Ombre Linens

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I spent some time yesterday getting down and dirty dying some linens to use as tablecloths for the reception. A big thanks to Brittany, who took time out from her many projects to come help. Since neither of use had tried dying fabric before (expect for some tie dye at summer camp) it was a bit of an experiment. Even though they aren't perfect, it was really fun to try and now I want to dye everything! I had bought black dye but it turned out to be a much more grayish blue (guess I diluted it too much?) but that's ok too. This is them drying in our somewhat scary basement laundry room, I can't wait to see what they look like once they've completely dried and I can lay them out flat to see the whole pattern.

Honeycomb Paper Bell Chandelier

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More progress on the wedding craft front! I've tried to start scheduling myself at least one project a day so I'm sure that things are getting done. I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out! I knew I wanted to use honeycomb bells because I love their sweet vintage look and I was lucky enough to find two big bags at a thrift store for about 2 dollars each. Yay! I thought that stringing them up separately could look a bit boring so I decided to make a chandelier like structure out of them that would be the focal point in the room. Since the room is so big and bare, I think it will help to have something like this in the middle above the cake table. I think most of the projects I'm doing are pretty simple and self explanatory but if anyone wants instructions, I'd be happy to share. For this one, I just attached bells as I went along with tape and staples. Not that complicated. Although, I do have to find a better way to store it. I had duct taped it to the ceiling and it fell down on Tiggy and I this morning which caused Tiggy to go on a bit of a rampage of attacking it before I could drag him out of the room. Also, a sneak peek of our unfinished bedroom - exciting!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Because my head and time are taken up with wedding things lately, I'll be posting my progress on getting things ready for our wedding. I realize that this isn't everyone's cup of tea so feel free to check back in a month when all the dust has settled. Until then, maybe this will give me the extra kick I need to get in gear. Luckily, I was somewhat productive yesterday so some of the panic has lifted. Did I mention that we basically have no budget for the reception? Another reason for the panic. BUT I'm promising myself that I'll stay calm and enjoy all the crafting and baking projects waiting because that's what I like to do. Yesterday I finished a few small projects which, although aren't necessary, were fun to make and made me feel better. Stay tuned for more!

Stamped favour bags so guests can take treats home and grey velvet cake flags.

Cardboard initial decorations and Cowichan wool wrapped glass jars to use as vases.

Our simple invites that I made a while ago and ended up emailing out to guests (gasp!).

Wedding Panic

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm starting to have a bit of wedding panic. Even thought we ran around this weekend and got some things taken care of I'm still starting to fret a bit about getting everything done in time. I know all the details aren't important but I still want things to look good. What can I say? I guess I'm pretty superficial. I usually try to post nice pictures on this blog but I wanted to give you all an idea of what I'm working with. This is our reception location. Remember how I said it needed some prettying up? Well, it definitely does. Anyway, I'm sure all this wedding talk is getting boring. Enough whining, on with the crafting!

Happy Friday!

Friday, March 25, 2011

So let's say that from now on Fridays are for pictures of cute cats and some links, ok? Because I don't have much else. I really have no idea how this week went by so fast. I didn't finish my spring cleaning of the apartment and I still haven't started on any wedding crafts. As my lists of things to do just keep getting longer, I'm starting to think it's really time to get going. So hopefully by the end of this weekend, I'll be finished organizing and cleaning, we'll have done the big trip to Ikea and we'll have some more wedding plans finalized. Then I can have a crazy week of wedding crafting next week before our families start to arrive. Yikes! But in other news, it's still feeling like spring here! Complete with some rain but I don't mind as long as it's not freezing and it's staying light late. We've had some gorgeous sunsets and I can feel myself finally coming out of hibernation so here are some spring time links.

+ In addition to my morning yoga routine, I've been making smoothies for breakfast. After a winter of oatmeal, it's such a nice change! I've been trying these recipes and the banana peanut butter one is especially good.

+ I've been listening to Girl Talk's newish album on repeat lately. It's also a big change from my normal super mellow music but it's just way too catchy and great to listen to during spring cleaning, crafting or my long bike rides around town.

+ You might have noticed from my Tumblr, Svpply and Pinterest that I'm obsessed with all things watercolour lately. I've finally bought some supplies and can't wait to use it in some of my wedding projects. I also love this dress, these colour charts and these little secret messages.

Have a good weekend!

Københavns Fødevarefællesskab

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Maybe root veggies aren't all that exciting but after I dumped out the contents of our food co-op bag and was thinking about how gorgeous all the veggies were, I figured I should show you all. Mark and I have been members of a local food co-op called KBH FF since the fall. How it works is that you volunteer for one two hour shift per month to help pack or sell the bags of produce and then can buy a bag for 100 kroner (about $20). All the food is local and organic and I love that there is still dirt on most of the veggies. Sometimes we get fresh herbs too! The difference in taste is amazing and I've really enjoyed learning more about seasonal produce and how to cook things that previously I barely knew of (rutabaga? Jerusalem artichokes?). It's also a great way to be more involved in our neighbourhood community and something we've been really happy to be part of. Ok, off to cook up some veggies!

Loopy Scarf

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I've been wanting to make Mark another scarf for a while because the first one I made was my first ever knitting project and is a bit of a mess. I wanted to use some of the Cowichan wool I had brought back from Canada but since it's super thick and Mark usually wears his scarves looped around his neck, I wanted to figure out a way to make sure it was not too bulky. Nanna, my sister-in-law to be and amazing knitter, helped me knit a little hole in the scarf so it could be looped through all neat and tidy without having to double it over. Cute, right? And just in time for the spring weather! Oh well, better late then never.

Speaking of winter and knitting, I love this idea of having a goodbye winter knitting party. So nice and cozy! As much as I can't wait for spring, I do love winter coziness.

Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I have about a million photos from my bachelorette day so I thought I would share a few more. I'd been meaning to go to the Botanical Gardens for ages so I was really happy to be taken on Sunday! I fell in love with the white greenhouses and the misty jungles inside. There were just so many plants! Even a whole greenhouse full of cacti. And the gardens are also perfect for an afternoon stroll. So pretty.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Yesterday our friends and family surprised Mark and I by throwing us bachelor/bachelorette parties. It was so sweet of them and we both had such great days. My day started out with an amazing brunch, then we biked to the Botanical Gardens, had champagne and cupcakes in the sun, went to the National Gallery to see the Bob Dylan exhibition, stopped at a cafe to have some wine, ate dinner at a delicious tapas restaurant and then ended the evening with more champagne and games. These girls know me too well, it was a perfect day! And Mark enjoyed his just as much. Thanks again to everyone for all the love. Oh, and it's officially spring here! The weather this weekend was so lovely and sunny, I hope it stays.

Happy Friday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's been a pretty quiet week, with some ups and downs, but I really have nothing to complain about! I'm happy it's the weekend, although my weeks and weekends are starting to blend together a bit. By the end of the weekend I'm planning to have finished spring cleaning our apartment (pretty exciting for this housewife!) and will be able to start on some of the wedding projects I posted about this week. Today I'm having tea with the lovely Brittany to brainstorm some project ideas which should be fun. She also hooked me up with some free Danish lessons, thanks B! I'm trying really hard to give myself some sort of a schedule these days and I think going to Danish lessons will help. Hopefully the sun will come out again this weekend, no more of those hail and snowstorms like yesterday please! Here are some links for your weekend and a picture of a sleepy Tiggy on his sheepskin just because.

+ Among the many ways to help Japan is through our wedding photographer Hilda Grahnat's shop. I'm looking forward to getting those lovely postcards in the mail! I think initiatives like these are a great way to support Japan as well as independent designers. Plus you end up with a nice print too!

+ A thoughtful reminder on taking small steps towards simple living from Progressive Pioneer. I've started doing yoga in the mornings (thanks to Kenzie for the link!) before I get too sucked into my computer and never ending to-do lists. So far it's actually made a difference, I feel much more balanced and focused.

+ I'm inspired by John and Juli's simple, Scandinavian style wedding. Those two have such great taste. Lately, I've been thinking how much fun to would be to have a design business that focused on events and installations. And flowers. Maybe I'm starting to get wedding brain a bit...

Peanut Butter Cups

Thursday, March 17, 2011

As soon as I saw this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups on Design*Sponge, I knew I would have to try making them. We got these orange silicon muffin liners for Christmas and I immediately thought of the Reese's paper liners. Plus, peanut butter cups is one of the few "unhealthy" treats Dr. Mark likes so I figured I would surprise him with a fancy version of them when he got back last weekend from a cabin trip. They were so easy to make and so good! It's also nice knowing that all the ingredients are high quality and not that bad for you. I used organic dark chocolate and natural crunchy peanut butter. The only change I might make next time is adding a little butter to the chocolate and/or peanut butter. And maybe a dash more of honey. Mmm. And happy St. Patrick's Day! I usually like doing a little something special on St. Patrick's Day (I love any excuse to do a little something special) and I've had my eye on this recipe for Guinness cake for a while now so I might have a go. Hope you find some time today to do something special or eat something sweet. Xo

Wedding Planning, Part 4 - The Dinner

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

After the cake and champagne reception, we've planned to go out to dinner with our family at Relæ. We had eaten at Relæ in early February to celebrate Mark's start of grad school, moving to our new place, and our engagement and we were really impressed with the food. They have a vegetarian menu as well as a meat menu, which is a really nice change for me here, and they do wine or juice pairings as well. The food is very much New Nordic which means it's all local and done in a very simple but interesting way. I also love the design details of the restaurant - the tables have custom made cutlery and menu drawers so that the table is clear, the serving ware is locally made porcelain and their heritage grain bread is served in leather baskets. It sounds like it would be pretentious but the best thing about it is that it's quite down to earth. It was really important to both of us to choose not only a nice restaurant but also one that reflected our food philosophy. Relæ also just got a Michelin Bib Gourmand so it can't be that bad. Again, it's so great that we can just show up and have our wedding dinner taken care of. Starting to see a theme of simple and easy starting to develop with this wedding planning?

{Pictures from here and here}

Wedding Planning, Part 3 - The Reception

Monday, March 14, 2011

For our reception, we decided to have a small cake and champagne reception to celebrate with a few close friends and extended family. Lucky for us, our apartment building has a pavilion in the courtyard that is available for events. It does need some prettying up though so I've been collecting ideas of things to make. My biggest inspiration for the wedding was from this article in Martha Stewart Weddings - it was exactly what I had been thinking of! I love the idea of taking something as traditional as wedding and making it current. So our idea is to have a dessert buffet with lots of tasty treats, lots of good champagne, a playlist of classic jazz playing and some pretty decorations. I'm trying to keep things simple (I think I could go a bit crazy with the details!) but here are some of the projects I'm going to try to tackle in the next month. I also want to use the vintage honeycomb bells I found at home to make some sort of installation in the room, maybe a big garland or a chandelier.

Instead of flowers, I'm planning on collecting branches from nearby and making this or that.

Little cakes and cake flag inspiration from Herriot Grace. So simple and sweet.

I'm trying to keep the wedding as environmentally friendly as possible so was planning on using linens and plates instead of the paper/plastic option. I love these ombre dyed napkins from Once Wed.

I love this idea for a guest book canvas! I couldn't decide if I wanted a guest book that would just end up sitting on a shelf for years but this looks both pretty and practical. I also want to make some stamped muslin bags to fill with white jordan almonds for favours. I think this was from 100 Layer Cake but I forgot exactly where I found it, oops.

Wedding Planning, Part 2 - The Ceremony

Friday, March 11, 2011

As excited as I am to marry my love, I've been struggling a bit lately with the feeling that planning our wedding is kind of trivial. I know the act of marriage isn't but with things happening like the tsunami in Japan and my friends having babies, focusing on wedding details feels strange. It's especially strange because usually I love weddings and details! Oh well, I'm just trying to go with it for now. But feelings aside, I figured it was time for another update on the wedding planning process. Things are coming together, having a small city hall ceremony means that there isn't a ton of planning required which is nice. I'm still thinking of making some simple invitations for our family and we also need to find a wedding band for Mark. We've pretty much decided on our outfits - my white lace dress, a grey suit for Mark and some vintage accessories. The one thing I keep going back on forth on is flowers! I'm thinking of skipping the bouquet and just putting a few small flowers in my hair. We've booked the lovely Hilda Grahnat to be our photographer which I'm really excited about! Since so many people can't be here, it will be nice to have pictures to show. And the inside of city hall is actually really beautiful! I'm so used to official buildings in Canada looking really boring but there are gorgeous medieval details in the Copenhagen city hall. So pretty much all we have to do now is show up! I had a dream that we missed the wedding, hopefully that doesn't happen.

And if you missed it before...

Kastrup Søbad

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This weekend we took a little bike trip to Amager Strand to catch the last of the sun before it set and happened upon this amazing installation. Created by Swedish architectural firm White, the Kastrup Søbad is a multi-use structure designed for bathers with built in benches, showers and diving platforms while at the same time protects from windy weather and adds a sculptural element to the landscape. It looked beautiful at dusk, with the long pier going out to the sea and the weathered wood all lit up. I can't wait to go back in the summer for a picnic and some swimming!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Yesterday was Festelavn, Danish carnival, where kids dress up, people decorate branches with candy and you eat cream filled buns. Sounds pretty fun, right? Mark made me a festelavnsris (the candy tree) when we first started dating but I hadn't had one since and I'd never tried a festelavnsboller (the cream filled buns) so I decided to celebrate a little this year by having both. This weekend the sun finally came out which was such a nice change. I had lunch sitting at a sunny cafe on Saturday afternoon and I was actually too warm! Can't even remember the last time that happened. I also checked out The Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg where a couple friends were exhibiting and watched Bonnie and Clyde. It feels like spring might be on it's way after all!

Wedding website

Friday, March 4, 2011

Are you tired of seeing screen caps of different websites I've been working on yet? I promise that this blog is not going to turn into a blog of screen caps and cat photos! I'm definitely not techie enough for that. I just thought I would share our wedding website which I put together yesterday. I used Wedding JoJo and I've been really happy with it so far! I was a bit wary of using what I thought could be a cheesy wedding website template but it's so nice to have everything integrated and centralized. It also makes me feel like this whole wedding thing is coming together! I'll do another planning post soon now that things are a bit more organized. Happy weekend!

March Musings

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March is always a bit of a funny month, the transition from winter to spring. It's still cold and grey here and I've been thinking about how to enjoy the last little bit of winter without getting too impatient for spring to arrive. I don't want to live my life always looking ahead, I want to be happy with things as they are in the present. Without getting too existential on y'all, this is also a transitional time for me as I try to figure out what I want to do with my life and prepare for our wedding next month. So here is some late winter inspiration for all of you as a reminder to try to savour these last cozy days:

{Image via Lily Trinh}

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