Posts Categorized: etsy

DIY + etsy + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013

Printable animal masks

The Etsy blog asked me to come up with a kid-friendly Halloween costume idea and I decided to do some more masks because who doesn’t love a kid in a mask? Well, let’s talk about how kids faces are scientifically proven to be cuter than anything else that covers their face. That’s why these little guys are perfect–they focus attention on the cute faces.

Choose from a panda, giraffe, elephant, all free to download. Check it out here.

And I must talk about these two cuties. Meta of One More Mushroom was kind enough to let me use her space AND her adorable little ones. Henrik LOVES being photographed and knows how to work the camera. Maja, on the other hand, would much prefer to play “rina” and remain in her ballet slippers and tutu showing off her dance moves. Can’t blame the girl. She’s got great taste.

Photography by Ciara Richardson with second image by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine.

DIY + etsy + Projects + Wedding / Monday, 4 Feb 2013

Snowflakes!

My latest project for the Etsy Wedddings is out. You know I have a thing for oversized anything, so of course I had to do an oversized snowflake backdrop for a winter wedding. Though I love flowers in springtime, I’m a huge advocate of winter weddings because it’s a lot easier to have a unique wedding. There are a few clever touches that you can add in that you just don’t get when the weather is nice. This project was inspired by this photo below:
I don’t know what’s going on here, but I love it. I don’t even think they are snowflakes…maybe tablecloths? Whatever they are, I love them and the guy holding them.
For full instructions, check out the Etsy blog (including a template for some cool snowflakes). 
A HUGE thank you to my models, Shayla and Nick, who brought their A game. And their own clothing. Aren’t they adorable? And a huge thank you to Michèle for arranging the whole thing! You’re the best!

sepia image from here

DIY + etsy + holiday + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012

How to make: bulb bouquet

Remember when I found those lovely shades of bulbs at Søstrenes Grenes a few weeks ago? Well, I had envisioned a bulb bouquet awhile back and I was super nervous that I was going to have to import some lovely bulbs but I totally struck gold with these! I had a ball (no pun intended) selecting colors and I have to say that I think this might be my favorite project of all time. Just maybe…

All you have to do is group the bulbs into little bouquets and then put them altogether with gold floral tape and then wrap a lovely ribbon around it. Voila! Check out my full instructions on Etsy Weddings.

Working with my photographer Amanda Thomsen and my model Cecilie Andersen is just a dream team situation. We do these mini shoots where we’re in and out in an afternoon. Bliss! Poor Cecilie had to wear this Jenny Packham dress in the freezing cold and did so without complaints. Of course, the dress is so gorgeous that I don’t think even I would complain. And I’m a cold weather wuss.
I had to include this last photo of her hair. I worked without a make-up/hair stylist for the day so yes, I had to put on yet another hat. A braid wrapped around her head twice? Oh, you know, just hearkening my childhood days.

Thank you to Vintage Bride for loaning the gorgeous dress. 

Project for Etsy Weddings

Design + DIY + etsy + Projects + templates + Wedding / Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

Menu template

My latest project for Etsy weddings is up now! I illustrated a menu template that you can print off for your wedding or any occasion really. There are a number of color options so check out the page to print off the color of your choice (see the right column here).
It’s so easy! You just need: x-acto, cutting board, ruler, tape if needed, template (download here)
Just cut around the template and make a little incision on each side of the template as indicated above. The simply fold it on the black line and insert into the slits.

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Etsy Weddings

DIY + etsy + flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012

How to make a floral crown: Part 1

GUYS, look at these! Seriously, this was one of the funnest projects/shoots I’ve done yet! The model, Cecilie, the photographer, Amanda, the flowers! I die. Ok, ok, we’ve seen floral crowns everywhere these days but I just had to try my hand at it. It all started last year when I spotted this painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Getty. Now, floral crowns are nothing new to the art historical oeuvre, but for some reason this one really struck me. Take a look at the full painting (it’s 179 x 80cm) and now imagine what a scene this could have been IRL. It depicts the Cerealia festival on the Roman streets. I mean, everyone is carrying branches and flowers and wearing them on their heads and playing instruments? This is my kind of town! Nuts!
Now, let’s make one ourselves!

Materials: With this version you don’t need anything but flowers! No wire, no glue, no tape, no nothin’. Perhaps just some clippers to clip the flowers down to a nice size. For the base of crown, I’d consider starting with greenery first. The more pliable the greens, the better! Try bending the stem first to make sure it doesn’t crack. If it does, consider using something else. For this floral crown I used black dahlias, tidsel (the greenery for the base), astilbe (the pink), craspedia (the yellow balls), and virburnum berries (the turquoise and purple)
Step 1: Cut and line up the first round of lowers for the base of your crown. Ideally, the stems should be 5-9″ long each. You can cut them down but it’s harder to work with shorter stems. I suggest using greenery first and then adding the colors into it.

Step 2: Lay one stem perpendicular on top of another. 

Step 3: Bend the stem under. 

Step 4: Bring the stem up to the top and then press it down so it lays next to the first.
Step 5: While holding the two stems in place with your left hand, place another stem on top and bend it under.
Step 6: Bring the stem up again and then place it parallel with the others.
Step 7: Repeat the process until it’s the size of the circumference of the head. I added some different greenery into the middle to create more of a focal point when it’s worn.
Step 8: When you get to the end, wrap the last stem tightly around the others to secure them in place, making sure that it doesn’t break.
Step 9: To finish off the circle, weave the last stems into the beginning of the crown by tucking them in.  
Step 10: Now you can start adding in other flowers. I added longer pieces first so that the shorter flowers can be seen on top.
Step 11: Place your show-stopper flowers evenly around the crown. I used black dahlias for this.
Finishing touches: Continue adding in your flowers evenly around the crown. I added in berries at the end for some extra exclamation marks. 
There are so many variations to this version, so feel free to experiment (I’ll be showing you a simple kids version soon!). You can switch off flowers for the base of the crown instead of adding the flowers at the end or you can keep it simple and just use one variety. WARNING: after this you’ll want to crown every flower you see. And yes, that’s a verb now. 
This project was made for the Etsy Weddings blog (SUCH a good resource)
Thank you Amanda Thomsen for the lovely photos! And thank you Cecilie for modeling!
Thank you Anja from Elefteria for the beautiful dresses! 
And lastly, thank you Lenore Rosendal for hair/make up!