February 2011

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PONCHO LAMP

This lamp is a small project I finished a couple of weeks ago and now it's finally hanging above the coffee table. It's a project inspired by a great idea we came across a while back, when reading one of our favorite blogs...Under Mammas Vingar. It's the blog of Smulan, a very talented blogger and photographer and I do encourage you all to visit her beautiful and inspiring site.
The lamp is made of flea market finds, an old lampshade and a great, fluffy, white poncho. It was like a match made in heaven. Didn't even have to cut of the fabric, except for some minor adjustments at the bottom. The poncho has been attached by folding the edge around the lampshade and then stitched with a sewing-machine.
 
Have a great Monday! /Sussi
 
 

TULIP DECORATION

This decoration will work wonder as a hostess gift and instead of the typical bouquet.
 
MATERIALS:
20 tulips (depends on the size of you pot)
Flora foam
Twine/string
Flower wire or pins,
A pot (we choose an oval pot 25 x 13 cm)
Salal (or green leaves of your choice)
Moss (any kind will do, this one is a silver moss)
 
HOW TO:
Soak the flower foam well in water and cut it to fit the shape of the pot.
Strip the tulips for leaves and cut the stem about 5 cm from the head. Roll some of the stripped leaves and secure with pins or wire. Start by placing a couple of salal on each side of the pot in the foam. Then randomly place out the tulips and the rolled leaves as you like. Take the moss and fill in the gaps. Make a bow from the string and secure with a pin on either side of the decoration and Voila! You're done!
 
Have a creative Saturday! /Sussi

LOVELY MUSCARI

Muscari have the most lovely blue color. They are sure to spread some early spring feeling and will easily last a week or two indoor. They are easy to plant, don't need much water and if you decorate with a bit of moss and twigs...it will look like a forest bottom.
Tomorrow we will post a 'how to' on a really cute tulip decoration. So stay tuned! 
 
Have a great Friday! /Annika
 
 

SPRING WHIFFINGS

I went to work with my sister today, to photograph some of all the flowery creations she makes. It's always fun to watch her work and to help out, but it's really hard walking amongst all these flowers and whiffs of spring and not wanting it to be April already. It has been so cold here the last couple of weeks and all this greenery just make you want to sit on a park bench, take of your shoes, drink a cup of cocoa and enjoy an early spring sun and the promises of warmer months to come. /Annika
 
 

IF ONLY THESE PAGES COULD SPEAK

I love old books. Not so much because I like to read them all, but I feel that the book itself carry these stories of a more and more lost age. There are so much detail in the way it has been made and how they represent an non digitalized era. Some of the books uses fonts I can barely read, but they look so elegant and they make promises of a story worth reading. A torn binding can reveal a beautiful, old piece of paper, like it was a little hidden secret. They bear marks of all the people who have read and enjoyed the book and I wonder what stories it would tell, if only its pages could speak.
 
Have a beautiful day! /Annika
 
 

INSPIRED BY DESIGN

This Tuesdays theme over at Fabriken is about favorite designer objects.
I thought this was a tough subject since neither my sister or I are particularly designer/brand oriented. I have a huge appreciation for the craft behind a design, but I'm not the one to buy things merely because it's a known brand. I do, on the other hand, have a soft spot for a couple of brands that has been around for a long time and they continue to impress and inspire me with their aesthetic, design and functionality. For some reason these are all kitchen appliances and I do dream a lot of that kitchen where I can fit all of these things:)
 
Have a beautiful day! /Annika
 
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COLOR INSPIRATION

We are still busy organizing the new office, but when you are going through things, you always find inspiration and stuff you had forgotten about. Today I found this little pile of things I made into a color palette. These are some of my favorite colors and materials(twine, suede, mother of pearl, wood and vintage illustrations) at the moment. 
 
Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more Sunday inspiration.
 
 
 

FLOWER CENTERPIECE

Yesterday I went with my sister to help her out at work. There was a big order for 13 centerpieces which she had to do and I had to help out with the customers and do a few bouquets. I am getting better at the whole flower thing, although I have a completely different set of rules when making bouquets and wrapping them. Let's just say that it is a good thing that I'm not paid by the piece :) I snapped a few pictures of the beautiful centerpieces my sister made. So gorgeous.
 
Way to go Sis! /Annika 
 
 

ORGANIZING OUR OFFICE

We are very busy organizing our new loft/creative space, so the posting has been a bit sparse this last week. We are looking forward to have the space needed for all our creative endeavors. Right now the space is nothing but chaos, but it's a fun project. We'll show pictures later. For now here is a bit of spring feeling. 
 
Have a great day! /Annika 
 
 

MIXING OLD WITH NEW

I love mixing old finds with new things. This series of china, small plate and cup, is from RICE, a beautiful danish brand. It is such a lovely collection because of all the colors it allows you to mix and match. The big green plates with gold edge is a flea marked find and I thought it was perfect match for my growing Rice collection. The cutlery is also a flea marked find. It was a set of 12, but with both small and large spoons, knives and forks. So I bought this box with 72 matching pieces, only missing one small fork, for the almost free amount of 5 euros. I just love flea markets. /Sussi
 
Remember to visit Fabriken to have a look at their tableware theme today. 
 
 

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