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Crafts + DIY + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Sunday, 2 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas Day 2: Three bird mobile

Day Two of My Scandinavian Christmas is by Mette Hornung Rankin of Bureau of Betterment. Mette is an amazing illustrator/designer from Portland living in Copenhagen. 

When Brittany asked me to contribute to her 24 days of Christmas blog series about holiday decorations, I took the opportunity to work in a new format I’d been wanting to try – mobiles. My inspiration came from a small felt bird I have placed above my doorway that my mom sewed for me when I was a baby.
For the simplest mobile possible, forget about balancing acts and bars and doing pseudo-math (or even real math). Just hang three things in a row with a string between them – they still spin gracefully and take up much less space than a traditional mobile.
Step 1
The materials you need are cheap and easy to get: thread, a needle, scissors (and an X-acto if you want to be crafty), and thick colored craft paper.
Step 2
Cut out the pieces to your mobile using the PDF template I made, which fits on an 8.5×11″ letter size sheet of paper. Choose colors that will stand out well against the wall color where you plan to hang the mobile. You can also use patterned paper or wallpaper for a more eclectic look. If you want to put a holiday twist on the mobile, cut out different shapes to hang inside the birds’ bellies that make you feel whichever holiday spirit you want to get into.
Whatever you do, be sure to ask the people who are going to see the mobile every day (i.e., your roommates, boyfriend, husband, or kids) if they like the colors. That way, you will avoid mistakenly making a SWEDISH colored mobile instead of a DANISH colored mobile just because you think the colors are pretty.
Country specific colors – choose them carefully!

 

Step 3
Thread the pieces together using white or clear thread, and hang it up for everybody to enjoy. This type of mobile is relative easy to balance, but it is still a good idea to tie a piece of thread around the bird where you plan to thread a hole to test the balance before actually puncturing the poor fowl.

Thank you Mette! Go check out Mette’s awesome work on her site, Bureau of Betterment

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24 days of Christmas + DIY + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Saturday, 1 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas: Day 1

Happy December 1st! If you’re anything like me you’re thinking, “Wha? December? When did THAT happen?!” *sigh*. Wouldn’t it be so lovely to celebrate each and every day and really soak it in? Dream world! Well, Christmas time is seriously magical and this year the magic will be crowded not only with celebrations and projects, but moving across the Atlantic in less than two weeks. Prior to finding out that we were moving I was planning on doing the 24 days of Christmas crafts like I did last year, but that just was not possible this year.
SO, I enlisted the help of some of my favorite Scandinavian bloggers. Here’s how it works: I’ve asked some stellar crafters and bloggers to show how they celebrate Christmas in their country, whether it be a craft or a tradition, or just a walk through the beautiful woods. Each day leading up to Christmas I’ll show a different blogger and how they celebrate the holidays. There are a few holidays in each respective country that other countries do not have, so there’s most likely a few traditions that will be new to all of us. 
Scandinavians have such a beautiful tradition of family and crafts and amazing food during this time of the year. I’m going to be so bold as to say that they celebrate it the best: no nonsense, real, focus on people, non-tacky, warm. Guys, there are some really wonderful projects coming your way to show the simple and beautiful nature of the Scandinavians. 
First up! Maiju from My 2nd Life based in Ostrobothnia, Finland. She has a most lovely blog with beautiful pictures of her life and creative projects. Here’s what she says:

Here’s an idea that I’m doing this year. I sprayed some branches white and decorated them by using simple decorations that don’t cost much. What I like about this idea the most is that it doesn’t take much room in the house, so you can have this little “x-mas tree” almost anywhere. Just pick the decorations and style as you like best –I chose this kind of playful mix with bright colors.

Thank you Maiju for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas. Go check out her lovely blog, My 2nd Life.

And don’t forget that the first Danish Design Giveaway ends tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow along with our 2nd day of Christmas!

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DIY + etsy + holiday + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012

How to make: bulb bouquet

Remember when I found those lovely shades of bulbs at Søstrenes Grenes a few weeks ago? Well, I had envisioned a bulb bouquet awhile back and I was super nervous that I was going to have to import some lovely bulbs but I totally struck gold with these! I had a ball (no pun intended) selecting colors and I have to say that I think this might be my favorite project of all time. Just maybe…

All you have to do is group the bulbs into little bouquets and then put them altogether with gold floral tape and then wrap a lovely ribbon around it. Voila! Check out my full instructions on Etsy Weddings.

Working with my photographer Amanda Thomsen and my model Cecilie Andersen is just a dream team situation. We do these mini shoots where we’re in and out in an afternoon. Bliss! Poor Cecilie had to wear this Jenny Packham dress in the freezing cold and did so without complaints. Of course, the dress is so gorgeous that I don’t think even I would complain. And I’m a cold weather wuss.
I had to include this last photo of her hair. I worked without a make-up/hair stylist for the day so yes, I had to put on yet another hat. A braid wrapped around her head twice? Oh, you know, just hearkening my childhood days.

Thank you to Vintage Bride for loaning the gorgeous dress. 

Project for Etsy Weddings

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Brooklyn Bride + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2012

How to make: holiday leaf crown

I was in one of my favorite shops a couple of weeks ago, F.N.92, and the owner showed me this little ornate bolero jacket. My jaw dropped to the ground. How awesome is it? I just had to use it for a shoot. So, I dreamed up a little leaf crown to accompany it. It’s the first time an outfit has informed the craft rather than the other way around. I’m thinking it could be the perfect accessory for a holiday ball, winter bride, or a halo for a little angel for a nativity scene.
Materials: wire thin enough to shape to the head, wire cutters, greenery clipped from the garden, gold spray paint, straw floral tape
Step 1: Spray paint your leaves at least 24 hours before you intend on making the crown.
Step 2: Measure the wire around the model’s head and cut it with 3 extra inches.
Step 3: Form the wire into a circle and wrap the extra inches around to secure it.
Step 4: Break the leaves into 2 1/2″ segments.
Step 5: Take your first segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 6: Take the next segment of leaves and overlap it with the previous segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 7: Repeat until you get to the end. Overlap it with the beginning.
That’s it! Voila!

Photography by Amanda Thomsen 
Project by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Brooklyn Bride
Model Cecilie Andersen
Assistant Karen Yip
Jacket by FN 92
Dress by Elefeteria

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contest + Costumes + holiday + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012

Halloween contest!

I am floored at the response I got from the call for the Halloween costume contest. Now, it’s a little less of a contest, than a “show me how creative you are!” because man, you had some good ones! That said, all the selections presented here will receive one free telegram from Telegram Stop. Wahoo! Sadly, I don’t have the space on the blog to show all of them, but I appreciate everyone who sent in their photos so much. Kept me in giggles! I’m going to put all of them onto my “COSTUME PARTIES” Pinterest board so you can check them all out there.
First off, the floral costumes! The top photo comes from Kimberly Moore of Third Floor, who saw my dream in January to recreate this illustration of a bouquet of flowers for my Halloween costume this year. Sadly, I didn’t have a reason to dress up this year so I didn’t (boo hoo hoo). I just LOVE her spin on it. Below, Søs Uldall Ekman, used some face paint and faux flowers to create a fantastic dia de los muertos costume.
Next up…geography! My sister, Caitlin Watson, who I talk about all the time, came up with Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Genius? I think so. Is everyone familiar with The Magic School Bus? It’s a series of kids books based on the adventures of the clever Mrs. Frizzle and her class. Laura Tarrish, an illustrator in Portland, made a globe out of styrofoam with her husband for her now 23 year old daughter when she was 3. And then she turned it into her Christmas card and labelled it, ” Peace on Earth”. Sweet huh?
Kids costumes! Jen Craun, an artist, and her architect husband made AMAZING lego costumes for her kids as seen here (they are nuts) and last year made this amazing monarch butterfly and shark costume for her kids.  
Couple’s costumes! You guys came up with some very clever couple’s costumes. First up, I LOVE this one. The European Debt crisis with Liberty dressed as Germany and her husband, Greece, groveling at her feet. Clever!

And isn’t this adorable? Kelly of Studio DIY created an amazing croquembouche costume (or French macaron wedding cake) out of COFFEE FILTERS while her husband was its French chef. Too much!

Mary Poppins and Bert are adorable! Carolina of Antologia and her boyfriend play the roles well.
Janet of This Confetti Life and her husband made adorable robbers no? 
This one is one of my favorites. I love me an inanimate object costume like this pencil. Simple, perfect. By illustrator Michéle Brummer-Everett
And last but not least, costumes for groups: Wes Anderson characters including Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and Royal Tennebaums from Suzanna Rooks, a graphic designer in South Carolina.
But the real star of the show was Kelly’s Mexican pinata chihuahua. Nailed it.
Thanks again everyone for submitting your photos! I just loved checking them out and wish I could have showed everyone’s stellar costumes. Again, they will all appear on my Pinterest board, “costume parties” so you can check them out there. I can’t wait for next year’s costumes! If you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking of what you’ll be doing.
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