Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + DIY + Party + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Make a maypole

Midsummer is now behind us, but dancing around the maypole can be done all summer long. And you know what? This maypole is the EASIEST thing to make. Whenever it comes to actually having to construct something, I get really nervous and anxious–the same way I feel about cooking. I was really hesitant to make a maypole just for that reason, but with a little help from my friends at Home Depot, I think I came up with the easiest solution (with a nod to Martha’s maypole) that can be done by yourself for really cheap, which are my two requirements for most things in life.

You will need: 10 foot 3/4″ pole (I got a galvanized metal pipe for $1.59 from Home Depot), a metal circle that fits onto the top of it (I have no idea what the proper term is called, but show them the picture or go to the plumbing section), a wooden circle 8″ (mine is from Joann), nails (with a top that is wider than the 4 small holes in the metal circle), glue that holds metal, white spray paint, thumbtacks, ribbon (I got 18′ ribbon from Joann)

Step 1: Fit the metal circle onto the end of the pole. Make sure the circle is flush with the pole. Mine fit without sliding down, but if yours is sliding a bit, add some glue onto both the pole and circle and leave it to dry over night. 
Step 2: Add some glue onto the top of the metal circle and to the bottom of the wooden circle in the center that fits the width of the metal circle. Leave it to dry.
Step 3: When it’s all dry, add in the nails into the four small holes.
Step 4: Spray paint it all white. Let it sit over night.
Step 5: Find the center of the ribbon and center it onto the wooden circle. Tack both sides of the ribbon onto the circle.
Step 6: Take your next ribbon and do the same. Continue adding on more colors. Each side of the ribbon will be for one dancer.
Step 7: If you’re adding flowers, use a circle flower oasis from the craft store. Use wires to secure it onto thumb tacks.
TO PUT THE MAYPOLE INTO THE GROUND:
Materials: 4′ rebar 1/2″, hammer
Step 1: Hammer the rebar into the ground. Here the ground was so hard we only got it in about 5″, but it was secure! 
Step 2: Slide the pole onto the rebar. If needed, dig the pole into the ground a bit too.

This Midsummer series was a collaboration between Ciara Richardson, the photographer, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, and myself. To learn more about how to celebrate Swedish Midsummer, check out last week’s post. And once again, a huge thank you to my helpers: Audrey EllsworthMaurine Anderson, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Jenny Ellsworth 

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collaborations + DIY + giveaway + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 24 Jun 2013

Make a camera strap & Laura Ashley giveaway

Happy Monday! I’m happy to kick this week off a brand spankin new collaboration for Laura Ashley’s blog. I LOVE Laura Ashley and grew up on their florals (didn’t we all?), so this is a perfect marriage. Over the next six months I’ll be creating some DIYs and floral-related posts on their blog to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand. Wahoo! First up: a camera strap made from one of their super soft floral scarves. I’ve had my ugly black camera strap for a year now and it was time for an upgrade.
Supplies: scarf, 2 split rings, 2 chain closures, scissors, sewing machine OR needle/thread, scrap of leather, pen
Step 1Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You’ll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it. 
Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.
Step 3: Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.

Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.

Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather.
Step 6: Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather.
Step 7: Stick the leather to the scarf in place.
Step 8: With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.

DONZO.

To kick off the series, Laura Ashley is giving away this same scarf to one reader. The iconic floral scarf is 100% modal (modal=so soft) and is lightweight, so it’s a perfect summer scarf.

TO ENTER:
1. Check out the Laura Ashley site and “follow” The House that Lars Built on Instagram (@HouseLarsBuilt)
2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered.
3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.

The giveaway will end one week from today, Monday, July 1st.

Good luck!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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collaborations + Life + Party + Scandinavia / Friday, 21 Jun 2013

Happy midsummer!

After living in a cold, dark country for a few years, I have a ginormous appreciation for the sun. In Denmark, in the chance that the sun did come out, you never knew how long it would stay so you would get your hiney outside and soak in the vitamin D as long as you could. I find myself reverting to those patterns here in Utah though I don’t really need to because default weather is good weather. Sun = happy me. Thus, Midsummer is my new favorite holiday. We don’t celebrate it as much in America, but that’s ending today. 
Midsummer is the longest day of the year (and Scandinavians like to point out that the days only get shorter from here on out, but I cringe at that thought), so celebrations are in order. Up in the north at this time of the year, the sun hardly goes down, so you get pretty much 24 hours of sunshine. The Danes celebrate with Sankt Hans, where they burn effigies of witches, but I didn’t think that would be the prettiest shoot, so we celebrated with more of a Swedish midsummer. I’m told that Swedish midsummer is mostly about drinking, so as a non-drinker that’s not an option, so we’re going back to the classic midsumer.
I called upon some great talents for this shoot who luckily said yes to the last minute collaboration: Ciara Richardson, the fantastic photographer and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral who did the lovely flowers. I was also lucky enough to have all my interns come be models. Aren’t they gorgeous? I couldn’t have asked for better magic makers.
First thing to celebrate the Swedish midsummer, floral wreaths. These are essential. Ashley made some beautifully simple headpieces for everyone.
Then we brought in the maypole that I made (DIY right here) with Ashley’s beautiful flowers on top.
Midsummer, or summer solstice, is an ancient paga ritual that often started with fertility dances around the pole. SO, ummm, we did some fertility dances. Because that’s what grown ladies do.
Then we started the weaving of the ribbons. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was afraid that all the beautiful images I saw on Google in my research wouldn’t come true for ours, but it did. It works! 

 In and out, in and out. Every other person goes the opposite way to create the weave.

 If you take it off the pole, does it form a Chinese finger trap?

Then Ciara worked her magic and somehow made me look presentable, which is quite the feat because well, I’ve never seen my skin so broken out before. Eeeek.

 Channeling Kate Moss’ wedding.

I’m so lucky to have such wonderful interns. Besides being helpful and willing, they are kind and good people. And gorgeous, sheesh! Audrey even had her 14 year old sister, Jenny, visiting from Texas so she came too. Thank you Jenny!

And I mentioned it earlier this week, but by the end of Midsummer, if you haven’t found someone to hook up with (not my words), then you collect 7 flowers and put them under your pillow. Then you dream about your future husband. Does it work? You tell me!

If you want to learn more about midsummer, watch this video. The humor is so dead on.
If you want to make the maypole, step-by-step instructions here.

THANK YOU to the ladies who made this collaboration possible. Let’s do it again!

photography by Ciara Richardson
flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Florals
maypole and concept by me, Brittany Watson Jepsen
models: Ashley Ellsworth, Jenny Ellsworth, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Maurine Anderson

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collaborations + flowers + Life + Moments for Me / Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Moment for me: Tulip Festival

photography by Griffith Jones
Haagen Dazs gifted me a trip to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point–it’s like they KNOW me!–for my most recent Moment for Me. (If you’re just joining us, I’ll be doing a few of these Moments for Me in the next couple of moments. Feel free to create your own #hdmoment) I brought along my buddies  Audrey, Griff, and Michele for a trip to the buds. 
First off, I guess I was expecting, well, Holland, to my trip to the Tulip Festival. I came to find out that it really just means paths of tulips. Still beautiful. But not this. Just good to know in case you keep going around the bends of the path and think that you somehow missed it. You didn’t. 
Along with the tulips there were other goodies like the daffodils and kale. I love kale! Give me some of that electric purple any day!
We had to take this pic. Had to.
Here I am being all poetic with a line from Secret Garden at the Thanksgiving Point Secret Garden. 
And here we are being all Three Stooges at that same Secret Garden.

Man, I’m loving these Moments for Me. Haagen Dazs is nailing it! Check out more Moments for Me here and start adding in your own! 

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collaborations + flowers + Life + Projects / Thursday, 18 Apr 2013

Moment for me: How not to arrange flowers

photography by Heather Janis
My first Moment for Me, came in the way of a package that arrived at my door on Monday filled with lots of goodies. Christmas in April? Yes please! One of the goodies was a gift certificate for a Fresh Flowers 101 class. They nailed it! I was kind of giddy at the thought of taking a little break for a class. I felt pampered. The class was taught at Thanksgiving Point, a local events and gardens center, and apparently, it was their first ever fresh flowers class. The teacher had set up beautiful pots lining the tables with our names printed on signs. 
She taught us step by step how to go about making an arrangement and I thought I had paid attention well until she let us loose. Immediately, I was the slowest one in the group as I, somehow, turned my oasis (is that what it’s called?) into a sculpting project. The teacher calmly told me that I needed to start over again. Horrifying, right? 
Definitely, the best part of flower arranging is picking out the flowers. I was the last to go, which was just fine because I take way too much time deciding. I ended up going with a more pastel scheme, even though they had these amazing red tulips from their gardens. 
So, you start with a few in the middle, criss-crossing them, and then add a few more bulky flowers in like these roses below.

And then just keep on going. Look how happy it makes you to arrange flowers:

 Maybe I should have put on some make-up and brushed my hair.

By the end I was much less nervous of hurting the delicate little flowers and just went for it. Because I had all these flowers at my fingertips, I wasn’t afraid to use whatever I darn well pleased. 
Häagen-Dazs, ya done good. If this is what the moments are, I’m all ready for you! You can follow along on more of these moments #hdmoment or here.
A huge thank you to Heather Janis for snapping these beautiful pics. Aren’t they lovely? 

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