Posts Categorized: Design

collaborations + Design + DIY + hats + Projects / Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013

In her hair Part 2

Part 2 of my collab with Jessica Peterson and Rubi Jones. Again, I didn’t have much time to prepare for this one, so most of our selection was from going through Caitlin (our model and my sister)’s closet. For her BFA final last year her theme was patterns and she made her own patterns and turned it into clothing and then made outfits for everyone in attendance. (I wrote about her show, She Comes In Color here). I thought it would be fun to use them for the shoot. She had also made a number of belts (see below for DIY) which Rubi styled into her hair as a turban. I love how it turned out! Caitlin made the geometric background on Jessica’s great blackboard backdrop. Rubi made an awesome tutorial on how to get her curls (she didn’t use a curling iron!), which you can find on her blog, She Lets Her Hair Down.
Caitlin was kind enough to show us how to make these belts. And you’ll never guess what they were made of. Go ahead, scroll down to the materials. 

Materials: two large plastic trash bags (are you kidding?!), yarns in the colors of your choice, scissors
Step 1: Lay flat one of your plastic bags on your workspace.
Step 2: From the bottom right corner, fold the corner like you would a bandana until you reach the other top left corner. This makes it so you have one large trash bag to work with.
Step 3: Twist your trash bag. You will repeat the same process to the other one later.
Step 4: Grab the end of your trash bag and fold the end in about an inch or so.
Step 5: Now grab one of your yarns and tie a knot.
Step 6: Wrap the yarn so you go up close to the end of your folded trash bag and then come back down so you cover your fold. Make sure your wrap is good and tight here so your end won’t fall apart.
Step 7: Keep wrapping your yarn, giving a good 6 inches of length.
Step 8: Making the loop: Fold the end of the already wrapped trash bag. Make sure you have a good sized loop about 2-3″ hole.
Step 9: Pinch it tight.
Step 10: Wrap yarn tightly around your pinched bag. Wrap up towards the loop and then back down. This will make it secure.
Step 11: Keep wrapping your yarn another 2-3 inches. You can keep going longer but you can also change the color.

Changing the color of your yarn
Step 1: Cut your yarn, allowing it to have a good length of tail.
Step 2: Grab another color of yarn and tie it around the bag where you ended the last color. Give it about 1/2″ space.
Step 3: Make sure you knot the new color so the tail of the last one is under it.
Step 4: Wrap up the yarn close to where you last ended your previous color and then come back down and keep wrapping for as long as you would like.
TIP: The pressure of your wrapping can vary. This helps make it different widths throughout the whole belt.
Step 5: Change up the color whenever you wish to follow step 4.

Joining together
Step 1: Stop your wrapping until you are about 3-4″ from the end of your first trash bag.
Step 2: Grab your other trash bag. Repeat step one.
Step 3: Fold the end of the second trash bag so you have a good clean end.
Step 4: Take your first wrapped trash bag and your new one and overlap the ends.

Step 5: Start wrapping around both of them.
Step 6: Tightly wrap your yarn in multiple places on both of the ends.
Step 7: Now you can go backwards to cover the first bag and keep wrapping until you come bac to the second bag. Keep on wrapping.

Step 8: Keep going until you have a strong joint.
Step 9: Repeat with all the colors you would like.

Folding the end
Step 1: Steop when you are about 2″ away from the end.
Step 2: Fold the end and wrap around the yarn to secure it down.
Step 3: Wrap until you reach the end.

Finishing up
Step 1: Fold the end about an inch against the bag.
Step 2: Pinch it tight and wrap it tightly so you cover it all.
Step 3: Once you feel like you covered everything up, tie a knot through the hole of the pinched end.
Step 4: Cut your yarn so you have about an inch of tail.
Step 5: Grab your scissors and use it to tuck your tail in the little hole of the pinched end.
There you go! Use it as a belt, headpiece, necklace. The sky’s the limit! 

Photography by Jessica Peterson
Hair (and tutorial on how to get her non-curling iron curls) by Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down
DIY  by Caitlin Watson
Concept and styling by me

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collaborations + Design + flowers + Projects / Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013

Flowers in her hair…Part 1

Rubi Jones, the creative mastermind hair stylist behind She Lets Her Hair Down, was visiting Salt Lake City for a few days a couple of weeks ago just as I moved here to UT. You see, Rubi lives in Paris and I had hoped that there’d be a way to get her to Copenhagen, but alas, here we meet in America. I love this little world of ours. Anyway, we had to act fast and Jessica Peterson, a wonderful photographer in SLC, happily stepped in to work her magic. My sister, Caitlin Watson, was kind enough to step in as our model and together we had a great day. Caitlin and her boyfriend, Tanner, promptly got to work making some fancy chalkboard drawings to accompany the scene–just off the cuff!

As you may know, I have a thing for flowers, and I’ve been wanting to do my take on a honkin floral headpiece…so without further ado…honkin floral headpiece, meet the internet, internet meet honking floral headpiece. Are we good now?

I have to give a bit of background behind the shoot. Like I mentioned, I had moved here 3 days prior to the shoot so I wasn’t working with a whole lot (I left my whole craft supply/resources back in Denmark). We drove to Costco on the way there to pick up the most photogenic flowers we could find, which turned out to be these purple mums and some pink and peach carnations. Then we dropped by the thrift store to see if we could find a backdrop and low and behold we found this bright floral bedsheet. Caitlin has a vintage dress wardrobe that could clothe the populations of 4 countries in Africa, so we were set.

We have three scenes from the shoot so stay tuned over next few days.

photography: Jessica Peterson
hair: Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down
model: Caitlin Watson
concept and styling: me

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Danish design giveaway + Design + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects / Monday, 24 Dec 2012

24 Days of Scandinavian Christmas finale & giveaway winner announced!

Well, happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are all spending it with loved ones. To end this wonderful series of My Scandinavian Christmas, I thought I’d recap all the wonderful projects that all the guest bloggers contributed. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who participated. I’m so grateful for your creativity and time! Also, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Danish Design Giveaways. I wish I could give something to everyone, but for now the (random) winner of the Royal Copenhagen, Ferm Living, Lucky Boy Sunday, and Herb Lester products is………Jenny from Museum Diary. Congrats!
We kicked off the series with Maiju from My Second Life’s Christmas treeDay 2 was given to Mette from Bureau of Betterment and a bird mobile she made based on a childhood toy.
Swede Hilda Grahnat showed us how to make Swedish orange pomanders on day 3 while Pinja from Pinjacolada decorated her Christmas tree with Finnish himmeli for day 4.
Tina Fussell or Traveling Mama, made a traditional edible Christmas tree for day 5 and Annika Backstrom made an ingenious gingerbread playhouse for her nieces and nephews for day 6.
For day 7 Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press designed an exclusive “god jul” Christmas ornament to download and Mette from Ungt Blod showed us winter in the Danish countryside for day 8.
Photographer Camilla Jørvad gave us a glimpse to her winter in Western Denmark for day 9 while Rilla showed how she displays her Finnish himmeli for day 10.
Julia of Vintage Hausfrau described her experience of picking out a tree and decorating it with vintage ornaments for day 11 and Gina of Willowday made ice lanterns for day 12.
Heidi of Wool Rocks displayed her Norwegian knitted Christmas ornaments for day 13 and Charlotte Schmidt Olsen made a beautiful paper bird for day 14.
I showed how to make oversized holly and ivy out of balloons for day 15 and Sarah Goldschadt (author of Craft-a-day) made an owlies Christmas tree for day 16
The most awesome nativity set from Dos Family for day 17 and Danish nisser from Elise from Eliseenvoyage for day 18
Photographer Tine Hvolby dressed up her daughter as an angel for day 19 and Elaina of Fog and Cedar described a lovely walk to find materials to make an advent candle for day 20.
Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap made the ultra delicious æbleskiver (Danish pancakes) for day 21 and Lina Anoff showed us her friend’s childhood discovering a gingerbread house for day 22.

I finished off the series with my family’s Scandinavian-inspired decorations around our house for day 23.

With that, I’m off! Merry Christmas! I’m taking the next couple of weeks off. Next time you’ll hear from me will be from our new place in Utah!  

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Danish design giveaway + Design + Life + Products + Projects / Monday, 17 Dec 2012

Danish Design giveaway #4 (last one!)

We’re still saying good-bye to Denmark with this very last giveaway. You’ll notice a couple of the same products and a few new ones. SO, this is your last week to gain a brand-new, all-Danish addition to your home. All you have to do is head on over to Facebook, “like” it, then come back here to the blog and leave a comment telling me. If you’ve already like on Facebook, choose any other platform to “share” the news about this giveaway (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)

You will win:

1. Copenhagen poster by Ferm Living
2. Triangle tea towel by Ferm Living
3. Bon Bon doll by Lucky Boy Sunday (100% baby alpaca!)
4. White fluted storage jar by Royal Copenhagen
5. Copenhagen map by Herb Lester

And congrats to the winner of Giveaway #3. The winner is chosen at random. Congrats Chelsea (#10) on your new Danish products! You will be notified by email.

The days leading up to Christmas are the best, aren’t they? Enjoy time with your friends and families!

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Design + In the Know + Life + press + Style / Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012

Sister Magazine

A couple of months ago Thea from Sister Magazine and Ashley of Chasing Heartbeats flew up from Berlin for a story for their newly released December issue. I was absolutely honored to be asked to be featured, but I was even more stoked for the actual shoot because I’ve really grown to love these girls. They are classy, smart, and clever. Sister Magazine is a magazine “for the digital lady” and the magazine is just like they are. I’d say it’s the perfect publication for the renaissance woman. This particular story featured 5 white blouses that the Neubauer sisters made each in a different technique: smocked, painted,  cross-stitched, printed, embroidered and I was supposed to model them. Let’s just say, I needed a lot of coaching, but these two were up to the challenge.
This is one of my favorites…ha! I’ve never felt so patriotic for my temporary home. Each and ever bead on this blouse and skirt was hand cut by Thea’s mom. Nuts.
The studio:
Ok, this next one is my absolute favorite…eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
Wait for it…
Boom.

Thanks Thea and Ashley for such a fun day! Now, run on over to Sister Mag to check out their best issue yet.

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