Posts Categorized: Design

Crafts + Design + DIY + Life + oh happy day + Projects + Tips / Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012

Oh Happy Day & things I learned about DIYing

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I am saying farewell to contributing to Oh Happy Day. I just loved my time there and am sad to leave, but I need to start focusing more on my projects for Lars and some new exciting projects coming up. I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and do a monstrous recap. When Jordan asked me to start contributing I didn’t really think of myself as a DIYer but somehow over the past year I’ve turned the DIY engine on and it hasn’t stopped. I’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I’d share them with you.
1. Photography is key. My projects all started with this little paper flower corsage. I took the photo myself on a timer. I think that works for some people who are trained but I ain’t no photographer so I’ve since smartened up and started working with talented photographers like Emily, Hilda, Amanda, and Liv who can add their own artistic spin to the picture. Besides a clear photo, it adds an added layer of creativity.
2. Setting is everything. I did this Peter Pan Party for a church function, but it just was NOT going to look good in its original setting where it was super dark and not conducive to good pictures. So, my friend Maria allowed me to take her place over for a couple of hours where I set it up again and shot in her terrific place. She ended up moving not too long after so I’m glad I got to do a project in her place at least once.
3. Work with somebody. I often don’t heed this advice and end up getting completely overwhelmed, but this ombre tablecloth I worked at Cramer’s studio and she helped me with the equipment and with the photos. I fall guilty of thinking I can do everything myself, but every time I wish I had someone there to assist. I’m trying to get better!
4. Get multiple projects done in one day. I was home visiting my family in California when I did these next few projects including this glitter disco ball lantern. I had done all the projects (mostly) before Emily came to photograph so that when she did we could get them done all in one go. Since it was my first time working this way I wasn’t fully prepared when she arrived and had to figure out a lot of sequencing, but it sure helped free up time over the next couple of months by doing it all in one go.
5. Color selection is key. Pipe cleaners often come in really awful primary colors. I bought a few different packages to gather the right color combos. I combined this pink with an olive rather than going with a full bright combo. I think it keeps the project more modern. I feel that color selection in all DIYs is what will set an excellent DIY from an ok DIY. 
6. Remember what you did as a child and then freshen it up. We did these wallpaper gift bags all the time as kids so when I visited Ferm Living here in Copenhagen and scored some wallpaper and I thought it’d be the best thing to freshen up a childhood craft. 
7. Listen to your mom. Ha! In my case, my mother is a creative genius so it’s easy to do. We often send each other 20 emails a day with ideas. Well, for some reason I didn’t listen to her at first when she told me to do her candy lights but I couldn’t think of anything else so by default I did it. It turned into one of the most popular projects. I just never know when something will be more liked over other projects.
8. Learn from where you go. I am constantly inspired by surroundings and on a 3 week trip to Nepal last year I saw something similar to this that I thought would turn into a great project for a DIY. This is the result. Take pictures, keep a sketchbook to record inspiration.
9. Often the simplest projects can be the best. These flour stencil hearts are so easy, but so fun. I’m often guilty of thinking that projects have to be super complicated, but really, who wants to spend a lot of time on crafts? We want fast and easy! 
10. Create a few styling options. I did a 4 project photoshoot day when I did these paper flower ice cream cones and I was so out of it when Hilda arrived to take pictures. I was so behind that I even had to cab it to go get a few last minute materials. Here in Denmark cabs are crazy expensive so it wasn’t the best. I had spent the night before crafting this ice cream holder that took me way too long. Additionally, I bought some mini flower pots to create stands for the flowers. I had so many different styling options and I don’t think I needed them all, but it’s always so nice to have options to take really great pictures.
11. Redo a project in a new way. I had created wire crowns for another website and thought it’d be cool to do them for a bride. I added some glitter and bada bing bada boom, a brand new project! 
12. Ask for other people’s advice. When Hilda came over to photograph the fruit balloons I asked her what she thought and she responded that they didn’t totally look like fruit. Blast! SO, she was so kind and patient and we headed to the store together where I bought more materials and she helped me blow them up, cut out leaves and try it again. Boy am I glad I asked her advice. They looked so much better the second time and this is my most popular project (according to page views).
13. Use a tripod and create gifs! This gold cupcake stand is the first project I’ve done where I used a tripod. Amanda was so nice in doing it setting it up and taking the pics and we created a little sequence of pictures to create a fun gif (I used this tutorial). After seeing Bri’s fun gifs on her blog, I thought it was a really great way to show steps in DIYs and gave it a try. 
There you go! A few things I’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned so many other things and I think I’ll give some pointers every now and again to help you create your own.
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Design + Door of the Week + Iceland + Life / Friday, 8 Jun 2012

Door(s) of the week: Iceland

I haven’t done a door of the week in awhile so here’s a bunch. Just a few of the goodies we found when we were there. Here are more Iceland posts. 

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Design + Home + House + in the studio + Inspiration + Life / Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Floor treatment inspiration

My new studio space has wonderful wood flooring. Two rooms are a beautiful herringbone pattern and the other is plain vertical planking. I’m ACHING to paint on some black and white diamonds like this party scene on the plain planking and then keep the integrity of the herringbone with a wonderful stain. What do you think? Have you ever done either? Any tips?

Party scene 
Herringbone

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Artist Feature + Design + photography + Style / Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012

Drafts to Tim Walker

The final draft:

I’d like to be a bird perched on your shoulder.
Sincerely,
Brittany Watson Jepsen

The First Draft:

Dear Tim Walker,

Are you for real? Do you live on planet earth or do you create your dream world as you go? Who does your styling? How many hours go into each shoot? How do you recreate your thoughts into reality? Did you assemble a dream team? Are YOU the dream team? How many inspirations journals do you have? Are you friends with Tim Burton? Do the animals talk with you? Can I work for you? Or can I just watch what you do for a week?

Sincerely,

Brittany Watson Jepsen
______________________

(All of my favorite photos are from Mr. Walker. I didn’t even realize they were all his until I did a google search and one by one his name showed up. Past posts include balloons, yellow and many more).

Credits: here, here, here, herehere

Also, check out this interview of him and his design process and how he started. I can totally relate to not being interested in the technical part. “Photography is just a box you put between you and what you want to capture” and “my photos are so close to being kitsch.” Love it.

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Design + In the Know + Kinfolk + Life / Friday, 30 Mar 2012

Kinfolk Issue 3

Remember this teaser? Yes, I realize it appeared to be a pregnancy announcement. I mean, it would make sense. BUT, it was really to introduce this:

I was honored to be asked to contribute to the premier issue of the beautiful Kinfolk magazine and I’m even more stoked now to have written an article with my husband, Paul, for their latest issue. We were asked to do a 2 week experiment where we would eat breakfast every day together for two weeks, something we admittedly do not do (do you????) and then report about it. Hilda took our pictures, of course.

Well, it was the coolest thing because we wanted to bring meaning into it so we thought of my grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Bradshaw, who were the sweetest, most pure, angelic people you’ve ever met and thought about how they would have done it. My grandparents were really the bomb. I wish you could have known them. Like, they were cool. They raised goats in the middle of LA for  crying out loud! We interviewed my mom, aunts, and uncle to find out more about Carl and Dorothy and it was so revealing and comforting. Each one of them thinks they were angels on earth. Just hearing my aunts and uncle talk about them made them feel like they were here with me again. Smiling. My grandma used to write me letters saying, “I wish I was a little bird perched on your shoulder and could see the things that you see.” And she would mean it. I wish I would have had the chance to interview them fully while they were still here so I could learn how they do it. If anything, this experience made me want to value the relationships I have right here, right now and treasure the time that we spend together. And now that I’m getting all thoughtful with this post, I remember hearing a podcast by a lady I admire. She was talking about how when she was raising her kids she would take advantage of the time she had in the car with them, shuffling them around town and create conversation. She made those moments meaningful. Sometimes I think about that and wonder if I’m using my time well with my husband and those whom I love….Or am I instagraming?!?

I encourage you to check out the latest issue. It’s beautiful. Order here or, let’s be honest, you’re probably Anthropologie a lot, so pick one up there.

Above…we finally got our copy in the mail today (15 days to ship from the States, Mr. Postman?!? ). And the intro video is delightful.

Have a LOVELY weekend! 

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