Design + DIY + hello bee + Projects / Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012

The ultimate care package with free PDF

I recently made a care package for my brother-in-law who is living in America for a couple of years and it was featured on Hello Bee yesterday. I call it, The Ultimate. I mean, who doesn’t love a good care package?! Especially when the items are mini-sized. It’s too cute for its own good. 
Materials: suitcase, acrylic paint, angled paintbrush, scissors, care package goodies, masking tape
Step 1: Start by creating the air mail border on the box. I free-styled it with an angled paintbrush so that all you need is one stroke (like applying nail polish!). I started with the white and measured it every .5″ around.
Step 2: I added another coat of white paint.
Step 3: Now go in and add the blue on top to every other white strip. To get a super clean air mail effect, use the masking tape to create the lines and then peel them off.
Step 4: Add another coat of blue paint.
Step 5: Add in the care package goodies. I bought mini sized candy from Haribo, bouncy balls, a Rubiks cube keychain, a little notebook, a small package of potato chips, and licorice (the Danes LOVE licorice).
Step 6: Cut out the air mail label (free PDF here) and apply with tape to the top of the box.
Step 7: Add on some cute stamps and send it on its way. I checked with the Danish Post to see if it was ok to send and they said it was, so hopefully it is where you are too.

Wouldn’t your day be made if you received one of these?! Now, go make someone’s day!

Photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Hello Bee

Lars' (play)List + Life + Party / Monday, 1 Oct 2012

Lars’ (play)List: October

How in the world are we in October already?! I need time to freeze to catch up! Enjoy the new Lars playlist thanks to Katie Farber of This, That & The Other

Click here to listen.

Style + This Girl / Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012

This girl

With the arrival of autumn, I’ve begun to think in more sunset colors. Mexican and Bolivian serape stripes spring to mind.

This girl  |  Sits  |  Holds

Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012

League of extraordinary women party

I had a very belated 30th birthday party on Saturday. I learned that everyone splits town for the months of June/July in Denmark so September it had to be. I planned this “League of Extraordinary Women” party mostly because I love dressing up and thought it was my chance to make everyone else do the same. Muhaha. The gist was this: everyone selects a woman who did something noteworthy over the age of 29 and dress up as that person. Then, you guess who that person was. Pretty much, I wanted to find out why the 30s is so awesome and you know what? In researching women, I found that so many famous/awesome women were in their 30s when they did their awesome thing. Amelia Earhart? 31 when she flew across the Atlantic. Christina, above, also loves dress up parties. Guess who she is? That’s right, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who published Anne of Green Gables when she was 34. Isn’t her dress phenomenal? She’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and has had her eye on this dress from the costume department for ages and finally had a chance to put it to use. Can you guess who I am? Christina came with a bag of wigs and this was the closest thing to my woman. It should have been a bit shorter and a lot whiter.

If you said Iris Apfel, then you got it! The details totally off in so many ways (need round glasses, not so miss-matched, etc.) but maybe you got the gist. I love Iris, the icon of fashion and style. She’s definitely become more prominent in her more advanced years after founding Old World Weavers, the textile company. For some reason I felt like posing as Iris was all about the lifted arm.

Paul made some delicious cakes including his Devil’s food and carrot cake, which I have had for breakfast every day since. My sister-in-law came as Mia Hamn and was so kind in making a traditional Danish lagkage. Thank you Ximena! We also played a game called “Name That Tune–30 years of #1 hits” where I played a few seconds from each song on this playlist (it starts with the year 1982) and then provided the guests with this sheet (with an answer key) to mark each year from 1982. You can download it for free too and adjust the dates if you want to play it for another year.

Europe + Life + This week / Friday, 21 Sep 2012

This week & small announcement (no, not that kind)

The Mom left this week. *Shedding tears*. It was so great to have her here. This was her first trip to Denmark and I’m glad to have experienced it with her. We had so many magical moments. In fact, I think most of our trip could be classified as such. We found the right towns, the right museums, the restaurants. Not always, but those we found we treasured. We also had our share of inevitable foreigner moments (think stuck in an alley of steps in our rental car in France thanks to our GPS system). Come back soon!

As for my small announcement…I had to preface it with the above modifier because no, the stork has not arrived as the term “small announcement” might have alluded to. You might have noticed that Lars has been a bit more quiet this week. I’m going to be posting a bit more sporadically as I’m in WAY over my head with work. Even with the help of my new intern for the semester, Josh, there’s so much to be done and I like drowning would be an appropriate metaphor. I have some exciting projects ahead and want to do it all right and well, so I figure I’ll devote my time to quality posts rather than quantity. I’ll still be piping up on my other social media venues regularly, so come and visit me as I work: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

This week: 
The earth laughs in flowers, doesn’t it?
Spreading the ginger love
Envelope liner ideas on Brooklyn Bride
Got to meet the lovely Rachel Khoo yesterday while she was briefly in town. Such a delight!