Posts Categorized: Life

Color + Design + DIY + Life + Projects / Thursday, 23 Aug 2012

Pixelated post-it staircase

“Enough with the post-its, girl!” I know, I know, I hear ya loud and clear. But, when a girl’s gotta post-it, a girl’s gotta post it! The post-it projects (here and here) were actually all for this. I was asked to create an “inspiration wall” for a young adult conference here in Denmark and I thought it’d be groovy to finally try out the post-its idea. The theme of the week was “agents for good” and this wall was to serve as a reminder or instigator to do good. They were supposed to write the good things they had done that week on each post it. In all honesty, I thought the project would be a cinch because all you have to do is buy post its and then stick them to a wall. Not quite.
First off, the post-its I could find didn’t really have the longevity I was going for. They curled and fell off. Second, they come in not my favorite color palette. 
Solution? Buy paper and cut them down to size. Thankfully, I had a team to help AND a paper cutter. Glee! Though it was more time consuming.
Materials: paper in your choice of colors (I went for rainbow in various lights and darks), scissors or paper cutter, glue gun or glue stick, white butcher paper, duct tape, one real post it to use as a template
Step 1: Cut the paper down to size. I used a real post-it to use as a template and then cut the rest to that size. To achieve this look, use various shades of the same colors. In total I bought about 30 shades of paper.
Step 2: We used white butcher paper to cover the areas we intended to post-it and secured it with duct tape.
Step 3: Start at the bottom of the paper and then layer on top. I started with the light values on the bottom and then worked to the darker values at the top. I also worked from left to right in a rainbow pattern: reds to pinks to oranges to yellows to greens to blues to purples. I didn’t want there to be clean lines of color sections so I made sure to stagger the colors and then throw in a surprise color from another section every now and again.
Step 4: To attach the post it, just put a thin line of glue at the top of the post it and stick. Glue sticks work well, but I felt more secure with a glue gun as I knew it would hold. We tried double sided stick tape too but it took a bit longer.
I had the best time behind me and boy am I glad they were there! I truly thought it wouldn’t take that long to do and I always think that I can do things on my own so I was so relieved when they saved the day. We started at about noon and worked until 6 or so. Originally I wanted to do the WHOLE stairwell, but we ended up only doing three walls because of time. We had one person on the paper cutter, a few people attaching tape to the post-its, and then the rest attaching them to the butcher paper. 

Start with the little things, my friends.

Thank you Heidi for being so open to the idea and thank you to all the helpers!
And after this project I have a whole new appreciation for this one

More post-it stories here and here and some inspiration post-it projects on my Pinterest

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Europe + flowers + Life / Monday, 20 Aug 2012

Austrian flower boxes

Last week my friend, Melinda, and I took a quick trip to Vienna and Salzburg. We’ve talked about doing the Sound of Music sing-along tour for awhile now and she made it happen! It. Was. Bliss. All of it. More soon, but first! I GAWKED at the flower boxes on the homes driving through the Alps in the tour. I mean, EACH home at gorgeous boxes with perfectly draped flowers. Some had just one flower while others mixed it up with colors and different flower choices. I was really hoping to stop in and ask someone their secret to creating the perfect box. Any Austrian flower box creators out there who want to divulge their secrets? Ok, are you gawking too?!

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Design + Life + press + Products / Friday, 17 Aug 2012

Featured in…

My Language of Flowers skateboard (yes, there’s a skateboard! no, I don’t skate!) was featured in the UK’s Living Etc. July issue. Sadly, I didn’t get my hands on a copy, but Hannah from Nancy and Betty Studio was kind enough to scan it and send it my way. I love this magazine so I’m completely flattered to have been featured. Thank you!

Check out the range of Language of Flowers products here.

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Life + This week / Sunday, 12 Aug 2012

This week

Blogging on a Sunday? Who knew?! My friend Melinda is visiting for the week and she brought the sunshine. You are welcome anytime, friend! Last week Paul and I went to Kulturhavn, which was basically lots of events going on at all the different harbors around town, hence all the balloons and papel picado above. The polaroid is a little sneak peek of an upcoming project I’m stoked to show you. And Friday night we attended the Dansk Dansetheater at Polotigården for Melinda’s birthday. The show wasn’t as good as last year’s but Charlotte did the amazing costumes and we just love the excuse to attend a concert in the amazing police headquarters. It’s outside in the circular courtyard surrounded by pillars. It feels a bit Sound of Music where the Von Trapp’s are singing their final performance before making their escape. Speaking of the Von Trapp’s, we are heading to Vienna and Salzburg this week for a quick trip, do you have any suggestions? I’ve never been but I have a secret wish to love it. We are most definitely doing a Sound of Music tour, and I love Mozart so something Mozart-y? Anyone?

This week
Katie will now be doing a monthly playlist for Lars. Wahoo!
The Blog’nhagen video was released and I think Liv captured just how much fun we had.
Outfit to Room 2, think fluffy stilettos
Pixelated post-its photobooth
Amanda and Cree Jones tell us what meant the most at their wedding on Brooklyn Bride

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Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + denmark + Life / Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen FINALE!

Dry up those tears, I know it’s tough to see the end finally arrive. Blog’nhagen part 4 starts….now!

After a tour of Ibsens hotel in the afternoon we headed across town to A XOCO by Anthon Berg, a chocolatier. Jesper Rahbek is the man behind A XOCO and he was so kind to give us a lesson on how to make flødeboller or as he called them “foam kisses” in English. Flødeboller are super Danish: a marshmallow type cream on top of a cookie or marzipan and dipped in chocolate. Then you can get super crazy and add toppings like strawberries or pistachios. Jesper even revealed to us his secret recipe. Gasp! You can also do a class at their Chocolate School, which I would highly recommend.

We started out by making the cream and then squeezing it onto the marzipan pieces. Some were a little more successful than others…I’m not naming names. 
Jesper was super patient with us. We were like kids in, uh, a candy store.

 While some of us remained classy, like Thea.

Then it was off to Antom Dam, a furniture and home design store in Frederiksberg.

 where we found out that pillows can be used for the sofa and for your face.

The owner was so kind and provided the prize for the winner of the Love My Guide tour competition.
Lastly, off to Sticks ‘n Sushi to pick up our dinner to take to our picnic.
Then off to our last stop of the evening, the blogger’s meet-up at Islands Brygge Havnebad

 Where we pretty much devoured our food. Anne has the perfect model hands.

It was GREAT fun to meet up with other bloggers and supporters from around Copenhagen. We were joined by the people of Everplaces and other friends who I had met at The Hive in May.

 JJ was the winner of the Love My Guide tour and came home with a VIPP pedal bin. I’m quite jealous.

I was so thrilled when Juliane of Froken Skicklig came with a tart in hand and hand-picked strawberries. 

Well, I believe that’s it! We had such a great time and were so thrilled to see so many people at the meet-up. I wish I had more pics of everyone. The rest of the pics are going up on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Blog’nhagen coming to a city near you! And if you haven’t had a chance to see the Blog’nhagen video, you must do so!

Thank you to EVERYONE involved! For the bloggers for taking the time to come and share the day. For the sponsors for allowing us to take over your place for a bit. And a big thank you to At Hermans and Ferm Living for providing goody bags. And a thank you to Maria for being my partner in crime. We’ve been trying to find a project to do together for ages and I think we made the perfect team.

And another thank you to Ashley of Chasing Heartbeats, Jenny of Dos Family, Thea from Sister Mag for letting me use some of your photos!

Check out parts 1, 2, 3, sneak peek

If you’d like to be involved with Blog’nhagen by either becoming a sponsor or blogger please email us at blognhagen@gmail.com 

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