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denmark + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects / Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas day 19

I’m happy to introduce day 19 of My Scandinavian Christmas, Tine Hvolby. Tine is a wonderful wedding photographer in Western Denmark and part of the new network, We Do Weddings, a network of wedding professionals in Denmark. Welcome! 

This was a welcome request from Brittany because I really got to think about what traditions are and which ones I have created myself in my little family and which ones I want for future Christmases.

Christmas is getting out the boxes of decorations and lights. It is getting a tree at the local market, baking cookies, and hanging up stockings up for the Christmas elf and waiting excitingly for what he will bring. 
It is also making the yearly family pictures of my children.

Two years ago I impulsively purchased a pair of angel wings. It was love at first sight. They were completely fantastic, feminine, large, decorated with feathers and filled with adventure. Heavenly. 
I bought them not knowing how I’d use them.
When the first snow fell that year, I took out these angel wings that had been stored unused in my office and I photographed my daughter in the atrium courtyard outside my office in the finest light, crispy and white. It was my first Christmas picture. 

This year, the snow is disappearing and Christmas is just around the corner, but we couldn’t hope for better snow and frost weather. The Christmas presents need to be done and we are so close to Christmas. The expression is different when the white light is not surrounding my daughter with the angel wings. 
Everything is thawing and raining and my daughter loves to wear the wings because she gets to have glitter in her face and play the part of an angel. It is so hyggeligt to play out pictures. It is a good tradition. As long as she wants to, we will play the game of angel and camera every Christmas.
We don’t like all the mud. So these pictures are our drafts. And we, my daughter and I, agreed that we will retake them when the snow returns right around Christmas Eve. Christmas is playtime.
I love this! “Christmas is playtime”. What a great tradition. Thank you, Tine, for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas. Check out her lovely site here.

denmark + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Friday, 14 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas day 14

 
We’re on American soil and it feels good! Sunshine on my face, In-n-Out in my belly–life is good! Day 14 of My Scandinavian Christmas is with the wonderful photographer, Charlotte Schmidt Olsen. Charlotte and I met a few months ago at Craftenhagen through crafter of Sarah Goldschadt. Charlotte is a crafter/photographer in Denmark who does fancy shoots for magazines like Bolig Liv and Alt for Damerne. I’m so glad to have her here! 
I was so glad when Brittany asked me to join her countdown to Scandinavian Christmas.
It made me think of my Christmases growing up in the seventies. I found a pattern that resembles this time to me. We did not have this bird at my home, but we had a lot that was along the same theme. We always made decorations for the home, a tree, and a lot of biscuits and coloured marzipan figures. I still love to do that. I find doing creative stuff with family and friends wonderful! 
For the bird I wanted to use copper-coloured paper, it is a colour that has recently court my eye. I found some wrapping paper, coloured paper and a page from a magazine. I used two different colours to make it sparkle. I put the birds on a small pine branch but in a window would be just a suited. 
Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much Charlotte for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas. I’m looking forward to your visit (that’s a hint!). Check out her photography site here.

denmark + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas day 11


Day 11 of My Scandinavian Christmas is with Julia from Vintage Hausfrau here in Denmark. Julia is a jack of all trades. She designs textiles, makes cupcakes, and loves all things vintage.

When Brittany asked me to guest blog about something Christmasy, I immediately knew what I wanted to write about: the christmas tree!
The christmas tree has always been magical for me and I’ve been collecting ornaments since I got the first home of my own. I have a special love for vintage handblown bulbs, but I collect all sorts of ornaments. I remember where each and every one is from. Since I had my son, more and more cute and funny figures have found their way into my collection instead of just the traditional bulbs.

This year our son is old enough to start remembering things we do and appreciate the magic of Christmas. Therefore traditions have become even more important and we wanted to start implementing the tradition of getting the tree ourselves not from any plain old tree seller on the corners around town, but from a place where we could search for the perfect one and cut down the tree ourselves.
Today was the day to get it, and we ignored the heavy snow and went on our way. We usually get the tree on the 1st or 2nd of advent, because I want to enjoy it as long as possible and we always go away for Christmas Eve. It was magical to wander around the plantation in the snow looking for the perfect tree!

At home we tucked our son in for his midday-sleep and I started preparing to decorate the tree. First I put on the lights, then I carefully unpack all my ornaments and put them on the table. Then I start with the bigger ones and continue till all of the ornaments are on the tree. When my son woke up, the tree was done and he was thrilled. I hope he’ll grow up with the same feelings about Christmas that I have. And still do.

 Thank you so much Julia for participating! Check out Vintage Hausfrau.

denmark + Design + giveaway + Life + Products + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012

Danish Design giveaway: #1 (CLOSED)

In order to give a proper good-bye to Denmark (in case you missed it, we’re moving to America in two weeks!) and to thank you dear readers for reading this blog, I have some magical things lined up for you for the month of December. First, how about some giveaways?! I thought it would be nice to give away some wonderful home products by all Danish designers. OOOOO, can you take it?

I feel lucky to have lived in a country where design is second nature. I’ve learned that the Danes really value their homes and take pride in the things that occupy them. When you are invited into someone’s home it is a big deal and they treat you very well. So, in honor of beautiful Danish design and the people that make it, I’ll be having 4 giveaways during December. Denmark celebrates the advent season, in particular each advent Sunday, so I thought it was most appropriate to select a winner each advent Sunday. The first round starts today and the winner will be selected this Sunday, December 2nd.

I have some wonderful companies with awesome products lined up. Drum roll please…this week’s giveaway is sponsored by some of my very favorites Ferm Living, At Hermans, Herb Lester, and Royal Copenhagen. A few of the items will be repeated each week but the rest will be unique.

1. Copenhagen poster &
2. wooden star ornament by Ferm Living
3. map of Copenhagen (ok, not a Danish designer, but it fits well, non?) by illustrator Matt Chase for Herb Lester (they have lovely maps of other cities too!)
4. Royal Copenhagen Elements thermal mug in coral
5. Beautiful wooden tray by Jørgen Høj from one of my fave shops, At Hermans (and they ship world wide!)

That’s over a $250 value! 

TO ENTER! Head on over to Facebook and like The House That Lars Built page then tell me in a comment below what you love about Danish design. If you’ve already liked the FB page, score! But bonus points if you share the giveaway! Also, bonus points if you share in other places too like Twitter, Pinterest or your blog. Please leave your contact info so I can contact you to let you know you’ve won!

Winner will be selected Sunday, December 2nd so you have until Saturday, December 1st to enter. 

denmark + In the Know + Life / Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT!

This song came into my head the moment we found out the news that we are indeed “coming to America”. It’s true! We’re moving to America!

Now, had you mentioned moving to america 8 months ago there would have been no question that I wanted to skidattle (sp?) on out of here, but a funny thing happened that I did not foresee. I now like Denmark. I don’t think I ever mentioned it here on my blog how much I struggled liking Denmark. Just ask my husband what I really thought about it (or don’t, it’s pretty depressing). When I first moved here after getting married I thought it would be a piece of cake; I mean, I LOOK like a Dane so clearly I would fit in alright. Right? Wrong! It might as well have been China. At least in China I would have been expecting the cultural differences, but here the differences are more subtle. Once I arrived and tried navigating the governmental system and etiquette and social expectations and the postal system and CUSTOMER SERVICE (ie: not very existant) I realized that America and Denmark are very different. And I found myself becoming more and more American.

Goodness, this is cathartic.

BUT THEN, I met some nice, creative, and supporting ladies who I started working with and then moved into their studio and now, I feel involved and purposeful and willing to work with the postal system (though I still have my moments). I started seeing the country in new eyes. That, and it was summer again and Denmark is just better in the summertime.

SO NOW after all that we are moving west! We’ll be spending the holidays with my family in California and then packing up a car to Utah. UTAH! Provo, Utah to be exact. Ok, so let’s talk about this now. I did my undergrad in Utah and quite honestly I didn’t think I’d return, but here we go. And we are thrilled! I hear there are a lot of clever and creative people there too so let me know if you are one of them. It’d be nice to do some fun projects, doncha think?!

Now comes the serious and more personal stuff. (My face is turning red now!). I am now on the job hunt! I’ll be continuing The House That Lars Built, of course (I LOVE THIS!), and my freelance projects and need to add on another job. Ideally, my job would be to make awesome projects all the time for this blog, but for now I’m looking for a designer/crafter or social media job. If you have any leads in the Provo, Utah area, or working remotely I’d love to hear them and would be so super appreciative! thehousethatlarsbuilt@gmail.com. You can check out my portfolio here. ALSO, if you know of any places for rent in the Provo area (closer to BYU preferably or more specifically a little charmer on Center Street) that would be wonderful to know.

I want to thank you for following along on our adventures so far. Whether you’ve been reading from the beginning or brand new, I thank you for coming back. I value each comment, each click, each “like” and I hope do many more mighty projects for you.

I am so grateful for the friends I’ve made here in Denmark and tear up thinking about leaving but you know what I say? No “good-byes,” just “see you laters.” Much better.