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.

Design + flowers + Life + my shop + paper / Monday, 19 Nov 2012

Limited Edition!

If you’ve been wondering why things have been a bit spotty on the blog recently it’s because I’ve been on overload producing a few batches of these paper flower gift toppers. Here’s the story: I was approached by Terrain (a sister company of Urban Outfitters) a few months back to develop some limited edition gift topper flowers as well as my 2013 Language of Flowers calendar. Several hundred handmade paper flowers later they are now available for purchase and I’m so pleased to finally spill the beans! Now, I had high hopes (and was a bit delusional) that I could do it all on my on. Readers, I was insane. There are some times in life where you need a bit of help and I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m just so thankful for the help of my assistants Karen who has gone above and beyond, also Josh, my sister-in-law who came in on some Saturdays to help cut, and Paul, who realized that his gift in life is not cutting flowers but came to help anyway! Thank you thank you thank you! You can choose between a poppy, tulip, and ranunculus.

 For now, you can order them on Terrain’s website. I will be releasing them on my Etsy shop in early 2013 (2013?! wha?!?!)

Europe + Life + travel / Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012

Two days in Austria

My travel posts are SO behind. I’m still catching up from August! At least it gives me the opportunity to remember what the sun felt like so long ago. *sigh*. My dear friend Melinda* hopped over to Copenhagen to spend her birthday with us and we were so so honored. She decided we also needed to hop countries and knowing that I’ve been dreaming up Austria for a long time now, we decided what better time?! Mostly, it was for the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, but more on that later. For now, it’s Vienna. House Trip was kind enough to sponsor our stay while we were there and we had a terrific experience with them. It’s a site where you can rent out your apartment/house while you are away. We selected an all-white apartment along a canal next to the Kunsthaus Museum. A kind lady met us there to give us our keys and show us around.
I loved the view of the courtyard and looking onto the colorful tiled building in the back. And are you looking at that herringbone flooring? So lovely! Melinda knows Vienna pretty well so she took me around to some of her favorite spots. In particular she was excited to see the Klimt murals at the Kunsthistorisches Museum because for the first time they provided stairs up to the ceiling so you could take a close look. 

Melinda took me to this wonderful confectioners, Demel (careful, music on their site!), where we loaded up on beautiful illustrated chocolate bars and of course a stop at their outside ice cream bar. Adorable right?

We passed by the Vienna Secession building. You know, I find it so odd how a bunch of artists at the turn of the century had so much money that they could build such a lovely building. Anyone know the history of it and how they could do that? That just doesn’t seem to happen these days.

When I travel to destinations that I’ve been dreaming about for ages I seem to forget that once upon a time they were not crawling with tourists. But crawling with tourists they are (see above).

Our stay in Vienna was sponsored by HouseTrip, but all content and opinions are my own. Thanks House Trip!

*Melinda’s dress is a good story. She found it here in Copenhagen at a delightful vintage dress shop, F.N.92. The pattern says “mixed pickles”. I don’t know what that means, but I love it. While she was shopping she thought she recognized Eva Mendes, but dismissed the idea because she was wearing flats and clearly Eva Mendes doesn’t wear practical sight-seeing shoes. Well, turns out she does! It WAS Eva Mendes. 

Design + illustration + Life + Products + the shop / Monday, 12 Nov 2012

dum, da da dum!!!!


It’s here! The brand new 2013 calendar is finally available in the Etsy shop. 

For the 2013 calendar, I was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina. Living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen’s fairytales are still very prevalent and mentioned. After reading the fairy tale in the land it was written, the story took on a new life and became a bit more real. You know that I love the idea of playing with scale (everything oversized!) so Thumbelina’s thumb size was a perfect image to recreate. I became entranced by the image of the butterflies that whisked the main character, Maia, away by her white sash as she escaped her arranged marriage to the ugly mole. For the calendar, I imagined a bouquet of butterflies clumped in lovely colors.

The calendar is 11×17″ ready for a frame or pinned to a wall. It’s a beautiful giclee print on cotton paper. The colors are super lush. Wait until you see it in person! Agh! Order the Thumbelina calendar here. The first batch come in with a slight overlap of printing. those are being sold for 1/2 price and you can find them here.

AND, the Language of Flowers calendar is back by popular demand. Order it here.

Photo by Lina Ahnoff