Posts Categorized: Projects

denmark + Design + giveaway + Life + Products + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012

Danish Design giveaway: #1 (CLOSED)

In order to give a proper good-bye to Denmark (in case you missed it, we’re moving to America in two weeks!) and to thank you dear readers for reading this blog, I have some magical things lined up for you for the month of December. First, how about some giveaways?! I thought it would be nice to give away some wonderful home products by all Danish designers. OOOOO, can you take it?

I feel lucky to have lived in a country where design is second nature. I’ve learned that the Danes really value their homes and take pride in the things that occupy them. When you are invited into someone’s home it is a big deal and they treat you very well. So, in honor of beautiful Danish design and the people that make it, I’ll be having 4 giveaways during December. Denmark celebrates the advent season, in particular each advent Sunday, so I thought it was most appropriate to select a winner each advent Sunday. The first round starts today and the winner will be selected this Sunday, December 2nd.

I have some wonderful companies with awesome products lined up. Drum roll please…this week’s giveaway is sponsored by some of my very favorites Ferm Living, At Hermans, Herb Lester, and Royal Copenhagen. A few of the items will be repeated each week but the rest will be unique.

1. Copenhagen poster &
2. wooden star ornament by Ferm Living
3. map of Copenhagen (ok, not a Danish designer, but it fits well, non?) by illustrator Matt Chase for Herb Lester (they have lovely maps of other cities too!)
4. Royal Copenhagen Elements thermal mug in coral
5. Beautiful wooden tray by Jørgen Høj from one of my fave shops, At Hermans (and they ship world wide!)

That’s over a $250 value! 

TO ENTER! Head on over to Facebook and like The House That Lars Built page then tell me in a comment below what you love about Danish design. If you’ve already liked the FB page, score! But bonus points if you share the giveaway! Also, bonus points if you share in other places too like Twitter, Pinterest or your blog. Please leave your contact info so I can contact you to let you know you’ve won!

Winner will be selected Sunday, December 2nd so you have until Saturday, December 1st to enter. 

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DIY + etsy + holiday + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012

How to make: bulb bouquet

Remember when I found those lovely shades of bulbs at Søstrenes Grenes a few weeks ago? Well, I had envisioned a bulb bouquet awhile back and I was super nervous that I was going to have to import some lovely bulbs but I totally struck gold with these! I had a ball (no pun intended) selecting colors and I have to say that I think this might be my favorite project of all time. Just maybe…

All you have to do is group the bulbs into little bouquets and then put them altogether with gold floral tape and then wrap a lovely ribbon around it. Voila! Check out my full instructions on Etsy Weddings.

Working with my photographer Amanda Thomsen and my model Cecilie Andersen is just a dream team situation. We do these mini shoots where we’re in and out in an afternoon. Bliss! Poor Cecilie had to wear this Jenny Packham dress in the freezing cold and did so without complaints. Of course, the dress is so gorgeous that I don’t think even I would complain. And I’m a cold weather wuss.
I had to include this last photo of her hair. I worked without a make-up/hair stylist for the day so yes, I had to put on yet another hat. A braid wrapped around her head twice? Oh, you know, just hearkening my childhood days.

Thank you to Vintage Bride for loaning the gorgeous dress. 

Project for Etsy Weddings

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Brooklyn Bride + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2012

How to make: holiday leaf crown

I was in one of my favorite shops a couple of weeks ago, F.N.92, and the owner showed me this little ornate bolero jacket. My jaw dropped to the ground. How awesome is it? I just had to use it for a shoot. So, I dreamed up a little leaf crown to accompany it. It’s the first time an outfit has informed the craft rather than the other way around. I’m thinking it could be the perfect accessory for a holiday ball, winter bride, or a halo for a little angel for a nativity scene.
Materials: wire thin enough to shape to the head, wire cutters, greenery clipped from the garden, gold spray paint, straw floral tape
Step 1: Spray paint your leaves at least 24 hours before you intend on making the crown.
Step 2: Measure the wire around the model’s head and cut it with 3 extra inches.
Step 3: Form the wire into a circle and wrap the extra inches around to secure it.
Step 4: Break the leaves into 2 1/2″ segments.
Step 5: Take your first segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 6: Take the next segment of leaves and overlap it with the previous segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 7: Repeat until you get to the end. Overlap it with the beginning.
That’s it! Voila!

Photography by Amanda Thomsen 
Project by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Brooklyn Bride
Model Cecilie Andersen
Assistant Karen Yip
Jacket by FN 92
Dress by Elefeteria

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contest + Costumes + holiday + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012

Halloween contest!

I am floored at the response I got from the call for the Halloween costume contest. Now, it’s a little less of a contest, than a “show me how creative you are!” because man, you had some good ones! That said, all the selections presented here will receive one free telegram from Telegram Stop. Wahoo! Sadly, I don’t have the space on the blog to show all of them, but I appreciate everyone who sent in their photos so much. Kept me in giggles! I’m going to put all of them onto my “COSTUME PARTIES” Pinterest board so you can check them all out there.
First off, the floral costumes! The top photo comes from Kimberly Moore of Third Floor, who saw my dream in January to recreate this illustration of a bouquet of flowers for my Halloween costume this year. Sadly, I didn’t have a reason to dress up this year so I didn’t (boo hoo hoo). I just LOVE her spin on it. Below, Søs Uldall Ekman, used some face paint and faux flowers to create a fantastic dia de los muertos costume.
Next up…geography! My sister, Caitlin Watson, who I talk about all the time, came up with Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Genius? I think so. Is everyone familiar with The Magic School Bus? It’s a series of kids books based on the adventures of the clever Mrs. Frizzle and her class. Laura Tarrish, an illustrator in Portland, made a globe out of styrofoam with her husband for her now 23 year old daughter when she was 3. And then she turned it into her Christmas card and labelled it, ” Peace on Earth”. Sweet huh?
Kids costumes! Jen Craun, an artist, and her architect husband made AMAZING lego costumes for her kids as seen here (they are nuts) and last year made this amazing monarch butterfly and shark costume for her kids.  
Couple’s costumes! You guys came up with some very clever couple’s costumes. First up, I LOVE this one. The European Debt crisis with Liberty dressed as Germany and her husband, Greece, groveling at her feet. Clever!

And isn’t this adorable? Kelly of Studio DIY created an amazing croquembouche costume (or French macaron wedding cake) out of COFFEE FILTERS while her husband was its French chef. Too much!

Mary Poppins and Bert are adorable! Carolina of Antologia and her boyfriend play the roles well.
Janet of This Confetti Life and her husband made adorable robbers no? 
This one is one of my favorites. I love me an inanimate object costume like this pencil. Simple, perfect. By illustrator Michéle Brummer-Everett
And last but not least, costumes for groups: Wes Anderson characters including Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and Royal Tennebaums from Suzanna Rooks, a graphic designer in South Carolina.
But the real star of the show was Kelly’s Mexican pinata chihuahua. Nailed it.
Thanks again everyone for submitting your photos! I just loved checking them out and wish I could have showed everyone’s stellar costumes. Again, they will all appear on my Pinterest board, “costume parties” so you can check them out there. I can’t wait for next year’s costumes! If you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking of what you’ll be doing.
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Design + DIY + etsy + Projects + templates + Wedding / Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

Menu template

My latest project for Etsy weddings is up now! I illustrated a menu template that you can print off for your wedding or any occasion really. There are a number of color options so check out the page to print off the color of your choice (see the right column here).
It’s so easy! You just need: x-acto, cutting board, ruler, tape if needed, template (download here)
Just cut around the template and make a little incision on each side of the template as indicated above. The simply fold it on the black line and insert into the slits.

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Etsy Weddings

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