“You have three minutes” he told me. That’s how long Paul gave me to take his photo in front of this not-so-Danish garden home (aka kolonihave). He is so good about finding spots around town he’ll know I’ll gush over and this was one of them. Of course, he should know by now that that also means he has to be my subject. Or at least he knows it now. I love it when someone goes outside the ordinary and even provides a little resting bench outside for snoopers like us.
After a tour of Ibsens hotel in the afternoon we headed across town to A XOCO by Anthon Berg, a chocolatier. Jesper Rahbek is the man behind A XOCO and he was so kind to give us a lesson on how to make flødeboller or as he called them “foam kisses” in English. Flødeboller are super Danish: a marshmallow type cream on top of a cookie or marzipan and dipped in chocolate. Then you can get super crazy and add toppings like strawberries or pistachios. Jesper even revealed to us his secret recipe. Gasp! You can also do a class at their Chocolate School, which I would highly recommend.
While some of us remained classy, like Thea.
where we found out that pillows can be used for the sofa and for your face.
Where we pretty much devoured our food. Anne has the perfect model hands.
It was GREAT fun to meet up with other bloggers and supporters from around Copenhagen. We were joined by the people of Everplaces and other friends who I had met at The Hive in May.
JJ was the winner of the Love My Guide tour and came home with a VIPP pedal bin. I’m quite jealous.
Well, I believe that’s it! We had such a great time and were so thrilled to see so many people at the meet-up. I wish I had more pics of everyone. The rest of the pics are going up on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Blog’nhagen coming to a city near you! And if you haven’t had a chance to see the Blog’nhagen video, you must do so!
Thank you to EVERYONE involved! For the bloggers for taking the time to come and share the day. For the sponsors for allowing us to take over your place for a bit. And a big thank you to At Hermans and Ferm Living for providing goody bags. And a thank you to Maria for being my partner in crime. We’ve been trying to find a project to do together for ages and I think we made the perfect team.
And another thank you to Ashley of Chasing Heartbeats, Jenny of Dos Family, Thea from Sister Mag for letting me use some of your photos!
Check out parts 1, 2, 3, sneak peek
If you’d like to be involved with Blog’nhagen by either becoming a sponsor or blogger please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Then we went a few doors down to Agnes Cupcakes. Yes, you can’t escape them! They’re delish and have their own Scandinavian twist.
Part 3 coming on Monday…plus the video!!!
Thanks again to the photographers of these pics. Chasing Heartbeats, JJ, Dos Family
We met up at Copenhagen by Cart, who sponsored the carts we rode in all day. They are SO fun to drive. In fact, I think I’d much prefer one over a real car–people smile at you as you go by! They make people happy! (or maybe I just attention???? agh!). PLUS, they are electric and you don’t have to pay for parking around Copenhagen. Bonus! We topped them off with balloons from Mr. Euro Balloons himself who hand delivered them. So sweet!
The girls all arrived from their hotel at Kong Arthur, part of the family-owned Brochner Hotel chain. They were so gracious in providing accommodations for the visiting bloggers and I can’t thank them enough for being catching on to the spirit of Blog’nhagen. Thank you!
We had to stop by the Little Mermaid statue. I’m going to say it’s akin to seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
We had the best bloggers come. Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family are a riot! So full of energy and ideas! Jenny is a photographer in Southern Sweden and Isabelle is a decorator TV show host in Stockholm. They see the world in full color and live it with so much gusto. Plus, their blog has unicorns on it. And they blink. Isabelle immediately volunteered to be one of the drivers when we announced the call. Thank you!
Liv followed us around all day to film our adventure. Video on its way!
From Maria’s house we drove through Amalienborg Palace, you know where the royal family lives.
Then we stopped at Nyhavn where the Prince of Burundi (I kid you not) greeted us from a docked ship to tell us about his jewelry line, Brown Prince. Each piece is hand carved by artisans trained in Burundi from the umukoko nut. It’s much like ivory but without the harm! I’m even wearing the one they gave me right this very moment as I type.
Off to Baum und Pherdgarten, a fantastic Danish fashion house.
Baum und Pherdgarten plays with contrasts. Masculine vs. feminine, minimal vs. grandiose. But very much a Danish feel.
We all went a bit nuts picking some things out. I badly wanted this yellow dress below, but sadly, it is not in this blogger’s budget.
You can read more about the day:
Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats here and here and here
Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg
Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem
Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family here, here,
Anne from Pret a Voyager
Thea from Sister Mag and here
I swiped a number of photos from everyone else since I was driving and couldn’t take many. Thank you ladies! A number of them are from my iphone. See the rest on our Facebook page.
Paul and I went on a branch-finding mission on Saturday and he knew just the place. To get to work he rides through a nearby nature preserve that has its share of discarded branches. We struck gold with piles of branches, but also came across the most lovely wildflowers in various shades of purples, yellows, and pinks. I brought them home and assembled them into some simple, wild arrangements including some luscious sweet peas, which are super hard to work with I found out. I also found out that water pitchers must suffice for a lack of vases in the house.
Our house has undergone a major facelift within the past few weeks and I must say that it is lookin good. Remember what it looked like before? Brick with a red tile roof. Our landlords, who live on the bottom two floors (we live on the top), have replaced the roof with a black tile roof, plastered it and painted it white and added really lovely windows. And we are most happy that there is now insulation. Yes, after they tore off the roof it was discovered that there was none, which explains so much about why it’s just as cold inside as it is outside during the winter.
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!
I promised you an announcement on Friday and here it is…dum da da dum…Blog’nhagen! Maria and I have been feverishly organizing Blog’nhagen the past few weeks and we’re so excited to finally reveal it to all of you. What is it? Blog’nhagen is a meet-up of 8 of our favorite design-focused bloggers from around Europe gathering in Copenhagen on Tuesday, July 3rd (next week!). We’re going to explore the very best of the city: the best bakery, the best restaurants, the best shops, the best museum, etc. and share our experience of the day via our blogs/Twitter, Facebook, a video. ooooooOOOOOoooo. Can you take it? I can’t. And the best part about it? We’ll be seeing the city by golf carts! It’ll be dreamy. We’ve got some amazing sponsors on board who are generously providing our experience and we can’t wait to show them to you.
Who’s coming? Oh, just some of my very favorites! Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family, Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem, Thea, part of the sister duo of Sister mag, Maria from Wallnut, Anne from Pret a Voyager, Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats, and last but not least, Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg. Holla! Check out a bit more of them on the participants page.
Blogging can be pretty lonely sometimes I find myself feeling like I have more friends online than I do in real life so this is partly an excuse to provide genuine, in-real-life relationships with fellow design bloggers while also exploring this lovely city. It’s a win-win!
But that’s not all!
On the night of July 3rd there will be a blogger’s meet-up for everyone who wants to come. Bring your picnic and come to the Harbor Bath at Islands Brygge at 7pm. You can RSVP on the Facebook event here (though it’s not required). Please share the event with bloggers/anyone interested in it in the area so we can finally meet everyone in person!
For more information, check out the Blog’nhagen website and like us on our Facebook site. If you have any questions feel free to email at email@example.com
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You guys are the best. After working yesterday we headed out to Roskilde to attend the Royal Danish Ballet’s summer series. Coincidentally, our first date was this exact event three years ago so it was very apropos. Roskilde is Paul’s favorite town so we spent some time exploring the city including the cathedral, churches, harbor, and charming streets. If you ever get to Denmark, Copenhagen is great, but the smaller towns are more walkable and cozy.
With that, I’m off to Berlin tomorrow for the weekend to attend The Hive.
So where we at? 25 days to go and 27 more projects.