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In the Know + Life / Monday, 25 Apr 2011

Briana Blackwelder: A celebration of life

It is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to my dear friend, Briana Blackwelder. She was killed in a car accident on Saturday in Utah while heading to California for Easter Sunday to be with her family. I’ve known Briana since middle school days, but it wasn’t until last year that we really developed our friendship. It was one of those friendships that I was excited to see progress and though I’m now far away in Denmark, I knew we would keep up and that it would be good.

You see, Briana was a midwife. I didn’t even know midwives still existed until I found out she was going to midwifery school years ago. You might understand my ignorance considering my great great great grandmother, Patti Sessions, was a midwife who delivered babies on the pioneer trek. I assumed it was a 19th century thing. However, Briana built her practice and was darn good at it. In many cases, I don’t think a career necessarily defines one’s identity, but in the case of Briana it was an excellent representation of who she was. I could tell that her motherly instincts provided calmness and reassurance to her patients. When she spoke to you, she pierced your heart and soul. She is a natural caregiver, supportive and giving.

When I was preparing to get married to Paul last year, Briana called me up and said she was in town for a birth. So we got some lunch by her parents house in and had a delightful afternoon catching up. It turned into a pre-marital lesson for me where I pretty much pestered her with curiosities and she was thorough, thoughtful, informative, and so present. Though I’m far from having a baby, I’ve been trying to figure out a way that Briana could be in my life when Paul and I do decide for that day to come. I thought maybe we could be in Utah for 9 months, or maybe she wouldn’t mind moving to Denmark for a bit (a girl can wish). In fact, the day she passed on I was thinking about her and thinking of the logistics of getting her over here. I think there’s a reason why certain thoughts are placed in your head at certain times.

I’m heartbroken and shocked, but I couldn’t be more grateful that this occurred around Easter when we celebrate how Christ gave his life to us so that we might live again. I know Briana is in a good place with a loving Father and I know we will see her again. Death is not the end. She lives. My thoughts and prayers are with her dear family, especially her brother Ian who was also in the car and suffered a broken clavicle and scratches. They will be having celebration services (not funerals!) on Wednesday at 7pm at 951 East 100 South in Salt Lake City and on her birthday, May 6, in California.

Here’s a bit more on the accident. And what I read to commemorate. And what I watched.

The lovely photos above are by Alisha Stamper on the right and Carolee Beckham on the left. Such beauty. Thank you for taking these shots.

I love you Briana.

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Design + Home + Life + Products + Wedding / Monday, 4 Apr 2011

royal wedding souvenirs. better late than never!

Dear readers, I’m so pleased to announce a little project that Cramer and I, with support from our British counterpart, have whipped up in a few short weeks. Although we’re a bit late entering the game, we have arrived with GUSTO to present our line of souvenirs celebrating the wedding on Prince William and Kate Middleton later this month.
Now, to all of you who have known me since I was a wee little one, this will come as no surprise as you and I both know that I was going to marry Prince William. After a couple of trips to England with no royal invitation to meet HRH, I knew it was time to MOVE ON. So, I met and married my Danish prince and William, clearly heartbroken, finally decided to move on too and propose to his gf of 10 years. About time, buddy! And I give my full support. We have come up with tote bags, keychains, mugs, commemorative plates all celebrating the wedding of the year. Check it all out now on out Etsy shop and place your pre-order. Our products will be ready any day now so now’s your chance! Not only that, but Paul and I will be in London the weekend of the royal wedding selling souvenirs with our dear friends on PORTOBELLO ROAD so come and visit and tell your friends! We can’t wait to be there with the masses in our little booth exploiting this wedding! I’ll be the one in the mock wedding dress.

Go check out the full line at The House That Lars Built Etsy shop.

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Life + Party + Wedding / Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010

Our reception Part 1: Moonpools and Caterpillars

Speaking of not talking about the wedding (ahem)… so I think I’m gonna go ahead and describe in greater detail some of the wedding tidbits in no particular order. One of the highlights of the whole event, leading up to and the night of, was the chance to work with our friend Kimi Encarnacion. Kimi and her husband Jay Jay had a band called Moonpools and Caterpillars and remain the ultimate rockstars. Kimi was kind enough to say yes to 1) redoing my mom’s wedding dress 2) playing at our reception. I had a not so pleasant time deciding on a dress but it came much easier when mom suggested that I used hers. Thankfully, Kimi could make a paper bag look fantastic. She turned the dress around so that the back buttons now lined the front, took off the high neckline and created a v-neck, removed the bell sleeves and left the puff. Much like my mom’s dress, I made a sash with green and then made fabric flowers in whites/off whites/blush pinks to accent. I painted a false curtain on canvas for the band on the stage with our bright Scandinavian florals and hung a dainty chandelier to give light to the musicians. Kimi and JJ perfectly entertained their guest with a fantastic playlist that included a quirky selection of songs like Hey Ya and Home is Wherever I’m With you (LOVE that song!).

More later like the ring, how to make the flowers, etc. Stay tuned!

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Life + Wedding / Friday, 1 Oct 2010

Like mother, like daughter…before and after

This here on the right is my mother. My mother is “the full package” according to my dad (and I highly concur.) Mom had her wedding dress made by a friend who did costume design for theater in LA. I had never considered adapting the dress for my own until I realized how glum wedding dress shopping is. Enter mom’s great idea to use hers. Genius. Also enter Kimi of Moonpools and Caterpillars fame. Among many things, Kimi is an amazing seamstress and expressed enthusiasm and courage at the notion of transforming this original 80’s wonder to 2010 glory. Kimi, you are a miracle worker even though it was more of a headache than any of us predicted. She took off the high neck, turned the dress around so the row of buttons are in the front, cut out the masses of liners, slimmed it down, deleted the lower bell sleeves, created a v-neck and voilá. I added a braided green belt with white/off white/blush pink flowers much in the same spirit of my mom’s purple sash. I couldn’t have been more pleased!

Photography by Ali Degraff. More pictures on 100 Layer Cake.

amusement of the day: Dot, the world’s smallest stop-motion animation character (even smaller than Marcel? How about a duel?) Thanks Carissa!

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