the bottle.  A word. A picture. A design.
I chose 'L' for Larson :)



Paint...errr...SPRAYPAINT the bottle with the color of your choice after the glue has dried.
I tried this with acrylic paint, but each coat I would put on would take of the previous coat, so this is what I was left with.
:(




So there it is! Super fast and easy...as long as you do it right!  Again, if I would have done spraypaint, it would have turned out much better.  I have so many baby food jars I think it'd be fun to do this with for little things.  The possibilities are endless with this one.  Shapes...colors....sizes....designs...etc.

Feel free to let me know how it goes if you do it and what you made yours look like!

Thanks for letting me share my fail with you!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Becker Farmers Market

This is my second summer participating in the Becker Farmer's Market.  It's a pretty fresh project, so there is not a ton of traffic, but its still fun and exciting to 'craft show' newbie like me!  Today was my first time of the summer and I hope to attend at least a handful more as they happen every Friday until fall.

I think my favorite part was that my husband came out.  It was a pretty big deal to me and that he would come to this event which I know is NOT on his top ten list of things to do, really meant a lot.  His support means the world to me. And well, Everett--he gave his smiles away for free :)

Here are a few peaks at my table and set-up.  I only sold two things today which is a bit discouraging, but I think I am going to re-evaluate some of my prices and work on my set-up a bit more and hopefully next time will be more successful!




These are my new creations! They are dish/hand/kitchen towels with vintage doilies sewn on them.  Want one? They are not in my Etsy shop as of yet and I don't know if I'll put them in or not.  If you are interested in one, the are $7.00 and we could set something up.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Wednesday--Doily Lamp

Ok, so I am going to cheat a bit on this one.  Do I have permission to do that? I have been pretty swamped with creating things for the craft market coming up on Friday that I did not have time to actually do a DIY this week.  BUT I have been eyeing this one online and will surely do it soon, because well, I kinda like doilies if you couldn't tell from my Etsy shop, and it looks really fun and easy!

Let me know if you do it and how it goes for you! 

 
Pictures and DIY from More Design Please




Find the full step by step tutorial Here!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Highlights vol. 2

Some highlights from the past few days.....

(So, ok, I'm a little lackadaisical today and its easier to post some pics and a few words here and there rather than spill out an in depth post.  Don't judge.)

1.  Garage Sale.  We had a garage sale from Thursday-Saturday and it was pretty successful.  Everett was my little helper. I wish we could have sold more things or at least gotten rid of them, but I'm happy with the $150 we made! Bike trailer, here I come!

2.  Edina Art Fair.  I had never gone to this art fair and I was really excited to be able to go and check it out this year--maybe get a little creative influence.  We went near the end on Friday and didn't get to see it all, so Curtis agreed to go for a second time on Saturday evening and finish.  This is a pretty big deal.  Curtis rarely ever goes to one art fair with me let alone two!  I was a happy girl!  AND he even worked his romantical muscles and bought me a spoon ring from a local vendor. Swoon.


3.  I got called for an interview.  Ideally, I would be called for a school counseling opportunity--which this is not, however I view this interview as a huge blessing.  I really need a summer job and this position will allow me that as well as something to keep and/or fall back on if a school counseling position does not come to me for fall.  I had the interview today and thought it went really well, but will share more once I know I got it for sure in a week or so...don't wanna jinx it! :)

4.  Grand 'ol day.  Grand 'ol day is a street fair in St. Paul and its mad crazy and crowded.  We've gone once before and really enjoyed ourselves.  This year was a little less grand though.  Poor baby boy had a rough time in the 90 degree heat and it just made everything a bit miserable.  We went, we walked, and we left.  We all probably lost about 5 pounds of water weight that day.




5.  Graduation Party.  We enjoyed some time with friends celebrating one of my BFF's graduation from graduate school.  So excited and proud of her!  It was so nice to see friends and mingle on a beautiful evening.  And i'm looking forward to a free cd from my friends band.  They are so talented and easy listening!  You should definitely go to their site and give them a listen!

6. Thrifting. I went to a thrift store and scored some great things for my craft area and display pieces for my upcoming craft market in Becker this Friday.  Pictures to come of the final set-up, but here is a peak at the loot:


7. Lastly, and kinda silly, but I just ordered my business cards and I am so excited about it.  It makes me feel official and legit!  Check 'em out here.

What were some highlights from your week/weekend? I'd love to hear!

(Peek-a-boo!)

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