christmas + Crafts + DIY + oh happy day + Projects / Friday, 2 Dec 2011

2nd day of Christmas crafts: Candy lights

For this month’s DIY project for Oh Happy Day I tapped into my my mom’s endless artistic reservoir again and remembered how one year for Christmas she made these candy lights and put them on our whole house. It was pretty fantastic looking and I think it turned out well again this time. I love the photos that Emily took. This top one is one of my absolute favorites of all time roots and all (sick!). Should have asked her to photoshop those suckers out.

Get the full instructions here.

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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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