Posts Categorized: Life

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Design + Life / Monday, 25 Jun 2012

Blog’nhagen!

I promised you an announcement on Friday and here it is…dum da da dum…Blog’nhagen! Maria and I have been feverishly organizing Blog’nhagen the past few weeks and we’re so excited to finally reveal it to all of you. What is it? Blog’nhagen is a meet-up of 8 of our favorite design-focused bloggers from around Europe gathering in Copenhagen on Tuesday, July 3rd (next week!). We’re going to explore the very best of the city: the best bakery, the best restaurants, the best shops, the best museum, etc. and share our experience of the day via our blogs/Twitter, Facebook, a video. ooooooOOOOOoooo. Can you take it? I can’t. And the best part about it? We’ll be seeing the city by golf carts! It’ll be dreamy. We’ve got some amazing sponsors on board who are generously providing our experience and we can’t wait to show them to you.

Who’s coming? Oh, just some of my very favorites! Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family, Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem, Thea, part of the sister duo of Sister mag, Maria from Wallnut, Anne from Pret a Voyager, Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats, and last but not least, Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg. Holla! Check out a bit more of them on the participants page.

Blogging can be pretty lonely sometimes I find myself feeling like I have more friends online than I do in real life so this is partly an excuse to provide genuine, in-real-life relationships with fellow design bloggers while also exploring this lovely city. It’s a win-win!

But that’s not all! 

On the night of July 3rd there will be a blogger’s meet-up for everyone who wants to come. Bring your picnic and come to the Harbor Bath at Islands Brygge at 7pm. You can RSVP on the Facebook event here (though it’s not required). Please share the event with bloggers/anyone interested in it in the area so we can finally meet everyone in person!

For more information, check out the Blog’nhagen website and like us on our Facebook site. If you have any questions feel free to email at blognhagen@gmail.com

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012

Golden Circle

Just two more Iceland posts to go. Isn’t this place unreal?! When you come to Iceland, the main tourist route is the Golden Circle, which consists of three main stops in a 300km loop. The first is the national park Þingvellir, which is important for two reasons. 1) it’s the site of the original parliament of Iceland established in 930 and 2) it’s also the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
 
The second is the geothermal geysers consisting of Geysir and Strokkur, which are absolutely phenomenal, erupting every 10 minutes or so. 
The last is the waterfall, Gulfoss, which, too, is pretty phenomenal. 

More Iceland photos here.

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Copenhagen + Life + This week / Friday, 15 Jun 2012

This week: Birthday edition

I’ve never been one to admit to wanting a big birthday. I was trying to take after my mom who is the least fussy person on the planet and genuinely forgets her birthday, but truthfully, I think everyone should be made a big deal one day of the year. That said, this one kind of turned into a week long celebration and I was not complaining. My friend, Becca, was in town and we played tourist around Copenhagen seeing the Copenhagen Boy’s Choir at Vor Frue Kirke. Is it creepy to say that I love boy’s choirs? Because I do. I die every time. I’m pretty sure that’s what heaven will sound like. I also die every time I see peonies and Jaqueline was so graciously kind to bring me some. Die! But don’t let all these adventures and good times fool you, I got sick on Sunday and only now am I starting to feel a bit better. I know, I know, whip out your violin and play me a sad song.

This went on this week:
I celebrated my 30th birthday on Monday with a cupcake stand, my last DIY for Oh Happy Day
Here are a few things I learned about DIYing while contributing for OHD
I did this wood bead necklace for A Merry Mishap
The best in umbrellas at Brooklyn Bride
I was honored to be asked to contribute to Martha Stewart’s blog and did this (more next week)
Also, the second project came out for design*sponge (again, more next week)

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I feel like I have great supporters in all of you and I’m so grateful. Have a lovely weekend!

photos from my Instagram

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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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Architecture + Copenhagen + denmark + Life + travel / Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012

Roskilde

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You guys are the best. After working yesterday we headed out to Roskilde to attend the Royal Danish Ballet’s summer series. Coincidentally, our first date was this exact event three years ago so it was very apropos. Roskilde is Paul’s favorite town so we spent some time exploring the city including the cathedral, churches, harbor, and charming streets. If you ever get to Denmark, Copenhagen is great, but the smaller towns are more walkable and cozy. 

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