Interiors + Style + This Girl + Yellow / Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

This Girl: XIV

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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012

Placemat paintbrush roll-up holder

I was super honored to be asked to contribute to Martha Stewart’s crafts blog. What exactly do you choose for Martha? It was a toughie I’ll tell you what. I’ve been in need of a paintbrush holder because transporting my delicate brushes around town has been getting me nervous without proper protection. I thought of using a sushi roller mat, but then found these placemats at Jysk and thought, “bingo”. I added some monochromatic colored fabric and voila, paintbrush holder here you are. Now, I went a little crazy so I made three (anyone want one?) in these awesome colors AND I went crazy with the GIFs, but really, could you blame me? They’re so photogenic! 
Materials: bamboo placemat (min is 18 x 12″), fabric in coordinating color, thread, scissors, sewing machine, ruler, 12′ ribbon or elastic
Click here to read the full instructions 

Step 1: cut a piece of fabric about 2″ wider than the width of the place-mat and at least 3″ more than the height.

Step 2: Fold the fabric overs so that the top piece is about 1 1/2″ taller than the bottom piece.
Step 3: Fold the taller piece about 1/4″ over, press, and sew straight across.
Step 4: Fold the shorter piece 1/4″ over and press.
Step 5: Fold both sides over together 1/4″ and press and sew together.
Step 6: Measure and mark at 1 1/2″ across the whole length. This will be where your dividing lines will go. I also measured the top.
Step 7: Sew down these lines and stop when you get to the shorter piece of fabric.
Step 8: Place the fabric piece on top of the place-mat and align it at the bottoms.

Step 9: Change the width of your stitch to a width where the needle can cross the bamboo safely. For mine this was 4.5.
Step 10: Sew a straight line across the top and the bottom.
Step 11: Insert a thick ribbon into the edge of the bamboo to use as an enclosure.

Voila! Super easy and helpful in protecting your goods as you go about town. I made one for my brushes, colored pencils, and silverware for picnics. Happy travels!

 Photography by Amanda Thomsen and me

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012

Golden Circle

Just two more Iceland posts to go. Isn’t this place unreal?! When you come to Iceland, the main tourist route is the Golden Circle, which consists of three main stops in a 300km loop. The first is the national park Þingvellir, which is important for two reasons. 1) it’s the site of the original parliament of Iceland established in 930 and 2) it’s also the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
 
The second is the geothermal geysers consisting of Geysir and Strokkur, which are absolutely phenomenal, erupting every 10 minutes or so. 
The last is the waterfall, Gulfoss, which, too, is pretty phenomenal. 

More Iceland photos here.

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Crafts + denmark + design*sponge + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Monday, 18 Jun 2012

Sunset-dyed picnic basket/pouch

The latest DIY for design*sponge went live last week. In the spirit of Danish picnics, I thought I’d economize on space and turn my bicycle basket into a pouch. You always seems to need a bag for throwaways, right? I had seen an awesome spray bottle DIY on Camille Styles and I changed it up a bit. For the full DIY go to design*sponge.

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Copenhagen + Life + This week / Friday, 15 Jun 2012

This week: Birthday edition

I’ve never been one to admit to wanting a big birthday. I was trying to take after my mom who is the least fussy person on the planet and genuinely forgets her birthday, but truthfully, I think everyone should be made a big deal one day of the year. That said, this one kind of turned into a week long celebration and I was not complaining. My friend, Becca, was in town and we played tourist around Copenhagen seeing the Copenhagen Boy’s Choir at Vor Frue Kirke. Is it creepy to say that I love boy’s choirs? Because I do. I die every time. I’m pretty sure that’s what heaven will sound like. I also die every time I see peonies and Jaqueline was so graciously kind to bring me some. Die! But don’t let all these adventures and good times fool you, I got sick on Sunday and only now am I starting to feel a bit better. I know, I know, whip out your violin and play me a sad song.

This went on this week:
I celebrated my 30th birthday on Monday with a cupcake stand, my last DIY for Oh Happy Day
Here are a few things I learned about DIYing while contributing for OHD
I did this wood bead necklace for A Merry Mishap
The best in umbrellas at Brooklyn Bride
I was honored to be asked to contribute to Martha Stewart’s blog and did this (more next week)
Also, the second project came out for design*sponge (again, more next week)

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I feel like I have great supporters in all of you and I’m so grateful. Have a lovely weekend!

photos from my Instagram

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