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Henrik's puppet party

Last month on September 16th, my little boy Henrik turned 7.  I can't believe he's getting so old!  As some of you may already know, Henrik is a creative little boy and loves to make things with his hands.  For the past two years Henrik has been really into making clay figures and creatures, we even did a claymation party last year.  Lately Henrik has not been sculpting as much (which makes me sad), and all he wants to do is make puppets.  He spends every spare moment looking at puppet books and researching new techniques to make puppets.  I can't keep up with him and his creations and puppet clippings, I find them EVERYWHERE.  He has a very intense, and driven personality, I don't know where he gets it from, ha! henriks-puppet-party

This year we decided to do a puppet Birthday party for Henrik and his school friends. Being a social guy and considering everyone his friend, he wanted to invite his entire class.  I helped him realize that inviting 20+ children might not be the best thing for his Mama's sanity and helped him shorten the guest list to about 7-8 friends.

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For Henrik's birthday we gave him a few how to puppet books, some vintage muppets, and a puppet theater.  I made the puppet theater from the Ikea Skylta market stand.  I painted the entire stand in Martha Stewart's Ink Encre Tinta chalkboard paint.  I repainted over the red stripes on the roof in rust red, to make it look hand drawn.  I also painted the sign that attaches to the stand in gold paint and black chalkboard paint.  I sewed two simple curtains with two yards of black and white gingham fabric, using a tension rod to hold the curtains up.  I also painted two strips of leather with red paint, and used snaps to fasten the curtains back.  Henrik was so thrilled to see his new puppet theater and immediately started to perform a puppet show for us.

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For the party we decided to keep the puppet making simple.  We used fuzzy multicolored socksgoogly eyes and felt.  We let the kids cut and pick out all the pieces they wanted to make for their puppet, but left the hot gluing to the adults.  It was so fun to see all the innovative little creatures they came up with.  There was a white wolf, constantine, a cowboy, a blue monster, a puppet with a thick mustache, and a few more that I can't remember.

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After they had made their puppets we let them each perform a little puppet show for us.

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Maja got a little overwhelmed with all these boys running around and had a little meltdown.  It's tough being the princess of the party.

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Eventually she calmed down and joined the puppet show with her princess puppet.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun the kids had making their puppets and performing with them.  We had so much fun doing it with them too.

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The puppet performances were quite entertaining.

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We even got a portrait of each of the kids with their puppets.  I loved watching them interact with their creations.  What sweet little boys.

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Our trip to hampton court

So, I'm finally getting around to editing my pictures of our trip to London.  We've had such a busy summer full of so many adventures, I can't wait to share them with you.  In the end of May we went to London for nine days as an entire family.  It was so wonderful!  My mother-in-law is a very passionate gardener and makes a trip out to the Chelsea Flower show in London every year.  This year she invited us to come along with her, and of course we said "Yes!!!" hampton-court

I really love traveling and seeing new sites, or revisiting favorite sites.  I especially love being able to share it with my children.  There is nothing like seeing their joy and excitement when they learn or see something new.

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When I was a teenager, my brother studied at Cambridge and Oxford.  I was the only one living at home and my mother would take me with her to visit him.  I feel so lucky that I got to visit him several times over the years and learn and experience England from his perspective.  My brother is a history professor and has a photographic memory.  He can literally remember most dates and details of anything he has read.  I wish I had that memory.  He would recite the history and importance of everything we visited.  It was like having your own personal tour guide.  We loved it!!!  We visited Bath, the Cotswolds, central England, London, and of course Cambridge and Oxford.  We visited many museums, sites, gardens, architectural sites, etc.  If there was historical significance we saw it.    It was such an enriching experience for me and I hope to be able to offer a bit of that exposure to my children.

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Hampton Court was one of my favorite places that I visited with my mother and brother as a child.  We were so happy to take our kids to visit this historic palace.  Hampton Court is only a 20 minute train ride from London and was made famous by Henry the v111.  It has an interesting blend of the Tudor and Baroque buildings.  You get to see the great hall and kitchens of the tudor era, as well as the private rooms of King William and Mary.  There is is so much to see.  There are so many beautifully gardens, manicured trees, and bushes, and even a maze!  My children had so much fun running around chasing each other and explore EVERYTHING.  It was wonderful.

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The entrance to Hampton court, in the original Tutor style.

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Entrance to one of the gardens.

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A beautiful wild grassy area that leads to the maze.  My kids had so much fun exploring and trying to find their way out.

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These chimneys are so detailed and amazing.

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This manicured tree has an opening big enough to fit my little Henrik.

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More chimneys and Allium.

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The inner court.

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The most beautiful gardens.

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This was a wonderful day, and and it wouldn't be England if it didn't rain.  Thank you for indulging me.  I'll be sharing the rest of our stay in London soon.

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merrilee liddiard's book playful

Last summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of my favorite people and style all the interiors and props for my friend Merrilee's new kids craft book, Playful.  It was such a dream to work on this project and I got to meet and work with the most talented, wonderful ladies. playfulAs some of you may know I've worked on many projects with Merrilee in the past.  She and I first met at a friend's party and became fast friends when we discovered our mutual love of all things kid related, and couldn't stop talking about kid's design.

Merrilee is truly one of the most talented people I know.  She has an impeccable eye and unbelievable imagination.  Creating this book is the perfect form of expression for all her beautiful, well thought out kids crafts and toys.  She has poured her heart and soul into the making of this book, and it shows by the beauty she has created.

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When I first met Brittany (she styled the book with me), we both had our hair pulled back in braids, were wearing vintage dresses and swedish clogs.  I knew immediately that we were going to get along.  It was so wonderful to work closely with someone whose taste I completely trusted.  We discussed in detail each of the different setups for the book and really wanted to bring to life what Merrilee had envisioned.

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The photography is by the ever talented Nicole Hill.  She has the ability to make magic happen in front of the camera and really get the best out of the models.  She takes everything in stride, and wasn't even phased by the fact that she was nine months pregnant while photographing the entire book!

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These row houses, or Brownstones were the first project I saw when planning for the book.  As soon as I saw these I knew this book would be special.  What child wouldn't want to play with them, and their made out of cardboard!

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These two little love birds are real life best friends.  You can tell by the way they look at each other and smile, makes my heart melt.

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The book is divided into three sections:  Playful Paper Crafts,   Playful Dress Up, and Playful Art.  There are so many innovative and fun projects to work on.  Some are a bit more involved, like the brownstones, and some are simple that require no parent supervision, like the finger print art.

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My sweet little Henrik even got to make an appearance a couple of times in the book.  He was so excited to be a knight and wear a knight costume.  He got to run around with his friend Ollie and a fair maiden.  He kept asking when he would get to marry and kiss her.  Should I be worried?

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Playful has been getting a lot of great press and was featured twice in Redbook Magazine.

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It was so fun to see my super hero photo booth featured next to the Playful feature.

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In honor of the book release Merrilee is hosting a Playful book launch/signing/craft party. There will be crafts to make with your kids, raffle prizes, swag bags and yummy treats.  Come stop by today the 23rd of October from 6:30-8:30 at the Provo Library and have your book signed and say hi.  I'll be there with my kids in toe.

If you don't already have your copy of Playful, you can get it here.

how to make your own camp meta

During the A Midsummer Mingle event each of the hosts created an "experience", a space that represented us.  I chose to make a mountain retreat.  A place warm and inviting to come and sit and relax, or maybe write some letters.  I wanted to make the space particularly inviting for children.  When I was a child growing up I loved to make cozy spaces and forts.  I still love to make things cozy for small people. camp-metaIf you didn't get a chance to visit camp Meta at our event I thought I'd give you a tour of the space I decorated, with some guidelines on how to make your own Camp Meta.  Here are some steps on how to create your own perfect cozy retreat.

camp-meta21.  It's most important to have children to inspire you for the space,  and who will want to play in it.  My little scraggly bunch love playing and pretending at Camp Meta.

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2.  An ample supply of globes to chart out your next adventure.

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3.  Pictures of family and art to make the space feel like home.   The picture above is my mother when she was little.

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3.  Soft pillows to rest your head on.  How cute is this so brave so strong pillow by Roxy Marj.

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5.  Comfy bedding, and blankets.

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4.  A desk for writing letters, or just drawing pictures of round, stick-like family members.

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5.  A thermos, an owl bank, and a one-eyed clay guy.

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6.  Layered rugs to soften the floor.

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7.  Lighting.

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7.  Black forrest elements.  I love this picture of my husband when he was a boy.

Here is a mood board of what you'll need to get the look and make your own Camp Meta.

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This post is sponsored by Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.

creative children's spaces class

Hello everyone!  I am so happy and excited to announce that I am teaching classes over on Atly. Have you heard of them?  They are an online platform for you to teach and take classes.  I love their vision and the classes they offer are amazing!  The first of the two classes I'm offering this summer is a Creative Children's Spaces Class.  Stay tuned for my next class announcement later next month.   Enter code: NEWCLASS50 to get 50% off this class.  That's only $25 for the entire class!  This coupon code expires Tuesday, August 5th. children'sspacesclassPutting together a child's room, or any space, can feel a bit overwhelming and daunting.  Sometimes it can be hard to mix your child's interest to make it personal and yet not make it look too cluttered.  Or make it not look too sterile and straight from a catalog.  I believe a child's space should reflect the interests of the child, and be a place where play and creativity abound.  Having graduated with a BFA in photography and working as an interior designer and stylist for over ten years, I have years of experience working with children's spaces.

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A Midsummer mingle

It's not very often that you get to be surrounded by a group of  talented, hardworking, inspiring, uplifting people.  I have felt so fortunate to call these ladies my friends and learn from and be inspired by them as we have come together and build each other up. a-midsummer-mingle14

(Brittany, me, Eva, Sarah, Merrilee, Melanie, and Alma (not pictured, but still loved))

In an effort to do the same to our community; to inspire, uplift and say thank you to all our readers and supporters who have given us so much, Brittany had the idea to throw a garden party.  She invited us on as hosts and I couldn't have been more happy with how everything turned out.  It was so fun to be able to collaborate with creative, likeminded ladies.  We couldn't have done this party without the generous support of our sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, Land of Nod, Atly, Called to Surf, and Blinckenstaff's, to name just a few.  The photographs are all by the lovely Natalie Norton.  There were so many beautiful images I had a really hard time editing and deciding which ones not to use.   I had such a hard time I decided to post part two later this week.

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At the entrance was a gorgeous balloon arch installation with the lovely sign designed by Mer.  Each guest received their very own floral crown (designed by Amy Anne), a canvas tote filled with goodies from Minted, Hello Maypole, Darly Bird, and so much more.

a-midsummer-mingle2The balloon installation was created by Brittany and her amazingly talented group of interns, as was the vision and concept for the party.  They put so much hard work into this event and I think it exceeded all of our expectations.

One of Brittany's ideas was for each of the hosts to provide an "experience" as well as a craft, or swag, for our guests to take away with them as they meandered along the lovely path in my in-laws back yard. I'll get to our experiences and swag in part two...stay tuned.

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The pathway that lead the guests to the beginning of our event was lined with a sea of string lights from Save on Crafts.  Lighting, in my opinion, really sets the mood for any environment and Save on Crafts have so many lovely lighting options.

The guests also received a map beautifully illustrated by Merrilee and letterpressed by Sycamore Street press.  They were so beautiful in person, I want to frame mine.

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Rambling Rose Cafe really out did themselves and had this amazing trailer greeting the guests at the beginning with mint and lavender infused ice tea!  It was so good and refreshing.

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The guests were invited to wear their summer whites, and I have to say I was so impressed with everyone and their beautiful all white ensembles.  It really set the tone for the entire event.

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Rambling Rose Cafe did all the food and it was divine.  I didn't get a chance to eat during the party, but made sure to eat about five goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches while I was cleaning up.  I seriously couldn't stop eating them.

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The flowers were arranged by the talented Lizzy's Lilies, the beautiful cakes were by Bake By Me.  All these details were just the perfect addition to really make this event so memorable.

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Playing in the background we had a lovely french jazz band, the Red Rock Hot Club.  They played the entire evening.  It was so magical, it felt like I was transported back to France (more on that trip later) and it was the just the right music to set the tone for the evening!

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We even had the most darling group of dancers do a maypole dance for the guests.  I was so sad that I missed it.  It is one of my biggest regrets that evening.  Everyone told me how lovely it was.  Sarah Jane's Husband Ken, built the amazing Maypole and Michael Miller provided us with the beautiful colored ribbons.

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And yes, those are enormous white beach balls and balloons in the pool.  You should have seen me try to blow up the 48 inch beach ball and throw on table clothes at the same time.  It was comical, if not entertaining, to say the least.

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Thank you for indulging us.  I had such a lovely time and it was so fun to be able to really connect with people in person.  Thanks again for all our generous sponsors, we really appreciated everything and couldn't have done it without them.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly BirdAtlyHello Maypole and Minted.
And a special thanks to all these lovely ladies (and their reluctant spouses?) for all their hard work.  They blew my mind with their ideas and hard work, and I wanted to go shopping in their closets.
Also, Thank you to my in-laws Michael and Jackie Coleman for generously offering their house for the event.  I don't think they knew what they were getting themselves into.

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cultivating a creative life: a mother's influence

In honor of this Sunday being Mother's Day, I would like to share about my own mother and the inspiration she has been to me.  She has been both mother and father to me and remained such a constant in my life.  She is my best friend and has been the biggest influence on who I am today, how I create and how I see the world.  As you can see from the photos below she is one classy lady, with a beautiful thick German accent. mormor's-houseMy mother grew up in a small, beautiful village in Northern Germany.  Her father was an architect, started a printing company and was an avid art collector.  The home she grew up in was bombed during World War two, and when her father came back from being a prisoner of war, years later, he redesigned and fixed it up into a beautiful Estate where her family (as well as mine) shared many many fond memories together.  Growing up I spent all my summers at my grandparent's home.  It was such a beautiful, warm, thoughtful home, with an extensive art, furniture, book and rug collection.  My Grandfather appreciated and understood the history behind everything, and it was there I experienced that a home could be so much more than just a place to live.  A home sets the tone for the people who live there, and creates an atmosphere where love and learning can abide.

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My grandfather taught my mother about Art, literature, and music.  She was the youngest of five, with three older sisters and a brother.  Her father would take her on long walks in the woods, where they would have in depth conversations about literature, and art and life.  This one on one time she spent with her father was so important and I believe helped carry her through some of her harder times in life.  My grandfather died when my mother was only 24 years old, and never got to meet any of her children, but he remains alive through her stories that she shares of him with us.

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My mother, like her father, has always been an appreciator and ambassador of the arts.  She instilled in us it's importance and made it a part of our everyday life.  Ever since I can remember (I believe I was younger than Henrik), she would take me to classical concerts, Museums, International Cinema, and cultural events.  I remember going to see the movie  Jean de Florette with my mother as a little girl and what an impact that movie had on me, and still has.  I also looked just like the little girl, which I thought was pretty cool.  I think that is what good art does, it changes you, helps you to see differently and makes you a better person.  My mother didn't believe in dumbing things down for children, and there was no right age to go to a concert or a museum, she would just take me.  She believed children should start young in their appreciation of the arts.

mormor's-house3My mother is always rearranging things in her home and creating little cozy nooks, like this one below.  I know that's where I get my desire to rearrange furniture and make cozy nooks in my own home.  When I was little my mother and I would play a game together on our our walks with the dog.  We would rate homes in our surrounding neighborhood as cozy and not cozy, or gemuetlich and nicht gemuetlich.  The criteria was usually cozy lighting and seating, or whatever we thought would make it look cozy or not.  Even now when my husband and I tuck our children in bed at night we ask them if they are cozy/cuddly or kuschelich.  It's a word we use often and is a necessity in our home to either feel kuschelich or gumuetlich at one or more times during the day.

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My mother is also the reason why I have such an enormous love for children's books.  She has introduced me to most of my favorite illustrators like:  Lisbeth Zwerger, Ida Bohatta, Fritz Koch-Gotha, Sibylle v. Olfers, Elsa Beshow, Else Wenz-Vietor, and Walter Trier.  I could go on and on.  She has an enormous appreciation and passion for children's books and has a huge collection.  Every time I think I have a lot of children's books I go to my mother's house and see her collection and am reminded what a real collection looks like.  She has so many beautiful books, some that are not in print anymore, and many still from her own childhood.  I love going in her room where she keeps her children's books and looking through them, I always discover one I have never seen before.

mormor's-house5My mother has also inspired and maybe fostered my fabric hoarding tendencies.  As a little girl I remember going with her to a Westfalen fabric store in Muenster.  I remember  waiting, for what felt like hours, for her to pick out a fabric.  My mother would make most of my dresses, particularly in traditional German patterns.  In the 80's, when everyone was wearing leg warmers and hot pink, I stood out like a sore thumb.

My mother and I still enjoy going to fabric stores together when we can.  Just the other day we found a beautiful large green fern fabric.  She had the brilliant idea to make a simple shift dress out of it.  I wasn't going to buy the fabric but...when she had such a great idea I had to get it.  She is still fostering and encouraging my fabric hoarding and has quite a beautiful fabric collection herself.

mormor's-house6My love of blue and white has also come from my mother.  She looooooves blue and white. Almost everything in her house is blue and white, from her upholstery, to her dishes, to her backsplash and even her clothing.

My mother has taught me to take pride in yourself and make an effort in your appearance.  She has done this my whole life, I have never seen her wear a pair of sweat pants.  This is not because she is vain or is trying to impress someone else, it is because she has respect for herself and shows it in her dress.

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My mother is also one of the most well educated, well read people I know.  She is always telling me about a new book she has read.  Some of my favorite books are from her recommendations.  She reads a wide variety; whether it's Goethe, Herman Hesse,  Art Books, a memoir of Roomy Schneider, or even the National Geographic.  She will read it and share with me what she liked and learned about it.  I love that about her.

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I had to share a photo of Resi, my mother's beloved dachshund.  She is named after a children's book called Waldi.  Resi is the obedient sister of Waldi.  I don't believe any dachshund can be described as obedient, especially my mother's Resi.

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If you'd like to read some more creative ladies and their mothers' influence check them out here:  Sarah Jane StudiosSycamore Street PressMer Mag and House that Lars built .

 

I'm back!!!

Hello Everyone!  It's been a looooong time.  Maybe some of you have wondered if I was ever going to post anything again.  Well, you'll be happy to know I'm back!  The past few months have been really busy for me, working on jobs outside of blogging, some that I can't talk about yet, but I can't wait to share!  Because I've been MIA for so long I thought I'd catch you up on some of the things that have been keeping me busy. The spring cleaning/dejunking bug has bit me and I have pretty much torn apart every room in our house.  My husband has kindly suggested that I might start and finish one room at a time.  But, where's the fun in that?  That most definitely doesn't suit my personality.  Once I get an idea in my head I have to act on it right away, and I sometimes don't always finish a project.  You might call me impulsive.

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Following my sometimes impulsive personality, I joined my husband for a spur of the moment trip to Portland, Oregon.  He forgot his temporary driver's license and couldn't rent a car, so we decided I needed to come out there and rent one for him.  It was a very short trip, but one of the most spontaneous, fun and inspiring ones for both of us.  We loved Portland!  Not to mention we were there for one of Portland's largest snow storms and freezing rain.  Because it never snows in Portland no one plows the streets and the streets were covered in snow.  It made everything feel extra cozy and slightly frightening watching people drive in the snow.

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Henrik has been keeping very busy with his clay guys.  I've given up on keeping my kitchen table tidy.  And for some reason he is really into making all his people with buck teeth.  He made a cute portrait of me and Hazel, thankfully I didn't have buck teeth but luscious red lips instead.  He must know something I don't.

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I've been working on a few painting projects as well as restocking my house with house plants.  I killed all of last years plants by either over watering or forgetting about them entirely and not watering at all.  Here's to hoping I do a better job this year.

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I've always been so inspired by Josef Frank's textiles.  I love how his inspiration was largely from the organic shapes found in flowers and foliage.  His textiles are almost 100 years old, yet they remain so fresh and timeless.  I can't wait to show you what I'm doing with these textiles.

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I've been thrifting a lot lately and finding some really great pieces.  Last weekend I went to the fleattitude with my friend Brittany, and I brought home way too many things.  Jenny from the blog Dos Family said:  (I'm) "Filling my home with clutter one flea market at a time."  I couldn't have said it any better myself, that is so me!  Vintage items can be so inspiring to me and I love searching for that unique piece that no one else has.  Vintage pieces tell a story and give a depth and soul to a space, that something shiny and new cannot.  Don't get me wrong, I do like shinny and new too.

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I've always known I was no good at getting my picture taken and selfies are even worse, maybe it's a good thing?

Having two children and a dog, there are a lot of messes in our home (not to mention all the ones I make).  I love the messes the kids make when they are deep in their imaginary worlds, making and creating.  It's such a special time to be able to be imaginative and playful and seeing my children play reminds me of my own creative childhood.  It makes me so happy to see them play.

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My husband and I went on a trip to San Antonio, Texas for one of his shows at the newly renovated Briscoe Museum.  I really enjoyed the city and was pleasantly surprised by all the beautiful Art Deco architecture.  It was such a beautiful city, I can't wait to go back!

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I always enjoy picking up a piece of art or something to remember my trip, and I picked up this beautiful milagro in San Antonio.

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For years now, I've had this crazy idea to color coordinate and cover all my books in my office in colored butcher paper.  This took far too long to do and I got side tracked with other projects (like painting the porcelain below) too many times.

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But, I finally finished it!  And am happy with the results.  I also ran out of books and had to steal some children's books from my kids.  Luckily they have almost as many books as I do.

Every morning when I go into Maja's room I ask her how she slept.  The other day she said:  "Good, Haek waked me up" and put her finger to her mouth, like she needed to contemplate it a bit more.  She likes to tattle on her brother and it's a running joke in our family that she'll tell us he woke her up almost every morning.

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I feel so lucky to have a wonderful husband who not only surprises me with paintings, but will play with and read to my children.  Growing up without a father in the home, I didn't really know what all the fuss was with fathers.  Now I know, and I get to enjoy it and live vicariously through my children.

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shadow box portraits and sweet paul magazine offer

Henrik and I have been busy little elves this holiday working on handmade presents for our family.  As most of you may already know Henrik loves making figures with clay.  He has, in the past, made portraits of his family and friends.  This year I thought it would be a nice gift for him to make portraits of his grandparents. shadow-box-portraitsWhen Sweet Paul Magazine contacted me to work with them I was so excited.  I have been a long time fan of this beautifully styled and photographed magazine.  This year they have produced a Sweet Paul kids Holiday magazine, and everything in it is breathtaking.  There are so many fun ideas and recipes to do with children, and the photography and styling is impeccable.

Inspired by the darling mini shadow box homes in the magazine, I decided to make a little shadow box scene for the portraits that Henrik created.

shadow-box-portraits2Luckily I had two small blank shadow boxes lying around that I could use for each set of grandparents.  I also used colorful patterned paper, some dollhouse accessories, and shish kabob skewers.

shadow-box-portraits3While Henrik worked on making portraits of his Nana, Papa, Mormor, and Resi (Mormor's dachshund), I glued on the paper, accessories, and skewers.

shadow-box-portraits4This was a really fun and easy collaboration to work on with Henrik.  I love it when we can work on something together and make it a unique piece of art.  Here are the finished shadow boxes with the portraits nestled nicely inside.

shadow-box-portraits5Henrik even had fun playing with his creations.

shadow-box-portraits6Sweet Paul is offering One More Mushroom readers a special offer for their magazine download.  Click here to get your copy of Sweet Paul Kids for only .99¢!  I promise you won't regret it.  I can't wait to get started on a few more projects from the magazine.  Thanks Sweet Paul for the offer and the always beautiful inspiration.

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Maja's chalkboard wall

A while back I posted about Maja's room and how I was making some changes.  Today I am excited to share the first section of changes I did in her room.  If you remember from my post, Maja was doing a lot of drawing on the wallpaper with her Poo! Disgusting!  In an effort to direct her creative expression somewhere more easily removable and less gross, I decided to remove the bird wallpaper and paint the entire wall in black chalkboard paint. Amazingly it only took two quarts of paint to cover the entire wall.

maja's-chalboard-wall1.0I am so happy with how it turned out.  It makes the room feel less busy and less like a Nursery and more like a little girl's room.

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My children really enjoy the chalkboard wall as well.  They have had so much fun drawing on every surface of the wall.

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On the right side of the wall there is a hidden pocket door that leads to our storage closet.  I love how playful it looks when my friend drew faux moulding and a knob on the door.

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We also swapped out Maja's crib for my narrow twin bed that I had growing up.

maja's-chalboard-wall5My mother found this antique Danish bed when I was not much older than Maja.  This bed is not only a beautiful piece of furniture, but also very sentimental to me.  It makes me so happy to see my daughter sleeping in the same bed I slept in as a child.

maja's-chalboard-wall6I found this rabbit night light while in a Paris children's shop last year.  The stripe knit cloud pillow is from Colette Bream.  Everything she makes is absolutely spectacular and so whimsical and creative.

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The vintage Pippi Longstocking pillow I found in a darling shop in Stockholm several years back.  The amazing Wolf portrait is also hand knit by Colette Bream.  Isn't it incredible?  I love it so much, the perfect addition to her room!

maja's-chalboard-wall8I'm also dying over this badger rug!  What child doesn't need a badger rug in their room?  He's so soft and comfortable too, made from handmade wool felt.  He came from the darling kid's online shop Molly-Meg.  Not only does she carry beautiful children's accessories and decor, but unique vintage child's chairs as well!

Besides the Marimekko curtains, I infused some more red into the room with the bedding.  I purchased this cute Japanese strawberry fabric from an Etsy shop and sewed it into a duvet cover.

maja's-chalboard-wall9I hope you enjoy!  Stay tuned for more pictures of Maja's room.

Next week I'll be heading to Stockholm, I'm so excited!  I'll have some pictures from my trip to post in the next little while.  You can also follow my adventures on Instagram, onemoremushroom.

my trip to stockholm

Over a week ago I went on a short trip (5 days to be exact) with a friend of mine.  We've been friends since high school and college.  We are both turning 35 this year and decided we needed to celebrate with a trip.  Why not Stockholm, Sweden?  It was so lovely.  Two of the days were freeeeeezing cold, but it didn't stop us from having a wonderful time.  The last day was sunny and beautiful, a perfect day.  It was so good to catch up with my funny, talented, sweet friend.  She lives in New York and we hardly get to see each other.  I've been to Stockholm before and so it was so fun to show some of my favorite things and discover a few new favorites (chocolate ball in Gamla Stan, amazing!).  I totally cheated on my sugar free/vegan diet and it was worth every bite. stockholm

Here are some photos I shared on instagram.  You can follow me at onemoremushroom.  I did take some "real" photos on my camera and hopefully I'll get around to sharing them with you.  Here's a list of a few of my favorite things we did in Stockholm (we only had three days but packed A LOT in).

1.  Svenskt Tenn-An amazingly beautiful and large interior design shop founded in 1927.  They feature the textile designs of Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank, some of my all time favorite textiles.  This trip I bought a small piece of the green Celotocaulis to make some pillows for my house.

2.  Skansen-The world's oldest open-air Museum.  There are homes, shops, barns, etc. all transplanted from different eras and different parts of Sweden.  This is a must!  Walking through it is like walking back in time.  I bought some chocolates and candies for my kids, the beautiful packaging was designed in the 30's.

3.  Fotografiska Museet-This is a recently opened Photography Museum.  We saw a stunning and inspiring exhibit of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work.  We then had lunch in the cafe overlooking a beautiful view of the water.

4.  Södermalm-we had a fun time walking around SoFo looking at all the shops and cafes. Shops like Grandpa and Uni, were just a couple of my favorites.

5.  Moderna Museet-Stockholm's Modern Museum.  I was blown away with the exhibit of Le Corbusier.  I've always been a fan of his Architecture and furniture, but I had no idea he painted and sculpted, everything was so inspiring.

6.  Nordiska Museet-Sweden's largest museum of cultural history.  My favorite exhibits are:  Swedish Folk Art, Interiors, and the Textiles.

7.  Fem Små Hus-A cozy and traditional Swedish Restaurant where you can try Reindeer for the first time.

8.  Restaurang Bar-An excellent restaurant that serves fresh produce and (my favorite) fresh fish dishes.  I love the decor as well as the food.

9.  Saluhall-a beautiful, large food hall opened in 1888.  You can buy and take away or eat at the counter.  We had a lovely lunch of fish, potatoes and avocado at the little restaurant.

There are so many more shops and places that I could list, these are just some of the highlights.  I was so glad that I got the opportunity to leave for a few days to spend with a great friend in a fabulous city.  It was very inspiring and very healing for me.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

autumn inspiration

Autumn is officially here and I am so excited!  I am feeling inspired by this beautiful golden yellow. Here are some pictures that I've pinned with this color.  You can see all my pins and follow me on pinterest here.

I hope you enjoy and have a lovely weekend.