Posts Categorized: Life

In the Know + Life + travel / Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012

and we’re off!

Paul and I just decided to take a little road trip around the island of Iceland. We’ll be taking the southern route and ending up at Jökulsálón, the glacier lagoon. We are stoked! Thank you for all your tips on Iceland. It seems like everyone who has been here has loved it and I can see why. This place is phenomenal. I’ll most likely be silent for the next few days as we will be *deep breath* CAMPING.*

*Note: I don’t camp. This should be interesting.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Copenhagen + denmark + Food + Friends of Lars + Kinfolk + Life + Projects / Sunday, 8 Apr 2012

Danish Easter picnic

Happy Easter! What a wonderful holiday. I bring you a special edition Sunday post straight from Reykjavik, Iceland. So far, it’s like what everyone said it would be: beautiful, still cold, mossy, amazing water (I kid you not, why would you drink anything else?). We can’t wait to explore more! We had a Danish Easter picnic before we left and Hilda Grahnat documented it for Kinfolk and West Elm‘s blog. Didn’t it turn out lovely? It was lovely, in fact. Great company + great food = wonderful time. That’s a scientific equation if I’ve ever heard of one. These are some of the outtakes for the shoot and I’ll give some little tid-bits of knowledge like how I boiled 4 dozen eggs for the shoot. Mind you, I’ve never boiled a successful egg until this shoot.* I felt very Gaston-ish
We had a typical Danish meal of smørrebrød, which is basically open face sandwiches where you pile everything on top. The Danes are really organized about it though. There’s a system of what goes well with each ingredient.
We had the picnic at Dyrehaven, the deer park north of Copenhagen where I naively thought that the leaves would be green and luscious. But clearly, that wasn’t the case yet. Bummer! But I love the golden glow the brown gave off. At the end of the meal we were visited by a heard of deer who just stopped and stared at us. I think they wanted some smørrebrød. That made up for the lack of greenery for sure.
Shoot for Kinfolk and West Elm. You can read more here and here

*The first time I ever boiled an egg I was babysitting a family for a week during Easter. I just assumed that you just boil water and add eggs to it. WRONG! As we dipped each egg in the rolling water each one bursted immediately upon impact and the hardened yolk flew out from the egg. I thought that must be normal so we did the full dozen. Each one I had to guard the kids and yell, “stay back kids!” and would drop it in shielding my eyes. Looking back it’s totally embarrassing, but hey, they were kids. This might explain why I haven’t done it since.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Design + In the Know + Kinfolk + Life / Friday, 30 Mar 2012

Kinfolk Issue 3

Remember this teaser? Yes, I realize it appeared to be a pregnancy announcement. I mean, it would make sense. BUT, it was really to introduce this:

I was honored to be asked to contribute to the premier issue of the beautiful Kinfolk magazine and I’m even more stoked now to have written an article with my husband, Paul, for their latest issue. We were asked to do a 2 week experiment where we would eat breakfast every day together for two weeks, something we admittedly do not do (do you????) and then report about it. Hilda took our pictures, of course.

Well, it was the coolest thing because we wanted to bring meaning into it so we thought of my grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Bradshaw, who were the sweetest, most pure, angelic people you’ve ever met and thought about how they would have done it. My grandparents were really the bomb. I wish you could have known them. Like, they were cool. They raised goats in the middle of LA for  crying out loud! We interviewed my mom, aunts, and uncle to find out more about Carl and Dorothy and it was so revealing and comforting. Each one of them thinks they were angels on earth. Just hearing my aunts and uncle talk about them made them feel like they were here with me again. Smiling. My grandma used to write me letters saying, “I wish I was a little bird perched on your shoulder and could see the things that you see.” And she would mean it. I wish I would have had the chance to interview them fully while they were still here so I could learn how they do it. If anything, this experience made me want to value the relationships I have right here, right now and treasure the time that we spend together. And now that I’m getting all thoughtful with this post, I remember hearing a podcast by a lady I admire. She was talking about how when she was raising her kids she would take advantage of the time she had in the car with them, shuffling them around town and create conversation. She made those moments meaningful. Sometimes I think about that and wonder if I’m using my time well with my husband and those whom I love….Or am I instagraming?!?

I encourage you to check out the latest issue. It’s beautiful. Order here or, let’s be honest, you’re probably Anthropologie a lot, so pick one up there.

Above…we finally got our copy in the mail today (15 days to ship from the States, Mr. Postman?!? ). And the intro video is delightful.

Have a LOVELY weekend! 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Europe + Life + Music + travel / Thursday, 8 Mar 2012

Iceland

Paul & I just booked our tickets to Iceland for Easter and I. Cannot. Wait. I’m taking my work with me and we’re going for a full solid two weeks. Wahoo! Iceland seems so other worldly to me. So much open space with greenery. It just begs wandering. I’m loving this picture above with the hardened lava contrasted with the green. Have I ever shown this Bon Iver video? It captures what I think the spirit of the place feels like. So beautiful.

Do you have any tips? We have PLENTY of time to explore so I’d love your suggestions. Shops? Little corners in town? What do you think?

This was my first post on Iceland and I still dream about it.

Picture

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Design + illustration + Life + Products + Shops / Monday, 14 Nov 2011

Language of flowers

I’m super stoked to announce the arrival of 3 more new items to the shop. I can’t tell the full story of how it came to be just yet, but it’s a good, juicy tale. And yes, I just pulled the juvenile “I’ve got a secret and I’m not sharing” trick and I’m not ashamed to use it.
The theme of the collection is, “Language of Flowers” and the design records a love poem written by a boy to his beloved darling in the Victorian-era secret language in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise couldn’t be spoken socially. Starting with the left side of the wreath to the right side, each flower reveals one more part of the missing puzzle poem. Included in the poem are amaranth globes, black-eyed susans, daisies, poppies, dandelions, tulips, morning glories, roses, magnolias, laurel leaves, laurestine, forget-me-nots, honeysuckle. You can try deciphering the poem with a little help from our friends Wiki and Pedia
First in the collection is a 2012 wall calendar giclee print by our friends at Rowley Press. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it turned out! The colors turned out so beautiful rich on the cotton paper. 
Next up, we have kitchen accessories. I have this thing for kitchen accessories, but I hate to cook. Go figure. This oven glove above is super thick and features two different sides, one with a red poppy on one side and a yellow rise on the other. Then below, a cotton tea towel featuring a silhouette of Queen Victoria as a symbol of the times, lover of beauty, and wearer of flowers in her hair. Has there been a bigger royal proponent for beauty than Victoria? 

Lastly, I introduced it last week, but must add it again, the custom silhouette rubber stamp return addresses. I’ve received a few comments like, “wish I could order, but I move to much.” Amen! I know the feeling. SO, do not fear. Order the first one and all repeat orders with just an address change are discounted.

I’ve wanted to squeal with this exciting news for awhile, but it’s finally here. Check the individual products out on the shop.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest