Bless, bless Iceland

Well, it’s true what they say, Iceland is out of this world. I have so much to show you, but here’s a little teaser for now. Have a LOVELY weekend!


This went on this week:
not one but TWO DIYs, flowers made out of soda cans
and a floral candelabra for Styled Mag
This Girl likes colorblocking
Murder Mystery dinner with friends
the best in baby’s breath for Brooklyn Bride
Stephanie wrote the nicest thing and threw the loveliest shower for a mutual friend of ours (congrats Cristina!)

*”bless, bless” is good-bye in Icelandic. Such an awesome phrase, right?!

DIY Ice cream cone vases

This is one of my favorites for Oh Happy day! It combines four of my favorite things: ice cream + flowers +  bright colors + stripes. Too much goodness. The photoshoot with Hilda was one of the craziest yet as we were shooting a few projects and I was delayed because I couldn’t find helium anywhere in town for the balloon project, then the ATM ate my card. Boo! I ended up having to cab it home, which I never ever do here in Copenhagen; you might as well give them your first born for the price they charge you. Needless to say, Hilda is meget meget (so, so) patient.*
What you can’t really tell about my hair right now is that it’s orange. If I were to hold it straight up in the air it’d look like candy corn with the white from the first dye job, the orange from the most recent, and my roots coming in. Sick. I guess it’d be more appropriate if it were October. TMI, sorry.

Anywhoo, check out the full DIY at Oh Happy Day.

*Danes love repeating words for emphasis. I find myself faking Danish just by repeating a few select phrases in a really deep, gutteral voice and they seem to love it. 

A Midsummer Mingle Part 3

I may never stop talking about A Midsummer Mingle. There are too many beautiful photos! We’ve even started talking about next year’s plans…and somehow I’m not phased by it (uh oh!). Today I’m walking you through the last part of the tour. 
Every host had their own section of the garden to design in whatever way they wanted. It was pretty much their blogs brought to life. Sarah Jane took the path leading up through 4 arbors as you see above. I added some balloons onto the arbors and she went to town with A Midsummer’s Dream theme complete with illustrated characters. At the base of the hill you were greeted with a selection of masks (that she made with her Cricut) that you could use as you walked up to explore her area.
After A Midsummer’s Dream you were lead to the eating area as catered by Ramblin Rose, Cocoa Bean Cafe, Mend Juicery, and cakes baked by ME.

Merrilee had set up a crown crafting station based on her new book, Playful, which is due out in the fall with STC Crafts (that you can pre-order here!). She also handed out the above poster to everyone in their swag bags. Don’t you love her? I want to frame it!

And here’s the backdrop my helpers created with some of my flowers.

Blickenstaffs, one of the sponsors of the event, set up a section where you could write notes and stick them in bottles. They are then going to release them into the ocean.

Merrilee’s experience was based on her Instagram series, Tiny Traveler Tilda. It’s an interactive series where you can help decide the adventures that the fearless Tilda goes on. I LOVE Merrilee’s illustrations and I’m hoping (crossed fingers) that this turns into a published book (hint, hint publishers!). Here at the party you could point out on a map where you think she should go next.
Caravan Shoppe, from Alma Loveland (who was sadly out of town) and Melanie Burke, decorated the side of the house with posters from their shop (like the above poster) along with a constellation candle made from Cricut. 

Raffle time!

The beautiful linens were from Scenemakers.

Phew! We made it. I’m sure you’re sick of photos, but uh, there is more to it. I’ll be sharing my Cricut project with you soon as well as a tutorial on how to make the balloon arch. Muhaha…it never ends!

photography by Natalie Norton

main sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, atly, Land of Nod, Blickenstaffs

Printable Cookie Box with Arlo’s Cookies

These Christmas cookies might (might!) be too pretty to eat! I mean, can you even tell that they’re cookies?! Arlo’s Cookies is the BEST! She has an awesome holiday workshop happening right now. You can also find her Guide to Mixing Colors here. If I wasn’t such an inept baker, I’d be right there with you!

We did a adorable Valentine’s Gift Box collaboration with Arlo’s back in February (doesn’t that seem like years ago?!).

This year we are making a set of cookies inspired by our DIY mid-century nativity. We’re even launching a printable gift box to match the cookies which folds into a house shape. You can safely deliver these to your neighbor’s porches and spread some Christmas cheer!

Printable Christmas Nativity Cookie Box

This cookie box is awaiting to be made. Here’s how to do it!

Materials:

See above (the printable you can find here)

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the template
  2. Cut in between the two pitched lines at the top of the house (see second photo on right. There’s a solid line indicating where that is).
  3. Start scoring all the dotted lines.
  4. Once the lines are scored, fold back all the lines.
  5. Start gluing the tabs to the walls.
  6. You can either glue the tops of the pitched gables in place or secure with a light double sided stick tape so that it can be opened by the receiver.

Optional: Use a hole punch at the top for the tabs and secure with a ribbon!

Head on over to our Shop to see more cute printables and templates!

If you liked this project, you might like the following

Make your own Holiday Nesting Dolls
DIY Bottlebrush Christmas Trees
Printable Santa Lucia crown

This project was done in collaboration with Arlo’s Cookies,

DIY paper leaf garland

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You absolutely loved the DIY upcycled paper flower chandelier from the above, but I got a lot of requests to show how we made the green garland in the photo as well. I will say, making the garland out of paper was one of our smarter moves as we can now use it for multiple occasions and not have it die out on us. Score! It’s beautiful home decor but also perfect for summer gatherings and even winter gatherings as it has that holiday air. AND! This garland is easy peasy to make. Promise!

Learn how to make the DIY paper leaf garland below! 

DIY green leaf paper garland

Materials:

  1. Cut out leaves with the template provided with the grain going vertically on the pattern
  2. Sew the leaves criss-crossed down the middle.
  3. That’s it! Keep going until you reach a length you would like. We made ours extra long so that we can cut them at whatever length we’d like them to be.

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Photography by Anna Killian  |  Styling by Brittany Jepsen

DIY get away car paper garland swag

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DIY paper garland swag for wedding get away car

One of the perks to living and working in Provo, Utah is a nearby university, which supplies us with some talented and hard-working interns every semester. I’m so lucky! And because I went to the same university myself, I get to see them interact in a similar environment, though they’re much cooler than I ever was (or am! ha!). Some of them are already married, getting married, or super close to getting married, which I definitely didn’t do in college (ahem, late bloomer here…) and it’s fun to hear about what’s going on in this phase of life. We have one who will be getting married soon and we came up with this DIY paper garland for her car send off at the wedding. Isn’t it beautiful?!
paper garland for wedding car

Their exciting phase in life also reminds me of some of the harder parts of newlywed life like budgeting or buying a car together. Such a big decision! We’ve partnered up with Capital One, a trusted auto lender to so many that has an Auto Navigator® site that makes it easy to find your dream car by giving you the option to “test drive” your different options of term length, price and vehicles.

Iceland Part 2: Look Pa, I’m outdoorsy!

Sadly, words like “an hour and a half hike to hot springs” aren’t super tempting. Had they never said it would take only 35 minutes I probably wouldn’t have gone. BUT, I’m SO glad we went. Really, this was one of the most terrific things I’ve ever done. Let me tell you how it all started. You’re going to want to read it all, I promise, so click at the bottom for the rest of the story and an overabundance of pictures. I’ll be putting the rest of the pics on Facebook soon. 

Our plan for the day was to go to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands (after seeing this picture, we just HAD to go, you know?) So we drove to the ferry only to find out that we could get there, but we probably couldn’t get a ferry ride back due to the weather. Rats! So, we drove around a bit and then our host thought we might like to visit the hot springs. Hmmm, sure. I’m not an enthused swimwear user in the freezing cold, you see. Well, we drove out only to find that the road was blocked by ice and rocks like this:
Not good. So, the Icelanders explain the infamous 35 min. hike and we get going. We set off with these adorable little one. (Notice the use of Icelandic sweaters–they really do wear them!)
We pass scenes like this, which keeps me a happy camper.
Then I feel like we’re going through that scene in Elf when he explains his magical trip Candy Cane forest. We keep going and going and going when and hour and half later…
…we land on THIS. Wha?!?! Are you kidding me? 
I shed my coat because we’d worked up some heat and it was surprisingly mild outside and reveal that I, too, had become Icelandic and was sporting a newly purchased sweater. Surprise!
We see a whole valley of steaming hot water, much too hot to actually touch so we keep on traveling down the valley to hopefully tamer temperatures when…
…when we spot this…you know, a sheep’s skeleton. Cuz that’s what happens in Iceland.
Oh, hey Paul!
We traverse the waters. Everyone does it with ease, but I’m a little frightened at the thought that this could potentially be boiling water and I could die. But, I do it without a hitch and I feel like I could conquer the world.
We finally find a moderate temperature and take a dip and soak for a bit. It was heavenly.
Afterwards we must document our moment with the waters. We get out the automatic timer because the only thing around here are us the sheep’s skeletons.
Now we must decide to go back up the way we came or head down the valley to the nearby village and call someone they know to take us back up to our car. We opt for the later. But we have a very tired boy on our hands who’s missed his nap time so people take turns carrying him. Minus me, I guess my only duty was taking pictures. Muhahaha.
Heading down the valley 
We finally make it down to the base of the mountain a couple of hours later and have some friends save us. Was it worth it? You better believe it. It was nuts! So surreal. 

Now, if this doesn’t make you want to schedule a trip, I don’t know what else will. 

Wedding albums & fabric gift wrap

Beautiful wedding album

…and 5 years later we finally have our wedding album printed! Ha! How’s that for taking our time?! Clearly I wasn’t in a rush to preserve our photos to paper but now that it’s to the point where “are we ever going to get this done?” I decided that I should probably put it down as one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Luckily I was able to team up with Preservation and Creation once again to help me get the job done. I ordered a couple of extra so I can gift them to our parents and used some gorgeous fabric to wrap them up to stick in the mail.

With Preservation and Creation you have the option to create a beautiful, memory-keeping books in soft and hard cover forms with easy to use their drag and drop features.

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Funny note: Paul had NO idea what he was getting himself into for our wedding. He was living in Denmark, I was in Washington, DC and the wedding and wedding prep was in California. That meant that we could sneak around and do whatever we wanted. Ha! When he finally got there he stunned to see that our house had turned into a paper flower factory with flowers piled up to the ceiling.

I included a few wedding photos of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents so we could keep track of our family heritage as we go. I love seeing how each decade celebrated in such stellar style.beautiful-wedding-album-from-preservation-and-creation-21

See how we gift wrapped these albums to give as gifts to our parents along with some never before seen wedding photos!

Printable lemon invitation

We’re sharing our last DIY to go with our summer entertaining series I did at last week’s Anthropologie event. No party is complete without a sweet (or sour!) and memorable invitation. They set the tone for the event! We created this printable lemon invitation as inspired by Anthropologie’s new 52 Conversations lemon print. As you might guess based on our logo, we’re suckers for a good lemon print and Anthro has a TON of lemon themes going on right now. Just print it off and send!

We rounded up some of our favorite lemon products from their site too. There are so many good ones right now!

3 Easy Birthday Party Hacks with Netflix

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Birthday hacks with Netflix

Does birthday party planning ever seem to overwhelm you? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about extravagant shindigs, but sometimes I just want to hit the easy button on the whole ordeal. Fortunately for me (and you!), Netflix was thinking the same thing! They’ve come up with an easy solution for all you out there planning birthdays for your little ones! Stress no more, because starting today, Netflix is launching 15 on-demand birthday videos that you simply press play on and your kid’s favorite TV characters will sing Happy Birthday especially for them – or so they’ll think (your secret’s safe with me).

DIY printable birthday crown

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Whether you’re grown or young, you’re not too cool to celebrate with a head topper and we made it easy for you: just print it off and assemble. Easy squeezy! This is one you could fold flat after you’re done and store it away for your next occasion. I love how simple it is! Learn how to get the printable after the jump!

Make a wedding inspiration board

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Wedding Inspiration Board

Rebecca here with a wedding update (see part one here) ! We’re nearing the big day and luckily I feel cool as a cucumber! The major decisions have been made and I’m enjoying the process of seeing all the details and components come together. There is still plenty to be done, but I feel like I have a handle on things. How is that possible?! I’m just as floored as you are! I am fully aware of the stress and anxiety that many brides-to-be often feel while engaged. Trust me, I’m no stranger to these feelings. I was anticipating being overwhelmed, even expecting it. Worrywart is my middle name.  However, I’ve realized that taking a few initiatives in the very beginning of the wedding planning process have made a BIG difference. My number 1 suggestion? Make a wedding inspiration board! This is extremely helpful for a number of reasons…

Continue reading for all the tips!