Posts Categorized: Projects

Copenhagen + Crafts + decorations + denmark + DIY + Projects / Monday, 16 Apr 2012

On My Basket: Aluminum can flowers for spring

Did you have a lovely weekend? I sure hope so. Ours was filled with exploring more of beautiful Iceland and playing a murder mystery dinner game with the friends we are visiting here. I’ll be showing you more, but FIRST! I did this DIY before I left Denmark (can you tell by the same dress I’m wearing!?! so sorry, I usually try and mix up my clothing changes). Since Denmark is the land of bicycles (40% of Copenhageners ride to work) I thought it’d be nice to do a monthly series of what’s going on with my bike basket decor. What do you think? Yay? Nay?
You definitely know spring has arrived when women start putting the fake flowers on their bike baskets. I wanted to try something a bit different–something better suited to rain so I tried out aluminum cans and a flower punch. 
You will need: aluminum cans, flower punch, paint brush, acrylic paints, duct tape, wire wire cutters, glue for metal
Step 1: Punch the can with the scissors.
Step 2: Cut the aluminum getting as much out of the flat part as you can making a rectangle.
Step 3: With the flower punch, punch the aluminum can rectangle.
Step 4: Paint the flower white. You’ll need to paint a few layers.
Step 5: Brush some color onto the petals to create a loose brush effect. Don’t use much water.
Step 6: Glue two flower punches together so they are two layers.
Step 7: Fold the petals and then slightly curl them to create volume.
Step 8: Attach a pice of wire about 4″ long to the back of the flowers with the duct tape.
Step 9: Insert the wire into the basket and twist it in the back. Cut off extra wire if necessary.


These flowers should withhold the elements much better than the fabric flowers and you can change it up according to the season.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Happy spring!
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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.

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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Party + Projects + Wedding / Thursday, 5 Apr 2012

Photobooth oversized engagement ring props

I was asked to do another DIY for the Etsy blog and I LOVE how it turned out. You know my love of all things oversized so it was natural that I choose something in that category. I’ve always been a bit scared of origami for some reason. Maybe because it looks so precise and exact? And I’m totally not always that. Anywhoo, this origami diamond was easy and really makes a statement, doncha think? I’ll include pictures here but no text so for complete instructions go to the Etsy blog.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

And a HUGE thank you to Heidi from I’m with Leia who at the last minute raced (with her darling little one) over to pose as a model in terrific yellow. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Color + DIY + my shop + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012

Carnival ticket business cards

 
Last fall when my sister and I were shopping for fun materials, I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across these beautiful sherbet carnival tickets. I didn’t know WHAT I was going to use them for I just knew they were amazing and had to be a part of my life. Watermelon, lemon, mint, bubble gum, orange…yummy. Well, I finally figured it out…they are my new business cards.
First, I got a custom rubber stamp made with my info and then I got my stamping game on. Well, in full disclosure, my patient husband got his stamping game on. He’s very nice. And loves me a lot.
I thought it’d be fun at networking events (like The Hive in May) to go around with rolls of tickets and then people can choose their color. I ALSO thought it’d be super fun to act as if they were money and I was super rich and took a swim in them like Duck Tales. If only that were true…I’ll be sticking the Duck Tales outtakes on the Facebook page. 
Photography by Hilda Grahnat 
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Crafts + DIY + holiday + Projects + St. Patrick's Day / Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012

Shamrock Wreath

Though I do have extensive Danish family lines I also have a lot of proud Irish blood in me thanks to my Irish grandmother. I’d LOVE to go to Ireland some day and explore my heritage (I’ve been watching lots of “Do you know you are are?” Love that show!) but in the mean time I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s day with a little shamrock style. 
You will need: shades of green paper, scissors, glue gun, embroidery hoop
Step 1: Draw simple shamrock shapes in a variety of sizes
Step 2: Cut them out
Step 3: Bend the leaves of the shamrocks
Step 4: Dab some glue onto the center of the shamrock and continue the process going around the hoop. Voila!

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

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