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Lars' (play)List + Life + Party + summer / Monday, 9 Jun 2014

Lars’ (play)List: June

To me, nothing says June more than Scandinavia. After a dark, gloomy winter, they know how to do summer right, especially midsummer (more about that later!). Once the sun is shining they are out in the garden sunbathing. I find myself doing the same now. Kev has created an awesome all Scandinavian artist playlist to celebrate the summer. Enjoy!

Play the playlist here or get it below.

photo by Trisha Zemp
playlist curated by Kev Nemelka

DIY + paper flowers + Party + Projects / Monday, 2 Jun 2014

Money necklace DIY

Welcome to June friends! June is my absolute favorite month of the year. Yes, it’s my birthday month, but it also means the longest day of the year, Midsummer, sunshine–and you know that I love nothing more than talking about good weather. June also means graduation and I’ve been trying to think of a fun way to give money, because really, that’s all we should be giving to graduates–they need it! They’d especially love it in larger sized bills and my birthday is coming up and I’d love the same thing. Just a thought.

I think origami is a bit easier to learn by watching so we made a little video to go with it:

But check out the full instructions below, with pictures, to see how to do it.
crafting and styling by Brittany Jepsen
I adapted this tutorial from a tutorial by Lisa Shea (check out her origami tutorials here)
Click below for full instructions!

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christmas + Design + DIY + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Scandinavia / Monday, 23 Dec 2013

Celebrating Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia (pronounced Loo-CEE-uh in Scandinavia…what is it here???) ) is December 13th and to celebrate I teamed up with the magical forces of photograph Ciara Richardson and floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, the ladies with whom I did the Midsummer shoot. These ladies are pure joy to work with and soak in their beautiful aura. 
The holiday celebrates the darkest time of the year with a light festival (December 13th was traditionally thought to be the longest night of the year). In the Scandinavian countries, a procession of girls carry candles and treats wearing white and a red sash. The lead girl wears a crown of candles. We simplified ours with a beautiful bay leaf crown made by me and Ashley (I describe how to make it below).
Read how to make the crown and some behind the scene photos by click below: 

I looked everywhere for a pre-made crown form online and alas, they were all sold out. You can find some pretty over the top forms like this or this but they’re not as available as they are in Scandinavia. SO, I had to create my own. Not so much a problem when you’re a DIY blog. First, I tried a styrofoam wreath form like this one and I just stuck the candles directly in it and it worked like a charm. BUT, it was too clunky for the garland wrapped around so I had to come up with an alternative.
What I ended up with was using an embroidery hoop, wire, and floral tape. With the wire, I created a spiral slightly smaller than the bottom of the candle then I wired it A LOT to the embroidery hoop over and over and over. You don’t want to have flimsy candle holders. If you really want to be safe, add metal cups into the bottom of the spirals. After I placed all four around the hoop, I secured them with white floral tape (again, A LOT) for extra measure. The candles were very secure in the end.
Then Ashley worked her magic and used bay leaves in small clumps wired to the hoop. So pretty huh?! 

Thank you to Jenny Bradley for being such a beautiful model. You are magic. And Jessica Peterson for your gorgeous studio. And Audrey Ellsworth for helping last minute!

And of course, Ashley and Ciara. I don’t know how you do it.

Happy (belated) Santa Lucia! 

Life + press + print / Monday, 25 Nov 2013

Artful Blogging feature

I finally got a hold of the new Artful Blogging magazine who did a very generous feature of me with tons of images from the midsummer shoot I did with Ciara Richardson and Ashley Beyer in addition to my paper flowers. That midsummer shoot was one of my favorite experiences to date because I got to do it with my wonderful interns. Is it often you can say that you love your interns? Probably not. But I do! I’m so grateful for the work they do for Lars. It’s overwhelming. Ciara expressed it so beautifully. That was one of those magical experiences that you can’t plan really (and really, it was all very last minute). It just so happened that they were available that day, which never happens, and all had the perfect attire.

Tis the season to be grateful and my interns are one huge blessing. Thank you ladies! And thank you Artful Blogging for being so kind to me.

Artful Blogging is available at Joann Fabrics. 

flowers + Style / Thursday, 31 Oct 2013

Fall florals

GASP. I nearly died when I stumbled on a photo that Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral posted on her Instagram the other night. Ashley and photographer, Ciara Richardson, (you remember them from our midsummer shoot, right?) do a monthly floral collaboration called Flower of the Month. This month they teamed up with painter Sarah Nightingale, both the model and maker of the floral backdrop, to create this jaw-droppingly gorgeous homage to fall. Every single element is gorgeous: the hair (hair and make up by Steph), the flowers, the vest…everything. I die. You guys know I can’t handle so much beauty in one little space. I was so curious about the gorgeous backdrop and Sarah was kind enough to share her thoughts on it (read them below).
Ashley created this leaf vest. Take a closer look…beyond.
Here’s what Sarah said about the process: 

Ashley and Ciara were the dream team at my wedding in CA over the summer. I had found both Ashley and Ciara somehow via Instagram and fell in love with their work. As we got to know each other a little more, they saw some of my art work and generously offered that I collaborate with them for “Flower of the Month.” 


October started to roll around and Ciara sent me a text asking if I wanted to be involved with the Oct. Flower of the Month. I was floored! Ciara had the idea to do a large floral backdrop, and I was enthralled with the idea as well. 

I was in a time crunch, about 8-10 days to create this floral backdrop, so I was working wildly! I went through a number of processes for the backdrop; I had never done anything quite so large, and especially not is such a quick time-frame.  I first did preliminary watercolor sketches to get a mood for color, then I went on to photographing flowers from around the neighborhood for reference . . . I attempted to make some sort of transfer to a 6x6ft. panel which only turned into a learning experience . . . then one night in my studio I just felt that creative spark and started painting away at little floral studies. 

I work in oil with walnut oil as a medium on canvas primarily, but Duralar if it is a small, quick, oil sketch that I just need to get out quickly. It was a Duralar kind of evening in the studio that night, and that floral oil sketch you see as the backdrop in Flower of the Month is from that night; it just came together very well that night. (Actually, I should say that after lots of sketches and other attempts to create something perfect it came together.) 

I finished that oil sketch, originally thinking it may be too saturated to feed the “moody” feeling I was trying to find, but after a while, taking a break from it, I decided that was it–I loved it! It was fresh and new. I wanted the backdrop to “feel good” as I was working on it. I think that is so important for an artist to enjoy their work as they’re creating it, and that oil sketch did. It felt good the whole time I was working on it.

Ashley and Ciara approved of the oil sketch and that was it! But figuring out a way to transform an 8x8in. oil painting to huge backdrop was another thing. I came up with a simple process where I was able to piece together high-res images of the painting and get it printed at a local print shop the day before the shoot. After proofing the color about 5 times over and making my husband stand in front of it while I snapped iphone pics so I could make sure it was all “working,”  I was so happy with the result! I laid the backdrop out on my living room floor the night before and just was so happy about it! 

The day of the photo shoot with Ciara, when everything came together, Ashley’s florals (not to mention the leaf vest she made with real leaves,) the cake from Pippa Cakery, and of course, Hair and Makeup by Steph, you could “feel” then, too, that everything was harmonizing and working together. 

I am really grateful that I was able to work with such wonderful, talented ladies. They’re the dream team. It was perfectly inspiring to work on the Oct. Flower of the Month. I can’t get floral paintings out of my idea box since this shoot. You’ll be seeing more florals from me soon hopefully. 🙂 

Are you inspired?! Man, well done ladies! 

photography by Ciara Richardson
backdrop/painting by Sarah Nightingale (and she’ll be selling paintings soon on her shop)
florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral