Art + Artist Feature + Design + flowers + Life + paper / Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012

Ummm, say what?

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but my breath has been taken away four times in the past week. One, two, three (on the way), and now this. My heart started racing as I started clicking through Lyndie Dourthe’s site. She has created the most wondrous little beauties I’ve ever seen and these little guys are made of paper. PAPER! And you know I’m a sucker for paper AND flowers. I die. I’ve been planning on doing more experiments with dying and painting onto flowers and now I realize that I should have. Can I still?
The packaging!

Check out all of her magical beauties here, but get out your Google translate or rack your brain from Mme Macy’s high school class ‘cuz it’s all in French.

via 100 Layer Cake

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Iceland + Life + travel / Monday, 16 Jul 2012

Iceland waterfalls

And three months later our Iceland trip is finally being wrapped up in photos. Goodness, I’m constantly reminded how surreal this place is. You can’t go to Iceland and not see waterfalls, so I’ve dedicated this last post to all things waterfalls. A little tip, “foss” in Icelandic means “falls” in English, which might help break down the names. Here we go! We started our waterfalls exploration by taking a little day trip out to Barnafoss with our gracious hosts.
Then Paul and I rented a car for a few days and hit some of the major highlights around the southern rim of the island including Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss and Svartifoss. The beauty of Seljalandsfoss is the trip BEHIND the waterfall. Pretty wild. And cold. And loud.
Svartifoss is insane. Look at these rock formations! It has the feel of cathedral organ pipes you know what I mean?
Ok, these little rock pile ups below are a sweet story. Visitors are supposed to add a rock to the top.
Moody!

I’ve been enamored with pictures from other people’s trips to Iceland including Jenna’s super detailed write-ups. Mackenzie of Secret Pocket has beautiful photos of their trip to Iceland/Denmark for the holidays last year. Elaina from Fint og Deilig and her husbandMark spent their honeymoon camping in Iceland last summer. Brave souls! I’ve been following the Instagram of Andrew and Carissa as they explore Iceland right now. This shot at the Blue Lagoon is gorgeous! Elena also did an Iceland falls post. BTW, we did go to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s biggest tourist destination, but we didn’t take a single photo! Crime! Needless to say, the place is otherworldly (and expensive! especially when we went here for free!)

Check out some more Iceland photos here

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Life + This week / Friday, 13 Jul 2012

This week

This week started with a bang with a photoshoot that I’m stoked to show you at some point. The above blue house was the site and the blue flowers on the top right were a part of it, which proves that I can also work in a cool palette (I myself was in doubt). And don’t you love the wicker bike seat with yellow tire?

This week:
I was interviewed for Houzz and they did a lovely job. Thanks Cathy!
People have been going gaga over Dior’s floral wall installation. And for good reason!
I show how to make a laundry rack for the small-apartment dweller on design*sponge
and then end my d*s summer series with this ombre flower holder
Chaunte Vaughn is rocking it with his gorgeous floral portraits
CRAFTENHAGEN is announced. Come next Thursday!

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Copenhagen + Craftenhagen + Crafts + Design + Life / Friday, 13 Jul 2012

Craftenhagen: a new series of workshops

Guys, I’m seriously on a make-an-event kick and now I have one more to introduce…du duh du dum….CRAFTENHAGEN! (Because you know I love events that end in “hagen”). Denmark has a wonderful and long crafts tradition. I think everyone I know knows how to knit, sew, crochet, reupholster, etc. etc. The Danes are super practical that way but I’m not sure they know how cool it really is. SO, I thought it’d be cool to get together once a month and CRAFT! But not just that, invite someone who knows how to do something really cool who can teach us their tricks. This first event was really triggered by a master crafter, Sarah Goldschadt who’s been my online friend for awhile now (I featured one of her crafts for my 24 Days of Christmas Crafts and her darling knitted row houses) and she told me she was coming to Copenhagen and that we should do something crafty and suggested we hold a get-together and bada bing bada boom, Craftenhagen was born.

Sarah is going to teach us how to make her famous “owlies” as featured in the book Microcrafts. Not only that, but Sarah has her OWN book coming out later this year called Craft-a-day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects not to mention her awesome work for everything from Rolling Stone to Oprah to Martha Stewart Living. Wahoo!

Interested now?! So, we have to act fast to have Sarah all to ourselves so next Thursday, July 19th at 19:00 come to my studio at Turesensgade 5 to get your craft on. OR just drop by and bring your own craft projects so we can meet up and chat and talk about what other projects we’d like to do. We have to charge a little fee of 50kr to start it up and you can purchase tickets here or at the door. I know some of you are on vacay, but the rest of us can make our staycation full of crafty goodness.

If you’d like to make the owlies please bring your own materials as found from the list here.

Check out the website here, the Facebook page here, and the event page here.

Stoked are we?! Me too! Vi ses på Torsdag!

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Crafts + DIY + flowers + Projects / Thursday, 12 Jul 2012

Ombre flower holder

The last project of my DIY summer series is up on design*sponge. I made a flower hanger/holder for flowers and sticks and stuff, which I’ve found to be quite handy especially living near so much wonderful greenery. I’ve even attached it to my bike and gone around town collecting wildflowers and sticks to make my paper flowers. You can do the ombre part right in your kitchen with pots.

Thank you Hilda Grahnat for the photos and Amanda Thomsen for taking some more final shots.

For full instructions, check out the tutorial on design*sponge.

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