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holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Thursday, 6 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas day 6

Day 6 of My Scandinavian Christmas is by Annika Bäckström of her eponymous blog. In one word, she’s awesome. Awesome projects, awesome color palettes, awesome personality. I’m so glad to have her for day 6 of My Scandinavian Christmas! She’s in a similar boat as I am (moving!) but found a little time for some creativity.

The gingerbread house that Annika built.

When Brittany e-mailed me my boyfriend and I had just moved in to our new apartment and all our stuff was still in boxes and everything was quite a mess, and that’s okay for a while. But the thing was that the next day my niece (four years old) and nephew (just turned one) had been planning on coming to visit us.

Problem: The apartment wasn’t very child friendly. 

In one corner of the living room we had some empty moving boxes and packaging that our new bed had arrived in. There was a lot of junk and a lot of cardboard. I thought, why don’t make Judit and Ruben interested in something else than the dangerous and fragile stuff (and it’s more fun to build than clean!).

Instructions with cute illustrations below


I used:
A glue gun
Scissors
two moving boxes
more cardboard
Tape
Left over wall paint

I started making the roof cutting tiles that I glued together. The ones on top were mirrored to make it possible to fold.

One moving box seemed way to small for a house, so I glued two together but kept the corners from each box. I think that made it steadier. I also glued some extra cardboard to the inside of the box. Then I cut triangles of cardboard to keep the roof in position. 
I glued everything together with more pieces of cardboard and put the roof on top. The paint made it look more like a gingerbread house. 

And yes, it was a success. 

They loved it  and didn’t even tear it apart until the second time they came to visit.

Thank you SO much Annika for participating! This is SUCH a great idea! Head on over to her blog for more awesomeness.

Crafts + DIY + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Sunday, 2 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas Day 2: Three bird mobile

Day Two of My Scandinavian Christmas is by Mette Hornung Rankin of Bureau of Betterment. Mette is an amazing illustrator/designer from Portland living in Copenhagen. 

When Brittany asked me to contribute to her 24 days of Christmas blog series about holiday decorations, I took the opportunity to work in a new format I’d been wanting to try – mobiles. My inspiration came from a small felt bird I have placed above my doorway that my mom sewed for me when I was a baby.
For the simplest mobile possible, forget about balancing acts and bars and doing pseudo-math (or even real math). Just hang three things in a row with a string between them – they still spin gracefully and take up much less space than a traditional mobile.
Step 1
The materials you need are cheap and easy to get: thread, a needle, scissors (and an X-acto if you want to be crafty), and thick colored craft paper.
Step 2
Cut out the pieces to your mobile using the PDF template I made, which fits on an 8.5×11″ letter size sheet of paper. Choose colors that will stand out well against the wall color where you plan to hang the mobile. You can also use patterned paper or wallpaper for a more eclectic look. If you want to put a holiday twist on the mobile, cut out different shapes to hang inside the birds’ bellies that make you feel whichever holiday spirit you want to get into.
Whatever you do, be sure to ask the people who are going to see the mobile every day (i.e., your roommates, boyfriend, husband, or kids) if they like the colors. That way, you will avoid mistakenly making a SWEDISH colored mobile instead of a DANISH colored mobile just because you think the colors are pretty.
Country specific colors – choose them carefully!

 

Step 3
Thread the pieces together using white or clear thread, and hang it up for everybody to enjoy. This type of mobile is relative easy to balance, but it is still a good idea to tie a piece of thread around the bird where you plan to thread a hole to test the balance before actually puncturing the poor fowl.

Thank you Mette! Go check out Mette’s awesome work on her site, Bureau of Betterment

24 days of Christmas + DIY + holiday + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + Projects + Scandinavia / Saturday, 1 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas: Day 1

Happy December 1st! If you’re anything like me you’re thinking, “Wha? December? When did THAT happen?!” *sigh*. Wouldn’t it be so lovely to celebrate each and every day and really soak it in? Dream world! Well, Christmas time is seriously magical and this year the magic will be crowded not only with celebrations and projects, but moving across the Atlantic in less than two weeks. Prior to finding out that we were moving I was planning on doing the 24 days of Christmas crafts like I did last year, but that just was not possible this year.
SO, I enlisted the help of some of my favorite Scandinavian bloggers. Here’s how it works: I’ve asked some stellar crafters and bloggers to show how they celebrate Christmas in their country, whether it be a craft or a tradition, or just a walk through the beautiful woods. Each day leading up to Christmas I’ll show a different blogger and how they celebrate the holidays. There are a few holidays in each respective country that other countries do not have, so there’s most likely a few traditions that will be new to all of us. 
Scandinavians have such a beautiful tradition of family and crafts and amazing food during this time of the year. I’m going to be so bold as to say that they celebrate it the best: no nonsense, real, focus on people, non-tacky, warm. Guys, there are some really wonderful projects coming your way to show the simple and beautiful nature of the Scandinavians. 
First up! Maiju from My 2nd Life based in Ostrobothnia, Finland. She has a most lovely blog with beautiful pictures of her life and creative projects. Here’s what she says:

Here’s an idea that I’m doing this year. I sprayed some branches white and decorated them by using simple decorations that don’t cost much. What I like about this idea the most is that it doesn’t take much room in the house, so you can have this little “x-mas tree” almost anywhere. Just pick the decorations and style as you like best –I chose this kind of playful mix with bright colors.

Thank you Maiju for participating in My Scandinavian Christmas. Go check out her lovely blog, My 2nd Life.

And don’t forget that the first Danish Design Giveaway ends tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow along with our 2nd day of Christmas!

Life + This week / Friday, 9 Nov 2012

This week

Well, this week has ended a bit more quietly than it began huh? I’ve learned over the past few months that I have a set of very diverse friends. My East Coast friends are generally of one political persuasion while my West Coasters are generally of the opposite. Needless to say, the East Coasters are quite happy. Anyway, that’s as political as I’ll get here. In non-political news, Christmas is slowly creeping up here in Denmark and I’m embracing it. Above, a sneak preview of the new 2013 calendar coming out next week. Wahoo! Happy weekend!

This Week: 
November’s new playlist
An awesome new Holiday book of crafts
Need to add some blue to your wedding get-up? Add a temporary tattoo
The Halloween costume winners
Outfit to Room
Want to make your blog more pro? 15 minutes to a better blog

Copenhagen + flowers + giveaway + Life + This week / Friday, 19 Oct 2012

This Week & giveaway

How has another week gone by and we’re already in mid October?! I swear! Fall is in full force here in Copenhagen, yet I can’t help but think of Washington, DC, particularly Georgetown, where you can experience the very best shades of fall in the world. I’m a bit biased, but that’s my claim. But you tell me, where’s the best place in the world to experience fall?

This week:
Our trip to Provence and the tres cool apartment we stayed in
How make colorful flag garlands
Outfit to Room
This is how I would bring fall into my wedding on Brooklyn Bride 
I’ve been loving listening to Grace Bonney’s radio show, After The Jump, this week

Giveaway! 
Remember the telegram service, Telegram Stop, that I mentioned a few weeks ago? All you have to do is go to their site, type in your message and they will send it off for you. It’s the best! Well, 10 lucky readers will win a FREE telegram. Wahoo! All you have to do is “like” The House That Lars Built on Facebook, and then leave a comment below letting me know. Bonus points if you share the news! Winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 24th.

And if you don’t want to enter the giveaway (as if!), you can still get 10% off all of your telegrams by enterting LARSHOUSE at checkout on their site. Ready go!

photo taken on my iphone via Instagram at the flower boutique selling the most lovely shades of cabbages