Pixelated post-its photobooth

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I told you more post-its projects would be on their way and here they are! A couple of weeks ago we made some post-its walls for an event (more about that next week) but last week I had some great helpers come to enjoy it some more. This photo booth idea would be perfect for any party or wedding. Add this to the post-its pinata, and you’ve got one fine pixelated party!

Thank you Cecilie, Katarina, JJ, and Hilmar for being fantastic models! And a huge thank you to Amanda Thomsen for working her photography skills. And one last thank you to Caitlin Watson for creating the lovely masks! 

Blog’nhagen Part 1: Morning

If you’re new to Lars, let me explain Blog’nhagen. Last month 8 bloggers came to Copenhagen for Blog’nhagen, this event that Maria and I created to bring bloggers together IN REAL LIFE to experience the best of Copenhagen (the best restaurants, bakeries, shops. etc). It also gave Copenhagen businesses the chance to show what they do. Win-win! I’ve divided the day up into a few parts. First, up morning! 

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!

We stopped to pick up breakfast from Meyers Bageri. You know the number one restaurant in the world, Noma? Well, the man behind the restaurant, Claus Meyer, started this bakery using only the finest organic ingredients. I wish my stomach would have allowed me to down it all because it is just what you think it should be, the best. We took the food to Maria’s apartment to show the girls what an awesome Danish apartment looks like.

 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.

Hi Anne and Thea

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. 

How to Make a Post-It Heart Piñata

I’ve been wanting to play with post-its FOREVER and finally got the opportunity last week to make this post-it heart piñata.

DIY post-it heart piñata

Confession, they aren’t really post-its. I wanted a wider color palette, so I had to make them myself.

Materials:

  • Post-its (or paper of your choice in post-it size. I used one to measure)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Glue gun
  • Pencil

Instructions:

  1. Draw a heart onto your cardboard (mine was 20″ down the middle and 30″ across the widest point)
  2. Cut out two hearts for the front and back of your piñata
  3. Cut strips of cardboard 5″ wide to go around the perimeter of the heart
  4. Curl the strips with a pencil so they are more pliable
  5. Glue the strips to the heart
  6. Fill your heart with fun favors or candies
  7. Glue the other side of the heart to the strips
  8. Apply the post-its or paper with the glue gun starting at the bottom and working your way up to get the layered effect. (I started with light colors on the bottom and worked up to darker colors).
  9. Punch two holes on either side of the arch of the heart
  10. Bring a string through and tie on top

Done! Now you’ve got a post-it heart piñata for your celebration!

For more pictures of the process, go to Brooklyn Bride.

A HUGE thank you to Amanda Thomsen for taking time out of her day to come take the final shots with our super models, JJ and Cecilie.

I have another project coming with post-its. Are you stoked?!

More DIY piñata ideas

Who doesn’t love piñatas? We always have fun making our own, plus you can create it in whatever shapes or colors you’d like! If you’re really into piñatas, check out the wedding cake. Another DIY piñata tutorial is this sunshine piñata that’s sure to put a smile on your face! For Christmas, check out this peppermint pig tradition that we turned into a piñata! For more DIY piñata ideas (for any occasion!), take a look through the archives here.

Let us know how your piñata creations turn out with the hashtag #larsmakes on Instagram

 

Lollipop balloons

I saw something like these lollipop balloons ages ago and couldn’t remember where or what they looked like so I made my own version for Hello Bee. I thought they were the perfect pairing for the candy lights I made for Christmas. Can you tell I have a (reluctant) sweet tooth?

photography by me on a VERY windy day (can you tell?!)

How to make an ombre wedding cake pinata

I have to say that this is one of my favorite shoots I’ve done. And there’s a lot more where these come from. ooOOOoo! I did this one for the Etsy wedding blog and talked about creating an interactive wedding favor, hence the fortune cookies inside with little love fortunes. I also thought a wedding cake would be a nice alternative to the couple who doesn’t really do wedding cakes or sugar. But let’s face, the real reason to have a pinata at a wedding is…who doesn’t want to hit stuff? I’m sure it would release a lot of tension for the couple as well as the wedding planners.

Get the full instructions here.

Thank you Amanda Thomsen for taking these beautiful photos!

Iceland waterfalls

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And three months later our Iceland trip is finally being wrapped up in photos. Goodness, I’m constantly reminded how surreal this place is. You can’t go to Iceland and not see waterfalls, so I’ve dedicated this last post to all things waterfalls. A little tip, “foss” in Icelandic means “falls” in English, which might help break down the names. Here we go! We started our waterfalls exploration by taking a little day trip out to Barnafoss with our gracious hosts.
Then Paul and I rented a car for a few days and hit some of the major highlights around the southern rim of the island including Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss and Svartifoss. The beauty of Seljalandsfoss is the trip BEHIND the waterfall. Pretty wild. And cold. And loud.
Svartifoss is insane. Look at these rock formations! It has the feel of cathedral organ pipes you know what I mean?
Ok, these little rock pile ups below are a sweet story. Visitors are supposed to add a rock to the top.
Moody!

I’ve been enamored with pictures from other people’s trips to Iceland including Jenna’s super detailed write-ups. Mackenzie of Secret Pocket has beautiful photos of their trip to Iceland/Denmark for the holidays last year. Elaina from Fint og Deilig and her husbandMark spent their honeymoon camping in Iceland last summer. Brave souls! I’ve been following the Instagram of Andrew and Carissa as they explore Iceland right now. This shot at the Blue Lagoon is gorgeous! Elena also did an Iceland falls post. BTW, we did go to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s biggest tourist destination, but we didn’t take a single photo! Crime! Needless to say, the place is otherworldly (and expensive! especially when we went here for free!)

Check out some more Iceland photos here

Single cupcake stand

I made a cupcake stand out of candlestick holders for Brooklyn Bride and decided to try it with a different flavor so I used shocking pink spray paint. Shocked are you? It’s so easy! And guess who took the photos? ME! I got a 50mm lens for my birthday and my life has officially changed for the better. Thank you mom! I still have A LOT to learn so please be patient.
And here’s the wedding version over at Brooklyn Bride.

For another cupcake stand idea check out this other one I made out of board.

Golden Circle

Just two more Iceland posts to go. Isn’t this place unreal?! When you come to Iceland, the main tourist route is the Golden Circle, which consists of three main stops in a 300km loop. The first is the national park Þingvellir, which is important for two reasons. 1) it’s the site of the original parliament of Iceland established in 930 and 2) it’s also the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
 
The second is the geothermal geysers consisting of Geysir and Strokkur, which are absolutely phenomenal, erupting every 10 minutes or so. 
The last is the waterfall, Gulfoss, which, too, is pretty phenomenal. 

More Iceland photos here.

Roskilde

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. 

Glacier Lagoon Part Deux

Remember when we went to the Glacier Lagoon? Well, right after we boated through the glaciers we hopped across this bridge
and traversed the black sands
then came across the beach. 
But this is no normal beach. This is an ice block beach where instead of throwing a frisbee around…
…you throw chunks of ice.
…and rest on an ice berg
and find true love written in nature (see it?)

The End. Only a couple more Iceland sessions I promise! 

Iceland: off the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle consists of a three major tourist sites: the waterfall Gullfoss, the geothermal geysers including Geysir, and the national park and site of the first parliament, Pingvellir. These are all awesome, but you know what’s even more awesome? Going off the beaten track. Well, most things in Iceland are of the beaten track so that’s not very hard. Paul had remembered a crater he had visited the last time he was there so we went on a crater hunt. First, we ran into this red rock mine, which was located next to a mountain. After climbing the mountain we found out that the it was in fact a crater.
THEN, we drove to another site where Bjork had what I think must be the best music venue of all time. She performed on a raft on the water of this crater: 
Darn that automatic timer.

Are you getting the sense that Iceland is just amazing? (As if I haven’t talked about it enough) I do have to thank a few people for giving me some really awesome travel tips. Jenna was an absolute sweetheart for giving a huge itinerary including a Google map that we used. She wrote about her adventures in several parts starting here. MichelleMarlouLinda, Kurt, Brenda, Gnomie and Anne also gave me some really awesome advice. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know!

30 til 30: Gold!

Guys, I’m SO behind with my 30 crafts in 30 days before 30 years. I hope this isn’t a premonition of this upcoming decade. Yikes! But today’s is SUPER easy. I mean, SUPER. Just get some gold spray paint, masking tape, and some kraft paper notebooks and you’re golden (te he, sorry, punny.) I picked these notebooks up in Berlin at a store I like to call “heaven” but it’s really called Modular. It’s a supplies store with anything your heart desires and Germany prices are SO amazing. Anything is compared to Denmark though.
1. Just cover the parts your want protected with masking tape. I didn’t have any at the moment so I used some cheap stuff that comes off easily. 
2. Give it a little spray from about 18″ away. It doesn’t need too much.

3. The best part is definitely the ripping off moment. Look how nice that line looks.

Voila! Now I have a few notebooks for my new studio space. Thanks to Line for helping me with the photos.
Countdown:
20 days and 26 more projects.
PS- don’t forget to enter the illustration giveaway! Last day is today!