Posts Categorized: Projects

Design + DIY + hello bee + Projects / Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012

The ultimate care package with free PDF

I recently made a care package for my brother-in-law who is living in America for a couple of years and it was featured on Hello Bee yesterday. I call it, The Ultimate. I mean, who doesn’t love a good care package?! Especially when the items are mini-sized. It’s too cute for its own good. 
Materials: suitcase, acrylic paint, angled paintbrush, scissors, care package goodies, masking tape
Step 1: Start by creating the air mail border on the box. I free-styled it with an angled paintbrush so that all you need is one stroke (like applying nail polish!). I started with the white and measured it every .5″ around.
Step 2: I added another coat of white paint.
Step 3: Now go in and add the blue on top to every other white strip. To get a super clean air mail effect, use the masking tape to create the lines and then peel them off.
Step 4: Add another coat of blue paint.
Step 5: Add in the care package goodies. I bought mini sized candy from Haribo, bouncy balls, a Rubiks cube keychain, a little notebook, a small package of potato chips, and licorice (the Danes LOVE licorice).
Step 6: Cut out the air mail label (free PDF here) and apply with tape to the top of the box.
Step 7: Add on some cute stamps and send it on its way. I checked with the Danish Post to see if it was ok to send and they said it was, so hopefully it is where you are too.

Wouldn’t your day be made if you received one of these?! Now, go make someone’s day!

Photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Hello Bee

Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012

League of extraordinary women party

I had a very belated 30th birthday party on Saturday. I learned that everyone splits town for the months of June/July in Denmark so September it had to be. I planned this “League of Extraordinary Women” party mostly because I love dressing up and thought it was my chance to make everyone else do the same. Muhaha. The gist was this: everyone selects a woman who did something noteworthy over the age of 29 and dress up as that person. Then, you guess who that person was. Pretty much, I wanted to find out why the 30s is so awesome and you know what? In researching women, I found that so many famous/awesome women were in their 30s when they did their awesome thing. Amelia Earhart? 31 when she flew across the Atlantic. Christina, above, also loves dress up parties. Guess who she is? That’s right, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who published Anne of Green Gables when she was 34. Isn’t her dress phenomenal? She’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and has had her eye on this dress from the costume department for ages and finally had a chance to put it to use. Can you guess who I am? Christina came with a bag of wigs and this was the closest thing to my woman. It should have been a bit shorter and a lot whiter.

If you said Iris Apfel, then you got it! The details totally off in so many ways (need round glasses, not so miss-matched, etc.) but maybe you got the gist. I love Iris, the icon of fashion and style. She’s definitely become more prominent in her more advanced years after founding Old World Weavers, the textile company. For some reason I felt like posing as Iris was all about the lifted arm.

Paul made some delicious cakes including his Devil’s food and carrot cake, which I have had for breakfast every day since. My sister-in-law came as Mia Hamn and was so kind in making a traditional Danish lagkage. Thank you Ximena! We also played a game called “Name That Tune–30 years of #1 hits” where I played a few seconds from each song on this playlist (it starts with the year 1982) and then provided the guests with this sheet (with an answer key) to mark each year from 1982. You can download it for free too and adjust the dates if you want to play it for another year.

Brooklyn Bride + Design + downloads + paper + Projects / Thursday, 6 Sep 2012

Printable monogram stationery

I made some monogram stationery for Brooklyn Bride last week. You can download all 26 letters of the alphabet and then print off the letter of your choice to make your own stationery set. All you have to do is cut it out. Easy beazy. The cards are a standard 4 bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8″) so if you find an envelope at 3 5/8 x 5 1/8″ you’re golden. I had such a ball pairing the colors together. My kind of relaxation! Click here for the Brooklyn Bride’s download.

Crafts + DIY + flowers + hello bee + Projects / Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

How to make a floral crown: Part 2

Round 2! (See round 1 here). I just can’t get enough of these floral crowns. In my ideal world I’m making a new one daily and sporting it around town. (But who says I can’t?!). Now, take a look at Agnes here. Are you dying?! I spotted her at the Kvickly, a super market here in town. Well, actually, I spotted her dress first. I want one for myself. And then I looked up and saw her darling curls, and then she turned around and she killed me with cuteness. Look at that face! I thought she’d be great for a shoot one day but alas, I didn’t have the courage to do anything about it. Well, we went outside to retrieve our bikes and there she was with her mom. It was a sign. Paul encouraged me to just do something about it so I mustered up the gumption (very un-Danish to do this!) and told her mom that she has an adorable daughter and that I’d love to put her in a photoshoot. In hind sight, it’s kinda creepy. But then again, I’ve been told I don’t give off creepy vibes, thankfully.
The pattern is basically same as the first post, but just simplified with the variety of flowers. I chose basic daisies from the garden as kids can easily pick them assemble them themselves.
Step 1: Cut them to size, 5-9″ in length each.
Step 2: Cross one over the other to start.
Step 3: Tuck it under, bring it to the top and fold down with the first one.
Step 4: Repeat the process with another flower and continue until you get to the right length. At the end just tuck in the last flower into the first flower. For extra fullness, tuck in some more flowers afterwards.
Voila!

Adorable right? Thank you Agnes and her mom, Stine, for being willing to come and model!

Photos by Amanda Thomsen
This tutorial was made for Hello Bee (an awesome parenting site with lots of DIYs!)

DIY + etsy + flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012

How to make a floral crown: Part 1

GUYS, look at these! Seriously, this was one of the funnest projects/shoots I’ve done yet! The model, Cecilie, the photographer, Amanda, the flowers! I die. Ok, ok, we’ve seen floral crowns everywhere these days but I just had to try my hand at it. It all started last year when I spotted this painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Getty. Now, floral crowns are nothing new to the art historical oeuvre, but for some reason this one really struck me. Take a look at the full painting (it’s 179 x 80cm) and now imagine what a scene this could have been IRL. It depicts the Cerealia festival on the Roman streets. I mean, everyone is carrying branches and flowers and wearing them on their heads and playing instruments? This is my kind of town! Nuts!
Now, let’s make one ourselves!

Materials: With this version you don’t need anything but flowers! No wire, no glue, no tape, no nothin’. Perhaps just some clippers to clip the flowers down to a nice size. For the base of crown, I’d consider starting with greenery first. The more pliable the greens, the better! Try bending the stem first to make sure it doesn’t crack. If it does, consider using something else. For this floral crown I used black dahlias, tidsel (the greenery for the base), astilbe (the pink), craspedia (the yellow balls), and virburnum berries (the turquoise and purple)
Step 1: Cut and line up the first round of lowers for the base of your crown. Ideally, the stems should be 5-9″ long each. You can cut them down but it’s harder to work with shorter stems. I suggest using greenery first and then adding the colors into it.

Step 2: Lay one stem perpendicular on top of another. 

Step 3: Bend the stem under. 

Step 4: Bring the stem up to the top and then press it down so it lays next to the first.
Step 5: While holding the two stems in place with your left hand, place another stem on top and bend it under.
Step 6: Bring the stem up again and then place it parallel with the others.
Step 7: Repeat the process until it’s the size of the circumference of the head. I added some different greenery into the middle to create more of a focal point when it’s worn.
Step 8: When you get to the end, wrap the last stem tightly around the others to secure them in place, making sure that it doesn’t break.
Step 9: To finish off the circle, weave the last stems into the beginning of the crown by tucking them in.  
Step 10: Now you can start adding in other flowers. I added longer pieces first so that the shorter flowers can be seen on top.
Step 11: Place your show-stopper flowers evenly around the crown. I used black dahlias for this.
Finishing touches: Continue adding in your flowers evenly around the crown. I added in berries at the end for some extra exclamation marks. 
There are so many variations to this version, so feel free to experiment (I’ll be showing you a simple kids version soon!). You can switch off flowers for the base of the crown instead of adding the flowers at the end or you can keep it simple and just use one variety. WARNING: after this you’ll want to crown every flower you see. And yes, that’s a verb now. 
This project was made for the Etsy Weddings blog (SUCH a good resource)
Thank you Amanda Thomsen for the lovely photos! And thank you Cecilie for modeling!
Thank you Anja from Elefteria for the beautiful dresses! 
And lastly, thank you Lenore Rosendal for hair/make up!