Search Results for: becoming

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.

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + denmark + Life / Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen FINALE!

Dry up those tears, I know it’s tough to see the end finally arrive. Blog’nhagen part 4 starts….now!

After a tour of Ibsens hotel in the afternoon we headed across town to A XOCO by Anthon Berg, a chocolatier. Jesper Rahbek is the man behind A XOCO and he was so kind to give us a lesson on how to make flødeboller or as he called them “foam kisses” in English. Flødeboller are super Danish: a marshmallow type cream on top of a cookie or marzipan and dipped in chocolate. Then you can get super crazy and add toppings like strawberries or pistachios. Jesper even revealed to us his secret recipe. Gasp! You can also do a class at their Chocolate School, which I would highly recommend.

We started out by making the cream and then squeezing it onto the marzipan pieces. Some were a little more successful than others…I’m not naming names. 
Jesper was super patient with us. We were like kids in, uh, a candy store.

 While some of us remained classy, like Thea.

Then it was off to Antom Dam, a furniture and home design store in Frederiksberg.

 where we found out that pillows can be used for the sofa and for your face.

The owner was so kind and provided the prize for the winner of the Love My Guide tour competition.
Lastly, off to Sticks ‘n Sushi to pick up our dinner to take to our picnic.
Then off to our last stop of the evening, the blogger’s meet-up at Islands Brygge Havnebad

 Where we pretty much devoured our food. Anne has the perfect model hands.

It was GREAT fun to meet up with other bloggers and supporters from around Copenhagen. We were joined by the people of Everplaces and other friends who I had met at The Hive in May.

 JJ was the winner of the Love My Guide tour and came home with a VIPP pedal bin. I’m quite jealous.

I was so thrilled when Juliane of Froken Skicklig came with a tart in hand and hand-picked strawberries. 

Well, I believe that’s it! We had such a great time and were so thrilled to see so many people at the meet-up. I wish I had more pics of everyone. The rest of the pics are going up on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Blog’nhagen coming to a city near you! And if you haven’t had a chance to see the Blog’nhagen video, you must do so!

Thank you to EVERYONE involved! For the bloggers for taking the time to come and share the day. For the sponsors for allowing us to take over your place for a bit. And a big thank you to At Hermans and Ferm Living for providing goody bags. And a thank you to Maria for being my partner in crime. We’ve been trying to find a project to do together for ages and I think we made the perfect team.

And another thank you to Ashley of Chasing Heartbeats, Jenny of Dos Family, Thea from Sister Mag for letting me use some of your photos!

Check out parts 1, 2, 3, sneak peek

If you’d like to be involved with Blog’nhagen by either becoming a sponsor or blogger please email us at blognhagen@gmail.com 

DIY + flowers + guest blog + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012

DIY: Paper leaf topiary for Etsy

I never planned on becoming so DIY crazy but one thing leads to the next and boom! Next thing you know you’re DIY’ing for Etsy. I was so flattered when Alison (who’s Teenangster blog I’m totally loyal to) asked me to create a special DIY for their Handmade Weddings and I LOVE the final product. Here goes:
You will need: The inner hoop of an embroidery hoop, Shades of green paper, grey paper for silhouettes, and/or monogram, Clay pot, Moss, Skewers, Wire (a bit longer than double the size of your pot), Wire, cutters, Scissors, Newspaper, Duct tape, Glue gun
Step 1: Bring a piece of wire through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Secure it over the bottom of the embroidery hoop and then back through the hole again. Cut off excess wire if it extends out.
Step 2: Secure the wire pieces on the bottom with a discreet piece of duct tape.
Step 3: Stuff newspaper into the bottom of the pot, leaving about an inch space between the top and the newspaper.
Step 4: Break off a piece of moss to fill the pot on either side of the embroidery hoop.
Step 5: With your various shades of green paper, draw a a simple leaf shape and cut out multiple copies. You’ll want various sizes of the leaves. The smallest leaf should start at the top of the hoop, with the leaves getting bigger as they go down.
Step 6: Fold the leaf in the center, but leave a bit of the end unfolded.
Step 7: With your glue gun, dab a small amount of glue on the edge of the leaf and stick it at an angle at the top of the embroidery hoop.
Step 8: Using a different color leaf, angle the leaf in the opposite direction and glue in place.
Step 9: Continue this pattern as you go down the hoop, making sure the leaves get larger and larger as you go on and alternating shades of greens.
Step 10: If you want to get really fancy, you can cut pictures of your silhouettes out of grey paper and attach them to skewers. An easy way to do this would be to first take pictures in profile, print them off, then use the picture as a stencil.
Optional: Another way to get fancy is to cut out letters using the wedding couple’s monogram. Simply find a pretty font that you like in a program like Microsoft Word, print the letters you need and use them as a stencil on grey paper. Glue these onto skewers and stick into the moss.

photos by Hilda Grahnat (thank you!)