You would think that around a publisher’s office, we’d adhere to a pretty strict definition when answering the question: “What is a Book?” However, as book nerds, nothing makes us happier than seeing the book’s form pushed to its outer limits. Pairing simple materials (paper, thread, wire, fabric, found objects, paint) and her own unique style, Margaret Couch Cogswell does just that in Book Play.Continue reading...
Lark ♥ papercrafts: Our adoration goes way back. A browse through the Lark archives traces our passion for paper to 1992 and the publication of a no-frills how-to title called Papermaking for Basketry and Other Crafts. We’ve been pushing paper as a creative medium ever since through a wide variety of titles that testify to the material’s broad appeal: Kirigami Menagerie, Creative Cardboard, Paper Blooms, Quick and Easy Paper Crafts, the list goes on.
Our latest paper-related release shows just how far the medium has come in the past two decades. 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art is the ultimate tribute to the material, a breathtaking overview of creative work in paper from an international group of artists. Taking the medium in unexpected directions, they’ve designed cutting-edge brooches, delicate dresses, sophisticated sculptures, complex installations, and more. Check out the images below, and you’ll see why—whether folded, woven, or cut, cast, stitched, or painted—paper is proving to be the medium of the moment.
French Bills Brooch by Clare Hillerby
Deep by Anita Wolfenden
Envelope Piece #15 by Kristiina Lahde
Dressing Gown for Feminine Warrior #2 by Carol Ann Rice Rafferty
You can find 500 Paper Objects at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.
Sweet, delicious, yummy donuts. Or if you’re a purist: doughnuts. Plain, with chocolate frosting, cake, cream or jelly filled, with sprinkles, any way you can get them, you know you love them. To help you show the world your donut love, here is a list of some of our favorite Etsy projects. And be sure to visit the poll at the end of this post: Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin’ Donuts! And no, I’m not biased. Really. Most importantly, don’t forget to visit your local participating donut shops for a FREE DONUT!!!
Credits, each column top to bottom starting at left: Chocolate Doughnut Pincushion by cyrillascrochet • Donut Ring by shimrita • Ceramic Doughnut Coin Bank by modclay • Needle Felted Jelly Doughnut Ornament by fuzzefood • Scented Sprinkled Strawberry Donut Necklace by BabyLovesPink • Donut Pillow by mypillowfactory • Stack of Donuts Miniature Clay Figurine by InkedGoddess • Donut Fascinator Headband by prettygoodthings • Chocolate Frosted Donut Studs by shayaaron • Solid Glass Mini Chocolate Donut Paperweight by TheMELTkitchen • Shameless & Insatiable Wall Embroidery by BackstitchPass • Pink Donut Bracelet by Zjakazumi • Sugarstrand Iced Doughnut Brooch by ChuckyEggJewellery • Yummy Chocolate Diet Donut Magnet by DanielleLondon • Donut Soaps by AubreyEApothecary • A Dozen Donuts Scarf by EEFashions • Donut Stop Dancing Shoes by mnmbeautyemporium • Pink Donut Print with Sprinkles Retro Apron by mamamadison
Cooking for Dad on Father’s Day might not be mandatory the way Mother’s Day breakfast is for Mom, but dads appreciate being appreciated. What better way to say, “Thanks for never telling Mom about that time I got arrested,” than to cook a delicious and nutritious meal for him? Here are a handful of recipes among my own favorites that I think dads would dig, a strict criterion I based on one of two highly scientific possibilities: if my dad would love it, or if it seems like a DAD kind of food.
Hungry Man Casserole
This first recipe definitely fits in that second highly scientific category of foods that dads would probably like. It was the manliest thing I could think of–dude food, if you will.
I am a big fan of PaleoPot because the recipes are simple and straightforward, and even when there are a lot of steps, author Jason does an excellent job of explaining them concisely. You don’t have to be a paleo dieter to like these recipes. In general, they’re hearty, spicy, and very meat-and-(sweet)-potatoes. And, as the man says, “If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you’re wrong.” Maybe not a great Father’s Day strategy, but a good life philosophy in general.Continue reading...
Summer break: It’s the perfect time for kids to unleash their inner artists. Crafty endeavors are a great way to keep young ones entertained (and out of mischief!) during long, lazy afternoons. For creative ideas that will fill up the idle hours of summer, check out Jenny Doh’s Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids. The 20 projects in this delightful book are collaborative and fun—sure to engage the interest of the antsiest young vacationer.
Each one of Hand in Hand’s 20 contributors is a mother, blogger, and crafter. Each one shares invaluable advice about nurturing the artistic impulse in kids and turning craft time into family time. From fun ways to use recyclable materials to ingenious kitchen-craft ideas and creative pursuits for rainy afternoons, (like the free Family Banner project shown above), the activities in Hand in Hand will help kids and parents alike tap into their creativity—and survive the long hot summer ahead. Download the free project instructions here: Family Banner.
I was reminiscing about my two daughters the other day, floating on a gentle current of nostalgia. At the ages of 16 and 18, these two young ladies are depending on dear ol’ Dad less and less as time flows ever onward. This progression is, of course, natural and (mostly) desired as far as a parent is concerned. But I was remembering the way things used to be when they were younger, about the many activities we used to do together; you know, homework, yard work, soccer, countless viewings of Barney videos and The Lion King (aha, the circle of life), and and as you might expect, simple arts and crafts projects.
“Well,” I wondered, pulling my thoughts back to the present, “even though my children are becoming busy young adults, why can’t we still have fun working on a project or two?” So I gave Olivia and Genevieve a copy of Lark’s just-published book, Stamp It!, and asked each if they’d like to do a project from the pages within. It was a pleasure (and gratifying) to see them lay the digital world aside for a couple of hours and work “hands-on” with the object instructions in this cool book by Jenny Doh.
Gen is my younger girl. Fortune gifted her with more “art genes” than the rest of us in the family. It made sense that she chose a fine-arts kind of print called “The Four Seasons” found on page 103, because of its grace, balance, color scheme, and underlying meaning (circle of life??). Framed, it will enhance one of the walls in our living room.
Olivia, always practical, organized, and thinking ahead, surprised me by making the same choice. Except she wanted to use the artwork, along with a cute little addition, to decorate the front of a notebook that she plans to use as a calendar/reminder booklet so she doesn’t forget about important events or assignments at college.
My role in this father-daughter festival was to take photos, offer unwanted advice, carve the leaves and snowflakes from the template, and, did I say, offer unwanted advice (as two pairs of teenage eyes roll once more toward the ceiling).
So, how did it all go? Swimmingly, I believe, as I you can see for yourself below:
Enlist the kids’ help to make a bouquet of cheery poppies to grace the summer picnic table. This is an inexpensive project that besides a pair of scissors, requires only paper, glue, floral wire and tape, and correction liquid. This is a great project to do with children as the glassine blossoms require creasing, which can be accomplished through shaping by hand (crumpling in the fist). Older children can further assist by applying correction fluid to the fringe of the flower center.