Copenhagen + Craftenhagen + Crafts + Design + Life / Friday, 13 Jul 2012

Craftenhagen: a new series of workshops

Guys, I’m seriously on a make-an-event kick and now I have one more to introduce…du duh du dum….CRAFTENHAGEN! (Because you know I love events that end in “hagen”). Denmark has a wonderful and long crafts tradition. I think everyone I know knows how to knit, sew, crochet, reupholster, etc. etc. The Danes are super practical that way but I’m not sure they know how cool it really is. SO, I thought it’d be cool to get together once a month and CRAFT! But not just that, invite someone who knows how to do something really cool who can teach us their tricks. This first event was really triggered by a master crafter, Sarah Goldschadt who’s been my online friend for awhile now (I featured one of her crafts for my 24 Days of Christmas Crafts and her darling knitted row houses) and she told me she was coming to Copenhagen and that we should do something crafty and suggested we hold a get-together and bada bing bada boom, Craftenhagen was born.

Sarah is going to teach us how to make her famous “owlies” as featured in the book Microcrafts. Not only that, but Sarah has her OWN book coming out later this year called Craft-a-day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects not to mention her awesome work for everything from Rolling Stone to Oprah to Martha Stewart Living. Wahoo!

Interested now?! So, we have to act fast to have Sarah all to ourselves so next Thursday, July 19th at 19:00 come to my studio at Turesensgade 5 to get your craft on. OR just drop by and bring your own craft projects so we can meet up and chat and talk about what other projects we’d like to do. We have to charge a little fee of 50kr to start it up and you can purchase tickets here or at the door. I know some of you are on vacay, but the rest of us can make our staycation full of crafty goodness.

If you’d like to make the owlies please bring your own materials as found from the list here.

Check out the website here, the Facebook page here, and the event page here.

Stoked are we?! Me too! Vi ses på Torsdag!

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Crafts + DIY + flowers + Projects / Thursday, 12 Jul 2012

Ombre flower holder

The last project of my DIY summer series is up on design*sponge. I made a flower hanger/holder for flowers and sticks and stuff, which I’ve found to be quite handy especially living near so much wonderful greenery. I’ve even attached it to my bike and gone around town collecting wildflowers and sticks to make my paper flowers. You can do the ombre part right in your kitchen with pots.

Thank you Hilda Grahnat for the photos and Amanda Thomsen for taking some more final shots.

For full instructions, check out the tutorial on design*sponge.

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Artist Feature + Design + dream jobs + flowers + Life / Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012

Chaunté Vaughn

Let’s talk about my friend Chaunté shall we? Chaunté Vaughn has an impeccable eye as seen through her photographic and styling work, but as you are well aware by now, the moment you add a flower into anything I’m suddenly all ears. She’s created this series of portraits of a sweet little one named Kayla who is a) way ahead of her time and b) a really good sport with the floral crowns.
I had to add in this last one even though there are no flowers because well, it’s too much. 
There are moments when I get sad that I’m not in America and it’s oftentimes moments like these when I wish I could collaborate with really amazing people like Chaunté. Chaunté, hats off! 
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design*sponge + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012

Laundry rack

Confession: I don’t always use the diy projects that I make. I don’t! Our place is way too tiny to keep it all so I  tend to give a lot of stuff away. Well, when I was thinking of projects to do for my summer series for design*sponge, I tried thinking of things that I would actually use and a laundry rack was high on my list. With no dryer, drying space is essential and our one iron rack doesn’t always cut it so i triggered up this hanging rack out of wood and rope. The best part about it is that it’s easy to roll up and put away. It’s currently outside on our terrace full of semi-dry clothing so I’d consider it a success.

For full instructions, check out design*sponge.

Thank you Hilda for the photography and Amanda for stepping in for some final shots. 

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Art + Design + flowers + Style / Monday, 9 Jul 2012

Garden couture at Dior

Raf Simons debuted his first collection for the house of Dior at last week’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012 show. He envisioned a magical canvas of flowers within an intimate salon setting to set off his feminine silhouttes. I’d say….ACHIEVED! Each room contains hundreds of thousands of flowers from floor to ceiling: peonies, goldenrods, dahlias, carnations, delphiniums, roses…oh my!

The kicker is this video of assembling the set. The stylist in me is thinking “so much work to do in so little time” and the daughter-of-a-finance-father is thinking “how much is each flower?!”And the artist in me is thinking “now, THAT’s how you create magic in fashion.” I think this is the perfect blend of all the arts: fashion, set design, interior design, floral design. Dior, hats off for creating magic. You’re living out my dream budget. Now, go watch the video and check out Dior’s magazine. 

Thanks Rubi for the tip!

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