christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 1 Dec 2011

1st Day of Christmas Crafts: DIY glitter trees

Happy first of December! In Denmark, the 24 days prior to Christmas are usually celebrated with advent calendars (check out Oh Happy Day for some stellar ones) accompanied with a little activity or gift. I’m going to do a “24 days of Christmas crafts” challenge. I do think I’m crazy, but they won’t always be big crafts so I think it might be doable. Wanna do it too? Let me know and let’s share ideas! I’ve been super into glitter since the days of the lantern and thought it would be a nice addition to these trees that my mom used to make out of magazines. They are a cinch to make and I thought they turned out quite well.
What you’ll need: old magazines, gold spray paint, spray glue or glitter glue (couldn’t find glitter glue in Europe. Help???), glitter

Step 1: Make your first fold by taking the top and folding it down so it creates a nice line with the center of the magazine.

Step 2: Make your second fold by taking the edge of that first fold and folding it into the center line.

Step 3: Take the point of the new bottom fold and fold it up so it’s flush with the bottom edge of the magazine. The tree will stand on this so it must be able to sit on a table.

Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat until the last page. 
Step 5: Spray some gold paint on. 
Step 6: Embellish with glitter by spraying on adhesive spray. Start at the top and trickle it as it comes down the tree for an ombre effect.

I think I’m going to do dozens more to act as our real Christmas tree since we don’t have a lot of space in our little apartment. Enjoy! 

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Design + illustration + Life + Products + Shops / Monday, 14 Nov 2011

Language of flowers

I’m super stoked to announce the arrival of 3 more new items to the shop. I can’t tell the full story of how it came to be just yet, but it’s a good, juicy tale. And yes, I just pulled the juvenile “I’ve got a secret and I’m not sharing” trick and I’m not ashamed to use it.
The theme of the collection is, “Language of Flowers” and the design records a love poem written by a boy to his beloved darling in the Victorian-era secret language in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise couldn’t be spoken socially. Starting with the left side of the wreath to the right side, each flower reveals one more part of the missing puzzle poem. Included in the poem are amaranth globes, black-eyed susans, daisies, poppies, dandelions, tulips, morning glories, roses, magnolias, laurel leaves, laurestine, forget-me-nots, honeysuckle. You can try deciphering the poem with a little help from our friends Wiki and Pedia
First in the collection is a 2012 wall calendar giclee print by our friends at Rowley Press. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it turned out! The colors turned out so beautiful rich on the cotton paper. 
Next up, we have kitchen accessories. I have this thing for kitchen accessories, but I hate to cook. Go figure. This oven glove above is super thick and features two different sides, one with a red poppy on one side and a yellow rise on the other. Then below, a cotton tea towel featuring a silhouette of Queen Victoria as a symbol of the times, lover of beauty, and wearer of flowers in her hair. Has there been a bigger royal proponent for beauty than Victoria? 

Lastly, I introduced it last week, but must add it again, the custom silhouette rubber stamp return addresses. I’ve received a few comments like, “wish I could order, but I move to much.” Amen! I know the feeling. SO, do not fear. Order the first one and all repeat orders with just an address change are discounted.

I’ve wanted to squeal with this exciting news for awhile, but it’s finally here. Check the individual products out on the shop.

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Projects / Friday, 21 Oct 2011

Last minute Halloween decor

Halloween definitely is not as in-your-face in Denmark so I hadn’t thought much about decorating until I saw my old friend, Nicole, and her simple Halloween DIY’s on her blog and I thought, bingo. She has three great tutorials, but I decided to recreate one so that it would act more as our curtains (and a bit spider-web looking) since I still haven’t made curtains in our place. Get her full instructions here and my own take below.

Once you’ve cut out a gazillion odd-shapped paper triangles in a few different colored paper blacks (to give it dimension) hot glue a dot on each end of the top of the triangle and then just keep on going.

So easy right? I’d love to put them en masse everywhere outside too, but I’m afraid Danish weather will put that to a stop immediately. I have one more DIY coming up later today, just in time for a crafty weekend!

photos by Lee Jepsen

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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Monday, 12 Sep 2011

DIY: Speech bubbles

I hope you had a great weekend remembering 9/11 and those who were affected. There was so much goodness coming out from something so bad.

So, a few weeks ago, a Ukrainian friend from my Danish class asked me to teach her how to make the speech bubbles for her upcoming wedding. My sister had made the two below and I was thrilled with the spice they added to our photography session with Ali. We wrote “I love you” and “I love you more” in Danish and English respectively and she wanted hers in Russian and Danish, since she too married a Danish man.
Materials:
Primed canvas
Cardboard
X-acto knife
Glue gun
Scissors
Sharpie
3 acrylic paints of your choice for background and lettering
Paintbrush
Pencil
Flat polyester filling
Fabric for backing (optional)
1. With a Sharpie, create the outline of the speech bubble you want to create on a large piece of cardboard.
2. Cut out the shape with the x-acto knife.
3. Lay the flat polyester filling on top of the cardboard as padding and hot glue it down. I couldn’t find it here so I used squares and laid them like tiles, then cut around.
4. Lay the bubbles on the canvas face down and cut around it leaving 1″ in excess
5.  Using scissors, cut slits into the canvas every couple of inches to create the circular shape
6. Glue gun the canvas slits to the back of the cardboard.
7. With the color of your choice, paint the canvas.
8. When it’s done drying, write your phrase with a pencil then paint it with a contrasting color.
9. (optional)Glue gun a fun fabric to the back side of the bubble. This won’t be seen in the pictures. Just a nice detail.
10. Voilà!
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