So far I’ve covered our Iceland trip without mentioning the capital, Reykjavik, once. For shame! It’s the largest city in Iceland though it feels like a town compared with other cities. I was struck by its mountainous yet Scandinavian feel. A lot of homes are built out of corrugated iron so it feels like temporary housing, but I’ve been told it’s very sturdy–did you know the country lies on a huge fault?! Doesn’t scare me much being from California, but add volcanoes to their list of natural disasters you realize they really must love where they live in order to stay. Yikes. The Hallgrimskirkja, above, is awesome. You must go up the tower to see the view of the city with all the colorful roofs. That’s one thing about Icelanders, they love color. Like this wall, below, and the roofs.
There are several of these waterfall installations throughout the city. I can’t seem to find the name of the artist…anyone?
My new studio space has wonderful wood flooring. Two rooms are a beautiful herringbone pattern and the other is plain vertical planking. I’m ACHING to paint on some black and white diamonds like this party scene on the plain planking and then keep the integrity of the herringbone with a wonderful stain. What do you think? Have you ever done either? Any tips?
So, if you’re just joining in, I’m making 30 crafts in the 30 days prior to turning 30. This weekend I made some geometric Mexican picado banners to go along with the pinata for a friend’s Mexican themed party on Saturday. I used Jenny’s instructions found here. They were an absolute cinch to make and I love how they fill the space. I made some more for my new workshop to make the space feel more than it is right now.
Besides the two announcements, it’s been a week full of fun stories and happenings. I’m saving the best and juciest one for another day (oh, it’s a goodie…hating the suspense? muhahaha). Are you checking out that elevator photo on the top right? Those are moving elevators without doors. It seemed to be so normal to everyone else but I had to take a few deep breaths before I got on. Also, that’s our house on the bottom left–even more incentive to move into a studio with all the ruckus of the construction.
Remember how I was contemplating moving into a studio space? Well, I finally did it! I’m here! SQUEALS! I have this tremendous sense of giddiness (sp?) as I sit here looking around at these blank walls. What can possibly fill them? And what projects will emerge out of this room? Hopefully, so so many! I didn’t really think that this would happen but I recently met a pretty awesome group of creative women (a major answer to prayers) and two of them–photographers–invited me to share their space with them. After much contemplation I’m here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re planning on lots of fun projects to improve the space as well as hosting events, and even using it as a shop to sell our stuff. So yup, that means my paper flowers and other goodies will be on display and you can drop in to check ’em out and make your purchases in person. There’s a “Fotostudie” sign up in front until we think of a name for all of us. Come check it out at Turesensgade, right by that beautiful park at Nørreport.
30 til 30:
Next announcement: I turn 30 in 30 days. YIKES! That calls for some type of, uh, celebration I suppose. I decided to celebrate in the form of crafty insanity and replicate my 24 days of Christmas crafts. To be exact that’s 30 crafts in 30 days for my 30th birthday. Sound right? I’ll post my 30 projects weekdays until the 11th of June (the big day. gulp!) Today is day one. A friend is throwing a Mexican themed party so she asked if I could help out and I thought it’d be a good excuse to get my craft on so I planned a pinata. I absolutely love the colors together. I’ll work on a tutorial for you guys because they are seriously easy though a bit time consuming. Snaps to those pinatas you buy at party stores for like $7. I have NO idea how they can charge that little.
Stay tuned for more crafts next week as well as more photos of the new studio space!