denmark + DIY + Projects + Scandinavia + traditions / Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012

How to make colorful flag garland

When it comes to birthdays there are certain things that you definitely must do here in Denmark. You MUST go to the birthday aisle at the grocery store and pick up little all sorts of Danish flags like this (pic from Lisa Congdon’s trip to Denmark. She pointed out things to me that I completely forgot were novel!): Danish flag toothpicks, garlands, candles, etc. And if you can, you definitely hang a Danish flag outside. You can imagine that birthdays start looking the same after while so I was overjoyed when one of my favorite stores, Søstrene Grene, came out with a flag garland in various colors. Søstrene Grene is the type of store where you go in never knowing what they’ll have in stock so you’re lucky to find something awesome one day and then something not so awesome the next. Sadly, I haven’t seen the garlands since and I’ve been wanting to pick a bunch up so what do we do? WE DIY IT! We celebrated Paul’s birthday this weekend so I tried recreating the garland here today and show how to make it applicable to your own country’s flag.
Materials: felt, marker, glue gun, 3mm white ribbon, 2m twine, scissors for fabric, red embroidery floss, needle

Step 1: Cut out the shape you desire on a thicker piece of paper to use as a template. You can download the free PDF template here.
Step 2: Trace the shape onto the felt with the marker. A word about the felt: I used really nice wool felt which is a bit pricey. Acrylic would work well too it just doesn’t feel or look the same. I might suggest making this with friends since you only need one of each color and then splitting the cost.
Step 3: Cut the felt in all the colors you plan on using.

Step 4: Apply the glue to the felt and lay the ribbon on top.

Step 5: Do the same to the next line of the flag.

Step 6: Cut off the ends of the ribbon so they are in line with the felt.

Step 7: Repeat to the rest of the colors.

Step 8: Use only 2 strands of the embroidery floss and thread it into needle.
Step 9: Thread it from behind and into the twine.
Step 10: From the back, go around the twine so it creates a loop around the flag. 
Step 11: Secure with your thread.
Step 12: Repeat to all the flags making sure the flags are placed equidistantly on the twine.
You can do the same with your own country’s flag. I tried it out with the Union Jack and the US flags.
Happy flag day! 

all photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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Europe + Life + Provence + travel / Monday, 15 Oct 2012

Provence: Part 1

 
It’s been over a month since Mom and I popped over to Provence and looking over these photos I’m reminiscing over the beautifully warm weather, the dusty roads, and the pops of lavender. TAKE ME BACK! Once I earn my millions blogging (ahem) I plan on buying us a stone villa with robin’s egg blue shutters. We flew into Nice, rented a car and enjoyed the three hour drive through vineyards, pumpkin patches, and plum trees to our destination, Apt. Are you looking at these pumpkins? Beautiful Cinderellas. I was tempted to steal as many would fit into my suitcase (one before getting caught at customs?).
We arrived to our destination, a town called Apt. The apartment we were staying at is situated in a square, where the weekly Saturday market is located (but more on that later). We escalated the staircase, taking note of the courtyard behind the apartment building where laundry was drying. Yes, even the laundry looks picturesque. HOW?!
And this is the apartment. Look at that staircase! The couple who owns the apartment are an architect and designer and completely remodeled it themselves. I love the mix of modern and French country. I’ll be highlighting the apartment a bit more tomorrow so you can see some of the lovely details. 
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Style + This Guy / Friday, 12 Oct 2012

This guy: I

Besides my honeymoon, this is the longest, most inconsistant blogging in Lars history. And you know what? I don’t feel caught up at all! Ugh. For one who loves blogging as much as I do, it’s so hard not to publish every day, but I have been needing the time. Let’s just say, big changes might be on the horizon. Eeeek! All of this means that we need a new series on the blog, right? How about a This Guy? You like? We have This Girl, who clearly needs to be complimented with a guy so here you go.
This week: 
I interviewed Alison from The Alison Show for the Brooklyn Bride series, “What does it mean?” 
I did the flowers for a fancy schmancy event yesterday to help out Maria and I scored a thong in my goody bag. And not the flip flop kind.
Happy weekend!

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Design + flowers + Life / Monday, 8 Oct 2012

Flower overload

Guys. I thought I loved flowers. And then I made 132 of them and now I’m not so sure anymore. Mind you, that’s cutting, shaping, handpainting petals and leaves and stems and…everything! My deadline was last Monday, then Wednesday, then Friday, then Saturday, and then about 41 minutes ago, I finished. And you know what I want to do now? Get a whole new wardrobe. Wardrobe fairy…where are you?

These real dahlias, above, were a gift from Traveling Mama, and I just cannot get enough. They remind me that I really do love what I do. Thank you!

So now that that craziness is done (for now, 2 more installments of the same thing!), I can focus on some much needed blog time. I’m kicking it into gear by FINALLY focusing on a blog makeover for Lars. Hallelujah! But in all honesty, it’s me who could really use the makeover. Can we say highlights? Definitely not showing you a picture here (thought there’s a peek on Instagram).

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!

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Design + Life + Outfit to room + Style / Thursday, 4 Oct 2012

Outfit to room

Girl  |  Sofa  |  Lamp  |  Throw  |  Pillow  |  Rug

by Katie Farber of This, That, & The Other 

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