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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Design / Thursday, 4 Aug 2011

Alt for Damerne

Danes love them some summer time. And can you blame them when winter is basically 3/4 of the year? Get out there in the sun while you can! Quick! It won’t last long! A lot of them spend their spare time at “summer houses” (sommerhus). My friend Maria used my paper flowers to decorate her sommerhus for a women’s magazine here, Alt for Damerne and I LOVE how it turned out. How refreshing to see logs covered in white. So Danish!

I’m off to enjoy my first Copenhagen Fashion Week show. Wahoo! 

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Design / Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011

Tage Andersen

Quite awhile back a reader let me in on a little secret: Tage Andersen. I was told that there were lines to get into his Copenhagen floral shop. I have yet to attempt the seemingly impossible, so I thought I’d share a few pics. These aren’t just flowers, it’s art. Enjoy! 

 Glorious.

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Life + nepal + Spirit of Place / Monday, 13 Jun 2011

recounting birthdays past 2011

I’m back in Kathmandu after finishing our 9 day memorial to the ancestors of Namje Thumki. We had an inauguration celebration with the whole village on Saturday, which just happened to coincide with my birthday so I selfishly pretended the celebration was just for me. But rain gods, I could have done without you right at performance time. I never imagined I would travel to Nepal, but it seems to be the trend to spend my birthday away. So in the birthday tradition, here’s the updated list:

June 11, 2011: Namje, Nepal

June 11, 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
June 11, 2009: Berlin, Germany
June 11, 2008: New York, NY
June 11, 2007: Washington, DC

June 11, 2006: Kensington, MD
June 11, 2005: San Clemente, CA
June 11, 2004: Curitiba, Brazil
June 11, 2003: Dana Point, CA
June 11, 2002: Venice, Italy

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In the Know + Life + paper + royal wedding / Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Portobello booths

I’m back in Copenhagen to find that spring has finally sprung! I’m writing from our terrace–completely useless in the winter but so beautiful in the nicer months–and finding that the apple tree and lilacs are reaching full bloom. I must describe the royal wedding weekend as a nothing short of beautiful. The wedding itself was perfection with beautiful words spoken, amazing music, and a great collective spirit in the air. Though I’ve been to London a couple of times, I never quite saw the beauty I saw this weekend. The people were charming, the weather was surprisingly bright and cheery and I loved being spoken to in English. I have tons more photos from the trip but today I’ll highlight our booths at Portobello. After the ceremony on Friday we took our bags over to our booth in front of HSBC on Portobello Road. After setting up, Lorianne and I left our brave husbands to sell while we attended a high tea to celebrate, of course wearing my hat (pic 8) the whole time. The next day we had our booth in the arts and crafts section and met an amazing bunch of excited tourists in town just for the wedding. I’m amazed at the number of people who flew in just for the event…oh wait, that includes me. But really, tons Americans and Australians in just for the weekend. I had brought paper with me to make large paper flowers for the booth and my head. I used the ombre tablecloth that I had made for Oh Happy Day
Our poor husbands selling while we attended high tea:
Lorianne, fearless promoter of Lars souvenirs
I had to take a picture of this girl’s ladybug dress. 
We got around with huge bags on our backs and roller suitcases. And by “we” I mean the boys.
Wisteria at Portobello. Sigh.

More to come…

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