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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Crafts + DIY + Friends of Lars + guest blog + Projects / Thursday, 14 Jun 2012

DIY neon wooden bead necklace

I was super flattered when Jennifer of A Merry Mishap asked me to guest post on her blog while she’s away on vacay. I think she’d fit more with Denmark than I do, aesthetically speaking. I shared a DIY that I had created when I was in Berlin for The Hive. We spent two afternoons looking for materials in Modular–the best. Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats (we are fellow Californians) was so generous as to take pictures and we, along with Anne from Pret a Voyager had a blast modeling them. For outtakes check out the Facebook page. It’s so simple that I’m just going to leave you with visual directions.

 How cute is Ashley here?!

Thank you so much Ashley for the photographs and Anne for modeling! 

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Crafts + Design + DIY + Life + oh happy day + Projects + Tips / Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012

Oh Happy Day & things I learned about DIYing

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I am saying farewell to contributing to Oh Happy Day. I just loved my time there and am sad to leave, but I need to start focusing more on my projects for Lars and some new exciting projects coming up. I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and do a monstrous recap. When Jordan asked me to start contributing I didn’t really think of myself as a DIYer but somehow over the past year I’ve turned the DIY engine on and it hasn’t stopped. I’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I’d share them with you.
1. Photography is key. My projects all started with this little paper flower corsage. I took the photo myself on a timer. I think that works for some people who are trained but I ain’t no photographer so I’ve since smartened up and started working with talented photographers like Emily, Hilda, Amanda, and Liv who can add their own artistic spin to the picture. Besides a clear photo, it adds an added layer of creativity.
2. Setting is everything. I did this Peter Pan Party for a church function, but it just was NOT going to look good in its original setting where it was super dark and not conducive to good pictures. So, my friend Maria allowed me to take her place over for a couple of hours where I set it up again and shot in her terrific place. She ended up moving not too long after so I’m glad I got to do a project in her place at least once.
3. Work with somebody. I often don’t heed this advice and end up getting completely overwhelmed, but this ombre tablecloth I worked at Cramer’s studio and she helped me with the equipment and with the photos. I fall guilty of thinking I can do everything myself, but every time I wish I had someone there to assist. I’m trying to get better!
4. Get multiple projects done in one day. I was home visiting my family in California when I did these next few projects including this glitter disco ball lantern. I had done all the projects (mostly) before Emily came to photograph so that when she did we could get them done all in one go. Since it was my first time working this way I wasn’t fully prepared when she arrived and had to figure out a lot of sequencing, but it sure helped free up time over the next couple of months by doing it all in one go.
5. Color selection is key. Pipe cleaners often come in really awful primary colors. I bought a few different packages to gather the right color combos. I combined this pink with an olive rather than going with a full bright combo. I think it keeps the project more modern. I feel that color selection in all DIYs is what will set an excellent DIY from an ok DIY. 
6. Remember what you did as a child and then freshen it up. We did these wallpaper gift bags all the time as kids so when I visited Ferm Living here in Copenhagen and scored some wallpaper and I thought it’d be the best thing to freshen up a childhood craft. 
7. Listen to your mom. Ha! In my case, my mother is a creative genius so it’s easy to do. We often send each other 20 emails a day with ideas. Well, for some reason I didn’t listen to her at first when she told me to do her candy lights but I couldn’t think of anything else so by default I did it. It turned into one of the most popular projects. I just never know when something will be more liked over other projects.
8. Learn from where you go. I am constantly inspired by surroundings and on a 3 week trip to Nepal last year I saw something similar to this that I thought would turn into a great project for a DIY. This is the result. Take pictures, keep a sketchbook to record inspiration.
9. Often the simplest projects can be the best. These flour stencil hearts are so easy, but so fun. I’m often guilty of thinking that projects have to be super complicated, but really, who wants to spend a lot of time on crafts? We want fast and easy! 
10. Create a few styling options. I did a 4 project photoshoot day when I did these paper flower ice cream cones and I was so out of it when Hilda arrived to take pictures. I was so behind that I even had to cab it to go get a few last minute materials. Here in Denmark cabs are crazy expensive so it wasn’t the best. I had spent the night before crafting this ice cream holder that took me way too long. Additionally, I bought some mini flower pots to create stands for the flowers. I had so many different styling options and I don’t think I needed them all, but it’s always so nice to have options to take really great pictures.
11. Redo a project in a new way. I had created wire crowns for another website and thought it’d be cool to do them for a bride. I added some glitter and bada bing bada boom, a brand new project! 
12. Ask for other people’s advice. When Hilda came over to photograph the fruit balloons I asked her what she thought and she responded that they didn’t totally look like fruit. Blast! SO, she was so kind and patient and we headed to the store together where I bought more materials and she helped me blow them up, cut out leaves and try it again. Boy am I glad I asked her advice. They looked so much better the second time and this is my most popular project (according to page views).
13. Use a tripod and create gifs! This gold cupcake stand is the first project I’ve done where I used a tripod. Amanda was so nice in doing it setting it up and taking the pics and we created a little sequence of pictures to create a fun gif (I used this tutorial). After seeing Bri’s fun gifs on her blog, I thought it was a really great way to show steps in DIYs and gave it a try. 
There you go! A few things I’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned so many other things and I think I’ll give some pointers every now and again to help you create your own.
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Architecture + Copenhagen + denmark + Life + travel / Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012

Roskilde

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You guys are the best. After working yesterday we headed out to Roskilde to attend the Royal Danish Ballet’s summer series. Coincidentally, our first date was this exact event three years ago so it was very apropos. Roskilde is Paul’s favorite town so we spent some time exploring the city including the cathedral, churches, harbor, and charming streets. If you ever get to Denmark, Copenhagen is great, but the smaller towns are more walkable and cozy. 

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