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Life + This week / Friday, 11 May 2012

This week

Besides the two announcements, it’s been a week full of fun stories and happenings. I’m saving the best and juciest one for another day (oh, it’s a goodie…hating the suspense? muhahaha). Are you checking out that elevator photo on the top right? Those are moving elevators without doors. It seemed to be so normal to everyone else but I had to take a few deep breaths before I got on. Also, that’s our house on the bottom left–even more incentive to move into a studio with all the ruckus of the construction.

Here’s what went on this week:
I’m giving away a wedding invitation suite! Have you signed up yet? Help spread the word!
I made fruit balloons for Oh Happy Day
More Iceland photos
I featured my mother as a young girl for this week’s This Girl
My new studio
30 crafts in 30 days til my 30th birthday.
The minimalist bride on Brooklyn Bride

Have a lovely weekend celebrating your mothers!

(all these photos were taken from my iPhone on Instagram. Are you on? reach me at @thehousethatlarsbuilt or here)

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Crafts + DIY + In the Know + Life / Friday, 11 May 2012

2 announcements!

The New Studio:
Remember how I was contemplating moving into a studio space? Well, I finally did it! I’m here! SQUEALS! I have this tremendous sense of giddiness (sp?) as I sit here looking around at these blank walls. What can possibly fill them? And what projects will emerge out of this room? Hopefully, so so many! I didn’t really think that this would happen but I recently met a pretty awesome group of creative women (a major answer to prayers) and two of them–photographers–invited me to share their space with them. After much contemplation I’m here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re planning on lots of fun projects to improve the space as well as hosting events, and even using it as a shop to sell our stuff. So yup, that means my paper flowers and other goodies will be on display and you can drop in to check ’em out and make your purchases in person. There’s a “Fotostudie” sign up in front until we think of a name for all of us. Come check it out at Turesensgade, right by that beautiful park at Nørreport.
30 til 30: 

Next announcement: I turn 30 in 30 days. YIKES! That calls for some type of, uh, celebration I suppose. I decided to celebrate in the form of crafty insanity and replicate my 24 days of Christmas crafts. To be exact that’s 30 crafts in 30 days for my 30th birthday. Sound right? I’ll post my 30 projects weekdays until the 11th of June (the big day. gulp!) Today is day one. A friend is throwing a Mexican themed party so she asked if I could help out and I thought it’d be a good excuse to get my craft on so I planned a pinata. I absolutely love the colors together. I’ll work on a tutorial for you guys because they are seriously easy though a bit time consuming. Snaps to those pinatas you buy at party stores for like $7. I have NO idea how they can charge that little.
Stay tuned for more crafts next week as well as more photos of the new studio space!
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Home + House + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Tucked away

Still working through these Iceland photos. What do you think so far? Nuts, right? Paul and I rented a car for a few days and drove across the island. We stopped periodically to capture the houses built into mountains*. I’m guessing this technique came to be because it’s so (so so so so so so so) windy and the rock is at least one solid fortification. 
*kind of reminded me of that rock house in Laguna Beach. You know what I’m talking about OCers? 
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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Iceland Part 2: Look Pa, I’m outdoorsy!

Sadly, words like “an hour and a half hike to hot springs” aren’t super tempting. Had they never said it would take only 35 minutes I probably wouldn’t have gone. BUT, I’m SO glad we went. Really, this was one of the most terrific things I’ve ever done. Let me tell you how it all started. You’re going to want to read it all, I promise, so click at the bottom for the rest of the story and an overabundance of pictures. I’ll be putting the rest of the pics on Facebook soon. 

Our plan for the day was to go to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands (after seeing this picture, we just HAD to go, you know?) So we drove to the ferry only to find out that we could get there, but we probably couldn’t get a ferry ride back due to the weather. Rats! So, we drove around a bit and then our host thought we might like to visit the hot springs. Hmmm, sure. I’m not an enthused swimwear user in the freezing cold, you see. Well, we drove out only to find that the road was blocked by ice and rocks like this:
Not good. So, the Icelanders explain the infamous 35 min. hike and we get going. We set off with these adorable little one. (Notice the use of Icelandic sweaters–they really do wear them!)
We pass scenes like this, which keeps me a happy camper.
Then I feel like we’re going through that scene in Elf when he explains his magical trip Candy Cane forest. We keep going and going and going when and hour and half later…
…we land on THIS. Wha?!?! Are you kidding me? 
I shed my coat because we’d worked up some heat and it was surprisingly mild outside and reveal that I, too, had become Icelandic and was sporting a newly purchased sweater. Surprise!
We see a whole valley of steaming hot water, much too hot to actually touch so we keep on traveling down the valley to hopefully tamer temperatures when…
…when we spot this…you know, a sheep’s skeleton. Cuz that’s what happens in Iceland.
Oh, hey Paul!
We traverse the waters. Everyone does it with ease, but I’m a little frightened at the thought that this could potentially be boiling water and I could die. But, I do it without a hitch and I feel like I could conquer the world.
We finally find a moderate temperature and take a dip and soak for a bit. It was heavenly.
Afterwards we must document our moment with the waters. We get out the automatic timer because the only thing around here are us the sheep’s skeletons.
Now we must decide to go back up the way we came or head down the valley to the nearby village and call someone they know to take us back up to our car. We opt for the later. But we have a very tired boy on our hands who’s missed his nap time so people take turns carrying him. Minus me, I guess my only duty was taking pictures. Muhahaha.
Heading down the valley 
We finally make it down to the base of the mountain a couple of hours later and have some friends save us. Was it worth it? You better believe it. It was nuts! So surreal. 

Now, if this doesn’t make you want to schedule a trip, I don’t know what else will. 

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

Iceland Part 1: Glacier Lagoon

Remember learning about glaciers in 4th grade and thinking, “cool” but you never really gave a second thought that you could actually see one because they ACTUALLY EXIST? Glacier Lagoon, or as the Icelanders call it, Jökulsárlón, is such glacier and the lagoon is oh so furreal. Yes, there are seals swimming around. Sometimes the icebergs turn upside down and then you can see the smooth ice patterns like the second pic from the bottom. The patterns Mother Earth creates are really out of this world. Ha. Punny. The boat rental handed us some really sexy onesy jumpsuits to wear, which really made my day because it made me a cozy happy camper.

You liking Iceland so far? Yeah, this is only the first of my batch of pictures so you’ve got to to bear with me.

I’ll be posting more to Facebook so I don’t overwhelm you with 300+ pics of each stop. You’re welcome.

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