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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In the Know + Life + travel / Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012

and we’re off!

Paul and I just decided to take a little road trip around the island of Iceland. We’ll be taking the southern route and ending up at Jökulsálón, the glacier lagoon. We are stoked! Thank you for all your tips on Iceland. It seems like everyone who has been here has loved it and I can see why. This place is phenomenal. I’ll most likely be silent for the next few days as we will be *deep breath* CAMPING.*

*Note: I don’t camp. This should be interesting.

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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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Interiors + Style + This Girl / Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012

This Girl: VIII

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